The Chattanooga TPC is turning 20 today.
And the gift for participants is 18 brand new Bermuda greens at Council Fire Golf Club which could alter scoring in the season-ending city championship.
"It's hard to believe it's been 20 years, but not a whole lot has changed," TPC creator Mike Jenkins said. "This year is special in that everybody is pumped about these new greens and this is Council Fire's first test to see how they affect scores."
Jenkins generated the concept for the TPC while running an area junior circuit that concluded its season with a match-play tournament at the Honors Course.
He applied a similar points system to area men's amateur tournaments and convinced Council Fire officials that their course — a fledgling at the time — that it should be the home. And that the tournament should be a reward for the best 30-or-so area amateurs.
It's been a success and will build today with stroke-play rounds cutting the match-play field to 16 by the end of the day.
The 2012 field includes 17 of the top 20 players in the Adman Cup points list. Until this year, results of the TPC determined the player of the year. But Matt Robertson has that award locked up with his successes this season.
"We've taken something good," Jenkins said, "and made it great."
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...