Chris Cauthen, PGA Head Professional
Chris Cauthen, PGA Head Professional at Westhaven Golf Club has been named the 2020 Tennessee PGA Section Golf Professional of the Year. This award is given annually in each of the 26 PGA sections in the U.S. and represents not only the work of the recipient from the past year, but also their dedication and commitment to the association and the sport during their entire career.
Cauthen, elected to PGA membership in April of 1999, has proven over the years that he is a pillar at the club, to his chapter and to the Section. Brought on prior to Westhaven Golf Club’s opening in 2009, he has been instrumental in growing it into the accomplished club that it is today. Chris is known to inspire fellow golf professionals through his work ethic, fair treatment of others and a genuine support to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to succeed.
Within the community, Chris has conducted numerous events and works with several local charity organizations including AJGA, AAJGT, Sneds Tour, U.S. Kids Golf, GolfWeek Junior Tour, numerous high school matches and tournaments, and Drive, Chip & Putt events. Chris also dedicates his time to school fundraising for Brentwood High School’s baseball program and has raised over $60,000 for the program over the past three years. Since the inception of PGA Jr. League, he has been a big supporter of the program, and safely and successfully lead the Westhaven team in the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic year.
Over the years, Chris has served both the Middle Tennessee PGA Chapter and the Tennessee PGA Section including being a member of the Tournament Committee for the past eight years, Awards Committee for the past four years, and the current Middle Tennessee Chapter Vice President. The recipient of the 2014 Middle Tennessee Chapter Golf Professional of the Year, and the 2002, 2008, 2019, and 2020 Middle Tennessee Chapter Merchandiser of the Year award, Chris is no stranger to being recognized for his commitment to excellence.
Ben Pellicani, PGA Teaching Professional
Ben Pellicani, PGA Teaching Professional at The Golf Performance Center at Westhaven, has been named to Golf Digest’s list of “Best Young Teachers in America” for the 3rd year in a row. Golf Digest’s biennial list of Best Young Teachers (under the age of 40) is included in the January 2021 issue and features 177 award-winning instructors from across the nation. The 2021-2022 list was determined by the publication’s editors with applications submitted by instructors.
Pellicani, 36, brings an approach to teaching golfers of all ages and believes that everyone can enjoy the game of golf through solid fundamentals and good practice habits. Mentored by one of golf’s most respected golf instructors Mike Bender, Ben blends proven methods with state-of-the-art teaching technology. His system of improving players is recognized by Golf Digest as best in state, as Ben is one of only three Tennessee teachers on the 2021 “Best Young Teachers in America” list.
In addition to his role at Westhaven Golf Club, Ben is the Head Coach and Director of Golf at Lipscomb Academy, a Nashville area school serving students in intermediate and primary grades. He is the former Lipscomb University Associate Head Men’s Golf Coach. A 2006 Bucknell University graduate, Ben captained the men’s golf program to their first Patriot League Championship behind the lowest single round score in conference and school history.
Westhaven Golf Club is owned by Southern Land Company and is professionally managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. Open since 2009, Westhaven Golf Club’s 18-hole golf course was designed by Arthur Hills, Steve Forrest and Associates. Located adjacent to the Westhaven community, the core-golf design blends seamlessly with the surrounding hills and ridgelines of western Williamson County earning the club national recognition for outstanding design from both GolfWeek and Golf Digest.
The Golf Performance Center at Westhaven is open to the public for fittings and instruction. The state-of-the-art facility provides members and guests the opportunity to practice year-round with indoor and outdoor facilities. With four bays, two for instruction (equipped with TrackMan technology), one for the Master Clubfitter, and the fourth for the area’s only PXG Fitting Studio, the facility is the largest of its kind in the Nashville area.
For more information on Westhaven Golf Club, visit www.golfwesthaven.com or call (615) 224-2990.