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Charity event has plenty of winners

By DAVE THEALL, Golf
Published November 17, 2007


There were many winners at last weekend's annual Chi Chi Charity Classic at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Club in Clearwater, sponsored by Raymond James Financial. Primarily, they are the students at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy and the recent graduates.

But on the par-69 course in the two-day event, the scramble winners Sunday were St. Petersburg club designer Bobby Grace, his daughter, Danielle, a member of the golf team at Northside Christian, her 11-year-old brother, Brian, and coach Dave Jackson of the Mustangs. They shot 14-under 55.

"It's amazing we did so well," Jackson said. "But we made a lot of 15 to 25 foot putts, and that enabled us to go low."

On Monday, Clearwater's Ray Goodman, a former pro golfer, led his defending scramble team to victory with the same score of 55. Jim Hunter and Ray Lopez, volunteers at the Youth Foundation, contributed to the team effort, as did Gil Day of Clearwater Beach.

Goodman, director of the County Golf Association, said everyone contributed to the win, during which they hit every green in regulation and made 14 birdies and four pars.

"It was a great experience for a growing organization," Goodman said. "We didn't have any eagles and we didn't birdie three of the par-3 holes, but we complemented each other very well."

Second-place team members Monday were Jody Rotondo, a friend of Chi Chi's from Illinois, Dave Roberson and Lou Dagnolo Sr. and Lou Dagnolo Jr.

Clearwater's Pat Eastman was on the third-place team along with Al Discenza and Dr. Gerry Odweyer.

Club champions:Andy Nall won his fourth consecutive men's title at Clearwater Country Club on Sunday, 5 and 4, in match play over Tom Deimel. It was Nall's fifth win overall.

Shelley Urbanbecame a five-time winner, taking the women's title 2 and 1 over defending champion Lisa Hartley.

Annual club championship highlights should be sent to dttimes@knology.net.)

County golf:Playing solo, Jeff Neugebauer of Odessa won Monday's better-ball match at Hunter's Green with 3-under 69. He edged the team of Tony Baccari and Mike Sanderson by a stroke.

Ken Mellem of Largo and Innisbrook member Richard Bullock posted 70 to win against Bobby Kilgore and Bill O'Hara by one in the senior division.

Dick Bartlett and Dan Menke, plus Jack Huerter and Paul Fischer, tied for net honors at 63.

Janet Richey and Shirley Maganti won among women, posting 72.

The 2007 CGA Championship will be played in flights at St. Petersburg Country Club on Dec. 3 and Countryside on Dec. 10. For details, go to www.cga@countygolf.com

Largo Golf Course:Mike Kuykendal of Clearwater plus Largo's Tony Greco and Matt Schwamberger combined to shoot 13-under 49 for the win in the biweekly scramble last weekend.

Seminole Lake Country Club:After extensive course renovations last summer, the private club is open to the public during the month of November. To celebrate, it's offering a daily package that includes greens fee, cart, range balls and lunch. For details, call the pro shop at 391-6255.

College bound:Whitney Wenglasz (East Lake High) signed a national letter of intent Wednesday with Florida State.

Her former Northside Christian teammate, Morgan Jackson of the 2004 Class A state championship team, signed with Jacksonville University, a member of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference.

Both are four-time members of the Times' all-Pinellas girls' first team. Jackson, who plays soccer, basketball and competes in track field events - shot put, discus and long jump - will concentrate on golf at Jacksonville.

Jackson's sister, Danielle, who attends Stetson, was named the Atlantic Sun Conference player of the month for October after leading the Hatters with two top-five tournament finishes. She's leads the team with a 76.2 average.

Coming up: The Pinellas Men's Interclub league meets at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Cove Cay.

James VanDyke, the club's assistant pro, will head its 10-member team against 11 clubs ranging from the Vinoy up to Cypress Run.