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Super finish gives Nichols Zephyrhills title

Trailing the leader by three strokes, heading into the final nine holes of the 1994 women's club championship Feb. 26 at Zephyrhills Municipal, Zora Nichols needed something big on the back nine to have a chance.

She got it.

Nichols, who also won the championship in 1991, finished with a 37 to edge Jane Shea by a single stroke in the two-day, 36-hole event.

Nichols shot 81 in the qualifying round the previous week and then opened with a 41 en route to a 78 in the final. Her 159 total was 23-over-par on the par 35-33_68 layout.

Carol Quinn finished a distant third at 165.

Gladys Campanella, the 1993 winner, was unable to defend, because of illness.

Marty Bennett won the first flight title in a sudden death playoff with Lu Allen, after both completed regulation play at 170. Bennett eliminated Allen with a par on the second extra hole.

In second flight action, Lottie Sadowski was the winner with a 179 total.

Anniversary bash: Forest Hills Golf and Country Club in Holiday will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a four-man, blind-draw scramble tournament at 1 p.m. March 20.

Forest Hills, an interesting nine-hole course, actually was built 23 years ago, but the clubhouse wasn't completed until 1974.

The public is invited to attend the anniversary celebration. The cost for golf is $20 and includes dinner. The cost for non-playing guests is $5 per person.

For registration information, call the Forest Hills pro shop at 934-7317.

Living on the Ridge: Tom Dolecki had a hole-in-one Feb. 14 at Quail Ridge Golf and Country Club near Spring Hill. Dolecki scored the ace on the 130-yard 16th hole.

Also at Quail Ridge, Bob and Fran Reid teamed with Charlie and Betty Zehnder to finish first in the Sunsetters mixed scramble Feb. 27. They combined for a 64 to win by two strokes.

Moonlight madness: The Moonlight Professional Golf Tour will stop twice this month in Pasco County.

Several pros and amateurs teed it up Sunday at Silver Oaks in Zephyrhills. The group also will be at the new World Woods facility n Brooksville March 20.

The entry fee is $150 for each 18-hole tournament and all local pros, as well as top amateurs, are invited to compete. Most recently, the winner's share of the purse has been averaging about $1,000.

For registration and scheduling information, call MPGT office at 393-8531.

Benefit competition: Openings still are left for the 11th annual Salvation Army Scramble, scheduled for March 26 at Meadow Oaks Golf and Country Club in Hudson.

The cost of entry is $50. Sun Toyota also will sponsor several hole-in-one contests at the event.

For more information, call Sherry at 847-6321.

Golf for preps: The Hudson High golf team will hold a benefit tournament March 19 at Quail Ridge Golf and Country Club near Spring Hill.

The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call Quail Ridge pro Jan Johnson at 893-8782.

Local schedule

Saturday: Men's Club Championship final at Zephyrhills Municipal.

Sunday: Moonlight Professional Golf Tour at Silver Oaks in Zephyrhills.

March 19: Hudson High golf team benefit at Quail Ridge.

March 20: Moonlight Professional Golf Tour at World Woods in Brooksville.

20th Anniversary Scramble at Forest Hills in Holiday.

March 26: 11th annual Salvation Army Scramble at Meadow Oaks in Hudson.

April 22-24: Spring Classic tournament at Magnolia Valley in New Port Richey.

April 24: Moonlight Professional Golf Tour at Silver Oaks in Zephyrhills.

April 26: Class 4A/5A, District 9 girls high school final at World Woods in Brooksville.

Class A/2A/3A, District 5 girls high school final at World Woods in Brooksville.

May 8: Moonlight Professional Golf Tour at World Woods in Brooksville.

May 20-22: New Port Lincoln Mercury Men's Invitational at Seven Springs in New Port Richey.

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