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Robiinson’s ace, Lambert’s albatross highlight best shots of the Saturday’s second round of the Sunny King Classic

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Chuck Robinson sure knows when to make a hole-in-one.

The 45-year-old Hokes Bluff investment counselor has only made two aces in his life, but both have brought fame, glory – and big prizes.

His latest came during Saturday’s Sunny King Charity Classic best-ball round at Anniston Country Club.

Playing in the first group of the day with his partner Chad Brewer, Tony Strickland and Wayne Tillman, he aced No. 16 from 135 yards with a 9-iron. 

It came in front of the popular Abbey Carpet & Flooring tent, so he won the $25 and polo shirt from that game. But he also won the hole’s SKCC prize of a driver and $500 gift card.

His first ace came in 2017 on Silver Lakes’ Mindbreaker No. 2 in a Jacksonville State fundraiser and it netted him a new truck.

“It’s really awesome, it really is,” Robinson said. “Everybody always asked when I won the truck if I was aiming for the hole. There’s quite a bit of luck involved. I’ve been playing golf since I was 12 and I’ve hit two. I guess if I have to do it, I picked the greatest times to do it.”

The other common denominator is he never saw either one into the hole. He didn’t know he had gotten Saturday’s ace until everyone started running after him as they made their way up the hill to the green.

“They went pretty crazy,” he said. “It was pretty funny.”

SHOT OF THE DAY II: At almost the same time as Robinson was making the first ace of the tournament, Cal Lambert was delivering his own top shot in another part of the county.

With his second swing of the day, hitting from the right rough into a bright morning sun, the former Jacksonville State baseball player holed a 9-iron from 155 yards to score a double eagle-2 on Silver Lakes’ Mindbreaker No. 1.

“It was just a huge relief for us because we didn’t play great yesterday and then going off at 7 a.m. this morning I don’t think anybody was really fired up, but that was pretty awesome,” he said.

Lambert had never had an albatross before or a hole-in-one, but he was hitting shots like that all day. He nearly repeated the feat on Heartbreaker No. 1, hitting an 8-iron from 172 yards to within three feet. He also hit the flag on an approach shot into Mindbreaker 6.

“Cal went to the top of the hill, saw our ball and drew a line in the dew and said that’s where we need to hit it,” partner Taylor Sparks said on the shot on Heartbreaker 1. “And then he smoked it.”

The first-time partners were 10-under-par through 12 holes in the scramble format before finishing with an 8-under 64.

ADJUSTED PAIRINGS: Here are the adjusted tee times for Sunday’s round at Anniston Country Club, reflecting the leaderboard

11:50 a.m – Nathan Bennett-Chad Key, Cypress Hathorn-Kenny Wright
Noon – Maverick Smith-Chip Willoughby, Andy Roper-Kilgore Knight
12:10 p.m. – Chad Calvert-Daily Thomas, Kaine Gibson-Will Brown
12:20 – Jason Johnson-Landon Straub, Matt Rogers-Andrew Brooks
12:30 – Garrett Burgess-Tanner Wells, Jeremy McGatha-Brennan Clay 
12:40 –Randy Reaves-Will Reaves, Jackson King-Freeman Fite 
12:50 – Sawyer Edwards-Cameron McCareeth, Gary Wigington-Ty Cole
1:00 – Jacob Harper-Kyle Daugherty, Dalton Chandler-Ott Chandler

On the cover: Cal Lambert follows through on his shot into Heartbreaker No. 7 during Saturday’s round of the Sunny King Charity Classic.

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