Rich In History
The Board of Directors of the Mid-Continent Oilmen's welcomes you to one of the oldest and most popular tournaments in the oilfield. If you are playing in this tournament you are part of the tradition that began 40 years ago.
It all started in 1967 when three friends decided to put together an oilfield golf tournament. Marvin Blubaugh (Magcobar Mud), Bill Bennett (Pan-American Oil) and Harry Blackstock (Top Drilling) decided to get a group of their friends and acquaintances in the oilfield together to play golf and have some fun. The response to the idea was overwhelming and a tradition was born.
It was decided to call the event the Mid-Continent Oilmen's Invitational Blowout. All they needed was a place to play. Discussions were held with OKC Golf and CC, Quail Creek Country Club and Twin Hills. All three clubs were interested in hosting the event. There was a lot of discussion over what the best venue would be for a tournament this large and the decision was made to have Twin Hills host the event with Lincoln Park as the alternate course. OKC Golf and CC was a close second.
The schedule of events has always been about the same. There has always been a Wednesday night dinner. It was originally sponsored by Helmerich and Payne and prepared by Red Holley and his crew. Red retired a few years ago, but he left a legacy that has continued. The first few years the dinner was held poolside at Twin Hills. It was moved when some the players had trouble keeping dry. Initially there was dinner/dance that was held on Thursday night. The dancing stopped in the 80's and was replaced by Thursday night fish fry sponsored by Baroid. The Halli-burger was a standard lunch fare for many years, but in the last ten years there has been a wide variety of food and cooks.
There have been a few changes over the last forty years in the alternate course. The tournament moved from Lincoln to Trosper Park on SE 29th and then to John Conrad in Midwest City. The tournament was held there for a number of years before moving back to Lincoln West for the last five years. The tournament has never been rained out. There have been a few weather delays due to wind damage (next time it should get the tree on the #3 tee box at TH) and a shortened round due to storms, but never a cancellation.