Golf: Mistwood Golf Club hosting Stars and Stripes Golf Classic on July 4
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media June 25, 2014 6:00PM
Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville will host its 16th annual Stars and Stripe Classic on July 4. Registration remains open. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 27, 2014 8:22AM
Celebrating the Fourth of July is all about barbecues, family and fireworks.
The head PGA professional at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, Visanu Tongwarin, isn’t advising against those things.
No, he’s just saying to play some golf on top of those Fourth of July traditions.
Mistwood will host the 16th annual Stars and Stripes Golf Classic, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on July 4.
“We want our golfers to still be able to get to their barbecues in the afternoon,” Tongwarin said with a laugh. “Last year, we had 28 teams, which was the most we’ve had, and we went with the shotgun start. We have had a lot of people come back every year, a lot of regulars, but we’ve got about 15 teams right now.”
Tongwarin added that Mistwood’s optimal number of four-golfer teams is about 30. Registration is open for those interested.
Mind you, this is not any old 18-hole holiday tournament. The Stars and Stripes is a Pick Your Tee scramble that forces the foursomes to play from six red tees, six blue tees and six white tees.
Let the hole-to-hole strategizing begin.
“You have your strategy coming in, but it can change quickly and from one hole to the next tee,” Tongwarin said. “You see some people back off on the par 3s, and many of the par 4s are drivable. We’ve seen that eagles don’t necessarily win it.”
Signing up for the Classic includes 18 holes and a cart, with breakfast, a barbecue lunch and a tee gift provided. Prizes also are hidden around the course under bridges, in trees and, for those who, as Tongwarin explains, “love something different,” in portable toilets.
In the patriotic vein, though, Tongwarin added a wardrobe element to the scramble. Golfers can select from a variety of patriotic props from face masks to Uncle Sam hats and beards.
“I went out to Wal-mart, Kmart and Target looking for stuff, picked up some props,” Tongwarin said. “We try to make it fun, not a boring, old scramble, but something you will always remember and get to be a little patriotic.
“This is an event that is always fun.”