David Newman shoots his age, 71, at Chatata Valley
David Newman shot his age at Chatata Valley in Cleveland on April 25.
The 71-year-old said he had to get up-and-down on the last hole for the 71 while playing with Robert Gilliland.
"We were playing two other guys and we beat them pretty bad," Newman said. "I had a three-footer on the last, and I got to know what it's like for the pros on a Sunday."
He shot a 34 on the front nine. His round included four birdies and three bogeys.
"I thought about it driving to the course because it was a warm and sunny day," said Newman, who has been playing for about 50 years. "But then I didn't think about it until the turn."
It was his first time to reach a goal he set for himself as a 68-year-old.
"I surely thought I'd get it when I was 70," he said. "I just had to wait another year."
UTC's Emily McLennan honored
UTC sophomore Emily McLennan was the Southern Conference women's golfer of the month for April, when she finished eighth in the Web.com Intercollegiate and first in the league tournament, helping the Mocs win as a team.
Signal still open
Applications for the Signal Mountain Invitational are available at the club's pro shop or online at www.IfyouLikeGolf.com The three-day tournament begins May 16 and includes flights for an open division, seniors and a Stableford division.
Richard Puckett and Pam Austin won the WindStone member-member tournament in a chip-off against Matthew Mucciolo and Nick Huffman over the weekend.
Bob Lundgren scored a hole-in-one Saturday at the Champions Club at Hampton Creek during its member-member tournament. He aced the shot from 115 yards with a pitching wedge with Steve Lowery, Bryan McJunkin and Rex Weland as witnesses.
Todd Holden sank his third hole-in-one Saturday at Creeks Bend. He used a pitching wedge for the 143-yard shot on No. 9 with John Sisk, Sarah Holden and Adam Disbrow 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 ...