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TYLER Duncan figures he might have come back from a torn labrum too soon.
But the former Columbus North and Purdue standout is pain-free more than a year after surgery. The 24-year-old is now playing on the National Golf Association (formerly Hooters) Tour.
“I’d say I’m 100 percent now,” Duncan said. “I might have started playing a little early, as far as tournaments go, but the last month-and-a-half has been really good with my shoulder.”
Following surgery in July 2012, Duncan took about six months off. He started hitting short wedges in January and drives in February and played in his first tournament in the middle of April.
Duncan played in two e-tour events, finishing 21st in one and missing the cut in the other. He also finished 23rd in the Waterloo Open and has missed the cut in both of his NGA starts.
Last month, Duncan finished third in the Indiana Open.
“It felt good to get back in competition and put a good tournament together,” Duncan said. “It’s just taken some time to get back in the groove.”
Duncan also has played in five Monday qualifiers for the Web.com Tour and has come close to making it in two events. The Web.com Tour is the highest minor tour below the PGA, while the NGA is a step below the Web.com Tour.
Duncan plans to take part in pre-qualifying for next year’s Web.com Tour Aug. 28-30 in Nebraska City, Neb. The top 20 and ties advance to the second of three stages in the qualifying school.
“Now, there’s no way to get to the PGA Tour unless you go through the Web.com Tour, unless you get sponsors exemptions or go through Monday qualifying,” Duncan said.
Making the PGA Tour remains Duncan’s long-term goal.
“That’s still the plan,” Duncan said. “I’m just going to do my best.”
Group wins Par-3 scramble
The group of Charlie Jump, Jim Wright, Andy Spurling, Mary Phillips and Randy Phillips won the weekly Par-3 scramble with a 3-under-par score.
They won in a playoff over Alan Powell, Dick McPeek, Dan Spicer and Bob Miller.
Russell Hatfield of Morgantown dropped a hole-in-one on the third hole of the Par-3 course on Sunday.
He covered the 128 yards with an 8-iron.
Edinburgh Open to debut
The inaugural Edinburgh Open will be Sept. 14 at Deer Valley, Sept. 15 at Timbergate and Sept. 22 at Timbergate. The tournament is open to everyone.
Sept. 8 is the deadline to enter. The entry fee is $100 and includes greens fees, cart fees and food after the final round.
To register, or for more information, call Shane Sweeney, 371-8530, or Paul Hancock, 371-9223.
The Edinburgh Sons of American Legion Scholarship Golf Outing will be Sept. 8 at Timbergate. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $240 per team for the first 36 teams paid by Sept. 1. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, and fourth will be a blind draw. Dinner and awards will be at American Legion Post 233. For more information, call Bill West, 374-6763, or Kevin Rubush, 526-5240.
Pay It Forward Johnson County will host a golf event Sept. 12 at the Legends Club in Franklin to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. Foursomes and individuals can sign up at payitforwardjc.com. For more information about registration or sponsorship opportunities, contact Erin Smith, email@example.com or 317-738-3434.
The 10th Annual RE/MAX/Riley Golf for Kids Outing, a major fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children, will be at noon Sept. 13 at Harrison Lake. Cost is $100 and will include golf, a cart, lunch and beverages. Tee sponsors are available for $125 or by donating a door prize. To sign up, call RE/MAX at 372-2200.
Legends tickets, packages
Tickets and packages for the Sept. 23-29 Legends Championship at French Lick Resort are available at frenchlick.com and ticketmaster.com. Beginning Sept. 1, half-price tickets will be available at all Walgreens locations.
The Legends Championship will feature 66 former LPGA Players, including 10 Hall of Famers and seven Solheim Cup captains. They will compete in a 54-hole event, and there also will be a 36-hole Super Legends event on the weekend.
Tickets are $10 per day or $25 for a weekly pass. Children 18 and younger are free. VIP and lodging packages for French Lick Resport are available starting at $250.
Ted Schultz is a sports reporter with The Republic. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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