On Sept. 5th, the Madison Country Club will play shot to the 75th-annual Labor Day Tournament.
This event started in 1944 with 88 players teeing it up. The winner was Richmond's Scudder Pearson.
After World War II ended, the Labor Day Tourney really took off, with 167 players in 1946. Berea's Arthur Rogers defeated state champion Dick Hicks in the semifinals and then Ben Robinson in the finals.
One year when I played in the tourney, there were 212 entrees. The last four flights only played nine holes.
This tourney drew a lot of players outside of Richmond. They came from Florida, Maryland, Ohio and all over to play in it.
Two major champions on the PGA tour have won the Labor Day Tournament -- Lexington's Gay Brewer, a Master's champion, won it twice in 1950-51, and Louisville's Bobby Nichols, a winner of the PGA Championship won it in 1957.
Tough competition for locals.
Over the years ,this ole tournament has brought a lot of excitement to Richmond and has also been a big boost to the coffers of the old Madison Country Club.
Come on out and tee it up for a great time.
Here is the format.
The tournament will run from Sept. 5 -7. The entry fee is $180 for championship flight, or $150 for the first flight through senior flight, plus $10 per day, per player, cart fee.
As soon as your entry fee is paid, you may play as many practice rounds as you want, but you must pay a cart fee.
Prior to the start of the tournament there will be the popular Labor Day Scramble on Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $60 and calcutta begins at 12:30 p.m.
The prizes awarded, to the winners in this tournament are very generous.
Nine years ago I lucked into winning the fifth flight and the prize I won was the best one I ever won in my life.
To enter pick up entry form at the Madison Country Club, or see Hubert Broaddus for info, call 859-623-1770
Until next time, Live, love, laugh and learn ... Glenmore