News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2007

Dixie Section Senior Championships heads to Decatur

From Staff Reports

Point Mallard Golf Course will host the PGA Dixie Section Seniors Championship on Aug. 20-21.

Senior pros from Alabama and Florida will compete in the event. Point Mallard pro Charles Krenkel and Madison Golf Center pro Billy Eastep are the co-chairmen for the tournament.

The event will feature a pro-am Aug. 19 to kick off the action. Amateurs from the area can play in the pro-am, which will start at 1:30 p.m. The format will be a best ball with two pros and two amateurs.

“We thought it was about time to have the tournament at Point Mallard,” said Eastep, president of the Dixie Seniors.

“Point Mallard has hosted some great tournaments in the past, pro and amateur, including numerous Hooters Tour events.”

Eastep said that the seniors alternate their tournament year-to-year in the state, from the south, central and north.

“This was the year for the north and we wanted to finally have it at Point Mallard,” Eastep said.

“We started thinking about it soon after the course underwent its renovation a couple of years ago.”

Eastep said the seniors won’t play Point Mallard from its maximum length of more than 7,000 yards.

“We’ll probably play from about 6,600 or 6,700 yards and believe that it will be a good challenge and fine test for our players.”

Eastep said 55 to 60 Dixie PGA seniors are expected to play in three different age categories: 50-57, 58-64 and 65 and above. A couple of members of the Dixie Section who have played on the PGA Champions Tour may compete.

The oldest member of the Dixie Section, W. S. “Bill” Burleson, 89, of Decatur, will be the honorary starter, hitting the first ball of the tournament. Burleson was the first pro at Point Mallard, serving from 1970 until he retired in 1980.

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