Attention is slowly turning to the St. Patrick's Invitational at Inverness March 13-15 and to the Presidential Invitational at Seven Rivers April 4-5, but it's not too early to remind amateurs of two significant events in May at Brooksville Golf and Country Club.
Invitations go out in about a month for the 21st annual Dogwood Invitational, according to tournament chairperson Linda Schrock. A field of 132 players is expected for this women's event. Chiefland's Briget Boshell, who shot 7-over-par 151 last year, is defending champion.
Invitations will go out around April 1 for the 21st annual men's Tangerine Invitational, said tournament director Ed Carls. The field is expected to top out at 160 in 10 flights.
"We're trying to get more sponsors," Carls said. "One thing different this year is that we'll give jackets to the winners of every flight, not just the championship flight. The jackets will have nice tangerine emblems."
Tom Kirby Jr. of Brooksville and Scott Harriger of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., are defending co-champions. Last year each shot a 3-under-par 69 in the first round and that was sufficient to win when the final round was rained out.
McCue wins Connell event again: Inverness' Leslie McCue has won the women's portion of the Lewis Connell Memorial Tournament at LakeSide Country Club five of the six years the event has existed.
McCue posted a gross score of 154 at the latest event this past weekend. Calista Lawson was a distant second at 197.
In the women's net division, Barbara Pohle finished on top at 141. Irene Nunes took second place with 144.
Crystal River's Mike Murphy won the men's part of the tournament. His gross score of 136 was 11 shots better than the 147 of co-runners-up Denny Allen and Kim Himelesbough.
Bill Fowler and Dick Harrell tied at 143 for first in net play.
The tournament had six flights and drew 75 golfers.
Cooke looks for big bucks: Sugarmill Woods head pro Stan Cooke plans to be in Lake City on March 9 to compete in a qualifier that leads into the Ben Hogan Lake City Classic, a 54-hole stroke-play event later that week.
"Maybe I can get hot and get that $20,000 (first-place prize)," Cooke said in a joking fashion. "I'd like to get a little of that professional golfer money instead of golf professional money. Plus I'll get to see a lot of the guys I know out there."
The qualifier is an 18-hole event. The top eight scorers earn spots in the Ben Hogan Lake City Classic scheduled March 12-15, and there will be three alternates out of the qualifier, Cooke said.
Scotch tournament: A Mixed Scotch Two-Ball Tournament is planned March 14 at noon at Seville Golf and Country Club.
Up to 36 foursomes are expected for the event, which has an entry fee of $20 per golfer. March 7 is the entry deadline.
To register, call (904) 596-7888.
Hospice event: Inverness Golf Club is scheduled to play host April 18 to the annual Inverness Rotary Club Tournament to benefit Hospice and other charities in Citrus County.
A shotgun start is planned at 1 p.m. and the tournament will be followed by a buffet dinner and awards ceremony. Format is four-person, best-ball scramble.
The entry fee is $35 and entry blanks may be obtained at the Inverness pro shop or from any member of the Inverness Rotary Club.
Section calendar released: The North Florida PGA Section recently released its annual calendar, and it reveals that three courses in Citrus County will play host to sectional events this year.
An NFPGA Mixed Team Pro Am is planned March 31-April 1 at Black Diamond Ranch. The NFPGA Seniors Championship will be conducted May 7-8 at Citrus Springs.
Seven Rivers is the site for a national Senior Club Professionals qualifier Sept. 21-22.