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PLAY THROUGH: Tourney set April 3

Green’s Folly Golf Course will be hosting a senior tournament for men on April 3. Players will be placed into age brackets, 50-60, 61-67 for example. It should be a fun time. The signup sheet is on the board or those interested in playing can call 434-572-4998 for more info.

The annual Two-Man Invitational Golf Tournament will be hosted by Halifax Country Club on April 20-21. If you want to play it would be best to go ahead and sign up or you might get left standing by the curb.

 

Southworth Senior Pga Professional Championship

Northern Virginia’s scenic Creighton farms in Aldie will return as host of the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship, presented by Mercedes-Benz, October 10-13. River Creek Club in Leesburg will also return as the co-host of first and second round play.

The 264-player field will be composed of senior PGA professionals representing the 41 PGA sections, and will compete for a total purse of $285,000 on both courses over the first two rounds of play.

Creighton Farms, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course, will again host the final 36 holes of play.

The top 35 finishers in the National Championship earn a berth in the 75th Senior PGA

Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 22-25,2014, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

In addition, the top five finishers will be exempt into the final stage of the 2013 Champions Tour National finals.

Since its debut, many participants in the Senor PGA Professional National Championship have used their success in the event as a springboard to a Champions Tour career.

 

Local news

I had the pleasure of joining seven other golfers from the area last week for a quick golf excursion to Southern Pines, N.C., to play golf for three days and it was quite a treat.

It was fun to let our senior playing partner, Sam Lewis, lead us in exercises every morning to loosen us up. I think everyone participated except Tyrone Powell who used the excuse no one messed with his beauty sleep.

It is amazing that Jim Burton, who has had some physical problems the last 15 years or so and just had his right ear operated on the Tuesday before we left, was medalist all three days. How bad would he have beaten us if he felt good?

I tell you, some of the best eating establishments down there have shuttered their doors, and I know the resort owners are not happy about it. It seems some of the boys with the blue lights like to park outside their establishments that serve alcohol and it has ruined a lot of businesses. 

I am just as concerned with people driving under the influence of alcohol as anyone, but this is carrying it just a tad bit far.

Big news out of the PGA ranks this week. 

Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson has changed the setup for qualifying that Paul Azinger initiated in 2008. Watson has dropped the captain picks down from four to three in order to let the nine players qualify on merit and good play. 

The next Ryder Cup is scheduled in 2014 at Gleneagles in Scotland. If you are planning on going, bring plenty of clothes or sit on the couch and root for the USA.

One of golf’s most respected statesman, Arnold Palmer, has come out against the belly or long putter that is attached to the body. Speaking at a press conference at Bay Hill, home of his invitational this week, Palmer expressed his concern with golf playing on two sets of rules.

He also went on to say that the great thing about golf, in his opinion, was that beginners, men, women and pros alike played by the same set of rules. I have no comment either way because I have never used one, but I will say change is a part of life and we have to change with it.

This is the weekend that a lot of golfers put up the clubs, lock the doors and start watching the final 64 or as it is better known, March Madness. 

I know a bunch of wives and girlfriends that are happy when it is finally over so they can get their better halves off the couch and get some work done around the house.

Chris Dockrill, Bill Morningstar and their Elon University golf teams will be headed for Scotland next week for five days of playing and site-seeing. A real nice spiff for two hard-working coaches with local ties. This will be Coach Stars last year (more on that later) and you know he will enjoy it.

Do not forget to go by and sign up for the Senior Tournament being played at Greens Folly on April 3. It will be a fun day of play, social and a great meal afterwards.

Have a great week, pull for your favorite teams, may Tiger win number eight at Bay Hill, and hope for better or warmer weather.