Roudebush is one of seven former champions in the field of this year’s Firecracker Open. The others are Mike Allen (1974), Steven Bright (2002), Billy Clagett (1988, 1990-91, 1993-94 and 2001), Michael Cooper (2003, 2008), Brenden Redfern (2007) and Tim Wilson (197576).
If Roudebush wins this weekend, he will join an elite list of players to win backto-back Firecracker Opens. Those winners are Billy Clagett (1990-91 and 1993-94), Doug Nelle (1977-78), Robby Ormand (2005-06), Claude Wilde Jr. (1949-50) and Tim Wilson (1975-76)
This year’s Firecracker field has 170 entries, 140 of them in the championship division.
A Firecracker Open tradition will continue this year with the two-person best-ball putting contest, which will be held at the end of play Saturday.
Four Firecracker Open winners have gone on to the PGA Tour: Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Randy Petri and Omar Uresti.