Eagle County Amateur set for Aug. 11

July 31, 2019 Cranberry Local Sports

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SUMMIT TWP — The 25th annual Butler Eagle County Amateur golf tournament takes place Aug. 11 at Hiland Golf Course.

Hiland will be hosting the event for the first time since 2011, when Bennett Smith emerged as champion.

“It's a nice mix of holes there,” Eagle Amateur committee member Rob Voltz said of Hiland. “If you play well, you can get a lot of birdies.

“The last two times we've had this tournament at Hiland, the winning scores were 65 and 67. The greens are always in great shape.”

When Smith won the Eagle Amateur in 2011, he snapped Sean Knapp's string of three successive Eagle Amateur titles. Knapp went on to win the event in 2012 and 2013.

He has not won since and will not be playing in this year's event.

“Sean will be playing in a national tournament that day and won't be available to play,” Voltz said.

The single-day, 18-hole stroke play tournament has produced four different winners in the past five years. Only Scott Vice (2015, 2017) has won twice during that time.

Jeremy Enslen shot a 3-under-par 67 to win last year's Eagle Amateur at Oakview Golf Club. He was a first-time winner of the event.

Golfers may access entry forms at butlereagleamateur.com as well as from editions of the Butler Eagle.

Voltz said the annual goal of the tournament is to get 144 to 180 golfers.

“A typical PGA event has 156 golfers,” he said. “We try to match that for a day here.”

Shotgun starts on Aug. 11 are at 7:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Entry fee is $70 and covers greens fees and skins games.

Golfers may use a cart for an additional $14. Deadline for entry is Sunday.

The Eagle Amateur features four flights and a seniors (over 50) division. A women's division is included as well.

“We're hoping to get more numbers for the women's division this year,” Voltz said. “There is a robust women's league that plays twice a week at Hiland and we're hopeful of getting a number of them to join the tournament.”

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John Enrietto

John Enrietto

I graduated with a Journalism degree from Ohio University in 1979. I started at the Eagle on August 24, 1997. My awards include 2nd place in feature writing from Ohio Associated Press (while working for the Steubenville Herald-Star), media award from Lernerville Speedway and 3rd place in a Pennsylvania AP contest for story feature.