Mediate returns to western Pennsylvania

Rocco Mediate addresses a group gathered around the No. 7 hole sand trap at the New Castle Country Club.

Professional golfer Rocco Mediate is coming back to New Castle.

Mediate, a six-time PGA champion and two-time Champions Tour winner, will appear at the fifth annual Preston Auto Group Golf Invitational on July 18 at the Avalon Field Club in New Castle. The Avalon Field Club is the former New Castle Country Club.

Mediate is a Greensburg native.

A total of nearly $250,000 to date has been raised to benefit the United Way of Lawrence County to support children and youth in the area.

Mediate will be hosting a golf clinic at 11 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start. The teams will be limited to 22 so that everyone can take advantage of Mediate’s expertise and knowledge of the game.

The invitational will be play your ball, best two balls out of the four players. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. In addition, golfers can take aim on all four par 3s for a chance to win a new car courtesy of Preston Auto. There will be a putting contest with prizes to add to the festivities.

The evening will conclude with a cocktail hour with gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a cigar bar with Mediate.

The cost for the event is $250 per golfer and other sponsorships levels are available. The fee for those interested in meeting Mediate and attend the reception only at 5 p.m. is $50.

Anyone interested in attending the event should contact the United Way of Lawrence County at (724) 658-8528 or go to www.prestoninvitational.com to make reservations.

Space is limited and the event will benefit the United Way of Lawrence County.

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