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INSIDE THE SECTION: Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll find — and where you’ll find it — inside our special section: Features

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Burgett H. Mooney Jr.: The Legacy behind the tournament’s namesake ............ 3 Tournament mainstay: Dr. Jo Stegall............................. 4

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With a combination of modern amenities and old-school charm, the Coosa Country Club is the perfect venue to host the talented field of players at this week’s Burgett H. Mooney Jr. Rome Classic.

Players on the right course Talented field takes center stage at Coosa County Club for Classic By David Dawson Sports Editor DDawson@RN-T.com

Under normal circumstances, Brian Albertson takes great pride in talking about his picturesque place of employment — the Coosa Country Club. But this week, Albertson, who is the head professional at Coosa, said the scenic golf course won’t be the center of attention. Rather, it will be the top-notch cast of young golfers who will generate the most interest during the Burgett H. Mooney Jr. Golf Classic. When asked if he was excited about showing off the course, Albertson said: “Well, really, this tournament is all about the players, and not about (Coosa Country Club). The focus is really on them.” Indeed, this week’s event will have plenty of star power, as some of the most talented young players in the nation come together for one of the prime events on American Junior Golf Association’s summer schedule. The Classic, which started in 1996, has a rich history of serving as a springboard for players who ultimately ascend to golf’s highest levels. Beth Bauer (who won the Classic in 1996), Chris Kirk (2002

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Head golf professional Brian Albertson gives swing advice to his daughter Peyton, 15, at Coosa’s Golf Academy. champion) and Hudson Swafford (2004) are just a few of the players who have gone on to star in college after winning the junior event. “I always look forward to seeing the talent level at this tournament,” said Albertson, who has been at Coosa Country Club for almost 13 years and was named the AJGA’s professional of the year for 2010. Rome News-Tribune

“The (AJGA) is the premier junior golf tour in the world … and virtually all of these kids will be eligible for golf scholarships and many of them will play at the next level.” Albertson, who is the president of the Rome Junior Golf Association, noted that the Classic is more than just a gathering of highly-skilled players. The event is also the RJGA’s only fund-raiser of the year. He said his enjoyment in the Classic is raised by the fact that the event is helping promote golf in the local area. “I think that’s an important aspect of the (Classic),” said Albertson. “Also, we have five local exemptions (into the tourney field) each year, and this is a great chance for our local players to (gain exposure).” This week’s event will begin with a practice round that has a shotgun start on Monday at 2 p.m. Tournament play will start the following day and will continue through Thursday, with tee times each day from 7:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony and trophy presentation immediately following final-round play on Thursday. NOTE: Admission to the tournament is free.

MEET THE PLAYERS: Profiles, pictures of the entire tourney field .................5-9 Carrying the local banner: A look at the Greater Rome players ...................................... 9 Past players reflect: Feedback from previous participants........10 A closer look at the course ......................................11 A list of the tournament’s past winners.. ..........................12 The event’s organizers and volunteers ................................13

SECTION STAFF Editor, Designer.........David Dawson Paginator............ Jonathan Blaylock Photographer ................Ellie Mahon Contributing writers: Charlotte Atkins, Rome NewsTribune editor Lydia Senn, Staff Writer Chelsea Latta, Staff Writer Jonathan Blaylock, Staff Writer

COMPLETE TOURNEY COVERAGE: The RN-T will provide extensive coverage of the tournament, with stories, photos and more each day in the RN-T’s print edition and online at RN-T.com.


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FEATURE STORY: Burgett H. Mooney Jr.

The legacy behind the namesake The late Burgett Mooney Jr. was a lifelong ambassador for golf By Charlotte Atkins Editor CAtkins@RN-T.com

