Those calls echoing in from college campuses and high school administrators signal more than the oncoming return to classes. They represent the opportunity for golf course owners to open up their tee sheets to the enthusiastic world of competitive mid-amateurs and senior golfers.
And, for sure, the rabid interest is there.
Perhaps most prominently, the U.S. Senior Amateur will gather the most headlines when it commences this coming Saturday at The Kittansett Club in Marion, Mass. A field of 156 will compete in two rounds of stroke play with the low 64 moving on to match play starting next Monday.
It will be the second USGA championship to visit the Bay State this year (the U.S. Open was a heralded success at The Country Club in June); it will be the fourth U.S. Senior Amateur to be held in Massachusetts and first since 1996.