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Sundance pro has shining moment

Sundance head pro Bill Rinaldo had no trouble in coming up with adjectives to describe the ninth annual Oldsmobile Scramble National Golf Championships held at Disney World last week.

"It was absolutely, unequivocably, fantastic," Rinaldo said Tuesday. "Oldsmobile believes in the family concept. If you had 10 kids, they were all welcome and everything was free. There were parties at which there were 2-3,000 people."

Rinaldo and amateur partners B.J. Rinaldo (his son), Jimmy Brownell, Carl Harding, and Eddie Andy were one of 111 teams to compete in the net division of the tournament. They finished 71st overall.

The team from Sundance opened play Friday with a 9-under-par score on the Magnolia course at Disney World. They forged a 16-under-par total Saturday for a 25-under-par score, but missed the cut for the semifinals by three shots.

Bill Rinaldo did have one moment to savor from a personal standpoint and that came Saturday. He aced the 181-yard, No.12 hole on the Palm course with a 5-iron.

"It was my second ace and the funny thing about it was (the shot) never hit the grass," Rinaldo said. "It went slap into the hole."

Burn benefit set: Airlifting a burn victim a relatively short distance is a major medical expense, and area residents can help the family of a Dade City girl offset part of the cost by participating in a benefit Oct. 31 at Silver Oaks Golf Club in Zephyrhills.

The Heather Brodeak Benefit Golf Tournament is a two-person scramble with shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $40 per golfer.

"Heather Brodeak is a 5-year-old girl that sustained second-degree burns over 16 percent of her body in an accident about six weeks ago," Silver Oaks general manager Dale Phillips said Monday. "We're trying to raise funds to cover the cost of air transport from Dade City to Tampa General Hospital, which is about $2,500."

Registration for the tournament will be taken in the Silver Oaks pro shop or by calling (813) 788-1225.

Education benefit set: Silver Oaks also is preparing to play host Nov. 7 to the Suncoast Maintenance Council Golf Tournament.

It's a four-man scramble with shotgun start at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $50 per player.

Phillips said the Suncoast Maintenance Council is affiliated with the Florida Trucking Association. Proceeds from the tournament will go to finance education, he added.

Call (813) 788-1225 for more information or to sign up.

Williams, Askren win hurricane tourney: Ron Williams and Terry Askren topped a 120-player field Sept. 26 at the Hurricane Andrew Benefit Golf Tournament at Silver Oaks.

Williams and Askren posted a net 58 score. Chuck Lail and Lenny Bahr were second with 59, edging Andy Brandon and Rick Nogues on a match of cards.

Silver Oaks co-sponsored the tournament with the Zephyrhills Lions Club. More than $5,200 was raised for victims of Hurricane Andrew, according to Phillips.

Sjogren's benefit a success: Just eight players turned out for Saturday's Sjogren's Syndrome Golf Classic at Plantation Inn in Crystal River, but increased awareness of the disease that robs the body of fluids made up for the small field.

"We've had calls from Sjogren's patients because of the tournament asking for medical help, so I consider it a success," said Betty Latiff of Crystal River, who is afflicted with the ailment.

The tournament was a four-person scramble conducted to raise funds for a trip to America for Dr. Jan Prause of Denmark, an immunologist and ophthalmologist regarded as an international expert on Sjogren's Syndrome. Latiff has made annual trips abroad for the past four years to see Dr. Prause for treatment; the disease has no cure.

Prause's trip might bring him to Gainesville, where he would lecture on Sjogren's Syndrome.

Sam Latiff, Roscoe and Marcie Miller, and Rebecca Weisenburger combined for a net 62 score and won the scramble.

"With Plantation being the first club (to hold a benefit tournament), I hope other resort areas across the country will follow their example," Latiff said.

"I think we had such a small turnout because the Lollypop Tournament was on and our timing was bad. The Rotary Club also had a fishing tournament this past weekend with 200 entries so that hurt us, too."

Latiff said anyone wishing to make donations, which are tax-deductible, may contact the National Sjogren's Syndrome Association (NSSA) at 800-395-NSSA.