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Team soars to first with an eagle

An eagle on the 543-yard, par-5 16th hole at Lansbrook helped the winning team in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Scholarship Classic Saturday.

And the way the three members of the scramble team did it was representative of the way they all contributed to their 11-under 61 on the 6,018-yard layout.

David Myers of Tampa started off with a drive of nearly 300 yards. Bubba Paris, also of Tampa, connected on an approach shot that left the ball 10 feet from the cup. And Brian Peterson of Winter Haven drained the putt.

"That's how we did it all day long, and that's the truth," said Myers, clutching his 2-foot first-place trophy. "We ham-and-egged it all day long with everyone contributing."

Paris plays to a 6 handicap, Myers an 8, and Peterson 11.

The team birdied three of its first four holes, but still had to birdie their final two to stave off the runners-up.

Don West and Ed DeWitt of Palm Harbor teamed with Tony Saviano of Bradenton to post a 10-under 62.

The Pizza Hut team of Don Hood of Dunedin and Palm Harbor's Robert Link and Chris Morris took third place on a net score of 63 based on a modified Callaway scoring system.

Randy Middleton won the long-drive contest. Hosie Washington and Wayne Tate were closest to the pin on different holes.

Long-drive qualifier: Clearwater Country Club is hosting a sectional qualifier for the Chrysler Championship again this year. It's the 19th year for the event, which has a $60,000 purse. The winner receives $18,000 and a 1994 Chrysler LeBaron convertible.

The long-drive contest will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Golfers may register on-site. The fee is $15 for six balls, and contestants may hit as many as they wish to pay for. Drives must land within a 40-yard grid.

Both amateur and professionals may enter. Competitors vie for two spots in the district championship Aug. 24 at Amelia Island Plantation. District winners move on the national finals at Boca Raton Resort on Oct. 9-10.

There were 20 entrants at Clearwater last year and more than 8,000 nationwide. The winning drive on the 399-yard 16th hole at Clearwater last year was made by Robert Moran of Tampa. It carried 382 yards. The runner-up was Robert Burke of Seminole with a drive of 357 feet, 18 inches.

In last year's finals, Monte Scheinblum of La Quinta, Calif., won with a drive of 329 at Boca Raton. "Big Cat" Williams holds the championship record of 353 yards set in 1977 at Pebble Beach.

Senior Golf Association: The SGA has relocated its Seminole office to the Seminole Mall Office Center. The number, 398-5111, remains the same.

Roy Livingstone, executive director, also puts out GolfNews magazine. The current issue has a feature on restoration of the old Sunset golf course, now the Stouffer Vinoy Resort Golf Club.

Livingstone also is organizing the bay area Business and Professional Golf Association for men and women, active and retired.

West Coast Women: Mary Gilchrist of East Lake Woodlands, who carries a 13 handicap, shot an 82 gross for the best round of the day in the WCWGA match at Cypress Run on Friday. Fay Edmonson of Innisbrook had an 84, and three players tied with 85 _ Margaret Leigh of Countryside, Lois Kannen of Innisbrook and Shirley Wetherby of Pasadena.

Coming up: The Senior Golf Association meets at Westchase on Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

The American Golfing Congress of Palm Harbor is holding a two-day pro proxy tournament June 23 at Wentworth and June 26 at Seven Hills. Membership is open. Call Mike Young at 784-6858 for details.

The newly formed Suncoast Left-handed Golfers Association will hold its first monthly tournament at Crescent Oaks on June 27 at 1 p.m. The fee is $30, and medal play will be flighted. Call Dick Spong at 725-2921 for more information.

The Dry Dock tournament will be Sunday at Innisbrook. Call 785-5968 or 734-3570 to register.

Father's Day: The Suncoast Center for Community Mental Health is offering the 1993 Orange Blossom Classic Discount Golf Coupon Book as a Father's Day gift. The book contains 50 coupons for bay area courses, plus a coupon for one daily admission to the 1993 JCPenney Classic at Innisbrook. The Center receives $30 of the $40 cost of the book. Call Barbara Daire at 327-7656 for further information.