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GOLF PLUS: Meadows cup offers chance for $1 million

Golfers in the 12th annual Meadows Cup Pro-Am on April 12 at The Meadows Country Club will have an opportunity to win $1 million by making a hole in one on the event's Jet Blue Challenge Shootout hole.

The tournament benefits Easter Seals Southwest Florida, having raised close to $600,000 for the chapter since the Meadows Cup's inception. Proceeds help fund pediatric therapy for children with disabilities, give adults with disabilities vocational training and job-placement assistance and offer respite care through Project Rainbow.

Four golfers who are closest to the pin on the four designated par-3 holes in the tournament will advance to the shootout.

The format is a scramble, and each team includes a golf professional and a volunteer scorekeeper. Former European Ryder Cup captain and Bradenton resident Tony Jacklin is the event's honorary chairman.

Play begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Lunch is at noon, and an awards presentation and raffle will be held afterward. The entry fee is $1,600 a foursome, which includes recognition as a platinum sponsor. Singles entering for $275 will be selected from a waiting list. Various sponsorship levels are available.

For details, call Julie Smith at 355-7637, ext. 412.

First step event

First Step of Sarasota is conducting its fourth Annual Golf Classic at 1 p.m. April 28 at TPC Prestancia in Sarasota. Proceeds benefit the organization's addiction-recovery and treatment programs. Last year, First Step served more than 15,000 people.

The tournament is a scramble and is open to men and women. The entry fee is $150 an individual, $600 for a foursome. Dinner-only tickets are $50.

Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. For information, call Kelly French at 552-2065.

Junior talent abounds

Players from the David Leadbetter Golf Academy-Bradenton have been collecting hardware throughout the junior golf landscape in recent weeks.

Two weekends ago at Palatka Golf Club, The IMG Academy School senior Peter Uihlein - who will attend Oklahoma State next semester - won the Azalea Amateur by five strokes from fellow DLGA student Zeyu He and Kevin Phelan . Uihlein, who is ranked No. 12 in the Golfweek/Scratch Players Amateur rankings, shot rounds of 68-68-67 for a 7-under 203 total and his third men's amateur crown.

That same weekend, DLGA student Ginger Howard traveled to Tanglewood Golf Club in Clemmons, N.C. to win the Girls Division of the Future Collegians World Tour's Tanglewood Invitational. Howard posted rounds of 74-76 for a 3-stroke victory.

Last weekend at the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, the DLGA's Doris Chen won the Girls Division of the American Junior Golf Association Mizuno Junior. Her final-round, 2-under 68 gave her a 212 total and a 1-stroke victory from Dottie Ardina , also at the academy, and Lindy Duncan .

Walters duo triumphs

Charles Walters Sr. and his nephew Jack Walters III won the 15th annual Palm-Aire Classic Golf Tournament, defeating the teams of Don Clements-Robert Armstrong and Gordon Crawford-Doug Crawford in a three-hole playoff among the 13 flight winners.

The team of Walters-Walters also captured First Flight honors. Other winners included Lowell Eckert-Johnny Capes , Second Flight; Robert O'Connell-Mark O'Connell , Third Flight; Bob Goldman-Bob Goldman Jr. , Fourth Flight; Joe Plouffe-David Young , Fifth Flight; Clements-Armstrong, Sixth Flight; Earl Briesch-Michael Briesch , Seventh Flight; Jack Wagner-Don MacPhail , Eighth Flight; Gary Kinnear-Wayne Franz , Ninth Flight; Sterling McLeod-Barry McLeod , 10th Flight; Crawford-Crawford, 11th Flight; Bill Hickman-Charles Goodale , 12th Flight; Gene Olsen-Don Stanton , 13th Flight.

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