The name Burgett H. Mooney Jr. is synonymous with golf in Rome and the Southeast. He was one of the premier amateur golfers in Alabama and Georgia as a young man and was still a 6 handicapper when he retired as publisher of the Rome News-Tribune in 1986. His prowess on the course and his passion for the game is why he is the namesake for the prestigious Burgett H. Mooney Jr. Rome Classic golf tournament that welcomes top players from around the country to Coosa Country Club this week. Jo Stegall, who is still a mainstay for the local American Junior Golf Association eventǰ began playing with Mooney in 1968 and played with him until his friend died in 2002. “He was a very fine golf player,” Stegall said of his pal Mooney. “He always played by the rules. He was emphatic about following the rules of golf.” The late Dr. Raiden Dellinger, a longtime friend of Mooney’s, once said of him, “He’s one of the best golfers I have ever seen,” noting that he once saw Mooney set a course record in Columbus at the State Amateur Tournament at 63. “He won all the tournaments around Rome.” Mooney loved golf and loved Coosa Country Club, which was his home course for decades. Just strolling through the club, you’ll find trophy after trophy bearing his name. He ruled the Coosa Country Club Invitational — which drew top golfers from around the Peach State — in its early years, winning four straight titles from 1962-65. He was also the inaugural winner in 1967 of the Alvin Everett Memorial Tournament at Callier Springs Country Club. He was the citycounty champion here in Rome in ’64 and the Coosa Country Club champion four times and runner-up five times. Before his family moved to Greater Rome, Mooney made a name for himself on the golf links in Alabama as a notable amateur and varsity player at the University of Alabama. In addition to his family and golf, his other great love was Alabama, and his close personal relationship with Paul “Bear” Bryant was well-known around Rome. Mooney often managed to coax Bear into making numerous personal appearances around Rome. Another old Bama pal Tom Jordan of Centre, who played golf with Mooney, used to tell how Mooney would take a golf magazine with him to Tide football games and read it, peering over the top at the action on the field at the

ers. None more so than his grandson Zan Banks, who competed in dozens of national amateur and junior events, including the Western Amateur, USGA Junior Amateur, Dogwood Invitational, Rolex Tournament of Champions and Southern Amateur. He was a Rolex Second Team Jr. All-American, GSGA Junior Player of the Year and GSGA Junior Champion. He competed against Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard, Stewart Cink, David Duval, among many others. But the golfers who inspired and challenged Banks most shared his blood. “Mr. Mooney — Pop was our nickname for him — gave me a lot of what makes golf a special sport to our family. It should also be noted that my father and uncle, Burgett III, were good players and enthusiasts for the game. “They all had a place in making it a family event, but Pop was who I desired to beat the most, and to emulate,” said Banks. “He had a charisma that translated to the golf course in how he played and competed against others. “It was something special and I always remember how tough he was to beat. But you sensed the respect from the other players in our foursomes. He had a leadership quality of how to play, be smart and aggressive, play by the rules and respect the talent of your competitor. “In victory or defeat be proud of the performance and effort.” Contributed photo He said his grandfather was considered to The late Burgett H. Mooney Jr. was an avid be a “great talent and gentleman” with a keen and highly successful golfer who had a lifelong putter and short game. “He prided himself on winning and competlove for the sport. ing,” recalled Banks. “He was a board member same time. He was that devoted to golf. of the Southern Golf Association and he always Any time Mooney set foot on a course, he insisted that we play by the rules in even the might just set a course record, as he did at the most casual matches. I think he was always Grand Hotel and Lakewood Golf Club in Point amazed at the development of technology, how Clear, Ala. Then 40 years ago this month, it allowed him to continue to enjoy playing as Mooney was out at Coosa and played a stellar he became older. I especially appreciated it round of 66, which tied the course record at because it kept his enthusiasm at a high level the time. while I was developing my game.” “On any given day, he can play with the Banks plays on a more limited basis now pros,” Jordan said when Mooney retired in that he’s daddy to a 4-month-old son. Neverthe mid 1980s. theless he still sports a 2.7 handicap and loves Mooney’s family recalls how much a part of the game. his life golf always was. Said Burgett H. “I especially enjoy the history and camaraMooney III, president of News Publishing Co. derie the game offers. It is what I cherish most. in Rome, “My father was a golfer of some note. I recently traveled to Scotland to play and as He enjoyed the game — loved the game — of I walked through The R & A all I could think golf. And for his name to be attached to the is how strong an influence golf has made on tournament, it’s just a way to honor him and me and my family. Maybe all my dreams were his commitment to the game. not met, but I could not put a number on the “He had a great understanding of golf and friendships and lessons that I now value.” commitment to the integrity of the game. Among what he cherishes most is the time These kids out here playing are examples of spent on the golf course with Pop and he loves all that.” to share their stories. Big Burgett — as many around Rome still call him — was an inspiration to young golfPlease see MOONEY 14 Rome News-Tribune

