The event, which is sanctioned by the tour, offers amateurs from 250 local American Cancer Society charity events the chance to qualify for a team competition with tour players Dec. 1-4 in Las Vegas.
The amateur portion runs through Oct. 15 and is expected to attract some 30,000 players with a handicap index between 3 and 27. Those who qualify compete at the TPC at The Canyons, with the eight best two-player teams joining up with eight tour players in the 54-hole final. Scoring will be a better ball of the amateurs, plus the professional's score.
Prize money is $750,000, with $150,000 going to the American Cancer Society.
Some local qualifying events are held at top 100 courses, including Muirfield Village Golf Club, Riviera Country Club, Firestone Country Club and Sherwood Country Club.
Qualifiers will advance to compete at The Canyons.
The American Cancer Society is honored to be chosen as the exclusive national charity beneficiary of the Bard Capital Challenge,' said Thomas G. Burish, PhD, chair of the American Cancer Society's National Board of Directors. 'Funds raised through this event will be returned to the communities the Society serves and will support our mission to eliminate cancer by funding ground-breaking research, improving patient care, informing the public about the need for screening and prevention, and advocating for better laws to fight cancer.'
The tournament will be taped for telecast Dec. 15 on The Golf Channel and re-airs on Christmas Day.