A unique opportunity: Dogwood Invitational partners with PGA Tour of Australia
26 Mar 2023
by Sean Melia of

see also: The Dogwood Invitational, Druid Hills Golf Club

The days of competing for only a trophy and a slice of history at major amateur events are becoming part of a bygone era. Now, more and more events are providing players with opportunities to play in professional events.

The Dogwood Invitational, an event that started in 1941 and is held at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia has partnered with the PGA Tour of Australia.

The Dogwood Invitational posted the following on Instagram:

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the PGA Tour Australasia. The 2023 Dogwood Invitational Champion will receive 2 PGA Tour of Australia Invites, complimentary airfare for two (2) and a stipend to compete in Australia. Additionally, the leading five (5) players up to the 10th position of the 2023 Dogwood Invitational will be exempt through to the 2024 PGA Tour Australia Q School Final Stage. Link in bio for additional details!

Digging a little deeper, the Dogwood Invitational gave some more details.

Winners will receive:

- Two PGA Tour of Australasia Tournament Invites (excludes Australian Open & Australian PGA
- Complimentary airfare for two and a stipend to compete in Australia.

This opportunity could provide the champion with an avenue to earn status on the PGA Tour of Australia.

He could use the Future Tour Affiliation (FTA), which is when an amateur can pay an affiliation fee and earn points equivalent to their placing in the tournament. Should he earn enough to be top 50 on the Order Of Merit then he would win one of 3 cards on offer.

If the winner chooses to turn pro, he could use the Temporary Tournament Membership option. This is for professionals who pay an affiliation fee (same as FTA) and then can earn points to be on the current Order Of Merit.

Finally, the leading five players up to the 10th position of The Dogwood Invitational 2023 will be exempt through to the 2024 PGA Tour Australasia Q School Final Stage.

ABOUT THE Dogwood Invitational

Tournament week is June 6-11 at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. The entry fee includes breakfast and lunch tournament days as well as special events.

The history of this prestigious event extends back to 1941, when legendary amateur Tommy Barnes captured his first of five Dogwood titles. Evolving with the times, the modern Dogwood has produced fine champions like Webb Simpson (’07), Brian Harman (’09), Dawson Armstrong (’15), and in 2019 Brandon Mancheno. This evolution can be seen also in our course renovations and set-up, our relaxed tournament atmosphere, and our spirit of social responsibility.

Players are required to walk during tournament play and may carry their golf bag themselves (push carts are allowed) or take a caddie. Caddies may be requested in advance during registration, or players may select one on their own.

Player housing is provided on an as available basis to players only, caddies and traveling companions are not provided housing.

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