Madison Glennie has been playing on the Florida Junior Golf Tour for more than two years. She has played well but not quite good enough to win a tournament.
Until last weekend.
Glennie, a 15-year-old freshman at Countryside High, won her first Florida Junior Tour tournament at Lemon Bay Golf Club in Englewood on April 29-May 1. She did it by shooting a two-round score of 76-73—149, which tied Madison Lellyo of Windermere.
Glennie parred the first playoff hole to defeat Lellyo.
"I've never won one before, so it kind of changes how you feel,'' Glennie said. "Now I know I can win out there. It's an honor to win one because there are lots of girls in the division and they are really good.''
Glennie said she had never been in a hole-by-hole playoff. While she admits to being nervous, it helped to be playing with her friend.
"I had the mentality where I didn't really care if I won because I played really well,'' Glennie said. "That was my goal. And Madison is my friend, so I really didn't care which one of us won.''
Glennie is a third-generation golfer.
She has been playing since she was 5. Her family has a membership at Countryside Country Club, where she plays and practices often. Her father, Tim, is president of the Greater Tampa Golf Association.
This past fall at Countryside, Glennie qualified as an individual for the Class 2A state tournament and was named a second-team St. Petersburg Times all-county selection.
Glennie said she will stay busy this summer by playing tournaments on the Florida Junior Golf Tour, Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association, Hurricane Junior Golf Tour and, perhaps, David Leadbetter Tour. Her plan is to play at least two tournaments per month.
"I like playing in the tournaments,'' Glennie said. "You play against the same girls, and it's like we're growing up together. It's a lot of fun.''
• The Florida State Golf Association held a Mid-Amateur stroke play championship at Gainesville Country Club on April 29-May 1. Don Bell of Port Orange was the winner with a three-round total of 216, but there also were some local players in the tournament. John Reynaud of Clearwater was eighth with 221. Ken Palladino of Dunedin shot 227, and Steve Chevalier of Gulfport shot 235.
• The County Golf Association's individual tournament was held at Isla Del Sol on April 28. The regular division gross winner was Tom Parsley, who shot 72. The regular division net winner was David Allan, who shot 61. The senior gross winner was Jim Shepherd, who shot 75. The senior net winners were Don Powell and Tom Connor, who shot 65s. The ladies net winner were Janet Richey and Melody Ulen, who shot 71s.
• The CGA also held a better ball tournament May 2 at Bardmoor. The regular division gross winners were Juice Ahern and Mark Wheaton, who shot 71. The senior division gross winners were Tim deLeon and Mark Thomas, who shot 68. The overall net winners were Bob Blair and Rod Cooke, who shot 62. The ladies net winners were Jeannine Wiles and Sandi Kleefisch, who shot 64.
• Cypress Run Golf Club held a Founders Trophy tournament last week. The overall gross winner was Robert Drouse, who shot a two-day total of 165. The overall net winner was John Geheb, who shot 139.
The Seminole Lake Tennis Center Local Challenge was held April 30-May 1. In the boys 18 singles, Dan Stefan won the championship. The boys 16 winner was Justin Hall. The boys 14 winner was Aaron Carey. The boys 12 winner was Jacob Szeszko, and the boys 10 winner was Sebastian Bucarion. The girls 18 singles winner was Agatha Ambrozy. The girls 16 winner was Rachel Rohrabacher. The girls 14 winner was Kylie Moulin. The girls 12 winner was Sanyukta Gawande, and the girls 10 winner was Amina Dzebo.
• Chase Rutan of St. Petersburg won the boys 12 singles championship at the Lehigh Acres Local Tennis Cup. Rutan won the final 6-3, 6-0 over Nicholas Dounchis.
• Mark this down on your calendar: Saturday, McMullen Tennis Center will offer free tennis lessons for juniors and adults from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of Tennis Across America Day. There will be seven United States Professional Tennis Association teaching professionals available to instruct players of all ages. There also will be special activities available for kids 10 and younger. For information, call 669-1919.