Local golfers competing in Buick Scramble

Local golfers competing in Buick Scramble A five-person team representing The Bluffs Golf Course from Vermillion has journeyed to Orlando, FL, this week to compete in the 2004 Buick Scramble National Championships, Oct. 7-10.

Team members from The Bluffs Golf Course include PGA professional Eric Stevens and amateurs Jim Brady, Jere Chapman, Nick Hovden, and Mike Stewart. The team advanced to the national championships via local and sectional qualifying earlier in the spring and summer.

The 72-hole tournament will be played on six Orlando area golf courses, including Orange Country National's Panther Lake and Crooked Cat Courses; Walt Disney World's Magnolia and Palm Courses; Celebration Golf Club and the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Grande Lakes Orlando.

The tournament began on Wednesday, Oct. 7, and concludes on Sunday, Oct. 10. Following the third round on Saturday, Oct. 9, a cut will be made to the low 24 teams in each division for the final round on Sunday.

Gross division teams advancing to the final round will play on the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, with the net division teams playing at Walt Disney World's Magnolia Course. Teams not making the cut will be eligible to compete in the "Buick Putting Championship," a nine-hole team putting competition with the opportunity to win a variety of prizes.

The official Web site of the Buick Scramble, www.buick scramble.com, will provide up-to-date information and results on the participating teams throughout tournament week.

Golfers participating in the national championships began their journey earlier this summer by winning one of more than 1,500 local championship tournaments offered nationwide, followed by taking the same honor at one of 104 sectional championships with the addition of their respective PGA professional.

The Buick Scramble is now in its 21st season as the world's largest amateur golf tournament, and third year under the Buick banner. Sanctioned by the PGA of America, 215 teams (109 gross, 106 net) will compete for national championship honors and a purse of more than $285,000 (cash for PGA professionals, gift certificates for amateurs).

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