Tim Jackson earned his status in the upper echelon of Tennessee amateur golf with a string of success on the state and national level.
The Honors Course inducted him Friday into The Honors Circle, which includes Tennessee legends such as Lew Oehmig, Betty Probasco, Cary Middlecoff and A. Pollack “Polly” Boyd.
“Nobody will completely rival Lew Oehmig as the premier Tennessee golfer, but Tim’s record is fast approaching that level,” said former TGA executive director Dick Horton. “All of those men or women in the circle are either gentlemen or lady golfers in the true sense of the word.
“Tim meets all of those criteria that Mr. Jack Lupton has admired about amateur golf.”
Jackson’s golf resume includes two Walker Cup appearances, two U.S. Mid-Amateur championships and 11 Tennessee state championships: five mid-amateurs, four amateurs, a state open and a state match-play.
“When you look at his record and compare it against the rest of the circle, he is more than deserving to be in the circle,” The Honors Course club president Joel Richardson said. “He plays for the honor of winning and the joy of competition rather than getting a prize. That is what amateur golf is all about.”
The club began a new tradition Friday by presenting Jackson with a The Honors Course jacket.
“I had a night at the Southern Golf Association when I was inducted into their hall of fame that was pretty special. This means so much, too, because it’s Tennessee and this course is all about amateur golf,” said Jackson, who grew up in Memphis and now lives in Germantown. “When you look at those names in the circle, wow — they achieved a lot outside of the game and affected people through the game.”
Jackson didn’t let thoughts of the ceremony or the honor impact his opening round of the Lupton Invitational.
He earned 35 points in the Stableford scoring system, which is being used in this three-round event.
David Noll Jr. leads the mid-amateur division with 38 points, and Paul Simson leads the senior group with 40 points.
“I’m 35, and when I’m 49 like Tim I hope I have achieved what he has done,” said Dalton resident Noll, who has been paired with Jackson in several USGA events, including two state team championships. “As far as amateur golf goes, Tim has to be on a short list of great players in the country and a really short list in Tennessee.”
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...