Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area Notebook

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Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer

OLD COLLEGE TRY

Out of school but loyal to the alma mater? The PGA Tour has a way for old college friends and fellow alumni to compete on the golf course with the chance to earn an endowed scholarship for their school.

The first PGA Tour National College and University Alumni Championship will be Sept. 20-22 at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course and the World Golf Village King & Bear and Slammer & Squire Courses. Four-member amateur teams will compete for the chance to win a $100,000 endowed scholarship for their school, and the tournament also is expected to raise around $500,000 in additional scholarships at the participating schools for youths who compete in nearby First Tee programs.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement that the long-range goal for the event would be to raise more than $1 million per year for scholarships and establish the tournament as the largest amateur national championship.

"The goals of the championship this first year are to provide contestants with a first-class experience that will help us connect with the college fan base [and] to establish the event as a valuable venue for colleges and universities to strengthen their ties with alumni and friends," Finchem said.

TAKING THEIR BEST SHOT

Area youths between 12-17 still have time to register for the second annual Metris Shot at College, to be held Saturday at the First Tee of Jacksonville Brentwood facility, on the Northside.

Participants will attempt a single 75-yard shot, and the nine closest to the flagstick will advance to the semifinals March 16 at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course practice range, the same day as The Players Championship Coca-Cola/Publix Youth Clinic. In the semifinals, all nine will attempt another 75-yard shot, and the closest to the flag will earn the right to take a 15-foot putt. …

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