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Those who love to play golf know the most difficult part of any scramble event.

That’s getting four people together on the same day at the same time.

It’s a busy world, and we all are headed different directions. So unless it’s a very special occasion, getting three of your friends to join you for a Sunday round of golf can get complicated.

Rick Burton and Rex Meyer, a pair of avid golfers, understand that a weekend golf league can be a tough task to accomplish, especially for four-man or four-woman teams. So the pair are attempting to cut the hassle in half.

The Two Guys Golf Tour makes it debut at noon Sunday at Otter Creek.

Basically, the rules are the same as a four-man scramble, in which you are playing your group’s best ball after each shot.

The difference in this league is that it makes stops at 10 different courses. Area stops include Otter Creek, Shadowood in Seymour, Timbergate in Edinburgh and The Legends in Franklin.

Other very nice stops include Covered Bridge in Henryville, the Rising Star Casino course and Heartland Crossing in Camby. I have played Heartland Crossing and can attest it’s a nice stop.

The cost is $85 per Sunday, and that includes money going into the prize fund for weekly and overall payouts. There are closest-to-the-pin prizes and a skins pot.

Meyer said the tour is meant to be limited to golfers who have an established handicap, although as Two Guys Golf kicks off its first season, he said they are willing to work with those who haven’t established a handicap.

Of course, any time you deal with handicaps, whether it’s bowling or golf, those who run events have to make sure nobody is “sandbagging.”

Golfers can play as many or as few events as they choose, although each stop on the tour carries participation and place points that eventually determine that overall champ.

The final event will be held at Belterra Casino & Resort.

Burton said he has been surprised by the interest in his tour and noted that golfers of all levels will participate. He also said that golfers 55 and over will be allowed to play from forward tees.

For more information on the tour, call Meyer at 812-530-9789.

Otter Creek hosts college tourney

Otter Creek continues to host quality events, and on Tuesday the Great Lakes Valley Conference wrapped up its men’s golf championship with the University of Indianapolis defeating the University of Missouri-St. Louis 3-2 in the finals.

Indianapolis has won a record 15 Great Lakes golf championships after winning its second consecutive championship. The event was contested over four days.

Andrew VanAelst, David Frank and Tucker Guisewite scored victories for Indianapolis in the final. Former Columbus North golfer Brandon Knapp is a junior on the Greyhounds’ roster.

Benefit tournaments scheduled

Those who are interested in playing in the second annual Dave Galle Memorial Classic can now go to a website, www.gallememorialgolfclassic.com.

The tournament will be June 23 at Otter Creek Golf Course, so you might want to put it on your calendar. There will be a pre-tournament event June 22 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. Details will be listed on the website.

The tournament committee is seeking sponsors for the event, which raised $113,000 last year in scholarship funds.

In the immediate future, local golfers can help out Columbus North senior Kendall Moran, whose senior project is putting on a golf tournament to benefit Thrive Alliance.

The Swing For Meals tournament will be Saturday at Clifty Creek Golf Course. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m., and golf begins at noon.

The tournament costs $45 for lunch, 18 holes and a cart.

For more information, call 812-344-6087 or Clifty Creek at 812-372-6031.

Jay Heater is The Republic sports editor. He can be reached at jheater@therepublic.com or 379-5632.

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