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Breakthroughs for Calhoun County Golf Tour Victory

Breakthroughs

Calhoun County, AL – Georgia native Rollins prevails for first Calhoun County Golf Tour victory, and White Plains grad Jason Rich has ‘by far’ his best Tour outing for third

John Rollins tees off during Sunday’s final round of the Pine Hill Invitational. He finished 11 under par for his first Calhoun County Golf Tour victory. (Photo by Joe Medley)
John Rollins tees off during Sunday’s final round of the Pine Hill Invitational. He finished 11 under par for his first Calhoun County Golf Tour victory. (Photo by Joe Medley)

By Joe Medley

When John Rollins stops sawing logs at 5:30 a.m. Monday to go cut logs for a living, he’ll wear a grin wider than two-man saw.

When Jason Rich awakens to deliver food, he’ll be the happiest 2 a.m. riser driving a truck east of the Mississippi River.

Both men made huge breakthroughs on the Calhoun County Golf Tour this weekend, with Rollins scoring his first Tour victory in the Pine Hill Invitational and Rich scoring his Tour-best third-place finish.

Rollins shot a 4-under-par 68 Sunday to back up his 65 from Saturday to beat Ty Cole by four shots. Cole finished second after winning the past two Tour events, on the Links at Briarmeade and at Cider Ridge.

A cutter operator for Triple J, in Summerville, Ga., Rollins is playing his first season on the Calhoun County Tour. He’s also on a roll, having finished third and Briarmeade a week prior to winning at Pine Hill.

He was ninth in Tour points before Pine Hill. The 2023 Tour wraps up with the Calhoun County Championship on Aug. 19-20 at Anniston Municipal.

A former high school state champion and winner of two junior-college events for Northwest Georgia Technical College, Rollins called the Calhoun County Tour “a little bit better” than what he’s used to in Georgia.

After emerging victorious in foursome that included Cole, Brennan Clay and Chad Calvert, Rollins called it “the best feeling in the world ever.”

“Them guys, they’re hounds,” he said. “To be in the final group and win is great. It’s great.”

Rollins entered the final round with a one-stroke lead over Clay and Cole and trailed briefly, after Clay chipped in from 25 feet on No. 4 to reach 8 under. Rollins birdied No. 7 to draw even with Clay at 8 under then regained a one-shot lead after the turn.

After bogeying No. 13 to fall back into a tie with Clay, Rollins hit a 15-foot birdie putt on 14 to take the lead for good.

“Finally, I got the long putt to go on the par-4 on the back,” Rollins said. “That really got me going, after that bogey.”

Rollins finished with a birdie, chipping from 15 yards to within 2 feet and tapping in after Clay teed into the woods.

“I was nervous on that last hole, trying to figure out what I needed to hit,” Rollins said. “I was telling them, I need to hit less club because my adrenaline was up so much because Brennan is a great golfer, and he took a bad break on that hole.

“I’ve been there, done that.”

Clay scored a 9 on 18, helping Rich achieve his best Tour finish.

Rich shot 70-68—138 and waited out the finish at the clubhouse. He had the low score before the final foursome finished.

He started on No. 10 and birdied. After leaving a putt short on 11, he went on what he described as “a bit of a birdie rampage” on the back nine.

The third-place finish was quite a coups for the long-time Pine Hill member and 2008 White Plains High graduate who described himself as “a nobody” in high school golf.

“I didn’t get a college scholarship,” he said. “I didn’t start getting a lot better at this game until later on in life. I just kept on playing, no lessons, and got better.

“It seems like, out here, for whatever reason, the last couple of months, I just can’t play bad out here. That’s not the case, if I go to Silver Lakes or Cider Ridge.”

Rich didn’t get to celebrate long. The final round concluded about 6 p.m., and he has to be up at 2 a.m. Monday to get ready to make his delivery rounds for Sysco.

Sleep or no sleep, he’ll be one happy delivery man.

“This is by far the best I’ve ever done,” he said. “This is, like, one of the best days of my life, to be honest with you. This the first time I’ve made the Championship A Flight and played incredible, considering the pressure.”

Jason Rich, a 2008 White Plains High graduate, shot a 4-under-par 68 in Sunday’s final round of the Pine Hill Invitational and finish 6 under overall to take third place, his top finish on the Calhoun County Golf Tour. (Photo by Joe Medley)
Jason Rich, a 2008 White Plains High graduate, shot a 4-under-par 68 in Sunday’s final round of the Pine Hill Invitational and finish 6 under overall to take third place, his top finish on the Calhoun County Golf Tour. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Scores

