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The St. Croix Country Club is the easternmost golf course in the United States. As such, it had the chance to stage the first tournament of 2000, and club officials made sure it did.

At 12:01 a.m. today, club pro Mike Horne was to have hit the first shot of 2000, followed by St. Croix board member Fran Leighton-LaCoutte. At that point, the tournament was to have been suspended because of darkness and resume at 9 a.m.

Awaiting the winner in the field of 72 is a month's worth of movies, two free nights in a local hotel or 200 gallons of fuel oil.

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