n This marks a change from previous years, with the three-day event actually being contested during a three-day period instead of two consecutive weekends.

n Defending champion Dave Oates has a chance to make history in seeking his sixth career Amateur title, which would match the record held by Don Nist.

n With the final round of the Ohio Amateur also set for Friday at Canterbury, five of Stark's top amateurs might be missing, including three previous champions.

This year's event will open at the Elms, with the second round Saturday at Seven Hills. The field then will be cut to the top 16 in classes AA, A and B for the final round Sunday at Skyland Pines.

Marino said the field had nearly 60 entries, with the deadline Wednesday. Entry fee is $110, which includes golf fees for the first two rounds (excluding a cart fee for the Elms).

Top Stark amateurs in the Ohio Amateur field include past Stark champions Vaughn Snyder, Nick Lambos and Sam Spino, who also has a chance to tie Nist with five titles to his credit, the last coming in 1993. Also in the Ohio Amateur are Ohio Mid-Amateur winner Jeff Mallette and Kurt Peterson, who topped the field during the Amateur qualifier at Shady Hollow.

But you're going to have conflicts, and you really can't move things for about four or five people when you're looking at about 100 players in the field, said Oates, who shot a final-round 68 at The Legends of Massillon a year ago to nip Joe Frustaci by one stroke for his fifth title.

The 71-year-old Nist, a Jackson Township resident who remains active in senior golf, won his final Amateur title in 1971 at the age of 34. He doesn't see the same thing happening to Oates.

I'm realistic. ... Records are made to be broken, said Nist, who also may see his record three wins in the Tigertown Open matched this season by two-time defending champ Brian Unk.

Asked about the current state of his game, Oates said, it's all right. But he also admits he hasn't played as much tournament golf as he has in the past.

The event is open to any boy or girl who will be enrolled in a Stark County high school during the 2006-07 school year. Entry fee is $50, with the overall champion in each division receiving a $5,000 scholarship. Trophies will be awarded in each grade level in both divisions.

Other tournament sponsors include Mercy Medical Center, Sirak/Moore Insurance Agency, Paul H Malesick II-Attorney at Law, KFC-Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dicks Restaurant & Lounge, Rupp Construction and Hub Victor.

The first two boys champions Northwest's Justin Lower (2004) and Central Catholic's Drew Davidson (2005) will be in the field, but there will be a new girls champion. The event drew 86 entries last season.

Entry forms are available at area courses. For information, e-mail Lake head coach Thom Grubb at: grubbtom@lake.stark.k12.oh.us or call Jackson girls coach Teal Harvey at (330) 324-6080.

TIGERTOWN DEADLINE The 55th Tigertown Open tees off July 21 at The Elms. Entry deadline is July 17 for the event, which carries a $5,000 first prize for the top pro. Entry fees are $160 for pros, $130 for senior pros, $85 for amateurs and $75 for senior amateurs. Last year's event drew more than 180 players. For information, call (330) 833-2668.

SCHORSTEN MEMORIAL The deadline is July 20 for entering the 37th annual Schorsten Memorial Junior on July 24-25 at Raintree. Entry fee is $38. The event is open to boys and girls ages 14-19. For information, call (330) 699-3232.

JACKSON OUTING The Jackson Sideliners will hold their annual golf outing July 30 at Sable Creek. The four-person scramble has a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Entry fee is $60 per person, which includes golf, lunch, beverages and dinner. For information, call Todd Drukenbrod at (330) 497-7989 or Rick Reiland at (330) 575-1313.

HONORING ASH The Charles Red Ash Memorial golf scramble is Aug. 12 in conjunction with a Monte Carlo night. The event raises funds for the scholarship that honors the former Canton South High School coach after whom the school gym is named. The scramble begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at Spring Valley. The Monte Carlo night starts at 7 p.m. at McCall's restaurant. The entry fee is $60 for golf, $15 for Monte Carlo and $70 for both events. For information, call (330) 493-0010.

Putting contest: Division I (flights 1-4)1, Jim Jensen-Bob Collar; 2, Rob Zenobi-Bob Zenobi; 3, Dominic Bagnoli-Dave Stanley; Division II (flights 5-8)1, Chris Clay-Doug Prestier; 2, Rick Worstell-Paul Schumacher; 3, Chuck McDonald-Lou Altman.

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