Chrysler Open field grows to 30 pros

Posted: Thursday, August 07, 2003

With 30 pros and over $30,000 in prize money, the fifth annual Kenai Chrysler Open at the Kenai Golf Course will be bigger and better than ever.

The Pro Am will take place Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m.

The Kenai Chrysler Open will take place Saturday and Sunday, with the public welcome to watch the event for free. Former champions John McBride, Billy Bomar, Jim Hennessey and Brian Anderson are all slated to play for the $6,000 that goes to this year's winner.

There are several other notable names in the field. Norm Jarvis missed playing in the Champions Tour event this week by one stroke, so he will by flying to Kenai to play instead.

Also, Rob Nelson, who can drive the ball over 340 yards, will play. He has the Kenai Golf Course record of 68. Former course record holder Tony Grimes also will play.

Also, a couple of pros in the state of Washington with local ties will participate in the event. Keith Liedes, the son of Ken Liedes, will play. Ken Liedes was the amateur champion at the Kenai Chrysler Open last year.

Aaron Dexheimer, 23, also will play. Dexheimer, playing out of Soldotna, won the State Amateur two years ago. Kenai Golf Course pro Bill Engberg said Dexheimer can move the ball on his drives farther than Tiger Woods.

Those long-drive capabilities will come to the fore Saturday at 5 p.m. in a long-drive competition. There will be an amateur division and a pro division. Participants in the long-drive competition don't need to be in the tournament.

It will cost the pros $100 to enter the competition, and the amateurs $50 to enter. The winner in the pro division will get $750, while winners in the amateur division will get prizes.

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