Ballantyne Country Club Hosts Inaugural Golf Tournament Event

The Inaugural Championship at Ballantyne Country Club was held March 12 to March 14

From Tuesday, March 12 to Thursday, March 14, Ballantyne Country Club hosted the inaugural Championship at Ballantyne Country Club, the fourth of 24 scheduled events on the 2013 eGolf Professional Tour schedule and the first in the club’s 17-year history.

Heavy rainfall delayed play on Tuesday, forcing officials to reduce the tournament from 54 to 36 holes. Despite a slow (and wet) start the tournament, the complications did not hinder players from turning in low scores, according to Matt Saggio, PGA, Head Golf Professional at Ballantyne Country Club.

In the end, Chris Thompson, from Lawrence, KS, posted 11 under for two rounds and took home his first win of the 2013 season and third career eGolf title.

In addition to the hard work of the Ballantyne Country Club staff, Saggio expressly thanked the club’s members for volunteering at the event and hosting some of the tour players.

“Ballantyne Country Club should be especially proud of the efforts made by each one of these volunteers because without their support, the event would not have been possible,” said Saggio. “These efforts are a true testament to how the club membership supports their club events.”

The eGolf tour also praised Ballantyne Country Club, its staff and its members in a news release on the tour’s website, stating “The tour would like to thank Ballantyne head golf professional Matt Saggio and his staff for their help in coordinating this inaugural event. A special thanks goes to Ballantyne head golf course superintendent Scott Cochran and his crew for presenting a wonderful venue for the week, and for putting in extra work to prepare the course around numerous delays. Finally, a special thank you goes to the members of Ballantyne Country Club for allowing the tour to utilize their club for the week, and for their tireless efforts in volunteering. Without their support, the event would not be possible.”

Based in Charlotte, the eGolf Tour (formerly the Tarheel Tour) is quickly becoming one of the most prestigious developmental tours in the country. Many of today’s PGA tour professionals are graduates of the eGolf Tour.