East Tennessee Amateur sparks holiday weekend

By Wes Holtsclaw

   The ninth annual East Tennessee Amateur Golf Tournament has almost arrived.
   The tournament will be held this weekend, July 4-6, at the Elizabethton Golf Course, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Friday.
   Building to its premier event, the Elizabethton Golf Course is still going strong in the eyes of the community and its members. Sponsored by Carter County Bank, the tournament will feature championship, flight and seniors play with over $12,000 in merchandise.
   The tournament will again feature live automated scores on the Elizabethton Golf Course website (http://www.elizabethtongolf.com). The ETA leaderboard will be updated throughout each round of the tournament, and each of the flight matches.
   The 140-person field will be headed up by 2002 champion and Austin-Peay State University standout Ryan Strickland. Strickland, who hails from Nashville, will return to defend his crown against a host of other competitors, including three former tournament winners, as well as Austin-Peay teammates Joe Humston and Adam Shanks.
   Shanks, a two-time ETA Champion (2000 and 2001), will be making his final amateur appearance in the tournament before turning professional.
   Also returning is three-time champion Bill Argabrite (1996, '98, '99).
   The 6,339-yard course offers challenging putting surfaces along with a good mix of elevated shifts. The course takes a lot of pride and revolves its year around the ETA event.
   The Flight Play Division will be bracketed into seven flights (56 golfers), with two-loss elimination. Two wins in each flight will qualify for the championship round, while one win and one loss will qualify for the consolation and third place.
   The championship round will feature 60 golfers, with a cut of 32 or below after the first two rounds for the final round of stroke play. The senior championship hosts 24 golfers, each playing a full three rounds.
   (Friday's Tee-Time)
   First Flight: (7:50 a.m) Micah Lewis vs. Tony Bowery, Bill Bennon vs. Kyle Kochelek, (8:00) Brian Pardue vs. Carl Cox, Bob Dempsey vs. Matt Barefoot
   Second Flight: (7:30) Blake Howard vs. Steve Carson, Dane Voss vs. Jeff Hardin, (7:40) Andy Cochran vs. Matt Blevins, Eifion Hughes vs. Dean Houslet
   Third Flight: (8:10) Lynn Powell vs. James Saddler, Patton Gamble vs. Michael Alread, (8:20) Tony Gouge vs. Mario Rugovac, Joe Avento vs. Billy Puckett
   Fourth Flight: (8:30) Mike Perry vs. Eric Tipton, J. Angelopoulos vs. Daniel Sochalski, (8:40) Steve Stehney vs. Ben Cox, Greg Goulds vs. David Ridenhour
   Fifth Flight: (8:50) Eddie Cox vs. Jason Taylor, Jon Whitson vs. Jim Vandyke, (9:00) Wayne Buckles vs. Herb Smith, Keith Buck vs. Don Lester
   Sixth Flight: (9:10) Johnny Slagle vs. Mike Johnson, Ron Anderson vs. Jim Moody, (9:20) Dean Scalf vs. Brian Mock, William Carter vs. Larry Calhoun
   Seventh Flight: (9:30) Alan Skeans vs. Paul Johnson, David Abston vs. Bo Conner, (9:40) Greg Outlaw vs. Tim Willis, Sonny Bowling vs. Jeff Lazor
   (10:08) Larry Greer, Gary Issacs, Terry Clark, (10:16) Randy Matney, Sam Hopson, Jerry Stewart, (10:24) Shannon Johnson, Jim Wilson, Ben Essary, (10:32) Ron Bliss, James Norris, John Partain, (10:40) Charlie Johnson, Tom Foster, Glyn Hughes, (10:48) Rick Moore, Lowell White, Rich Harrell, (10:56) Jim Crowder, Glen Cowan, Ron Gillespie, (11:04) Ben Long, Gene Laws, Don Kyte
   (11:28) Teddy Clawson, Pat Sturgill, Travis Padgett, (11:34) Ron Waters, Todd Davis, Lyman Fulton, (11:42) Jimmy Humston, Bryan Rodgers, Michael Lane, (11:50) Robin Downs, Lestor Lyons, Grant Ramsey, (11:58) Chris Halkowitz, Justin Burns, Eric Parr;
   (12:06 p.m.) Ryan Strickland, Tanner Davis, Andy Pennington, (12:14) Adam Shanks, Shasha Catron, Blaine Lawson, (12:22) Chris Guy, Bill Argabrite, Matt Smith, (12:30) Chris Harder, Lawrence Largent, Jerod Baldwin, (12:38) Matt Dugger, Leon Tolley, Chris Wynne, (12:46) Joe Humston, Blake Houser, John Minor,
   (12:54) Chris Barron, Mark Meredith, Zach Phillips, (1:02) Derek Adams, Josh Vandeventer, Thomas Smith, (1:10) Mark Dugger, David Rudder, Chris McWherter, (1:18) Mike Morrell, Eric Sheets, Andrew Paduch, (1:26) Jeff Issacs, Alan Singletary, Richard Lowe,
   (1:34) Cary Daniels, Rick Sinard, Titus Osborne, (1:42) Heath Tarver, Mo Littleford, Clinton Frence, (1:50)Keith Farmer, Jerry Walls, Eddie Bailey, (1:58) Mike Matheson, John Ragan, Bill Tarver