Jeff Harrington, PGA
Jeff Harrington was introduced to the game of golf at the early age of 5 by his father, Jay Harrington, a lifelong PGA Member and Club Professional. He spent his childhood days going to the golf course with his father, helping out with daily golf shop activities, and playing golf from sun up to sun down. Jeff was recruited to play college golf at Lees McCrae University and went on to finish his college career at Appalachian State. He earned membership in the PGA in 1987 and worked as an Assistant Professional at various golf clubs in North and South Carolina as well as Ohio. In 1991, Jeff was hired as the Head Golf Professional at the DeBordieu Club in Pawleys Island, South Carolina where he served for 12 years prior to moving to the Tellico Lake area. Jeff joined the Tellico Village Golf Professional staff in 2012 and currently is the Head Golf Professional at Kahite.
Passing on the knowledge he has learned from a lifetime of golf is his passion and in his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, fitness and watching Cincinnati Bengals football.
Adam Jacob, PGA Toqua Golf Course Professional
Adam Jacob grew up in New Berlin, Wisconsin and began playing golf at the age fifteen. He played golf through high school and lettered his junior and senior year. After high school, Adam attended college at Ferris State University where he did multiple golf internships at facilities such as Whistling Straights in Kohler, WI, West Brook Country Club in Mansfield, OH, and Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, CA. After graduating from Ferris State University in May 2003 with a degree in Marketing and Golf Management, Adam took his first assistant golf professional position at Tellico Village. Less than a year later, Adam completed his PGA work and became a PGA Member. Adam enjoys working with all the Tellico Village leagues and taking part helping to grow the game of golf in the Village.
Adam and his wife Liz have two energetic children, and when he’s not on the golf course, he is spending time with his family and exploring beautiful East Tennessee.
Adam recently was awarded the Richard Eller Growth of the Game award from the Knoxville PGA Chapter. This award is designed to recognize the Tennessee PGA golf professionals for their outstanding and continuing contributions to the Growth of the Game. Criteria includes:
Establishment of player development programs
Increase in rounds of golf at facility(ies)
Promotion of golf to all sectors of players
Leadership in the area of Growth of the Game
Participation in national growth initiative programs and activities
Casey Flenniken, First Assistant Golf Professional
Casey Flenniken is the 1st Assistant Golf Professional at Tellico Village. Casey began at Tellico Village in early 2016 and is responsible for assisting with daily pro shop operations, working with men’s and women’s leagues and conducting group and individual golf instruction for all skill levels.
Casey is an east Tennessee native and a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee. While at Tennessee Wesleyan, Casey was a highly decorated collegiate golfer: AAC 1st Team All Conference 2008-2011, PING All-American 2010, 2011, AAC Team South Member 2011, AAC Conference Player of the Year 2008. After turning professional in 2012, Casey continued his success on and off the course, competing at the national level of the PGA Assistant’s Championship in 2012 and earning the coveted 2015, 2016, and 2017 Tennessee Section PGA Assistant Professional of the Year Award and the 2015 Tennessee Section PGA Assistant Player of the Year Award. 2017 Knoxville Open Participant. Casey will be participating in the 2018 PGA Professional National Championship.
Casey’s friendly, outgoing personality coupled with his love for golf and people make him an excellent addition to the award-winning golf professional staff at Tellico Village.
Chris Sykes-Golf Superintendent
Chris Sykes holds a B.S. in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences with an emphasis on Turfgrass Management from Virginia Tech, where he was a member of the golf team. Before Coming to Tellico Village, Chris worked for two years at The Honor’s Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee. In November of 19971, Chris became Golf Course Superintendent of Cherokee Country Club (a David Ross Course in Knoxville, Tennessee). Chris was hired in April, 2011 to be the Superintendent of the Toqua Championship Golf Course. Recognized as one of the top Turfgrass experts in Tennessee, Chris’ expertise and hard work have significantly contributed to the quality and playability of this outstanding golf course. Chris lives in the Knoxville area with his wife, Nicole, and three wonderful children. In addition to his family, his passions are physical fitness and his golf course.
Chris has been on the Turf Grass Association Board of Directors for 3 years and won the Environmental Stewardship Award given by the Turf Grass Association at Toqua. He is the head of the Education Committee and created, as well as participated, in the mock trial at the Tennessee Turf Grass Association annual meeting. The trial debated the pros and cons between Bermuda and Bentgrass.
Sykes is also heavily involved in volunteering. In 2017, he started the golf program at Tate’s School of Discovery in Knoxville. In addition to this, he also volunteers and supports the First Tee programs and facilities. Chris also coaches the middle school boys golf team at Christian Academy of Knoxville and guided the team to a district win, as well as a second place finish in the region this year. He previously coached the girls softball team at CAK for 7 years. Chris has served as a coach for 50 seasons in various sports and is a mainstay in the East Tennessee sporting community. Chris is truly a valuable asset to many.
Wells McClure-Golf Superintendent
Wells McClure was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. During his teenage years, Wells had a successful lawn and landscaping business that would be the beginning of his turf career. Wells has always had a love for the outdoors, most notably hunting, kayaking, and hiking. Wells attended the University of Tennessee where he received his bachelor’s degree in Plant Sciences with a concentration in Turfgrass Management. While a student, he worked on multiple internships including working for the University of Tennessee Turfgrass Research Department, for Rarity Point during it’s construction, and for Gettysvue Country Club. Following graduation, Wells moved to Virginia where he was an assistant at two courses (Cannon Ridge and Mattapoint Springs). Wells was the assistant at Toqua for one year before being asked to act as the interim supervisor at Tanasi. Based on this performance, he was promoted to Golf Course Superintendent in August, 2012. He is excited about continuing to improve Tanasi and building his life and family in East Tennessee.