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Established in 1926, Stearns June Invitational Tournament Set for June 13 & 14

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The Stearns Golf Course, second oldest nine-hole golf course in the state, will host and celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the inception of the Stearns June Invitational Golf Tournament on June 13 and 14.  Established in 1926 as an Open Tournament for both professionals and amateurs, the tournament produced its first winner in Billy Burke who, at the time, was a pro at Danville Country Club.  Soon after Burke’s victory at Stearns, he became Kentucky Open Champion and continued his success by becoming the U. S. Open Champion, defeating George Von Elm in a famous 72 hole play-off.  Burke also played in the Masters at Augusta.  After a few years, the tournament was changed to an all amateur event after discovering that the few Pros who entered the tournament won all the top prizes and honors.

The design of the Stearns Golf Course creates a challenge for those entering the Tournament.  Advice handed down throughout generations of golfers encourages those hoping to walk off with the tournament win to shoot par on the last three holes of the course.

Registration for this year’s Stearns June Invitational Tournament with 36-hole stroke play is scheduled at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday June 13 with beginning tee-offs at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Shotgun start will be on Sunday, June 14, at 1:00 p.m.  An entry fee of $125.00 includes green fees, cart, and catered lunch.  Payment is due upon registration.

For more information on the tournament, call 606-376-2666.

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