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Golf notes: The Club at Ridgefields hosting women's tournament

JOE AVENTO • Jul 25, 2018 at 7:16 PM

The Club at Ridgefields will be the site of a women’s tournament Saturday when the newly-named LPGA Amateur Golf Association holds its district semifinals.

Sixty-eight women from four states — Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama and Missouri — will tee it up in the Eastern-Midwest District event.

The players with the top gross and net score from each flight will advance to the district finals in October at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. The top two scramble teams will also advance.

The group changed its name in June from the Executive Women’s Golf Association and is now associated with the LPGA.

BIRDIES FOR BUCKS

It’s called Birdies for Bucks, and if the past is any indication, Monday’s event at Johnson City Country Club will produce a lot of birdies — and even more bucks.

This is the third year for the event, which had been held at Warriors Path the past two years. Last year’s tournament raised $20,000 for the First Tee program.

“You always want to grow on the previous year,” said Cody Weems, regional director for the Tennessee Golf Foundation. “That’s the goal again this year.”

As many as 36 golfers will tee it up Monday morning at Johnson City Country Club. Each player has gotten money pledged for each birdie they make. All the money being raised goes directly to the Tri-Cities First Tee program to be used for scholarships to the program, training, equipment and accessibility to the courses.

“Raising that amount of money for the First Tee program, that’s a big chunk of change that we’re able to put back into the program and the community,” Weems said. “It allows us to keep the program affordable for everybody. It also allows us to go out into the community and provide outreach programs.”

Pledges are made per birdie or just as a general donation. A couple of groups are even playing a scramble format to increase their chances.

To make a pledge or donate, check out the event’s website at www.birdiesforbucks.com. Click on the picture of the person you would like to pledge toward.

SENIOR BRITISH OPEN

Rex Kuramoto’s return to competitive golf lasted one day. The former East Tennessee State All-American golfer tried to qualify for the Senior British Open in hopes of returning to St. Andrews.

Kuramoto shot 76 at Ladybank Golf Club in Scotland on Monday, not nearly good enough to make the field.

“Not enough birdies and too many bogeys,” he said.

Kuramoto knew the deck was stacked against him. As an announcer for Golf Channel Japan, he worked all week at Carnoustie for the British Open and didn’t even have time to hit a practice shot.

Kuramoto played in the 1990 British Open at St. Andrews.

JOHNSON CITY CC

Matthew Love and Taylor Gouge won the top flight at Johnson City Country Club’s member-guest tournament over the weekend. Brian Fuhr and Dustin Davis won the overall shootout to take the big prize.

BLACKTHORN CLUB

The member-guest at Blackthorn Club is being held this weekend.

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