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SKCC history

Here is a year-by-year history of the Sunny King Charity Classic with highlights of each champion’s run

SKCC history

The SKCC has a long and storied history

SAM BYRD INVITATIONAL

1979 Lewis Roberts-Dennis Braden 59 (-11) Card playoff.
1980 Ken Nunnally-Clayton Dobbins 58 (-12) Margin N/A
1981 John Norton-Buddy Canup 58-59—117 (-23) Playoff, 1st hole.
1982 John Stewart-Graham Stewart 66-65—131 (-9) Won by 1.
1983 Jerry Richardson-Bill Hayes 56-57—113 (-29) Won by 2.
1984 Brett Rothwell-Jim Flynn 60-58—118 (-24) Playoff, 1st hole.
1985 Donnie McClellan-David Messer 58-58—116 (-26) Won by 3.
1986 Lewis Roberts-Rex Curvin 59-58—117 (-25) Won by 2.

SUNNY KING CLASSIC
1987
Jimmy Singleton-Charles Singleton 55-59-59—173 (-41) Won by 5.
1988 Jeff Burns-Wilton Page 61-59-61—181 (-33) Scorecard playoff.
1989-x Chip Howell-Ray Chapman 61-63-67—191 (-23) Won by 6.
1990 Donnie McClellan-Bill Haas 59-66-67—192 (-24) Won by 1.
1991 Jeff Ingram-Greg Thomas 62-64-62—188 (-26) Won by 4.
1992 Pat Hughes-Tim Hughes 64-65-65—194 (-20) Won by 1.
1993 Eddie Jackson-Wayne Garrett 65-58-65—188 (-26) Won by 3.
1994 Eric Hamilton-Patrick Cushman 63-56-66—185 (-25) Won by 2.
1995 Eric Hamilton-Patrick Cushman 59-55-63—177 (-26) Won by 1.
1996 Eric Hamilton-Patrick Cushman 55-61-64—180 (-25) Won by 9.
1997 Randy Reaves-Jeff Russell 66-63-66—195 (-19) Playoff, 2nd hole.
1998 Eric Hamilton-Patrick Cushman 66-53-66—185 (-20) Playoff, 1st hole.
1999 Eric Hamilton-Patrick Cushman 54-63-63—185 (-25) Won by 6.
2000 Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington 62-57-61—180 (-34) Won by 8.
2001 Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington 59-64-62—185 (-29) Won by 3.
2002 Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington 58-56-65—179 (-35) Won by 4.
2003 Jeremy McGatha-Jaylon Ellison 56-62-64—182 (-32) Won by 1.
2004 Ott Chandler-Gary Wilborn 59-61-59—179 (-35) Won by 7.
2005 Ott Chandler-Gary Wilborn 61-61-62—184 (-30) Won by 5.
2006 Jeremy McGatha-Jaylon Ellison 60-60-62—182 (-32) Won by 2.
2007 Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington 60-61-60—181 (-33) Won by 1.
2008 Marcus Harrell-Ott Chandler 58-59-63—180 (-34) Won by 1.
2009 Jeremy McGatha-Jaylon Ellison 59-59-63—181 (-33) Won by 1.
2010 Marcus Harrell-Ott Chandler 57-59-63—179 (-35) Playoff, 2nd hole.
2011 Jeremy McGatha-Jaylon Ellison 57-58-60—175 (-39) Won by 6.
2012 Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington 58-58-60—176 (-38) Won by 1.
2013 Garrett Burgess-Cypress Hathorn 56-58-62—176 (-38) Won by 5.
2014 Ryan Howard-Lance Evans 56-60-60—176 (-38) Playoff, 1st hole.
2015 Ott Chandler-Dalton Chandler 56-57-59—172 (-42) Won by 3.
2016 Ty Cole-Gary Wigington 55-59-57—171 (-43) Won by 8.
2017 Ty Cole-Gary Wigington 56-61-57—174 (-40) Won by 4.
2018 Ty Cole-Gary Wigington 58-57-60—175 (-39). Won by 6.

x-First year of current handicap rule (strokes for no better than par)

SAM BYRD INVITATIONAL
Course order based on order played by champion

1979 (March 30) — Anniston Country Club (par-70, best ball net)
Lewis Roberts-Dennis Braden 59 (-11). Won in a scorecard playoff over Wes Nowlin and Bill Phillips. Chip Howell-David Brown won low gross (68). Howell won long drive on 17.

