The Golfweek Amateur Tour National Championship, back in South Carolina for the eighth year, will become the largest competitive stroke-play golf event held on Hilton Head Island when more than 820 golfers tee off Friday in the 54-hole tournament that runs through Sunday.
The tour hosted more than 700 qualifying tournaments in 44 regions across 30 states to build the field, and the best from each of five flights will compete for the title of Golfweek Amateur Tour Champion.
"We expect another competitive tournament throughout all five flights. Golfers are grinding throughout the season to earn enough points to qualify for the National Championship," Tour president Dennis McCormac said in a release. "The players who came the first seven years really enjoyed Hilton Head Island, not just because of its world-class golf, but also thanks to its great beaches, restaurants and family activities."
The contestants are battling it out for more than $19,500 in gift certificates at nine area courses: the Ocean Course at The Sea Pines Resort, The Arthur Hills and Robert Trent Jones Courses at Palmetto Dunes, Robber's Row at Port Royal Golf Club, Oyster Reef Golf Club, Country Club of Hilton Head, Shipyard Golf Club, Hampton Hall and the Arthur Hills course at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club.
Presenting sponsor Edwin Watts Golf will also offer:
Last year's champions were:
IJGA STUDENTS SWEEP AT IJGT FLORIDA JUNIOR
Japan's Shogo Ito, a full-time student at Hilton Head Island's International Junior Golf Academy, posted rounds of 76 and 72 to edge classmate Masato Yoshitsugu of Japan by five strokes in the Boys 15-19 Division of the International Junior Golf Tour's Florida Junior at the Black Diamond Ranch's Quarry Course this past weekend in Lecanto, Fla.
In the Boys Under 14 Division, Australia's Karl Vilips, also a full-time IJGA student, posted 70 and 76 to beat Bluffton's Brandon McBride, while Mexico's Ana Paula Valdes, a full-time IJGA student, fired 71 and 69 to defeat classmate Rei Nakatani of Japan.
IJGT COMING BACK TO SAVANNAH
The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host the Georgia Open, a two-day, 36-hole junior event, Saturday and Sunday at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga. The event will feature some of the top junior golfers (ages 9-19) from the Southeast. The tournament includes three divisions: Boys 15-19, Boys Under-14 and Girls Under-19.
The event is nationally ranked by the American Junior Golf Association, Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard.
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