By: Alexis Witman, Ashley Podoll, and Kyle Scholzen, AJGA Communications
The AJGA Music City Junior presented by Toyota is a 54-hole stroke play event being played at Richland Country Club in Nashville, Tennessee. The tournament field features 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 2 foreign countries and 20 states.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: The site where Richland Country Club currently sits is the same location that the Civil War Battle of Nashville took place at from December 15-16, 1864. The Battle of Nashville marked the end of large scale fighting in the Western Theatre of the Civil War. After much historical research to determine the exact location of the battle, Fowler Lowe, president of Johnston & Murphy, and Jim Kay, a club member, and local historian, dug for 8 weeks prior to construction beginning on the site. Artifacts from the battle that Murphy and Kay unearthed are displayed in case outside of the room that serves as AJGA Tournament Headquarters for the week. Artifacts include shell casings, utensils, belt buckles, and buttons.
BATTLEFIELD TO GREENS: The tee markers at Richland Country Club were made to resemble the shape of the numerous shell casings that were found during the building of the site. The markers serve as a permanent reminder of the historical happenings that happened at this location.
PGA AT RCC: Byron Nelson won the first Nashville PGA at Richland Country Club in September 1944. Following Nelson’s win, Ben Hogan won the event in 1945, his first post-World War II victory, and Johnny Palmer won in September 1946.
PAST TOURNAMENTS: Many tournaments of note have been hosted by Richland Country Club, one of which was the 1980 US Women’s Open hosted from July 10 to July 13. Amy Alcott won the event with scores of 70-70-68-72, and took home prize money totaling just over $20,000.
CELEBRATING DAD: The TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier for the AJGA Music City Junior presented by Toyota on Sunday, June 17th, fell on Father's Day. Riley Rennell of Columbia, Tenn., who qualified to play in the tournament with a score of 40-38-78, and her Dad celebrated the day wearing matching hott pink shirts.
LOVE OF THE GAME: This week, Joshua Lykins is volunteering on the #5 timing station. Back in 1996, Lykins had a day off school so that he could work as a standard bearer for the 1996 Honda Classic. After the round, as he was waiting for his Mom to pick him up to take him home, Payne Stewart approached him and asked what he was doing. When Lykins told Stewart that he was just waiting for his Mom, Stewart sat down and talked to Lykins for 45 minutes while he waited. Lykins recalled the moment and said, "That's when I fell in love with the game."
GOLF BALL, CORNER POCKET?: Brandon Tsujimoto of Ponomona, Calif., found himself in a tight squeeze during the tournament's putting challange after the first round Tuesday. With his ball stuck under an A-frame, Tsujimoto was forced to knock it out using a billiards-style stroke much to the delight of the gallery.