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Kiawah Island Golf Resort Kicks Off 2007 Golf Season with Three Enticing Events

· The Kiawah Island Two-Man Championship-February 24-27, 2007

· 8th Annual National Club Championship-March 4-8, 2007

· Golf For Women Weekend Retreat--March 9-11, 2007

Kiawah Island, SC (Wednesday, January 24, 2007) –Kiawah Island Golf Resort will kick off its 2007 golf season with three exciting events, the Kiawah Island Two-Man Championship-February 24-27, 2007, the 8th Annual National Club Championship-March 4-8, 2007 and the Golf For Women Weekend Retreat--March 9-11, 2007.

The Kiawah Island Two-Man Championship-February 24-27, 2007
amateurgolf.com and Kiawah Island Golf Resort are offering amateur golfers a chance to get an early jump on the 2007 tournament season with the Kiawah Island Two Man Championship – played over three courses on Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, with the final round being contested on the famous Ocean Course, home of the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the 2012 PGA Championship

amateurgolf.com has been organizing serious tournaments for over five years primarily at west coast destinations such as Monterey and San Diego in California, and Bandon Dunes, Oregon. Our Two Man Links Championship at Bandon Dunes, attracts a strong National field each year.

”Kiawah Island is one of the country’s top golf destinations, and after a successful start with last year’s event there, I couldn’t wait to bring it back,” said amateurgolf.com Founder Pete Wlodkowski. “I am extremely pleased to partner with The Kiawah Island Golf Resort on this event just months before it host the Senior PGA Championship.”

Play will begin on the Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point. Turtle Point has hosted numerous championships including the 1987, 1992 and 2006 Carolinas Amateur and 1990 PGA Cup. Jack Nicklaus renovated Turtle Point in 2000. The following day, play continues on the Fazio-designed Osprey Point. Osprey Point was host to the 2000 Eastern Regional Club Professional Championship. The tournament will conclude on Tuesday, February 27, at The Ocean Course, designed by Pete Dye and made famous around the world with the 1991 Ryder Cup Matches. The Ocean Course is the 3rd-ranked public course in the United States according to GOLF magazine.

The format of the event is 54 holes of best-ball stroke play with Scratch, Senior, and limited-handicap Net Divisions. Entry fees start at under $1,195 per player, including lodging, prizes, a tournament dinner, and more. Detailed information and online registration is available at http://www.amateurgolf.com/kiawah or by calling 760-929-9297.

8th Annual National Club Championship-March 4-8, 2007

Kiawah Island Golf Resort will hold its 8th Annual National Club Championship March 4-8, 2007. Teams of three amateurs and one professional from across the U.S. will compete for bragging rights and prizes during this four-day, four-person best-ball team event.

As in previous years, participants will play one round each on The Ocean Course, (site of the 1991 Ryder Cup Matches, the 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the 2012 PGA Championship), Turtle Point, Osprey Point and Cougar Point. The entry fee also includes four nights’ accommodations in a three-bedroom villa with daily housekeeping, daily breakfast on tournament days, an opening banquet at Mingo Point, daily scoring parties and an awards luncheon, as well as prizes and purses for the top net and gross teams. Professionals will also compete for a separate purse to be distributed among the top stroke-play finishers.

In addition, contestants arriving early can take advantage of reduced rates on practice rounds on all of the tournament courses including the world-famous Ocean Course.

“We anticipate another exciting tournament contested on four of the south’s greatest resort courses,” said Roger Warren, President of Kiawah Island Golf Resort. “This event is very popular with the field limited to 64 teams.”

The entry fee is $1,445 per amateur (upgrades to private homes or The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island available at an additional cost) and complimentary for PGA professionals (one per team). More information and official entry forms can be found on the Kiawah Island Golf Resort website at www.proshop.kiawahresort.com/ncc.html. Additional information may be obtained from Kiawah’s Golf Services Manager Dave Selner at 800-576-1585 or via e-mail dave_selner@kiawahresort.com. 

