The Washita Valley Golf Tournament is filled with tradition and history.
The tournament is returning to its usual spot on the calendar in the summer. That tradition and history will be returning to Chickasha in early July, with the championship flight qualifying set to take place July 4. The tournament is scheduled to finish July 7.
The tournament was held later in the year in 2018 after Max Stewart purchased what was then Cottonwood Creek. The course is now called Bushwood Golf and Country Club.
Stewart said that the tournament is returning to a traditional format this year.
The championship flight — along with other flights — will have to go through qualifying and then match play before competing in medal play.
Stewart is hoping to see a large crowd at the tournament, which is free to watch. He believes there will be great golf played, especially on the final day of the tournament.
The tournament has had large crowds in the past, especially in 1961. Wally Wallis of The Oklahoman wrote that the crowd watching “must have numbered 500 persons.”
The tournament first started in the 1920s and is older than The Masters, which began in 1934. As the oldest invitational golf tournament in the state, the amount of history continues to pile up.
The course has shown that it can handle a tournament of this capacity. According to Wallis, more than 140 players signed up to play in the 1959 tournament.
With its history and tradition, the tournament remains an important sporting event in the area and has been that throughout its life. Wallis — in 1959 — called the tournament “the most coveted golf prize” besides winning a "state title."
As for notable winters and competitors of the tournament, former PGA player Danny Edwards has won the tournament to go along with winning multiple titles on the PGA Tour.
Orville Moody — who was born in Chickasha — competed in the tournament. Moody not only won a state title during his time at Capitol Hill High School, but he eventually won the U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open during his playing career.
Moody's titles on the tours came following time in the Army.
David Jennings won the tournament 13 times, winning titles in three different decades.
A couple of Chickasha products have seen success over the past few years, winning a combined six of the past seven tournaments.
Cody Burrows won back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016 and is the defending champion after winning the title in 2018. He has had a successful golfing career and was named Summit League Men's Golfer of the Year two times during his tenure at Oral Roberts University.
Another Chickasha product, Taylor Williams, has also won the tournament. Williams won two state titles during his time with the Chicks in 2010 and 2011.
Williams has won the Washita Valley multiple times, including back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013. His third title came in 2017.
After a schedule change in 2018, the tournament is back in July with more tradition and history waiting to be added.