Anniston Country Club hires Spott as new head golf pro
by Al Muskewitz
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Jake Spott is quite comfortable on and around the golf course, but there were two instances in the last month when his nerves were working overtime.

The first was at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando when he was putting for his win in the final four of a manufacturer’s short-game skills contest. The other was waiting for the call from Anniston Country Club officials offering him the chance to become their new head golf professional.

The call came, and Spott accepted the offer Thursday. He is expecting to arrive at the Highland Avenue private club in mid-March.

“I’m crazy excited about it,” Spott said. “I was there a couple weeks ago (shooting 74 the first time he saw the course) and it was a pretty neat experience to see the facility.

“One of the main reasons I think it’s going to be a successful venture for all of us is it has something for everyone in the family. You’ve got to have that. All those puzzle pieces were there.”

Spott, 29, has been the head pro at the private Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon, Va., moving into his first head pro job in the immediate aftermath of the 2011 storms that plowed through the facility hours after devastating Silver Lakes. Before that, he spent 3 1/2 years under former ACC pro Brent Krause at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club in Montgomery.

He was selected for the ACC job over finalists from Georgia, Texas and Mississippi.

Spott considers himself a “traditional golf pro,” which encompasses playing, teaching, merchandising and member relations. His emphasis will be “getting people hyped up going to the first tee again,” and has plans to rekindle programs for women, juniors and lapsed men golfers.

That money he won in the skills contest? It allowed him to reinvest in his instruction program and he plans to bring some video software to the practice range as well as a launch monitor to aid in custom club fitting.

“He’s a real sharp kid,” new ACC general manager Jack Sauers said. “I just think he’s going to be a huge asset not only to Anniston Country Club and Anniston, I think he’ll help us with golf and the community, too; be a real

ambassador. I’m real fired up about him being the guy chosen.”

COUNTY CALL: Registration is now underway for the Calhoun County Two-Man, which will be March 15-16 at Cane Creek Golf Course. Entry fee is $90 per player, which includes Friday practice round. The field will play a scramble on Saturday and a scamble on Sunday. Entry forms can be secured at the Cane Creek pro shop.

--Stoney Brook Golf Course in Jacksonville will begin holding a two-man senior scramble (55 and older) the first Wednesday of every month beginning March 5. Entry fee is $25 a player. For details call the course at 435-3114.

Al Muskewitz coves golf for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3577.
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