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ACC Invitational pairings, Cider Ridge commits to dates, Dyar wraps up Pinehurst experience

By East Alabama Sports Today
This was the week the Sunny King Charity Classic was supposed to be play. The week Jacob LeCroy was supposed to defend his record-setting title with a new partner, Gary Wigington was supposed to chase a ninth SKCC title with Ty Cole by his side and another $100,000 check was expected to pass to the tournament charities.
That was before the coronavirus pandemic. The crisis forced the SKCC to cancel for the first time in its history and five County Tour events to either cancel or reschedule. 
The Wilfred Galbraith Anniston Country Club Invitational was one of the tournaments impacted, but the event got a new life when tournament officials, hoping the pandemic had loosened its grip by then, slid into the dates previously occupied by the Sunny King. Of course, there will be coronavirus protocols in place for the field, most notably single-rider carts and two waves of tee times, but the first major of the season is a go.
Here are the pairings for Friday’s championship flight qualifying:
Friday’s tee times
8 a.m. — Michael Downey, Ken Reeves, Kenneth Willingham, Jeff Bain
8:20 — Kobie Webb, Greg Rainey, Heath Waldrop, Daniel Black
8:30 — Frank Brady, Landon Winfrey, Bradley Young, Jerry Kemp
8:40 — Mike Hughston, Mark Guyther, Harrison Hughston, Charlie Smith
8:50 — Brian Stewart, Jeremy Pannell, Daniel Gaddis, Lamar Ward
9:00 — Jake Goggans, Rob Davie, Chris Messer, Scott Martin
9:10 — Adrian Geeting, Benji Turley, Clay Calkins, Kenny Fulmer
9:20 — Ty Cole, Randy Lipscomb, Maverick Smith, Michael Rich
9:30 — Kevin Daugherty, Scott Murphree, Eric Messer, Jackson King
12:20 p.m. — Chase Thomas, John Lindsey, Graham Morrow, Timmy Woodard
12:30 — Ryan Huff, Trey Stone, Chance Harris, Chase Hollingsworth
12:40 — Logan Archer, Randy Archer, Jacob Lecroy, David Sanders
12:50 — Ryan Howard, Hank Smith,Gary Wigington, Garrett Burgess
1:00 — Matt Rogers, Jeremy McGatha, Brennan Clay, Kelly Rogers
1:10 — Chip Howell, Jonathan Pate, Brian Hollan, Charlie Estes
1:20 — Caleb Morrow, Taylor Morrow, Don Springer, Chapman Springer
1:30 — Mark Hansil, Gage Miller, Andrew Gladden, Sam Bone
1:40 — Chris Cox, Patrick Cooper, Chris Leonhardt, Drew Anderton
1:50 — Kyle Daugherty, Lance Evans, Ott Chandler, Lewis Lecroy, Rick Taylor

Cider Ridge back on schedule

The Calhoun County Golf Tour regained one of the tournaments it figured to lose to the COVID-19 pandemic when Cider Ridge committed to rescheduling the Oxford City Championship for Aug. 8-9.
The event was the third on the County Tour schedule to be claimed by the coronavirus and the first to be rescheduled. The County Two-Man at Silver Lakes and the Cane Creek Invitational were the first two to be scratched.
Additionally, the annual Buddy Moore Tournament at Anniston Municipal is scheduled for Sept. 12-13. Details on both tournaments to come.
With the return of Cider Ridge, the County Tour schedule looks like this:
July 10-12 – Wilfred Galbraith Anniston CC Invitational
July 25-26 – Pine Hill Invitational
Aug. 8-9 – Oxford City Championship, Cider Ridge
Aug. 14-16 – Gadsden CC Invitational
Aug. 29-30 – Calhoun County Championship, Anniston Municipal
Sept. 12-13 – Buddy Moore Tournament, Anniston Municipal
TBA – Calhoun County Match Play Championship, Anniston Municipal

Dyar wraps up at Pinehurst

PINEHURST, N.C. – Anniston’s Hanna Dyar wrapped up her experience in the North & South Junior Girls Championship Wednesday with a second straight 80 on Pinehurst No. 6. She shot 246 for the tournament.
Starting on the back nine, the White Plains grad got off to a fast start. She birdied two of her first three holes – holes she bogeyed and parred the day before. She turned in 3-over-par and was 4-over for the day through 14 holes after a series of four straight pars.
Amanda Sambach of Davidson, N.C., won the tournament at 5-under 211 after a final-round 68.

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