For some members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, Monday was their first chance to play The Country Club, the venerable birthplace of American golf.
"They know that they need to make history, too," captain Ben Crenshaw said after eight of the 12 U.S. team members played a practice round in preparation for their match Sept. 24-26 against the Europeans.
"The place is dripping with history," said Hal Sutton, who finished 64th in the '88 U.S. Open and will return for the Ryder Cup. "I'm just glad to be a part of this next bit of history."
Sutton joined Ryder Cup teammates Phil Mickelson and The Country Club first-timers David Duval and Jeff Maggert in Monday's first foursome. Steve Pate, Payne Stewart and first-timers Jim Furyk and Justin Leonard played in the second group.
Davis Love III, who has a problem with a nerve in his neck, was seeing Dr. Frank Jobe in Alabama on Monday and could not play. Tiger Woods, Tom Lehman and Mark O'Meara were out with prior commitments.
Augusta's Jeff Knox qualified for next month's U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship on Monday. With a 1-under-par 69 at the Oak Bridge Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Knox was the medalist. Knox was one of four players who qualified at this site. The U.S. Mid-Amateur, for golfers ages 25-over, will be held Sept. 25-30 at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. There will be 36 holes of stroke play qualifying, with the top 64 of the 264 players moving on to match play. The winner earns an invitation to the 2000 Masters.
Proceeds from tickets sales to the Augusta Lynx exhibition game with the Greenville Grrrowl on Sunday, Oct. 14, have been earmarked for the United Way of the CSRA.
Game time at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center will be at 5:05 p.m.
Tickets for that game are now on sale at the United Way office, 630 Ellis St., or by calling 724-5544. Any tickets not sold by the United Way will be available at the civic center on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m.
Individual game tickets for all Lynx games, including opening night, go on sale Sept. 25 at the civic center or at all TicketMaster locations. Season and half-season tickets are now on sale at the Lynx office at the civic center. Fans can charge-by-phone at (706) 828-7700.
The Lynx open their second East Coast Hockey League season in Augusta on Thursday, Oct. 14, against the Pee Dee Pride.
Signup for the CSRA Junior Tennis fall season for beginners, intermediate, advanced and high school players ends Sept. 11 at Newman Tennis Center and Petersburg Racquet Club. Signup will be from 9 a.m.-noon on that day.
A team captain's meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m., and the first match will be on Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. Players without a team also can register. Call Petersburg's Craig Jones at 860-9288 for more information.
Glenn Hills will dedicate its new softball field before Lady Spartans play Greenbrier at 4:30 p.m. today. All former players and coaches are invited to attend the field dedication.
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