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Irish Open has ETSU flavor

June 29th, 2013 7:38 pm by Joe Avento

Irish Open has ETSU flavor

The European Tour’s Irish Open looked like an East Tennessee State reunion this week. Five former or current Bucs were in the field.
Two, Gareth Shaw and Seamus Power, made the cut and will be playing the final round today.
Shaw was tied for 21st heading into today’s action. A third-round 70 left him at five under par. Power was tied for 48th after a 71 put him to one under.
Shaw was the 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference golfer of the year. Power won the same honor in 2009.
McNamara shot 68 and 78 to miss the cut by two strokes. He finished tied with Rory McIlroy.
One shot worse was Rhys Pugh (73-74). Rhys Davies shot 73-75. Davies, who has one European Tour win to his credit, seemed to be regaining his form as of late.
Pugh, who will be a junior at ETSU this year, will play in next month’s British Open at Muirfield. He qualified by winning the European Amateur last year.
The Carter County Bank East Tennessee Amateur is coming up next weekend, and entries are still being accepted. It is the 19th annual tournament at Elizabethton Golf Course. Ben Treadway is the defending champion.
Call 542-8051 to enter.
Mike Freels of Chuckey will play for his first state senior championship today when he takes on Buzz Fly of Memphis in the final of the TGA’s Senior Match Play Championship.
Freels, a former Tri-Cities Amateur senior player of the year, advanced by beating Doug Harris 5 and 4 in the quarterfinals and Ron Waters 2 and 1 in the semifinals.
Fly, a former PGA Tour player, beat Danny Green 3 and 2 and Mike Poe 1-up to make the final.
The tournament is being held at the Nashville Golf and Athletic Club.
Entries are being accepted for the Tri-Cities Amateur Championship, to be held July 13-14 at the Country Club of Bristol. Competition will be held in regular and senior divisions.
It’s a major event in the Tri-Cities Amateur Tour’s player of the year award as points are almost tripled compared to a regular event.
The points list will also be used to determine the amateur team for the Tri-Cities Cup Matches, scheduled for Oct. 4 at Blackthorn Club.
Sarah Harris of Nashville won the Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. She beat stroke-play medalist Courtney Chandler 3 and 2 in the final.
Harris is about to begin her sophomore year at Kentucky.
With temperatures beginning to climb in the Tri-Cities, the folks at Beech Mountain are still promoting cool golf in the North Carolina mountains.
In fact, they’re guaranteeing it.
As part of Beech Mountain Club’s “Summer of 79” promotion, golfers who stay and play at the resort will have their green fees refunded if the temperature exceeds 79 degrees.
Beech Mountain’s weather service station was installed in 1992 by local businessman Fred Pfohl of Fred’s General Mercantile. Since then, the official high has exceeded 79 degrees on 11 days, the highest being 83 last June 30. That day created refunds for golfers.
For more information, call (800) 468-5506 or visit

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