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Pete Dye welcomes back tri-state club pro qualifier

by John G. Miller

SPORTS EDITOR

(August 30) Professional golf returns to the Pete Dye Golf Club on Monday, but Tiger Woods, Corey Pavin or Lee Jantzen won't be teeing up at the exclusive private club.

The 1998 TrinState PGA Club Professional Championship features 68 club pros from West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and the western portion of Maryland. They will be vying for a total purse of $12,000 and 12 qualifying spots in the northern Regional Qualifier CPC Championship in September.

Bill Stines, Pete Dye Club's director of golf, said there will be plenty of great golf.

"Fans probably remember that we held the TrinState and the northern Regional here last year," Stines said. "So they know the level of golf is good. Last year Bob Ford set the course record with a 67 the first day, then broke it the next day with a 66."

Ford, the pro at Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh, isn't the only favorite. His assistant, Billy Anderson, won the northern Regional last year and is playing well again.

"There's some great golfers, guys like Bob and Billy, John Mazza from Montour Heights (Pa.). All of them have played in U.S. Opens and PGA Championships," Stines said. "And there's some guys here in West Virginia like Barry Evans, who won the TrinState championship last week at The Greenbrier, and Brad Westfall from the Pines and Scott Davis from Edgewood Country Club who could win it."

Stines plans to use different pin placements than during last year's tournament. "They'll be tougher than they were last year. And the greens are going to be hard and fast."

The twonday event begins at 9 a.m. Monday and is open to the public. The first round should conclude around 4:30. Tuesday's round starts at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude by 3:30 p.m.

BRIEFLY:

The Italian Heritage Festival Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday at the Bridgeport Country Club. Golf begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Fee is $75.

The CRISSnCROSS Million Dollar HolenInnOne shootout opens Thursday at Hite Field. The top 20 qualifiers advance to the finals on Labor Day. Entry fee is $1 per ball, 5nball minimum. A golfer with a holeninnone in the finals wins $1 million. Contact CRISSnCROSS at 623n6681.

The Harrison County Chamber of Commerce's fall golf outing is scheduled for Sept. 18 at Bel Meadow. Entry fee is $65. Contact the chamber at 624n6331.

Kenny McCoy recently won the Bel Meadow club championship, edging Alan Stealey.

Flight winners were: Jim Bankert and John Miller (1st flight); Carl Benson, Anthony Moots (2nd flight);Greg Scalise, Brian Harmer (3rd flight), Benny Swiger, Carl Tenda (seniors).