Amateur golfers invited to take a shot at championship

(Photo of the second hole at Pointe West Golf Club in Amherstburg courtesy of

Residents who like to swing the clubs in their spare time now have a chance to qualify for a significant tournament.

A local qualifier of the RBC PGA Scramble is on for Saturday, May 21, at Rochester Place Golf Club in Lakeshore. It’s one of the dozens of qualifiers scheduled across Canada to allow amateur golfers to participate in the tournament leading up to the national Scramble. According to the official website, there are 54 qualifiers at Ontario golf courses.

The winners of the Rochester Place qualifier will be invited to compete in one of eleven regional finals later this summer. Winners of the regional finals will then get a chance to compete in the national tournament, taking place this fall at Cabot Links Golf Course in Nova Scotia.

Teams of four amateur golfers are eligible to create a foursome at Rochester Place. Participants must be 19 or older and have an up-to-date Golf Canada handicap.

The entry fee is $29.95 plus any applicable taxes. Additional green fees may be charged by the golf course.

Under a golf scramble, all team members tee off each hole, then choose the shot that may lead to the best opportunity. The process continues until the ball is on the green, and all four team members will have a chance to sink the putt. Each person will have two chances to complete the hole. Each team member’s tee shot must be used at least three times during an 18-hole round and noted on the scorecard. Scramble rules for a regional and national tournament are a little different.

The deadline to register for the Rochester Place qualifier is Saturday, May 14.

For complete information about the RBC PGA Scramble, visit its official website.