By Jim Henry
Globe Sports Editor
In the previous 39 Joplin Globe City Championship golf tournaments, a round has occasionally been washed out.
Never has one been threatened by snow.
But Friday night’s forecast for more rain and snow could put today’s opening round at Briarbrook Golf Course in jeopardy.
All attempts will be made to get today’s round in. Tee times have been moved back 96 minutes — they now start at 11 a.m. Briarbrook club professional Mark Tackkett said Friday he will not make a decision to cancel the round before 10 o’clock Saturday morning.
The 54-hole event has players from Briarbrook, Twin Hills and the Joplin Golf Club competing for individual and team honors. The second round is scheduled for Sunday at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club, and the final round will be May 11 at Schifferdecker Municipal Golf Course.
Whenever weather and course conditions allow, Evan Wood and the Joplin Golf Club team will begin pursuit of their third straight championships.
Wood, a Twin Hills member, shot a 2-over-par 217 last year to become the fifth player to win consecutive tournament titles, joining Bob Smith, Robert Russell, Lee Larimore and Kyle Long.
Joplin Golf Club players occupied the next four spots — Andrew Maier 221, Andy Franklin 222, Bill Curry 225 and Tug Baker 227. Maier and Curry are in this year’s tournament, although Curry has moved up to the Seniors Division after turning 50.
Briarbrook’s Cory Clingan and Andy Pochik and Justin Nichols of the JGC also return after posting top-10 finishes last year.
The Joplin Golf Club claimed team honors with a 1,118 total, followed by Briarbrook 1,134 and Twin Hills 1,164. The top five scores each round among the 10-man teams determine team totals.
Les Taylor of Briarbrook returns to defend his Seniors Division title. Taylor, shooting 69s at Briarbrook and Schifferdecker in the first two rounds, finished at 2-under 213 in his wire-to-wire victory.
The second- through fifth-place finishers also return — Twin Hills’ Bob McKay (219) and Jim Weaver (220) and Briarbrook’s Dan Tourtelot (221) and Dave Tourtelot (228). Terry Key, also from Briarbrook, is back after placing seventh.
Briarbrook coasted to the team title with a 1,104 total, followed by Twin Hills 1,136 and JGC 1,139.