Byrd, Blakeney, Willingham visit Greenville for ASHOF golf tourney

Published 5:22 pm Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Golfers at Cambrian Ridge and around the state got a chance to participate in the world’s largest shotgun start golf tournament and meet inductees of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.

The event, which is sponsored by the ASHOF, started simultaneously at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon on all Robert Trent Jones courses in the state.

On hand in Greenville were Sim Byrd, Larry Willingham and Larry Blakeney.

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Byrd led Troy State University to the 1968 NAIA National Championship, and Byrd still holds 19 Troy records.

Willingham was a consensus All-American at Auburn in 1970 as a safety, and he also played in the NFL and the WFL.

Blakeney, who played quarterback at Auburn, is the most successful head coach in Troy history.

He led the Trojans from Division II to Division I-AA and finally to Division I-A in 2001.

The winners from the event will travel to Ross Bridge to play in the statewide championship on Oct. 19.

Here are the full results from the event:

1st Place Net:

Score: 61/ 54.25

Larry Willingham, Griff Gordy, Russ Sanders, Mark Holland

2nd Place Net:

Score: 60/ 54.9

Sandy Atkins, Ben Fletcher, Mike Lott, Collin McCrary

3rd Place Net:

Score: 63/ 55.35

Larry Avery, Jim Grey, Lee Lawson, William Thigpen

1st Place Gross:

Score: 55/ 49.9

Pete Sellers, Charles Pridgeon, Harry Shiver, Wayne Sellers

2nd Place Gross:

Score: 59/ 57.55

Will Mills, Wendell Stephens, Joey Holley, Paul Hudson

3rd Place Gross:

Score: 59/ 57.2

Sim Byrd, Hunter Reynolds, Brian McCormick, Steve Brown

Rest of the Field:

60/ 57.65 – Mints McGowin, Cody Wesley, Bill Lewis, Tim McGowin

64/ 58.955 – Warren Matthews, Mac Russell, Steve Norman, Elizabeth Matthews

66/ 59.9 – Jeff Crissey, Alan Steele, Martin Leiter, Drew Rhodes

67/ 60.65 – George Evans, Dexter McLendon, Jennifer Machen, Mike Norman

68/ 61.9 – Bob Carter, Ashton Wells, Terry Powell, Ralph Wells

68/ 62.7 – Ken Gibson, Todd Norman, David Brantley, Bill Raybren

69/ 60.5 – Ed Short, Ken Nichols, Rick Clifton, Allen Thrash

69/ 60.8 – Jimmy Gardner, Cole Giddens, Jim Bryan, Ronnie Idland