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


The American Junior Golf Association will hold a preseason tournament May 10-12 at the recently renovated University of Florida Golf Course. Jacksonville Beach architect Bobby Weed supervised the project, which was the subject of weekly updates in Sports Illustrated's Golf Plus issue.

The AJGA field of 84 male juniors between the ages of 13-18 will play a practice round May 10, with 36 holes of competition May 11-12. The tournament is part of the AJGA Preseason/Postseason Junior Series, which is expanding to eight events this year. The series is designed to provide playing opportunities for junior golfers who have not yet played in an AJGA event. Players who finish among the top 15 and ties receive up to three exemptions into future AJGA tournaments.

Those scheduled to play in the tournament at UF include Matt McCarthy of Ponte Vedra Beach, Tal Everett of Sea Island, Ga., and Justin Ives of Gainesville.

The AJGA will return to the First Coast July 8-11 with the World Golf Village Invitational, at the Slammer & Squire.


Golf Etc. is sponsoring a national brands demo days Saturday and April 28, at the Champions Club at Julington Creek practice range, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. The manufacturers on hand Saturday will be Callaway, Titleist, Wilson, Adams, Tommy Armour, Nike and Cleveland; those present April 28 will be Sonartec, Taylor Made, Precept, Hogan, Top Flite, Orlimar and Maxfli.

Sonartec continues to gain steam among companies specializing in fairway woods and drivers. Darrell Survey results show that recent converts to Sonartec are Players Championship 54-hole leader Carl Paulson, Masters contender Angel Cabrera and Lee Westwood. According to past surveys, David Duval, Jerry Kelly, Bernhard Langer, Fuzzy Zoeller and Shigeki Maruyama are among the players using the club.


Lynn Stoner, the 2001 Players Championship chairman, made a hole-in-one last week at the Bandon Dunes Golf Club in Oregon. …

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