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Lincicome giving back with event

By DAVE THEALL, Golf
Published November 11, 2007


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Brittany Lincicome, a third-year pro from Seminole, will host the Brittany and Friends Celebrity Pro-Am on Nov. 27 at St. Petersburg Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament and auction will benefit the First Tee of St. Petersburg junior program.

Lincicome rose through the ranks of the St. Petersburg city junior program after winning her first tournament at age 9. That program was integrated into the First Tee of St. Petersburg chapter in April 2005.

"Brittany remembers her days as a junior golfer in our program, and we are grateful that she generously gives of her time to help support the First Tee and the more than 1,200 children that participate in the program," said Jeff Hollis, executive director of the St. Petersburg program.

A two-time state Class 2A champion for Seminole High, Lincicome is a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour.

Other celebrities scheduled to attend the fundraiser, event chairman Mike Puffer said, include Angela Stanford and Dale Eggeling of the LPGA Tour, Rays players Scott Kazmir, B.J. Upton and Doug Waechter, boxer Winky Wright and former NFL punterMark Royals.

Teams will bid on celebrity players at a drawing party at the club Nov. 26. On the following day, there will be a clinic led by Lincicome at 10:45 a.m. then a noon shotgun start of the scramble-format tournament. An auction of autographed sports memorabilia will be held, featuring items from Lincicome, fellow LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees and former Florida quarterback Chris Leak.

For details, go to www.thefirstteestpetersburg.org or call Puffer at (727) 631-2786.

Successful PGA run: At last weekend's final official PGA Tour event of the 2007 season - the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista - a local pro tied for 26th at 8-under 280 (69-67-72-72) to finish 136th on the money list with a career high of $649,341 for the season.

Dunedin's Bob Heintz, a graduate of Countryside High and Yale, where he won three Ivy League individual titles, hung tough in the tournament and all season long. Overall, he made the cut in 18 of 32 events, with two top-five finishes. In July, he finished fifth at the U.S. Bank Classic in Milwaukee and the following week at the Canadian Open, where he shot a season-best 12 under.

Players finishing 126 to 150 on the money list ensure conditional status on the PGA Tour's money list for 2008 but significantly behind the top 31 from this year's Nationwide Tour money list. To ensure his higher priority standing, Heintz must enter the tour's annual six-day qualifying tournament and finish among the top 30 and ties. Q-School finals begin Nov. 28 in Winter Park. Last year he did well in the grind, tying for eighth after shooting 13-under 419 at La Quinta, Calif.

Greg Kraft of Clearwater scored well at the Children's Classic at Disney last weekend. After opening with 1-over 73, Kraft had a challenge just to make the cut. He kept his emotions in check, shooting 4-under 68 to squeeze out a score of 141 to advance. He finished at 4-under 284, winning $10,120 to finish at $278,590 for the season and in 179th after playing a limited schedule.

WOMEN'S TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: North Carolina edged Florida by a point in Wednesday's singles matches to win the Southeastern amateur title 12 to 11 at Lake Jovita in Dade City. The format was fourball Monday and foursomes Tuesday. Terrell Italiano of Tampa and Cici Hedges of Lakeland were key members of the Florida team.

Seminole's Nan Habjan, a Clearwater Country Club member, served as the tournament director.

HOLES IN ONE: At Largo Golf Course, John Dady of Little Fall, N.Y., scored an ace on the 90-yard 11th hole with a pitching wedge. Then on Nov. 2, Sharon Ebbeler of Largo used only an 8-iron off the tee box to sink her shot. ... Sam Reid of St. Petersburg aced the 106-yard third hole at the Tides Golf Club on Oct. 29 with a 5-iron.

[Last modified November 10, 2007, 21:58:46]


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