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 $7.5 million in its 25-year history with over $3 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 grant recipients below received $92,440 in The Vinny Grants for 2017. Congratulations to all for helping to "change lives through golf."
Amy Grant $100 Scholarship for Girls to attend TPGA Academy (Statewide)
Bradley County Junior Golf Clinic (Cleveland)
Chattanooga Junior Golfers Development Program (Chattanooga)
City of Memphis Junior Golf Program (Memphis)
Friends of Bloomfield Links (Murfreesboro)
Golf House Tennessee Learning Center (Franklin)
Hub City Junior Golf (Jackson)
Ironwood Junior Golf (Cookeville)
Jack McKenna Golf Day (Chattanooga)
Knoxville Junior Golf Academy (Knoxville)
MAM Elementary School Initiatve (Memphis)
Special Olympics Tennessee Golf Program (Statewide)
Tennessee Golf Foundation Golf in Schools Program (Davidson/Williamson Counties)
The First Tee of Greater Knoxville (Knoxville and surrounding areas)
The First Tee of Memphis (Memphis)
The First Tee of Middle Tennessee (Nashville and surrounding areas)
The First Tee of Tri-Cities (Bristol, Johnson City, Kingsport)
Tennessee Middle School Golf Association (Statewide)
Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Academy (Statewide)
Tennessee Junior Golf (Statewide)
Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Academy Scholarships (Statewide)
W.M. (Billy) Daniel Jr. Golf Program (Clarksville)