With so many golfers hitting the links so often, expect this year’s Greater City Championship to feature plenty of players taking on the course in stride this weekend. The men’s championship may be as exciting a field as any with Ottumwa’s red-hot junior golfer Matthew Walker looking to aim at winning the city title.
Walker, the defending 4A state individual champion, is coming off nearly winning the Iowa Junior PGA championship just a couple weeks ago. The soon-to-be OHS junior lost in a playoff to Bettendorf’s George Qian, but will test himself against a field this weekend that will include defending tournament champion Dusty Stewart and former champion Jeff Collett.
According to Wilson, those are just a few of the 70 to 80 players that are expected to participate in the Greater City Championship.
“We had people who were new to town that had just learned about this tournament and were excited to sign up to participate in it for the first time. We were excepting sign-ins as late as Friday,” Wilson said. “It’s up by about 15 percent in participation from last year’s tournament. We’re definitely trending upwards again, which is always good to see.”
The tournament is once again free to the public to attend. Golfers will be on the course competing throughout the day on Saturday with tee times being announced before the start of play. Sunday’s final pairings, including the Championship Flights, will be determined by Saturday’s scores and will be posted at Cedar Creek for those interested in attending Sunday’s final round.
Wilson anticipated the final flight of golfers battling for the city championships to tee off between 10-10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, depending on the number of golfers in the overall field.