Jackson, McLennan and Wimberly Earn TGA Player of the Year Honors
(Franklin, TN)—The Tennessee Golf Association announced today the Players of the Year and the Senior Players of the Year for the 2014 season. Germantown’s Tim Jackson has claimed both the Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year awards while Signal Mountain’s Emily McLennan was named the Women’s Player of the Year and Brentwood’s Lynda Wimberly claimed the Women’s Senior Player of the Year.
Tim Jackson became the first player in the association’s 100-year history to claim both the Player of the Year and Senior of the Year titles in the same year. Jackson, who turned 55 years of age this year, was able to play in TGA and USGA senior amateur events for the first time and took full advantage of the opportunity. Jackson, a 2009 inductee of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame, is often found on the leaderboard of any event he enters and the 2014 SunTrust State Open was no exception. Jackson finished T-7th at the TGA’s season opening event hosted at Belle Meade Country Club. In the heart of the summer, Jackson would add on three more solid finishes with his runner-up finish at the Tennessee Senior Match Play hosted at Holston Hills Country Club, a fifth place finish at the Tennessee Mid-Amateur hosted at The Honors Course, and a T-2nd place finish at the Tennessee Senior Amateur hosted at Jackson Country Club. In his first ever appearance at the US Senior Amateur Championship, Jackson jumped atop the leaderboard following the opening round of stroke play qualifying and later claimed the second seed in the match play bracket. He reached the round of 32 at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, California before falling in the round of 16 to Michigan’s Randal Lewis on the 20th hole. Perhaps Jackson’s proudest victory came at this year’s State Amateur Championship where he became the oldest player in TGA history to win the championship at 55 years, 5 months. Jackson’s 1-under par 279 total awarded him his sixth career State Amateur title and his fifteenth TGA championship overall. This is Jackson’s tenth Player of the Year Award and first Senior Amateur Player of the Year Award.
Originally from Australia, Emily McLennan is currently a junior business major at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Closing her 2013-2014 college season by winning the Southern Conference individual title and assisting her team to its fifth consecutive team title, McLennan set herself up for an exceptional summer and participated for the first time in a state championship. Entering the Tennessee Women’s Amateur as a last minute decision at the suggestion of her college coach, McLennan breezed through the 36-hole stroke play qualifier and marched through match play before upsetting Kendall Martindale in the championship finals, 3 and 2. With medalist honors at the event, Martindale hoped to add another Tennessee title to her collection of five--Women’s Amateur titles in 2009 and 2011, one Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open title in 2011, and two Girls’ Junior titles in 2008 and 2010. Although Martindale took an early lead in the match, McLennan battled back and sealed the match by winning three consecutive holes with a par-birdie-birdie stretch. Later in the summer, McLennan finished T-14th in the 93-player field Women’s Trans National Amateur Championship at The Members Club at Woodcreek in Elgin, South Carolina.
After an exceptional season, Lynda Wimberly claims her first TGA Women’s Senior Player of the Year award. Starting her season at the Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship at Cherokee Country Club, Wimberly finished T-24th in the 36-hole stroke play qualifier en route to earning the newly reinstated Mildred Bosson Trophy, an honor presented to the senior stroke play medalist. Advancing to the semi-final match by besting junior and collegiate players, Wimberly fell to eventual Women’s Amateur Champion, Emily McLennan, 8 and 6. In the fall, Wimberly participated in the US Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, New Jersey, the only player to represent Tennessee in the national championship. Although she missed the cut and did not advance to match play, her experience readied her for the Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur Championship the following week. With a four-stroke lead going into the final round, Wimberly held off a late charge by Charleston’s Maggie Scott, a 9-time recipient of the Women’s Senior Amateur Connie Day trophy. Scott came back from an 8-stroke deficit and birdied her final hole to post a one-under par 71, the only sub-par round of the event, to tie Wimberly and force a playoff. Wimberly birdied the par 4 tenth hole, the first hole of the playoff, to disrupt Scott’s dominance of the event to earn her first Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur title. Closing her season at the Southeastern Women’s Amateur Team Championship, Wimberly helped Team Tennessee win the event, only its third time in the event’s twenty-two year history.
The Tennessee Golf Association congratulates the Players of the Year and Senior Players of the Year for their outstanding performances in 2014 and appreciates all players for their participation and involvement with the association’s centennial celebration.