Cherokee Ridge Country Club, like many other golf courses in north Alabama, is struggling with the current drought.
“Mother Nature hasn’t helped us much lately, with the drought and heat.” said head pro and GM Barkley Martin. “As the whole South knows, it’s been an unusually hot summer.”
As far as helping improve the condition of the course, a lack of water has hurt the most. Late afternoon showers are common in these parts during the summer but they’ve been surpris-ingly lacking this year.
As for the heat, the club already had surrendered to it. It moved its Club Championship from late summer to Oct. 25-27.
It’s the first time the tournament will be played in the fall.
• Justin Jonus’ boys basketball kids camp this past weekend was a big success, leaving Jonus all smiles as he turns his attention to the opening of high school camp on Oct. 21.
“We had another great turnout for our boys camp,” Jonus said. “I’m so proud of how far this program has grown, the success we have had, the lives we get to impact and the history we have made.
“The kids had a blast and I pray they grew as people and players. I’m blessed once again by great support by fellow coaches and players.
“The future is bright but you should already have your shades on!”
• You’ll have to go online to really appreciate it, but a high-flying Anna Katherine Griggs’ kill was voted as last week’s Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) Play of the Week. The former Arab star made her presence felt for North Alabama’s volleyball team in the third set.
• Here are a couple of college football notes, the first courtesy of old colleague Michael Casagrande.
Alabama sure is missing punter JK Scott, who was selected by the Packers in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft .
Alabama’s punting wasn’t great last season, but this year the Tide is No. 128 of 130 teams in average punting at 35.5 yards a pop.
On the other hand, Auburn finished the Mississippi State win with 361 passing yards and 217 rushing yards. It is the first the Tigers have thrown for 300 yards and rushed for 200 yards against an SEC opponent since throwing for 351 yards and rushing for 238 yards vs. South Carolina in the 2010 SEC title game.
• This seems impossible, but umpire Sam Holbrook will be the crew chief for the Braves-Cardinals NLDS series starting Thursday.
It was Holbrook who called the ridiculous 232-foot infield fly in the Braves-Cardinals Wild Card game in 2012.
• Here’s an early look at NEXT week’s SEC TV schedule: Mississippi State at Tennessee, 11 a.m. on SEC Network; South Carolina at Georgia, 11 a.m. on ESPN; Alabama at Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. on CBS; UNLV at Vanderbilt, 3 p.m. on SEC Network; Ole Miss at Missouri, 6 p.m. on ESPN2; Arkansas at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network; and Florida at LSU, 7 p.m. on ESPN.