E.A. Sports Today

Chandlers repeat

Anniston’s Ott and Dalton Chandler shoot 7-under 65 to win the Alabama State Parent-Child title for the second year in a row
By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today
BIRMINGHAM – Ott and Dalton Chandler played pretty good last year in winning the inaugural Alabama State Parent-Child Championship, but this year they were even better.
The Chandlers went out with four straight birdies in their first five holes today and got it to 8-under-par before finishing at 7-under 65 on Oxmoor Valley’s Ridge Course. They won by three shots over Casey and David Dougherty of Auburn.
“Any time you do anything with your kid like this it’s fun, especially something you enjoy so much,” Ott said. “Back-to-back, that’s pretty special. They’ve held two of them and we won them both, that’s pretty special.
“Our names will always be on the first two. When we’re dead and gone our names will always be there at the top winning the first ones.”
The Chandlers won this tournament last year at 4-under, but they had that through five holes Monday. After an opening par in the modified alternate shot format, they birdied 2, 3, 4 and 5 to move to the top of the leaderboard. Ott made a 15-footer on 2, Dalton nearly holed out for eagle on 3 leaving a tap-in, Ott hit it to a foot on 4 and Dalton hit it to a foot on 5.
They added two more birdies and an eagle on the back before making bogey on 18. Ott holed out a pitching wedge from 120 yards for the eagle on 17, then they caught the greenside bunker on 18, bladed it coming out and three-putted from the back of the green for the bogey.
Still, they played “definitely better this year,” Ott said.
“We played good and it really could have been incredible,” Ott said. “Dalton drove the ball super, I wedged it really good and he didn’t make a couple putts. We played great. Some days they fall and some days they don’t, but it could have been super.”
Charlie and Hank Smith of Anniston shot 74 and finished in a three-way tie for fourth. Anniston Country Club members Bray and Cypress Hathorn shot 79 and tied for second with Berney and Bennett Waite of Huntsville in the B Flight.
Both of the Chandlers will be playing in the Calhoun County Championship this weekend at Anniston Municipal.
They become the second set of golfers from Calhoun County to win AGA state championships this summer. Chloe Borders of Jacksonville and Anniston’s Layne Dyar won the 12th Women’s State Four-Ball at Gadsden Country Club in July.

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