Special Photo Left to right, North Gwinnett's Christina Yang, Wesleyan's Cody Solomon, GAC's Bailey Tardy and Mill Creek's Dylan Pence were picked to play in the pro-am at next week's Greater Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth.
DULUTH -- It may not cause quite the same sensation as 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan rubbing elbows with some of golf's biggest names at the Masters this week.
However, at least four of Gwinnett County's top high school golfers will get a similar chance to meet and play with some of the game's greatest players in advance of the Greater Gwinnett Championships, the new Champions Tour event coming to TPC Sugarloaf next week.
Mill Creek's Dylan Pence, Wesleyan's Cody Solomon, GAC's Bailey Tardy and North Gwinnett's Christina Yang have been selected to be paired up with one of the participants in next week's tournament for the Pro-Am event Wednesday and Thursday.
"We just wanted to do something to give (the tournament) a nice community feel," said Stan Hall, executive director of the Gwinnett Sports Commission, which was instrumental in helping to lure the tournament to Gwinnett. "There are some of the greatest names in golf that will be here. And I talked to (the high school players') coaches and asked them, 'Are they pretty good golfers?' They said, 'Those kids are incredible golfers.'"
Indeed, each of the Gwinnett high school quartet will be paired up with a player that has more than made his mark on golf over the years -- perhaps one of the many former majors champions like Tom Watson, Larry Nelson, Ben Crenshaw, Larry Mize, Sandy Lyle or Hale Irwin, among others.
The chance to talk about golf with one of the greats of the game is a prospect that has all four of the local high school players excited.
"I can definitely learn a thing or two," Pence said. "I'm sure these guys like talking about golf. So, I don't think it will be too hard to (ask them anything)."