Desert Forest Golf Club to host 21st annual Pro-Am Quail Cup

It’s not often you find golf tournaments where amateur players are able to go head-to-head with professional PGA TOUR stars and come out on top of their scorecards.

That’s exactly what happened in 2000 when amateur Lou Beebe sank an 8-foot birdie putt on the first sudden death hole to defeat Phil Mickelson and his amateur playing partner Rob Mangini in the popular Quail Cup.

Beebe and his pro partner, Barry Conser, had bragging rights for at least a year.

The 20th annual Quail Cup will be played at Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree May 28-30. Fifty Pro-Amateur teams are expected to tee it up in the 36-hole tournament that began competitive play in the late 1980s when four amateur golfers from the finest private country clubs across the United States converged on iconic Desert Forest and played as Club Team Matches.

The format was changed in 1995 when top Arizona amateurs were given the task of teaming up with a professional to compete in a two-round, better-ball event played at scratch.

Other former PGA TOUR players that have participated in Quail Cups include Jim Strickland, Todd Demsey, Tom Kalinowski and Jesse Mueller.

“Our format is not only unique, but also promotes camaraderie amongst all the players, pros and amateurs alike. The founders of the Quail Cup wanted to have the players experience three days of golf, a practice round and two official rounds on a great golf course along with food and beverages and nothing more,” said Brandon Rogers, head golf professional at Desert Forest Golf Club.

“The “no frills” style of competition is still in effect today and all the players would want it no other way.”

A practice round will be held on Thursday, May 28 for all competitors beginning after 10 a.m. while tournament play will get under way in a 1 p.m. shotgun start on Friday, May 29. Final round action is slated for Saturday, May 30. Tee times begin with a 9 a.m. start.

For more information, call 480-488-4589 or visit www.desertforestgolfclub.com.

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