The Lima City Men’s Golf Championship returns this week after a year’s absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
There are 127 golfers in the tournament, down slightly from the 135 who played in the 2019 tournament.
Four former city tournament champions will be playing in the championship flight — Brian Kuhlman (2016, 2017), Josh Hollar (2015), Phil Trueblood (2011, 2014) and Todd Burkholder (1996, 2004).
The tournament is scheduled to get underway on Wednesday when the senior flights play a qualifying round at the Bluffton Golf Club and the open flights do their qualifying round at Hidden Creek.
On Thursday, the championship flight will play a qualifying round at Bluffton, which will be followed by the opening round of match play.
Also on Thursday, the senior flights will begin match play at Hidden Creek and the open flights will have their first round of match play at Springbrook.
Friday, all flights will play a match play round at Colonial Golfers Club.
Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s finals will be at the Shawnee Country Club.
Reece Blair, a UNOH student from England, won the championship flight in 2019. Blair turned pro soon after that tournament.
He has played on the FairWay Golf Tour, which has a series of tournaments in Texas and Oklahoma. He has $1,557 in earnings on that tour this year and a career total of $7,132.
Blair finished fourteenth in last year’s Oklahoma Open and shot a 74 in a local qualifier in Edmond, Okla., and missed by five shots of qualifying for the U.S. Open.
The other flight winners in 2019 were: Clay Plaugher in the first flight, Ethan O’Connor in the second flight, Mike Borges in the third flight, Dean Meyer in the senior championship flight, Jeff Harris in the senior open flight, Mike Allen in the super senior first flight and Steve Creps Sr. in the super senior second flight.