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Anyone for nite golf?

By By Marty Stamper
July 2, 2001
With the Bill Davis Memorial/Fourth of July Invitational still in a two-way tie for the championship when daylight ran out Sunday around 8:30 p.m., it might have been the appropriate time for Northwood Country Club pro Jimmy Gamblin to break out the nite golf balls.
Then again, considering Gamblin had been at the course since before 7 a.m., maybe not.
Can't catch this Buzz: Members of WKZB Radio Team "The Buzz" took first place in the first-annual Philadelphia/American Heart Association Golf Tournament last Monday at Philadelphia Country Club.
Team members were Len McRae, Al Brown, Doug Thompson, and Art Matthews.
Ivy poison to young golfers: Joshua Ivy of Quitman added to his impressive summer resume by taking first place in the 12-13 age group in the Gulf Coast Junior PGA Classic at Great Southern Golf Club in Gulfport last week by seven strokes.
Over 110 players from Mississippi and Louisiana competed in the event.
Ivy had previously taken his age division in the Canton Classic and the Pros of Tomorrow at Tupelo.
Ivy is a student of Northwood Country Club pro Jimmy Gamblin.
Powell places third in USGA Junior Amateur Qualifying: Wiston Powell of Meridian came in third in the USGA Junior Amateur Qualifying at Timberton Golf Club at Hattiesburg last week with a two-day score of 149. Powell shot a 74 the first day and followed it up with a 75.
Jake Lambert shot a 144 to take first place with second going to Austin Bowen at 147. Lambert qualified for the USGA Junior Amateur.
Farm Bureau Invitational set for Beau Pre': Beau Pre' Country Club in Natchez will be the site of the Farm Bureau Invitational Golf Tournament July 20-22.
Only two years old, Beau Pre' will showcase the state's top professional and top amateur golfers.
The total purse for professional and amateur golfers is $30,000. The pros will play for cash prizes, while the amateurs will compete for gift certificates and merchandise prizes.
Robert Autry is the defending champion with Rett Crowder having won in 1999.
Boys' Junior State Am at MSU: The 2001 Mississippi Golf Association Boys' State Junior Amateur is slated for July 31-Aug. 2 at the Mississippi State University Golf Course at Starkville.
All contestants are required to walk.
Ages 14-15 and 16-17 will play three 18-hole rounds. Entry fee for both groups is $35.
Ages 12-13 will play two 18-hole rounds. Entry fee is $35.
Ages 11-under will play two nine-hole rounds. Entry fee is $25.
Contestants may play up one age group if they so desire.
For more information, call Mississippi Golf Association at 601-939-1131.
Just around the corner: Newton Country Club will host a one-person select 18-hole tournament on July 4. To enter, contact Joel Nelson at 683-3770 (home) or 683-3101 (work), Clay Chapman at 683-3422 (home) or 683-3351 (work), or Tommy Harthcock at 683-6936 (home) or 683-2311 (work).
Beaver Creek near Newton will host a select mini tournament on the Fourth. Entry fee is $10 per person with play to begin at 9 a.m.
Union Golf Club will hosts its annual club picnic and member tournament on July 4.
Philadelphia Country Club will host a tournament with nine holes each of four-ball, scramble, alternate shot, and total score on July 7-8. For more information, contact Michael Novorot at 601-656-8512.
The 11th-annual Newton Country Club Four-Ball is set for July 7-8. Entry fee is $60 per man. Golfers must be at least 16 years old to participate. To enter, contact Joel Nelson at 683-3770 (home) or 683-3101 (work), Clay Chapman at 683-3422 (home) or 683-3351 (work), or Tommy Harthcock Jr. at 683-6936 (home) or 683-2311 (work).
Briarwood Country Club will host its annual Ladies Invitational Scramble July 11-12. For more information, contact Briarwood pro Rob McGraw at 601-681-6185.
The annual Jimmy Sandusky Two-Person Scramble is slated for July 21-22 at Lakeview Golf Course. Entry fee is $50 per person with Barnhills serving food on the 21st. For more information, call Lakeview Golf Course at 601-693-3301.
Also on July 21-22, Decatur Country Club will host a Three-Person Four-Ball. Entry fee is $90 per team. For more information, call Jay Bowen at 601-635-2111 ext. 243 or 635-5186, Denver Brackeen at 601-774-9771, Chris Clark at 601-635-4621 or 683-3354, Kenny Clarke at 601-774-9444, Randy McElhenny at 601-635-5440, Dan Luke at 601-635-2018, or Sherry Lohrer at 601-635-3403.
Those who would like to have their tournaments, holes-in-one, club champions, or other golf information listed in this space should fax that info to 601-485-1275, attention Marty Stamper.
Marty Stamper is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at mstamper@themeridianstar.com.