Trevino, Rodriguez commit to State Farm Event could have seven of top 10 on money list

June 10, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Lee Trevino and Chi Chi Rodriguez are the latest players to officially commit to the first State Farm Classic, the Senior PGA Tour event scheduled for July 3-5 at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club in Columbia.

Trevino, 58, who limped through last year without a victory for the first time in seven years, won the Southwestern Bell Dominion tournament in San Antonio in March and currently stands 20th on the money list with some $300,000. He joined the tour in 1990, and is its all-time money-winner with $7.75 million.

Rodriguez, 62, is having a slow financial year, but is one player who does not have to be at the top of his game to draw a crowd.

Recognized for his pantomime routines, and still solid golf game, the fact he has raised millions of dollars for charity in this country and his native Puerto Rico says more about the man who is a member of the World Humanitarian Sports Hall of Fame.

When John Jacobs earned his first PGA victory on either the regular or senior tours last week, picking up the largest check of his career in the process ($202,500), it gave the local event a seventh winner on the 1998 tour, and perhaps as many as seven of the current top 10 on the money list, although several of those are only verbal commitments at this time.

A full week of activities, on and off the course, is planned for tournament week, beginning June 29. There will be three pro-ams Wednesday and Thursday (one at Cattail Creek CC), and some places in these events are still available.

Ticket and other tournament information may be obtained by telephone, 410-964-0900. The tickets include season packages ($80), and daily ($10-$25, depending upon the day).

Pub Date: 6/10/98

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