Rye Grass Tournament boasts $30K in prizes

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By The Staff

The 36th Annual Rye Grass Golf Tournament and Dan Whitehurst Memorial Men’s Scramble begins Thursday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m., at Chiefland Golf and Country Club and will feature a new vehicle and $30,000 in prizes.

The Rye Grass committee is looking to expand this year’s 36-hole tournament by lowering the registration fee to $100, increasing the prize package to over $12,000 and giving every golfer the opportunity to win an automobile for the first hole-in-one.

The hole-in-one for hole No. 5 is sponsored by Scoggins Chevrolet and Drummond Community Bank. 

Among the prizes: 1st Place, C111 Wilson Irons; 2nd Place, D100 Wilson Driver; 3rd Place, D100 Fairway Wood; 4th Place, D300 Hybrid; 5th Place, 888 Putter and 6th Place, 56 degree Wilson Wedge.

Thursday’s Dan Whitehurst Memorial Scramble will be followed by the traditional seafood dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Rye Grass Tournament participants are entitled to one free practice round, which may be played on Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 1-4. No practice round will be allowed the week of the tournament.. 

The RyeGrass Tournament will be followed by Saturday’s steak dinner with music entertainment and a large raffle drawing afterwards.

The Dan Whitehurst Memorial Scramble is an 18-hole event that is for men only. The fee is $30 per player for participants in the Rye Grass Tournament and $45 for scramble only players. After all entries are received, the teams will be drawn and made up of A, B and C players. First, second and third places will be paid. There is a limit of 120 players in the scramble.

For the Rye Grass Tournament, ladies will play in a separate handicap division. A maximum of 36 handicap may be used. Ladies will play their first round on Friday, Oct. 11, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. Requested tee times will be honored on a first come or call basis. 

Ladies will play their final round from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12, and tee times for that day will be assigned according to the first round play.

The Menís Division will be limited to 200 players and the men can elect to play their first round on Friday, Oct. 11, or Saturday, Oct. 12. Tee times for first round play will be honored on a first come, first call basis. The last tee time on Saturday is 2 p.m. 

The final round for the men will be Sunday, Oct. 13, starting at 8:30a.m. with tee time assigned based upon first round of play. Players must play their scheduled tee time on Sunday, as this will be strictly enforced. Please check in with the starter 30 minutes in advance of tee time. 

This year the men will have two divisions. The gold and white. Qualifying gold players can choose to play in either a handicap or non-handicap flight. If both flights are not filled the club will consolidate all gold players into a handicap flight. All other men will play in the white division.

After the first round of play, the top 10 players and al ties will comprise the championship flight. All other players will be flighted based on stroke play. No men scores will be posted until 3 p.m. Saturday.

Sponsorships are available. Call Pro-Shop at  352-493-2375 or check online for details and tournament applications at www.chieflandgolf.net.?A scramble entry includes one seafood dinner ticket. Additional scramble dinner tickets are $12 each.

The tournament entry fee includes two steak dinner tickets. Additional dinner tickets are $15 each. 

The application and dinner ticket(s) purchase deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 2. No refunds after Friday, Oct. 4.

The club is at  9650 N.W. 115th St., Chiefland.