Local golf: Late bloomer takes title at Silver Lakes
by Al Muskewitz
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SILVER LAKES — Dane Moore came to the game of golf late in life – well, as late as it could be for a 27-year-old – and Sunday he reaped the ultimate benefits of his labor.

The physical therapist from Southside claimed the first individual tournament title of his career when he shot what many considered a quiet final-round 4-under-par 68 to win the Silver Lakes Championship.

His 36-hole total of 139 – 5-under-par – was one shot better than overnight leader Gary Wilborn and two better than Gary Wigington. Daniel Black, who shared the best round of the day with Moore, finished fourth at 142.

“We thought he was close (to the lead), but we had no idea,” fifth-place finisher and playing partner Daniel Glidewell said. “That was one of the quietest 68 I’d ever seen. He didn’t do anything really spectacular, just what he was supposed to do.”

Moore didn’t start playing golf until after graduating from Southside High School, where he played baseball and basketball. Despite that limited experience, former Southside golf coach Jake Nichols called him “about as natural a player as I’ve ever seen.”

Moore certainly played like a seasoned tournament veteran in the final round. He didn’t put together a long string of birdies, but he cashed in when the opportunities presented and for the most part stayed out of trouble. He followed a double-bogey on No. 6 with back-to-back birdies and didn’t make another bogey the rest of the day. He played the back nine in 3-under 33. He shot 71 in the opening round despite five penalty strokes.

“Today I went about my business,” Moore said. “For the most part it was a pretty solid round except for No. 6.

“The last five years I’ve gotten a lot more consistent, started shooting consistently good scores. This probably gives me a little bit of confidence so I can turn back and say I can do it. I know Wilborn, Wigington, (Jeremy) McGatha, those are good (players) and I can play if I play good. I can make it respectable.”

While Moore was quietly going about his business, Wilborn and Wigington were waging war for the lead one group behind.

Wigington got off to a blistering start. He had two birdies and an eagle among his first six holes to reach 7-under and turned with a two-shot lead.

But he lost the momentum at the turn, making bogey on four of the first five holes of the Heartbreaker 9 and ultimately shooting 40 on the side.

“I figured at that point (after 9) I was probably in the lead, but several errant shots there on the back and putting got me,” Wigington said. “It was there, but I didn’t play well on the back.”

Wilborn birdied two of his first three holes to reach 7-under, but then slipped back with two bogeys on the next three. The 56-year-old former county player of the year had a two-shot lead over Wigington coming into the final three holes, but made mistakes that kept him from advancing the lead.

He hit his second shot on the par-5 16th into a bunker near the green and made bogey. He didn’t release a pitching wedge on the par-3 17th and needed a long two-putt to save par and lose only one shot to Wigington's birdie.

Then on 18, he hit his worst drive of the tournament and the lay-up from trouble forced him to hole out his approach to force a playoff with Moore, who was in the clubhouse signing his card. He almost did, but the shot finished a few feet behind the pin and he settled for a closing par.

“That’s probably part of the part of not being in this position before,” Wilborn said. “I had no idea what anybody was doing. I knew what we were doing in our group, but that’s all I knew what was going on.

“I enjoyed being there ... it just wasn’t to be; somebody else snuck in there. People say it’s hard to do it (win) the first time, but it’s hard when you haven’t been there in a long time. It’s not like it’s a life or death situation, but it gets your heart pumping a little bit.”

NOTES: The other three flight winners were Jeremy McGatha, Dalton Chandler and Al Johnson. ... Black’s 68 featured six birdies and an eagle. ... Despite finishing second overall, Wilborn earned first-place points among the Calhoun County Golf Tour players. He moved into 13th place in the standings. Wigington and McGatha are tied for the points lead with two events remaining. ... The next event on the County Tour schedule in July 27-28 at Pine Hill. Entry fee is $100 ($90 for Pine Hill members).

