It has been a picture perfect week for golfers competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Division II Championship at Goose Pond Colony Golf Course.
Some would call it “Chamber of Commerce” weather. During the first three days of the tournament golfers and spectators have enjoyed partly cloudy skies, comfortable temperatures and not a drop of rain.
More than 120 golfers from across the nation will conclude play today at the Par 72 7,145-yard course that sits hard by Lake Guntersville. Again, the weather should cooperate on the day champions are crowned. Mostly sunny skies and cooler temperatures — lows in the lower 50s and highs in the lower 70s — are in the forecast. I’m always amazed at the talent of young golfers who come to Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro to compete. It doesn’t matter if it is for the national title — the course has hosted the competition six times — or the annual Ron Marshall Spring Fling held in March, the golf is always outstanding and the players are a credit to their schools, families and sport.
Today is the last day to get a glimpse of some truly outstanding young golfers, some whom may one day be household names. If you doubt that assessment please know that, among others, the NJCAA has produced PGA professionals like Fuzzy Zoeller, Jeff Sluman, Paul Azinger, John Huston, Andrew Coltart and Bubba Watson. Several players in the current field may one day be walking the fairways on Sunday afternoons playing for titles and cash.
The NJCAA is good for Goose Pond Colony, the city of Scottsboro and Jackson County. City leaders realized that years ago when the first Spring Fling tourney was held. The ever growing popularity of that annual event provided the chance to showcase the course and surrounding area. The success of that tournament is the major reason NJCAA officials took a chance on bringing a national event to small town Alabama.
Hundreds of people visit the city during the national event with golfers arriving early for practice rounds and spectators coming in from far and wide to watch the action. Many people come back at other times to spend time playing the course or fishing for big bass on Lake Guntersville.
South Mountain Community College of Phoenix, Ariz. is likely to take home its third title in the last four years after today’s final round is complete. But, that doesn’t mean there won’t be exciting action as other teams battle for runner up honors and a number of players remain in contention for the individual title.
Let me encourage you to visit Goose Pond Colony today to take in the final round of play. The cost is only $10 per person and you’ll get a chance to see history made as champions are crowned late in the afternoon just behind the 18th green. And, while you’re at it, encourage the players, coaches and spectators to come back and visit again. After all, the NJCAA is good for Scottsboro and we want them to return again and again.