Pittsburgh, PA: – Local golfers will have a tour to call their own as the popular Golfweek Amateur Tour comes to Pittsburgh, PA with an impressive schedule for 2018. The Golfweek AGT hosts a lineup of ten local tournaments beginning July 14th through September 23rd. The season opens at Olde Stonewall Golf Club and concludes with The Western PA Tour Championship at Westmoreland Country Club.
The tour is for amateurs of all ages and abilities. Members are placed in one of five flight groups 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 structure has always ensured competitive play (golfers compete against other golfers of their own skill level).
Tournament format is gross stroke play, with USGA rules in effect. A software program tracks each player’s handicap to place participants in their proper flight group. Once you begin playing on tour the integrity of each flight is kept and many golfers will be moved up in flights during the season.
Local Tour Director, Eric Smooke has assembled a schedule of tournaments at some of the area’s premier public, private and resort courses. In addition to the opening and closing venues, tour stops include: Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Omni Bedford Springs Resort (Old Course), Diamond Run Golf Club, Edgewood Country Club, Shannopin Country Club, Arnold Palmer’s Latrobe Country Club, Totteridge, and Birdsfoot Golf Club. “The Tour provides everyday golfers a chance to compete like the pros,” says Dennis McCormac, founder of the Golfweek Amateur Tour. “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 each event, every flight winner will receive Visa gift cards along with etched crystal trophies, while all participants earn points toward a season-long championship. Points will be doubled for our final two events(The Palmer Cup at Latrobe Country Club and The Western PA Tour Championship at Westmoreland CC). Top points leaders in each flight group will have the chance to compete in the Golfweek Amateur Tour National Championship in Hilton Head, SC.
Closest to the pins and skins games will also be part of each tournament. Every event will also have live-scoring available so that players know where they stand at all times on the golf course. Friends and family can also follow the scoring on our web page.
Golfers may join the tour at an “early bird” price of only $83 before the inaugural event on July 14th. That fee includes a year-long Tour Membership, access to five exclusive private clubs in the Pittsburgh region, a Golfweek Am Tour Goodie Bag (merchandise), a one year subscription to Golfweek Magazine, a USGA Handicap, and the ability to play in any Golfweek Am Tour event around the country. The GolfweekAmateur Tour now hosts events in 48 markets throughout the United States with a total of over 5,000 players competing. We hosted over 750 events in 2017 producing 38,000 tournament rounds for its members.
Depending on the venue, entry fees for tournaments range from $105-$165. This always includes green fees, cart, and range balls. A portion of each entry fee goes directly towards prizes. Along with Visa gift cards, each flight winner is awarded an etched crystal trophy. Results and points standings are posted within 48 hours at: www.amateurgolftour.net.
“These events were assembled based on quality and value.” says Tour Director, Eric Smooke “Mystic Rock is the top public access course in the entire state of Pennsylvania. It’s also a top 100 US resort course. The rack rate for a round of golf at Mystic Rock is $219. Our entry fee for this event is $165 and tour members will be competing for Visa Gift Cards and trophies. So not only will golfers be playing for a $54 discount, they will also be competing for prizes. We have similar deals in place with some of our other public venues, and we will be playing at five very exclusive private clubs that are normally pretty difficult to get on.”
Golfers who finish in the top 10 in points in their flight group receive invitations to the 2018 Golfweek Amateur Tour National Championship on October 19th – 21st in Hilton Head, S.C. You must participate in at least 4 local events to qualify for the National Championship. Over 900 players from 48 cities and 30 states will compete in the 3 day 54-hole event. The season long points winner for each flight will be awarded a special trophy and we will also pay for their 2019 Tour membership.