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New home for the Shark Shootout

Thisweek’s Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout will celebrate its 11th and final year at the picturesque Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Nov. 10-14.The PGA TOUR-sanctioned tournament will move to Doral Golf Resort and Spa in November 2000.

The Greg Norman-hosted event has been staged at Sherwood Country Club since 1989. According to a press release, the event’s move to Florida is necessary to better accommodate live network television.

The event will be played on the soon-to-be-opened Great White Course at Doral Golf Resort and Spa, a facility owned and operated by KSL Recreation. Greg Norman Golf Course Design is constructing the course on the same land that once held the White course.The 2000 tournament will be held Nov. 15-19.Information, including dates, concerning the 2001 Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout and beyond will be announced later.

"Sherwood Country Club has been a tremendous venue in which to stage this competition," said Norman, who along with wife Laura launched the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout for the purpose of supporting children’s charities. "The membership at Sherwood, particularly its chairman David Murdock, the local community and golf fans who have attended the event each year, are among the nicest people I have dealt with in my professional career.

With support from Sherwood Country Club, corporate sponsorship and the Southern California community, the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout has generated more than $8 million for children’s charities since its inception.

"We have enjoyed being a part of the Shark Shootout for the past decade. The event has been a tremendous contributor to local children’s charities," said Murdock. "It was also great to draw high-caliber golfers to the tournament, which was a wonderful source of enjoyment and entertainment for the Southern California area."

Franklin Templeton, one of the United States’ largest mutual fund companies, began its sponsorship of the tournament in 1992 and will continue its entitlement of the tournament at Doral.

In addition to Franklin Templeton, other sponsors of the 1999 event are the Dole Food Company, Chevrolet and Ralphs.

The tournament features 12 two-man teams who will compete in alternate shot, better ball and scramble formats.Among the players expected to compete are defending champions Steve Elkington and Norman, David Duval, Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw and Peter Jacobsen.A Pro-Am will be held Nov. 10-11.