Arrowhead to host SDGA Amateur Championship

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Back in 1971, the very first South Dakota Golf Association Amateur Championship was held in Rapid City.

Now 50 years later, the prestigious tournament is returning to where it all started.

Arrowhead Country Club is gearing up to host the SDGA Amateur Championship, Aug. 7-9.

Nearly 100 men and 24 women from across the state will be competing in the tournament.

Every golfer will play three rounds.

But after the second round, the championship round will be flighted with the top 20 men and the top 12 women all competing for a state title.

The field features several current and former champions.

“We’ve got several past champions in the field,” said SDGA Tournament Director Ben Larson. “Jack Lundin, obviously won last year. Most recently, Bryce Hammer from the Sioux Falls area won our match play championship. We also have Ryan Jansa who I believe is a seven-time winner, along with two or three other past champions. So we have a great field up and down.”

“Our members, our Board of Directors loving having the competitors out here,” said Jesse Hansen, Director of Golf at Arrowhead. “Love having them out here using our golf course and letting us showcase our club and showcase Arrowhead to the state of South Dakota. And it’s just fitting that this is the 50th anniversary and the first one was held at Arrowhead which is pretty incredible and we couldn’t be more excited to have these guys out here this week.”

The SDGA conducts 16 championships a year and sponsors a statewide junior golf tour in an effort to promote and improve the game of golf in South Dakota.

“Our goal is to get the game of golf into more schools through the First Tee Program, as an example,” said Andy Ainslie, SDGA Board member. “Plus, the SDGA through our Junior Program, gets kids out on the course competing. Improving their skills. It’s not necessarily just about golf. It’s about character development with these young kids, as well.”

The SDGA Amateur Championship tees off on Friday at 7:30 a.m.

For a complete list of participants and tee times for Friday, click here.

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