York County Amateur changes dates, adds new course

The fourth annual York County Amateur Golf Tournament has new dates, a new title sponsor and a new venue.

The event, played in October the first three years, moves to Aug. 10-12, with Dick's Sporting Goods becoming the title sponsor and Spring Lake Country Club in York joining the course rotation.

"This year's tournament should be bigger and better than ever," tournament director Richard Gilles said. "I'm excited to expand the tournament over to York thisyear on such a fantastic course. I have tried to alternate a different course each year to create additional excitement for all local golfers."

Gilles, who started the tournament in 2004, said the event was moved to August to avoid weekend conflicts with college football.

The first round will be played at Pinetuck Golf Club, with Spring Lake hosting the second round and Rock Hill Country Club hosting the final round of the 54-hole event.

Dick's will supply all the prizes for the tournament, with $750 in gift certificates and a crystal trophy going to the winner.

Gilles said the tournament will also add two flights this year to allow higher handicap players to compete for a championship with players of similar ability.

The tournament will take the first 90 paid entries and is open to all York County residents, those who work in York County, are a member of a York County golf course and members at any Springs golf courses.

The field will be flighted based on USGA handicaps. If a player does not have a USGA handicap, they will be automatically entered in the championship flight for players with a handicap of eight or less.

The first flight is for players with handicaps of 9-16 and the second flight for players 17 or higher.

The field will be cut to the top 32 and ties after the second round.

Entry fee of $120 covers greens fees, cart fees and prizes, with tee times expected from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 8-10 a.m. Sunday.

David Grant, who also won the first event, is the defending champion. Bruce Gantt took the 2005 title.

Entry forms can be obtained at

• What: York County Amateur

• When: Aug. 10-12

• Entry fee: $120

• Entry forms:

• More info: Richard Gilles at (803) 322-5350