December 20th thru December 23nd, 2015
Miami Beach, FL
THE WORLD'S 14TH RANKED AMATEUR GOLF TOURNAMENT
Welcome to the 2015 South Beach International Amateur!
In just 5 short years the SBIA has become one of the most prestigious tournaments in amateur golf. The inaugural tournament in 2011 was the highest ranked first year tournament since field strength was measured. The 2014 SBIA became the youngest tournament to ever be ranked in the top 15 worldwide at number 14 (SPWAR & WAGR), up from 26th in 2013. Last year's tournament featured 70 "Top 600" worldwide amateurs at the tournament's start.
We fully expect to make another move up in the rankings in 2015. As has always been the case at the SBIA, all players who made the cut will be given conditional exemptions. This reached a record 88 players in 2014. Currently the list of players who made the cut and highly ranked participants features 87 top 600 players. With over 90% of previous ranked players coming back to play the SBIA annually each year, it is obvious that spots in the field will go quickly. Several new top 600 players have already verbally committed to be here this December, before registration has been opened and invitations have been sent out.
The South Beach International Amateur is an "open" competition, and we encourage all top amateurs to apply. The tournament will again be limited to 210 of the world's best amateurs. For those of you wishing to apply who are not exempt (please see new exemption criteria), make sure you email me a playing resume after applying. For those of you who have received exemption and conditional exemption invitations, pay close attention to the exemption deadline dates. Once an exemption date is passed, players are put in the player pool and will be judged solely by their SPWAR ranking as of the November 13th tournament closing date.
The commitment to continue building on the South Beach International Amateur's success starts with insuring a great championship experience for every player. For the many of you who will be joining us again, welcome back! For those who come to Miami Beach this December for the first time, we look forward to having you participate!
See you on Miami Beach!
Jeff Hunt Co-Founder
Executive Director South Beach International Amateur