1. Archive

Mace brothers win Tarpon Springs title

Brandon's Lee Janzen, winner of the Northern Telecom Open, and Jim Colbert, playoff winner of the GTE Suncoast Classic, weren't the only golfers celebrating this weekend.

At Tarpon Woods Golf Club, the brothers team of Frank and Steve Mace shot 67 in a scramble format to capture the first-place trophy in the Tarpon Springs Recreation Department's annual tournament.

"I did the driving and Steve hit the irons," said Frank, who plays to a 4-handicap at Northdale in Tampa. Steve's handicap is 18. "Birdieing the last two holes won it for us."

On the par-3 17th hole, Steve put an 8-iron shot within 5 feet of the cup and Frank sank the putt. On the par-5 18th, 460 yards long, Steve hit the second shot onto the green with a 6-iron and two-putts later they had their winning 5-under score.

Steve was playing with a new set of irons given to him by PGA Tour player Brian Claar, a former fraternity brother at the University of Tampa.

Another set of brothers, Phil and Rich Kirchoffer of Tampa, were runners-up with a 68. There was a tie for third between Brad Hyland of Largo and Mario Oliverio of Palm Harbor, and the team of Charles Johnson and Ron Peters of Palm Harbor. They shot 72.

Sports Celebrity Golf Classic: A baseball player-led team edged a team headed by football Hall of Famer Otto Graham in this scramble at Tarpon Woods on Saturday.

Dave Sylvestri's team shot a 13-under 49 to take first-place honors. He's with the Yankees organization. His teammates were Les Parker, Chris Guth, Bob Copeland and John Szponar.

Graham's fivesome was rounded out with Ham Smith, Don Kykendall, George Sharko and Dave Graham, Otto's son. They shot 51. Mike Souchak's team also shot 51. Art and Tom Pepin were on it along with Randy Zepp and Jeff Edynberg.

TGIF: Tim Polce and Jerry Huston of Wentworth tied for fourth place with Lansbrook's David McDowell and Del Myles at last Thursday's Tournament Golf in Florida (TGIF) event at Summerfield Golf Club in Riverview. They shot 65 net. The winners with a 63 were Steve Morris of Apollo Beach and Mike Darrow of Summerfield.

PGA Tour: Greg Kraft, the rookie pro from Clearwater, had another successful tournament, finishing 16th at the Northern Telecom Open in Tucson, Ariz. Kraft was 11-under and won $15,431. "Playing with a longtime hero of mine on the final day, Curtis Strange, made me a little nervous, but both he and Hal Sutton were great," Kraft said. "In the future, that shouldn't bother me. I feel as if I'm over a milestone." Kraft beat both Strange and Sutton. He's in San Diego this week hoping for a spot in the Buick Invitational of California. He's the third alternate.

Interclub standings: After five matches in the nine-match series, the Tarpon Woods team holds a 1-point lead over Wentworth in the 12-club competition. Countryside Country Club, which won the last match hosted by Tarpon Woods, is a half-point behind Wentworth. PGA pro Matt Cote leads the Tarpon Woods team, which will attempt to keep its lead in the next match at Seminole Lakes on Thursday. The following Tarpon Woods members will round out the team: Bob Osborne, Brian Aughton, Pete Connellly, Malcolm Smith, Gordon Peacock, Chuck Wright, Ed Heckmann, Jack Berry, Walt Nelson, Curley Truman and Warren Severin.

High school action: Four top regional teams swing into action this Saturday at an invitational tournament at Belleair Country Club.

Largo High, which finished second to Countryside by two strokes in last year's district tournament, is hosting the event. The Packers will be led by four seniors: Chris Slattery, Marc Prestipino, Jack Mancini and Ryan Marstella. The other two members of the squad are junior Chad Johnson and sophomore Scott Shroeder, son of coach Bill Shroeder.

Countryside's top four are seniors Stuart Laake, Kevin Durkin, Keith Gilkes and junior Dan Gangone.

Lakeland and Riverview high schools round out the field.