Longtime golfer enjoys rare day on Dade City course

Shirley Dally says she just got lucky.

The long-time Zephyrhills resident has been playing golf since she was 35, spending her time at the Scotland Yards Golf Club and Triple S Golf Ranch in Dade City. And on May 24, she had the day of her life.

Dally, 79, went on to shoot a 33 on the front nine at Triple S, scoring a birdie on the second hold, eagles on the fifth and ninth and her third career hole in one on the fifth.

"Then I dropped dead on the back nine," Dally said with a laugh. "I ran out of gas. It was a hot day and I'm just a chick out there. … Though I'm not a great golfer. I did get pretty lucky out there."

The score was a personal record for Dally, who plays golf three times a week. However, this soon-to-be octogenarian doesn't like playing with other "chicks".

"I play with other and younger men," Dally said. "I don't generally play with other women. I'm a golfer. I like to take golf serious. For me, it's more of a challenge playing the men."

Dally has played in women's leagues in the past, but generally hits the links with men, including longtime friend and golf mentor Jack Cronin, who was on hand to witness the 33.

"The fact that she's almost 80 years old and do that," Cronin said. "I'm not doing that, no one else is doing that, especially no other women. I've never seen that in my 40 years of golf."

Classic: Gulfside Regional Hospice hosted its annual Golf Classic May 3 at The Groves Golf & Country Club in Land O'Lakes. Proceeds from the event benefitted Gulfside Regional Hospice.

The Rinaldo Cabinetry team, which included Jim Rinaldo, Dan Rinaldo, David Rinaldo and Mike Urbaitis, took first place. The event drew 100 golfers and raised more than $21,000 for Hospice.

Gulfside Regional Hospice is a nonprofit, community-based organization providing care to individuals and their loved ones as they face life-limiting illness and grief. For more information, call (727) 845-5707 or visit www.GRHospice.org.

Upcoming events

July 18: Peter Hanzel, a candidate for the Pasco County School Board, is hosting a scramble golf tournament at Lexington Oaks in Wesley Chapel on July 18 beginning at 1 p.m.

There will be four-person teams at $300 per team or $75 per golfer. Fee includes cart, range balls, door prizes, food and awards.

For more information or to register, contact Hanzel at (813) 907-6614.

Oct. 3: The 14th Annual Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Golf Tournament will be held at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville and be called the "Swing For Charity" tournament.

Proceeds from the golf tournament will go to the United Way of Pasco

The tournament will have foursomes and is set for a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Corporate sponsorships are available with levels including foursome fees, hole sponsors, refreshments, lunch, dinner and prizes.

Fore more information, contact Kurt Conover at (727) 869-5494 or toll-free at 1-800-432-7811 ext. 5494 to receive registration and sponsorship information.

Submit info, upcoming events to communitysports@tampabay.com.

Longtime golfer enjoys rare day on Dade City course 06/03/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 8:33pm]

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