Florence home to new city golf tourney

July 11, 2014 — Summer means golf in Florence.

From June to September this year, as many as six different golf tournaments are taking place at either Ocean Dunes Golf Links or the newly named Florence Golf Links (previously Sandpines).

But while the annually scheduled tournaments are all fundraisers for different causes, from Rotary to Siuslaw Outreach Services and the Boys & Girls Club, the new Florence City Championships is a tournament geared specifically for the seriously competitive golfers in the area and beyond.

“Our new tournament is an individual stroke play format rather than a team scramble type of competition,” explained Florence Golf Links General Manager Rick Reed. “We want this event to keep growing each year into what we hope will become a premier event here each July.”

The tournament will take place over two days of 18-hole play, July 14 and 15, with practice rounds being held this Friday, July 13.

Entry is limited to golfers who hold a current USGA Handicap Index (determined using the July 1 Handicap Index Revision).

Players who are age 50 or older have the option of competing in the senior or regular flight, with divisions for both men and women.

“We’re proud of our course here, and want to give golfers a chance to compete in an atmosphere that is both beautiful and challenging,” said Reed.

The course, designed by world-renowned course designer Rees Jones, spans 7,190 yards along sweeping landscapes, ponds and sand traps within its par-72 design.

The tournament, which costs $150 per person and promises a purse of at least $1,000 to the winner, includes two days of golfing with a cart, a Sunday lunch and awards ceremony for gross and net divisions.

Florence Golf Links will host two more tournaments between now and September, beginning with the new Oregon Coast Military Museum fundraiser Aug. 22, and the annual Siuslaw Outreach Services tournament fundraiser Sept. 8.

“We have a lot of things going on here and have made a lot of improvements, from our facilities to the course itself,” said Reed. “It’s an exciting time for us and, we hope, for the community.”

Registration for this weekend’s tournament continues until Friday by calling 541-997-1940 or stopping by Florence Golf Links, 1201 35th St.

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