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July 27, 2013

Ungar brings affordable golf to Valdosta

VALDOSTA — Three South Georgia/ North Florida Amateur Golf Championships will be conducted at Kinderlou Country Club in Valdosta on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22.

The amateur tournament is run by John Ungar, a committeeman of Georgia Golf State Association.

All events are open to male amateur golfers 21 and older. Entry-fees will include green-fees, cart, range balls and prizes.

The format for both Sept. 20-21 is 18 holes of individual stroke play. On Friday players will play with a handicap of nine or less, 10-18 and 19-up. Saturday, players play with scratch handicaps.

All players must submit a current USGA handicap card with their entry form. Flights will consist of men ages 21-49, seniors ages 50-59 and super seniors ages 60-up. Entry fee is $70, if paid before August 15 and $80 until August 30.

The format for Sunday, Sept. 22 will be 18 holes of two-man best-ball (scratch). Flights will again consist of men ages 21- 49, seniors ages 50-59 and super seniors ages 60-up.

 Entry fee is $160 per team if paid before August 15 and $180 after.

Ungar has been coordinating golf tournaments since 1980 in Cleveland, Oh., but has since moved his business to the greens of Georgia courses. Ungar wants to provide golf tournaments that the average player can afford to enter.

Ungar’s average one-day event costs between $60-$90 to enter and a two-day event averages between $90-$120.

“Most of the tournaments I organize have been golfer friendly,” Ungar said. “It give players the opportunity to play at a price they can afford.”

For comparison, this year’s Valdosta Open had a $225 entry fee. Ungar thinks it is the tradition of the current tournaments that allows them to be successful despite the hefty entrance fee.

“Here it’s been hard for whatever reason to get things going,” Ungar said. “Besides the Jack Oliver and the Valdosta Open, there aren’t too many competitive tournaments here.”

This will not be Ungar’s first tournament in Valdosta; he put together the Lowndes County Amateur at Kinderlou back in 2009.

Ungar’s goal for next season is to partner up with the Golf.com World Amatuer in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Tournament winners would have their entry fee to the national tournament paid for.

Deadline for entries for all events is August 30. For additional information and entry-forms contact John Ungar at 614-441-3965.

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