Hot temperatures won’t be new to the golfers competing in the 26th Annual Oak Creek Charity Memorial golf tournament this weekend in Greenville.
Local forecasts are calling for a high of 98 degrees today and 101 on Sunday.
Last year’s golfers dealt with 106-degree temperatures on the final day of the 36-hole tournament. This tournament always sees hot temperatures though Greenville received a cooling rain on Friday night.
The golfers tee off in shifts at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both days.
This year’s tournament is in memory of Paul Harper and benefits the Greenville YMCA. A Limited Edition Jeep Wrangler, sponsored by Greenville Chrysler Dodge Jeep, is the prize for a hole-in-one on a designated hole.
Mike Weaks and Eric Kelley fired rounds of 61 and 57 to win the championship flight last year by six strokes with their total of 118. Kelley will have a new partner this time, Fred Heath.
Julian Bowers and Zach Newell, who finished second last year, are entered.
Brandon Adams, who tied for third last year with partner Jeremy Powell, is teamed up with Alan Hawkins this time. Scott Coffman, who also tied for third with partner Craig Bowers, is paired with Brady Jones this time. Craig Bowers is paired with is brother, Kevin, in the first flight.
Two more teams to watch in the championship flight are Ron Thacker and Luke Thacker from Southlake and John Irvine and Ben Blundell from Rowlett.
Bobby Jenkins and Mike Beddows are back to defend their title in the first flight. They fired two 62s last year.
Keith Bonham and Jerry Jolley, two former winners of this tournament, are in the first flight.
Another team to watch in the first flight is that of Boyd Barnes and Brandon Herber, who shot the low total in this tournament several years ago.
Mike Heine and Eddie Vowell, who won the third flight last year, have been moved into the second flight.
William Strickland and William Strickland, Jr., who won the fourth flight last year, have been moved up to the third flight. Noble Ketchum, who finished third in the third flight last year with his son, Eric, is paired this year with Robert Thomas.
This tournament, which started in 1986, was originally called the Chris Athens Golf Classic, named for a popular local golfer who died in 1985. The event benefited an athletic scholarship endowment at the University of North Texas, Athens’ alma mater.
Oak Creek has operated the tournament for the last 11 years and it now benefits various charities and honors the memory of different golfers each year.