Times Sports Editor
Forest Park Golf Course begins a busy summer schedule next week with plenty to offer golfers of all ages.
Beginning Monday, a two-person golf league begins play at 6 p.m. and will run throughout the summer. The league is open to both men and women and will run for 10 weeks with a championship scheduled for Aug. 23. The entry fee will be $15 and that includes a riding cart and league fee. However, the fee is just $5 for season ticket holders to the course. The money will go into a league prize fund. The season includes four weeks of qualifying with those weeks counting towards the overall title. There will be flights created after the qualifying rounds and match-play will be played using handicaps.
Beginning on Tuesday, June 15 and running through June 17, a youth camp for golfers age 5-9 will help sharpen young golfers skills while teaching them the game.
Young golfers will also have the opportunity to join the Pete Dye Junior Golf Tour that begins on Wednesday, June 16 and takes place each following Wednesday at 1 p.m.
The tour will travel to various area courses over the course of the summer and was begun by Forest Park golf pro, Mark Rogers.
The tour's goal is to give local junior golfers a golf tour close to home and to provide friendly competition on courses that many of the high schools play regular season matches and tournaments. There will be a points system and statistics will be kept so that golfers can track their progress over the season. There will be affordable greens fees at each location with the schedule including matches at seven different area courses.
On June 26-27, the 11th Annual Riddell National Bank Brazil Open will get underway with divisions including Professionals, Amateurs, a Ladies Open Division, Seniors (age 50-64), Super Seniors (age 65 and over) and Boys and Girls Junior Divisions.
Entries for seniors and amateurs is $50 plus cart with Junior Division entries set at $30 and Professionals at $70. Anyone signing up before June 21 will receive a Brazil Open t-shirt. All juniors will receive a t-shirt and winning juniors will receive a trophy. The Brazil Open champion will receive $750 with professionals receiving cash and merchandise going to a winning amateur. A hole-in-one could win a lucky golfer a $10,000 bonus.
The entry fee also includes a lunch from Pappy's Barbecue on Sunday afternoon.
In July the Optimist Tournament will take place at Forest Park on July 8 followed by high school and middle school camps with the girls' camp taking place on July 19, 21-23 and the boys' camp slated for July 27-30. The final day of each camp will take place at The Legends Course in Franklin, site for the IHSAA State Golf Finals.
All golfers attending the camp will receive a free copy of The 7 Power Secrets of Junior Golf DVD with golf pro Mark Rogers.
For more information and sign-ups for various events, contact Mark Rogers at 1-812-442-5681 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pete Dye Junior Golf Tour Schedule
|June 16||Forest Park (Brazil)|
|June 23||Geneva Hills (Clinton)|
|June 30||Rolling Meadows (Gosport)|
|July 7||Mark Par-3 (Seelyville)|
|July 21||Rea Park (Terre Haute)|
|July 28||Hulman Links (Terre Haute)|
|Aug. 4||Idle Creek (Terre Haute)|
|Aug. 11||Forest Park (Brazil)|