By the end of today, it looks like there will be another full

By the end of today, it looks like there will be another full field for the annual Butch Lambert Memorial Golf Tournament at the Natchez Trace Golf Club.

The annual two-day medal play event that benefits the Lou Gerhrig Foundation will reach its 150 cutoff point today, which is also the last day to enter the event.

“We’re real pleased with people who have entered,” said Augusta Hershfelt. “With so many good players, we could have a playoff atmosphere on Sunday.”

Just a few of the favored players slated to tee off Saturday and Sunday include defending champion Steve Curtis, an assistant women’s coach at Ole Miss. Former champion Steve Yeoman, who finished second last year by a stroke, is entered, as is Tupelo Country Club head professional Owen Compton and TCC assistant pro Mike Duell.

Also entered is Butch Lambert Jr., whose father the tournament is named after. Butch Lambert Sr. was a longtime businessman, sportsman and state government official.

“We’ve worked real hard to get the course in shape, and the weather is finally cooperating,” said Hershfelt, referring to the harsh winter conditions that hurt all golf courses in the area. “The course is getting better day by day.”

The schedule of events with the tournament actually starts Friday with a practice round. That will be followed by a happy hour sponsored by Cash Distributing.

Saturday finds a full slate of morning and afternoon tee times, followed that night by a dinner. Sunday, participants will be flighted for the final round of the tournament.

“Sunday should be a fun day to come out and watch some good golf being played,” Hershfelt said.

For more information about the remaining spots or getting on a waiting list, call the Natchez Trace Golf Club at 869-2166.

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