Chili Dip Open History
After playing with Lerone Sidberry on the Stroker's Golf Tour (Is a reunion in the works???), I became enamored with the opportunity to win golf tournaments. The pressure and focus that tournament golf brings is unmatched. Sure you enjoy golfing with your boys on weekends, but if you've never stood on the 18 green tied with others in your group for hundreds in cash and prizes you haven't experienced what the Chili Dip Open (CDO) provides.
Back in 2009, an eighteen handicapper, the late Keith Buralli who couldn't hit a golf ball two hundred yards, won the inaugural Chili Dip Open. He defeated a 12 handicapper, Vince Rucker in a sudden-death playoff on the 18th hole at Lincoln Oaks.
In 2010, we transfered the event to its current home at Palmira and some golfer named Chuck Dogg found himself in a three-man sudden death playoff for the Championship. He stuck a 7-iron to within five feet and drained the birdie putt to win.
In 2011, Fred Saffold a 20-handicap captured the Chili Dip Open Championship. His final net score of 5-under 67 is a tournament record. His gross (score without handicap) was 87. I don't think he's scored lower than 87 since that day. It just goes to show you, on any given Saturday at Palmira, anyone can win the Championship.
In 2012, Felix Marrasco shattered several CDO records. Low front 9 score, low back nine score, low gross, and low net score are all CDO records. Felix played as a 6 handicap and shot a 73. This amazing round allowed him to capture the Championship.