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Enoch thrilled to be in U.S. Open at Pebble Beach

Joe Avento • Jun 5, 2019 at 9:33 PM

Rhys Enoch seems to have figured out a way to refine his golf game just in time to qualify for a major. He’s done it for the second year in a row and the third time in his career.

Enoch, a former All-American performer at East Tennessee State, will be playing in the U.S. Open in a couple of weeks at Pebble Beach. It will be his third professional major, the others being British Opens at Carnoustie and Hoylake.

“I am very excited to play a U.S. Open, especially at such an iconic venue,” Enoch said. “I have heard so much of the challenge of a U.S. Open and can’t wait to experience it.”

Enoch earned his spot through a sectional qualifier at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England. His rounds of 66 and 70 put him in the field. He beat several well known players trying to make it into the U.S. Open, including Lee Westwood and Edoardo Molinari.

In his previous majors, the Welshman missed the cut at Hoylake in 2014 and finished tied for 67th at Carnoustie last summer, winning $24,250.

“The two Open Championships I have played will stand me in good stead for sure, but I’m under no illusion,” Enoch said. “This will be a very different experience and with a U.S. crowd for the first time.”

The 30-year-old Enoch is 50th on the European Challenge Tour’s order of merit through three tournaments. In two events on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa, he is third on the money list with fifth- and second-place finishes.

When he was at ETSU, Enoch was always known as a big hitter, even among the biggest-hitters of the college game. His short game is beginning to catch up with his distance, which seems to have given him some newfound confidence.

“I have been working hard on refining my game in all areas,” said Enoch who has three victories since turning professional in 2012. “I am getting more and more consistent through the impact area which is allowing me to play better consistently – especially under pressure when you need it most.”

The U.S. Open starts Thursday, June 13 and runs through June 16. It is being televised by Fox.


The Mayors’ Cup tournament will be held Friday, June 21 at Johnson City Country Club.

Several local city and county mayors will tee it up to raise money for Northeast State Community College’s student programs.

The tournament is open to the general public and the entry fee is $650 for a four-person team or $125 for an individual. A hole sponsorship is $1,000 and includes a sign on one hole and mention at lunch.

Check-in begins at 8 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The tournament is sponsored by the Northeast State Foundation. To register a team or for more information, contact [email protected] or call (423) 279-7630.


Golf Amplified, an indoor golf facility near Cattails at MeadowView in Kingsport, is running a Saturday putting special.

Using “PuttView” technology, pro Chris Woods will spend an hour teaching golfers how to make more putts.

The cost is $10 and each session, which run each Saturday from 9-10 a.m., is limited to six golfers.

Call Golf Amplified at (423) 765-9140 to register.


Elizabethton Golf Course will be the site of a glow ball tournament Friday night. The event begins with a 6 p.m. shotgun start. Three-person teams will play a regular scramble over the first nine holes and then after dark, the glow balls and glow sticks will be used for the final nine.

Cost is $50 for Elizabethton members and $75 for guests. Call (423) 542-8051 for more information.