1980 (March 21) — Anniston CC (70, best ball net)
Ken Nunnally-Clayton Dobbins 58 (-12). Second place: Rodney Owens-Carey Smith, no score listed. Dave Dillman-Ralph Carter won low gross (70).

1981 (March 28-29) — Anniston CC (70, two days of best ball net)
John Norton-Buddy Canup 58-59–117 (-23). Trailed Bill Ward-Donnie McClellan and Louie Feazell-Bob Wigington by 3 after Round 1. Won in a playoff with Feazell-Wigington and Ward-McClellan on first extra hole.

1982 (March 27-28) — Anniston CC (70, scotch doubles-best ball)
John Stewart-Graham Stewart 66-65–131 (-9). Trailed Charlie Brockwell-Larry Deason by 7 after Round 1. Won by 1 over Brockwell-Deason.

1983 (June 10-12) — Anniston CC (71, best ball net)
Jerry Richardson-Bill Hayes 56-57–113 (-29). Led by 1 over Earlon McWhorter-Bob Plummer after Round 1. Won by 2 over McWhorter-Plummer. Gross champion: Chip Howell-Ray Chapman (64-64–128). Lou Kennamer (83) won the women’s gross division. Alma Arid (67) won the women’s net division.

1984 (Aug. 24-26) — Anniston CC (71, best ball net)
Brett Rothwell-Jim Flynn 60-58–118 (-24). Trailed Perry Canada-Larry Deason by 5 after Round 1. Won with a birdie by Rothwell on the first hole of a playoff with Canada-Deason. Lucille Ellis won the women’s gross division. Martha Van Marter won the women’s net division.

1985 (July 13-14) — Indian Oaks (72), ACC (70). Best ball with handicap.
Donnie McClellan-David Messer 58-58–116 (-26). Lamar Murphree-Dave Williams Jr. shot 57 at ACC (-13) in Round 1, but McClellan-Messer shot 58 at Indian Oaks (-14). Won by 3 over Richard Powell-Danny Weldon. Gross champion: David Sanders-Charles Wigley 124. Junior champion: Mike Shepp 74. Rain halted Sunday’s round for an hour.

1986 (July 12-13) — ACC (70), Indian Oaks (72). Best ball with handicap. Lewis Roberts-Rex Curvin 59-58–117 (-25). Trailed Morris Mink-Rudy Simmons by 3 after Round 1. Won by 2 over Bill White-Jim Freeman. Junior champion: Robert Wingo, 76. Women’s champions: Lou Kennamer (gross, 80), Deborah Atkins (net 88-29–59).

SUNNY KING CLASSIC

1987 (July 10-12) — ACC (70), Indian Oaks (72), Cane Creek (72). Best ball with handicap.
Jimmy Singleton-Charles Singleton 55-59-59–172 (-41). Trailed Bob Mosakowski-Garry McElroy by 1 after Round 1. Led by 1 over Tim MacTaggert-Butch Barker after Round 2. Won by 5 over MacTaggert-Barker, John Hollingsworth-Robert Stewart, William Lumpkin-Mike Hatten. Gross champion: Chip Howell-Ray Chapman 68-66-66–200. Women’s champion: Hope Mooney (gross, 66), Ann Cushman (net, 63)

1988 (July 8-10) — ACC (70), Pine Hill (72), Cane Creek (72). Best ball with handicap.

