Willow Point Golf and Country Club and the Alabama Golf Association have joined forces to launch the Inaugural Southeast Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which will be played Aug. 23-25.
Formerly the Willow Point Invitational, the event is designed to attract the best mid-amateur and senior amateur golfers in the Southeast, spotlighting golf in Alabama at one of the state’s premier facilities.
The Southeast Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship will consist of 80 two-man sides with 50 teams in the mid-amateur division (ages 25-plus+) and 30 teams in the senior amateur division (ages 50-plus).
We are excited about the Inaugural Southeast Mid-Amateur Four-Ball. This event provides us with an unparalleled opportunity to showcase our facility and Lake Martin to the best players in the Southeast. We could not be more honored to partner with the Alabama Golf Association.
“The Alabama Golf Association is thrilled to partner with one of the premier golf facilities in our state to host the best amateurs in the region,” said Andy Priest, executive director for the AGA. “The setting along Lake Martin, along with the club’s amenities and hospitality, will provide a memorable experience for all participants.”
Entry fee for the championship is $795 per side, which includes practice round cart/range fees, championship cart/range fees, a hosted player reception on Thursday evening, breakfast and lunch from Friday through Sunday and a player gift package.
The format will consist of 54 holes of four-ball stroke play on this original Tommy H. Nichol course that was re-designed by Hurdzan and Fry in 2002. The field will be cut to the lowest 30 scores and ties after 36 holes. The number of sides making the cut will be calculated based upon the percentage of sides in each division compared with the total field. Initial groupings will be for first two rounds; the field will be cut and re-paired by score after the second round.
In the event of a tie for first place in the mid-amateur or senior division, a hole-by-hole play-off will be held immediately following play. The play-off holes and their order of play will be determined by the championship committee. All other ties will be split equally.
Entries are open to sides of male amateur golfers who have an active USGA Handicap Index® issued through a USGA Allied Golf Association. Maximum allowable combined team handicap is 8.8 for the mid-amateur division; 12.8 for the senior division under the USGA Handicap System™. Two players who play as partners comprise a side. Partners are not required to be from the same club or state. Both members of the side must qualify under the stipulated age requirements.
Tee times will be available for practice rounds on Thursday, Aug. 22.
Matt Sheppard is the PGA Director of Golf at Willow Point Golf and Country Club.