Butler Eagle County Amateur golf tourney scheduled Aug. 12

July 11, 2018 Cranberry Local Sports

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SLIPPERY ROCK — Scott Vice would welcome a repeat performance.

He only hopes he gets the opportunity.

Vice, winner of last year’s Butler Eagle County Amateur golf tournament at Lake Arthur, is planning on entering the 24th annual event this year. The Eagle County Amateur is slated for Aug. 12 at Oakview Golf Club.

Oakview is hosting the tournament for the first time since 2015 — when Vice carded a 63 to win that event.

“That was fun ... first time I ever played there,” Vice said of Oakview. “Actually, I haven’t played there since.

“I play in a nine-hole league at Lake Arthur every Tuesday. Besides that, it’s work and kids, not a whole lot of time for anything else.”

When Vice won the Eagle Amateur in 2015, he had just moved back to the Butler area from Kentucky. He entered last year’s Eagle Amateur at Lake Arthur — less than a block away from his house — and won with a 4-under par 68, one stroke better than Sean Knapp.

Now Vice is general manager of the Lake Arthur golf facility.

“Yeah, my life has changed a little bit,” he said. “I’m planning on playing this year’s tournament, but you never know. If we have a golf tournament or outing here (at Lake Arthur) that day, it could tie me up.”

Since the Eagle Amateur — a one-day, 18-hole stroke play tourney — made its debut in 1995, only four golfers have managed to win the overall title more than once. Knapp has won it five times while Rob Voltz, Mark Young and Vice have won it twice.

“This has become one of the top-ranked amateur events in this area,” said Voltz, an Eagle Amateur committee member. “Sean Knapp barely missed making the cut in the U.S. Senior Amateur and he’s become a regular participant in this tournament.

“It’s always wide open. It’s one day ... Whoever is on his game that day can win. We’ve had some good scores the years we’ve played at Oakview. It’s an excellent course.”

Last year’s tournament had 149 golfers. Voltz said 160 would come close to filling the field.

“Our goal is always 150 golfers or more,” he said.

Cost to play in the tourney is $70, which covers greens fees, skins game and prizes. The fee does not include a golf cart.

An application form to play in the tournament can be found at butlereagleamateur.com.

Once again, the Eagle Amateur will consist of a championship flight, first, second and third flight, seniors division (age 50-over) and women’s division.

Paige Scott, entering her frershman year at Butler this fall, is two-time defending women’s champion. She carded an 80 to top a small women’s field last year.

“She is a very talented player,” Voltz said of Scott. “We’d love to get more women playing this event. It’s an annual goal.”

Seniors age 65 and older, with a handicap of 16 or higher, may play from the gold tees in this year’s Eagle Amateur. Tee times will again be available at 7:45 a.m. or 1:15 p.m.

The general deadline to enter is Aug. 7.

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