January 18, 2001

The surf will meet the turf this summer in Huntington Beach when the

first Surf & Turk Gold Tournament is held at Meadowlark Golf Course.

The event, scheduled for July 27, will bring together the worlds of

surfing and golf as amateur and professionals from the surfing industry

take part in the shotgun tournament.

So far, 23 surfers have committed to the tournament, event director

Jeff Wermuth said Tuesday.


"We'll have a sold-out field of 144 golfers," Wermuth said. "It should

be a very exciting event, and I'm looking to make this an annual event

for the next 10 years, and make it the biggest way for the surfing

industry to give back to the community. This tournament will benefit


Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Wipeout Program at Hoag

Hospital, as well as the Children's Hospital of Orange County.

A scramble event will be held for amateurs, while individual scores

for professional surfers, Wermuth said, will be combined with the scores

they receive at the U.S. Open of Surfing, which will be held July 28, to

determine an overall champion.

A minimum $5,000 prize purse will be awarded to the professionals

competing, while an amateur prize purse is still to be determined.

Wermuth said he is working to bring professional surfers Kelly Slater

and Sunny Garcia, ranked No. 1 in the world, to the event.

Information: (949) 548-3273 or (949) 322-3587.

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