Sundance head pro Bill Rinaldo, his son B.J., Carl Harding, Jimmy Brownell and Eddie Andy have not played together since shooting a 50 net score and winning their division in an Oldsmobile Scramble sectional tournament July 29 at River Hills in Brandon.
But that doesn't matter. They are one of 111 teams from around the country that will compete this week in the ninth annual Oldsmobile Scramble National Championship at Disney World in Orlando.
"This tournament really isn't something you can practice for as a team," Rinaldo said last week. "As long as your own game is sharp when the day arrives, you'll do well as a team. Each person simply has to execute his own shots as this is a scramble and you choose the best ball."
This marks the first year since the Oldsmobile Scramble split into net and gross divisions in 1989 that both events will be contested the same day. There also are 111 teams in the gross division.
Net division play begins with 36 holes (18 each on the Palm and Magnolia courses at Disney) Thursday and Friday. The field then will be pared to the low 40 for semifinal action Saturday on the Magnolia course.
Another cut Saturday night trims the field to 20 teams for the finals on Sunday at the Eagle Pines course. A PGA Tour regular joins each team Sunday and is picked by a blind draw.
"This is the first time I've been (to nationals)," Rinaldo said. "It's a big deal, especially if you make it to the last day where the amateurs play with Tour pros as well as club pros. It's really something to look forward to."
Club professionals and PGA Tour members are eligible to win the top prize of $10,000 and a new Oldsmobile. Amateurs can't accept gifts in excess of $500 if they want to keep their USGA amateur status.
The Oldsmobile Scramble is the largest golf competition in the world, with about 135,000 entries that began playing in local qualifiers this summer for the right to participate this week at the national tournament.
Hole-in-one sweepstakes: New Port Richey residents Gary L. Taylor and Ray Krisa Sr. recently made aces and are entered in the 32nd annual Drambuie Rusty Nail Hole-in-One Sweepstakes.
The sweepstakes runs through Dec. 31, and all entrants receive a customized hole-in-one bag tag from the Drambuie Liqueur Company of Edinburgh, Scotland. About 10,000 people enter the contest every year.
Taylor scored his ace Aug. 5 on the 175-yard No. 6 hole at Meadow Oaks in New Port Richey. He and golf professional Henry Stephenson, who validated the sweepstakes ticket, are eligible for the grand prize, which is a one-week trip for two to Scotland, VIP tour of the Drambuie Liqueur Company, and $1,000 cash.
The grand prize also could be awarded to Krisa and ticket validating pro Jack Johnson of Seven Springs. Krisa made his ace at Seven Springs on the 181-yard, No. 5 hole on Aug. 10.
Charity event competition close: Sept. 26 was a productive day for the Association of Retarded Citizens of Pasco County, which realized about $2,600 from the second annual ARC Charity Golf Tournament at Seven Springs.
Ronald Padova, Brian McCann, Ralph Simonlay and Jim Van Valin won the hotly contested, 20-team scramble event with a net score of 13-under-par 59.
Finishing second at 60 was the team of Danny Kuntz, Todd Freeman, Phil Klein and Jim Morrison. Jerry Carlson, Donald Fraize, Larry Eberle and Bob Krull came in third with a 61.