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Wigington beats Clay in the showdown of the top two players on the county tour for the Calhoun County Match Play crown

CALHOUN COUNTY MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
At Anniston Municipal GC
semifinals on Sunday
Brennan defeated Clay. Landon Straub, 4&3
Gary Wigington defeated. Nick Ledbetter, 7&6
consolation game
Nick Ledbetter defeated. Landon Straub, 6&4
championship game
Gary Wigington defeated. Brennan Clay, 3&2

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama sports today

The last time Gary Wigington left the parking lot at Anniston Municipal Golf Course, he lamented a pair of rare triple bogeys on the back nine in the final round of the Calhoun County Championship that produced a cascade of results.

It cost him the district championship and the all-season Player of the Year race. It put him in a tie with Brennan Clay at the top of Calhoun County Golf Tour points and the tiebreakers gave Clay the highest billing on the county tour.

They’ve had basically the same type of seasons of wins and results—they even finished sixth in the county tournament—but Player of the Year was awarded in a tiebreaker. Two guys couldn’t have been more even – and then they met on the track on Sunday for a final showdown.

It won’t change the result of the Player of the Year award, but Wigington was a little satisfied at the end of the season, beating Clay 3 and 2 for the Calhoun County Match Play Championship.

“It’s always a tough road to kind of lose and not being able to go out and just do it on the course,” Wigington said. “I think it was set on the course; I do not know. I hadn’t given it much thought because if you have two triple bogeys in the back nine of the county tournament, you don’t deserve to win.

“Eliminate one of those and end up winning the county and the Tour for the year pretty easily, but that was me. It wasn’t anything anyone else did, it was just a dumb game on my part.

“But to be able to go out on the pitch today and play it out. i wanted to win It was closed all year round. I got it better. I still make some silly mistakes and have eliminated all those silly mistakes I’ve been making all year.

It was Wigington’s second consecutive match-play title and fourth in the past seven years. He’s been in the finals six of those seven years and seven of the last nine.

None of Wigington’s three matches in the tournament went past the 16th hole. He beat Clay Calkins 6&5 in the second round and Nick Ledbetter 7&6 in the semis.

Ledbetter won the consolation game, beating Landon Straub 6&4.

This story will be updated.

CALHOUN COUNTY GAME PLAY
The games on Saturday
Buddy Moore brace
No. 1 Brennan Clay Bye
#9 Andrew Brooks def. #8 Randy Lipscomb, 3 & 2
No. 12 Matt Rogers def. #5 Layton Bussey, WD
No. 4 Landon Straub def. No. 13 Dalton Chandler, 7 & 6
sound def. Streams, 3 & 2
Straub defeated. Rogers, 2 & 1
Chris Banister mount
No. 14 defeated Nick Ledbetter. 3 Jeremy McGatha, 1 up
No. 6 Chad Calvert def. #11 Sawyer Edwards, 22 holes
#10 Clay Calkins def. No. 7 Gage Ledbetter, 5 & 4
No. 2 Gary Wigington Bye
N. Ledbetter def. Kalvert, 2 & 1
Defeated Wigington. Calkins, 6 & 5

The games on Sunday
semifinals
Brennan defeated Clay. Landon Straub, 4&3
Gary Wigington defeated. Nick Ledbetter, 7&6
consolation game
Nick Ledbetter defeated. Landon Straub, 6&4
championship game
Gary Wigington defeated. Brennan Clay, 3&2

COUNTY MATCH PLAY FINAL STORY
2010: Ott Chandler defeated. Janson Wilborn
2011: Matt Rogers defeated. Frank Brady
2012: Defeated Gary Wilborn. Ott Kramer
2013: Gary Wilborn defeated. Grant Hockman
2014: Andrew Brooks defeated. Gary Wigton
2015: Caleb McKinney defeated. Kevin Daugherty
2016: Defeated Gary Wigington. Dalton Chandler
2017: Chad Calvert defeated. Gary Wigton
2018: Gary Wigington defeated. Chad Calvert
2019: Jeremy McGatha defeated. Chad Calvert
2020: Brennan Clay defeated. Gary Wigton
2021: Gary Wigington defeated. Andrew Brooks
2022: Gary Wigington defeated. Brennan Clay




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