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STARS WILL AGAIN BE OUT FOR HOT ROD’S CELEBRITY TOURNEY

SHARE STARS WILL AGAIN BE OUT FOR HOT ROD’S CELEBRITY TOURNEY

Jeremy Ranch will be crawling with sports celebrities from yesteryear along with a few present-day celebrities when the 2nd annual Hot Rod Hundley Celebrity Golf Challenge is played next month.

This year's tournament is set for Aug. 2-3, a Monday and Tuesday, with a celebrity-media day competition played on Aug. 1. As of Friday, 86 celebrities had committed to participate.Ex-basketball players make up the bulk of the field, including the likes of John Havlicek, Zelmo Beaty, Jerry Lucas and Artis Gilmore, who are all new to the tournament this year.

Also playing will be Jazz players John Stockton and Larry Krystkowiak, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and University of Utah Coach Rick Majerus.

Indiana Coach Bobby Knight will be back, along with ex-football stars Billy Kilmer and Jim Taylor. Ex-Ute and Redskin Roy Jefferson will join the field this year along with ex-baseball stars Bill Mazeroski, Vern Law and Mudcat Grant. Also on the list is Tom Chambers of the Phoenix Suns.

Besides the sports celebrities, 14 from the entertainment field will play, including "Super Dave" Osborne, Tom Poston and Chad Everett.

The tournament will benefit the Intermountain Unit of Shriner's Hospital.

"All of my friends are pleased to come and be a part of this effort. I appreciate the local sponsors getting behind this effort and helping me with this very important cause," said Hundley.

Individual and corporate sponsorships are available, ranging from $750 to $7,500. Gallery tickets will be sold through Hot Rod Hundley's restaurant, Smith Tix and at Jeremy Ranch. Call 483-5207 for more information.

STATE AM STARTS: The 95th annual Men's State Amateur, the longest continuously-played tournament in America, will be played this week at Park Meadows Golf Course. The tourney begins with 180 players on Wednesday and by Sunday just two golfers will be left to battle in a 36-hole final.

Brad Sutterfield is excited to be back as the defending champion and says to watch out for the long hitters. Sutterfield played a practice round at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course Wednesday from the gold tees, which stretches the longest course in Utah to over 7,400 yards.

The only other ex-champ under the age of 40 playing will be two-time winner Doug Bybee, who now works in Monterey, Calif. Other former champs competing are Arlen Peacock, Jack Ridd and Tom Christensen.

If length is a factor, watch for some of the top college players such as Eric Rustand and Jason Wight of BYU, Greg Slack and Jeff Keye of Utah and Fransico Combes of Weber State.

"Veterans" such as Ron Hitchcock, Kurt Bosen and Todd Barker will also be chasing their first State Am title. Fourteen-year-old Boyd Summerhays will be the youngest participant again.

Despite all the talk about the long Park Meadows course, the guess here is that the winner next week will be the guy with the hottest putter.

STRAY SHOTS: Dan Forsman's second-place finish last week at the Hartford Open earned him some important Ryder Cup points, vaulting him from 18th to 11th place. The Provo resident needs to finish in the top 10 to be assured of a spot on the 12-man team. Two players are chosen by captain Tom Watson . . . Salt Lake County has instituted a marshall program at its three golf courses to help speed up play. The pilot program starts this weekend and will only be used on weekends and holidays for the rest of the summer . . . Steve Sharp is the new head professional at Mulligans South golf complex in West Jordan. Assistant Forest Dale pro Cory Robert has been elected to PGA membership . . . Grand Opening ceremonies for the new Logan River Golf Course are next Saturday with Gov. Mike Leavitt scheduled to be on hand . . . Farmington's Boyd Summerhays and West Bountiful's Scott Hailes earned spots in the 46th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship July 27-31 at Portland, Ore. Among the participants will be two-time defending champion Tiger Woods and U.S. Open qualifier Ted Oh . . . Summerhays won last week's UGA Junior Amateur, defeating Steve Day on the first playoff hole. Kami Whitehead won the girls final over Lori Motzkus 1-up.