Jackson Golf Club records on the line

Sat 8-17-2019

JACKSON - They say records are made to be broken and two records could fall this weekend as Jackson Golf Club holds its club tournaments.

Kelly Benson could break away from a three-way tie for the most women's club titles on Saturday and her son, Brett, could snap the men's record on Sunday.

Kelly Benson has eight women's club titles. She shares the top spot with LeeAnn Steen and Linda Handevidt.

Brett Benson is tied for most men's club titles with Brent Chozen with nine.

The women's tournament will be held on Saturday, with play starting at 8:30 a.m.

Kelly Benson won last year's title, edging out Kristin Hanson and Jan Fransen.

Those two could challenge for the title again, along with three-time champion Jodi Edlin.

Brett Benson figures to be the men's favorite again, with Chozen always in the mix.

Jerrod Hansen could also contend, with other low handicappers and guys who are always in the hunt to get into the last few groups including Tannar Polz, Tucker Polz, Lance Edlin, Jack Ringkob, Austin Olson, Jason McCaslin, Tony Sadusky, Kip Wachal, Nick Arp and Dustin Pohlman.

The men's tourney will have a little different look this year as the first flight has the option to play both days. A total of 16 golfers signed up for that option. They'll start at 1 p.m. Saturday, with the first group in the championship flight scheduled for a 1:50 p.m. tee time.

“We have a large group of golfers in the 6- to 9-handicap range that had expressed an interest in playing two days,” said tourney organizer Ed Gallagher. “But they don’t expect to compete with the championship flight players. So it made sense to form a two-day flight to give those golfers an opportunity to come out without having to opt up to the championship.

“Another handful in that same group couldn’t play both days so we’ll just have a separate flight for them on Sunday. We just thought it might be an idea to get more people to the course and more opportunities for more golfers and that’s our goal.”

Gallagher added the number of golfers playing this weekend is as high as it's been in maybe two decades with 55 men and 19 women scheduled to play.