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Chattanooga native Mickey McCamish has been named tournament manager of the Chattanooga following the resignation of Sam Woolwine, who recommended McCamish for the position.

McCamish, a University of Chattanooga graduate, has an extensive background in golf administration. He was the president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and a chairman for LPGA and Senior PGA Tour events.

"The neat thing is that he's had a storied career, he's returned home and he's doing the passion and work of his life," Chattanooga Classic tournament chairman Chip Baker said. "It's really a match made in heaven."

McCamish's responsibilities will include managing sponsorships throughout the year and ensuring smooth operations during the tournament.

"My first order of business will be to make sure we retain this tremendous base that Sam has built so we don't have any slippage," McCamish said. "I'll be meeting with all of the current sponsors and continue to pursue a title sponsorship."

Woolwine will remain on the Chattanooga Classic executive committee and help McCamish transition into his new position. The two have known each other for decades.

"He was my first recommendation," Woolwine said. "This is a guy that is overqualified. He has a passion for (fighting) epilepsy and a passion for golf, so it was easy to recommend him.

"He's a logical choice."

McCamish became director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee in July and will continue in that role. The foundation will become a charity of the Classic. Epilepsy runs in McCamish's family.

"I've wanted to give back to the community," McCamish said. "I got a good public education at UC, which really prepared me for life. It's a full circle."

McCamish retired after 15 years with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the last eight of which he served as president, and returned to his hometown. He ran the LPGA Tour Championship for nine years and was the tournament chairman of the Senior PGA Tour Championship for five years.

"I was retired about 35 days, and walking the dog and vacuuming wasn't for me," McCamish said. "For the rest of my life, I will be in Chattanooga and I plan to work."

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