Top net events to feed your competitive fire
23 Apr 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

Clockwise from top left: World Amateur, Pac-Am, Best of Bend and Two-Man Links host courses
Clockwise from top left: World Amateur, Pac-Am, Best of Bend and Two-Man Links host courses

The meat and potatoes of amateurgolf.com and the tournaments it covers are no doubt some of the most competitive tournaments in teh game. The events feature the best scratch players anywhere and the competition is high.

But what about the rest of us? What about the mid-to-higher handicaps? We want a high level of competition, too.

Last fall, we presented the top ‘Tournaments for the Rest of Us’ (read it here). Now, we present the top net events for you to feel the pressure of competition while still enjoying yourself.

1.) Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship: With approximately 3,500 golfers, you know you’re playing against some stiff competition. But throw in the location, the format and everything else that comes with the ‘World Am’ and you’ve got yourself one heck of an event. The World Am, held Aug. 26-30, takes over Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand and includes many flights and divisions, meaning that you’ll find equal competition regardless of your skill level. Each flight plays four different courses throughout the week with flight winners moving on to a championship round held at the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort.

2.) Pacific Amateur Golf Classic: With three separate divisions, there’s plenty of levels to the competition available at the Oregon-based Pac-Am. There are divisions geared towards Gross/Scratch, Net and Non- Competitive golfers. The net portion has fields for Men (18-49), Sen Men (50-59), Mid-Sen Men (60-69), Sup-Sen Men (70+), Women (18-59) and Senior Women (60+). All of this, of course, is held at one of the country’s hottest golf regions in Central Oregon at the Sunriver Resort.

3.) Best of Bend Best Ball: Think the Pac-Am, but with a teammate. The Best of Bend Best Ball is held at Sunriver Resort’s three courses --- ProngHorn, Tetherow and Crosswater --- June 13-15. The 54-hole four- ball stroke play is scored with handicaps at 90 percent. Gross and net prizes awarded and the event features an open division and a senior division for players 55 and older.

4.) amateurgolf.com Two Man Links Championship at Bandon Dunes: We certainly don’t want to ‘pump our own tires’ but there’s plenty to be said about this annual event. With four highly-ranked true links courses, the Two Man Links Championship attracts players from around the U.S., Canada, and England that compete in a 72-hole best-ball format in Scratch, Senior-Scratch, or Net Divisions. (Total combined handicap in the Net Division should not exceed 32 with a max differential of 10) The tournament is run like any of the top national events normally reserved for just scratch players – there are two tournament dinners, sponsor prizes, tournament awards, professional photography, and of course your name on huge scoreboards that follow you around the resort. Don’t worry, people only look at the top of scoreboards… Entry fees start at just over $2000 per player double occupancy, including four rounds of golf, four nights lodging, two dinners, and prizes.

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