Tri-State Seniors gearing up for 86th Tournament
While the fate of several sporting events regionally and nationally hinges on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tri-State Seniors have tentatively set their tournament date for July 17-19.
Golf is one of the few sports where the competitors are limited to three or four golfers. Spreading the entire field of competitors across the course makes it even more social-distancing friendly.
The Tri-State Seniors is a tournament older than PGA’s Masters Tournament.
Tri-State Seniors secretary/treasurer Richard Stowers sent out 120 invitations for the tournament and plans to ask even more local golf-enthusiasts to join.
Part of the potential draw to this year’s tournament is moving from the traditional Monday through Wednesday to a Friday through Sunday format.
“We want to accommodate the people who are still working or would rather dedicate their weekends to golf,” Stowers said.
The annual banquet is still up in the air, and could be planned within two weeks before the tournament because of COVID-19.
Golfers who turn 50 years old in 2020, even if it’s after the tournament, are eligible to compete in the tournament.
Another new feature in this year’s weekend of events is a scramble Thursday evening at Hidden Hills Public Golf Course.
“I’m hoping we will get some of our local and out-of-town players to play at Hidden Hills as a practice round, and the fellowship and interaction with the Hidden Hills players will entice them to play in the Tri-State Seniors Scramble on Friday,” Stowers said. “Then if they play in the Friday scramble, they will feel like they might as well play in the Saturday-Sunday stroke play.”
Stowers said there is a loose July 1 deadline to register for the tournament and registration is $250 with an inclusion of $100 in Pampa Bucks or $150 without Pampa Bucks.
Don’t be fooled by the name, the Tri-State Seniors Tournament includes competitors from more areas than just Texas, Oklahoma or New Mexico.
“There’s three brothers, one lives in California, one lives in Oklahoma and the other lives in Missouri,” Stowers said. “I spoke to the one in California and he, as well as the other two, basically said their bags are packed and ready to go. My sister is coming from Illinois, but we also have golfers from Oklahoma, Arkansas, etc. It’s labeled the Tri-State Seniors, but that’s without boundaries.”
Stowers said he is hoping and praying there is no tangible difference, except for a higher turnout.
“Last year we had around 60 players,” Stowers said. “I would hope this year we could have 80 to 90 players.”
This year’s week of events includes the Thursday scramble at Hidden Hills (optional on July 16), the Friday scramble with a reception to follow (July 17), Saturday and Sunday stroke play.
Stowers said the best part about the tournament is the fellowship among the golfers who come out annually.
“Most of these guys have that competitive spirit, but it’s a fellowship and a reunion for everybody,” Stowers said. “They don’t know who is going to be around next year. There’s some people that come just to see people they haven’t seen in a while (even if they physically can’t play).”
Those interested in playing in the tournament can mail entries to PO Box 757, Pampa, TX 79066 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Richard Stowers at 806-665-3032.