SEVIERVILLE, TENN. (WVLT) -- Davis Shore of Knoxville, TN has captured the 2014 Tennessee Junior Amateur championship with rounds of 75-63-70 to win by a two stroke margin over Chase Harris, Hunter Richardson, and Tanner Owens. Coming in with a single stroke lead, Shore started out with a rocky start making three bogeys in his first five holes at Sevierville Golf Club’s River Course. A birdie at the par-4 seventh hole righted the ship and Shore would tack on two more to fire an even par 70. Shores 2-under par 208 finish makes him one of the youngest champions in recent history and allows him to come back in 2015 as defending champion.
Junior Amateur History
In 1964 Harold Eller, professional at Old Hickory Country Club, and his wife, Ruth, organized the Tennessee Junior Golf Association and hosted the Tennessee State Junior for boys and girls. Mrs. Eller was the president of the TJGA from its inception until it was absorbed by the TGA in 2000. The first TJGA State Junior champion was the Ellers’ match play, but since 1966 stroke play has been used. The name of each State Junior champion is inscribed on the Harold Eller Trophy.
Tennessee Golf Association History
The Junior Amateur Championship is one of eighteen(18) state championships that the Tennessee Golf Association conducts annually. In 1914, the TGA was organized at Memphis Country Club as an association of private clubs. The objective of the Association, as stated in its Constitution, “shall be to promote the game of golf in Tennessee.” From these small origins, the TGA has become an association which now includes over 200 member clubs, courses and organizations, comprised of over 32,000 individuals from across the state. For more information on the TGA, visit us online at tngolf.org/tga.