published Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Two double eagles highlight golf week

Andrew Weathers scored the first double eagle of his young career on No. 13 at Signal Mountain last Thursday during a practice round for the Signal Mountain Invitational. He used a driver off the tee and then a pitching wedge from 129 yards while playing with Mikey Feher and Sullivan Baker. "I didn't see it," Weathers said. "That made me mad."

Steve Newberry's hole-in-one reported Sunday from WindStone was also a double eagle on the par-4 16th -- a 290-yard shot with his driver. Pat Beasley, Kim Logan and Chuck Logan witnessed the extra-impressive ace.

Claude Walker sank the 14th hole-in-one of his career on April 16. He aced No. 4 at Brown Acres from 130 yards with a 9-iron while playing with John Gill, John Morgan and Shep Spurlock.

Bill Meadows made his first hole-in-one last Tuesday at Creeks Bend. He aced No. 6 with an 8-iron from 125 yards out while playing with Jeff Bodkin.

Fred Simmons scored his seventh hole-in-one at Black Creek Club and the 15th of his career Friday. He aced No. 3 from 132 yards with a pitching wedge while playing with Chuck Schmidt, Gary Willmon and Allen Jones.

Haley Lasley scored her first hole-in-one Saturday. The 15-year-old aced No. 10 at Moccasin Bend from 150 yards out with a 7-wood. She was playing with John Grant and her parents, Junior and Liz Lasley.

Tommy Hinshaw recently scored an ace at WindStone. He holed out his tee shot on No. 3 from 128 yards out with a pitching wedge while playing with Dave Garrett and Sam Wilmore.

Bob Fryar registered a hole-in-one Sunday at the Champions Club at Hampton Creek. He aced No. 6 from 110 yards with a sand wedge with Jim Ebert and Ken Light watching.

L.P. Simmons made his first hole-in-one at age 85, using an 8-iron from 130 yards on No. 6 at Mocassin Bend. He was playing with Don Adair, John Ball and Charles Campbell.

Lupton field strong

The eighth annual Lupton Memorial tournament is set to begin Friday at The Honors Course.

The three-day tournament for mid-amateurs, seniors and now super-seniors attracts some of the best amateurs in the country, including defending Mid-Amateur champion Kris Mikkelsen and Tim Jackson from Germantown, Tenn., and this year Kevin Marsh will participate as well. Marsh won the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur at the Honors.

Local players who could contend include Chris Schmidt, Steve Johnson, Brandon Cissom, Jimmy White III and former Baylor golfer Carlton Forrester. The senior division will feature three-time champion Paul Simson and defending champ Brady Exber with Neil Spitalny leading the local contingent. The super-senior division, for those 65 and older, is new this year.

Tournament co-director Bruce Bowen -- who has accepted the head professional position at The Olde Farm in Bristol, Va., and will work his last day at the Honors on Sunday -- said there would be about 20 super-seniors among the roughly 110 participants.

Free junior clinic

The Tennessee Golf Foundation and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee are sponsoring a free kids clinic on June 1 at the First Tee of Chattanooga facility with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Jack McKenna Junior Golf Day is open to ages 7-17. The schedule includes lessons from area PGA professionals followed by a free lunch and then a trick-shot show from Dennis Walters. McKenna, who died in November at age 89, frequently put on clinics for juniors at Valleybrook in the 1960s and later. "We're trying to keep the same beat as to what Jack did," said TGF regional director Dori Paschall. "We're trying to emulate that fun style of clinic that Jack taught for so many years at Valleybrook." More information is at

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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