E.A. Sports Today

Winning teams freeze out record field

Nice weather draws 100 players for the Deep Freeze Tournament at Silver Lakes

By East Alabama Sports Today

SILVER LAKES — Unseasonably warm temperatures brought a record number of players out for this year’s Deep Freeze Tournament at Silver Lakes.

A field of 25 teams (100 players) participated in the event, the largest turnout in the 10-year history of the tournament. They played the Heartbreaker 9 and the Short Course backwards.

The team of Benny Foster, Ken Green, Jim Green and Bruce Boozer won a scorecard playoff with Brennan Clay, Jeremy McGatha, Grant Hockman and Matt Rogers for the overall title. Both teams shot 16-under-par 47, but the winners had a birdie on No. 17.

The other flight winners included Chris Hubbard, Nick Hubbard, Tony Hicks and Clay Calkins (2nd flight); Curtis Barker, Eric Lafayette, Marty Branson, Mark Mendinghall (3rd flight – in a scorecard playoff); and Oscar Bryant, Tim Ball, Randy Peppers, Calvin Frost (4th flight).

Here are the complete results:

First flight

47 (-16) — Benny Foster, Ken Green, Jim Green, Bruce Boozer
47 (-16) — Brennan Clay, Jeremy McGatha, Grant Hockman, Matt Rogers
48 (-15) — Dane Moore, Luke Armstrong, Brian Haskins, Harrison Martin

Second flight
49 (-14) — Chris Hubbard, Nick Hubbard, Tony Hicks, Clay Calkins
51 (-12) — Doug East, Jason Thomason, Alan Darnall, Bobby Luttrell
52 (-11) — John Wilson, Buster Winningham, Chad Hare, Lee McClain

Third flight
55 (-8) — Curtis Barker, Eric Lafayette, Marty Branson, Mark Mendinghall
55 (-8) — Bryant Jones, Joe Jones, David Dowling, Jonathan Kilpatrick
56 (-7) — Glenn Hicks, Chris Ray, Ashleigh Ray, Randy Honeycutt

Fourth flight
58 (-5) — Oscar Bryant, Tim Ball, Randy Peppers, Calvin Frost
59 (-4) — Willie Nearer, Myrone Houston, Rodrick Trammel, Clinton Wells
60 (-3) — Brent Davis, David Carroll, Gary McClendon, Mike Clayton

Closest to the pin
Heartbreaker 5 – Bruce Boozer
Heartbreaker 8 – Jimbo Phillips
Short Course 12 – Caleb McKinney
Short Course 18 – Richard Johnson

ANOTHER ACE: Hunter Watts is getting pretty sharp on these par-3s.

On Thursday, for the second time in a month, the Alexandria golfer scored a hole-in-one. This time, he aced the sixth hole on the Short Course at Silver Lakes. The shot played 134 yards and he used a 7-iron. The shot was witnessed by Cole Burnett and Jaxson Chaffin.

If the Valley Cubs ever get in a playoff, for their sake let’s hope it starts on a par-3.

AND ANOTHER: Dapper Denny Besser scored a hole-in-one at Cider Ridge Sunday. He aced the signature par-3 12th from 115 yards with a 9-iron.



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