The tournament will last through Sunday. The event will have a lot of golfers as usual as 102 teams totaling 204 golfers will be competing to see who the best is.
“The field looks very strong,” Cleveland Country Club Golf Pro Sam Dunning said. “It includes many past winners.”
The team of Walker Swaney and David Calhoun, who won last year’s event with an impressive 13-under par, 131, will be looking to defend their championship.
Andy Lee and James Glorioso will be looking to win their second title together as they won the 4-Ball Championship in 2011, edging out Swaney and Calhoun by one stroke that year. Lee has won the 4-Ball two different times.
Other teams looking for a second 4-Ball Title are Matt Sellers and Ronnie Sellers (2007 winners) and Steve Davis and Mark Miller (1995 winners).
Doug Springer and Dave Thomas will be another team to be to reckoned with as well as the team of H.L. Dilworth and Jim Reed, Mark Koonce and Bob Eley Billy Nowell and Brent Thomas, Mike Belenchia and Dan Didier, Kenny Owen and Ken Thurman and many more.
Springer has won the 4-Ball two different times with two different partners, and Nowell has won the 4-Ball five times with three different partners. Dilworth captured one 4-Ball title in 1994 when he teamed with Ricky Pinson, and Mark Koonce captured the 4-Ball in 1990 when he teamed with Paul Kyle. Belanchia and Thurman won the 4-Ball together in 2002.
Another player that has a 4-Ball Title to his name that will be competing is Blake Hilburn. Hilburn, who won the 4-Ball with Ken Bush in 2000, will be teaming with Tony Richard in this year’s event.
Among the teams looking to win their first club title are Ken Horton and Bryan Morganti, Mike Sanders and Michael Sanders, Lee Gladden and Paul Gladden, Brian Corbin and Mike Corbin and W.E. Clark and Jimmy Childers.
As far as the playing conditions go, Dunning said the course is in great shape.
“The crew Avent Payne, Willie and all the guys that work with him do an outstanding job as usual,” Dunning said. “There are a lot of overtime hours. Working around the weather has been a tough chore, but with a tournament like this they want to make it something people will talk about.”
The first group will tee off at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.