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July 5, 2013

This weekend’s players will want for nothing

NORMAN — By noon Thursday, the “beer trailer,” for lack of a better name, had been rolled into the scoreboard courtyard south of the clubhouse. 

Already, all the names had been put up on the boards that will adorn the scoreboard, though the planks remained in the clubhouse, waiting to be moved the following day.

The goodies afforded the players, of which there are always many, and that always includes a commemorative hat from event sponsor OklahomaTickets.com, were in the snack bar before dinner time, waiting to be dispersed.

The food will come in today. As will 132 golfers (and perhaps still more if the Second Flight fills up at the last moment) for the 38th annual Westwood Invitational.

It is the tourney nobody might have guessed would go on to be the state’s largest stroke play event, and yet here it is again in all of its glory, ready to go on another memorable year.

There are a few names missing, perhaps. There is not a Metzger in the field, when once there were four. There is only one Blevins in the field, when once there were four. 

Local favorite Taylor Artman isn’t here, but he has a good reason, spending the summer on the professional Adams Tour. Ditto for two-time champion Sam Powell, whose 192 remains the best three-round total in tourney history.

Greg Bray, always a favorite and an old Westwood hand, couldn’t make it. Instead, he’s busy being an assistant pro in Andover, Kan.

But Kelsey Cline is back to defend his title and maybe win Championship Flight for an amazing fifth time. And Michael Gellerman, who should be in the Sooner top five as soon as the fall is in the field. 

So is Mark Crabtree, who has a  second- and two third-place finishes over the years, as well as Austen Fuller, a teammate of Gellerman’s, still hoping to make a collegiate mark after graduating from Edmond North.

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