The Duncan Banner
It’s going to be as busy a weekend as ever at the Duncan Golf & Tennis Club.
Starting Saturday, the course will host its club championship while welcoming some of the top young golfers in the state at the Oklahoma Junior All Star Tournament.
For more than three decades, members of the Duncan Golf & Tennis Club have faced off on one weekend to decide the ultimate prize: the title of club champion.
Once again, those will be the stakes Saturday and Sunday when the club hosts its 34th annual club championship, with 60 of its members signed up to play as of Wednesday afternoon.
“With these guys competing for the title of best golfer at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club, it’s something they take very seriously,” club professional Mike Hansen said. “You’ll get a lot of people out here practicing and getting sharp for it all week. It’s going to be exciting to watch.”
The tournament, which serves as DG&T’s only individual stroke play event, appears to be as wide open as ever, Hansen said.
“We have quite a few people signed up. There will be a lot of people in the championship flight, and plenty that could win it,” Hansen said. “In years past there was one standout that everyone knew would win to begin with but this year has at least half a dozen people that could win.”
With former champions Chris Dickerson and Aaron Simpson not currently signed up to play, Hansen pointed to past champions Mikah Russell, JJ Russell and Brent Cole as possible favorites to win.
The tournament is one of many qualifying events where players can earn points in the race to compete at another key annual DG&T event: the Maxwell Cup.
“Everybody’s chomping at the bit to play in the Maxwell Cup this year,” Hansen said. “That tournament basically serves as our Ryder Cup.”
Play will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and the final round will start at the same time Sunday.
Junior All Star
Hours after wrapping up day one at the club championship, the course will prepare for a second wave of players when the Oklahoma Junior All Star Tournament kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday.
The field for the event, which includes players from all over the state, will feature Duncan’s Baylor Bostic and Kooper Doucet as the local competition. Players ages range from 6-13.
“For the players around here, they see that teams are driving three hours to come play,” Hansen said. “There’s a mindset of, ‘Okay, they’re in my house now, I have to play my best.’ It’s a great experience for them and gets them familiar with tournament play.”