Simulated golf tournament kicks off Snowflake Days

The 32 spots available in the third annual Coon Rapids Snowflake Days Mayors Cup were filled a week before the deadline.

The four “state-of-the-art” simulators at the Bunker Hills Golf Club simulator center will be used for the 32-team Coon Rapids Snowflake Days Mayors Cup event Jan. 23 through 25. Photo: Bunker Hills Golf Club website

The four “state-of-the-art” simulators at the Bunker Hills Golf Club simulator center will be used for the 32-team Coon Rapids Snowflake Days Mayors Cup event Jan. 23 through 25. Photo: Bunker Hills Golf Club website

Thirty-two pairs of golfers will play for the Mayors Cup trophy and prizes in the simulator center at the Bunker Hills Golf Club.

The three-day event, which starts Thursday, Jan. 23 and ends the evening of Saturday, Jan. 25 kicks off the 50th anniversary of Coon Rapids Snowflake Days.

Round one matches on the four simulators take place Jan. 23 and 24 at 5:30 p.m. and Jan. 25 at 8 a.m.

The top eight teams will qualify for the final which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

The winner will be the team with the lowest two-round total. Besides the trophy, the winning pair will receive a $75 Harvest Grill gift certificate, a $75 Bunker Hills merchandise certificate and two 18-hole rounds at the Bunker Hills course.

Teams that place two through seven will also earn prizes, including Bunker Hills and Harvest Grill gift cards as well as Bunker Hills merchandise and rounds of golf.

In addition, prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place twosomes in the second and final round.

According to Tim Anderson, Bunker Hills Golf Club director, the format is an 18-hole, two-person scramble.

For the first round, one course will be chosen from the 30 courses that are available on the simulators; they include both United States and international venues, Anderson said.

A different course will be selected for the final, he said.

As of late last week, decisions had not been made on the courses that would be played, Anderson said. “But we will be picking fair, challenging courses with difficult greens,” he said.

And none of them will be have been used in the first two years of the Mayors Cup Tournament, Anderson said.

When the new Bunker Hills Golf Course clubhouse opened for business in June 2011, it came with a “state of the art” golf simulator center with four aboutGolf PGA widescreen tour simulators, which are open to the general public.

Coon Rapids Mayor Tim Howe proposed the idea for the tournament in an effort to promote both Snowflake Days and new golf simulator center.

The field for the first tournament was limited to 24 two-person teams; last year the number increased to 32 teams.

The tournament has proved to be very popular, not only among Bunker Hills Golf Club members, but also with members of the community, according to Anderson.

“People have been calling wanting to know when they could register,” Anderson said. “It’s a great event.”

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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