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Tampa man helps name new course at St. Andrews

Edwin Burtnett was one of more than 4,000 to submit entries for naming the newest course at St. Andrews, Scotland.

 

By BOB HARIG
Published January 18, 2007


A name for a new course at the home of golf has been chosen - and a Tampa man helped pick it.

Edwin Burtnett was one of more than 4,000 to submit entries for naming the seventh and newest course at St. Andrews, Scotland. He suggested Castle Course and was selected in a drawing among others who submitted that name. He was notified Tuesday and has been invited to the opening ceremony early next year and will be given the opportunity to play one of the first rounds.

"My wife and I were over there in 1998, I've been a golfer forever, and I fell in love with the place," said Burtnett, 38, a 6-handicap who played the Old Course during his visit. "That's one Web site I go to often and I happened to see one day that they were having a contest to name the new course, that they were building a seventh course.

"I kept looking back to see the progress and figured I'd throw in my two cents. I think I submitted like seven names. Old Tom Morris. The Castle. I threw in some Gaelic names. The Cliffs. The Sea Course. I didn't think much of it. And what are the chances of somebody winning a contest?"

The Old Course sits in the town of St. Andrews and has been home to the British Open 27 times. The Castle Course will be located 2 miles from the city center. The 220-acre cliff-top course will be a par-71 layout and measure from 5,600 to 7,200 yards. As with the existing six St. Andrews links courses, the Castle Course will be public.