Re: The Golf Channel Amateur TourThe purpose is to give the casual amateur player an opportunity to compete in a local/regional/nationwide tour. You play in handicapped brackets, stroke play, and within your bracket you play gross. It's a lot of fun, you get the opportunity to play interesting courses, and you meet some interesting characters.
I've played in two tournaments in the "Los Angeles" tour, neither of which were in Los Angeles, but close enough. They have both small and big events. For the big ones, they combine several local tours into a regional event, and the field is bigger and stronger. The next LA tour event I'm playing in is in Phoenix!
I think it's a great idea, and if successful, could be effective in promoting and building golf on the amateur level.