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North team earns points but loses match

By DAVE THEALL, Golf
Published November 4, 2007


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A local golfer helped earn two points for the North team in the biennial Florida Cup Challenge held last week at The Fox Club in Palm City. However, the South team won the two-day match 18-14.

Patrick Olive, 35, a Tarpon Springs High graduate who plays out of Wentworth Golf Club, won with teammate Paul Royak of Tampa in the Thursday morning four-ball match play, 1 up. In afternoon foursomes, Olive and partner Tommy Dudley of Jacksonville tied with their South opponents to salvage a half-point.

Friday's singles match pitted Olive, a brokerage director with Life Brokerage Partners of Oldsmar, against Artie Scott of Tequesta. Although Olive was 1 up after nine, he had to rally late as Scott birdied No. 10, eagled 12 and birdied 17. But Olive also birdied 17 to stay 1 down heading to the challenging 580-yar par-5 finish hole lined with water.

Olive managed to par the closing while Scott found the water with his 3-wood approach shot and had to settle for 7. However, in match play Olive only won the hole to tie the match. How many strokes over par for his opponent didn't matter.

The series is tied at three apiece.

COUNTY GOLF: At Pasadena on Monday, Ed Shedd tied with Jeff Neubebauer of Odessa as they battled high winds toward a score of 4-over 76. Steve Iorio took net honors with 67.

In the Senior Division, Bill O'Hara won with 76 while John Hoffman won net with 67. In the Ladies Division, Vivian Marra won with a net 74.

MILITARY OFFICERS TOURNEY: At Cove Cay last week, the winning team from Hudson won with a scramble score of 20-under 52. The members were Joe Toomer, Ike Isaacson, Russ Dunn and Judy Schewe. The Clearwater team of Doug Palonder, Gary Queen, Dan Miller and Joe Chism finished second with 53.

COLLEGE: Times two-time player of the year Danielle Jackson (Northside Christian) is leading the Stetson Hatters women's team again this year, her second in Deland. At this week's DeBary Intercollegiate, she led the Hatters to a second-place finish among 14 colleges, shooting 73-76-149. That tied for third individually among 80 players.

Rachel Edwards (Seminole High), a sophomore at Daytona Beach Community College, led her team in scoring (80-81-161) at the recent Sharks Invitational in West Palm Beach. She and Jackson will compete at Monday and Tuesday's Stetson Fall Classic in Deland.

P.J. Kolosvary (Countryside) finished 27th in a field of 75 for Nova Southeastern at the Rollins College Invitational in Ocoee.

JUNIORS: Nick Buccina (East Lake High) and Mike Baskovitch (Calvary Christian) travel to Port St. Lucie this weekend for a 36-hole Florida Junior Tour event.

Also in the stellar field are Matt Baylor, St. Petersburg; Chad Fleming, Seminole; Kollin Woodbury, Largo; and Mike Myregaard, Clearwater.

Ryan Hicks of Clearwater won the 8-9 age division at last weekend's Premier Golf Tour event at Crescent Oaks over a field of 11. He shot 41 and 43 for nine holes each day. Last month, Ryan finished third (87-90-177) at a Plantations Tour event in Herndon, Va., while his brother, Robby, was taking fifth in the 12-13 bracket shooting 84-88-172.

[Last modified November 3, 2007, 22:15:19]


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