Panama City Beach, FL---The Panhandle's golf community runs deep. The best in the area all have a knowledge, respect, and in many cases a friendship between each other.
But when they're on the course, you best believe they want to beat each other.
The battle to see who's number one plays out all season on the Lite Scratch Tour Florida. On the 13 event schedule, this weekend's competition at the Hombre Golf Club is tourney number nine in 2014.
Previous stops have been at Bay Point, Panama Country Club, Rocky Bayou Country Club, WindSwept Dunes, and eventually, they'll play at Holiday.
26 golfers are competing in the open division, 20 in the 50 and older senior division..
"It's kind of a fraternity," says tour director Mike Riley. "Some of these guys I've known for 20 years and we've played all kinds of competitive golf against one another and it's fun to get out and play with guys you've known that long. We not only have scratch guys playing, we have guys shooting from 67 all the way up to 90. So it's a tour that everybody can play and learn to play under competitive pressure."
The Hombre stop on tour is always a favorite.
"It's really good," says Riley. "The staff here is fantastic and that's really our biggest challenge, working with the guys who run the golf course and the greens superintendent to make sure everything's good and ready to go for the tournament. But most of the courses do a fantastic job for us."
Final round play begins Sunday morning at Hombre.