Reliance Bank is pleased to once again be the naming sponsor of The Classic at Park Hills. The field is filled with 224 golfers from all over the country to play in this very popular two-man match play tournament.
Denny Doll, Reliance Bank President and CEO acknowledged the hard work and dedication that the entire staff at Park Hills commits to this event every year. “It’s a pleasure to be part of this event and provide our assistance in so many ways,” stated Doll. “It’s a great relationship!”
The tournament began in 1968 and followed the schedule of the already popular British Open event. As the tournament date drew near, entry totals began to grow. Eventually, 59 teams participated in the very first Park Hills Classic.
By the second year, news of the tournament had spread, and the field nearly doubled in size. A large contingent from the New Castle area spent the entire week in Altoona to compete in the event — a tradition that continues to this day.
After a few years, the tournament grew to its maximum size — 128 two-man teams — and the format was expanded to three days of competition. It remains that way today, due to the tireless work of many at Park Hills, including Golf Pro Tyler Vincent, Superintendent Chris Colton and current tournament directors Terry Burd, Nick Gates, and John Koury, along with Dennis Shreve and Quinn Allen from the Clubhouse.
“I’m looking forward to another busy week,” Vincent said. “We have 7 full flights again this year, and Chris and his team have done an incredible job getting our course in excellent shape, especially with the weather we have had to deal with this year.”
This year’s event will also feature major golf retailer Titleist, which has partnered with Park Hills to be on-site, offering each participant a custom golf-related gift package.
“The event has a tremendous history,” Vincent said. “We plan to continue that tradition — making it better every year.”