Fort Washington wins first Bill Finn Senior Open

The Fresno BeeJune 26, 2014 

Fort Washington Golf and Country Club won the Bill Finn Senior Open on Thursday, a new golf tournament set up to help honor the long-time ambassador of golf in Fresno.

"I really lucked out and it's an honor. I'm extremely humbled that the tournament is named after me," said Finn, who along with helping at competitive amateur golf events in the area also compiles the weekly "Fore You" golf club announcements that run on Mondays in The Bee.

The two-day event, which began Wednesday at Copper River and finished Thursday at Fort Washington, was organized by four golfers (Byron Johnson III, Belmont; Kurt Smith, Fort Washington; Joe Commisso, Copper River; and Bob Babcock, Visalia) to include their clubs -- with hopes of expanding in the future.

Johnson called Finn an "an icon of amateur golf in the Valley."

"The participants were enthusiastic about the format, the venues and the reason for the event," Johnson said.

Belmont and Visalia will host the tournament next year, when organizers aim to include all private country clubs in the five-county area for players 50 and older. The winning team keeps a large plaque with a Schenectady putter attached for a year.

"Think about having something named after you," Finn said. "It's a tournament that will go on forever, and I hope it does. I think it's going to grow each year."

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