The past three winners of this event - Jason Bohn (2003), Justin Bolli (2004) and Jason Schultz last year - have all gone on to finish inside the top-20 on the season-ending money list and graduated to the PGA TOUR.
Played every year at the Black Creek Club, the course record was set by Tennessee resident Doug Barron in 2004 with a 10-under 62. The tournament record is 23-under 265 set by Bohn in the inaugural year of the event.
The 14th tournament of the year, the tour has seen 12 different winners thus far this season - with Tripp Isenhour the only player to have earned two victories on the year. He also leads the tour in earnings with $263,084 which all but assures him a spot on the PGA TOUR in 2007.
Last year, Schultz outlasted three other players to finally capture the Chattanooga Classic on the sixth playoff hole. The record for most playoff holes before determining a winner was a nine-hole affair at the 1998 Lehigh Valley Open where Eric Booker outlasted Notah Begay for the win.
Schultz will not be on hand to defend his title, thus keeping intact a streak that has been around as long as the tour has existed - no player has ever successfully repeated as champion.
Luke List, one of the top-20 amateurs in the country, and Casey Martin, recently hired as coach at the University of Oregon, were given sponsor's exemptions.
Next week is the Peek'n'Peak Classic, which was won in 2005 by Esteban Toledo.