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Golf is heating up along with summer days

By By Marty Stamper / sports writer
June 7, 2002
For the next 10 weeks, this space will be used to inform about area golfers and their accomplishments and area tournaments – when they are and who won those that have already happened.
Persons wishing to contribute information for this column can fax that info to 601-485-1275 attention Marty Stamper.
This week's big event is the 87th-annual Mississippi Golf Association State Amateur tournament at Canebrake Golf Club at Hattiesburg.
And the big question is can anybody halt the runaway express known as Rett Crowder? He has won the event each of the last four years and five times overall.
Junior girls return
Briarwood Country Club will again host one of the state's top youth tournaments when the Mississippi Women's Golf Association Junior Girls Amateur Championship comes to Meridian, June 25-26.
Katherine Jones of Jackson is the two-time defending champion.
Classic gets four more
The Southern Farm Bureau Classic, Mississippi's only PGA Tour event, has been extended for four more years at Madison's Annandale Golf Club.
This year's tournament is scheduled for Oct. 28-Nov. 3 with a total purse of $2.6 million.
Meridian women rule
Meridian women dominated the annual Philadelphia Country Club Ladies Invitational Two-Lady Scramble in mid-May as the first three two-women teams had five Meridian golfers on them.
Pam Posey and Jackson's Sheila Haynes finished first with a 64. Cindy Hollingsworth and Dale Bounds took second place with a 66. Cathy McFerrin and Gay Williams took third on a scorecard playoff after shooting a 69.
Carpenter, Weatherford win
Benji Carpenter of Meridian and David Weatherford of Philadelphia defeated Joe Rush, Jr. and Gayden Bell in a three-hole playoff to win a 51-team tournament at Leake County Country Club in Carthage.
Posey, McFerrin win at QCC
Pam Posey and Cathy McFerrin won the Quitman Ladies Golf Association Two-Lady Scramble by two strokes with a 70 in early May.
Upcoming tournaments
Quitman Country Club will host its annual four-ball tournament, Saturday-Sunday. Entry fee is $200 per team. For more information, contact the club pro shop at 601-776-2582, Frankie Felter at 601-776-6693, Wayne Litton at 601-776-2210, or Randy Plowden at 601-687-5251.
Starkville Country Club will host the Ted Dahl Memorial Three-Person Scramble this weekend. The field will be limited to the first 72 teams. Entry fee is $195 per team. For more information, call 662-323-1733.
Briarwood Country Club will host the six person scramble Buddy McGhee tournament for the American Cancer Society June 22-23. Entry fee is $330 per team. For more information, contact Briarwood Country Club at 601-681-6183.
Union Golf Club will host a two-person select tournament, June 22-23, Entry fee is $30 per person. For more information, contact Otha Kennedy at 601-774-5734. Union will also host a seniors (age 55 and up) tournament on June 25. Entry fee is $25 per person. For more information, contact Otha Kennedy at 601-774-5734.
Northwood Country Club will host its club championship, June 22-23.
Quitman Country Club will host a mixed scramble, June 29-30. Entry fee is $50 per person. For more information, contact Frankie Felter at 601-776-6693, Randy Plowden at 601-687-5251, or the QCC pro shop at 601-776-2582.
Philadelphia Country Club will host a One Man-One Woman Invitational, June 29-30. Entry fee is $100 per team. For more information, call the PCC clubhouse at 601-656-8512 and ask for club pro Michael Novorot.
Newton County Club will host a two-person scramble, June 29-30. Entry fee is $25 per person with the field limited to the first 36 teams. For more information, call Joel Nelson at 601-683-3101 or 683-3770, Clay Chapman at 601-683-3351 or 601-683-3422, or Tommy Harthcock at 601-683-2311 or 601-683-6936.
The Kenyatta Walker Foundation will host the Champions for Children Celebrity Golf Tournament, June 28-29, at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club at the Pearl River Resort near Philadelphia. Proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mississippi. For more information, contact Kimberly Sharp at 321-5006 or 918-5065.

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