KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Junior Amateur Championships got underway at Three Ridges Golf Course on Tuesday, and though rain and strong winds made an occasional appearance throughout the day, there were no delays to the opening round.
This is the second consecutive year that the 54-hole state championships for both the boys and the girls are being held concurrently. Play continues on Wednesday before the final round takes place on Thursday.
Only one player in the girls’ field was able to break par Tuesday – Gallatin’s Lynn Lim, who fired a 1-under, 71 to hold a one-stroke lead over Sophie Linder of Carthage.
Lim is in the Class of 2021 at Station Camp High School and has already committed to Vanderbilt University. She started her round two-under thru No. 7 and then got it to that score again after a birdie on 13. She had a bogey coming in on 16 that dropped her back a stroke.
Linder had an early birdie on No. 2 that left her one-under through eight, and that’s where her round got eventful. Over the final 10 holes she posted four bogeys and three birdies to finish at even-par, 72.
Kendall Maynard (Clarksville) currently sits alone in third at two-over, 74. Three players are in a tie for fourth at three-over: Kynadie Adams (Gallatin), Ainsley Simms (Maryville) and Claire Henson (Jackson).
Rounding out the top ten are: McKinley Cunningham (Clarksville) +4; Anna Heck (Memphis) +5; Isabella van der Biest (Kingsport) +6; Lexanne Halama (Knoxville) +6; Madeline Simcox (Bristol) +6.
There were more red figures to be found on the boys’ side as 11 players shot under par.
Jack Morris of Franklin – a Lipscomb University signee – and Garrett Chumley of Auburntown and a rising senior at Murfreesboro Oakland High School showed the way with rounds of three-over, 69.
Chumey double-bogeyed his first hole of the day but played the remainder of his round five-under par. Morris eagled No. 2 to get to red numbers early and posted four birdies and three bogeys the rest of the way.
Five players are one stroke back at two-over, including Jack Tickle (Bristol), Patton Samuels (Clarksville), Jaden Morrell (Knoxville), Jacob Garland (Nashville) and Cameron Tankersley (Dickson).
In the group at one-under, two strokes off the lead are Jackson Skeen (Jonesborough), Evan Woosley-Reed (Shelbyville), Tyler Williamson (Springfield) and William Rieck (Franklin).
Lance Simpson of Knoxville and Nicklaus Etherton of Friendsville are at even par.
The 2020 Tennessee Junior Amateur Championships will be contested over 54 holes (Tuesday, June 23 through Thursday, June 25). The Tennessee Boys’ Junior Amateur was first held in 1945 and has been contested annually every year since 1964. The girls’ championship began that same year.
The Tennessee Junior Amateur Championships are open to junior amateurs who: 1) have a parent/legal guardian who is a resident of the state or 2) possess an active USGA Handicap Index from a TGA member club. Amateurs must meet the USGA definition of an amateur golfer and must not have reached their 19th birthday before June 25, 2020.
Three Ridges Golf Course is one of the premier public golf facilities in Knox County. Set in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains, the course challenges golfers of all skill levels. You are sure to enjoy a great day of golf amid spectacular scenery.
Named one of Golf Digest's “Best Places To Play,” Three Ridges was designed by Ault, Clark and Associates. It features smooth bent grass greens, Bermuda tees and fairways, and 63 strategically placed bunkers. Three Ridges hosts numerous charitable and corporate events, including the Knox County Amateur Championship. In addition, it was the host course for the 2014 and 2015 National Golf Association (NGA) Tournament.
ABOUT THE TENNESSEE GOLF ASSOCIATION (TGA)
The Tennessee Golf Association is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1914 to promote the best interests and spirits of the game of golf throughout the state of Tennessee. Among the responsibilities of the TGA are as follows: To promote a voluntary association of golf clubs and golf associations, as defined herein, and individuals, without regard to gender, race, religion, or ethnic background, solely for the betterment of golf and to encourage cooperation and discourse among members of the TGA; To conduct golf competitions, primarily for amateurs, among golf clubs generally within the State of Tennessee; To advance uniform rules and standards consistent with those published by the USGA, especially those related to the Rules of Golf, a Uniform System of Handicapping, Amateur Status, and research associated with the USGA Green Section; To establish and maintain uniform handicap and course rating systems consistent with USGA recommended procedures; To promote junior golf programs, golf education and instruction, and other charitable activities, particularly in association with the Tennessee Golf Foundation, and such other programs determined appropriate by the Board of Directors. The Tennessee Golf Association is located at Golf House Tennessee (400 Franklin Rd., Franklin, TN 37069), along with the Tennessee Golf Foundation and the Tennessee Section PGA.