The 1998 Cadillac Cup amateur golf season will have a later start, a new site for the oldest tournament and a name and date change for its premier event.
The first event of the eight-tournament series will be the oldest in the series, the 34th annual Gordon Uhl/Golf Capital Invitational on May 16-17. Last year, the Cadillac Cup series started May 2.
For the first time, the Gordon Uhl/Golf Capital Invitational will be played at Midland Valley Country Club in Graniteville, S.C., after a 27-year run at the Goshen Plantation Golf Club. The tournament was held at Green Meadows Country Club for the first six years of its existence.
The Aiken Golf Classic has a new name and a new date. The tournament, annually played at Palmetto Golf Club, is now known as the Palmetto Amateur. The three-day event will be played May 29-31 instead of the usual mid-August date.
One other returning tournament has a date change. The Perry Watson Memorial at the Pine Ridge Country Club in Edgefield, S.C., will be played a week later than normal. This year's dates are Aug. 1-2.
There are eight tournaments in the series, including a new one to the series this year, the Festival of Flowers. This highly regarded event is scheduled June 27-28 at the Greenwood (S.C.) Country Club.
Two of the tournaments this year will be played at the same course. In addition to playing host to the Gordon Uhl/Golf Capital Invitational, Midland Valley also will hold its annual Orville White Cup on Aug. 15-16.
The Cadillac Cup Matches, pitting South Carolina against Georgia, will be held Sept. 12-13. South Carolina golfers lead the series 7-2-1.
Gordon Uhl/Golf Capital Invitational (Midland Valley CC, Graniteville)
Palmetto Amateur (Palmetto Golf Club, Aiken)
North Augusta Exchange Club/Persimmon Hill Classic (Persimmon Hill, Saluda, S.C.)
Festival of Flowers (Greenwood. S.C., Country Club)
Augusta City Amateur (Forest Hills)
Perry Watson Memorial (Pine Ridge Country Club, Edgefield, S.C.)
Orville White Cup (Midland Valley CC, Graniteville)
W.M. Gregory Classic (North Augusta Country Club)