The 43rd Annual Blowout Golf Tournament remains on the schedule for this year, though it will have some changes when it comes to safety guidelines and social distancing.

The Blowout, an annual Memorial Day weekend tradition that started when oil field workers wanted to get together and have a big blowout weekend to kick start the golfing season in the Duncan community, will begin May 22 at Duncan Golf & Tennis Club.

Mike Hansen, professional at Duncan Golf & Tennis Club, said there will be different changes to the tournament, mainly the evening activities, but they will follow social distancing guidelines to have the tournament.

“I don’t know what normal looks like anymore but it certainly presented challenges like it has for everyone else,” Hansen said. “We have hit a bunch of curveballs in regards to the golf tournament and still adhering to social distancing and a lot of the big attraction to the Blowout is the functions and dinners and all that kind of stuff that go on. Because of safety concerns, they are not going to happen and nothing is essentially the way it has been in years past.”

Hansen, who has been the professional for about 10 years now, said they plan to have mobile check in. They’ve accepted entries for the tournament since April 1.

As far as the actual tournament, the night activities including the dinners on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings have been canceled. Food will still be on the menu though.

“Usually we will go gather up in the ball room and have dinner and activities and that kind of stuff on Friday evening and it won’t happen and it can’t happen,” Hansen said. “Normally there is a dinner Saturday night but the food will be set out throughout the golf course all day long for the players. They can go out there to get breakfast, lunch, snacks and cookies and what ever they want throughout the golf course during the day.”

Defending champions Eric Moore and Brad Fleetwood will look to defend their crown this year. Practice day is May 22 and the first round begins May 23, with a first round shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. and a second round shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. May 23. Tee times will begin at those times both Sunday and Memorial Day.

Hansen said this is a big deal for the community and he will do everything in his power to make the tournament fun and keep everyone safe.

“Whether it be tee times or tournaments, we will tell people to get out on the golf course  and our point-of-sale system will be able to go out to them,” Hansen said. “To keep them away from each other, we will have one group on a tee box and get them checked in and paid — so we are doing all of our sales on the course. We will do the same thing for the golf tournament and we will stage carts accordingly to where everything is spread out from each other and not in one location (so we can) go in and disinfect everything.”

With this year’s tournament keeping the tradition alive, Hansen said he is proud to keep it going and hopes everyone who comes out will enjoy the tournament and Duncan.

“It is a big deal for our community … it is a way for people to get away from the hustle and bustle of their daily routines, lives and worries,” Hansen said. “They can come out and enjoy a good golf course and hopefully enjoy good weather and bring some business to Duncan, whether it be restaurants, hotels — it gives it local business, being good for our community.”

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