Las Vegas National Golf Club, site of the 2020 SNGA Tour Championship Dec. 3, has crowned dozens of PGA Tour and LPGA Tour champions in its long history, which dates back to 1961 when it opened as the Stardust Country Club. That opening year, the course hosted the LPGA Championship, a major, which was won by future hall of famer Mickey Wright. Some seven or so decades later, the course still determines champions when it comes to high-level local and regional amateur tournaments and USGA qualifiers. –By Brian Hurlburt, Las Vegas Golf Insider.
“This is a special place and is a very appropriate host course for the year-end tournament of the SNGA Tour,” says Joe Kelly, director of marketing and operations and a member of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame. “It’s a great combination of a historic golf event, hosted by a historic Las Vegas golf club for the oldest golf organization in the state of Nevada. It’s a true golf trifecta.”
The SNGA Tour is a series of one-day tournaments on the SNGA schedule that includes six divisions, championship, senior and silver in both net and gross. The Tour championship celebrates the end of the 2020 season with many of the top players competing. Many new players and different winners were highlights of the 2020 season.
“We always like to tell our players that the 1-day SNGA Tour events are a good stepping stone to our 2-day championship series events,” says Tim Brand, SNGA director of rules and competitions. Someone can give a 1-day event or a couple of 1-day events a try and get a feel for tournament golf and then decide if they would like to continue to play tournament golf and/or step up and play in a 2-day championship. The Tour Championship is a nice way to end our season and Las Vegas National is a perfect course for it.”
Besides Mickey Wright, other champions crowned at events at Las Vegas National at either the Sahara Invitational, LPGA Championship or Las Vegas Invitational include Tiger Woods, Sandra Haynie, Lanny Wadkins, Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus, among many others.