MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2008) -- As the weather starts to cool off and the holiday season creeps up on us, the amateurgolf.com staff starts looking forward to our most popular and most well-attended event of the year.
The Christmas Classic had a built-in following due to its founding 20 years ago by founded by 2-time California State Amateur Champion Casey Boyns, but since we took over in 2001, the event has since grown so large that we have had to turn away players every year. To accommodate the field in 2008, we decided to spread out the tournament over two courses, “Old” Del Monte and Pacific Grove Golf Links.
Despite playing at two courses, the tournament is still expected to draw a huge field that will fill up quickly, so golfers looking to secure their spot should register early. Those who sign up before Nov. 5 will save $10 on their tournament registration fee.
Your entry fee includes two rounds of golf with (cart at players expense), $7000 in prizes, lunch on Sunday and a great weekend at two of the Monterey Peninsula's wonderful classic courses. Register early before the event sells out, as it does each year.
This event typically draws one of our strongest fields, as top mid-ams and seniors from the area try grabe a few late NCGA points out, while college players try to keep their game sharp while on Christmas break. Founder and two-time California State Amateur champ Casey Boyns won the title last year in a playoff over 2008 amateurgolf.com California Mid-Amateur champ and Stocker Cup runner-up Chris Marin.
There will be 270 NCGA points up for grabs, with 100 points going to the winner.
NEW FOR 2008:
If two days of golf just aren’t enough for you, we will be hosting an optional skins game at Carmel Valley Ranch on Friday, and our first-ever holiday party on Saturday at photographer Joann Dost's Monterey studio.
Enjoy the completely redesigned Carmel Valley Ranch, for just $100 including greens fee, cart, and skins pool. Limited to first 84 paid players.
And on Saturday night, enjoy wine and appetizers as you tour the beautiful space that Joann Dost (known for her Pebble Beach and worldwide golf photography) is opening on December 1. The party is included with your entry fee but limited to the first 75 players (including no more than one guest) who rsvp to Trisha Williams at 408-406-2035.
That's all for now, we're excited to have such a strong event that it will do well no matter what the state of our economy is, or who gets elected President.
See you in Monterey!
ps: The Lone Oak Lodge has rooms for just $64 per night, tournament registration, fees, and lodging info and phone numbers can be found on the website:
If you have already registered for the tournament, and wish to play the skins game, there is an option online to play "skins game only" for $100. We'll know you are in the tournament, don't worry.