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THE VINNY INVITATIONAL was established in 1993 to generate funds to impact youth and support junior golf programs in the state of Tennessee. THE VINNY has generated over $7.3 million in its 24-year history with over $2.9 million awarded to programs across the state.

Each year, The Tennessee Golf Foundation issues grants to deserving youth development and junior golf organizations while contributing to an endowment fund to protect and preserve these life-enhancing programs for future generations. Grant requests go through a formal approval process that considers applications from organizations that:

Support programs that introduce young people to golf, with special consideration given to those programs involving minorities, females and in rural communities
Improve accessibility of golf courses to youth.

Teach golf in school curricula and athletic programs.

Support programs that offer golf to physically and mentally challenged individuals.

Foster educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth, physically challenged, ethnic minorities and females through golf programs designed to develop human resources.


The recipients below received $94,210 in The Vinny Grants for 2016. Congratulations to all for helping to "change lives through golf."

Amy Grant $100 Scholarships for girls to attend TN PGA Academy

Blind Golf Clinic and Programming (Nashville)

Bradley County Junior Golf Clinic (Cleveland)

Ironwood Junior Golf (Cookeville)

Kids Play Free Program (Knoxville)

Jack McKenna Golf Day (Chattanooga)

Special Olympics Tennessee (Statewide)

Springbrook Junior Program (Niola)

TGF Golf in Schools Program (Williamson/Davidson Counties)

The First Tee of Chattanooga

Hub City Junior Golf (Jackson)

The First Tee of Memphis

The First Tee of Middle Tennessee (chapter & affiliates)

The First Tee of Tri-Cities

The First Tee of Greater Knoxville

TN Middle School Golf Association (Statewide)

TN PGA Junior Golf Academy Scholarships and Support (Statewide)

W.M. (Billy) Daniel Jr. Golf Program (Clarksville

TGF Teaching Equipment (Franklin)