It may not be politically correct, but once again Minnesota's finest lefties will gather to determine who is the top lefthanded golfer in the state. This year's tournament will be hosted by ShadowBrooke Golf Course, a beautiful 18-hole golf course designed by Joel Goldstrand.
The two-day tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12. The tournament is open to any and all lefthanded golfers, regardless of ability.
ShadowBrooke's two owners, a father and son team, are both lefthanded golfers. Elmer has participated in the tournament many times over the years, so he has a special interest in hosting the tourney.
According to Elmer, "Since both of us are lefties, we were a little partial to the lefthanded golfer. There's a few more dog legs left than right to accommodate the slicer."
The Minnesota State Lefthanders Tourney has been going on for over 40 years and has had a number of host courses during that time. Each course typically hosts the tourney for two years; then a new site is selected.
There is also a National Lefthanders Golf Tournament which in recent years has been held in Las Vegas and Hawaii. Several of the Minnesota participants have played in the national tournament.
ShadowBrooke has been a part of the golf community since 1993. It is located just 25 minutes west of the Excelsior area near Lester Prairie on Minn. Highway 7.
The course has plenty of water and sand to challenge this year's participants. The back nine was carved out of 30 acres of dense woods, full of mature sugar maples and oak trees.
Hole #15 will pose one of the biggest obstacles for the golfers. It's a par 3 with no fairway or rough that plays across a large wetland. The carry from tee to green is about 150 yards with little room for error on the green side of the marsh. Plus, there is an hourglass-shaped green that's anything but flat. In total, 11 of the 18 holes start, end or play through the woods which adds beauty and character to the course.
The tournament is a two-day event. Day one will determine the flights for Sunday's play. The low 12 scores will be put into the championship flight. The golfers in the championship bracket play 18 holes on Saturday and 27 holes on Sunday. The two-day scores are added together for a tournament total.
Last year was the first year ShadowBrooke hosted the tourney. Last year's winner was Bob Siem in the championship flight. Siem and Ross Kvitten tied at the end of regulation play. A playoff was necessary to determine the winner.