Golf

Pro-Am moves to Westview for third annual event

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 27, 2018 12:01 am Updated: May. 27, 2018 12:10 am

QUINCY -- Luke Guthrie isn't just coming home this weekend. He's headed back to where it all began.

The third annual WGEM/Herald-Whig TriState Pro-Am moves to Westview Golf Course, a 27-hole public course where Guthrie started playing and eventually became his home course. The Pro-Am was held at Spring Lake Country Club the first two years.

"I'm excited to get back there and to play the course," said Guthrie, a two-tme state champion at Quincy High School who will be a 2018 inductee in the Quincy Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame. "It's a great course."

The event takes place Monday with 15 professional golfers teaming up with 60 amateurs to play a shamble format. Every golfer in the group will hit a tee shot, the group will select the best tee shot and the golfers will play their own ball from there to the hole.

A four-hole shootout involving the pros will take place at 8:30 a.m. with the shamble to begin at approximately 9:45 a.m.

There is no admission cost, and parking is limited. The clubhouse lot is closed and will be reserved for golfers and VIPs. A public parking lot will be set up at Westview Park at 30th and Harrison with an entrance to the course behind the 13th tee.

All proceeds from the event go to charity. This year, money will go to the Quincy Medical Group Foundation with an emphasis on cancer care and the Junior Rangers Golf Academy. In the first two years, the Pro-Am raised more than $30,000 for charity.

"I'm excited for it to be here," Westview head professional David Morgan said. "I'm looking forward to it. It's a great cause giving back to great charities. I'm glad we are a part of it."

Westview opened in 1949 as an 18-hole course. A third-nine was added in the 1960s. The original 18 sets up as a par-71 course at 6,512 yards from the championship tees, and the undulating greens and tree-lined landing areas provide a challenge.

"The golf course looks great," Morgan said. "Don't get me wrong. It would look great regardless of what event is being played here. We do the same stuff for our pass holders and the people who want to come out and play. It's playing great and sets up well."

The move from Spring Lake to Westview was designed to showcase all the courses Quincy has to offer.

"This event is to promote golf and to give back to the community," said Greg Feldberg, president of the Pro-Am board of directors. "This does that."

The field assembled should give golf fans a show.

There are seven PGA Tour pros and five Web.Com Tour golfers with two former Champions Tour members and a women's golfer working her way back to the LPGA after taking time off to get married and have her first child.

Guthrie is one of the five Web.com Tour players and he's coming off a missed cut after he shot 5-over through two rounds this week at the Nashville Open. He is 66th on the Web.com Tour money list and has made just one cut in his last four starts.

Justin Hueber and Adam Long rank 30th and 34th, respectively, on the money list.

Ben Crane might be the most recognizable golfer outside of Guhrie coming to the event. Now in his 17th season on the PGA Tour, Crane has five victories and more than $21 million in career earnings. His last victory was in 2014 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Crane also is known for being part of the PGA Tour exclusive boy band, "Golf Boys," which includes Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan. Their videos can be found on YouTube and any money made from their musical adventure goes to charity.

Joining Crane are Troy Merritt, Brice Garnett and D.A. Points, all of whom have PGA Tour victories to their credit. Points was added to the field this week after David Lingmerth was forced to back out with a neck issue.

With the U.S. Women's Open beginning Thursday, several LPGA standouts who expressed interest in the event had to decline invitations. So the field includes only one female golfer.

Kathleen Ekey, a former LPGA golfer who is working herself back into a competitive swing, completes the field.

NEED TO KNOW

º Admission is free.

º There will be no clubhouse parking for anyone other than golfers and VIPs. Fans are encouraged to park at Westview Park and enter the golf course through the gate behind the 13th tee, Parking along Harrison Street also is permitted.

º The Pro-Am will be played in a shamble format.

º A shootout involving the pros begins at 8:30 a.m. with the pro-am beginning at approximately 9:45 a.m.

º Two high school golfers have been awarded the opportunity to play in the Pro-Am. Palmyra senior Laithan Sublette and Pittsfield senior Lauren Hawley will play with Web.com Tour pro Josh Teater.

º The beneficiaries will be the Quincy Medical Group Foundation with an emphasis on cancer care and the Junior Rangers Golf Academy.