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Chattanooga's Best Male Golfers - Top 30 All-Time

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With its rich golfing tradition, Chattanooga welcomes 168 young, talented   -  make that very talented  - golfers to The Honors this week (July 16-19) as they tee it up Wednesday in pursuit of the title Southern Amateur champion.

 

Led by a trio of former Southern Champions from the Scenic City – Albert W. Gaines (1903), Ed Brantly (1957) and Mike Malarkey (1963) – Chattanooga has its fair share of champion golfers.

 

From Polly Boyd, Lew Oehmig, Ira Templeton, Gibby Gilbert Jr. and Brantly to the young guns of the 1960s and early 70s  including Mike Malarkey, Mickey Mabry, Larry White, Mike Nelms and Hunt Gillaland  to today’s stars – Luke List, Stephan Jaeger, Adam Mitchell and Michael Morrison.

 

With valuable input from coaches, club pros, players and sports writers, here is the Top 30 best male golfers all-time in Chattanooga history.

  1. Gibby Gilbert Jr.
  2. Lew Oehmig
  3. Ed Brantly
  4. Luke List
  5. Polly Boyd
  6. Adam Mitchell
  7. Gibby Gilbert III
  8. Kip Henley
  9. Mike Nelms
  10. Larry White
  11. Richard Keene
  12. Stephan Jaeger
  13. Ira Templeton
  14. Hunt Gilliland
  15. Derek Rende
  16. Pat Corey
  17. Harold Lane
  18. Mike Malarkey
  19. Mickey Mabry
  20. Michael Morrison
  21. Wes Brown
  22. Harry Shoemaker
  23. Andrew Black
  24. Bryce Ledford
  25. Willard Miller
  26. Chris Byrd
  27. Gary Robinson
  28. Lex Tarumianz
  29. D.J. Nelson
  30. Albert W. Gaines 

