The first-ever Orange County Fall Classic is set to kick off Saturday at Osiris Country Club in Walden, New York. The field is a mix of PGA Tour players, Korn Ferry Tour players, some prominent amateurs and the top club professionals in the Northeast.
Brian Crowell, the PGA director of golf at Osiris Country Club, believes that this is “the strongest field ever assembled in this area.”
Crowell’s connections as a media personality and 30 years as Metropolitan section golf professional helped attract a strong field from the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry (formerly Web.com) Tour.
With entrants coming from as far away as New Hampshire and Florida, three other top entrants include Tom Lovelady, who finished tied for second at the 2018 PGA Tour Barbarsol Championship; Alex Beach, who has played in three PGA Tour weekly events and the PGA Championship this year; and Ryan McCormick, who has two top-10 Korn Ferry finishes this season. Local Mike Miller, from nearby Brewster, is also in the field and has a pair of top 10 Korn Ferry Tour finishes from last year on his resume.
The purse is totaling at $20,000 with $7,000 going to the overall winner. The tournament has a number of sponsors and support from the Metropolitan PGA.
Osiris Country Club was built in 1927 and redesigned in the early ’60s by Francis Duane. The course has an incredible layout, playing at approximately 6,500 yards, with small greens that are rolling in excellent shape. Players will experience mountain and valley views as they tackle the day.
“This is going to be a shootout,” said Crowell, a Wallkill native who was elected to a two-year term as president of the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association this week. “These guys, who play at that level, are likely to make a bunch of birdies out there, which is what it’s all about. We are not Shinnecock (a famed links course on Long Island) but it’s a fun golf course and I think these guys are going to enjoy the camaraderie and a chance to make some money late in the year before they turn into the next season.”
Sal Interdonato from the USA Today Network contributed to this report.