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Friday, April 23, 2010

A golf tour for the rest of us!

The Albany Golf Tour, a “Real Tour for the Average Golfer”, is gearing up for their third consecutive season, with its first event on Saturday April 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the Van Patten Golf Course in Clifton Park. This year many great changes have been implemented including a change in national sponsors, better prizes and a reduced cost to play.

The tour is designed to give average golfers the opportunity to experience the fun, friendly competition of tournament golf at a variety of great local courses. There are no mandatory membership fees or dues and every team has a chance to win every time they tee it up. Tournaments are played on weekends and it's very affordable.

All tournaments are two-person best ball events played on Saturdays and are open to men, women, and juniors of all abilities.

The tour offers more than $1,000 in prizes (with full-field) per event and a per event point system that crowns a “Player of the Year”. “We have 11 events at courses all over the Capital District, including a few private and semi-private courses,” Local Tour Director Larry Zimbler said.

Prospective players and sponsors may learn about tour schedules, locations, national and local sponsorship opportunities and other tour-related information by visiting



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