Golf For Women Weekend Retreat--March 9-11, 2007
Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Golf For Women magazine team to present a perfect women’s getaway including golf, meet and greet receptions, dining delicious regional cuisine, and luxurious amenities at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. This weekend event couples instruction from Golf For Women magazine’s “Top 50 Teachers”, Krista Dunton and Carol Presinger; with golf and time to relax and enjoy the lavishness Kiawah Island has to offer.

Friday, March 9

* 6:00 - 7:30pm ~ Welcome reception (heavy hors d'oeuvres included) hosted by Golf For Women magazine

Saturday, March 10

For the experienced golfer:

* 8:00am ~ Golf exhibition and clinic with two of Golf For Women's Top 50 Teachers
* Box lunch on course
* Golf round at Jack Nicklaus' Turtle Point Golf Course

For the beginner golfer:

* 8:00am ~ Golf exhibition and clinic with two of Golf For Women's Top 50 Teachers
* Box lunch on course
* On course and play instruction with Golf For Women's teachers and Kiawah Island Golf Resort pros

All golfers:

* Free time - treat yourself to the Spa or enjoy the beauty of Kiawah Island
* 7:00 - 9:00pm ~ Awards reception and gala dinner

Sunday, March 11

For the experienced golfer:

* 8:00am ~ Golf on the Ocean Course, Pete Dye's Oceanside masterpiece and host of the 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the 2012 PGA Championship

For the beginner golfer:

* 8:00am ~ On course instruction and play at Osprey Point Golf Course, Tom Fazio's beautiful creation

Carol Preisinger
Carol has developed a sound reputation as a teacher of golf, with honors of LPGA National Teach of the year in 1998; Golf For Women Magazine Top 50 Teachers in 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005; Golf Digest's "Best in State" list in 2000 and 2003. In July 2004, Carol was named Director of Instruction at The Kiawah Island Club after a 13-year tenure at City Club Marietta, Marietta, Georgia.

Krista Dunton
Born and raised in Atherton, CA, Krista graduated from University of Michigan in 1988 as co-captain of the Women's Golf Team. Krista began teaching in 1993 at Forsgate Country Club in NJ and became the Director of Instruction at Forsgate through 2002. Currently Krista is the Director of Instruction at Belfair located in Hilton Head, S.C. During the summer months she is the Head Teaching Professional at the Fishers Island Club in Fishers Island, NY. She is a Class A member of both the LPGA, PGA, Teaching and Club Professional Division.

Package (prices are inclusive of taxes and service fees):

Two-Night Package Includes:

* Luxurious ocean view accommodations at The Sanctuary
* Two receptions (food and alcohol provided)
* One gala dinner
* Exhibition
* Golf at Turtle Point
* Golf at Ocean Course (for the experienced golfer)
* On course instruction and golf at Osprey Point (for the beginner golfer)
* Two box lunches
* Amenity and gift bag

Friday - Sunday in The Sanctuary
Single Occupancy - *starting at $1390 for two nights
Double Occupancy - *starting at $1127 per person for two nights

For more information, go to http://www.thesanctuary.com/packages/golf_for_women.html.

Located just a short 35-minute drive from beautiful and historic Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island Golf Resort lies along 10 miles of uninterrupted Atlantic Ocean beach, rated as one of America’s top 10 beaches by The Travel Channel. Guests can choose from close to 600 villas and luxury homes and the AAA Five Diamond-rated 255-room Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort that boasts a nature-based spa, fine dining and handsome meeting space. The resort features two award-winning tennis complexes, a variety of restaurants and lounges, and five championship golf courses including the world-famous Pete Dye-designed Ocean Course. 

For more information about Kiawah Island Golf Resort, please call (888) 854-2924 or visit online at http://www.kiawahgolf.com/. For more information on The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, visit www.TheSanctuary.com or call (877) 683-1234.

For more information about Kiawah Island Real Estate or the private Kiawah Island Club, please call (800) 277-7008 or visit www.kiawahisland.com.