Hi :

We hope this email finds you well and having enjoyed the Holiday Season! All our best to you and those close to you for a WONDERFUL 2022..!

First off, thanks to those of you who were part of an AMAZING 2021 Tour! Yet again, it was a very different year for most. The Tour has been a place for all of us to connect and enjoy each others’ company. For that, I am EXTREMELY grateful.

As the subject line of this email indicates, we hope you are able to join us ON TOUR for the 2022 season - The GTA AM Tour's 19th season!

REGISTER NOW!
If you would like to register for the 2022 Tour, please visit The Tour's website, log in and, from your Player Dashboard, hit the Register for the 2022 season button (If you have forgotten your password please use the "Forgot Password" feature on the home page).
 
Please note that 90% of the 2021 events had a Notify Me/Waiting List.

COMMITMENT TO EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY
After registering for the 2022 Tour, and before registering for their first event, players will be directed to a Golf Etiquette Quiz on Pace of Play, Course Care and Handicapping. Answers to ALL of the questions can be found on The Tour's website.

IMPACTS OF COVID ON THE GOLF INDUSTRY (and by association, The GTA AM Tour)
Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic (up to the end of the 2019 golf season), private and public golf courses were working hard to find ways to get and keep golfers. COVID changed EVERYTHING. The majority of Private Clubs are now at capacity (and most of them also have a waiting list) and demand for public golf has never been higher (According to a report from The National Golf Course Owners Association, rounds have increased 30% since 2019).

With respect to Private Clubs, many of them were built on the model of between 400 and 500 members, each of whom were forecast to play around 40 rounds of golf per year. Not only has COVID resulted in these courses reaching capacity (with respect to members) but these members are now playing between 60 and 70 rounds annually. This has resulted in a significantly increased demand for tee times.

All this to say that I, and everyone associated with the Tour, are EXTREMELY grateful to the private and public golf courses who have chosen to host us at their Club for a 2022 GTA AM Tour Tournament. I would like to personally thank each course, on the 2022 schedule, for offering to host us.

 
We are hopeful that, as time goes on, and before the start of the 2022 season, other courses will decide to join the 2022 Tour schedule. We will keep you posted.
2022 TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2022 Tour Championship will be held at Legends on the Niagara on Tuesday October 11th and Wednesday October 12th. This two-day (18 holes per day) event is open to all who wish to compete. In order to be eligible for Order of Merit Points and prizing in this event, players must have played at least five 2022 GTA AM Tour rounds. The event fee includes daily use of a golf cart, range balls and an AMAZING banquet or post round dinner on the Tuesday evening.
2022 MAJOR EVENTS
The Tour will hold three Majors during the summer of 2022! The first Major of the year will take place on Tuesday, June 21st at Legends on the Niagara and will see players play 36-holes in one day (split tee starts and on the same course)! The second Major of the year will take place at Carrying Place G&CC on Sunday, July 10th and Monday July 11th. This Tournament will see players tee off the first tee, in threesomes, on both days. We are currently working on the third Major of the year and will let you know as soon as we lock it in.

COVID PROTOCOLS AND VACCINATION POLICIES/HOST CLUB ACCESS
For the past two seasons, as a result of the challenges associated with running a Tournament under COVID restrictions, The Tour experience has been different than in previous years.

We are hopeful we will be able to return to post-round gatherings around the TV/results, playoffs, caddies/spectators and per-event/per-Flight in-person skins.

We also wanted to give everyone a heads up that some Host Clubs may require proof of full vaccination prior to granting access to their property.

We will keep you posted on this information as it is made available to us.
 
OPEN NET STABLEFORD FLIGHT
The Open Net Stableford Flight will continue to see players in this Flight tee off at the same time slot as 2021. Prizing for the 2022 season and will see the first-place winner receive one dozen TaylorMade golf balls and one twelve pack of Mill Street Organic (473ml cans).

SPONSOR GIFT BAG
The first 450 players to register for the 2022 GTA AM Tour will, once again, receive a Sponsors' gift package valued at $225. We are working with current Sponsors to add new and cool items to this package.
VIRTUAL NET MATCH PLAY
The Tour will once again host the Virtual Net Match Play (VNMP) competition. There will be a maximum of
64 spots available. The VNMP competitions will take place at the following Tour venues:
1) The Ladies Golf Club of Toronto – Monday June 13th
2) Whitevale GC – Monday July 25th
3) Cedar Brae GC – Monday August 11th
4) Kawartha GC – Tuesday September 6th
5) Championship Day - TBA
To learn more about The VNMP, please click this link.
PRIZING
As many of you know, TaylorMade, Mill Street Brewery, and Papa's Pizza Land provided The Tour with prizing in 2021. We are VERY pleased to let you know that TaylorMade, Mill Street Brewery and Papa’s Pizza Land will be returning as Sponsors and will once again be providing the prizing for the 2022 season..! Many Tour players, Sponsors and team members have kindly connected us with potential sponsors. If you know anyone who may be interested, in partnering with this wonderful community of passionate, dedicated and engaged golfers, please let me know.
TOUR PATRON SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Last year was the ninth year for the Patron Sponsorship Opportunity. A number of players took advantage of the opportunity to play 21 Tour rounds of golf, as a marketing business expense.

The price of the Patron Sponsorship is $5,200 (plus HST). There will be a maximum of 15 Patron Sponsor spots, available on a first booked basis. If you are interested in becoming a Patron Sponsor, please call or email me.

REFERRAL PROGRAM
If you know of anyone interested in signing up for the Tour, please have them visit the "Join The Tour" section of the website. We will be providing Tour players, who refer a new player with a dozen TaylorMade golf balls (after the referred player plays at least two 2022 events). Please ensure your friends record you, on the Join Now page, as the person who referred them.

On behalf of the entire Tour Team, we wish you and yours all the best and we VERY MUCH look forward to hosting you ON TOUR in 2022!
In good health,
Mark
905-773-7333