By Rick Teverbaugh
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
It hasn’t taken long for Anderson native Scott Steger to start working toward revitalizing the sport he holds so dear.
Steger last year became the golf pro at Anderson Country Club. Now he and Fall Creek Golf Course pro Jim Phillips are trying to resurrect the Madison County Golf Tournament that used to be the kingpin for amateur golfers each year.
“We used to set a limit for 120 golfers and we would get entries for 160 who wanted to play,” said one of the tournament’s most regular and successful participants, Jay Dixon. “I think it’s a fantastic idea.”
The idea is to play two rounds, the first at Fall Creek and the second at Anderson Country Club. The dates are July 27 and 28.
“The only requirement is that the golfer has to live in Madison County and belong to a club where they have an established handicap,” Steger said. “We want to rejuvenate this.”
Apparently the tournament was last held in 2006 and at that time just 18 players competed.
“It would be a great accomplishment if they could do it,” said Grandview golf pro Tod Windlan. “It used to be one of the finest amateur tournaments in the state. I used to caddy for Steve Barnett in it when I was in high school. I think the courses got a little greedy on what they charged for a round of golf and some people today don’t like to play their own ball and compete. We can get 45 to 50 players for a scramble but we might get 30 for stroke play.”
Three flights are planned for the tournament. The top flight will be for players with a 7 handicap or less. The next flight would be for handicaps 8 to 17 and a third flight for golfers with an 18 and above handicap.
“We are looking at an $85 entry fee,” Steger said. “That would include greens fees and cart fees. We think that would be an attractive price.”
Steger intends to get entry forms printed and distributed to all of the county golf courses. He is looking for hole sponsors. Anyone interested can contact Steger at 642-4353 for more information.
Steve Douglas, long one of the area’s best known golfers, is excited about the prospect of the tourney being held again.
“I think Scott (Steger) is a great one to be involved,” Douglas said. “Besides Joe Campbell, he’s one of the most accomplished golfers from around here. I know he’s passionate about this.”
It is also possible that there will be flights for senior men and for women in the future if this year’s tournament proves to be successful.