PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The Tennessee PGA Section, comprised of more than 500 members and apprentices, is the recipient the 2013 Herb Graffis Award, presented annually to a PGA section that shows extraordinary or exemplary contributions in player development and growth of the game programming.
“Led by an ambitious membership and a professional staff at Golf House Tennessee, the Tennessee PGA Section has become a model for player development programs and charitable endeavors,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “The ongoing mission to grow the game of golf could not be in better hands than in the state of Tennessee. The section membership and allied organizations in the state present a tremendous learning environment for juniors, women and families interested in participating in golf. The PGA of America is very proud to present the Herb Graffis Award to the Tennessee PGA Section.”
The TPGA Section’s growth of the game initiatives are managed through the Tennessee Golf Foundation, which also supports disadvantaged youth through golf. Additionally, the Tennessee PGA Section’s direct efforts among its PGA-operated facilities are channeled through Growth of the Game and Junior Golf committees.
“We are honored to receive the PGA of America’s Herb Graffis Award. Our past leaders were visionaries who had the foresight to foster a cooperative culture at Golf House Tennessee,” said Tennessee PGA President Neil Collins, PGA head professional at Tennessee Golf Trail at Henry Horton in Chapel Hill, Tenn. “This shared vision has allowed the section and our allied associations to grow this great game of golf. We are proud to be recognized for our leadership and plan to grow the game for the next generation of golfers in Tennessee and beyond.”
Established in 1991, the Tennessee Golf Foundation is one of the largest and most respected golf organizations in the country. In 2012, more than 25,000 youth participated in foundation-supported programs.
The Tennessee PGA Section’s headquarters are in Golf House Tennessee in Franklin. The section will be recognized Nov. 23 a the 97th PGA Annual Meeting at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego.
The Herb Graffis Award is named in honor of the late golf historian, author and founder of golf magazines, the National Golf Foundation and co-founder of the Golf Writers Association of America. Graffis passed away in 1989 at the age of 95.