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Citrus Hills members ready for Demo Day to tee off

Golfers hear the claims every year from golfing manufacturers. How this new technology will "change your game," or how this specialty club or driver is guaranteed to shave strokes off your average.

The chance to test the credibility of these claims does not come often _ if it at all.

However, the folks at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club seem to have found an answer to this query with their annual Demo Day.

Scheduled for Saturday, the Citrus Hills Golf Club Demo Day will invite several manufacturers to the county for a personal showing and demonstration of their latest wares.

Since it was instituted three years ago, the Demo Day has become popular with the Citrus Hills members and other county golfers, giving them the chance to test and compare the newest offerings from companies such as Wilson, TaylorMade, Callaway, Ping, Liquid Metal, Orlimar and Adams.

"It gives the different companies a chance to show off their equipment and the people a chance to see them," Citrus Hills assistant teaching pro Herb Hurley said.

"With most new clubs nowadays, you can't just take them out and try them. But this allows a person to go to each company himself, try each one's product and decide for himself which one he likes best," Hurley said.

The session will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and allows for custom fitting of new purchases.

"We've had very good response from our members," Hurley said. "They all enjoy it very much.

"The best thing may be the custom fitting. That and the ability to try different clubs. If they are undecided between two different manufacturers, they can hit both and see which one they like best."

SCORE: The third annual Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) Golf Tournament is scheduled for March 26 at Southern Woods Golf Club.

Hosted by SCORE and co-sponsored by Regions Bank, the proceeds will be used to support the community service SCORE volunteers offer to new and existing small businesses in Citrus County, including free counseling, group workshops and specialized seminars. A contribution also is made to Junior Achievement of Citrus County.

The registration fee is $50 and includes lunch and a goodie bag. Sponsorship for a hole or tee is $100, with the sponsor receiving a free foursome round at Southern Woods. Prizes will be awarded for hole-in-one, putting and flight winners.

For registration information or to sponsor a hole, contact Bob Radcliffe, (352) 382-3656, or James Stanina, (352) 726-1237.