After a year off because of the pandemic, the city championship is returning to the Greenville Municipal Golf Course.
“A lot of golfers have really missed it,” said Greenville Municipal Golf Course manager Lee Sipes. “People keep calling up and asking us when is it going to be. This is a big event for us. It determines who is the best golfer in the city.”
The 26th Annual Rick West Memorial City Golf Championship will take place next weekend on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8. Players in the tournament will play 18 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday.
The entry fee for the tournament is $115, and this fee includes a cart for both days, a lunch Saturday and the use of range balls on the driving range.
The tournament is for golfers of all skill levels, and first time players are especially welcome.
The winners of the tournament will receive a $300 gift certificate. Second place will receive a $200 gift certificate and third place will receive a $150 gift certificate.
Conner Sheppeard is the defending champion of the event. Don Hubbard is the defending senior champion, and Ken Isben is the defending super senior champion.
Sipes said everything about the tournament will be similar to past years except that there will not be a Calcutta on Saturday evening. A Calcutta is an auction where participants bid on how well they think each auction would do.
“We were going to do it, but we saw that the COVID numbers were rising just a bit, so we decided not to do it,” Sipes said.
Sipes said the golf course is in great shape heading into the event, and he expects the par-3 third hole to be dried out before the tournament. On Monday, the par-3 hole was unreachable to golfers because of heavy rains that hit Greenville nine days ago. On Monday, the bridge to reach the green was underwater.
“The water should go down, and everything should be fine by the time we have our tournament,” Sipes said.
For more information about playing in the tournament, call 662-332-4079.