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TGA partners with TSSAA to run high school golf state championships


FRANKLIN – There will be a new look to the Tennessee high school golf state championships in 2021, and the Tennessee Golf Association will play a role in it.

The TGA announced Thursday afternoon a partnership with the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA) to run tournament operations for the season-ending prep tournaments, beginning next school year.

In addition to that, the state championships will all be contested in one week – as opposed to the current set-up of three weeks – and will be moving to Sevierville Golf Club.  They are scheduled to be held October 3-8, 2021.

Tennessee Golf Association executive director Chad Anderson is excited about teaming up with the state’s high school governing body to provide a championship atmosphere and experience for the top junior golfers in the state.

“The TGA is looking forward to working with the TSSAA as we strive to host a great championship for the high school kids,” Anderson said.  “Our goal is to create a great experience and determined the best high school golfer and team in each classification.”

“Sevierville Golf Club will be a fantastic destination site with great golf courses, practice facilities and activities for the players and their families to enjoy.”

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The TSSAA currently hosts four classifications for both boys and girls in the sport of golf – Small Public Schools, Large Public Schools, Division II-A (private) and Division II-AA (private).

Historically, both Division II tournaments have been held simultaneously, with the Small Class and Large Class each being contested alone in separate weeks.

Anderson noted that the change in scheduling allows all schools to have the same time frame for their respective regular seasons.

The TSSAA approved in its Board of Control meeting Thursday changes to the calendar in regards to the dates when district and region tournaments for each class must be completed by.  In previous years, the classification that competed the first week of the state championships had a shorter regular season compared to the remaining classes.

The TSSAA state golf championships have been hosted by WillowBrook Golf Course in Manchester every year since 2010 and at Old Fort Golf Club the four years prior to that.

Before 2006, a rotation of courses was typically used every year to host the different classifications, beginning with the 1991 season – the first year that more than one classification was used.

The state golf championships date back to 1938, when they were held at Morristown Country Club.

Sevierville Golf Club features two 18-hole layouts that will be utilized for this year’s event – the boys will play the River Course and the girls will play the Highlands Course. 

TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress offered these comments about the changes: “We are very excited about the opportunity to hold our state golf championships at the Sevierville Golf Club.  The course is outstanding and the fact that it has 36 holes provides the chance for us to conduct all of the tournaments during a one-week period, which will truly highlight the state golf championships and the talents of so many student-athletes."