65th Annual Wyoming State Golf Open brings out-of-town pros, former locals to Cheyenne
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Since 1956, the Wyoming State Golf Open has been a staple of Cowboy State summers. The Open is a 54-hole Pro-am tournament, held at the Airport Golf Club in Cheyenne.
Of course, things have changed quite a bit since the tourney’s inception. In 1956 there were no professionals and it was just a $500 event. Now, the amateur champion brings home $600 and the pro champion wins $10,000.
Just as the purse has grown, so too has the player pool.
“Great, great atmosphere,” said Levi Brockhoft, a professional golfer from New Mexico. “The people are so friendly. It’s just a small-town vibe and everything, and it’s a great place. I like it a lot.”
The tournament has also brought back a Cheyenne native and Central graduate.
“[I] get to see my family, get to play in a tournament that I played in when I was in high school and, you know, kind of dust off the yearbook and remind me some good memories out here,” said Troy Miskimins, an amateur golfer who now lives in Washington, D.C.
The Wyoming State Open continues until Sunday. For professionals under the age of 50, the top-50 and ties will be the only ones to move on to the final day of competition.
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