The Long Beach Men’s Amateur Championships
In 1926, the first Long Beach Men’s City Championship was played. As was customary at the time, it was a match play competition (won by Walter Martin, for those of you scoring at home). In 1971, the tournament was renamed the Long Beach Match Play Championship, and a new stroke play tournament was born, taking on the name of the original event. Ever since then, the winner of the “new” Men’s City’s Championship Flight has been dutifully celebrated, with his name recorded for posterity. But nowhere are there to be found the names of the men who battled and won championships in the net divisions of the "Men’s City" down through the years. Don’t they deserve to be celebrated in their own right? We think so. And that's why the Long Beach Golf Festival created an independent tournament for these equally-as-worthy competitors.
Beginning in 2019, the “Men’s City” officially become two separate tournaments, paired together under the umbrella of the Long Beach Men’s Amateur Championships. The Long Beach Men’s City Championship, as has been the case for 50 years, is still the home of elite gross play competition, with a field of scratch golfers who in previous years may have played in the "Championship Flight" of the venerable Men’s City. In contrast, the new Long Beach Men’s City Challenge is a straight net tournament, designed for handicap-based competition and established so that those who’ve traditionally played the in lettered flights (“A Flight”, “B Flight”, etc.) of the Men's City can finally take center stage.
To determine which tournament is right for you, and to register to play in it, click on the following links: