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Magazine names pair among best instructors

By BRANT JAMES

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 18, 2001


SPRING HILL -- Talk about free advertising.

In an honor worth its weight in lesson fees, The Dunes director of instruction Charlie Hackett and Sherman Hills head pro Marion Walker were listed among the top 400 instructors in the country by Golf Magazine.

A top 100 was chosen by a panel of writers, and an additional 300 were selected for having won honors as best instructors in their area.

Hackett, who teaches at The Dunes and Ye Olde Golf Shoppe in Spring Hill, was honored by the Southern Chapter of the South Florida PGA in 1989 and South Florida Section in 1990. Walker was named the top female instructor in the Southeast by the LPGA in 1994.

Neither had appeared on the list before.

"I thought it was really a big honor," Hackett said. "I see it as the first step to getting into the top 100."

Hackett was notified in advance by the magazine, but Walker didn't know she had been chosen until a customer showed her the magazine.

"I was shocked," she said. "I thought it was pretty nice to be included."

JUST DESSERTS: GlenLakes resident Glen Hnatiuk finished tied for 15th last weekend in the Tucson Open. The Canadian began the final round tied for third but slumped, shooting an even-par 72 to finish 10-under at 278.

Garrett Willis became the third player to win in his first tournament after receiving his PGA Tour card, shooting a 15-under 273.

He had to sink a 6-foot putt to save par on the final hole and avoid a playoff with Kevin Sutherland.

SEVEN HILLS: Bessie Weeks shot a plus-5 on Jan. 10 to win the Seven Hills Ladies Golf League.

Millie Gibson (plus-4) was second, followed by Gerry Lounsbury (plus-1), who edged Jane Kelley (plus-1) in a tiebreaker of the hardest handicap hole.

HOLE-IN-ONE: Bob Hambley, 70, of Brooksville hit a hole-in-one Monday on the 152-yard 15th hole at Brookridge Country Club. Hambley used a 7-iron for his third lifetime ace.

AND ANOTHER: John Concannon aced the 170-yard 7th hole Jan. 11 at GlenLakes.

He used a 5-wood.

CITRUS GOLF: Citrus County Parks and Recreation will have a club workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Beverly Hills Community Building.

Jim Goodwillie, a club maker for 19 years who is a Class A member of The Professional Clubmaker's Society and an advanced pro of The Golf Clubmaker's Association, will instruct.

Goodwillie will discuss what golfers need to know to select clubs. Measuring club specifications for participants also will be included.

Registration is required for the $10 workshops, which are limited to 12 students. For information, call (352) 795-2202.

-- Information from Times wires contributed to this report. Report golf news at href=mailto:brant@sptimes.com>brant@sptimes.com or to Brant James at (800) 333-7505 Ext. 1430.

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