Selma Country Club Championship starts SaturdayPublished 8:51pm Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Selma Country Club will host its 84th annual club championship this weekend, with more than 70 golfers set to participate.
The championship is divided into groups for junior golfers, ladies, men and seniors.
“It is kind of a round up for the end of the year tournament,” PGA golf professional Tommy Burns said. “It is kind of a closing of the golf season, not that they quit playing. It is just the end of our competition season.”
Paul Garner, the low gross score winner of the 2012 Selma Country Club Championship, has won the tournament a total of five times and will play in this year’s event despite being limited in his time on the golf course recently due to recent shoulder problems.
“Just being out there with your friends. That’s the main thing,” Garner said when asked what he enjoys the most about the championship. “It is all fun. You get to spend a couple of days laughing and joking and playing golf. That’s what it is all about. Playing by yourself isn’t any fun.”
He attests his success at the championship to two things. First, he focuses on golf during his down time, while others do various activities.
“A lot of people hunt and fish and golf and everything else, but I just have never been really interested in all that other stuff. I play year round,” Garner said. “A lot of guys kind of come and go based on their schedule. I have always been blessed with a family that lets me go play some, and I don’t really mess around with a lot of other stuff.”
Secondly, he said he plays within his limitations — for instance, laying up if it is going to help him avoid trouble and picking the right times to be aggressive. He said he always tries to put himself in a position where he has an opportunity to putt for a good score.
“Your putter is where you are going to score from,” Garner said. “If you try to do something aggressive and hit the ball in the woods, your putter cannot help you.”
Also up for grabs will be the Hike Eastep Award, which is awarded to the low net score winner, and was won last year by Brennan Nedley.
Nedley will be playing in the tournament for the third time.
“I just played really well,” Nedley said, reflecting back to last year. “I’ve got a high handicap and everything just kind of came together last year with driving and putting.”
For the championship, Burns said golfers will be broken down into flights.
“You will be put in your flight according to your handicap,” Burns said. “Scores will be based on net scores, with the exception of the overall club championship that will be a gross score.”
The juniors, seniors and ladies will tee off Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., and the men will tee off at 1 p.m. There will also be a two-man team competition over the weekend where players will play best ball.