48th Palm Beach Kennel Club County Amateur
2023 COUNTY AMATEUR
Sponsored by the Palm Beach Kennel Club, the 48th Annual Palm Beach County Amateur Championship, sets the stage for the field of 144 amateur golfers to battle for the title as the best amateur golfer in the County and South Florida.
The Palm Beach Kennel Club County Amateur is not your average local golf tournament. Especially, not when you consider past winners include a major champion (Mark Calcavecchia), two PGA Tour members (Steve Hart and Gary Nicklaus) and an Irishman who once halved a match with Phil Mickelson to help Great Britain-Ireland win the Walker Cup (Eoghan O’Connell, of Palm City). Daniel Berger, 4x PGA TOUR Champion, didn’t win the County Am, but he finished second to Nicklaus in 2008…as a 15-year-old.
Brooks Koepka, former World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for 47 weeks, winner of the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018, and winner of the PGA Championship in 2018, 2019 and 2023, also played in the County Amateur, which was first held in 1976.
Open to all PBCGA members and non-members, the Palm Beach Kennel Club County Amateur will be hosted at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
The event will consist of a 54-hole Individual Stroke Play Championship, played over three days (Friday, July 14 – Sunday July 16). For the opening rounds, the 144-player field will play two rounds on the Fazio course. After the second round, the field will be cut to the low 60 + ties (exact numbers will be posted at the tournament) with the final round also being contested on the Fazio course at PGA National Resort.
The competition will consist of one set of tee and one Open contest with points awarded towards each of the PBCGA Point Cup Races presented by The Golf Crypt, Jupiter: Open Points Cup, Senior Points Cup and the Super Senior Points Cup.
ABOUT PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB
Since its inception in 1976, the Palm Beach County Golf Association has been a cornerstone to the many excellent golfers residing in Palm Beach County. For those of you who may not be familiar with the PBCGA, we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by local business leaders in 1976.
Our purpose is two-fold: First, we conduct approximately 20 championship each year while promoting amateur golf throughout South Florida. Our championships are the best of their kind anywhere and we strive to make them enjoyable for golfers of all ages. Second, we are committed to providing college scholarships while supporting the growth and development of deserving and worthy Florida students. We stand with our hand selected scholars while encouraging opportunity to build life skills and gain college preparedness through regular mentorship.
The PBCGA provides an opportunity for local amateur golfers to play the best golf courses in their local area and affords access to the top golf venues in South Florida. Nearly 700 amateur golfers compete in PBCGA championships throughout the tournament season (March – October).
Operated by Executive Director Jordan Schneider, the PBCGA along with a team of dedicated volunteers performs the day-to-day operations of the PBCGA from its Headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The Association is served by an elected Board of Directors, headed by Chairman of the Board Michael Blum.
The Palm Beach County Golf Association has awarded over $460,000 to 185+ area college students to help with their college education. These scholarships have helped students pay for tuition, books and other fees so that they could be more dedicated to their studies.
PBCGA has partnered with Take Stock in Children – Palm Beach County to provide tuition scholarships to attend the Florida state college of their choice. Take Stock in Children is a statewide mentoring/scholarship program. The program enrolls middle school, low-income students and helps them succeed by providing college and vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors, student advocates, early intervention and long-term support.
For more than 40 years, the PBCGA and local South Florida businesses have partnered to provide the highest level of golf services to the Palm Beach County area. Continued support from local organizations such as the Arrigo Family, Tiger Woods Ventures, Jack & Barbara Nicklaus, Morell Studios, Palm Beach Kennel Club, Tire Kingdom, PGA TOUR and The Honda Classic is a testament to the longstanding support of PBCGA’s mission to give back. Assistance from local businesses, alumni and friends allows the PBCGA to dedicate more time and resources to programs that provide college scholarships to deserving and worthy students in Palm Beach County.
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