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Repeated delays put golf tourney in doubt

November 14, 2018

The fate of this year’s Beaumont City Golf Championship remains in question as heavy rains and cold weather leave the annual tournament in limbo more than a month after it was originally scheduled to be played.

The two-day tournament at Henry Homberg Municipal Golf Course has been postponed twice since it was initially set for Oct. 20-21.

The first delay came after the course received five inches of rain in mid-October, leaving it soggy and unplayable, according to club pro Andy Hebert. The tournament was then rescheduled for Nov. 10-11, but recent rainfall kept that from happening, too.

Hebert said he and his staff are making every effort to set a new date for the city championship. If the tournament can’t be played by the first two weeks of December, however, a complete cancellation is likely, Hebert said.

“We had (Tropical Storm) Harvey last year that complicated things, but we’ve never had any continued rain like this that I can remember where it just doesn’t stop,” Hebert said. “It’s been so wet. If we can’t get it in by the week before Christmas, it’s probably not going to happen.”

The Beaumont city championship dates to the 1930s and has been played at various golf courses, Hebert said.

The tournament Traditionally had been scheduled for August, but a few years ago course officials opted to move it to October.

“October is usually great golfing weather here,” Hebert said. “That’s what makes it frustrating.”

Hebert said the course has tried to keep potential players informed by putting up fliers and sending out schedule updates on the city’s website.

The 36-hole, medal play tournament has a $100 entry fee, which includes a grab bag and lunch. Although the official city champion must be a resident of Beaumont, the tournament is open to all wishing to play.

mfaye@beaumontenterprise.com

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