Grayhawk to Host Golf Channel Am Tour Championships
Golf Channel selected Grayhawk and Talking Stick Golf Clubs as the backdrop for the 2014 Golf Channel Amateur Tour National Championships, Sept. 8-18, 2014.
The 2014 season’s culminating event for the world’s largest amateur golf tour, the Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships are scheduled to attract more than 1,200 amateur golfers of all ages and skill levels. Participants will qualify via season-long points rankings from their respective local tours.
“We look forward to hosting the tournament,” said Joe Shershenovich, director of golf at Grayhawk Golf Club. “The Golf Channel Am Tour is a great way for amateur golfers to test their mettle against hundreds of their peers – something they don’t get to do very often. This is analogous to a major event for them, so we’ll pull out all the stops and treat them to a tournament that is every bit as rewarding as the experience enjoyed by the many professionals who have competed at Grayhawk over the years.”
Host to a long-list of professional events over the years, Grayhawk’s Raptor course (a Tom Fazio design) most notably was home to the Fry’s Electronics Open, a PGA TOUR Fall Series event contested in 2007, which returned to Grayhawk for two more years (2008 and 2009) under its current title, Frys.com Open. Talon and Raptor also have hosted Pro-Am events for the Waste Management Phoenix Open in the past, and both courses made Golf Magazine’s 2012 list of the Best Public Courses in Arizona.
The 2014 Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships will be divided into two tournaments: the traditional National Championship (below 50 in age), Sept. 8-12, and the Senior National Championship (age 50 and above), Sept. 14-18. The 72-hole event, broken into flights by handicap, will include rounds at Grayhawk’s Talon and Raptor courses and Talking Stick’s North and South courses to ultimately crown individual national champions. The 2013 national championships at PGA West featured the largest field in tournament history, with more than 1,200 participants.