Sam Ryder Classic at Black Creek Mountain Golf Club

25 teams in 2-Ball, Modified Select Shot Event

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - by B.B. Branton

While the U.S. Ryder Cup team prepares to take on its European counterpart at the Medinah (Ill.) Country Club next week, the original Ryder Cup trophy will be in Chattanooga Saturday.

An English businessman, Sam Ryder was responsible for the making of the original Ryder Cup trophy.

Twenty-five teams will compete in a 2-ball modified select shot competition Saturday afternoon at Black Creek Mountain Golf Club.

Those involved in the organization of this event, include Tony Autry, a teacher at Heritage High School and long-time member at Woodland Park Baptist Church and Wyatt Gwen, a missionary from Wales, who has organized  the Ryder Cup part.

Teams from America and Europe will compete in two flights - Sam Ryder and Bobby Jones - with members of the winning teams will receive replica Ryder Cup trophies.

Saturday Night Dinner: Former U.S. Ryder Cup member Loren Roberts will be the speaker at the dinner (also at Black Creek) following the golf competition. Roberts won eight PGA Tour events, including the 1999 GTE Byron Nelson Classic, and has 13 Champions Tour titles. He was a member of the 1995 U.S. Ryder Cup team and was 3-1-0, but Europe won the Cup, 14.5- 13.5.

The Sam Ryder Classic moves to Birmingham on Monday with Dave Ragan speaking at that dinner. Ragan was 2-1-1 for the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1963, 23-9. He won three PGA Tour events and was runner-up at the 1963 PGA Championship.

Did You Know?: Dave Ragan was the golf coach at Tenn. Temple Univ. (Chattanooga) in the early 1980s.

The 1987 Masters champion Larry Mize is the event speaker Wednesday in Atlanta. Mize was 1-1-2 for the 1987 U.S. Ryder Cup team which lost to Europe, 15-13.

The 2012 Ryder Cup - Sept. 28-30: Europe is the defending champion

 contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net

 

 

 



Baylor Stays Unbeaten With Volleyball Sweep Of CCS

Baylor's unbeaten volleyball season continued Monday with a sweep of Chattanooga Christian at Baylor, the Lady Red Raiders winning by scores of 25-9, 25-12 and 25-12. Ally Craig had 11 kills and eight digs for Baylor while Sarah Sumida finished with 35 assists and Sarah Barker seven kills.  A.J. Johnson had eight kills and a dozen digs to lead the Lady Chargers while Rachel ... (click for more)

UTC Volleyball Adds Former Standout Lauren Gainer To Staff

Head coach  Travis Filar  and the Chattanooga volleyball program announce the addition of former Mocs standout,  Lauren Gainer , to the staff for the upcoming season. Gainer, a spring 2016 graduate of UTC, will assume a volunteer role as the Director of Student-Athlete Development. She recently completed her Master's Degree at the University of ... (click for more)

Coolidge Park Crowd Gets Twilight, Cricket Chirping As Solar Eclipse Arrives

A crowd at Coolidge Park and the nearby Walnut Street Bridge got twilight and cricket chirping as the heralded solar eclipse finally arrived at mid-afternoon Monday. As the moon moved across the sun around 2:30 p.m., birds quit chirping and began to roost. Crickets started going full force. Lights on the Market Street Bridge began to flicker on. The event, sponsored by Comcast, ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Airport President Gets New Contract Amid Double-Digit Growth, Improvements

Chattanooga Airport President Terry Hart has been given a six-year extension on his contract amid double-digit passenger increases and a host of airport improvements. There is no increase in his $158,377 pay, but the board plans to put in annual performance reviews with some built-in bonuses. Jim Hall, vice chairman of the Airport Board, said it is also important that the ... (click for more)

Tom Decosimo: My Great-Great-Grandparents Are Buried At The Confederate Cemetery - And Response

To Mayor Berke, I cannot add any more to the very fine comments made in opposition to your empty jester to remove the city as a trustee of the Confederate Cemetery. I can, however, add some personal perspective as my great-great-grandparents are buried there. Penelope McDermott Cooke was a Daughter of the Confederacy and was concerned the remains of the Confederates who ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Writing From Bragg Avenue

Far and away, my favorite comment on destroying statues appeared on my Facebook page the other day and, believe it or not, it was the clear-minded Times Free Press Sports Editor Stephen Hargis who penned, “This statue offends me! It must be torn down!” Underneath his fiery words, the long-suffered UT football fan posted a picture of the bronze monument outside of Bryant-Denny stadium ... (click for more)