Two in group have aces same day at Windstone
WindStone head professional Jeff Craig had never sent a daily hole-in-one report like this. Two golfers on the same team had aces during the same round last Wednesday. Stan Barker scored his second ace on No. 6 from 132 yards with a 6-iron. Teammate Mac Neal matched him with his fourth hole-in-one on No. 11 from 125 yards with an 8-iron.
"I was the A player and he was my B player," Barker said. "We jumped up and down on my ace and did even more on his, because it's so spectacular for that to happen."
Neal said he didn't buy lottery tickets that afternoon: "My odds aren't that good."
But Barker did: "We bought five tickets and didn't get but one number."
They split the bar tab.
Archie Diegel scored a hole-in-one on April 13 at the Champions Club at Hampton Creek. He aced No. 9 from 136 yards with an 8-iron while playing with Lee Lacy.
Ray Cadwallader knocked in a hole-in-one last Friday at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay. It was his second. It came on No. 4, playing 151 yards, with a 7-iron. Jim Fox was his witness.
Steve Watters also recorded his second hole-in-one with an ace at the Trace. It happened Tuesday on No. 11, playing 115 yards. He used a pitching wedge, as witnessed by Bob Smith and Tom Baker.
Baylor School graduate Harris English won the PGA Tour’s St. Jude Classic at Memphis last year and keeps on helping the famed children’s research hospital.
Starting with the Masters, he’s giving it $250 for each birdie he makes in a Tour event, and that will be $500 ($1,000 for an eagle) at this year’s St. Jude.
Senior 4-balls start
The Tennessee senior and super-senior four-ball tournaments are slated to begin today at WindRiver Championship Course in Lenoir City.
The defending champions of the senior event are Danny Green and Steve Golliher. Athens resident Mike Poe teamed with Ricky Gregg to win in 2012. Chattanooga-area competitors in the senior four-ball include Mike Jenkins, Richard Keene, Tom Baird and Tim Burns. Area competitors in the super-senior include Ronnie Law and Hugh Goodman.
The Georgia Four-Ball runs Friday through Sunday at Cartersville Country Club.
Pancake moves up
Former Baylor School and Alabama golfer Brooke Pancake rose to No. 60 on the LPGA Tour money list after finishing in a tie for 17th over the weekend in the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii. She is ranked No. 55 in the race to the CME Globe Championship.
U.S. Open last call
Applications to qualify for the 2014 U.S. Open end today. Applications are available, but golfers must have a USGA handicap of 1.4 or better.
UTC golfers Wes Gosselin, Stuart Thomas, Kory Webb and Davis Bunn all have plans to try to qualify for the national championship. The local qualifying sites in Tennessee are in Knoxville and Memphis, and sites in Georgia include Kennesaw and Braselton.
Local TPC openings
Golfers looking to compete in the Chattanooga TPC series can visit www.IfYoulikeGolf.com to enter the Cleveland Invitational and the Signal Mountain Invitational.
The Cleveland Invitational will be played May 3-4 at Cleveland Country Club with an entry fee of $135. The SMI is a three-day tournament with an entry fee of $160. Applications for the season-long CDGA four-ball also are on the website.
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...