Local golf pros are gearing up for one of the biggest golf tournaments in Sampson County.
The Sampson County Championship Tournament is scheduled to begin Friday, July 7 and continue through Sunday, July 9, at three country clubs in the area. The locations are Timberlake Golf Club (July 7), Lakewood Country Club (July 8) and Coharie Country Club (July 9).
Previously, only two clubs were involved in the tournament. This year, Timberlake Golf Club was added to the mix, which gives golfers another day to golf. In 2016, it was held in October, but was pushed up to July for better weather conditions.
The announcement for the tournament was made at Sessoms Jewelry in downtown Clinton. Owner Gary Wayne Hall is a sponsor for the tournament and donates a rings to the top golfer and plaques.
“As a business owner in Sampson County, I’m proud to be able to continue to support the tournament,” Hall said.
Hall showed gratitude for the clubs’ work towards the event and hopes to have more people participate this year.
“On behalf of Sessoms Jewelry, thanks to all the golf pros and golf courses for allowing us to have a good tournament,” Hall said.
Curt Pritchard, director of golf operations at Lakewood Country Club, thanked Hall for his continued support of the event. Richard Kimble, general manager of Coharie Country Club, shared the same sentiments as well.
“I can’t thank him enough for his continued generosity in supporting us in this event,” Pritchard said.
Participants are being asked to make reservations (tee times) at each location. The cutoff time is 2 p.m. Contestants have to play with at least one person in the tournament, to validate scores a each location. The entry fee is $80, which includes golfing and lunch.
At Timberlake Golf Club and Lakewood Country Club participants may tee off anytime before 2 p.m. At Coharie Country Club, the tee off time is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 9. Presentations and awards will follow. All scores from different days will be tallied.
It will include a red tee division for women, seniors (65 and older) and white tees for men 64 and below. Blue tee players will compete for the championship. Seniors and handicapped players may also participate in the championship tournament if they wish.
In 2016, Jason Warren was the county champion. He thanked Hall for his donation and thanked Hall for the ring. Warren hopes more people participates this year from the local golf courses.
For more information or to sign up, contact Timberlake Golf Club at 910-596-2211; Lakewood Country Club, 910-525-4424; or Coharie Country Club at 910-592-2951.