TC division of KW Golf debuts in March

from staff reports

   The popular Keller Williams Amateur Golf Tour is back for its third season in the Tri Cities.
   The tour, which allows amateurs to experience the thrill of competitive stroke-play golf, will have a 14-event local schedule for 2004 that kicks off March 27 at Twin Creeks and concludes Sept. 25 at Clear Creek.
   The tour was founded in Charlotte in 1995 and celebrates its 10th season in 2004 with at least 30 divisions across the country. Keller Williams Realty, one of the nation's largest real estate companies, is the title sponsor.
   The tour is open to male and females of all ages with handicaps from 0-20. Each golfer is placed in one of four flights according to handicap. The flights are: Championship (0-5 handicap), A Flight (6-10), B Flight (11-15) and C Flight (16-20). Competition is stroke play, using full USGA rules.
   Top three finishers in each flight at every tourney win gift certificates from Nevada Bob's in Bristol, while all participants earn points toward a season-long points championship in their flight. Participants also get sampling opportunities from associate sponsors, like Lance Snacks.
   New this year is the addition of a senior division. The senior division is open to male and female golfers age 50 and over with handicaps from 0-20. Each senior golfer is placed in one of three flights according to handicap. The flights are: Championship (0-7 handicap), A Flight (8-15) and B Flight (16 +). Competition is stroke play, using full USGA rules.
   Local tour director Todd Hampton has put together a 14-event schedule on some of the premier golf courses in the area. In addition to the opening and closing events, tour stops include: Patriot Hills Golf Club, Glenrochie Country Club and Graysburg Golf Club. All events take place on Saturdays.
   Golfers may join the tour at any time for a $70 membership fee. That fee includes a tour packet and gift bag, and allows members to play in Tri Cities tournaments, as well as other Keller Williams events nationwide. Local entry fees range from $55-$65. Those fees includes cart and green fees, range balls and prizes for the top three in each flight, plus closest-to-the-pin and long drive awards. Results are posted within 48 hours at: www.kellerwilliamstour.com.
   The top 10 finishers in points in each local flight qualify for the 2004 Keller Williams Tour Championship, Oct. 23-24 at Wild Wing Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S.C. For the senior division, the top 10 finishers in each local flight qualify for the 2004 Harris Teeter Tour Championship, Nov. 9-10 at The Legacy in Pinehurst, NC.
   "We strive to provide traditional, stroke-play tournaments in which golfers tee it up against players of their own ability. The competition in the C Flight is just as fierce as in the Championship Flight," said Hampton. "The Keller Williams Tour is great for newcomers to enjoy good, competitive golf and make new friends."
   There is no required number of tournaments that members must participate in.
   For tour info, call Todd Hampton at (423) 967-8301, or visit www.kellerwilliamstour.com. You may e-mail Hampton at todd@bigorangegolf.net.