Local Golf Notebook

Posted: June 10, 2007

For Kyle Davis, the summer of 2006 marked his coming-out party, a time when the sophomore at the University of Central Florida surged to the top of local amateur golf competition and didn't let up.

Davis, 21, of Kennett Square, who launched his season of accomplishment a year ago by winning the Philadelphia Amateur, hopes to start off another run this summer when the 107th Amateur Championship begins tomorrow with qualifying at Applebrook and White Manor Country Clubs.

The crown jewel of the Golf Association of Philadelphia season, the Amateur kicks off with 36 holes of medal-play qualifying, with the top 31 scores joining Davis in match play competition. Two match-play rounds will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, and the 36-hole final will be held Saturday at Applebrook, a Gil Hanse design located in Chester County.

Davis also won the Pennsylvania Open last year. He tied for second at the Patterson Cup and the Pennsylvania Amateur and finished as low amateur (third overall) at the Philadelphia Open. He also qualified for the U.S. Amateur and won two matches before going down in the third round to eventual champion Richie Ramsay.

"Last year I had some success and won the [Philadelphia] Amateur and kept rolling on," Davis said Friday after completing second-round play in the Sunnehanna Amateur at Johnstown, Pa. "Hopefully it can have the same effect this year. I'd like to get deep into the tournament."

Davis is one of nine former champions in the field. One of them is Chip Lutz of Ledgerock, who won this title in 1977 and captured the GAP Middle Amateur championship last month.

Fun times. The Philadelphia Section PGA does a lot for charity during its season, but one of its most fun outings takes places this week with the 32d annual Tournament of Champions at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.

The 36-hole event, which consists of a Pro-Am Tuesday and pros only Wednesday, benefits Variety - the Children's Charity, the new name for Variety Club. The select field of 44 players, made up of past champions, sponsors' exemptions and leaders on the section's points list, will compete for around $40,000 in prize money.

Rich Steinmetz of Spring Ford is the defending champion.

The tournament also helps fund the section's Golf Buddy program that began in 1992 and pairs club professionals and children with disabilities from Variety.

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