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ISA crowns first world champion

Jim Bailey, left, won the $500 first prize at the Neptune Society Clearwater Singles Tournament. Other top placers were, from left, Rosaire Cote (fourth), Fred Byda (third) and Dean Hart (second).

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Jim Bailey, left, won the $500 first prize at the Neptune Society Clearwater Singles Tournament. Other top placers were, from left, Rosaire Cote (fourth), Fred Byda (third) and Dean Hart (second).

Back in October, the first International Shuffleboard Association World Singles Championship was held in the Zephyrhills subdivision of Betmar Acres.

Against some of the best competition in the nation, Jim Bailey won the event and will forever be known as the circuit's first world champion.

Last weekend, Bailey, the president of the Florida Shuffleboard Association who lives in Palmetto, competed in the Neptune Society Clearwater Singles Tournament at the Clearwater Shuffleboard Club.

Not surprisingly, he was the champion. He won $500.

The tournament drew designated professionals and amateurs from throughout Florida. There were a total of 81 players. The second-place finisher was Dean Hart of Clearwater, who won $250. In third place was Fred Byda of Clearwater, who won $100 and in fourth was Rosaire Cote of Largo, who earned $75.

Golf

The Women's Golf Association held a Turkey Shoot tournament Nov. 24 at Belleair Country Club. Two teams tied for the championship with total scores of 121. The four-person teams were Carole Christensen, Debbie Halvorson, Suzie Shettle and Jeanette Hodgkins, and Tricia Herrick, Bev Baughman, Jean Lackey and Mary Ann McLachlan.

• The County Golf Association held its weekly tournament Nov. 30 at Dunedin Country Club. The regular division gross winners were Ken Palladino and Tim Hume, who shot 64. The senior division gross winners were John King and Brian Hawke, who shot 69. The overall net winners with 65 were Mark Thomas and Juice Ahern. The ladies overall net winners with 78 were Jeanine Wiles and Elizabeth Dunn.

HOLE IN ONES: There were three aces in November at the Largo Municipal Golf Course. Larry Goldsmith of Canada aced the 105-yard 16th hole on Nov. 18 with a pitching wedge.

James Williams of Largo aced the 100 yard 12th hole on Nov. 19 with a pitching wedge and Steve Burchard of Indian Rocks aced the 115 yard 17th hole on Nov. 22 with a 7-iron.

Tennis

Treasure Bay Tennis Club held a rookie junior tournament Nov. 21-22. The boys 18 singles winner was Ryan Simmons. The 16 winner was Danny Zakria; other boys winners were Carl Gallauer (14), Mohamed Nuh (12) and Darrys Reese (10).

The girls 16 singles winner was Mallorie Pickersgill; other winners were Samantha Hodges (12) and Rachel Harvard (10).

• The Clearwater Local Junior Holiday Classic was Nov. 28-30. The boys 18 singles winner was David Teytelbaum; the other boys winners were Kento Tagashira (16), Parker Hayslett (14) and Peter Litsky (12).The girls 18 singles winner was Carol Fraley; other winners were Dunja Kisin (14), Ava Sowell (12) and Sanyukta Gawande (10).

Cheerleading

The Azalea Bulldog Varsity Pee Wee squad in St. Petersburg attended the CCE Florida Invitational Cheer Competition Nov. 8 at the USF Sun Dome won first place in its division.

The squad also competed in the Southeastern Youth Football Conference Cheer Competition Nov. 22 at Dunedin High and again won its division.

Included in the squad are Taylor DeCola, Kayla Smith, Kayla Kennedy, Tiffany Tanaglia, Alyse Carrier, Dejana Cook, Danielle Dunbar, Savannah Sawyers, Allexus Stephenson, Emily Brown, Eritha Cainon, Carter Carroll, Schelby Frounfelter, Katelyn Haas, Marissa Jennings, Toni Johns, Amanda Snyder, and Laura Teigue.

Senior games

The 18th annual Florida Senior games begin Saturday, and plenty of Pinellas County athletes will compete.

The games will be in the Fort Myers area and will conclude Dec. 13. There are 137 individual athletes and four teams from the bay area, but some stand out.

There are four former Florida Senior Games State Championships Athletes of the Year from Pinellas County entered this year. Harry Carothers (2003), of Pinellas Park, will compete in all three events of Basketball Shooting in the 65-69 age group. Sarl Kisbany (2006), of Redington Shores, is registered for Table Tennis in the 75-79 age group and Ethel Lehmann (1997), of Largo, will be in the 80-84 group in Track and Field. The 2006 Male Athlete of the Year and the first 100-year old athlete in the Games, Roger Gentilhomme, of Dunedin, will be in singles bowling, tennis and shuffleboard.

ISA crowns first world champion 12/07/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 7, 2009 1:10pm]
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