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Perry trades in golf streak for fast car By David Widener Senior Editor Kenny Perry admits to being a streaky player. However, despite being on a streak consisting of victories in two straight major championships, he skipped the Senior British Open instead of going for the trifecta. “I’m staying home,” he said after winning the U.S. Senior Open championship on the heels of capturing the Senior Players Championship. “I’ve been on the road nine weeks. I’m tired. I’m going home to celebrate.” So is the life of Kenny Perry. He’s just as content being back home in Franklin, Ky., where he has his own golf course and a collection of fast race cars. There’s a new one he couldn’t wait to put the metal to the pedal----a COPO Camaro made by GM. “It’s a factory drag race car,” he says. “They only made 69 of them last year and 67 this year. You can’t even license it for the road.” Luckily for Perry, he knew the right people to where he could get his hands on one, so there went
No small wonder then that Perry loves fast greens. “I’ve always putted great on super, fast greens,” he says. “I like to be able to let the ball lead off the face instead of having to hit the ball.” His putter was on fire the weekend at the Senior Open as he went on a record-binge that included lowest score for the last 36 holes (127) and best comeback by a winner for the last 36 holes (10 shots). He tied three other scoring records: lowest 72hole score (267), lowest score for the last 54 holes (200), and lowest final round score (63). After opening with rounds of 67 and 73, he shot 64-63 to finish 13under-par and win by five strokes. “When my putter shows up, great things happen to me,” he says. “I’m just on a hot streak. I can win multiple times in a hurry and then I disappear for a year, six months or whatever,
1996 PGA Championship, both in playoffs. “I can’t explain it,” he says. “I thought I was snake bit. Here I am almost 53 years old and it just all comes together for me.” His good fortune has him leading the Charles Schwab Cup standings with 2,760 points based on his two wins and seven top 10 finishes for 11 events. Not bad for a guy who had knee surgery in February and missed two months on the tour. “Winning your national Open is what you strive for. You want an Open title by your name and having two Majors attached to my name is very sweet,” he said. In winning the Senior Players Championship, Perry rallied from an opening 71 to put together rounds of 63-63-64 for 19-under-par 261. The streak helped ease the disappointment he had in losing the 2009 Masters and
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some of that prize money from the two majors, which were the first in his long career. “I have a lot of real fast cars because I love to drag race,” he says. “I like to go 200 mph in a quarter of a mile. It’s very thrilling and so different from the slow pace of golf. When you’re in a race car running that hard, it scares the life out of you, but I like it. I like speed.”
and then I show back up again.” Helping too has been an Adams LS driver that he put in play about two months ago. “That 63 probably was the greatest closing round I’ve ever had considering the ease of it,” he says. “I didn’t have any stress. I played flawless.” Perry also considers it his greatest victory.
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Player Kenny Perry Bernhard Langer David Frost Tom Pernice, Jr. Duffy Waldorf Fred Couples Rocco Mediate John Cook Esteban Toledo Michael Allen
Events Won 15 2 18 2 19 2 19 1 18 0 11 0 18 2 19 1 19 2 19 1
Winnings $1,775,992 $1,704,294 $1,456,917 $1,258,607 $1,190,401 $1,174,921 $1,154,477 $1,086,811 $1,060,881 $1,048,640
Ratliff wins Tennessee r prevails in de xan Ale Junior Amateur Tennessee Women’s Open Tee Times report CLEVELAND – Cayman Ratliff opened the final round of the Tennessee State Junior Amateur Championship with a one-shot lead over two players. When the day was complete, Ratliff was celebrating a two-shot victory. Ratliff, of Kingsport, shot a bogey-free 68 in the final round to edge Jack Smith for the win. Ratliff had rounds of 69-6968 to finish at 4-under 206 at Cleveland Country Club. Clinging to the lead on the last day, Ratliff shot 33 on the front nine and then made nine straight pars on the back nine to hold of Smith, who finished at 208. Scott Stevens, of Chattanooga, was third at 209. Ratliff made 10 birdies and six bogeys in the 54-hole tournament.
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momentum “I knew that I had a chance to win if Weather delays, a two-shot deficit and I stuck with my game plan of hitting a tough field of competitors proved fairways and greens,” she said. to be no problem for Chattanooga’s Even with multiple weather Blakesly Warren at the 50th Tennessee interruptions, Warren played steady, Girls Junior Championship at Foxland getting to 7-under through 14 holes Harbor. before a small hiccup on the par-3 15th Credit fond memories and persistence hole where she made a triple bogey 6. for Warren’s victory in the 54-hole Warren rebounded nicely, making two event. She won this event at the same pars and then closing with a birdie to venue in 2011, so there was a comfort cap a 5-under 67 for a 54-hole total of level before striking her first shot. 214, four shots ahead of Teleri Hughes. “I was excited when I saw that Foxland “This means a lot to me to win this title Harbor was hosting the championship a second time especially because there again because this course is one of my are so many good players in the field,” favorites and sets up well for my game,” she said. Warren said. Montgomery’s Riley Cooper claimed More problematical was the 10-14 division title in a the weather. Warren’s one-hole playoff with second-round tee time Shelby’s Rachel Heck. was delayed by two hours Although paired with and she played only 41/2 the leaders in the final holes before the round round, Cooper tried to was suspended. She remain calm. completed the round the “I tried not to think next morning and found about what they were herself in a group of five doing because I didn’t players behind leader want to overthink Lauren Johnson. anything,” Cooper said. The final round was “I’ve been working interrupted again by on eliminating little weather after Warren mistakes that get had played only two me sidetracked and holes. Warren worried I wanted to stay that the round might be focused.” shortened. Cooper also held it When play resumed, together during the Warren took care of final day’s weather business. She came out delays and finished with firing and birdied the rounds of 78-82-74 and Blakesly Warren first two holes to get then won in a playoff.
Tee Times report to win CROSSVILLE – Jessica Alexander didn’t have to go low in the final round the 15th Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open at Stonehenge Golf Club. Instead, a 1-over 73 on the last day was good enough to give the Riverview, Fla., professional a two-stroke victory. The victory was worth $5,000 for Alexander, who finished with a 54-hole total of 2-over-par 218. Katelyn Sepmoree, Amanda Steinhagen and Corinna Rees tied for second at 220. Going into the final round, Alexander, Rees and Haley Wilson were tied for the lead at 145. Wilson struggled to an 81 in the final round and dropped out of contention at 226. Rees finished tied for low amateur with 70-7575-220.
Fox captures Tennessee Amateur Championship Tee Times Report CHATTANOOGA – Steven Fox capped a dream 12 months of amateur golf recently by winning the Tennessee Golf Association’s Amateur Championship by five shots at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. Fox, who played for TennesseeChattanooga, began his year-long odyssey by winning the 2012 U.S. Amateur championship. Along the way he played in the Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open. It concluded with rounds of 68-67-6867 for a 10-under-par 270 winning score. Hendersonville’s Fox beat Chattanooga native Keith Mitchell, who plays at Georgia, and defending champion Tim Jackson by five shots. “It’s been a very special year for Steven,” UTC golf coach Mark Guhne said. “Two big amateur titles over a 12-month period make for great memories. Add in competing at the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open and you are talking about a dream year for almost
every golfer out there. We are very proud of him.” Fox led by one shot over Vanderbilt’s Carson Jacobs at the start of the final round. Jacobs eventually took a twoshot lead early in the final round before a tough three-hole stretch dropped him back into the pack. When Fox made a birdie on No. 11, his lead was four shots and he was never in trouble the rest of the way. It was the second TGA championship for Fox, who won the 2011 Match Play title at Tennessee National Golf Club.
