The Graysburg Hills Amateur has a new lease on life, and tournament organizers are hoping it will be little more dry this time around.
The tournament, originally scheduled for Fathers Day weekend, was postponed because of torrential rains both days. It was rescheduled for July 30-31 and new entries are now being accepted.
“It was awful on Saturday,” said Steve Munson, Graysburg Hill’s head professional. “When the rain came, nobody had even played more than six holes. Judging by the radar and the course conditions, we wouldn’t have been able to go back out until 5 or 5:30. We never would have finished.”
So the first round was scrapped and the tournament was first shortened to 18 holes.
“It’s not ideal,” Munson said. “I didn’t really want to do that, but when you schedule these things and you’ve got one weekend, you have to do what you have to do.”
But then when Munson showed up at the course Sunday morning, it was raining again. Before anybody even finished a hole, it was scrapped.
“It was very disappointing,” Munson said.
Graysburg Hills already had its Senior Amateur scheduled for July 30-31, so organizers decided to hold both tournaments the same weekend.
Players will have to declare whether they want to play in the senior tournament, the championship division or other flights, which will be based on first-round scores.
There were more than 90 players originally signed up. Sixty of those are registered for the new date. Munson said they will take up to 144.
Call 234-8061 for entry information.
n Carlson Cox proved something to himself while winning the Carter County Bank East Tennessee Amateur last weekend. He can withstand the pressure, even if some of it is self-induced.
“I loved it,” Cox said. “All the guys watching me. The spectators were real quiet. They were respectful. It was awesome. Just having eyes on you and making putts. I made some putts I didn’t think I was capable of making.”
Cox basically told the field to “bring it on” heading into Sunday’s final round. But he was the one who brought it, shooting a 66 to tie the tournament scoring record of 14 under par.
“I know how the pressure feels now,” he said. “I know how I’m gonna do under pressure.”
Now Cox hopes performing under the gun so well will bode well for his next event, the Southern Amateur at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., scheduled for July 13-16.
“It’s a big tournament, so I know there will be a lot of pressure there as well,” he said.
n Kingsport’s Tony Green qualified for the U.S. Senior Open by tying for medalist honors at a qualifying tournament near Atlanta.
Green shot 70 at St. Ives Country Club in Johns Creek, Ga., to tie with two other amateurs.
They will play in the U.S. Senior Open, which will be played July 28-31 at Inverness in Toledo., Ohio.
Green also teamed with Bill Argabrite of Kingsport to win the TGA Senior Four-Ball championship.
n Scott Shingler captured the Virginia State Amateur at The Virginian in Bristol over the weekend. He beat 18-year-old Ji Soo Park, 3 and 2, in the final.
Shingler is a 39-year-old from Haymarket. Park has signed to play for the University of Virginia.
Joe Avento is a sports writer for the Johnson City Press. Contact him at email@example.com.