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Opportunities remain in USGA events

While hopeful qualifiers for the U.S. Open played Monday at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando (see results, Section C), several other U.S. Golf Association tournaments still are open for registration. There are national tournaments for both sexes in several categories: seniors (50 and over), amateurs, junior amateurs (17 and under), senior amateurs (55 and over for men, 50 and over for women), mid-amateurs (25 and over) and public links amateurs. There is also a senior open (50 and over) for men only.

Most championships feature local qualifying.

The only tournaments that are already closed for registration are the U.S. Open (which is next week at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., and the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, which is June 19-23 at Birdwood Golf Course of Charlottesville, Vir.

At the women's public links qualifier Sunday in Miami, 13-year-old Cristie Kerr of Miami won with a 76. Erin O'Neil of Zephyrhills shot a 77 to tie for second and also qualify for the national tournament.

The next tournament to close entries is the men's Public Links Championship, which has a deadline Wednesday.

(For a list of the USGA tournaments, please see For the Record.)

Juniors: The Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association concluded its season Sunday with a tournament of champions at Hunter's Green, in Tampa. Clearwater's Sam Sarris won the overall title with a 74, beating Juntaro Imai of Tampa in sudden death with a par on the first hole. Largo's Scott Schroeder won the 14-15 age group, also in sudden death, shooting an 80.

Pinellas Park's Elizabeth Bauer won the girls 11-12 age group with a nine-hole 44.

Other top Pinellas finishers were Roger Hebert II of Dunedin and Ryan Holloway of Gulfport (second and third, respectively, in the 9-11 age group, both with 49s); Scott St. John of Largo (third in the 6-8 age group with a 46); Sandy Noble of Clearwater (second among girls 16-18 with a 77); and Sheri Noble (second in girls 13-15 with a 92).

Brent Morgan of Tarpon Springs won the Boys Medalist of the Year award for his 69 at Airco earlier in the season.

The Pinellas County Junior Golf Association begins next week. For more information, call 384-4653.

Long-drive contest: Local qualifying for the 1991 Chrysler Long Driving Championship is June 29 at Clearwater Country Club. Qualifiers will move on to district competition with a chance to reach the national championship Sept. 14-15 at the Boca Raton Resort Club. There is $60,000 prize money available, with $18,000 and a car going to the winner.

For for information, call 1-800-833-8798, or Clearwater Country Club (443-5078).

Hole-in-one hotline: At Dunedin Country Club, Betty Pinckney aced the 96-yard 11th hole, using a 6-iron.

Coming up

The Greater Largo Chamber of Commerce golf tournament is June 7, 1 p.m., at Airco Golf Course. Entry costs $75 and includes snack and dinner. For more information, call 584-2321.

The Bardmoor Golf Scramble, benefiting the Pinellas AAU girls basketball team's trip to Ireland, is June 8, 8 a.m., at the Bardmoor North Golf Club. Entry is $50 per person and includes lunch. $300 to winning team. For more information, call 443-1467.

The Chi Chi Challenge Golf Tournament is June 8, 8:30 a.m., at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club. Entry fee is $45 and includes lunch. Four-golfer scramble (two flights). For more information, call 726-4673).

The Pinellas Pharmacists Society Scramble is June 30, 8 a.m., at the Innisbrook Resort's Sandpiper Course. Entry fee is $50 and includes food. For more information, call 398-1966 or 837-9095.

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