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Bill Webster Junior champs will be dressed for success

Joe Avento • Mar 28, 2019 at 1:09 AM

A green jacket — not that green jacket — will be on the line this spring at Glenrochie Country Club.

Not to be confused with the garment awarded annually to the Masters champion, this one will be in the style of a high school letterman’s jacket.

Local junior golfers are in for a treat when Glenrochie opens its course for what it hopes to become a major tournament. The Bill Webster Junior Championships, open to high school and middle school boys and girls, will be held May 18-19 at the 61-year-old club in Abingdon.

The big winners will each receive a green letterman’s jacket with a giant G on the crest and the year of the win on the left sleeve.

“We wanted to host a regional event that would help kids in our immediate area and give them a chance to play in a really good event,” Euggie Jones, Glenrochie’s head professional, said. “The club has been really good and our board of directors and tournament committee have been really good in supporting me and letting me run with it.”

The tournament is being held in memory of Bill Webster, the first and longtime pro at Glenrochie. The two surviving original members of the club will hit ceremonial opening tee shots before the first group goes off on the first day.

The high school-age golfers will play 36 holes. The middle school kids will play 18, nine each day.

In addition, a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a boy and girl based on their applications, which can be found on the Glenrochie website, glenrochiecountryclub.com.

The entry fee is $120 for high school-age golfers and $60 for middle schoolers. The entry deadline is May 1, unless the fields fill before then. The fields will be limited to 120 players, 30 boys and 30 girls in each division.

The entry fee includes tournament rounds and unlimited practice rounds — including range usage — the week of May 12-17 after 4:30 p.m. It also includes tee gifts from Titleist and Footjoy, lunch each tournament day and an awards banquet afterward.

A PGA clinic with local pros is also being offered on May 17 from 5-7 p.m.

Call (276) 628-3572 or email office@glenrochiecc.com for more information.

POWER UPDATE

Seamus Power’s third year on the PGA Tour has been a struggle.

Power, a five-time winner at East Tennessee State, has missed the cut 10 times in 13 tournaments this year.

He seemed to have found something at the Players Championship, where he had two rounds in the 60s, made a hole-in-one and finished tied for 35th against a strong field. But he missed the cut last week at the Valspar Classic.

Power has won more than $1.5 million on the PGA Tour since he earned his card in 2017. He’s 184th in the FedEx Cup standings after making the playoffs last year.

Power is ranked 402nd in the world. Interestingly, the two players tied at No. 535 in the world rankings are also ETSU grads: Rhys Enoch and Mateusz Gradecki. Adrian Meronk, another former Buc, is No. 601 this week.

Enoch, Gradecki and Meronk play on various European tours.

AMATEUR TOUR

The Tri-Cities Amateur Tour will consist of five tournaments this summer.

It starts with the Tillinghast Invitational, set for June 1-2 at Johnson City Country Club.

Also on the tour are the Link Hills Invitational (June 22-23), the East Tennessee Amateur (July 5-7 at Elizabethton Golf Course) and the Ridgefields Invitational (July 13-14). The final event is the Lonesome Pine Invitational, July 20-21.

Points are awarded in these tournaments toward the Tri-Cities players of the year in the regular and senior divisions. The amateur teams for the annual Tri-Cities Cup Matches are chosen based on the points list.

CLIFF NOTES

Cliff Kresge returns to action this week on the PGA Tour Champions circuit at the Rapiscan Systems Classic in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Kresge, who has Kingsport ties, has played four events on the 50-and-over tour.

His last event was his best, a tie for 47th. For the first time this year he finished with a sub-par round, a 70, that pushed him up the leaderboard.

Contact Sports Director Joe Avento at javento@johnsoncitypress.com.

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