Course drying out for 57th Henderson Invitational

May. 01, 2014 @ 11:34 PM

The course is drying out and a pleasant weekend is in the forecast for the 57th edition of the Henderson Country Club Invitational.

First-year club pro John Michael said the course is in fine condition with the first wave of players slated to tee off Saturday at 8 a.m. in the two-day event.

“Not as much rain as other places in the area have had,” said Michael. “It’s looking in great shape. It’s greening up faster than we can speak. Not too wet out there at all.”

The field is set at 94, which is right on par with the 2013 numbers. That tournament will be a tough one to top. Henderson natives Daniel Faulkner and Steven Brame battled it out in a playoff before Faulkner claimed his third title.

Faulkner and Brame, former teammates at Cape Fear Community College, are back in the field and will certainly be among the favorites.

Faulkner looks to claim the first repeat title at the Henderson Invitational since he did it in 2005-06.

A player from outside of Henderson hasn’t won the title since Troy Haynes of Apex took it in 2011. Haynes, a three-time champion, is also in this weekend’s field.

“We’ve got a lot of great players from all different areas,” said Michael, “Raleigh, Wake Forest, Henderson, Oxford — that are going to have low handicaps. We’re expecting them to play some good rounds.”

This year’s event also includes a lighted putted contest set to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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