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Belleair CC takes slim lead with win

By DAVE THEALL, Times Correspondent
Published February 3, 2008


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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 Lansbrook and 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, 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 and Bobby 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 and Elizabeth 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.

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. For information, 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.

[Last modified February 3, 2008, 01:12:42]


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