Dalton State's Lee Earns Exemption Into Barbasol Championship

Friday, July 14, 2017 - by Erik Simpson
S.M. Lee
S.M. Lee

What do four former major winners and S.M. Lee have in common? They will be in the same field on July 20-23, when the PGA Tour makes it's annual visit to Alabama for the Barbasol Championship. That's right, the Dalton State freshman and NAIA Player of the Year has been invited and accepted an invitation to compete in the event.

"It's very interesting when you get a phone call about one of your players getting invited into a PGA Tour event," said Dalton State coach, Ben Rickett.

"The NAIA sometimes doesn't get the recognition it deserves with the caliber or players that we have. For S.M., this is such a huge accomplishment. Obviously, he turned the right heads at the Barbasol Shootout in Columbus last month to make sure that they remembered him. It is going to be exciting to see what he can do against the best players in the world."

The best in the world is exactly what Lee will be competing against. The field is stout and includes former major winners Davis Love III, Retief Goosen, Angel Cabrera and Y.E. Yang. Also in the field are 2015 U.S. Amateur Champion and NCAA Individual Medalist Bryson DeChambeau, 2002 U.S. Amateur Champion Rickie Barnes, 2003 Tour Championship winner Chad Campbell, and the man who defeated him in the Barbasol Shootout last month, LSU's Sam Burns.


Dalton State's Moore Named National Player Of The Week

Alberto Ciroi of Baker (Kan.) has been named the NAIA National Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week and  Santiago Moore  of Dalton State (Ga.) has been named the NAIA National Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday . Ciroi and Moore were selected based on their performances from Sept. 11 – 17 and were chosen out of a ... (click for more)

Dalton State Lady Roadrunners Finish Season Opening Tournament In 4th

4th-ranked Dalton State solidified a 4th place finish in the season opening SCAD-Atlanta Fall Invitational, after carding a (+15, 299) final round at The Oaks Course in Covington, Ga. on Tuesday. The Lady Birds would finish six strokes behind at (+32). (RV) Brenau (Ga.) would win the tournament posting a final round (+13, 297) for an overall score of (+26), one stroke clear ... (click for more)

Prosecutor Asks Jury To Find Morse Guilty In Massacre At Lookout Valley RV Park

Prosecutor Cameron Williams on Tuesday asked a Criminal Court jury to find Derek Morse guilty of three counts of first-degree murder as well as attempted first-degree murder in a massacre at a Lookout Valley RV Park on April 9, 2014. Morse, who was 19 at the time, is standing trial in the courtroom of Judge Barry Steelman. Skyler Allen, who was 22 when the shots rang out, ... (click for more)

Defense Will Not Get Federal Witness In Trial Of Truck Driver Charged In Wreck That Killed 6 People

The federal government is resisting sending a lab technician from Oklahoma to Chattanooga for next week's trial of Benjamin Brewer, who is charged in the wreck at Ooltewah that claimed six lives. Mike Little of the public defender's office said the defense should be entitled to have a live witness, but he also said he did not want the trial delayed again. A jury was selected ... (click for more)

Tired Of Property Tax Increases

Why is it every time the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County want to raise money they have to punish the homeowners?  I'm sick of the few paying for the many.   If you want to be fair, I would not complain on a 1/2 cent local sales tax raise since everyone would have to contribute their fair share.  Or how about a wheel tax which would get everyone who owns ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Third Son Takes His Life

Steven Ferrin, described by his parents as “a handsome, bubbly and witty young man,” was the victim of what is called “a sectarian attack” in recent weeks near his home in north Belfast (Ireland) and last weekend was found dead after the 31-year-old father of a 7-year-old girl had taken his own life. Compounding the tragedy is the horrific news that Steven’s other two brothers and ... (click for more)