There is nothing really special in Bryan Baysinger’s preparation to compete in a golf tournament. He gets out and tries to play as often as he can before the tourney begins. He may tinker with his swing a little bit, but mainly he just takes the philosophy of taking one shot at a time.
And that philosophy seems to work – especially at the annual Dr. C.G. Follis Men’s Golf Invitational at the Glasgow Golf and Country Club. Baysinger will be seeking his second straight title and his seventh championship overall this weekend in the 44th edition of the amateur tournament.
“I am feeling pretty good about my game,” Baysinger commented. “I try to prepare myself the same way for every tournament and just do the best I can. I try not to worry about who else is playing and what they’re doing. I think I am as ready as I will ever be.”
Baysinger won the tournament in 1987, 1992, 2001-03 and 2013.
The tournament weekend begins Friday night at 5 p.m. with a “Shootout” for the players in the tournament’s professional flight. Each player will play the round against each other with one player being eliminated on each hole.
Competition will begin on Saturday with tee times starting at 8 a.m. The professional flight will tee off at 1 p.m. The players will be flighted Saturday night and tees times on Sunday will have the pros going at 7:30 a.m. The rest of the field will start at noon.
“This field has several past champions in it and we have some local players that could challenge for the title. However, the bottom line is the man to beat is Bryan Baysinger,” said Johnny Belcher, Follis tournament co-ordinator. “He won last year. He was raised on this course and he is very consistent. Bryan also has a great short game.
“We have some guys that can give Bryan a run for his money. (You need to watch) Josh Matney from Campbellsville and (Glasgow’s) Jonathan Belcher. Trey Shirley, a former champion, is one of those guys. Jamie Frazier, another past champion, could contend.”
And Baysinger understands just what he’s up against.
“This tournament always has a tough field,” Baysinger said. “It is a great amateur tournament and I would say more than just four or five guys can compete for the title. I would say anyone in the championship flight or even in the first flight are in the game to win.”
And as always, Baysinger said the Glasgow course could play a role in just who wins the tournament.
“The course will never play long. However, it requires great shot-making and you have to play smart,” he said. “If you miss it in the wrong spot, you’re cooked. And that’s because the greens are just so tough.”
“We hope we get a lot rain because the course is pretty dry. A lot of players could be hitting some shots off some bare spots this weekend,” Johnny Belcher said.
“We’re going to play the ball up in the fairways. If you hit in the rough, you could be penalized or have a difficult shot. And then as always, the greens will be fast.”
The professional flight will highlight some very talented players, Belcher commented. Alex Snyder of Memphis is scheduled to play as is Seth Bland and Glasgow’s own Kent Bulle. “Kent has been playing on the Latin American PGA Tour since January,” Belcher said. “He’s had some Top 10 finishes and he’s already shot 29 on two rounds this spring on that tour. He’s something special.”
Bulle finished tied for fifth earlier this season in the Roberto De Vincenzo Invitational in Uruguay. He shot a 14-under, 274 for the tournament.