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Jug Tavern seniors name new champs

POSTED: May 24, 2014 12:00 p.m.
Photo Courtesy Danny Roberts/

Mike Norton (Right) won Thursday’s first flight in the tournament, followed by Earl Charlton in the second flight (Middle) and Jack Short in the third (Left).

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Pine Hills Golf Course in Winder has played host to a number of different events over the years, most consistently hosting the Jug Tavern Seniors Golf Association.

Winder-based Jug Tavern seniors play at Pine Hills every Tuesday and Thursday, weather permitting, and play a slightly higher stakes medal play tournament once every three months. This quarter’s tournament was on Thursday and featured three winners from three separate flights of golfers.

The men are divided by their handicap with handicaps from 13 to 0 playing in the first flight. After that, men with a handicap from 14 to 18 play in the second flight. Finally, the third flight is made up of men with a handicap of 18 or higher.

The May tournament’s first flight was won by Mike Norton. The second flight winner was Earl Charlton, while the third flight winner was Jack Short.

Each of the quarterly tournaments are medal play tournaments meaning that they are standard rounds of 18 holes where the winners take home a handsome cash prize $75 or more each.

Members can also win the running hole-in-one contest and win a cash prize of $500.

During the year, Jug Tavern’s members will often play various types of golf from medal play to best ball and any other number of variants.

While Pine Hills frequently hosts the Jug Tavern Seniors, it will also play host to this week’s 33rd Annual Greeson Open, a fundraising tournament intended to help send Winder-Barrow football players to a summer camp. Many of the Jug Tavern Seniors will also be involved with the mid-week event between their usual events.

The Jug Tavern Association is open to any and all men over the age of 55 with an interest in playing golf, and prior experience with the game is not prerequisite for membership. Memberships are for a year and can be renewed indefinitely. New members can join as long as there is space to do so.

The Jug Tavern Association is named after a former name for the city of Winder.

Purportedly, there was once a tavern in the town where the owner would set a lighted jug outside of his door when open for business. Although the story is more of a legend in Winder than a certified fact, it is still an intriguging aspect of Winder's history.

Now that name for the town has clearly fallen out of use, but the Jug Tavern Seniors have no problem holding on to it for old time's sake.



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