It is one of the oldest golf tournaments in York County.
It is played on the oldest public golf course in York County.
It is, without a doubt, an annual York County golf tradition.
This year, however, the 60th annual Grandview 4-Ball enters a new era.
To celebrate the milestone event — set for Friday, June 2, through Sunday, June 4 — the tournament will be known as the Bob Little Match Play Championship.
The name change honors a retired Dover school teacher and coach and a longtime owner of the Dover Township course.
This is not the first time that Little has been honored by the York County golf community. Previously, the York County Amateur Golf Association named Little its Man of the Year in 1977 and he was inducted into the YCAGA Hall of Fame in 1994. He's also an honorary YCAGA life member.
That is not the only change for this year’s tournament.
Course changes: The event will be held on a Grandview facility that has undergone a number of modifications since it was announced on March 1 that the Chronister family was purchasing the track from the Barton family.
According to Wayne Morris, the general manager of golf for the course, the facility has added new golf carts, new pins, new cups and new fertilization.
“There have been a lot of good changes,” Morris said. “Business is booming. It’s a lot better than last year.”
That feeling was echoed by former York County commissioner Steve Chronister, who is part of the new ownership group.
“(The course) is really coming around,” Chronister said about the facility that was built in 1920. “I’ve never seen it this good. … We’re stepping it up.”
The on-site BrewVino restaurant has been the driving force behind the overall improvements at Grandview, Chronister said.
Chronister is hoping to have the new golf shop/19th hole opened by the 4-Ball tournament.
Name change: It was Chronister who came up with the idea of renaming the tournament.
“Bob has been involved with Grandview ever since I was a young boy growing up and playing the course,” Chronister said. “I have a lot of respect for Bob. He’s done a great job keeping this (tournament) alive.”
Chronister said Little, who is in his early 80s, will again be involved in this year’s tournament.
“Bob’s kind of a humble person,” Chronister said. “I think he was excited (about the name change), but he really didn’t want to change it. But it’s Bob’s turn to have something like this to honor him.”
Chronister said he hopes to keep Little involved with Grandview as long as possible.
“It’s great to pick his brain,” Chronister said. “I’m still learning from him.”
The tournament: In addition to the name change, this year’s tournament will also offer a few other alterations. The medalist team during Friday’s qualifying will earn $400 and the low senior qualifying team will get $100.
The match-play event will be limited to 48 teams, and Morris said there are still some openings, which is not unusual.
“Every year, people will wait until the last week to give us a call,” he said.
The entry deadline for the better-ball-of-partners event is May 22. The entry fee is $200 per player — $175 for Grandview members. Non-qualifiers for the weekend are refunded half the entry fee.
After Friday’s qualifying, the teams will be divided into three flights. The first round and quarterfinals will be held Saturday, followed by the semifinals and finals on Sunday.
The winning team will take home $1,500 for winning one of York County’s oldest tournaments on York County’s oldest public course.
That team will also take home the honor of winning the first Bob Little Match Play Championship.
Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the Bob Little Match Play Championship visit golfgrandview.com and click tournaments or call (717) 764-2674.