City golf championship scheduled this weekend

Mike Erwin
merwin@examiner-enterprise.com

Pawhuska Golf & Country Club hosts its annual City Open Golf Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21.

Pre-registration for the event will continue through Friday. Persons interested in competing should contact the club attendant at 474 S. Farrell Ave, or call 918-287-1695.

Entry costs $60 per person, which covers both day’ greens fees, cart and lunch. Private carts can be used, but the entry fee will remain the same, course officials said. Tee-off time will be 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, officials said.

There will be two levels of competition and cash prizes are to be awarded the three top finishers in A and B flights. Payouts for the 36-hole tournament will be $120 for first place, $100 to the second-place finisher and $75 for third place. (Added money for the championship.)

Located at the southwest edge of town, the Perry Maxwell-designed nine-hole course originally opened in the 1920s. It closed seven years ago following nearly eight decades of operation. The course and clubhouse facility were renovated prior to re-opening in 2014.

The newly-organized public country club held its first city championship last year, using a stroke-play format for probably the first time in local history. Championships since the 1960s had always been decided by match play, officials said.

Winner of last year’s inaugural city championship was R.J. Walker, whose two-day total — a one-over par, 143 — defeated runner-up Ben Martin by four strokes. Martin, the course superintendent, shot a tournament-best round of 68 on day two of the event.

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EVENT BENEFITS SCHOOLS

On Saturday, Aug. 27 — a week after the City Championship — the Pawhuska Public Schools Foundation Golf Tournament will be held at the local country club.

Format for the 18-hole event will be a four-person scramble. There will be cash pots for longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt. Also, mulligans will be offered (limit two per player) for a $5 donation.

Persons can pre-register for the tourney by calling the course at 918-287-1695. (For the last several years, the event has been held in Cleveland.) All proceeds will benefit the Pawhuska Public Schools Foundation. Registrations also will be taken starting at 8 a.m. on the day of the tourney, officials added. Saturday’s tee time is set for 8:30 a.m.

For more information about the event, please contact James Hager at 918-287-7108 or Danny Ferguson at 918-287-2919.