NORMAN — There are so many ways to explain what happens every July Fourth weekend at Westwood Park.
You can explain it by mentioning all the folks who come back from out of town to play.
Or by pointing out the handful of guys who’ve played in 30 of the previous 38 Westwood Invitationals, or the number that have played in at least 20 straight, or how the Championship Flight isn’t just part of the biggest stroke play tournament in the state, but part of one of the best fields in the state, too.
Win the Westwood Invitational and you’ve played some great golf and beaten some great players. You’ve also gone low, because it’s required.
But the best example of what makes it distinct and special and time-honored on display Thursday evening was sitting at one of the snack bar tables expertly writing names onto paper; paper that was attached to wooden planks; wooden planks that would eventually hang or lean up against the permanent scoreboard that sits south of the clubhouse.
“I worked at Westwood through high school and college and one year they needed the scoreboards done and somebody said, ‘He’s got nice penmanship,’” said Kevin Frank, the man putting the names on the paper on the planks. “So I did it.”
If Frank was going to tell that much of the story, he was going to tell the rest of it, too.
“So, I’ve probably been doing this since, gosh, since I was 14 or 15 years old … and I’m 49 now.”
Of course, he hasn’t missed a year. Of course, he hasn’t missed a year even though he spent five years living in Texas, three in Lubbock and two in Las Colinas, near Dallas.
Many might think all those names are head pro Rick Parish’s doing. Parish has been filling in the scores next to Frank’s names, and expertly so at that, for a long, long time. Just not near as long as Frank has been writing the names. And by the way, they look fabulous.