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26th Annual William B. Greene Jr. East Tennessee Amateur Annual tournament underway at Elizabethton Golf Course

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com
Play in the 26th Annual William B. Greene Jr. East Tennessee Amateur got off to a rousing start on Friday morning and wraps up on Sunday with the crowning of a champion in a tournament that continues to draw a huge gathering of golfers to this part of Northeast Tennessee.
Tyler Lane is back on the course this year seeking his third consecutive title in the event but there are plenty of challengers in the field that would love to unseat Lane and get their name on the tourney trophy.
Players like Nick York, Blake Howard, Cayman Ratliff, and Bryan Sangid are just a few of the talented golfers who are in the hunt for the title.
Some things have been changed this year and according to tournament director Mike Matheson, the end result should be special for those players.
“We are changing the Senior Division a little bit,” Matheson stated during an earlier media day event. “We are going to have a 50 to 64 division and Super Seniors.
“There have been requests for that over the last few years. We are going to have the Super Seniors on our Super Seniors tees and that will be a different division. If someone is 67 and wants to compete for state point events, then they will have to play in the 50 to 64 division.”
The tournament is being played with COVID-19 in mind as the organizers are doing everything possible to make the playing conditions safe for the players.
“This year with the virus we are going to issue each player on each day a microfiber towel. We are going to have rakes and we are going to take the flag sticks out. We believe this is the thing to do in allowing the players to use the towel on the rakes and the flagsticks,” stated Matheson prior to the tournament.
“We just couldn’t find enough volunteers to rake bunkers and take flag sticks out.”
The Star will have the final results from this year’s tournament in our Wednesday edition.