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Changes in store for amateur golf tournament


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Hillview Country Club will apply new spin to an established product when it hosts the Johnson County Amateur golf tournament either in late summer or early fall.

Known previously as the Pete Lagle Memorial Tournament, the event will continue to honor the late Franklin City Council member.

The champion’s trophy will be named for Lagle, who died of cancer in 1965 at age 43.

Exact dates for the two-day, 36-hole competition have yet to be solidified. However, Franklin attorney Jim Admire of the ownership group Hillview Holdings LLC is focused on sometime in September.

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What: Johnson County Amateur

When: In September; exact dates TBA

Where: Hillview Country Club

Format: 36-hole stroke play for players of all skill levels

Divisions: Gross (overall champion receives Pete Lagle Trophy), Net (must have established current USGA handicap), Senior Gross (ages 55 and over) and Senior Net (ages 55 and older with established current USGA handicap)

Entry fee: $85 for members, $110 for nonmembers

Information: Call Hillview at 736-5556

“We’re trying to attract the best golfers from the (metropolitan Indianapolis) area,” Admire said. “We want to continue to honor Pete and the tradition of the tournament but also make it more inclusive.

“We need to do a better job of informing the amateur golfers in the area that they’re welcome to compete in this event.”

Hillview Holdings, which includes local residents Pete Grimmer and Max Woodbury, purchased the course in September.

Hillview Country Club opened in 1926. Then a nine-hole design, it hosted its first Hillview Open in 1964 before tournament organizers chose to rename it following Lagle’s passing.

The tournament name change falls in line with other recent happenings at the 18-hole course.

Renovations to Hillview’s clubhouse, swimming pool, banquet hall and the course itself are either going on or are in the planning stages.

Ownership is looking at improving other aspects of the overall product, as well, though such possibilities wouldn’t be in its immediate plans.

Numerous recent hires, including that of first-year pro and Kansas transplant Paul Resner, have generated an air of potential for a private course looking to bump up its membership numbers.

Resner has quickly boned up on the tournament, its history and what it means to this area.

“I know the tournament has been a tradition around here. We want this to work,” Resner said. “The Johnson County Amateur is still an individual tournament, and it’s always been just for amateurs.

“We changed the name, and we changed it to two days. Our intentions are to try and get the best players here.”

Admire, who has been part of the Hillview landscape since playing there as a boy, claims the peak era of the annual Lagle tournament was the late 1980s and early-1990s, when 100 to 120 golfers would sign up.

He’s hoping to have a similar turnout in September.

“I would think that if we get between 80 to 100, that would be ideal, because we want the speed of play to be appropriate,” Admire said. “But if we got 120, that would be great.”

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