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Cioe tearing up Players Tour in '93

Published Jan. 26, 1993|Updated Oct. 8, 2005

Crystal River's Joe Cioe has two wins and a second after the first three tournaments of the year on the Players Tour of Florida.

Last week, the tour visited Glen Lakes for a two-day event and Cioe picked up the top prize of $1,000. He carded scores of 67 and 71 for a 138 total and two-stroke victory over co-runners-up Pete Morgan and Woody Austin.

The outcome was still in doubt going to the 36th hole on Tuesday. But Cioe, who finished in a four-way tie for fourth place at 142 last year in a PTF tournament at Glen Lakes, withstood the pressure.

"Going to the 18th hole (on the second day) I had one shot on Woody and two on Pete," Cioe said. "The 18th is a par-5 and we all were on (the green) in three. Woody had a tough putt and didn't make it so I had to two-putt to win, but it basically went down to the last hole."

Scott Wheeler produced a 66 for the lowest round and finished fourth at 141. There were 33 golfers in the field, down from the 40 who played last year at Glen Lakes.

Glenn Gabriel of Spring Hill turned in scores of 73 and 71 for a 2-over 144. He finished seventh.

Absent from the field this year were Orlando residents Frank Lickliter and Kip Byrne, who tied at 140 in regulation last year at Glen Lakes. Lickliter claimed the title by defeating Byrne on the first extra hole. Sarasota's Doug Dunakey, another top PTF player, also missed the tournament this year.

The new year got off to a fine start for Cioe when he won the first PTF of the season Jan. 4-5 at Wekiva with rounds of 72-70. He followed that with scores of 69-81 for a second-place finish Jan. 11-12 in another PTF event at Disney World.

Cioe's good beginning in 1993 is hardly a surprise. He is maintaining the momentum he gained last summer when he competed on the North Atlantic Tour in New England.

"I played in 12 tournaments, plus a lot of state opens and other events that weren't part of the North Atlantic Tour," Cioe said. "I'm going up to New England again this summer and leave (here) in mid-May. I may try to qualify for the Canadian Tour during a four-round qualifier at Ontario."

Cioe's most notable accomplishment last year was winning the New Hampshire Open July 27-28 at Bretwood Golf Club in Keene, N.H. He finished at 2-under 142 in regulation, then won a playoff for the championship and pocketed $5,000.

But before another trip north, Cioe will try to further fatten his wallet on the Players Tour. He's entered in a two-day event that concludes today at Grenelefe in Haines City.

Foster entertains and teaches: What was scheduled to last one hour Friday at Whispering Oaks in Ridge Manor turned into about 2{ hours of fun as Charles Foster conducted a free clinic.

Foster is a trick-shot artist and goodwill ambassador for Lynx Golf Inc. He currently is giving clinics around the state and paid a visit to Whispering Oaks to work his magic for an audience estimated by staffer Bryce Culver at 50-60 people.

"The people here really enjoyed his clinic and I'd recommend it to anybody," Culver said. "The man has a great sense of humor and he helped a lot of the ladies with their grips and tips."

Foster went through aspects of the full swing, but also hit a number of wedge shots of 40-50 yards. Whispering Oaks members joined in the trick-shot portion of the program.

Culver said the size of the gallery dwindled as the clinic progressed, but only due to the fact the club's men had an event in the early afternoon. Fewer people enabled Foster to give more personalized attention to those who stayed.

Kiwanis scramble: Ed Griffin, Gale Boxill, Al Hayes and Jerry Kleinberg combined for a net score of 56 on Jan. 16 to win the Ridge Manor Kiwanis Club Golf Scramble at Whispering Oaks.

Richard Elliot, Larry Stewart, Chris Marcum and Rick Hampton took second place with 59 in A flight. Finishing third at 60 was the group of Russ Johnson, Bryce Culver, Ed Elliot and Fred Smith.

Top honors in B flight went to David Williams, Bill Bell, Rick Henderson and Jan Chorvat with a 62. Francis and Myrtle Legere and Bill and Lorraine Wheelan were second at 65. Charlie Price, Jack Baum, Chip Handley and Billy Lee finished third with 66.

The event drew 22 teams.

Section pro-am results: Seven Hills pro Jim Neely and club amateurs Randy Asman and Ken Husuliak all picked up some money during a North Florida PGA Section pro-am tournament Jan. 18 at Grand Cypress.

Neely's plus-12 score tied him for fifth place in the professional team division.

In the amateur team category, Asman tied for fifth at plus-12 and Husuliak tied for 17th at plus-9. Asman tied for third place at plus-9 and Husuliak tied for 15th at plus-6 in the amateur point pot division.


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