Regions Bank Amateur Series starts next week

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There will be nine tournaments instead of the normal 10 in the Regions Bank Amateur Series schedule for 2012, which has finally been completed. The first tournament begins next week.

Augusta's Doug Weiss will be seeking his fifth consecutive Boone Knox Player of the Year award in the regular division.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
Augusta's Doug Weiss will be seeking his fifth consecutive Boone Knox Player of the Year award in the regular division.

The City of Augusta Match Play Championship, which had been played at The Patch since 2003, won’t be held.

The course, which is owned by the City of Augusta, has a new leasee that was not familiar with the series and elected not to have the tournament.

The spring/summer amateur tournament series, now in its 24th year, begins with the Sunbelt Nissan Golf Capital Invitational April 28-29 at Mt. Vintage Plantation and concludes in late August.

Two of the tournaments have changed their dates this year.

The North Augusta Exchange Club/Persimmon Hill Classic, which was held May 21-22 last year, returns to its normal Father’s Day weekend dates (June 16-17).

And the Ping Regions Invitational at Gordon Lakes Golf Course is moving from July 23-24 to Aug. 25-26, It will be the last tournament of the season.

In the regular division, Doug Weiss will be going for his fifth consecutive Boone Knox player of the Year title.

Weiss, a three-time winner last year, has nine career victories. He’s tied for second place on the all-time list, which is topped by Jay Blackburn with 12 wins.

In the senior division, which is for golfers 50-over, Kenny Larry will be seeking his fifth Boone Knox Player of the Year crown in the past six years.

Larry, who won six times last season, needs one more win to reach 20 career victories as a senior.

To sign up for the tournaments, golfers should call or visit the host courses.

SERIES SCHEDULE

APRIL 28-29: Sunbelt Nissan Golf Capital Invitational at Mt. Vintage

MAY 12-13: First Tee of Aiken Invitational at Houndslake

JUNE 2-3: Camellia Classic at Belle Meade

JUNE 16-17: North Augusta Exchange Club/Persimmon Hill Classic at Persimmon Hill

JUNE 23-24: Goshen Golf Classic at Goshen

JULY 20-22: Augusta City Amateur at Forest Hills

AUG. 4-5: Orville White Cup at Midland Valley

AUG. 18-19: Jones Creek Classic at Jones Creek

AUG. 25-26: Ping Regions Invitational at Gordon Lakes


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