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FEATURE STORY: Jo Stegall

Classic mainstay Stegall stays closely connected to golf — and the Classic By Lydia Senn Staff Writer LSenn@RN-T.com

Dr. Jo Stegall has spent years on the golf course, spending countless hours honing his skills. And, for more than a decade, he has been using golf to help young athletes achieve their dreams. He has a long tenure of involvement with the Burgett H. Mooney Jr. Rome Classic, serving as the chairman or coEllie Mahon / RN-T chairman of the event each year. Dr. Jo Stegall plays golf on a “We have seen a regular basis, and promotes the lot of young players sport whenever possible. with the potential to get scholarships,” he said. The purpose of the tournament, Stegall said, is to put these young players in the audience of those who could potentially award them scholarships. Golf has played a heavy influence in Stegall’s life. He began playing in the 1950s after beginning a dentistry practice in 1958. “Friends wanted to play and I joined them,” he said. Please see STEGALL 12

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MEET THE PLAYERS Tourney field includes competitors from 10 states — and overseas

Although the Southern states have the most representatives, this year’s Classic field features players from all over the map, including Canada, Mexico and Venezuela. On the next five pages, we’ll introduce you to this year’s field, with photos and profiles that include each player’s hometown and school-year class.

Caroline Beebe Hometown: Daphe, Ala. Class of: 2012

Matthew Beringer Hometown: Macon Class of: 2014

Jared Bettcher Hometown: Auburn, Ala. Class of: 2013

Phillip Boljanovich Hometown: Naples, Fla. Class of: 2011

Timothy Bringard Hometown: Wilmington, N.C. Class of: 2012

Clay Brown Hometown: Davidson, N.C. Class of: 2013

Buster Bruton Hometown: Dallas Class of: 2013

Nathan Bubes Hometown: Washington, D.C. Class of: 2012

Brendon Caballero Hometown: Brentwood, Tenn. Class of: 2011

Kristian Caparros Hometown: Miami Lakes, Fla. Class of: 2015

Logan Chaney Hometown: Scottsboro, Ala. Class of: 2012

Elton Chang Hometown: Alpharetta Class of: 2011

Chelsey Couch Hometown: Ware Shoals, S.C. Class of: 2012

Ryan Cunningham Hometown: Rome Class of: 2012

Shane Crutchfield Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla. Class of: 2012

Riley Davenport Hometown: Woodstock Class of: 2012

Jacob Choi Hometown: Collierville, Tenn. Class of: 2014

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Hannah Mae Deems Hometown: Taylorsville Class of: 2014

Alison Eleey Hometown: Quincy, Mass. Class of: 2012

Andrew Eunice Hometown: Moultrie Class of: 2013

Patrick Grahek Hometown: Alpharetta Class of: 2011

Max Greyserman Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla. Class of: 2013

Christopher Guglielmo Hometown: Cumming Class of: 2013

Tripp H’Doubler Hometown: Atlanta Class of: 2013

Jessica Haigwood Hometown: Roswell Class of: 2013

Josh Hall Hometown: Vineland, Ontario Class of: 2011

Ty Hampel Hometown: Smyrna Class of: 2012

Katy Harris Hometown: St. Simons Island Class of: 2013

Sarah Harris Hometown: Hermitage, Tenn. Class of: 2012

Zachary Healy Hometown: Norcross Class of: 2014

Jeffrey Heinicka Hometown: Pinellas Park, Fla. Class of: 2011

Preston Heyward Hometown: Duluth Class of: 2012

Michael Hines Hometown: Acworth Class of: 2012

Cole Hunsucker Hometown: Kennesaw Class of: 2013

Carson Jacobs Hometown: Hendersonville, Tenn. Class of: 2012

Kayla Jones Hometown: Alpharetta Class of: 2014

Marissa Kay Hometown: Delray Beach, Fla. Class of: 2013

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Jack Kelly Hometown: Rome Class of: 2011

Daniel Kim Hometown: Kennesaw Class of: 2012

Mark Kim Hometown: Rome Class of: 2012

Leonardo Kitahara Hometown: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Class of: 2013

