Golfweek Amateur Tour Opens 17th Season in 2013

The Golfweek Amateur Tour will open its 2013 season on March 23 at Black Bear GC in Eustis.

Thirteen tournaments are scheduled on some of the finest courses in central Florida.

“Last year we played a terrific schedule; this year our lineup is every bit as good” said Tom Mirus, Tour director. “We will be taking the tour to some new courses this year. We are playing eight courses we did not play in 2012. We are excited about the coming season. We will again qualify fifty players (10 from each of the five flights) for the Tour Championship in October. It is being held in Hilton Head, SC 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 nearly $50,000 in prizes last year.”

The Golfweek Amateur Tour/Orlando is the first Florida affiliate of the Golfweek Amateur Tour. There are local tours operating in 43 geographic areas with nationwide membership exceeding 3000.

The Senior (50 & up) 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 Tour Championship in November, in Pinehurst.

Players are put into flights by 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 $75 and include course costs, range balls and prizes. Annual Player Cards are $110. Registration is open now. Player Cards are $110.  Tournaments average nearly 100 players.

The Order of Merit points list determines the invitations to the Tour (Regular & Senior) Tour Championships as well as Player of the Year in each flight. In 2012, Garrett Morrison (St. Cloud), Tom Dillon (Melbourne), and Jim Kenney (Melbourne) earned Player of the Year in the Championship, A, and B flights respectively. Dennis Frantz (Sun City) took the C flight and Joshua Johnson (Lakeland) took the D flight. Rob Kempinski (Melbourne) and Ed Paterniti (Ormond Beach) captured the Senior Championship & Senior A flight awards, respectively. Ray Rodriguez (Melbourne) took the Senior B title.

2012 saw the Golfweek Tour continue its reputation as central Florida’s "Tour of Choice." Forty-six players represented Orlando at the national finals in Hilton Head, SC. They were part of a record 680-player field spread across seven beautiful courses at Palmetto Dunes Resort, Palmetto Hall Plantation and Sea Pines Plantation.

Christian Vozza (Windermere) won the 2012 National Championship in Championship flight. He posted rounds of 69-71-70-210, a 54-hole Golfweek Amateur Tour record, to win by six strokes. while John Bessette (Orlando) was 13th. A-Flight posted the strongest showing for Orlando, taking five places in the top ten. They were led by Michel Dion 3rd (Bluffton, SC), Ed Paterniti 4th (Ormond Beach), John Marshall 5th (Casselberry), Mark Farrow 6th (Winter Haven) and Tom Dillon 9th (Melbourne).

Tim Sobitz (Oviedo) was tops for Orlando in B-Flight with a T16 finish. Rick Whitman (Melbourne) finished T9 in C-Flight.

In November sixteen senior players traveled to Pinehurst, NC to represent the tour in the senior Tour Championship played at National Golf Cub, Pine Needles, Dormie Club and Seven Lakes courses. Bill Foster (The Villages) finished 10th in Championsip flight. Robbie Robinson (Kissimmee) was the top A-Flight finisher with a T17. Tim Sobitz (Oviedo) took second in B flight. Also in B-Flight John Cruise (Melbourne) finished T5. Rick Whitman (Melbourne) took 8th in C flight.

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 "over 1/3 of our membership play with a 4.0 index or better and another 1/3 are 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 information 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 website at and register online.


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