As far as the Cape Coral City Championship golf tournament is concerned, it is deja vu all over again for the 24th annual event that tees off next Saturday at Coral Oaks Golf Course.
For the sixth year in a row, a different champion will be crowned after the second and final round of the 36-hole stroke play amateur tournament on Sunday, Oct. 21. Last year's championship flight winner David Keepler has a date conflict and will not be defending his title next weekend.
"I'm still working on him to play, but he's pretty firm on the conflict," said Coral Oaks director of golf Allen Manguson. "With several days to go until the deadline we have just over 100 entries. The last week usually brings 30 to 40 entries, so we should have a strong field. We have a strong history of past winners and hope to continue that tradition."
The only one of the six flight winners set to defend their title this year is high school standout Gina Falvey in the one women's flight. Another top high school player, Anthony Myers, returns for another crack at the title. He tied for fourth behind Keepler last year.
Competition remains stroke play for 36 holes over two days with five men's divisions flighted by handicaps. For the third straight year, a pro-am tournament tees off at 1 p.m. on Friday with 75 amateurs teaming up with 25 area professionals.
"We've had a lot more rain this summer that in the past," said Manguson. "It's a big number, but we should dry out some by then. The course actually is in good shape and the greens are running smooth and true."
The tournament was moved from it's traditional July dates about eight years ago to the fall, Manguson said, hoping to get away from having to deal with the constant afternoon rainstorms.
"The City Championship has become one of the premier amateur golf events in our area," said Manguson. "The event creates strong competition among golfers of every skill level ..."
Entry fees are $75 per person for Friday's pro-am event, $125 for the championship tournament, or a discounted price of $180 for both. The registration fee includes all greens and cart fees, beverages on the course, lunch on Saturday, awards dinner on Sunday, range balls and tee gift for each golfer, plus prizes and trophies for the top finishers.
The field is limited to 172 players.
The deadline for registration is today.
Golfers interested in registering can do so by visiting the pro shop at Coral Oaks, by calling (239) 573-3100, and online at www.CoralOaksGolf.com