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4 local pros to compete at national meet

Four Utah club pros will compete this week at the National Club Pro Championship in Kohler, Wis.

Sandy's Steve Schneiter, who won the Club Pro title in 1995, will be joined by American Fork's Kim Thommpson, Ogden's Jimmy Blair and Sandy's Milan Swilor at the Whistling Straits Golf Course. The top 25 finishers will advance to play in the PGA Championship in August.

SENIOR QUALIFIER: Bob Lendzion, a pro from Las Vegas, shot a 5-under-par 66 at Logan Golf & Country Club Monday to earn a spot in the U.S. Senior Open July 8-11 at Des Moines Country Club.

Former Senior Tour player Bob Betley of Fish Haven, Idaho and Cannon Randall of Mesa, Ariz., tied for second at 69.

CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE: Jack Nicklaus, who is comming off hip replacemment surgery, headlines the field at next week's Champion Challenge at Thanksgiving Point G.C. Nicklaus, considered the greatest golfer of all time, will join his son, Mike, in the best ball format June 28 and 29.

Other teams include defending champions Billy and Bobby Casper, Johnny and John Miller, Lee and Tony Trevino, Jim and Mike Furyk, Craig and Kevin Stadler, Juli Inkster and Nancy Lopez, and Mark Brooks and Billy Mayfair.

SUMMERHAYS STARTS STRONG: Heber City's Carrie Summerhays was among a foursome tied for third after Tuesday's opening round of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at Santa Ana, N.M.

Jenna Davis of Bonita, Calif., led by two strokes with a 70, with Summerstet Lovett of Columbus, Ohio, trailing in second by two strokes.

Summerhays shot a 73 and was tied with Laura Lara of Anthony, N.M.; Stacy Rambin of Tulsa, Okla.; and Jill Gomric of Bellville, Ill.

The top 64 players move on to match play following today's round on the 6,453-yard, par-71 Santa Ana Golf Club Course. The 18-hole final is Sunday.

Defending champion Amy Spooner-Johnston of Tallahassee, Fla., had a 78.