Dozens of high school and college golfers are hitting the course Monday at Willow Run Golf Course as part of the first-ever Sanford Golf Junior Tour.
Winners of the tournament will be recognized as honorary observers during the Sanford International PGA Tour Champions event. Now just 49 days away, these young men and women are excited for the pros to come to Sioux Falls.
Monday’s invite-only event for golfers as young as 14 is a new opportunity for the athletes to show off their skills on the course.
“We have about 78 players playing today. It’s exciting. It’s fun and we’re happy to have them,” Levi Pole with Sanford POWER Golf Academy said.
Pole said while these golfers are having a great time, there’s also a prize at stake.
“The winners will be honorary observers at the Sanford International which will be a neat experience. Connecting them with the Sanford International and us. So it’s fun,” Pole said.
The PGA Tour Champions event is just over a month away at the Minnehaha Country Club. Hank Eggebraaten, a future USF golfer, can’t wait.
“I’m excited for that. I actually work at Minnehaha, too. Hopefully I’ll be able to work at that one,” Eggebraaten said.
The Washington grad says the event will put Sioux falls on the map. He’s going to be studying the pros closely when they get to town.
“It’s going to be fun to have all the senior tour players there. See how they play the course. Really excited for everybody to come in and play it,” Eggebraaten said.
The Sanford International will take place at Minnehaha Country Club from Sept. 17-23.