Seniors Move Cross-State to Naples Fla


The Senior PGA Tour moves north through the Sunshine State this week to Naples, Fla., site of the 15th annual ACE Group Classic.
Contested at the 6,915-yard Club at GlenEagles, many of the circuits top guns will be on hand at this third official event of the 2002 season, such as MasterCard Championship winner Tom Kite, Bruce Fleisher, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller, Gary Player and Allen Doyle.
One who will not be there is Jack Nicklaus, forced to withdraw with a bad back. Nicklaus also indicated that he will withdraw from next week's event in Tampa.
Nicklaus told the Palm Beach Post that playing 18 holes in the Senior Skins Game in Hawaii 10 days ago was difficult.
'As much as my mind and heart are willing, my back was not,' he told the Post. 'My back is not too good. The fact is, I had my struggles playing one round in Hawaii. I knew how difficult it would be to attempt to play a practice round and then three days of competitive golf.'
Long-hitting John Jacobs, who won the Royal Caribbean Classic last week in Key Biscayne, will also be in Naples.
On the table this week in Naples is a winners check worth $210,000.
Gil Morgan won last years edition of the event at the Pelican Marsh Golf Club when the six-year member of the Senior Tour fired a final-round 66 for a two-stroke victory over Dana Quigley.
The win served not only as Morgans second at this particular event (he also won in 98), but also his 19th on the 50-and-over circuit. He would go on to collect No. 20 later in the season at the Instinet Classic.