Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The World Golfers Amateur Tour Expands into New Jersey

As of July 2014, a new local chapter of the World Golfers Amateur Tour has launched in New Jersey.  New Jersey residents can now experience the thrill of competition through the # 1 Amateur Tour in the World. By joining, local golfers have the opportunity to compete and earn their spot at the National Championships in Florida (FREE for those who qualify), as well as an all-expense paid trip to Durban South Africa to represent USA against 44 other countries in your skill level at the World Golfers Championship.

Whether you are a scratch golfer or a 30 handicapper, the World Golfers Amateur tour gives you the opportunity to experience tournament golf and be treated like a Pro on both the local tours and nationwide tournaments. Tournaments are organized into flights based on your skill level and offer both Gross and Net Score prizes to all that compete.

In 2014, the World Golfers Amateur Tour is celebrating its 20 year history. In 1994 Sweden Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee, four times Olympian and Gold Medalist, Sven Tumba founded the World Golfers Championship.

After dedicating his own life playing for his country, Mr. Tumba dreamed of creating a global competition for all to participate. "An Olympian creating the Olympic experience for the average person. To give the opportunity to those regardless of age, gender, or skill level, the honor of playing for one's country and the pride of wearing its colors..........That dream is the World Golfers Championship”.

The Championship continues to grow from its humble beginnings of 11 participating countries in 1994 and currently there are 44 participating countries.

The Championship starts each year with countries around the globe qualifying amateur golfers in five separate handicapped flights 0-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20 and 21-25 to compete in their own National Championship.

The winners of each flight represent their country and compete against others from around the World, in both the World Team Championship title, as well as an Individual World title within their flight.

With honorary chairman, Annika Sorenstam and support for this tour from the likes of Arnold Palmer this certainly isn’t an opportunity to miss.

For those of you who know me or have read my previous posts, then you know my passion and dedication to this great game. I feel very privileged to have been invited into the World Golfers Amateur Tour family as the New Jersey Tour Director. With this in mind, and being a player myself, then I look forward to withholding the WGAT tradition, and ensure the local golfer has the opportunity to play on some of the magnificent courses in New Jersey has to offer, build great friendships with like-minded people, and ultimately help to improve their own game. Speaking from experience to be a 12 handicap player three years ago, and now successfully passing the PGA Playing Ability Test this year, then if you take your game seriously, tournament golf is the way to go to improve your game and focus your skills.

With my number one goal to focus on the player, and ensure they have the best experience, I have set-up a schedule of carefully chosen events starting at Royce Brook Golf Course (East Course) on 23rd August 2014, and a host of tournaments in October 2014, ready for the 21st anniversary of this fine world tour.

I very much look forward to seeing you at these events. Join the World Golfers Amateur tour and you will enjoy a $20 discount to these events, as well as receiving a welcome pack. The tournaments are open to all non-WGAT members as well.

You can check out the event schedule here at WGAT – New Jersey Home Page.

Not local to New Jersey? Then check out the full tournament listing in your local area here.

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This article was written by ESG team member Kevin Dudleston.  Kevin is a local resident of the Tri-State area and is the Tour Director of the New Jersey chapter of the World Amateur Tour.  

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