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    Belleair team gets lift from Slattery, 1st win

    By DAVE THEALL

    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 12, 2000


    Belleair Country Club's Jim Slattery fired a 2-under 70 in the December match of the Pinellas Men's Interclub Association, helping his 10-member team to its first win of the 2000-2001 season.

    The match was at Countryside Country Club on Thursday.

    Belleair's victory enabled it to move into third place in the 12-club standings with 28 points.

    Only Seminole Lake (33.5) and the Renaissance Vinoy (33) are ahead after four matches. Slattery, the club's assistant and teaching pro who played at Florida State, shot his second consecutive 70. He was playing with amateur partner Marv Zoromski.

    However, Slattery had to settle for the runner-up position among the 12 pros in the field as Wentworth's pro representative, Paul Coe, birdied blasting out of a bunker on his final hole for a 69.

    Playing in a quota format with handicaps, Belleair's team of Travis Jung and Owen Schlaug led the way with a better-ball 61.

    Schlaug, who plays to a 19 handicap, is a handicapped player himself. Having had polio as a youth, Schlaug has only partial use of his left arm.

    Belleair teammates Eric Pierce and Gerry Herman were a stroke back at 62 in a six-way tie for second among two-man teams.

    The others were Ed O'Malley and Jerry Hubbell, Belleview Biltmore; Bruce Dodge and Peter Yore, Countryside; John Havuka and Bob Cunningham; Countryside; John Ruggiero and Jack McVey, East Lake Woodlands; and Joe Ales and Brian Jensen, Wentworth.

    The other members of Belleair's winning team were Cecil Roe and Joe Stewart, Mal Bennett and Ray Smith, and Eric Pierce and Jerry Herman.

    Bill Conway, director of golf at Belleair, said the winning squad members were happy with their performance.

    Belleair is looking for its first team victory in the club competition, which started in 1978.

    East Lake Woodlands won the 1999-2000 title.

    Wentworth will play host to the January match.

    MOONLIGHT TOUR: In last Wednesday's moonlightgolf.com event at Bloomingdale Golfers Club, Fred Cornell of Largo and Nick Klassen of Dunedin tied for first place with a 2-under 70.

    Cornell didn't have a bogey in his round, and Klassen had three bogeys to go with five birdies.

    "I birdied two of the last three holes, so that was good," Klassen said.

    He and Cornell were in the same foursome and have decided to team up in an upcoming Moonlight partners match.

    Klassen is a teaching pro at the All-In-One Golf Center in Largo. He played at the University of Houston.

    For further information on the tour, call 393-8531 in Seminole.

    For information on the Pinellas-based Seniors Golf Association, call 791-1499 or contact sgolf@aol.com.

    WOMEN'S AMATEUR: Sue Riggins of St. Petersburg Country Club won the West Coast Women's Golf Association's annual Mother Lassing Tournament at Hunter's Green last week.

    Playing to an 11 handicap, Riggins shot back-to-back 79s for a net total of 136 to earn the coveted first-place crystal vase. In another WCWGA match earlier this month, Sharon Gonsalves of Palma Ceia carded a 77 for the win at Black Diamond Ranch. She finished two strokes ahead of Jackie Currier of Walden Lake.

    Mary Critchfield of the Bayou Club took net honors with a 71.

    COLLEGE: Brendan Takacs, a freshman at Central Florida by way of Countryside High School, averaged 76 in four matches for the Golden Knights this fall.

    He ranked fourth on the team.

    Takacs' spring season begins in February in the Gator Invitational.

    JUNIORS: Osceola High School's Brittany Lincicome, the Times 2000 Pinellas Player of the Year, has successfully defended her title for the Florida Junior Golf Association.

    It's based on points accumulated over the season.

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