The Washington State Golf Association has announced the slate of sites for the 5th season of the popular WSGA Winter Series, brought to you by Puetz Golf Superstores. The Winter Series consists of four tournaments, one per month from January to April, and each played in a different format.
The series will kick off with a tournament at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. on January 25, which will be played in the Stableford format. During the 2012 championship season, The Home Course hosted several WSGA Championships and USGA Qualifiers, including the Washington State Senior and Super Senior Men’s Championship in September. It will also be the proud host of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.
The second leg in the series will be a 2-person Scramble held at the RMG Club at Oakbrook in Lakewood, Wash. on February 22. Oakbrook, one of three courses owned by Ryan Moore Golf, was the site of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Qualifier in August.
The Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. will host an individual stroke play tournament on March 15. Consistently rated among the top public courses in the state of Washington, Gold Mountain holds an impressive list of awards, including being named one of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” by Golf Magazine in 1998 and 2006.
Rounding out the 2013 Winter Series will be a two-person four-ball (best-ball) tournament at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash. on April 4. Much of Meridian Valley’s fame is tied to the LPGA and the Safeco Classic, which was staged there from 1982 until 1999. The country club has welcomed several golf legends in its rich history, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Annika Sorenstam.
Online entries are now available on the WSGA Winter Series webpage. The tournament series is open to men and women amateurs who are in good standing of a WSGA member club and have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women. Formats include Stableford, Two-Person Scramble, Individual Stroke Play, and a Two-Person Four-Ball (Best-Ball). The four events will take place once a month from January through April.
The entry fee for each tournament will cover green fees, range balls, championship prizes, and a merchandise payout. The field will be broken into flights based on gender and handicap index, with gross and net prizes. An additional merchandise payout to Puetz Golf Superstores will be awarded to top finishers on the series-long points list.
Created in 2009, the WSGA Winter Series offers yet another membership benefit, providing WSGA members of all playing abilities with the opportunity to compete in the winter months, prior to the commencement of the WSGA championship season.