What is the Duff Challenge? The aforementioned 1,600 golfers ' 800 two-man teams - began the competition at sites across the United States for the right to wind up in Mesquite, Nev., and challenge the team of John Daly and Scott Hoch ' in a best-ball match with handicaps.
The top teams from each regional advanced to Mesquite ' 180 of them ' to decide who would challenge the pros. Qualifying was over 54 holes.
The National Finals at Mesquite featured a player scoring a hole-in-one. Daly sang and played guitar at the awards ceremony and both Daly and Hoch had dinner and participated in all the festivities. Prizes for the competitors ranged from new sets of clubs from Dunlop to spots in John Dalys Make-A-Wish Pro-Am.
In order to prevent sandbagging, handicaps were subject to adjustment throughout the entire tournament. All players had to have handicap indexes of 7.0-27.0 to enter the field. Indexes were verified with course pros during the regional event. During the national finals, play was reviewed by the event staff after each round.
Regional play was extremely competitive and many of the local competitions were decided by a stroke or play-off. Players in St. Louis and Detroit braved near hurricane-conditions to finish their qualifying round.
Regional entry fees were typically $30-$40 above course rack rates. For national qualifying competitors, the cost was $595 for 54 holes of golf at some of the best courses on the West Coast and catered parties every night. Level Vodka hosted a 19th hole every night with open bar and music for all the competitors.