Jeff Burns-Wilton Page 61-59-61–181 (-33). Trailed Rusty Stokes-Al Reynolds and Gene Hamby-David Coleman by 3 after Round 1. Trailed Lane Golden-Wayne Adams by 1 after Round 2. Won in a scorecard playoff over John Carrozza-Mike Pinson (61-58-62). Women’s champion: Lou Kennamer (gross, 83), Sabrina Simmons (net, 63).

1989 (July 7-9) — Pine Hill (72, best ball), Cane Creek (72, best ball), ACC (70, best ball). Chip Howell-Ray Chapman 61-63-67–191 (-23). Led by 3 over Scott Townsend-Lawrence Key after Round 1. Led by 8 over Townsend-Key after Round 2. Won by 6 over Townsend-Key. Women’s champion: Evelyn Banister (63, net). First year where handicap could get no better than par. Sunday round interrupted an hour by rain.

1990 (July 13-15) — Crawford Ridge (now Indian Oaks, 72 scramble), Pine Hill (72, best ball), Cane Creek (72, best ball)
Donnie McClellan-Bill Haas 59-66-67–192 (-24). Tied with Travis Dover-Mike Hatten after round 1. Led by 3 over Steve McDaniel-Phillip Traylor and David Messer-Doug Aman after Round 2. Won by 1 over Everett King-Steve Stephens. Women’s tournament canceled for lack of entries.

1991 (July 12-14) — Pine Hill (72, best ball), Cane Creek (72, best ball), ACC (70, best ball)
Jeff Ingram-Greg Thomas 62-64-62–188 (-26). Trailed Everett King-Steve Stephens and Norris Ray-Jerome Wilson by 1 after Round 1. Tied with Gary Wilborn-Keith Fuller after Round 2. Won by 4 over Wilborn-Fuller. Women’s co-champion: Diane Vandiver and Evelyn Banister, 66. Women’s medalist: Christie Smith, 74.

1992 (July 10-12) — Pine Hill (72, best ball), ACC (70, best ball), Cane Creek (72, best ball)
Pat Hughes-Tim Hughes 64-65-65–194 (-20). Shared the lead with Don Pruitt-Jack Pruitt and Terry Fields-David Bedford after Round 1. Trailed Pruitt-Pruitt by 3 after Round 2. Won by 1 over Chip Howell-Ray Chapman and Pruitt-Pruitt. Women’s champion: Charlotte Alford-Lou Kennamer, 66

1993 (July 9-11) — Pine Hill (72, best ball), ACC (70, scramble), Cane Creek (72, best ball)
Eddie Jackson-Wayne Garrett 65-58-65–188 (-26). Trailed Manny Suco-Brad Barfield by 3 after Round 1. Led by 3 over Brian Bouchillon-Tim Williams and Jeff Ingram-Charlie Robinson after Round 2. Won by 3 over Bouchillon-Williams. Women’s champion: Mary Isbell-Marie Roberts, 67

1994 (July 8-10) — Cane Creek (72, scramble), Pine Hill (72), ACC (70, best ball)
Eric Hamilton-Patrick Cushman 63-56-66–185 (-26). Led by 2 over Scott Eaton-Dan Griffin after Round 1. Led by 3 over Eddie Jackson-Wayne Garrett after Round 2. Won by 2 over Jackson-Garrett.

1995 (July 7-9) — Cane Creek (70, scramble), Silver Lakes BB-SC (63, best ball), ACC (70, best ball)
Eric Hamilton-Patrick Cushman 59-55-63–177 (-26). Trailed Rob Svenson-Bill Wakefield by 2 after Round 1. Led by 2 over Svenson-Wakefield after Round 2. Won by 1 over Chip Howell-Ray Chapman, who shot 13-under 57 on Sunday.

