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PGA Tour stars tee it up in Aspen

Tim Mutrie
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Tom Lehman, the 1996 British Open champion, will give a free clinic Tuesday morning at the Aspen Golf Club with four other PGA Tour professionals, one former NHL All-Star and possibly a Colorado Avalanche player.

Lehman, who represented the U.S. in three Ryder Cups, came to Aspen last summer with fellow PGA Tour player Kelly Gibson and put on a show in the art of ball striking. This time, they’re both back along with Brian Henninger, Dan Pohl and Chris DiMarco, who shot a 67 yesterday in the opening round of the Buick Open in Michigan.

“You think last year was cool? This is going to top it, no question,” said Alden Richards, the executive director of the Aspen Junior Golf Foundation.

Following the clinic, which starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday, the pros will compete against each other in a two hole “shootout” on No. 1 and No. 18 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The winner of each hole will win a small “skins” prize.

Dennis Maruk, a 14-year NHL player and two-time All-Star who recently moved to Aspen, will also be participating in the event, Richards said. And Richards was on the phone yesterday with Colorado Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix, trying to arrange for an Avs player to participate as well.

Tuesday’s free clinic and shootout is part of an Aspen Junior Golf Foundation fund-raiser that includes a tournament on Monday for generous contributors, and a dinner and silent auction at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Aspen Monday night. (Tickets are available for the dinner for $100; call AJGF at 920-3221.)

And after the events, Lehman and DiMarco will be traveling to Denver to compete in The International, which runs next Thursday to Sunday at Castle Pines.

“We started bringing pros up here in the mid ’80s,” Richards said. “Five or six of them would come up prior to The International to help Aspen Junior Golf raise money. And they’re still doing it out of the pure graciousness of their heart. They get paid big bucks to do stuff like this, and we’re getting it for free. It’s great,” Richards said.

Last year, about 300 people attended the clinic at the driving range of the Aspen course.

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