Bill Schroeder, who has coached the Largo High golf team for 26 years, will retire from the Pinellas County school system Thursday.
Schroeder's teams won three district titles, including in 1992 and 1993 when the Packers didn't lose a match until the state tournament. His son Scott was the No.
1 player on the team those years and was named the Times Pinellas County Player of the Year both seasons. He plays on scholarship at the University of North Florida with former Packers teammate Chris Slattery.
Schroeder, who taught driver education at Largo High, also coached Jeff Hollis, the City of St. Petersburg's director of golf who played for Western Kentucky; outstanding amateurs Mike Souchak and Mike Wildman, and Kacey Smith, the Times 1995 girl player of the year on scholarship at Florida Atlantic.
Schroeder, 57, said he is going to play more golf himself. He plays to a handicap in the 8-10 range.
The County Golf Association's individual stroke play championship will be Friday and Saturday at Fox Hollow Golf Club. Frank Saxon of Clearwater, who won last year in a playoff, will defend his title in the regular division.
The senior division title, for ages 55 and older, will be defended by John Jennings of New Port Richey, who carries a five handicap.
Saxon's handicap is two. His main competition should come from low-handicappers Scott Sabadosh, Ray Goodman, Jeff Spath, Dennis Deja, Bruce Pitcher, Don Southhall and Fred Bruneau.
Jennings competition includes Bob Hamilton, Paul Tarnow, Spencer Gaylord, Archie Lieb and George Lufkin.
The National Adult Baseball Association All-Star game will be played at noon Saturday at the University of Tampa. It will pit top players from the four Pinellas County teams against those from four Hillsborough teams.
The Gulf Coast Yankees of the Stan Musial League recently won the district tournament, defeating the Grand Slam USA Slammers of Largo at Joe DiMaggio Complex. But the outcome had no bearing on who will play in state and regional tournaments.
The Yankees and the St. Petersburg Hurricanes will play in the regional tournament in Cocoa Beach on Aug. 16. Those two teams are members of the National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF). Some of the other teams in the league belong to a different organization. One regional team will advance to nationals in Louisville, Ky.
The Slammers and the Pasco Indians, meantime, will compete in the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) state tournament at Manatee Community College Friday through Sunday. Two Florida teams will emerge from that tournament to play in the regional in Memphis, Tenn., on Aug. 16.
The Home Depot Floridians, a 70-plus team headed for the Senior Softball World Series, will take on two teams of "youngsters" this weekend at North Shore Field on the St. Petersburg bayfront.
Saturday at 10 a.m., the Floridians face GG's, women's "A" champion of the St. Petersburg recreation leagues. Sunday at 10, the opponent will be All-State Insurance, a men's 55-plus team. Fans are invited.