City golf tournament set for this weekend

Eric Grider putts on No. 4 in the final round of the men’s city golf tournament July 16, 2023, at Greenbelt Golf Course.

The Republic file photo

Last year, the men’s city golf tournament was played entirely at Greenbelt Golf Course for the first time.

That will be the case again this year when amateurs tee it up on Saturday and Sunday.

“It was very positive from the people that played,” Greenbelt pro Keith VanDeventer said. “I’m sure there were some that don’t like it, but I think there are a lot of people that don’t want to play for a larger price. People that played were very happy. I asked them their thoughts last year, and no one had anything negative to say.”

VanDeventer is hoping for an increase over the 41 golfers that played in last year’s city tournament.

“You always hope,” VanDeventer said. “You just never know until you get the signups. A two-day commitment is tough for a lot of people. The last four or five years has really been not very good.”

Players can sign up through noon Thursday. The cost is $60 to walk or $80 with a cart.

Entry forms are available at Greenbelt or can printed off from the parks and recreation website and turned in at Greenbelt.

“It’s not very expensive to play in this thing,” VanDeventer said. “Everything we take in will go into greens fees for non-members and for prizes and awards. We give away quite a bit of pro shop credit.”

Golfers will play 18 holes both Saturday and Sunday to decide the title.

“The golf course is in good shape,” VanDeventer said. “We’re just hoping we don’t get a lot of rain this week.”