Brian is the founder of the WTJGA. When Brian was 10 years old, his grandfather bought his family a trial family membership at a local, rural golf course of a month. During that month, he played in the weekly Wednesday junior golf league and fell in love with golf.; this changed everything for him. He was able to earn a scholarship to Murray State University where we played for four years of his career. After college, Brian played professionally on the Tommy Armor tour, the Teardrop tour, the Moonlight tour, and the Hooters tour. In 2012, while at a softball tournament for his daughter, he looked at the schedule and estimated there had to have been over 500 girls there that weekend. He wondered why golf didn’t offer more recreational opportunities for all of the girls and juniors alike. That was the day the WTJGA was born. Brian wanted to emulate the experience he had as a young kid playing junior golf, so he went to the Humboldt Country Club board of directors and asked to start a junior golf league (which now has over 200 junior golfers). Now, the WTJGA has 11 junior golf leagues and eight golf tournaments with an additional highschool and middle school tournament. Brian is passionate and excited to offer juniors across West Tennessee and surrounding states the same opportunity he had. Brian’s goal is to create an opportunity is to give junior golfers the ability to learn about and experience the game and to do so inexpensively. Because of Brian, the WTJGA’s mission is to keep golf affordable and accessible to all.
Josie is the new Director of Leagues for WTJGA. She has played in WTJGA tournaments and leagues since it began, and has volunteered with the program the last two years. She has seen the positive impact WTJGA has had on junior golfers and is excited about her new role. Josie has been the team captain for the Trinity Christian Academy Varsity Golf Team for the past three years. She has had a District Champion individual title, along with two Regional Champion individual titles. Josie has helped lead her team to the state tournament for four consecutive years. Josie made the All-State Team two of her four State appearances. Josie was selected to the second team All-West Tennessee Team in 2017 and 2019, and she was selected to the first team All-West Tennessee Team in 2018. In the fall of 2018, Josie was also recognized as the Jackson Sun Female Athlete of the Week. Josie will be continuing her golf career at the collegiate level, playing for the Union University Bulldogs in the fall.
Garrett began playing competitive golf in the 8th grade. The next four years, he earned a starting spot on the Trinity Christian Academy Varsity Golf Team. During this time, he helped lead his team to three consecutive district and regional titles and three state appearances (2017 - 2019). After two consecutive third place finishes at the state golf championship (2017 - 2018), Trinity Christian Academy finished as state runners-up in 2019. Garrett’s accomplishments included a third place finish his sophomore year at districts, a second place finish at regionals his junior year, and he was the individual champion his senior year at regionals, shooting a three under par round of 69. Garrett was selected to the second team All-West Tennessee Team in 2017 and he was selected to the first team All-West Tennessee Team in 2018 and 2019. He was also recognized as a 2019 Wendy’s Heisman Award winner. Following his high school career, Garrett will continue his golf career at the collegiate level, playing for the Union University Bulldogs. He has been involved with the WTJGA since it began and has actively participated in both tournaments and league play, and will now serve as the co-director for the WTJGA’s summer tournaments.
Hope is a junior at Trinity Christian Academy and is apart of Trinity’s varsity golf team. She began her golf career in sixth grade and has been apart of WTJGA since the beginning. Hope’s achievements on Trinity’s varsity golf team include second place in both districts and regionals in 2017 and 2018, third place in regionals in 2019, and has helped lead her team to the state tournament for the past three years. She was also voted as the Jackson Sun Female Athlete of the week in the fall of 2019. Hope is thrilled to be apart of WTJGA staff this year and make an impact in junior golf across West Tennessee.
Nicole is a freshman on the Union University women’s golf team. She is majoring in Cellular and Molecular biology and plans to attend pharmacy school at Union after completing her undergraduate work. In her first fall season as a Bulldog, Nicole had two top ten finishes in their three tournaments. She was runner up at the Don Morris Invitational and was later recognized as the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Month. Nicole is excited to be a part of WTJGA for the first time this summer and looks forward to making an impact on the future of junior golf.