WORTH NOTING ON TV

* SATURDAY

Golf: President's Cup (CBS, 3-6 p.m., EDT): From the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club on Lake Manassas in Prince William County, Va., a 12-man United States team faces a 12-man international team in the inaugural PGA Tour match play event.

The Burning Season (HBO, 8-10:30 p.m.): This John Frankenheimer film is based on the true story of Chico Mendes, a union organizer in Brazil who fought a long battle to protect the Amazon rain forest and was eventually murdered. As a boy, Mendes (Raul Julia) observes the brutal treatment by estate owners of rubber tappers and others who don't meet quotas. Years later he organizes Indians and tappers to resist ranchers who are cutting and burning the forest.

In Brazil, public interest in ``The Burning Season'' is high, given the country's involvement in the issues treated and the almost all-Latino cast. The film was recently chosen to open the Banco Nacional International Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, which shows some 200 films and is the biggest event of its kind in the country. ``The Burning Season'' is also scheduled to be screened tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival.

* SUNDAY

President's Cup (3-6 p.m.): Final round.

* MONDAY

Rory and Me (The Learning Channel, 8-8:30 a.m.): It's always good to see a well-thought-out new children's show make its debut. This weekday series - airing as part of the channel's commercial-free ``Ready, Set, Learn!'' programming block - is designed for preschoolers and stars a woman who's already an award-winning children's singer and songwriter: Rory.

As host, she is kept company by her puppet Reddy, who becomes a lively six-year-old neighbor in Rory's hands. Together they explore childhood subjects from elementary science to social skills. The format includes music, dance, animation, live-action footage - and, happily - humor, a vital ingredient in such a program.

Please check local listings for these programs.

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