published Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Marcus Byrd, Carter Mobley lead Georgia Junior at Farm

Marcus Byrd of Dunwoody and Carter Mobley of Waynesboro share the 36-hole lead going into the find round today of the 2013 Georgia Junior Championship at The Farm in Rocky Face. They are at 3-under-par 141. First-round co-leaders Ryan Stachler of Alpharetta and Tyler Hanson of Albany fell back to third and fourth after adding a 75 and a 76, respectively, to their Monday 68s. The closest area players are Morganton's Wyatt Larkin, tied for 13th at 150, and Dalton's Allen Behr, tied for 22nd at 152. Rocky Face's Tucker Snipes shares 36th at 155.

Black Creek Junior

Ooltewah resident Oliver Simonsen won the 14-15 boys' age group of the Black Creek Junior Classic of the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour on Tuesday. He shot a 3-over-par 147. Alexander Riddle placed eighth in the 16-19 division as the only other area boy to finish in the top 10. Ooltewah's Samantha Griffith was runner-up in the oldest girls' division with a 163.

Pick Scenic City 18

The Chattanooga Times Free Press is seeking input from golfers, golf pros and others who enjoy the game to create the Scenic City 18. That is a project designed to select the best golf holes from courses in the area and combine them 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, please send an email to David Uchiyama at

Area aces

Dee Hemphill sank a hole-in-one last Saturday at Brainerd, using an 8-iron for the 135-yard shot on No. 17. Graland Estes, Kevin Wren and Ketha Richardson were witnesses.

Joe King rolled in his second hole-in-one Saturday at Cleveland Country Club. He aced No. 13 from 216 yards with a 4-iron while playing with Marty Walker, Johnny Underwood and Greg White.

Wayne Clark scored a hole-in-one Sunday at Council Fire. He aced No. 14 from 154 yards with a 7-iron while Martha Clark, Larry Casteel and Joy Casteel witnessed.

Chris Elrod made his fourth hole-in-one on Father's Day at Battlefield. He aced No. 12 from 127 yards with a pitching wedge. Mike Miller, Tony Bailey, Scott McNabb, Brandon McNabb and Tyler Maynor were all witnesses.

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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