Dixie Senior Amateur 2016 Golf Tournament
November 15 - 17 2016
Coral Springs, FL



TPC at Eagle Trace
1111 Eagle Trace Blvd
Coral Springs, FL  33071-7824
phone: (954) 753-7222
url: www.pgatour.com

Tournament Overview

The senior version of the Dixie Amateur Championship is held as a 54-hole stroke play event with no cut. It draws some of the country's top senior golfers to South Florida -- Doug Hanzel (2013-2014); Brady Exber (2012); and Rick Woulfe (an amazing 7 titles, his latest in 2015) are among the past champions.

All three rounds are contested at the TPC Eagle Trace. New entry options include a meal and practice round inclusive package at an unbeatable rate.

Contact Information

John Hand, Tournament Director
11801 Heron Bay Blvd.
Coral Springs, FL 33076
phone: 954-770-7138

The Dixie Amateur originated in 1924 and was played at the old Miami Country Club. South Florida was the “first” great golf destination and the South Florida golf scene has always been rich in talent.

Early winners of the Dixie Amateur included: Frank Stafaci, Earl Christianson, Frank Perpich, Frank Strananhan, Al Besselink, and Doug Ford. With the closing of the Miami Country Club in 1953 the Dixie was discontinued until 1962.

The tournament has been played continuously since 1962 at various courses around Miami including The Links of Key Biscayne and The Golf Club of Miami. During this period many Champions won the Dixie Amateur before finding success on the PGA Tour. These players include: Andy Bean, Bruce Fleisher, Nolan Henke, Len Mattice, Jesper Parnevik, Hal Sutton and Lanny Wadkins.

From 1990 through 1997 the Dixie Amateur Championship was hosted at the Bonaventure Resort & Country Club in Fort Lauderdale. During this period, the tournament was held in December over the Christmas break. This move allowed a greater number of collegiate players to participate. The Dixie Amateur began attracting a very strong field at a time of year when there were no other amateur events. Golfweek magazine began awarding points towards Amateur National Rankings and a new wave of talent emerged including Tiger Woods in 1992 and Sergio Garcia in 1997.

In 1997 the Dixie Amateur created a Senior Division for players 50 years and older. This attracted a larger audience, increased exposure and an even stronger field resulted. Steve Earsley of Stuart, Florida won the inaugural event at Bonaventure Country Club and successfully defended his title again in 1998.

In 1998 the Dixie Amateur moved to Palm- Aire Country Club in Pompano Beach, Florida utilizing the two challenging course layouts designed by George and Tom Fazio.

The Oaks and Cypress courses have hosted several Florida Opens and in 1999, the PGA NIKE Tour’s South Florida Classic. From 1998 to the present, the Dixie Amateur has continued to grow and develop into one of the premier amateur golf tournaments.

Hunter Haas was our 2000 Dixie Amateur Champion. At that time, he was the number one ranked amateur golfer in the United States, had won the USGA Public Links Championship and was invited and played in the 2000 Masters. That year 57 colleges and universities were represented in the tournament.

In December of 2002, the Dixie Amateur petitioned Golfweek magazine to award points towards National ranking for the Senior Division. To comply with the ranking criteria, the age for the Senior Division was changed to age 55 and older. Seniors will receive National ranking points beginning in December of 2003.

The tournament committee added a new Ladies Division in January of 2003. The inaugural event attracted 5 of the top 20 nationally ranked Lady Amateurs. The first "Lady Dixie" Amateur Champion, Meaghan Francella, defeated Paula Creamer in the final match. Paula Creamer was the number one ranked Junior Girl in the United States.

In January of 2003 the Dixie Amateur attracted 257 golfers from as far away as the Peoples Republic of China, Australia, New Zealand and Scotland. There were students from 75 colleges and universities along with students from 26 different high schools, as far away as Los Angeles, California.

The Dixie Amateur is unique because of its history and because it is held at a time when the rest of the country is freezing cold. The “golfing world” takes a holiday break, there are no other amateur golf events to compete with, no collegiate tournaments and no PGA Tour events to steal the spotlight.

The Dixie Amateur continues as one of the oldest amateur golf championships in the country, rich in history and tradition.

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Senior Championship
For invited players and those meeting exemption criteria.
Super Senior
For players age 65 and over as of November 10

$300Tournament Entry Fee (on or before Oct. 20)
Includes 54 holes of golf at TPC Eagle Trace.
$545Value package (on or before Oct. 20)
Includes tournament entry, 2 days of unlimited practice rds, unlimited range balls for the week, 4 days lunch. NOTE: hotel rooms not included in the package this year. See list of recommended hotels

Senior Championship
Steven AlexPonte Vedra Beach, FL
Barry BrennanSavannah, GA
Robbie DewPalm Beach Gardens, FL
John FritzMint Hill, NC
Rick GrasselChesterton, IN
Robert GreenWarren, AR
Ian HarrisBloomfield hills, MI
Steve HumphreyLexington, KY
Bill LongAhoskie, NC
robert lynchPARKLAND, FL
Patrick ManningIrving, TX
Marc RedmanBloomington, MN
John SkinnerMiami Lakes, FL
james starnesFORT MYERS, FL
Robert WagnerSt davids, PA
Ben WhippleMarietta, SC
Pete WlodkowskiCarlsbad, CA
Gray YanceyOxford, NC
Stan ZabytkoPort St. Lucie, FL
Super Senior
Charlie AngelHot Springs, AR
Mack ClappMissoula, MT
Jim DuBoisCoral Springs, FL
daniel greggann arbor, MI
Robert JudsonVillage of Golf, FL
Jeffrey KnoxBrecksville, OH
Bob RogoffCoral Springs, FL
leland shalgoshinsdale, IL

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