APT Co-Founders Matt Minder and Jody Barrett first met in 2016 as opposing team captains in the Tour Players Cup, a Ryder Cup-style format played at Tunica National Golf & Tennis Club in Tunica, Mississippi. Matt and Jody spearheaded the creation and development of the event working closely together to develop the format and rules, organize the qualification requirements for the teams, purchase of team uniforms and gear, and served as the tournament committee during the event.
Over the three years of hosting the TPC, the two captains developed a close working relationship built on a shared passion for delivering the best possible player experience from the player swag down to the nuts and bolts of running the event. That working relationship quickly developed into a year-round friendship and a shared vision for what the am tour experience could be and should be for every player at every level of competition week in and week out.
That vision was put into practice in 2018 with the launch of the Amateur Players Tour in St. Louis. In 2020 the two captains joined forces again to expand the Amateur Players Tour vision across the US and Canada by creating a unique, club-based model committed to supporting the local owners, serving the players, and providing the best tournament experience on the continent. The APT was truly created #bytheplayersfortheplayers.
APT Co-Founder Jody Barrett was first exposed to golf at the age of nine walking the fairways of the Montgomery Bell State Park golf course in Burns, Tennessee with his parents, both avid golfers who competed in local events all over middle Tennessee. Junior tournaments and high school competition led to a scholarship to play collegiately at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Upon completing his career with the Railsplitter program, Jody furthered his education at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, Mississippi, where he and his wife, Holly, lived for several years before returning to middle Tennessee to raise their family.
Jody was recruited into tournament organization and directing in the early 2000’s when he was asked to help establish the Dickson County Invitational, a three-day individual stroke play tournament benefitting the Community Foundation of Dickson County. He also established the C.A.G.E. Matches in 2014, an annual buddies trip that has traveled to places like Valhalla, Whistling Straits, Pinehurst, Cabot Cliffs, Aronimink, Liberty National, Bethpage Black, Carnoustie and The Old Course at St. Andrews. In 2015 Jody became a panelist with Golfweek’s Best course rating program further expanding his exposure and education on golf course architecture and history. His golf travels have taken him all over the US, Canada and Europe.
In the spring of 2020, Jody and APT Co-Founder, Matt Minder, were hired to direct the G Rock Open at Greystone Golf Club in Dickson, TN. The G Rock replaced the 2020 Tennessee State Open when it was unexpectedly canceled due to Covid-19 concerns. The event boasted a field of multiple Korn Ferry Tour professionals, almost every Southeastern Conference college team, dozens of D-1 players, and some of the top ranked amateurs in the world, including U.S. Amateur finalist and recent Masters competitor, John Augenstein.
As a player and caddie, Jody has participated in conference championships, NCAA regionals, the TN State Open, TN State Amateur and Mid Am Championships, and multiple USGA Mid Amateur championships. He has played in over 200 am tour events and multiple state and national championships. Each of these experiences have helped form his vision for the Amateur Players Tour and spark his passion to provide an elevated tournament atmosphere with an emphasis on the player experience.
Jody lives on the Back Nine Farm in his hometown of Dickson, Tennessee, with his wife, Holly, and children, Avery, Erin and Beau.
APT Co-Founder Matt Minder began his love for golf at a young age in Decatur, IL. He would spend his summer’s playing 45-54 holes a day at the local par 3 course with friends. In high school, Matt competed on various junior tours, the Central Ilinois Jr. Golf Tour, PGA Jr. Series, and AJGA events. Upon graduation from high school, Matt attended Illinois Wesleyan where he studied accounting before transferring to the Golf Academy of the Carolinas in Myrtle Beach, SC. It was there where Matt learned tournament operations, rules, and unique skills like calligraphy. Matt’s experiences at Golf Academy further cemented his desire to pursue a career in the golf industry. During time off from the Academy, Matt played on the Taylor-Made Adidas Collegiate Series which covered Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. Matt continued his playing career, qualifying and competing in numerous Illinois State Amateur’s, Illinois State Opens, and other regional amateur events. He also spent a winter playing as an amateur on the professional West Florida tour based out of Sarasota, Florida.
Matt was recruited into tournament organization in 2014 when he was asked by a tour director in Chicago to share ownership of and establish a new local tour in St. Louis, MO. From 2014-2018, Matt built and operated one of the largest amateur golf tours in the St. Louis area, listening to feedback from players and golf courses on what the am tour experience should look like. In the fall of 2018, Matt launched the Amateur Players Tour in St. Louis built on the vision shaped by that feedback and focused intently on the player experience.
As a caddie, Matt has been on the bag for multiple LPGA professionals and Symetra tour pros alike, being able to experience how tour professionals are treated. He has played in mini-tour events, state ams, state opens, top-tier USGA qualifiers, and over 200 Am Tour events. His passion is on providing elite-level, tour-quality experiences to the everyday golfer.
Matt lives within an 8-iron of South Side Country Club in Decatur, IL with his girlfriend Ally.