Bobby NicholsBobby Nichols was the designer, club pro and in 1989 became owner of Ironwood Golf Course.
Nichols had a legendary career at Tennessee Tech, first as a player and later as a coach, played three years professionally on the PGA Tour, and was a promoter of the game of golf locally and wherever he went.
Born in Algood, Tenn., Nichols grew up as a caddie at the Cookeville Golf Club and would go on to be a four-year letterman on the Tennessee Tech men’s golf team (1959-63), including being the team captain his senior season. That same year he posted a seventh-place finish in the OVC Championship while helping the Golden Eagles to a third-place team finish.
Having retired from professional play, Nichols took over the Tennessee Tech men’s golf program in 1979 and was responsible for establishing the Golden Eagle women’s team in 1986. During the 1990NicholsOVChall season, he guided the TTU men’s golf squad to the OVC Championship, the first for the program in 35 years. The victory also helped the TTU athletics department clinch its first-ever OVC All-Sports Trophy. He would be named OVC Coach of the Year following the 2005 season. He also guided the Tennessee Tech women’s golf team to consecutive OVC Championships in 2000 and 2001 and was named OVC Coach of the Year for each of those campaigns.
A 32-year veteran with the TTU program, Nichols was inducted into the Tennessee Tech Hall of Fame in 1990. After a battle with cancer, Nichols passed away at the age of 66 on March 16, 2008.

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