2022 Club Champion

Jeff Bullen captures the 2022 Alpine Bay Golf, Club Championship
We had 66 members to compete in our Club Championship this past weekend. The weather was perfect for a tournament.
Jeff Bullen posted a score of 70 on the 1st day and followed it up with a score of 75 for a two day total of 145. 2nd place went to Jordan Whitfield with a two day total of 151. Austin Burnham finished one stroke behind Jordan for the 3rd place finish. On the Net side of the Championship flight, Chris Robertson took 1st with a net score of 137. 2nd place went to Austin Burnham with a net of 142.
The 1st Flight championship went to John (Foo) Dorsett with a score of 163. Shane Cleckler took 2nd place. On the net side, 1st place went to Bob Hopton-Jones and 2nd went to Don Carroll.
The 2022 Senior Champion is Bobby Denty and 2nd place was a tie between Moe Bassett and Rodney Guy. Steve Willingham took 1st place in the net and R D McDonald won 2nd.
In the Super Senior Division, Mike Sweatman outlasted Tony Evans for the Super Senior Championship. Pramod Bhatia won 1st in the net followed by John Harris who finished in 2nd.
This was our 1st year for a Women’s Division. Angie Stepp is our 2022 Ladies Club Champion. Heidi Martin is the net Ladies Champion. Thanks to all of the members that participated and we hope to have a bigger and better event next year.
I want to thank all of our grounds crew for having the course in very good shape for the tournament, in spite of the lack of rainfall that we have experienced here in Alpine. The fairways and bunkers are very good, the rough makes a difference and the greens were rolling well.
I also want to thank the clubhouse, grille workers and volunteers for their outstanding job. All of the meals and tournament preparations were well executed and successful.

2022 Labor Day Yellow Ball Results
We had 40 golfers divided into 10 teams to participate in our Labor Day Yellow Ball dogfight. We had a few intermitting showers during the round but we all managed to finished relatively dry. There were 10 Yellow balls that went out and only 7 returned.
The team of Rodney Guy, Foo Dorsett, Vaughn Wahl and Michelle Whisman took 1st in the Yellow Ball tournament. They returned with their Yellow Ball and their Yellow Ball score was +1.25 above their quota. Mike Sweatman, Jim Gorman, Morris Thomas and Matthew Whisman came in 2nd with a total of +.5 above their quota. There was a tie for 3rd place with the team of Jeff Bullen, Doud MacMurdo, Steve Willingham & Jamie Kimberly and the team of Brandon Fincher, Tommy Griffin, Gib Johnson & Ray Lineberry.
In the regular dogfight portion of the tournament, 1st place went to Mike Sweatman’s team and Rodney Guy’s tem finished in 2nd. The 3rd place team consisted of Ray Ferguson, Justin Tripp, Brian Galloway and Matt Osborne.
Michelle Whisman was awarded the cash for most over her points. Michelle was +6 for the day. Mike Sweatman won a closest to the pin on hole #4 and Sam Cooper won it on hole #17. Team Fincher won two skins, Jeff Bullen’s team won two skins, Rodney Guy’s team also won two skins and Mike Griffin’s team won one skin.
Thanks to everyone that chose to play and thanks to our staff for their efforts to provide a fun day at Alpine Bay.

The date for the 2022 Alpine Bay Golf Club Championship has been changed. The new dates are Saturday & Sunday September 17 & 18. Our new greens should be ready for play by then.
There will be five divisions. (1) Championship division will play from the tips regardless of age. The 1st division ( 59 & under) will play from the White tees. The Senior division (60 to 69) will play the gold tees. Super Seniors (70 & up) will play from the Yellow or Black tees. We will have a Ladies Championship also. Each division will have a gross & net payback. A golfer cannot win both.
Entry fee is $130.00 per golfer. You must be a member in good standing prior to August 1 2022.

2022 Spring/Summer Match Play Champion is Bobby Denty
Our double elimination match play wrapped up today with Bobby Denty taking the overall championship. Bobby closed out the winner of the 2nd division (Tony Parton) on #16 3&2 to claim the title.
Bobby was awarded $500.00 cash and $500.00 clubhouse credit for the win. Tony got $400/$400 for 2nd. The runner up in the 1st division was Phillip Estes and in the 2nd division it was Jimmy Ray. They each received $250/$250. Rusty Howard and Steven Powell finished 3rd in the divisional brackets and won $100/$100 each.
Thanks to all that participated and if there is enough interest, we will have a Fall/Winter event also.
This is a 100% payback event that is sponsored by the Alpine Bay Men’s Golf Association.

The reconstruction of the greens on holes #1,10,11 & 18 has began. The old turf has been removed and the subsurface has be replaced. We hope to sprig around the 1st of July and be back to normal for our 2022 Club Championship. We are playing temporary greens on all four holes.

We have had two aces so far this month. Dave Johnson aced #4 on June 1. Dave holed it out from 128yds, earning him the $620 cash prize. Rodney Guy also earned $620 with his ace on #17 (118yds) on June 17. Congratulations to both members.

