WHIT TURNBOW ANNOUNCED AS INCOMING TENNESSEE GOLF FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
Starts in new role on October 1, 2018
Tennessee Golf Foundation Chairman (TGF) Jim Seabury of Nashville announced that Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) Senior Associate Athletic Director Whit Turnbow has been named as the new President of the TGF starting this fall.
Turnbow is a graduate of Middle Tennessee where over a 16-year career he served as golf coach then Senior Associate Athletic Director. As head men’s golf coach, he led his team to 15 championships, including six NCAA appearances, and was named Coach of the Year on three different occasions. In that role, he also secured funding for the completion of the Jeff Hendrix Golf Performance Center, which houses both the men’s and women’s golf teams. In 2017 he successfully bid and hosted a Division 1 NCAA Regional Championship at The Grove Club in College Grove, Tennessee. Turnbow’s teams had 100% graduation rate and a perfect 1000 Academic Performance Rating for eight consecutive years.
Whit, who is an accomplished amateur player himself, plays off a +3.6 handicap index. As Senior Associate AD at MTSU, he was instrumental in the creation of a new dynamic Strategic Facility Plan for MTSU athletics and has launched a successful $100 million capital campaign.
“Whit is a perfect fit for the next chapter of Tennessee golf. We see Whit having all the skills, character and personality to follow ongoing President Dick Horton. Dick was our chief executive for golf in our state for 45 years and grew Tennessee’ collective golf organization’s assets from $3,500 in 1973 to $22 million today. He will transition to Adviser to the Chairman on October 1” noted Seabury.“I would like to thank Jim Seabury, Dick Horton, and the entire TGF search committee and board for their confidence in me. Having grown up in Tennessee junior golf, I am a direct beneficiary of the opportunities the foundation provides, and nothing excites me more than to have the privilege to build upon the work Dick and his team have done for so many years. Alongside the TGA and TPGA, we will continue to serve golfers of every level statewide,” said Turnbow.
Turnbow will manage and be responsible for growing the TGF endowment fund and its annual giving programs. Turnbow and Horton will be active in expanding legacy gifts to the TGF’s Honour Council from lifetime golfers and friends who embrace the foundation’s mission “To promote golf and its life enhancing values with an emphasis on teaching youth and the disadvantaged”.
Seabury points out that “We have excellent opportunities to grow the endowment. Like a college or university, our endowment will sustain us in the future and work to insure golf is affordable and accessible in Tennessee. Golf enjoys a passionate group of lifetime participants who credit its positive core values to their own successes in life”.
A Shelbyville, Tennessee native, Whit has been married for 17 years to his wife, Lori. They have two children, Reagan (10), and Connor (5).
ABOUT THE TENNESSEE GOLF FOUNDATION (TGF)
The TGF works in concert with both the Tennessee PGA and Tennessee Golf Association as the state’s youth golf development arm. TGF programs include The First Tee of Tennessee, the Sneds Tour, Middle School golf, the TPGA Junior Golf Academy, the Tennessee Junior Cup hosted by Scott Stallings, the Golf House Tennessee Learning Center, The Little Course at Conner Lane regional staff directors in four major cities, and the largest Special Olympic golf program in America. TGF also supports an active and growing PGA military veterans program and has produced The Vinny Invitational, Vince Gill’s 26-year old pro-celebrity event that has raised almost $8 Million for junior golf and youth development programs. More information on TGF can be found at www.tngolf.org.