Musgrove Country Club in Jasper is the host for the 18th State Senior Amateur Championship, which begins Friday.
A strong field will play three rounds of stroke play with the championship concluding on Sunday. Three age divisions will compete: 50-56, 57-64 and 65+.
Steve Hudson, who grew up at Musgrove CC, where his late father, Travis Hudson, was the long-time head golf professional, is the defending champion.
Last year he shot rounds of 69-72-67–208 at Selma Country Club to win by eight shots.
He has won four AGA championships in five years having also won the State Senior in 2011, as well as the 2010 and 2012 State Mid-Amateurs, and has been the AGA Player of the Year three times.
Tom Jungkind of Bessemer won this championship three years ago. He has also won three State Senior Four Ball titles with Mike Greer, and Jungkind has also won the State Four Ball twice (in 2006 with Mark Lindsey and in 1993 with David Minshew). Jungkind and Greer, who has also won the State Mid-Amateur, are playing this week, but Minshew and Lindsey are not.
Other Alabama Golf Association state champions in the field include the following players.
Don Blanton of Selma has a total of five AGA wins: three wins in the State Senior Four Ball with Sam Farlow (who is not playing this week), and he also won it with the late Art Gleason. Plus the 2009 State Senior.
Earle Bidez of Birmingham won the State Senior Four Ball with Jon Golden in 2007. (Bidez is playing this week; Golden is not).
Stan Sherlin of Montgomery won the State Mid-Amateur in 1996 and ‘97, as well as the ‘01 State Four Ball, with former State Amateur champion John Coles III, and last year’s State Senior Four Ball with Joey Holley of Troy. Sherlin, Holley and Coles are all playing. Holley also won the State Four Ball with Terry Mobley in 1994.
2007 State Four Ball champion Del Wood III of Birmingham (with Alan Coshatt) is teeing it up (Coshatt is not old enough to do so).
Ralph Mathews of Andalusia won the State Senior in 2010 and the State Senior Four Ball with Greenville’s David Hancock in 2009. Both are playing. Mathews also won the State Junior in 1974.
Former State Four Ball champion Doug Davis is playing. He won the title with Tommy Coggin, who is not playing.
Other former state champions in the field also include John Stewart, Walker Grant, Tony Olive and David Fry.
Tee times on Friday are from 7:30 – 8:24 and 11:00 – 12:21 off Nos. 1 and 10.
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