Golf: Amateurs earn their way into Classic field
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Golf: Amateurs earn their way into Classic field

Golf: Amateurs earn their way into Classic field

Two foursomes get to tee it up with the pros

June 20, 2011

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BARRINGTON — In the latest twist to the CVS Caremark Charity Classic, the amateur entries into the 13th playing of the event were filled Sunday, June 19, at Rhode Island Country Club.

Following the successful integration of LPGA Tour players years back, this summer eight amateur players from the annual Pepsi Pro-Am have qualified to move on to the Pepsi Max Amateur Shootout, and will tee it up on Monday among the tournament’s main field professionals.

“We thought wouldn’t it be great to let the amateurs go out there and tee it up with the pros during the tournament,” Classic co-host and Barrington native Brad Faxon said of the decision to allow the ams into the main field.

Exeter’s Ray Keogh along with Nik Middleton, John Shannonand and Chris Willis, of nearby North Attleboro, finished first in the morning shotgun at 17-under-par 54.

Group pro, LPGA youngster Vicky Hurst, provided plenty of support for her team, though the double eagle the ams picked up on the 11th hole was done without the use of her drive.

Rob Antrim, Dan Hargett, Marshall Hart and Mark Miller teamed with newly-turned pro Morgan Hoffman to win the afternoon shotgun going away at 19-under-par 52.

For their efforts, the Sunday morning winners tee off Monday at 10:40 a.m. followed 20 minutes later by the afternoon winners.

The 13th CVS Caremark Charity Classic officially tees off at 10:30 a.m. with LPGA stars Suzann Pettersen and Juli Inkster teaming with their respective partners, Barrington native Brett Quigley and Peter Jacobsen.

A late development saw Rickie Fowler withdrawing from the Classic due to a knee injury suffered at the U.S. Open. He’ll be replace by former CVS winner David Toms, who’ll team with another former Classic champ Camilo Villegas.

“Rickie really wanted to be here, but he hurt his knee really bad. But look who we got to replace him? David Toms. Not bad,” Faxon added.

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