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History

History of the Evansville Senior City Golf Championship.

 

Established in 2002, the formation of the Evansville Senior City Golf Championship was a result of the demise of the Tri-State Senior Open. Because local senior golfers represent an increasing population, the continuation of a completion to identify the leading senior aged golfer seemed appropriate.
With the successful Evansville Courier Men’s City Tournament as a guide, the Senior City Tournament Committee began to formulate operating rules under the following guidelines:

  • Close cooperation with the Evansville Parks Board and city Golf Professionals
  • Formalized eligibility rules for participant age, residency, and tournament rules of play
  • Enlist corporate sponsorship to provide an attractive prize purse
  • Promote the tournament as an Evansville metropolitan event covering Vanderburgh, Warrick,   Posey and Gibson counties
  • Conceived as a ‘city’ competition, use of the municipal courses would rotate each year
  • The Tournament Committee is committed to maintain a ‘Championship’ quality event and reputation, abiding by the rules of the United States Golf Association (USGA).

With these principles in mind, the inaugural event was held on June 1, 2002 at Fendrich Golf Course and Helfrich Golf course June 2, 2002.  The rotation included McDonald Golf Course in 2003 and this rotation has continued each year thereafter.

Following the initial competition, flights by age group was installed honoring significant Evansville golfers from the past :

  • Age 50 – 54    Frances Fleming    Evansville City Champion
  • Age 55 - 59     Billie Martin    Evansville City Champion
  • Age 60 – 64    Bob Hamilton   Evansville City Champion, 1944 PGA Champion
  • Age 65 – 69    Richie Moore  Evansville City Champion
  • Age 70 +         Ed Wolf   Evansville City Champion

Each year, a daily medalist honor is recognized by a special medallion.  The City Senior Champion is awarded the Jerry Schreiber Cup, a gift of nine-time Evansville City Champion Jerry Schreiber and his family.  This trophy of English silver is on display at Fendrich pro shop.  Jerry has been inducted into the Indiana Golf Foundation Hall of Fame.

The tournament Committee has adhered to a competition philosophy of the highest level.  With the USGA as our guide, we have played the ball as it lies each year.  The cooperation and efforts of the City Golf Course Superintendent Professionals have afforded us this opportunity.  To maintain a tournament level competition, USGA trained Rules Officials have been provided to assist the player.

Founding Committee 2002

Our tournament sponsors and supporters have made this event possible.  Without the loyal support of this group, the event would have faded and become extinct.  We hope that whenever participants have the opportunity to thank these companies and individuals with their business, they can mention the Senior City Championship.

  • Mike Madriaga
  • Mike Harding
  • Jerry Schreiber
  • Tony Hill
  • David McAtee
  • Jerry White
  • Bill Osbourne
  • Jack Lindenberger
  • Mark Peters
  • Joe Hahn
  • Dave English
  • Mike Wassmer
  • Jim Hall
  • Troy Schreiber
  • Phyllis Schreiber

2016 Committee Members

 

  • Pete Weinert
  • Dave Bates
  • Troy Schreiber
  • Don Hallenberger
  • Dave English
  • Bill Osbourne
  • Ken Schreiber
  • Jerry Schreiber
  • Phyllis Schreiber
  • Jerry White
  • Jim Atkins
  • Joe Stellern
  • Mark Peters
  • Dave McAtee
  • Don Shull
  • Judge Carl Heldt

 

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