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Moonlight Pro Tour is made for hotshots

So you think you're a pretty good golfer. You've shot a few scratch rounds at local courses, or maybe you played in college or even tried your luck professionally at one time.

When you play with your buddies, you're the one everyone wants on their team. Or maybe you tend to walk away with all the money when you get together for a weekend Nassau.

Whatever the case, the Moonlight Pro Golf Tour may be for you. It's a chance to test your game against equal or better competition and maybe even walk away a little wealthier.

As one of the most-played mini-tours in Florida, the Moonlight Tour welcomes all kinds of golfers: club pros, aspiring pros, former collegians, and others. For a nominal fee, usually around $60, you can gain entry in one of the almost daily events.

The reward is pretty sizable for a one-day event. Take Inverness' Brian Brown, for instance. He has won four events over the past month and has pocketed more than $700. He has done it in all types of conditions and at four different courses, winning in a playoff, winning in the rain, and winning in near-perfect conditions.

Frank and Mary Magee started the tour years ago to give golfers affordable stroke-play tournaments. It makes stops all over West Central Florida, including five stops in Brooksville (Sherman Hills, World Woods), one in Spring Hill (Silverthorn) and one in Ocala (Country Club of Ocala).

New this year is the NEXT! Tour (or No-Exemptions), which offers higher prize money (upwards of $1,000) but a larger entry fee.

"Moonlight is to develop and save," Mary McGee said. "The NEXT! Tour is to test and profit. The Moonlight Tour doesn't give out as much money, so it's better for golfers who are working on keeping their scores down, etc."

The NEXT! Tour is for those who are playing well on a consistent basis and are looking for a bigger test, and bigger check.

NEXT! events are usually held over two days (although some one-day competitions are scheduled) in conjunction with the Moonlight Tour. For instance, on Nov. 18 and 19 the Moonlight Tour will play at Huntington Hills in Lakeland and Sherman Hills in Brooksville. Each is a Moonlight event, but the combination of the two make up a NEXT! event.

For more information, contact the McGees at (813) 393-8631.

SEVEN RIVERS CLASSIC: The Seven Rivers Christian School Warriors Club will host its seventh annual Golf Classic Nov. 15 at the Southern Woods Golf Club. The 18-hole scramble will begin at 12:30 p.m.

The $45 entry fee includes buffet dinner and prizes ranging from outings at World Woods and Southern Woods for foursomes, to gift certificates at area restaurants and retail stores.

Registration deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. Sponsor packages include golf cart ($1,000), practice area ($750), platinum ($500), gold ($250) and patron (optional).

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