A shot at glory: Play in the MSOP qualifier Nov. 18 at Goat Hill Park
We all know who they are. No matter what kind of day they are having off the tee and on their approach shots, they're dangerous. Especially in match play.

I'm referring, of course, to players with great short games, and more specifically great putters. Now imagine how good these players could be if putting wasn't just 50% of the game. What if it was the ONLY game? On Friday, November 18 AmateurGolf.com will host a Major Series of Putting (MSOP) qualifier at Goat Hill Park in Oceanside, in North San Diego County.

You may have heard Matt Ginella of The Golf Channel talk about this formerly downtrodden gem of a course that his buddy John Ashworth (Linksoul) has taken over and renovated. Each Friday, Goat Hill hosts a skins game, and our November 18 qualifier will follow that. Just $40 gets you entry into the skins game ($15 "pot), your 9-hole greens fee, a $25 Callaway gift card, and entry into the MSOP qualifier. The winner gets their entry fee paid for the March "Amateur Only" putting championship in Las Vegas.

To register now, visit AmateurGolf.com/tour. Go ahead, make a mini-vacation out of it in San Diego, where our weather hit 95 degrees on the coast on November 9.


That's the idea of the MSOP, a March, 2017 series of putting competitions in Las Vegas -- the acronym in fact stands for "Major Series of Putting" -- that plans to be the biggest putting tournament in history, and is expecting prize money in excess of $10 Million. And AmateurGolf.com is proud to be a part of the MSOP, right from the beginning. But wait a minute, why would AmateurGolf.com get behind a tournament with big prize money? Well, for starters there is an amateur-only competition scheduled. We'll get to that later.

Starting in August, and running through early 2017, the MSOP will host qualifiers at U.S. and Canadian golf clubs. Many of those qualifiers will take place in conjunction with scheduled golf tournaments (makes sense) while others will be standalone. Pay a small entry fee, then win your qualifier for an automatic entry in one of the March events.

You can also pay an entry fee and register for the March events immediately, guaranteeing that you will be among the expected 4,200 participants in Las Vegas and allowing you to make plans for the big trip.

If you're like me, you're probably wondering a couple of things. Who is behind it? And can they pull it off?

Let's start with who is behind it. Because when I heard about it, saw the attractive website, and that Brad Faxon is endorsing the project, I knew the MSOP had some serious financial backing.

It turns out that MSOP is a subsidiary of Lune Rouge Innovation, a new creative company founded and controlled by Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberté. And that brings me to another amazing fact about the MSOP. They are constructing, in collaboration with Nicklaus design, an 18-hole championship putting course, surrounded by stadium seating. Now visualize having a putt to win everything with all of those people watching. You're not in the $10 Nassau anymore!

"The MSOP Championships are the perfect occasion for golfers from all walks of life to compete for high stakes," says MSOP President and GM Guillaume BĂ©land. "(Players) will experience the intensity and excitement we usually only see at the highest levels of professional golf."

The competitions will run between March 8-29, 2017. There are various individual formats in both match and stroke play (pros, amateurs, or combined), team competitions, a women's competition, and an amateur championship, which is scheduled for March 16, 2017. Entry fees (which allow you to bypass the qualifier) run from $1,000 to $5,000 for the open competitions, but just $350 for the amateur championship.


Visit the MSOP website to learn about qualifying dates and locations. The list will be updated frequently starting in mid-August. To register immediately and bypass the qualifying process, visit the Events and Schedule page and click on the event you are interested in to learn more and register.


Tournament directors and PGA professionals interested in hosting a qualifier at one or more of their events (or anytime at their course) can download an informational kit from the MSOP website. AmateurGolf.com will be running a qualifier at one of our big Winter Series events in December. (Stay tuned for info.)

ABOUT THE MSOP Qualifier 1

On Friday, November 18, Goat Hill Park will host a qualifier for the Major Series of Putting in Las Vegas, under the lights after the skins game. (Arrive between 1:00 and 2:00pm if you want to play the skins.)

The Major Series of Putting is being contested on a specially- constructed stadium putting course right behind Planet Hollywood near the Las Vegas strip. There are five big money events in March, and an amateur version on March 13, which is what the winner of our putting contest will be playing for.

WHEN: Friday, November 18, right after the skins game

WHERE: Goat Hill Park Practice Green, under the lights

ENTRY FEE: $40 includes skins pot, greens fee, and entry into the putting competition. The winner gets a complimentary entry (value $350) into the March 13 event in Vegas.

GHP member Pete Wlodkowski from AmateurGolf.com will be there to run the qualifier. Play will be in twosomes. Replays will be allowed at $10, with all net proceeds going to Goat Hill Junior Golf Foundation.

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