Memorial Day Yellow Ball Results
We had 48 golfers to play in our Yellow Ball dogfight today. The 48 golfers were divided into 12 four golfer teams with each team having a a,b,c and d player. Twelve Yellow balls went out and 10 of them made it back to the clubhouse. A few of those 10 were in pretty bad shape.
The winning teams in the Yellow Ball portion of the dogfight were as follows: 1st place went to the team of Mike Sweatman, Brandon Fincher, Larry Hardwick and Brian Galloway. Their Yellow ball score was +5.4. 2nd place went to the team of Stan Elliott, Nate Whitfield, Buddy Butterworth and Steven Powell with a total of +.5. 3rd place went to the team of Jeff Bullen, Cole Fincher, Joe White and Jan Parton with a total of +.05.
The regular dogfight winning teams were as follows: 1st place tie between Sweatman, Fincher, Hardwick and Galloway and the team of Rodney Guy, Jeremy McCullars, Chris Robertson and Steve Willingham, both were +6 on points. The 3rd place team was Ray Ferguson, Matt Hardin, Randy Burnham and Missy Bullen. They were -1.4.
The closest to the pins were as follows #4, Shane Cleckler, #8 Austin Burnham, #14 Blake Woo and #17 Brandon Fincher.
Buddy Butterworth won the most over points award at +7. Missy Bullen, Jeremy McCullars and Tony Parton tied for 2nd at +6.
There were only three skins for the day and they went to Austin Burnham, Jeremy McCullars and Brandon Fincher.
Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to all the golfers for participating today. Our next Yellow ball event will be held on July 4.

Congratulations to Steve Sorrell for his hole in one on #14 on Thursday afternoon March 17. The hole measured at 137yds.

2022 MGA Season Premier Dogfight Recap

We had 44 members to play in the dogfight. The players were divided into four divisions based on their dogfight points. A golfer from each division was placed on each group of four. The four golfer teams were drawn randomly, one from each division.

The MGA provided a breakfast buffet for all the golfers. The kitchen staff did a wonderful job and the food was mighty good. The dogfight was to begin at 9am but there was a 30 min delay due to frost. The dogfight was a shotgun start and the pace of play was pretty good.

The results are as follows:

Closest to the pin awards went to (#4 B G Simmons) (#8 B G Simmons)(#14 Jan Sweatman)(#17 Jeff Bullen)(Closest 2nd shot on #7 Chuck Woodard)(Longest put on #18 Eric Smith). Each of these awards was $50. There was a tie for most over their points. Matt Osborne, Tommy Vines and Andy Payant each received $33.

The MGA put up an additional $200.00 toward the skins pot also, making the skins pot worth $420.00. For the 1st time since we have reopened there was no skins won. The $220.00 that was taken in will be applied to the MGA bonus money that will be paid out in the Club Championship.

We had a tie for 1st place in the team portion of the dogfight. The team of Mike Sweatman, Jan Sweatman, Paul Baker and Tommy Vines tied with Max Whitfield,Eric Smith, Randy Martin and Don Carrol. The team of Jeff Bullen, Chuck Woodard, Don Hopton-Jones and Andy Payant finished in 3rd place.

After a frosty start, the weather was wonderful for a mid February day of golf. Congratulations to all the prize winners and a special thanks to all the members that chose to play in this dogfight. It gets our season started on a good note.

With the $220.00 that went to the bonus pot, the total as of this letter is $1415.00. This money will be paid out during the 2022 Club Championship. You must be a MGA member and participate in a minimum of 24 dogfight events prior to the Club Championship to be eligible for this bonus pot.

Monday, Nov 8 was a special day at Alpine Bay Golf. Golf Week is paying tribute to Robert Trent Jones Sr. during the month of November. Alpine Bay was on the list with some very fine Trent Jones courses that the Golf Week course raters was scheduled to play. The other courses were Ross Bridge, Country Club of Birmingham (West Course), Turtle Point Golf and Yacht Club in Killen AL and Oxmoor Valley. All of these are courses designed by The Trent Jones family.
The person responsible for setting up this event was Mr. James R Hansen. Mr. Hansen is the author of the New York Times Bestselling book (First Man) The life of Neil A Armstrong. He also authored the bestselling book (A Difficult Par) The history of Robert Trent Jones Sr and the Making of Modern Golf. A special thanks to Mr. Hansen for making this happen.
There were 44 golfers here along with Robert Trent Jones Jr and his son Trent. The golfers were aware of the recent history of our course and at the end of the day we received so many accolades and handshakes of approval that it was very gratifying. The golfers were from as far away as Northern Ireland, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Pittsburg PA, Boston, Chicago, Hilton Head SC, Las Vegas NV, Tucson AZ. At least 10 golfers traveled over 1000 miles to be a part of this event.
This was the first time for either of the Jones to visit the course that Jones Sr. designed in the late 60s. As we went around the course they were constantly reminded of the course characteristics that are typical of a Jones Sr design. They went into detail as to why certain features of the course are set up the way that they are. It was such a treat for me to experience the trip around the course with them.
After the dinner, Robert Trent Jones Jr took the time to speak with us about course design and he also took questions from the course raters.
I want to thank all of our staff here at Alpine Bay for the extra time that each of them put in to make this a successful and memorable day. 

Myself and RTJ Jr on hole #12. Such a blessing to play Alpine Bay with Mr. Jones and Trent


Robert Trent Jones Jr addresses the group after dinner. He discussed and answered questions concerning course design.


I had the pleasure of playing with Kevin & Jan Vail, Robert Trent Jones Jr and Trent Jones