Coopers Lake CrossGolf Open 2012

This has to be one of the best Crossgolf events in the US this year. Jeff Tracy and his family own a huge tract of land in Pennsylvania and Jeff is a PGM student….so, why not make your own course and tournament. So that’s pretty much what he did. Bravo. Here’s the story:

Each year I hold two crossgolf tournaments at my family’s campground, Cooper’s Lake Campground, in Slippery Rock, PA.  The first tournament, the Cooper’s Lake Open, takes place over Memorial Day Weekend and is open to everyone.  The goal is to provide an event that looks professional and feels like a big golf tournament, but is still fun and casual for golfers of all ages and skill levels.  Each year, I build an 18-hole course specifically-designed for the AlmostGOLF ball.  Our campground, which was converted from a farm in 1971, takes up over 500 acres and handles large crowds on a regular basis.  In August 2013, we will be hosting the Pyrotechnics Guild International fireworks national convention.  Because we have so much land, I am able to move my course to a different part of the campground each year.  That’s the beautiful thing about building an AlmostGOLF/Crossgolf course; it doesn’t have to be in the same place every year, it requires little maintenance, and when you’re done using it, all you have to do is let the grass grow up, and it’s like you were never even there.   Plus the golf course designer in me loves being able to design something new all the time.


This year, we held our event at the Old Stone House Links course, which surrounds a house built in 1833 by a Pennsylvania state assemblyman. We keep our tournament simple; just a few basic rules, 3 or 4 clubs are all you need, there are divisions for players of all skill levels, and prizes are awarded to the top scorers.  The winner of the top division gets their name engraved on the Rob Peterson Trophy.

The 2012 Cooper’s Lake Open was a true test of character; the course was long, with thick, penalizing rough, and a weather delay halted play for several hours, while a thunderstorm barreled through Western Pennsylvania.  Josh Short, the defending champion, kept his cool and survived the “massacre at Stone House” to win his second straight Cooper’s Lake Open title despite not carding a single birdie during his round.  Congratulations Josh!

Our vision is to one day create an international crossgolf festival where people from all around the country and world come to Cooper’s Lake Campground to camp, play golf, etc.  The Cooper’s Lake Open would be the flagship event, complete with synthetic water hazards, bunkers, turf for the greens, a giant scoreboard, etc.  In addition to the tournament, we could have a golf instruction clinic, a merchandise show, which would show off new products and merchandise in the crossgolf world, a night golf event, and groups could create their own unique golf hole around their campsite, and challenge others to play their hole.

I invite all crossgolfers, streetgolfers, urbangolfers and almostGOLFers to join me in this vision.  If you would like to play in the 2013 Cooper’s Lake Open or the 2012 Cooper’s Lake Championship in September, please contact me at or (724) 944-3777.

Jeff Tracy
California University of Pennsylvania
Professional Golf Management Student

Cooper’s Lake Open Facebook page:

2012 Cooper’s Lake Open Results
Advanced Division:

1 Josh Short (Greentree, PA) 83 (+12)
2 Tom Metcalf (Bridgeville, PA) 94 (+23)
3 Bill Davis (Verona, PA) 96 (+25)
4 Bill Hribal (Slippery Rock, PA) 104 (+33)
5 Joey Kazalas (Greentree, PA) 106 (+35)
6 Dustin Hribal (Slippery Rock, PA) 124 (+53)

Beginner Division:

1 Ellsy Johnston (Sewickly, PA) 42* (+7)
2 Rich Reitmeyer (Cecil, PA) 42 (+7)
3 Jim Friel (Cecil, PA) 43 (+8)

*Won in a sudden death playoff

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