Local golf: Miller gets long-sought win at Cane Creek
by Al Muskewitz
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It has been five years since David Miller last won an individual event on any professional golf tour, but Sunday was definitely his turn.

The 34-year-old former college All-American from Daphne shot a final-round 71 to complete a wire-to-wire win in the Emerald Coast Tour portion of the Fort McClellan Credit Union Pro-Invitational at Cane Creek Golf Course.

He held off a final-round charge by defending champion Kyle Sapp of Gardendale to win by one stroke.

Miller posted rounds of 68, 70 and 71 for a 54-hole total of 7-under-par 209. He collected $5,000 for the effort.

It was his first individual win on a pro tour since winning in Bentonville, Ark., on the NGA/Hooters Tour in 2008. He won an ECT two-man event with former Anniston resident Nick Rousey at Kiva Dunes in December.

“It’s really nice that I have (won),” Miller said. “I’ve felt this year my game was good, but I was getting nothing out of it.

“It really makes me happy that I get the money. I don’t play golf in the winter time so I just see my funds dwindling, dwindling and dwindling in the winter. I played six events on the NGA Tour this year and I’ve made one cut, so … it just makes me happy that I was able to see that I am going in the right direction.”

On the amateur side, Ty Cole birdied his last two holes of regulation to overtake first-round leader Janson Wilborn and win Invitational medalist honors by one. Cole, a 37-year-old glass installer from Gadsden, shot a final-round 70 for a 36-hole total 139 (5-under).

All five amateur flight winners then advanced to a net shootout, which Clay Calkins won with a five-foot birdie putt on the second hole.

Miller entered the day with a two-shot lead over Pensacola amateur Clayton Vannoy and a four-shot edge over Sapp and Nathan Rau.

Sapp applied pressure throughout the round and got within one after Miller’s 3-putt bogey on the par-3 15th.

But Sapp lost a stroke to bogey at 16 despite his best recovery shot of the tournament, giving Miller a two-shot lead heading to their final hole of the day. While Miller’s bogey at the last was aggravating, it was devastating.

“David played well,” Sapp said. “I stuck to my game plan; I played aggressive all day. I knew if I stayed bogey free I’d have a good chance and I was going into 16.

“This was just one of those tournaments I really hit well and didn’t make a putt the first two rounds. I played well today. Where I feel like I lost this tournament was the first couple rounds not making enough birdies when I was up there close. But I hung in there ’til the end. I was proud of that.”

Amateur medalist Cole started the day four shots behind Wilborn, who shot a bogey-free 65 in the opening round. He got within one on No. 17 – their 16th hole of the day – when Wilborn double bogeyed. He birdied the par-5 18th to get even, lipping out a 30-foot eagle putt, and then birdied No. 1 from 10 feet to win it.

“To be honest … I didn’t know until somebody told me when we were in the fairway on No. 1 that we were tied,” Cole said. “On the 18th tee I thought I was one back. My approach on the last hole hit (the stick), then I knew it was a big putt.

“Once I had the 10-footer and he missed his birdie putt, I said you’ve got nothing to lose – make it.”

Cole said he and Wilborn played shot-for-shot with each other all day. Wilborn followed his 65 with a 75 on Sunday.

“I hit 13 greens, I just didn’t make enough putts today,” Wilborn said. “It was a little different today. I was hoping I could come out here and be even (par) or a little under, but it’s tough to back up a good round with another one. I hit it good; I just didn’t sink enough putts down the stretch.”

Rob Riddle nearly won the flight-winners playoff on the first hole, but his birdie attempt horseshoed the cup. On the second hole, Shane Chappell hit a pitching wedge from 120 yards just off the green, but on the proper level with the pin. Calkins hit his approach close and Nick Pollard placed his shot about six inches inside Calkins’ position.

Chappell didn’t make, but Calkins and his long putter did. When Pollard missed, the playoff was over and Calkins had the staff bag that goes to the recognized tournament winner.

“It is a fun format … as long as people recognize the winner of the tournament is that guy over there,” Calkins said pointing to Cole. “I’m glad he gets the trophy that shows that he’s the champion of the tournament because he played the best.

“But I played good today, won my flight and got in the playoff. There is some pressure. I picked the right club, hit a good shot and made the putt – with the long putter.”

