2014-03-12 / Sports

FROM THE GOLF CHANNEL TO WAYNESBORO

TV host and former pro attends annual tourney
By Anne Marie Kyzer


Tripp Isenhour, front, cuts up after a shot from the No. 11 tee box. He played the hole with teams of high school players during their practice rounds. Tripp Isenhour, front, cuts up after a shot from the No. 11 tee box. He played the hole with teams of high school players during their practice rounds. By this time next month, he’ll be getting ready to provide commentary at the Masters Tournament in Augusta.

But last weekend, Tripp Isenhour, a former player on the PGA Tour and now analyst for The Golf Channel, offered his insight to more than 100 wide-eyed teenagers at the Waynesboro Country Club.

Isenhour’s visit was part of the eighth annual TaylorMade Adidas Invitational hosted by Burke County High School.

The tournament, which is the only high school tournament of its kind sponsored by TaylorMade Adidas, brought together 22 teams from across Georgia for a weekend of golf and plenty of wow-factors.

Before tournament play began Saturday morning, the junior golfers spent a day on the course Friday practicing and comparing shots with Isenhour, who camped out on No. 11 and teed off with each group of golfers as played the par-3 hole. The one in each group that landed their ball closest to the pin got to keep Isenhour’s ball.


Tripp Isenhour greets Camron Millholland from Dawson County High School. Tripp Isenhour greets Camron Millholland from Dawson County High School. That evening, Isenhour, a former All-American at Georgia Tech, offered a demonstration and his insights on technique and trends as one of the sport’s chief commentators. The teens also had the chance to demo a trailer load of TaylorMade’s finest equipment.

Plenty of top-notch TaylorMade Adidas gear was handed out to the winners of the tournament and every player went home with a few mementos just for coming.

BCHS athletic director Wade Marchman said experiences like those continue to make this tournament the highlight of the season for many teams every year.

“TaylorMade really reaches out though this event,” Coach Marchman said, thanking Fred Wolford of TaylorMade Adidas for his time here and for arranging for Isenhour to attend. “We are just very appreciative for what they do. It means so much to the kids.”

Wolford said it’s exciting to see so many young players just enjoying the game.

“It’s the same thing that excites me every year, being able to cater to the kids,” he said. “They don’t get an opportunity to go out and demo technically advanced products. And we’ve been very fortunate year after year to get quality professional here. It’s nice having a recognizable person. Tripp’s a great personality and a great ambassador for Taylor Made.”

TOURNAMENT WINNERS

First Place: Lakeside High School, team score of 304 Second Place: Greenbrier High School, 305 Third Place: Johns Creek High School, 309 Low Medalist Honors: Christian Parker of South Effingham, 73 (following a playoff to breaka three-way tie)

THE HOME TEAM

Though Burke County didn’t play a full team because one member was attending an academic event, the remaining three scored as follows: Dalton Quick,83 Kyle Perry,89 Lane Dunn,93

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