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Anniston, AL – Brooks, Wigington tied for lead after first round of Anniston City Championship. Four players two strokes back. Includes scores and Sunday tee times.

By Joe Medley

Andrew Brooks was a fan of history after Saturday’s first round of the Anniston City Championship at Cane Creek.

Conversation about his two Calhoun County Golf Tour wins prompted him to look across a table at his co-leader and remind Gary Wigington just who won that County Match Play championship once upon a time.

Brooks and Wigington shot 3-under-par 69s on Saturday and will join Landon Straub and Brennan Clay in the final tee group for Sunday’s final round.

They stand two strokes ahead of Straub, Clay, Kevin Daugherty and Chad Calvert.

Brooks, who also won last year’s Calhoun County Championship, seeks his third tour victory while playing in the fourth Tour points event of 2023.

“There’s still a lot of golf left,” Brooks said. “It’s always good to be in this position, going into Sunday.”

Brooks co-leads in a tournament he skips most years. It worked out that son Anderson’s baseball pursuits as part of Alexandria’s 11-under all-stars took the weekend off, allowing him to make his third Tour appearance this season.

He shot his season-low round, one stroke better than his final-round 70 in the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational earlier this month. That put him on top of the Championship B Flight at Anniston Country Club.

He goes into the final round of the Anniston City Championship with a chance to win. Getting to that position came down to shaking off back-to-back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 10, 11 and 12 on Saturday.

“I got off to a pretty good start, birdieing 2 and 4, then birdied 9 to cap off the front,” he said. “Went into the holler and made three straight bogeys.

“I just didn’t let it get me down the rest of the way.”

Brooks rebounded to par No. 13 and birdie the par-5 14th hole. That was the first of three birdies in four holes. He hit 11 fairways and 13 greens in regulation and finished the day with 27 putts.

Co-leader Wigington hit 10 fairways and 15 greens with 31 putts.

“One of the better days I had in a while,” said Wigington, who won the RTJ-Silver Lakes Championship to open the season and leads the Tour points. “Only had one bogey today. Just happy to be in contention for tomorrow.”

First-round scores

CHAMPIONSHIP A FLIGHT
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Gary Wigington 69 69
Andrew Brooks 69 69
Brennan Clay 71 71
Chad Calvert 71 71
Kevin Daugherty 71 71
Landon Straub 71 71
Justin Graveman 72 72
Jeremy McGatha 74 74
CHAMPIONSHIP B FLIGHT
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Dustin Travis 77 77
Chad Key 77 77
Chris Cox 77 77
Cam Hurst 77 77
Dre Davenport 77 77
Matt Rogers 78 78
Hunter Carr 78 78
Chance Harris 78 78
Doug Huie 78 78
Tyler Romine 79 79
Chance Haywood 79 79
Landon Holley 79 79
David Coffey 79 79
CHAMPIONSHIP C FLIGHT
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Blake Grisham 80 80
Coleman Messer 81 81
Bob Eaton 82 82
Nick Pollard 82 82
Benji Turley 82 82
Taylor Vera 83 83
Matt Hardigan 83 83
Michael Ledbetter 84 84
Houston Black 87 87
Logan Turner 89 89
Andrew Betts 89 89
Jamarcus Stokes 91 91
Larry Champion 98 98
Greg Cordle 99 99
SENIOR DIVISION
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Chip Howell 70 70
Tim Steward 76 76
David Fitzgerald 79 79
Jerry Kemp 80 80
Rocco D’Gomez 80 80
John McKenzie 83 83
Rick Dickson 83 83
Dennis Moyer 87 87
Jim Sirmon 97 97
OTHERS
Greg Burnett WD
Mike Thompson WD
Eric Cannington NS

Sunday’s tee times

8 a.m.: Chip Howell, Tim Steward, David Fitzgerald, Jerry Kemp
8:15 a.m.: Rocco D’Gomez, John McKenzie, Rick Dickson
8:30 a.m.: Dennis Moyer, Jim Sirmon, Greg Cordle, Andrew Betts
8:45 a.m.: Larry Champion, Jamarcus Stokes, Logan Turner, Houston Black
9 a.m.: Michael Ledbetter, Matt Hardigan, Taylor Vera, Nick Pollard
9:15 a.m.: Bob Eaton, Coleman Messer, Blake Grissom, Benji Turley
9:30 a.m.: Starter’s time
9:45 a.m.: Tyler Romine, Chance Haywood, Landon Holley
10 a.m.: David Coffey, Matt Rogers, Doug Huie
10:15 a.m.: Hunter Carr, Chance Harris, Daniel Black, Dre Davenport
10:30 a.m.: Cam Hurst, Chad Key, Dustin Travis, Chris Cox
10:45 a.m.: Starter’s time
11 a.m.: Kevin Daugherty, Chad Calvert, Justin Graveman, Jeremy McGatha.
11:15 a.m.: Gary Wigington, Andrew Brooks, Landon Straub, Brennan Clay.

 

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