Player Bios

  1. Gibby Gilbert Jr (Chattanooga Central; U of Chattanooga) … 1980 Masters runner-up (tied) … 5th at 1979 PGA … PGA titles (3) – Danny Thomas, Houston, Walt Disney… Champions Tour Wins (6) …. TGA State Open (4) … TGA State Championship (2)
  2. 2. Lew Oehmig (Baylor School, U. of Virginia) … Tenn. State Amateur (8 in 5 decades) … Tenn. State Senior Amateur (7) … U.S. Senior Amateur (3) … Chattanooga Metro (7) … Signal Mtn (6) … Red Bud … U.S. Seniors Golf Assoc.
  3. Ed Brantly (Baylor School; U. of Tenn.-Memphis State) … 1957 Southern Amateur champion … 1960 German Amateur … 1961 U.S. Open, third lowest amateur(27th place overall) … Tenn. State Amateur (3) … Tenn. State Senior Amateur … Chattanooga Metro (7) … Chattanooga Red Bud (7) … Signal Mtn (6) … Brainerd (2) … State 4-Ball (3)
  4. Luke List (Baylor School, Vandy) … U.S. Amateur runner-up … 2012 Web.com Georgia Classic … All-American (3rd team; 3x HM) … First team All-SEC … TSSAA state (2) … 4th in money earnings on web.com in 2012 with one win (Ga. South Classic)
  5. Polly Boyd (McCallie School; Dartmouth) …. 1922 Ivy League and NCAA individual champion … member of 1921 NCAA champion Dartmouth team … Tenn. State Amateur (4) … Chattanooga Metro (6 in three decades)
  6. Adam Mitchell (McCallie School; U. of Georgia) … three-time All-American … second team A-A in 2008 … HM All-American in 2007, ’09 … First team All-SEC, 2008 … member of winning Walker Cup team … 2008 Porter Cup champion … semifinalist U.S. Amateur in 2008 … two-time member of Palmer Cup team … state 4-ball champ
  7. Gibby Gilbert III (Tyner; U of Tenn.) … State Amateur … leading money winner on U.S. Golf Tour in 2006 … won 2 events … All-SEC at UT … Brainerd (3) … Signal Mtn …
  8. Kip Henley (UTC) … Tenn. State Open (2) … State PGA … Tenn. PGA Player of Year (4) … in 1980, won Chattanooga Metro, Brainerd, Signal Mtn. …
  9. Mike Nelms (Chattanooga City HS; U. of Kentucky) … State Amateur … State Open (2) … 1971 state high school champ … National Jr. Amateur, runner-up … State 4-Ball (2)
  10. Larry White (Chattanooga Central; U. of Houston) … member of NCAA team champions (1966-67-69) … Tenn. State Amateur …. Tenn. State Open …. Tenn. State Four-Ball (3) … high school state champ (1964)
  11. Richard Keene (Alexander City JC/Troy State) …. State Mid-Amateur (3) … Juco and NCAA D-II All-American … Brainerd (5) … Red Bud (6) … Players Championship (2)
  12. Stephan Jaeger (Baylor School; UTC) … 2012 First team All-American … 2012 NCAA Region champ … Southern Conference champion …
  13. Ira Templeton … first amateur to win State Open (1951) … State Senior Amateur … Brainerd (4), Chattanooga Metro (3) … Signal Mtn. (2) …
  14. Hunt Gilliland (Chattanooga City) ... 2x South Florida PGA Section Player of the Year (1987, 1991) ... State 4-Ball (2) ... Chattanooga Metro ... Brainerd
  15. Derek Rende (UTC) … State Amateur … State Open … State 4-Ball … Red Bud (2)
  16. Pat Corey (Baylor School; UNC) … State Mid-Amateur … State 4-Ball (4) …. Chattanooga Metro (4) … Chattanooga Players Championship (3) … Chattanooga Open
  17. Harold Lane … State Open … Chattanooga Metro (3) … Signal Mtn (3)
  18. Mike Malarkey (Chattanooga City; Memphis State) …. 1963 Southern Amateur at age 17, third youngest … 4th at U.S. Amateur in 1967…  3x high school state champion …
  19. Mickey Mabry (Chattanooga City HS; U. of Tenn.) … 1972 SEC Champion … won pro tourney in Va. Beach … Chattanooga Metro (2) … Brainerd … Red Bud
  20. Michael Morrison (Baylor School; U. of Georgia) … All-American (third team) … All-SEC (first team) … member of Georgia national champions … Signal Mtn (5) … Red Bud (2) … Brainerd
  21. Wes Brown (McCallie School) … 1948 State Amateur …. 2004 State Senior Amateur … Mid South Champ (2) at McCallie …. Chattanooga Metro (3) …
  22. Harry Shoemaker (Chattanooga Central HS; Florida State) … 1948 state HS champ … National Left-Handers Amateur (3) …. National Lefthander Open … Chattanooga Metro (2) …. European Air Force title ….
  23. Andrew Black (East Ridge HS; U. of Tenn.) … Chattanooga Metro (3) …. In 2000, won Brainerd and Chattanooga Metro …. 2002, won Signal and Chattanooga Players
  24. Bryce Ledford (McCallie School; UTC) … State Open … State 4-Ball … Chattanooga Players (2) … Red Bud and Metro
  25. Chris Byrd …  1982 State Amateur … won Metro, Signal and Brainerd
  26. Willard Miller (Chattanooga Central) … state high school champ … Brainerd (3) … Metro 3) … Signal Mtn (3) … won all three in 1947
  27. Gary Robinson … State PGA Section (3) … State Open    
  28. Lex Tarumianz … 2005 British Senior Amateur, runner-up … 2002 U.S. Senior Amateur, quarterfinals … Signal Mtn. … Metro
  29. D.J. Nelson … State Amateur …. Metro
  30. Albert W. Gaines … 1903 Southern Amateur … SGA president, 1902-03.
  31. Vernon Smith …. Signal Mtn (2), Brainerd (2), Metro

Note: Gene Pearce provided the majority of the player bio information

 

Tournament Champions

Southern Amateur: A.W. Gaines … Ed Brantly … Mike Malarkey

National Champs … Polly Boyd (collegiate, Dartmouth); Lew Oehmig (U.S. Senior Amateur … Harry Shoemaker (National Lefthanders Amateur (3); National Lefthanders Open) 

SEC Champ: Mickey Mabry (Tennessee)

Walker Cup: Adam Mitchell , 2009 (winning team)

State Amateur: Lew Oehmig (8), Polly Boyd (4), Ed Brantly (3), Wes Brown, Chris Byrd, Gibby Gilbert III, Daren Hampton, D.J. Nelson, Mike Nelms, Billy Ragland, Derek Rende, Ewing Watkins, Garner Watkins, Larry White

State Open: Kip Henley (2), Mike Nelms (2), Harold Lane, Bryce Ledford, Derek Rende, Gary Robinson, Ira Templeton, Larry White

State Amateur & State Open: Mike Nelms, Derek Rende, Larry White

Chattanooga Metro: 7 – Ed Brantly, Lew Oehmig;  6 – Polly Boyd; 4 – Pat Corey

Signal Mtn. Invite: 6 - Ed Brantly, Lew Oehmig; 5 – Michael Morrison; 3 – Harold Lane

Brainerd Invite: 5 – Richard Keene; 4 – Vernon Smith, Ira Templeton

Players Championship:  3 - Pat Corey; 2 – Richard Keene, Bryce Ledford, Chris Treadway,

Red Bud: 7 – Ed Brantly … 6 – Richard Keene

 

contact B.B. Branton at [email protected]

Edited by bbb

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