Golfweek Amateur Tour begins its inaugural season in western CO
GRAND JUNCTION – Local golfers will have a tour to call their own as the popular Golfweek Amateur Tour begins in Western Colorado with an impressive schedule for 2017.
The Golfweek AGT hosts a lineup of local tournaments beginning April 29 at Devil’s Thumb in Delta.
The tour is for amateurs of all ages and abilities. Members are placed in one of five flights based on handicaps.
Flights are: Championship (0-3.9 handicap), A Flight (4-8.9), B Flight (9-13.9), C Flight (14-18.9) and D Flight (19.0-and above). This flight structure has ensured competitive play within each flight.
Tournament format is gross stroke play, with United States Golf Association rules in effect.
A software program tracks each player’s handicap status to ensure participants are placed in the proper flight.
Once you begin playing on tour the integrity of each flight is kept, and players could be moved up or down during the season.
Local tour director Jim Schneider has assembled a schedule of tournaments on some of the area’s premier courses.
In addition to the opening venue, tour stops at Adobe Creek in Fruita, Cobble Creek Golf Club and The Bridges in Montrose, Battlement Mesa Golf Course, Tiara Rado and Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction, Rifle Golf Course and The Moab Golf Course are included.
“The Tour provides everyday golfers a chance to compete like the pros,” Schneider said. “You don’t have to be a scratch golfer to join the Golfweek Amateur Tour; it is the Tour for the rest of us.”
At all Western Colorado Golfweek Amateur Tour events, the top golfers in every flight will win Amazon digital gift certificates, while all participants earn points toward a season-long championship in their flight.
The Golfweek Amateur Tour hosted over 700 events in 2016.
Golfers may join the tour at an inaugural season special price of only $83.
That fee includes a years Tour Membership, Golfweek Tour Goodie Bag, one-year subscription to Golfweek Magazine, a USGA Handicap Card and the ability to play in any GWAT event around the country. There are 44 markets throughout the United States with Golfweek Amateur Tours and a total of almost 5,000 players competing.
Entry fees for Western Colorado tournaments include cart and green fees, range balls and prizes.
Results and points standings are posted within 48 hours at: http://www.amateurgolftour.net.
Golfers who finish in the top 10 in points in their flight receive invitations to the 2017 Golfweek Amateur Tour National Championship on Oct. 20-22 in Hilton Head, S.C.
Over 900 players from 46 different cities and 30 total states will compete in the three-day, 54-hole event.
For information, call Jim Schneider at 970-270-9755 or visit http://www.amateurgolftour.net.
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