Event: 54th Tennessee Junior Amateur Championship
Host Site: Cleveland Country Club, Cleveland, Tennessee
Playing Dates: June 27-29, 2017
54th Junior Amateur Championship Preview
An inside look at some of the most accomplished players that make up this year’s field.
CLEVELAND, TENN (June 11th, 2017) There were 150 Tennessee boys registered to compete in the Tennessee Junior Amateur Championship. After five regional qualifying rounds the field is set at 72. Learn about some of the leading contenders looking to becoming the 54th Junior Amateur Champion.
Bryce Lewis enters the Junior Amateur looking to add yet another win to an already impressive summer. The Class of 2018 product won the Tennessee Junior PGA Championship. Last week Lewis shot (-14) to break the Under Armour® / Scott Stallings Championship scoring record en route to the victory. Lewis is the highest ranked player according the Junior Golf Scoreboard in the field checking in at 45. Lewis has verbally committed to Middle Tennessee State University.
Michael Barnard and Jake Hall are two more class of 2018 verbal commitments that will be joining Lewis at Middle Tennessee State University. Hall is ranked 88th by Junior Golf Scoreboard. Barnard picked up a win at the Sneds tour event at Fairvue Plantation earlier this season.
Spencer Cross enters his fourth and final Junior Amateur looking to claim his first title. Cross, who is headed the play for the University of Tennessee finished in a tie for 7th last year. The Sevierville native captured the 2015 TSSAA State Golf Championship while posting the third lowest score in state history.
Kyle Cottam is another state champion in the field. The recent high school graduate captured the 2016 Class A/AA state title. Cottam will join reigning back-to-back Junior Amateur Champion William Nottingham at Clemson University this fall. Nottingham will not be able to defend his championship this year, he has already found success as a freshman at Clemson.
Michael Shears Jr. has done something very few golfers have so far this summer. The Vanderbilt commit beat Bryce Lewis. Shears posted an eight-under-par 62 to edge Lewis, who shot 63, during the Tennessean/Metro Parks Schooldays Golf Tournament stroke play portion. The two met in the match play finals. Shears earned a 1up victory to claim the title.
Trenton Johnson is beginning to build an impressive junior golf resume. The Class of 2019 product already has a TSSAA Class AAA state golf title to his name. Last week Johnson returned to top form and earned a spot in the US Junior Amateur at the Old Fort qualifier.
Coleman Jones currently leads the Sneds Tour Tournament of Champions Rankings. Jones, who is another member of the class of 2018, won the Sneds event at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay.
In 1914, the Tennessee Golf Association (TGA) was organized at Memphis Country Club as an association of five private clubs. The objective of the Association, as stated in its Constitution, "shall be to promote the game of golf in Tennessee." From these small origins the TGA has become an association which now includes over 200 member clubs, courses, and organizations, comprised of over 32,000 individuals from across the state.