As The World-Herald Publinks enters its ninth decade, no changes are needed in its format or scheduling.
The newspaper's match-play tournament for Omaha-area public-course golfers begins with the sign-up period that ends May 27 and concludes with the finals in all flights June 23 at Benson Park.
Qualifying for the Don Lee Championship Flight will remain at 18 holes — on June 1 at Johnny Goodman — to determine the 32-man bracket for the Publinks' top level of competition.
Tee times at a course to be determined will be available the next day, June 2, for first-round Don Lee matches. The first round will have a June 4 completion deadline.
The entry period for all flights is the four-day Memorial Day weekend, May 24 to 27. First-round pairings will appear in The World-Herald on Wednesday, May 29, with those matches having a June 4 deadline.
Matches will be played weekly. Subsequent pairings will appear in the newspaper's Wednesday editions through the quarterfinals, with the semifinal pairings appearing on Tuesday, June 18, to allow an extra day to get those matches played prior to the finals.
All flights will use 32-golfer brackets, meaning it will take a maximum of five matches to win a flight championship.
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Last year's Don Lee champion was Ralston High teacher and golf coach Wes Kosch, a repeat winner who defeated Gregg Vonnahme in the 36-hole final.
Prizes include a $500 gift certificate for the Don Lee champion, a $300 certificate for the Don Lee runner-up and a $150 certificate to the winner of the Johnny Goodman Memorial Award for the low score in the qualifying round.
In all flights, winners and runners-up receive engraved plaques.
The Publinks offers competition for all golfers. The senior men's flights are split into age brackets of 55 to 64 and 65 and older, and then flighted by score if there are sufficient entries in an age division.
As a rule, a golfer wishing to compete in the tournament should enter a qualifying score only if capable of shooting bogey golf — 18-over par for 18 holes, for instance — under tournament conditions. Flight assignments will be determined by qualifying scores submitted on the entry forms.
Eligible for the Publinks are all public-course golfers whose residence is in the eight-county Omaha metro area — Douglas, Sarpy, Washington, Cass and Saunders Counties in Nebraska and Pottawattamie, Harrison and Mills in Iowa — and those stationed at Offutt Air Force Base. Ineligible are members of any private golf club and their immediate families.
Minimum age is 15. No entry fee is charged, but golfers are responsible for greens fees and cart-rental fees during the tournament governed by the Rules of Golf.
The tournament will allow riding carts in all flights except the Don Lee. Caddies are allowed in all flights. Distance-measuring devices are allowed in all flights.
The World-Herald provides awards and operates the tournament with the help of participating course professionals.
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