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Sports / Outdoors – 6/27/2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: June 27, 2003

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Mallard Pointe to Host Buick Scramble Sat.
    
SARDIS – The Buick Scramble, celebrating its 20th season and second under the Buick banner, is scheduled to host a local championship at Mallard Pointe in Sardis on Saturday, June 28.

Sponsored by Heafner Motors and open to the public, four-person teams with certified USGA handicap indexes are eligible to compete in the Buick Scramble

Local Championship at Mallard Pointe. Taking place with tee-times beginning at 9 a.m., Heafner Motors will showcase the 2003 line of Buick vehicles at the local championship, and will award an all-new Buick Rendezvous to anyone recording a hole-in-one at the designated hole. In addition, Buick / Nike golf bags will be awarded to winners of closest-to-the-pin and long drive competitions. Interested teams can sign up for the local championship at the golf shop through Friday, June 27.

PGA Tour Professional and Buick Spokesperson Tiger Woods returns as the Buick Scramble Honorary Chairman in 2003. As the Buick Scramble Honorary Chairman,

Woods, 27, is scheduled to present the trophies to the 2003 Buick Scramble National Champions at the awards ceremony following the conclusion of the final round of the National Championships. The 2003 National Championships is scheduled for Oct. 8-12 at the all-new Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Fla.

"Buick is excited about the 2003 season and its new relationship with Grande Lakes Orlando, a world-class property that we think will become one of the premiere golf resorts in the United States," said Larry Peck, Buick’s golf marketing manager. "In addition, we are excited that Tiger Woods is scheduled to continue his role as Buick Scramble Honorary Chairman in 2003."

    


 
   
Gray Enjoys Success
on Stock Car Racing Circuit
    
Garrett Gray in front of his Dodge Late Model Stock Car.
    
Garrett Gray, 19-years-old, races at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway.
    
SPECIAL TO THE PANOLIAN

Garrett Gray has found his nitch and it happens to be in stock car racing.

Gray, son of Dana and Charlie Gray and grandson of Travis and Jimmie Williams, all of Olive Branch and former residents of Batesville, is 19-years-old and racing late model stock cars at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway.

He began his winning career Go-Cart racing at the age of 14. He had a total of 153 wins on the Go-Cart Circuit.

A summary of Gray’s career in his No. 24 dark blue Dodge include:
    

2002 Late Model racing at Highland Rim Racetrack, Ridgetop, Tenn., ranked eighth with five top 10 finishes.
2003 Late Model racing at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway ranked 11th with six top 10 finishes.

In 2001 he attended Mike Loescher’s Finish Line Racing School in Atlanta, Ga., and in 2002 he attended Mike Loescher’s Finish Line Racing School in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

In an interview with Malcolm West of Comcast Fairgrounds Racing Review that aired 4-31-03 Gray said, "I started in Olive Branch Mississippi by driving Go-Carts in Holly Springs, Iuka and some Tulsa Championships. Then I started running at Highland Rim in the Late Models and I hope to make a run with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. one day in the Winston Cup. This is a good place to start out at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway and I think this will make me better."