By Ed Greif
Representatives from the Tennessee Golf Association, the Tennessee PGA, city of Crossville, Cumberland County, Fairfield Glade and the media met March 22 to announce the dates for the Tennessee Senior State Open and The Golf Captial of Tennessee Women's Open.
Both events will be played at Stonehenge Golf Club. The men's senior open will be Monday and Tuesday, May 13-14, while the women's tournament will be July 18-20.
Matt Vanderpool, executive director of the Tennessee Golf Associaition, thanked Crossville Mayor Graham III and the city for their support of the tournament.
"Everyone plays a vital part in putting on the tournament," said Vanderpool.
He also recognized Avery Owens of WCTE; City Councilman Jesse Kerley; City Parks and Recreation Director Steve Hill; the staff at Fairfield Glade, Bob Stackhouse, Fairfield Glade Community Club president; PEG Broadcasting; Don Napier, Tom Flynn, the Crossville Chronicle, Danny Plumblee and Matt Phipps, both of Lake Tansi; Billy Loggins, City of Crossville marketing and public relations director; Bobby Greenwood, former PGA Tour professional; and Cumberland Medical Center.
Also in attendance was David Simcox, Cumberland County assessor of property.
David Olinger, Tennesee PGA Tournament director, pointed out that this was the fourth year of the Tennessee State Senior Men's Open and that the field has increased from 78 in 2010 to 101 in 2012.
"We want to continue to see it grow and hope to have 156 in 2013," said Olinger.
There will be a super senior division for those 65 and over for the tournament, which has increased its purse to $7,500. The regular division is for seniors 50-64.
The entry fee is $200 for amateur and players club members and $250 for none-PGA professional and non-players club. The tournament is open to all professionals and amateurs with a 10 handicap or better who live in Tennessee. Players must be 50 years old by May 13.
Defending champion Harry Taylor attended the media day.
"It is always good to come back to Crossville. The Golf Capial of Tennessee is fitting for this tournament. It makes me have something to win," said Taylor.
Tracy Parsons, director of women's golf, pointed out this will be the 15th year for the women's open and fifth year at Stonehenge.
Defending champion Lauren Stratten attended the event, also, and said, "It is an honor to be here today. I will never forget walking down the 18th green and seeing all of those people sitting around the 18th green."
Stratten, a senior at Vanderbilt, is planning to join the LPGA's Symetra Futures Tour this summer and going to Q-school in the fall.
Stratten and her Vanderbilt teammate Kendall Martindale won back-to-back state opens. Both also won the Tennessee Amateur Championship the same year they won the women's state open.
The entry fees for the women's open are $165 for amateurs and $200 for professionals by the entry deadline of July 3 at 5 p.m.