The history of the Winter Park Golf Course dates back to 1914, when Harley A. Ward and Dow George were assigned the task of designing a 9-hole course on the north side of the City of Winter Park.
The course, affectionately known as “The Winter Park Nine” to many, is still operational today, and this weekend, plays host to the Second Annual Winter Park Amateur Golf Championship.
Registration for this year’s event is now closed, but the tournament is open to all players of all skill levels. An 18-hole total gross stroke play format will play out over Saturday May 5th, and Sunday May 6th. Participants will play nine holes each day, and the field is divided into divisions that include men, ladies, and juniors (boys and girls).
The First Tee® (TFT) of Central Florida is serving as primary beneficiary. TFT of Central Florida provides educational programs that build character, instills life-enhancing values, and promotes healthy habits through the game of golf.
“TFT of Central Florida is excited to be a part of the Winter Park Amateur Golf Championship. Winter Park Golf Course provides a friendly layout for players of all abilities, and exposure to the game of golf for many youth through their participation in TFT programs,” said Thomas Lawrence, executive director of TFT of Central Florida. “We hope that through this event, we can help increase exposure of this great facility and TFT to positively impact the lives of local youth.”
This year’s field consists of 72 players, up more than 20% from a year ago. The event does not feature a cut, so all participants will complete all 18-holes, with the lowest total becoming 2018’s Winter Park City Amateur Champion in their respective division.
The Winter Park Golf Course located at 761 Old England Ave.
Fans are encouraged to attend, though all food and beverages provided from outside sources will be designated for participants only. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase inside the clubhouse for non-participants.
Saturday’s forecast for Winter Park call for a high of 86 degrees, with a 10% chance of rain. Stay tuned to CentralFloridaLifestyle.com for updates as the event unfolds.