More than $8,000 in pro shop credit, shirts and prizes are up for grabs when the Capitol City Amateur golf tournament tees off Saturday at Capitol City Golf Club in Olympia.
Defending champion Jon McCaslin is the odds-on favorite, Capitol City head pro and tournament director Steve McNelly said.
McCaslin has won four of the past five tournaments.
Still, the road won’t be easy for McCaslin, a four-time club champion at Capitol City. McNelly said several golfers are in contention, including Mike Henslee and 2012 champion Ryan Earl.
The 160-golfer field has been full for more than three weeks, and 30 more golfers are on a waiting list.
“The course is in fantastic shape,” McNelly said. “We’re known for having one of the driest courses in Western Washington, and it’s certainly been that this year. The greens are running really fast. They’re like glass.”
This is the ninth consecutive year Capitol City is hosting the event. McNelly brought it back from an eight-year hiatus in 2006, when he joined the club as head pro.
“It’s a great value in terms of playing a tournament,” he said. “It’s something our members and nonmembers always really get into and have a good time.”