Surprise meeting of scholarship provider Sanders with Lady Vol recipient-golf shop employee

Waverly Whiston, left, a Tennessee Lady Vols Golfer (rising junior) and Fox Den Country Club Golf Shop summer employee, with Tina Sanders, FDCC member who has sponsored Whiston’s full-ride scholarship during her first two seasons at UT.
With university scholarships running tens of thousand of dollars per school year, it can be “Southern California cool” to meet the person responsible for your full-ride golf scholarship to the University of Tennessee.

It was just a coincidence that Waverly Whiston, a rising junior Lady Vol golfer from San Diego, would run into that person as a summer employee in Fox Den Country Club Golf Shop.

Her scholarship sponsor each of the past two school years, FDCC member Tina Sanders, is one of eight women who started a roughly $1 million UT Women’s Golf scholarship endowment in the late 1990s.

On Tuesday, May 21, “I was helping with one of our Ladies events out here with our other lady professional — it was the first day I was working here — and I was just going around talking to everyone, and Tina comes up to me and says, ‘Waverly, what’s your last name?’” Whiston, 19, said. “I said, ‘It’s Whiston,’ and she said, ‘Oh, you have my scholarship.’”

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Getting off the road, Ott settles in as Fox Den general manager

Ryan Ott, right, Fox Den Country Club general manager, had a few moments of fun recently with Danny Ackerman, center, FDCC Head Golf professional, while Bill Warren, FDCC Golf Shop staffer, finds the friendly sparring entertaining.
Ryan Ott is the new general manager at Fox Den Country Club, but he’s no stranger to the community.

Ott already called Farragut home. He coached the middle school golf team for three years before making the move to Fox Den in January from Tennessee National and Troon Golf.

The big challenge now — other than helping wife, Stephanie, raise a couple of awesome teenagers — is to attract tech-savvy millennials to the country club scene.

He also made sure everything was ready to showcase Fox Den for the 30th Annual Knoxville Open (held Thursday through Sunday, May 16-19) and 21st in a row at the Farragut club.

FDCC amenities include an indoor instruction facility; seven tennis courts under the veteran direction of Rob Cameron; updated fitness center (James Montgomery); excellent food & beverage (Doug Anderson); and junior Olympic swimming pool and children’s area.

It is an impressive legacy that began when William Byrd & Associates began course construction in the spring of 1968. The planned community was mapped out by insurance executive Chester A. Massey.

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Paper still seeking CBFO Softball, Farragut Baseball champion photos

Though their seasons have been over a few weeks now, farragutpress still invites parents and/or coaches of CBFO Softball and Farragut Baseball, Inc. teams who won a regular-season championship or placed first or second in the league tournament during the spring season, to e-mail those photos (including how you finished and all player and coach names) to

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