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JCCC pro wants Tillinghast scores even lower

Joe Avento • Apr 16, 2019 at 9:15 PM

JOHNSON CITY — The temperatures outside are finally rising, but Johnson City Country Club professional Jeremy Beachner wants the scores to go down when the club hosts the 14th annual Tillinghast Invitational.

The 36-hole golf tournament is scheduled for June 1-2 and Beachner is in his first year running the event.

“We’re looking to see if we can get lower scores this year,” Beachner said Tuesday during a news conference. “We’re going to see if we can change the golf course a little bit and get some lower scores.”

Ken Miller set the tournament record last year, shooting two rounds of 66 for a 12-under total. That was three shots lower than ever before in the tournament, yet Beachner has plans to set up the course to be even friendlier.

“We’re not going to hide the pins and we have a few new tee boxes the golf committee and I have been working on to maybe lengthen a few, shorten a few, maybe do some different pins that we haven’t used before,” Beachner said. “We want to make it interesting this year.”

The tournament, which is named after noted golf course architect A.W Tillinghast, is open to all amateurs and has competition for scratch players and handicap players as well as several senior divisions.

The entry fee is $155 for the tournament that is part of the Tri-Cities Amateur Tour as well as a points event for the Tennessee Golf Association player of the year award.

As usual, the club will open its facilities to the families of the golfers, making them more or less members for a weekend.

“The club’s open to everybody,” Beachner said. “You can come to the pool, have dinner with us that night. We open the doors that weekend for everybody and anybody who wants to play in our invitational.

“It allows everyone to come in and feel at home for two days. We want everyone to have a good time. Hopefully play your best golf but, more than anything, just feel invited for two days.”

For more information or to enter, call the JCCC pro shop at (423) 928-5161.