SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. – Legends Hall of Fame member and 16-time LPGA Tour winner Jan Stephenson led a mental-edge clinic prior to the XXIO Desert Scramble, but it was the 50 teams of amateurs who kicked off tournament week for the Walgreens Charity Classic.
“My advice to amateurs in a scramble is to find out what hole you are starting on and go to the range and hit that same first shot a few times,” said Stephenson. “If you hit the shot you’re going to hit on the first tee, it really helps with the nerves.”
“And be a little more aggressive with the putts in a scramble,” added Stephenson, a native of Australia. “If it goes in, that’s great and if it doesn’t, you’ve still put your team close enough and someone else might make it.”
Players in today’s 18-hole scramble were competing for spots in The Legends Tour’s Walgreens Charity Classic Pro-Am, set for Thursday, March 2. The two-player teams posting the low-gross and low-net scores earned entry into the pro-am held at Grandview Golf Course.
Low-gross winners with a score of 63 was the team of Leigh Klasse of Surprise (handicap +0.3) and Karri Kinkead of Sun City West (handicap 4.5). The two play out of Briarwood Country Club.
Low-net winners in the scramble with a score of 59 was the team of Barb Dearing of Peoria, Ariz. (handicap 19.6) and JoAnn Stevens of Peoria, Ariz. (handicap 22.8). That duo plays out of Trilogy at Vistancia.
The two winning teams will be paired together to form a foursome in Thursday’s official pro-am tournament and will be paired with professional Nicole Jeray of Berwyn, Ill. Jeray is the only active member of all three professional women’s tours – the Symetra Tour, LPGA and Legends Tour – and finished tied for 10th in last year’s Walgreens Charity Classic.
“We play at Briarwood Country Club and we play together in a traveling league,” said Klasse. “I think that definitely helps because we know each other’s games pretty well.”
And do the amateurs have any advice for the pros, who will begin the professional tournament at Grandview Golf Course Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5?
“The greens are fantastic but don’t over-read the greens,” added Klasse. “The tendency is to read too much break and they roll pretty true.”
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