Elite Amateur Series to bind top summer amateur events and provide exemptions

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Seven historic events representing over 680 years of conducting championship golf announced today at the Golf Coaches Association of America National Convention in Las Vegas a new alliance to form the Elite Amateur Golf Series (EAGS) officially launching in summer 2022. The Elite Amateur Golf Series events are the Sunnehanna Amateur, Northeast Amateur, North & South Amateur, Trans-Mississippi Amateur, Southern Amateur, Pacific Coast Amateur and the Western Amateur.

Within the Elite Amateur Golf Series is a summer-long competition named the Elite Amateur Cup. Using the seven series event results from the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) as the Elite Amateur Cup point system, top finishers in the final standings will earn exemptions into PGA Tour, Korn Ferry Tour, USGA Championships and other professional playing opportunities to be announced later. The first PGA Tour event to support the EAGS and offer an exemption to the Elite Amateur Cup winner is the Butterfield Bermuda Championship for their event in October 2022.

“The Elite Amateur Golf Series is about aligning the top competitive amateur events in the United States to provide exceptional playing opportunities for the best elite amateur golfers from across the globe to compete at the highest level in advance of the U.S. Amateur,” remarked Andy Priest, Executive Director of the Southern Golf Association and Chairman of the Elite Amateur Golf Series. “By strengthening and coordinating the competition among top amateur golfers, the work of the Elite Amateur Golf Series will provide more opportunities for elite amateur players to enhance their own game and, in turn, strengthen the overall game of golf. We believe when the best work together, the best will be produced.”

The EAGS tagline is “The Best of the Best,” showcasing the best players playing at the best venues against the best fields in amateur golf.  Elite Amateur Golf Series events hold a proven track record of conducting the most challenging competitive tests, making the championships among the majors of amateur golf.

Also, the EAGS hopes to shine a spotlight on all of amateur golf, not only through its own competitions, but by promoting other playing opportunities in leading state, regional and national events. Further, the EAGS is supporting a similar effort with elite women’s amateur events to provide similar opportunities for the best female amateurs in the world.

2022 Elite Amateur Golf Series Schedule:

  • June 15-18 Sunnehanna Amateur, Sunnehanna CC, Johnstown, PA
  • June 22-25 Northeast Amateur, Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, RI
  • June 26-July 2 North & South Amateur, Pinehurst Resort & CC, Pinehurst, NC
  • July 6-9 Trans-Miss Amateur, Denver CC, Denver, CO
  • July 13-16 Southern Amateur, Sea Island GC, St. Simons Island, GA
  • July 19-22 Pacific Coast Amateur, Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, OR
  • August 1-6 Western Amateur, Exmoor CC, Highland Park, IL

More information about the Elite Amateur Golf Series, the Elite Amateur Cup and the seven individual championships is available at eliteamateurgolfseries.org. Follow @eliteamseries on Twitter and Instagram as well as @EliteAmateurGolfSeries on Facebook.

About the Elite Amateur Golf Series

Formed in 2021 to challenge “The Best of the Best” in amateur golf, the Elite Amateur Golf Series (EAGS) aligns the top amateur championships in a collective competition, the Elite Amateur Cup. In addition to hosting the best players, Elite Amateur Cup events are contested at renowned venues and have the longest history of identifying the next great champions of the game. EAGS events hold a proven track record of conducting the most challenging competitive tests, making the championships among the majors of amateur golf. The seven founding championships that comprise the series have a distinguished history hosting the top talent and competitive play in amateur golf.  These championships are the Sunnehanna Amateur, Northeast Amateur, North & South Amateur, Trans-Mississippi Amateur, Southern Amateur, Pacific Coast Amateur and the Western Amateur.


 

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