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Conroy is playing well with big event on the horizon

By DAVE THEALL
Published March 19, 2006


If last week's West Coast Women's match at St. Petersburg Country Club helped set the stage for next month's Championship, Phyllis Conroy of the host club should be in contention.

Conroy, 39, crafted a par-72 to win by five strokes over former association winner Mary Ann Petrillo of Tierra Verde.

Other prominent women in the field included WCW's 2005 champion Sisi Hedges, Mulberry, who shot 79; Cathy Moss, Vinoy, 75; and Kim Hollister, Innisbrook, 77.

Former champions Jackie Currier of Walden Lake and Sharon Gonsalves of Palma Ceia were also in the field. They finished 1-2 net.

Conroy said overall she was pleased with her round but disappointed that she let a sub-par round get away on the final hole.

"I missed about a 6-footer that broke the wrong way on the 18th green," she said, "but that round helped boost my confidence. I've been working closely with Terry Decker(St. Petersburg Country Club's golf director) and he's done wonders with me. Also, I've been playing better with a new set of custom-made irons ... and they have improved my game.

"Hopefully, this win will help me at the upcoming championship in Sarasota, although I've never played that TPC Prestancia course."

WCWGA NOTES: Conroy's best round is 4-under 68 shot while a senior at Cape Coral High.

Susan MacGill of Tampa aced the 106-yard 17th hole in the tournament at St. Petersburg Country Club. Hers was the fourth that week at the course. Others were by club members Jack Ross on No. 4, Irv Bernheim on No. 7 and Chuck Hedrick and 17. On Monday, assistant pro Troy Rubottom parlayed an ace on the 150-yard 14th into a round of 4-under 68. He used a wedge.

Pat Seel of SPCC won Flight D at the March 6 match with an 87.

MEN'S INTERCLUB: The Bayou Club's second-place finish at the monthly match at Seminole Lake earned the team nine points to narrow the lead of frontrunning East Lake Woodlands.

The Bayou Club was led by Jim Warmack and Jim Eliason who shot 59 with their handicaps.

March's winning 10-man team, host Seminole Lake, also had the low pair in C.M. Lee and Chuck Myers, who went real low with a 59.

Cypress Run was led by the 62 of Joe Castellano and Frank Zepf.

Among the pros, Chuck Eade of Belleview Biltmore had the low round, 73, followed by Chris Slattery, Countryside, 74; Greg Hart, Cove Cay, 75; and Randy Mosley, Vinoy, 78.

FLORIDA STATE ASSOCIATION: Skip Lujack of Brandon and Richard Stevens of Naples posted 74 in a State Senior Championship qualifier at Dunedin Country Club on Monday to share medalist honors.

Stephen Baker of Bradenton and Ron Green of Lecanto also qualified shooting 76, along with six others.

St. Petersburg's Doug Root, 56, got off to a bad start when he couldn't find his tee shot off No. 1. That led to a stroke penalty stroke and contributed to an eventual nonqualifying 81.

Phil Leckey of Tampa led the Super Senior Division, 65 and over, after nine holes with 3-under 33. His final round of 76 qualified him to advance along with medalist Jim Love of Lecanto, who posted par 72.

Daley Goff of Clearwater is the first alternate with 80.

Seminole's Johnny Williams, a senior official with the FSGA, served as tournament director.

FLORIDA JUNIOR TOUR: Peter Kolosvary, a senior at Countryside High, dominated the large-field match at Belleview Biltmore last week with a wire-to-wire win with 4-under 138 (67-71).

Cougar teammate Tyler Wilkins finished third (71-75-146), followed by Preston Knox of Dunedin (81-72-153) and Jordan Becker, Safety Harbor, 72-82-154 among Pinellas players.

Rachel Edwards of Seminole was the top Pinellas girl, finishing sixth with rounds of 82-76-158. Brienna Heinzler of Palm Harbor was eighth of 16 with 81-80-161.

CGA: Jeff Pett and Claud Johnston teamed up for a better-ball win at Cheval on Monday. Their 67 was one better than Jeff Neugebauer and Ken Palladino.

In the Senior Division, steady partners Jim Hunter and Gil Day prevailed (67) by two over Dan Menke playing alone.

GEORGIA TECH: Senior Mike Barbosa of St. Petersburg led the Yellow Jackets with a final-round 77 in Las Vegas at the Southern Highlands Intercollegiate but none of his teammates broke 80. The fourth-ranked Jackets finished ninth of 14 schools, headed by UNLV. Barbosa shot 73-76 in his opening rounds for a team-leading 226.

GASPARILLA INVITATIONAL: Peter Dachisen, an official with the FSGA in Tampa, rallied from five down after 36 holes shooting 3-under 67 in the final round to successfully defend his title at the annual amateur major at Palma Ceia.

"I knew that if I could shoot under par in the final round I knew I've have a chance," Dachisen said. "In the final round I hit a lot of fairways and greens."

Neil Vanleeuwen of Palm Harbor posted 220 (73-75-72). Clearwater's Frank Saxon (71-76-74) was one back.

CLUB CHAMPIONS: At Seminole Lake last weekend, Danielle Jackson nailed down her fourth consecutive women's title with a score of 296 (76-76-73-71). The two-time Times high school Player of the Year for Northside Christian is headed to Stetson on an academic/athletic scholarship.

Chris Kerbo won the men's title with rounds of 77-72-73-76-298.

Among seniors 55 and over, Stan Coveleskie (77-75-77-80-309) and Nancy Barton (90-95-96-87-368) were the winners.