WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Competing on collegiate golf’s premier course, The Forme Tour makes a stop at the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex for the Birck Boilermaker Classic on July 28 to July 31, becoming the first PGA TOUR-affiliated event to be played on the course in club history.
Designed by the late Pete Dye in 1996 and opened in 1998, the course has previously hosted the 2003 NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships, the 2008 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships and most recently the 2017 NCAA Men’s Golf Regional Championships, in addition to several Big Ten, amateur and junior championships. It is slated to host an NCAA Regional in 2024.
The Birck Boilermaker Classic Pro-Am will be held July 26, beginning at 9 a.m. ET, at the Kampen Course. As many as 96 amateurs will have the opportunity to play alongside PGA TOUR Canada members as they prepare for the event. The total cost will be $275 and included 18 holes plus a cart, a gourmet boxed meal, access to a prize fund and much more.
The Forme Tour, the newly created, U.S.-based Tour, announced an eight-tournament schedule, a slate that will take players to seven states—with Indiana hosting two tournaments. The Forme Tour, which provides a path to the Korn Ferry Tour for the season’s top finishers and offers Official World Golf Ranking points, will begin in late-June and conclude the second week of September.
Each Forme Tour tournament is 72 holes, with sets of two events played in back-to-back-weeks, each tournament using a Wednesday-to-Saturday or Tuesday-to-Friday format.
The Birck Boilermaker Classic is free admission for all spectators. Parking is available at the upper Birck Boilermaker parking lot. Pete’s Café in the clubhouse will be open and will have food and beverage available for purchase.
The season begins in the Athens, Georgia, suburb of Watkinsville, the four rounds set for June 23-26. The year concludes September 7-10 in Ringoes, New Jersey, 45 miles from Philadelphia.
“This has been a great process, working with venues where the PGA TOUR has had previous relationships while also forming partnerships with new venues in areas where the PGA TOUR or its affiliated Tours have never played previously,” said Forme Tour Executive Director Greg Carlson. “We will play tournaments on eight outstanding golf courses, and I’m confident the players will appreciate the beauty and challenge each venue we play.
“We will start in the South, play four tournaments in the Central U.S., in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, before finishing the year in the Northeast. Our schedule has a great pacing to it, and our players will find travel from one tournament to the next both easy and sensible.”
Forme announced its sponsorship of the Forme Tour in April, giving PGA TOUR Canada members a place to play after the global pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 season. Forme Tour players represent 21 different countries, with 84 percent of the membership coming from the United States.
The event will be counted toward official World Golf Ranking points and provides a path to 2021-22 Korn Ferry Tour membership and qualifying points.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the courses that will be hosting Forme Tour tournaments in 2021, the cities we will be visiting and the pacing to the season,” Carlson continued. “During the course of the seasons, our members will see a variety of layouts that we are sure will appeal to them and offer decidedly different strategic options.”