Registration is open for the 2020 Tennessee Golf Association tournaments, and officials are hoping the season will get underway as scheduled even with many courses across the state closed over concerns about the coronavirus.
The schedule was released this week with the first tournament – Senior and Super Senior Match Play at the Country Club at Morristown – set for May 12-15.
“I’m not a pandemic expert by any means, so I don’t know when we’ll be cleared to play,” TGA executive director Chad Anderson said. “Our first events are in the middle of May, so we’re keeping registration open and just putting everybody on the pending list. We’re not actually putting them into an event, but we’re holding their spot for them.”
If the pandemic lingers and affects the season, Anderson said, some events might be postponed and registration fees refunded.
“I feel like we have time on our side with having a mid-May start, so we’re not going to jump to any kind of conclusions,” Anderson said. “We have a little time to let it play out and see if we can start on time or not.”
The rest of the schedule:
• June 2-4: Tennessee Men’s State Open, Greystone Golf Club
• June 9-11: Tennessee Women’s Amateur, Tennessee National
• June 16-19: Senior and Super Senior Men’s Four-Ball, Chickasaw Country Club
• June 23-25: Tennessee Boys and Girls Junior Amateur Championships, Three Ridges Golf Course
• July 7-10: Tennessee Men’s Match Play, Lookout Mountain Golf Club
• July 14-17: Tennessee Men’s Four-Ball, Fox Den Country Club
• July 23-25: Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open, Stonehenge Golf Club
• Aug. 4-7: Tennessee Men’s Amateur, Hillwood Country Club
• Aug. 24-25: Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur and Mid-Amateur, Richland Country Club
• Sept. 15-17: Senior and Super Senior Amateur, Foxland Links at Tennessee Grasslands
• Sept. 22-23: Women’s Four-Ball, Oak Ridge Country Club
• Oct. 1-3: Tennessee Mid-Amateur, TPC Southwind
Register for any of the events at Tennessee Golf Association.
James Wiseman, Aaron Nesmith projected as top NBA Draft picks
Former Ensworth star James Wiseman and Vanderbilt’s Aaron Nesmith are among the top prospects for the NBA Draft, according to several national media outlets.
Wiseman, a 7-foot-1 center, transferred from Ensworth to East in Memphis as a high school junior. He then played in only three games as a freshman at Memphis this season before leaving the team before Christmas.
Wiseman is the No. 2 NBA Draft prospect, according to Sports Illustrated, No. 3 by ESPN and No. 6 by CBS Sports.
“Wiseman’s strange season has been well-documented, and he remains a likely top pick nonetheless on the strength of his physical tools, productivity, and potential as a rim protector,” Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo wrote.
Nesmith, a 6-6, sophomore guard, suffered a season-ending foot injury after playing in 14 games this season. He was the SEC’s leading scorer (23.0 points) at the time while also averaging 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals.
Nesmith declared for the draft on Thursday on Instagram. He is projected as the No. 16 pick on CBS Sports’ list, No. 17 on ESPN’s and No. 19 on Sports Illustrated’s.
Memphis freshman forward Precious Achiuwa has not declared for the draft but is listed as No. 13 by ESPN, No. 19 by Sports Illustrated and No. 27 by CBS Sports.
Vanderbilt junior guard Saben Lee is not expected to declare for the draft but is listed at No. 72 on CBS Sports and No. 81 on ESPN.
Sports Illustrated also has Tennessee junior forward Yves Pons listed at No. 66, but Pons has not declared for the draft.
Austin Peay ‘ridiculously’ ranked No. 25
Stadium basketball insider Jeff Goodman ranked Austin Peay in a tie for No. 25 in his “Ridiculously Early Top 25” for the 2020-21 season.
Austin Peay (21-12) finished third in the Ohio Valley Conference this past season behind Belmont and Murray State. The Governors return four of their top five scorers – Terry Taylor (21.8 points), Jordyn Adams (17.4), Eli Abaev (7.9) and Carlos Paez (6.5).
Goodman has Austin Peay ranked in a tie with Purdue.
“I’ve got to give one true mid-major some love, and why not the school with the best chant in America: “Let’s Go Peay!”’ Goodman wrote. “Matt Figger brings back the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year in Terry Taylor and a big-time freshman guard in Jordyn Adams.”
Taylor, Kunkel, Hodges named All-Americans
Taylor, Belmont’s Adam Kunkel and former Maplewood star Bo Hodges, now a junior at East Tennessee State, made the 2019-20Lou Henson All-America Team.
Players from mid-major conferences are eligible for the team.
Kunkel, a 6-3 sophomore guard from Hebron, Kentucky, led Belmont in scoring (16.5 points) and helped the Bruins post a 26-7 record.
Hodges was ETSU’s second-leading scorer (12.7 points) and helped the Buccaneers go 30-4.
ETSU senior Tray Boyd III joined Hodges on the team.
Tyler Beede undergoes Tommy John surgery
Former Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Beede, a starter last season for the San Francisco Giants, underwent Tommy John surgery March 20.
Earlier this month, Beede, 26, was diagnosed with a strained flexor and sprained UCL.
Beede announced on Instagram the procedure performed by Dr. Keith Meister was successful.
“I’m very thankful for my wife, Doctor Meister and his staff, and the support of my family, friends, Giants organization/staff and teammates! Life with God is not immunity from difficulties,” he wrote on Instagram. “But peace within difficulties. God bless and continue to be safe amidst these difficult times!”
Last season in 117 innings, Beede posted a 5.08 ERA with 113 strikeouts and 46 walks.
Mississippi St. set to play TSU, Tech and Chattanooga
The Mississippi State football team has scheduled three FCS teams from Tennessee to play over the next seven years, according to FBschedules.com.
The Bulldogs have added Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and Chattanooga to their future slates, according to the site, which obtained the game contracts through a state public records request.
TSU will visit Mississippi State on Nov. 20, 2021. According to FBschedules.com, TSU will be paid a $525,000 guarantee for the game.
Tennessee Tech will play at Mississippi State on Nov. 21, 2026, and receive a $550,000 guarantee.
And Chattanooga will play at Mississippi State on Nov. 20, 2027, and also receive a $550,000 guarantee.
Hall of Fame induction postponed
The induction ceremony for the Metro Nashville Public Schools Sports Hall of Fame 2020 class, scheduled for April 16, has been postponed over the coronavirus.
The event was set to take place at Maxwell House Hotel, and officials are working with the hotel to rescheduled it there.
The 2020 class features Mose Phillips (Hillsboro football), Dan Eskew (McGavock baseball), James “Doc” Shelton (Hume-Fogg basketball), Walter Fisher (Pearl football, basketball), Larry Howse (Glencliff football, basketball), Butch Stinson (Cohn football, basketball, baseball), Sean Waller (Hunters Lane football, track) and SandraMcMurtry (DuPont basketball).
Martin Methodist’s Bob Learn is national coach of the year
Bob Learn Jr. became the first Martin Methodist coach to be named NAIA Coach of the Year on Thursday.
Learn, a Spring Hill resident in his third season as the men’s and women’s bowling coach, led the men to their second consecutive Mid-South Conference regular-season championship.
Junior Brady Adler made the All-America first team, and senior Brandon Magennis made the second team. Freshman Lindsay Brown of the women’s squad made the second team.
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