The Willow Cup was announced on Thursday, November 5, 2020 by Alabama–NW Florida Golf Foundation President, Eric Eshleman, PGA and Section Secretary, Matt Sheppard, PGA. This event was established to be a collegiate and amateur event supported by the Alabama–NW Florida Golf Foundation.
The purpose of the Willow Cup is to give a recognized playing opportunity to a diverse network of players, inspire a new generation of golfers and create awareness and support for the Foundation. The Inaugural Willow Cup will take place December 13-15, 2020 at Willow Point Golf & Country Club.
An invited field of 60 to 72 amateur players from across the Section and the Southeast will compete over 54 holes of stroke play.
The Willow Cup is supported by the Alabama–NW Florida PGA Section, its Foundation, Willow Point Golf & Country Club and Russell Lands.
In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the game of golf has seen a boom in rounds played, golf-related sales and players from all backgrounds and abilities, new and old, taking up the game for the first time. In the same lense, the pandemic caused many collegiate and high school golf seasons to be cut short – stripping these athletes of an opportunity to play the game they love.
We hope this event can symbolize a new opportunity to capitalize on our mission of expanding the game of golf within our Section by inspiring the next generation of players. We see this event as another way to inspire golfers from all walks of life whether they are continuing their own golf journey or starting a brand new one.
We have set a goal to raise $12,000 in the coming weeks to underwrite all entry fees and amenities for players.
The field was purposefully chosen to showcase a diverse talent of players. Representing different walks of life, stories and skillsets – this field will become one of the most unique in the Section. Our goal with the Willow Cup will always be to celebrate golf in its many forms, and this includes the people who play it. See Updated Field List 〉
Players will be welcomed to Willow Point Golf & Country Club beginning Sunday, December 13 to play a practice round and receive their tee gift and other tournament materials. Both the First and Second Rounds will be played Monday, December 14. The First Round will begin at a 7:20 a.m. Monday with tee times continuing throughout the morning off of Holes No. 1 and 10. Players will receive a boxed lunch when they finish the First Round, and are encouraged to begin their Second Round immediately to combat daylight.
Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. inside the Willow Point clubhouse, players are welcome to join in on a fireside chat and dinner with a panel of speakers including Mr. Stephen Bunn (PGA Tour Chaplain), Mr. Trey Mullinax, (2020 Korn Ferry Tour Winner) and Mr. Lee Williams (former PGA Tour player, who now serves as a financial advisor). Emceed by Director of Golf, Matt Sheppard, this will be a time for players to interact, network and learn from one another.
The Final Round is scheduled to begin at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, December 15. All players will be featured. View Detailed Schedule 〉