CITY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRIES OPEN
LONGVIEW – Entries are open for golfers to sign up to play in the annual SWEPCO City of Longview Golf Championship to be held Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24. Those interested in playing can call Jim Hughey at (903) 241-5132 or go online at www.bgcgregg.org to fill out entries. Entry blanks are also available at the following golf courses: Pinecrest, Wood Hollow, Oak Forest, Alpine Target, Alpine, Longview Country Club, International Golf.
The first round of the tournament will be held at Wood Hollow Golf Course (at 5121 McCann Road in Longview) on Saturday, with the second and final round at Pinecrest Country Club (at 214 Club Drive in Longview) on Sunday.
Categories for players include Open play from which the City Champion will be named. Players over 55 will compete for the City Senior crown. In addition to several handicap-based flights, this year the City Championship will include Women's and Youth flights. The tournament committee is seeking to involve as many of the city, county, and area golfing enthusiasts as possible. Prizes and trophies are available to the winners of each contestant category.
Although entries are just now available, early indication of interest again suggests a strong field. Ryan Hill, one of the state's foremost amateurs for a number of years, is expected to return. Hill, who played college golf at TCU, is an eight-time winner of the championship. The only other multiple winner of the open division is Steve Bodenheimer, another high-quality player who finished as a quarter-finalist of the British Amateur several years ago.
Last year's winner, Devon Jackson, has enrolled in Texas Tech University where he will continue his golfing career. Jackson recorded a phenomenal 12-shot victory last year after rounds of 60 at Wood Hollow followed by 66 at The Challenge at Oak Forest. That type of performance is likely not to be bested soon.
The five-time winner of the City Senior Championship, Coy Jones, is expected to compete again. Jones won last year with rounds of 72 and 73 at Wood Hollow and Oak Forest, respectively.
Proceeds and profits from the tournament will benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Gregg County, a community-based organization that serves over 400 youth from ages 6 to 18 annually by providing a fun, safe and constructive after-school environment. .
The Boys & Girls Club of Gregg County seeks to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Through a system of informal guidance, youth development staff form strong bonds with young people and help them make smart choices in life. Volunteers are used in every aspect of the program as mentors, coaches, educators, or just an additional caring adult.