Cooper wins Classic Championship Tee Times Report Matt Cooper got hot at just the right time at The Classic Championship. Cooper, of Memphis, played the final five holes of the inaugural tournament in 4-under to beat Johan Kok by two strokes. Cooper shot 3-under-par 141 with rounds of 7170 at the Mirimichi Golf Course and Spring Creek Ranch. Kok won the Regular Professional Division with a two-day total of 143. Kok’s 1-under-par 143 was three strokes better than professional runnerup, Bobby O’Brien, who closed with a 70 for a 146 total. Randy Helton played his way to the Senior Professional Division crown with a 36-hole total of 1-under-par 143. A 71 in the final round was good enough to give Helton a six 6victory over Bobby Bray, who tallied a final round 75 and finished at 149. David Apperson captured the Overall
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Senior Division championship with a 36-hole total of 2-under-par 142. Apperson closed out the championship with an impressive final round 69 to defeat Helton and Ron Waters by one stroke. The highlight of the final round came on the No. 17 when Mike Freels made his fourth career hole in one. The tournament was sponsored by Cleveland/Srixon Golf.
Belmont players earn academic honors Tee Times Report Belmont women’s golfers Evin Edens, Megan Murphy and Janet Steen recently were named 2012-13 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars. It’s the eighth straight season that Belmont has had a women’s golfer named to the team. It was the fourth time Steen, a recent graduate, has been honored in her career. She earned All-OVC honors after ranking sixth in the conference in scoring at 77.3. The Hendersonville native posted four
top-10 finishes, including medalist honors at the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate. She will Janet Megan wrap up her Belmont career Steen Murphy second in program history in career scoring average, career public relations. top-10 finishes, and career topRising junior Evin Edens, a music 20 finishes. Steen graduated with a business major, is a first-time degree in biology. Ooltewah native Megan Murphy was honoree. The Mt. Juliet native ranked named an All-American Scholar for fourth on the team in scoring with an the third consecutive year. The recent 81.0 average and posted two top-30 graduate played 14 rounds in seven finishes. The criteria for selection to the Allevents and carded an 86.1 average. Murphy graduated with a degree in American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college
Evin Edens athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50% (Division I) or 66% (Division II & III) of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year. Belmont was one of seven Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) schools to have student-athletes selected for the honor.
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A frequent problem among high handicap golfers is the urge to reach for the ball. (Photo 1) This creates tension in the shoulders and arms which leads to poorly struck and off-line shots. The most common swing problem I see when 1 reaching excessively for the ball is an overthe-top, out-to-in path, producing a pull or slice. A great way to correct this problem is by getting into an athletic posture without a club while allowing your arms to hang freely from your shoulders (Photo 2). The first thing you will probably notice is the ease and lack of tension in your shoulders and arms. Now
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Hunter builds lead, holds on to win Ira Templeton Championship
Tee Times report round with a 71 to hold off a red-hot Johnson, HIXSON – Knoxville’s Braxton Hunter who made things interesting with a 4-under built a big lead and then held on in the 30 on his first nine holes of the final round. second round to win the Ira Templeton But Hunter’s seven-stroke advantage was Championship at a rain-soaked Creeks Bend just enough to edge Johnson. Golf Club. Chattanooga’s Matt Brock was third at 138 Hunter shot 65 in the first after a final-round 68. round of the 36-hole event In the senior but had to hold on as Audie professional division, Johnson made a secondBobby Bray came day charge to get within a from behind to win shot of the lead. with a two-day total Hunter shot 71 in the of 140. Bray trailed second round to finish at Mark Houser by one 4-under-par 136. Johnson stroke heading into was a shot behind at 137. the final round. A Overnight rain forced 2-under-par 68 was Braxton Hunter and golfers to begin play in good enough to give Buddy Templeton the final round on Bray a two-stroke No. 6 to allow time victory over Houser, for high waters to who shot 71 both days. Bill recede around the Franklin and Jack Oliver tied third and fourth for third at 143. holes. The unusual Knoxville’s Steve Golliher ran starting situation away with the senior amateur didn’t faze Hunter. division title, finishing at After shooting an 7-under 133. That was five opening round 65, shots better than Tom Baird, Bobby Bray and Hunter followed his Buddy who shot 70 in the final round Templeton 5-under-par opening to finish at 138.
Snell, Rush qualify for PGA Assistant Championship
Tee Times Report FRANKLIN – Kevin Snell punched his ticket to the National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship later this year in Florida with two solid rounds at Holston Hills Country Club in late July. Snell, of Eagleville and the assistant professional at Henry Horton State Park, shot rounds of 67-69 to finish with a 36-hole total of 136 to easily capture the Tennessee PGA Assistant Championship by four shots over Parker Rush of Memphis. Rush also qualified for the PGA Assistant Championship with a second-place finish “This is probably as well as I’ve played all year for two rounds put together,” Snell said. “Holston Hills is one of my favorite courses to come play. I’m excited to go play in the Assistant
National Championship down in Florida. I’d like to thank all the sponsors for this year’s event as well as Holston Hills for hosting the championship.” Snell and Rush will travel to Port St. Lucie, Fla., Oct. 31-Nov. 3 for the PGA Assistant Championship at the PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course. It’s the 18th consecutive time the course will host the tournament. Snell, 41, closed the win with a second-round 69. “I couldn’t get my hands to stop shaking over my last putt”, said Rush, the assistant at Memphis Country Club. “It was a great week at Holston Hills and I am very much looking forward to playing in the Assistant National Championship in Port St. Lucie.” The 126-man field for this year’s PGA Assistant Championship consists of the top four finishers from last year’s championship, if eligible, as well assistants and apprentices from a weighted average of total entries of the 41 PGA Sections. The winner will cash a $9,000 check out of a total purse of $100,000.
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Greenwood captures AAU national title
Tee Times Report Cookeville’s Viola Greenwood won the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) 2013 Golf National Championship girls division of the 14-under age group. Greenwood also tied for third place in the overall standings of all divisions and won the long drive competition against all age groups in the girls division. “What a fun golf course Link Hills is to play!” Greenwood said. “East Tennessee is very hilly. I made several mistakes over the two-day competition because of the elevation changes, but I enjoyed the challenge. AAU put on a wonderful tournament experience for us girls.”
Belmont men named All-Academic team
Olsen, Fly corral Match Play titles
Tee Times Report In what started out as a close final match, Cordova’s Zachary Olsen seized control mid-round and went on to a 4 and 3 win over Hunter Kraus to win the Tennessee Match Play Championship at Nashville Golf and Athletic Club. The final match was all square through eight holes when Olsen won four of the next six holes to go 4-up. He closed out Kraus, of Germantown who plays for the University of Missouri, by winning No. 15. Buzz Fly Olsen, who will play collegiately at Oklahoma State, shot 70-74 in qualifying to nab the No. 8 seed. 6-foot downhill putt on He proceeded to beat Powell’s Zachary Olsen the 17th hole to edge Todd Burgan 2 and 1; Alcoa’s Grant Mike Freels 2 and 1. Daughtery 7 and 5; and Brentwood’s Freels, of Chucky, held a 1-up lead when Brendon Caballero 3 and 2 to reach the Fly squared the match with a 45-foot birdie final. putt. Fly, of Memphis won Nos. 9, 11 and 12 Kraus led briefly early in the championship to go 3-up before finally shutting the door match before Olsen tied it with a birdie on on No. 17. A long-time talented amateur the fourth hole. golfer, it was Fly’s first Tennessee Golf In the Senior Match Play Championship, Association victory. Buzz Fly capped a title run with a tricky
Tee Times report NORMAN, Okla. – The Belmont men’s golf team recently was named a Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-Academic Team. The Bruins were named a GCAA AllAcademic Team for the fourth straight year. Belmont was one of two men’s golf programs in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) to receive this honor from the GCAA. To be named a GCAA All-Academic Team, a men’s golf program must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher during the 2012-13 academic year. During the 2012-13 season, the men’s golf team posted six top-five finishes in 12 events and finished fourth at the rain-shortened OVC Championship, the best finish by a Belmont squad in a conference championship.
