By Tim HippsJune 27, 2007
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Army News Service, June 27, 2007) - Five PGA Tour players and the reigning NCAA Division I champion are scheduled to conduct a golf exhibition July 3 at Fort Belvoir Golf Club.
In town for the Tiger Woods Invitational - formally known as the AT&T National - at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., several pros will make the cross-town trek via helicopter for their 6:30 p.m. appearance.
The festivities actually begin at 4 p.m. with steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, accompanied by live entertainment on the patio. The free event is open to everyone.
The PGA Tour players slated to appear are Frank Lickliter, Jerry Kelly and Tom Pernice Jr., who have all won two tour events; Jason Gore, who has one victory on tour; and Stephen Marino, who has won twice on the Gateway Tour.
Amateur Jamie Lovemark capped his freshman season at the University of Southern California with a second consecutive round of 6-under 64 to win the NCAA individual championship June 1 at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.
Mr. Lovemark is just the eighth freshman to win an NCAA crown, joining Oklahoma State's Jonathan Moore (2006), Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares (2003) and Phil Mickelson (1989), Minnesota's James McLean (1998), Houston's Billy Ray Brown (1992), Wake Forest's Curtis Strange (1974) and Texas' Ben Crenshaw (1971).
"I think it's an incredible opportunity for Fort Belvoir and the military golf community," Fort Belvoir PGA General Manager Peter Cizdziel said of the event. "We were working on getting one PGA Tour professional to come out. To end up with six big names is more than we hoped for.
"They will be driving balls clear over the net and into the pond," Mr. Cizdziel quipped about shots he expects to see launched from the driving range.
After the PGA Tour pros complete their portion of the program, local PGA pros will offer free golf lessons to all-comers.
(Tim Hipps writes for the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Public Affairs.)