Originally created 05/08/00

Pin placement key to success



Greenbrier High School golf coach Bubba Nash didn't need any confirmation. He knows how tough the fourth hole at Goshen Plantation plays.

The 207-yard par-3 hole is protected by water on the front and left. A bunker guards the front of the green.

Someone from Worth County called Nash on Wednesday after seeing the hole on the Internet.

"He said, `Do you know where they're going to put the pin?"' Nash said. "I said, `No. But I could guess."'

Nash is very familiar with the course, and his team has played there this season. He believes that for today's 18-hole AAA state tournament, the pin will be placed behind the bunker on the right side of the green.

If the pin placement is there, golfers will catch a break. There is room to bail out long and to the right. However if the pin is on the left, let the fun begin.

"If the pin is on the left, you just hope you grab the right club and hope you hit the right shot," said Augusta Golf Course head pro Guy Reid, who was the head pro at Goshen for 7´ years. "If the pin's on the right, you can bail out and hit over there by the fifth tee and take a four."

Goshen used to play host to the local Regions Bank Tour's Gordon Uhl Tournament for several years. Reid said No. 4 was a monster for the amateurs.

"It's a course where they can have any tournaments on it and (the players) will take three on it and run and be very, very happy," he said. "I've seen a lot of big numbers on it in the Gordon Uhl Tournament.

"Obviously, par is your goal. Four is not going to lose the tournament. But you could make a score where you could lose the tournament."

Nash said the hole played tough in the Gordon Uhl Tournament and probably will do so again.

"From all the way back, that hole used to average over four. And that's with the really good golfers," he said. "It's probably one of the most difficult par-3s in the area."

When his team played in tournaments, Nash gave the Wolfpack a bit of course knowledge.

"Whatever they hit 200 yards, I told them to hit one more club. Because sometimes you have those swirly-type winds in there, and that makes the hole play longer," he said.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222 or cag112@hotmail.com.