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Golf notes: World Long Drive Tour coming to Kingsport in August

Joe Avento • Jun 13, 2018 at 6:40 PM

Golf’s biggest hitters will tee it up in Kingsport this summer when the World Long Drive Tour pays a visit.

A local event was announced last June during the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic. No date or location was given at the time, but the event is now listed on the tour’s schedule. It’s set for Aug. 12-13 at Cattails at MeadowView.

Chloe Garner, a former assistant coach for the East Tennessee State women’s team, won an event on the tour last year and has hit a drive of 370 yards. The men routinely surpass 400 yards.

The Cattails event will be for men and women and will be held a couple of weeks before the tour’s World Championship.


William Nottingham’s second college season didn’t go as he had hoped, but his summer is off to a rousing start.

The Dobyns-Bennett graduate tied for fourth place in the recent 52nd Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta. His third-round 65, which left him 15 under par after 54 holes, included the third hole-in-one of his career.

Nottingham, who set the Clemson record with a round of 62 last year, battled an injury as a sophomore and broke par just once for the Tigers. This came after a freshman year in which he finished in the top 10 of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and the NCAA regional. He also won the North-South Amateur last year at Pinehurst.


Former ETSU golfer Seamus Power won’t be teeing it up in the U.S. Open this week, and he has another former Buc, in part, to thank.

In sectional qualifying at Memphis, a final-hole bogey dropped Power into one of those huge playoffs the U.S. Open qualifier can bring. There were 11 players competing for the final three spots.

Eric Axley, who played at ETSU several years before Power, holed out from 159 yards for eagle to win the playoff. Two other players made birdie and Power wasn’t one of them.

That left the Irishman in another playoff the next day to try to earn an alternate spot. He finished second, but ultimately did not get into the field at Shinnecock Hills.

Axley tees off at 7:07 a.m. on Thursday. He is 16th on Web.com Tour’s money list with $130,738. The top 25 earn PGA Tour cards for next season.

Power, meanwhile, is in his second year on the PGA Tour and he finished 12th at the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic in Memphis. He was the first-round leader after a 65. It was his fourth top-12 finish and he earned $125,400. That pushed his season’s earnings to $584,865 and left him 120th on the FedEx Cup point list.


Lonesome Pine Country Club in Big Stone Gap held its Member-Guest tournament last weeken, and Oscar Neece and Michael Neece came away victorious.

The Neeces posted a one-stroke victory over runners-up Andrew Botts and David Clark.

Two more Member-Guests are set for this weekend, at Ridgefields Country Club and Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon.