So, a Master’s champion, numerous U.S. Open hopefuls and some prominent businessmen walk onto a golf course. The start to a bad joke?
Nope. That’s just the credentials you’ll find in the long list of past winners of the John A. Allan Tournament.
For nearly a century, Fox Hill has been host to one of the premier golf events in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And although the tournament has had a few different names, it’s still a coveted title.
In its 68th straight year, the John A. Allan Tournament pits the best golfers in the area against the best golfers in the area. Formerly known as the Fox Hill Invitational, this year’s contest will feature a group of 208 golfers — 104 teams — beginning Friday, June 27 in a three-day event.
The two-member teams will vie for one of the spots in the 16-team championship flight held Saturday and Sunday. John Mikiewicz and Tom Biscotti rattled off a 45-hole score of 11-under par 167 to take the title in last year’s event. They staved off a charge from John Mulhern and Len Coleman.
While the country was recovering from the worst economic period in its history, club president John Allan shouldered the major financial burden of supporting his country club in the aftermath of the Great Depression.
Allan held his position from 1935-37 and Fox Hill continues to honor him with its most praised event.
Fox Hill might not play as difficult as Pinehurst No. 2 during the playing of the 114th U.S. Open, but Bradley said the course will still be a little punchy.
Not only will the course be tough for the 68th playing of the event, but with the superb weather in the area, the course is in tremendous shape, Bradley said. The general manager credited Ron Garrison, the course and grounds manager, with the excellent shape Fox Hill is taking.
Fox Hill’s entrants will play the opening qualifying round from the green tees, which plays at 6,175 yards. Once the championship flight is determined, those teams will battle from the back tees. The blues play from 6,555 yards.
The John A. Allan Tournament has been around since 1929, and was called the Fox Hill Invitational, just eight years after the first tee shot was hit at Fox Hill. The tournament was not played in 1943-45 because of World War II. But since then, it’s been 68 straight years of invitational play. The tournament has been a 2-person format since 1956.
Some notable teams in this year’s field include former winners Bob Gill and Brian Corbett, John Mulhern and multiple winner Len Coleman, Lorenzo Medico and Mariano Medico, last year’s winners Tom Biscotti and John Mikiewicz. Playing again this year will be Art Brunn and Walter Kuharchik, who have the most wins of the tournament in the two-person format.