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BLOOMINGTON — There will be an influx of new players for Bloomington-Normal when the fifth annual Signature Cup golf event is played June 25-26 at Red Tail Run Golf Club in Decatur.

Bloomington-Normal captain Elston Mitchell has announced six newcomers among the 12 additions to his squad which will go for its fourth straight victory against Decatur in the Ryder Cup-style event.

Joining the amateur men’s group will be Adam Havens, Mike Henry, Jeff Niepagen and Alex Burge. The amateur women will be Chelsea Harris and Lauren English. The senior amateur competitors are Dave Shulman, Brad Barker, Greg Wohlford and Mitchell, while the club professionals will be Craig Onsrud and Will Clark.

This will be the first Signature Cup appearances for Havens, Burge, Harris, English, Barker and Clark.

Men’s automatic qualifiers based on last year’s Bloomington-Normal Golf Association points list are Todd Mitchell, Tom Kearfott, Mike Cushing and Kyle English.

A qualifying round to determine two spots on the amateur men’s side was canceled last month because only six signed up. The four additions were part of that group.

“We thought that should have a bearing on it a little bit,” said Elston Mitchell, who is taking over as captain this year for Harland Kilborn.

Clark is a Decatur native who is an assistant club pro at Bloomington Country Club. He finished tied for 10th last month in the PGA Illinois Section’s Bloomington Country Club Classic with a 2-over-par 73.

The women’s pairing will pit former University High School and future University of Iowa teammates. Harris has played the last three years with the Hawkeyes, while English will be a freshman this fall. Harris led Iowa in the Big Ten Conference Tournament last month, shooting 74 in the last round to tie for 41st place.

“My first thing is I want to continue the spirit of the event,” said Elston Mitchell. “Most people who are not directly involved do not appreciate the Signature Cup, but anyone who has played or is closely associated with the event better appreciates what we’re trying to do.”


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