Tellico Village Golf Operations Staff
Tellico Village Director of Golf Operations – Chris Sykes
Husband to wife of 27 years: Necole. Father of 3 wonderful children, Mary Grace and Lucas are 24-year old twins. Mary Grace is pursuing her master’s in nursing from Emory University in Atlanta and Lucas is the Head Golf Course Superintendent at The Honors Course in Ooltewah. Palmer is a Junior at Webb School of Knoxville and plays competitive golf.
Golfer, Coach, Fitness Enthusiast and Passionate about Tellico Village Golf
B.S. in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences with an Emphasis on Turfgrass Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) – GO HOKIES!
Virginia Tech Golf Team
President of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and received J. Edward Zollinger Leadership Award Recipient
Current President of the Tennessee Turfgrass Association
Tellico Village Director of Golf from February 2020 – Present
Golf Course Superintendent at Toqua Golf Club in Loudon, TN from April 2011 – January 2020
John Deere Golf from January 2009 – March 2011
Senior Director of Golf Course and Grounds Maintenance at Orange Lake Resort and Country Club in Kissimmee, FL from January 2004 – August 2008 (Challenged with creating new department and in-house team to turn around declining property. Responsible for management of all four golf facilities encompassing 1400 acres, water works system, aquatic maintenance and equipment maintenance)
Golf Course Superintendent at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, TN from November 1997 – December 2003 (One of Tennessee’s most prestigious private country clubs with a Donald Ross Golf Course established in 1920)
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, TN from May 1995 – October 1997 (#1 ranked golf course in the state of Tennessee, Pete Dye Golf Course established in 1983 – Host of the 1991 United States Amateur, 1994 Curtis Cup, and multiple NCAA Championships)
Adam Jacob grew up in New Berlin, Wisconsin and began playing golf at the age thirteen. 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 places like Whistling Straights in Kohler, WI, West Brook Country Club in Mansfield, OH and Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, CA. When graduating from Ferris State University in May 2003 with a degree in Marketing and Golf Management, Adam took his first assistant’s position at Tellico Village. Less than a year later, Adam completed his PGA work and became an official PGA member.
Adam has enjoyed his time working with all the Tellico leagues and taking part in the changes at the village over the past seventeen years. In 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020, Adam received the Richard Eller Growth of the Game Award from the Knoxville PGA section, 2019 won the award at Tennessee Section level for his ways of growing golf at Tellico Village and the community.
Contact Adam through the pro shop at Toqua via phone at 865-458-6546 or email at AJacob@tvpoa.org
League Responsibility: Lady Linksters
Lesson Rates: $85/45 minutes; or $215 for 3 lessons
Equipment Staff: Callaway
Tanasi Golf Course Head Golf Professional Casey Flenniken
Casey Flenniken is the Head Golf Professional at Tanasi Golf Club. Casey began his tenure at Tellico Village in 2016. Casey is an east Tennessee native and a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan University 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, 2017, 2018, 2019 and earning the coveted 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019 Tennessee Section PGA Assistant Professional Player of the Year Award and the 2019 Tennessee Section PGA Player of the Year Award. 2017 & 2018 PGA Tour Knoxville Open Participant.
Casey excels in his instruction ability at all levels. He is currently the Director of Player Development for the Tennessee Wesleyan University men’s & women’s golf teams. 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.
Contact Casey through the pro shop at Tanasi via phone at 865-458-4707 or email at CFlenniken@tvpoa.org
League Responsibility: LGA9; New Villagers
Lesson Rates: $90 or $240 for 3 lessons
Equipment Staff: Titleist
Links at Kahite Head Golf Professional Charles Roffers
Charles Roffers is the Head Golf Professional at The Links at Kahite. He spent 3 years at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course at Florida State University as and Assistant Golf Professional. His role is to assist with golf shop operations, events and employee scheduling. Charles also gives lessons. Meeting new people is one of his favorite things about his job. The light of his life is his 5-year old daughter Charlotte. When he’s not spending time with the budding kindergartener, he enjoys disc golf and mountain biking.
Contact Charles through the pro shop at Kahite via phone at 423-884-6108 or email at CRoffers@tvpoa.org
League Responsibility: Men’s Golf Association
Lesson Rates: Single 45 min session-$70
Equipment Staff: Taylormade
Toqua Golf Course First Assistant Golf Professional Lucas Forstrom
Lucas Forstrom is an East Tennessee native, growing up in nearby Oak Ridge. He is a two-time graduate of the University of Tennessee’s Sport Management program (B.S. 2013, M.S. 2016). He has worked in various roles for the Tennessee Golf Foundation and Tennessee Section PGA since 2014. Most recently, Lucas served as the Head Golf Professional at Concord Park Par 3 Golf Course in Knoxville from 2017 – 2021. He started in Tellico Village at Kahite from August 2021 through April 2022 prior to moving base location to Toqua. Lucas also serves on the Junior Golf Committee for the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Section of the PGA of America. Owner/operator of golf and casual wear clothing company ShopMariposaGolf.com. When not on the golf course, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Samantha, who is a teacher in Knox County Schools.
Contact Lucas through the pro shop at Toqua via phone at 865-458-6546 or email at LForstrom@tvpoa.org
League Responsibility: LGA18; Men’s Golf Association
Lesson Rates: $60 for Single 45-55 minute lesson or $150 for 3 lessons
Equipment Staff: Titleist
Tanasi Golf Course First Assistant Golf Professional Michael Ledbetter
Michael Ledbetter is the Assistant Golf Professional at Tanasi Golf Club. He graduated from Powell High School in 2012 and attended Roane State. Michael was the Assistant Golf Professional at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville. His role is to assist the head professional and other pros in all areas of Golf Operations, give lessons to members, and to make sure that all members are well taken care of upon arrival and leave happier than when they arrived. Michael enjoys meeting different people and hearing their stories about their golf journey. He strives to give the best customer experience possible. Michael has two older sisters and a miniature dachshund named Peanut. He enjoys fishing, boating and kayaking right here on Tellico Lake. Fun fact about Michael: He was a 2-time State Champion in baseball at Farragut High School.
Contact Michael through the pro shop at Tanasi via phone at 865-458-4707 or email at MLedbetter@tvpoa.org
League Responsibility: LGA9; HOA; Rainbow Linksters
Lesson Rates: $60 or $150 for 3 lessons
Equipment Staff: PING
Links at Kahite Assistant Golf Professional Jay Burgin
Raised in Crossville, TN, Jay graduated from Stone Memorial High School in 2018 and recently graduated from Maryville College in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management. He was a stand-out player on the Scots’ golf team. He worked with the maintenance crew at Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain from 2016 to 2021 and at Dick’s House of Sport as a golf sales associate from 2020 to 2022. Jay’s Father, Kelvin, is the Head Golf Professional in at Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain in Crossville.
Contact Jay through the pro shop at Kahite via phone at 423-884-6108 or email at JBurgin@tvpoa.org
Lesson Rates: $60 or $150 for three
Equipment Staff: Ping
Toqua Golf Course Part-Time Golf Professional Sharon Lemmelman
Sharon is a PGA member who was born in Canada and became an All-American golfer at the University of Central Florida. Following college, she became a tour player and then Head Professional/Teaching Professional in Florida and North Carolina. Having retired from being in the golf business full-time, Sharon and her husband, Mark, have been residents of Tellico Village for 2 years. She considers herself blessed to have the opportunity to meet and service other residents and assist the golf operation at Tellico Village.
Contact Sharon through the pro shop at Toqua via phone at 865-458-6546
League Responsibility: LGA18