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Good starts slide into mediocre finishes

By DAVE THEALL, Times Correspondent
Published October 21, 2007


As a rule, when golfers are competing in a 36-hole tournament on an unfamiliar course, they will shoot better the second day than the first.

The exception, of course, is just the opposite result.

That's what happened not only to the winners but to most of the local contingent at last weekend's Florida State Golf Association/Florida Women's State GA Mixed Team Championship. It was held at Grand Harbor Club in Vero Beach.

Mary Lou Edwards of Palm Harbor, teamed with Tom Hobbs, opened strong with 2-over 74 then slipped to 81 the second day for 155 and a share of 17th place.

Vickie and Parker Stafford, members at Cypress Run in Tarpon Springs, shot 80-84-164 to tie for 30th. And Paulette and Brian Sullivan of Palm Harbor went 88-86-169 for a share of 36th among 54 teams.

The pattern continued at the top of the leaderboard, where Michelle Hartnell of Miami and Sammy Martinez were 8-under 64 in their opening round before slipping to 77 for 141 and a one-stroke margin over Paula and Bruce Fitzpatrick (72-70) of Homestead.

The top area team tied for fourth - Brent and Debbie Mook Sang of Valrico, who crafted rounds of 72-71-143.

STATE SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: Kent Whittemore of St. Petersburg Country Club teamed with brother Jim of Temple Terrace for a share of the bronze medal position in the four-ball championship last week at Lake Wales Country Club.

Kent, the 1998 winner of the St. Petersburg City Championship, helped his team shoot 5-under 67 in the first round. A closing 71 tied them with Kim Schwencke of Temple Terrace and David Boesel of Winter Park.

Cail Pearce of Lake Wales and Bruce Scamehorn of Winter Haven won shooting 69-68-137. But it took a playoff of two holes because they tied after regulation with Bob Ethridge of Plantation and Rick Woulfe of Fort Lauderdale, who opened with a 72 and closed with 65.

In the super senior division, the Tampa team of Phil Leckey and Rick Brown (71-68-139) finished second by a stroke to winners Jim Dubois and Bob Rogoff of Coral Gables.

COUNTY GOLF: Last week at Lansbrook, Decker Todd's 74 edged Pat Mixon (76) for the title in the regular division. Manny Gonzalez used his 15 handicap index to take the net title with 60 after shooting 75. Bill Maxfield's 69 prevailed over co-runnersup (70) Bill O'Hara and Bobby Kilgore.

Monday at Crescent Oaks, Claud Johnston of Clearwater teamed with Jeff Pett in a better-ball match with a 69.

In the senior division, 68 won for Gary Keesling and Stan Lewis over the team of Bill Johnson and Bill O'Hara, 69.

There was a tie (61) for first in the senior division between Dana Dobson with Karl Hampel and Jackie Knight with John Trimble.

LARGO COURSE: A score of 12-under 50 won the biweekly scramble at the city course for Greg Arrey of Seminole, George Brennen of Clearwater and Largo's Joe Sargent and Frank Schneider. Fifteen teams participated in the match Oct. 13.

Lathan Vaughn of Indian Rocks Beach found the bottom of the cup with his tee shot on the 115-yard 17th hole using a pitching wedge that week.

COLLEGES: Danielle Jackson (Northside Christian) carded rounds of 72-74 for 4-over 146 to lead the Stetson women's team to a seventh-place finish at UNC Greensboro (N.C.) Fall Classic.

- Sophie Dembroski, a former high school teammate of Jackson, was Anderson (N.C.) University's leading scorer (81-79-160), tying for 13th individually at last week's Patsy Rendleman Invitational in Salisbury, N.C. The Trojans finished the event in 10th as Belmont Abbey won.

[Last modified October 20, 2007, 22:53:06]

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