(Loudon, TN) – The next tournament on the TNPGA schedule brings us to Loudon, TN for the 54th Tennessee PGA Professional Championship August 8-10 at Tennessee National Golf Club. The Championship is known as the premier event for Tennessee Club Professionals. Tennessee National Golf Club is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the Top 10 golf courses in Tennessee. With five holes playing to or from the water, beautiful views of Watts Bar Lake are not hard to find. This, in addition to 13 water features and stacked sod bunkers reminiscent of Scottish links, make Tennessee National refreshingly different from other courses in the southeast. The Greg Norman Signature course is uniquely playable and will prove to be a test to our field of professionals.
DATES: August 8-10, 2022
OFFICIAL NAME: 54th Tennessee PGA Professional Championship
HASHTAGS: #TNPGAPRO #TNPGA
VENUE: Tennessee National Golf Club – Loudon, TN
PAR/YARDS: 72 – Men: 7,028 yards | Women: 6,102 yards
PURSE MONEY: $38,250 (winner claims $6,500)
PAST CHAMPIONS: https://bit.ly/3QkQ2Xr
QUALIFYING SPOTS: 4 spots for the 2023 PGA Professional Championship at Twin Warriors & Santa Ana Pueblo Golf Clubs
Sunday: Practice Rounds
Monday: Round 1
Tuesday: Round 2
Wednesday: Round 3, Awards Presentation Following
ROLEX REGULAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS
The rankings saw some movement after the Yamaha Harold Eller Pro-Am. Casey Flenniken (Knoxville, TN) stretched his lead by following up his Tennessee Shine Co. Pro-Am first place finish with a second place finish among professionals at the Harold Eller. Ryan Botts (Nashville, TN) cracked into the top-10 after finishing tied for sixth at the Harold Eller. The Professional 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. Here is a look at the current top-10 heading into this week’s 54th Tennessee PGA Professional Championship.
- Casey Flenniken (Tellico Village – Tansi GC) – 938
- Braxton Hunter (Fairways & Greens Golf) – 692
- Josh Bevell (Profectus Golf) – 659
- Johan Kok (Troubadour Golf and Field Club) – 612
- Allie Knight (Fairways & Greens Golf) – 504
- Scott Master (Old Hickory CC) – 497
- Bobby Cochran (Colonial CC) – 486
- Ryan Botts (Old Hickory CC) – 383
- Mike Vance (Jackson National GC) – 381
- Loren Personett Jr. (McCabe Golf Course) – 350
NOTES ON THE LIST OF COMPETITORS:
Defending champion Loren Personett Jr. will look to go back-to-back this year to win his fourth Tennessee PGA Professional Championship. Personett has won the championship in 2003, 2015, and 2021. Personett finished first among professionals in the Players Championship earlier this year. Past champion Johan Kok will look to make history at this year’s Championship. Kok has won four Tennessee PGA Professional Championships (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) and will look to tie the record of Joe Campbell and Gibby Gilbert Jr. as the third player to win the tournament five times. Kok is coming off a first palace finish at the Yamaha Harold Eller where he put together back-to-back rounds of 66. Last year’s runner up Josh Bevell will look to put together another strong performance at this year’s championship. Bevell had a strong showing at this year’s Tennessee State Open at Council Fire finishing tied for fourth. The past two Pro-Ams tournaments Casey Flenniken has finished first and second in the professional division. Flenniken leads all players this season with 53 birdies and will hope to keep pouring them in to claim his first Tennessee PGA Professional Championship title this week. Past Champions Kelvin Burgin, Audie Johnson, Scott Moran, Walt Chapman and Oliver Peacock are also in this year’s field.
Action gets underway at 8:00 A.M. CT the all three tournament days with a single tee starting off No. 1 tee. After rounds one and two the field will be repaired based on scores with leaders teeing off last. A trophy presentation by the clubhouse will follow the final round of play.