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

Silver Lakes Championship final results

Championship flight

Dane Moore 71-68—139

Gary Wilborn 67-73—140

Gary Wigington 69-72—141

Daniel Black 74-68—142

Daniel Glidewell 72-71—143

Cullen Carstens 68-76—144

Zach Contris 71-73—144

Adam Swan 69-77—146

Clay Calkins 74-72—146

Jake Nichols 70-76—146

Grant Hockman 74-75—149

Janson Wilborn 74-75—149

Michael Watson 74-75—149

Scott Martin 72-79—151

Chip Howell 74-77—151

Landon Winfrey 74-80—154

Chris Weaver 74-81—155

Craig Duncan 72-91—163

Ott Chandler 74-WD

First flight

Jeremy McGatha 75-71—146

Matt Rogers 75-74—149

Frank Brady 78-74—152

Doug East 75-77—152

Chandler Wilborn 78-77—155

Chris Cunningham 76-80—156

Mark Durden 78-78—156

Shane Chappell 75-81—156

Rufus Cox 77-80—157

Benji Turley 78-80—158

Billy Thompson 76-82—158

Richard Johnson 79-79—158

Dustin Travis 79-80—159

Lewis Lecroy 79-80—159

Randy Reaves 79-80—159

Caleb McKinney 78-82—160

Graham Morrow 79-82—161

Jarred Driggers 77-85—162

Tim Steward 79-87—166

Jeremy Rieger 79-87—166

Dan Griffin 79-NC

Johnny Tucker 76-NC

Second flight

Dalton Chandler 81-70—151

Ted Klimasewski 82-73—155

Kenneth Patterson 82-75—157

C.J. Taylor 82-75—158

Adrian Geeting 82-76—158

Eric Messer 83-77—160

Chris Hubbard 82-79—161

Mark Hudgins 81-81—162

Robin Wood 84-81—165

David Martin 85-80—165

Tim MacTaggart 81-87—168

Bobby Luttrell 85-84—169

Landon Straub 83-86—169

Mike Lett 84-86—170

Jerry Kemp 85-85—170

Danny Smith 82-88—170

Bill Leach 82-90—172

Maurice Dates 83-92—175

T.J. McGatha 85-92—177

Jackson King 81-NC

Dan McClellan 81-NC

Eric West 81-NC

Tyler Huckaby 84-NC

Tony Hicks 84-NC

Third flight

Al Johnson 86-77—163

Jack Sims 92-78—170

Ryan Huff 90-81—171

Nick Pollard 89-82—171

Chase Thomas 88-83—171

Alan Darnall 91-81—172

Timmy Woodard 89-84—173

Al Muskewitz 87-87—174

Jacob Lecroy 92-82—174

Ethyn Roberts 90-85—175

Mark Cotton 88-88—176

Kenny Wright 90-88—178

Brent Varnum 93-93—186

Allen Mangham 95-93—188

Austin Minter 109-86—195

Stuart Rice 97-102—199

Doug Wright 95-106—201

Kelly Rogers 100-106—206

Brad Hardin 114-109—223

Mark Prichett 94-NC


Points standings

Jeremy McGatha 1055

Gary Wigington 1055

Daniel Black 870

Janson Wilborn 867.5

Ott Chandler 850

Matt Rogers 835

Dalton Chandler 810

Frank Brady 797.5

Grant Hockman 792.5

Billy Thompson 772.5

Adrian Geeting 732.5

Jaylon Ellison 700

Gary Wilborn 665

Chip Howell 637.5

Clay Calkins 625

Dan Griffin 600

Mark Durden 552.5

Tim Steward 542.5

Dan McClellan 540

Nick Pollard 515

Benji Turley 512.5

Matt Miller 497.5

Shane Chappell 475

Dustin Travis 430

Chandler Wilborn 427.5

Doug East 400

Timmy Woodard 382.5

David Martin 337.5

Rob Riddle 335

Jerry Kemp 308.75

Landon Straub 307.5

Lewis Lecroy 307.5

Ryan Huff 302.5

Andrew Brooks 292.5

Caleb McKinney 290

Lance Evans 277.5

Austin Minter 277.5

Cole McNeal 272.5

Kelly Rogers 270

Kenny Wright 263.75

Danny Smith 218.75

Ethyn Roberts 217.5

T.J. McGatha 212.5

Chris Hubbard 207.5

Stuart Rice 200

Al Muskewitz 168.75

Scott Eaton 140

Chris Cunningham 140

Layton Bussey 87.5

Brandon Roberts 50
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