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Knowles racking up in military tournaments

By By Marty Stamper/ EMG Sports Assistant
June 14, 2002
Meridian golfer Jim Knowles has cleaned house in a pair of retired military golf tournaments in Alabama and South Carolina in recent weeks.
He recently won the D Division in a 1,200-person tournament at Myrtle Beach, S.C., beating 300 other golfers in the D division.
In the four-day tournament, D players played with different A, B, and C golfers each day. Knowles' score for the four days was 228.
He had just finished second in a similar, but smaller, tournament at Fort Rucker in Alabama the previous week.
Of the two weeks' haul, Knowles said, "That's the most I've ever won in my entire life."
Knowles, 72, has been playing the game since his 20s.
Starting them early
The Meridian Junior Golf Association has begun its annual summer golf tour of the area courses with Briarwood Country Club hosting area youngsters this past Tuesday.
Next week's stop is at Northwood Country Club on Tuesday. The final event is set for June 25 at Lakeview Golf Course.
To register in the four-person scrambles, call 601-483-8115.
The tour is sponsored by the Downtown Optimist Club.
Upcoming tournaments
Lakeview Golf Course will host a three-man scramble Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. to benefit the Northeast Lauderdale Middle School cheerleaders. Entry fee is $35 per player. For more information, call Kim Pearsall at 601-483-3532.
The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Agents Benevolent Association is hosting its second-annual tournament on June 20 at Canebrake Golf Club in Hattiesburg to endow scholarships for minorities pursuing careers in law enforcement. Scholarships are being established at USM and Jackson State. Entry fee is $75 per person. For more information, call Randy Johnson at 601-371-3665.
Briarwood Country Club will host the six-person Buddy McGhee scramble 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.
Persons wishing to contribute information for this column can fax that info to 601-485-1275 attention Marty Stamper.

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