The Tennessee Golf Foundation (TGF) is excited to announce the hiring of Hayden Echols as the new Knoxville Regional Director. Echols will begin his duties February 6.
As Regional Director, Echols will be responsible for developing, implementing and enhancing programs geared toward growing golf and drawing more people to the game in the Knoxville area. He will also manage the Beverly Park and Concord Park Par 3 golf courses, as well as oversee the Knoxville Pro-Am Series and the Knoxville Amateur Tour.
“We look forward to having Hayden build on the great foundation in Knoxville started by Chad Anderson, who is leaving the position to become Executive Director of the Tennessee Golf Association,” said Dick Horton, TGF President. “Hayden has a vast knowledge of what goes on at Golf House and of the golf business and I know he will impact Knoxville area golf in a very positive way,” Horton continued.
A native of Pendleton, SC, Echols began working at Golf House Tennessee in 2011 as a Tournament Operations intern for the Tennessee PGA. After working the Ryder Cup at Medinah in 2012, Echols returned to Golf House in 2013 and served as the field director for the TPGA. In 2014 he was named Associate Director of Competitions for the TGF and has served in this role for the past three years.
During his time as Associate Director of Competitions, Echols helped oversee the development and continued success of the Sneds Tour, Tennessee Middle School Golf Association and the Tennessee Junior Cup.
Echols is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he received a Bachelors degree in Sports Journalism Electronic Media and a minor in business. Additional experiences include an internship with the Golf Channel, freelance work for the Arnold Palmer Design Company and director of golf instruction at Camp Walt Whitman. Echols also serves as a member of the “roping crew” at The Masters each April.
“I could not be more excited about the opportunity to serve as the Knoxville Regional Director. Knoxville is an area my wife and I deeply love, and I am truly humbled by this opportunity,“ Echols said, “The PGA professionals and TGA member clubs in Knoxville are first class. I look forward to working alongside these men and women in helping grow the game in this amazing area.”
Echols and his wife, Meghan, have one dog – named Knox.