Thursday, August 31, 2006

Coming Event: Hill Country Amateur

The folks who dreamed up the Hill Country Amateur Classic had plans to make it one of the top amateur events in Texas, perhaps in the U.S., when they announced last year's first tournament. According to the Austin American-Statesman, "Several hundred golfers from Texas and around the country were coming to Austin for four days of golf, food and entertainment."

But then Hurricane Katrina hit, and "the Austin Convention Center, which ... had (been) booked for four nights of dining and entertainment, became the temporary home of hurricane evacuees. (Organizers) made do with a difficult situation, and the first Hill Country Amateur Classic was applauded as a success. "

Round 2 in the evolution of the Hill Country Amateur Classic takes place the last week in September, and this go-round might be the one that raises the tournament's profile to another level.

The tournament is open to both men and women, features four rounds of play in five divisions using Stableford system scoring, with lunch served daily and a special dinner planned.

The tournament runs Sept. 27-30 and play will take place on numerous Austin golf courses, including Avery Ranch, Barton Creek Crenshaw, Barton Creek Lakeside, Circle C, Falconhead, Flintrock Falls, Onion Creek and Twin Creeks.

The entry fee of $595 per person is steep (which also ensures a field of serious golfers), but you get a lot of golf for that money, plus it includes:

  • Greens fees, range balls, carts, and luncheons for 4 days
  • Welcome gift bag (shirt, hat, money clip, golf balls, local flavor samples, coupons for shopping)
  • Dinner and live entertainment Friday evening for two
  • Daily prizes (watches, golf clubs, golf balls, dinners, free rounds of golf, etc.) for closest to pin, long drive, putting

More information is available at the Hill Country Amateur Classic Web site, which also includes a registration form.

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