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Area players shoot for Open

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 12, 2002

Fourteen North Suncoast golfers will attempt to capture a U.S. Open berth by participating in local qualifiers next week.

Spring Hill's Bruce Wesson and Glenn Gabriel failed to make the cut at Westin Innisbrook on Wednesday.

Joey Ludeman, an assistant pro at GlenLakes, Todd Westfall, an assistant at World Woods, and Rusty Stocker, a professional from Homosassa, will tee off May 20 at Grasslands Golf & Country Club in Lakeland.

El Diablo Golf and Country Club in Citrus Springs will have a qualifier Thursday.

Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., will play host to the U.S. Open from June 13-16. The tournament is open to any players with a United States Golf Association handicap not greater than 1.4.

At 105 local qualifying sites (17 in Florida), golfers not exempt will compete in an 18-hole stroke play event.

A percentage, determined by size of field, of the top golfers advance to sectional qualifying. The 36-hole sectional rounds will be played at 12 sites and help determine the final field of 156.

CAMP: GlenLakes will have its annual sports camp for children 6-13. It is scheduled for 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 2-5 and August 6-9.

Each camper will receive an hour of professional golf instruction, swimming and tennis. The fee is $130.

For information, call (352) 597-1118.

TOUR: Southern Woods will have an Assistant's Tour event August 12.

EVENTS: The North Suncoast Junior Golf Association is having registration. Players 8-18 are eligible. For information, call (352) 796-500, ext. 52.

NSJGA SCHEDULE

May -- 18: The Dunes.

June -- 3: Plantation. 10: El Diablo. 17: Citrus Hills. 24: Country Club of Ocala.

July -- 1: Spruce Creek Reserve. 8: Glenview Champions. 15: Lake Jovita. 22: Black Diamond. 29: World Woods. 30: World Woods.

The annual Hernando County Gator Club scholarship fund raiser is scheduled for Thursday at Brooksville Golf & Country Club.

A $60 fee includes the 18-hole scramble and dinner. Registration begins at noon. There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

For information, call Bob DeWitt, (352) 796-5142; or Robert Draper, (352) 796-8531.

Proceeds benefit the Gator Club scholarship fund for county high school seniors.

The Jerome Brown Golf Classic is set for 1 p.m. June 1 at World Woods.

The entry fee is $75 per player and includes greens, cart and a cap. For information, call Dianna Rusk Yoder, (352) 796-2526.

Brooksville Golf & Country Club will have the Junior Open (18 holes of stroke play) at 1 p.m. June 15.

The fee is $10. The event is open to players 10-18. The entry deadline is June 8. Call Paul Attard, (352) 796-8879.

The eighth annual Citrus Hills Summer Church League begins May 21.

The league plays on Tuesday afternoons, using a nine-hole quota points system. Foursomes consist of members from at least two different churches.

For information, call 746-4425.

The Church Without Walls Classic is May 25 at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club.

The four-person scramble costs $50 per player. For information, call 726-1471, 341-2634 or 344-2425.

-- BRANT JAMES, KEITH NIEBUHR

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