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
PLAYER RD. 1 RD. 2 TOTAL
John Rollins 65 68 133
Ty Cole 66 71 137
Jason Rich 70 68 138
Brennan Clay 66 73 139
Chad Calvert 68 71 139
Jonathan Pate 69 71 140
Vance Lewis 69 73 142
Jeremy McGatha 69 73 142
Hunter Carr 69 74 143
Dalton Faulkner 69 76 145
Sawyer Edwards 68 78 146
Jeff Noah 70 76 146
Bob Eaton 70 77 147
FIRST FLIGHT
Gary Wigington 71 66 137
Billy McCroskey 71 70 141
Janson Wilborn 71 71 142
Matt Evans 71 72 143
Chase Hollingsworth 72 71 143
Mason Dennis 72 71 143
Tanner Wells 72 71 143
Nick Ledbetter 72 73 145
Clay Calkins 71 75 146
Daniel Black 72 75 147
Tyler Romine 71 77 148
Randy Lipscomb 72 76 148
Casey Harmon 72 77 148
Kenny Okins 71 WD
SECOND FLIGHT
Mark McCaig 74 70 144
Andrew Brooks 73 72 145
Bradley Elliott 75 72 147
Caleb Bowen 74 73 147
Layton Bussey 75 72 147
Eric Cannington 73 76 149
Samuel Wallace 75 74 149
Coleman Messer 75 75 150
Cain Hollingsworth 74 76 150
Seth Wallace 73 78 151
Billy Thompson 75 76 151
Dustin Travis 74 78 152
Chris Reaves 75 77 152
Josh Poole 73 80 153
Josh Reynolds 75 78 153
Nick Hubbad 75 79 154
THIRD FLIGHT
Matt Wilson 77 68 145
Shannon Page 76 71 147
Landon Winfrey 77 71 148
Mark Durden 76 74 150
Cam Hurst 77 73 150
Tim Turner 77 75 152
Riley Boyd 77 76 153
Greg Shultz 77 76 153
Ethan Davis 76 78 154
Matt Rogers 76 78 154
Heath Hammond 76 79 155
Logan Watson 77 80 157
Chris Hubbard 77 80 157
Zac Goss 77 81 158
Bart Smith 76 86 162
FOURTH FLIGHT
Daily Thomas 78 73 151
Will Brown 78 74 152
Luke Armstrong 79 74 153
Caleb Morrow 79 77 156
Chris Randall 79 77 156
Wesley Jenkins 79 78 157
Jared Waits 79 78 157
Doug Huie 79 80 159
Chance Harris 78 81 159
Shane Lee 78 82 160
Brian Edwards 79 82 161
Daniel Ricks 79 88 167
Joe Hedgepeth 78 WD
Trevor Lane 79 WD
Brad Baird 79 WD
FIFTH FLIGHT
Craig Duncan 80 74 154
Sean Kline 81 74 155
Zack Limberis 82 76 158
Houston Black 80 78 158
Tony Hicks 80 79 159
Chris Sprayberry 82 77 159
Ethan McCareeth 82 78 160
Chris Maye 81 79 160
Jason Payne 82 80 162
Chad Mullinax 82 81 163
Terry Cobb 81 83 164
Keaton Borrelli 81 84 165
Heath Waldrop 81 84 165
Ethan Turner 82 84 166
Johnny Barnes 82 91 173
Taylor Morrow 80 WD
SIXTH FLIGHT
Jimbo Phillips 85 75 160
Landon Holley 85 77 162
David Coffey 86 76 162
Vann Hall 85 78 163
Dakota Clark 85 80 165
Scott Watson 85 83 168
Mark Gaines 86 82 168
Spence Florczak 86 83 169
Zack Henderson 84 87 171
Ricky Carden 85 86 171
Anthony Turner 83 91 174
Greg Rainey 86 91 177
Keith Hutcheson 85 92 182
Blake Woodard 84 WD
SEVENTH FLIGHT
David Medders Jr. 88 79 167
Jared Joiner 88 83 171
Wilson Lowe 88 88 176
Mike Ledbetter 88 88 176
Jeff Roszell 88 90 178
Kelly Rogers 88 94 182
Casey Turner 88 96 184
Josh Swope 90 95 185
Eli Gravitt 89 WD
EIGHTH FLIGHT
Kolby Slick 95 84 179
Adam Benefiel 94 88 182
Jason Swope 96 87 183
Bill McPherson 92 91 183
Tyrell Tucker 92 91 183
Eddy Burks 92 91 183
Warren Sewell 98 96 194
Larry Champion 100 94 194
Ken Renfroe 92 103 195
Shaughn Rankin 95 WD
SENIOR DIVISION
Championship Flight RD. 1 RD. 2 TOTAL
Chip Howell 65 66 131
David Sanders 72 69 141
David Messer 75 73 148
Kurt Duryea 73 75 148
Tim Steward 73 75 148
Keith Haywood 73 77 150
Jerry Irwin 73 79 152
Dennis Austin 73 79 152
Robbie Hurst 75 83 158
First flight
Rick Barthel 79 73 152
Wilton Page 77 76 153
Allen Mangham 78 75 153
Andy Jenkins 76 77 153
Jerry Kemp 78 77 155
Gary Smith 79 79 158
Charley Estes 79 79 158
Bob McClain 79 80 159
Steve Perry 77 85 162
David FItzgerald 79 83 162
Carter Gable 78 88 166
Ron Wheeler 76 WD
Second flight
Frank Toland 80 75 155
Randall Doss 81 76 157
Ricky Hurst 82 77 159
David Medders Sr. 80 79 159
Tim Hill 80 80 160
Steve Williams 82 78 160
Steve Smith 80 81 161
Mike Thompson 81 82 163
Frank Cobb 82 81 163
Third flight
Greg Thrower 88 82 170
Robbie Robertson 85 86 171
Steve Borrelli 87 85 172
Lee Clark 87 85 172
Lamar Ward 84 90 174
Jim Landers 89 91 180
Terry Thompson 101 98 199
Sammy Wynn 102 101 203

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