Smaller field, better course

By BRIAN RICKERD State Journal Sports Writer Published:

The Daniel Boone Invitational golf tournament won't be bigger than ever this weekend, but the playing conditions may be better than ever for the field of some 165 golfers at Frankfort Country Club.

The tournament starts Friday and runs through Sunday on a 6,568-yard FCC layout that completed an extensive overhaul of its irrigation system a month ago.

The 165 total is down from 196 last year and 192 the year before.

Frankfort Country Club co-head pro Stacey Shelton isn't overly concerned about the drop in numbers.

"I wouldn't consider what we have this year a numbers problem," Shelton said Wednesday afternoon. "We've always said roughly 176 on our invitations. The past couple of years we had as many as 230 entries, and so with that high number obviously the fee needed to change. So the fee did go up a bit this year. But that's not the only reason the numbers went down a little bit. I think because school went longer this year, some people had to push their vacations back. I know that's been a factor with some of our own members. They're off on family vacations this weekend.

"We really can't handle more than 200 players, and so if you get some 230 entries obviously there's a lot of interest in the tournament and you're obviously disappointing a lot of people if you have 30 players over the 200 limit who don't get in, especially if they're (FCC) members," Shelton added. "So we made some adjustments the last couple of years to allow the members to have first priority for the tournament as far as when they sign up, to give them every opportunity. Then, after that, it's up to special invitations and special guests to have an opportunity. Since we made these changes, the membership itself feels pretty good."

Shelton said a field pushing 200 made the line finer for getting the tournament completed.

"We're able to handle 200, but that doesn't allow for a lot of room for certain variables like weather (problems)," Shelton said. "We have a system for pace of play that we stick to and try to make sure everybody keeps that pace. We've been pretty good at getting people through with rounds under five hours."

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