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Stetson freshman makes mark early

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published May 6, 2007


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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.

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.

In the boys division, Michael Hebert of Orlando won (72-69-141) with Travis Ralph of Redington Beach (77-69-146), tying for sixth.

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. Among the women, 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 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.

[Last modified May 5, 2007, 18:12:47]


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