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Steady Belleair teen takes second in Junior Classic

Published April 23, 2006

Belleair's Evan Jensen played steady golf for three rounds of the Innisbrook Junior Classic at Innisbrook last weekend finishing runnerup to Madison Pressel of Boca Raton.

With rounds of 74-76-74 she finished 8-over 224 on the challenging Island course, three back.

Sunday's final round was highlighted by birdie on the par-3 13th hole when she chipped in from 30 feet from just off the green.

"Overall, I hit the ball well but I didn't putt that well," said Jensen, 16, who is homeschooled and taking courses at St. Petersburg College.

"It's difficult putting on that course with its undulating greens. I was often putting downhill or uphill and coming up short. But overall the course was in excellent shape which is typical for Innisbrook."

Jensen went into the final round in fourth.

"I was real happy since there were a lot of good players in the field both from Pinellas and across the state," Jensen added.

Playing for Largo High, Jensen won the 2004 Class 2A regional title with a round of 66 and went on to finish runnerup for the state championship. A two-time member of the Times all-Pinellas team, she takes lessons from teaching pro Jim Slattery at Belleair Country Club.

Danielle Jackson of Seminole finished third with 225, followed by Palm Harbor's Dakoda Dowd, 227, and Brienna Heinzler of Palm Harbor, 232.

Matt Sobel, 15, the Times high school player of the year in 2005, tied for second the boys 14-18 division shooting 74-72-74_220 playing from the back tees at about 6,900 yards. Aaron Sherry of Fort Myers posted the same score.

Sobel, who plays for Palm Harbor University, rallied late Sunday going birdie-par-birdie over the last three holes to move up in the standings. He received two trophies; one for runnerup and one for first from Pinellas. Two years ago Sobel won the 13-and under division of this tournament.

This time Lee McCoy of Palm Harbor and Skycrest School finished runnerup among the younger boys with rounds of 82-73_155.

The Florida State Golf Association has waived Sobel into the State Boys Junior Championship, which will be held in Jacksonville in July 9-10.

MORE JUNIORS: Belleair's Andrea Messer traveled to Braselton, Ga., last weekend for the Mizuno Junior at Chateau Elan, a 36-hole duel.

The Times 2005 co-player of the year for Largo, Messer tied for 28th with rounds of 75-82-78-235. Clearwater's Courtney Harter was 39th with 242 (81-75-86) as Melbourne's Vicky Hurst won with 5-over 217 (71-76-70).

CGA: Decker Todd and Claud Johnston teamed up to win the Better Ball match at River Wilderness on Monday. They shot 1-under 71, two better than Tom Parsley and Dave Johnson.

Belleair's J.R. Robertson and Malcolm Griffith defeated the dynamic duo of Richard Bullock and Ken Mellem in the Senior Division. Their 67 topped their rivals' 72.

The net winners went real low as Andy Pelosi and Jack Doyle prevailed with 63.

WEST COAST WOMEN: Mary and Eric Beaumont of Lake Jovita won the annual Couples Tournament at Lone Palm in Lakeland. They shot 4-over 76. Karin and Jim Billings of Laurel Oak took net honors with 62.

Shirley and George Durfee of St. Petersburg Country Club won net in the Second Flight with 63, followed by a stroke by Karen and Norman Jay of Seminole Lake.

In the Third Flight, Heidi and George Shimp of Innisbrook prevailed with a net score of 63.

BELLEAIR: Nancy Burkett and Nancy Clark teamed up to win the club's recent Women's Annual Member-Guest. Member Mary Critchfield and her guest, MaryMiller, won low gross.

BREAST CANCER FUND-RAISER: The scramble team of Lester and Carole Shynot and Bob and PeggyLischkge won with 9-under 56 at the On Top of the World course in Clearwater.

In second place, a stroke back, were Brian and Adrienne McCarthy plus Harry and Barbara Morrison.

The April 4 event raised $4,600 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Society augmented by a matching grant of $1,000 from Wal-Mart.

LPGA: Seminole's Brittany Lincicome's third-place finish at last weekend's Takefuji Classic in Las Vegas vaulted her from 65th on the tour's money list to 19th with $93,866.

She shot a career-best 14-under 202 (68-65-69) last weekend. On the season, Lincicome, 20, is second in driving distance at 288.5 yards but tied for 99th in accuracy hitting 118 fairways of a possible 182.

In putting, Lincicome ranks 67th averaging 29.46 per round.

n Jenny Gleason of Clearwater shot rounds of 2-under 70 and 75 to miss the cut at Las Vegas by a single stroke.

A non-exempt player of the tour, Gleason had a flawless opening round with two birdies and 16 pars. She's a regular on the Futures Tour, where she finished sixth on the last year's money list.

[Last modified April 23, 2006, 11:05:42]

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