Inductees to the Hall of Fame
Below is a list of inductees to the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame. We honor these athletes for their accomplishments and contributions to the game of golf.
Dick Horton was recently inducted into the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame. He served as the Executive Director of the Tennessee section of the PGA and Tennessee Golf Association and was also the President of the Tennessee Golf Foundation. In addition to his many leadership roles, Horton helped develop the state of golf as an integral part of the state’s economic and civic development. This induction is well-deserved, as Horton is one of Tennessee’s most respected golf figures.
If the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame is any indication, David Gossett is one of the most inspirational figures in the game. The prodigious drive for perfection and an obsessive need to write thank you notes have led to his induction into the Hall of Fame. A past PGA champion, Gossett is a devoted thank you letter writer. He has been nominated for the Hall of Fame since his fourth start as a rookie.
A native of Germantown, Gossett attended the University of Texas, where he was a two-time All-American and the Big 12 student-athlete of the year. He went on to win the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach and the John Deere Classic, and in 2002 was named a Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame inductee. The Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame inducted Gossett in its inaugural class in 1991.
Two Memphians, David Gossett and Shaun Micheel, have been named to the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame. Both prepped at Germantown High School and went on to play college golf at Texas. Gossett, who won the U.S. Amateur championship in 1999, will be inducted in 2022. The ceremony is scheduled for June 5 at Ridgeway Country Club.
During his professional career, Micheel was the youngest member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame. He was the ninth member of the group to be inducted. In 2002, he made his first PGA TOUR appearance at the Memphis Open, and finished T12 that year. In his second year, he made twelve PGA TOUR Champions starts and finished T7 in the Charles Schwab Cup. He missed the Korn Ferry Tour, but made a top-ten finish in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
There are only a handful of men from Tennessee who have achieved this much, and King Oehmig is among the most deserving. Born in 1943, King was the son of legendary amateur golfer Lew Oehmig, ’35. He excelled in golf and became a three-year letterman at Baylor University. He also earned All-Mid-South honors in his junior and senior years. King went on to play golf at the University of Virginia, where he lettered four years. He was named Dixon Brooke Most Valuable Golfer in 1973, advanced to the round of sixteen at the 1982 USGA Mid-Amateur, and even appeared in the British Amateur Championship.
Oehmig was a true gentleman’s champion, winning the Bob Jones Award for Distinguished Sportsmanship in Golf. His exemplary service to the game earned him the title of “Gentleman Champion” at the World Golf Hall of Fame. In addition to his golf achievements, Lew Oehmig’s personal life also inspired others by presenting the award to his wife.
Robert Stanton Greenwood, Jr., is a professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour from 1969 to 1975. He is a life member of the PGA of America and is a Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame inductee. Born in Cookeville, Tennessee, Greenwood is a three-time NCAA All-American and a member of the PGA of America. A native of the area, Greenwood was a four-time Tennessee State Champion, a member of the Tennessee Golf Association and an AP Sportswriter.
The first inductee in the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame was former PGA Tour player Bobby Greenwood, whose father was a PGA member. Harold Greenwood, Bobby’s grandfather, became a traveling golf evangelist, preaching at the homes of different professional golfers. His popularity as a speaker on golf tours led to him receiving invitations from a variety of different groups.