First things first: LPGA pro and New Port Richey resident Patty Jordan once again will help put on the Patty Jordan Loves the Children Golf Classic, and then three days later compete for a $1-million prize in Las Vegas.
While the money would be nice, Jordan's priorities lie in her tournament. Entering its sixth year, the event is scheduled for Nov. 16 at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club.
The tournament is hoping to raise $15,000 to benefit the West Pasco Pregnancy Center _ specifically, to build a 12-bed licensed maternity home to serve all of West Pasco, a longtime goal of the tournament. This year, that home moves closer to reality as Jordan expects to begin the grant-writing process.
"We're still trying to raise money for it," Jordan said. "You have to show you're serious (before the grant writing begins). We're at that point now."
Jordan is expecting another full field of 132 golfers, each paying $65, as well as some LPGA tour partners to help along the players. Already committed to the event are former South Florida star Anna Acker-Macosko, Nancy Taylor and Karen Davis. The four-person scramble will include a continental breakfast, prizes and a clubhouse dinner.
"Everybody walks out the door with a prize," said Jordan. "We try to treat our people pretty well."
Jordan will have a chance to walk away with a million-dollar prize on Nov. 19 when she competes in a hole-in-one shootout at the Desert inn Golf Course in Las Vegas. Every player who hit a hole-in-one this season gets the chance to compete.
Jordan earned that right earlier this year when she aced a 187-yard hole at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic.
"I stood on the tee and watched it and said, "I'm going to Vegas,'
" Jordan said.
It was Jordan's seventh ace, but first in a tournament. In Vegas, each participant gets to hit two balls from 165 yards.
GLEN LAKES WINNERS: A group of golfers from Glen Lakes performed well two weeks ago at the Inverness Half-Rounders Invitational, led by Bobbie McGlashan, who took first place in the C Flight. She was followed by Louise Ashby and Joanne Welchoff, who finished second and third. Glen Lakes also had a third place from Joan Abbott in the D Flight.
_ Times Staff Writer Rick Gershman contributed to this report.