The 6th Annual Barstool Open tees off on Saturday at 1 p.m. at The Ville Pub & Grill. Nine holes of fun and games will stretch on a course the length of Main Street in Shelbyville, from the Sit 'N Sip all the way to Monicals.
The 6th Annual Barstool Open is a Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser. This year's organizer is Justin Walen of Cordes Insurance.
"This is my first year in charge of the event," Walen said. "The event used to be in the fall in connection with Scarecrow Daze. They thought there were too many events around Scarecrow Daze, so it was rescheduled to February. We may be a little bit down, because of the quick turnaround, but not many things will conflict with it."
The Barstool Open is a fun putting competition that travels to nine different establishments with a specially designed hole at each location. The competition starts at 1 p.m. at The Ville and ends at 7 p.m. at The Ville. The cost is $10 per person and teams are made up of 4 people. Proceeds will go to the Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce and will also bring in revenue for all the host establishments.
Teams start at The Ville, but then have six hours to go to the other holes before returning to The Ville. The winners of the competition will each receive $25 in chamber bucks.
"There are typically 15 to 20 teams each year," Walen said. "We have had as many as 24 teams. It doesn't matter if you are good or bad at golf, just come out for the fun. Its a social event more than anything."
Each establishment designs their own holes and provide putters and golf balls to use at their location. The holes are located at the Sit 'n Sip, the Iron Keg, the American Legion, The Ville Pub & Grill, Joe's Pizza, The Spigot, the VFW, the Moose, and Monical's Pizza Restaurant.
Whalen is grateful for the support of the businesses.
"Especially this year with quick turnaround, the business owners were super nice about it, supportive and helpful," Whalen said. "They only had a month and a half notice. They make their own holes. Every hole is different from the next and they are pretty difficult."
Walen said he will be at The Ville starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday and there will be a tee off meeting there at 1 p.m. Teams and individuals can register anytime before or during the event on Saturday.