Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

AREA NOTEBOOK; Fabulous Field Set for Amateur

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

AREA NOTEBOOK; Fabulous Field Set for Amateur

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Byline: GARRY SMITS

The final field of 168 players has been set for the 92nd Florida Amateur Championship, which will be played June 25-28 at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course and the Sawgrass Country Club.

There will be 26 players with local ties in the tournament, including defending Jacksonville Amateur champion Tommy Murray, Florida golf coach Buddy Alexander, Cup Match amateur team members Steve Carter, David Anthony and Duke Butler IV, two-time state high school champion Julian Suri, University of North Florida players Chris Kennedy, Jeff Dennis, Kevin Aylwin, Kevin Phelan and Sean Dale and Jacksonville University players Bobby Fredeking and Justin Jones.

Alexander and Dennis are past amateur champions.

Each player will play one round at the Stadium Course and one at the Sawgrass Country Club. After the cut is made, the weekend rounds will be at the Stadium Course.

The Florida State Golf Association received a record 1,060 entries for the tournament and held 16 local qualifiers.

AMBASSADOR CLUB NAMED

The First Tee of St. Johns County announced the first members of its Ambassador Club, which includes three players who combined for 27 victories.

Mark McCumber, the 1988 Players Championship winner, Jim Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, and Billy Kratzert, who won four PGA Tour titles, will join St. Johns County commission chairperson Cyndi Stevenson, St. Johns County school superintendant Joe Joyner and LPGA Tour player Vicky Hurst in lending their names to The First Tee's fundraising efforts. Primarily, the Ambassador Club will help promote the chapter's Ambassador Membership Program, where supporters can join for $95 per year - the estimated cost of what it takes to keep a junior player active in The First Tee for one year.

For information on the program, call (904) 810-2231. …

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