Joined The Augusta Chronicle in 1996 after spending nine years at The Aiken Standard. Served as copy editor, South Carolina bureau chief and Metro Editor before being named Sports Editor in April 2000.
Posted May 24, 2011 11:55 am

Sage Valley shines on TV

I'm not sure which was more impressive: Sage Valley Golf Club pulling off its its inaugural Junior Invitational, or the accompanying television special that aired Sunday afternoon.

I wasn't home to watch it, but I did set the DVR and got around to watching it last night. The special was, in a word, spectacular.

The folks at PGA Tour Productions did a marvelous job of showing Sage Valley's beauty. They also did a good job of capturing the feel of the tournament, which was a very special event for the 54 select juniors who were invited to play.

That message of how unique and special the Junior Invitational was came through over and over in the 60-minute program. Many of the shots reminded me of Augusta National and the Masters.

You don't often see TV specials, on a major network no less, about tournaments that aren't on the PGA Tour rotation. Heck, the LPGA would like to have that kind of publicity.

But that's what having a sponsor like Electrolux will do. Throw in the pull of the folks at Sage Valley, and you've got a winner.

Proceeds from the inaugural event will benefit The First Tee. Any kid who saw Sunday's special knows that if he practices and works hard enough, a reward like a trip to the Junior Invitational could be on the way.

That should be plenty of motivation.