Whether your local Club Championship is in the early spring or late summer, there are many options to hone your tournament skills with some amateur tournaments throughout the year. One of the best ways to prepare for a competitive tournament is to play in events that are similarly structured. Getting the competitive juices flowing a few times throughout the year is important so you are ready for your local Championship as well as the PGA National Club Championship! Here are some of the top amateur tournaments you can play in this year.
Local Amateur Championship – There are 58 state and regional golf associations that host some of the best amateur events out there. Each state will have an amateur championship that you must qualify for in order to make the field. These qualifying events are held throughout the spring and summer and will provide you some stiff competition. Some of the best players in the area will participate in these providing the type of tournament that is perfect to get you warmed up for you local club championship.
US Amateur Qualifiers – This year there will be 93 host tournaments that will act as qualifiers for the US Men’s Amateur at Arcola Country Club in New Jersey and 24 qualifying sites for the Women’s Amateur at Chambers Bay. As the most competitive amateur tournament in the country, these qualifiers are a great way to play with some of the best players in your area in preparation for your club championship.
The Four-Ball is also a great tournament with a team based format that gives you the comfort of a playing partner but still with some great competition playing your own ball. These qualifiers have already passed with the tournament’s coming up in the next few months but are definitely something to check out at the end of 2022.
There are many amatuer events that are less competitive and can still be a great tournament to play in to get you in shape for your club championship. Check out your local PGA Section if they have an amateur tournament series which can provide a more casual environment while still getting the stroke play experience.