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Mocs earn academic honors
Champions Junior Golf Tournament
Junior golfers ranging in age from 5-12 competed in the Champions Junior Golf Tournament (www. championsjrgolf.com) at Cherokee Country Club recently.
Boys 7-8 (from left): Cooper Russell (4th), Wyatt Marlar (3rd), Alex Barton (2nd), Jack Tirgrath (1st).
Boys 9-10 (from left): Lance Simpson (1st), Hank Moneymaker (4th), Jackson Hughey (2nd), Ben Johnston (3rd)
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Tee Times report CHATTANOOGA – Four members of the Tennessee-Chattanooga women’s golf team recently were named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar team. Jordan Britt (Chattanooga), Mette Kryger (Denmark), Isabella Loza (Colombia) and Emily McLennan (Australia) made the squad in 2013. The quartet marks 11 WGCA All-American Scholars in the past four years. It’s the second time (2011) that the Mocs had four student-athletes on the team. Britt (2011, 2013) and Kryger (2012, 2013) are two-time honorees while Loza and McLennan are on their first as freshmen. Former UTC standout Maria Juliana Loza (2009-12) is the only three-time All-American Scholar for the program. To make the team requires a 3.50 GPA along with a playing component. It is the third consecutive year the Mocs had multiple honorees. On the course, the Mocs won their fourth straight Southern Conference championship as Agathe Sauzon captured medalist honors. Coach Colette Murray was honored as SoCon Coach of the Year for the third time in four years, leading the Mocs to a sixth NCAA Regional appearance, once for each season since the program was re-instated beginning with the 2007-08 campaign.
Team Wilson captures City of Crossville team title
TeeTimes report CROSSVILLE – The team of Scott Wilson (PGA), Peyton Sliger, Michael Bradshaw, Kevin Morgan started fast and then held off all challengers to win the City of Crossville Team Championship. The winning team posted 58 in the first round and added a final-round 61 for a 36-hole total of 25under-par 119. The team overcame first day rain to win at the Lake Tansi Golf Course. Twenty teams competed in the event that honored PGA Profes-
sional Bobby Nichols. Lee Maxwell shot 66-70 to win the Regular Amateur division, while Kelvin Burgin and Audie Johnson finished at 138 and were declared co-champions of in the Regular Professional division. Eddie Wyatt had the low score for the Senior Amateurs shooting 72-70 for a 2-under par 142 while Randy Helton took home the low score in the Senior Professional Division firing a 68-67 for a 9-under par 135.
bear their names in these two city championships. Their hard work and dedication have been an inspiration to me and I might add, long overdue.” Davis said she was caught off guard by the honor. The naming of the trophy in my honor was a complete shock to me,” she said. “I was in the breezeway at Two Rivers Golf Course and I saw two of the pros come around the corner with the trophy. It had a white drape on it. I thought ‘what in the world are they doing?’ ” What they were doing was surprising Davis. honor was overdue. He said with“(Tournament Director) out Davis as the driving force, the Kevin told me after the unwomen’s event might not have veiling that this was the first survived. year that I had not asked him where the trophy was,” “The Women’s MUNI started out Davis said. “I usually am goas a division of the men’s touring through a checklist in my nament,” Fyke said. “Sally apmind making sure that everyproached me while I was still the thing is in order. I can’t say parks director and asked if she enough good things about could separate from the men’s Kevin’s commitment to protournament and have a stand viding us with a first-class alone tournament for the women, tournament. The entire golf a true women’s city championstaff has a hand in producing ship. a wonderful golf event. Their professional“She sought out ladies groups, golf leagues, ism and attention to details has allowed me golfing buddies, encouraging them to par- to play in the tournament and enjoy being in ticipate, seeking any and all publicity to the tournament atmosphere. The James H. keep this tournament alive and well. She de- Fyke Municipal Women’s Championship will serves this trophy to bear her name, without always be an integral part of my life.” her work and dedication, this might not have Davis has been with the Metro Parks Decontinued. I wanted to share with her and with former Superintendent of Golf Opera- partment for 35 years, including 23 with tions, Danny Gibson, to have these trophies the golf courses. She began playing golf at age 33, and she eventually ascended to Superintendent of Golf Operations 12 years Mark Vane, No. 2, 160 yards, 6-iron ago, taking over for Danny Gibson, whose Brandon Perry, No. 2, 155 PW Rick Travis, No. 2, 150 yards, 8-iron name is now on the men’s MUNI champiCynthia Dahlgren, No. 8 Middle, 116 yards, onship trophy. 9-iron While she is taking on a new position Pine Creek: Sally D. will still hold the golf courses close Paul Jack, No. 6, 116 yards, 9-iron to her heart. Larry Sneed, No. 6, 116 yards, 8-iron “I have met so many wonderful people Donnie Pierce, No. 6, 139 yards, 9-iron through golf and I will always cherish my Riverside:
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Davis honored for work with MUNI Women’s Am
Tee Times report Sally Davis has a new job title and she might not be as visible around the city’s municipal golf courses, but her legacy as Superintendent of Golf Operations for Metro Parks in Nashvilale won’t be soon forgotten. She was instrumental in providing women golfers with a municipal amateur championship of their own during her 23 years with the city’s golf courses. The winner of the James H Fyke Municipal Amateur Women’s Championship will now receive the Sally Davis Trophy. It was an unexpected honor for Davis, known simply as ‘Sally D.’ to her colleagues and golfers who know her. She recently was named assistant director of community programs with the Metro Parks Department, but her heart will always be with the golf operations of the city’s courses. Fyke, the former director of the Nashville Board of Parks and Recreation, said the
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Jimmy Curtis, No. 11, 146 yards,
8-iron Forrest Crossing: John Godwin, No. 5, 185 yards, 5-iron
Billy Nolen, No. 4, 157 yards, 8-iron Randy Adkins, No. 4, 157 yards, 9-iron
Turner Cripss, No. 8, 125 yards, 8-iron Richie Fenske, No. 8, 115, 9-iron Bobby Stephens Jr. Fairview High School Sophomore Hole # 8, Pitching Wedge,115 yards
Art Evinson, No. 3, 115 yards. This was Art’s third hole in one all three were on this hole. Bill Simmons, #3, 120 yards, PW Alex Ladd, No. 1, 69 yards, 9-iron
Donald Coleman, No. 3, 149 yards, 6-iron
Frank Fraser, No. 15, 96 yards, PW Double Eagle, Chuck Hall, No. 16, 210 yards, 5-wood
Chad Holman, No 17, 134 yards, 9-iron
Charles Everett, No. 4, 153 yards, 4-iron Harold Bone, No. 16, 113 yards, Gap Wedge
Winston Dodson, No. 8 middle, 130 yards, 7-iron
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Carl Cosby, No. 11, 121 yards, 9-iron
Donnie Bowlin, No. 3 Deercrest, 170 yards, 7-iron Chip Worley, No. 7, Deercrest, 141 yards, 7-iron Sid Thomas, No. 3 Deercrest, 158 yards, 6-iron Michael Duvall, No. 7 Deercrest, 132 yards, 9-iron
Ferdinand Quinones, No. 8, 155 yards, 6-iron
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Lee outlasts tough Capital City Open field Tee Times report NASHVILLE – Par was an afterthought at the 53rd Capital City Golf Association Open. Red numbers were everywhere in the 36-hole event sponsored by Dollar General, but nobody took it deeper under par than Nashville golfer Philip Lee. Lee blistered McCabe Golf Course with rounds of 64-66 for a 36-hole total of 10-under-par 130. It was hardly a comfortable win, though. Lee’s sizzling two rounds were good enough for only a one-shot win over first-round co-leader Brad Stevens and Johan Kok, who finished at 131. Thirty-five golfers finished under par in the tournament. Stevens and Kok were co-champions of the Regular Professional Division with a two-day total of 131. Stevens entered the final round Phillip Lee with a share of the
lead with Audie Johnson after carding an opening round 63. Kok shot a final round 66 to catch Stevens at 9-under-par 131. Casey Flenniken and Kevin Snell finished in a tie for third in the Professional Division one shot back at 8 under. Mark Houser played his way to both the Senior Professional Division and Overall Senior Division crowns with a 36-hole total of 6-under-par 134. A 67 in the second round was good enough to give Houser a two-stroke victory over Randy Helton, who tallied a final-round 68 and a twoday championship total of 136. Jimbo Hicks and Doug Harris tied for third place in the Overall Senior Division with a two-day score of 3-under-par 137. After a shaky start, Houser righted the ship by playing his last 10 holes in 5-under-par. Birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 were exactly what Houser needed to prohim to Ronnie Hickman pel the win.
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Tee Times report From a golfer’s point of view, there is not much better than a road trip to an unfamiliar course. Venturing away from the familiar surroundings of a home course exudes anticipation and excitement. Will the course live up to expectations? Will it provide a challenge, yet enjoyable experience? Will the entire experience – from the time of departure until the final post-round beverage is downed – be worth it? A recent Tee Times Travelers road trip, including golfers of all skill levels, to The Links at Novadell in nearby Hopkinsville, Ky., offered up those questions and more. And when the round was complete, the answer to those questions and more were met with an overwhelming response of “yes.” The Links at Novadell came highly recommended, so it was with that sense of mystery and anticipation that the Tee Times Travelers boarded a Wise Coach and headed north up I-65 to Hopkinsville. Pre-round reviews of the course were favorable, but did not paint a true picture of what they were about to encounter. This 18-hole, par-72 championship track was designed by Don Charles and opened in 2002. Charles designed The Links at Novadell with the average golfer in mind as there are few forced carries. The greens are large, averaging 7,000 square feet and fast, known for the slight undulation and back to front slope of around two feet. Water comes into play on nine holes,
including four lakes, some creeks and the clear meandering streams that glide across the course. Five sets of tees provide golfers of all skill levels to find the right distance and challenge for their comfort level. The experience of The Links at Novadell begins before the first tee shot is struck. A beautiful, white clubhouse is a reminder of old southern hospitality. Customer service is paramount in the golf industry and the staff at The Links at Novadell did not disappoint. From advance planning by general manager and director of golf Barry Payne, to director of food and beverage Heather Linder, to assistant professionals Mitch Moore and Andrew Latham, the day trip could not have been better. The food service – from a delicious breakfast
(bent grass), scenic views of the former farm famous for producing the Acme Farms bleached flour. Adding to the links experience was the constant breeze that made club selection difficult and tough to control shots.
every hole), not to mention crops in adjacent fields on working farms. And, the course was in immaculate condition as superintendent Norm Field and his crew leave no detail unattended. The Links at Novadell certainly was worth the trip. Tee Times Travelers will be back.
Andrew Latham Assistant Golf Professional
bar to an on-course box lunch – was impeccable. Outside help was efficient and timely. Of equal, if not most importance, the golf course easily exceeded expectations. Who knew golfers can experience a traditional links-style course in western Kentucky, with wide verdant Bermuda tees, fairways and interior rough, large greens and collars
Golfers are treated to sights such as white farmland fencing, rustic barns, silos, and native grasses (fescue grass flanks the exterior of Barry Payne, Director of Golf/GM
Mitchell (Mitch) Moore Assistant Golf Professional
Nashville area residents Pete Lutz and son Will recently played Kenny Perry’s Country Hills Course in Franklin, Ky. Will left a wedge behind and as luck would have it, Kenny, playing two holes behind, found it and returned it to the young man. Not often does something this good come from leaving a club behind.
The Glencliff High Glory Days golf tournament will be Oct. 7 at Nashboro Golf Club. Proceeds from the 4-person scramble benefit Glencliff athletics. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start and cost is $300 per team or $75 per person. Individuals can be partnered the day of the tournament. For information, call Jim Knight at 615-481-4356 or Kenny Thompson at 615-975-3792.
Smiths win Father-Son title
Tee Times report Wes Korth were third with 138 FAIRFIELD GLADE – Knoxville’s points. Scott and Jack Smith followed their opening round of 80 points with a second-round 72 points to win the TGA Father-Son Championship. The 152 points compiled at Stonehenge Golf Club were six points better than the runner-up team. Five-time champions Paul and
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101. Shiloh Falls Golf Club, Counce, TN, 731-689-5050, www.shilohfallsgolf.com 102. Shiloh Golf Course, Adamsville, TN, 731-632-0678 103. Silver Lake Golf Club, Church Hill, TN, 423-357-9940 104. Smyrna Municipal Golf Course, Smyrna, TN, 615-459-2666 105. Steele Creek Golf Course, Bristol, TN, 423-764-6411 106. Stonebridge Golf Course, Arlington, TN, 901-382-1886 107. Stonehenge Golf Club, Fairfield Glade, TN, 931-484-3731 108. Swan Lake Golf Course, Clarksville, TN, 931-648-0479, www.cityofclarksville.com 109. Sycamore Valley Golf Course, Ashland, TN, 615-792-7863 110. Ted Rhodes, Nashville, TN, 615-862-8463, www.nashvillefairways.com 111. Tenn Golf Trail @ Fall Creek, Pikeville, TN, 423-881-5706, www.tngolftrail.com 112. Tenn Golf Trail @ Henry Horton, Chapel Hill, TN, 931-364-2319, www.tngolftrail.com 113. Tenn Golf Trail @ Montgomery Bell, Burns, TN, 615-797-2578, www.tngolftrail.com 114. Tenn Golf Trail @ Paris Landing,Buchanan,TN, 731-641-4459, www.tngolftrail.com 115. Tenn Golf Trail @ Pickwick Lnd,Pickwick Dam,TN, 731-689-3149, www.tngolftrail.com 116. Tenn Golf Trail @ T. O. Fuller, Memphis, TN, 901-543-7771, www.tngolftrail.com 117. Tenn Golf Trail @ Warrior Path, Kingsport, TN, 423-323-4990, www.tngolftrail.com 118. Tennessee River Golf Club, Decaturville, TN, 731-852-2582 119. The Club at North Creek, Southaven, MS, 877-465-3647 120. The Links of Novadell, Hopkinsville, KY, 270-886-1101 121. The Tennessean, Springville, TN, 731-642-7271 122. Three Ridges Golf Course, Knoxville, TN, 865.687.4797 123. Through the Green Highland Rim, Joelton, TN, 615-746-0400 124. Tri Cities Golf Club, Blountville, TN, 423-323-6615 125. Tri-County Golf Course, Oliver Springs, TN, 423-435-0749 126. Tunica National, Tunica Resorts, MS, 662-357-0777, www.tunicanational.com 127. Twelve Stones Crossing, Goodlettsville, TN, 615-851-4653 128. Two Rivers GC, Nashville, TN, 615-889-2675, www.nashvillefairways.com 129. VinnyLinks @ Shelby Park, Nashville, TN, 615-880-1720, www.nashvillefairways.com 130. Wedgewood, Olive Branch, MS, 662-895-7490 131. White Oaks, Athens, TN, 423-745-3349 132. Whittle Springs Golf Course, Knoxville, TN, 865-525-1022 133. Willow Creek Golf Club, Knoxville, TN, 865-675-0100 134. Willow Springs Golf Course, Athens, TN, 423-745-1131 135. Willowbrook, Manchester, TN, 800-319-8001 136. Windtree Golf Course, Mt.Juliet, TN, 615-754-4653 137. Woodlake, Tazewell, TN, 423-626-6010 138. Sculleyﾃ不 Golf Course, 2162 Westover Rd. Jackson TN, 38301, 731-424-4500 139. Chickasaw Golf Course, 9555 Hwy. 100 West, Henderson , TN 38340 , 731-989-4700
Great golf is just a short road trip away By Joe Hall Tee Times Publisher There are golf meccas such as Myrtle Beach, Florida and Arizona, and there are some not-so-known destinations where the golf is equally good and in many instances, even more affordable. North Alabama is one of those wellkept secrets. The region, stretching east to west from near the Georgia state line to the Mississippi state line and north to Tennessee, is ripe with great golf, great scenery and great accommodations. A recent trip revealed some of the delectable golf course offerings, most of which are perfect for a weekend getaway or a week-long road trip. The golf is very good, but an equally important part of visiting north Alabama is that it won’t break the bank.
