Golf News for Tuesday, September 4, 2012 | Growth Of The Game

Tennessee PGA Section encouraging facilities to promote Tee It Forward

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee PGA Section is encouraging its facilities across the state to promote TEE IT FORWARD, a PGA of America and United States Golf Association joint effort allowing players to have more fun by playing from a set of tees better suited to their abilities.

Officials from the Tennessee PGA Section, Golf Association and Golf Foundation gathered together to "Tee It Forward" on Friday, Aug. 24 at Harpeth Hills Golf Course in Nashville, Tenn. Almost immediately the benefit of moving forward paid off, with Wayne Conner, a 65-year-old retiree, making a hole-in-one on just the second hole.

This was Conner's second hole-in-one. Conner, who has played 140 rounds of golf since September 2011, appreciates the program and what it promotes.

"With most guys, it's an ego issue," said Conner. "But at my age, I don't see it that way. I enjoy Teeing It Forward."

Jeff Abbot, Tennessee PGA Section Executive Director, has made it a priority to raise awareness for TEE IT FORWARD with the state's golf leadership through events like this. Following the event, participating PGA Professionals and others are encouraged to return to their courses and organizations and educate others about TEE IT FORWARD.

After Friday's event, participants discussed ways their various organizations could embrace TEE IT FORWARD. And, it was unanimous - everyone played faster and enjoyed their time on the course.

"At the end of the day, it's all about having fun. We want to enhance a golfer's experience, and TEE IT FORWARD does exactly that," Abbot said. "The program isn't aimed at downplaying a golfer's game; rather, it's about choosing appropriate tees, making fewer shots, and playing a better game."

Even Abbot had a great day, making his first eagle of the summer on a par five. "My goal is to show people how TEE IT FORWARD can maximize their game," said Abbot. "I felt like Bubba Watson out there!"