You are 50 years old, or maybe even older, and you have played golf all your life. You are good —actually, very good — but that dream of becoming a PGA Tour player has slipped away.
Well, the upcoming Allianz Championship in Boca Raton wants to give you one last attempt to fulfill that lifelong dream.
If you are really that good at golf but have just gotten a few bad bounces over the years, you can try to earn a spot in this year’s Allianz. Yes, you could be playing next to Corey Pavin, Bernhard Langer, Tom Kite … all the famous names on the over-50 Champions Tour.
The Allianz event is holding a competition to allow someone — actually, anyone — to become part of the tournament field. Sign up and see if you are as good as you think you are (Caution: Most golfers think they are better than they are.)
However, as they say in golf, give it a shot.
“This is a rare chance for local amateurs and professionals to catch lightning in a bottle and test their mettle against the most serious golfers in the area for the grand prize of teeing it up with the legends of the PGA Tour,” Allianz Championship director Ryan Dillon said. “We really hope a local golfer qualifies and gets to play in the tournament.”
To fulfill that lifelong dream will cost some money — $400, to be exact. That’s the fee to participate in the qualifier. Professionals and amateurs are all welcome to sign up, although a 3.5 USGA handicap is needed
The qualifier will be held at Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach (formerly Hamlet Country Club) on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and the sign-up deadline for the qualifier is Jan. 25. The actual three-round Allianz Championship will be held Feb. 8-10 at Broken Sound’s Old Course in Boca Raton.
For information on both the qualifier and the tournament, go to allianzchampionship.com or call the tournament office at 1-561-241-4653.
The qualifier has a maximum field of 84 and a minimum of 40.
By the way, if that qualifier winner catches double lightning in a bottle, he could walk away with a part of the $1.8 million Allianz purse, or if he wins the tournament, he will take home $270,000. OK, that’s going too far Mr. Golf Hopeful. Winning it is not going to happen, but it’s certainly nice to think about.
Barry University men’s coach Jimmy Stobs announced the signing of three new players for the spring season.
The Buccaneers, ranked No. 2 nationally behind Broward County rival Nova Southeastern, added Adam Svensson, Alvaro Beltran and Gianmaria Mazzetto to the roster. All are enrolled in classes this semester and are eligible to play immediately.
Svensson won the 2012 Canadian Junior Boys Championship and also won the British Columbia Amateur Championship, British Columbia Junior Boys title, the CN Future Links Championship and the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship.
Beltran is a transfer from Ole Miss, where he redshirted last year. He is a Southeastern Conference dean’s list academic honor roll student. Beltran was a top-five player in Valencia, Spain, in 2010.
Mazzetto has won the Lancello D’oro championship.
FIU women’s coach Joe Vogel announced the signing of Coralia Arias (Quito, Ecuador) and Lesley Atkins (Hawick, Scotland) to national letters of intent. The pair will join the program in the fall of 2013.
“We are very excited to have both Coralia and Lesley sign their letters of intent,” Vogel said. “They are both [National] Cup players that have represented their countries and will bring a lot of experience to our team. They are two very talented players and hard workers.”
Arias, who plays with a zero handicap, was the No. 1-ranked amateur in Ecuador as recently as 2011.
Atkins is a former Scottish girls’ champion.
FIU opens the spring 2013 schedule Feb. 25-26 with the University of Maryland’s Sir Pizza Challenge, held locally in Miami Lakes.