Fort McClellan Credit Union Pro-Invitational at Cane Creek Golf Course Emerald Coast Tour (pros)

David Miller, $5,000 68-70-71—209

Kyle Sapp, $2,000 71-71-68—210

a-Clayton Vannoy 69-71-71—211

Nate Rau, $1,250 72-70-70—212

Jimmy Brandt, $750 73-70-70—213

Glenn Northcutt, $300 72-72-71—215

Nathan Bennett 75-71-75—221

Brennan Clay 77-72-72—221

a-Jaylon Ellison 75-75-73—223

Jordan Anderton 79-75-70—224

Brett Lange 77-80-70—227

Morgan Smith 74-78-76—228

Lee McGriff 85-86-85—256

Invitational (amateurs) First flight

Ty Cole 69-70—139

Janson Wilborn 65-75—140

Andrew Lee 73-69—142

Gary Wigington 69-74—143

Jeremy McGatha 73-71—144

Billy Thompson 73-72—145

David Lesseter 71-74—145

Robert Monroe 70-77—147

Matt Rogers 71-76—147

Caleb McKinney 72-76—148

Grant Hockman 73-76—149

Adrian Geeting 73-78—151

Gary Wilborn 72-NC

Second flight

x-Clay Calkins 76-73—149

Rusty Whitlow 76-76—152

Chris Cunningham 77-75—152

Mark Durden 75-78—153

Frank Brady 76-77—153

Daniel Black 75-79—154

Lester Mitchell 75-80—155

Tim Turner 79-76—155

Jake Goggans 78-77—155

Dalton Chandler 77-79—156

Landon Straub 77-79—156

Kenneth Patterson 79-77—156

Jarred Driggers 78-81—159

Craig Duncan 79-80—159

Jason Rich 76-84—160

Jacob Lecroy 78-84—162

T.J. McGatha 79-84—163

Third flight

Nick Pollard 80-76—156

David Martin 82-76—158

Bo Robinson 82-77—159

Tim Steward 80-79—159

Jacob Harmon 80-79—159

Dan McClellan 80-79—159

Cole McNeal 83-80—163

Skip Talbert 80-83—163

Greg Williams 82-78—160

Ethyn Roberts 81-79—160

Chandler Wilborn 80-80—160

Bobby Dillon 81-81—161

Timmy Woodard 82-84—166

Mike Lett 80-87—167

Austin Minter 82-88—170

Dennis Moyer 80-90—170

Al Muskewitz 81-94—175

Dan Griffin 81-DNS

Fourth flight

Shane Chappell 84-77—161

Ryan Huff 84-79—163

Benji Turley 84-79—163

Dustin Travis 84-80—164

Eric Hoskins 87-77—164

Allen Mangham 86-83—169

Rick Dickson 84-88—172

Kenny Wright 86-87—173

Brent Varnum 90-89—179

Mark Cotton 89-92—181

Harrison Szuch 90-91—181

Ralph Aldis 91-92—183

Shaw Hassenfuss 89-DNS

Fifth flight

Robert Riddle 92-78—170

Paul Szuch 93-81—174

Jerry Kemp 99-80—179

Herschel Harris 93-87—180

Heath Waldrop 96-89—185

Stuart Rice 92-93—185

C. Parker 100-85—185

Clark Cunningham 94-93—187

Will Coker 101-92—192

Kelly Rogers 97-97—194

Roger Bennett 98-99—197

Jimmy Jackson 107-90—197

Billy Edds 127-113—240

Bob Baker WD

Rocco D’Gomez WD

M. Stallworth WD

x-won flight winners playoff on 2nd extra hole

Calhoun County Golf Tour Points standings

Jeremy McGatha 860

Gary Wigington 805

Ott Chandler 800

Jaylon Ellison 700

Janson Wilborn 687.5

Matt Rogers 655

Billy Thompson 647.5

Daniel Black 645

Dalton Chandler 642.5

Frank Brady 640

Grant Hockman 612.5

Adrian Geeting 607.5

Dan Griffin 550

Matt Miller 497.5

Dan McClellan 490

Chip Howell 470

Tim Steward 452.5

Nick Pollard 447.5

Clay Calkins 430

Mark Durden 412.5

Benji Turley 387.5

Gary Wilborn 365

Rob Riddle 335

Shane Chappell 335

Timmy Woodard 322.5

Dustin Travis 317.5

Andrew Brooks 292.5

Chandler Wilborn 277.5

Cole McNeal 272.5

Doug East 242.5

David Martin 242.5

Ryan Huff 235

Jerry Kemp 231.25

Lance Evans 227.5

Austin Minter 227.5

Landon Straub 222.5

Kelly Rogers 220

Kenny Wright 213.75

Lewis Lecroy 195

Caleb McKinney 185

Ethyn Roberts 167.5

T.J. McGatha 162.5

Stuart Rice 150

Danny Smith 141.25

Scott Eaton 140

Al Muskewitz 113.75

Chris Hubbard 107.5

Layton Bussey 87.5

Brandon Roberts 50
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