COVINGTON — The roughs are high and the greens are rolling true as The Oaks Course prepares to hold the 36-hole Men’s Club Championship starting on Saturday, July 27.
“We’ll play two days of stroke play, USGA rules,” Director of Golf Dick Schulz said. “We’ll have net and gross winners in all flights including senior division.
“Some clubs make the golf course brutal, which serves no purpose. The guys are going to go out and shoot what they’re going to shoot. You set up the golf course in normal fashion, you have some tough pin placements and some easy pin placements, some tough tee placements and some easy tee placements. They have to hit every shot in the book and the guy that plays the best wins. It’s a competition that the members enjoy.”
Schulz said that he expects 30 to 40 players to play for the trophy, bragging rights as well as a permanently reversed parking spot for a year. All participants will get tee gifts as well as other prizes along with breakfast prior to the shotgun start on Saturday, lunch before play on Sunday and hors d’oeuvres after the final round.
“We hope to do some membership building where they get to know each other better,” Schulz said. “There are three or four players that have the potential to win the gross side and there are 20 people that can win the net side.”
A few of the frontrunners to win the club championships include Ray Black, Bob Britton, Richard Shue and Brad Bradley.
“Richard can play in the senior division but he likes the competition,” Schulz said. “Brad has one of the prettiest golf swings you’ve seen and when he putts well, he’s dangerous. He can jump in the middle of the fray. A couple others that can win are Tommy Hailey and Denny Dobbs. On the net side, there are 20-30 that can jump on it.”
Two players that won’t be participating include Schulz and current champion Randy Eaton. Eaton has won the club championship eight of the last nine years, including winning six straight starting in 2004. After not winning the top spot in 2010, Eaton won the next two championships.
“I actually have my 40th high school reunion, so for the first time in 23 years, I will miss the club championship and I think some of them are really happy,” Schulz said.
The last day to sign up for the club championship is Thursday, July 25. To sign up or for more information, contact The Oaks Course at 770-786-3801 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even though the championship is currently for men, Schulz is hoping to get enough interest to eventually have a junior and a women’s championship as well.
“We would love for women to get more involved; we’ve never had a Women’s Club Championship,” he said. “We’ve tried to have one and we’ve had two or three ladies show up but they decided not to play. We would love to get a large group of ladies to do it. If we had enough families we would have a junior championship. We’ve had some kids that have come out for lessons that are 5 or 6 years old.”