The Tennessee Golf Foundation is set to host the Tri-Cities Amateur Tour again this year.
The tour will consist of 10 area invitationals and an end of the season championship named the Food City Amateur Championship.
The Amateur Championship will be the Major of the season and will be held on Aug. 27-28 at Blackthorn Club at The Ridges in Jonesborough. A senior division will be included in the championship.
The Tri-Cities cup matches are returning as well and will pit the top amateurs against the top PGA professionals in a Ryder Cup format.
Twelve amateurs, eight regular and four senior, will earn their way onto the team through the amateur tour point system.
The point system will reward amateurs for performance and participation in the invitationals as well as TGA qualifiers and championships.
The winner of the Food City Amateur Championship and Senior Championship will receive an exemption onto the Amateur Cup Match team. The amateur and senior amateur with the most points at the end of the year will be named the Tri-Cities Amateur and Senior Amateur Player of the Year.
The Tri-Cities Amateur Championship was created to challenge the top amateurs in the area and determine the best player.
The invitationals should have stronger and larger fields than ever with the established points system.
All invitationals have equal weighting on the points system. Winners will receive 50 points and it will gradually scale down to 13 points for a 10th place finish. The rest of the field will receive 3 points for participating. Amateurs can earn bonus points by participating in TGA Qualifiers and Championships.
Ages 50 and up are eligible for the Senior Division.
The following invitationals make up the 2011 Tri-Cities Amateur Tour: Ridgefields Invitational, Tillinghast Invitational, East Tennessee Amateur, Graysburg Hills Amateur and Senior Amateur, Link Hills Invitational, Woodlake Invitational, Glenrochie Invitational, Lonesome Pine Invitational and Cedar Hill Invitational.
To find out more, visit www.TriCitiesGolf.org or contact Cody Weems at [email protected] or 747-4974.