It's mid-February and it's usually about this time when people like me start to get really itchy. No, it isn't from the winter causing my skin to dry out. It's from the fact there is still snow on the ground at all. You see, the longer the snow stays around, the longer it will be until the golf courses in the region dry out and are ready to play. But it's always comforting to know that I'm not the only one who is getting the itch to hit the golf course. We got an e-mail from the Windom Country Club board of directors last week with a list of the proposed tournaments for the 2013 golf season. And while many of the old familiar favorites are still there, there are some exciting new events and a major change when it comes to the time of the club tournament. A look at the schedule In order, here is a look at the proposed schedule. April 28: Three-Person 8-inch cup Chili opener, 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. shotgun start. It's been a while since the course had a tournament this early, and an 8-inch cup tournament is a great way to start the season. May 29: MGA Tournament, 9 a.m. Windom successfully bid to host an MGA Tournament this season. It should be an exciting day with a lot of top regional golfers. June 1: Two-Man Best Ball/Best Shot, 9 a.m. shotgun. The tourney is handicapped and mulligans are available. Popular early-season tournament. June 11: State Farm Ladies Tournament: Many of the women's tournaments saw increased numbers last year with plenty of players from neighboring courses. I hope that trend continues this year. June 15: Couples Two-Person Scramble, 10 a.m. shotgun start. Again, it's been a few years since the course has had a couples tournament. It comes the weekend after Riverfest. June 22: FCA Tournament, 10 a.m. shotgun. The four-person tournament is a fund-raiser for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. June 28: Senior Tournament: Players 50 and older can battle for top honors in a flighted, handicapped tournament. July 13-14: Toro Member-Guest: The most-popular tournament on the schedule year in and year out. July 16: Toro Ladies Tournament: I believe this is a three-lady tournament traditionally. Again, a very well-attended tournament. July 27: Pre-Harvest Three-Person Scramble, 10 a.m. shotgun start. The tourney is designed to give players a chance to tune up for the club tournaments. Aug. 6: Hy-Vee Two-Lady: Very popular ladies' tournament because of the format and the great food. Sign up early. Aug. 10-11: Club Tournaments. The Ladies' Club Tournament will be Saturday morning only. The seniors will play nine holes each day and the Men's Club Tournament is 18 holes each day. The big change is the date. The tourney was moved up to the weekend before the Fair, so there should be no conflicts with the Fair or with fall sports practices. Hopefully that results in the highest turnout for the club tournament in recent years. The tournament has been lagging in numbers of late. Oct. 6: Chili Three-Person 8-inch cup scramble, 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. shotgun. Again, a good way to wrap up the season. Tentative events Some tentative event dates for the course include: May 11: Tentatively planned the Dreams for Olivia Tournament. This was a well-attended fund-raising tournament last year. September: Cottonwood Cup. The event will be held between the Mt. Lake Golf Club and Windom Country Club, but a date has not been finalized yet. June: Proposed Des Moines River Cup between Windom and Jackson. This would be similar to the Cottonwood Cup, except pitting Windom golfers against golfers from the Jackson Golf Club. The bottom line There are multiple reasons for having tournaments at the course. 1. They keep the course busy. Last year, it seemed like there weren't as many golfers playing on weekends as I had seen in the past. Adding weekend tournaments helps the course be busy on weekends. A busy course means a busy clubhouse - with food and beverage sales and cart rentals. A busy clubhouse means more money for the course. 2. They are competitive, but fun. Most people like to get the competitive juices flowing every now and then, but the tournaments are also fun to play in. The tournaments use a variety of formats for a variety of skill sets. 3. They give a chance to show off the course to prospective members. New members are always welcome at WCC, and what better way to show off our fantastic course than to host newcomers at tournaments? Quick hitters Former Windom athlete Megan Norby is one of the leading scorers for the Nevis High School girls basketball team. Nevis finished the regular season with a 13-10 record. WWG grad Chanel Madson is averaging 14.5 points per game for the Northwestern College women's basketball team. Mt. Lake grad Beau Herrig is on the men's basketball team at Ridgewater College in Willmar.