FRANKLIN, Tenn. (Dec. 9, 2021) – The Tennessee Golf Association is pleased to introduce Allison Brown as its new executive director, effective immediately.
Brown, who joined the TGA staff in 2015 and has served as the Senior Director of Rules and Competitions since 2020, replaces Chad Anderson, who stepped down to pursue other opportunities in September.
“We are excited to have someone like Allison Brown lead the Tennessee Golf Association,” said TGA president Tim Jackson. “She has done an outstanding job of running our championships over the past five years.”
“Not only that, she has built great relationships in the golf community, and more specifically in Golf House Tennessee. We know that she will further solidify the TGA’s relationship with the Tennessee Golf Foundation and our Tennessee PGA Section professionals, while continuing to raise the profile of our championship events.”
Brown is a native of Hope, Arkansas and played golf collegiately at the University of Alabama, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in sports fitness management.
She began her career in golf with the American Junior Golf Association, where she served as Tournament Director from 2003-2006. After a stint as the assistant women’s golf coach at LSU, she was the Manager of Rules and Competitions for the LPGA Tour from 2007-2012.
Brown has officiated such events as the U.S. Women’s Open, the Women’s British Open, the LPGA Championship, the Nabisco Dinah Shore and the Evian. She currently also serves as the head rules official for NCAA Division I women’s golf, which she has done since 2017.
Brown was hired as the TGA’s Director of Women’s Golf in 2015. She later took over all TGA championships (men, women, seniors, juniors) in 2018.
“I am very excited and humbled by the opportunity to be the Executive Director of the Tennessee Golf Association,” Brown said. “I want to thank the TGA Board of Directors, Executive Committee and President Tim Jackson for the opportunity. I am looking forward to making Tennessee golf the best it can be by working with our TGA staff, the Tennessee PGA Section and the Tennessee Golf Foundation.”
The Tennessee Golf Association offices are located inside Golf House Tennessee, which is home to all of the governing bodies in Tennessee Golf. Tennessee Golf Foundation president Whit Turnbow said he is looking forward to a great relationship between the TGF and TGA to further serve the needs of golfers in the state.
“The Tennessee Golf Association hit a home run with Allison Brown,” Turnbow said. “She has a great personality and a willingness to work with everyone inside Golf House Tennessee to continue the great collaborative culture established many years ago.”
“The Tennessee Golf Foundation welcomes her into her new role and looks forward to working alongside her to continue improving and growing the game in Tennessee.”
Clayton Hromadka, Executive Director of Tennessee Section PGA, added, "Allison is a phenomenal individual, poised to continue to elevate amateur golf in Tennessee. As one of the most respected golf administrators in the country, her experience will continue to drive the game of golf forward in Tennessee. The TNPGA and our PGA Professionals look forward to continuing the collaborative culture that makes our state so special."
ABOUT THE TENNESSEE GOLF ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1914, the Tennessee Golf Association has been dedicated to serving the needs of TGA member courses and amateur golfers in Tennessee for over a century. The TGA hosts 21 state championship tournaments every year, highlighted by the Tennessee Open, the Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open, the Tennessee Amateur Championship, the Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship and the Tennessee Junior Amateur Championships. The TGA also operates the USGA’s Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN), which provides a uniform handicap service to all amateur golfers in Tennessee. The TGA is the direct liaison between amateur golfers in Tennessee and the United States Golf Association (USGA). The TGA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Offices are located at 400 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37069. www.tngolf.org/tga