Meridian Star

July 3, 2013

Fourth on the fairway

Sarah Moomaw
Associated Press

MERIDIAN —     In addition to cookouts and fireworks on the Fourth of July, the greens at local country clubs will be lit-up as well, except with golfers.

    Newton County Country Club is hosting their annual one-day one-person scramble, while the Bill Davis Memorial Golf Tournament will kick off Thursday morning for the first of four days at Northwood Country Club.

    "It's just a holiday, a day off and its just a time to get out there and play golf with your buddies," Joel Nelson, president of Newton County Country Club, said.

    Both are amateur events, but sure to fill any voids holiday line-ups.

Northwood Country Club

    In memorial of Northwood's long time golf pro, Bill Davis, the 4-day event is one of the oldest golf tournaments in the state, dating back more than a half decade.

    "This is one of the oldest tournaments in the state of Mississippi, if not the oldest," Jimmy Gamblin, head pro at Northwood, said.  

    Davis was fundamental in starting the a junior golf program at Northwood, but also across the state. He with the club for 18 years.

    Gamblin said that fans should come out an watch because the draw ranges from members to college players to even pulling from out of state.

    "There's eight or nine good past college players, plus good amateur from local area and one person coming from California to play," Gamblin said.

    The first group will tee off at 8:30 a.m.

Newton Country Club

    Those looking to get on the greens and take a few swings should head out to the Fourth of July One-Person Scramble.

    Newton Country Club president Joel Nelson said it'd be a great time for all and still has open slots.

    The scramble will play through the front nine holes twice, but allow each participant to take two shots at each stroke and play the best.

    "The scramble is in the sense that you get to select which of the two shots you play each time," Nelson said.  

    This is the fifth annual scramble as part of the clubs holiday events. For more information or to register, contact Nelson at 601-683-3101.