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Saugahatchee Country Club to Host 104th Alabama Men’s State Amateur Championship

Host Site of the 104th Alabama Men's State Amateur Championship, Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, AL

OPELIKA, AL (July 28, 2020) - The Alabama Golf Association will host the 104th Alabama State Amateur Championship at Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika from July 29 - Aug. 1. The par-72 course, top-ranked by Golf Digest, will offer a challenging week for the 144 players.

This year marks the fourth time that Saugahatchee Country Club has hosted the Alabama Men’s State Amateur Championship (1979 - Jud Stockard of Florence, 1987 - Sam Farlow of Birmingham, 1996 - John Coles III of Moody).

Jack Goldasich of Birmingham won the Championship title in 2019 at Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club. Goldasich will be on the course this week battling it out to defend his title.

The Championship was first played in 1915 at Montgomery Country Club in Montgomery, AL. Jack Allison of Birmingham, AL defeated Norborne R. Clarke 13 and 12 to win the inaugural event. The Championship was not played in 1917-1918, due to World War I. The format was changed from match play to stroke play in 1955.

The Alabama Golf Association looks forward to the playing of the 104th Alabama State Amateur Championship.

Championship Facts

Event: 104th Alabama Men’s State Amateur Championship

Dates: July 29 - Aug. 1, 2020.

Host Site: Saugahatchee Country Club, Opelika, AL.

Championship Yardage/Course & Slope Rating:  7040 yards/73.2/136

Course Turfgrass:  Tees/Fairways, Rough (419 Bermuda); Putting Greens (Miniverde)

Format: 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 playoff will be held immediately following play. The winner will be the player with the lowest aggregate score for the playoff holes. In the event of a further tie, play will immediately continue hole-by-hole until Champion is determined. The playoff holes and their order of play will be determined by the Committee. Initial groupings will be for two days; the field will be cut and re-paired by score after the second round. Then repaired by score after the third round for the fourth round.

Schedule of Rounds

Tuesday, July 28

All Day: Practice rounds for players.

9:00am - 4:00pm: Player Registration

Wednesday, July 29

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

Thursday, July 30

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

Field re-grouped according to score.

Friday, July 31

Round 3: Tee times begin at 7:30am off #1 & #10 tees. 18 holes Stroke Play.

Field re-grouped according to score.

Saturday, August 1

Round 4: Tee times begin at 7:30am off #1 & #10 tees. 18 holes Stroke Play.

Awards ceremony immediately following play.

Championship Links

This championship will be 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 115 member clubs represented by nearly 19,000 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 23 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.

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