2014 ushers in a new era in amateur golf in Prince Edward Island. Beginning this year players will attempt to qualify through the Island Coastal Amateur Championship for the Provincial team that will represent P.E.I. at the new Atlantic Golf Championship that will be held at Bell Bay in Cape Breton this August.
20 players from 6 divisions will be invited to represent the P.E.I. Golf Association to play both as a team and as individuals in the new Atlantic Championship . The first 2 rounds of the tournament will see the four Atlantic provinces compete against each other for the Atlantic Cup. Individual scores from these two rounds plus a third round will determine individual Atlantic Champions . Players who win their individual divisions will receive an invitation to play in Golf Canadaâs 2015 National Championships .
The 6 divisions that make up the P.E.I. Provincial Amateur and the new Atlantic Championship include :
Men (under 40) – 3 players
Women (under 40) – 3 players
Mid Master Men ( 40-54) – 3 players
Mid Master Women ( 40-49) – 3 players
Senior (55+) and Super Senior ( 70+) Men – 4 players
Senior ( 50+) and Super Senior ( 65+) Women – 4 players
â The new Atlantic Championship has been in development by the four provinces for nearly three years . The idea behind it is to give the regions best players a first class competitive experience . It will allow golfers to compete within their own age group against the best in the region â said P.E.I. Golf Association Executive DirectorÂ Ron MacNeill .
Following Cape Breton this year the 2015 Atlantic Championship will be held in Newfoundland with New Brunswick scheduled to host in 2016 followed by P.E.I. in 2017.
The 2014 Island Coastal Amateur Championship will be held at the Summerside Golf Course July 5th and 6th .
â Given whatâs at stake were expecting a full field for this years tournament . In addition to the 20 team spots up for grabs players are also playing for the coveted Menâs , Womenâs and Senior Amateur Championship titles . The tournament also awards double points for Player of the Year honours â said MacNeill .
Registration for the 2014 Island Coastal Amateur Golf Championship close on Friday June 27th . Entry forms and other information can be found on the Associationâs website www.peiga.ca .