Turnbow wins Lupton Memorial on strength of opening 66
WHit Turnbow (R) with tournament director Henrik Simonsen (Lupton photo)
WHit Turnbow (R) with tournament director Henrik Simonsen (Lupton photo)

On the strength of an opening 66, Whit Turnbow won the championship division of the Lupton Memorial. Turnbow, the president of the Tennessee Golf Foundation, finished the week at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., with an even-par 216 total.

A year ago, Turnbow, from Murfreesboro, Tenn., finished T-15 in this event. This year, the opening round of 6-under – which included five birdies, an eagle and a lone bogey – was enough to set him on the path to victory. Subsequent rounds of 72-78 left him atop the leaderboard. Four shots separated Turnbow from runner-up Craig Smith.

Smith opened with 4-under 68 to immediately fall in behind Turnbow. He followed with rounds of 74-78 for a 4-over total. Ryan Green was third another shot back. Calrton Forrester finished fourth at 6 over.

In the senior division, which is a Stableford format, William Mitchell scored a total of 106 points for a one-shot win over Mike Hughett. Paul Simson, an accomplished senior amateur from North Carolina, was part of a three-way tie for third with 104 points and Buzz Fly, who last week won the Tennessee Senior Four-Ball, was part of a tie for sixth with 103 points.

Don Kuehn won the super senior division, also a Stableford, with 100 points.

Results: Lupton Memorial Invitational
1TNWhit TurnbowMurfreesboro, TN30066-72-78=216
2TNCraig SmithNashville, TN20068-74-78=220
3TNRyan GreerKnoxville, TN10073-72-76=221
4GACarlton ForresterAtlanta, GA10076-70-76=222
5TNDavid WattsCleveland, TN10079-75-69=223

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ABOUT THE Lupton Memorial Invitational

This event, named after club founder John T. Lupton, debuted 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. 54 hole individual walking-only event. Stroke play format for the Championship division and Stableford format for the Senior division. Committee will invite 39 mid ams and 48 senior ams.

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