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Month For The 30th Consecutive Year
by Ed Frank
Aswe begin a new year, it marks the 30th consecutive year
that one of the most popular golf tournaments on the
PGA’s Champions Tour will be played in our local area.
In fact, the newly-renamed Chubb Classic (it was the Ace
Group Classic for more than a decade) is the longest running
tournament in the same metropolitan area on the Champions
The February 13 to 19 tournament at TwinEagles Club in
Naples will again feature the top senior golf professionals in the
world, just as it has for the last 30 years.
All 30 top money winners from the previous year, along with
eight World Golf Hall of Fame members, competed here in 2016.
Although the final field that will compete for the $1.6 million purse will not be
announced for a few weeks, defending champion Ber nard Langer is certain to retur n.
Langer led wire-to-wire last year with a winning score of 15 under par, edging Fred
Couples by three strokes.
Langer, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, has won the local tournament
three times in seven appearances, along with two second-place finishes to win more
than $1.1 million in this tournament alone.
With 26 wins on the Champions Tour, Langer trails only Lee Trevino (29) and Hale
Irwin (45) on the senior circuit.
This long-running tournament began in 1988 at Pelican Bay in Naples and
was won by the famed Gary Player. His first-place check was $45,000 out of the
$300,000 purse. Langer’s first-place prize last year was $240,000.
The tournament has been played on nine different courses over 30 years, the last
five at TwinEagles.
More than $3 million has been donated to local charities through this event. The
First Tee, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Support Network are among
the charities that will benefit from the 2017 Chubb Classic.
Tickets now are on sale by calling 593-3900 . To recognize the local support for
this 30-year-old event, general admission ticket prices have been reduced 40 percent.
Daily general admission tickets are $15.
Everblades Start 2017 Atop Division And Conference
Winners of four of their last five games, the Florida Everblades began the week –
and the new year – with a first-place standing in the ECHL Eastern Conference and
the South Division.
The Everblades began a seven-game homestand this week with a three-game
series against the Manchester Monarchs on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights
at Germain Arena. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m . tonight, Friday, and 7 p.m . on
Manchester, with a 20-8 -1-1 season record, trails Florida by just one point in the
Eastern Conference and holds a first-place standing in their North Division.
Florida hosts both South Carolina and Orlando next week at Germain in the
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1. Who was the first San Diego Padres player to hit for the cycle?
2. How many no-hitters did Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver toss during his career?
3. When was the last time before 2015 that Clemson held the top spot in The Associated
Press college football poll?
4. Name the only expansion team in NBA history to make the playoffs in its first season.
5. Between the NHL and the World Hockey Association, how many goals did Gordie Howe
tally during his career?
6. In 2016, Oksana Chusovitina, 41, of Uzbekistan became the only gymnast to compete in
seven consecutive Olympic Games. Who had been tied with her at six?
7. In 26 U.S. Open appearances through 2016, how many times had golfer Phil Mickelson
failed to make the cut?
1. Matt Kemp, in 2015. 2. One, for the Cincinnati Reds in 1978. 3. It was the final poll of the 1981
season. 4. The 1966-67 Chicago Bulls. 5 . He tallied 975 goals. 6. Bulgaria’s Yordan Yovchev. 7. Three
Antique Exhibition At Edison Ford
On January 14, from 10 a.m . to 2 p.m ., Edison & Ford Winter Estates will host
its annual antique car exhibition featuring Lincoln, Mercury, Edsel, Fairlane
and Woodie cars.
Owners will exhibit their cars on the riverside lawn of the Ford estate, along the
Registrations are being accepted for antique Lincolns, Mercuries, Edsels, Fairlanes
and Woodies. To register a car, contact Leeanne Criswell at 334-7419 or email
This family event is free for Edison Ford members and $20 for nonmembers.
There is no charge to register a car.
There will be music, food available for purchase and visitors can tour the beautiful
gardens, historic homes, museum and laboratory.
For more information, call 334-7419 or visit www.EdisonFordWinterEstates.org.
An antique car on exhibit
photo courtesy Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Red Sox Spring
The Boston Red Sox announced the
2017 spring training season begins
on February 14 at JetBlue Park at
Fenway South in Lee County.
Starting on February 23, the team will
play a total of 19 home games, including
17 Grapefruit League games, a nine-
inning matchup against the Northeastern
University Huskies, and a World Baseball
Classic exhibition game against Team
USA on March 9. The Boston Red Sox
spring training is presented by CVS
Tickets for all home games at
JetBlue Park go on sale Saturday,
December 3. There will be a $1 price
increase in box seat, grandstand, and
Green Monster seating categories for
the 2017 season. All other seating
categories will remain unchanged.
Tickets for the Red Sox vs. Huskies
game on February 23 will be half price.
Fans can purchase spring training
tickets starting at 10 a.m. at JetBlue
Park and online at www.redsox.com.
Fans needing ADA accessible seating
or those who may not have a computer
may call 877-REDSOX9. Hearing
impaired fans may call the Red Sox
TTY line at 617-226 -6644. MasterCard
is the preferred payment of the Boston
Red Sox Destinations packages,
which offer VIP experiences for fans
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