Championship flight looks to be wide open

Published Aug 10, 2018 at 4:10pm

The 55th annual Rome City Men’s Golf tournament begins on Saturday at Rome Country Club and McConnellsville Golf Club.

The championship will be decided this year at McConnellsville.

This year’s tourney attracted a field of 101 golfers.

“Just looking at it, it seems like every flight is going to be pretty competitive,” Rome parks and recreation director Jim Korpela said. “It doesn’t look like there’s any clear-cut favorite, especially in the championship flight.”

The championship flight is set to go off from RCC at 10:57 Saturday morning and it’s filled with former champions.

Defending champion Ryan Borruso is back this year to defend his title.

“There’s 20 golfers in the championship flight and out of the 20, there seems to be about a dozen of them that could win it. It’s a really strong field,” Korpela said.

“This is just a great tradition,” Korpela said. “It’s been passed on from person-to-person and to keep it going at two different golf courses, it’s just a great tradition,” Korpela said.

“It also gives the handicapped golfers a chance to be competitive. A lot of the tournaments around in Syracuse and Utica are all scratch golfers, but this gives a chance for the handicap golfers to play and be competitive,” Korpela added.

“The city tournament is our ultimate event for the club for the year,” Rome Country Club’s Wes Cupp said. “The grounds crew looks forward to it every year and that’s what we try to get the club spruced up for.”