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Oldsmar teen follows first hole-in-one with tournament victory

Oldsmar's Matthew Ruel had a week of golf he won't soon forget. While playing on Innisbrook Resort's North Course last week, Ruel, 13, aced the 155-yard 15th hole with a 7-iron. It was his first hole-in-one.

Ruel followed that by winning the two-day Ryan Wells Junior Golf Classic on Innisbrook's North Course and Copperhead Course. He shot 70-75–145 to win the middle school boys division by 15 strokes. Ruel, who attends Espiritu Santo Catholic School in Safety Harbor and plays on the golf team, is also a regular winner on the Greater Tampa Bay Junior Golf circuit.

As for the other divisions at the tournament, The high school boys winner was Connor Lynch of Bradenton, who shot a two-day total of 78-72–150. Brian Lanoue of Tampa was second with 152 and Ryan Orr of Belleair was third with 153. Other locals in the top 10 included Sebastian Hipl of Palm Harbor (154), Blake Dyer of St. Petersburg (156), Kyle Shealy of St. Petersburg (156), Dustin Dingus of Palm Harbor (157) and Chris Keller of Pinellas Park (159). In the girls high school division, Laura Hendee of Tampa won with a two-day score of 83-83–166. Lauren Coe of Tarpon Springs was second with 168 and Emmy Martin of Odessa was third with 169. Other locals in the top 10 were Marisol Doglioli of Clearwater (170), Haydyn Gibson of Clearwater (173) and Haley Bossart of Tarpon Springs (204).

More golf

The County Golf Association held its weekly individual tournament at Isla Del Sol on Aug. 25. The regular division net winner was Herb Rinkel, who shot 71. The senior division gross winner was Jim Fannin, who shot 73. The senior net winner was Skip Cutting, who shot 63.

• The CGA's better ball tournament was held Aug. 29 at Bayou Club. The regular division gross winners were Steve Bennett and Mark Dinkel, who shot 72. The senior division gross winners were Mike Sanderson and Larry Vander Bie, who shot 67. The overall net winners were Tim deLeon and Mark Thomas, who shot 62.


The Seminole Lake Tennis Center's Super Series Challenge was held Aug. 27-29. The boys 18 singles winner was Miles Holvoet, the 16 winner was William Buurma, the girls 18 singles winner was Agatha Ambrozy, the 16 winner was Rachel Rohrabacher. The boys 18 doubles winners were James Fudge and David Metz, the 16 doubles winners were Max Borland and Justin Hall. The girls 18 doubles winners were Kimberly Herrock and Alexandra Kitchen and the 16 doubles winners were Vanina Iordanova and Juliet Zhang.

• The Dunedin Parks and Recreation Department is holding the Dunedin Tennis Tournament on Sept. 24 and 25 at Highlander/Fisher Tennis Courts. Deadline for registration is Sept. 16. Cost is $35 per person, $25 per person for doubles. For information, call 812-4541.

• The Shipwatch Tennis Club in Largo has named a new head professional. Dimana Krastevitch replaces Kevin Manning, who died of cancer in May. Krastevitch played professionally for eight years and has been an assistant pro at Isla Del Sol and Belleair Country Club.


The Kids & Kubs softball club is looking for a volunteer announcer and scorekeeper for its games, which are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Northshore Field. For information, e-mail or call 893-7108 or Jon Wilkinson at (813) 244-8573.

Oldsmar teen follows first hole-in-one with tournament victory 09/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2011 4:00pm]
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