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Heritage goes ahead - with Laxton

Crystal River's Tricia Laxton is among six Florida girls chosen to play March 2-4 in the Junior MCI Heritage Classic, at Hilton Head, S.C., and it appears that she will have a chance to play. It was uncertain early last week whether the girls portion of the tournament would be conducted, because of the small number of applications received. But tournament co-chairman Chris Corkern said Monday a field of 16 had been selected from 25 to 30 applicants.

"We talked with the members of the American Junior Golf Association, and they said they were impressed with the field we've chosen because this is the first year we've had a girls tournament," Corkern said.

"We went on a regional list from the AJGA of members in the Southeast and figured it would be best to stick with this area of the country as we give (the girls tournament) a pilot run. We want to go further next time."

Tampa's Kellie Daniel and Williston's Sherri Messler also were chosen. The other three Floridians in the field are from Debary, Palm Beach and Venice.

The boys field in the tournament is composed of 104 juniors, including 17 from Florida. Chad Laxton, Tricia's brother, Spring Hill's Daniel Latoria and Wildwood's Jon Wallace are scheduled to play.

Money for Moran: Paul Moran, who represents Glen Lakes Golf and Country Club on the PGA Seniors Tour, enjoyed a hefty payday Sunday.

Playing in the GTE Suncoast Classic at Tampa Palms this past weekend, Moran turned in rounds of 72, 72 and 71 to finish in a tie for 18th place. He collected $7,100 for his efforts.

Pro leaves Sugarmill Woods: Brad Doren, who was head professional at Sugarmill Woods Golf Club, left Feb. 4 to become club manager and head pro at Dwight Country Club, in Dwight, Ill. He was head pro for nearly one year at Sugarmill Woods, arriving there in mid-February of 1989 after spending three years at Tallahassee's Killearn Country Club and Inn.

John Volz departed with Doren. Volz was an assistant pro at Sugarmill Woods and will have a similar post at Dwight.

Sugarmill Woods pro shop manager Nedra Ranallo said an announcement should be made soon on replacements for Doren and Volz.

Winning before the rain: Rain washed out the Saturday afternoon portion of the second annual Willie Metzler Benefit Golf Tournament, but 15 teams toured the Pine Ridge Country Club course that morning.

Ray Gillis, Chuck Gillis, Andy Holt and Jeff Petzoldt, all from Silver Springs Shores, took first place with a 55 score in the one best-ball, 80-percent-handicap tournament.

Lecanto High's Karl Amundson, Joe Tripp, Doug Connors and Jack Brady teamed for a 56 and took second place. Pine Ridge members Dick Koch, Bud Koehler, Fred Rudy and Wayne O'Neal were third at 57.

Amundson won the longest drive contest. Don Ward and Frank Muszynski took honors for closest to the pin.


St. Patrick's Invitational: Inverness Golf and Country Club will be the site for the 28th annual St. Patrick's Invitational Golf Tournament, March 16-18. Shotgun starts are planned for 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day.

The 54-hole tournament will be divided into 10 flights, championship through ninth, with low gross determining the winner in each. The entry fee is $150 and should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure a spot in the field.

Participants are entitled to one free practice round March 14 or 15, but carts are extra.

For more information, call (904) 726-2583.

Connell Invitational: About 10 openings remain for the Louis Connell Invitational Golf Tournament at Connell Lake Golf and Country Club this weekend. Entry costs $85 for this handicap event.

Men's and women's championship flights will have gross and net winners. Other flights will be net play only.

For more information, call the Connell Lake pro shop at (904) 726-1461.

Hernando Shrine Club: Wednesday is the entry deadline for the fifth annual Hernando County Shrine Club Golf Tournament. It will be conducted Feb. 21 at Brooksville Golf and Country Club.

The event is a men's scramble and features a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Shrine Club building fund, not the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children.

For more information, call (904) 799-0260 or (904) 686-7301.