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Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Battle of the Yellow Golf Ball


The West Florida Golf Tour's "Race to the Ritz" match play competition concluded Sunday with three-time PGA Tour winner Robert Gamez and Nick Jones squaring off for the $4,500 PGA Tour Q-School payout as the grand prize.

Due to a high volume of players at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, the final remained at the Founders Club in Sarasota where Gamez and Jones dispatched their semifinal opponents on Sunday morning.

The final was a back-and-forth struggle, where both players found birdies hard to come by as windy conditions and tough pin locations made scoring a bit more difficult than earlier in the day.

And the final proved as a good marketing tool for Srixon, which makes a popular yellow golf ball, since both Gamez and Jones play the ball.

Following the match, Jones said he plans on playing more WFGT events in preparation for Q-School in the fall.

He already attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open at his home course at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor.

That round didn't go quite the way he was rolling along in this weekend's match play tournament.

Gamez, however, is exempt from local qualifying for the U.S. Open.

Rather than take part in the lone Florida sectional site, Gamez said he'll attempt to qualify from the Columbus, Ohio venue at the sectional phase.

To read more about the Gamez and Jones final match, check out Monday's Bradenton Herald.

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