Applications for All-City Golf begin on Saturday
Applications will be taken for the 2013 Rochester All-City Golf Tournament starting on Saturday.
The tournament will run Sept. 14-16 at Soldiers Field, Willow Creek and for the first time, wind up at Somerby Golf Club in Byron.
For the first 18 years of the tournament, it has always finished at the Rochester Golf and Country Club.
The field will be limited to 156.
"Because of Somerby and some other tweaks we have made, I expect it to fill up quickly, like what happened in the early years,'' said tournament co-chairman Jeff Gorman, the head pro at Eastwood.
One change, in order to speed up play, golfers will be put in threesomes, not foursomes.
Recently, the tournament has declined in numbers and hasn't reached capacity. Three years ago, there were 124 golfers entered, in 2011 that number slipped to 111 and last year, 108.
The country club opted out of its agreement, citing a conflict in scheduling, and Somerby jumped on board.
A few years ago, the tournament date was moved from September to the last week of August, figuring the courses would be in peak shape.
But that didn't help the declining numbers and the dates were moved back to September.
The $100 entry fee will remain the same but included this year is an after-golf sandwich buffet.
The tournament is open to all residents of Olmsted County.
Tournament directors are Gorman (Eastwood), Mike Manahan (Northern Hills), Matt Norgaard (Somerby), Scott Rindahl (Willow Creek) and David Richardson (Soldiers Field).