Satisfying experience


PONTE VEDRA  BEACH, Fla. – Players are filing into the clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass, turning in their final scorecards and filling up the dining area.

Aside from the constant reminder that hats are not allowed inside the premises, every audible word is one reflecting a positive experience.

Players are chit-chatting with one another over beers, iced tea and club sandwiches, talking about their rounds today and the week that was. Players competing in the upcoming Golf Channel Amateur Tour National Championship, which begins Sunday, are even entering the scene early hoping to get in some practice rounds.

Some of these guys who just wrapped up the Senior National Championship never broke 100 over four days. Some won't come within 50 strokes of the winning score in their respective flights. All, however, appear to have enjoyed themselves.

The first rule of the Golf Channel Amateur Tour:  you don't have to be a scratch golfer to compete or have fun.

Details and specifics for the 2011 National Championships are still being worked out. But expect plenty of the same names and an increase in new faces as the Amateur Tour continues to grow.