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American Junior Golf Association holds two tournaments in Sevierville

SEVIERVILLE, TN – The American Junior Golf Association is holding two tournaments this month at the Sevierville Golf Club. The AJGA Junior Open Presented by Visit Sevierville (July 27-29) and the AJGA Preview Presented by Visit Sevierville (July 29-31) are expected to bring 234 golfers from 25 states – some as far away as California. The tournaments are anticipated to generate over $300,000 in economic impact for Sevierville this month.

Bringing the golf tournaments to town was a team effort between the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce and the Sevierville Golf Club led by Tony Funderburg, Chamber of Commerce Director of Sales and Advertising and Craig Volentine, Sevierville Golf Club Head Professional. “We have been talking with the AJGA for a couple of years now about bringing a tournament to Sevierville. Working with Craig on these discussions led to the AJGA asking us to host two tournaments this year. We jumped at the opportunity as the Sevierville Golf Club is a tremendous asset both our visitors and locals enjoy,” says Funderburg. A partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development helped further secure the tournaments, which will play on the River Course of the facility.

“The prestige that comes from hosting a major golf event is priceless,” says Volentine. “The AJGA is the world’s premier junior golf tour. Many of the golfers participating next week will play collegiate golf and, with some hard work and luck, perhaps the PGA or LPGA Tour after that. Not every golf course is capable of hosting these types of events, but the Sevierville Golf Club and City of Sevierville are a perfect destination for the participants and their families. We look forward to showcasing our Smoky Mountain hospitality.”

“Events like this highlight golf in Sevierville while also generating a positive economic impact for the city as a whole,” says Sevierville Chamber of Commerce CEO, Brenda McCroskey. This year’s tournaments have the potential to become annual events and grow to include elements such as a Pro-Am, which would let local golfers join the junior golfers for a day on the links.

For more information about the upcoming tournaments, visit www.ajga.org.

About the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce / Visit Sevierville
The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the promotion of Sevierville and Sevier County through the expansion of tourism and the strengthening of business relations. The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce serves as the destination marketing arm for the City of Sevierville.

About The Sevierville Golf Club
The Sevierville Golf Club is a 36-hole resort-style golf facility owned and operated by the City of Sevierville and situated on the banks of the Little Pigeon River.

About the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
Tennessee is the home of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll – delivering an unparalleled experience of beauty, history and family adventure, infused with music that creates a vacation that is “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” In 2018, Tennessee’s tourism industry generated $22.02 billion in economic impact, more than $1.81 billion in state and local tax revenue and more than 189, 757 tourism-related jobs. Explore more at tnvacation.com and join other Tennessee travelers by following “tnvacation” on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube or “Tennessee” on Snapchat.

About the AJGA
The AJGA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

Published July 29, 2020











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