It's one of the largest Amateur golf tournaments in the State. The Spudland Open tees off tomorrow at Presque Isle Country Club. Rene Cloukey talked to people on the first tee today about making the trip north.
The carts were lined up on the first tee and the putting green was overflowing as golfers were preparing for their practice round for the 51st annual Spudland Open Golf Tournament. over 230 golfers will tee it up on Saturday and Sunday in the 36 hole stroke play event. Jason Straetz who now lives in the Portland area makes the trip home to Presque Isle to play in this event
(Jason Straetz):" It's got a huge following I know so many people from the Portland area that come up. I recruited a friend from work and he comes up every year."
Straetz recruited Karl Suchecki to play in the event three years ago. Suchecki says this is a homecoming for his wife who has ties to the County
(Karl Suchecki):" My wife was born in Caribou and we come up to Cross Lake every summer. This was just a great way to add onto that trip. Play three great days of golf up here it is a lot of fun."
Suchecki says that he and his wife have this week circled on the calendar for some rest and relaxation and to play in the tournament Straetz was able to play a practice round with his father today and also says he is seeing a lot of old friends from the area
Straetz:" This is the only time of year that I see them. A lot of things change and a lot of things stay the same. "
It will be a long couple of days on the course. Tee times begin tomorrow morning at 6:20 am and the final groups will be finishing after 7 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Rene Cloukey NewsSource Sports.