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Unexpected albatross helps golfer win Shootout

Joe Doucette thought he went long.

At the par 5, 529-yard No. 10 hole at the Links Golf Club in Hudson, Doucette figured he wasn't on the green during the Links Saturday Shootout on May 17.

"Well, I also thought I was either close to the hole or over the green," Doucette, a 38-year-old painter, said. "It's a blind shot, so once I got there and didn't see my shot, I go, 'I went long.' "

Quite the contrary. Following Doucette's draw drive up the right side of the fairway, he pulled out his 3 wood only to have the ball bounce about 15 feet in the air in front of the green. The ball ended up in the hole, helping Doucette pick up a rare albatross, or a shot 3 under par on a hole.

"I went to the hole, looked down and there it was," Doucette said. "It was unbelievable. I've never had anything like that."

Doucette ended up winning the Shootout with a 66, which he knows was aided by the albatross. He also hopes it won't be his last.

"No, definitely not," Doucette said referring to retiring from golf after such a great shot. "I'd miss it too much."

Scramble: Meadow Oaks Golf Club in Hudson held a Friday and Saturday Scramble on May 23 and 24.

On May 23, the team of John Swetnam, Fred Azbill, Sally Cappillino and Anita Trudeall finished first with a 14 under par score.

During the Saturday Scramble, the first place team finished at 16 under. Made up of Jack Specker, Bill, Lamb, Jim Fleming and Dave Evans, they finished a stroke ahead of the second place team of Jon Carlson, Mike O'Connell, Dennis Gallagher and Wilma Hartley. Second place was a tie with Dale Hartley, Larry Smith, Tom Winters and Bob Prictor also at 15 under.

There was also the Hi-Lite of the Day when 87-year-old Bob Scheck made a hole in one on the 127-yard No. 2 hole.

Results: At the State Amateur Match Play Championship, Karen Greenway, a Brooksville resident featured in a May 7 article in the Times, finished as one for the top four players in the Championship Consolation bracket May 6. Greenway, who was seeded No. 1 in this bracket after losing in the first round May 6, beat Christine Martin by a stroke May 7, but fell 5 and 4 to Jan Phillips.

Instructions: Steve LaFalce, owner and Professional Golf Teachers Association of America Master Teacher, will be available for instruction at the Dunes Golf Club at Seville in Brooksville, which is set to reopen Sunday. Hour and half-hour appointments will be available from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in June, July, August and September.

Also, each Sunday in June, there will be a complimentary video swing analysis for all players at a designated par-3 hole. Personal instruction lessons are $60 per hour with video ($50 without) and $35 per half-hour.

For information, e-mail LaFalce at info@2ugi.com or call (727) 233-1018.

Upcoming event: The 12th Annual Gulf High School Alumni Golf Scramble is Sunday at Fox Hollow Golf Club. Registration begins at noon and play starts at 1 p.m.

The cost is $75 per player, which includes cart, a tee gift, door prizes and dinner at Windows on the Green. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. For information, call Paul Girardi or Jerry Young at (727) 774-3300.

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

Unexpected albatross helps golfer win Shootout 05/27/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 9:17pm]
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