Golf News for Monday, September 14, 2009 | Tournaments

GOLF CHANNEL personalities set to mingle at GOLF CHANNEL Amateur Tour National Championships

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The GOLF CHANNEL Amateur Tour (GCAT) National Championships kicks off Sept. 22 on the famed golf courses in La Quinta, Calif., giving participants a chance to compete like the pros and an opportunity to meet members of the network's broadcast team.

GOLF CHANNEL's Kelly Tilghman, Rich Lerner, Charlie Rymer, Tom Abbott, Adam Barr and Kraig Kann will be among the nearly 800 competitors of all ages and skill levels who will have reached the pinnacle after a year's worth of competition. More than 7,000 golfers competed on the GCAT in 2009, once again ensuring its position as the largest amateur tour in the United States.

Rymer, Tilghman and Lerner will host the open division and senior division national championships welcome dinner on Sept. 21; Kann, Barr and Abbott will host the team national championship dinner on Sept. 25. Each will share experiences about covering golf's biggest names and stories and answer questions. Throughout the week, Abbott and Barr will mingle with players at the various courses, and Barr also will report national championships news for Golf Central.

Hundreds of GCAT members throughout the U.S. are still eligible to compete in the national championships. Registration continues through Monday, Sept. 14. For information on eligibility and to register, visit www.GolfChannel.com/amateurtour.

The national championships will take place on seven championship courses, several which also have hosted prestigious tournaments, such as the Bob Hope Classic, the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament, The PGA Grand Slam of Golf and The Skins Game. Host courses include:

* PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course
* PGA West's Greg Norman Course
* PGA West's Stadium Course
* La Quinta Resort & Club's Mountain Course
* SilverRock Resort
* Golf Club of La Quinta
* Mountain View Country Club

La Quinta Resort, long recognized as a "Celebrity Hideaway," will serve as the tournament headquarters and the host resort for the national championships.

The GOLF CHANNEL Amateur Tour is managed and operated by GolfChannel.com, which ranks as the #1 golf destination on the Internet. GolfChannel.com is the exclusive home to this largest amateur tour in the country, currently comprising of more than 800 tournaments in 70 local chapters nationwide, providing casual players with a professionally-run golf tournament experience and the access to play at some of the greatest and most challenging courses in their hometowns. The Tour is part of GolfChannel.com's robust offerings designed to further grow the game of golf. GolfChannel.com also features an inventive digital platform designed to be the ultimate one-stop personal golf concierge service to help the recreational player enjoy every aspect of golf from getting the most up-to-the-minute golf news from around the world to help with how to play, where to play and what to play. The GolfChannel.com digital platform also includes: Golfnow.com, the Internet's most comprehensive online tee time booking service, offering users the ability to book tee-times at more than 1,500 courses nationwide at any time of day; and WorldGolf.com, the premier online golf travel network featuring the largest collection of national, regional and local golf travel domains. For additional information, visit the GOLF CHANNEL Amateur Tour web site at www.GolfChannel.com/amateurtour.

For additional information contact Jeremy Friedman, GOLF CHANNEL Public Relations at 407-355-4058 or jfriedman@golfchannel.com