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Faldo & Furyk join Johnnie Walker field

Nick Faldo and Jim Furyk will play in the Johnnie Walker Classic at Ta Shee Golf and Country Club, Nov. 9-14, 1999.

Faldo won the inaugural Johnnie Walker Classic in Hong Kong in 1990 and captured the title for the second time in Singapore in 1993.

Furyk, who represents Johnnie Walker on the U.S. PGA Tour, played in the United States Ryder Cup team in 1997 and ensured his place in the 1999 team after finishing in a tie for 8th in the US PGA Championship.

Faldo and Furyk join a star-studded field led by the World No. 1 Tiger Woods. World No. 6 Vijay Singh and two-time US Open Champion Ernie Els will also be at Ta Shee. It will be the largest golf tournament ever to be held in Taiwan.

Drought forces Mid-Am course change

FAR HILLS, N.J. -- The second golf course in the St. Louis area to be used for 36 holes of stroke play over the first two days of the 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, scheduled from Sept. 25-30, has been shifted to Bellerive Country Club from Missouri Bluffs Golf Club.

Following the stroke play portion, the Championship will be entirely hosted by Old Warson Country Club.

Missouri Bluffs suffered from severe drought conditions in the area, causing officials at the club and the USGA to re-evaluate whether the greens could be groomed to competition standards in time for the Championship.

In light of the situation, the USGA asked Bellerive to host that portion of the Championship. Bellerive officials agreed to offer their golf course for two practice rounds and stroke play Saturday and Sunday. Bellerive will play to 7,047 yards with a par of 71.

Ironically, Bellerive was the host club for the first Mid-Amateur in 1981, won by Jim Holtgrieve, a native of St. Louis, and the 1965 U.S. Open, won by Gary Player. Bellerive also hosted the 1992 PGA Championship, won by Nick Price.

Monte-Carlo lands celebrity pro-am

MONACO -- Monte-Carlo, renowned for attracting the world's rich and famous, is also known for hosting some of Europe's best sporting events.

Beginning the week of Sept. 6, Monte-Carlo will proudly combine celebrity and sport to host Europe's only celebrity pro-am golf championship.

An official event on the European Seniors Tour, the Zepter Monte-Carlo Pro Celebrity Championship will take place Sept. 9-11 at the Monte-Carlo Golf Club.

Among the celebrities scheduled to participate in this year's event are: Virgin founder Richard Branson; Grammy-winning musical artist Michael Bolton; former NBA basketball star Julius Irving; three-time Wimbledon Champion Boris Becker; National Hockey League legend Wayne Gretzky and television actor Jason Priestly.

Special offer on junior clubs

GOLDEN, Colo. -- Lange Golf, makers of professionally fit clubs for women and juniors, is offering a special promotion for families whose children are interested in taking up golf.

Families who purchase a Shooting Stars Junior Pro set for a child 6 or older will receive ½-off the retail price of Tykes On Spikes which is tailored to younger children.

The Shooting Stars Junior Pro set is designed for junior golfers and can be modified as a child grows. Lange's Tykes On Spikes is designed for the smallest aspiring golfers.

The Shooting Stars Junior Pro set consists of seven clubs including two woods, three irons, a dual pitching/sand wedge and a putter.

It is offered at a retail price of $190 steel or $235 graphite. Tykes on Spikes is offered at a retail price of $80, but would be $40 during this promotion.

Lewis signs with chipshot.com

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Chipshot.com announced that PGA Tour pro J.L. Lewis will carry a chipshot.com bag.

Lewis, who turned professional in 1984, is having the best year of his career. Two weeks ago, he notched his first PGA Tour victory in a playoff at the John Deere Classic. Earlier this year, he tied for ninth at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.

Lewis has earned $483,394 so far in 1999, putting him 61st on the money list.

Lewis was born in Emporia, Kan., and resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife Dawn and children Cole and Sherry. Prior to this year, Lewis' best season on the tour was 1998, when he finished 104th on the money list.

World Am sites announced

FAR HILLS, N.J. -- The World Amateur Golf Council (WAGC), which comprises national governing bodies of golf in more than 85 countries and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the official International Federation for golf, selected sites and a host country for its 2000 World Amateur Team Championships.

The Women's World Amateur Team Championship will be held on Aug. 23-26, 2000 at Berlin Sporting Club Resort in Bad Saarow, Germany. The World Amateur Team Championship will be conducted the following week at the same facility.

It will mark the first time these competitions have been contested in Germany. The Berlin Sporting Club Resort features two courses, the Arnold Palmer Course that opened in 1995 and the Nick Faldo Course that first welcomed play the following year.

Representatives from national amateur golf associations of 35 countries founded the World Amateur Golf Council in Washington, D.C., in May of 1958. The WAGC's chief mission to encourage the international development of golf and to foster friendship and sportsmanship among the peoples of the world.

The first men's championship was held in 1958 at St. Andrews (Old Course) in Scotland. Winners of the men's event take custody of the Eisenhower Trophy, named after the president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, at the time the WAGC was founded.

Kuehne signs with CustomTracks

DALLAS -- CustomTracks Corporation announced that Hank Kuehne signed a five-year marketing agreement with the company.

Under terms of the agreement, Kuehne will wear "information" designated by the company on his hat at tournaments or during television interviews in which he participates.

Kuehne is currently featured on the cover of the September issue of Golf Magazine.

CustomTracks Corporation is the developer and owner of the ZixIt Digital Signature and encryption technology. Products currently under development include: ZixMail, a secure Internet-messaging system; and ZixCharge, an Internet transaction authorization system.

Four Seasons hosts Sun's par-3 challenge

LO ALTO, Calif. -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the second annual Sun Par-3 Challenge at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara in Carlsbad, Calif., will be played Nov. 16, 1999.

The $540,000 tournament will feature some of the best players from the PGA, Senior PGA, and LPGA Tours. The pros will also be joined by a host of celebrities.

In addition to the prize money, players will have a shot at winning $1 million with a hole-in-one. The money will be split between the player and the hole's previously selected charity.

Nine tour players will compete on the Four Seasons Resort Aviara's signature Arnold Palmer golf course, which will be modified to make every hole a par-3. Each threesome will be made up of one player from the PGA, LPGA, and SENIOR PGA TOUR.

Fox Television will air the tournament nationwide Thanksgiving Day from 4-6:30 p.m. ET.

Last year Jesper Parnevik narrowly defeated Justin Leonard with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Michelle McGann was third and Annika Sörenstam was fourth.

AP