Old School Golf: Pros return to Goat Hill for 2019 Wishbone Brawl
17 Nov 2019
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com
The Wishbone Brawl returns to Goat Hill Park on November 23rd
If you know the story of the restored municipal golf gem called Goat Hill Park -- or better yet you've played it -- you know it's hard to pick the single thing that John Ashworth and his team get the most "right" at their Oceanside, California course.
It's fun. You can wear what you want. The holes are short but challenging. They have an awesome grass range. A robust tournament schedule. Junior Golf. Heck, you can even bring your dog.
Goat Hill Park is old school golf at its best -- testimony to that is the wide range of personalities that play there regularly. It's slogan, "World Class. Working Class" says it all.
Several PGA Tour players walk it's fairways often. And for the third straight year, four of them will do so on November 23rd for the third annual "Wishbone Brawl" charity exhibition match.
This year's lineup brings three of the four competitors from the last two years back: Xander Schauffele, Dean Wilson, and Chris Riley. All of them have them have PGA Tour wins under their belt -- Schauffele is currently ranked No. 9 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Added to the mix is 2006 U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy, who will make the trip from Australia for the match.
The 18 hole four-ball match teams will be Schauffele and Wilson vs. Ogilvy and Riley, playing persimmon woods to add to the charm. And at Goat Hill Park, anything can happen. The par-65, 4454 yard layout looks easy on the scorecard, but requires pinpoint accuracy and a deft touch around the greens.
In 2018, Wilson and his partner Mike Weir took down Schauffele and Charley Hoffman, 2-and-1, in what many would have considered an upset.
The 2019 event will raise funds for North County Junior Golf (which calls Goat Hill Park home) and Australia's Geoff Ogilvy Foundation. For just $20 per ticket (18 and under free) you can come out to watch golf the way it used to be viewed. Small galleries, no ropes, lots of fun.
Just try to keep your dog from barking during the pros backswings.
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