Tenn. Senior: Harris leads with 69
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 11, 2013) — Day one of the 2013 Tennessee Senior Amateur and Super Senior Amateur is in the books and Doug Harris of Franklin is atop the Senior Amateur leaderboard with a score of 3-under par 69. Harris started with a bang birdieing his first hole of the day, the par-4 tenth hole at Hillwood Country Club. Harris would go on to shoot 3-under par in his first nine holes. Even-par on the back side left Harris with a 33-36-69 total to lead Neil Spitalny and Mike Poe at 2-under par 70.

Jack Ramsey of Germantown leads the Super Senior Amateur Championship after his round of even-par 72. Ramsey turned with a score of 2-under par 34 and headed to back side with momentum. A stumble at the par-4 thirteenth hole was Ramsey’s only blemish on the back side and the double-bogey slid him back to even par for the day. Ramsey holds a single stroke lead over Cliff Thomas and Dan Schorsten. Ramsey won the Tennessee Super Senior Four-Ball Championship this summer with fellow Memphis area native Tim Thompson.

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The TGA State Senior Amateur was first played in 1965 at the original Colonial Country Club in Memphis. Curtis Person Sr. shot 211 to outlast Earl Pate, also of Memphis, by seven strokes. Person was Tennessee’s most prolific senior player, but strangely this was his only State Senior title. When Chattanooga’s Lew Oehmig won five straight champions+hips from 1969 to 1973, the tournament was discontinued. It was revived in 1980 and Oehmig won two more for a record seven. It was 1993 before Tennessee came into compliance with the USGA standard by limiting senior play by amateur men to age 55 and older. Person and Mack Brothers Jr., were responsible for the TGA creating a Senior Amateur Championship. Mack P. Brothers, Jr. won the 1944 Tennessee Amateur, the 1966 and 1968 TGA Senior Amateur and the 1969 Southern Senior Amateur Championship. He served as TGA president in 1955, 1965, and 1975. This is where the trophy annually awarded to the champion received its name.

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