than 38,000 trees were uprooted durEnhancing the experience is ing a deadly tornado outbreak in April that Twin Bridges is enrolled 2011 and the clubhouse sustained seri- in The Audubon’s Silver Sigous damage. nature Sanctuary Program These days, the damage is a thing of that successfully integrates the past. The courses were renovated natural resource conservation and the site remains one of the most with economic progress and scenic on the trail, thanks to the rolling community education. Twin terrain. Bridges Golf Course is among Elevation changes, big, undulating a select few golf courses in the greens, generous fairways and a good world to earn this esteemed mix of holes gives golfers of all skill lev- designation. els a good challenge. Also in Gadsden is the unSilverLakes, Backbreaker course No. 3 derstated Twin Bridges Golf Course, an enjoyable par72 layout designed by Gene Bates. Situated along the picturesque Coosa River, Twin Bridges is both challenging and fun for players of all skill levels. It features Bermuda grass fairways, bentgrass
Golf in north Alabama is easily accessible from all points Limestone Springs course No. 7 north. For golfers in Chattanooga, a trip to Gadsden to play the acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes is a must. Featuring 27 holes – Mindbreaker, Heartbreaker and Backbreaker plus a ninehole Short Course — Silver Lakes is a must-play stop on any golf trip. The facility, located between Anniston and Gadsden and just a short drive from the campus of Jacksonville State University, has made a fantastic recovery just two greens, strategically placed bunkers years removed from a devastating tor- and four sets of tees to provide a dinado that did massive damage. More verse playing experience.
Silver Lakes, Heartbreaker course No. 8
The final stop on this portion of the trip was the highly acclaimed Limestone Springs in Oneonta. Opened in 1999, the Jerry Patedesign is one of the must-play golf courses in Alabama. It consistently has been rated with 4.5 stars by Golf Digest and ranked among the top five public courses in the state. The par-72 layout is
Limestone Springs course No. 11
as scenic as it is challenging, nestled throughout 225 rolling acres through the Appalachian Mountains. From the back tees, the course stretches to nearly 7,000 yards and Pate did an excellent job routing the course. Elevated tees provide spectacular views of the north Alabama landscape. Free-flowing streams and numerous man-made lakes pose one hazard after another and create opportunities for those risk-reward shots. . Fairways are lined with indigenous hardwoods, towering southern pines, and lush vegetation that create natural borders and boundaries. Immaculate bentgrass greens are guarded by well-placed bunkers. And, most importantly, you’ll play on some of the most pristine bentgrass greens in Alabama, surrounded by sugar-white bunkers that provide the superb playability for which all worldclass golf courses are known.
Huntsville/ Morgan County
Twin Bridges course
Less than an hour north of Limestone Springs, golfers can set up shot in Union Grove at the understated Cherokee Ridge Country Club, a semi-private 18-hole layout that previously hosted a web.com event. The course is a vision that came to fruition under the guidance of Sid McDonald, a successful businessman from nearby Arab. He purchased several hundred acres of woodlands and, in conjunction with designer Sammy Dean, built a course that is considered one the best-kept secrets in the state. Dean took advantage of the native vegetation, the rolling hills, as
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a forest of hardwoods and pines. Three holes have been reconfigured so that a view of an 80-foot waterfall is visible. A little further north in Huntsville lands golfers at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Hampton Cover facility.
well as the lakes and streams to design a hidden gem of a course that opened in 1992. McDonald didn’t stop at just the golf course, however. He built a spacious two-story, seven-guestroom lake house on the property to create a stayand-play atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of city life. “Tree-lined, generous fairways, gentle elevation changes and ample tee markers to choose from made the Cherokee Ridge course No. 1 course as challenging as you want, or needed, for your skill level,” Tee Times publisher Joe Hall said. “A beautiful waterfall on the back nine was a pleasant surprise.” Dave Wilder said Cherokee Ridge was a “pleasant surprise,” when he teed it up recently. “I knew Brindlee Mountain had some beautiful terrain, but the Hampton Cove is home to course is a hidden gem,” he said. “It is a pair of 18-hole courses a beautiful layout with lots of elevation and also an 18-hole Short changes and it’s tight enough to keep Course. The Highlands you humble.” course gets much of the The course isn’t long by modern stan- publicity, but the recently dards, stretching to 6,574 yards, but renovated River course the elevation changes make it seem more than holds its own. longer. The greens are bentgrass and While the Highlands the fairways feature Bermuda grass. course has a links feel, the The front nine plays around a 17-acre River course is completely lake and the back nine plays through opposite in design. It’s the
Shoals, Fighting Joe course No. 18
only Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail layout without a single bunker. The River Course is a throwback to the way courses were built long ago. The dirt was merely pushed up to create the greens and tees, leaving all else, including massive oak trees, as is. Considered one of the gems of the trail, the Highlands course was recently renovated to convert it back to its original design as a
Waterfall on Cherokee Ridge course
Hampton Cove, River course No. 1
nessee River and eventually the clubhouse at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals comes into view, high on a bluff overlooking the river. The 36-hole facility was among the final two sites on the world-renowned project, and like the others has earned rave reviews among golf’s media. Featuring the Schoolmaster and the Fighting Joe, the RTJ Golf Trail at the true Scottish links course, Shoals has two outstanding yet diswith rolling fairways and tinct designs. Fighting Joe was named long, waving grasses. At in honor of General Joseph “Fighting the signature fifth hole, an Joe” Wheeler - the only Confederate old mule barn adds to the General to attain the same rank later in picturesque appeal of the the United States Army. It was the first course on the Trail to eclipse 8,000 setting. yards, and its ‘Black Tee’ tournament played from the tips each year gives a unique perspective to the links-style layout. Fighting Joe opened in 2004 and reHead west along the Ten- mains one of the most popular courses in north Alabama, routed through what once were cotton fields. Shoals, Schoolmaster course No. 18 Schoolmaster is named for President Woodrow Wilson, who was responsible for getting Wilson Dam built and was also known as “The Schoolmaster” of politics. It opened in 2005 and has a more traditional layout with tree-lined fairways. It was carved out terrain dotted with hardwoods.
Where to stay
There is no shortage of quality accommodations when visiting any part of north Alabama. In east Alabama, the I-20 corridor near Anniston/Oxford has plenty of name-brand hotels and motels and is just a short drive from Silver Lakes. Jacksonville and Gadsden also have Hampton Inn properties. Cherokee Ridge has the gorgeous lake house and Huntsville has a wide variety of accommodations to choose from. In the Shoals, the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa is a five-star property, and there are plenty of other options from which to choose, all just a short drive from the facility.
