Belleview Biltmore claims county title

By DAVE THEALL, Times Correspondent
Published December 22, 2007

Belleview Biltmore's 10-man team and Randy Mosley, the director of golf at the host Vinoy Resort, were the big winners in Wednesday's Pinellas Men's Interclub monthly match.

Belleview Biltmore, led by Bruce McKinley and Doug McArthur, won the 12-team match to vault into first place in the 2007-08 standings after four matches.

Mosley crafted 3-under 69 on his home course to capture pro honors. He posted five birdies offset by two bogeys, one of which was the result of an out-of-bounds shot on the par-5 ninth.

"Other than that one shot, I played well," Mosley said. "I drove the ball very well and hit 17 greens in regulation. But more important, we (Vinoy players) had fun. I'd rather finish last just to play with our wonderful members."

Innisbrook's Jason Villangrana and the Bayou's Chris Ettner tied for second at 71. Villangrana factored into the two-man team scoring, shooting a better-ball score of plus 14 with amateur Dave Garringer. Mark Wilkins and Randy Wehling of Countryside (plus-10) finished second.

ST. NICK OPEN: At Mangrove Bay and the adjacent par-3 Cypress Links course, Dave Girouex and Andy Arnold were the winners, shooting 16-under 83 among a field of 180. The other flight winners: Doug Manning and Dave Callahan, 8-under 91; Ben and Steve Stortenbecker, 10-under 89;Greg Pipkin and Doug Johnson, 4-under 95; Rich Clifton and Mike Foss, 2-under 97; and Ralph Betz and Ryan Nachit, 4-under 95.

The fundraiser last week provided complete Christmas gifts for two needy families.

CGA: Ken Palladino and Jeff Neugebauer of Odessa were Monday's better-ball winners at East Lake Woodlands, shooting 4-under 68.

Jim Shepherd and Bobby Kilgore tied (71) with Bill O'Hara and Bill Johnson in the senior division. And net honors (61) went to Rob Wheeler and Walt Durrett.

FLORIDA STATE GA: The association's "Game" series last week at Bardmoor produced a winner in Jason Liu of St. Petersburg. In a quota format, Liu won with a score of plus-5. Bill O'Donnell of Orlando finished second at plus-3, followed by Walt Hardenstine of St. Petersburg at plus-1. The series resumes Jan. 25 at Bloomingdale. For details, visit www.fsga.org/thegame.

FLORIDA JUNIOR TOUR: Dunedin's Justin Foster was the top Pinellas finisher at last weekend's event at MetroWest in Orlando, shooting 77-73 for 6-over 150. That put the Dunedin High senior in fourth place in a strong field of 40 players. Jack Twomey of Tampa posted 146 (70-76) for his first FJT win.

"My putter was really working for me," said Twomey, referring to many one-putt saves. "On Sunday, it was really windy out there, and that required a lot more concentration."

Other Pinellas finishers included Tyler Wilkins of Clearwater, tied for 15th after shooting 73-81-154; Mike Baskovich, Clearwater, tied for 29th with 75-80-155; Chad Fleming, Seminole, 77-82-159; and Nick Buccini, Tarpon Springs, 82-81-163.

Carlie Yadlockzky, 16, of Casselberry won the girls 16-18 division with a tournament low round of 6-under 66 coupled with 75 for 141 and a six-stroke margin over Stephanie Kim of Bayside, N.Y., 70-77-147.

INNISBROOK CHRISTMAS CLASSIC: Many of the top area juniors are playing in this weekend's 54-hole tournament in Palm Harbor. Last year, the top three girls were Meghan Chapman of Seminole, the Times' player of the year in 2006 and '07,Evan Jensen of Belleair and Andrea Messer of Largo.

LPGA STATS: Seminole's Brittany Lincicome finished third in driving distance, averaging 261 yards. In driving accuracy, she ranked 89th. Her scoring average of 72.14 ranked 24th.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: Kyle McCarthy of Gulfport, who earned conditional status on the tour by advancing to the PGA Tour Q-School finals last year, made the cut in three of 17 events with a best finish of second. He averaged 290 off the tees, posting a scoring average of 72.65.

FUTURES TOUR: Vicky Hurst, 17, of Melbourne, winner of this year's Class A high school individual title, will turn pro next year rather than attend college.

"I feel I'm ready and college isn't going to help my game," she told Golfweek's Beth Ann Baldry. Hurst played in the Futures Tour Qualifying School last month and won it. She went on to win the AJGA's prestigious Polo Junior Classic over the Thanksgiving holiday.

HOLE-IN-ONE: Ray McDonald of Largo aced the 130-yard No. 2 hole Dec. 12 at Largo Golf Course with a 9-iron.

COMING UP: The 82nd annual New Year's Invitational, the South's oldest amateur tournament, has a full field of 128 set to tee off Jan. 3 at St. Petersburg Country Club.

Last year's winner, Major Manning of Clarksville, Ga., won't play because he turned pro after graduating in May from Augusta State. Nor will recent winners Luke List, John Holmes, Jeff Overton or Brandt Snedeker, who turned pro after winning the tournament first won by A.J. Cooper in 1927.

But Jon Curran of Vanderbilt and Jonathan Mount of the University of Tennesse, co-third place finishers in '07, are in the field. Peter Uihlein, 17, of Bradenton's Leadbetter Academy will try to improve on his sixth-place finish last year, which included an opening round of 6-under 66.