Transitions Championship Update - March 15

INNISBROOK, Fla. – March 15, 2010 – It was fitting that an Opening Day pitcher was on the winning team in the Shelton Quarles Celebrity Pro-Am, which was the opening golf event today for the 2010 Transitions Championship.
 
James Shields of the Tampa Bay Rays teamed with PGA TOUR® professional Brett Wetterich and amateurs Nomie Shock, Rod Patterson and Doug Bertz for a best ball score of 59.
 
That was one shot better than teams featuring Bucs Coach Raheem Morris and pro John Huston and hockey great Stan Mikita and pro Blake Adams.
 
A total of 21 teams played in today’s Shelton Quarles Celebrity Pro-Am Benefiting the IMPACT Foundation.
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There were some changes in the field Monday as five players were inserted after finishing in the top 10 as the Puerto Rico Open was completed.  Puerto Rico winner Derek Lamely was joined by Brandon de Jonge, Steve Wheatcroft, Kris Blanks and Steve Elkington.
 
Charley Hoffman and Michael Sim withdrew from the tournament on Monday, as well.
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Local pro Bob Heintz was among the four qualifiers for the final spots in the field in Monday’s Open Qualifying at Fox Hollow Golf Club. 
 
Heintz and Ty Harris made birdie on the first hole after shooting 70s to win a six-man playoff for the last two spots.  Ryan Armour and Ben Bates had already reached the field by shooting 68s.
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Tomorrow’s interview schedule is as follows: 2:00 p.m. Ryo Ishikawa and Yuta Ikeda – Photo Op in front of Edinburgh Hall (Media Center); 3:30 p.m. Robert Karlsson – Interview in Edinburgh Hall; and 4:00 p.m. Kenny Perry – Interview in Edinburgh Hall.
 
2009 defending champion Retief Goosen will be the first interview on Wednesday, March 17, at 10:00 a.m. in the interview room in Edinburgh Hall.
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The Live Your Vision Pavilion will be open to guests to experience interactive activities while enjoying beautiful views of the professional practice rounds.
 
The Transitions Championship continues through Sunday, March 21, 2010 at Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, and includes a week of tournament-related activities reinforcing the connection between healthy sight and an overall healthy lifestyle. Tickets are available at participating Publix Super Markets and www.transitionschampionship.com.

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