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Membership to the Tour entitles players to compete head-to-head against other players at their same skill level. Players are divided amongst six flights based on an initial verifiable USGA Handicap Index. In order to prevent 'sandbagging' all Tour members are eventually flighted by rounds played exclusively on the Golf Channel Amateur Tour.
Golf Channel Amateur Tour events are generally stroke play and USGA rules apply. Local Tour schedules consist of both one-day and two-day events. There are specialty events throughout the season that utilize alternate formats such as best-ball team play or match play.
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Each event will have a separate entry fee that will vary based on the type of event and host course.
Players accumulate 'Order of Merit' points based on their finish in each event. These points will be used for season-ending prizes as well as a method of qualifying for special events, and most importantly, the National Championship.
All Golf Channel Amateur Tour members receive the following benefits:
Logo Shirt & Hat
Logo Hat Clip / Ball Marker
Logo Scorecard Holder
Logo Sharpie Pen for marking balls
Golf Channel Amateur Tour Membership Card
At each event, the top finishers in all flights receive non-cash prizes. Prizes vary from event to event based on player participation. A percentage of each entry fee is put into a prize pool and then distributed amongst the flights. In order to abide by USGA rules for amateur status, no single or cumulative prize value will exceed $750.