The Nashville Golf Open and Brandt Snedeker tee it up for Middle Tennessee youth.

Last year the first ever Nashville Golf Open (NGO) brought a PGA Web.com event to Middle Tennessee. The tournament was a huge success with more than 10,000 attendees, but it wasn’t just your average golf tournament. The NGO also made a huge positive impact on the Middle Tennessee community.

“Our goal with this event was to create an exciting week on the annual Middle Tennessee sports calendar, while also looking to better the lives of people in the area who may or may not have connections to the game,” said Patrick Nichol, President of the tournament’s host, Tour Visions Promotions.

Last year, the NGO raised more than $50,000 for two organizations right here in the metro Nashville area: The Tennessee Golf Association’s First Tee Program, and Williamson County high schools. For the 2017 event, the NGO is setting the fundraising goal even higher, and they’ll have a little help from a golf superstar to reach it.

Last month Nashville native, PGA tour standout and Ryder Cup champion Brandt Snedeker signed-on as a co-sponsor of the event, which is now known as the Nashville Golf Open benefitting the Snedeker Foundation.

Snedeker formed the Foundation in 2012 to support the youth of Middle Tennessee in a variety of ways. In its five years of operation, the Snedeker Foundation has raised more than $1 million for charities in the area. In addition, the Foundation hosts the Sneds Tour, a junior golf tournament with lower than normal entry and registration fees, intended to give children in Middle Tennessee the opportunity to learn to play golf in their own community.

The Nashville Golf Open benefitting the Snedeker Foundation, which will be held from June 26 to July 2, is once again planning to donate ticket proceeds back to the local community. When purchasing tickets, attendees may choose if they would like their ticket proceeds to go toward the First Tee Program, or toward a Williamson County high school of their choice.

Snedeker himself is a graduate of the Web.com Tour, and credits the tour and the golf community of Middle Tennessee for giving him the push he needed early in his career. “The Web.com Tour taught me how to be a pro,” Snedeker said as he held the Ryder Cup trophy at a recent media event. He went on to say that without the people in his Middle Tennessee community who supported his game as a child, “I wouldn’t be where I am.”

The Nashville Golf Open benefitting the Snedeker Foundation is the 14th Web.com Tour event on the calendar for 2017, and will take place at the Nashville Golf & Athletic Club for the second consecutive year. Tickets can be purchased on the Nashville Golf Open website.