Lee Stroupe scored a hole-in-one on Feb. 28 at Eagle Bluff. He aced No. 12 from 180 yards with a 4-hybrid and had John Rose as a witness.
Brandon Merritt had a hole-in-one Sunday at the Champions Club at Hampton Creek. He aced No. 9 from 136 yards with an 8-iron with Lee Lacy as a witness.
Publinks for Nob North
Nob North Golf Club at Cohutta will be the site of the 2014 Georgia State Golf Association Amateur Public Links championship Sept. 13-14.
The field will consist of 144 Georgia residents who do not belong to a private club in the state.
"We've been working on them for a while, and they came up here, looked at the course and they liked it," Nob North head professional Eric Hester said. "We've spent three years working on this, and we're very excited to host a GSGA championship.
"It's probably their third biggest tournament behind the state amateur and the state mid-am."
Earth Day at Trace
The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, a golf course leading the way in ecological conservation, will hold a ceremony Tuesday to celebrate its success. Officials from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the USGA, the University of Tennessee and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America will attend.
BTHB has received various awards for its leadership in environmental sustainability as well as its bald eagle cam and its fleet of electric-powered mowers.
Scobey's AAJGT win
Reese Scobey of Chattanooga won with a 144 and Ben Rebne of Ringgold was third at 147 in the All-American Junior Golf Tour tournament this past weekend at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay. Harrison's Danny Gleeson tied for fourth at 148 and Chattanooga's Thomas Hayes was ninth at 153 from the blue tees.
The girls' winner from the red tees, Jordyn Sims of Duluth, Ga., has local connections. Her father, Sam, was a McCallie School athlete, and her grandmother, Jeraldine Sims, lives a short distance from Harrison Bay. Jordyn won in a two-hole playoff with Knoxville's Megan Gaylor after each shot 156, and Decatur's Kaitlyn Sneed was third at 157.
CTPC season open
The Chattanooga TPC season series will begin on May 3 with the Cleveland Country Club Invitational. Applications for the two-day tournament are available at www.IfYouLikeGolf.com.
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...