Another busy summer for golf in Tennessee and the Chattanooga region. I am pleased to report that most events in our region had an increase in participation or remained flat. We also experienced some extreme weather conditions during this short time. Below is a summary of my experiences from the past two months.
The TGA Junior Tour kept me on my toes as our region had one of it’s biggest years in recent memory. Of the 14 one-day stops in our area, eight events had full fields with waiting list. Our two day TaylorMade-Adidas Championship (TMAC) held at the Bear Trace at Harrison Bay took place during record setting temperatures soaring well above 100 degrees for both rounds. I commend all the juniors who took part in this event despite the miserable temperatures. You are all champions! The TGA Junior Tour season ended in our region at Springbrook G&CC for the Tour Regional Championship. Two days of fine play and camaraderie from our tour division players. Thank you Springbrook, Harrison Bay, and all of our host sites for supporting junior golf and helping to grow the game in the Chattanooga area. Click here to view final season results for the TGA Junior Tour.
The Men’s Metro Championship held at WindStone Golf Club was a great success and I was happy to be a part of it. Mike Jenkins and Richard Keene did a very nice job with this event. Hats off to WindStone GC as well. They faced a big challenge the morning of the first round removing debris from the golf course and allowing play to begin on time. It takes a number of hands to make these big golf events a success! Visit www.ifyoulikegolf.com for Men’s Metro results and more local amateur golf coverage.
Also recurring throughout the summer, and still going on through October, is the Chattanooga Chapter PGA’s Pro-Am Series. This year has been the most successful year to date for the series. Each event this season has had an increase in players, a few have doubled participation from previous years.The season is just past the half way mark and cranked back up today at Black Creek Club. To view schedule and results for the TaylorMade Pro-Am Series click here.
Our region also hosted two state championships in July, the Junior Amateur Championship and the Four Ball & Senior Four Ball Championships. Black Creek hosted the Junior Amateur and experienced a very wet week of weather. In July 6.87″ of rain were recorded and it sure seemed as though the majority of that came during this week. Fortunately the event only had a few interruptions and all rounds were completed. Click here for final results. Later in July Cleveland Country Club hosted the Four Ball & Senior Four Ball Championships. The Four Ball Championship was won by two golfers familiar to our region, Matt Robertson and Matt Hadden. For complete results from the two championships click here.
July ended with the Chattanooga City Women’s Amateur Championship held at Chattanooga Golf & Country Club. In conjunction with the championship was the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Chattanooga Women’s Golf Association (CWGA). In a turn of events I found myself propelled from the sidelines to a participant. I had a rocky start and posted a disappointing qualifying score. Have you ever witnessed a can of biscuits bursting because they’ve sat in a hot car too long? If so then you know how well my game went on that first day. As the week progressed I settled down and played some fun matches with some wonderful ladies. The week ended with a celebration dinner honoring the 75th Anniversary of the CWGA. The room was filled with women who have a genuine love for the game, from young to not so young. Women who have propelled golf forward in this region for 75 years now. I am honored to say that not only have a worked alongside a number of these women, as well as administered tournaments that many have participated in, I have now played alongside them. The spirit, friendships, and traditions that we all share will carry on for many more years to come. Congratulations CWGA on 75 years! Job well done to the tournament committee and Chattanooga G&CC staff.