By Chris Ceman and Brittany Romano, Communications Interns
A PGA Host
Tournament Host and AJGA alum, Jeff Overton set and holds the course record at Otter Creek Golf Course. In 2003, Overton shot a 64 in the third round of the 103rd Indiana Amateur Championship. Overton stopped by Monday to run a clinic and meet some players.
A Historic Partnership
The first AJGA tournament to be held at Otter Creek Golf Course was in 1987. It was the Midwestern Junior Golf Championship, and the winner? A young 17-year-old by the name of Phil Mickelson. Mickelson shot a 2-under-par 70 to defeat Harry Rudolph by one stroke.
Columbus, Indiana may not be known by all, but it does have a pretty impressive claim to fame. The city is ranked as the 6th most important architecturally important city in the United States, according to the American Institute of Architects. The 20th largest city in Indiana, with a population of just over 44,000 Columbus has been renowned for its architecture since the late J. Irwin Miller, who was president of Cummins Engine Company, decided he wanted to attract more people to the city where is company was stationed, so he began subsidizing unique architectural designs to bring in more families and to start growing as a city.
Otters in the Creek?
Otter Creek Golf Club has a motif, as one would imagine. Decorative otters are sprinkled about the clubhouse and grounds, but many still wonder if otters are natural to the area. According to Head Golf Professional Chad Cockerham, otters do indeed still exist on the course. Back in 1998 there was a program created that released ten pairs of mating otters back onto the grounds to help rebuild the population. The program was successful, but the last official sighting of an otter on the course was in April.