Knoxville Open set for 30th Anniversary

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- A new date and new day for the Knoxville Open; the TOUR’s “Path to the PGA TOUR”. This year marks the 30th consecutive year in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Knoxville Open will be held at Fox Den Country Club May 13th through May 19th.

Tourney week actually tees off this coming Sunday with the annual Food City Kids Clinic at Fairways and Greens from 10 to Noon.

Monday is Pro-Am day. Tuesday features practice rounds for the Tour Pro's at the Fox Den Country Club as well as the annual South College High School Challenge.

Wednesday is the Calhoun's Pro-Am as well as our WVLT Knoxville Open tournament special at 7:00 p.m.

And then the 30th annual event runs Thursday the 16th through Sunday May 19th. As always a great chance to see some of the worlds best gofers up close and personal right here in our own backyard.

Going back to the Knoxville Open’s roots; the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley will be the charitable beneficiary of the tournament. This provides an opportunity for the Knoxville Open to give back to the community who has supported it for nearly 30 years. It also provides the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley the ability to continue their world-class club experiences that puts success within reach of every young person who walks through their doors.

The Knoxville Open is proud to be one of the 27 events on the Tour, which is a tour owned and operated by the PGA TOUR. The Tour identifies those player who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. As the official proving ground of the PGA TOUR, players compete in a season-long chase for 50 available PGA TOUR cards. The tour starts at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay in January and runs through the Albertson Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco in August, before giving way to the Tour Finals, which will culminate with the season-ending Tour Championship in Newburgh, Indiana.

This year’s schedule will be tighter than in years past (27 events in just 35 weeks) with a focus on geographical efficiencies. “The new schedule will allow for a more natural cadence and an earlier finish to the season that will enhance the visibility of the Tour Finals,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan in September.