Two key Florida events appeal to top players on same weekend
Players of Cantlay's ability will<br> have to choose which event to play
Players of Cantlay's ability will
have to choose which event to play

By Ron Balicki

Can two tournaments, both appealing to the same high-caliber amateur, succeed only miles apart and with overlapping dates?

This December, two events -- one a year-end mainstay for nearly a century, the other a start-up -- will go head-to-head the week before Christmas in South Florida.

The 81st Dixie Amateur will be played Dec. 19-22 at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs and Woodlands Country Club in nearby Tamarac. Meanwhile, the South Beach International Amateur will debut Dec. 20-23 at Miami Beach Golf Club and Normandy Shores Golf Club on Miami Beach.

Their goals are ambitious and perhaps mutually exclusive: attract 240 of the world’s best amateurs. Of course, those 240 can’t be in two places at once, even if separated by only about 35 miles of Florida’s Turnpike.

Something has to give.

ABOUT THE Dixie Men's Amateur

Historic Florida amateur golf tournament that is open to former Dixie Amateur champions, tournament committee invitees and qualifiers for major amateur championships. The Dixie has a traditionally strong field due to college break, and a past-champions list that includes many PGA Tour players as well as top-ranked amateurs.

72-hole stroke play championship with a 54 hole cut down to 66 players and ties. The field limit will be 108 players. Played at Eagle Trace Golf Club. Apply for an invitation at

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