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Ridgefields gets three new greens

JOE AVENTO • Apr 25, 2019 at 12:19 AM

The Club at Ridgefields is getting a little greener these days.

The course has gotten three new putting surfaces in recent weeks. The greens on the third, fourth and ninth holes have been re-sodded.

“It’s going very well,” Stan Pace, majority owner of the club, said Wednesday morning. “We had some problems last golf season with some of the greens. Three of them have been completely re-sodded and they’re in good shape. It’s time-consuming, but it went well.”

The new surfaces are expected to be open this week after some time of gradually lowering the height of the grass. The other greens have all come back healthy.

The greens project is part of an overall plan to improve the Donald Ross course’s condition. Pace brought in some investors during the winter and one of the main goals is improving the course.

“The course is further ahead this time of year than it’s been in years,” Pace said. “We’ve got a really good staff working. The golf course is something we’re really putting a tremendous amount of focus getting it back to the elite level that we’d like it to be.”

The new greens — and the entire course — will be on display Saturday when the club plays host to the David Gardner tournament, an event raising funds for the former Ridgefields golf professional who suffered major brain trauma several years ago.

“David was very well liked by the members,” Pace said. “They think very highly of him.”

POWERFUL POWER

Former East Tennessee State golfer Seamus Power found his game in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Power finished tied for sixth at the RBC Heritage at Harbor Town on Sunday. His final round of 67 left him nine under par, just three shots behind winner C.T. Pan, and he won $231,150.

He beat third-round leader and current world No. 1 player Dustin Johnson by 10 strokes on Sunday.

The finish helped Power vault 48 spots in the FedEx Cup standings. He’s now at No. 141, one spot ahead of Jordan Spieth.

Power had missed 11 cuts in his first 15 events this season, his third on the PGA Tour.

WARREN’S CHAMPS

Power was one of 13 golfers to win individual conference championships at ETSU under Fred Warren, who is retiring this June. Warren’s teams won 17 conference championships — 15 in the Southern Conference and two in the A-Sun.

Warren’s SoCon individual champs were:

Bobby Gage (SoCon, 1989)

Rex Kuramoto (SoCon, 1990)

Chris Stutts (SoCon, 1992)

Garrett Willis (SoCon, 1994, 1996)

Chris Wisler (SoCon, 1999)

Pat Beste (SoCon, 2000)

Rhys Davis (SoCon, 2005)

Seamus Power (A-Sun, 2007, 2010)

Gareth Shaw (A-Sun, 2008)

Michael Stewart (A-Sun, 2009)

Adrian Meronk (SoCon, 2016)

Geunte Kim (SoCon, 2017)

Shiso Go (SoCon, 2019)

CROWDER TO SALEM

Longtime area pro Ken Crowder’s tenure at the Golf Club of Bristol didn’t last long. Crowder has taken a new job at Hidden Valley Country Club in Salem, Virginia.

Brian Bentley, Crowder’s assistant at Bristol, is expected to be promoted to the top spot by KOVA Golf Management, the Florida-based company that runs the club.

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