The Golfweek Amateur Tour has set its schedule for a 16th season in Hilton Head/Savannah, with Harbour Town to be part of its 36-hole leadoff event.
The opener begins Jan. 16 at Palmetto Dunes' Robert Trent Jones course, with Harbour Town to follow the next day. Other venues in the 15-event schedule include Heron Point, Dolphin Head, Hampton Hall, Bear Creek and a July regional at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course.
Competition is split into five divisions based on handicaps, played under USGA rules. Top golfers in every flight win gift certificates, and a points system determines qualifiers for a season-ending national championship, which has been staged on Hilton Head Island for several years.
An early-bird membership of $70 is being offered through Dec. 1. For more information, see AmateurGolfTour.net or call Dennis McCormac at 704-844-8264.
GALDIN WINS AGAIN
Lino Galdin notched his third victory in as many months on the IJGT circuit, harnessing breezy conditions to capture the Laurel Springs School Championship with a final round of 1-over-par 73 at Mission Inn in Florida.
With wind gusts of more than 20 mph, the IJGA student trailed by one with six holes to play before coming up with birdies at Nos. 13 and 17 to overtake Japan's Tennoshin Ogawa. Galdin wound up carding six birdies over the 36-hole tournament.
Galdin previously won IJGA events in Savannah last month and at Crescent Pointe in September.
LONG COVE 3RD IN LATHROP CUP
Long Cove Club, paced by Charlie Hall's 75, finished third in the annual Lathrop Cup championship for South Carolina's senior club championship.
With Robert Newcomer (76) and Bob Leaf (78) rounding out the three-man squad, Long Cove's total of 229 finished nine shots behind host club Palmetto GC in Aiken. Hall's score tied for seventh lowest among individuals.
SENIOR AM TOUR FINALS
Jim Gallagher of Yorktown, Va., used a 4-under-par 68 Wednesday to claim his second title Senior Amateur Golf Tour national title as the circuit's season finale wound down on Hilton Head.
Gallagher, who also won in 2011, began the day two shots off the lead before becoming the lone entrant to break 70 at Palmetto Dunes' Robert Trent Jones course. His total of 3-under 141 was four shots better than Cory Walker (Ormond Beach, Fla.).
Yorktown has something of a stranglehold on the crown, with two other residents joining Gallagher to give the town four of the past five winners.
In the A flight, Todd Soulliere (Mount Clemens, Mich.) needed a playoff to prevail over John East (Rockingham, N.C.) after they tied at 11-over 155.
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