The arrival of Memorial Day means most people will take time off work and hang out with the family. It means Barbecue and the lake. For Phil Buchanan, it means overtime.

The manager of the Elks Golf and Country Club pro shop will oversee the 32nd Annual Memorial Day Blowout this year. Buchanan worked the Labor Day Tournament but it will be his first Blowout, and he has an idea of what lies in store for him.

“It’s the biggest tournament of the year,” Buchanan said. “It takes a lot of planning, a lot of meetings.

“I’m looking forward to seeing it happen and come through successfully. Once it starts, there will be 14 to 16 hour days for four days.”

There has been a waiting list for over a week with calls coming in daily as 264 have signed up for the event from as far away as Kansas, Texas and Arkansas.

Festivities will kick off on Friday with a Callaway Demo Day that will be open to the public on the driving range from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A nine-hole flighted horse race will be held that night with play officially taking off Saturday morning.

Aside from the finishing touches, Buchanan is ready for his first Memorial Day Blowout. All he needs is a little cooperation from Mother Nature.

“We’ve got to get some dry weather to get some mowing done,” Buchanan said. “We tried to do it earlier this week but it was too wet.

“I’m trying to remain optimistic. I’m hoping the more it rains before the Blowout, the less it will rain during the Blowout. The only contingency plan is they have to get 18 holes in and I don’t think that will be a problem.”

Aside from the mowing, the course is in great shape. The greens were aerated in April and are in exceptional shape for the Blowout and its 264 golfers. And it can’t come soon enough for Buchanan.

“It will be phenomenal,” he said.

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