Golf News for Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Tournaments

Arizona's Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club to host Qualifying Tournament

MARICOPA, Ariz. -- Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club and the PGA TOUR are pleased to announce that one of the "First Stage" sites for the WEB.COM's Qualifying Tournament will be held October 8-11, 2013 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes' 7,500-yard championship venue.

The tournament will be a 72-hole event, with 18 holes being played each of the competition days. Practice rounds will be played on Sunday, October 6 and Monday, October 7. Play will begin at 8:00 a.m. on all four days of the competition and there is no entry fee for spectators.

"Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club was selected as one of the 12 first qualifying stage sites for the 2013 Tour Qualifying Tournament because it is in great condition, offers a wide variety of holes with challenging shot values and different lengths and does not favor one type of player, making the players use all their clubs during the competition," said Steve Carman, tournament director of the PGA TOUR. "The short 323-yard par-four 14th and the long 484-yard par-four eighth are both great examples of what we look for to test some the best golfers in the world."

"We are pleased to continue the tradition of hosting world-class events at Troon Golf-managed facilities here at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club," stated Brady Wilson, general manager, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. "We are appreciative of the support and commitment the Ak-Chin Community continues to make to help our facility continue to be viewed as one of the greatest championship golf venues in the state of Arizona."

The tournament field will consist of approximately 78 players who have either qualified for the first stage through automatic qualifications based on past performance or having qualified through the PGA TOUR's pre-qualifying tournaments that were held in early September.

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, which is proudly owned by the Ak-Chin Indian Community since 2010, was designed by Brian Curley & Lee Schmidt with Fred Couples. Since then it has received numerous national awards such as "Top Courses You Can Play, No. 5 in Arizona" by Golf Magazine, "Top 100 Resort Courses, No. 62" by GolfWeek, "Top Casino Courses No. 13" by GolfWeek and "Top 100 Courses You Can Play, No. 87" by Golf Magazine.

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club has proudly played host to numerous major tournaments and events since its opening in 2002, serving as an annual U.S. Open qualifying site, the host of two Arizona Amateur Championships and home of Pre-Qualifying and Second Stage of the PGA TOUR's Q-School tournaments.

Troon Golf, which is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., manages Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. Troon Golf is the world's largest golf management company, overseeing operations at in 32 states and 27 countries.

Media Contacts:
Brady Wilson
General Manager
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

Brett Brooks