80th Annual Cloquet Invitational to be held this weekend at CCCEighty years and still running strong. This weekend the Cloquet Country Club will host its 80th Annual Cloquet Invitational golf tournament. The historic event will tee-off on Friday morning with championship play concluding Sunday evening.
By: Tyler Korby, Pine Journal
Eighty years and still running strong.
This weekend the Cloquet Country Club will host its 80th Annual Cloquet Invitational golf tournament. The historic event will tee-off on Friday morning with championship play concluding Sunday evening.
CCC’s 18-hole championship course will be home to roughly 140-150 golfing enthusiasts this weekend, according to CCC Assistant General Manager Matt Carlson, the tournament director for the seventh year.
Carlson explained that 35-40 golfers will comprise the championship flight featuring medal play, while roughly seven or eight flights will round out the match play. Each participant will play at least 54 holes of golf, with winners taking home prize money and the champion the coveted title trophy.
“It’s a good weekend of golf,” Carlson said. “It’s something that we look forward to up here. It’s kind of our big thing of the year.”
Carlson said that along with golf, dinners will be available Friday and Saturday nights, while Friday there will be a comedy show and Saturday a live band to entertain.
Setting things up, Carlson has been on the run a lot.
“I’ve been busy and I’ll go from about 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. four days in a row here,” he said, “but even though it’s a lot of work, it’s very rewarding and worth it. It’s a real nice golf tournament.”
NHL star and Cloquet’s own Jamie Langenbrunner – who won it all two years ago – is always a contender, while last year’s champion, Brent Lexvold of Apple Valley, Minn., is also among the field looking to defend his championship.
“I don’t know if he can defend it,” Carlson said, noting over the past half a dozen years someone different has always won. “Not too many have defended it. Right now, it’s anyone’s tournament, there’s no real clear favorite.”
Now, the weather just has to hold out, but Carlson isn’t worried.
“The weather looks good,” he said, “– mid-70s and sunny. We might have to dodge a couple showers here and there, but I think it’ll be a good weekend.”