Out of the pasture. John Cobb hits a ball from the fairway in the opening round of the Booneville Open Saturday. The tournament was moved to Cherokee Creek Country Club this year but recent rains did leave some marshy areas.
Though it only drew 21 teams this year it appears the Booneville Open will return next year.
At least if Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce executive director Stacey McCollough has his way.
Although the tournament fell back to just 21 teams, McCollough said the weather is to blame.
The temperature was 49 when golfers teed off Saturday morning and although it would climb to the mid-50’s it was back to 50 by 1 p.m. and a breeze blew throughout the day.
On Sunday the cooler temperatures continued, coupled with rainfall.
“I talked to several (players) who didn’t sign up,” said McCollough. “Most of them had waited to see what the weather would do.”
Though the official logo for the tournament continued to use the words “cow pasture pool” the tournament also moved out of pasture.
“Everybody seemed to like having it at Cripple Creek (Country Club), and Cripple Creek was very good to us,” McCollough said.
While McCollough is planning to work the Open in 2015 he says a date change may be in order, which would break with the tradition of having the tournament in the spring.
Winning the Open this year was the duo of Brady Dobbs and Daniel Trowbridge, who shot rounds of 63 and 67 or 14-under par. Finishing second in the championship flight were Paul Carolan and Kelly Carolan four strokes back (66, 68) and Jacky Wall and Rick Wiser were third, seven shots back (69, 68).
The first flight was won by Jerry Hix and Jim Hix with rounds of 74 and 68, 2-under for the tournament, though it took a tiebreaker to decide a three way tie.
Guy Robson and Wade Robson shot rounds of 76 and 73 to win the second flight by two strokes.