Edwin Watts Amateur Tour Starts 2010 Season at Black Bear

Edwin Watts Amateur Golf TourThe Edwin Watts Amateur Golf Tour will open its 2010 season on March 20 at Black Bear GC in Eustis.  Black Bear returns to the schedule after a three year absence. The tour opened the season at Black Bear from 1997 to 2006.  Fifteen tournaments are scheduled on some of the finest courses in Central Florida.

 “Last year we played a terrific schedule,” said Tom Mirus, director of the Edwin Watts Amateur Golf Tour. “This year our lineup is every bit as good. We will be taking the tour to some new courses this year. We are returning to Grand Cypress, Grande Pines and Mission Inn Resort after several years of visiting other courses.

“We are excited about the coming season,” Mirus added. “We will again qualify 50 players (10 from each of the five flights) for the national tournament in October. The national finals are being held in Hilton Head, South Carolina now and the players that made the trip last year loved it. I am sure competition for the invitations will be strong again this year. Plus, our players competed for over $50,000 in prizes last year.” 

The Edwin Watts Golf Amateur Tour is the first Florida affiliate of the egolf Amateur Tour.  There are local tours operating in more than 35 cities with nationwide membership of 3,000.

The senior (50+ flights will continue play on Saturdays with the regular flights. Senior players may choose to compete simultaneously in regular flights for an additional surcharge. Senior players will qualify for the senior national tournament in November, which will be held in Pinehurst, North Carolina.


Flights are based on handicap/handicap-index. Players without indexes may submit recent scorecards to be assigned to a flight, subject to change based on tournament performance. All prizes in all flights are based on gross scores. Entry fees start as low as $60 and include course costs, range balls, and prizes.  Player cards for 2010 are $100.  Online registration is available.

Last year saw the Edwin Watts Tour continue its reputation as Central Florida’s "Tour of Choice." Forty-five players represented Orlando at the national finals in Hilton Head. They were part of a 551-player field spread across the six beautiful courses at Palmetto Dunes Resort and Palmetto Hall.

Action from the finals in Hilton Head at Palmetto Dunes

Chad Frank (Sanford) placed 6th in Championship Flight. Other top finishers were Bill Shufelt (Merrit Island) T9 in Championship flight, Jonathan Stuart (Gainesville) 9th in A flight, Steve Cleary (Orlando) T6th in B flight, Wayne Weaver (Apopka) T7th and Tim Sobitz III (Oviedo) T7th, both in D flight.

In November 18 senior players traveled to Pinehurst to represent the tour in the senior national tournament played at the National GC/Pine Needles/Mid Pines courses. Melbourne’s Craig Stone captured the National Senior title in B flight. Arnie Guerra tied for 9th in B flight. Chip Petersen (Melbourne) recorded a 10th place finish in Championship flight.

The Web site (www.ewtorlando.com), provides tour visibility and awareness, providing easy access for members and new players wishing to join in the fun. Membership continues to grow and tournaments averaged nearly 100 players in 2009.

The Order of Merit points list determines the invitations to the national tournament as well as Player of the Year in each flight. In 2009, Chad Frank (Sanford), Matt Tickle (Apopka), and Steve Cleary (Orlando) earned Player of the Year in the Championship, A, and B flights respectively. Dan Seidenfaden (Altamonte Springs) took the C flight and Wayne Weaver (Apopka) took the D flight. Dan Gladman (Sanford) and Robbie Robinson (Kissimmee) captured the Senior Championship & Senior A flight awards, respectively. Tim Sobitz (Oviedo) took the Senior B title.

The tour was founded in 1997. Every year the fields get stronger and the quality of play increases. The best players are playing this tour. Director Tom Mirus points out that "more than a third of our membership plays with a 4.0 index or better and another third is between 4.1 and 9.0." Players come from Tampa to Cocoa Beach and from Jacksonville to Ft. Lauderdale to compete. Take your game to a new level!

Applications and the 2010 tour schedule are available at Orlando area Edwin Watts Golf Shops, host golf courses or by contacting Tour Director, Tom Mirus, at (407) 348-5650. Or you can visit the Web site at www.ewtorlando.com to register online.

 

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