CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (March 7, 2018) – The temperatures this week may be a reminder that it is still winter, but the Tennessee Golf Association is already making plans for one of its showcase events on the 2018 schedule.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event and the 10th consecutive year that it has been contested at Stonehenge.
“(Crossville) is the Golf Capital of Tennessee for a reason,” said Allison Brown, Director of Rules and Competitions for the TGA. “We are always excited to get to come here. I can speak for the TGA staff and say we are excited about this year’s event.
“We are celebrating our 20th year of our Tennessee Women’s Open, the 15th year it has been here in the Crossville community and the 10th year Stonehenge will be hosting it, so quite a few milestones. We have some fun things we want to do to really kind of step up what we do for the players and the community during tournament week.”
Brown called last year’s Women’s Open “one of the best events we’ve had since I’ve been on staff.”
The 2017 title was won by Sarah Hoffman of Saline, Mich., following a two-hole playoff with amateur Elsa Moberly (Somerset, Ky.) and Samantha Troyanovich (Naples, Fla.).
The Women’s Open was the first win of Hoffman’s professional career, making her the fourth consecutive Open winner to claim their initial pro victory at the Crossville event.
Veronica Karaman of Sanford, Fla., won the Senior Division championship last year.
Twenty-seven states were represented in the 125-player field a year ago, as well as 40 colleges and universities amongst competitors who were still competing on the collegiate level or who were rising freshmen last summer.
“We are one of the premier women’s opens in the country,” Brown noted. “I think last year we really proved it.”
The TGA brought a special guest speaker to Wednesday’s luncheon, former University of Tennessee and Farragut High School standout Teleri Hughes.
Hughes made her first appearance in the Women’s Open in 2013 as a way to help prepare her for her freshman season with the Lady Vols. She now calls the event her “favorite tournament of the year.”
“After playing in the tournament for the first time, I evaluated it and I realized that this was definitely a tournament that I wanted on my calendar every single year,” Hughes said. “One of my favorite parts of the tournament is seeing all the spectators and all the people who volunteer to help. It’s so much fun to get to come back every year.”
Hughes, who has not only played golf all across the country but also the world as part of the Welsh National Ladies Golf Team, was also very complimentary of the Stonehenge layout.
“On the day of my practice round, the first time seeing Stonehenge, I was really impressed with the facilities and the course,” Hughes added. “Every hole seemed so unique. It was interesting to go to a course and feel like every hole is a signature hole. Every hole is unique and fun in its own way.”
During the luncheon, TGA Executive Director Chad Anderson informed those in attendance that Billy Loggins, the Marketing Director for the City of Crossville, had recently been named to the TGA Board of Directors.
Anderson noted that “this may be the first person that we’ve had from Crossville on our Board of Directors – certainly in a long time.”
The TGA was joined Wednesday by the staff of the Tennessee Section PGA, as it was on hand to promote the Tennessee Senior State Open – also sponsored by the City of Crossville. The Senior Open is also hosted by Stonehenge and is set for May 14-15.
“Golf is very important, economically, to the city,” Loggins said. “The TGA and the PGA Section run our events at such a high level, and then we’ve got the facilities that we feel like are at that level. It’s just a winning combination.”