It seems like just the other day that Dr. Mark Hildahl came up with the the idea of the Flat Screen Open and all of a sudden we are having our sixth one on Saturday, Sept. 12. This is a fun event that helps Minot Junior Golf with some of our summer events.
Do you have to be a great golfer? No.
Is there any pressure? No.
Is is a lot of fun? Yes.
The tournament is a 27-hole event, but do not let that scare you! We play the front 9 at Souris Valley Golf Course with an alternate shot format - you can feel like you are playing in the Ryder Cup! Holes 10 through 18 are a scramble format. The Flat Screen part of the tourney is at the Jack Hoeven Wee Links. That is the better ball (score) format. That is also where we give away nine Sony 22-inch Flat Screen LCD HDTVs (Do not ask me what all those letters stand for!)
This is a fun day of golf and you really can have a good time with your friends and maybe win a nice TV to watch on those cold winter nights. Terry Kongelf, at the Stereo Shop, has been great to work with us on this event and we really appreciate his help. We will be selling mulligans on the day of the tourney. If you would like to be a business sponsor you can purchase a sign for $100 or you can buy a business sponsor with a team entry for $250.
Entry for the tournament is $150 for the team. We are limited to the first 144 entries for 72 teams. There is a barbeque after the tourney and we have brats and refreshments during the round at the Wee Links. We need the entries to be in by Sept. 11. Not to be a doom and gloomer, but if there is a rainout we will have the barbeque and draw for all of the prizes. We would love to have you sign up and it is a great way to tour the beautiful Souris Valley Golf Course and test your skills at the Jack Hoeven Wee Links. It is not as easy as it looks and many times the best swings do not walk away with one of those nice TVs.
If you cannot play but would like to help out on that day just give me a call.
Tip of the week - Alway pick a target on your tee shot and try and relax and take an easy breath before you swing. If the trouble is on the right side then move to the right side of the tee. That will set you up to hit away from the trouble.
Rule of the week - If a ball is out of bounds, the players must play a ball, under penalty of one stroke, as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played. The Rules of Golf can be found a (www.USGA.org.)
Quote of the Week - "Baseball players quit playing and they take up golf. Basketball players quit, take up golf. Football players quit, take up golf. What are we supposed to take up when we quit?" - George Archer.
(Steve Kottsick is the golf professional at Souris Valley Golf Course. He writes a column for The Minot Daily News during the golfing season. Kottsick can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com)