First Place Check Bumped to $10,000, More Im­prove­ments to Hole #8 for 2017 Li­lac

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There are psy­cho­log­i­cal bar­ri­ers in golf – break­ing 100 for the first time, break­ing 70 for the first time, mak­ing a putt for 7 in­stead of the dreaded “Snow­man”. this year's Li­lac City In­vi­ta­tional will break a num­ber bar­rier of its own this July when it of­fers $10,000 for first place pro­fes­sional. “We're ex­cited at the prospect of in­creas­ing the strength and size of our pro­fes­sional field, notes Fair­ways Gen­eral Man­ager and PGA Pro­fes­sional, Kris Kallem.the hook is the $10,000 first place check but with a larger field brings the abil­ity to make the pro­fes­sional pay­out deeper as well.” The in­creased purse isn't the only thing that at­tracts pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur play­ers to the Li­'s the re­gion's only 72-hole tour­na­ment, giv­ing golfers the rare op­por­tu­nity to com­pete over the course of four rounds like the tour pro­fes­sion­als do. “we ran a sur­vey of the play­ers af­ter last year's tour­na­ment and the ma­jor­ity strongly fa­vored the 4-round for­mat.” Hole #8 has gone through some ad­di­tional changes af­ter last year's in­stal­la­tion of a new back tee. there is now a large wa­ter haz­ard that runs down most of the left side. An­other smaller haz­ard, pro­tects the right side of the hole up to the green.the fair­way bunker has also been re­moved and is be­ing re­placed with sod. This year's fa­vorites in the pro­fes­sional

divi­sion in­clude Kevin Po­mar­leau of We­natchee, Wash­ing­ton, Brian Miller of Madras, Ore­gon, Jimmy Mee of Libby, Mon­tana, and Cody Eberl of Den­ver, Colorado. The Li­lac fea­tures a 3-day cash putting con­test with the fi­nals on Satur­day and a long drive com­pe­ti­tion on Fri­day evening fol­lowed by live mu­sic with Dusty Klink and No­body Fa­mous. these events are open to the public. spec­ta­tor tick­ets are $10 and can be pur­chased at golfthe­fair­ or in the Fair­ways Pro Shop. pro­ceeds from ticket sales and the Putting Con­test go to sup­port the Shriners Hos­pi­tals for Chil­dren – Spokane. “We've had play­ers like Troy Kelly and last year's cham­pion, Derek Barron, go on to play in US Opens. these guys are re­ally tal­ented and for those who can't play in the event, we en­cour­age them to come out and watch the pro­fes­sion­als, and en­joy the ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties like the Long Drive Con­test” says Kallem. The Li­lac City In­vi­ta­tional is open to both pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur golfers with a USGA hand­i­cap. there are sep­a­rate pay­outs for low se­nior pro­fes­sional, low lady pro­fes­sional, and gross and net pay­outs for am­a­teurs by hand­i­cap flight. Reg­is­tra­tion and pay­ment for play­ers, vol­un­teers, and spec­ta­tors is avail­able at golfthe­fair­ or by call­ing 509-747-8418.

Photo Courtesy Fair­ways Golf Club

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