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Tournament Time

Biggs Golf Classic gears up this week

The opening round of tournament is Thursday

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David Gazzolo, the 2018 Biggs Golf Classic winner, is scheduled to compete in the Biggs Golf Classic this week.

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By PETER WILLIAMS
The Perquimans Weekly

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

HERTFORD — The annual Biggs Golf Classic will be back this week at the Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation.

The field of aspiring young golfers may be larger this year. Last year it was limited to 120 and this year it’s been opened up to as many as 144.

In addition to a check for $15,000, the winner of this year’s event will get an unrestricted exemption into the Rex Hospital Open, part of the PGA TOUR’s Web.com Tour.

It will be held May 27-June 2 at TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh.

“That’s a big carrot for these guys playing at this level,” said Lee Duncan, the golf pro at The Plantation.

If a golfer wins at the Rex, they will be fully exempt from paying entry fees on the Web.Com tour for the remainder of the year.

If they win three Web.Com events, they can get a “battlefield promotion” and a PGA tour card.

This marks the sixth year of the tournament at The Plantation.

It is sponsored by Biggs Cadillac-Buick-GMC, Sound Bank and Swimme and Sons Building Contractors.

For the second year in a row the GPro Golf Tour will be putting on the event.

Other organizations have done it before, and in 2017 the Plantation put it on by themselves.

Duncan is glad GPro is back.

Also back are two previous winners of The Biggs, David Gazzolo and Chad McCann.

Last year the tournament drew 119 golfers.

As of last week, they had 100 commit so far.

Residents of the Plantation have always been welcoming about opening up their homes to host golfers during the event, Duncan said.

This year is no different.

All in all, there are about 200 residents who will volunteer in some fashion for the tournament, he said. They have 60 to 80 hosts signed up.

If the field gets to 144 golfers, “things could get a little tricky,” Duncan said.

Golfers won’t be the only ones who could benefit financially from the Biggs Classic.

On June 23, there will be an announcement of one Perquimans County High School student who will get a scholarship to attend East Carolina University.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Albemarle also benefits.

After Thursday and Friday’s rounds, the lower third of the field will be picked to play in the championship on Saturday.

Duncan said the awards ceremony should take place about 3 p.m. on Saturday at the clubhouse.

Spectator admission is free.

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