Florida State Golf Association Events Bring Strong Economic Impact, Elite Players to Palm Beach County

The Florida State Golf Association (FSGA), in partnership with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, will host two premier golf tournaments this month. The Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens will take place September 11-12 and the Florida Junior Tour Pam McCloskey-Brosnihan Open at The Club at Quail Ridge in Boynton Beach will run from September 25-26.

The Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship is a two-round event with a field of 52 teams competing in four-ball stroke play. Four-ball, commonly referred to as best ball, is a two-person team format in which the lowest score of the two players on each hole is counted.

The Florida Junior Tour Pam McCloskey-Brosnihan Open hosted by The Club at Quail Ridge is dedicated to the memory of their former Head Golf Professional, Pam McCloskey-Brosnihan, who lost her battle with cancer in 2014. Pam started working at Quail Ridge in 1992 as the Assistant Professional until 1994 when she was promoted to Head Professional, the title she kept until her passing. Quail Ridge honors Pam’s memory by hosting an annual Florida Junior Tour event. This year, 84 players ages 16 to 18 will compete in a 36-hole stroke-play format to determine a winner in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions.

When the Pam McCloskey-Brosnihan Open concludes, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission will have supported eight FSGA events in 2021. In total, the eight FSGA events will have attracted over 650 golfers to compete in Palm Beach County. The tournaments represented both amateur and professional competitions including U.S. Open Final Qualifying at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter.

Visiting golfers and spectators for both events are expected to be strong tourism revenue generators for Palm Beach County. In total, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission projects that the eight FSGA events it supported this year will create nearly $1 million in economic impact.

“Golf has long been the cornerstone of sports in Palm Beach County and with the help of the FSGA and its many premier events, we’re happy to see the sport continue to flourish in The Palm Beaches,” said George Linley, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. “These tournaments present elite competition for athletes and bring with it a tremendous economic impact.”

The FSGA is a volunteer organization made up of 500 volunteers who serve as tournament officials and course rating experts, and who assist junior and amateur golf in their local areas. The FSGA conducts more than 650 tournament days each year, including 38 state championships, and over 45 days of United States Golf Association qualifying events.

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