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Former champs gather at city golf tournament

Published 12:02am Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NATCHEZ — An abundance of past city champions will gather to compete in the Bill McKenney Memorial City Golf Championship at Duncan Park this weekend.

Defending city champion Jordan Farmer will look to defend his reign against other past winners like 11-time champion Pete Powell, four-time champion P.Z. Brewer, two-time champion Paul Guido, K.G. Watkins, Wesley Rogers, Lee Jones, Kevin Smith Jr., Chandler Russ, Clay Arnold and six-time champion, Duncan Park Golf Course director Greg Brooking.

“We have so many champions coming to play for this prestigious event,” Brooking said. “This tournament dates back to the 1930s, and we even have trophies extending from 1948. This is a really big deal.”

To make the two-day event that starts Saturday even more special, Brooking said Anastasia Carter will make history when she becomes the first female to compete in the event.

The tournament will have five separate flights and Biscuits and Blues will cater the event.

Those who are still hoping to participate may do so for a $125 registration fee, but the window is closing. Brooking said Tuesday morning that 75 players had signed up for the tournament and the cutoff is set at 90 players.

“I’m not sure if we’ve ever had this much interest in the tournament before,” Brooking said. “I shouldn’t be surprised, though. I would say this is the biggest tournament Natchez hosts every year. It’s been around for a long time, and so many players take pride in winning.”

Those who are interested in joining can signup at Duncan Park or call at 601-442-5955. The final day to signup is Friday and there will be an extra $25 fee for golfers who wait until then to signup.

Tee times are set for 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.