If you want to know the secret to winning amateur events like last weekend's 27th annual Tangerine Classic, follow the lead of champion Wayne Rudzewicz of Tampa.
In short, shoot under par both days and, in most cases, the championship is yours.
Rudzewicz did just that in claiming his first Tangerine Invitational crown, outdueling two-time champion Tom Kirby of Brooksville and Johnny Dixon of Ocala with consecutive rounds of 1-under 71 on the par-72 layout at Brooksville Golf and Country Club. Kirby and Dixon were not far behind, both shooting consecutive rounds at even par.
Those rounds set the three apart from the rest of the pack. Dixon Cruickshank posted a two-day total of 147 (76-71) for first place in the B Division, outpacing Rodney Wallace (149). Darell Johnston (154) picked up first in the C Division and Rick Brown (152) took home first in the D Division.
YOUTH LEAGUE: Brentwood Farms golf professional Gene McNabb, in conjunction with the National Association of Youth Sports (NAYS), has created another program for the area's young golfers.
Likened to a "Little League of Golf," McNabb's summer Challenge Golf League is a step up from the Hook A Kid on Golf program he spearheaded early this year. Youngsters who have completed a rules and etiquette test and have met minimum skills requirements can compete in a team format.
Volunteers are being sought for league administration and head coaching positions. Coaches will be trained by the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA).
Each youngster will be required to take a skills evaluation test consisting of long and short putting, chipping, fairway shots and driving. The player then will be assigned a rank according to age in either a Birdie Division (ages 8-11) or an Eagle Division (ages 12-14).
Both boys and girls are welcome. They should call the Brentwood Farms clubhouse at 527-2600 and leave their address and phone number so details on tryouts may be sent to them.