Walla Walla All-City golf tourney seeks more participants

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WALLA WALLA - If there's one thing Scott Larsen would like to see at this year's 61st All-City Championships golf tournament at Veterans Memorial and the Walla Walla Country Club, it's more participants.

"If we could get it to 100 this year, that'd be great," Larsen said at a recent gathering with country club head pro Lisa Hyland and Veterans Memorial general manager Nick Manolopoulos.

Larsen, with Adams Golf, and Jeannie Balmer, with H&H Sports and Jewelry, stepped in as sponsors this year after several years of uncertainty the tournament would occur.

"We're really trying to get community backing on this," Larsen said.

Last year, 83 golfer participated, down from 88 the year before, Hyland said.

The All-City Championships drew 100-120 participants in its hey-day, the three golf organizers said.

And ladies are also invited to take part. Last year, 12 women filled out one flight at the tournament.

"We'd like to see more ladies' players," Hyland said. "It's be great to have 24."

To attract golfers to the tourney, the entry fee as remained at $75. Entry forms will be available at the country club, Vets Memorial and H&H Sports and Jewelry beginning July 1.

The tournament begins Aug. 14 at Vets Memorial, with a putting contest and long drive competition adding to the fun, Larsen said. The final round is at the country club on Aug. 15.

All-City Championships winners

1950 - Ed Fiddes

1951 - Frank Sontag

1952 - Ed Fiddes

1953 - Jack Sias

1954 - Reed Clark, Jr.

1955 - Ed Fiddes

1956 - Don Woodard

1957 - Larry Pepin

1958 - Harold Bristol

1959 - Ed Fiddes

1960 - Bob Hirsh

1961 - Mike Dunham

1962 - Rick Jaffe

1963 - Ed Fiddes

1964 - Jim O'Rourke

1965 - Mike Anderson

1966 - Jim Beard

1967 - Bill Gabel

1968 - Bill Gabel

1969 - Jim Beard

1970 - Jim Beard

1971 - Jim Beard

1972 - Harold Bristol

1973 - Jim Beard

1974 - Kirk Bierwagen

1975 - Dwight Maddess

1976 - Harold Bristol

1977 - Bill Fleenor

1978 - John Steele

1979 - Carl Stritzel

1980 - Brian Southwick

1981 - Mike Early

1982 - Jeff Thomas

1983 - Jeff Thomas

1984 - Dwight Maddess

1985 - Jeff Thomas

1986 - Jeff Thomas

1987 - Jeff Thomas

1988 - Dwight Maddess

1989 - Jeff Thomas

1990 - Jeff Thomas

1991 - Jeff Thomas

1992 - Jeff Thomas

1993 - John LeFriec

1994 - Robbie Bigelow

1995 - Jeff Thomas

1996 - Jeff Thomas

1997 - John LeFriec

1998 - Jeff Thomas

1999 - Gregg Corn

2000 - Jeff Thomas

2001 - Ron Smith

2002 - Devin Kaylor

2003 - Eric Kimball

2004 - Max Reinland

2005 - Gregg Corn

2006 - Max Reinland

2007 - Rob Broadhead

2008 - Rob Broadhead

2009 - Drew Reinland

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