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Tennessee Golf Foundation introduces Lamar Mills as new Regional Director in Chattanooga


FRANKLIN, Tenn. (Feb. 23, 2022) – The Tennessee Golf Foundation is pleased to introduce Lamar Mills as its new Regional Director in the Chattanooga area, effective April 1, 2022.


Mills, who has been at Cleveland Country Club for 18 years - including the past 13 as General Manager/Director of Golf - replaces Dori Paschall, who has decided to pursue interests outside of golf.


“We are very excited to have Lamar join the Tennessee Golf Foundation team,” said Whit Turnbow, President of the TGF.  “He is very highly respected in the Chattanooga golf community and we believe that he will do a great job in sharing and expanding the TGF mission in the area.”


Mills brings a decorated resume to the Tennessee Golf Foundation, which will be highlighted even further this Monday when he is elected President of the Tennessee Section PGA at their annual meetings.  He also served on the TGF Board of Directors from 2018-2022.


“It is such an honor to join the Tennessee Golf Foundation,” Mills said.  “The opportunity to make a lasting impact on golf in the Chattanooga area is very exciting to me.”


“I have served this golfing community for the last 33 years of my career and I have a passion to see its continued growth.  The TGF is doing so much to advocate on behalf of golf in the state of Tennessee and I can’t wait to be a part of that vision moving forward.”


Mills has spent most of his life in the Chattanooga area, including his time as a student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education in 1993.


He earned his PGA membership in 1999 and has received numerous accolades from the Tennessee Section PGA over the past two-plus decades – most notably the 2018 Tennessee Golf Professional of the Year, the 2015 Richard Eller Growth of the Game Award recipient, and the 2020 Professional Development Award recipient.


Mills began his career in the golf business in 1989 at Brown Acres Golf Course in Chattanooga. He spent 10 years there and then the next five at Rolling Hills Golf Course before joining Cleveland Country Club as the head golf professional.


Mills served on the Tennessee Section PGA Board of Directors from 2009-2012. He was the Section secretary from 2018-2020 and the Section vice president from 2020 to present.


He has also served on various committees with the Tennessee Section PGA, including: the Junior Golf Committee, the Education Committee, the Growth of the Game Committee, the Harold Eller Scholarship, the Delek Apprentice Scholarship Committee and the Section Awards Committee.


Mills and his wife Stacy have been married for 23 years and have three children - Ellie (19), David (14) and Kimber (8).


“There are so many exciting things happening in and around the Chattanooga area when it comes to golf,” Mills added.  “I look forward to helping lay the ground work for many initiatives that will have a lasting impact for years to come.”


Turnbow was very complimentary of the work Paschall did in her time with the Tennessee Golf Foundation.  The Tusculum University graduate spent the past 10 years as the TGF Regional Director in Chattanooga.  Prior to that, she served almost 11 years as the Director of Women’s Golf for the Tennessee Golf Association.


“We are very grateful for everything Dori did for the game of golf during her time as the Regional Director in Chattanooga,” Turnbow said.  “We wish her nothing but success in her future endeavors.”


As a TGF Regional Director, Mills will be charged with overseeing all Tennessee Golf Foundation initiatives in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas.  


ABOUT THE TENNESSEE GOLF FOUNDATION

The Tennessee Golf Foundation operates out of Golf House Tennessee, located in Franklin, and is home to the state’s governing bodies of golf – the Tennessee Golf Association, the Tennessee Section PGA and TGF Junior Golf. Golf House Tennessee also features The Little Course at Conner Lane, a state-of-the-art learning center with a nine-hole, par-three course and driving range, with programming for all ages and skill levels. The TGF focuses on initiatives for juniors and the disadvantaged, with such offerings as the Sneds Tour – a statewide junior tour – Special Olympics, PGA HOPE, The First Tee, Tennessee Middle School Golf and the Scott Stallings Kids Play Free Program.