E.A. Sports Today

Garrett goes out fast

Burgess shoots 64 in first County Tour round since regaining amateur status in June, leads ACC Invitational; Clay makes an ace

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Garrett Burgess celebrated a “pretty good” return to the Calhoun County Golf Tour Friday with a Waffle House order that was smothered and chunked.

He did neither on the golf course earlier in the day.

Burgess shot a 6-under-par 64 to lead championship flight qualifying in the Wilfred Galbraith ACC Invitational. It was his first County Tour round since regaining his amateur status last June.

He had seven birdies and a three-putt bogey on 18. He leads County Tour points leader Gary Wigington, Jeremy McGatha and Tyler Putnam by four shots.
“I hit it pretty good,” he said. “I never put myself in a bad position.”

Brennan Clay scored a hole-in-one on No. 4. It was his fourth ace ever and first in tournament competition. He aced the 177-yard par-3 with an 8-iron. The shot got his round back to even par. He shot 74.

“My year has kind of been struggling,” Clay said. “It’s nice to have something positive happen.”

It was the first ace on the County Tour since Eric Lett jarred one on No. 3 in the second round of last year’s Oxford City Championship at Cider Ridge. In ACC Invitational play, Janson Wilborn made one in the second round of the 2015 tournament (No. 16), one of two he had that year. 

Burgess won this tournament in 2008 and 2009 and finished second in 2011. He turned pro shortly thereafter and just got his amateur status back last summer. He played in the ACC club championship in April and that’s been about the only thing he’s played in the last two or three years.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I hadn’t played in a month until (Thursday) and they talked me into playing today.
“It was fun getting back out there and playing with everybody. Everything is fun when you’re playing good.”

Championship flight qualifiers
Garrett Burgess 64
Gary Wigington 68
Jeremy McGatha 68
Tyler Putnam 68
Ty Cole 70
Ryan Howard 70
Dalton Chandler 70
Kevin Daugherty 71
Matt Rogers 72
Eric Howle 72
Randy Lipscomb 73
Chase Hollingsworth 73
Chandler Wilborn 73
Scott Martin 73
Brennan Clay 74
Ott Chandler 74
Brian Woodfin 75
Timmy Woodard 75
Logan Archer 75
Frank Brady 76
Jonathan Pate 76
Daniel Black 76
Kaine Gibson 76
Kyle Daugherty 76
Chance Harris 76
Tanner Wells 76
Ryan Huff 76
Timothy Dennison 77
Randy Archer 77
Kenneth Patterson 77
David Sanders 77
Jake Nichols 78
Cypress Hathorn 78
Don Springer 78
Saturday’s pairings
9 a.m. – Gary Wilborn, Doug Sears, Rick Taylor, James Ramey
9:10 – John Carrozza, Tom Roberts, Don Whitlow, Dennis Austin
9:30 – Garrett Burgess, Gary Wigington, Jeremy McGatha
9:40 – Tyler Putnam, Ty Cole, Ryan Howard, Dalton Chandler
9:50 – Kevin Daugherty, Matt Rogers, Eric Howle, Randy Lipscomb
10:00 – Chase Hollingsworth, Chandler Wilborn, Scott Martin, Brennan Clay
10:10 – Ott Chandler, Brian Woodfin, Timmy Woodard, Logan Archer
10:20 – Frank Brady, Jonathan Pate, Daniel Black, Kaine Gibson
10:30 – Kyle Daugherty, Chance Harris, Tanner Wells, Ryan Huff
10:40 – Timothy Dennison, Randy Archer, Kenneth Patterson, Jake Nichols
10:50 – David Sanders, Cypress Hathorn, Don Springer, Greg Shultz
11:10 – Chip Howell, Jeff Borrelli, Landon Winfrey
11:20 – Keith Raisanen, Eric Lett, Tyler Dopson
11:30 – Graham Morrow, Charlie Smith, Billy Thompson, Matt Hunter
11:40 – Bradley Young, Jerry Kemp, Chris Sanford, Lamar Carter
11:50 – Jason Britton, Kenny Fulmer, John Lindsey, Chris O’Dell
Noon – Aaron Jones, Cain Hollingsworth, Grant Greenwood, Kelly Rogers
12:10 p.m. – Mark Cotton, Don Hill, Joseph Lambert, Cal Lambert

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