Every season there are a few select tournaments that local golfers focus on. These tournaments draw the largest fields, offer the largest purses to the winning teams and are generally contested over several days. The next of those tournaments takes place two weekends from now.
Players are already gearing up for the final “major” tournament of the summer at Brownwood County Club — the annual Citizens National Bank Labor Day Two-Man Low Ball Match Play Golf Tournament. And this year players can expect the familiar format they have grown to appreciate during previous tournaments, but with a few changes thrown in as well.
The traditional Friday shootout will get the tournament started. As in years past, this year it will be a two-man low ball shootout. Teams will start on the holes No. 1 and 10, depending on the players’ handicaps. Each team will play five holes and meet on the 15th tee to see which teams advance into the shootout finals.
The biggest change players will notice is in how the tournament is flighted. This year, instead of having 16 teams in a flight, there will only be eight teams in each flight. The biggest difference is that teams which win on Sunday will only have to play a single match on Monday to determine the flight’s winners. And with the forecast calling for higher temperatures in the coming weeks, that’s a change most players are sure to welcome.
“The Citizens National Bank Two-Man Low Ball Labor Day Tournament has been a staple on the local scene longer than any other golf tournament, and we think that’s because of the format, player amenities on the course and the condition of the course,” said Citizens National Bank president and CEO Darwin Boscamp. “We’re excited about this year’s tournament, and the format change that has been made in the flighting, and look forward to seeing a full field of golfers at this year’s tournament.”
The tournament will be played over its traditional Labor Day Weekend calendar slot, with play beginning Saturday, Sept. 1. There will be two shotgun starts each day, the first at 8 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. The final rounds on Monday will all begin at 10 a.m. Players age 59 years and under will use the blue tees and those age 60 years and above will use the white tees.
There will be a Saturday night dinner for players and spouses at the Brownwood Country Club.
The tournament is limited to a field of 80 teams which will be pre-flighted by handicap. Entry fee is $330 per team.
For more information about the Citizens National Bank Labor Day Two-Man Low Ball Match Play Golf Tournament, contact Brownwood Country Club PGA Professional Steve McNabb at 646-1086 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
All players must be at least 21 years of age and not playing on high school or college teams.
Practice rounds begin on Friday, Aug. 31, and tee times can be made beginning Tuesday, Aug. 28.