The tournament will begin on Saturday and ended on Sunday.
Cleveland Country Club golf pro Sam Dunning said this is one tournament that many of these golfers have penciled in on their calendar.
“They want it bad,” Dunning said. “It’s amazing to see how much people want to win this championship. The work they put in to it to win is fun to watch. We’ve got golfers anywhere from ages 20 to 70 that can win it. That makes it fun to see them mingle. The enthusiasm is overwhelming to watch.”
Lee Gladden, who has won the club title three times including the last two years, will try to win it again.
Billy Nowell, who has won nine club titles, will make another try at No. 10 to tie the late Nash Cochran for the club record. Steve Davis and H.L. Dilworth, who have each won five club titles, will be looking for title number six. Jimmy Childers has won three club titles, and will have his eyes on a fourth title. Andy Lee, Mike Sanders and Mark Koonce are all past winners, and they will be looking for their second title.
Ken Horton, James Glorioso, Brett Marchant, Brett Boykin, Michael Sanders, Roger Easley, Hunter Abide, Dave Crews, Steve Marquis, Ken Mullins, Bob Eley, Edward Kossman III, Ronald Swafford and Willie Earl Clark are golfers that have played well lately that are capable of winning that first title.
The course has remained in great shape through the summer.
Dunning said a lot of hard work has gone into the golf course.
“The course is super,” Dunning said. “Avent, Willie, Austin and Steven have done a good job.”
The tee-off times for the tournament are 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day.