Local golf teaser

What a great finish last week at “The Hill” in the 81st Calhoun County Championship as Jeremy McGatha birdied three of the last five holes to win his third county title.

It was a great win for McGatha. You could see the determination on his face over those last five holes as he was making great putts and finishing strong.

McGatha has won Player of the Year twice in his career (2009 and 2011) and has been one of the most consistent players on the Calhoun County Tour for the last 15 years. He last won at the Anniston Country Club in 2015, so it was good to see him in the win column.

Dalton Chandler won Player of the Year honors for the Calhoun County Tour. He had four tournament wins in the seven-event tour. It was his first Player of the Year title.

The Buddy Moore

The team of Jeremy McGatha and Matt Rogers is tied for the lead with the team of Andrew Brooks and Brennan Clay after the first round of the Buddy Moore Charity Classic. Both two-man teams shot rounds of 15-under-par 55 at the “The Hill” on Saturday.

The team of Clay Calkins-Chris Hubbard is one stroke back after a first round 56. The Cory Etter-Caleb Bowen team lurks two strokes back at 57. Adrian Geeting-Austin Minter was the only other team under 60 as they came in with a 58 and are three strokes back.

Martin, the golfer

Most may know him as the head football coach of the Ohatchee Indians, but Scott Martin can swing a mean golf club. Last Sunday at the county tournament he caught fire on the front nine and at one point he got himself within a shot of the leaders. He eventually bogeyed a couple of holes on the way in to finish the two-day event at 1-under par.

“I got it to 4 under, but let a few holes get away from me at the end,” said Martin.

Martin was a high school golfer in Shreveport, La., and played golf in college at Louisiana-Monroe and won the 2012 Silver Lakes Championship in local golf.

“I shot 64 on that day to win at Silver Lakes and that was one of my best rounds ever,” he said. “The best round I ever had was a 63.”

He was a golf coach at Spain Park for a year as an assistant to Al Del Greco and they won a state championship.

“Golf is important to me, and I play when I can,” said Martin. “My wife is first, then my football team and then golf.”

Hole-in-one

Doug White aced No. 17 at Cider Ridge on Aug. 19. He used a 9-iron from 143 yards for the perfect shot.

Wounded Warriors

I forgot to mention last week that if you are interested in any way of helping the Wounded Warriors of Alabama, call Bill Williams at 256-458-2715.

County match play

The top 16 finishers from the Calhoun County Tour this year advance to the Ryder Cup-style match play tournament. This year’s format looks to be played on one Saturday and Sunday with morning and evening matches. It is a single-elimination tournament.

Here are the pairings and seeding:

Buddy Moore Bracket: (1) Dalton Chandler vs. (16) Tanner Wells, (8) Chad Calvert vs. (9) Adrian Geeting, (5) Ty Cole vs. (12) Grant Hockman and (4) Brennan Clay vs. (13) Billy Thompson.

Chris Bannister Bracket: (3) Jeremy McGatha vs. (14) Clay Calkins, (6) Andrew Brooks vs. (11) Matt Rogers, (7) Caleb McKinney vs. (10) Caleb Bowen and (2) Gary Wigington vs. (15) Frank Brady.

The 2016 defending champion is Wigington, who oddly enough defeated Chandler just this past week 1-up in what was a long drawn out tournament that took almost a year to finish.

Rogers wins sub-region

Isabel Rogers, the 11-year-old daughter of Matt Rogers, took her second step towards a trip to the finals of the National Drive, Chip and Putt skills competition, as she won her 10-, 11-year old sub-region Sunday in Montgomery.

She now heads to TPC-Sawgrass in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 16. The finals will be held next April at Augusta National, the site of The Masters. Let’s hope she gets another win and gets to go to Augusta National.

Course News

Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): A membership drive is going on and the $2,500 entry fee is being waived. Save $50 off dues if you sign up with a buddy. This is a limited time special.

There is a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday.

ACC will be having a 2-Man Best Ball tournament on Sept. 23 and 24. Both Alabama and Auburn on the road that weekend.  Call the pro shop now to sign your team up. The first 32 teams to sign up are in.

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. The team of Jimbo Phillips, Al Johnson and Ken Renfroe won this week with 8-under par. The team of Chris Hubbard, Roger Jackson and Steve Mullendore took second place in a chip-off with 6-under par.

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.

Ernie Combs won the First Flight in the Aug. 17 dogfight with plus-6 points. Woody Jeter was second at plus-7 points, Bob Mosakowski third at plus-4 points and Chip Howell was fourth at plus-2 points. David Muncher won the Second Flight with plus-6 points. Clark Ware was second at plus-1 point, and Jerry Marks was tied with Bobby Hunter for third at even. Chip Howell had the low round of the day with a 71.

There was a four-way tie for first in the Aug. 22 scramble as Norris Ray, Bobby Hunter, Ron McKinney and David Muncher all had scores of plus-3 points. Ray had the low round with a score of 75.

Ray, Randy Brown and Woody Jeter won the First Flight at a dogfight played at Alpine Bay. They all had scores of plus-2 points. The second flight was a tie between David Muncher and Jeff Burney with plus-6 points. Bobby Hunter was third with plus-4 points. Ray and Jerome Wilson tied for the low round of the day with a 76.

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.

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 a 3-Man Blind Draw Scramble on Labor Day with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

The Highway 9 Challenge between Cherokee County Country Club and Pine Hill Country Club will be held Oct. 7 and 8. The always popular event is for two-man teams that play a scramble the first day at Cherokee and a scamble the last day at Pine Hill. The cost is $60 a person.

There will be senior two-man scrambles Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

Silver Lakes (256-892-3268): On Labor Day there will be a two-person Big Cup scramble for $45 ($25 for RTJ members). Big Cups will be placed in unusual spots on the greens and it will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The cost includes a free breakfast, range balls, cart and green fees.

Southeast Seniors Golf Association tournaments are Aug. 28 at Cherokee Ridge, Sept. 11 at Limestone Springs, Sept. 26 at Pine Tree Country Club and Oct. 3 at Farm Links. Call Benny Foster at 256-613-9696 for information. The Cherokee Ridge event will be a shotgun start at 9:00 with a cost of $50. Cherokee Ridge is just north of Arab.

 Paul Baker and Larry Howard were local winners at the tournament at Capitol Hill on August 21.

On Aug. 19 James Snead and Norma Brunson won the dogfight with plus-5 points. Jim Beasley and Chris Corn won the dogfight on Aug. 20 with plus-4 points.

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. Ronnie Cofield, Rick Barthel and Mo Wildman were winners in the Aug. 17 scramble.

Clint Ramey, Mike Durham and Blake Durham were winner’s in the First Flight of last week’s Red, White, Blue Format tournament. Sterling Ridgeway and Bruce Crosson were winner’s in the Second Flight.

Friday night putting contests start at 7:30 p.m. There is an $11 entry fee with cash pay-outs each week. Last week’s winners were Neil Elders and Al Johnson who tied.

Contact Anniston Star Golf Writer Brant Locklier at blocklier@hotmail.com.