Emmanuel Kountakis Hometown: Augusta Class of: 2013

Brian Lanoue Hometown: Tampa, Fla. Class of: 2012

Brandon Lee Hometown: Alpharetta Class of: 2012

Madison Lellyo Hometown: Windermere, Fla. Class of: 2014

David Mackey Hometown: Bogart Class of: 2015

Maria Maymon Hometown: Huixquilucan, Mex. Class of: 2012

Jason Mendel Hometown: Norcross Class of: 2013

Lily Morrison Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Class of: 2012

Emerson Newsome Hometown: Dacula Class of: 2012

Michaela Owen Hometown: Suwanee Class of: 2015

Louise Oxner Hometown: Greenville, S.C. Class of: 2013

Austin Padova Hometown: Hudson, Fla. Class of: 2012

Jacob Paquet Hometown: Kennesaw Class of: 2012

Davis Parker Hometown: Augusta Class of: 2012

Joe Philaphet Hometown: Riverdale Class of: 2014

Matt Plummer Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Penn. Class of: 2011

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Ana Raga Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela Class of: 2013

Taylor Ramsey Hometown: Milledgeville Class of: 2012

Ben Reeves Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn. Class of: 2012

Preston Riner Hometown: Johns Creek Class of: 2012

Trey Rule Hometown: Eatonton Class of: 2011

Sophia Schubert Hometown: Oak Ridge, Tenn. Class of: 2014

Chris Sells Hometown: Savannah Class of: 2012

Sloan Shanahan Hometown: Suwanee Class of: 2013

Gavin Shellnut Hometown: Franklin, Tenn. Class of: 2013

Jacqueline Shelly Hometown: Fernandina Beach, Fla. Class of: 2012

Andy Shim Hometown: Dulth (S. Korea) Class of: 2013

Greyson Sigg Hometown: Augusta Class of: 2013

Isabella Skinner Hometown: Cumming Class of: 2014

Jack Smith Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn. Class of: 2013

Trevor Smith Hometown: Newnan Class of: 2012

Shea Sylvester Hometown: Roswell Class of: 2013

Chase Taylor Hometown: Columbus, Miss. Class of: 2012

Matthias Timberlake Hometown: Cornelius, N.C. Class of: 2012

Michael Toler Hometown: Marietta Class of: 2012

Kentaro Toyota Hometown: Tampa, Fla. Class of: 2011

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Clay Trocchio Hometown: Norcross Class of: 2013

Ethan Wagner Hometown: Port Orange, Fla. Class of: 2013

Evan Usry Hometown: Evans Class of: 2012

Oliver Vaidis Hometown: Bradenton, Fla. Class of: 2012

Kameron Williams Hometown: Hoschton Class of: 2014

Keegan Vea Hometown: Evansville, Ind. Class of: 2013

John Yi Hometown: Marietta Class of: 2014

Zachary Vick Hometown: Rome Class of: 2012

BREAKING DOWN THE FIELD:

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

As would be expected, Georgia has the most representation among this year’s field. Here’s a state-by-state breakdown:

Although this year’s Classic appears to be a wide-open race, here’s two players to keep an eye on this week:

Georgia — 46 Florida — 14 Tennessee — 8 Alabama — 3 North Carolina — 3 South Carolina — 2

Elton Chang — Alpharetta Competing in the Classic for the third straight year, Chang earned a share of eighth place last year and has three top-15 finishes in national junior tourney action.

States with one player each include: Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Indiana, South Carolina, and Massachusetts. Also being represented are: Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela.

Jessica Haigwood — Roswell Haigwood is the top returning finisher from last year’s field, when she tied for ninth place at the Classic. She recently took eighth place at the Exide Tech Jr. Open.

FEATURE STORY: Local Players

Carrying the Greater Rome banner Familiarity with course could be big factor for local players By Jonathan Blaylock Sports Writer JBlaylock@RN-T.com

Nearly 100 golfers will converge on Coosa Country Club’s golf course on Monday for the American Junior Golf Association Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic — and a handful of the players will have very short travel times. Greater Rome standouts Zachary Vick, Jack Kelly, Hannah Mae Deems, Mark Kim and Ryan Cunningham will each be representing the local area during the event. Vick, Kelly and Deems are all Darlington students. Kim attends Armuchee and Cunningham is from Model High.

Hannah Mae Deems

Zachary Vick

Deems’ appearance in the tournament will be her first, but given how she performed during this year’s golf season, the freshman will likely be competitive. “I’ve been playing in the Atlanta Junior and Southeastern Junior Tour, so I’m used to smaller tournaments, but this is one of

Jack Kelly

Ryan Cunningham

the bigger tournaments I’ve played in, so I’m pretty excited.” Deems recently led the Lady Tigers to a first-place finish in the Region 6-A tournament and was the low-medalist with a 77 in the Class A state championship, taking home the individual title and helping her team win the title.