Swing analysis, club fitting keys to success
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LPGA Legends eye richest purse at French Lick By David Widener Senior Editor
Lopez, Pat Bradley, Betsy King, Beth Daniel, Patty Sheehan, Joann Carner and Rosie Jones. Humana is sponsoring the The richest purse in the history of the tournament with a portion of the proLPGA Legends Tour will be up for grabs ceeds benefiting the American Heart AsSept. 27-29 when a field including 10 hall sociation’s My Heart, My Life initiative. of fame players and seven Solheim Cup “We are very excited to have Humana captains tackle the highly acclaimed and be part of this celebration of women’s difficult Pete Dye Course in French Lick, golf and bringing awareness to a healthy Ind., in hopes of taking home some of the lifestyle and the dangers of heart dis$500,000 prize money. ease,” Dave Harner, French Lick Resort’s Activities officially begin Sept. 23 with director of golf, said. “This will be a the Alice Dye Invitational, a great week to celebrate two-day women’s amateur women’s golf and a great tournament. An all-day golf opportunity for all Indiclinic conducted by the Legana golf enthusiasts to ends is scheduled Sept. 25, come out and experience and then Sept. 26 features history up close during a Pro-Am Sponsor match the event.” on the Pete Dye Course. It marks the first time The pre-tournament fessince 1960 for women’s tivities will be highlighted professional golf to return Jan Stephenson by the induction of the to French Lick. first two players into the “There is such Legends Hall of Fame: Kathy Whita rich history of worth and Jan Stephenson. It will the LPGA and be part of the awards dinner folwomen’s golf lowing Thursday’s Pro-Am. at French Lick According to Stephenson, WhitResort dating worth, who turns 74 on Sept. 27, back 50 years, has major heart issues but plans to which comattend. In her 32-year pro career, bined with the she won 88 tournaments includu n p a ra l l e l e d Jane Blaylock ing six majors, and quality and recorded 11 holes-inmagnificent one. Stephenson won beauty of the resort, creates an 16 times on the LPGA ideal venue for this major chamTour, including three pionship,” Jane Blalock, CEO of majors. the LPGA Legends Tour, said. “I usually don’t get In 1957, Louise Suggs captured emotional, but this is the French Lick Women’s Open a teary one,” Stephenon the historic Donald Ross son said when the course. The LPGA Championship announcement was was played at the Ross course in Nancy Scranton made at the Legions 1959 and 1960, with Betsy Rawls Championship media and Mickey Wright respectively day earlier this summer. “It means more winning that championship. to me than the LPGA Hall of Fame because The Legions Tour began in 2000 and it comes from the players and friends.” now has more than 120 members, inIn addition to Stephenson, the tourna- cluding 12 LPGA and World Golf Hall of ment will include such legends as Nancy Famer.
Armstrong, Griffith snag Junior PGA victories
Tee Times report FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Dawson Armstrong and Samantha Griffith played their way into the 38th Junior PGA Championship by winning the Tennessee Junior PGA Championship at Brentwood Country Club. Armstrong, of Brentwood, opened play in the 36-hole event with a 70. He closed the deal with a second-round 67. His two-day total of 137 was three shots clear of runner-up Adam Greeno, Assistant Grant Hirschman, Jacob Choi Tournament Director presents and Trevor Johnson. Dawson Armstrong with the winner’s plaques Griffith, of Ooltewah, had a Samantha Griffith proudly final-round 74 for a two-day holds both plaques proher the 2013 traditionally been a steptotal of 145 and a four-stroke claiming Junior PGA Champion victory over Allyson Dunn and ping-stone for many of toKatie Story. day’s PGA and LPGA Tour The two winners were among the professionals as well as current collechampions from each of the 41 PGA giate stars. Past Junior PGA Championsections, nine PGA Junior Series events ship competitors who have gone on to and several other national junior tour- successful professional careers include: naments to qualify for the PGA Junior In-Bee Park, Jim Furyk, Luke Guthrie, Championship, presented by Under Ar- Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin mour and Hotel Fitness at the at Trump Leonard, Michelle McGann, Phil MickNational Golf Club – Washington D.C. in elson, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Jordan Potomac. Spieth, David Toms, Alexis Thompson. The Junior PGA Championship has Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.
Breen, Kilgore sparkle at State Senior Open TeeTimes report CROSSVILLE -- Bill Breen saved his best round for the last round at the State Senior Open, and the result was a victory in the 36-hole tournament played at the Stonehenge Golf Course. Breen’s two-day total of 146 was good for a one-shot victory over Cookeville’s Paul Korth. The win was worth $7,500 for the Nashville-based professional who won his first State Senior Open title. Breen came from three shots behind at the start of the final round to pull out the victory. His second-round 70 was the only score under par in the 143-man field and came in sunny, windy conditions on the scenic east Tennessee course. Three players, Danny Briggs, Bill Hickey and Richard Smith, shot 73 in the opening round before Breen caught fire on the second day. Breen took control with a sparkling 3-under-par 33 on the front nine in the final round and came home in 37, finishing with four birdies in his round of 70. He finished off the round with a sand save that proved to be clutch. Korth had a 10-footer for birdie to force a playoff on the final hole, but it was just off the mark. Korth had a steady 73-74 to finish a shot back at 147. For the first time, a Super Senior
division was added to the event and amateur Ron Kilgore of Knoxville notched his place in tournament history, finishing with a two-day total of 151 to hold off fellow amateur and hometown favorite Stephen Kehrer. Kilgore shot 72 in the opening round to take a three-shot lead. With the title in jeopardy, Kilgore played the final three holes with two birdies and a par to secure the victory.
Willis edges Millard for second Suntrust State Open title
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NASHVILLE – Garrett Willis won his second Suntrust State Open, edging Jason Millard by one shot recently at Gaylord Springs Golf Links. Willis finished the 54hole event at 6-under-par 213. He shot 72 in the final round to hold off Millard, who shot even-par 71 in his closing round. Willis previously won the State Open in 2000. “It feels amazing to be a second time champion; I had a great week from the start,” Willis said. The outcome came down to the final hole, with Willis prevailing. Willis birdied two of the final three holes. “I had just birdied two out of the last three holes and had great momentum,”
Willis said. “The ball was in Millard’s court as to how the end would turn out.” Blanton Farmer and Brendon Caballero, who finished at 1-under 212, were the low amateurs in the tournament presented by Coca-Cola.
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Biddle inducted into state sports writers hall of fame for Heisman Trophy voters and maintains TeeTimes report Longtime Nashville sports writer and a vote on the Harris Poll college football columnist Joe Biddle recently was inducted Top 20 -- the poll that counts one-third into the Tennessee Sports Writers Hall of towards determining the two teams to play for national championship. Fame. Biddle is a highly dedicated and Biddle, who began his career with the decorated journalist. He is Daytona Beach Newsa four-time winner of the Journal, spent 31 years Tennessee Sports Writer of in Nashville, first at the Year award presented by the Nashville Banner (1980National Sportscasters and 1998) and then at the Sportswriters Association. Tennessean (1998-2011). He’s also in the East For those 31 years he Tennessee State University’s spent as the sports editor College of Communications and columnist at both Hall of Fame. newspapers, Biddle was A native of Johnson City, a must-read and a go-to Jimmy Trogdlen, left, Presisource on topics ranging dent of TSWA from Clarks- Biddle is a Science Hill High from college football to ville Leaf-Chronicle presents School and ETSU graduate. He served in the United the Masters to the Super Joe Biddle with his plaque. States Air Force from 1966Bowl and all sports in 70, including a stint in Viet between. When he wasn’t writing about Vanderbilt, Nam. He and wife Sharon have been married Tennessee or the SEC, Biddle found time to cover 25 Masters Tournaments, 25 Super for 38 years. Biddle left the Tennessean in 2011 but Bowls, approximately 12 World Series, almost 30 Sugar Bowls, several national he continues to write columns for WKRN championship college games, two Ryder Channel 2’s website (wkrn.com), the Cups and two Summer Olympics (1984 Williamson Herald and the Wilson Post. He also works part-time for the Davidson Los Angeles, 1996 Atlanta). Biddle remains the Tennessee chairman County Sheriff’s Department.
