Tennessee Big Shots to Benefit Niswonger Children’s Hospital

The World Long Drive Association is coming to Cattails at Meadowview Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tn. and will be broadcast live by Golf Channel.

The event – Tennessee Big Shots Benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital – will take place Sunday-Monday, August 12-13, with the conclusion being broadcast live on Golf Channel from 6-8pm, ET on Monday evening. There is a lot on line at Tennessee Big Shots, which will feature drives 100+ yards farther than the competitors’ LPGA and PGA TOUR counterparts. This will be the final televised tour stop of 2018 for World Long Drive(WLD) before the Volvik World Long Drive Championship in September. Proceeds from the event will benefit the hospital.

Tennessee Big Shots will be a free community event and is part of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic, a signature golf tournament that attracts top players from the PGA, LPGA and PGA Champions tours, bringing the region and nation together to support the hospital.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership with the World Long Drive Association and what it means for the Classic.” said Alan Levine, Executive Chairman, President and CEO of Ballad Health. “At Ballad Health, we are committed to improving the health and well being of our community, and that is why we’re so passionate about the Classic. It’s an incredible event that really helps the Noswinger Children’s Hospital, the children and families it serves, while also raising awareness nationally about the multitude of services provided by the hospital.”

Niswonger Children’s Hospital which opened in 2009 serves more than 200,000 children in a four-state, 29-county region. Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, Niswonger Children’s Hospital is the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia region’s only children’s hospital, and offers more than 20 pediatric subspecialties, including cardiology, surgery, endocrinology and gastroenterology.

“We’re thrilled to have Tennessee Big Shots here in Kingsport,” said Jud Teague, executive director of Visit Kingsport. “We feel like Cattails at the Meadowview Marriott is the perfect place for the event, and I know everybody in the area is excited and looking forward to coming out to see it. To have the Golf Channel airing it live is not only great for the city, but for Niswonger, which provides such amazing care to so many children.”

“Bringing a new event to the Kingsport region in partnership with Niswonger Children’s Hospital is a wonderful addition to the World Long Drive schedule.” said Phil Piazza, Senior Vice President of Programming, Golf Channel. “We’re privileged to align our live television coverage surrounding the event with the incredible impact being made by the hospital, and are eager to see the Kingsport community embrace the dynamic personalities and sheer athleticism World Long Drive competitors exude at the highest level.”

The Long Drive competition will feature 36 men based on WLD rankings, along with 18 women. Preliminary rounds will narrow the field down to eight men and four women, who will advance to take part in the live broadcast on Monday the 13th. Meadowview Marriott Resort & Convention Center will serve as the official host for competitors and Golf Channel.

MeadowView Marriott Resort

Located in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains, the Resort & Convention Center offers a lovely setting with luxurious accommodations. Enjoy stylish decor and deluxe amenities in the spacious rooms, many with balconies overlooking golf or mountain views. Relax in the sparkling indoor pool, work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center or tee off on the picturesque 18-hole golf course. Discover over 81,000 square feet of event space and venues at the Resort for meetings or special occasions. Dine at the fine on-site restaurants and sip cocktails in the chic lounge. Visit for information and reservations.

Cattails at Meadowview

Opened in 1998, Cattails quickly became recognized as one of the top public golf courses in Tennessee. A Denis Griffiths designed course, Cattails features bermuda fairways and bent grass greens, boasting picturesque holes on its 6700 yard layout that lie at the base of scenic Bays Mountain.

The links style front nine offers gently rolling terrain combined with greenside mounding and bunkers. The back nine features a target golf experience meandering through the woods, highlighted by two memorable risk-reward par 5’s to a par of 71. Cattails is an Audubon International Certified Signature Sanctuary with the best playing conditions in northeast Tennessee, with world class service on this fair yet challenging test of golf. Check it out at

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