Greatest event is Aug. 16-18
Registration is open for the 2019 season of Greatest Golfer of the Valley — the 10th season of this annual amateur golf championship series for all ages.
Information for all events is found on www.vindy.com/golf and in The Vindicator sports section.
Signups are open for the signature event, the Farmers National Bank 54-hole adult tourney on Aug. 16-18. Cost is at the same price as last year: $135. The price increases to $150 after July 1.
Joey Cilone, Toni Notaro and Dick Marlowe are the defending Open champions for men, women and seniors.
Players signing up by June 26 and will get a boom from new sponsor, Phantom Fireworks. Players will get an exclusive coupon for a great buy, and also be entered into drawing for a free fireworks item.
The 2019 Greatest launches a handful of new events while retaining its tradition that touches more than 3,000 golfers per summer.
Play already is under way in the Coors Light Greatest Scramble Championship. Charity scrambles from 24 organizations take place all summer. The winners of those events slug it out in the Coors Light championship on Aug. 12.
Play in the Morgan Stanley juniors competition will begin June 11. Six qualifier events will lead to the junior championship at Avalon Lakes.
New this year to juniors is the expanding of the field to greater Northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
A new two-player shootout launched the season on May 17 at Links at Firestone Farms. Cilone, Brian Myers, Hank Morris and Phil Eubank won the gross and net play.
Greatest will add a par 3 shootout under the lights at Tippecanoe Country Club — a short-shot version of the long-drive event that also happens there that same night. The evening is hosted by HBK CPAs and Consultants.
Valley Industrial Trucks and Leppo Rents will light up the No. 9 green for the par-3 event.
The night starts at 6 p.m. with the long-drive, then switches to a par 3 shootout afterward. Par 3 entry is limited only to those players entered into the Farmers 3-day adult tourney.
The complete schedule of Greatest is on vindy.com/golf.
New sponsors join Greatest this year. The event is led by Farmers National Bank, Superior Beverage and Covelli Enterprises — going on seven years together in the title positions. Farmers has been with Greatest since its 2010 start.
The Lake Club, Ryan Alternative Staffing, Avalon Lakes and MyLoop continue their support.
Joining Phantom Fireworks as a new event title sponsor are HBK and The Waypoint Group at Morgan Stanley.
Joining them as new faces to Greatest are division sponsors Bearing Service Company, The Upstairs restaurant and Koncrete Dezign.