NORMAN — The 39th annual OklahomaTickets.com Westwood Invitational begins at 7 this morning, and the only thing very different about what begins today and every previous Westwood Invitational going back most of a generation is David Lisle won’t be glad-handing everybody (unless he drops by, in which case he will) and Rick Parish will not be in the first group off the tee.
Because Lisle has moved on from Norman’s lovable municipal course, and Parish has taken his place as head pro.
Otherwise, it’s so much the same.
Still the state’s largest stroke play event, the number crept to 149 players as of Thursday afternoon.
Still, it’s about the friendliest place in Norman. It’s not a bar, but there’s a lot of “Cheers” to the place.
And, as the tradition continues, here’s five things to know about this year’s Westwood Invitational.
1There’s a history: It’s the 39th annual, so there’s that, but there’s so much more than that. In 1980 Mark Brooks won the Championship Flight, but it’s who he beat that makes it so interesting: Andrew Magee, the best male golfer to come through Oklahoma, who has four PGA Tour victories on his resume, as well as top 10 finishes at the 1991 Masters and the 1992 British Open.
There’s been a bunch of multiple winners, including Kelsey Cline, a Sooner standout who’s won it four times since 2006 and is back in the field this year. Yet, after him, maybe the two biggest names in amateur golf in the state the last 25 to 30 years are Fred Lutz and Tim Graves. Between them, they’ve won the Westwood Invitational eight times between 1985 and 1996.
2 Great looking course: Superintendent Ralph Cagigal’s crew has always worked near miracles with the course, especially back in the day when the crew was down to very little equipment. But this year will take the cake.