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‘Swing a Club for Scholarships’ golf tournament slated

Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11:41 am

golfGrab your golf clubs and join the Southern Tennessee Ladies’ Society for the inaugural “Swing a Club for Scholarships” Golf Tournament. 

The fundraising event is aimed at funding scholarships for deserving students at seven schools in Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln and Moore counties. 

The tournament features a two-person scramble for both men and women at the beautiful redesigned Course at Sewanee, The University of the South, on June 15. 

Renaissance, the Course at Sewanee, has quite a history.  In 1915, The Rt. Rev. Albion Knight seized an opportunity to capitalize on the growing popularity of golf and carved out a nine-hole course using the football team and forestry department to clear trees and move dirt – the Sewanee Golf Club was born. While some modifications and improvements have been made to Bishop Knight’s original layout, the original hole routing remains.

Gil Hanse has reimagined, redesigned and rebuilt almost every other aspect of the course, including all nine green complexes, challenging new bunkers and a distinct set of alternate tees.

Matt Daniels, course manager, said, “We’re very excited to host ‘Swing a Club for Scholarships’ on June 15 this year. The Southern Tennessee Ladies Society does a wonderful job in all their endeavors, and The University of The South is proud to partner up and showcase our new Gil Hanse designed golf course.

“We are going on about fourteen months in our project of renovating one of the most picturesque 9-holes of golf in the country. Golf course architect Hanse took an already perfect piece of land and gently put his finishing touch without disturbing Mother Nature. Now, when you stick a tee in the ground, pay attention to the nearly 30 added bunkers, some added distance, and plenty of trouble.

“The course will be challenging but will allow most to post a good score, penalizing wayward shots yet ample bail out areas. Several sets of teeing ground for kids, women and all levels of ability can be found. The antique style sand bunkers and collection areas will remind you of something maybe in Scotland.

“In my opinion, the shapes and contours of the greens are perfect for the course and mountain top golf. Risk and reward awaits you on a drivable par 4. More and more courses offer this to the delight or dismay of many.

“We now have a fully functional driving range with an indoor hitting center. Lessons and video will be available when we open June 9. Need to practice putting and short game? The 10,000 square-foot Himalayas putting green awaits you. A chipping and bunker practice green is available, as well.”

Players can experience such holes as Road, Alps, Springhouse, Infinity, Short, The Edge, Shakerag Hollow, Valley of Sin and The Bishop’s Nose. Gil pays homage to the world’s great courses while preserving the course’s distinctive contours and taking full advantage of its jaw-dropping vistas. Hanse has been commissioned to design the 2016 Olympic course  in Rio de Janeiro and chosen to refashion the Blue Monster at the TPC in Doral, Fla.

“The Course at Sewanee is new and improved,” Daniels said, “but still holds the mystique and charm it did when built in 1915. We are excited to be involved and raise money for scholarships in the counties of interest. Better sign up quick. This is the first tourney of the season for us. Pencil in June 15 and bring plenty of golf balls.”

Register your team of two today. STLS has an amazing day of fun planned with contests and prizes. You could be the lucky golfer to get a hole-in-one and win a car from Russell Barnett, plus other wonderful prizes and bid on silent auction items.

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Raybern at (931) 967-4228 or by email at sthrntnlds@aol.com. You can also download the registration form from the STLS website http://www.southerntnladies.com/Events.html.