April 14, 2000

San Diego Hosts World's Largest Amateur Golf Competition

San Diego-area can test their golf skills when the Toyota Golf Skills Challenge comes to Riverwalk Golf Course, May 18-21. More than 1,200 area amateurs are expected to participate in the local stop of the 23-city National Tour, which debuted in 1995.

The Toyota Golf Skills Challenge takes approximately 2½ hours to complete and tests participants in a series of eight skills, which include: long drive, short iron, trouble shot, greenside bunker, middle-iron shot, chip shot, pitch over hazard and putting. Players are allowed three attempts at each shot, with only the best shot counting toward their overall event scores. Divisions are offered for men (high and low handicaps), women, senior men (age 50 and older), juniors (age 14-17) and kids (age 8-13). Each of the Toyota Golf Skills Challenge city champions will advance to the National Finals, Oct. 20-21, 2000, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for an opportunity to win a 2001 Toyota Avalon. The Toyota Golf Skills Challenge is patterned after the professional EMC Golf Skills Challenge.

Registration is $25 per player, and tee times are available by calling (800) 932-8337. Event information also is available via www.toyotagolfskills.com. Tee times are available from 8 a.m.-4p.m. and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis to individual or groups of up to six people. A portion of the entry fee benefits San Diego-area junior golf programs.

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