Tri-Cities Amateur championships rapidly approaching

Pat Kenney • Aug 4, 2011 at 4:07 AM

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. — The Food City Tri-Cities Amateur Tour has just a couple more rounds to play before the conclusion of another successful season. The Woodlake Invitational in Tazewell on Aug. 13-14 marks the final event of the regular season. Following Woodlake, the Food City Tri-Cities Amateur and Senior Amateur championships will be held at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges on Aug. 27-28. The outcome of these final two events will determine the players of the year in both the regular and senior divisions. Last year, based on the final points standings, Carlson Cox was the inaugural player of the year in the regular division with Mike Freels capturing senior player of the year honors. Lucas Armstrong won last year’s inaugural Tri-Cities Amateur championship title with Freels doubling up and capturing the senior tournament as well. With point values tripled for the Tri-Cities Am championships, significant movement could take place at the top of the points standings. Currently, Cox and Freels are again dominating their respective divisions. Cox sits atop the regular division with 200.5 points. Justin Harvey is second at 130.5, with Chris Wynne third at 110. The remainder of the top ten in points include Nick York (98.5), David Talley (94.5), Armstrong (81.5), Brandon Worley 81, Josh Cornett (68.83), Craig Reasor (67) and Nick Cohen (62). Freels has 153.5 points to lead the senior points standings, trailed by Lyman Fulton at 100.5. Spenser Smith is third with 85 and is followed by Tony Green (67.5, J.R. Smith (67), Tim Dinwiddie (66.5), Bill Argabrite (65), Bob Ross (62.5), Pat Kenney (47.5) and Tracy Stallard (40). The winners of the Tri-Cities Amateur tournament titles earn automatic exemptions onto the Food City Amateur Cup team that will compete against the Tri-Cities PGA Chapter team in a Ryder Cup type match on Oct. 14 at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville. The top six regular division players plus a captain’s pick and top three senior players based on the final points standings will round out the team. Last year’s Cup match saw the amateurs triumph at Bristol Country Club. Entry fee into the Tri-Cities Amateur is $150 and the entry deadline is Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. The field is limited to 48. For more information and to download an entry form, visit TriCities-Golf.org.

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