Speedgolf USA is proud to announce an inaugural US Tour Series event in Birmingham, Alabama on the world-renowned RTJ Trail! The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a collection of 468 holes of championship-caliber golf at eleven sites across Alabama.
On June 26 & 27, Alabama's inaugural State Speedgolf Open will welcome 40 participants from the local area as well as top ranked professionals and amateurs from around the country. And for the first time in Speedgolf history, SGUSA will be hosting a 4 round, 72-hole championship over 2 days.
The Short Course at Oxmoor Valley is a delightful collection of 18 pure one-shotters. "The Oxmoor Valley Short course might be the best bang-for-buck option on the entire Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail." -Lying 4 Blog. Holes range from 70-250 yds. With 250 ft of elevation gain over shorter 2.9 mile layout, Speedgolfers will be asked to use caution as they storm progressively downhill on the outward 9, before turning back to climb the inward 9 to the finish line.
Entry options for every type of Speedgolfer: beginners, amateurs, professionals. Play as little or as much as you want! Choose from 18 holes on Day 1, 18 holes on both days, or 36 holes per day.
$3,000 in cash and prizes.
The tournament will be contested over two days, with a projected start each day between 7am and 7:45am (weather dependent). Holes range in length from 70 yds to 250 yds. Course distance is 2.9 miles. There will be multiple divisions to accommodate all participant abilities:
1) 18 hole Open-to-all Division: Shorter distance option for beginner Speedgolfers or those who are not interested/able to play more than 1 round over 2 days. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers.
2) 36 hole Open-to-all Division: 18 holes on day 1 and day 2. Good option for recreational golfers and runners. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers.
2) 72 hole Amateur Divisions: Amateurs who want to play 2 rounds both tournament days in stroke play format. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers from each age-group division: Amateur(18-39), Masters (40-54), Senior(55+), and Womens division.
3) 72 hole Open Division: Elite Amateurs and Professional Speedgolfers who want to compete at the highest level for the title of 2020 Alabama Speedgolf Champion. Medals, points, and a cash purse will be distributed to the top finishers. $3,000 in cash and prizes.
The 2021 Alabama Speedgolf Open entry fees are $50 for 18 holes, $100 for 36 holes, $150 for 72 hole amateurs, and $250 for 72 hole Open (elite am and pro) (plus processing fees). Entry fee includes greens fees, range balls, 'fueling station' snacks and refreshments, and the chance to win prizes and awards. Depending on the sponsorships and donations we receive, players may also receive additional swag.
If you are interested in supporting the tournament and our charity through sponsorships and donations, please contact Jonathan Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hole sponsorships start at $250. $50 from every $250 sponsorship will go to our benefitting charity in 2021: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama
TOURNAMENT RULES & SCORING
The SGUSA Official Rules of Speedgolf will govern play. USGA rules apply. Rule 27-1 concerning lost balls & out of bounds is in effect, but shall be modified to a 1 stroke penalty. Official timing - the elapsed time for a player's round will start at the official tee time. Timing will be stopped when a) the ball is holed on the player's final green or b) upon crossing the designated finish line.
SCOREKEEPERS / CADDIES
Speedgolfers are not permitted to have caddies or pacers. Player must carry all equipment without assistance, with the exception of golf balls and hydration, which may be placed in the scorekeeper's cart during play. Scorekeepers may rake bunkers, replace divots, and fix ballmarks.
After holing out on each hole, players will yell out their score to the scorekeeper, who will write the score down on the official scorecard. At the conclusion of play, the player and scorekeeper shall agree on the hole-by-hole scores before signing and attesting the scorecard.
Advice - USGA Rule 8 shall remain in effect, and advice is not permitted from players or spectators. Any verbal or physical communications between players and spectators could be construed as giving/receiving advice and may result in a 2-stroke penalty. The scorekeeper will serve as an eyewitness.
Spectators are allowed to help search for lost balls.
No Equipment on Greens - Per SGUSA policy, players may not place or drop bags/clubs/equipment (other than the ball) on the surface of the putting green. Violations of this rule shall incur a 1-stroke penalty per incident.
Finish With All Equipment - Players must finish their round with all of their equipment through the green of the last hole played. The penalty for leaving equipment on the course is 1-stroke per incident.
A complete list of local rules will be made available to all participants the week of the event.
All competitors will be placed in an open division. All entry fees that do not go to greens fees and refreshments will be used for a small tournament purse, from which awards for the top three finishers will be drawn.
Practice rounds will be available the day prior to the tournament from 2pm to 3pm. Practice round greens fees for players and guests will be $25, including a cart. Call the proshop at (205) 942-1177 to reserve your practice round tee time. Be sure to mention you are playing in the Alabama Speedgolf Open.
GETTING TO THE TOURNAMENT
Oxmoor Valley Golf Course is located at 100 Sunbelt Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35211.
From the Birmingham Intl Airport (BHM) get on I-20 W/I-59 S from Messer Airport Hwy - 5 min (1.7 mi). Follow I-20 W/I-59 S to Valley Rd. Take exit 118 from I-20 W/I-59 S - 10 min (10.8 mi). Take Aaron Aronov Dr, By Williams Sr Dr, Venice Rd and Shannon Wenonah Rd to Sunbelt Pkwy in Birmingham - 17 min (7.7 mi).
Nearest hotel options to Oxmoor Valley are on Lakeshore Blvd about 5 mi northeast. Google Map Oxmoor Valley Golf Course and then change the search term to hotels.
If you have any questions about the tournament, please contact Jonathan Jeff at email@example.com.
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