published Monday, June 10th, 2013

English earns praise after big win in Memphis

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    Harris English watches his tee shot down at the second tee during the final round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Even Samuel L. Jackson, Chattanooga's most famous casual golfer, sent a message to former Baylor School golfer Harris English via Twitter on his most recent achievement.

English won the first PGA Tour event of his career on Sunday in Memphis at the St. Jude's Classic.

English defeated Phil Mickelson and former Tennessee Tech golfer Scott Stallings by two shots to become the first Baylor golfer to win on tour. English birdied two of his final three strokes and shot a 1-under 69 on Sunday to finish at 12-under par.

Jackson tweeted: "Big Ups to Harris English, fellow Chattanoogan, on winning St. Jude Classic."

Baylor coach emeritus King Oehmig said he accomplished few of his Sunday chores because he had to see how English -- who grew up in Thomasville, Ga. -- finished the tournament.

"It was like the old days of the state championships when my heart was in my throat," Oehmig said. "I couldn't breathe. But he brought it home, and it was his tournament."

Contact David Uchiyama at duchiyama@timesfreepress.com or at 423-757-6484. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/UchiyamaCTFP.

about David Uchiyama...

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 ...

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