Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops golf’s next stars, preparing them to compete and win on the game’s biggest state. The Korn Ferry Tour has served as the path to the PGA TOUR since its inception and will award 30 PGA TOUR cards based off its points list in 2023. With more than 600 PGA TOUR titles, 28 major championships and six FedExCup champions, Korn Ferry Tour alumni make up 88 percent of the PGA TOUR’s current membership. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for PGA TOUR cards, visit PGATOUR.COM or follow the Korn Ferry Tour on social media.
The Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation – formerly the Nashville Golf Open – was first held at Nashville Golf and Athletic Club in 2016. Boston native James Driscoll was the inaugural champion that year. Winners since then have included Lanto Griffin (2017), Cameron Davis (2018) and Robby Shelton (2019). Simmons Bank was introduced as the title sponsor of the tournament for the next eight years on Feb. 11, 2020. It was announced on Oct. 29, 2020 that the tournament would move to The Grove in College Grove, Tenn., beginning with the 2021 tournament. Also beginning in 2021, the Tennessee Golf Foundation – a nonprofit organization that promotes golf and its life-enhancing values statewide – will operate the Simmons Bank Open.
The Snedeker Foundation has been the official charitable beneficiary of the Simmons Bank Open since 2017. Founded in 2012 by FedExCup Champion and nine-time PGA TOUR winner Brandt Snedeker and his wife Mandy, the Snedeker Foundation supports a variety of social and athletic endeavors in middle Tennessee, including: Our Kids, which provides expert medical evaluations and crisis counseling services in response to concerns of child sexual abuse, and The Sneds Tour, a statewide junior golf tour in Tennessee that allows kids to learn, play and enjoy the game while also making the sport affordable and accessible.
Simmons Bank was founded in 1903 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, with the first day’s deposits of $3,300. Today, Simmons has approximately $27 billion in total assets with more than 3,200 associates across six states. Simmons Bank is a community bank with scale, taking as much pride in customer relationships as they do in their extensive products and services. For 120 years, Simmons Bank worked hard to make its customers’ financial goals become reality, wether those goals look like buying a home, starting a business, sending a child to college – or simply having greater confidence when it comes to managing your money. Simmons is proud to sponsor the Simmons Bank Open, as well as a team of brand ambassadors playing on the Korn Ferry Tour, PGA Tour and Champions Tour.
The Grove, located in College Grove, Tenn., opened in 2012 and offers an unparalleled golf experience in middle Tennessee. It has quickly gained the reputation as one of the sate’s premier private golf facilities. The course features Zoysia fairways and Bermuda greens, which are kept in championship playing condition year-round. It plays to a length of 7,300 yards from the championship tees.
The Tennessee Golf Foundation operates out of Golf House Tennessee, located in Franklin, and is home to the state’s governing bodies of golf – the Tennessee Golf Association, the Tennessee Section PGA, TGF Junior Golf and the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame. Golf House Tennessee also features The Little Course at Conner Lane, a state-of-the-art learning center with a nine-hole, par-three course and driving range, with programming for all ages and skill levels. The Tennessee Golf Foundation focuses on initiatives for juniors and the disadvantaged, with such offerings as the Sneds Tour – a statewide junior tour – Special Olympics, PGA HOPE, The First Tee, the Tennessee Middle School Golf Association and the Scott Stallings Kids Play Free Program.