E.A. Sports Today

Red-hot Cole wins again

Sunday golf results: Cole wins Gadsden Invitational; Burgess-Beam win ACC Parent-Child

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

When you’re playing as well as Ty Cole is right now the breaks when they come just seem to fall your way.

Cole made birdie from a hazard early in his round Sunday, nearly made a hole-in-one on a par-4 on the front and rode that momentum to win the revived Gadsden Country Club Invitational.

The Asbury High history teacher shot a final-round 3-under-par 68 and finished at 9-under 204 for the tournament, six shots better than runner-up Clay Guerin of Birmingham. Chad Calvert of Boaz was third (214).

It was his second win in as many weeks, having won the Fort McClellan Credit Union Pro-Invitational on the Calhoun County Golf Tour last weekend. He heads to the Tour’s RTJ Silver Lakes Championship next weekend that he has won the last two years and feels “comfortable.”

The last player to win back-to-back events on the Calhoun County Tour was Gary Wigington in 2014 (Pine Hill Invitational, Calhoun County Championship).

“I’m hitting it good right now,” Cole said. “I’m going to ride it until it’s done.”

Cole carried a five-shot lead into the final round, then added another shot to it out of potential disaster on the par-5 third hole. He hit his tee shot into the hazard, took a drop and then hit a long 5-iron to two feet and made the putt for birdie.

“That kept some of the momentum from yesterday,” he said.

Later in the round, he hit a three-quarters driver on the uphill ninth that a maintenance worker positioned near the green said came within a half-inch of finding the hole. Cole made eagle – for the second day in a row – then played for par on the back nine and made nine in a row to bring it home.

“With Calvert being the closest and playing with me, it kind of had to be demoralizing for him,” Cole said of his birdie on 3. “He sees me hit it in the ditch and he he hits it perfect, then I hit it to two feet. He kind of looks at me like, ‘Can you not give us a break?’ I said, well, I did hit it in the ditch.”

Now he goes to an event he has won two years in a row. But even as well as he’s playing right now he’s not taking anything for granted.

“I’ve thought about Silver Lakes before this year started because I won it the last two years, and for whatever reason I tend to play pretty well there,” he said. “You’ve still got to go out and beat everyone else; they’re not going to hand it to you.

“When it comes to Silver Lakes, I feel comfortable there. Kind of like Cane Creek, I feel comfortable there and I hit it pretty good there.”

PARENT-CHILD: Club champion Garrett Burgess and Drennan Beam fashioned a final-round 4-under-par 66 and won the annual Parent-Child Tournament at Anniston Country Club by two shots.

The winners were 11-under 129 for the weekend.

“We have played in this tournament a few years now and have come close in the past, but we finally got it done so it’s nice to check it off the list,” Burgess said.

Defending champions T.J. and Jeremy McGatha finished tied for second with Randy and Logan Archer at 131. Tournament officials went to the third USGA tiebreaker to determine the places.

Don and Rusty Whitlow won the second gross flight. Rusty and Gantt Whitlow won the net division.

Championship A

Ty Cole 71-65-68—204
Clay Guerin 74-68-68—210
Chad Calvert 73-68-73—214
Bo Hayes 71-70-74—215
Harrison Martin 70-72-76—218
Kevin Daugherty 69-74-75—218

Championship B
Dane Moore 76-73-68—217
Scott Martin 75-74-72—221
Caleb McKinney 72-77-72—221
Rad Downey 79-67-77—223
Corbin Holland 75-72-76—223
Tanner Roberts 74-73-81—228
Josh Ashley 78-72-79—229

Championship C
Scott Smith 72-83-71—226
Dustin Underwood 79-76-78—233
Mark Durden 77-81-76—234
Clay Smith 76-82-81—239
Clayton Chandler 79-84-78—241
Chris Cox 79-87-80—246
Thomas McConnell 78-80-90—248
Chad Maples 78-81-89—248
Luke Armstrong 79-81-WD

