Golfing

THE SNEDS TOUR TEAM

 The mission of the Tennessee Golf Foundation, its employees, and its programs is to promote golf and its life-enhancing values, with an emphasis on teaching the youth and the disadvantaged.

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Lissa Bradford, Senior Director of Junior Golf

Lissa has had success both on and off the golf course on many levels. As a senior in high school at Nashville's Harpeth Hall School, she won the TSSAA State High School Individual Championship. After her prep career, she was a four-year letter winner at the University of Alabama. While playing for the Crimson Tide, she served as team captain for two years and was named to the Southeastern Conference All- Academic team. Also during this time, Lissa captured two Tennessee Women's Amateur Championships. Following her collegiate career, she served as an assistant professional at several country clubs throughout the South including two in the Nashville area: Belle Meade Country Club and Gaylord Springs Golf Links. In 1995, she joined the Tennessee Golf Foundation as Director of Junior Golf and has held that position ever since. In 2021, Lissa will celebrate her 26th year at Golf House. 

Lissa retired in 2020 as the Head Women's Golf Coach at Belmont University. Bradford received three honors while coaching collegiate golf.  In December of 2010, she was honored with the Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award, the National Golf Coaches Association’s (NGCA) most prestigious honor. In 2010 she was also named to the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee, where she assists with overseeing the sport’s regional and national championships as needed.  In 2019, she was awarded the Kim Evans Award, presented by the PGA of America. In 2020, she was awarded the Bill Strausbaugh Award by the TN PGA. Lissa has been a member of the PGA since 1989.

 

 

Career Golf Highlight: "Playing Augusta National with my Mom" 
Career Low Round:  (68), Belle Meade CC, Nashville, TN

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Rob Cherry, Director of Competitions

Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Rob was introduced to the game of golf by his grandfather at the young age of five. Growing up attending The Memorial Tournament each year in Columbus, OH, Rob loved watching Jack Nicklaus and many other professional golfers.

Rob attended David Lipscomb High School where he helped the team win its first ever boy’s state golf championship. Alongside golf, he also played basketball and tennis during his high school career. After graduation, Rob attended The University of Tennessee where he pursued a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance. While at Tennessee, he was on the Golf Club team for three years and was elected President his junior year.

Post graduation, Rob completed a two year PJ Boatwright internship with the Tennessee Golf Association helping run various amateur tournaments across the state. After completion of his internship in 2015, the Tennessee Golf Foundation hired Rob on full-time to help run the Sneds Tour. The 2021 season is Rob's 7th year on staff with the Tennessee Golf Foundation.

Rob is now married to his wife Kristin and they have recently acquired his first fur child, Marlow.

Career Golf Highlight: Being a starter on David Lipscomb High School’s only State Golf Championship team

Career Low Round: (68) Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, TN

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Hanley Long, Assistant Director of Competitions

Born and raised in Clarksville, Tennessee, Hanley was introduced to the game of golf at 4. Her family history is rich with golfers, but she takes after her dad and uncle, a former 2x Tennessee State Open Champion. She spent her junior days playing at Swan Lake Golf Course and Mason Rudolph.

 

Hanley attended Rossview High School where she competed on the Women’s Golf team. During her time there, she was a 2-time district and region champion and played an integral part in the team finishing Runner-up at State in 2013 and winning State in 2014. After high school, Hanley golfed at Middle Tennessee State University where she was a 4x All-Conference player and Conference Player of the Year in 2019. She graduated in May 2019 majoring in Communication while minoring in Leadership studies. She capped off a great amateur career by winning the Tennessee Women’s Amateur in 2019, and is a 4x Tennessee Women’s Four-Ball Champion with former teammate, Jenna Burris. She briefly played professional golf after graduation then served as an Assistant Coach at Belmont University under Lissa Bradford. Hanley most recently graduated from MTSU with a Masters in Business Administration.

 

During her time in college, Hanley worked on the Sneds Tour Summer Staff. She brings years of experience on and off the golf course to the team. Hanley is excited to work for the organization she once played as a junior golfer and interned at for several years. The 2022 season is Hanley’s 1st year on staff with the Tennessee Golf Foundation. 

 

 

Career Golf Highlight: Winning the 2019 TGA Women's State Amateur Championship
Career Low Round:  (66) Ridgeway Country Club, Memphis, TN

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Andrew Rogers, Assistant Director of Competitions

Growing up in Athens, TN, Andrew has been playing golf since his dad bought him his first set of clubs at five years old. Although Andrew played many different sports growing up, golf has always held a special place in his life.

Andrew attended Fairview Christian Academy, where he helped start the school’s first golf team and win its first state championship his senior year. In addition to golf, Andrew played baseball and basketball, becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball with just over 2,400 career points. After graduating, Andrew attended Lee University his freshman year before transferring to the University of Tennessee for the remainder of his collegiate career. While at UT, Andrew served as a manager for the UT Lady Vols Softball team. In August of 2020, Andrew graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sport Management.

Andrew has worked two summers as a Sneds Tour staffer and is excited to work for an organization he grew up playing on during his childhood. The 2021 season is Andrew’s 1st year on staff with the Tennessee Golf Foundation.

Career Golf Highlight: Second place individual finish at Fairview Christian Academy’s only State Golf Championship team.

Career Low Round: (66) Springbrook Country Club, Niota, TN