Founded in 1990 and owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops players ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. And this is Korn Ferry’s mission, to help companies and individuals to be “more than” they ever though possible. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became “The Path to the PGA TOUR” with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Tour and the season culminating at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. This season marks the 30th year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 500 PGA TOUR titles, including 23 major championships.
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 $3,338.22. Today, Simmons has approximately $25.1 billion in total assets with more than 2,800 associates across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. But still, we take pride in being a community bank that just happens to have the strength of one of the premier banks in the region. By investing in our friends and neighbors, Simmons Bank empowers local leadership to make decisions at the local level. Simmons is proud to sponsor the Simmons Bank Open as well as a team of brand ambassadors playing on the Korn Ferry, PGA and Champions Tours.
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.