First flight
Chad Reavis 71-72—143
Jon Bailey 75-73—148
Mark Cantrell 77-73—150
Danny Dunlap 76-76—152
Don Sutton 77-75—152
Blake Erwin 75-80—155
Ryan Moore 77-80—157
Greg Campbell 77-81—158
Rocky Chapman 76-WD

Second flight
Mark Spurlock 79-79—158
Larry Gilchrist 80-85—165
Mark Reeves 80-85—165
Steve Lee 83-83—166
Wesley Watkins 80-87—167
Jeff Roberts 79-92—171
Jeff Hammontree 86-87—173
J.T. Wright 88-94—182
Andrew Ford 83-102—185
Trey Vice 95-91—186

Roscoe Johnson Jr. 73-73—146
Gary Hopper 75-72—147
Wayne Downey 77-76—153
Wayne Ball 79-83—162
Larry Grimes 80-85—165
Roger Jenkins 83-86—169
Ron Bousman 89-100—189
Larry Tierce 107-104—211
Ron Eiland 93-WD

At Anniston Country Club
Gross Division
Flight 1

Garrett Burgess-Drennan Beam 63-66—129
T.J. McGatha-Jeremy McGatha 67-64—131
Randy Archer-Logan Archer 65-66—131
Scott Clay-Brennan Clay 65-71—136
Clay Calkins-Tyler Calkins 72-65—137
Rich Santagata-Rich Santagata Jr. 68-70—138
Rob Svensen-Jack Svensen 69-70—139
Rob Svensen-Ross Svensen 70-70—140
Kevin Wells-Tanner Wells 72-71—143
Matt Rogers-Isabel Rogers 72-73—145
Michael Downey-Haden Downey 72-74—146
Don Whitlow-Mike Whitlow 72-76—148
Graham Morrow-Caleb Morrow 72-77—149

Flight 2
Don Whitlow-Rusty Whitlow 73-69—142
Frank Turner-Richard Turner 73-69—142
x-Rusty Whitlow-Gantt Whitlow 75-67—142
Michael Travis-Dustin Travis 74-70—144
Guice Potter III-Guice Potter IV 73-75—148
Don Whitlow-Trey Sawyer 75-73—148
Mike Hughston-Harrison Hughston 74-75—149
Michael Downey-Ethan Miles Jamison 75-76—151
Joseph Lambert-Cal Lambert 80-76—156
Kevin Wells-Tyler Wells 78-79—157
Don Whitlow-Gantt Whitlow 83-74—157
Jip Peoples-Jake Peoples 85-73—158
Ken Howell-Keith Howell 81-82—163
x-position voided for net prize

Net Division
Rusty Whitlow-Gantt Whitlow -33
Don Whitlow-Gantt Whitlow -30
Clay Calkins-Tyler Calkins -28
Michael Downey-Haden Downey -27
Matt Rogers-Isabel Rogers -23
T.J. McGatha-Jeremy McGatha -23
Kevin Wells-Tanner Wells -22
Don Whitlow-Trey Sawyer -22
Don Whitlow-Rusty Whitlow -21
Michael Downey-Ethan Miles Jamison -21
Graham Morrow-Caleb Morrow -20
Don Whitlow-Mike Whitlow -20
Frank Turner-Richard Turner -17
Rob Svensen-Jack Svensen -16
Scott Clay-Brennan Clay -16
Garrett Burgess-Drennan Beam -15
Rob Svensen-Ross Svensen -15
Kevin Wells-Tyler Wells -14
Randy Archer-Logan Archer -11
Ken Howell-Keith Howell -11
Rich Santagata-Rich Santagata Jr. -10
Jip Peoples-Jake Peoples -9
Michael Travis-Dustin Travis -8
Guice Potter III-Guice Potter IV -7
Mike Hughston-Harrison Hughston -5
Joseph Lambert-Cal Lambert -1

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