By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Matt Burry would like to see some improvements done around Westview Golf Course.
Burry, Westview's director of golf, knows that Quincy Park District funds can only only so far, so he hatched the idea of an annual tournament that will fund capital improvements at the course.
As a result, "The Scotty," named for longtime Westview pro Scotty Glasgow, will be held for the first time Friday, May 17. All funds generated by the four-person scramble will establish a new capital improvement fund at the course. Funds raised during the first tournament will go toward improving the starter's area at the 27-hole course on Quincy's southeast side.
"The project committee decided to beautify the starter's area by the No. 1 tee box and the putting green," Burry said.
Starters at Westview currently sit in a cart when they check people into play after the players have paid their fees inside the clubhouse. Burry said that although plans haven't been finalized, there is going to be some landscaping done between the No. 1 tee and the clubhouse. Right now, that's a hardpan area made up mostly of dirt.
"We're looking at putting a gazebo-type thing right there," Burry said.
Burry said a committee of about a dozen people, including him and course Superintendent Rick Miles, helped make the decision on what was needed. Burry was surprised with the committee's selection.
"That is everyone's first impression of the course," he said. "It's needed, so I hope we can make it look nice."
The Scotty tournament is currently seeking sponsors. There are three sponsorship levels: A par sponsorship costs $100 and includes a hole sign; a birdie sponsorship costs $600 and includes one team's entry in the tournament and a hole sign; and a $1,000 eagle sponsorship, which is limited to five businesses, will receive a team entry, a banner on display at the event and a hole sign.
Entries for the event are now being taken. Burry said several teams have already entered. Entries will be capped at 32 teams, he said. The four-person scramble is open to both men and women, and will use a team handicap system. The gross and net winning teams will receive a 2014 season pass to Westview. The cost to play is $125 a player or $500 a team. The entry fee includes all golf, a steak dinner, tee gift, prizes and a jacket featuring the tournament logo.
Burry hopes to make between $10,000 and $15,000 on the tournament this year and have the beautification to the starter's area done by the time the second tournament rolls around in 2014.