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Sink your teeth into the U.S. Putting Tour Championship

September 28, 2011 |  3:29 pm

A putting competition is underway this week down in Carlsbad, where those with steady nerves  will compete for a cash prize and a chance to move on to a “World Putting Tour Championship.” Augusta, it’s not. But the first-ever tourney is a nice opportunity to hone putting skills against a range of competition, from duffers to club pros. It is open to men and women, ages 13 and up.

Dubbed the U.S. Putting Tour Championship, the event begins with a single preliminary round by each participant. In Round 1, entrants play 72 holes on a day of their choosing (Thursday, Friday or Saturday, at this point).

Seventy-two golfers will advance to Sunday’s championship. They will play 36 holes that morning, after which the field will be cut to the best 24 scores. Those 24 golfers will then play 36 more holes. In the event of a tie, there will be a sudden-death playoff.

The entry fee is $100. Amateurs can sign a waiver to maintain their amateur status. Total cash payout will be determined by the size of the field.

The tourney, run by Jim Hartley, takes place on the Crossings’ large, two-tiered practice putting green in Carlsbad, north of San Diego. For details, go to

Directions from L.A.: Interstate 5 south through Camp Pendleton. Exit Palomar Airport Road. Continue east one mile. Turn left on The Crossings Drive.


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