KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (June 7, 2013) -- Day one of the 43rd Annual Tennessee Four-Ball Championship is in the books.
The skies cleared over Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, TN to allow some tremendous golf on the classic Donald Ross designed course. The field is populated with teams of all ages but collegiate duos dominate the entries. Bryce Kendrick and Lee Whitehead have set the pace for the field with an impressive performance of 10-under par golf.
The Tennessee Tech duo began on the par-4 tenth hole of Holston Hills playing conservatively until finding three straight birdies at fifteen, sixteen, and seventeen to get the round going. All together the duo completed their first nine holes at 4-under par 32. A slight stumble at the par-4 first hole just motivated the duo to get moving quickly as they rang off seven straight birdies to close the day with a staggering 32-30-62 to lead the field by a single stroke. After Friday’s second round, the field will be cut to the low 16 teams to begin the match play portion of the 43rd Annual Tennessee Four-Ball Championship.
The Tennessee Four-Ball Championship began in 1971, under the direction of long-time TGA director Orvis Milner, with stroke play qualifying at Knoxville's Cherokee Country Club followed by match play at Fox Den Country Club. The following year fellow TGA director Joe Chalmers became involved in the tournament’s direction and Fox Den Country Club became the tournament’s home for 14 of the next 15 years. The event then expanded to other sites across the state. Holston Hills Country Club was among the clubs added to the list of hosts. This year will serve as the fifth time the Donald Ross-designed layout has hosted this championship, the last coming in 2005.
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