Golf Plus | LPGA Symetra Tour offers chance to play in pro-ams

jdill@bradenton.comApril 11, 2013 


n The LPGA Symetra Tour's Guardian Retirement Championship is scheduled for the end of April at Sara Bay Country Club.

Amateurs who want to join the pro-am festivities can do so either on Wednesday or Thursday preceding the tournament's first round, which is slated for Friday, April 26.

The pro-am April 24 is set for a 1 p.m. shotgun start and is the Crab and Fin Pro-Am. The pro-am April 25 (Thursday) is scheduled for an 8 a.m. shotgun start and is the Official pro-am.

The cost per foursome is $1,800 ($2,000 with hole sign) or $450 per individual for general public players.

That price package (per player) includes playing with one LPGA Symetra Tour professional, one deluxe pro-am package, breakfast and lunch on the pro-am day, two invitations to the exclusive pairings party and two VIP Hospitality Tent passes.

The deadline for entry is April 15.

For more information, contact Ryan Ronk at 386-274-6296 or via email at

n Bradenton's Brandon Wang finished with a 6-over-par 148 total to win the boys 11-14 age division of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's College Prep Series at USF.

Playing the narrow Claw Course, Wang bested Clearwater's Ryan Hicks by two shots for victory in the 36-hole tournament.

n Chris Kennedy and Steve Arnold fired blistering 64s on Monday at Laurel Oak Country Club's East Course in the West Florida Golf Tour's event in Sarasota.

Kennedy, whose home course in Laurel Oak, defeated Arnold in a playoff to collect the $1,000 first-place prize. That boosts Kennedy's winnings to a shade over $5,600 for the year, which puts him fourth on that money list as well as the Nickel Putter Race to the Summer Tour standings.

n The 42nd annual Sarasota City Men's Amateur is scheduled to start the final weekend of April at Bobby Jones Golf Club's British Course. The 72-hole tournament is conducted over two weekends, wrapping up May 5.

The $185 entry fee includes greens fee and cart for each day as well as a tee gift, tournament awards, four beverage tickets and award banquet.

The entry deadline is 5 p.m. April 22, and the field is limited to the first 144 players.

Some past winners include former major winner and Ryder Cup winning captain Paul Azinger, former U.S. Open participant Joey Lamielle and Kennedy.

For more information, contact Christian Martin at 365-2200 ext. 5801, or via email at


n On March 24 at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, Stephen Lux aced the 150-yard 4th hole on the Royal Lakes course with a 7-iron. Witnesses were Rick Levy, Vito Bavaro and Roger Gasaway.

n On April 2 at Terra Ceia Bay, Jackie Compton aced the 142-yard 13th hole with a 7-iron. Witness was Dale Maxwell.

n On April 3 at Terra Ceia Bay, Joe Allen aced the 170-yard 7th hole with a driver. Witnesses were Dick Hodges and Ed Mohr.

-- Jason Dill,Herald sports writer

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