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You've Been Asked to Play in a Pro-Am - Now What?

You’ve Been Asked to Play in a Pro-Am – Now What?

You’ve Been Asked to Play in a Pro-Am – Now What?

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Playing with a professional golfer is a thrill for most fans of golf.

These events are scheduled each week, the day before the Pro Tournament begins. Besides the golf, there are lavish parties and prizes involved. The amateur gets to share what it’s like to be a Tour Player for a day, so it is loads of fun.

But it ain’t cheap!

Read this story by Jim Thomas for Demand Media. It also includes some terrific tips by the infamous David Feherty on how to make your Pro-Am experience success in every way.

PGA pro-ams usually are a win-win-win situation for ordinary golfers, the PGA Tour and the charity or charities connected with the tournament. Ordinary golfers get to play with a tour player and sometimes a celebrity as well. The PGA Tour and the tournament organizers rake in big bucks, and a large chunk of that money goes to charity. Most pro-ams are one-day affairs that are played on Wednesday, one day before the PGA Tour event starts.

You've Been Asked to Play in a Pro-Am - Now What?

Jim Furyk was disqualified from a tournament in 2010 for missing his pro-am starting time.


Except for a few events, such as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am — which has a waiting list — it’s easy to play in a PGA pro-am. It’s expensive, too, although the weeklong schedule for some PGA Tour events also includes a Monday pro-am that is less expensive than those conducted on Wednesday. The PGA Tour players who play in the Monday events are not as well-known as those who play on Wednesday.

By 2007, most pro-ams — according to an article on the website World Golf — were already charging $4,000 to $5,000 to tee it up. A 2011 tournament in Phoenix charged $4,300 for the Monday pro-am and $9,500 for the main event on Wednesday. The entry fee for the 2011 AT&T was $25,000, according to “Forbes” magazine.

To find out more about how PGA Pro-Am Tournaments work, click here.

Source: Jim Thomas, Demand Media  GolfSmith

Pictures: Demand Media    U.S. Army

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