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Rollins Rollin’ Second Calhoun County Golf Tour Victory

John Rollins pumps his fist after sinking the clinching putt during Sunday’s final round of the Gadsden City Championship at Twin Bridges. (Photo by Joe Medley)
John Rollins pumps his fist after sinking the clinching putt during Sunday’s final round of the Gadsden City Championship at Twin Bridges. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Gadsden, AL – A day after tree limb falls on his truck, tree cutter Rollins falls on the field for second Calhoun County Golf Tour victory.

By Joe Medley

Sometimes, the tree falls on you. Sometimes, you’re the tree.

John Rollins lived both sides of that during this weekend’s Gadsden City Championship. A day after storm dropped a limb fell on his pickup, he rallied from one stroke down going into the final round to bag his second Calhoun County County Golf Tour victory.

Rollins finished 69-70139 and edge Brennan Clay by one stroke. First-round leader Ty Cole finished third, two strokes off the pace.

Rollins left Twin Bridges with a grin on his face, even if it’s an anxious grin as he manages his speed while making the hour’s drive back home, across the Georgia line, with a bowed in windshield.

That made for an anxious drive home after Saturday’s final round.

“I was scared to even drive home,” he said. “I thought the windshield was going to come in on me. It made noises all the way home.”

Rollins scored his second Tour victory and second in the last seven events. He won at Pine Hill in 2023.

Rollins’ second victory comes two weeks after Chattanooga’s Andrew Weathers won his first attempt at a Tour event, at Silver Lakes. Cole, the reigning Tour player of the year, won the other 2024 points event, at Cane Creek.

“I don’t know if there’s better amateur golf in the state than what we’ve got right here,” Clay said. “It’s every week.

“You’ve got the same nine or 10 guys, but now we’ve got more coming. The more the merrier to me. I like the competition. You’ve got to play good. You can’t come out here and just smack it around and expect to win. You have to be under par, multiple shots under par, so it’s a lot of fun.”

Clay shot Sunday’s best round at 69 to finish second. His day included an eagle on No. 11, a 5-iron shot from 210 yards that rolled by the hole and settled at 2 feet.

“It went right by the hole,” Clay said. “It had a chance to go in. That would’ve been cool.”

That’s how close Clay came to an albatross and forcing a playoff.

Then again, Rollins’ day included a 25-foot putt to save par on No. 13. He also saved par after hitting into the hazard on the par-5 15th.

“John’s a dang good player,” Clay said. “He’s scrappy. He made two incredible pars today.”

Rollins was scrapped and acknowledged he was emotional over the condition of his black Dodge Ram. The limb that fell on his truck during Saturday’s storm bent the hood and bowed the windshield.

It’s fully insured and payed off, he said. It was drivable enough to get him home Saturday night, after he waited out the rain to avoid having to use wipers. It got him to the course Sunday.

“After all the stuff yesterday that happened, I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I even drove my truck again today.

“I don’t know why. Just a wave of emotions after the tree fell on my truck.”

He missed a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 1, and Clay announced his bad intentions with a birdie on the same hole.

After two pars and a bogey to start his round, the professional tree cutter started chopping wood. After birdies on 6 and 9, he made the turn at 1-under 35. His three birdies on the back nine offset two bogies.

He steadied his emotions enough to emerge in a foursome with Clay, Cole and Randy Lipscomb. Rollins answered Clay’s eagle with a birdie on the same hole.

“Just playing with Ty and Brennan, they’re two of the best, especially Ty,” Rollins said.

Rollins said he tried “keep my mind off of the card” and just play, play hole by hole. About hole No. 14, he learned he as one shot up.

He briefly lost that one-shot lead while scrapping with a trap to save par on 15, but he made a 10-foot birdie putt on 17.

Trees watched calmly Sunday as he avenged himself against the course. God help the first tree he sees at work Monday.

“It’s going to get hit like a truck,” he said with a chuckle. “No doubt.”

Final-round scores

CHAMPIONSHIP A FLIGHT
PLAYER RD. 1 RD. 2 TOTAL
John Rollins 69 70 139
Brennan Clay 71 69 140
Ty Cole 68 73 141
Randy Lipscomb 70 76 146
Jeremy McGatha 72 75 147
Mason Dennis 71 77 148
Dustin Travis 74 75 149
Casey Harmon 73 77 150
Blake Boozer 74 78 152
Jason Rich 73 80 153
Chris Cox 74 81 155
Gary Wigington 74 WD
CHAMPIONSHIP B FLIGHT
Trent Masfield 76 71 147
Dane Moore 75 75 150
Chad Hare 75 76 151
Chris Leonhardt 75 76 151
Dre Davenport 76 76 152
J.D. Berndt 76 76 152
Chance Harris 76 78 154
Tim Woodard 76 79 155
Joshua Bradley 75 82 157
Cove McHugh 76 82 158
Danny Whitaker 76 96 172
FIRST FLIGHT
Carson Jones 77 71 148
C.J. Taylor 77 73 150
Zack Pruitt 77 73 150
Tanner Wells 77 77 154
Clayton Chandler 77 79 156
Vance Lewis 77 79 156
Brad Landin 78 79 157
Aaron Jackson 78 80 158
Eric Cannington 78 80 158
Clay Smith 77 84 161
Austin Elliott 78 85 163
SECOND FLIGHT
Jeremy Burns 79 73 152
Michael Rich 79 73 152
Blake Grisham 79 74 152
Chase Hollingsworth 80 77 157
Hunter Fordham 79 81 160
Hunter Carr 80 82 162
James Lett 81 81 162
Maverick Smith 81 81 162
Aaron Gregerson 80 83 163
Bob Eaton 80 85 165
Cole McNeal 79 97 176
THIRD FLIGHT
Luke Armstrong 82 74 156
Chandler Richards 86 71 157
Josh Ghavassi 83 81 164
Houston Black 85 79 164
Chris Reaves 85 81 166
Jonathan Gibson 84 84 168
Drey Reeves 86 84 170
Logan Steele 86 86 172
David Webb 85 94 179
Mark Gaines 86 93 179
Nathan Williams 83 WD
Alex Burnham 86 WD
FOURTH FIGHT
Carl Stanley 89 76 165
Eli Dunn 87 82 169
Cain Hollingsworth 88 82 170
Matt Greer 88 82 170
Craig Duncan 92 79 171
Derek Jenkins 89 86 175
Ridge McHugh 90 89 179
Drake Bearden 92 87 179
Andrew Gunnells 91 94 185
Tim Gables 89 WD
FIFTH FLIGHT
Dustin Pearce 93 84 177
Justin Pickard 93 86 179
Scott Jimmerson 95 92 187
Eli Pearce 94 96 190
Stephen Jenkins 93 98 191
Nick Sabat 96 102 198
Larry Champion 105 99 204
Ted Gregerson 111 94 205
Daniel Ricks 96 WD
SENIOR
Greg Shultz 70 76 146
David Sanders 75 72 147
Dominick Margentina 76 78 154
Graham Morrow 77 78 155
Scott Moates 75 80 155
Jerry Fraiser 76 79 155
Mike Lett 83 73 156
Scott Harmon 89 82 171
Keith Hutcheson 83 93 176
John Rollins pumps his fist after sinking the clinching putt during Sunday’s final round of the Gadsden City Championship at Twin Bridges. (Photo by Joe Medley)
John Rollins pumps his fist after sinking the clinching putt during Sunday’s final round of the Gadsden City Championship at Twin Bridges. (Photo by Joe Medley)

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