Local team advances in Buick Scramble tourney

Local team advances in Buick Scramble tourney by Jim Prosser The Buick Scramble is the world's largest amateur golf tournament. It is open to male and female golfers of all ages, so long as they have a USGA Handicap.

Teams of four amateurs compete in qualifying tournaments at more than 1,600 golf courses nationwide in July, followed by 104 sectionals in August.

The local tourney at The Bluffs on July 18 involved 13 teams competing for gross and/or net score divisions. One team qualified for advancement to the sectional in the Net score division. The members are three local businessmen and a UN/Lincoln scholar/athlete, all Vermillion residents � Jim Brady, Mike Stewart, Jere Chapman and Allison Stewart. Their winning spot came by a one-stroke advantage with a seven under par score.

The team is augmented by a fifth golfer when they advance to the next level of the tournament � a local PGA pro. The Bluffs of Vermillion team added Eric Stevens when they played in the sectional on Aug. 2 in Beatrice, NE. There were 28 teams in the low gross/low net five-person scramble. They tied with Beatrice Golf Course team at 17 under par 55s.

The playoff was won when Stevens birdied the first hole in sudden death. The victory sends the Vermillion contingent to Orlando, FL, on Oct. 7-10 in a 54-hole, three-day competition against 52 other sectional winners.

Tiger Woods is the scramble's honorary chairman and will be in attendance to present the 2004 trophies.

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