Senior Amateur takes over Beau Pré today for qualifier

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 9, 2001

Another high profile event descends on Beau Pr\u00E9 Country Club today.

The United States Golf Association’s Senior Amateur Quailifer will take place at the course with 13 golfers ready to tackle it. The winner of the qualifier advances to the 47th annual U.S. Senior Amateur Championship on Sept. 8-13.

&uot;It’s a first-class deal,&uot; said Chris Wilson, a USGA Senior qualifier committeeman. &uot;I’m personally pleased that Beau Pr\u00E9 is allowing the qualifier to take place ther, because it is such a fine club.&uot;

The one-day, stroke play qualifier at Beau Pr\u00E9 is for men 50 and older with handicaps of less than 7.4. Golfers from Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi will play in the event. Charles Yarbrough is the lone Natchez representitive playing.

Last year, only eight golfers played in the qualifier at Great Southern Country Club in Gulfport. The increase from eight to 13 players can be credited to Wilson and Beau Pr\u00E9.

&uot;It’s a combination of me working to get (the numbers) up a little bit, and Beau Pr\u00E9 being such a fine course.&uot; he said.

Wilson said that at least one qualifier should represent each state. It’s Wilson’s goal to get the event to increase every year.

&uot;Within three to four years, I hope to have two (qualifying) places to play for.&uot;

Tee times start at 8 a.m.

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Wilson has been in charge of increasing the turnout for the senior golf scene in Mississippi.

For today’s action at Beau Pr\u00E9, the seniors will play the course at a distance between 6300-6500 yards.