The plot thickens at the Fort McClellan Credit Union Pro Invitational tournament after the second day of competition Saturday in the 54-hole event.
Two locals are showing the pros how to do it, as they have maintained the two top spots in the pro tournament as well as leading the Calhoun County tournament being played at the same time. The final round will be held today at Cane Creek.
Gary Wigington continues to play his best golf since 2014 and he took the lead in the tournament Saturday with a blistering 66 to go with Friday’s 68. This left him 10-under par after two rounds. He bogeyed the first three holes Friday and has now shot 13-under par in his last 33 holes and a one shot lead after two rounds.
Second-place Dalton Chandler, the first round leader, shot a 69 to come in at 9-under par. Chandler and Wigington are 1-2 in the race for the Calhoun County Player of the Year on the county tour with only one tournament left after this weekend. A Wigington win today would virtually tie things up as both would have three wins apiece in six starts.
The pros occupy the next two spots in the tournament standings as Kyle Sapp lurks in third place at 7-under par with a 68 on Saturday. Sapp, a two-time winner, is the lead pro, and if he can stay ahead of the other pros, he can still win the first-place cash prize today.
Sapp is one stroke up on Wilson McDonald and Alex Tull, who are both at 6-under par. Jared Davis is 4 under, Brady Hollebacher 2 under and Jared Bettcher (the first-round pro leader) even par, after shooting a 76 on Saturday.
On the amateur side, Chad Calvert shot a 67 on Saturday to move into third place five shots behind Wigington. Ty Cole shot a 72 and is 1-under par. Caleb McKinney shot a 74 and is in fourth place at even.
Wounded Warrior tourney
There is still time to sign up for the Wounded Warrior Benefit golf tournament, which will be Saturday at Silver Lakes. Officially named the Insight Magazine Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament, play will be a four-man scramble format with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
“It is our first year getting started,” tournament organizer Ted Tedders said. “We are all about helping Alabama veterans that are experiencing problems. Sometimes they may need help with a bill or a medical bill and we try to be there for them.”
So, grab three buddies and get out there for the scramble. Great course for a great cause.
Buddy Moore tourney
Registration for the Buddy Moore Tournament and the Calhoun County Championship are now open.
Both events will be played at the Hill, with the county championship being played Aug. 19-20 at a cost of $120 a player and the Buddy Moore being played Aug. 26-27 at a cost of $125 a player.
Text Matt Rogers at 256-453-0206 to enter. Space is filling up quickly, so do not wait until the last minute.
Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): Junior Golf Clinics will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays this summer. Call for more details.
A membership drive is going on and the $2,500 entry fee is being waived. It would be a great time to join if you are looking for a golf home.
Anniston Municipal, “The Hill” (256-231-7631): A round of golf, if you walk, is only $10 for all day during the week and $12 on weekends. Add $14 for 18 holes if you want a cart.
There is a special rate in place on Mondays and Tuesdays only. That rate is just $18 for all day golf, including the cart.
The “Big T” scramble is held each Thursday at 5 p.m. If you want to play, call the clubhouse by 4:30. Thursday’s scramble was won by the team of Andy Jenkins, Roger Jackson, Mickey Travis and Byron Preston at 5-under par. The team of Jimbo Phillips, Al Johnson, Henry Higginbotham and Terry Brooks came in second at 4 under.
The July 29 dogfight was won by Steve Smith, who had plus-10 points. Bruce Ramey was second with a plus-4 points. Bryan Whitley won the July 30 dogfight with plus-9 points. Ramey was second at plus-7 points. Mike Zinn, Danny Whittaker and Charles Carden tied for third with plus-4 points.
Cane Creek Golf Course (256-820-9174): The unlimited play deal continues to be a great bargain. You can play all day, every day for a low price of $29.
Dogfights are taking place Tuesday and Thursday with registration times ending at 8:30 a.m.
Ralph Aldis won the Aug. 1 dogfight with plus-6 points. He was one point better than runner-up Bobby Hunter. David Muncher and Larry Smith tied for third with plus-2 points. Smith won the Aug. 3 dogfight with plus-3 points. Hunter and Bill Turner tied for second at even.
Cider Ridge Country Club (256-831-7222): On Monday through Thursday, the rate is $44 for 18 holes and a cart and just $29 for Oxford residents. The Friday-Saturday rate is $54 and $39 for Oxford residents.
It is time for twilight rates again with special rates on Tuesday and Thursday for a round started after noon.
Delta Chi will host a golf tournament Aug. 19.
On Aug. 26, the fifth annual Oxford City Schools Education Foundation four-person scramble will take place with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The cost will be $75 a person and includes lunch, snacks, range balls and more.
On Oct. 21 and 22, Cider Ridge will hold its club championship.
Pine Hill Country Club (256-237-2633): There are several dogfights each week at Pine Hill. They are at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, noon Fridays and 9 a.m. Saturdays.
The Parking Lot Gang hosts a scramble at 11 a.m. each Thursday. Registration is at 10:30 a.m.
There will be senior two-man scrambles Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.
Silver Lakes (256-892-3268): On Aug. 12, the Insight Magazine Inaugural charity golf tournament will begin at 9 a.m. All proceeds will go to benefit the Wounded Warriors of Alabama.
A senior event will be held July 31. There is a dogfight each weekend.
Austin Minters and Matt Burns won the July 29 dogfight with plus-10 points. Mark Mendinghall and Benny Foster won the July 20 dogfight with plus-7 points.
There is a Southeast Seniors Golf Association tournament at Silver Lakes on Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. The cost is $50, call Benny Foster for more information at 256-613-9696.
Other Southeast Seniors Golf Association tournaments are Aug. 14 at Riverchase (9 a.m. shotgun start, cost $60), Aug. 28 at Cherokee Ridge, Sept. 11 at Limestone Springs, Sept. 26 at Pine Tree Country Club and Oct. 3 at Farm Links. Call the same number for information.
Mark Griffin took first place in the July 31 tournament at Silver Lakes with plus-13 points. Larry Howard was second with plus-8 points and Roy Roddam was third with plus-1 point.
Indian Oaks Golf Club (256-820-4030): On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the rate is $20. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the rate is $25. Prices include carts. For just $7 more, you can change your play to unlimited.
Indian Oaks has a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday, both start at 8 a.m.
Every Tuesday and Thursday there will be a scramble at 9 a.m. The scramble teams will be based on the number of players.
Friday night putting contests start at 7:30 a.m. There is an $11 entry fee with cash pay-outs each week. The top two each week will qualify for the end of the year “Fall Final.” The July 28 putting contest winner was a tie between Ronnie Cofield and Jason Moon.
On Aug. 19 there will be a three-person Red/White/Blue Scramble Format Tournament with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $50.
Contact Anniston Star Golf Writer Brant Locklier at email@example.com.