published Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Warren, Shelton tie for third in State Women's Am stroke play

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    Blakesly Warren
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Kendall Martindale of Jefferson City was the medalist for the two stroke-play rounds of the Tennessee Women's Amateur on Tuesday at Knoxville's Cherokee Country Club with a 136. Irinia Gabasa of Nashville was runner-up, five shots back.

Recent Baylor School graduate Blakesly Warren and former Lee University golfer Courtney Shelton tied for third at 144. UTC golfer Emily McLennan placed seventh at 147, former Baylor player Lauren Johnson was 10th at 154 and Soddy-Daisy grad Jessica Cathey was 13th at 156 heading into the match-play round of 32

Cathey faces Benton's Lydia Triplett; McLennan takes on Signal Mountain's Sarah Dolmovich; Katherine Holmes, another Baylor alumna from Signal, and St. Andrew's-Sewanee's Jenna Burris also made the top 32.

Southern Am help

The Southern Amateur is set for The Honors Course July 16-19, and more volunteers are needed. All will be provided with a golf shirt and hat, and those who work two half-day shifts or one full-day shift will be invited to play the course at a later date. The Southern Am is one of the most prestigious amateur events in the country with Bobby Jones, Ben Crenshaw and Harris English among the past champions. Contact Tim Haralson at or sign up at

Women's City soon

The Women's City amateur tournament will hold team play July 8 at Council Fire and start individual match play July 14, concluding on July 18. Those 70 and older will play July 15 and 17.

Auction for research

Several Chattanooga-area courses, and some of the best in Tennessee and Georgia, are participating in a Rounds 4 Research auction where golfers can bid to play on a variety of courses with 80 percent of the bid going toward turf research, including the University of Tennessee program. Area courses participating include Council Fire, Creeks Bend, Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, Fields Ferry and Springbrook. Well-known courses within driving distance include East Lake, the Vanderbilt Legends Club and TPC Southwind. More information is available at

United Way wins

More than 150 golfers participated in the United Way Frank McDonald Memorial Classic on Monday at the Honors and helped raise about $100,000 for the United Way of Greater Chattanooga. The TFP team of Kayla Stewart, Nathan Day, Brian Beckler and Jackie Miller won the morning competition. The Bridgestone team of Brian Cunningham, Tim Kelly, Jordan Browning and Andrew Thompson won the afternoon wave.

Area aces

Rick Wichman rolled in the eighth hole-in-one of his life last Wednesday at Creeks Bend. He did it with an 8-iron on No. 9, playing 129 yards, with Sam Killeffer, Tim Starnes and Jess Simmons watching.

Beth Peacock recorded her first hole-in-one Thursday in the Valleybrook Ladies' Association's weekly playday. She used a 7-wood for the 153-yard shot on No. 5 while playing with Bonnie Blevins and Brenda Errickson. They won the team points competition.

Hugh Sharber scored his second hole-in-one Monday at The Honors Course while playing in the United Way Frank McDonald Memorial Classic. He aced No. 14 from 110 yards with an A-wedge while playing with John Bode, Scott Parrish and Jim Haley. He won all those in his group a $50 gift certificate to the Honors' pro shop.

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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