Four Golden Eagles to compete in 98th Annual Tennessee Amateur Championship


By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With just a few weeks remaining before the 2013 school year kicks off, four members of the Tennessee Tech men's golf team are still trying to squeeze as much golf as possible out of the summer as they can.

 Sophomores Adam Cunningham and Mitch Thomas, junior Lee Whitehead, and senior Mason Griffin will all participate in the 98th Annual Tennessee Amateur Championship at the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club in Chattanooga. The 72-hole stroke play event, which begins Aug. 6 and runs through Aug. 9, will feature 156 of Tennessee's top amateur golfers.

After an invitational State Amateur tournament was played in Nashville in 1913, the Tennessee Golf Association was formed at Memphis Country Club during the week of the Southern Amateur tournament in 1914. It was decided the TGA's first State Amateur would be played later in the year at Nashville Golf & Country Club. Bradley Walker of Nashville defeated McGee Tyson of Knoxville, 11 and 9, in a 36-hole match. Originally contested at match play, the Amateur has chosen its champion by stroke play since 1967, exclusive of 1968.

Adam Cunningham will join teammates Lee Whitehead (above), Mason Griffin, and Mitch Thomas in this week's Amateur Championship.

The Martin J. Condon Trophy is annually awarded to the champion of the Tennessee Amateur Championship.

Martin J. Condon, Sr. was widely known as the "Father of Tennessee Golf". He was the second president of Memphis Country Club, and also served as president of the TGA in 1921 and was a director of the Southern Golf Association from 1922-1940.

The Golden Eagle men's golf team will open its fall schedule on Sept. 9 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate at the Hattiesburg Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss.