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Lake County Tourism welcomes 17 women’s golf teams for UCF Challenge, March 1-2

RELEASE DATE: February 19, 2010

SORRENTOLake County Tourism & Business Relations and the Central Florida Sports Commission are proud to welcome the 17 college women’s golf teams that will be participating in the University of Central Florida (UCF) Challenge on March 1-2 at the RedTail Golf Club, located at 26026 Member Lane in Sorrento.

“Hosting this golf tournament is good for our economy as it brings visitors from all over the country to stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and shop in our stores,” said Greg Mihalic, Director of Lake County Tourism & Business Relations.

The 17 teams participating in the tournament are: Augusta State University, Texas A&M University, College of Charleston, Georgia State University, University of South Florida, Indiana University, Coastal Carolina University, University of Nebraska, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Oklahoma, University of Miami, UCF, Furman University, Southern Methodist University, East Carolina University, University of Texas at San Antonio and Baylor University.

“I’m pleased to be able to work with Lake County and RedTail Golf Club to host the UCF Challenge,” said Sam Stark, President of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “We are excited that we continue to bring these high-profile sporting events to Central Florida.”

The two-day tournament includes 36 holes of competition on Monday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start and another 18 holes on Tuesday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Practice rounds will be on Sunday, Feb. 28, beginning at 11 a.m. The top scoring individual and team will be honored. The public is encouraged to attend. Admission is free.

“This is the third year we have hosted the UCF women’s golf team,” said Monte Carmack, Director of Golf at RedTail. “This year, we have a special treat for the girls. On Sunday night, LPGA Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth will be speaking to the student athletes.”

Located within the prestigious Heathrow Country Estates community, RedTail features a distinctive 18-hole, 7,152-yard, par 72 links-style golf course.

“Most people that play here can’t believe how good the golf course is,” Carmack said. “It’s one of the best kept secrets in Central Florida.”

For more information about the UCF Challenge call Jon Baran, Lake County Marketing Manager at the Central Florida Sports Commission, at 407-648-4900 ext. 21, e-mail jbaran@orlandosports.org or log on to www.lakecountysports.org.

For more information about Lake County vacations, call (800) 430-LAKE, log on to www.lakecountyfl.com or visit the Welcome Center, located at 20763 U.S. Highway 27 in Groveland.

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