By RYAN W. BUCK
Deb Rura, co-owner and director of golf at Tamer Win Golf and Country Club, has spent much of her life at the 51 year-old facility meeting the daily challenges of running the family business.
Her role includes overseeing the profits and costs, maintaining the clubhouse and dining areas, and allowing customers to enjoy a healthy golf course.
It’s the course’s dedication to junior golf, however, that means so much to Rura.
“When I first started back here in the family business I hoped to have children, then had children, and wanted them to play golf,” Rura said. “So our pro at the time, Chet Wajda, was here and we got together and decided to do these tournaments just so my kids had something to do when growing up.
“There weren’t a whole lot of junior tournaments locally at the time,” Rura said. “It’s grown popular.”
Second-year host Tamer Win offers the sixth and final qualifying event in The Vindicator’s Greatest Golfer of the Valley juniors competition presented by Farmers National Bank.
Eight spots are up for grabs for the girls, who hit the links on Friday, and the boys on Monday.
The course has evolved into a haven for youth instruction, high school events and a loyal clientele.
“It’s just wonderful to have returning customers year after year,” Rura said. “Being that I’ve been here since I was 4 years old, there’s not many of the old-timers left, but of course when I was in high school and just graduated from college, a lot of the customers started coming and still are.”
The par-71 layout sees a dramatic difference in the landscapes as play progresses, befitting the family heritage and course namesake. “Tamer” is a Scottish term for “taming the wild.”
“Between our front nine and our back nine, we have two different golf courses,” said Rura as she described the grounds under the supervision of her brother, Chuck Winch. “The front nine is pretty wide open.
“It’s not easy, but it’s maturing with age like my dad says,” Rura said. “The back nine is very tight. You need to stay in the fairways and if not, you’re in trouble in the trees.”
The front side concludes with the long par-5 seven and consecutive right-to-left doglegs on holes eight and nine. Eight is shorter, but protected by sand to the left of the fairway and the latter demands an accurate drive as it tightens considerably.
The signature 12th hole is Tamer Win’s most difficult. Players must avoid out-of-bounds to the left before approaching the pond and a pair of sand traps that fortify the green.
Tee time on both days will be approximately 8:30 a.m. Boys registration closes Friday at noon.
Players from The Vindicator’s five-county coverage area interested in playing may call Tamer Win at 330-637-2881 to register.
The top two scorers from each of the 12-14 and 15-17 year-old divisions of boys and girls will earn a place in the tournament finals held on July 21 at Trumbull Country Club.
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