History of “The City”

The first Men’s City Golf Tournament was played in 1930 during the Great Depression and the entry fee was only $1. Dan Scism, the sports editor for The Courier, organized and competed in the event. Writing about the inaugural event 50 years later, Scism recalled that it had been decided that strict enforcement of the rules of golf would set the tournament apart from others. The tournament officials ensure no favor is shown, regardless of the golfing stature of a contestant. The tournament is played under USGA rules and the officials follow all of the rules, not just some.

Since 1930, the tournament has produced tales that have been passed down for years. The 1991 tournament is remembered for off-course dramatics as much as for Jeff Sanders’ second win. Mike Atnip, the previous year’s runner-up, missed the deadline for entry. Atnip, who had been out of town on business, wanted the rematch with defending champ Sanders so badly he could taste it. But the tournament committee concluded the deadline that applied to the least hacker applied equally to one of the premiere golfers in the area. The 1998 tournament was the setting for nine-time champion Jerry Schreiber’s expressive jump for joy on the second hole of a three-way playoff. He didn’t win again, but his son Troy did and it meant as much to Jerry as all his own victories combined.

Please visit the Past Champions page to view a list of champions as well as runners up dating back to the inaugural tournament in 1930. Every championship has its own story, and every year, new history is made.