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Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club to Host 103rd Alabama State Amateur Championship

The medals await their victors at Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club 

KILLEN, AL (June 4, 2018) – The best amateurs in the state will travel to Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club in Killen for the 103rd Alabama State Amateur Championship from June 6-9. This is the sixth time that Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club has hosted the Men’s State Amateur Championship (1968 - Hubert Green of Birmingham, 1976 -Richard Anthony of Birmingham, 1985 - Tom Jones of Fort Payne, 1999 - Payton Osborn of Birmingham, 2010 - Hunter Hamrick of Montgomery).

Turtle Point’s PGA Head Golf Professional, Les Holcombe, is excited to host this year’s championship.

“We are just thrilled to have everybody here,” Holcombe said. “We are excited to have so many local players in the tournament, and the golf course is in beautiful shape right now.”

156 players are scheduled to compete in this year’s championship, including defending champion Matt Lorenz of Fairhope, who won the title in 2018 at Pine Tree Country Club in Birmingham, setting the 72-hole scoring record with a 270 (-18). He is the number one ranked amateur in the state.

“It’s great to return back to Turtle Point which is one of the top facilities in the state and great supporters of our organization,” stated Andy Priest, AGA Executive Director. “We look forward to hosting the State Amateur for the first time in nine years in North Alabama.” Turtle Point last played host to the State Amateur in 2010.

Past champions in the field include: defending champion Matt Lorenz of Fairhope (2018) and Will Swift of Vestavia Hills (2005).

Championship Facts

Event: 103rd Alabama State Amateur Championship

Dates: June 6-9, 2019

Host Site: Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club, Killen, AL

Yardage: 7133 yards, par 36-36--72

Course/Slope Rating:  74.8/134

2017 Champion: Matt Lorenz of Fairhope

Most Titles: 4 - Sam Farlow of Birmingham (1983, 1987, 1988, 1989)

Format: 72 holes of stroke play. The field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes.  The lowest score for 72 holes will be the Champion.  In the event of a tie for the Championship, a three-hole aggregate play-off will be held immediately following play.

Eligibility: Any male amateur golfer who is a legal resident of Alabama, and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at an AGA member club that does not exceed 8.4.

Schedule of Rounds

Tuesday, June 4

Registration & Practice Rounds

Wednesday, June 5

Registration & Practice Rounds

Thursday, June 6

Round 1: Tee times begin at 7:00am & 12:30pm off #1 & #10 tees. 18 holes of Stroke Play.

Friday, June 7

Round 2: Tee times begin at 7:00am & 12:30pm off #1 & #10 tees. 18 holes Stroke Play. Cut to low 60 scores and ties.

Field re-grouped according to score.

Saturday, June 8

Round 3: Tee times begin at 7:30am off #1 & #10 tees. 18 holes Stroke Play. 11:00am-3:00pm: Hosted player lunch in the Clubhouse.

Field re-grouped according to score.

Sunday, June 9

Round 4: Tee times begin at 7:30am off #1 & #10 tees. 18 holes Stroke Play. 11:00am-3:00pm: Hosted player lunch in the Clubhouse.

Awards ceremony immediately following play at scoreboard.

Championship Links:

Starting Times (Rounds 1-2)

Scoring & Results (*9 Hole scoring updates throughout the championship)

AGA Yearbook and Past Results

Club Website

This championship is conducted by the Alabama Golf Association.

About the Alabama Golf Association (AGA)

The Alabama Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1915 whose mission is to serve and promote amateur golf in Alabama. AGA membership consists of over 130 member clubs represented by nearly 18,500 individuals. The activities and services of the Alabama Golf Association are governed by a Board of Directors consisting of Alabama golfers who wish to serve the game and the association through service.

AGA is the USGA's liaison for golf in Alabama conducting national championship qualifying, administering the USGA Handicap system including the GHIN Handicap service, course & slope rating and education. The AGA annually conducts 20 championships and team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. The AGA also conducts Alabama high school golf championships and assists with many collegiate events including the SEC Men's Golf Championship. In addition to competitions, the AGA administers the AGA Women's Scholarship Fund that is dedicated to assisting young female golfers in higher education and supports the Alabama Turfgrass Research Foundation.

Since 1980, the AGA has managed the affairs of the Southern Golf Association which includes conducting the Southern Amateur Championship and Southern Junior Championship, in conjunction with the Board of Directors of the Southern Golf Association.

For more information about the Alabama Golf Association, visit www.alabamagolf.org.

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