Mark Kim

She also took second place in the Southeastern Junior Tour Pinetree Classic, where she shot an 88 the first day, and came back for a 77 on the second day for a 165. Kelly and Vick also had success earlier this season, helping the Tigers to a first-place finish in the 6-A Region tournament. Rome News-Tribune

Kim recently helped his team take first place in the Region 7-AA tournament, followed by a fifth-place performance at the state competition. Kim was the low medalist for his team at state as well as at the region tournament. In last year’s tournament, Kim shot 79s in the first two rounds, but surged in the final round, shooting a 72 for a three-day total of 230, making the lowest scoring local player in the tournament. Model’s Cunningham was the low scorer for the Blue Devils in their third-place showing at the Region 7AA tournament. Last year, he shot a threeday total of 240 at the Classic. SUNDAY, June 12, 2011

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BURGETT H. MOONEY JR. ROME CLASSIC FEATURE STORY: Players of the Past

Rome players remember the Classic’s thrills Locals reflect on how the tournament creates lifelong friendships, memories By Charlotte Atkins Editor CAtkins@RN-T.com

Taylor Wynn remembers the elation he felt a year ago, when he ended the first round of the Burgett H. Mooney Jr. Rome Classic in the top three at Coosa Country Club. “Last year was especially memorable because I shot a 69 the first day and it felt great to be the local guy in contention,” said Wynn, who has played in the esteemed local AJGA tournament for the past three years. He ended up placing in the top 13 and was happy to have a good showing on his home course before the hometown crowd. Wynn is still a competitive golfer, now playing on the LaGrange College varsity golf team. He and a pair of fellow Darlington School alums say the Rome Classic will always be among their favorite memories as junior golfers. Jack Yancey, 19, played in the Rome Classic in ’07, ’08 and ’09. He made the top 25 each time and in his second year placed in the top five. “It always nice to be playing (on) my home course,” said Yancey. He and his cohorts Wynn and Will Jones were regulars on the junior tour during their prep years. They all loved playing at Coosa Country Club. “When you are playing the junior tournaments, it was really nice to be home sleeping in your own bed for this one,” said Yancey, a rising sophomore at the University of Georgia. “And there’s an advantage to playing on a course you know before the local crowd. You felt like you really need to step up and do well.” Jones, 19, who is home this summer from his freshman year at Ole Miss, teed up in the Classic for five years running with a top 10 finish and a couple of top 20. “I think it’s one of the oldest in the American juniors and having it here in our hometown makes it special,” said Jones. “More people come out to watch, people who know you.” That was the appeal for Patrick McShane, who played in the tournament from 2000 to 2005. He qualified as a 13-year-old and played until he went to UGA where he was a standout on the golf team. “Throughout my junior career, I played several AJGA tournaments across the Southeast. But what made the Burgett Mooney Rome Classic special was Coosa Country Club’s support of the junior players,” said McShane. “The more tournaments I played, the more I appreciated the special environment that Dr. Jo Stegall and the tournament committee created for this event. “It was truly second to none,” he said. Yancey echoed those sentiments, praising tournament organizers.

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Former Darlington stars Jack Yancey (second from left), Taylor Wynn, Jack Kelly, Will Jones and Hunter Brooks each participated in the Classic in recent years. (Also pictured: Sneh Patel and Darlington golf coach Raymond Murray.)

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Patrick McShane shined at the Classic during his junior golfing days and went on to play at the University of Georgia. “It’s a well-run tournament. Dr. Stegall has always done a great job; he’s a big factor,” said Yancey. “Tim Cunningham, the golf superintendent, and the pro Brian Albertson deserve a lot of credit as well.” The former players agree that even though they know the Rome course as well as anyone it’s still challenging during the tournament, especially when you’re competing against some of the best golfers in the country. Wynn said, “You’re playing in an AJGA event right here in Rome and you get to play with players from all over the country. That’s pretty neat and a pretty big deal.” The Darlington grads all characterize the

