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This shirt for sale: Golfer sells ad space on eBay

This shirt for sale: Golfer sells ad space on eBay

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Tiger Woods is paid $25 million to wear and swing all things Nike. Sal Spallone commands a little less.

OK, a lot less. But Spallone isn’t complaining.

Spallone, hoping to make a few extra bucks playing in his first U.S. Open next week, went looking for a sponsor on — where else? — eBay.

After a flurry of last-minute bids Friday, Misys Healthcare Systems, a medical software company in Raleigh, earned the right to have Spallone wear its company logo on the left chest of his shirt next week.

The winning bid: $7,600.

Ocatagon, a New York sports marketing company that represents other golfers , approached Spallone about taking part in the one-day auction. “I jumped at the chance,” he said.

Spallone competes on the Hooters Tour, which will never be confused with the PGA Tour.

Life on the PGA Tour is private jets, courtesy cars and freebies galore. On the Hooters Tour, it’s cross-country car rides, cheap hotels and lots of scrounging.

Spallone, who once won a junior golf tournament in Greensboro 13 years ago, is 13th on the Hooters money list this year at $20,588.

“It costs a lot of money to chase your dream,” said Spallone, who lives in Vero Beach, Fla., and qualified for the Open at a sectional tournament Monday in Columbus, Ohio. “Every little bit helps float you to the next event while you chase the dream.”

Contact Robert Bell at 373-7055


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