CHATTANOOGA, TN – The next tournament on the TNPGA schedule takes us to Chattanooga, TN for the National Car Rental Tennessee Assistant PGA Championship August 30th-31st at Council Fire Golf Club.  Originally called the Apprentice Championship, the tournament dates back to 1971.  41 Assistants will battle for the Harold Eller Trophy, with the top three advancing on to the 2021 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship.

DATES: August 30-31, 2021
OFFICIAL NAME: National Car Rental Tennessee Assistant PGA Championship
VENUE: Council Fire Golf Club – Chattanooga, TN
PAR/YARDS: 72 – 6,800 yards
PURSE MONEY: $10,175 (winner claims $1,500)
QUALIFYING SPOTS: 3 spots for the 2021 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship

SIZE: 41 players

Sunday: Practice Rounds
Monday: Round 1
Tuesday: Round 2, Awards Presentation Following

The rankings saw a bit of movement after three different chapter championships this past week. Jeff Berry (Murfreesboro, TN) retains the top spot in the Rolex Assistant Player of the Year standings after his team’s win at the Harold Eller Pro-Am back in July.  Alex Cox (Old Hickory, TN) and Joey Batuello (Knoxville, TN) moved into a tie for second after both placing second at their chapter championships. The National Car Rental Tennessee Assistant PGA Championship is a Level I event where the top-20 finishers will be awarded points ranging from 300 points to first and 12 points to twentieth.  With a tight race at the top here is a look at the current top-10 heading into this week’s Championship.

  1. Jeff Berry (Stones River) – 683
  2. Alex Cox (Golf Club of Tennessee) – 526
  3. Joey Batuello (Holston Hills) – 526
  4. Marshall Talkington (Jackson National Golf Club) – 520
  5. Chase Harris (Memphis Country Club) – 427
  6. Mike Vance (Jackson National Golf Club) – 378
  7. Adam Forgey (Heatherhurst Golf Course) – 350
  8. Lee Whitehead (Williams Creek Golf Club) – 274
  9. Chris Weilandt (Twelve Stones Golf Club) – 254
  10. Matt Nuttall (The Honors Course) – 216


Defending champion Lee Whitehead who won last year’s event at Chickasaw Country Club will look to defend his title this year.  Whitehead will look to follow up his strong performance from early this year at the Players Championship where he finished second.  This year’s field has nine of the top ten players on the Rolex Assistant Player of the Year with the exception of Adam Forgey.  Chase Harris (Jackson, TN) will look to continue his 2021 campaign in a strong way this week.  In five starts Harris has finished in the top-5 in every event with a tie for first at the Harold Eller highlighting that run. Alex Cox and Joey Batuello will look to grab the top spot on the points list with a solid performance this week.

Action gets underway at 9:40 A.M. ET  with a single tee starting off No. 1 tee for both rounds.  Round one pairings were based on current Rolex Assistant Player of the Year points and round two pairings will be based on score.  A trophy presentation by the clubhouse will follow the final round of play.  Attendance is free to the public.