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Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame Elects Three in 2009 Class

 

Franklin TN- The Tennessee Golf Foundation board of directors approved the induction of Beverly Eller Pearce and Danny Green, of Jackson, and Tim Jackson, of Germantown. The formal inductions will be held at the Avenue Bank Celebration of Golf Dinner in Nashville on November 5th. The Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame will now have 33 members that are enshrined at Golf House Tennessee in Franklin.


Beverly Eller Pearce  significantly influenced Tennessee golf on and off the course. Pearce, the eldest daughter of the The Eller Family, long known as the first family of Tennessee golf, has made golf a major part of her life for over 50 years. Beverly has played in more State Women’s Amateurs than any other person, having played in her first in 1953.  She won five Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur Championships (1987, 88, 91, 92 & 94) and was a semifinalist in the Women’s State Amateur twice.

 

Through her allegiance to golf, she has served as President of the Women’s Tennessee Golf Association (1992-93) and served as a board member of the WTGA/TGA for over 40 years. The Tennessee Junior Boys & Girls Championships, which were started by her parents, the late Harold & Ruth Eller, in 1964, were overseen by Beverly until they became a part of the Tennessee Golf Association.  During that time she worked every State Junior every year with a few exceptions.  

 

“It was a shock to learn I will be included among only thirty-three in the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame,” Beverly said. “This is a tremendous honor. Having played in our State Amateur for over 50 years, I have had the pleasure of competing with all of our great players, from Marguerite Gaut and Margaret Lee to Betty Probasco, Connie Day, and my sister, Judy Street. Also, it’s especially gratifying to join a select group which includes my father, Harold Eller, and to be inducted this year with two ofTennessee’s greatest amateurs, Danny Green and Tim Jackson.”

 

The Eller Family was honored in 1993 by the National Golf Foundation as the Jack Nicklaus Golf Family of the Year.  Father Harold Eller (1914-2002) and sister Judy Eller Street are also members Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame. Beverly Eller Pearce and her husband Gene, former residents of Jackson,Tennessee are now residing at The Villages, in Florida.
 


Danny Green, 
of JacksonTennessee won his first of 10 Tennessee Amateur Player of the Year awards in 1989. He has played on one Walker Cup team and in six USGA State Team Championships. He holds a number of USGA records and among these include being the only player to have every played in the finals of the US Amateur, the US Amateur Public Links and the US Mid Amateur.

 

Of Danny’s many playing accomplisments his biggest highlights are winning four Tennessee Mid-Amateur Championships (1994, 00, 03, 04), three Tennessee State Amateur Championships (1993, 00, 03) and the 1999 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship. Winning a USGA event, a national championship, has been the highlight of Green’s career, but he believes he played his best golf when he won the 1997 Western Amateur.

 

“Danny’s competitive spirit is like no other player in Tennessee history. The tougher the opponent, the better. Danny never played in a competition he didn’t think he could win,” noted TGF President Dick Horton.

 

No other player in the Tennessee golf history has played in as many state, regional, and national tournaments as Danny Green.  He won the 2000, `01 and `07 Southern International Four-Ball, the 2000 and 2004 Terra Cotta Invitational, the 2000 Gasparilla Invitational, two Tennessee State Two-Man Scrambles, the 2001 Hugh Wilson Mid-Amateur, 2002 Pinehurst Invitational Four-Ball, the 2005 Inverness Mid Am Invitational and the 2006 Pacific Northwest Amateur.


Tim Jackson,  of GermantownTennessee has played on two Walker Cup teams and in six USGA State Team Championships. He won his first of seven Tennessee Amateur Player of the Year awards in 1994. He was inducted in the Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1999.  Tim’s championships include the 1994 and 2001 USGA Mid Amateur Championships and winning the Tennessee Mid Amateur championship five times (1990, 97, 01, 02, 05). He has won the Tennessee State Amateur Championship in 1994, 1998, 2001 & 2005, the Tennessee Match Play Championship in 2005 and the Tennessee State Open in 2002.

 

In regional competition Jackson has won the 1998 North & South Amateur, the 1995 Southern Amateur Four-Ball, the 2001 Gasparilla Invitational, the 2002 Pinehurst Invitational Four-Ball, and three Birmingham National Invitationals (2006, 07, 08).

 

Jackson ’s acknowledges the highlight of his career was playing on the 1995 and 1999 Walker Cup teams.  He is the only Tennessean to have participated on two Walker Cup teams. Jackson noted, “nothing compares to it, not even winning the USGA Mid-Am. I can’t tell you how it feels to be selected for something like that, representing your country.”

 

“Tim Jackson is a true gentleman golfer and has played the amateur game as well as any player in our state’s history,” noted Horton. “His record and character has represented Tennessee at the highest level of amatuer golf and it’s a priviledge to have him as a member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.”

 

Tim Jackson is currently the president-elect of the Tennessee Golf Association, and is scheduled to be named President in February of 2010.

 

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For more information on the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame call (615) 790-7600.

 

Contact: Connie Pearce

Tennessee  Golf Foundation

Phone: (615) 790-7600

Fax: (615) 790-8600

cpearce@pgahq.com