The 46th Annual Tennessee Challenge Cup Matches presented by SunTrust will be conducted Oct. 26-27 at Stonehenge Golf Club in Fairfield Glade.
The event, which is jointly conducted by the Tennessee Golf Association and Tennessee Section PGA, is open the public and annually pits the top 16 amateurs and top 16 PGA professionals in a Ryder Cup-style format.
The morning session on Saturday, Oct. 26 will feature eight four-ball matches, while the afternoon session will feature eight foursomes matches.
Play on Sunday, Oct. 27 will be comprised of 16 singles matches.
The amateur team is selected from the Tennessee Golf Association’s amateur and senior amateur Player of the Year points lists. The professional team is selected from a mixture of top finishers in the Tennessee Section PGA’s professional and senior professional Player of Year points lists and two captain’s picks.
Each team of 16 includes six seniors aged 50 and older. Listed below are the individuals who will be representing the amateur and professional teams this year.
The amateur team members are Todd Burgan, Matt Cooper, Nick Garrelson, Jeff Golliher, Matt Jeffers, Phillip Lee, Lee Maxwell, Ray Morton, Josh Nelms, Craig Smith and seniors Buzz Fly, Mike Freels, Steve Golliher, Doug Harris, Mike Poe and Ron Waters.
The professional team members are Matthew Brock, Kelvin Burgin, Chris Dibble, Glenn Hudson, Audie Johnson, Johan Kok, Scott Masters, Jared Melson, Loren Personett and Greg Wyatt, and seniors Bobby Bray, Randy Helton, Joey Hickman, Mark Houser, Jack Oliver and Richard Rebne.
This year’s amateur team will be captained by Chattanooga’s Mike Jenkins, a longtime board member of the Tennessee Golf Association. Assisting Captain Jenkins will be Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III, who will serve as the team’s honorary assistant captain.
The professional team is being captained by Hunt Gilliland, PGA. Gilliland is the director of golf at Chattanooga’s Council Fire Golf Club and currently serves as the immediate past president of the Tennessee Section PGA.
Assisting Captain Gilliland will be Neil Collins, PGA, the head golf professional at Tennessee Golf Trail at Henry Horton and the current president of the Tennessee Section PGA.
The first Tennessee Challenge Cup matches were held in the fall of 1968 at Old Hickory Country Club with the Amateurs prevailing, 45½-44½. The long-standing competition was the result of the efforts by Old Hickory amateur John Deal, Cookeville amateur Bobby Greenwood, and Cookeville professional Hubie Smith, then president of the Tennessee Section of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA).
While the professionals lead the overall series 27 to 18, the amateurs have won the last three sets of matches and are looking to make it four in a row. This year’s host, Stonehenge Golf Club, will be hosting this event for the first time, but annually hosts the Tennessee Senior State Open presented by Crossville, the Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open Championship and the TGA Father-Son Championship.
For more information on the Tennessee Challenge Cup Matches presented by SunTrust including complete results from this year’s event, logo onto www.tncupmatches.com.