ORLANDO, Fla. (March 9, 2010) – Golf Channel announced today the expansion of the Golf Channel Am Tour into one of the country’s top golf destinations - South Carolina.
The newly launched local tours – Upstate and Coastal Carolina – are scheduled to host Golf Channel Am Tour local championships at many of the state’s top golf courses, including Kiawah Island Resort, Grande Dunes Resort in North Myrtle Beach and historic Musgrove Mill in Clinton. The Upstate Carolina Tour includes the Greenville, Spartanburg and Columbia markets, while the Coastal Carolina Tour includes three of the country’s top golf markets – Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Hilton Head Island.
Hilton Head’s Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will host the kickoff event for both tours – the Palmetto Dunes Major Championship – March 13-14. Taking place at the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course and the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes, the event is open to Golf Channel Am Tour members and will serve as an automatic qualifier to the 2010 Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships at TPC Sawgrass (home of THE PLAYERS Championship), Sept. 21-29. The Palmetto Dunes Major Championship is scheduled to have a full field of 160 participants.
“Over the years, a variety of Golf Channel shows have documented the great golf South Carolina has to offer, so we’re very excited to expand the Golf Channel Am Tour into the state and bring that great golf to our new South Carolina members, and other members around the country,” said Gene Pizzolato, chief operating officer, Golf Channel New Media Ventures.
As the largest amateur golf tour in North America, the Golf Channel Am Tour is open to the public and provides the most professional tournament experience for players of all ages and abilities, as well as offering unparalleled access to some of the most renowned and challenging golf courses across the country.
Each year, thousands of amateur golfers compete at a wide range of elite courses through the Golf Channel Am Tour, including PGA West, TPC Sawgrass, PGA National, Barton Creek, Innisbrook, Kingsmill and The Greenbrier to name a few. Currently, the Tour conducts more than 800 local championships nationwide, culminating annually with the National Championships. The 2010 National Championships is a 72-hole stroke-play competition that determines the National Champion in each of six flights in senior and open divisions.
To become a member of the Golf Channel Am Tour, an annual fee of $199 is required and is valid for a 12-month period from the date of registration, which includes an official logoed hat and shirt, and official USGA Handicap Index, two sleeves of Callaway golf balls and a Callaway gift card, special prices on SkyCaddie rangefinders and discounts at Golf Galaxy stores nationwide among other incentives. Registered members are eligible to compete in any of the more than 800 GCAT-sanctioned local championships nationwide; 36-hole special Regional Championships and qualify for the National Championships. An official USGA Handicap Index service also is provided as part of the membership.
For complete information on the Golf Channel Am Tour, visit www.golfchannel.com/amtour.
About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer and a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s best news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platform of businesses is led by www.GolfChannel.com, the number-one golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf. For more information on the Golf Channel Am Tour, please visit: http://www.golfchannel.com/amtour.