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Princeton Greater Open is moving on up

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Bob “Jimmy Johnson” Noel tees off from hole No. 4 at Hunter’s Ridge in the Jay Braida Memorial Golf Outing. This year’s event was held to benefit Princeton native Danny Gelsomino.

The Greater Princeton City Open Golf Tournament will be like the old TV series, the Jeffersons. It will be moving on up.

This year’s event has been moved up to Aug. 3-4 to attract more golfers, including high school students, who may not play after the start of the school season. The tournament was held in late September last year, renewed after a 21-year layoff.

The format is the same as last year, including 18 holes at Wyaton Hills on Saturday and 18 holes at Hunter’s Ridge on Sunday. Golfers will be flighted according to USGA Handicap and/or after the first day’s results.

More flights are being planned for both men’s and women’s divisions, including a new super-senior division. It is open to anyone within the PHS No. 500 District or who is a member of Hunter’s Ridge, Wyaton Hills and Indian Hills golf courses in Tiskilwa.

Lorita Helman of State Farm will sponsor this year’s event.

The fees remain the same at $55. Registration forms are at all local golf courses.

Defending champions are Danny Nelson and Katie Farrell, both former BCR Golfers of the year.

Bearing down: Four former Chicago Bears will be attending the ServiceMaster Restoration by DSI Charity Golf Outing for the American Red Cross on July 26 at Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course.

The lineup includes former Bears Emery Moorehead, Steve McMichael, Michael Richardson and Dwayne Bates, the athletic director at LaSalle-Peru High School. Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $65 per person. For more information,call 800-954-9444.

Optimist Junior golf: The Annual Princeton Optimist Club’s Junior Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 2 at Wyaton Hills. Ages 12-14 will play nine holes and the 15-17 division will play 18 with the top six golfers qualifying for the last nine holes to determine the champion.

Entry forms are available at many area golf courses. There is a $10 entry fee to cover green fees and prizes. Checks should be payable to the Princeton Optimist Club and can be sent to Gary Patterson, 715 N. Linn, Princeton, Ill. 61356.

Participants may register at the event if space permits. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. with tee off at 8 a.m. For more information, call Patterson at 815-875-3767.

Lady Panthers golf outing: The Putnam County girls basketball team will host a four-person scramble golf tournament on July 27 at Edgewood Golf course in rural McNabb. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Prizes will include $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place. There will be a hole-in-one contest at all three par 3s.

The cost to enter the event is $60 per person and $240 per team. Entry fee will entitle a person to golf, a cart, skins and a meal. To register for the four person golf scramble tournament, call James Barnett at 217-779-9718 or email him at barnettj@putnam.k12.il.us.

Doug Hoffman Memorial: The 4th Annual Doug Hoffman Memorial Golf Outing will be held Aug. 24 at Hidden Lake Golf Course in Sheffield. It is held to celebrate the life of Doug Hoffman, who passed away from cancer on June 24, 2009.

The four-person scramble will have a noon shotgun start. Cost is $50 per person which includes 18 holes, cart and a meal. All proceeds will benefit Spring Valley Hospice. Donations are accepted.

Register by calling Steve at 815-712-2910 or Connie at 815-303-8088.

Chip shots: LaPorte Mowing is the first half winner for the Wyaton Hill’s Wednesday Men’s League. They are off to a 1-0 start in the second half. Allan Kerber, Bob Carlson  shared this week’s low gross of 41. ... The fourth annual Miracles Happen III Golf Outing will take place Saturday at Seneca’s Oak Ridge Golf Course. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. There will be a chicken dinner followed by awards at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer or Steve Sines at 815-228-1574, or by contacting sines9@aol.com.

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