published Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Robertson, Hall ready to defend at Brainerd

Matt Robertson competes in the Chattanooga men's metro, at Brainerd Golf Course in this July 13, 2014, file photo.
Matt Robertson competes in the Chattanooga men's metro, at Brainerd Golf Course in this July 13, 2014, file photo.
Staff Photo by Clark Bowen

Matt Robertson knows the routine.

Compete in a tournament at Brainerd Golf Course, sign his scorecard, wash up a little bit, then clock in to work the register.

He did it one month ago after winning the Chattanooga Men's Metro by seven strokes at the course where he works.

He will have to do it again today after his opening round of the Brainerd Invitational, even though he's in the last group sltated to start competition.

"I'll sign my card and then clock in," Robertson said. "I'll finish my round, then go straight to work. I'll have to close."

The 69th annual Brainerd Invitational is scheduled to start this morning and conclude on Sunday with the champion hoisting a trophy.

Defending champion Chris Hall, who lives in the Atlanta area, drove up Friday to gather with friends and reminisce about his days in Chattanooga.

"I'm excited to defend," said Hall, who won the trophy last year with a 9-under-par 135. "I'm not playing in the senior division because the course lends itself to me being able to compete with guys 30 years younger than me."

And he's returning to his roots. Hall said he first competed in the Brainerd Invitational in 1976 -- at least a few years before most of his competition in this tournament were born.

"Brainerd lets us all compete for a score instead of seeing who can hit it the farthest," said Hall, who has three Brainerd Invitational trophies and finished runner-up in the senior division of the Choo-Choo Invitational at Council Fire less than two weeks ago.

In addition to Hall and Robertson, the full field at the Brainerd Invitational includes about 75 players. That's a slight decrease from last year. But it's understandable considering the Men's Metro was contested there one month ago. That's when Robertson won in a golfing landslide.

"The participation numbers being down a touch this year are more about the Metro being out there last month," tournament co-director Mike Jenkins said. "We thought we'd have about 70, and we ended up with about 75 participants."

Hall is one of them.

Robertson is another.

Contact David Uchiyama at duchiyama@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6484. Follow him at twitter.com/UchiyamaCTFP.

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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