A field of 65 will tee off Saturday morning at Cascades as the chase begins for a coveted spot in the championship flights of the 88th Annual City Golf Tournament.
The two-round qualifying tourney starts at 7:30 a.m. Unlike in past years, groups of Men’s, Seniors and Super Seniors will be interspersed between each other instead of bunching all the Men’s open golfers into the early tee times, then Seniors and Super Seniors. All three groups will play two rounds, with the finals on Sunday.
With each defending champ back and eligible to sit out qualifying and return as the top seed, only the top 15 in the Men’s open and Seniors, and the top seven in the Super Seniors will make the championship flights.
Winners last year were Chris Williams (Men’s), Ike Martin (Seniors) and John Cantwell. Williams won his third Men’s title, Martin his second Senior’s title and Cantwell his first in Super Seniors.
The field includes plenty of familiar names.
Men’s players include three-time champ Mitch Oard, 2016 winner Jackson Cowden and finalist Nick Burris, an all-conference golfer at DePauw, Bloomington North coach Brian Muehlhaus, the Osborne brothers (Chad and Charles) and the Carmichael brothers (Jonas and Harrison).
Another tough Seniors field includes three-time winner Bob Hasty, two-time champ Gary EuDaly, Rory Brown and 2017 semifinalists Jim Alexander and Mark Chestnutwood, but doesn’t include Steve Hinds, who has appeared in the last two finals, winning in 2016 and falling to Martin last year.
The Super Seniors welcome back four-time champ George Finley after a two-year absence, along with 2016 winner/2017 runner-up Rick Miracle, two-time winner Fred Cooksey and Mike Vernon, in his 56th straight appearance in the City Tourney.
Match play rounds will begin July 7 and 8 and finish up July 14 and 15.
Regular flight qualifying
A reminder that qualifying for the regular men’s flights, women’s and junior divisions is on-going. A qualifying round must be played on the Quarry and Pine courses by July 1.
Entry fee is $15 for regular and women’s and free for juniors (18-under).
Register at the Cascades Pro Shop. Call 812-349-3764 for more information.
Four area golfers will tee off in the State Junior Championships at Purdue’s Kampen Course starting Monday.
Starting at 8:40 a.m. on No. 1 will be Bloomington South’s Drew Todd, while North’s Jace Day and Brown County’s Parker VanNess will start on No. 10 at 8:50 and North’s Logan Vernon’s group will start on No. 10 at 10:10.
CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TEE TIMES
7:30 a.m.: Nick Burris, Doak Henry Jr., Aaron Walters, Tony Arnett
8:10: Jordan Santa, Brian Muehlhaus, Marc Guyer, Darren Fuller
9:00: Charles Osborne, Mitch Oard, James Kelb, Chad Woolington
9:40: Tyler Jordan, Jake Miller, Brad Leach, Chad Osborne
10:00: Sam Wise, Jackson Cowden, Jonas Carmichael, Greg Granger
10:20: Brad McLaughlin, Harrison Carmichael, Chad Stouts, Chris Hamric
7:40 a.m.: Tim Gillespie, Jim Alexander, Steve Porter, Matt Till
7:50: Gary EuDaly, Mark Chestnutwood, Robin Harper
8:50: Charles Combs, Gary Blackwell, Brian Werth, Bob Hasty
9:10: Dick Meacham, Joe Davis, John Kaser, Joe Beane
9:50: Dan Neubecker, Roger Rainbolt, Rory Brown
10:30: Steven Sims, Joe Newman, David Devitt, Matt Grubb
8:00 a.m.: Marty Hutsell, Rick Miracle, John Cantwell, Gary Plaford
8:20: Gary Walters, Bernie Lomax, Steve McDonald, Dan Killion
8:40: Mike Vernon, Kirby Gann, Brent Baker, Fred Cooksey
9:20: Robbie Vernon, Bob Snider, George Finley
10:10: Jim Richard, Steven Lill, Rob Parry, Doak Henry Sr.
Note: Starter’s time taken at 8:30 and 9:30 slots