Sports briefs

7/9/2013

GCHS to offer sports physicals

GCHS to offer sports physicals

Garden City High School will be offering sports physicals to its 2013-2014 student-athletes on Saturday.

The physicals, which are scheduled to be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., cost $10 and parents are encouraged to accompany their sons/daughters to the appointment.

All persons should enter the GCHS at the north point of the high school and proceed directly into the gymnasium.

For more information, contact the GCHS athletic office at 805-5431.

Babe Ruth to hold 2 tourneys in G.C.

The Kansas Babe Ruth 9-year-old state tournament is scheduled to be played July 19 to 22 in Garden City at the Peebles Sports Complex.

There will be eight teams from around the state of Kansas competing, with two pools of four teams established for round-robin qualifying.

The top teams will then advance to the championship game.

Garden City also will host a seven-state regional Babe Ruth tournament for 14-year-olds from Aug. 3 to 7.

There will be nine teams competing including a team from Canada. State champions will qualify from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Minnesota, North Dakota, Missouri and a host Garden City team. Clint Lightner Stadium will serve as the primary site for the games.

The double-elimination tournament, which is being sponsored through the Garden City Recreation Commission, is also seeking host families to house players during the tournament.

Tournament director Jared Rutti estimated that approximately 40 to 50 homes would be needed to host players from the different teams.

Those interested in hosting a player or players should contact Rutti at 276-1200.

Prairie Dunes to host USGA qualifier

Nationally-acclaimed Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson will be the site of a sectional qualifier for the 2013 United States Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship.

Ranked among the top 30 golf courses annually by numerous golf publications, Prairie Dunes will host the Mid-Am qualifier, which is for golfers ages 25 and older.

The Mid-Am qualifier will be played on Aug. 28, and there will be an additional area qualifier on Aug. 26 at Blue Hills Country Club in Kansas City, Mo. Entry fee is $125 and the deadline for entries to the USGA office in Far Hills, N.J., is Aug. 7.

Players who are 25 and older by Oct. 5 with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4 are eligible for the tournament.

There will be 264 qualifiers from around the country, including several exempt players. The low 64 players after 36 holes of stroke play will qualify for match play at the Country Club of Birmingham, in Alabama. The national tourney will be Oct. 5 to 10.

For more information, go online at https://champs.usga.org/index.html. Also, persons may contact Bill Conrey at (316) 210-3915 or (316) 828-3848, or Larry Barrett at (785) 443-6035.

Prairie Dunes has hosted numerous Kansas Amateur championships since it was opened in 1937, and has also hosted the U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women's Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and the Curtis Cup, a match between women golfers from the United States against a team from Great Britain-Ireland.

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