CHATTANOOGA, TN – The 2021 Tennessee Senior PGA Professional Championship was forced to be cut to 18-hole after Council Fire Golf Club became unplayable for round two due to the amount of rainfall the area saw overnight and Tuesday morning.  With the championship being shortened, round one leader Bobby Cochran, PGA secured the title over 27 other senior professionals.  Players battled for their chance to claim one of four spots in the 2021 Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac at PGA Golf Club on October 21-24, 2021.  The top nine players in the field finished their rounds at even-par or better.

Bobby Cochran (Germantown, TN) carded the low round of the tournament carding an impressive bogey free 64 (-8) to win by three-shots.  “I played really well,” said Cochran.  “I was striking the ball well to put it close and was able to make the putts.” Cochran wins the title in his first start in the Senior Professional Championship.

Chris DeBusk (Chattanooga, TN) took advantage of having a home game.  DeBusk, the general manager at Council Fire, fired a 67 (-5) to finish solo second.  Walt Chapman (Knoxville, TN), Bill Breen (Nashville, TN), and Henrik Simonsen (Ooltewah, TN) finished in a three-way tie for third after carding rounds of 3-under par (69).  

Rolex Senior Player of the Year points leader Jared Melson (Tullahoma, TN) made the turn with a bogey free 34 (-2) to put himself in striking distance.  Melson played the back-nine even par recording two birdies and two bogeys to finish 2-under par (70).  He sits in solo sixth heading into tomorrow’s final round. 

Congratulations to our qualifiers for the 2021 Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac at PGA Golf Club Bobby Cochran, Chris DeBusk, Henrik Simonsen, Bill Breen, and Walt Chapman who qualifies off an exemption.  Our alternates will be Jared Melson, Brock Shafer, Chris Woods, and Hunt Gilliland.

The Tennessee Senior PGA Professional Championship is a level one Rolex Senior Player of the Year points event.

A special thank you to all of the staff at Council Fire Golf Club for their hospitality.


This event would not be possible without the support of the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Tennessee Senior Professional Championship.


Cadillac is the Official Vehicle of the PGA of America.
Our mission is to earn our Customer’s loyalty by delivering sales and service experiences with high quality, excellent value, integrity and enthusiasm. We will function as a team, work ethically, and focus on meeting and striving to exceed the expectations of our Customers.

The TNPGA expresses its gratitude to the following Supporting Sponsors.

Golf Channel

Co-founded by Arnold Palmer and Joe Gibbs on January 17, 1995, Golf Channel in 2011 became part of the NBC Sports Group and – serving the most-affluent audience in all of television – now is available to nearly 500 million viewers in nearly 80 countries and nine languages around the world.


The PGA TOUR is a Supporting Partner of PGA of America Professional Tournaments.
By showcasing golf’s greatest players, we engage, inspire and positively impact our fans, partners and communities worldwide.

In addition, we thank our Section Supporting Partners for their involvement.

Precise Yardage Books

Our Team at Precise Yardage Books offers our customers unparalleled experience in Professional and Amateur Golf. We have been able to use our combined 50 years of caddying on the PGA, and LPGA Tours as our guide to making a Professional, quality yardage book that has everything the competitive golfer needs. It is imperative that we provide our clients with a product they are an integral part of designing. A yardage book their members will be proud to hand to their guests as a treasured keepsake. Providing exemplary personal service and Professional, quality yardage books to our clients is our goal! 

About Council Fire Golf Club

The heart and soul of the Council Fire Club is our beautiful 18-hole championship golf course. Built in 1992 by world renowned architect, Bob Cupp, the course plays over 114 acres of pristine Bermuda surfaces with backdrops including lakes, streams, nearby mountain ranges and an abundance of natural foliage. Council Fire Club promises to excite and challenge every golfer. The club has hosted the PGA Tour, Senior Tour, NCAA Championship and numerous USGA and State championships. 

About Tennessee PGA

The PGA of America is the world’s largest sports organization, comprised of 28,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in teaching and growing the game. Founded in 1916, the PGA of America has enhanced its leadership position by conducting premier spectator events – PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – as well as significant philanthropic outreach initiatives, and award-winning golf promotions.

Formed in 1968, The Tennessee Section PGA is one of the 41 sections that comprise the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. It is one of the largest sections, with over 500 members and associates. Tennessee PGA seeks to elevate the standards of the professional golfers’ vocation, to promote the interest in the game of golf, to protect and advance the mutual interest of the Members, to conduct tournaments and offer educational opportunities for the employment and benefit of the Members and to promote good relations with clubs and communities within the Tennessee Section’s boundaries.  For more information, contact Brandon Moore, Marketing and Communications Manager, at 615-686-3397 or