Upstate Amateur Golf

Amateur Players Tour is “By the Players, for the Players”

Every golfer wants to have something to remember a tournament win and the Amateur Golf Tour makes sure winners have plenty of trophies to take home from the Tour’s events.

The 2022 Upstate Amateur Players Tour kicks off on March 12 at Links O’Tryon.

Larry Lee, who helped found the Tour many year’s ago, is back leading the popular local group.

Lee, who along with Phil VanGeersdaelen are bringing an elevated Tour experience to the Upstate.

“We live by the phrase “By the Players, For the Players,” said Lee.

If you are unfamiliar with the Tour it could best be described as a golf club that travels to play at different courses.

“Tour players compete in a season long points race. Players are divided into divisions based on their skill level,” said Lee.

Golfers not only compete for a season championship, but also prizes at every event during the Tour schedule.

Registration information is available online

Winners receive a trophy and Visa Gift cards from each tournament’s prize pool.

“Our members can also have the opportunities to play national majors at elite venues such as Big Cedar Lodge, Streamsong Resort, Chambers Bay and Bandon Dunes,” said Lee.

The Amateur Players Tour offers golfers a fun opportunity to compete and develop friends and a good natured rivalry with other Tour players, always by the rules of golf.

The APT observes the USGA Rules of Golf governing competition and amateur status.

The Tour members earn points and can qualify for the North American Championship.

Lee believes the strength of the long running Tour comes from what the members most enjoy about each tournament.

Jimmy Sullivan was the APT Player of the Year in 2021.

“Our members shared with us why they love the Amateur Players Tour and one of the biggest reasons was the amazing camaraderie with fellow participants,” said the Tour Director.

One of the points of emphasis for the Tour this year is to focus on the pace of play.

“Nobody wants to come out and play a six hour round. Our golfers have fun,but use their time on the course efficiently,” said Lee.

Fair handicapping makes for a better Tour experience and Lee wants to make sure all golfers know tournament flights are set up fairly.

“Nobody wants to come out and play a round and find out they lost to a player who should have been in a different division,” said VanGeersdaelen.

The APT has five divisions so that every player will be able to compete against players of the same skill.

“When a player in Division 5 shoots a 93 and he gets to hold a trophy, receive a Visa card, get their picture made, that makes the player feel special,” said Lee.

Membership into the APT is $125 and the players receive not just a goodie bag but some big-time discounts from the National Tour Partners.

“Phil and I have put together a schedule that kicks off at Links O’ Tryon on March 12. We also have Tour stops at Clemson, Willow Creek, Cateechee, Southern Oaks and Carolina Country Club,” said Lee.

The complete schedule as well as registration information is available at

“We know golfers will see the advantage of playing on our Tour and we look forward to another great year,” concluded Lee.

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