FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Tampa, FL- April 8, 2014) The 2014 City of Tampa Men’s Open Championship is the evolution of an event that dates back to 1947. Formally the Tampa City Amateur Championship, this year’s event continues the amateur competition combined with a professional format that takes place on April 26 & 27 at Rogers Park Golf Course.

!The amateur event crowns the top amateur in the area, based on a 36-hole stroke play competition. The event is open to amateur men that are at least 18 years old, with a verified handicap of 18.0 or less. The $ 95 entry fee includes green fees, carts, awards, tee gift and practice round at cart fee rate. Entries will not become official until the handicap is verified by your home course.

The professional competition is open to any professional male golfer. The $200 entry fee includes green fees, cart and practice round at cart fee rate. The professional division will be competing for a purse of $3600 (based on 24 entrants).

“This championship should attract the top amateur and professional male golfers in the area,” said Kennie Sims, Vice President of Golf for the Tampa Sports Authority, who manages Rogers Park Golf Course, “we anticipate fierce competition in both divisions as we continue this storied tradition.”

Built in 1952, Rogers Park Golf Course has evolved as one of Tampa's best kept secrets. This beautiful 160-acre, 18-hole golf facility is surrounded on three sides by the Hillsborough River, offering golfers tranquility and an escape from busy city life.The 6,802-yard par 71 design is a stern test for any skill level. A lighted driving range and three-hole practice course also help golfers sharpen their skills. Visit www.rogersparkgc.com for more information.

Rogers Park is a public golf course that is proudly managed by the Tampa Sports Authority. The deadline for entries is Sunday, April 20 by 12:00 p.m. For more information contact

T.J. Heidel at 813-356-1670 or tjheidel@tampasportsauthority.com.

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