E.A. Sports Today

A whole lot Moore

Organizers anticipate a record year from annual charity two-man scramble at The Hill

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Organizers of the Buddy Moore Charity Tournament anticipate raising nearly one-third of its previous total charitable giving this year thanks to an overwhelming increase in support from their sponsors and players.

The tournament committee set an ambitious goal of $10,000 for this year’s sixth annual two-man scramble, set for this weekend at Anniston Municipal Golf Course. The event has raised approximately $30,000 in the previous five years combined, organizers said.

“We’re such a small event, this is not the Sunny King (Charity Classic),” committee member Pat O’Brien said. “Ten thousand will be $3,000 more than we ever raised and it looks like we’re going to surpass that mark. A lot of people really stepped up.”

An aggressive campaign of fund-raising and promotion helped spread the word. It produced the usual quick sellout of the 40-team field, several new hole sponsors and existing sponsors increasing their support. The committee even received an individual $5 donation in the mail from someone who read about the event and wanted to help, O’Brien said.

The fund also will be supported by the sale of refreshments and a newly instituted raffle for some substantial prizes.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit needy families in the community. The committee does not identify those it helps.

The tournament is played in honor of Buddy Moore, the longtime Anniston Municipal pro and Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame inductee who died in 2011. The four tournament flights carry the names of his family members.

Here are the tee assignments for Saturday’s first round:

8 a.m. Shotgun
Hole 1A – Zinn-Whitley, McGinnis-Tanner
1B – Bass-Bass, Pope-Pope
2 – Jackson-Gilley, Adcock-Hughes
3 – Clonts-Key, Whitaker-Thomas
4 – Cleghorn-Cleghorn, Montgomery-Minter
5 – Mullins-Higgenbotham, Collins-Wade
6 – Waldron-Salmon, Carter-Carter
7 – Ray-Renfroe, Dingler-Ray
8 – Brooks-Akers, McClellan-Lane
9 – Heim-Davis, Hill-Davis

1 p.m. Shotgun
Hole 1A – Moore-Prickette, Bussey-Hockman
1B – Jackson-Preston, Mullendore-Braxton
2 – Mullendore-Mullendore, Sawyer-Tyson
3 – J. McGatha-Rogers, Szuch-Hathorn
4 – Calkins-Howell, T.J. McGatha-Martin
5 – Goggans-Pollard, Shockley-Poole
6 – Bonner-Hunter, Geeting-Davie
7 – Turley-Cannington, Watkins-Lee
8 – Herndon-Strickland, Mooneyham-Randall
9 – Oswalt-Thomas, Rogers-Gann

MATCH PLAY: Players in the Calhoun County Match Play Championship can begin their matches any time after Monday and they are encouraged to complete their matches as quickly as possible.

The first-round matches are listed below. Seedings were determined by the order of finish in the Calhoun County Golf Tour points standings:

Calhoun County Match Play Championship
Buddy Moore Bracket
No. 1 Gary Wigington vs. No. 16 Jeff Borrelli
No. 8 Matt Rogers vs. No. 9 Scott Martin
No. 4 Grant Hockman vs. No. 13 Billy Thompson
No. 5 Jaylon Ellison vs. No. 12 Lance Evans

Chris Banister Bracket
No. 2 Ty Cole vs. No. 15 Clay Calkins
No. 7 Adrian Geeting vs. No. 10 Andrew Brooks
No. 3 Jeremy McGatha vs. No. 14 Nick Pollard
No. 6 Ott Chandler vs. No. 11 Daniel Black

DIVOTS: A quick check of the more than 3,500 players registered for the World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach next week shows one player from our area in the field – Gary Hester of Centre. He has played in the event for several years and is part of larger group that plays out of the BEAA course in Rome, Ga. … There still are spots available for Saturday’s Aim Point Clinic at Anniston Country Club. The aim is to help players to better read the key elements of every green. Call the ACC pro Jake Spott for details (237-8412).

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