Local golf: Rogers, McGatha win Buddy Moore Memorial
by Al Muskewitz
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All Matt Rogers and Jeremy McGatha wanted to do Sunday was hang around the leaderboard long enough to have a chance.

They gave themselves plenty of chances on the back nine, converted most of them, and wound up winning the fifth annual Buddy Moore Memorial Charity Golf Tournament at Anniston Municipal Golf Course.

Rogers and McGatha shot a final-round 12-under-par 58 to finish at 26-under 114 for a one-shot victory over first-round leaders Jaylon Ellison and P.J. Shields. Twice in the first five holes Sunday they trailed the leaders by three.

“We just hung in there,” Rogers said. “If you can hang in there you never know what’s going to happen.

“We just had to stay the course. We left a few coming in there, but I had a few putts that fell.”

Indeed. Rogers made four clutch birdie putts over the final six holes to overtake their long-hitting playing partners who just couldn’t get anything going on the back.

Rogers made birdies on 13 to get the team within one of the lead, 15 to draw even, 16 from the fringe to take the lead and 18 to match their playing partners’ birdie and avoid a playoff. Rogers’ clinching putt on 18 circled the hole before dropping.

“That’s why I love playing with him up here; he putts these greens (well), he loves them,” McGatha said.

Rogers and McGatha were able to persevere because Ellison and Shields couldn’t get anything going on the back nine.

Ellison and Shields played the first 27 holes of the tournament in 23-under-par – with six eagles – but they made only two birdies on the back nine Sunday, and one of those was on 18. They lost ground by making five straight pars on holes 13 through 17.

“We played three nines very solid, we played our game, and we felt like if we played one more good nine, it was ours,” Ellison said. “With five pars in a row on the back we pretty much gave it away. We gave it away.”

Despite the disappointment this weekend, Ellison said his partnership with Shields “will be tough to beat” in next year’s Sunny King Charity Classic.

“We’ve got such good horsepower, put our two games together it can be deadly at times,” said Shields, a 22-year-old from LaFayette, Ga. “I don’t know if we got just too loose or what, but making five pars in a row on the back you beat yourself.”

In the other flights, Gary Thomas and Danny Whitaker won a three-team scorecard playoff that went all the way back to 13 to win the Maryanne Flight, Tim Mullendore and Mike Braxton won a two-hole scorecard playoff to win the Scott Flight and Dickie Brittain and Ron Wheeler shot 3-under 67 to win the Angie Flight.

The event, played in honor of the late Hill pro and recent Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame inductee, raised more than $7,000 for its charities. All the flights bore the names of Moore’s family members.

Sports Writer Al Muskewitz: 256-235-3577. On Twitter @almusky_star.

Buddy Moore Memorial Tournament results

Buddy Flight

Matt Rogers-Jeremy McGatha 56-58—114

Jaylon Ellison-P.J. Shields 55-60—115

Brian Martin-Billy Thompson 57-63—120

Clay Calkins-Brandon Roberts 62-61—123

Grant Jackson-Trey Sawyer 61-62—123

Jackson Bonner-Matt Hunter 59-65—124

Andrew Brooks-Steve Akers 60-65—125

George Salmon-Lee Waldron 62-64—126

Shane Chappell-Matt Miller 61-67—128

Adrian Geeting-Clay Bass 62-68—130

Maryanne Flight

x-Gary Thomas-Danny Whitaker 64-66—130

Tom Sawyer-Roger Jackson 64-66—130

Pat O’Brien-Byron Preston 63-67—130

Rob Riddle-Austin Minter 63-68—131

Russ Montgomery-Steve Montgomery 67-66—133

Tony Strickland-Mike Herndon 65-70—135

Benji Turley-Janson Wilborn 65-70—135

Lynn Oswalt-Norman Thomas 66-69—135

Scott Moore-Will Prickett 66-67—137

David Fitzgerald-David Hill 66-75—141

Scott Flight

z-Tim Mullendore-Mike Braxton 68-68—136

Keith Riley-Jeff Shaddix 68-68—136

Mike Zinn-Brian Whitley 67-70—137

Ralph Carter-Lamar Carter 69-69—138

Steve Mullendore-Will Mullendore 69-69—138

Nick Pollard-Brett Varnum 67-72—139

Mark Usry-Ed Usry 69-72—141

Steve McClellan-Steve Shockley 68-76—144

Jerre Dingler-Ted Heim 69-76—145

Angie Flight

Dickie Brittain-Ron Wheeler 72-67—139

Rodney Wade-Bruce Collins 71-71—142

Donnie McGinnis-Herschel Tanner 72-70—142

Tim Davis-Doug Mooneyham 70-72—142

Preston Pepper-Daniel Clonts 72-71—143

Steve Rogers-Keith Gann 71-75—146

Elbert Rogers-Kelly Rogers 71-78—149

Ken Renfroe-Chad Ray 75-75—150

Tom Mullins-Henry Higginbotham 75-79—154

Kyle Kempton-Matt Brown 78-81—159

Steve Hughes-Woody Adcock 84-78—162

x-won scorecard playoff on No. 13

z-won scorecard playoff on No. 17

Sunday specialty prizes

Mark Sawyer Longest Drive – AM: Daniel Clonts, PM: Andrew Brooks.

Mike Clonts Longest Putt – AM: Steve Rogers, PM: Brian Martin.

David Coleman Closest to the Pin – AM: Donnie McGinnis, PM: Billy Thompson.

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