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Full field of 168 golfers ready to have fun at Homer Profitt Invitational

June 17, 2004|JILL ERWIN

STANFORD - The crowd will be filled with familiar faces, and they will most likely be smiling.

A full field of 168 is entered in this weekend's Homer Profitt Invitational at Dix River Country Club here. The Profitt is one of the most popular and most fun tournaments in the state, and Dix River pro Jack Upchurch said that's something the club takes pride in.

"I played in it for years, and since I've been working here, it's always been a fun tournament," Upchurch said. "Our goal is to make it a fun tournament, and everybody seems to enjoy it."

The crowd will feature some familiar faces, including two-time defending champion and Dix River regular Dale Moore. Also in the field are local golfers Marty Anderson, Scott Bolin and Chris Cornelius.

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But Upchurch said Moore is the man to beat.

"Dale would be the favorite if I was picking," Upchurch said. "You can look back in history and he's won this thing several times."

Moore won the tournament last year with a one-day score of 67 after rain kept the golfers from finishing 18 holes Saturday. Rain is a concern again this year, as Upchurch said it is most years. However, he doesn't see much risk of them not getting the tournament in as it's a regular occurence and the summer schedule is too packed to give serious thought to rescheduling it.

"It can cause us problems, that's for sure," Upchurch said. "We should be used to it, since it rains almost every year. I've been playing it for years, and I told them I could count the number of times it didn't rain on one hand."

The course is getting rave reviews. The Central Kentucky Ladies tournament was held Monday with 98 women in the field, and Upchurch said they all thought it was in great shape.

The Profitt breaks its golfers into flights, but doesn't limit its winner to just the championship flight. Anyone in the field can win, and that's part of the fun, Upchurch said.

Also keeping people coming back for more is the variety of hole prizes, including hams and golf clubs.

"We give away special prizes on every hole and I think people enjoy that," Upchurch said. "Even if they're not in the competition score-wise, they might luck out and get one close to the hole or knock a long putt in to win one of those prizes. That gives them something else to shoot at."



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