CENTRE - Don't look now, but Ty Cole is getting back in his golf groove again.

After winning several consecutive tournaments on the local circuit last year, Cole claimed his second straight Sunny King Charity Classic last weekend in Calhoun County.

This weekend in the Dub Ellis Invitational near Centre, Cole charged out to a four-shot lead with a 10-under-par 61 on Saturday, which tied the course record he set in last year's first round. Then on Sunday, Cole finished with a 68 to earn his second consecutive Dub Ellis Invitational title.

Not a bad way for Cole to celebrate his 42nd birthday, which was earlier in the week.

"To come up here and go back-to-back on a course I traditionally I don't play well on, and to shoot 61 two years in a row in the first round, it's nice," Cole said. "I've been playing in this invitational since I was 16, but I just never did well. To see it come around now that I'm older, you appreciate it a little more. I told (outgoing club manager) Steve Baker that Centre is starting to grow on me a little bit.

"The first day I hit it really well. I had a lot of two-foot birdie putts. I didn't have to stress a lot. I made two putts outside of three feet all day. If I make some of the five, six, seven and eight footers, I'm looking at 57, 58, 59, and I'm looking at something really, really special, but I'll take 61 every time I tee it up."

Cole finished four strokes better than 2015 Dub Ellis champion Chad Calvert. Calvert came away with rounds of 65 and 68 to finish at 133. Brennan Clay claimed third with a two-day total of 134 (65 and 69). Jeremy McGatha and Adrian Geeting tied for fourth at 141. McGatha shot rounds of 67 and 74 while Geeting shot 68 and 73.

"The golf course was totally different (on Sunday)," Cole said. "(On Saturday), we played the white tees and it wasn't quite as wet. The golf course was a lot shorter. A lot of the championship guys were hitting driver and wedge to every single hole. You back up on the blue tees (Sunday) and it's a totally different golf course. You're not hitting those same clubs into the greens. It's just a totally different golf course going from a white tee to a blue tee setup. I like it and they do a great job with that.

"Everybody in our group the first few holes just kind of struggled because it was a totally different setup (on Sunday). Overall, I couldn't ask for a better group. All of us are buddies. We play a lot of golf together and we have a great time."

Skylar Dennis won the first flight after shooting 139 (71, 68). Jordan Bethune claimed second at 140 (72, 68), followed by Matt Rogers at 142 (75, 67) and Chris Maye at 147 (73, 74).

Brad Baire took the second flight after winning a playoff hole over Seth Dodd. Both finished at 149, with both shooting identical rounds of 76 and 73. Mark Still was third at 151 (76, 75) and Mark Sawyer finished fourth at 154 (76, 78).

Chris McHugh won the third flight with a two-day total of 163 (84, 79). Seth Collette, Jeff Keen and Scotty McFry all tied for second at 167, with Collette besting Keen and McFry on playoff holes for the runner-up spot in the flight.

New to the tournament this year was two senior divisions. John Stanley won the Senior A flight, finishing at 140 (66. 74). Johnny Neyman took the Senior B flight after finishing at 157 (81, 76).

A total of 59 golfers competed in this year's invitational, which was Baker's last as club manager.

"I was here for the first one," Baker said. "It may have started the first year I was a member (1974). It was a three-day tournament at that time. It happened over Labor Day weekend, and I remember playing in it. I think I've been a part of every one since except one year when I had a bad back. I was on the tournament committee but I didn't get to play. I've been a part of every one since then in some capacity.

"I feel like I'm leaving it in good shape. I don't know who's going to take over, but the tournaments have been successful over the years. Right now, our membership is around 150, and we've picked up a few members lately. The course is in great shape. Adam (Weaver) has done a good job there."

A complete list of flight winners with scores is listed below.

Championship Flight

Ty Cole 61, 68 129

Chad Calvert 65, 68 133

Brennan Clay 65, 69 134

Jeremy McGatha 67, 74 141

Adrian Geeting 68, 73 141

Nick Sawyer 68, 74 142

Jake Minnix 69, 75 144

First Flight

Skylar Dennis 71, 68 139

Jordan Bethune 72, 68 140

Matt Rogers 75, 67 142

Chris Maye 73, 74 147

Graham Morrow 73, 75 148

Walt Drake 73, 75 148

Sid Garrett 74, 74 148

Lee Morgan 75, 74 149

Tim Hill 74, 77 151

Cory Tanner 75, 77 152

Scott Hays 75, 78 153

Dustin Underwood 75, 79 154

Frank Brady 73, 83 156

Second Flight

Brad Baire 76, 73 149

Seth Dodd 76, 73 149

Mark Still 76, 75 151

Mark Sawyer 76, 78 154

David Garrett 76, 80 156

Allen Keen 80, 77 157

Daily Thomas 80, 77 157

Luke Armstrong 81, 78 159

Nick Wheeler 81, 78 159

Jeff Woodall 78, 82 160

Russell Chambers 83, 78 161

Daniel Whittaker 79, 85 164

Caleb Morrow 81, 87 168

Derek Epperson 83, 88 171

Tim Woodward 77, WD

Terry Tallent 83, WD

Third Flight

Chris McHugh 84, 79 163

Seth Collette 85, 82 167

Jeff Keen 84, 83 167

Scotty McFry 85, 82 167

Danny Owens 87, 81 168

Kenny Johnson 89, 81 170

Scott Petty 90, 81 171

Steve Thomas 84, 87 171

Clay Allen 90, 88 178

Cason Campbell 87, 94 181

Tim Smith 97, 90 187

Kelly Rogers 95, 93 188

Dale Owens 85, WD

Senior A

John Stanley 66, 74 140

Mike Granato 70, 72 142

T.J. McGatha 72, 79 151

Bobby Pope 70, WD

Senior B

Johnny Neyman 81, 76 157

Phillip Hicks 81, 77 158

Billy Mack Garrett 80, 81 161

Wayne Still 87, 88 175

Frank Cobb 96, 95 191