TN Women’s Open adding new division to Crossville-sponsored event

CROSSVILLE – A new division has been added to the Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open, which will tee off in the Upper Cumberland in late July.

The Tennessee Golf Association (TGA) announced it will add a Senior Division beginning this year. The City of Crossville, also known as the Golf Capital of Tennessee, will again be the title sponsor of the Tennessee Women’s Open with Fairfield Glade’s Stonehenge Golf Club serving as the host site.

The Senior Division will be contested over 36 holes and will not feature a cut in the inaugural year. The field will be open to professional and amateur women golfers 50 years of age or older as of the first day of competition. Amateurs must possess a USGA Handicap Index of 12.0 or less at the time of entry.

Crossville, dubbed The Golf Capital of Tennessee, has sponsored the Tennessee Women’s Open Championship since 2004. This was an opportunity for the city, the Fairfield Glade community and TGA to “raise the bar,” City of Crossville Director of Marketing Billy Loggins said.

This year’s event is scheduled for July 28-30.

“We want to continue to look at ways to elevate this championship and adding a Senior Division for 2016 is in keeping with this tradition,” Loggins added. “Hopefully players that compete in this new division will agree to what many past participants have said ‘this is the best Women’s State Championship In the country.’”

TGA officials hope the new division will attract professionals and amateurs from across the country.

“The addition of the Senior Division in our Women’s Open will provide an opportunity for highly skilled seniors to tee it up at a course set up that will provide a stout test and allow them to compete against other highly skilled golfers from other states and from the golf professional ranks,” TGA Women’s Competitions Committee Chair Ginny Zanca said.

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