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Tennessee Senior State Open Players Announced

Tennessee Senior State Open Players Announced

By Brian Weis

The Tennessee Senior State Open at Stonehenge Golf Club in Fairfield Glade is right around the corner, taking place on Monday, June 10th and Tuesday, June 11th . This year promises to be another exciting one with local talents playing like Kelvin Burgin, PGA, Head Professional at Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain, and 4-time TN PGA Professional Champion. "It's wonderful to have the event here at home and I'm really looking forward to playing again this year!" said Burgin. And Kip Henley, also a 4-time TN PGA Professional Champion and last year's Senior State Open Champion, will be back to defend his title. He shared his excitement, saying, "Anytime you get lucky and win such a prestigious event, it feels amazing. To do it at Stonehenge, a course that is so dear to my heart and around so many of my friends, is the most special event I have ever won. I can't wait to play again this year with the best players in the state." Henley was a golf professional in Fairfield Glade in the 80's and the original Head Professional at Heatherhurst from 1987-1998.

Other notable players from Crossville include John Bradshaw, Tim Rich, Gary Sult Jr., Eddie Wyatt, and Greg Wyatt.

From surrounding areas, expect to see familiar names like Brent Henley from Chattanooga, Jared Melson, PGA, from Tullahoma, 4-time TN PGA Senior Player of The Year, Loren Personett, PGA, 3-time TN PGA Professional Champion, 11-time TNPGA Player of the Year; and from Knoxville, Jake Reeves, PGA, who recently qualified for the 2024 Senior PGA Championship, and well-known Amateur Champions, Jeff Golliher and Steve Golliher. Several previous Senior State Open Champions will also play again this year:

  • Tim Jackson, Williston, TN, 2012 Inductee to the TN Golf Hall of Fame, 2011 TN Senior State Open Champion, 2-time US Mid-Amateur Champion, 2003 US Men's State Team Champion, All-time leader in wins in Tennessee Golf Association state events with 27 victories, 11-time Men's Amateur Golfer of the Year, 8-time Men's Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year

  • Bill Breen, PGA, Nashville - 4-time TN Senior State Open Champion, 2020 TN Senior PGA Professional Champion and 2016 & 2022 TN PGA Senior Player of the Year

  • Gibby Gilbert III, Ooltewah - 3-time Senior State Open Champion, Former PGA TOUR & Champions TOUR Member

  • Cliff Kresge, Knoxville - 2021 Senior State Open Champion, Former PGA TOUR & Champions TOUR Member

If you would like to be part of this incredible tournament and show everyone why Crossville is the Golf Capital of Tennessee, there are still a few volunteer spots available.

Please contact Jeremy Jones at or (931) 484-3731. Registration is $25, or $40 for this tournament and the upcoming Women's Open, July 25th - 27th. As a volunteer, you will receive a shirt, hat, and a ticket to the hospitality tent on the last day.

The current player roster can be viewed here: Tennessee Senior State Open - Player Roster | Tennessee PGA (

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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