Letters of thanks:
Each year after our tournament, the Cardinal Amateur receives a number of letters from participants. You might be interested in reading some of those received from the contestants.
Dear Gil and Leonard:
Thanks so very much for the privilege of being able to play in the 2009 Cardinal Amateur.
My visit to the Cardinal is the highlight of my golf summer - to see old friends, meet new people, and participate in the best run amateur golf tournament in the United States.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at your club despite being chewed up and manhandled by Pete Dye's refurbished creation. The plaque at the 12th tee stated a truism - not only is it the toughest par 3 Pete has designed, but also it is the toughest one I have ever played. I must have played a different course than the champion - 64 is downright Tiger-like given the toughness of the "new" Cardinal. I also thought Chicago Golf Club had near perfect putting surfaces, but the greens at the Cardinal are even better.
Thanks to the efforts of your committee, the club's staff, and the Cardinal's membership, the players in this year's tournament were treated to a special unique event on an extraordinary course - no matter what one scores at the Cardinal, they walk away knowing that they just experienced a one-of-a-kind amateur golf tournament.
For these reasons, it meant a lot to me to be accorded an invitation to play, as various things (and back injuries) had kept me away since 2004. It is also nice to know that some things never change - like the hospitality and kindness of the Cardinal's membership and the dedication and phenomenal "can do" spirit of volunteerism and dedication manifested by the Cardinal Tournament Committee.
I have been blessed with great fortune and fabulous experiences in playing golf. I have played in almost every major amateur tournament in the United States and Great Britain. None of those experiences top the place in my memories of playing in the Cardinal Amateur. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me over the years and in allowing me to participate in the Cardinal Amateur. Its something I treasure and never take for granted.
With best regards.
Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.
On behalf of all my players who played in the Cardinal Amateur I would like to thank you and everyone involved with making the Cardinal such a wonderful experience for the players and families.
UNCG Men's Golf Coach
Each year your tournament committee and volunteers do a great job of hosting a top quality tournament. It is a pleasure to play in an event that is so well run on such a challenging golf course. I appreciate your continued support of amateur golf.
Jackson and I have both put letters in the mail to you to thank you for a great event but I wanted to drop you an email to thank you also.
Life goes by very quickly and participating this year made me think back to the great events at the Cardinal I participated in whenJackson was just a little tot. To have gotten the chance to travel and play in the event with him as an adult was very special to me.
The golf course which was always top notch is just unbelievable now. You guys are so lucky to have that course. Jackson said to me mid-way through our practice round that they could have a US Open here with about 1 weeks notice and he is right.
It was so nice to get to see so many familiar faces like Mo, Gil, Katie, Vance and so many others. What a tradition you have there.
I am honored to have gotten to play and especially with my son. We really enjoyed the breakfasts and the BBQ too!!
Hope you have a great end of the summer, and a nice fall. Thank you again.
You truly have one of the best organized and run tournament that he has ever played and that includes a US Junior. From the fore-caddies to the scorekeeping and all the hospitalities it was top notch all the way. The condition, quality and challenge of your golf course was well worth while. The friendliness of all the volunteers was exceptional. Tyler is hopeful to return next year with more time to enjoy your great event. Thanks for everything.