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The 2018 Philly Metro Schedule is now posted on
our Schedule Page. Tournament registrations will
commence after January 2, 2018.


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HOLE-IN-ONE CLUB JACKPOT NOW $ 1400.00 !

Any eligible member who makes a Hole In One on a Par 3 Hole during GWAT Philly Metro tournament play wins the Hole In One Jackpot. You must be a paid-up member of the Hole In One Club prior to your "Ace" in order to claim the jackpot.

THE JACKPOT WILL "Roll Over" to the 2018 season.
New
HOLE-IN-ONE CLUB JACKPOT members will be
accepted starting at our first official 2018 tournament.
The season-long entry fee is $25.00.

PHILLY METRO GWAT ANNOUNCES 2018 TOUR SCHEDULE

The GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour (Philly Metro) announced its upcoming tournament schedule with events between April 28 and September 29, 2018. The schedule includes 12 regular season events, including a 2-Day Tour Major tournament, and three special Monday tournaments, plus the season-ending Metro Cup challenge matches.  The GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour is the largest amateur golf tour in America, with 47 different Local Tours throughout the country. Tour membership is a “national membership” allowing members to play in any of over 600 tournaments nationwide each season, simply for payment of the individual event fee. 

Philly Metro Tour Director Jeff A. Brodsky said: “Entering our eighth season of tournament golf, we are playing 7 different, great private course this season, as well as 3 of the premier resort golf courses in the region, during prime-time hours on Saturday afternoons. There are also 3 Monday tournaments at some of the most prestigious private clubs in the area. Our members become members-for-the-day at these great clubs, and they enjoy full use of the club facilities, including dining, on tournament day. Our local tour is truly a country-club tour!”

Members of the GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour are flighted into one of 5 different Flights (Championship, A, B, C, and D Flights) based upon a tour handicap index; members play only against other golfers with the same skill level.  Within each flight, competitors play for the lowest total gross score that day, to win VISA gift-cards and crystal trophies; gift card amounts are based upon the number of competitors in each flight during that week’s tournament.  Tour handicaps and flight assignments are closely monitored by the Tour President to ensure a fair competition.  GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour members also receive a USGA approved handicap index from US Handicap as part of their membership package.

Points are accumulated by GWAT members throughout the season, based upon each player’s gross score in his own flight each week, counting towards qualification for the National Championships in Hilton Head, S.C.  Each Philly Metro tournament also includes a separate Skins Game, Closest-To-The-Pin competitions on all Par 3 holes, and a 50/50 drawing in support of the GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour’s charity partner, Stand Up 2 Cancer.  Some tournaments provide the chance for a scheduled practice round to be played at that week’s venue (for an additional fee) in advance of the actual tournament round. Most tournaments utilize a “live scoring” system so that tournament participants know where they stand during the round.

The GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour (Philly Metro) will once again kick off its season with a return trip to The Ridge At Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J. on Saturday April 28.  The Ridge, opened in 2002 and designed by Tom Fazio, is a private course built in the rolling woodlands of western New Jersey.  A golf-only facility, The Ridge was named one of the Top 10 private courses in the country, as well as the #1 new private golf course in New Jersey in 2003. Field size is limited, so sign up early if you want to be included for what is sure to be a fantastic season-opening event.

On Monday May 7, we join the Metro New York tour for a joint-event at Forsgate Country Club’s historic Banks Course. This “original tribute course” was designed by Seth Raynor’s engineer, the infamous Charles “Steamshovel” Banks in 1931 and is comprised of 18 hole-designs based upon golf holes from The British Isles.  Each hole on The Banks Course displays a plaque giving the history of the original golf hole upon which it is based.  Here you will find some of the deepest greenside bunkers in the country!

The third tournament of the season, on Saturday May 12, takes the tour to Yardley Country Club in Yardley, PA. This private course was designed by Alexander Findlay and opened in 1928. A classic design with narrow fairways and small greens, the course places an emphasis on accuracy, not length. This will be our first-ever event at Yardley Country Club.

Our next tournament, on Saturday May 26, takes the tour to Philmont Country Club (North) in Huntingdon Valley, PA. This classic private course, designed by Park & Flynn, and opened in 1924, has hosted many USGA qualifiers as well as the Nike (now Web.Com) Tour. The course features some of the fastest green complexes in our area and many challenging holes.  It has become a tour member’s favorite, and has hosted us every season.

