Alvamar Public and Lawrence Country Club will be the stage this weekend for a battle to determine Lawrence's top male golfer.
The Lawrence City Championship, a 36-hole event open to Douglas County residents, begins Saturday at Alvamar and concludes Sunday at LCC.
"Alvamar Public Golf Course is a little more open (it has) very large greens and has an opportunity to play a little bit longer than Lawrence Country Club, which is a tighter golf course with small greens," tournament director Brad Demo said.
Last year, the tournament opened at LCC and concluded at Alvamar.
"It's always a good battle when they play (Alvamar) first and then go over to Lawrence Country Club," Demo said. "Lawrence Country Club is a difficult golf course, and not a lot of people get a chance to go over there and play it.
"I think it may become interesting for those who shoot well (at Alvamar) and then have the challenge of playing Lawrence Country Club."
THE DEFENDING champion is Kansas University golfer Brad Bruno. Demo listed Gary Olson, Dick Stuntz and David Cook as some other potential favorites.
Demo also said that golfers from LCC had an advantage.
"If someone from Lawrence Country Club is close to the lead after the first day, you almost have to give them the edge going into the final 18, because it's their home course," he said.
In all, 94 golfers have entered.
After the first day, they will be divided into five flights based on their scores.
The individual prizes will include a travelling trophy for the overall winner, cash prizes that start at $300 for the winner of each flight and various donated prizes such as golf shoes and luggage.
A new wrinkle this year is a team plaque, which will be awarded to Alvamar, LCC or the "independents." The teams will be chosen after the first day, taking the best score in each flight from each of those three groups.