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Friday, June 26, 2009

Troy Farris (shown after winning last year's tournament) will attempt to win his fourth Brazil Open title this weekend.
* Golfers gear up for Brazil Open

An annual athletic event will celebrate a milestone achievement beginning today.

The 10th annual Brazil Open will take place today and Sunday at Forest Park, 1018 John Steele Dr. Tee times begin at 7:45 a.m., today and conclude around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The tournament is divided into several divisions, including, Pro, Super-Senior, and Senior for adults, and a Junior Division for boys 16-18, 14-15, divisions for 13 year-olds and 12 and under.

In the end, the lowest score of the day will be crowned overall champion. If the winner is in the pro ranks, they will receive $750 in cash, while if an amateur takes the title, they will receive said amount in the form of Titlelist merchandise. There will also be various trophies handed out to competitors. The trophies were supplied by tournament sponsor Riddell National Bank.

Brazil native, Troy Farris has won the event three years running and will return to the links this year in an attempt to win a fourth consecutive title. Other past champions returning include last years Senior Division winner Steve Paquin and Super-Senior champion Ben Kiburis.

One modification to this year's tournament is the addition of a nine-hole scramble Pro-Am Tournament, which took place Friday.

The inaugural event will serve as a fund raiser for the Forest Park Men's Club. Forest Park Golf Pro Mark Rogers said he wanted to expand the Pro-Am to a full 18 holes, so as to make the tournament an all weekend event, beginning next summer.

"(This year's Pro-Am) is a prelude to next year," Rogers said. "I'd really like to expand the tournament through to a three-day weekend."

Forest Park Golf Course will host the 10th annual Brazil Open beginning today. The tournament will conclude Sunday. Kimberly Gleason Photo.
The Pro-Am is open to the public.

Though he didn't have exact figures, Rogers said current entry numbers were between 120 and 140, which he said was a noticeable upswing. Possible reasons he gave for the entry increase was a heavy promotional campaign, including the mailing of flyers throughout the state, and several plugs on his ESPN Radio Show entitled "Golf In The Valley."

Rogers was also able to get promotional space on the Indiana Golf Association website.

Despite all the aforementioned outlets, Rogers credited much of the tournaments success to solid word-of-mouth. He felt the tournament offered a great way for members of the community, both participants and spectators, to enjoy a weekend of solid amateur golf.

"I think this is a very good thing for the community," Rogers said. "People seem to enjoy themselves every year and if you want to see great golf, this is a good event for you."