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Country Club of Bristol adds to local tournament schedule

June 4th, 2014 6:44 pm by Joe Avento

Country Club of Bristol adds to local tournament schedule

The Tri-Cities Amateur Tour has a new event on its schedule. The Country Club of Bristol is having its own invitational golf tournament this year.

Details are still being worked out, but the tournament is scheduled for Aug. 2-3.

"We're gonna try to do it right," Country Club of Bristol professional Allen Fennell said Wednesday. "We just haven't had one here in a while and we want the members and the people in this area to have their own invitational."

The tournament will be the final event on the Tri-Cities Amateur Tour, which consists of seven events held at clubs in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

The Tillinghast Invitational, played last weekend at Johnson City Country Club, was the tour's first event. Up next is the Graysburg Hills Amateur, to be held June 14-15, its usual spot of Father's Day and U.S. Open weekend.

The Bristol club, celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, had a successful invitational tournament up until the mid 1980s. It was resurrected a few years ago, but didn't last.

"We want to get people out here and see our course," Fennell said. "Just get an opportunity to play. We've been private for so long and just recently went to semi-private."

CCB was the site of the Tri-Cities Amateur last year, an event organized by the tour itself. It drew a very small field.

The club, like many private clubs around the country, has gone through financial hardships in recent years. The course was opened to the public last year. It had been the oldest private club in Tennessee and is considered the birthplace of the Tennessee PGA.

The club is managed by KemperSports out of Chicago.

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East Tennessee State recently received a commitment from another local player.

A few months after Sullivan South's Cayman Ratliff signed to play for the Bucs, Matthew Brittain of Abingdon, Va., committed to play for Fred Warren's team, fresh off another NCAA regional appearance.

Brittain, winner of numerous national junior tournaments, will be a high school senior in the fall and is ranked No. 2 among Virginia prep golfers in his graduating class.

He will begin at ETSU in 2015.

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Consistency is always the goal of any golfer, especially on the professional level.

Former ETSU golfer Seamus Power is about as consistent as you can get this year on the eGolf Tour.

Through six events, Power has four top-three finishes. His worst finish is sixth and he picked up his third eGolf Tour victory earlier this year.

It's no surprise that the two-time Atlantic Sun Conference champion leads the tour in earnings with more than $38,000.

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Chip Spratlin's dramatic victory at the Tillinghast, put him in front in the points race for the Tri-Cities player of the year. Spratlin has 30 points while Bryan Sangid has 32.5. Points are tabulated throughout the summer based on players' finishes in local tournaments as well as state and national events.

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Registration forms for the Link Hills Invitational have been sent out. The tourmanent is scheduled for June 28-29 at the club in Greeneville. 

The entry fee is $125. Players will be flighted based on first-round scores. Anybody can declare for the championship flight and players with handicap indexes of 4.0 or lower have to play in the championship.

A seniors division will be held as well.

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