Birmingham, Alabama (June 6, 2018) – Pine Tree Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama is playing host to the 102nd Alabama Men’s State Amateur Championship, June 7 through 10, 2018. Pine Tree Country Club has hosted the prestigious tournament two times prior including in 1983 when Sam Farlow of Birmingham won, and in 1995 when Jason Brown of Decatur won.
“In 2018, we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary here at Pine Tree Country Club,” said Paul Whitman, PGA, director of golf, Pine Tree Country Club. “We are pleased to be hosting this prominent event as part of our anniversary celebration and we’re excited to watch the state’s best golfers tackle this golf course.”
A total of 156 golfers from across Alabama will compete in this year’s tournament. First round action begins at 7:30 am on Thursday and continue through Sunday with the second, third and fourth rounds. Taylor Eyster of Birmingham returns to defend his 2017 title won at Bent Brook Golf Club. The Alabama Men’s State Amateur Championship was first played in 1915 at Montgomery Country Club in Montgomery, Ala. Jack Allison of Birmingham defeated Norborne R. Clarke 13 and 12 to win the inaugural event. The Championship was not played in 1917-18 due to World War I. In 1955 the format changed from match play to stroke play.
Pine Tree Country Club features an 18-hole, par 72 golf course designed by George W. Cobb. The course measures 7,036 yards and is located on 275 beautiful acres at the tip of the Appalachian Mountains. Numerous elevation changes, multiple doglegs and impeccably maintained 419-bermuda fairways and A1/A4 bentgrass greens, make Pine Tree an excellent tournament venue and a great place for members to play. Over its 50-year history, Pine Tree has hosted a number of prominent golf tournaments, including the Dixie PGA Section Championship, U.S. Open Regional and Sectional Qualifying Tournaments, the Alabama Open, the U.S. Senior Challenge, and Regions Pre-Qualifying and Qualifying Tournaments.
Pine Tree Country Club is professionally managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with more than 270 golf courses in its portfolio. Troon also specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities around the world. The company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon) and Troon International with properties located in 35 states and 33 countries. Additionally, there are 57 Troon affiliated properties featuring 79 courses that have been recipients of a “Top 100” ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; The Centurion Club in London, England; Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples in Florida; Els Club Desaru Coast in Malaysia; and Palmilla Golf Club in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.