Field tries to beat rain, Garner at club championship

Published 10:44 pm Thursday, August 11, 2016

It’s been a wet week in Selma, meaning the course at the Selma Country Club will probably play a little longer than usual this weekend during the club championship.

If that’s the case, maybe it’ll be good news for the rest of the field, who once again will be trying to top Paul Garner and Sammi Park. Garner won his eighth club championship last year during a rain-shortened championship. Park estimated last year’s victory was her seventh title.

“We are going to hope for the best [on rain],” said club professional Tommy Burns. “The chance for rain is going down every day. If we can get seven hours of daylight then we’ll have seven hours to get it finished, so I think we’ll be fine.”

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Last year’s event lasted only one round due to storms during the second round. Tournament organizers eventually wiped out all of Sunday’s play and based the winners off of Saturday’s round.

The ruling meant Garner’s opening round 71 was good enough to take the overall crown. Park actually finished both rounds last year. Her two-day total of 153 gave her a six shot win.

The tournament includes juniors, men, ladies and seniors.

Burns said nine juniors were registered to play in this year’s tournament, which begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. when the ladies and juniors tee off.

Burns said 42 adults were registered as of Thursday afternoon. The men and seniors will tee off at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“Most people think of it as being the end of the year, but I always look at it is at the beginning of next year,” Burns said of the championship.