Event: 47thFour-Ball Championship
Host Site: The Country Club Inc., Morristown, Tennessee
Playing Dates: June 12-15, 2017
Garretson/Sherlin and Crockett/Smith Lead the Pack at 47thTennessee Four-Ball
The teams of Nick Garretson/Jacob Sherlin and Dan Crockett/PJ Smith find themselves tied atop the leaderboard after round one of stroke-play at the Four-Ball Championship.
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MORRISTOWN, TENN (July 12th, 2017) As scores began rolling in at the 47thTennessee Four-Ball Championship the leaderboard began to look like a traffic jam. However, two teams from the last four starting times ended up posting the rounds of the day. Nick Garretson and Jacob Sherlin embodied the team mentality of four-ball. “It all started with my partner, he started with a good birdie on No. 1 then chipped in for eagle on No. 3. I threw in a birdie on No. 5 and made a few pars until Jacob made a great birdie on No.9.” Garretson said. The team turned at six-under-par and feel like they could have capitalized even more on the back-nine. “We thought about getting to -
10 but we left a few out there coming in,” Garretson said. Despite a bogey on No. 17 Garretson/Sherlin finished tied for the lead with an eight-under-par 64.
In the group directly behind Garretson/Sherlin, Dan Crockett and PJ Smith stayed true to their plan, which did not include thinking about a number, “In four-ball you want to have both players stay in the hole, we did that well today,” Crocket said. “We are not thinking about a number even right now,” Smith said after the round. “We are just going to do the same thing tomorrow that we did today, try to shoot as low as we can. Hopefully that puts us in match-play,” Smith said. Smith, who is playing on his home course, had the benefit of local knowledge. His partner was happy to be back in Morristown. “I tell you what this is one of the best golf courses that no one knows about. It is a great track,” Crockett said.
The second round of the 47thFour-Ball Championship will begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. The top 16 teams will advance to the match play portion of the championship.
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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.