Professional Golfers Converge in Brentwood to Take their Best Shots and Benefit a Great Cause
The lowest score may take home the trophy, but some local Tennessee charities will be big winners at this year’s The Nashville Golf Open benefiting the Snedeker Foundation. The Web.com Tour event returns to Brentwood May 21-27 and takes place at The Nashville Golf & Athletic Club. The event will also pack some additional celebrity power this year—country music star Jake Owens will be one of the 156 competitors in the field. The tournament carries a purse of $550,000 and is being sponsored by Brentwood-based Tour Visions Promotions.
Professional golfer Brandt Snedeker founded the Snedeker Foundation in 2012. Since then, the organization has raised more than $1 million for several different charities across Middle Tennessee. The foundation was named as the official charitable beneficiary of the Nashville Golf Open in May 2017, marking the second time a Web.com Tour graduate has lent his name to a Web.com Tour event.
“Brandt and I have known each other for a long time. When he was playing on the Nationwide Tour in 2005-6, I was working for the PGA Tour in tournament operations,” Patrick Nichol, CEO of Tour Vision Promotions, says. “With both of us being from Nashville, we quickly had some common things we could talk about on the road. When the Web.com Tour came to Nashville, it made perfect sense to form a partnership. We are very proud of our association with Brandt and Mandy and the Snedeker Foundation.”
The Snedeker Foundation supports a variety of efforts on both the social and athletic fronts, one of which is Our Kids, which provides expert medical evaluations and crisis counseling services in response to concerns of child sexual abuse, while also working to increase community awareness, education and training about child maltreatment. The Snedker Foundation also supports the Sneds Tour through the Tennessee Golf Foundation, which puts forth a year-round junior golf tour in Tennessee aimed at allowing kids to learn, play and enjoy the game of golf, while also making competition more affordable through lower entry and registration fees.
The community in Brentwood has truly embraced the event, with Nashville Golf and Athletic Club playing host to the tournament through 2020.
“We have been very pleased with the support we have received to date. Our attendance was up over 25 percent from year one to two”, Patrick says. “Nashville Golf and Athletic Club was built on the idea that it would someday host a PGA Tour event. It’s a great layout and has the length and difficulty required for professionals. They have great family ownership in the Whittemore family, and Brian Jorgensen is one the most highly respected golf directors in the area. Alex Price has also done a fantastic job as superintendent.”
The success of the tournament certainly bodes well for its future. Patrick says as long as fans and businesses support it, the tournament will be around here for a long time.
“Our affiliation with Brandt and the Snedeker Foundation is a huge asset for a company,” he says. “This tournament has a chance to become one of the elite events on the Web.com Tour schedule.”
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