1996 (July 12-14) — Silver Lakes BB-SC (63), Silver Lakes MB-HB (72), ACC (70, best ball)
Eric Hamilton-Patrick Cushman 55-61-64–180 (-25). Led by 2 over Jeff Ingram-Norm Wilder after Round 1. Led by 7 over Ingram-Wilder and D. Quinn-Hal Willingham after Round 2. Won by 9 over Randy Reaves-Jeff Russell.

1997 (July 11-13) — Pine Hill (72, scramble), Silver Lakes (72, best ball), ACC (70, best ball)

Randy Reaves-Jeff Russell 66-63-66–195 (-19). Trailed Eric Messer-David Messer by 4 after Round 1. Tied for lead with Messer-Messer after Round 2. Won on second playoff hole over Messer-Messer and Billy Tuck-Mike Brown.

1998 (July 11-13) — Silver Lakes MB-HB (72, best ball), Silver Lakes BB-SC (63, scramble), ACC (70, best ball)
Eric Hamilton-Patrick Cushman 66-53-66–185 (-20). Trailed Scott Eaton-Dan Griffin and Matt Rogers-Bob Eaton by 1 after Round 1. Tied with Chip Howell-Buster Inman and Mike Lewis-Davis Lee after Round 2. Won on the first hole of a playoff over Howell-Inman when Hamilton made eagle at No. 17.

1999 (July 9-11) — Silver Lakes BB-SC (63, scramble), Silver Lakes MB-HB (72, best ball), ACC (70, best ball)
Eric Hamilton-Patrick Cushman 54-63-63–185 (-25). Trailed Matt Rogers-Bob Eaton by 1 after Round 1. Led by 3 over Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington and Jeremy McGatha-Jaylon Ellison after Round 2. Won by 6 over McGatha-Ellison.

2000 (July 7-9) — Pine Hill (72, best ball) Silver Lakes (72, scramble), ACC (70, best ball)
Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington 62-57-61–180 (-34). Trailed Hank Smith-Cal Moore by 1 after Round 1. Led by 5 over Jerry Irwin-Don Maddox after Round 2. Won by 8 over Irwin-Maddox.

2001 (July 6-8) — Silver Lakes (72, scramble), Cane Creek (72, best ball), ACC (70, best ball)
Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington 59-64-62–185 (-29). Led by 1 over Craig Messer-David Messer after Round 1. Led by 2 over Chris Maye-Greg Burnett after Round 2. Won by 3 over Maye-Burnett.

2002 (July 12-14) — Silver Lakes (72, scramble), Cane Creek (72 scamble), ACC (70, best ball)
Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington 58-56-65–179 (-35). Shared the lead with Chip Howell-David Sanders and Jeremy McGatha-Jaylon Ellison after Round 1. Led by 6 over Adrian Geeting-Benji Turley and Ott Chandler-Gary Wilborn after Round 2. Won by 4 over Chandler-Wilborn. Second round suspended 60 minutes by weather. Rusty Whitlow won a car with a hole-in-one at ACC.

2003 (July 11-13) — Silver Lakes (72, scramble), Cane Creek (72, scamble), ACC (70, best ball)
Jeremy McGatha-Jaylon Ellison 56-62-64–182 (-32). Led by 4 over Jay Bowman-Roby Brooks, Wade Monroe-John Reynolds, Brian Woodfin-Sean Lloyd and Dan Griffin-Chic Nix after Round 1. Led by 6 over Eric Hamilton-Stan Sherlin and Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington after Round 2. Won by 1 over Hamilton-Sherlin. 25th annual.

2004 (July 9-11) — Silver Lakes (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72, scramble), ACC (70, best ball)
Ott Chandler-Gary Wilborn 59-61-59–179 (-35). Shared the lead with Chris Maye-Arron Bishop and Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington after Round 1. Trailed Doug Bragg-Jay McElroy by 1 after Round 2. Won by 7 shots over Bragg-McElroy. Dennis Buckley won $20,000 toward a car with a hole-in-one at Cider Ridge No. 3.

