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Area golfers to play national tourney at Pebble

Area golfers to play national tourney at Pebble

Tee Talk

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Medford's Tim Mort will make his second trip in three years to the Cadillac Invitational Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach, Calif. —

— The 72-hole event is Jan. 14-17 on four courses. —

— Mort, vice president of the National Kidney Foundation of Oregon and Washington, has an 11.4 handicap at Rogue Valley Country Club. He helped his 1997 Cadillac team finish 15th out of 104 teams. —

— Format for the tournament is a four-player scramble. —

— Mort's team, made up of Jim Garrison, Al Lange and Boise State University player John Warner, won the regional qualifier in Bend. —

— Champions of the Medford regional are John Anhorn, Scott Reed, Jerry Eklund and Bill Anhorn. They won the local qualifier with a 12-under-par 60 last July at Eagle Point Golf Course. —

— The tournament will use the courses at Old Del Monte Golf Club, Spanish Bay Golf Links, Bayonet Golf Course at Fort Ord, Calif., and Pebble Beach Golf Links, which also is the host of the U.S. Open in June. —

— We think we can win, Mort says of the Cadillac. There are good teams there, but all teams are pretty even due to the handicapping rules. —

— Under tournament rules, the combined handicap of a team's four players must be at least 43, and only one of the players can be below an 8. —

— Warner, a former Klamath Union High golfer, leads Mort's team with a 2 handicap. Garrison was also a member of Mort's team that went to the national finals in 1997. —

— Eklund is the low-handicapper on Anhorn's team at 4.5. —

— We've got a pretty balanced team, but we're just going there to have fun, says Anhorn. It's a chance to relax and play four rounds of golf on four of the best courses in the world. —

— More than $6 million has been raised this year by the Cadillac Invitational to fight kidney disease, according to Mort. —

— TOM KOHLER IS

the new head golf professional at Oak Knoll Golf Course in Ashland. —

— Kohler, 39, replaces Bob Haney. —

— Kohler arrived at Oak Knoll as an assistant pro last February. He has been the head pro at Quail Point Golf Course of Medford (1994-96) and at Mount Shasta Golf Course (1996-99). —

— It's nice to be back in Southern Oregon, says Kohler. We have some new programs and new facilities coming here at Oak Knoll. —

We're going to build a new clubhouse and driving range within the year. We really need those things. —

— Starting Jan. 17, Oak Knoll will introduce new senior golf rates, Kohler says. It'll cost $7 for nine holes and $12 for 18 holes Monday through Friday. —

— THE LONG-AWAITED

new clubhouse at Eagle Point Golf Course is springing up. —

— It will feature a pro shop, offices, an expansive restaurant and bar, locker rooms and club and cart storage facilities, says Tony Galpin, general manager of the course. —

— The clubhouse is expected to be completed by the end of April. —

— We're all very excited, says Galpin. We're looking forward to getting out of this trailer and into a new facility. It's what we've needed to finish this project. —

Randy Hammericksen is the Mail Tribune's golf columnist. He can be reached at 776-4499.