Bear Invitational, Stocker Cup among top events to follow
14 Oct 2011
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com


The golf season may be winding down --- in most parts of the country, anyways. But that doesn't mean there aren't any high-quality amateur events left to follow.

Here are three key events to follow in October. If you think we missed any, please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

The Bear Invitational: Oct. 21-23

This 54-hole, two-man best ball event is named in honor of Jack Nicklaus. The Bear designed the event's home at Cimarron Hills in Georgetown, Texas.

Cimarron Hills has hosted a handful of top events, including the 2004 Texas Mid-Am and the 2004 South Texas PGA Championship. It'll serve as the perfect home for Trevor Hyde and Edward Sanchez, who teamed up to win last year's event.

Society of Seniors Championship: Oct. 24-26

The Society of Seniors Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event that honors one of the founders of the society, Dale Morey, who won more than 250 events in a lifetime of golf. Competition also includes the John Owens division and Grand Masters Division held simultaneously.

The event will be played at Mid-Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The club features two classic courses designed by Donald Ross.

Stocker Cup Invitational: Oct. 27-30

The Stocker Cup Invitational Golf Tournament is held each year in memory of Peter C. Stocker, who died in a tragic helicopter accident at Rancho San Carlos near the Carmel Valley in 1990. Rancho San Carlos has since been renamed the Santa Lucia Preserve.

The tournament has traditionally been played at world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Links at Spanish Bay and Poppy Hills GC. In 2000, the event moved to its permanent new home at The Preserve Golf Club within the Santa Lucia Preserve near Carmel Valley, California; a spectacular course designed by Tom Fazio and Sandy Tatum.

The premier mid-amateur tournament on the West coast, the Stocker Cup runs is a 72-hole stroke-play event with a qualifier for players aged 25 and over with a 2.4 index or lower (five qualifiers advance). A 54-hole team competition, including friends of Peter Stocker, runs concurrently.

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