The 2009 Maverick National Amateur Championship is a better ball of partners event played in the Carolinas over two weekends in October. Sixty-four teams from gross and net divisions will battle through five-round match play brackets to determine the winners of their respective national team titles.
The first stage of the Championship will be played over the weekend of October 3rd & 4th across the two most treacherous Maverick Golf Design layouts—Tot Hill Farm and Tobacco Road Golf Club.
Participants will play their opening matches on Saturday (Oct. 3rd) at Tot Hill Farm to reduce each bracket to sixteen teams apiece. The following day, players will begin with their second round of match play on Sunday morning at Tobacco Road. The eight teams from both divisions who win these morning matches will advance to the afternoon’s third round. Upon the completion of Sunday's play, both divisions will have been whittled down to the four pairs from each who move on to the shores of South Carolina for Championship weekend.
The final stages will be split between True Blue G.C., the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and the world-famous Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. After two more match play rounds at True Blue and Caledonia in Pawley’s Island, the remaining teams from each bracket will be whisked away to Kiawah for the Championship Match. Those squads will fight for the inaugural Maverick National Amateur titles at the Ocean Course--host venue for the 1991 Ryder Cup. The winners will be flown out to Los Angeles, CA the weekend of the 2010 Northern Trust Open, given tickets to the tournament’s final round and have the opportunity to play historic Riviera C.C.
Players who enter into or qualify for the Maverick National Amateur Championship will enjoy a minimum of (4) rounds at Tot Hill/Tobacco Road and participate in the Sunset Skills Challenge held on Friday afternoon @ Tot Hill Farm. Teams performing well in the Championship, however, will also earn additional free golf and lodging for the Championship weekend events. The team taking home the Maverick National Amateur Championship title will play a total of (10) rounds at Tobacco Road, Tot Hill Farm, True Blue, Caledonia, the Ocean Course and Riviera for just the price of the original tournament entry fee.
The Maverick National Amateur Championship is dedicated to the late, great golf course architect Michael J. Strantz—lost far too soon to cancer in 2005. It was the eye-opening experience of seeing his work at Tobacco Road G.C. in Sanford, NC that same year that catalyzed the interest of AzaleaGolf Founding Partner Sam Kestin in golf course design and architecture. When he looked to start the company’s first tournament, Kestin insisted that Strantz’s ingenious layouts at Caledonia, True Blue, Tot Hill Farm and Tobacco Road serve as its inaugural hosts and that the tournament bears his nickname. All proceeds from the Putting Contest, Silent Auction and Sunset Skills Challenge will be split between the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina and the AzaleaGolf.Com Home & Home Program (designed to provide free rounds of golf to members of the active military).
Local and Regional Qualifying: Local and regional qualifying events for the 2009 Maverick National Amateur Championship will be held throughout August and September at public courses, private clubs and resorts across the country. These qualifiers will utilize a number of unique formats and will be arranged by varying groups of people nationwide. See the tournament website for details.