Thursday, June 08, 2000

Local Golf Notebook

Cancer Society events set

By Jack Murray
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Thirty teams have signed up to participate in the American Cancer Society's golf championships at Beckett Ridge Country Club. The men's event will be June 12 and the women's event June 26.

        Winners will earn the opportunity to advance to the society's state playoffs at Akron's Firestone Country Club, Sept.10-11 for the women and Sept.17-18 for the men.

        Teams then may advance to the national championships, which will be Oct.27 and 28 at Doral Resort and Spa in Miami.

        “We've had a fantastic turnout so far,” said event planner and volunteer Lee Gleason of West Chester, “and I'm sure we're going to get a lot more interest as more learn about Firestone and Doral. There are a lot of golf events out there, but not many come with these perks while helping a worthy cause.”

        For more information or to register a team, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-559-1050 or 891-1600.

Sanders, Tucker honored
        Houston's Andy Sanders (Turpin), who tied for seventh in last week's NCAA championships, was named second-team All-America by the Golf Coaches Association of America. On Tuesday, he qualified for next week's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Last fall, he advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur, also at famed Pebble Beach. ... Indiana University's Natalie Tucker (Lawrenceburg) was named honorable mention All-America.

Kleiman's future
        Jan Kleiman, a native of Rushville, Ind., recently won her first SBC Futures Classic since 1984 and second overall in 16 years on the developmental tour of the LPGA.

Palmer, Finchem TPC honorary members
        PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and course designer Arnold Palmer have been named honorary members of the Tournament Player's Club at River's Bend board of governors, joining 14 Greater Cincinnati business and civic leaders who have enrolled in the club as members.

        They are Jeffrey R. Anderson, Jack E. Brown, Gordon F. Brunner, Butch Carter, Jack Cassidy, Victoria Buyniski Gluckman, Louis Guttman, John C. Haller, Reuven Katz, Charles S. Mechem Jr., Don Schumacher, Wayne Shircliff, James E. Stahl Jr. and George Strike.

Record rounds in '99
        According to a report by the National Golf Foundation, the number of rounds played annually in the United States reached a high of 564 million in 1999, up almost 7 percent over 1998. The study, Golf Participation in the United States/2000 Edition, says the average number of rounds per player was 21.3, up 6.5 percent from 1998, though the number of players remained virtually unchanged at 26.4 million.

        The profile of 1999 participation activity, divided into the nine U.S. Census regions, shows the West North Central region (15.7 percent participation) and East North Central region (15.6) as the most active.

        The West North Central region included North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. The East North Central region comprises Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.


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