E.A. Sports Today

Andrews have it

Chattanooga’s Weathers leads, and Alexandria’s Brooks one stroke back after first round of Trail Championship at Silver Lakes.

By Joe Medley
East Alabama Sports Today

SILVER LAKES — The Andrews have it after one round of the Trail Championship.

Chattanooga’s Andrew Weathers shot a 9-under-par 63 in Saturday’s first round at Silver Lakes and leads Alexandria’s Andrew Brooks by one stroke headed into Sunday’s final round.

Ty Cole and Gary Wigington are tied for third at 67.

The Trail Championship is the second points event on the 2024 Calhoun County Golf Tour and Weathers’ first appearance on the Tour. His Saturday round marked his second at Silver Lakes and first since a U.S. Amateur qualifier in high school.

The former University of Chattanooga golfer and one-time Southern Conference freshman of the year played the Trail Championship at the invitation of Chattanooga friends Clayton Chandler and Jonathan Swader.

“They asked me to come down with them,” said Weathers, who graduated from UC in 2018 and  works as a RE/MAX real-estate agent. “It’s been a good experience so far.”

Weathers birdied three of the first four holes and made the turn at 6-under 30. He reached 7 under with a birdie on 10 then strung together four consecutive pars before birdieing 15 and 16.

“I felt like I was just really reading the greens pretty well today,” he said. “I didn’t hit it super close but had a few long ones on the front. Back nine started kind of slow then made a few birdies coming in.

“I just felt like I was reading the greens well. That was kind of the main thing today, the main focus today.”

Brooks, seeking his first Tour victory since last year at Cane Creek, bogeyed No. 2 but quickly recovered with a birdie on No. 3 then found his stride. He eagled the par-5 No. 9 then put together five birdies on the back nine.

His eagle included a “lucky break,” he said. His tee shot landed on the cart path and rolled him into within a gap wedge. His second shot hit to within six feet.

Brooks’ adjustment started on No. 8.

“I found something in my swing on about No. 8 and went birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie on 8, 9, 10 and 11,” he said. “I started rolling the ball pretty good on the greens and just got some confidence going into the second half of the round.

“I was holding onto the club head. I kind of figured that out after I blocked a drive out on 7. I came into 8 and started releasing the club head, and it just got a lot better real quick.”

Brooks seeks his first victory in the Trail Championship.

“Winning any of these things on this tour is tough, so they’re all special,” he said.

First-round scores

Andrew Weathers6363
Andrew Brooks6464
Gary Wigington6767
Ty Cole6767
Trent Mansfield6868
Brennan Clay7171
Zach Contris7171
Layton Bussey7171
Will Sanders7171
Mason Dennis7272
Scott Martin7272
Jeff Chapman7373
Tommy Simmons7373
Dane Moore7373
Ethyn Roberts7474
Will Reaves7474
John Rollins7474
Timmy Woodard7474
Maverick Smith7474
Hunter Fordham7575
Logan Forrester7575
Vance Lewis7575
Chris Cox7575
Dustin Travis7575
Nick Ledbetter7575
Dustin Underwood7575
Daily Thomas7575
Alex Harper7676
Jonathan Swader7676
Chandler Richards7676
Bob Eaton7777
Bradley Landin7777
Fisher Prichard7777
Ryan Huff7777
Jeremy McGatha7878
Jeff Bain7878
Chance Harris7878
Cam Hurst7878
Sawyer Edwards7878
Gabe Sanders7878
Mark Sawyer7979
Houston Black7979
Zack Pruitt7979
Chase Hollingsworth7979
Clay Calkins7979
Robert Daniel8080
Tate Heuer8080
Greg Shultz8080
Joseph Lacy8080
Dre Davenport8181
Michael Rich, Jr.8181
Danny Whittaker8181
Drey Reeves8181
Mark Durden8181
Chris Reaves8282
Ott Chandler8282
Chris Leonhardt8282
Blake Grisham8383
Clayton Chandler8383
Taylor Vera8383
Andrew Gunnells8585
Devin Williams8585
Jason Britton8585
Jason McCain8585
Matt Greer8686
Ryan Summerford8686
Michael Giddens8787
Cody Boyd8888
Craig Graves8888
Cody Wesson8989
Ted Gregerson9090
Cory Wesson9090
Chase Thomas9191
Tyler Smith9393
Tyrell Tucker9696
Mike Ledbetter9696
Mike Lett9898
Keith Hutcheson9898
Harrison Culbert103103
Scott Jimmerson106106
Chris Grenert110110
Austin Martin111111

Sunday’s final-round tee times

7:30 a.m.: Scott Jimmerson, Chris Grenert, Austin Martin.
7:40 a.m.: Mike Ledbetter, Mike Lett, Keith Hutcheson, Harrison Culbert.
7:50 a.m.: Ted Gregerson, Chase Thomas, Tyler Smith, Tyrell Tucker.
8 a.m.: Cody Boyd, Craig Graves, Cody Wesson, Cory Wesson.
8:10 a.m.: Jason McCain, Matt Greer, Ryan Summerford, Michael Giddens.
8:20 a.m.: Kyle Webb, Jason Britton, Devin Williams, Andrew Gunnells.
8:30 a.m.: Ott Chandler, Chris Reaves, Blake Grisham, Taylor Vera.
8:40 a.m.: Danny Whittaker, Mark Durden, Drey Reeves, Chris Leonhardt.
8:50 a.m.: Greg Shultz, Joseph Lacy, Dre Davenport, Michael Rich, Jr.
9 a.m.: Chase Hollingsworth, Clay Calkins, Robert Daniel, Tate Heuer.
9:10 a.m.: Mark Sawyer, Houston Black, Zack Pruitt, Clayton Chandler.
9:20 a.m.: Chance Harris, Gabe Sanders, Cam Hurst, Sawyer Edwards.
9:30 a.m.: Fisher Prichard, Ryan Huff, Jeremy McGatha, Jeff Bain.
9:40 a.m.: Jonathan Swader, Chandler Richards, Bob Eaton, Bradley Landin.
9:50 a.m.: Daily Thomas, Dustin Underwood, Nick Ledbetter, Alex Harper.
10 a.m.: Logan Forrester, Vance Lewis, Chris Cox, Dustin Travis.
10:10 a.m.: John Rollins, Timmy Woodard, Maverick Smith, Hunter Fordham.
10:20 a.m.: Tommy Simmons, Dane Moore, Ethyn Roberts, Will Reaves.
10:30 a.m.: Will Sanders, Mason Dennis, Scott Martin, Jeff Chapman.
10:40 a.m.: Trent Mansfield, Brennan Clay, Zach Contris, Layton Bussey.
10:50 a.m.: Andrew Weathers, Andrew Brooks, Gary Wigington, Ty Cole.

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