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MGRC open qualifier set for Tuesday in Diamondhead

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 Joe Daley watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak in Saucier on Saturday March 23, 2013. Daley is one of four players tied for the lead after the second round.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Joe Daley watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak in Saucier on Saturday March 23, 2013. Daley is one of four players tied for the lead after the second round. SUN HERALD

The PGA Tour Champions will host its open qualifier for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic starting at at 8 a.m. on Tuesday on the Diamondhead Country Club's Pine Course.

Those taking part in qualifying are competing for approximately four playing spots in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Friday-Sunday at Fallen Oak in Saucier.

The qualifying tournament is open to the public.

Advancing from the pre-qualifier held at Diamondhead Country Club on Friday were Geoff Sisk (-2), Marion Dantzler (-2), Stuart Hendley (-2), Jeff Freeman (-2), and Chris Hunsucker (-1).

Among those competing Tuesday in Diamondhead will be:

n Guy Boros, who attended the University of Iowa and was a three-time All-Big Ten member of the golf team. Boros has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour in relatively equal amounts over the course of his career, recording about a dozen top-10 finishes.

n Keith Clearwater, who won two tournaments on the PGA Tour during his rookie season of 1987. He won the prestigious Colonial National Invitation in the spring of that year with a 14 under par 266, which tied the previous tournament record set by Corey Pavin in 1985. Later in that same season, he won the Centel Classic.

n Joe Daley. who played in his first Champions Tour event at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida in February 2011, finishing in a tie for 17th. In 2012, Daley recorded his first ever professional major top-five finish, when he tied for fourth at the Senior PGA Championship.

n Trevor Dodds, who won the Canadian Tour Order of Merit in 1995 and 1996. Dodds has compiled 15 wins on four different tours: the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour, Sunshine Tour and the Canadian Tour.

Blaine McCallister attended the University of Houston and was a member of the golf team. His college roommates were future fellow professional golfer Fred Couples and future CBS Sports golf host Jim Nantz.

n John Inman, who won two PGA Tour events. His first win came in the 1987 Provident Classic by one stroke over Bill Glasson and Rocco Mediate. Inman's second win came during a 5-man playoff at the 1993 Buick Southern Open.

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