Muskogee, Okla. – The Adams Pro Tour is coming to Muskogee Golf Club for an event May 14-19, it was announced Monday.
Title sponsor for the event is the Muscogee Creek Nation Casinos, with the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and The City of Muskogee Foundation providing support and funding for the six-day event.
“The Greater Muskogee Chamber of Commerce is proud and excited to team up with Creek Nation Casinos, APT, and so many generous community partners to bring such a fun event to Muskogee,” said D.J. Thompson, Chamber president and CEO. “The potential impact on Muskogee’s economy is significant. We are looking forward to introducing some of the best professional golfers in the nation and many visitors to our community. This event will bring national recognition to Muskogee, as well as generate substantial income for businesses and the city.”
Tour officials expect about 130 of the best PGA Tour hopefuls from as far away as Australia, England, and South America to compete in the tournament. The pro tournament will boast an estimated $135,000 purse with the champion taking home $20,000. Many Oklahoma-born or based competitors compete on the Adams Tour.
The week-long event begins on Monday, May 14, with practice rounds and a Pro-Am Pairing Party that evening. Tuesday’s events will include the Pro-Am golf event, where sponsors get to play side-by-side with the top players on the APT. Some top PGA Tour stars have competed in Adams Tour events, including Bubba Watson, Ryan Palmer, Andrew Landry, Austin Cook and Jhonattan Vegas.
The professional portion of the tournament will begin May 16 and conclude May 19. The cost to play in the Pro-Am is $1,500 per team – a team of three matched with one pro golfer. Spectators may purchase daily passes or a pass for the week to watch all rounds of play. Passes will be on sale beginning in late March.
“We are excited to bring pro golf to Muskogee, Oklahoma,” said Gary DeSerrano, President of APT. “The Muskogee Golf Club will be an excellent venue and we look forward to seeing the next stars of the PGA competing in Muskogee.”
Muskogee Golf Club, formerly Muskogee Country Club before a recent change in focus condensed the clubhouse and turned the club’s focus strictly to golf, is a Perry Maxwell-design that was renovated by Tripp Davis and though not exceptionally long will test the golfers with firm, sloping greens, angled doglegs on tree-lined fairways, streams and ponds and other design elements characteristic of Maxwell layouts in Oklahoma.
In operation since 1994, APT represents one of the best development opportunities for golf professionals in the United States to hone their competitive skills, while preparing for a life on the PGA Tours. Field commitments are generally posted nine days prior to the event. The professional field will consist of recent college graduates, conditional members of the PGA and web.com Tours, as well as players from Canada and South America.
The “Muscogee Creek Nation Casinos – Real Okie Championship” will be administered and hosted by the Muskogee Chamber with extensive volunteer support.
“We have enlisted very talented and experienced individuals locally to chair each committee for the tournament,” said Chris Condley, Chair of the Muskogee APT event. “The committee chairs will be seeking committee members and volunteers who will be actively involved throughout the planning and the week of the tournament, which is key to the success of the event.”
The committees and their appointed chairpersons are: Fundraising – Chris Condley and Mike Leonard, Firstar Bank; Hospitality – Martha Dixon, Muskogee Golf Club; Volunteer Coordination – Joy Sloan, Green Country Behavioral Health; Golf Club Committee – Tony Collins and Lindsey Holloway, Muskogee Golf Club; and Special Events – Phyllis Spriggs, Muskogee Area Human Resource Association and Chair for the Chamber Board of Directors.
For additional information about the tournament including how to volunteer, please email D.J. Thompson at the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at dj@muskogeechamber or visit www.visitmuskogee.org.