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Spongers' Morgan, Olive win Clearwater golf scramble

Tarpon Springs golfers Brent Morgan and Pat Olive combined to win the Clearwater Invitational Scramble Thursday at Clearwater Country Club. The tournament, an unofficial beginning to the high school golf season, featured high school duos in a scramble format. Morgan and Olive shot a 31, two better than runners-up Chris Slattery and David McGibbon of Largo. In the first dual match of the season, on Wednesday, Morgan shot an even-par 36 for nine holes at Seven Springs Country Club, although Tarpon lost to New Port Richey-Gulf 171-183.

The Pinellas County Conference golf schedule begins Feb. 26 when Northeast challenges Largo at the Belleair Country Club.

Apollo gymnasts 5th in qualifying meet

Craig Cochran led the Apollo School of Gymnastics Class IV team to a fifth-place finish in a local qualifying meet in Tampa earlier this month. Apollo's Class V team was fifth overall.

Ben Brielmaier was the top Class IV gymnast from the Gemini School of Gymnastics in Oldsmar in the same meet with a fourth-place all-around performance.

Darby bike race for juniors is March 4

TAMPA _ The third annual Darby Junior Development Classic bicycle race will be held March 4 in San Antonio, Fla. Held in conjunction with the 10th annual Bud Light Darby Road Race, the Junior Development Classic will include three races for Junior Class riders.

Fifteen mile road tests will be held for juniors 12-and-under and juniors 14-and-under. Juniors who are 15-and-over will race 28 miles. Junior events begin at 11 a.m., with other races to follow. All participants must hold a USCF amateur racing license.

The Junior Development Classic is sponsored in part by San Antonio Cyclery and First South National Bank. For more information, contact James Pavek at 904-588-3030.

Dates changed for Perkins golf event

TAMPA _ The first Ray Perkins Celebrity Golf Classic has changed its dates to March 9-10 to avoid a conflict with the NFL owners meeting.

Both rounds of the tournament will be at River Hills Country Club in Brandon, and all proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay Inc.

The tournament features a scramble March 9 and a best-ball format Saturday. A pairings party and memorabilia auction is March 8.

For entry or sponsorship information, call Glenn Permuy at the Boys and Girls Club, Tampa 1-875-5771.

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