E.A. Sports Today

Calvert wins Etowah Open

Boaz GC superintendent shoots 70 for second day in a row, wins tournament for the first time; Reavis wins Championship B

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

GLENCOE – Chad Calvert found a way to make a tough season a little more enjoyable Sunday.

Calvert shot 1-under-par 70 for the second day in a row and won the Etowah County Open at Briarmeade Golf Course for the first time.

Calvert, a top 10 player on the Calhoun County Golf Tour who skipped the County Championship to play in this event, was the only player in the field to shoot under par and won by two shots over Scott Smith. Randy Lipscomb was third, four shots off the lead.

It was Calvert’s first win since taking the County Tour season-opener at Indian Oaks.

“It feels good,” he said. “Knowing how I played this summer, it wasn’t up to par, but a win is a win; it feels good regardless.

“It’s been an aggravating year, a frustrating year, because you hear people say things. I know I’m better than that; just to hear it is frustrating.”

Calvert had seven birdies in the round, but they were offset by three bogeys and a double. He shared the overnight lead with Smith, but lost his share of it on the first hole when Smith eagled and he saved birdie with “a heck of an up-and-down.”

He then chipped in for birdie on No. 2. The day changed on 5 when Calvert made a bogey and Smith made a triple. Calvert then birdied 6 and 8 to go into the ninth hole with a five-shot lead.

The lead was back to only one going to 18, but Calvert hit his approach to within a foot of the hole for an easy closing birdie.

“I played good enough to keep him off of me a little,” he said.

Despite passing on the Calhoun County Championship, Calvert still was able to claim a spot in the upcoming Calhoun County Match Play Championship. He finished eighth in the Calhoun County Tour player standings and will draw ninth-seeded Matt Rogers of Anniston in his first match.

Lipscomb called his weekend “volatile,” with three shots — including one on Sunday’s opening hole — going out of bounds. “You’re not beating anyone with six penalty shots,” he said.

Chad Reavis, another Calhoun County Tour player, shot the best round of the tournament Sunday (69) to win the Championship B flight.

At Briarmeade GC
Championship A
Chad Calvert 70-70—140
Scott Smith 70-72—142
Randy Lipscomb 73-71—144
Blake Fulmer 72-77—149
Kevin Johnson 73-76—149
Dustin Underwood 75-76—151
Jack Sims 74-79—153
Larry Gilchrist 74-79—153
Jeff McRae 77-81—158
Craig Colvaro 77-84—161
Jason Shields 76-88—164

Championship B
Chad Reavis 81-69—150
Steve Honda 78-75—153
Luke Armstrong 78-79—157
Daily Thomas 79-81—160
Clay Jones 80-80—160
Kent Colvin 78-83—161
Jeff Noah 81-80—161
Kenny Fulmer 83-79—162
Nick Higdon 80-87—167
Ethan Womack 80-88—168
Scott Hopper 83-86—169
Jake Ball 81-88—169
Blake Erwin 82-87—169
Ray Amberson 83-87—170
Phillip Jones 83-88—171
Jake Pennington 83-89—172
Brian Elkins 81-91—172
Dale Owens 83-99—182

First flight
Mark Spurlock 84-78—162
Trent Ralston 87-78—165
Kevin Lipscomb 89-77—166
Andrew Roden 87-85—172
Randy Spurling 88-84—172
Greg Ford 84-88—172
Rocky Chapman 85-89—174
Brian Fant 87-88—175
Jaime Courington 88-88—176
Melvin Fant 91-87—178
Tim Fulmer 89-90—179
Josh Wright 88-92—180
Danny Owens 89-93—182
Kevin Orell 90-92—182
Corbin Stone 92-91—183
Chris Holderfield 93-91—184
Greg Hare 91-94—185
Matt Moon 98-92—190
Adam Smith 100-100—200

Senior flight
Neal Keener 73-75—148
Richard Hollingsworth 78-71—149
Wesley Watkins 76-78—154
Lee Vinson 79-77—156
Bob Hayes 86-74—160
Frank Barnes 84-77—161
David Beason 82-84—166
Rick Holiday 85-83—168
Johnny Willis 90-81—171
Joe Sanders 90-85—175
Ray Strawbridge 91-91—182
Alan Walch 102-93—195

Super Senior flight
Gary Hopper 76-74—150
Dan Cosby 74-78—152
Phillip Eades 77-78—155
Wayne Ball 79-77—156
Larry Moon 83-79—162
Ray McClendon 85-80—165
Mike Estes 78-88—166
Larry Ballard 86-83—169
Frankie Leath 87-87—174
Charlie Pearce 89-89—178

On the cover: Chad Calvert (L) lines up a putt during the final round of the Etowah County Open Sunday. (Special photo)

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