Solid outing helps senior claim title

Published January 27, 2008

Most of the top senior players in the County Golf Association showed up for Monday's match at Feather Sound. It would take a special effort by someone to separate himself from the elite field.

Iowa native Dick Clemens, a Tampa school teacher, had the answer.

Playing from the blue tees, he got down in three on the 490-yardpar-5 fifth hole for an eagle, leading to a final score of par 72 and the title.

"I heard people yelling while I was playing the next hole, so I knew something like that happened," said Ray Goodman, CGA director. "I didn't actually witness the eagle."

In winning the match, Clemens defeated top players Tony Spada 74 of Spring Hill; Jack Forbes (75) of West Virginia; Richard Bullock (76) of Clearwater; Ken Mellem (77) of Largo; and Wayne Mateer (79) of Dunedin.

Richard Volcko of Spring Hill won the regular division, shooting 77 from the back tees. Volcko won the CGA Championship in 2006.

Bill Haldeman of Clearwater prevailed in the net division with 67 off his 15 handicap. Stan Lewis was senior net winner with 64, while Vivian Marra took women's net honors with 74. Her tee shot on the par-3 third rolled to within an event-closest 8 inches to win an official CGA shirt.

Tad Johnson of Odessa needed only one stroke to get down on the 130-yard No. 8 hole. His previous hole-in-one was 35 years ago.

Last week at Seminole Lake, Forbes shot a stroke better (74) than he did at Feather Sound to capture the senior title. That's the same score posted by open division winner Kevin Andress.

In the net divisions, Joe Gingrich won the seniors (87-26, net 61). Hadley Manings' 64 with a 12 handicap won in the regular division, and Sara Wold's gross 99 netted out to 77 for the win.

TIDES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP:Gary Sceurman shot 151 (72-79) to win the coveted title for the second consecutive year. Mike Fleck won the A Flight with a net 139, followed by Bobby Ray (143) and Peter Mills (144). Ed Patterson won Flight B net with 142, followed by Kevin Knobloch (144) and Mile Stodart (145). Gary Fecarotta Sr. won Flight C with 138, followed by Ed McDonough (140) and Dick Gaffney (140).

VETERANS REUNITE:Frank Sutton, 89, a St. Petersburg Country Club member, had a good friend, Fred Tannery, at Presbyterian College in South Carolina in 1941 just before the outbreak of World War II. They graduated that year and went their separate ways as Army officers having gained their commissions through the ROTC program. Although the two lost contact for 67 years, Sutton recently noticed in the college's alumni directory that Tannery lives just up the road in nearby Dunnellon.

On Friday, they were to get together again for a social round of golf at St. Petersburg Country Club and a small class reunion.

PODS CHAMPIONSHIP: Mark your calendar for the PGA Tour's PODS Championship from March 6-9 on the Copperhead course at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. Mark Calcavecchia is the defending champion.

The event needs volunteers from Feb. 24 to March 15.

There are a wide range of areas - some on the course and others behind the scenes - open to choice. Most teenagers are standard-bearers or amateur caddies. For most volunteers, there is a requirement that you work three half-day shifts. For information, go online to www.podschampionship.com and look for the link to "Volunteers."

Those interested in volunteering should call (727) 942-5557 or send e-mail to volunteer@suncoastgolf.org

JUNIORS:Mike Elias (Palm Harbor University) won the PAL 2008 Pinellas High School All-Stars title last week at Airco Golf Club. Dan Allegretti (Clearwater High) finished tied (76) for second with East Lake's Nick Buccina, with Mike Myregaard (CCC) fourth, shooting 78.

PINELLAS INTERCLUB: The 12 clubs meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Belleair Country Club.