By Dustin Ensinger
The 40th annual Little Brown Jug Junior Golf Classic could be the last.
Organizers fear that low participation could put an end to the annual event for local youth golfers. A little more than three weeks before the scheduled Sept. 20 event, just 20 kids have signed up, according to organizer Dave Wilson.
“In order to continue the tradition and have a 41st event next year, the organizers are trying to get as many players from our area to register and play,” said Wilson.
The event was scheduled for Sept. 20 specifically to avoid a conflict with an Ohio State football game. But Wilson said he has found many past participants have conflicts with other sporting events.
“Apparently, from the parents that I have talked to, they have other sports conflicts – cross country meets, soccer games, tournaments,” he said.
During the heights of golf’s popularity in the last decade, the event drew more than 100 participants. However, the numbers have dwindled in the years since.
Wilson said about 50 to 60 participants was the goal for this year’s event.
He called the event “a great, low-stress time.”
The event, which divides competitors into groups based on age and gender, is designed to be competitive but accommodating. On all but one hole, there is a double bogey limit.
There is a $5 entry fee for the nine-hole event, which includes green fees, lunch, water, a gift bag and a medallion. The top three finishers in each age group will receive a medal.
The registration deadline is Sept. 12. Forms are available at the course, the YMCA and Mingo Park. Forms can also be obtained by emailing email@example.com or at the City of Delaware’s Facebook page.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.