The tournament has been around since 1912 and has been played nearly 100 times.

It's been held at some the most prestigious courses in the state, including Oakmont, Merion and Aronimink.

And it has featured players such as Arnold Palmer, Jim Furyk and Tommy Armour — all major championship winners.

Yes, when it comes to golf, the Pennsylvania Open is a big deal in these parts.

And next week, the tournament is coming to York County. The 98th Pennsylvania Open will be held at the Country Club of York on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. CCY, which was designed by the legendary Donald Ross, played host to the Pennsylvania Open once before, in 1989. The challenging track measures just more than 6,600 yards from the championship tees.

The 54-hole, stroke-play event will feature a purse of $40,000, with the first-place professional earning $10,000. The winner gets the Arnold Palmer Trophy. The field will be cut to the low 40 players and ties after Tuesday's action.

But the tournament is not just for pros. It's a true "Open." Amateurs are welcome, and there are a large number of them in the 118-player field.

There's also a large contingent of players from York County, or who have York County ties.

Local flavor: Among the most interesting story lines to watch during the Open will be the performance of Joe Parrini, who recently won the CCY men's club championship on his 15th birthday. That earned him an exemption into the tournament. Parrini will be a freshman at York Catholic in the fall.


The host club will also be represented by Kevin Muldoon, the CCY head pro, and Terry Hertzog, a CCY teaching pro. Hertzog has won the Pennsylvania Open twice before in 2000 and 2002.

Another player who will know the host course very well is York's Brandon Knaub, who is a two-time CCY club champion and a former York County Amateur champion.

Mark Sheftic, who is also a former York County Amateur champion, will also be competing. Sheftic won the 2011 Pennsylvania Open and is a teaching pro at Merion. He has also qualified for several PGA Championships and he also formerly worked at CCY.

West York High School graduate Josh Rinehart qualified for the Pennsylvania Open by firing a sizzling 6-under-par 66 at Colonial Golf and Tennis Club near Harrisburg. The three-time York-Adams League champion plans to play golf this fall for Penn State.

Nick Geiman, who coming off his second-straight York County Amateur Golf Association Junior Championship, also qualified for the event. Geiman will be a senior at York Catholic this season.

Other York County golfers who will be competing are Spring Grove's Richie Krebs, Stewartstown's Alex Hofstrand and York's Steven Bostdorf. Krebs finished second in the 2007 Pennsylvania Open, while Hofstrand was the York County Junior Golf Association Player of the Year in 2012.

Of course, most of the players will come from outside of York County. Among the most notable are: defending champion Andrew Mason, a mini-tour player; three-time champion Bob Ford, the head pro at Oakmont; two-time champion Mike Van Sickle, another mini-tour player; and 2010 champion Robert Rohanna, yet another mini-tour player.

Friday events: The Pennsylvania Open is not the only significant local golf event planned for the next few days.

The York County Amateur Golf Association will hold the York Open at Royal Manchester Golf Links on Friday.

The tournament, like the Pennsylvania Open, is open to both amateurs and professionals. The tournament was restarted in 2011 after a hiatus of more than a decade. Jerrod Texter won the first event, while Knaub won in 2012 and Hertzog won in 2013. The 18-hole stroke-play tournament will offer the winner $1,000 (if he is a pro) or a $750 gift certificate (if he is an amateur).

There will also be a senior division.

The Junior War of the Roses Tournament will also be held on Friday at Out Door Country Club.

This is a Ryder Cup-style match-play event that pits the top junior players from York County against their counterparts from Lancaster County.

After losing the first nine Junior War of the Roses contests, York finally broke through in 2013 for a 17-11 triumph.

Bon Air women's team takes third: A team from Bon Air Country Club near Glen Rock placed third in the Women's Central Pennsylvania Golf Association 1-2-3 Team Tournament at Bent Creek Country Club.

The Bon Air team consisted of Pippi Gemmill, Shirley Stake, Pat Lowder and Lindy Sweeney.

— Reach Steve Heiser at