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Weather proves tricky at Pasadena

By DAVE THEALL
Published February 18, 2007


A Pasadena member had a small advantage over the field at last week's West Coast Women's Golf Association match.

Mary Ann Petrillo, a former winner of the league's annual championship, was playing on her home course.

However, in her foursome was Sisi Hedges of Mulberry, the WCWGA titlist in 2005 and '06. And she didn't drive to Pinellas County for purely social reasons.

Despite adverse weather conditions, Hedges crafted 4-over 76 to win the AA Flight match by three strokes over Petrillo.

Hedges said under those drizzly conditions it was more difficult to focus but that, essentially, was the challenge that day.

"Under adverse conditions - drizzling rain - the game puts more emphasis on mental acuity and maintaining focus," said Hedges, who plays to a 2.4 handicap at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland. She learned the game at age 10 in Oshkosh, Wis.

"I don't usually shoot in the high 70s, but that day I did despite making a lot of 3- and 4-foot putts to save par. I couldn't have done that without staying focused."

FLIGHTS: Pinellas women captured three of the next four flights. Barb Wellard of Innisbrook edged Jeanne Smith by a stroke in Flight A with an 81. Wanda Cook, also of Innisbrook, captured the Flight B title with an 85 over Pasadena's Jane Kienle, 87. Ellie Mullenix of Black Diamond in Lecanto won Flight C with an 87 with Nina Schmidt of the Vinoy posting 90. There was a three-way tie in Flight D. Liz Krupitza, Dunedin; Nancy Strite, Feather Sound; and Lee Whitener, East Lake Woodlands, all shot 92.

PINELLAS INTERCLUB: Seminole Lake's lead in the monthly series was trimmed last week, but the 10-member team held on to first place by tying for fifth. Lansbrook and East Lake Woodlands tied for first in the match at Seminole Lake, followed by Belleview Biltmore, Countryside and the Bayou Club tying with Seminole Lake.

Cypress Run finished 11th despite having the day's low two-man team. Paul Trinkwon and John Geheb collaborated on 12-under net 60. They edged Dave Cowan and Dick Fratus of Lansbrook, 61, and Dunedin's Dick Hanson and Ken Holloway, 62. Innisbrook's Jayson Villagrana shot 1-under 71 with birdies on Nos. 4, 7, 13 and 18 to win in the pro division over 11 competitors. Greg Hart of Cove Cay posted 72, the Vinoy's Randy Mosley 74, and tying at 78 were Seminole's Bruce Chaleff and Chuck Eade of Belleview Biltmore.

East Lake hosts the March match on the 12th at 12:30.

JUNIOR RESILIENCE: Davenport's Erica Popson weathered 5-over 10 on the 445-yard No. 5 hole at Fox Hollow on Saturday for 75, then came back Sunday with 1-over 72 to win the girls division of Florida Junior Tour event. Evan Jensen of Belleair finished tied for second Sunday (72-150) to maintain her lead in the annual point standings. She tied at Fox Hollow with Brighid Hourihan of Ponte Vedra Beach. Seminole's Meghan Chapman tied for fifth (74-156) in the field of 21 girls.

Carson Weinand of Naples won the boys 16-18 title with rounds of 73-74-147. Nick Buccina (East Lake High) was the top Pinellas player shooting 79-80-159 playing from the back tees at 6,750 yards. He tied for 21st with Tyler Wilkens (Countryside).

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Lakewood High grad Dick Mast was a Monday qualifier at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton. He tied for 20th at 6-under 210 with Nick Price, making his tour debut.