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May 22, 2013

Golfers gear up for 36th Annual Blowout tourney

Sean Gorman
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The fairways are trimmed, the greens are smooth and the stage is set.

It’s that time of year again. Duncan’s largest golf tournament of the year is just days away.

The Duncan Golf and Tennis Club will host the 36th Annual Blowout Tournament this weekend, where a field of 256 golfers will make up 128 teams competing in a two-person scramble Saturday through Monday.

“It’s the biggest event we have here all year,” the club’s PGA Professional Mike Hansen said. “We’re going to have more people here during a four day period than at any other time this year.”

The tournament will tee off Friday with a “horse race,” at 3 p.m., where the groups tee off together and eliminate the player with the highest score after each hole until one last player remains.

On Saturday morning, the real competition starts with the scramble. Teams will be placed in flight according to their handicap and compete in the first of three rounds.  Morning flights are slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. while afternoon play will kick off at 1:30 p.m.. On Sunday, the times will stay the same but the flights will be switched for round two.

Following a cut being made after play on Sunday, the championship flight will take place Monday.

The tournament will also give out prizes for closest-to-the-pin and longest drive contests and hole-in-ones. Prizes this year include a car, cruise and a set of golf clubs.

Included in the field will be the defending champions from last year’s Blowout Tournament, Duncan natives Aaron Simpson and Jamie Gray. Hansen said they won’t be the only ones returning to play at the Blowout.

“You’re going to see a lot of the same people as in years past,” Hansen said. “A majority of the people signed up to compete have played here before.”

Despite recent rainy conditions, the course is in top notch condition for the event, Hansen said.

“We just cut the grass this week,” Hansen said. “The rain had slowed down the green a little bit recently but they’re now in as good of shape as ever. We’ve been able to get the pace back on them.”

Competition on the course won’t be the only event for the group, as each night participants will enjoy a dinner with live music at the club.