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Stick and Ball: Brooks Finishes Off Anniston City Championship Victory in Grand Fashion

Andrew Brooks hits his second shot on No. 18 fairway Sunday at Cane Creek. (Photo by Joe Medley)
Andrew Brooks hits his second shot on No. 18 fairway Sunday at Cane Creek. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Anniston, AL – With family, including baseball all-star son, watching, Brooks finishes off Anniston City Championship victory in grand fashion

By Joe Medley

It’s not every weekend that Alexandria 11-under all-star Anderson Brooks gets to watch his father and head coach play golf. Often, it’s the other way around.

The younger Brooks said he and his dad don’t play golf together often, but he and his dad have at least this much in common … they’re both really good at sports that involve hitting a ball with a stick.

With his family watching from the gallery, Andrew Brooks sank a 25-foot putt on No. 18 Sunday to finish off a five-stroke victory in the Anniston City Championship.

The elder Brooks shot 7-under 137 (69-68) for the two-day event at Cane Creek to score his second Calhoun County Golf Tour points victory in the past five tournaments, including last year’s county championship.

He fended off consistent contender Kevin Daugherty, who closed to within a shot when Brooks bogeyed No. 13. Daugherty shot 71-71142 to take second place.

Brooks and Daugherty were the only players in the field to shoot under par both days.

While explaining his bookend successes at the end of the 2022 county tour and fourth event of the 2023 tour, Brooks looked at his son.

Andrew Brooks and son Anderson enjoy a moment after Andrew finished off his victory in the Anniston City Championship on Sunday at Cane Creek. (Photo by Joe Medley)
Andrew Brooks and son Anderson enjoy a moment after Andrew finished off his victory in the Anniston City Championship on Sunday at Cane Creek. (Photo by Joe Medley)

“The more you put yourself in these situations, the more you’re prepared for them,” Brooks said. “It’s like I tell him with baseball. It’s all about reps. It’s all about doing the same thing over and over again the right way.

“There’s good reps, and there’s bad reps. It’s all about doing the same thing the right way over and over again, and you can get better.”

Andrew Brooks typically skips the Anniston City Championship because it tends to fall on weekends when his son plays. The Alexandria 11-under all-stars didn’t play this weekend, so Andrew got to play.

He shared the first-round lead with Gary Wigington, and the Brooks family wife Leigh, 13-year-old daughter Jaycee and Anderson came to see the finish. Andrew Brooks saw them in the distance on No. 18, his son wearing an orange Alexandria all-stars shirt and black-and-orange cap.

“I really wasn’t expecting it,” Andrew Brooks said. “When I came up, I didn’t even realize from the fairway that they were here. When I was running for my third shot, I saw them over there. It’s always cool, just to see them come out and support me.”

Anderson Brooks called seeing his dad win a tournament “pretty cool.”

Andrew Brooks hits his second shot on No. 18 fairway Sunday at Cane Creek. (Photo by Joe Medley)
Andrew Brooks hits his second shot on No. 18 fairway Sunday at Cane Creek. (Photo by Joe Medley)

They’ve shared quite a few pretty cool weekends on a baseball diamond. The Alexandria All-Stars won USSSA state and World Series titles in 2022. They were state runner up this year and qualified for the World Series, with opening ceremonies set for July 12 at Gulf Port, Miss.

“I hope we can do like we did last year,” Anderson said.

Anderson plays center field, first base or pitcher. He plays a little left field, as well.

“He’s a good baseball player,” Andrew said. “We’ve got a really good group that’s been playing together since they were 5 years old, a bunch of really good baseball players.

“Sometimes, we don’t let them really believe how good they are, because we want them to keep driving to be better.”

When Andrew Brooks hit the 25-foot putt to finish, with his family watching from the side? Pure zen.

“Honestly, I was just trying to lag it down there,” he said. “I wanted to lag it down there to make the tap-in easy, and it happened to go in.

“It’s a pretty cool way to end the round.”

Daugherty’s group finished ahead of Brooks’ group, and his consistency showed through again. He didn’t play in the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational but has a second- and two third-place finishes in this year’s other three tour events.

Daugherty entered the Anniston City Championship ranked fifth in tour points.

“I’ve been hitting it good,” Daugherty said. “For some reason, I’ve not been scoring as well as I’m hitting it. All you can do is keep putting yourself there, and eventually, they’re going to fall for you.”

Final scores

CHAMPIONSHIP A FLIGHT
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Andrew Brooks 69 68 137
Kevin Daugherty 71 71 142
Chad Calvert 71 72 143
Landon Straub 71 73 144
Jeremy McGatha 74 70 144
Gary Wigington 69 76 145
Brennan Clay 71 77 148
Justin Graveman 72 77 149
CHAMPIONSHIP B FLIGHT
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Dustin Travis 77 71 148
Chris Cox 77 75 152
Daniel Black 77 75 152
Chad Key 77 77 154
Tyler Romine 79 79 158
Cam Hurst 77 81 158
Dre Davenport 77 82 159
Hunter Carr 78 81 159
Doug Huie 78 82 160
Landon Holley 79 81 160
Chance Haywood 79 83 162
Matt Rogers 79 84 163
David Coffey 79 87 166
Chance Harris 78 N/C
CHAMPIONSHIP C FLIGHT
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Blake Grisham 80 76 156
Coleman Messer 81 76 157
Bob Eaton 82 77 159
Benji Turley 82 80 162
Nick Pollard 82 84 166
Matt Hartdegan 83 83 166
Houston Black 87 79 166
Andrew Betts 89 79 168
Michael Ledbetter 84 84 168
Jamarcus Stokes 91 79 170
Taylor Vera 83 89 172
Greg Cordle 99 88 187
Larry Champion 98 94 192
Logan Turner 89 N/C
SENIOR DIVISION
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Chip Howell 70 72 142
Tim Steward 76 74 150
Rocco D’Gomez 80 82 162
Jerry Kemp 80 82 162
John McKenzie 83 81 164
David Fitzgerald 79 88 167
Rick Dickson 83 88 171
Dennis Moyer 87 91 178
Jim Sirmon 97 98 195
OTHERS
Greg Burnett WD
Mike Thompson WD
Eric Cannington NS

 

 

 

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