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Hernando senior hits the mark in win

By JOHN SCHWARB
Published May 25, 2004

Fred Farmer entered the Tangerine Invitational as co-owner of the course record at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.

The mark is all his now, along with a second Tangerine title. The BCC member dominated Saturday with a 63, allowing him to coast Sunday to a 10-shot victory in the 32nd installment of the county's oldest amateur tournament. His 10-under-par 134 beat Gary Cona (71-73-144) by 10 strokes and Mark Puskarich (71-74-145) by 11.

"I struck the ball well. I made a couple putts," said Farmer, understating his terrific weekend. "I've been shooting pretty good rounds out here, but I didn't come out expecting to shoot 63."

Farmer had tied the previous record of 66 in recent weeks, matching his father, Larry. With nine birdies and an eagle at the 501-yard, par-5 seventh hole, offset by just two bogeys, the Hernando High senior lowered the mark by three shots. In the second round, Farmer bogeyed the first hole but then rattled off three consecutive birdies to put the championship "A" flight out of reach and win his second crown in three years.

"It's a good confidence-builder," said Farmer, who is unsure about his college plans but hopes to continue playing. The weekend drew 116 players, an impressive increase from last season's 67. Don Lucas, the 2001 winner, won the championship B flight with 75-73-148, one shot ahead of Hernando High's Keegan Ledford. Roger Flaherty took the championship C flight with 80-75-155.

Randy Dusenberry (78-73-151) captured the fourth flight, Rich Gordon (77-78-155) won the fifth flight, and James Economou (81-86-167) claimed the sixth. In the net-scored seventh flight, Tom Kirby Sr. won with 65-68-133.

LAGEDROST UPDATE: Brooksville's Kelly Lagedrost missed the cut for the third time in as many LPGA Tour starts after a 78-73-151 at the Sybase Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y.

The cut fell at 147 for the second straight week on tour. Lagedrost missed it by three shots May 14 at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship in Franklin, Tenn. She is continuing to get opportunities with her conditional status, and will play for the fourth time this season this week at the Corning Classic in Corning, N.Y.

[Last modified May 24, 2004, 20:33:46]


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