Colonel Grant Tournament going strong 48 years later

The Colonel Grant Golf Tournament at Shorewood Country Club has only been rained out once in the 48 years of existence.

Unfortunately, that one time was this weekend.

In 1965, Shorewood Country Club pro shop owner Jack Shubert noticed he had too much merchandise at the end of the golf season. While having dinner with friend Fran Guarnati, Shubert asked what he should do with all the equipment.

“I said, ‘Let’s have a tournament for a couple days with best-ball prizes and give out some of the equipment,'” Guarnati recalled Saturday afternoon while sitting inside the Club House at Shorewood Country Club with Shubert.

When asked if they thought the tournament would last 48 years, Guarnati quipped, “I didn’t think we would be alive this long.”

Golfers converged from Massachusetts, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Canada this weekend for the event. And though the golf tournament was rained out, it didn’t stop everyone from having fun conversing with longtime friends.

“It’s a friendship,” Guarnati said. “They were at my house at 8 a.m. We had breakfast and a good time. I feel bad for the people who came from out of town and can’t play. It’s a nice tradition that started out very small, but got to become a little bigger. There’s nothing we can do about the weather.”