The biggest tournament of the year is fast approaching at Headwaters Golf Course in Three Forks, with the 26th Tobacco Root Classic scheduled for Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31.
According to Sydney Rochford of Headwaters Golf Course, the annual event was the highlight of the summer for local golfers.
“It’s so exciting for us to continue a tradition on the golf course for 26 tournaments in large part because the unique tournament format has remained the same over the years,” Rochford said. “It’s fun to see golfers return every year, many of whom have been playing since the inaugural year in the mid-90s. It’s especially special because it takes a lot of manpower to make the event a success. every year.”
In addition to players from the Three Forks area, the popular tournament attracts players from Ennis, Butte, Townsend, Helena, Bozeman and even Billings.
With a nine-hole course, Rochford said that limits the number of players they can accommodate, and each year the top 36 two-person teams are accepted to play, putting foursomes on each hole. She added that there have only been a few tournaments that have not been completely filled, and the only year it hasn’t been held was 2020 due to COVID.
The $400 entry fee covers an entire weekend of golf with a practice round of nine holes with a cart on Friday and 18 holes with a cart on Saturday and Sunday. Fee includes dinner on Saturday and all games on both days including poker, skins, hole prizes and deuce pot.
Those interested in registering are invited to drop by our clubhouse call at 406-285-3700.
Players must be at least 18 years old and have a handicap with the United States Golf Association.
“We encourage anyone interested in participating in the Tobacco Root Tournament to speak to one of our staff. The course will be closed all day Saturday for Tobacco Root events and half day Sunday until the end of the second round. There’s a lot of games all weekend and fun to be had,” Rochford said.
A great weekend for local golfers, the tournament relies on the generosity of area businesses. Rochford praised them for all the help.
“The Tobacco Root was a success in large part due to our local businesses donating prizes for the event. These donations are for hole prizes such as long drives, long putts and closest It’s one of the reasons golfers keep coming back every year, so thank you to our community,” Rochford said.
The 36-team field will be split into two handicap-based flights. Rochford said flight “A” would consist of the lowest 18 team handicaps, and flight “B” consisted of the highest 18 team handicaps.
She added that players would get 80% of their handicap.
“Then the team handicap is calculated using 80% of the ‘A’ handicap and 20% of the player ‘B’ handicap combined. Payments will be made for Saturday’s best three net lows and the first three gross lows in both flights, Sunday’s top three net lows and three first gross lows in both flights, and the first three net lows and first three gross lows in both flights,” Rochford said.
Saturday’s format is best two-ball and will Chapman change to 2-person on Sunday, which Rochford says is much more difficult.
“Each player hits from the tee, then teammates hit each other’s ball. From that point on, the team chooses the ball in the best position, then alternates who hits the shot into the hole. Each format will have a score of gross team and net score,” she said.
Games include nine-hole prizes for a long drive, long putt, closest to the pin in one, straight drive, and pot due and skin. Poker is also on the program with four positions on the course where each team draws a card.
“Then when they turn in their score card, they will draw their fifth and final card at the clubhouse. We will award the best five poker hands. Saturday also includes a Calcutta, where teams are auctioned off based on the Saturday’s score and rewarded based on Sunday’s score,” Rochford said.
The public is invited to come and bet on a team for Calcutta and are asked to come to the course on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
After Calcutta, a derby will take place with players paired according to handicap.
“Everyone who participates in the derby will play together on the first hole. This format is essentially a sudden-death playoff, and teams that don’t tie the high scores are eliminated until two teams battle for victory. C is a very exciting and quite entertaining event to watch,” said Rochford.
• Friday: practice round according to tee times
• 8am Registration
• 9 a.m. Shotgun Start (Best Ball format)
• 11 a.m. Lunch on sale at the club house
• Return the scorecards after the round; The long drive competition begins
• The 5:00 p.m. dinner is served in the basement of the clubhouse
• 6:00 p.m. Beginning of the auction in Calcutta
• 7PMish Derby starts immediately after Calcutta
• 9 a.m. Shotgun Start (Chapman format)
• 11 a.m. Lunch on sale at the club house
• Return scorecards after the round
Winners announced; distributed hole prizes, etc.