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Rinaldo about to hit junior tournament trail again

Robyn Rinaldo enjoyed a rare level of achievement this year in her freshman season at Zephyrhills High, but she won't be resting on her laurels this summer.

The 15-year-old's junior tournament schedule for the next couple of months reads like a trail to success.

Rinaldo is preparing for the North Florida PGA Section Junior Championship June 24-25 at Orange Lake in Orlando. Last year in her second appearance at Orange Lake, she won the 14-15 age-group title and finished second overall in the girls division.

Rinaldo also will remember Orange Lake as the first course on which she broke 80 in competition. She shot 78-80_158.

After the North Florida tournament, Rinaldo will travel to Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina for the North-South Junior Championship, scheduled for June 28-30. Last year, Rinaldo took fifth in the national-caliber event.

"It'll be fun, but I'll be tired, probably," Rinaldo said of the back-to-back appearances. "But I do better when I play in a row like that. I'll do the best I can and not worry about anyone else, but my goal is to win."

Last but not least, Rinaldo will head back north to Washington, D.C., for the Mid-Atlantic Junior Girls Championship, a United States Golf Association event scheduled for Aug. 19.

Rinaldo, who played a similar schedule last summer, hasn't taken an extended break from the game since the eighth grade.

"Last summer I worked hard for all those tournaments," she said. "I practiced for hours and hours, hitting balls every night. It helped a lot, because now when I go out I know I can break 80."

Bill Rinaldo, the pro at Sundance Golf Course in Zephyrhills, has mixed emotions about his daughter's full schedule.

"There may be some other local stuff and a couple other state tournaments this summer, but I don't want to press her on it," he said. "She's too young. In another year or so, we'll run her around a little more."

Rinaldo beat out noted senior teammate Erin O'Neil to win this year's district championship and followed that effort with a top-10 performance in the state championship.

As a result, she will be the leading girls golfer in Pasco County heading into next year's prep season.

Men's Amateur: The deadline for this year's New Port Lincoln Mercury Men's Amateur Invitational is 6 p.m. Monday.

The 54-hole event will be played June 25-27 at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club in New Port Richey. The field, limited to 144, will include some of the best amateur players in the state. Eight flights are expected.

The cost is $150 per player and the purse will be $8,500, based on a full field.

Some openings remain, but they're going fast.

Super Scramble: Also at Sundance, the three-man Super Scramble is set for June 27.

Last year, the winning team split more than $800 in prizes. This year, the top prize will be $1,300, based on a full field of 15 teams.

Total team handicap is not a consideration, but teams cannot include more than two professionals.

The cost of entry is $70 per player and includes a skins game.

Sidewalk sale: Some golfers are always looking for a bargain, and if that's the case, a sidewalk sale July 3-4 at Zephyrhills Golf Course may be the place.

The list of merchandise includes old clubs, new clubs, golf books, club repair tools, shirts, sweaters and photographic equipment previously used for swing analysis.

And while you browse, you can have your clubs regripped for just $2.50 a pop. In addition, those who participate in the sale can play the course for free with cart rental.

The sale will last from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

A musical note: Also at Zephyrhills, 76-year-old accordian player Johnny Lester will headline the entertainment at the annual Member-Guest Tournament dinner July 10.

Tournament officials expect about 50 players. Some guest spots are still available.

Zephyrhills juniors: The City of Zephyrhills junior program will crank up June 22 at Zephyrhills Golf Course.

Scheduled to run through July 23, the program is open to all area golfers high school age and younger. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Fridays.

Women's scramble: The monthly Working Woman's Scramble is set for Saturday at Quail Ridge near Spring Hill.

About half-a-dozen groups are expected to compete in the four-member team tournament. Play will begin at 11 a.m. and the cost is $18.84.

Quail Ridge juniors: Quail Ridge also will see increased junior activity with its four-day golf camp June 22-25.

Youths ages 8-15 are invited to participate. Daily sessions run from 9 to 11 a.m. and the cost is $30 per player. Clubs are not required.

The Suncoast Junior Golf Association will swing by Quail Ridge on June 26.

Sea Pines activities: At Sea Pines Golf Club, a par-59 executive course in Hudson, the weekly Quota Club tournament will tee off Saturday at 10 a.m.

The cost is $8 for greens fees and cart, plus $7 for the tournament.

The weekly Sea Pines scramble also is set for Sunday at 9 a.m. The cost is $18, with the option of joining a skins game for $10. The closest-to-the-pin contest costs $2.

Sea Pines has 13 par-3 holes and five par-4s.

Silver Oaks agenda: Silver Oaks Golf Course in Zephyrhills will play host to the Tampa Tribune company tournament June 27. About 60 players are expected.

Silver Oaks also recently conducted its second successful benefit scramble tournament for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Tournament organizers were looking to hit the century mark, but happily settled for 90 players.

Local tournament schedule

Saturday: Working Woman's Scramble at Quail Ridge near Spring Hill.

Sunday: Weekly morning scramble at Sea Pines in Hudson.

June 25-27: New Port Lincoln Mercury Men's Amateur Invitational at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club in New Port Richey.

June 26: Suncoast Junior Golf Association at Quail Ridge near Spring Hill.

June 27: Florida Suns Baseball Club scramble at Quail Ridge near Spring Hill.

Three-man Super Scramble at Sundance in Zephyrhills.

Tampa Tribune tournament at Silver Oaks in Zephyrhills.

July 10: Member-Guest at Zephyrhills Golf Course.

July 31: West Pasco Republicans benefit at Quail Ridge near Spring Hill.

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