2005 (July 8-10) — Silver Lakes (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72, scamble), ACC (70 best ball)
Ott Chandler-Gary Wilborn 61-61-62-184 (-30). Trailed Cory Etter-Brent Edwards by 3 after Round 1. Trailed Blake Boozer-Bryan Rozier by 2 after Round 2. Won by 5 shots over Matt Rogers-Chris Maye, Jaylon Ellison-Jeremy McGatha and Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington. The final round was played with the leading edge of Hurricane Dennis bearing down on the area.

2006 (July 7-9) — Cane Creek (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72, scamble), ACC (70, best ball)
Jeremy McGatha-Jaylon Ellison 60-60-62–182 (-32). Trailed Benji Turley-John Hanson by 1 after Round 1. Trailed Turley-Hanson by 1 after Round 2. Won by 2 over Scott Pettus-Brennan Clay, Turley-Hanson and Ott Chandler-Gary Wilborn. Turley-Hanson assessed two-shot penalty for misplayed ball on 18 in Round 2.

2007 (July 27-29) — Cane Creek (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72, scamble), ACC (70 best ball)
Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington 60-61-60–181 (-33). Were among four teams who trailed Jimmy Reist-Bryan Askew by 2 after Round 1. Trailed Marcus Harrell-Nathan Bennett and Jeremy McGatha-Jaylon Ellison by 1 after Round 2. Won by 1 over Reist-Askew when Reaves made a 25-foot birdie putt in the dark on 18. Reaves also made birdies on 16 and 17. Final round had a 70-minute weather delay with the leaders on the back nine. Late start date due to refurbishment of ACC greens.

2008 (July 11-13) – Cane Creek (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72, scamble), ACC (70, best ball)
Marcus Harrell-Ott Chandler 58-59-63–180 (-34). Shared the lead with Jeremy McGatha-Jaylon Ellison after Round 1. Led by 2 over John Hanson-Benji Turley, Craig Messer-Mark West and Garrett Burgess-Brian Woodfin after rain-interrupted Round 2. Won by 1 over Chris Maye-Jimmy Reist when Harrell made a sweeping 30-foot birdie putt on 18. Messer-West shot 16-under in its Saturday round at Cider Ridge.

2009 (July 10-12) — Cane Creek (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72, scamble), ACC (70, best ball)
Jeremy McGatha-Jaylon Ellison 59-59-63–181 (-33). Trailed Brian Macoy-Benji Turley by 1 after Round 1. Led by 3 over Macoy-Turley, Matt Rogers-Grant Hockman and Ryan Howard-Scott Murphree after Round 2. Won by 2 over Howard-Murphree and Gary Wilborn-Garrett Burgess. Final round at ACC delayed 59 minutes by weather. Shane Dowdey won $20,000 toward a car with a hole-in-one Saturday at ACC No. 16.

2010 (July 9-11) — Silver Lakes (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72, scamble), ACC (70, best ball)
Marcus Harrell-Ott Chandler 57-59-63–179 (-35). Tied with Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington and Nathan Bennett-Daniel Glidewell after Round 1. Led by 3 over Drew Archer-Richard Poole and Matias Anselmo-Richard Turner after Round 2. Won in playoff with Randy Reaves-Gary Wigington when Harrell made sweeping 25-foot eagle putt on second extra hole. Score in regulation tied modern-era scoring record.

2011 (July 8-10) — Pine Hill (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72, scamble), ACC (70, best ball)
Jaylon Ellison-Jeremy McGatha 57-58-60–175 (-39). Tied with Brennan Clay-Daniel Glidewell after Round 1. Led by 5 over Clay-Glidewell after Round 2. Won by 6, the widest margin since 2004. Score set the modern-era scoring record. Silver Lakes missed the rotation as the result of damage from the April tornado. Stacy Williams won $20,000 toward a car with a hole-in-one Saturday at ACC No. 16.