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CCC course as “narrow and tight.” “And the greens can be tough when they’re cut short and fast,” said Wynn. “You get into trouble if you miss the fairway.” And competition is impressive. “If you look at the list of players that have played in Rome, you’ll see a Who’s Who of Division 1 college golf, and now the professional tours,” said McShane. “I remember how strong the field was in 2003 — about a third of the players ending up at Division 1 schools — but you could really choose any year and see the quality of the players in the field.” These Rome Classic alums all started young. Jones remembers hitting the links as an 8year-old at Coosa. He and Yancey both still play for fun and both are scratch golfers. Of course, McShane qualified for the Rome Classic the same year he became a teenager and he still remembers the thrill of playing in the local tournament. “My favorite memory was shooting 72 the second round of the 2000 tournament as a 13 year old. That was a lot of fun. One of the things that I love about golf is how it brings people together. “These kids are not only competing for trophies and scholarships, they’re making friends and connections that will be there long after their playing days are over. That’s what really matters.”


BURGETT H. MOONEY JR. ROME CLASSIC CLOSER LOOK AT THE COURSE

Facing 18 tough challenges Players will encounter tightly-guarded greens, narrow landing areas at Coosa Although the scenery is sure to be picturesque at Coosa Country Club this week, many of the golfers might not exactly be enjoying the view as the tournament rolls along. Indeed, even the most beautiful backdrop can turn ugly when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trapped in a bunker or perhaps searching for a lost ball after a wayward shot off the tee. The Coosa course has a well-built reputation as being a difficult challenge, even for highly-skilled players like the ones that will be competing this week. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hole-by-hole glimpse at what the players will be facing this week: Hole

Par

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Potential danger awaits the players at virtually every turn at the Coosa Country Club course, where bunkers are plentiful, the greens are quick, and the woods are thick .

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Time-tested, player-approved

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Hosting golfers for more than 100 years, Coosa Country Club is known as one of the premier courses in the South. The historic, 18-hole golf course winds along the banks of the Coosa River, and features premier conditioning and Bermuda fairways. Listed below is some background on the historic course:



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NOTE: Distances are approximate and represent the yardage on the blue tees (listed for boys) and white tees (listed for girls) at Coosa.

z It was opened to only 100 private members in 1910 and hosted some of the earliest play of the game in the South. z Golfing legends Bobby Jones and Babe Didrickson have played the course, which was originally the Coosa Dairy Farm, established on its current site in the 1890s.

z Coosa Country Club has been host to the Georgia State Amateur Championship seven times, 2006 being the most recent.

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Even the practice putting green at Coosa is a challenge in itself.

z Brian Albertson, Coosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head golf professional, sits on the National PGA Ambassador Committee and is Past President of the Georgia Junior Golf Foundation. He served as Chair of the Georgia PGA Golf Committee for many years. Rome News-Tribune

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CLASSIC’S PAST WINNERS Listed below is a year-by-year breakdown of the tourney’s champions: BOYS 2010 — Cody Schafer (Evans) 2009 — Payne Denman (Riverwatch, Tenn.) 2008 — Franco Castro (Alpharetta) 2007 — Bo Andrews (Raliegh, N.C.) 2006 — Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) 2005 — Benjamin Kishigian (Warner Robins) 2004 — Hudson Swafford (Tallahassee, Fla.) 2003 — Gator Todd (Florence, Ala.) 2002 — Chris Kirk (Woodstock) 2001 — Chanin Puntawong (Bradenton, Fla.) 2000 — Robert Castro (Alpharetta) 1999 — Nico Bollini (Yorba Linda, Calif.) 1998 — Gregg Jones (Florence, S.C.) 1997 — Kris Mikkelsen (Woodstock) 1996 — Johan Kok (Peachtree)

67-69-70—206 66-69-64—199 73-70-64—207 71-70-67—208 65-70-69—204 67-64-71—202 70-60-66—202 70-64-71—205 65-72-68—208 69-67-73—209 68-72-72—212 67-72—139 69-69—138 68-71—139 70-71—141

LIVE FOR GOLF. PREPARE FOR LIFE. The Coosa Junior Golf Academy enrolls highly motivated students who who share share a common common goal goal – to to obtain an excellent college-preparatory education and elite training within a si single, ingle, competitive program.

