One of Oklahoma’s most fun and hospitable junior golf tournaments is now accepting entries. The 46th annual Jim Hitch Memorial Junior Golf Tournament will be June 2-3 at Sunset Hills Golf Course in Guymon, with an entry fee of just $50.
The tournament chairman is Steve Braley, former Oklahoma State golfer and Landmark Land Co. and PGA of America executive. Braley and Jim Hitch were childhood friends and promising junior golfers when Hitch tragically died in his sleep at age 17 of walking pneumonia.
The 36-hole junior event has long been a passion and source of pride for Braley. The tournament attracts juniors from Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado in addition to Oklahoma youth. Past winners include future PGA Tour stars such as David Edwards, Bill Glasson, Ryan Palmer and Bob Estes.
The tournament offers points and exemptions for various national events, all of which are detailed on the website at www.jimhitchgolf.com. Collegiate coaches are usually noticeable in the gallery and the tournament helps various participants with funding for national events. The event provides official points for the American Junior Golf Association Tour.
Braley said the tournament enjoys huge support among the residents of Guymon and called it “an event that would have made Norman Rockwell really proud.”
“The community really comes together to support this and make it a great three days for the participants and their families,” Braley said. “We treat them like kings, feed them and the trophies are way beyond what the budget would call for.”
Entry forms are available at www.jimhitchgolf.com. The tournament receives 34 exemptions from other events, including from prestigious events conducted by the Oklahoma Golf Association, Northern Texas PGA, Rocky Mountain Junior golf Tour, Sun Country Golf Association, North American Junior Amateur and the PGA South Central Section.