2012 (July 6-8) — Silver Lakes (72 scramble), Cider Ridge (72, scamble), ACC (70 best ball)
Gary Wigington-Randy Reaves 58-58-60–176 (-38). Trailed Mike Williams-Benji Willimon by 3 after Round 1. Trailed Brennan Clay-Daniel Glidewell by 1 after Round 2. Won by 1 over Cory Etter-Marcus Harrell. Win was team’s record-tying fifth title, gave Reaves record sixth individual crown.

2013 (July 12-14) — Silver Lakes (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72 scamble), ACC (70, best ball)
Garrett Burgess-Cypress Hathorn 56-58-62—176 (-38). Trailed Kenny Wright-Adrian Geeting by 2 after Round 1. Led by 2 over Randy Lipscomb-Jake Nichols after Round 2. Won by 5 over Gary Wigington-Randy Reaves. Wright-Geeting set modern-day scramble record with 18-under 54 at Silver Lakes.

2014 (July 11-13) — Silver Lakes (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72 scamble), ACC (70, best ball)
Ryan Howard-Lance Evans 56-60-60-176 (-38). Trailed Freeman Fite-Gary Wigington by 2 after Round 1. Trailed Fite-Wigington by 2 after Round 2. Won in playoff over Fite-Wigington on Howard’s 25-foot birdie putt. Fite-Wigington tied modern-day scramble record with 18-under 54 at Silver Lakes.

2015 (July 10-12) — Silver Lakes (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72 scamble), ACC (70, best ball)
Ott Chandler-Dalton Chandler 56-57-59-172 (-42). Shared the first-round lead with Jeremy McGatha-Brennan Clay, Gary Wigington-Freeman Fite, Chad Reavis-Chad Calvert. Trailed Fite-Wigington by 1 after Round 2. Won by 3 over Jeremy McGatha-Brennan Clay. The first father-son winners set the all-time tournament scoring record and are the first champions to post all three rounds in the 50s. Jonathan Bennett, Ty Cole made holes-in-one for car.

2016 (July 8-10) – Silver Lakes (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72, modified scramble), ACC (70, best-ball).
Ty Cole-Gary Wigington 55-59-57—171 (-43). Led P.J. Shields-Jaylon Ellison by 2 after Round 1. Led Garrett-Burgess-Cypress Hathorn by 4 after Round 2. Won by 8 over Shields-Ellison. Set all-time scoring record. Second straight year winner has all three rounds in the 50s. Sunday 57 was lowest final-round by a champion in tournament history. Wigington ties former partner Randy Reaves for most SKCC wins by individual (six).

2017 (July 7-9) – Silver Lakes (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72, modified scramble), ACC (70, best-ball).
Ty Cole-Gary Wigington 56-61-57—174 (-40). Trailed P.J. Shields-Jaylon Ellison by 1 after Round 1. Trailed Shields-Ellison by 2 after Round 2. Won by 4 over Shields-Ellison. Cole-Wigington become first back-to-back champions since Ott Chandler-Gary Wilborn in 2004-2005. Wigington becomes all-time winningest player in SKCC history with seven titles.

2018 (July 13-15) – Silver Lakes (72, scramble), Cider Ridge (72, modified scramble), ACC (70, best-ball).
Ty Cole-Gary Wigington 58-57-60—175 (-39). Shared the lead with Cody Robinson-Dustin Viehe after Round 1. Led Robinson-Viehe by 2 after Round 2. Won by 4 over Garrett Burgess-Cypress Hathorn, Cory Etter-Caleb Bowen, Ryan Howard-Chad Reavis. Field reshuffled by score after first and second rounds. Wigington wins for eighth time in 20 starts, extending his tournament record for all-time wins, completes his second career three-peat (2000-2002 with Randy Reaves) and third in tournament history. Michael Herndon aces No. 16 at ACC. Fifteen-year-old Kenny Okins holes out from the fairway on consecutive days (Cider Ridge 10 Saturday, ACC 2 Sunday).

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