Tennessee Senior Amateur: Harris leads at five under

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Aug.17, 2011) -- As the temperatures rose, so did the collective play of the field at the 41st Annual Tennessee Senior Amateur Championship, held at Council Fire GC. The number of rounds under par doubled from the first day as the one leader distanced himself from the field and another was joined by a new face.

Doug Harris (Franklin) shot a second round 2 under par 70 to finish with a two day total of 5 under par 139 to lead the Championship division. Harris was very consistent on Wednesday as he carded 2 birdies and 16 pars. Making the largest jump up the leader board was Ron Waters (Alcoa), who shot a 5 under par 67 to finish at 2 under par 142. Waters’ round featured five birdies and no bogeys. Joining Waters at 2 under par 142 was Steve Golliher (Knoxville) and Buzz Fly (Memphis). The lone other player under par was Scotty Felker (Smyrna), who finished at 1 under par 143 after a round of 70. All five players are in search of their first individual state title.

Bill Love (Knoxville) carded a second consecutive 2 over par 74 to finish the first two rounds with a 4 over par 148 total, which was enough to hold onto his overnight lead in the Super Senior division. Joining Love at 4 over par 148 was Jim Nancarrow (Loudon), firing the low round of the tournament in the division at even par 72. Three shots back of the leaders was a pack of three at 7 over par 151; Rock Saraceni (Knoxville), Bill Crawford (Nashville), and Jeremy Dick (Farragut). Play will conclude in both divisions on Thursday with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m

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The inaugural State Senior Amateur Championship was played in 1965 at the original Colonial Country Club in Memphis. Curtis Person, a Colonial member, shot 211 to easily outdistance Earl Pate by seven strokes. When Chattanooga’s Lew Oehmig won five straight championships from 1969 to 1973, the tournament was discontinued. It was revived in 1980 and Oehmig won two more for a record seven. It was 1993 before Tennessee came into compliance with USGA rules by limiting senior play by amateur men to 55 and older. In 2008 the Super Senior division was added for players 65 and over.

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