HIGH POINT — With little rain in recent days, hard and fast conditions are expected to greet the field when the 45th Bud Kivett Memorial City Championship tees off today.
The course rotation for the 36-hole stroke-play event is the usual, with today’s action at Blair Park and play switching to Oak Hollow on Sunday for the final 18.
“Both courses are in good condition, so that’s a good outlook for us,” said city golf administrator Steve High. “Blair, in fact, is in excellent shape. It didn’t have any issues this winter, so it’s playing hard and fast, which is good. It’s playing nice and quick.”
Just over 110 players have entered, which is a bit down from the last prepandenic tournament in 2019.
“That’s a little bit less than what we’ve been getting, but we’ll take it,” High said.
Six former winners are entered, the most recent Bryan Colquitt in 2010. Others include Garland Yates, Marc Cox, Buck Hall, Danny Southern and Brian Skeen. Cox is defending champ and Hall the only other winner in the three years for a senior division, which plays from the white tees.
Also entered is Curtis Bortherton, who has twice won the HPGA Memorial tournament at Blair Park.
One thing players won’t have to worry about is the work on replacing a bulkhead that holds up the lake bank on Oak Hollow’s par-3 No. 4. High said that the project has been finished.
“They’ve gotten the sod down on the hole,” High said. “We’ll play that as ground-under-repair, but the hole is open.”
A handful of groups will tee off in the afternoon on Saturday, but High said all of the tee times on Sunday should be in the morning.
“We hope to have everything wrapped up by 3:30 or so and that everybody can enjoy the rest of the afternoon,” High said. “We don’t anticipate it going to 6 or 7 like in past years.”
Tee times and scores can be found on the Oak Hollow website at bit.ly/2PBx1q2.