First Place Check Bumped to $10,000, More Improvements to Hole #8 for 2017 Lilac
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 Lilac.it'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 golfthefairways.com 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 golfthefairways.com or by calling 509-747-8418.