Be A Champion on the Senior Amateur Tour!
Flight leaders from each local tour will be invited to compete against the top tour members across the country at the 36-hole National Championship in Hilton Head, SC.
The 2017 Senior Amateur Tour Championship will be held Oct. 25-26 with a flighted skins game on October 24.
Dec. 21, 2016
The Senior Amateur Tour
The Senior Amateur Golf Tour is open to players of all skill levels. Members of the Tour must of a minimum age of 50 during the calendar year of 2017. The Tour has three separate flights to keep competition fair. You may join anytime during the year for a membership fee which includes Tour merchandise and allows members to play in all local Tour events as well as any SAGT event nationally.
Dec. 21, 2017
Bruce Edward Hallenbeck 1948 - 2017
By STEVE WILLIAMS (Triad & Triangle Golf Today)
“Ready golf. Ready golf. Ready golf.”
Those words became the battle cry of Bruce Hallenbeck just before 80 or so players were sent out to their respective holes for the shotgun start in that week’s Senior Amateur Tour or Golfweek Amateur Tour event. It was that way for 19 years from February through October.
Hallenbeck didn’t need a microphone. His booming voice was enough.
That voice grew silent in 2016 when cancer sent Hallenbeck to the sidelines. His last welcome at a tour event came in early April that year. A little more than a year later, his courageous battle with the disease ended on April 15. He was 68.
Hallenbeck, a native of New York and a resident of Randleman, was the driving force for the Central Carolina tours, making the section one of the largest in the country. His events were well organized and the fact that he greeted every player by name when they checked in for a tournament was part of the success story. The tour regulars knew it was a labor of love.
“I live a dream life,” Hallenbeck said in a 2010 interview with Triad Golf Today. “To do this for a living is the greatest thing. I never lose sight of that, and I owe it all to every member of the tours.”
Tom Kubla played in many of Hallenbeck’s events and became his assistant for 11 years before stepping in early in 2016 to keep the tours going.
“I try to everything the way he did after watching him 13 years,” Kubla said. “But I can never fill those shoes.”
The Amateur Tour was the brainchild of Dennis McCormac. He started it in Charlotte in 1995 and branched out to other areas a couple years later. There are now 45 Golfweek Tours in the country.
Hallenbeck answered a newspaper ad to start tours in the Triad, Triangle and Sandhills.
“He was my go-to guy when I was just starting out,” McCormac said. “And he was a mentor to a lot of the guys who have been with me 10 or 15 years.”
McCormac credited Hallenbeck for getting the Senior Amateur Tour going three years after the regular tour was launched.
“Without him I wouldn’t have started the senior tour,” he said. “He and I basically started the senior tour together. That first year, I had about 50 guys (in Charlotte) and he had about 50 or 60. After that, it just took off.”
There are now 15 seniors tours in the country.
Hallenbeck’s enthusiasm was quickly evident when a prospective new member inquired.
“The players knew what to expect from Bruce day in and day out,” McCormac said. “He made sure you had a great time when you were out there. It was just incredible the way he treated all his players. He would drive the course to say ‘hi’ to all of the guys (during tournament play). By the time you played two of his events, he knew you, where you were from and what you did for a living.”
McCormac said that Hallenbeck had a way of making awards presentations special.
“He announced just about all of my national championships,” McCormac said. “He would take his time on every one of them. He didn’t just announce the name of the winner, he would have a story about it.”
Two of Hallenbeck’s loves were competing on the golf course and card table.
“He had an uncanny way of stringing more cuss words together than you’ve ever heard,” McCormac remembered of golf rounds with his friend. “And they would make sense.
“He also holed out more shots than anybody I ever saw. He’d be playing a hole terrible and he’d hole out for par.”
There wasn’t a National Championship that didn’t include Bruce being the bank in the poker game.
“He was one of a kind,” McCormac added. “He broke the mold and there will never be one like him ever again.”