By JOHN McBRYDE / For Franklin Home Page
Temple Hills Country Club’s Johan Kok won a spot in a prestigious PGA national tournament this fall.
Chipping, putting and a more familiar golf course were the keys that led Temple Hills Country Club’s Johan Kok to a spot in a prestigious PGA national tournament in Florida later this fall.
Kok, a Brentwood resident who is assistant general manager at the Temple Hills Country Club near Franklin, won by a single stroke in the National Car Rental Tennessee PGA Assistant Championship presented by Cobra Puma Golf at Old Hickory Country Club earlier this month.
The victory, his first in this particular event, sends him to the PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the 36th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship on Nov. 1-4.
“I’ve had a lot of success in the Tennessee PGA (events), but I really haven’t played very well in this tournament,” said Kok, who finished with a tournament total of 7 under par 135 at Old Hickory. “So I was really fortunate to win it this year.”
Kok has been assistant GM at Temple Hills for nearly three years. He is married to Dawn Davenport, a sports anchor for WKRN-Channel 2 in Nashville.
Kok, who said he had finished fifth in the Tennessee Assistant Championship tournaments the previous two years, edged Reise Kelly of Old Hickory Country Club and Casey Flenniken of Landmark Golf Club at Avalon by one stroke. Kelly and Flenniken also qualified for the November tourney.
The victory in the Aug. 6-7 tourney came down to fundamentals, Kok said.
“Chipping and putting, man, the short game,” he said. “Plus, the golf course suited me better. It’s a course I’ve won on before, and that definitely helped.”
Kok won a PGA Q-School tournament in 2007 and he also won a couple of key college tournaments when he was at the University of South Carolina. He said this most recent championship ranks high as well. “It’s definitely up there,” he said.
The winner of the Port St. Lucie tournament earns $9,000 out of the purse of $100,000. The top 70 finishers after the second round, including ties, will make the cut.