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2006 Knoxville Open has $450,000 purse


Only a month away from the annual showcase of young and up-and-coming professional golf talent worldwide at Fox Den Country Club, the 2006 Nationwide Knoxville Open has announced a $450,000 purse.

The annual four-day PGA developmental tour stop, June 15-18, will culminate with the champion receiving $85,500 and the championship trophy during a ceremony on the 18th hole Sunday, June 18.

Festivities begin Sunday, June 11, with the Food City Golf School for Kids, where 500 children expected to participate, said Daniel Julian, Knoxville Open spokesman.

The clinic begins at 3 p.m.

A pro-am Monday, June 12, is set to begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. featuring four amateurs and one Nationwide pro.

The Nationwide Knoxville Open Pro-Am Classic Wednesday, June 14, will also feature four amateurs and one Nationwide pro. Shotgun starts are at 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Julian said more about 40,000 spectators are expected for the Nationwide tour event. A four-day tourney pass is $25, or $10 per day. Parking and shuttle service, both free, will be available at Farragut High School.

The same is also available for volunteers in a field along Smith Road about one-quarter mile north of Walgreens.

Since the Knoxville Open began in 1990, Julian said more than $2.2 million “in net revenue” has been raised for The Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley, the sole recipient of all proceeds.

 

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