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Two Pinellas golfers set for state amateur

By DAVE THEALL, Times Correspondent
Published September 30, 2007


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Since 1982, Pinellas golfers have finished second twice in the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship, a major state tournament starting Thursday in Vero Beach at John's Island Club.

The runnersup were Bobby Grace of St. Petersburg, who lost to David Boesel of Winter Park in 1988, and Rick Kerper of Safety Harbor, who took Glenn Herrell of Tallahassee to the 21st hole of the match in the finals before losing.

This year's county representatives are David Doing of St. Petersburg and Stanley Kinnett, 26, of Clearwater, a Tampa attorney and Eckerd College graduate with a 3.9 handicap index.

The first two days of stroke play will decide the low 32 players to advance to match play.

"That's my first goal," Kinnett said. "Getting into the match play format. If I do that, I'll be pleased."

Their journey to the finals will be challenging. Last year's winner and runnerup are in the field. They are winner Bret Voisin of Orlando and runnerup Noi Chay of Land O'Lakes. Last year, the tournament was at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto.

ST. PETERSBURG COUNTRY CLUB: The annual Skip Alexander Invitational is set for Monday. The format is two best balls of four-person teams, low gross and low net. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome of the LPGA Tour, who represents the club, dropped out this year because of a schedule conflict, said Terry Decker, the club's director of golf. She is playing in this weekend's LPGA event in Prattville, Ala., along with Clearwater's Jenny Gleason.

COLLEGES: Danielle Jackson (Northside Christian) led Stetson to a third-place finish at last weekend's 36-hole Lady Falcon Invitational at Daytona Beach. Jackson had rounds of 80-72-152. Rachel Edwards (Seminole High) led Daytona Beach Community College in scoring, 78-76-154.

JUNIORS: Largo's Andrea Messer, a senior at Largo High with national credentials, is spending the weekend at the University of Texas on an official, all-expenses paid visit. Messer, a former state Class 2A runnerup, qualified for match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in August and won her first match over Tiffany Joh of California in a 27-hole marathon.

Messer, Evan Jensen of Belleair and Seminole's Meghan Chapman have been invited to play in next month's Golfweek Junior Invitational in Orlando.

- Two of their in-state junior rivals were named to the U.S. Junior Solheim Cup that defeated Europe this month. They are Vicky Hurst of Melbourne and Isabelle Lendl of Bradenton. Lendl, the daughter of former tennis great Ivan Lendl, plans to enter the University of Florida next fall.

- Dustin Dingus of Palm Harbor won the boys 12-13 division at Sunday's Greater Tampa Junior match at Falcon Watch in Sun City Center, shooting 3-over 75.David Hicks of Clearwater (84) tied for sixth, and Colby Norris (89) of Clearwater finished 10th. For results, visit www.gtjga.com.

WEST COAST WOMEN: Vickie Stafford of Cypress Run shot 84, winning Flight A at Wednesday's match at Black Diamond Ranch. The group's top flight, AA, had former league champion Sisi Hedges of Eaglebrooke post 76, winning easily over Pat Rogers (80) of Tampa Palms.

Ellen Freund of Clearwater Country Club captured first in Flight D with 92, three strokes up on Linda Rossy of Walden Lakes and Marty Coogler of Black Diamond Ranch.

COUNTY GOLF: Ken Palladino of Dunedin pulled off rare back-to-back wins during a five-day period. Last week, he played solo in a better-ball tournament at East Lake Woodlands, winning with 8-under 64. On Monday at Cheval, he again played alone in a better-ball match and won the event with 67.

Tampa's John King teamed with Bobby Kilgore to win the senior division at East Lake with 68, and the Cheval senior winners (66) were Clearwater's Richard Bullock and Mike Sanderson.

GRAND REOPENING: Dunedin Country Club will reopen to the public Monday featuring new greens. For tee times, call the pro shop this weekend at 733-7836.

[Last modified September 30, 2007, 01:38:40]


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