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Rodgers golf tourney nearing

By By Ryan Satcher/staff writer
May 4, 2002
It's time once again to bring out the clubs for the annual Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival golf tournament.
The Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival Golf Tournament will be held at Briarwood Country Club next Thursday.
People can register for the six-person scramble starting at 9 a.m. the day of the tournament. There will be a shotgun start at 10 a.m.
The fee will be $450 per team. Individual people that want to join the tournament can join without a team. Those people can be matched with others to form a team. The payment can be tax deductible and checks should be made out to Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival.
The tournament is the major source of funding for the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival. In recent years, however, the tournament has fallen off from its previous success. According to Tournament Chair George Polizzi, this year the tournament has started to grow again. Polizzi and Al Brown of B-93 "The Buzz" are hoping for a good turn out to make the tournament grow to the event it once was.
In the past some celebrities had been involved with the event, but the last few years the event has fallen off. Hopefully this year is the first step of the growth process to make the event as popular and successful as it was in the past.
The upswing this season is due to sponsors that have helped bring more funding to the event. Rush Hospital has been one sponsor to come in with support to improve the tournament this season. Holes are still available to sponsor. Businesses can call Rob McGraw at Briarwood Country Club if they are interested in sponsoring a hole.
18 to 20 teams are expected to compete in the event.
Anyone with questions or for more information, contact Tournament Chair Polizzi at 679-1434 or you can contact McGraw at Briarwood Country Club, 681-6185.

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