New Port Richey Businessman Qualifies for World Golfers Championship

2009 World Golfers ChampionshipFour golfers from Florida and one from Arizona will represent the United States in the World Golfers Championship after winning their respective flights in the rain-shortened national qualifying at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL. held Sept. 12-13, 2009.

The 15th World Golfers Championship is scheduled Oct. 24-30 in Marbella,Spain where the Americans will be joined by teams from 32 other countries. The legendary Seve Ballesteros is serving as Honorary Chairman of the event.  

Kevin Simpson from the President Country Club in West Palm Beach, FL, playing off a 6 handicap, claimed the first flight with a gross 80 for a net 74 on the Las Colinas Course, finishing two strokes ahead of Mike Graves, who was playing his home course with a 3 handicap.

In the second flight, Parker Smith of Sun City, AZ edged James McAfee of Wylie, TX by two strokes after posting an 80 for a net 72.
Michael Vandiver of New Port Richey, FL and owner of Razor Golf, cruised to a win in the third flight, posting an 80 for a net 66 and finished seven strokes ahead of his nearest rival, John Kurczek of Sun City.

Tony Ott of West Palm Beach, who qualified at Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land-O-Lakes, Florida and Frank McInerney of Mission Inn captured the fourth and fifth flights with 90-20 = 70 and 93-27 = 66 scores, respectively.
The second round of the qualifying on the El Campeon Course was washed out before competitors could finish nine holes.
Winning the team competition, counting the best four scores, was Plantation Palms with a 72-hole total of 288, eight strokes ahead of Mission Inn. 


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