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Estevan OTS Golf Tournament Brings Hundreds to Woodlawn

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ESTEVAN – The Estevan Oilfield Technical Society (OTS) is preparing for its biggest event of the year – the annual Oilmen Golf Tournament, May 31-June 2 at the TS&M Woodlawn Golf Course.

Nearly 300 golfers have already registered for the tournament, which offers both 18-hole and 36-hole divisions. First tee times are at 6:30 a.m. on May 31, and tournament play will take place on the course throughout the day.

The action on June 1st begins at 8am, and on June 2nd there will be a shotgun start at 8:30am.

The registration deadline is May 30th.

In the 18-hole event, golfers play their only round on May 31 or June 1. Most of the entered golfers usually participate in the 18-hole competition.

Participants in the 36-hole event will play a qualifying round on one of the first two days of the tournament to determine the tournament flights. They will then play their final round on June 2. The results of the 18 holes on Sunday will determine the flight winners and the tournament champion. The winner of the 36-hole event must come from the championship flight.

“The golf course is in exceptionally good shape this year,” said Jayson Fenwick, chairman of the golf tournament committee. “The course opened the same way it closed last year, so a lot of people are excited to be able to play there and it's in really good shape.”

Groundskeeper Bob Currie keeps the course in top shape. Fenwick hopes the weather will be good during the tournament.

Prizes are awarded on certain holes for the best approach shot, longest shot, and shortest shot. There are also hole-in-one prizes. The tournament also has many sponsors, many of whom have been part of the event for years.

The tournament will also have a strong social component, with a steak dinner being served at Rotary Park on June 1. Fenwick said networking during the dinner, time on the course and visit to the clubhouse afterward is an important part of the event.

The tournament also attracts many out-of-town golfers who join the Southeast golfers, and many of the golfers only see each other once a year.

Fenwick said there is still a lot of work to be done, including preparing for social events and the Rotary Hall. The OTS gets a lot of help from Amanda Minchin, the golf course's head professional and general manager, as well as other Woodlawn employees.

This year is Fenwick's first time as chairman of the golf tournament's organizing committee and he is grateful to his OTS colleagues for their support.

“With the existing members and the sponsorships we have had in the past, the transition has been smooth,” Fenwick said.