Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Senior Series to Aid Area Prep Programs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Senior Series to Aid Area Prep Programs

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The Senior Series, which stops May 9-13 at Country Club at the Legends, c will help raise money for area high school programs.

John Burroughs High golf coach Ellen Port, the area's premier women's amateur, and Westminster High coach Jim Drexel, are among those horganizing the program.

Coaches and teams will appear at various public courses Sunday, selling daily-admission tickets to the Senior Series at a special two-for-one rate. The participating teams then keep half the money from their sales of the $10 tickets.

"It's a great idea," Drexel said. "The response we've had from this is very good and I think more schools will want to get involved once the word gets out."

Bob Trinkle, a spokesman for Global Sport, which manages the Senior Series, said the idea is being used in St. Louis as a trial balloon.

"We came up with the idea late, but we wanted to see how it goes and if we can incorporate it into our other events," Trinkle said. The Senior Series stages 16 tournaments around the country. "Hopefully, when we come back next year, we'll have as many as 20-25 schools participating.

"I think it's a great way to promote the event and raise money for these high school programs."

The Senior Series is a supplemental professional tour for players 50 and older. Hats off to Little Lakes Golf Club in Creve Coeur. The club will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and donate all its proceeds from the day to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in Oklahoma City.

At the Little Lakes driving range, there will be several fund-raising contests and more than 50 area golf courses have donated prizes of 18-hole rounds of golf. Members of the PGA Gateway Section have volunteered to provide instruction for customers at the range.

Little Lakes is at 2155 Creve Coeur Mill Road. Call 576-9969 for information.

Among the players who have committed to play in the Senior Series at the Legends are 1962 World Series Most Valuable Player Ralph Terry, Jim O'Hearn, Mike Joyce and Lloyd Moody, the brother of Orville Moody. …

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