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Bo Fischer’s golf success not lost

Young Bo Fischer might have gotten lost among all the adults cerebrating the grand opening of Concord Park Par 3 Golf Course’s new clubhouse Monday, Aug. 6.

But this 8-year-old West Knox County golfer is hard to lose when considering his two major accomplishments this summer.

Bo made his first-ever Hole-in-One Wednesday, July 25, at the Concord Park course, on hole No. 6 from 170 yards out preparing for the Tennessee Golf Association Junior Tour State Aspen Grove Challenge (July 27-28).

Playing in the summer-long tour in the 8 & 9-year-old Micro Tour division, Bo not only qualified for Aspen Grove, but against the state’s best won by 8 strokes.

“Bo Fischer had a great summer,” said Keith McElroy, Program Director of Knox Area Junior Golf Association and PGA Professional at Concord Park.


Doug Bataille, senior Director of Knox County Parks and Recreation, said the new clubhouse, approximately 950 square feet, “replaces what had been the original concessions building built in 1953. It became the golf clubhouse in 1974 when the Par Three golf course was built. … If you saw the old one you know how much this was needed.”

The new clubhouse adds features not a part of the 54-year-old facility it replaced: an enclosed office, heating/air conditioning unit, restroom availability from the outside, rest area for children and front and back porches players/parents can use to relax.

Front and center in the effort is The First Tee of Knoxville/Knox Area Junior Golf Association, with its mission statement “to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.”

Buddy Heins, The First Tee of Knoxville/KAJGA president, said during the grand opening ceremony, “this is truly one of the happiest days that we’ve had. … This is probably the very first golf course I ever played with my dad.”

Heins praised KAJGA official Reid Harris, saying, “He really resurrected the Knox Area Junior Golf Association, I think, by himself. … About 20 years ago this place was struggling and it needed somebody to reach down and grab it and take it by the horns, and say, ‘I’m going to make something of it.’”

Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale also praised Harris. “At 91, he still plays golf. At 91, he still cares about his community,” Ragsdale said.

Harris said he is “very proud to be part of this organization.”

Among others Heins praised was McElroy: “On a Saturday night, at 10:41, he was here with his father-in-law installing some cabinetry.”

Heins said former Knox County Executive Tommy Schumpert “got the Parks and Rec Department really going.”

Financially, “We got a nice grant from an anonymous source, about $70,000 — it came from a foundation,” Heins said. “Most of it is to finish the clubhouse ... .”

Improvements also took place on the 9-hole Concord course, Heins said. “We’ve expanded some holes, leveled some greens, leveled out some fairways,” he said of holes Nos. 6 through 9. “Made the course a lot more playable, especially for the younger guys, high handicappers. It’s a new golf course, really.”


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