Thomas hosts Amputee Long Drive event
Former McCallie School golfer Jordan Thomas will be competing July 18-19 in the Amputee Long Drive Championship presented by Pilot Flying J at Tennessee National Golf Club.
Participants are from the U.S. and Canada, and all benefits will go toward the Jordan Thomas Foundation -- an organization he set up while still in the hospital after losing his legs below the knee in a boating accident. The JTF assists children by providing adequate protheses until they turn 18 years old.
"This is the inaugural event," founder Dean Jarvis said. "It's very important because of Jordan's work as an advocate of amputees, children and insurance fairness. He's an incredible advocate for amputees."
Four Mocs honored
UTC announced Tuesday that Jordan Britt, Mette Kryger, Isabella Loza and Emily McLennan made the Women's Golf Coaches Association Division I All-American Scholar team for 2013. Britt and Kryger are second-time recipients of the honor requiring a minimum 3.5 grade point average; the other two were freshmen. The Mocs also had four in 2011.
Sewanee's Emily Javadi from Chattanooga was announced as a Division III honoree Monday.
Metro still open
Applications for the Chattanooga Men's Metro Championship will close Sunday night. The annual tournament that rotates among CDGA courses will be held July 12-14 at Lookout Mountain. It will have a senior division for the first time, with senior players teeing off from forward tees. The entry fee is $140 and applications can be found at www.IfYouLikeGolf.com or in the Lookout pro shop.
The Cleveland Invitational was set to be played the first weekend in May, but rain forced postponement until July 20-21 at Cleveland Country Club. Applications are available at IfYouLikeGolf.com or by contacting the pro shop.
Scenic City 18
The Chattanooga Times Free Press is seeking input for the Scenic City 18, a project designed to combine the best golf holes from courses in the area into ideal 18-hole combinations.
One Scenic City 18 will feature holes from private courses. Another will cover public courses from as far south as Calhoun and north as Manchester, as far west as Fort Payne and eastward to Chatsworth.
To nominate your favorite golf hole, public or private, email David Uchiyama at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Creeks Bend last Wednesday, Luke Rutherford hit his 21st career hole-in-one. Rutherford aced the 153-yard No. 17 with a 3-iron while golfing with Steve Nix, Jason Griffith and Jim Cofer.
Johnny Underwood scored a hole-in-one on June 20 at Cleveland Country Club. He aced No. 17 from 152 yards with a 7-iron while playing with Todd Burkhart, Sean Holland and Pokey Gray.
Bobby Gray and Mike Conners each got a hole-in-one last Wednesday at Brainerd on No. 17. Gray aced it from 151 yards with a 9-iron while playing with Ron Merritt and Curt Johns. Conner holed out from 136 yards with Marty Bourquin, Jim Peacock and Robert Crabtree as witnesses.
Jess "Sonny" Lee knocked in his first hole-in-one Saturday at Brown Acres. He used a sand wedge for the 102-yard shot on No. 14, with Tony Workman, Joe Callum and Bill Leatherwood watching.
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 ...