Lincicome's 67 wins local event

Published September 30, 2006

Some of the area's top pros teed it up Monday for the annual Skip Alexander Pro-Am Invitational, a fundraiser for the First Tee program of St. Petersburg.

The tournament, which drew a strong field of 100, was held at St. Petersburg Country Club. That's where Skip Alexander was the head pro for nearly 25 years.

Perhaps still celebrating her 21st birthday, which fell on the 19th, the LPGA's Brittany Lincicome scored early and late with multiple birdies, shooting 5-under 67 to win going away on her home course.

PGA pro Dave Creighton of Celebration Country Club finished second with 70, followed by the Vinoy's Randy Moseley (73), tying with Robert Jacks, the assistant superintendent at the host club.

Moseley had the shot of the day, an eagle on the 374-yard par-4 fourth, holing out from the fairway.

But Lincicome started off with birdies on her first two holes plus No. 8 on the front nine. On the back nine, she finished strong with birdies on Nos. 15, 16 and 18 to offset a lone bogey. She played from the back tees set at 6,800 yards.

Buddy Alexander, the men's coach at the University of Florida, shot 70 on the course he grew up on. But as an amateur, he was not eligible for sharing in the money.

Alexander won the 1986 U.S. Amateur title, the same tournament Tiger Woods won three times from 1994 to '96.

Dan Stone, who earned all-America honors twice for the Florida Gators in the early '90s, shot 74. After 10 years on various pro circuits, Stone has applied for amateur status and thus was not eligible for prize money.

The event raised $600 for the First Tee program, with the help of sponsors Wachovia and Dencor Dental, said Terry Decker, head pro at St. Petersburg Country Club.

LINCICOME'S PITCH: The 11th-ranked player on the LPGA Tour was invited to Tropicana Field Monday night by the Rays to throw out the first pitch, in honor of her victory in the Women's World Match Play Championship in July.

"It wasn't a strike, but it was a good pitch," said Decker, who attended the game vs. the Yankees.

SHRINERS PRO-AM: The winning team posted 20-under 52 at Dunedin Country Club, winning by three strokes.

Headed by pro Tim Polce of the Go For Birdie Learning Center in Zephyrhills, and rounded out with Dunedin members Bob Donaldson, Rich Hurd and Ron Randolph, the team put together a round consisting of 14 birdies, three eagles and a single par.

"Putting was the key for our team," said Polce who served as an assistant at Dunedin between 1986 and '89. "Putting last on each hole, I only got to putt four times because they were making them consistently. I've been on teams with four pros in a scramble and never went that low."

Polce said his partners knew the course thoroughly, including every break on every green.

"That was fun," said Polce, who has been selected to play for the 12-member PGA North Section against the South in a modified Ryder Cup format in October in Naples.

Steve Parisi headed the second-place team with Tom Gavin, Scott Gordon and Eldridge Bravo. Third place (56) was won by Matt Mitchell of the Downs Practice Facility, plus Dunedin club champion Justin Foster, John Ismali and Tom Percival.

CGA: At Belleair on Monday, Jeff Pett and Claud Johnston won a better-ball match with a 5-under 67. Andrew Rilling and Courtney Burdick tied (70) with Tom Smith and John Lisenbee for second.

The senior division produced a tie for first (69) between Jerry Lindow with Walt Stanley and Mitch Bentley with Malcolm Griffith.

Randy Ringer and Randy Skelton prevailed in the net division (60).

The CGA plays at Seminole Lake on Thursday. For details, call 446-6644.

LADIES SUNCOAST: Belleair also hosted the league's first match of the season, and the home team beat East Lake 6.5 to 5.5 in a better-ball format. The other winners were Cypress Run over Innisbrook, 7 to 5, and Crescent Oaks over Countryside, 11.5 to .5.

COLLEGES: Three standouts from Pinellas, freshmen at Florida colleges, met at last week's Lady Falcons Invitational in Daytona Beach.

Danielle Jackson (Northside Christian), the Times' 2004 and '05 player of the year, finished fifth (77-72-149) in the field of 71 players on 13 teams.

Rachel Edwards (Seminole) finished eighth (77-73--150) playing for the home team Daytona Beach Community College. And Amber Petersen (Pinellas Park High), a freshman at Gulf Coast U., shot 82-79--161.

PRO WOMEN: Amanda Dick (Countryside High/University of Florida) has entered next week's LPGA Q-school qualifier in Venice. While working part-time at Wenworth Golf Club, she's been honing her game and playing well on mini tours. Dick had a knee operation just before her senior year at Florida, where she helped the Gators qualify twice for the NCAA Championships in her three years.

- Clearwater's Jenny Gleason shot 4-over 292 (71-75-72-74) at the LPGA's Longs Drugs Challenge last weekend tying for 50th.

JUNIORS: Largo's Kollin Woodbury shot a final-round 2-under 70 to go with his opening 75 for 145 and third place in the Florida Junior Tour's age 13-15 division last weekend in Lake Wales. Travis Ralph of Redington Beach tied for fourth a stroke back (73-73).

Locally, M.J. Maguire of St. Petersburg finished at 151, followed by Devin Hernandez (156) and Justin Foster (159).

Among girls in that age bracket, Ryan Ashburn of Seminole finished seventh with 167 (83-84).

HOLES IN ONE: Chuck Green of Largo aced the 175-yard 17th hole at The Tides on Sept. 19 with a 6 iron.

- On Wednesday, backspin enabled Tom Jewell's tee shot to roll into the cup on the 111-yard 14th hole on the South course at East Lake Woodlands. It was Jewell's second ace this year and sixth in his career.

Jewell, 76, is the former director of the JC Penney Mixed-Team Classic.

COMING UP: The Pinellas Men's Interclub meets at Dunedin Country Club on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.