The 3rd Annual Metro Cup Series sponsored by Jay Davis of Country Financial kicks off in Edwardsville tomorrow.
The tour will visit seven courses, including North Creek Golf Club in Southaven MS, Oak Brook Golf Club, Edwardsville, IL, Indian Springs Golf Course in Fillmore, IL, RH1 in Godfrey, IL, Timber Lakes Golf Course in Staunton, IL, Greenville Country Club, IL and home to the sponsor, Piper Glen in Springfield, IL.
Organizer and founder, Jim Odle, said most events attract 100 players with an open division and flighted divisions offered. “I wanted to give golfers a unique opportunity to compete against other golfers,” said Jim. “We are one of the few tours that combine amateurs with professionals.”
Jim said, aside from USGA events, he would put the quality of the tour’s field against any tournament from Chicago to St Louis. “We attract great players, but also give amateur golfers a chance to compete against players of similar abilities.” The tour, which concludes on September 4th, consists of players from Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
“We are extremely excited to have Jay Davis of Country Financial as our official sponsor of The 3rd Annual Metro Cup Series,” said Jim. “To have someone like Jay, as a partner, who wants tournament golf to grow in the area is another step in the direction we want to go,” Jim added that there was a sponsor for every event in 2016 and this year he is continuing to gather corporate support. “I’m looking forward to working with Jay and I think he and Country Financial are the perfect fit for The 3rd Annual Metro Cup Series,” said Jim.
Jay followed the tour from afar last year and appreciated everything Jim did to promote a quality golf tour, which gave both amateurs and professionals an opportunity to compete on a regular basis. “We discussed some opportunities last fall, revisited things again in early spring, and realized combining our efforts was a ‘win-win’ for all,” said Jay. “I regained my amateur status last spring and not only look forward to being the title sponsor of the tour but also competing in a few events myself.”
The ultimate goal is to formulate a plan in which The 3rd Annual Metro Cup Series can assist charities in the various towns it takes place said Jay. “More recently, Jim and I discussed starting a golf scholarship program for those individuals in the area that have aspirations of playing golf on the collegiate level. There are lots of possibilities and who knows what the future may bring, but for the time being myself and COUNTRY Financial are very proud to be an integral part of the Metro Cup.”
The First Annual Jay Davis - COUNTRY Financial Piper Glen Open at Piper Glen GC takes place on July 22nd.
For more information about the tour visit: www.odlegolf.com