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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Marine Park Fills Brooklyn Open Championship Field

Hole #14 at Marine Park Golf Course
The Inaugural Brooklyn Open Championship has reached a full field of 112 players representing some of the area's top professional and amateur golfers according to Tournament Director Rich McDonough. The event will take place Monday, October 21 at Marine Park Golf Course.

Players are scheduled to begin teeing off at 8:30 a.m. on the par-72 Robert Trent Jones designed course. The field consists of players from all five boroughs and surrounding counties. The links-style design will be stretched to 7,091 yards for the professional and top amateur players, making it the longest challenge in New York City.

"We're extremely gratified that the response for our first Brooklyn Open Championship was so strong," said Michael Giordano, co-operator of Marine Park Golf Course. "We look forward to building on this for the future."

Professionals will be vying for a purse of more than $5,000. TD Bank Visa gift certificates will be awarded to the top amateur finishers. The overall professional and amateur champion will receive a Brooklyn Borough President Trophy. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is scheduled to be on hand to present the Brooklyn Borough President trophies at 3 p.m.

Overall four amateur divisions have been prearranged by handicaps and each will crown a champion. Thirty-three players with a handicap index of 8.9 or less are in the first division vying for the top amateur's Brooklyn Borough President Trophy. Amateurs playing in divisions 2-4 will play Marine Park at 6,600-plus yards.

There will be an opportunity for an amateur who aces the par-3 No. 5 to win a 2014 Cadillac, courtesy of Kristal Auto Mall.

Among many other books, Dave Donelson is the author of Weird Golf: 18 tales of fantastic, horrific, scientifically impossible, and morally reprehensible golf

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