‘By the players … for the players’: Novice Gamers Tour starts off regional chapter |

“By the gamers … for the gamers.”

That is the motto of the national Amateur Gamers Tour, and now a couple of area golfing enthusiasts are hoping it catches on in the Tri-Cities and Southwest Virginia.

Anthony Stout and Todd Holmes have begun up a community chapter for the national firm that has 35 neighborhood excursions across the United States and Canada.

The Amateur Players Tour started out 3 yrs back. It gives gamers of all talents a opportunity to perform arranged stroke-enjoy tournaments.

“I like match participate in and everyone I engage in with, they like the competition,” mentioned Stout, a Bristol native.

In accordance to the group’s web page, “The Beginner Players Tour is a customers-only global golfing modern society consisting of Community Chapters arranged in the course of the United States and Canada for guys and women of all ages of all ages and talent ranges who like the activity of golf, enjoy taking part in a variety of competitive golf event formats, love to travel to engage in at new golfing courses and amenities all over the region and want fellowship on and off the golfing study course with other golf fanatics who simply cannot get plenty of of the match, its heritage, its architecture and its spirit.”

“There was a large amount of groundwork to get some thing like this likely,” said Stout, who has performed on the Golf Channel and GolfWeek tours. “I’ve experimented with because 2014 to get somebody to allow me use their identify to start out a tour right here. I experienced no luck.”

When the organizers of the Beginner Gamers Tour contacted him back again in November, the wheels begun turning.

“We have 35 chapters across the state and Canada,” Stout mentioned. “Of study course, spots like Chattanooga, Knoxville, Charlotte and Atlanta, they have an much easier time acquiring users and men and women to enjoy. I believe at the time people here see that we’ll give the novice payers a tour practical experience, I consider much more people today will soar on board.”

Tour membership prices $130 and each individual event will have an entry charge.

It all commences March 27 when the tour’s initially local celebration is performed at Elizabethton Golf Training course.

Other spotlight classes on the substantial schedule contain Blackthorn Club, Johnson Metropolis State Club, Ridgefields Golf & Athletic Club, Golf Club of Bristol and Glenrochie Place Club. In all, the tour will stop by 16 classes.

“If we can normal 35 gamers for each event the 1st year, I would really pleased,” Stout mentioned. “We’re not in it to make dollars. We’re in it to have a good, beginner, stroke enjoy tour in the area and to try out to get everybody in every division to make it to the nationals at Pinehurst.”

Competitors is broken down into five divisions based mostly on handicaps. There is no separate senior division, but players 60 and around can go up a set of tees though enjoying in the division their handicap indicates.

In addition to the nearby routine, tour customers can participate in in any of a number of countrywide events. The tour will keep tournaments at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, shortly just before the Ryder Cup is held there. The North American Championships are set for Pinehurst Vacation resort in North Carolina, the place it will culminate with play on the famed No. 2 System.

The 54-gap Pinehurst function will crown what the tour is calling the Champion Golfers of the Yr in each individual division.

For extra information or to register, contact Stout at [email protected] or (423) 341-5463.

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Web site: www.amateurplayerstour.com.