Duran tournament draws top amateurs to the Space Coast


Duran head pro Matt Morrison, left, poses with 2015 Space Coast Amateur champion Josh McMahon, who recorded a hole-in-one on the 17th hole to put him in the lead. Photo courtesy of Duran Golf Club

The 10th annual Space Coast Amateur golf tournament at Duran Golf Club has a little something for everyone.

Sure, the March 12 and 13 event will draw some of the top amateurs from around the area. But there will also be flights for people with, say a 25 handicap, as well.

“People see ‘championship’ sometimes and they think, ‘I’m not good enough for that,’ ” Duran head golf pro Matt Morrison said. “But everybody’s welcome to participate, within their flight.”

Last year’s event was won by Josh McMahon of England, who took the lead when his tee shot from the 17th hole went 235 yards — into the wind, no less — and found the bottom of the cup for a hole-in-one.

“It was the most dramatic finish we’ve ever had,” Morrison said. “Unfortunately, [McMahon] won’t be here to defend his title, but we are anticipating a real good field.”

Advanced Dental Care will be the title sponsor for this year’s event. Prizes have been upgraded to include a new driver for each flight winner.

The entry fee of $125 per player includes two rounds of golf, practice balls (prior to play), lunch both days and prizes.

The format for the field of up to 100 amateur players will be 36 holes of individual stroke play. Players must have a USGA handicap, though Duran can help establish one for golfers if necessary.

While golf carts will be available, traditionalists will be able to walk the course this year as well.

To register, or for more information on the tournament or sponsorships, go to durangolf.com or call 321-504-7776. Golfers can also pay the entry fee at the pro shop.

Morrison said the course should be in “great shape” with fast greens, which should make it a fun challenge for all players.