Local golf notes: Wilborn bouncing back after being hospitalized
by Al Muskewitz
amuskewitz@annistonstar.com
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Gary Wilborn may be in the rough for now, but it won’t be long before one of the best golfers in town is back in the fairway chasing county championships.

Wilborn has been hospitalized in Birmingham since Monday with a weak blood vessel in his head, but has made a recovery his son Janson called “a straight-up miracle.”

It was touch-and-go at the outset, but his family reported Thursday the 56-year-old was awake, responsive and asking for his favorite soft drink.

Doctors have detected no debilitating damage, but Wilborn will need a week or two of rehab before he’s back on his feet.

How long before he’s back on the golf course is anybody’s guess. He had plans to team with two-time reigning County Player of the Year Gary Wigington in the 2014 Sunny King Charity Classic.

“He hopes to play golf again, he said that today; that was one of his concerns,” Janson said. “We found out today he’s going to have a good chance of it, too.”

Last month Wilborn became the oldest and highest-seeded winner of the Calhoun County Match Play Championship. He defeated Grant Hockman in the finals. Along the way he defeated Janson and Wigington.

Wilborn won the inaugural event of the Calhoun County Golf Tour, the Calhoun County Championship three times (1990, 1991, 2003) and the Sunny King twice (2004, 2005) with Ott Chandler.

• THE SCOREBOARD: Jeremy McGatha and Matt Rogers shot a final-round scamble 59 to win the third annual Trick or Treat Two-Man at Silver Lakes for the second time.

Their 111 total was three shots better than defending champions Randy Lipscomb-Jake Nichols and Ty Cole-Chad Calvert.

Jake Minnix and Lee Morgan made a birdie on the first playoff to beat Adrian Geeting and T.J. McGatha in the First Flight.

Ben Ball and Caleb McKinney won the Second Flight (131) by seven shots.

• Ron McClellan and Doug Bragg shot 11-under-par 60 to win the monthly Cherokee County CC Two-Man Senior Scramble. Terry Adams and Bill Trammell won the First Flight (65). Jack Bowling and Larry Guffey won a three-team scorecard playoff (69) in the Second Flight with a birdie on 18.

The next event is Nov. 11. Entry fee is $60. Teams must preregister by calling pro shop manager Steve Baker at 927-5070 or cherokeeclub@tds.net.

• UPCOMING EVENTS: Entries are being accepted for the fourth annual League for Animal Welfare Four-Person Scramble Nov. 15 at Cane Creek Golf Course. Entry fee is $60 per player. For more information call Cliff Black at 240-9660.

• The sixth annual Pine Hill Toys for Tots blind-draw scramble is set for Dec. 7. The field is limited to 120 players. Entry fee is $45 for club members, $55 for non-members and a $10 toy. Call the pro shop (237-2633) for more information.

• Pine Hill CC is hosting a Thanksgiving Junior Shootout Nov. 27. The event is open to players ages 10-18. Entry fee is $40. Call the pro shop (237-2633) for details.

• ACE IN THE CROWD: Lois Carter scored his first-ever double-eagle when he holed a 6-iron for a 2 on the 379-yard par-5 sixth hole at Pine Hill. The shot was witnessed by Jim Summers and Mike Miller.

• DEMO DAY: Stoney Brook Golf Course is holding a Taylor Made demo day Nov. 15 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Manufacturer reps will be on hand to answer questions about the latest equipment.

Al Muskewitz covers golf for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3577.
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