Duran Golf Club will host four big, upcoming events


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Calvin Sierota, a senior at Viera High at the time, won the 2017 Space Coast Amateur Tournament.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Matt Morrison

 

With four big events lined up during the next two months, the Duran Golf Club is going to be the place to be for Brevard County golf enthusiasts.

It all starts on Feb. 19 and 20, when the inaugural Moon Golf Invitational takes place. The event, hosted by the University of Louisville women’s golf team, will showcase some of the best collegiate golfers in the country.

The following weekend (Feb. 24), Duran will host the fifth annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic, an event focused on raising money for several local cancer organizations.

History will be made at Duran March 17 and 18 when the club hosts the inaugural Women’s Space Coast Amateur tournament. A week later, it’s the 10th  annual Men’s Space Coast Amateur.

“We’re really excited about the (women’s amateur event) with the level of high school golfers in the area, and with the collegiate golfers — the Florida Tech team and the Eastern Florida State College team,” Duran Head Golf Professional Matt Morrison said.

“From a younger, competitive player standpoint, we expect a great turnout. But it’s for ladies of all skill levels. We’ll have multiple flights just like we do with the men’s tournament.”

Duran has a promotional partnership with Moon Golf for the women’s event. There will even be a pre-event party at the store’s Wickham Road location the night before the tournament begins.

McDonalds, owned locally by Ray Rodriguez, is the title sponsor of both events.

The Men’s and Women’s Space Coast Amateurs will both follow with a two-day, 36-hole individual stroke play format. The cost is $125 per player and includes the two rounds, practice balls (prior to play) with lunch each day and prizes.

There is a maximum of 100 players for each event and Morrison said spots are filling up fast.

For information, go to durangolf.com, or call 321-504-7776, ext. 1.

Those are the same contact points for anyone interested in playing in the Pink Ribbon Classic. Although it’s a women-friendly event, men also are welcome.

“We are honored to once again partner with the EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association of the Space Coast) to offer one of the area’s most popular events,” Morrison said in a press release. “Thanks to our title sponsor, Connors Wealth Management, along with another major sponsor, 321Cabinets.com, this event has grown in popularity and will be one of the biggest ever, featuring exceptional prizes and additional on-course food and beverage samplings.

“This event will sell out quickly, so those interested in participating are advised to sign up quickly.”

The entry fee for the Pink Classic is $85. Hole sponsors also are being accepted.

For those who want to see some of the top women’s collegiate golfers in action, the Moon Golf Invitational features 13 teams, including two ranked in the top 25 (Louisville and Furman). Other notable teams expected to be on hand include Michigan, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Memphis and Rutgers.

The 54-hole event begins with two rounds of play on Monday, Feb. 19 and then the final 18 holes on Tuesday, Feb. 20.