(Knoxville, TN) – After 36-holes on the old style Donald Ross course at Holston Hills Country Club we have a champion.  Over the two rounds 39 Assistants from across the section teed it up for their chance to claim one of three spots in the 2023 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship.

CJ Jones (Gallatin, TN) put together a wire-to-wire performance posting rounds of 61-67 to finish 16-under par overall to win the National Car Rental Tennessee Assistant PGA Championship by three-shots.  Jones played nearly a perfect 36-holes posting 15 bridies, an eagle, and just a single bogey. 

Congratulations to our National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship qualifiers Tre Mullins (Knoxville, TN), Mike Vance (Jackson, TN), and Alex Holland (Knoxville, TN).  They’ll tee it up November 16-19, 2023 in Port St. Lucie, Florida at the PGA Golf Club.  Alternates for the event will be Joey Batuello, Trey Romig, and Michael McGill.  Due to changes to qualifier eligibility only A-8 and B-8 classifications were eligible to qualify for the National Assistant Professional Championship. B-8s must have successfully completed and passed Level 1 and matriculated into Level 2 of the PGA PGM program to be eligible. This change was implemented by the National PGA Tournament Committee.

Special shoutout to Jordan Harre (Nolensville, TN) who recorded a hole-in-one on the 150 yard par 3, 8th.  Harre becomes the first player in 2 years a part of the hole-in-one club to record a hole-in-one in an eligible round. 

The National Car Rental Tennessee PGA Championship is a level one Rolex Assistant Player of the Year points event.

A special thank you to all of the staff at Holston Hills Country Club for their tremendous hospitality.



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About Holston Hills Country Club

Founded in 1927, Holston Hills Country Club enjoys a rich history on its classic Donald Ross golf course. Featuring 18 holes of Bermuda grass fairways, it sits on 180 open acres of rolling hills adjoining the Holston River. The golf course is consistently ranked among Tennessee’s Top 100 golf courses.

Holston Hills Country Club has hosted many state and national events during its history. Byron Nelson won the Knoxville Open at Holston Hills in his magical year of 1945 and the PGA Cup matches for the 1982 World’s Fair were played at Holston Hills. In recent history, Holston Hills hosted the 2004 USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and the Tennessee PGA Championship in 2007. Today, Holston Hills plays host to the annual Visit Knoxville Open as part of the Korn Ferry Tour. 


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 bamoore@pgahq.com