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Jeff Kolpack, Published May 28 2009

Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament moved to Rose Creek because of flooding

The Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament will call Rose Creek its home this year.

Edgewood Golf Course, the host site for most of the tournament’s 25 years, has yet to recover from the Red River flood and will not be up to speed by the June 28-29 tourney dates.

“We love Edgewood, it’s a fabulous course and it’s our home and it’s where we would like to go,” said Roger Fenstad, tournament chairman. “But Rose Creek is a great fallback. We’re very fortunate we have a nice course in town that enables us to play there without issues.”

Rose Creek is also going through some flood repair, but is expected to be in good shape by the end of June. A temporary levee was constructed through a section of the front nine during the flood, although most of it was done in the rough areas.

The course did not lose any greens and most of the fairways went untouched by the heavy equipment. Even the No. 4 green, the most flood-prone part of the course, wasn’t entirely lost to the high water.

“Overall, people will be surprised knowing what we went through,” said Rose Creek golf professional Matt Cook.

Golfers have been playing a nine-hole concoction of holes 8 and 9 and the first seven of the back nine. The target date to open all 18 holes, Cook said, is June 7 or 8.

Work to replace cart paths began this week. Damaged irrigation is expected to be fixed by this weekend and the fairway on hole No. 3 has been re-seeded.

“We’re confident that by the time of the Maris, all 18 will be full length and be regular play,” Cook said.

>strong>If you go

-What: Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament

-When: June 27-29

-Where: Rose Creek Golf Course

-Info: www.rogermarisgolf.com

Jeff Kolpack can be heard on the WDAY Golf Show, 10 a.m. to noon on WDAY-AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5546.