Mason Rudolph of Clarksville became the first Tennessee amateur to win a USGA championship. He won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 1950. That same year he qualified for the U.S. Open at the age of 16. He was the first player ever to have won the TGA State Open and the TGA State Amateur in the same calendar year—1956. He won five additional State Opens (1959, 1963, 1965, 1966, and 1972). Mason played for 30 years on the PGA Tour, winning five times.