We Celebrate Memphis Golfers

The event will honor past amateur golfers who were builders and stakeholders of the game in the African American Community.  In times past African Americans were denied the privilege to play professionally but created a strong amateur tradition.  Memphis and the Mid South had many notable and talented golfers who blazed the trail.  It is these men and women, the stakeholders of golf the Life Together tournament will honor.


Life Together, Inc. has named it Stakeholders Amateur Golfer Award after Gregory Odom, Sr. Noted as the prototypical Amateur African American golfer of excellence, Greg was a golfer of great skill and did a lot for the game that gave him so much. He coached the youth, conducted charity tournaments, and was the encourager of anyone attempting to play the game. His son, Gregory Odom, Jr. followed in his footsteps. Two days after the death of Greg Sr. in May 2021, Greg Jr., a student at Howard University won the national PGA Collegiate Championship. Greg Jr. has since then graduated and moved on the professional circuit. Mrs. Shirley Odom, stated, “Greg and Greg Jr. were so much alike and both are real champions.” Each year during the Life Together Stakeholders Open, the Greg Odom Sr. Award will be presented to an amateur golfer for excellence, a competitive spirit, and for community-minded contributions. This year’s winner will be announced during the luncheon on October 21, 2023.


Thurman Glass, Jr., a native Memphian began his love for golf at the tender age of 10 as he watched adults play golf at Colonial Country Club. Soon after, he and some friends began ‘sandlot’ golfing by digging holes in a neighborhood field. Surrounded by family and friends, Thurman pursued his interest in golf. In spite of never receiving lessons nor being a part of an organized team during his school years, Thurman mastered the art of golf by watching other players and practicing for endless hours.

Thurman has received numerous awards and achievements, been featured in many newspaper articles, and won over 75 golf tournaments during his illustrious career. His first tournament win was the Sam Quarles Tournament in 1962. Thurman was a three- time winner of The Ted Rhodes Tournament (the Super Bowl of golf tournaments for African American golfers); the Memphis Publinks Tournament (which features the best local golfers and was his first integrated tournament); and the Memphis Senior Publinks Tournament. Thurman has been honored with the following accolades: a Legends of Golf Honoree (2004); induction into The Memphis Golf Hall of Fame; the Scholarship Golf Tournament First Flight (2022); and the Scholarship Golf Tournament Longest Drive (2022). He has traveled throughout the country pursuing his passion. With a very humble spirit, Thurman believes people give him too much credit for his golfing ability and contributes the longevity of his distinguished career to being blessed beyond measure with a natural God-given gift and loving to do what God has given him.

Charles Hudson
Cornelius Butler, Sr
Dalt Nickleberry
Dollar Sanders
Donald McCray
Elton Grandberry
Gregory Odom, Sr
James Walker
Jimmy Fields
Johnny Scott
Lee Price
Lonnie Williams
Mason West
O. D. Alexander
Odell Price
Pleas Jones
Randy Perry
Rickey Hudson
T.O. Fuller
Thurman glass
Walter Anderson 
Willie Robinson
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