Now that it has wrapped up its inaugural Top Gun trap shooting event, the Estevan Oilfield Technical Society (OTS) has started making plans for its biggest event of the year.
The OTS will host the 64th annual Oilmen’s Golf Event on June 4 and 5 at the TS&M Woodlawn Golf Course. All of the entrants will play an 18-hole round of golf on either the first or the second day, and the golfer with the lowest score will be crowned the winner.
Last year the golf event was held on one day in September, and Rick Hallberg of Weyburn was the winner.
“We opened up registration (for this year on May 3), and I think on Day 2, we were at 160 registered who had booked tee times,” said Ash Domes, who is the chairperson for the golf event committee.
The competition worked out well last year, with no issues, other than golfers who teed off later in the afternoon had a hard time finishing their round due to a lack of daylight.
The golf event has traditionally been held in the first week of June, and has the largest field of the year at Woodlawn.
“Having it earlier in the season, as we used to have it in previous years, allows us to take advantage of daylight, take advantage of the Friday and Saturday format,” said Domes.
Since the golf will be held in early June, when the days are long, the OTS will have more daylight to work with, and so they will be able to get more golfers onto the course each day.
The OTS and Woodlawn will meet all current public health guidelines to host the golf event, just like they did last year. That means having the right amount of time between tee times, and the proper number of golfers in each group.
There will be a meal for each of the participants, but rather than having everyone gather for a large supper and social like they have in previous editions of the event, they will serve one person at a time as they complete their round of golf.
“If we have four people finish, we serve four meals, and then we can basically meet the capacities for the golf course,” said Domes.
The OTS will rely on working with the golf course and public health to ensure they follow the rules as required.
Lots of local sponsors have stepped forward to support the event, and they have support from Woodlawn as well.
“This is our main event that we host yearly, and I believe, personally, it’s important that we don’t let some of these things slide, and we make sure that even with the rules and regulations, we keep the events going forward,” said Domes.