The Sand Trap: Prepared to amp up golf coverage

9:54 am | April 10, 2012

Over the next few months, the Elizabethton Star sports department hopes to make a hole-in-one with area golf fans.

“The Sand Trap” is debuting today with a mix of happenings in local and worldwide golf.

“The Sand Trap” will keep you up-to-date on area tournaments, amateur golf, happenings at area golf courses and of course the promotion of the East Tennessee Amateur Golf Tournament held at Elizabethton Golf Course.

Also, there will be commentary on the professional happenings, especially during major events. More on the Masters later.

Without further ado, lets get this show on the road talking about what’s going on these days at the Elizabethton Golf Course.



There are lots of events going on at EGC, like club sponsored tournaments beginning on May 19-20 with the spring two person select shot.

The tournament will be flighted.

On June 15, the Glowball 18- hole event will take place with the first nine holes being played in daylight, then after a meal, nine more will be played in the dark with glow balls.

The event is limited to 20 teams.

The first weekend in October, there will be a three-person select shot tournament.

Several organizations meet during the summer, including the women’s golf association Tuesday at 9 a.m. and the men’s association Thursday at 5:15.

Junior Tournaments will be hosted throughout the summer and there is a Tri-Cities Pro-Am event on May 7.

Milligan College is currently using the course for matches, and in the fall EGC is the home course to three area schools, Happy Valley, Elizabethton and Hampton.

There’s also “The First Tee” that Jack Nicklaus promotes to get kids into golf, and it’s held when school lets out.

Of course the premier event of the summer in local golf takes place June 29, 30 and July 1 with the East Tennessee Amateur. The tournament attracts top amateurs from all over the southeast.

With the nice spring-like winter weather and almost summer like March conditions, the golf course is looking very good so now would be a good time to come out and take advantage of this gem here in Elizabethton.

“The weather has been a blessing and the greens are in perfect condition,” EGC club pro Steve Howard said. “The golf course is in great shape.”

For more information on Elizabethton Golf Course, call 542-8051.



Max White hit a hole-in-one on hole 17 at Elizabethton Golf Course Friday, April 6.

He was playing with Bobby Colbaugh and Roger Grindstaff.



It was another great Masters Tournament, and on an afternoon that began with one of the greatest shots in Masters history was upstaged by one to win the tournament.

South African Louis Oosthuizen holed out from 260 yards on his second shot on the par 5 No. 2, to put himself in contention to win the Masters, but later Oostuhizen would lose the tournament in part due to an incredible shot on the second playoff hole by Bubba Watson.

Watson’s shot near the pine trees on No. 10 in the playoff hit the green while Oosthuizen’s didn’t. As a result Watson won The Masters.

The shot by Oosthuizen was the more spectacular one, as double eagles are rare anywhere, and it was only the fourth ever at Augusta National.

Oosthuizen carried that shot all day into the clubhouse and into a playoff.

On the back nine, Watson made a move with birdies at 13, 14, 15 and 16 to force a playoff.

It set up a showdown between Oosthuizen, who was trying to win his second major, and Watson, who was looking for the biggest title of his career.

After both pared 18 to begin the playoff, many people probably thought the tournament was over when Watson went into the pine trees.

Watson did have a somewhat playable lie, and nailed the shot on to the green.

Oosthuizen was just short, and then ended up making bogey. Watson pared and won the Masters.

I personally thought Oosthuizen’s was the more remarkable and amazing shot, but it was Watson’s that will be shown in future Masters’ promos.

I told someone earlier in the week that I thought it would be a duel between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, but there was nothing wrong at all with this Masters.

Watson deserves this title because not only is he a good golfer, he and his family just adopted a baby boy and its obvious he is a great family man.

Watson is a class act in every way, and I was just as impressed with Oosthuizen and the class he showed in defeat.

Though the usual suspects didn’t really threaten other than Phil Mickleson, this Masters will always be remembered for great shots and great story lines.

From Fred Couples being tied for the lead after the first two rounds despite being 20 years removed from his last Masters victory to the thrilling last two hours on Sunday, this Masters will go down as another great one in the greatest of golf tournaments.



The Elizabethton Star welcomes any info on local golf events, including charity and organizational events. Please send your information to Elizabethton Star golf reporter Matt Hill at Once an event is sent in, we will try to get in for the next golf column. Golf info on organizational tournaments will also be included in the sports calendar.

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