published Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Scott aiming for Honors

Maggie Scott is gearing her entire golf season to her national championship.

The Charleston resident and Cleveland Country Club member has set her entire summer tournament schedule as a build-up to the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur being held Sept. 10-15 at The Honors Course in Ooltewah.

“USGA events are just big-time. That’s playing with the big girls,” Scott said. “It would be a big honor to do good, get in and play well for the home team.”

She has participated in three U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs. Most recently, she reached the final 16 in match play in 2008 at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club. She lost 2 and 1 to Toni Wiesner, who wound up the runner-up.

“The deal is that you have all summer to play and to get ready,” Scott said. “It’s nice to have it at the end of the summer. Playing in state events and different events around the area will get your game ready.”

The championship is open to female amateurs with handicaps of 18.4 or less. There is one round of qualifying for the event, which begins with two rounds of stroke play to determine a 64-person match-play field. Scott will attempt to qualify at Fox Den Country Club late this summer.

“I should be able to qualify if I play my game,” Scott said. “I will be giving it my best, and I’d be very excited to play a USGA event at The Honors Course.”

An announcement will be made within the next month calling for volunteers to work the USGA event at the honors.

Folks who have previously volunteered at the Chattanooga Classic or the 2010 NCAA championship will be receiving a message in coming weeks. Then open applications will be available in early May, according to Tim Haralson.

“It’s a special event at a special place built to honor amateur golf,” Haralson said. “Volunteers will see dynamite golf and be able to enjoy the surroundings of the Honors.”

Lucky Leeth

James Leeth considers himself a lucky man — at least a lucky golfer.

The former head pro at The Quarry scored the fifth double-eagle of his career last Sunday at Lupton City Golf Club, where he is the manager and operator.

“I’m extremely lucky,” said Leeth, who has regained his amateur status. “I look at it this way. I play about 100 holes every weekend, so something good is going to happen.”

Leeth’s latest albatross was on the 447-yard par-5 No. 5 with a 9-iron from 147 yards. Witnesses were Danny Cavit, Jared Mullins and Johnny Thompson.

“It’s not a long par-5, but it’s the way it was when I took over the course and it plays uphill off the tee,” Leeth said. “You have to put it in the right spot off the tee or you’ll have a long way in.”

Leeth has eight career aces, including one on a par-4 at Lupton City last year that was caught on tape during taping of his “Golf Soup” show that airs Saturday mornings on WDSI.

Pro-am rescheduled

The Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee PGA’s pro-am scheduled for Monday at Black Creek Club has been called off because of the wet course conditions and rescheduled there on Aug. 8.

The next pro-am is set for May 2 and Cleveland Country Club.

Duval in Scratch swap

Scratch Golf, a Chattanooga-based club manufacturer, has swapped superstars.

Up-and-coming PGA Tour pro Ryan Moore and the company decided to part ways during the offseason. But former world No. 1 David Duval has signed a deal to play their custom-made clubs.

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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