The Honors Course hosted the Southern Amateur last weekend and will continue its tradition of hosting some of the best amateur events in the country during the coming years.
The Trans-Miss Four Ball championship will be held there Sept. 14-17, 2015, and the U.S. Junior Amateur championship will be contested July 18-23, 2016, on the Ooltewah course.
"The Southern Amateur is a prelude to what we'll be doing in 2016, and we've had a wonderful group of volunteers," The Honors Course president Joel Richardson said. "Mr. Tim Haralson and his 200 volunteers have done a wonderful job. We wouldn't be able to do so because we don't have the membership. They've been magnificent."
M.J. Maguire won the Southern Amateur last Saturday with a 4-under-par 284 for four rounds.
"I'll remember how well they played in the initial rounds," Richardson said, "and how when the weather came in, I'll remember the weather and how the course jumped up and grabbed them."
The Honors planted Bermuda greens about one year ago, and that should be the last major renovation for some time.
"We're very pleased with the golf course as it is," Richardson said.
Tucker Venable shot 141 (72-69) on Monday and Tuesday at Creeks Bend and won the Dan Tribble Chattanooga PGA Junior by four strokes over Trent Mansfield and Oliver Simonsen. Mansfield took second on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Heidi Barringer was the girls' winner with a 146, one shot better than Natalie Javadi, and Dylan Lillard was the Boys 14-15 victor with a 148, one better than Tyson Venable. Tucker Windham was the Boys 12-13 winner with a 152, and Olivia Williams edged Hannah Prescott for Girls 12-14 honors on the first playoff hole after each shot 165.
Montlake, Eagle Bluff open to public
Montlake Golf Course and Eagle Bluff Golf Club -- two of the five area courses owned by Henry Luken -- have been opened up for the public to play. Gibby Gilbert III, who helps manage the courses, said the green fees including a cart are $20 Monday through Thursday and $25 Friday through Sunday.
The Choo-Choo Invitational will hold an open qualifier Saturday that will guarantee spots in the three-day starting tournament starting Monday at Council Fire. The entry fee is $100, due by Thursday to the email of tournament director Chris Schmidt at ChattanoogaAmateurGolf@Gmail.com.
Brainerd entries open
Entries for the 69th annual Brainerd Invitational to be played Aug. 9-10 are available for download or credit-card payment at www.IfYouLikeGolf.com. The entry deadline is Aug. 4 and the fee is $135 till Monday, then $145. There are championship, senior, super senior and flighted Stableford divisions.
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 ...