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It's another stroke of bad luck for Heintz

By DAVE THEALL
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 25, 2002

Bob Heintz is looking for some answers.

After last week's Tampa Bay Classic, in which he followed an opening-round 73 with an even-par 71 on Innisbrook's Copperhead course, he found himself missing the cut of 1 over by a single stroke.

On Friday, Heintz started on No. 10 and parred every hole on the more difficult back nine. On the front 9, he had three birdies and three bogeys.

Where in those 36 holes could he have made up that critical stroke?

"There were a number of places I missed putts and others where I took bogeys," Heintz said. "Perhaps the most obvious is on the (605-yard) par-5 fifth hole on Thursday where I took a double bogey.

"All in all, I played better than I have in recent tournaments, but I still didn't make the cut," he said. "That's disheartening."

To retain his fully exempt status on the PGA Tour, Heintz has to finish among the top 125 on the 2002 money list. He is ranked 199th with $84,446 in earnings in 24 starts.

To make the cut, a player will need about $450,000, or else it is back to the grueling Tour Qualifying Tournament in November.

Heintz, 32, is a graduate of Countryside High School and Yale University, where he won the Ivy League Championship three times.

A Palm Harbor resident with his wife, Nancy, and their children, Heintz was among a handful of area players able to sleep in his own bed during the tourney.

"That's at least the sixth time this year that I've missed the cut by a single stroke," Heintz said. "Sometimes you wonder when things are finally going to go your way.

"I've entered all the remaining tour events on this year's schedule, and they're all held on courses with Bermuda greens.

"That's good for me," he said, "because all my tournament wins, including the '99 Nike Championship, have come on that type of grass."

CLASSIC NOTES: Heintz had his brother, Chris, caddying for him in the Tampa Bay tournament.

Chris, who played baseball at Countryside High School and received conference MVP recognition as a shortstop at USF, is a catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals' farm system.

Last season he batted .314 at Double-A New Haven in the Eastern League, improving his chances to be invited to the Cards' 2003 spring training camp.

PING JUNIOR SOLHEIM CUP: Seminole's Brittany Lincicome came through for the U.S. team in last week's prestigious tournament versus Europe's best in Minnesota.

She won both her paired matches for two vital points and lost her singles match as the U.S. girls took the inaugural meeting 17-7.

Lincicome and her teammates then were transported to Edina as special guests of the American Solheim squad, which proceeded to win back the coveted cup from its European opponents.

LPGA QUALIFYING: Shane Smith (Shorecrest/Notre Dame), a professional on the Futures Tour, shot 160 for 36 holes in an LPGA Tour Sectional qualifier at Landmark Golf Club in Indio, Calif., missing the cut to advance to the finals.

Smith has been working with a new coach, Blaik Shew of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in the Orlando area. Shew was a director of golf at East Lake Woodlands.

APPOINTMENTS: Teaching pro Michael Koulianos (Tarpon Springs High School/University of Florida) has been added to head coach Buddy Alexander's staff in Gainesville.

Koulianos will instruct the Gators on swing techniques, which he worked on by teaching at the David Leadbetter Academies in Bradenton and Las Vegas.

The Florida men's and women's teams each received a preseason ranking of third in the NCAA by Golfweek magazine.

The women's squad includes Amanda Dick (Countryside High) and Whitney Code, who played for Tampa Chamberlain.

-- Casey McDonald has joined the staff at Clearwater Executive as the first assistant pro.

He is a 1995 graduate of Largo High, where he played baseball -- not golf.

McDonald is a Golf Academy of the South grad and has worked for Outback Sports giving lessons on board Carnival Cruise ships.

-- Kevin Sherker is a new assistant teaching pro at Clearwater Executive.

He was the No. 1 tennis player at his high school in Reading, Pa.

Sherker attended Palm Beach Community College and most recently worked at Pinecrest Golf Club in Largo.

COLLEGES: Jenny Gleason (Clearwater High School) shot a 54-hole total of 222 (76-73-73).

It led the University of North Carolina-Greensboro to a third-place finish in the Unlimited Potential/Bay Tree Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Gleason took third in a field of 30 players.

She is ranked 58th among amateur women by Golfweek.

-- Kyle Christman (Seminole High) is playing in the No. 1 position again this year for Winthrop (S.C.) University.

-- David Cosper (Countryside High) will be in Tampa on Monday with Rollins College, the NCAA Division II defending champion.

He will play in the 36-hole Spartan Invitational hosted by the University of Tampa.

Rollins has four of its top five players returning.

Coach Kyle Fracas is optimistic with the addition of Cosper.

"He's going to be a great addition this year and an asset the next three years," Fracas said.

COMING UP: East Lake Woodlands will have a charity tournament Oct. 5 at noon. An awards dinner will follow.

The tourney is open to the public and will benefit the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association of Florida.

To register, call Kathy Elliot, (813) 340-3030.

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