The event of the golf season |

The event of the golf season

Eben Harrell

At any golf club, the annual member-guest tournament is the highlight of the season.At the country’s most prestigious clubs, entry for a member-guest can cost upward of $5,000. And people will spend years shmoozing members for an invitation.For the less privileged, an annual member-guest tournament still offers the opportunity to mingle with golfers both familiar and foreign, play for prizes and pride, or at the very least enjoy some beers and barbecue.Many golfers ask their closest friends. Others ask total strangers, confident that two days on the links is a certain way to make a new friend.The problem with a public golf course like the Aspen Golf Club holding a member-guest event, however, is that if you play golf here, you know everyone else who plays golf in Aspen. Aspen’s member-guest this year is not short of local members eager to participate. It’s the guests who have gone missing.So the Aspen Men’s Golf Association president has sent out a request for local golfers or visitors in town who wish to play in the two-day event and are not members of the men’s league. Interested golfers will be paired up by ability.The event will be held Saturday and Sunday with tee times on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Sunday.The entry fee is $175 a team. The tournament format is nine holes of scramble followed by nine holes of alternative shot on Saturday, and then 18 holes of best-ball on Sunday.More than $2,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winners of the different handicap brackets. If interested, please call Bill Swanson at 948-5883.Eben Harrell’s e-mail is

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