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Adjustments must be made for the Tampa Bay Classic

By BOB HARIG

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 12, 2000


Next week's Tampa Bay Classic at the Westin Innisbrook Resort is a new event on the PGA Tour, replacing the mixed-team JCPenney Classic, which had been an area staple for more than 20 years.

And that has caused logistical problems for tournament director Gerald Goodman.

Because the field will consist of 144 players -- instead of 104 players, 52 men and 52 women -- a portable locker room had to be constructed next to the Copperhead course clubhouse.

Another change is the pro-am. In the past, it was played over two days. Now it will be on Wednesday, with shotgun starts at 7:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Spots are available.

"JCPenney had a lot of vendors who used to take up a majority of spots in our pro-am," Goodman said. "A lot of local people never had the opportunity to play. Now they do. A lot of tournaments only sell their pro-am spots on corporate packages, but we have single spots available. In the past, there wasn't this opportunity."

Pro-am spots are $4,000 apiece, and pairings will be made Tuesday night.

VOLUNTEERS: The tournament also needs pro-am caddies and standard-bearers. Caddies are needed for the morning and afternoon shotgun starts. Standard-bearers are needed for the first and second rounds, Thursday and Friday, with a few weekend spots available. These are non-paying positions, and those interested in taking part need to be at least 13.

ENTRIES: The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. More than 115 players have committed to the 144-player field. Recent additions include Brad Faxon, Tom Purtzer and Tom Byrum.

Tampa Bay Classic

WHAT: Official 72-hole PGA Tour event.

WHEN/WHERE: Oct. 19-22; Westin Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead course), Palm Harbor.

TICKET INFORMATION: Daily tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Tampa Bay Classic tournament office. Tickets are $30, with a weekly ticket pack available for $60. Senior citizen tickets for 55 and older are $25, with a weekly ticket $50 if purchased in person. Youths 17 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Call (727) 942-5566.

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