The Bluffs team survives playoffs to qualify for Buick Scramble National Championship

The Bluffs team survives playoffs to qualify for Buick Scramble National Championship Wilderness Ridge Golf Club and The Bluffs Golf Course both survived sudden death playoffs to capture the gross and net division championships, respectively, at the Buick Scramble Nebraska PGA Sectional Championship.

The tournament was contested at Beatrice Country Club in Beatrice, NE, on Monday, Aug 2.

The two winning teams will advance to compete at the 2004 Buick Scramble National Championships in Orlando, Oct. 7-10.

Twenty-six five-person teams (four amateurs and one PGA Professional) from throughout Nebraska competed in the Buick Scramble PGA Sectional Championship at Beatrice CC. Each team participating in the tournament advanced through their respective local championships earlier in the season.

In the net division, Eric Stevens' The Bluffs Golf Course of Vermillion birdied the first hole of sudden-death to take the net division championship over Matt Shaner's Beatrice Country Club. Both teams carded a net 17-under-par 55 during regulation of play. Amateur participants for The Bluffs include Mike Stewart, Jim Brady, Jere Chapman and Allison Stewart.

PGA Professional Jim White's Wilderness Ridge Golf Club of Lincoln survived a four-team, six-hole playoff to take the gross division championship. Wilderness Ridge birdied the sixth hole of sudden death (hole-15) secure the victory. Wilderness Ridge, Brad Newnaber's Beatrice CC, Brett Kekenge's Platteview CC and Mitch Merrill's Sioux City CC each recorded a 15-under-par 57 during tournament regulation. Amateur participants for Wilderness Ridge include Tiffany Roubal, Josh White, John Connell and Derek Zimmerman.

Complete results will be available at www.buickscramble.com in the media center section of the Web site.

Wilderness Ridge and The Bluffs will advance to compete against 212 other teams from throughout the United States and Canada at the Buick Scramble National Championships in Orlando.

Buick Scramble Honorary Chairman Tiger Woods is scheduled to appear at the national championships to award the trophies to the 2004 Buick Scramble National Champions.

Now entering its third decade as the world's largest amateur golf tournament, the Buick Scramble hosts more than 1,600 local championships annually. Sanctioned by the PGA of America, 214 teams (107 in net and gross divisions) will compete for national championship honors and a purse of over $285,000 (cash for PGA professionals, gift certificates for amateurs). For additional information and complete results from the Buick Scramble Nebraska PGA Sectional Championship, please visit www.buickscramble.com, or call the Buick Scramble hotline at 800-582-1908.

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