GIRLS 2010 — Ashlan Ramsey (Bradenton, Fla.) 2009 — Kelly Drack (Melbourne, Fla.) 2008 — Maria Piccio (Bradenton, Fla.) 2007 — Austin Ernst (Seneca, S.C.) 2006 — Grace Chung (Fullerton, Calif.) 2005 — Joy Kim (Duluth) 2004 — Alina Lee (Evans) 2003 — Heather Wright (Houston, Texas) 2002 — Mallory Code (Tampa, Fla.) 2001 — May Wood (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) 2000 — Whitney Code (Tampa, Fla.) 1999 — Courtney Wood (Brentwood, Tenn.) 1998 — Samantha Fox (Whites Creek, Tenn.) 1997 — Cimmie Shahan (Spring Grove, Penn.) 1996 — Beth Bauer (Valrico, Fla.)

STEGALL from 4 In those early days, Stegall and his friends didn’t take the game too seriously: “We laughed and had fun and played and it was great fun,” he said. Stegall has served on the Georgia State Golf Association board of directors. “I have enjoyed the social aspect. It is the most honest game. A player has to be honest with his scores,” he said.

71-71-71—213 70-72-71—213 66-72-69—207 72-66-73—211 75-69-69—213 74-66-67—207 73-72-69—214 70-69-76—215 71-71-67—209 76-76-75—227 71-72-71—214 73-67—140 74-67—141 71-68—139 75-72—147

The 77-year-old grandfather brags about his children, walks five miles each day and still keeps in shape at the YMCA. Stegall is a graduate of Darlington. His father, sons and five out of six of his grandchildren all graduated from Darlington. His grandson, Jo Henderson Stegall IV, has expressed his interest in golf and Stegall is trying to carve out some time to teach him a few basics. “It can’t be learned in two days,” he said. “It’s such a commitment.”

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Putting in hours behind the scenes By Chelsea Latta Staff Writer CLatta@RN-T.com

As the American Junior Golf Association rolls into town to host the Burgett H. Mooney Jr. Rome Classic at the Coosa Country Club, the staff and volunteers for the tournament are preparing for long hours and a lot of work. “The AJGA staff will do everything and anything to make this event successful and provide the juniors that are participating with the best tournament they can have,” said Mark Singer, the tournament director. According to Jim Lawrence, the general manager at Coosa Country Club, the AJGA handles almost everything for the tournament; the Coosa Country Club only hosts the Player’s Dinner. “We open our doors for them but they pretty much have their staff take care of everything else,” he said. The AJGA has 11 staff members working the Classic and they work from 6 a.m. to 8 or 9 at night, Singer said. AJGA staff has responsi-

bilities like marking the course, preparing paperwork, getting scorecards printed, and setting everything up. “As an organization, the AJGA wouldn’t be as successful as it is without the hard work of the staff. They always have a smile on their face even if they’ve been working for 16 hours,” said Singer. Singer also said there is a high volume of volunteers from the community who are helping out for the tournament. Volunteers’ responsibilities include timing stations, keeping the players hydrated, and keeping up with scores. “We lean on our volunteers pretty heavily, (and) they make our life a lot easier,” said Singer. The AJGA will also have eight interns helping out at the tournament. According to Ashley O’Dell, the media relations coordinator for the AJGA, there is a lot of work that goes into the tournament before it begins. “There is a lot of prep work that goes on before the tournament even starts but we’re able to complete it from start to finish,” she said.

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MOONEY from 3 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pop was a fairly practical man, and his wisdom was often simple. Once as I was getting older and hitting the ball further, playing more aggressively, I happened to hit a wayward shot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I complained about some obstructions for my next shot and he quietly replied, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;There are no trees in the fairway.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; While it was true, it was sarcastic in a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;grandfatherlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; way.â&#x20AC;? Another treasured memory that lingers vividly is a time in Gulf Shores, Ala. Banks and Mooney were playing a match against a couple of pros. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was in my mid-teens; we also had a side bet against each other. I was on the verge of beating Pop for the first time officially when he birdied the last three holes to beat me by one shot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We won our match and that was good, but when we were tallying the scores he

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Zan Banks, the grandson of Burgett H. Mooney Jr., was an established golfer inside and outside Rome. looked at me and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, you almost beat me. Good thing I birdied those last three holes.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I knew at that moment that he had put all his effort into making sure he could still beat his talented grandson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the way, he was in his late 60s and shot 69, 3 under par that day.â&#x20AC;? That seemed to be par for the course, for the Rome Classic namesake.

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