FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Stormy weather this summer has not slowed down staff at Sycamore Hills as they prepare for the Hotel Fitness Championship. With just over a month until the first final of the Web.com Tour, tournament and course officials are pleased with where they are at in their final preparations.
While severe weather has wreaked havoc on golf courses around the area, Sycamore Hills remains in good shape. They only saw a handful of trees fall down, most in areas out of play. Tournament Director, Chris Montagano says the course drains really well and that they did not see any significant damage this summer
The course recently completed two major projects. The three year course renovation project is now complete. Montagano, says one of the biggest improvements he has seen is on hole five, where rows of new bunkers that line the fairway give the hole character, and make it more challenging. The clubhouse underwent a $4.5 million facelift, for fans and golfers to enjoy during the tournament.
The Hotel Fitness Championship is the first of four tournaments that make up the Web.com Tour Finals. The field will be composed of the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list and players ranked 126-200 on the PGA TOUR FedExCup points list. On the line are 50 PGA TOUR cards for the 2015-16 season. In 2014, Bud Cauley, won the second annual Hotel Fitness Championship with a score of 20 under par.
Under new direction this year, officials from the Hotel Fitness Championship are tying up loose ends in their final month of preparation. They plan on constructing a pavilion for spectators as well as the public on the back of hole nine. Nicklaus Skyboxes will also be built on the 18th green.
Tournament officials are still seeking volunteers to help out during the week of the tournament. They will enlist the help of over 500 volunteers on numerous committees in 2015. Committee responsibilities range from on-course duties to guest relations. Both golfers and non-golfers are welcome to volunteer. They will be expected to work 15 hours during the event. For $50, volunteers will receive two golf shirts, a hat, credentials to each day of the Championship, a catered meal on volunteer days, and one weekly ticket for guest entry to the Championship. To register, visit HotelFitnessChampionship.com.