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Talented young golfers chase big money at the Waterloo Open

Talented young golfers chase big money at the Waterloo Open

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Big changes coming are coming to this year Jaycees Greater Waterloo Open golf tournament.

The professional tournament has now been expanded from two rounds to three rounds Friday through Sunday all at Irv Warren Golf Course.

Some young and very talented professional golfers have found their way to Waterloo this week for a shot at the $55,000 first-place prize.

Jonathon Moore won the 2006 NCAA golf championship while playing at Oklahoma State, while Drew Kittleson played in the 2009 Masters and U.S. Open after finishing second in the U.S. Amateur. Kittleson drove all the way from Florida to play in the Waterloo Open. .

One guy who knows why these young guns are coming to town is Waterloo native Derek Bohlen. Bohlen lives in Arizona and has been a pro golfer since 2009. He says the golf world knows about the Waterloo Open.

"I don't come here just because I'm from here. I come here because it's one of the best tournaments, everybody around the country when I tell people I'm from Waterloo, they say the Waterloo Open. You're from Waterloo? We didn't know people came from there. Yes, absolutely."

The annual pro-am tournament begins Thursday at Irv Warren.

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