LMGC MEMBERS IN THE TENNESSEE GOLF HALL OF FAME
John T. “Jack” Lupton (1926 – 2010)
Although Mr. Lupton is most noted in golfing circles for The Honors Course and Golf House Tennessee, his contributions and support of the Lookout Mountain Golf Club were extremely generous and his love for the game helped shape golf at the Club. Along with John “Hollywood” Stout, Mr. Lupton created the Swing Ding, and with Mr. Stout as his partner won the inaugural event in 1959. To this day the Swing Ding is one of the top member-guests in the South. As projects needed to be tackled at LMGC, it seemed that Mr. Lupton was often there not only with his generosity but also with his great ideas. Mr. Lupton was Chattanooga’s only member at Augusta National and most likely the only Chattanoogan to serve on the United States Golf Association’s Executive Committee.
Lewis West Oehmig (1916 – 2002)
Mr. Oehmig was one of the finest Amateur golfers to ever play the game. He was a natural athlete and a Champion at both Baylor School and the University of Virginia, winning his first of eight Tennessee Amateur Championships in 1937. Likely the finest senior Amateur to play the game, Mr. Oehmig was a six-time finalist for the USGA Senior Amateur Championship, winning in 1972, 1976, and 1985. Possibly his two greatest achievements in golf came as a non-player when he captained the United States Walker Cup team to a 16 – 8 victory over GBI in 1977 and was presented the USGA Bob Jones Award for Distinguished Sportsmanship in 1994. In 1992, fellow Club member Lex Tarumianz, a past President of the Tennessee Golf Association, created a tribute to Mr. Oehmig that continues today as the Golf Club plays a tenacious inner Club match with the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club. The Oehmig Cup Match is played the first weekend after Labor Day.
Betty Rowland Probasco (1929- present)
Mrs. Probasco was winning Championships in her home state of Kentucky and at Rollins University before becoming a Chattanoogan in 1955. She won her first of four Kentucky State Amateur Championships in 1949 and the National Intercollegiate Championship in 1950.Betty met her future husband, Scotty Probasco, at the Women’s Southern Amateur played at the Chattanooga Golf & CC and was married shortly thereafter in 1955. She won her first Tennessee State Amateur that same year and won her record eighth Championship in 1986. Betty also won the Women’s Southern Amateur in 1955. In 1982, Mrs. Probasco received a high honor in serving as the Captain of the United States Curtis Cup team. During a wonderful career as a Senior Amateur, she won several events most notably the Championship at the Western Senior in 1991. That same year, Betty received her biggest honor as the first woman golfer inducted into the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.