Smith squeaks out victory at Yamaha Players TeeTimes report GALLATIN – Craig Smith emerged from the pack over the final nine holes to win the Yamaha Players Championship at The Club of Foxland Harbor. After opening with a 67, Smith shot 73 in the second round to win by one shot over Braxton Hunter. Smith’s two-round total of 4-under-par 140 was just good enough to win. He led by three shots after the first round before holding on over the final nine holes. Four players held a share of the lead in the final round, but a clutch birdie on the par 3 15th hole proved crucial for Smith. Loren Personet and Johan Kok finished in a tie for third just two shots off the pace set by Smith. Hunter won the Regular Professional Division with a twoday total of 141. Hunter entered the final round tied with Kok after carding an opening round 70. A birdie on the final hole of the championship improved Hunter to 3-under for the tournament and gave him just the score needed to win the Regular Professional Division to take home the first-place check of $3,500.
Hunter defeated Kok and Personett by a mere one shot. Buzz Fly of Memphis won the Senior Division with an electric two-day total of 3-under-par 141. Fly followed up his opening round 70 with a 1-underpar 71 in the final round to win by one stroke over Steve Golliher. Fly’s victory was dramatic to say the very least. After an opening 68, Golliher held the overnight lead by two strokes over Fly. That lead was cut to one by the time the final group was standing on the 17th tee in the second round. The 17th hole proved to be the turning point in the championship as Golliher carded a double bogey and Fly clawed out a par. The hole resulted in a two-shot swing and ultimately the championship for Fly, who went on to par No. 18 to wrap up his onestroke victory. Mark Houser played his way to the Senior Professional Division crown with a 36-hole total of 1-under-par 143. A 71 on Tuesday was good enough to give Houser a three-stroke victory over Joey Hickman, who followed an opening 75 with a final round 71 to catapult him into second place in the Senior Professional Division. Randy Helton, PGA came in third place with a two-day score of 3-over-par 137.
Siegel, Blackman win Stones River titles Tee Times report MURFREESBORO – Siegel High’s boys golf team tuned up for what it hopes will be another state golf championship recently, winning the Rutherford County High School golf tournament title with a 310 team score at Stones River Country Club. Blackman High won the girls title with a 167. Eight of nine Rutherford County high school teams competed in an event designed to give them a taste of the season-ending state championship tournament. Fiftyeight players competed. Siegel, the defending boys state champion, pulled away to a 10shot victory over Central Magnet (320) as medalist Thomas Lewter shot 74 for a three-shot win. Jordan Reynolds shot 79 and Colton Miller shot 81 to lead Central Magnet. Kelsey Spivey shot 4-over 75 to lead Blackman to the girls team title. Teammate Gayla Reed shot 92
as Blackman eased to a 12-shot victory over Riverdale and Central Magnet. Regan Kinnie shot 83 for Riverdale to finish third. Central Magnet’s Abbey Burgdorf shot 77 to finish second to Spivey in the medalist competition. Kyle Clary of Siegel and Austin Pfeifer
of Oakland posted 77s to tie for second place behind Lewter. Cole Clear shot 78 for Riverdale to finish third. Siegel teammates Jordan Reynolds and Cameron Stone each shot 79 to tie for fourth place. The first year for the tournament provided exciting play and an avenue for the high school golfers to prepare themselves for the upcoming season.
Individual Girls Champion, Kelsey Spivey and golf pro Rob McGill
Four Nashville First Tee members headed to Pebble Beach
Individual Champion Thomas Lewter and golf pro Rob McGill
Tee Times report faith. I live my live for my Lord and Savior, NASHVILLE – Four members of the First Jesus Christ. I strive to live life to the fullTee of Nashville will tee it up in Septem- est every day and give my best effort, no ber alongside professionals from the matter what I may be doing.” Champions Tour in one of golf’s most Burnett plans to play college golf and magnificent settings – Pebble Beach. major in kinesiology. Tanner Herring, Bryson Burnett, LauWelch, 17, is a senior at Donelson Chrisren Welch and Carey Ray will compete in tian Academy. She has been a participant the 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open at of The First Tee of Nashville for nine Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour years, and is now active at the Ace level of event that will be held September 27- the program. Welch has played on DCA’s 29 and televised internationally on Golf varsity golf team since eighth grade. She Channel. is involved in a wide variety of extracurHerring is a 16-year-old Ace participant ricular activities such as National Honor at the First Tee of Nashville. He started in Society, Donelson-Hermitage Youth LeadThe First Tee when he was seven and has ership, and the Student Ambassador probeen playing in Tennessee Golf Associa- gram at DCA. tion (TGA) Junior Tour tournaments for Ray, 16, is a senior at Hillsboro High the past five years. This past May he got School and has been playing golf since the opportunity to play in the National he was four through The First Tee ProChristian Homeschool Golf Tournament gram. When not playing golf or volunteer at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Mo. coaching with The First Tee, he is very His goal is to earn a Division I college golf involved in his school and its extracurscholarship. ricular activities. His favorite TV shows The trip to Pebble Beach is a dream- are Sportscenter, Big Break, and Morning come-true for the 17-year-old Burnett, Drive. whose brother Aaron played in the event. “I don’t spend a lot of time with social At that time, the senior at Goodpasture media, but i do keep up with the latest Christian School set a goal of also com- trends as best as I can,” Ray said. “I have a peting in the same tournament. passion for the sport of golf as a whole. If “I’m extremely passionate about golf I am not playing golf, I’m watching, talkand The First Tee,” Burnett said. “I have ing or learning something new about the been enrolled int eh program since I was sport each day.” 8-years-old and I have watched the program grow throughout the years. It brings me so much joy to help children grow in different aspects of their lives by mentoring to them the knowledge I’ve obtained. “I want to stay involved in The First Tee for many years to come It is also a longstanding dream of mine to become a touring professional and make a living in the game I love. The most Tanner Herring, Bryson Burnett, important thing in my life is my Lauren Welch, Carey Ray
2013 Men’s MUNI Harpeth Hills - Fri, Jul 19 - Sun, Jul 21, 2013 1 2 3 4 5
Robert Loudermilk Brentwood Nick Garretson Franklin Kevin Watford Franklin Derrick Centers Nolensville Josh Nelms Spring Hill
-11 -8 -6 -5 -1
Danny Gibson,(l.) former Metro Parks Superintendent of Golf Operations, Robert Loudermilk, 2013 Champion JHF Tournament, James H. Fyke, former Director of Metro Parks and Recreation.
2013 Women’s MUNI Two Rivers Golf Course - Sat, Aug 3 - Sun, Aug 4, 2013 1 T2 T2 4 5
Courtney Shelton -2 Evin Edens +1 Sam Burrus +1 Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi +3 Gena Ridings +7
Sally Davis,(l.) Superintendent of Golf Operation for Metro Parks, 2013 JHF Tournament Champion, Courtney Shelton, and Jim Fyke, form Director of Metro Parks and Recreation and in whose honor this tournament is named.
