The 48th annual Farmers Bank Governor’s Open will have one of its largest and strongest fields in years when the tournament kicks off this weekend at Juniper Hill Golf Course.
The pro-am is being played today, and the tournament starts Saturday at 7:30 a.m. with pro and amateur divisions. The second round of the tournament will be played Sunday.
A newcomer to the tournament this year is Brandon Brown of Shelbyville. For the past two years he’s been the leading money winner on the NGA/Hooters Tour.
Brown is one of 52 pros in the tournament. The championship flight will have 34 golfers with 3 being the highest handicap in the flight.
Several past champions will be competing this year, including last year’s amateur champion, Jeremy Langley, who will be in the pro division this year.
Returning amateur champions include Bruce Walters, who will be going after his 10th Governor’s Open title, Matthew Martin (2010), Jon Tandy (2005), Bill Woolums (2006) and Benji Broadwater (1997).
Past pro champions returning are Ryan Martin (2011), Adam Gary (2010), Bryan Conway (2009), Buddy Harston (2002 and 1989), Scott Porter (1996), Bob Hauer (1991), Dave Peege (1985) and Walt Robertson, who won the senior pro division in 2007.
Conway also won as an amateur in 1995.
There will be a hole-in-one contest on Sunday for amateurs on all four par-3 holes. Select Suzuki is sponsoring the contest, and the prize for a hole-in-one on No. 10 is a new car.
The Pepsi-Cola Shootout will take place after Sunday’s round.