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11 prepare for U.S. Open qualifying event


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 6, 2001

SPRING HILL -- Eleven North Suncoast aspirants will compete in the annual U.S. Open local qualifying competition May 16-17 at World Woods' Pine Barrens course.

Of those individuals, five live or work in Hernando County, including World Woods director of golf Stan Cooke and head professional Scott Wyckoff.

Others competing will be Brooksville's Todd Jefcoat, Spring Hill's Brian Ausburn and Weeki Wachee's Joey Ludeman, an assistant pro at GlenLakes.

Last year, Spring Hill's Glen Gabriel hit the local qualifying score, but missed advancing to the U.S. Open by nine strokes in a West Palm Beach sectional.

Gabriel, 40, shot a 70 at the Westin Innisbrook Resort in north Pinellas County. In the World Woods qualifier, only Homosassa's David Knighton was close to the qualifying score of 71. He carded a 74.

Wyckoff finished with an 80 and Cooke an 81 after both advanced to sectional play in 1999.

Other entrants from the county were Brooksville's Doug Ferris (77) and Ausburn (79), Homosassa's Samuel Stover (81) and Michael Cirone (88) and Homosassa Springs' Slade Bucci (78) and David Griffin (84).

The United States Golf Association received 8,697 entries for the June 14-17 U.S. Open, which will be at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Two-time champion Ernie Els was one of 2,045 to register on-line.

The last on-line entry submitted arrived two minutes before the 5 p.m. deadline, from Chris Mulligan, a 20-year-old amateur from Bradenton.

Fifty-eight golfers, including nine past champions, are fully exempt from having to qualify for the upcoming Championship.

BGCC: Lura Hanschu last week won the Brooksville Golf & Country Club ladies championship over Ann Wiese. In the low-net competition, Camille Padula captured the championship flight title over Ilomay Hausmann. Mollie Chamberlain won the A Flight over Duke Lutz. Muriel Kuntz took the B over Adele Parker, and Bobbie Hild was the C winner over Gloria Widmer.

CAMP: The annual GlenLakes sports camp will be held in two sessions (June 5-8, and June 12-15) at the club house. For $135 per session, children 6-13 receive each day an hour each of golf, tennis and swimming, as well as lunch. For information, call Ludeman, (352) 597-1118.

- Information from other news sources contributed to this report.

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