E.A. Sports Today

Brandt, Cole win

Auburn pro goes wire-to-wire to win at Cane Creek for first time; Cole wins first County Tour event of the season

By East Alabama Sports Today

Ty Cole overcame four bogeys and the prospect of a tournament-altering penalty to win the amateur division of the Fort McClellan Credit-Union Pro Invitational.

Cole shot 3-over-par 75 Sunday at Cane Creek Golf Course for a three-day total 213 and parred the final to hole to win by a shot over Gary Wigington.

Jimmy Brandt went wire-to-wire to win the pro division. He shot even par 72 Sunday and finished at 8-under 208 for the tournament, three shots better than former Jacksonville State assistant coach Neal Grusczynski.

It was Cole’s first win on the Calhoun County Golf Tour this season. He moves into second place in the Tour points standings.

“I had nothing today,” Cole said. “I didn’t hit it good. I didn’t putt it good. I just literally survived.”

For about 45 minutes on the back nine there was some doubt as to where the leaders stood. Cole was concerned about a penalty for throwing his club in the bunker where his ball lay from 75 yards out after a bad swing.

Tournament officials reached out to PGA of America chairman for rules Ron Hickman at U.S. Open venue Oakmont and was told there was no violation. Cane Creek pro Kenny Szuch met Cole’s game on the 13th tee to provide the decision.

It was Rule 13-4 exception 1-b. A similar club drop — not throw — in a bunker came into question for Russell Knox at the WGC-Cadillac. There was no intent to improve his position and the club did not make contact with the ball.

Before Szuch came to meet the group, Cole was playing as if the penalty were in effect and he was tied with McGatha. When McGatha bogeyed the 10th, he played with the mindset he was three shots down.

Cole said he almost wished there were a penalty for the lesson in anger management it would have taught him.

“That’s a learning less for me — to quit acting like an idiot, because that’s all that is, being an idiot,” he said. “It’s stupid. Why are you throwing clubs? You’re 40 years old, quit acting like an idiot.

“At the end of the day I almost wish I would have gotten a penalty because it would have taught me a valuable lesson, because I would have lost by one.”

This story will be updated.

FORT McCLELLAN CREDIT UNION PRO-INVITATIONAL
At Cane Creek GC

Pro scoreboard
Jimmy Brandt, Auburn $3,500 68-68-72—208
Neal Grusczynski, Milwaukee, Wis. $2,000 69-72-70—211
Glenn Northcutt, Dothan $850 70-72-71—213
Brent Witcher, Atlanta $850 72-66-75—213
Jared Davis, Valdosta, Ga. $500 69-70-75—214
Jaylon Ellison, Atlanta $300 76-70-69—215
Jordan Anderton, Birmingham 73-72-72—217
Alex Tull, Corinth, Miss. 74-74-70—218
Clayton Gregory, Barlett, Tenn. 73-71-75—219
Tol Dozier, Dothan 71-74-75—220
Kyle Sapp, Gardendale 72-78-78—228
Jared Smith, Hattiesburg, Miss. 74-77-80—231
Zack Lynch, Dothan 81-76-78—235
Jay McLuen, Atlanta 71-71-WD

Amateur Division
Championship A

Ty Cole 69-69-75—213
Gary Wigington 74-69-71—214
Jeremy McGatha 69-73-73—215
Brennan Clay 76-71-69—216
Caleb McKinney 73-72-75—220
Scott Martin 72-70-79—221
Dalton Chandler 72-71-78—221
Janson Wilborn 77-71-74—222
Kevin Daugherty 74-73-76—223
Clay Calkins 72-76-77—225
Adrian Geeting 77-71-78—226
Caleb Bowen 72-78-77—227
Layton Bussey 78-72-83—233

Championship B
Chad Calvert 72-84-70—226
Chandler Wilborn 75-78-76—229
Dakota Yawn 72-83-74—229
Andrew Brooks 78-74-78—230
Josh Lewis 78-76-78—232
Landon Straub 80-76-80—236
Billy Thompson 77-78-84—239
Benji Turley 78-82-81—241
Scott Eaton 80-79-83—242
Matt Rogers 81-79-84—244
Dan Griffin 83-78-86—247
Casey Harmon 79-84-84—247
Jeff Borrelli 81-88-78—247
Austin Minter 83-83-82—248
Shane Chappell 98-86-82—266

First flight
Chip Howell 70-74—144
Lewis Lecroy 73-78—151
Doug Sears 73-78—151
Bob Eaton 79-76—155
Ott Chandler 78-79—157
Rodney Guy 74-83—157
Daily Thomas 75-86—161
Eric Hoskins 78-83—161
Gary Wilborn 72-WD

Second flight
James Ramey 80-82—162
Steve Davis 81-82—163
Rich Santagata 82-81—163
Jimbo Phillips 86-77—163
Nick Pollard 82-82—164
Cory Parker 85-81—166
Rocco D’Gomez 81-86—167
Rick Taylor 80-88—168
Kyle Daugherty 83-85—168
Jackson Johnson 89-82—171
John McKenzie 86-90—176
Barry Summerlin 85-95—180
Harrison Szuch 87-96—183

Third flight
Tyler Teneyck 92-84—176
Jimmy Jackson 90-86—176
Paul Szuch 93-94—187
Larry Cunningham 95-96—191
David Gilley 93-99—192
Clark Cunningham 99-96—195
Mark Cotton 102-96—198
John Brewer 118-107—225

LEADERS SCORECARDS
Pro Leaders 443 453 454 36 443 453 445 36 72

Brandt 443 443 454 35 443 543 545 37 72 (208)
Grusczynski 443 442 464 35 343 643 444 35 70 (211)
Northcutt 523 463 455 37 443 443 435 34 71 (213)
Witcher 435 462 554 38 443 544 436 37 75 (213)

Am Leaders 443 453 454 36 443 453 445 36 72
Ty Cole 453 453 455 38 444 543 445 37 75 (213)
Wigington 433 453 554 36 444 443 435 35 71 (214)
McGatha 433 463 544 36 543 453 445 37 73 (215)

CALHOUN COUNTY GOLF TOUR POINTS STANDINGS
(Through FMCU Pro-Invitational)
Gary Wigington 995
Ty Cole 902.5
Jeremy McGatha 827.5
Dalton Chandler 825
Chad Calvert 805
Caleb McKinney 737.5
Kevin Daugherty 650
Scott Martin 595
Janson Wilborn 570
Billy Thompson 562.5
Lewis Lecroy 550
Matt Rogers 547.5
Ott Chandler 525
Andrew Brooks 505
Clay Calkins 450
Adrian Geeting 445
Dan Griffin 430
Jacob Lecroy 400
David Lawrence 385
Kyle Daugherty 380
Caleb Bowen 375
Cypress Hathorn 337.5
Chad Reavis 320
Casey Harmon 317.5
Dustin Travis 315
Lance Evans 312.5
Jonathan Pate 310
Daily Thomas 302.5
Chip Howell 295
Jeff Borrelli 272.5
Brandon Roberts 262.5
Austin Minter 260
Luke Armstrong 235
Kenny Wright 230
Landon Straub 227.5
Nick Pollard 200
Jimbo Phillips 195
Brad Crowe 180
Jeremy Willis 145
Layton Bussey 145
Jono Waugh 130
Kelly Rogers 110
Brad Hardin 75



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