FRANKLIN – After a season in which tournament participation saw an increase almost across the board, the Tennessee Golf Association turns its attention to 2021 as it released next year’s competitive schedule on Friday.
Every TGA men’s state championship enjoyed a boost in registration over 2019 with the exception of the Tennessee Amateur Championship (held at The Honors in 2019), but even it had the second-most entries for the tournament since 2010.
With many recreational activities being disrupted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, golf was a popular outlet across the country – and that was no different in Tennessee. TGA executive director Chad Anderson hopes that momentum will continue with an exciting roster of host courses in 2021.
“This past year presented many unique challenges due to the pandemic, and the Tennessee Golf Association did everything we could to provide a safe, competitive environment for our golfers,” Anderson said. “We saw many of our championships enjoy significant increases in registration and we hope all of you that competed with us for the first time, or rediscovered us, will come back for an exciting schedule in 2021!”
Among the highlights of the 2021 schedule is the return of the Tennessee Open, which fell victim to the pandemic this year and was cancelled for the first time in the tournament’s 72-year history. The Tennessee Open will return to GreyStone Golf Club on June 8-10. The event was held at the Dickson, Tenn. course two years ago, with Hunter Green edging fellow professional Brad Hawkins in a play off for the $10,000 top prize.
The 106th annual Tennessee Amateur Championship heads to Council Fire Golf Club for the first time ever and will be contested August 2-6. The Bob Cupp design in Chattanooga has hosted eight TGA state championships since it opened in 1992, most recently the 2018 Tennessee Match Play won by Oliver Simonsen.
The Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship will be held at one of the most prestigious courses in Tennessee as Holston Hills welcomes the top amateur women in the state June 29-July 1. Holston Hills is also scheduled to be the host of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Visit Knoxville Open in 2021.
The 23rd annual Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open will return to Stonehenge Golf Club in Crossville for the 13th consecutive year on July 22-24. Two years ago, the tournament saw a record number of 127 competitors compete for the title at one of the country’s premier women’s state open tournaments.
The Tennessee Boys’ Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Amateur will be held concurrently at the same course for the third consecutive year. Memphis Country Club will be the site of the Tennessee Junior Amateur Championships on July 6-8. Memphis C.C. was founded in 1905 and has hosted 17 TGA championships, but only three since the turn of the century (2003 Mid-Amateur, 2009 Women’s Amateur, 2014 Men’s Amateur). The course has a unique history in that it was originally a 9-hole course until 1915, when Donald Ross expanded it to 18 holes on just 105 acres located near downtown Memphis.
Our 2021 competitive season opens with the Tennessee Senior and Super Senior Four-Ball at Stones River on May 11-14. The Tennessee Senior and Super Senior Amateur will be held Aug. 17-19 at Windyke Country Club in Memphis, while the Senior and Super Senior Match Play will be hosted by Rarity Bay Golf and Country Club to conclude the 2021 competitive season on Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Rarity Bay has hosted one other TGA championship in its 25-year history, the 2016 Senior and Super Senior Four-Ball.
The remainder of the men’s tournament schedule in 2021 features several other highlights.
The Tennessee Mid-Amateur Championship, which enjoyed a record number of entries at TPC Southwind this past season, moves to Oak Ridge Country Club on Sept. 16-18. The Tennessee Four-Ball, which sold out and had an extensive waiting list in 2020, will be played at Black Creek Club in Chattanooga on June 22-25.
The Tennessee Match Play, which changed to the popular pool play format, goes to Colonial Country Club on July 13-16. Middle Tennessee State University golfer Connor McKay has won the tournament two straight years.
The Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur and Women’s Mid-Amateur will be held at Cleveland Country Club on Sept. 21-22. The Tennessee Women’s Four-Ball is scheduled for Aug. 21-22 at Heatherhurst in Fairfield Glade.
During the TGA's annual Competitions Committee early this month, two new championships were added to the TGA's permanent slate of tournaments. The Tennessee men's Mid-Amateur Four-Ball will be held May 22-23 at Jackson Country Club. It will feature two days of stroke play four-ball competition. The Tennessee Women's Match Play will take place June 14-16 at Brentwood Country Club.
The popular Parent-Child Tournament on Father’s Day weekend will be held June 19-20 at Stonehenge Golf Club in Crossville.
Registration for TGA state championships has historically opened the first Wednesday in March, though that date has not been finalized for 2021 as of press time.
TENNESSEE GOLF ASSOCIATION
2021 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
May 22-23, Tennessee Mid-Amateur Four-Ball, Jackson Country Club
June 8-10, Tennessee State Open, GreyStone Golf Club
June 22-25, Tennessee Four-Ball, Black Creek Club
July 13-16, Tennessee Match Play, Colonial Country Club
Aug. 2-6, Tennessee Amateur, Council Fire Golf Club
Sept. 16-18, Tennessee Mid-Amateur, Oak Ridge Country Club
June 14-16, Tennessee Women's Match Play, Brentwood Country Club
June 29-July 1, Tennessee Women’s Amateur, Holston Hills Country Club
July 22-24, Tennessee Women’s Open, Stonehenge Golf Club
Aug. 21-22, Tennessee Women’s Four-Ball, Heatherhurst
Sept. 21-22, Tennessee Women’s Senior and Mid-Amateur, Cleveland Country Club
SENIOR/SUPER SENIOR MEN’S EVENTS
May 11-14, Tennessee Senior and Super Senior Four-Ball, Stones River Country Club
Sept. 28-Oct. 1, Tennessee Senior and Super Senior Match Play, Rarity Bay Golf and Country Club
August 17-19, Tennessee Senior and Super Senior Amateur, Windyke Country Club
July 6-8, Tennessee Boys' Junior Amateur, Memphis Country Club
July 6-8, Tennessee Girls' Junior Amateur, Memphis Country Club