“The golf course is really shaping up,” Crowe said Friday. “All the rain we got has been good and now we’re starting to dry out. We’re looking forward to it. It should be awesome.”
The 13th annual event is set for June 2-3 at Johnson City Country Club. The tournament was begun to honor the course’s designer, the legendary A.W. Tillinghast.
“It’s hard to believe this is the 13th one,” Crowe said.
The tournament is the first stop of the Tri-Cities Amateur Tour, a group of five tournaments from which the area’s player of the year will be awarded. It’s also a points event for the Tennessee Golf Association’s player and senior golfer of the year award.
As of Wednesday, 97 players had registered for the 36-hole, stroke-play tournament. Included in that number is defending champion Trevor Hulbert. The East Tennessee State golfer beat Lawrence Largent in a sudden-death playoff for last year’s title.
“The entries are still coming in,” Crowe said. “We have another strong field. We have a lot of good seniors coming too.
“We’ve added some new players who haven’t been here before. We’re getting 10 or 12 people from over in North Carolina. We appreciate them coming.”
Even though the official entry deadline is Sunday, Crowe said he’ll probably take entries until as late as Wednesday.
“I’m still trying to get some of our members recruited,” he said.
The entry fee is $145. To enter, call the pro shop at (423) 928-5161.
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Tri-Cities Amateur Tour
June 2-3: Tillinghast Invitational, Johnson City Country Club
June 23-24: Link Hills Invitational, Link Hills Country Club
July 6-8: East Tennessee Amateur, Elizabethton Golf Course
July 14-15: Ridgefields Invitational, Ridgefields Country Club
July 21-22: Lonesome Pine Invitational, Lonesome Pine Country Club
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At Johnson City Country Club
2017: x-Trevor Hulbert, 139
2016: x-Ben Campbell, 135
2015: Ben Campbell, 136
2014: Chip Spratlin, 138
2013: Craig Reasor, 135
2012: Mark Baggarly, 136
2011: Chip Spratlin, 137
2010: Chip Spratlin, 135
2009: Chip Spratlin, 141
2008: x-Joe Meade, 143
2007: Joe Meade, 139
2006: Michael Bradshaw, 139