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Belleair CC takes slim lead with win

By DAVE THEALL, Times Corespondent
Published February 2, 2008


The Belleair Country Club men's team won the Interclub match Monday on its West course to move into first in the 2007-08 standings by the narrowest of margins - a half point.

Jim Slattery, Belleair's director of golf, helped the 10-man team with a pro-leading 4-over 75.

"I was going along fine until the 18th hole, where I triple bogeyed," said Slattery, who hit 15 greens in regulation.

The club's top two-man team in the better-ball format was David Richardson and Marty Daniel. They finished a stroke behind team leaders Marc Davis and Steve Ambrosio of Cypress Run.

With five matches played and five to go, Belleair leads with 41.5 points, followed by Belleview Biltmore, 41; Innisbrook, 38; Cypress Run, 31.5; and a tie for fifth between the Bayou Club and Cove Cay, with 21 points.

Scott Johnson (76) of the Bayou Club finished a stroke behind Slattery in the pro division, followed by David Cowan(77) of Lansbrookand Chuck Eade (79) of Belleview Biltmore.

The next match will be hosted by defending league champion Countryside at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11.

West Coast Women:Mary Ann Petrillo of Pasadena had her A game together last week at Palma Ceia as she won with 1-over 73 among a field of 89 players. Petrillo (78) won by five strokes over Lisa Hartley of Clearwater Country Club.

Pinellas players won three of the next four flights as well, headed by Cathy Moss (88) in Flight A. Lyla Kinsel (84) of Feather Sound won Flight B over Countryside's Cindy McManamon(87). Kinsel had the day's only ace, holing her tee shot on 134-yard No. 8. In Flight D, Nancy Strite of Feather Sound won with 89.

County golf: The dynamic duo of Jeff Neugebauer of Odessa and Dunedin's Ken Palladino won back-to-back CGA matches at Plantation Palms and at St. Petersburg Country Club.

Actually, their 5-under 67 at Plantation Palms tied for first with Bill Boast and Rich Volcko of Spring Hill. But at St. Pete Country Club, the Neugebauer-Palladino team won by four strokes over the same duo.

Bill O'Hara andBobby Kilgore(69) won the senior division Monday, and four teams shared better-ball net honors with 64:Jim Rosenberg-Jeff Coderre, Heinz Kraus-Ursula Kraus, Dan Menke-Dick Bartlett and Norm Begin-Jack Young.

Joe Lallier crafted the shot of the day, a hole-in-one on No. 17.

The ladies division had a four-way tie as well. Lori Gill and Tina Bingham shot net 67, as did the teams of Sara Wold-Vivian Marra andElizabeth Dunn-Nancy Macht and Loretta Pizzella playing solo.

The CGA meets Monday at Wentworth for a better-ball of pair match. There are shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. For details, go to www.countygolf.com or call 446-6644.

Tour news: Two former winners of the New Year's Invitational at St. Petersburg Country Club had successful outings last weekend.

Ryuji Imada (Chamberlain High/Georgia) finished second to Tiger Woods in the Buick Invitational, winning $561,600 to bring his 2008 total to $645,355. He has made the cut all three times this year after making it 20 times in 32 tournaments last year.

And Jeff Klauk (Florida Southern), the 2000 winner and New Year's Invitational record holder - 21-under 267 - finished second in the Nationwide Tour event in Panama.

PGA West Central Chapter: Dunedin Country Club hosted a tournament Monday in which the chapter's president, Jim Garrison of Temple Terrace, put on a clinic. His 3-under 69 helped him win by six strokes over Matt Mitchell of the Downs Practice Facility and Belleview Biltmore teaching pro Bill Shriver. They shot 76.

In the senior division, Jim Smith of Missing Links Range and Jeff Gibson of the Gibson Academy tied at 73. They hit from closer tees.

Pinellas PAL: Matt Cote (Palm Harbor University) and Terry O'Reilly (East Lake High) tied for first, shooting even 36 for nine holes last week at Wentworth. Buddy Niles of East Lake finished third with 44.

The Police Athletic League junior program is expanding this winter and spring under Deputy Terry O'Reilly. There's a regular Thursday nine-hole match, practice at the Downs Range two nights weekly and practice Saturdays at Airco Golf Course. A spring break camp is planned for March.

These programs and tournaments are run at little cost because they operate under grant funds through the state's golf license plate program. They are open to boys and girls.

For further information regarding the league, call coach O'Reilly at (727) 463-1720.

PODS Championship: Beginning Feb. 11, the McDonald's ticket special to the March 3-9 event will go on sale. Two good-for-any-one-day passes will be available for $79. The money raised will support local charities. Last year, the PGA tournament raised $1.2-million for bay area charities. To buy a McDonald's ticket special, visit www.podschampionship.com.