Stetson freshman makes mark early
By DAVE THEALL
Published May 5, 2007
A former Pinellas high school standout has continued her success as a college freshman.
Danielle Jackson, a two-time Times player of the year who led Northside Christian to a state Class A title as a junior, led Stetson University in scoring (76.20) this season, the fifth-best average in the conference. She was named to the all-Atlantic Sun Conference second team and the all-freshman team. At the recent conference championship at Buies Creek, N.C., Jackson shot 78-78-75-231 to lead the Hatters in scoring. Her low round of the season was 68 as she captured individual honors in two big tournaments.
At Northside Christian, where Jackson played for her father/coach Dave Jackson, she was a part-time golfer focusing on basketball in late fall and the winter months. She started at point guard for the Mustangs all four years.
Asked if his daughter missed basketball at the college level, Coach Jackson replied: "Not at all. At 5-foot-3 and small, she took a lot of physical punishment playing the game."
Danielle moves on to a U.S. Women's Open qualifier on May 21 at Fernandina Beach.
- Countryside graduate P.J. Kolosvary, another former Times player of the year, played in the No. 2-5 positions as a freshman at Nova Southeastern University. His best score was 4-under 68. Nova moves on to next week's NCAA South Central Super Region in Florence, Ala., hoping to advance to the Division II Championship.
Kolosvary will play in the U.S. Open qualifier at Hunter's Green in Tampa on May 14.
- Brittany Jones (Oldsmar) led the Youngstown State Penguins to a third-place finish at the Horizon League Championships in Lebanon, Ohio. A junior, Jones finished fourth individually with rounds of 85-82-83-50. Jones is an East Lake Woodlands member and an East Lake graduate.
JUNIOR SUPERLATIVE: Belleair's Evan Jensen captured her seventh Florida Junior Tour event last weekend at Coral Creek in Placida. After opening with 1-under 70, she kept it together in the second round with 71 to win by three strokes over Meghan Chapman of Seminole, 75-69-144. Andrea Messer, a third area standout, finished (74-77-151) sixth, feeling the adverse effects of bug bites on the course in the second round.
Jensen said the key to success was hitting her irons well and not hitting many bad shots.
"Although the greens were quick I putted well," Jensen said. "I'm happy I got into the FJT when I did. It's been good for me and the competition is always tough."
In the boys division, Michael Hebert of Orlando won (72-69-141) with Travis Ralph of Redington Beach (77-69-146), tying for sixth. Tyler Wilkins of Clearwater finished with scores of 72-78-150.
PAL CHAMPIONSHIP: The First Tee team of St. Petersburg won last week's Matthew Hall Memorial Police Athletic League Championship at East Bay. The team was led by Mark Stroud's 74 and included Jimmy Holmes, 76; Trey Hill, 80; and Jimmy Weck, 84 for 313.
St. Petersburg Catholic PAL took second with 315 followed by East Lake PAL, 335.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office PAL will have a summer series of tournaments for high school players on most Thursdays. For more details, call deputy Terry O'Reilly at (727) 463-1720.
DUNEDIN COUNTRY CLUB: Josh Pierce won the club championship 7 and 6 over Charlie Lane. In the women's division Connie McMullen prevailed 4 and 3 over Joyce Hatt.
CGA: At Cheval last week, Mike Sanderson and Larry Vander Bie won the senior division in a better-ball match with a 62. In the regular division, 66 won for the team of Kevin Andress and Jim Fannin.
WEST COAST WOMEN: Though golfers from Tampa (Kathy Hunt) and Sarasota (Jeanne Rothe) were the 1-2 finishers at last week's championship in Dade City, Pinellas was well represented at the awards luncheon.
Outgoing league president Vickie Stafford (Cypress Run) finished second in Flight AA net with Countryside's Agnie Hunter, third.
Leslie Roberts of the Bayou Club won Flight A with Cathy Moss of the Vinoy second.
In Flight C, the top two were Joyce Hatt of Dunedin and Innisbrook's Joan Wahl.
Diane Poad of Countryside finished third in Flight D with Seminole's Nancy Barton, fourth.
COMING UP: Twenty-five Pinellas pros and amateurs will be among a field of 84 at Innisbrook's Island course vying for an estimated six slots in a U.S. sectional qualifier.
Among the contestants are Belleair's Greg Kraft, a veteran PGA Tour player; Jim Slattery, golf director at Belleair Country Club; Patrick Olive, Tarpon Springs; past qualifier Matt Saglio, St. Petersburg; Matt Every, Daytona Beach, a former Gators All-American; Rick Kerper, Safety Harbor; high school standout Zach Sobel of Clearwater Beach; and Champions Tour veteran Doug LaCrosse, Tampa.
The first tee time is 8 a.m. For a complete listing, visit www.fsga.org.
Pinellas Men's Interclub Match
April 30 at Belleview Biltmore
Cove Cay -9
Dunedin + 1
Cypress Run +8
East Lake +11
Randy Wehling/Mark Wilkins 58
John Manthei/Dan McDonough 61
Bill Cox/Gerry Beacht 61
Randy Mosley, Vinoy 73
Greg Hart, Cove Cay 73
Ray Slattery, Dunedin 75
Dave Cowan, Lansbrook 76
Joe Castellano, Cypress 76