The Danny Gibson Trophy is name in honor of the long dedication and service of retired former Metro Parks Director of Golf Operation, Danny Gibson. He is a co-presenter of this Men’s James H. Fyke Trophy
Christian Athletic Golf League By Gregg Dewalt Tee Times editor
Hickory. There also are league-sponsored clinics. Skill level is not important. The league Golf and religion might seem to be an caters to beginners as well as accomodd pairing, but for the past five years plished players. It features a competitive they have been a match made in heaven, division and a recreational division. so to speak, thanks to the Christian AthIn the recreational division, players letic Golf League. are paired in scramble events Created in April 2008, the to promote a team atmoCAGL has been bringing sphere. Players of all skill golfers of all skill levels levels play together with together on the golf the more accomplished course for fellowship golfers providing help and fun. The idea of to those who might Jerry Maynard, pasbe just starting to tor of the Cathedral play. of Praise church, “We like to have the league conthat interaction,” tinues to promote Collins said. “EveryChristian fellowbody gets to know ship, fitness and fun one another, and while encouraging when you are playing golfers to learn, pracin a scramble there is tice and enjoy playing strategy and communiWill Collins & golf. cation involved.” Katresa Fizer Will Collins, a league The primary message, spokesman, said the league though, is faith-based. is open to anyone who wants to have a “It’s an opportunity for us to share our good time and enjoy the fellowship of beliefs, not just as Christians but as individuals,” Collins said. “It’s a chance to be like-minded individuals. “We started out at one church but now a witness for Christ.” Collins said one acquaintance likened we are community based,” Collins said. “Our message is bigger than just one the CAGL to a “First Tee program for church. We wanted to grow it because adults.” “We try to help people who don’t know there are only so many people at church who played golf. To grow it we had to how to play,” Collins said. “It’s not just branch out into the community. Now, strictly for those who go to a church, but we have at least 15 churches involved, for anybody who wants to play. We enprobably more.” courage fitness, having fun and fellowCollins said on average about 40 peo- ship. We want to help people enjoy the ple join the league. Cost is $40, and that game of golf.” money goes toward awards, goodie bags For information about the Christian and league maintenance. Collins said on Athletic Golf League, contact Collins at average there are two events per month, 615-585-5574 or at Willc007@aol.com; usually at Riverside Golf Course in Old or Katresa Fizer at Katresafizer@comcast.net.
CAGL’s first day
Equipment Corner Congrats to Brandt
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Tour Edge driver earns “Top Performer” distinction Tour Edge Golf’s XCG6 driver has earned a “Top Performer” distinction in the 2013 Edwin Watts Golf “ClubSmarts Report.” The report, which serves as the centerpiece of Edwin Watts Golf’s first-of-its-kind Advanced Robot Certified (ARC) Club Matching System, features performance data from scientific robot testing of golf clubs that highlights the playability attributes of new drivers introduced in 2013. In turn, the report serves to objectively “club match and performance fit” golfers with clubs that best perform to their swing characteristics. The results are based on Edwin Watts Golf’s advanced robot testing that uses an 11-point face system which focuses on six key impact areas: full-face, center impact, off the toe, off the heel, low on the face and high on the face. As a result, the ClubSmarts Report, which is offered free at more than 90 Edwin Watts Golf Shops in the U.S. and published in the Edwin Watts Golf catalog, provides an easy-to-read Club Matching Matrix that allows golfers of all playing levels to effectively match their swing with the top performing drivers, such as the XCG6 driver. The XCG6 driver received “top performer” designation in several of the ARC System categories: • Most Distance (full face, center impact, off the toe, off the heel, high on face) • Highest Ball Speed (full face) • Lowest Spin (full face, center impact) • Most Accuracy (full face) Complete test results can be found at:
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Legends Tour, Lopez coming to Nashville
By David Widener Senior Editor
shows off the skills of some of the greatest women golfers of all time.” Tournament director Clyde Russell said Nancy Lopez, a familiar face to Nashvillians, the event will provide plenty of excitement. will be among those competing in the LPGA “This year’s matchup features high-caliber Legends Tour’s ISPS (International Sports players who will make this an exciting Promotion Society) Handa Cup scheduled tournament,” he said. “The challenging Oct. 11-13 at Hermitage Golf Course. nature of this golf course will result in The event features 12 Legends players a competitive tournament and thrilling born in the U.S. against 12 Legends weekend.” international players in a two-day contest The U.S. team has dominated the matches of team and individual matches. The in the past, although the outcome went tournament weekend kicks off on Friday down to the wire a year ago when Nancy with a pro-am and opening ceremonies. Lopez sank the last putt to provide the Six 18-hole team matches begin Saturday victory for the Americans. followed by 18-hole singles matches “I didn’t know that I had won the Cup with Sunday. my putt,” Lopez said. “The other players told “We are honored to be selected as the me as I walked off the green. I was glad they host for this internationally renowned didn’t say anything to me before I putted.” tournament,” said Mike Eller, owner of Lopez has played in the event the past Hermitage Golf Course. “After hosting the two years and was invited other years but Sara Lee Classic for 12 years, I consider it declined because of a bad elbow one year an absolute joy to work with these legends and personal issues another year. of the LPGA in this capacity “I wanted the team to win once again.” and didn’t feel I was going to Jim Seabury, chairman of the contribute,” she said. Tennessee Golf Foundation, Lopez is back this year and agreed. predicts a U.S. team victory. “No matter the location, the The Nashville-Lopez Handa Cup always has been connection goes back more an exciting event and it’s great than 20 years. The World to see the LPGA Tour return Golf Hall of Famer won the to Nashville. With its World 1991 Sara Lee Classic played Golf and LPGA Hall of Fame at Hermitage by two shots ler Mike Elrre an Wa n P. Berm members, the Legends Tour when she was pregnant with photo courtesy:
Carter inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame Tee Times report
Longtime Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association executive director Ronnie Carter recently was inducted into the National Federation of High Schools Hall of Fame. Carter was inducted during ceremonies and the national convention in Denver. He was lauded for his service to high school athletics and for assisting the NFHS, primarily in the area of rules administration. In Tennessee, Carter was known for his innovation. He spent 23 years as the executive director of the TSSAA after teaching and coaching at the secondary level in Nashville. He dedicated his time with the TSSAA to forging better relationships between the organization and its membership. Carter also brought the concept of a “Spring Fling,” where all the spring sports come together for an Olympic Style competition to determine state championships. Also, Division I football and basketball finals were broadcast on television, and helped form the Tennessee High School Sports Network to provide coverage of state
Ronnie Carter (right) with good friend Dave Rankin from Nashville
championship events. Carter, a Nashville native, was a guiding force behind sanctioning bowling as a sport and began a championship program. On the national level, Carter served on the NFHS Football Rules Committee, the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee and the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee. He also served on NFHS board of directors and was president of the organization in the 2001-2002 school year. Carter has earned numerous other accolades. He’s a member of the TSSAA Hall of Fame, the Tennessee School Boards Association Hall of Fame and has been awarded National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received the Fred Russell Lifetime Achievement award from the Nashville Sports Council.
her third child. “Nashville is a good feeling city for me because of all the friendships I’ve made through the years, so I’m looking forward to this event,” she said. “It will be a great tournament to bring back memories to Nashville of the LPGA Tour when we were in full swing and at a younger age. Even though we are older, we Nancy Lopez are still very competitive and can still hit the ball pretty good, and our women are very approachable. We sign a lot of autographs and really make the fans feel welcomed to be at the tournament.” Volunteers are still needed for the ISPS event. “We want it to be just as successful as when the LPGA Tour was in Nashville,” Lopez said. The Hermitage Course is one Lopez loves. “It’s a great golf course and a good one for the fans to follow players,” she said. “It’s a friendly golf course that has a personality. I remember so many of the holes from playing there many years ago. If there’s a golf course you’re playing that’s kind of boring, you don’t remember it. I have a lot of good memories of Hermitage and have
played a lot of good golf there.” Before taking on Hermitage again, Lopez will be playing a Legends event at French Lick, Indiana, in September (see separate story on that tournament). It will be the first 3-day event for the Legends. “We’ll need a lot of ice,” she joked. And, patience in tackling a very tough Pete Dye course. “I know Pete and I pick on him a lot about some of his courses I’ve played,” Lopez said. “I haven’t played the one at French Lick yet, but I’ve looked at it from above and, oh boy, I don’t think I’m going to like it. Pete wants you to leave his courses being miserable.” Captains for the ISPS tournament in Nashville will be JoAnne Carner for the U.S. and Pia Nilsson for the International team.