The Golf Channel is excited to have partnered with the American Amateur Golf Tour to establish the definitive national amateur golf program providing members with professionally run events at the local, regional and national levels, said The Golf Channels Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales & New Media Gene Pizzolato. This logical extension of The Golf Channel provides a true grass roots program for its membership and business partners.
The newly named Golf Channel Amateur Tour will commence on Dec. 1, and will begin with a roster of more than 3,600 members representing 39 chapters and 550 competitions per year across the United States.
The new partnership between the American Amateur Golf Tour and The Golf Channel is extremely exciting for our current and future tour players, said American Amateur Golf Tour Vice President of Tour Operations Rick Adamek. Together, we look forward to providing high-quality tournament golf events across the nation for every skill level of amateur golfer,
In 2007, The Golf Channel Amateur Tour will conduct more than 500 single day tournaments in approximately 40 cities across the country, including the season kick-off event Duel in the Desert, two-day regional Major events and a season ending 72-hole National Championship tournament.
The Tour was established in 1986 with the goal of providing its membership a chance to compete head-to-head against other players at their same skill level, while receiving treatment comparable to what a golfer would get playing on a professional tour. Members usually compete in one-day, stroke-play tournaments, which are hosted by top-ranked courses ' both public and private ' in each region.
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.
The 2006 Golf Channel Amateur Tour National Championship was held Oct. 4-7 at three exceptional courses in Palm Springs, Calif. Jeff Hunter (San Diego, Calif.) posted a 1-under-par total, including a 64 in one round, to capture honors in the scratch flight. As the winner, he will appear in one episode of an upcoming Big Break reality series on The Golf Channel.