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Amateur Tournament Play – The Dogwood Invitational

I received an announcement today regarding The Dogwood Invitational.  I had never heard of the tournament and as I perused the announcement and went to its many links I discovered a world of amateur golf that I was not unaware of.   I knew of international amateur players rankings (my link for scratchplayers.com), but hadn’t seen rankings for amateur tournaments.  Any amateur golfer aspiring to greatness has to become aware of these and plan a schedule accordingly. 

The Dogwood Invitational Announcement 

ATLANTA – February 16, 2012 – The Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club, held since 1941, has been ranked as the 13th amateur golf tournament in the nation, and the 25th in the world.  The tournament moved up three positions in the U.S. and two positions in the world from its 2011 ranking. The listing, compiled annually by the highly-regarded Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings  organization, surveys more than 600 worldwide tournaments in its quest to name the top amateur events.

In 2011, The Dogwood field of 87 players consisted of 58 of the world’s top 200 male amateur golfers in the world.  Those players competed over 72 holes for the coveted Dogwood Invitational trophy, which was won by Iowa State senior Nate McCoy. The Dogwood win propelled McCoy to one of his best amateur seasons, winning the Iowa Masters, the Herman Sani Invitational and the Rees Jones Collegiate.

Traveling from as far as Australia and Argentina, Dogwood competitors have won some of the most prestigious amateur golf championships around the globe, including the US Amateur, British Amateur, Northeast Amateur, Porter Cup, Masters of the Amateurs, Southeastern Amateur and the Jones Cup.

“The Dogwood Invitational has entered a new level of international rapport. Achieving the rank of 25th positions us as the tournament where the future professionals like Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson or Kyle Stanley will play,” said Edward Toledano – tournament chairman, The Dogwood Invitational.  “Our sponsorships are increasing and people from all over Georgia are putting The Dogwood on their calendars for June 25-30, 2012.  For the golf fan, it’s a fun, free event that gets you close to future PGA stars.”

Tournament participation is by invitation only, with selected amateurs receiving their letters of invitation in late February.  There is an open Qualifier held Monday June 25, in which over 100 players are expected to compete for eight open spots in the tournament. The 2012 Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club is scheduled for Monday, June 25 – Saturday, June 30, 2012. 

 About The Dogwood Invitational

The Dogwood Invitational is an elite amateur golf championship established to promote the game of amateur golf and support junior golf organizations. Held at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, the tournament is an internationally ranked top amateur golf event that began in 1941. The tournament is run by The Dogwood Foundation, a 501(c)3 non profit, and proceeds from sponsorships are directed to the Atlanta Junior Golf Association  and The Wayne Reynolds Scholarship Foundation . Find out more at thedogwood.com

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