Herald-Whig

Time for city golf tourney to become city-wide affair

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 12, 2019 2:00 am

Westview Golf Course becomes the epi-center of the city golf scene this weekend with the men's and women's championships taking place Saturday and Sunday.

It's a longstanding tradition to have the annual championships decided on the Gem City's only 18-hole public course. They haven't been played anywhere else since the course opened.

Maybe that should always be the case.

It's hard to imagine a better scenario than a golfer attempting to reach the green on the par-5 17th in two to chase an eagle opportunity to stay in the hunt. Or think about a golfer trailing by one standing on the 18th tee debating how to shape his shot in an attempt to set up a birdie opportunity.

We are used to seeing it or visualizing it because it's happened. But only at Westview.

So maybe it's time for it take place somewhere else.

The city championships could be a showcase for all of the city's golfers and courses, embracing a larger, more diverse field and highlighting the sport for more than just one weekend.

Here's how it would work:

Instead of a 36-hole event, the city championships expand to 54 holes over back-to-back weekends. Westview, Quincy Country Club and Spring Lake Country Club each would play host to an 18-hole round. Sorry, Cedar Crest, you have to be an 18-hole course to be part of the mix. No one wants to play the same holes twice in the same round.

The first Saturday is set aside for practice rounds with all registered entrants allowed to play any of the course. You have to be registered with a tee time to be allowed access to the private clubs. Otherwise, if you try to get on during the week, you must abide by their rules and regulations.

The first Sunday will feature an 18-hole round at one of the country clubs.

The following weekend, golfers will play 18 holes Saturday at the other country club before everyone is flighted for the final 18 holes, which will take place on championship Sunday at Westview Golf Course.

It eliminates the perceived notion the city championships are set up for a Westview pass holder to win because the speed of the greens and the length of the fairways are dramatically different than the other courses.

Are they different? You can bet on it. Does it hinder players who don't regularly play Westview? Maybe a little, but not dramtically and certainly not as much as some of them claim.

You can eliminate any such claims or worries by playing all three courses. No one says Westview has to be the final course either. Set up a rotation so each course can be showcased on championship Sunday.

Have the grounds crews set up the course as hard as possible on those days. Make it a true survival of the fittest.

It's how the city tournament becomes a city-wide affair.