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Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame Members

Gibby Gilbert (1941 -  )
Inducted in 1995

Gibby Gilbert of Chattanooga joined the PGA Tour in 1967 and had three career victories and earnings of $1,055.479 before joining the Senior PGA Tour in 1991. While playing the regular tour, on the state level he won four TGA State Opens (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990) and the TPGA Section Championship five times (1979, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1990).   

Gibby Gilbert
Jack Lupton (1926-2010 )
Inducted in 1995

John T. “Jack” Lupton II of Lookout Mountain is the greatest philanthropist in the history of Tennessee golf. In addition to contributing over $3 million to help secure the property and complete the renovations of what is now Golf House Tennessee in Franklin, Lupton helped the United States Golf Association create a President’s Fund for special projects and made substancial contributions to the golf programs at UT Knoxville and UT Chattanooga. His creation of The Honors Course in Ooltewah changed the face of Tennessee golf. He dedicated The Honors Course to amateur golf and invited the finest championships to be played there.  

Hillman Robbins, Jr. (1932-1981) 
Inducted in 1995

Over a period of eight years, Hillman Robbins of Memphis won close to 60 golf tournaments as an amateur, including the 1953 TGA State Amateur, 1953 and 1955 Southeastern PGA Open, 1954 Southern Intercollegiate, 1954 Arkansas Open, 1954 NCAA Championship, 1955 Sunnehanna Amateur, 1956 North and South Amateur, and 1957 U.S. Amateur. He played in three Masters and three U.S. Open tournaments and was a member of the victorious U.S. Walker Cup team in 1957. 

Judy Eller Street (1940 -  )
Inducted in 1995

Chattanooga’s Judy Eller Street was selected Tennessee’s greatest woman golfer by Golf Digest in 1958. She retired from active competition in 1969. At age 15, she became the youngest ever to win the TGA State Women’s Amateur Championship in 1956. She won two U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championships. In 1959 at the University of Miami, she won the National Intercollegiate and finished second in 1960. Judy twice won the Women’s Southern Amateur and was a member of the 1960 Curtis Cup team. She won a total of seven State Amateurs, including five in a row.

Ted Rhodes (1916-1969)
Inducted in 1997

With the backing of heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis, Ted Rhodes of Nashville was the premier player on the United Golf Association Tour in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The mostly black tour was played on primarily second-rate municipal courses. Some estimate Rhodes won over 150 tournaments. He won the Negro National Open in 1949, 1950, 1951, and 1957. Rhodes was one of the first blacks to play on the PGA Tour. From 1946 to 1961, he made 62 cuts and finished in the Top 10 twice.            

Ted Rhodes
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