Remembering our Tennessee Golf Friends

Wesley G. Brown Sr. (born Sep. 11, 1929, died Mar. 31, 2020) won the 1946 and 1947 State Junior and the 1948 State Amateur. He was the oldest living past TGA champion. The longtime insurance agent played golf and football at McCallie and Washington & Lee. He was a recipient of the USGA’s Ike Grainger Award for service to the game.

John A. Bullington Sr. (born Aug. 19, 1943, died Oct. 27, 2020) of Johnson City was a director of the Tennessee Golf Association for 18 years. John, who graduated from Milligan College with a B.S. degree, was involved in every facet of community life in the Upper East Tennessee area. His company did real estate appraisals in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. 

David Climer(born ____, 1953, died Jan. 19, 2020) was a sports writer and columnist for The Tennessean for 42 years. He wrote with wit, but is best remembered for his fair and balanced approach to journalism. He received an Associated Press Sports Editors National Top 10 Columnist Award three times. He was inducted in the Tennessee Sports Writers Hall of Fame in 2015.

Jimmy Davy
(born Mar. 8, 1933, died Apr. 30, 2020) was a sports writer for The Tennessean for 45 years. He started working for the newspaper while a student at Lipscomb. He started as a prep writer and later devoted most of his time to golf and Vanderbilt athletics. He was a member of the Tennessee Sports Writers Hall of Fame. 

C.M. “Buck” Johnson 
(born Jul. 26, 1926, died Jun 7, 2020) was a retired sports editor of The Chattanooga Times. He won national honors in softball and golf, and was highly respected for his columns entitled "The Buck Stops Here.'' Previous to his newspaper career, he was a highly respected coach in the Hamilton County school system. 

Robert A. Morrison Jr.
(born Apr. 17, 1937, died Jun. 10, 2020) was president of the Tennessee Golf Association in 1981-82 and won the 1971 State Four-Ball with partner Ed Brantly. “Lumber” was a  member of Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club, The Honors and two clubs in Florida. In 1974, he started MSA, Inc., a digital technology company now run by his sons. 

Larry Shute 
(born Nov. 28, 1931, died May 3, 2020) was the PGA professional and owner of the Bluffton Golf Club in Bluffton, OH from 1970 to 1989. He was named Northern Ohio PGA Section Professional of the Year in 1978. After moving to Crossville he obtained his Master Professional status in 1993. Shute is a member of the Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame and Greater Cincinnati PGA Hall of Fame. 

Larry Walker
(born Jan. 9, 1952, died Feb. 25, 2020) was a long-time Tennessee Golf Association board member and a past president of the Southern Golf Association. He was a member of Colonial CC and Old Waverly GC in West Point, MS. He was an astute golf rules official who volunteered his time to many events.

James R. “Jim” Webb
(Jul. 10, 1948, died Jul. 21, 2020) of Ormond Beach, FL is best remembered for his 17 years with the LPGA Tour. He was responsible for it becoming golf’s first international tour. Jimmy grew up in Savannah, was a club pro at Lakewood in Tullahoma before becoming the tournament director for the TPGA. He retired as director of golf for Tennessee State Parks in 2012.



written and edited by Gene Pearce
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