Our annual Two-Day Tour Major takes place over the weekend of June 9 & 10 at the Mountain Valley Golf Club in Barnesville, PA. This facility features two different 18-hole golf courses with spectacular views of the rural Pennsylvania countryside.   We will play the Mountain Course on Saturday June 9 and the Valley Course on Sunday June 10. This will be the first of two double-points tournaments this season. THIS EVENT PRICE INCLUDES A ROOM ON Saturday June 9 at the new Comfort Suites hotel located onsite. The standard price is for 2-persons sharing a room; a single supplement is also available on a limited basis. In addition, rooms can be booked for Friday night June 8 at an additional price

On Saturday June 23, the tour returns to one of the best resort courses in the country, the Bulle Rock Golf Club in Havre de Grace, MD.  Designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1998, the course hosted the LPGA Championship from 2005 to 2009. Each hole at Bulle Rock is unique and different and the course will surely test your game. Many holes, particularly on the back-nine, are isolated from each-other with the natural beauty of the Maryland countryside as the setting for a memorable tournament round.

Our next event, on Saturday July 7, is at the private Burlington Country Club in Westhampton, N.J. An Alexander Findlay design from 1929, this scenic club is nestled in a country setting, surrounded by horse farms and rolling woodlands. In 2002, Ault & Associates designed and oversaw major renovations to the entire golf course, including the construction of six new greens and a revised layout of the back-nine holes. Water is in play on many of the holes, and accuracy is paramount when hitting approach shots to the small greens.

On Saturday July 21, we return to the private Radley Run Country Club, in rural West Chester, PA.  The beautiful rolling terrain at Radley Run, coupled with two ponds and a meandering stream, provide for a challenging round of golf here.  Radley Run has just completed a major course renovation that started prior to the 2016 season. We have been privileged to play at Radley Run almost every season, and it is certainly a member’s favorite!

White Manor Country Club in Malvern, PA hosts our tour for a special Monday tournament on July 30. White Manor is a spectacular Bobby Weed 2003 re-design of the original 1962 course built on a horse country estate. Tees, fairways and green flow seamlessly together, with many varied water hazards throughout the golf course providing a constant challenge.  We will have the entire club facilities to ourselves for this Monday tournament.

On Saturday August 11, the tour returns to Pottstown, PA for a tournament at the private Brookside Country Club, an 18-hole Gordon re-design from 1959. The original 9-hole course at the club dates from 1919 at The Hill School. The course features numerous elevation changes, small greens, streams and wetlands, and a great quartet of Par 3 holes.

On Monday August 27, we return to the private Manufacturers Golf & Country Club in Fort Washington, PA.  This historic Flynn & Toomey design dates from 1925 The course features many elevation changes, challenging tee shots, and fast putting surfaces.  GOLFWEEK Magazine has twice selected Manufacturers G&CC as one of the Top 100 Classic Courses in the USA.  We will have the entire club facilities to ourselves for this Monday tournament, which is a joint-event with the Metro New York Tour. The field is limited so sign-up early!

Little Mill Country Club in Marlton, N.J. hosts our Local Finals on Saturday September 15. Carved out of a hardwood forest in 1968 by Garret Renn, the 27-hole layout at Little Mill features tight fairways, and unexpected elevation changes.  This will be a Tour Major double-points tournament and will determine the 2017 Flight Champions.

The annual Metro Cup will take place on Saturday September 29 on the Palmer Course at the private Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Twp., N.J. This qualification event pits 20 players from both the Philly Metro and Metro New York tours in Ryder Cup style match-play over 27 holes. The Palmer Course, although not overly long, is known for its challenging holes, which require precision shot making over water and around numerous wetlands.  Originally designed by Hal Purdy in 1961, the course was re-designed by the Arnold Palmer Group in 1995, and has since been updated by Stephen Kay in 2007.

The GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour National Championship will once again head to Hilton Head Island, S.C. from October 19-21. This 54-hole tournament culminates the season and welcomes the top qualifiers from each tour around the country.  The tournament field includes over 900 golfers from 47 tour cities. It is a tremendous golf experience and not to be missed!

"We are truly excited about the upcoming season. Our tournament lineup is impressive; we look forward to playing tournament golf on some of the best private and resort courses the Philly Metro area has to offer" said Brodsky. Visit www.amateurgolftour.net or call the Tour Director at 610-642-7890 to learn how you can become part of the fastest growing amateur tour in our area – The GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour.








(L to R) John Stevens (D), Lynn Bigelow (C), Rich Mariner (B), Carl Handwerk (A) & Alex Hargaden (CHAMP)

2017 GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour (Philly Metro) Flight Champions

2017 FLIGHT CHAMPIONS


Champ Flight - Alex Hargaden

A Flight - Carl Handwerk

B Flight - Rich Mariner

C Flight - Lynn Bigelow

D Flight - John Stevens





 


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