WHEN golfers play Greenbelt and Harrison Lake this weekend and Otter Creek next weekend in the 60th annual City Golf Tournament, they’ll find excellent playing conditions.
Two-thirds of the men’s field will play at Greenbelt on Saturday and Harrison Lake on Sunday, while a third will play Harrison Lake on Saturday and Greenbelt on Sunday. The full field will then play at Otter Creek on July 21.
“I’m sure with the weather the way it’s been, the golfers are going to enjoy the golf courses,” Greenbelt pro Steve Cohen said. “I was out at Otter Creek for the AJGA Tournament last week, and I thought the golf course looked fantastic. We’re in good shape here at Greenbelt. Harrison, I just talked to somebody (Tuesday), and they said it was the best they’ve seen it in a long time.”
The women’s tournament will be July 20 at Greenbelt and July 21 at Otter Creek. Entries for the women’s event are still being accepted through Friday.
The men’s field has 93 entries, down from about 120 last season. The field had been holding steady with around 100 entrants the past two years until soaring last year when the minimum age was lowered from 16 to 14.
“This tournament kind of snuck up on us,” Cohen said. “We had such miserable weather until early on in May. People are just now getting out and getting into the swing of it, and I think the shortened summer break has something to do with it. The kids only have eight weekends off, and we’re asking them to take two of them. That might not be doable for a lot of the guys.”
Coleman Glick is the defending champion. Two-time champion Kenny Chavis and 2005 winner Jeff Cowall could also be contenders, along with Darren Hinton, who has been in the top five consistently the past few years. Michael VanDeventer, the top golfer from state runner-up Columbus North is in the field, as is Bull Dogs assistant Kevin Sasena.
“There’s a whole bunch of really good players,” Cohen said. “It’s a strong field.”
The top 20 and ties after the first two rounds will play in Championship Flight on July 21. The next 15 and ties will be in the First Flight, followed by the next 15 and ties in the Second Flight. The remaining men’s players will be divided in half and be placed in the Third and Fourth Flights.
Taylor Gohn, who will be a senior at Missouri, is the defending women’s champion.
Anderson second in junior masters
Sydney Anderson, who will be a junior at North, carded a 155 for 36 holes to finish second in the girls division of the Southern Junior Masters.
Anderson shot 76 on Sunday and 79 on Monday at Covered Bridge. She finished one shot behind winner Rachel Johnson of Anderson.
Morgan Deis of Columbus finished 19th in the girls division with a 200. Zack Lee of Columbus tied for 23rd in the boys division with a 153.
Coffey ties for second in event
Ian Coffey of Columbus carded a 78 Tuesday to tie for second in the boys 17-19 division of an Indiana Golf Foundation event at Hillview Country Club. Jake Armuth of Columbus tied for eighth with an 86.
Madison Smith of Columbus tied for eighth in the girls 15-16 division with a 95. Zachary Schiavello of Columbus tied for 10th in the boys 13-14 division with a 92.
Also Tuesday, Matt Vorndran of Columbus carded a 76 to tie for fifth in the boys 13-14 division of an IGA event at The Players Club.
East conducting fundraiser
The Columbus East boys basketball team will conduct a scramble fundraiser at noon July 19 at Timbergate. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Cost is $400 per team, and hole sponsorship is $100. For more information, contact Mark Meier, email@example.com or 344-4991.
The Jennings County Boys Varsity Golf Scramble will be at 8 a.m. July 20 at St. Anne’s. Cost is $50 per person or $20 per team, and individual prizes will be given to the top three teams. To register, e-mail coach Gary Yeager, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 592-5142.
The R.V. Bob Welmer Scramble will be at 12:30 p.m. July 26 at St. Anne’s. Cost is $65 per person and includes dinner. Players may sign up by calling St. Anne’s, 346-0066.
Ted Schultz is a sports reporter with The Republic. He can be reached at email@example.com.