Excitement, field growing for Brick Capital Classic
The 38th Annual Brick Capital Classic will feature the largest, and best, field in quite a few years this weekend, said Sanford Golf Course's David Von Canon and Brandon Honeycutt.
Perhaps from word of mouth from golfer to golfer about the classic, perhaps from a little excitement generated by the two U.S. Opens earlier this month at another Donald Ross-designed course down in Moore County - a few days before Saturday's first round, Honeycutt said 146 players have signed up for the Brick Capital, already a higher number than last June, and they'd likely hit a cap of 150 golfers by Saturday morning.
"Playing interest is definitely up," said Honeycutt. "I think the Opens have something to do with it, but we also have quite a few very good amateurs, specifically from the Pinehurst area, who are coming in to challenge the locals."
"We think we have a very strong field. This is one of the most wide open years as far as who could win the tournament," said Von Canon, the course's PGA professional.
Von Canon, who's worked at Sanford Golf Course for 20 years, believes the classic's combination of competitive golf and a friendly, enjoyable weekend has led golfers to tell their friends.
"It's exciting to see the tournament growing in that perspective," Von Canon said.
The U.S. Opens might have helped, too.
"Golfers might have the bug a little bit and want to get out and play," Von Canon said.
"This tournament is something that's unique because it's open to anybody," said Honeycutt.
With multiple flights, and the friendly atmosphere, there's no need to play under par to be part of the field.
The course is ready, with no special care needed for the classic, said Von Canon.
"The course is in fabulous shape. There are no surprises out there," he said. "The greens are putting very smooth and true."
The tournament is over 36 holes, with shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days. Golfers choose the morning or afternoon Saturday. The top players after round one will play in Sunday's afternoon segment.