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Thompson teesoff "Alabama's Golf Insider" teesoff Thompson teesoff 3.30.17 In recognition of the milestone of recently reaching my 200th issue, I'm pleased to offer a special "Lifetime" subscription offer of $100 for 10 years of issues! That's right, this special offer is available now and will mean you won't have to pay $30 annually, but rather a one-time payment of $100 for up to 10 years of issues. This option is available when you click the Subscribe Now! button. Click our Icon to Subscribe! The 101st State Amateur Championship will be played at Bent Brook Golf Course in Bessemer June 8-11. It's exactly 10 weeks before this prestigious championship returns 13 years after it's previous visit when Lance Goodson was victorious. The year 2004 marked one of the very first visits of the Alabama Golf Asso- ciation's "crown jewel" championship to a public course, with Goodson, who was a junior on the golf team at Vanderbilt University at the time, winning with a four- under-par total. The State Amateur has long been con- tested at country clubs across the state, but it has visited just a few non-private clubs. Cotton Creek in Gulf Shores, which is a semi-private resort lo- cation, led the way in 1992, when Stewart Cink won and it returned there in 2003. Limestone Springs in Oneonta followed Bent Brook in 2005, with FarmLinks in Sylacauga in 2011 and Kiva Dunes in Gulf Shores in 2012. (It was also played four times, in a span from 1916 to 1929, at the marvel- ously named Roebuck Springs Automobile and Country Club, which is now Roe- buck Municipal Golf Course). I remember Bent Brook really embrac- ing their role as host in 2004, as they made sweeping updates to the course, all at the behest of owner Jimmy Lee III. They have been undertak- ing ongoing work, over the last few years, too. Back in 2004 the

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