Spicing up the weekend event was the fact that the Invitational is now a part of the Rome Tour, which tests regional players skills over a series of courses as they accumulate points toward the Rome Tour Championship.
Cherokee County Country Club superintendent Shane McElwee and club manager Steve Baker and their crew worked hard to put forth a top-level product. Their effort and dedication has paid off, as from tee to green the course drew rave reviews. At a shade over 6000 yards, the clubs layout is possibly the shortest on the Rome Tour. As players discovered on Saturday, however, it certainly wasnt the easiest course. What the competitors didnt know was that the course was going to play even tougher on Sunday, as only one player could tame the Cherokee beast and finish with an under-par round.
Garrett Burgess followed up his round of 66 on Saturday with a 1-under par 70 on Sunday to take the Championship A Flight honors. Burgess was locked in a duel with Blake Watts through the 13th hole when Watts double bogeyed, giving Burgess a two-stroke lead that held up. John Hanson was third in the Championship Flight. Reigning club champion Mark Jason Green twice had to return to the 18th hole in a playoff before he disposed of Matt Rogers and T.J. McGatha for a hard-earned fourth place showing. Up-and-coming local talent Adam Weaver of Cedar Bluff finished just outside the prize list in eighth place.
In the Championship B Flight, former club champion David Garrett finished one stroke back of Ryan Howard in second place. Local club members Kim Nichols and Terry Tallent finished sixth and seventh in the talented flight.
In the 1st Flight, the club was represented by David Edmonsons third place finish.
2nd Flight top honors went to Johnson Insurance Agency owner Sean Edwards. Local golfing legend Billy Mack Garrett was just three strokes back of Edwards in third place. For-mer Cherokee County High School golf team standout Blake Sherrod was fifth, while Pat Trammell took seventh.
Chris Kelley walked away with a set of Titleist 755 Irons in the 3rd Flight with three shots clear of the rest of the flight. Scotty Grimes found himself the runner-up. Federal Express driver Mike Maroney delivered a fourth place performance. Former Gaylesville High School football standout C.J. Murphy was fifth. Kurt Duryea's chip-in on Hole No. 18 moved him into sixth place.
The Cherokee County Church Golf League Scramble Tournament was held on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Cherokee County Country Club.
Divide up your teams by league scoring averages, throw in a Bible Quiz for a few stroke savers, add a large dose of fellowship, sweeten with donuts, tack on pizza and some prizes, finish with a challenging devotional by Rev. Bill Gandy of the First United Methodist Church of Centre and everyone involved had a great time.
The scoring could not have been much closer, as eight of the nine 5-person teams finish within three strokes of each other.
In the end, the team of Scott Hays, Linda Payne, Dwayne Amos, Boots Smith and Tracy Johnson nudged out the rest of the field by just one stroke.
The four teams finished in a logjam at 58 had to be sorted by a scorecard playoff. Billy Mack Garrett, Eudine Estes, Cody Adams, Greg Oliver and Tommy Moon came away with the Silver Medal. Also at 58 but finishing in third place after the playoff were Jake Minnix, Larry Guffey, Steven Langford, Brandon Snow and Burgess Lane.
Claiming individual prizes were Linda Payne for Closest to the Pin on #17 and Womens Longest Drive; Adam Cochran for Closest to the Pin on #12; Blake Sherrod for Closest to the Pin on #8; and Brian Gilliand for Closest to the Pin on #5.
The Mens Long Drive went to Scott Hays and Tommy Dendy picked up the Senior Mens Long Drive. Trace Garrett took long drive honors for the Junior Men. The Birdie (or Better Incentive) Prize on #10 went to the team of Sean Edwards, Tommy Minnix, Trenton Edwards, Billy Garrett and Alex Moon.
Next up on the club schedule is the Two-Person Scramble. The prizes that are being offered in each flight are for each player. First place winners receive Titleist 755 irons; second place winners receive a Titleist D1/D2 driver; third place winners receive a Titleist bag; fourth place winners receive a Titleist volley wedge; and fifth place winners receive three dozen Pro V1 balls. In addition, on Saturday someone will receive a set of Titleist Irons for Closest to the Pin on Hole #17.
For more information, contact the Cherokee County Country cCub at (256) 927-5070