The AAU Golf National Championships are coming to Links Hills Golf Course later this month and the Greene County Partnership is hoping many local junior golfers will come out and participate.
The event will consist of seven age groups ranging from six-and-under to 18-and-under . The cost is $145 for competitors eight and under and $175 for all other age groups.
The event will start on Thursday July 18 with a parent/junior competition. Practice rounds will be held the next day. Tournament competition will begin on Saturday and conclude with an award ceremony on Sunday, July 21.
In last year's event, the tournament hosted approximately 50 participants from seven states and Canada. This year they hope to attract 150 participants and their families, which could bring an anticipated $205,000 economic impact to Greene County.
"One thing we like about the AAU tournament is that it brings in youth golfers who will bring in their parents and grandparents to our community," said Tammy Kinser, tourism director with the Greene County Partnership. "Last year we had 53 participants this year we hope to triple that number. We have had more time to promote it this year. We are contacting middle school programs across the state and working closely with the Tennessee Golf Association, and they have said they are going to really promote this to get some people in."
Tournament officials are hoping a strong contingent of local youth golfers will come out for a chance to win some great prizes while competing against solid competition.