Volunteers help make Tee Cup successful

June 06, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

It's no small feat for Danville Country Club to stage its two largest tournaments in just seven days, but when it comes time for the women to take center stage, John Mesplay and his staff have plenty of help.

Mesplay, the Danville club professional, said the volunteers who help stage the Tee Cup Invitational make the tournament as successful as it is.

Mesplay said a group of 15 to 20 women help with all aspects of the tour-nament, doing everything from taking entries taking care of hospitality.

"It helps out a whole lot," he said. "Without the ladies, we definitely wouldn't be able put it on like we do."


The 36-hole tournament will be played Wednesday and Thursday following the practice round Tuesday, just two days after the club's men's invitational, the J.E. Butler Memorial, wraps up.

"We get most of the load done in a short period," Mesplay said.

The Tee Cup has long been a favorite stop for some of the state's best amateur women, and that will be the case again next week.

Defending champion Joan Rizer, who edged Sami Montgomery by one stroke last year to win her third Tee Cup title - and her first since 1991 - will return to the tournament. So will the two women who have combined to win 16 of the 28 championships, Cynthia Powell (10 titles) and Anne Combs (six).

There will be a full field of 100 players, as there almost always is. It's the first invitational of the year for the regular players, and Mesplay said its popularity is another by-product of the volunteers' efforts.

"It's definitely one of the most popular tournaments for the ladies ... and I think that's the biggest reason why the Tee Cup is as popular as it is," Mesplay said. "A lot of the ladies from here also go play in other places, and everybody sees how much work they put into it and how they enjoy it."

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