Herald-Sun Golf Classic to debut seniors division in June

Jan. 22, 2014 @ 04:31 PM

The Herald-Sun Golf Classic annually pits top area amateurs and tournament golfers in a weeklong celebration of Bull City golf.

This year’s June 16-22 event will be even more inclusive with the addition for the first time of a senior division — quite likely flighted — for golfers 60 and older.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with individuals who feel like they’re not competitive anymore because of their age,” Hillandale Golf Club Director of Golf and tournament director Karl Kimball said this week. “They love the tournament, they’ve played in it for a long time. This gives them the chance to keep playing in it — or play in it again — and be competitive.”

The lastest chapter of the 68-year-old tournament, which is played at Hillandale, features Champions and Presidents flight competition as well as five other flights which are determined by play in two days of qualifying rounds (Monday and Tuesday June 16-17) before flighted match play begins on Wednesday (June 18) .

The Champions and Presidents flights play from the blue championship tees, the other five flights from the white tees.

The seniors, who will likely be broken into flights after qualifying as well, will play from special senior tees and after this year, the champion will receive the top seed in the following year’s tournament and an exemption from qualifying.

“We’re trying to make this a very competitive division as well,” Kimball said. “And I think it will be.”