Thirteen players from The Star’s coverage area — two teams and four individuals — will be vying for state titles at the RTJ Trail facility.
Upstart White Plains will be chasing the Class 3A boys team title and perennial contender Alexandria will be chasing the Class 1A-5A girls team title on the Schoolmaster Course. Piedmont’s Hunter Pike will be playing for the boys 3A individual title on the Schoolmaster Course, while Alexandria’s county champion and substate winner Dalton Chandler, teammate Cole McNeal and Cleburne County’s Hayden Crowe will be chasing the boys 4A individual crown on the Fighting Joe Course.
McNeal and Pike open the locals’ play Monday on their respective courses at 7:45 a.m. Chandler and Crowe play together at 7:54. The White Plains boys tee off between 8:03 and 8:39 a.m., while the Alexandria girls go off between 1:27 and 1:54 p.m.
The White Plains players got to see their course for the first time Saturday and found it took every club in their bags.
“It’s definitely a longer course (than they’re used to), but I think we can play good here,” coach Marcus Harrell said. “The short game will be very important.”
Chandler goes into the event with an abundance of confidence. He won the county tournament in a playoff and won the substate with a 70. He’s currently fourth on the Calhoun County Golf Tour in stroke average and tied for the lead in birdies.
“I feel good going into it,” he said after a practice round Saturday. “I feel like my game is starting to get tuned in and like I’m as good as any other kid playing in this tournament. So, if I play the way I am capable of I should come back with a W.”
Last year, playing as an individual at Grand National, Chandler was three shots off the lead after an opening-round 75. He finished tied for 12th.
• LET’S TRY AGAIN: Last weekend’s torrential rains played havoc with the entire local golf schedule forcing many events to be rescheduled, but organizers quickly found make-up dates.
The Maj. Dwayne Williams Tournament has been rescheduled for June 8 at Anniston Country Club. The good news is the field has been reopened for players who might not have been able to play on the original date.
New players must pre-register for the event by calling Nancy Turner at 782-5404 or 453-8607 or electronically at email@example.com.
The weather also washed out the Lea Fite Memorial Four-Man Scramble benefitting the Steel Magnolias and breast cancer research. It now will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. To grab a last-minute spot call Jimmy Taylor at 463-7620.
• JUNIOR SLATE: The schedule for the inaugural season of the Future. Champions Junior Golf Tour season is set.
The seven-event series open to boys and girls 6 to 18 runs from June 10 through Aug. 5. Tour registration fee is $100 and each event is $25, to be contested in five age groups.
The schedule opens at The Lion June 10 and follows at Cider Ridge (June 17), Pine Hill (June 24), Twin Bridges (July 16), Oxmoor Valley (July 22), Silver Lakes (July 29) and Farm Links (Aug. 5).
For details contact tour director Marcus Harrell at 310-5443 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• NEXT ON THE TEE: The Cherokee County Country Club Two-Man Scramble is May 25-26. Entry fee is $80, which includes cart and mulligans. Prizes will be awarded for the top three places in each flight.
Jeremy Rieger and Heath Jones are the defending champions. For more information call the club at 927-5070 or email@example.com
• The brothers of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity are hosting the Taus For Thompson four-man scramble June 8 at Cane Creek Golf Course. Entry fee is $300 per team. Prizes will be awarded to the first three teams. The event is a fundraiser to benefit Thompson Nash Wagoner, a Jacksonville toddler diagnosed with retinoblastoma. For registration details and sponsorship opportunities, contact Kenny Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• ACE IN THE CROWD: Bill Owens scored a double eagle at Stoney Brook Golf Course this past week. He holed a 6-iron from 164 yards on the par-5 fifth hole. The shot was witnessed by William Brown, Jerry King and Don Richardson.
Al Muskewitz covers golf for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3577.