Chris Hall wins Lupton Senior Invitational
28 May 2017
by Pete Wlodkowski of

see also: View results for Lupton Senior Invitational, The Honors Course, Chris Hall Rankings

Senior Champ Chris Hall (left) with Super-Senior winner Neil Spitalny
Senior Champ Chris Hall (left) with Super-Senior winner Neil Spitalny

OOLTEWAH, Tennessee (May 28, 2017) -- It was another battle of the Halls at the Lupton Senior Invitational. Chris Hall of Marietta, Georgia has known Savannah legend Jack Hall (no relation) since the pair were 10 years old.

Jack Hall had the edge heading into the final round of stableford competition, but in the end it was Chris who took the title, putting up 38 stableford points (105 for the tournament) to edge his friend Jack, as well as Adam Kugler, by 2 points.

Tournament players made all sorts of jokes when they found out that the winner (Chris Hall) is the arborist working on a tree cleanup effort at The Honors Course -- the most obvious being that he removed any tree blocking his preferred ball flight.

But spending time on a property will make you comfortable there, and Hall was coming off a fifth place finish in 2016 so he obviously knows how to play the challenging Pete Dye design.


Tennessee amateur golf standout Neil Spitalny won a playoff for the Super-Senior title, after finishing square with Robert Hess at an impressive 102 points. In the playoff, the pair showed the grit and determination of junior golfers, starting on the first hole.

Both players hit driver on the tree-lined par-4, and hit the green in regulation. That's when Spitalny -- who tournament director Henrik Simonsen described as "tenacious" -- holed a 45-foot putt to seemingly shock his opponent, who had a 15-foot putt of his own left.

When Hess holed out right on top of him, the pair headed for the next hole, a par-5. Both players missed the green in regulation, and chipped to within 6 feet. With Hess further away, he missed a hard breaking left-to-right putt (those are the worst under pressure for a right hander, aren't they?) and left it to his opponent Spitalny, who had now seen the break, to miss or make.

Spitalny, a member of nearby Chattanooga Golf and Country Club, cooly holed out for the victory and headed home with a nice piece of hardware.

Results: Lupton Senior Invitational
1GAChris HallMarietta, GA70034-33-38=105
T2NJAdam KuglerCloster, NJ40035-32-36=103
T2GAJack HallSavannah, GA40034-35-34=103
4TNMitch HufstetlerChattanooga, TN30036-30-35=101
T5NCPaul SimsonRaleigh, NC30033-33-34=100

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ABOUT THE Lupton Senior Invitational

This is the senior division of an event named after Honors Course club founder John T. Lupton. The event made it's debut in 2005 on a spectacular Pete Dye golf course near Chatanooga. Mitch Voges won the 1991 U.S. Amateur here, and Tiger Woods won the 1996 NCAA Championship here despite a final round 80. Stableford format for the Senior division. Committee invites 72 mid ams and 54 senior ams. The field will be cut to approximately 75% in each division following the 2nd round.

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