Petrovic takes a break o mingle with admirers

Published July 2, 2005

DADE CITY - Tim Petrovic got to know his neighbors a little better Friday afternoon.

Alongside wife Julie and daughters Bayleigh and Mackenzie, Petrovic was honored at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club for his May1 victory at the Zurich Classic in Avondale, La. He won the event in a sudden-death playoff against James Driscoll. The win also brought a career-high pay day of $990,000.

Petrovic, who is a Lake Jovita resident, carried a smaller replica trophy from his first PGA Tour win. He mingled and shared anecdotes with about 100 residents and club members.

Guests dined on wine, cheese, fruit and cakes while Petrovic worked the room.

"I'm only home probably eight weeks a year," Petrovic said. "It's nice to talk to the members about the tournament. I'm never here. They never get a chance to talk to me."

Lake Jovita club general manager Steve Rambo presented Petrovic with two articles on his accomplishments encased in a large frame.

Rambo said Petrovic's hectic schedule and events at Lake Jovita made it difficult to coordinate a celebration.

"When Tim won and it was his first Tour victory we wanted to do something to congratulate him," Rambo said.

"We decided to put on a little reception to let his neighbors visit and congratulate him."

Petrovic has barely had time to rest.

He leaves today for Scotland to play in the British Open July14-17.

"It's been a crazy couple of months," Petrovic said. "I think I've been home maybe one week since May 1. I'm a little tired."

--Izzy Gould can be reached at 352 521-6517 or igould@sptimes.com