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July 20, 2013

Local stars set to tee it up at Greater Ottumwa City Championship; OHS's Walker part of a talented field this weekend

OTTUMWA ­— Nothing against the talented players that were part of last year’s field, but it was hard to beat Mother Nature last year when it came to scorching the course at Cedar Creek Golf Course.

Last year’s summer-long drought took some of the focus of the field of last year’s Greater Ottumwa City Championships. That because, frankly, the field was concerned just how Cedar Creek Golf Course would be playing under such dry conditions.

Boy, what one full year saturated weather can do. If you want to see golfers struggling with a golf course drying out inhumanly this weekend, turn on ESPN and watch the pros deal with Murifield and one of the driest British Open courses you’ll ever see.

As for Greg Wilson, course manager at Cedar Creek, preparations for this year Greater City Championships couldn’t be going better.

“We are in pretty good shape, though the fairways are drying up a little bit because of the recent warm stretch,” Wilson said. “Overall, we’re in much better shape. We had a much spring for growing grass. It’s just a matter of doing some finishing touches to make sure we have the best course possible for the championships.”

Which is perfect, because the field that is set to compete this year should be one that produces some very exciting golf this weekend in the two-day tournament that kicks off on Saturday morning. According to Wilson, the lead-up to this year’s tournament has been even more exciting considering local golfers had a bit of extended wait to hit the links this year with the extended stay of winter and wetter start to spring.

“Last year, we had an early spring and actually opened up on the first day of March. This year, we actually opened up as late as we ever have,” Wilson said. “I think that only made the demand even greater among the golfers this year. A lot of them wanted to get out and get in as many rounds as possible. We’re seeing even busier rounds each day out here and our revenues have continued to stay up.”

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