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Eventful summer tour ends on sour note for ex-Pirate

Robyn Rinaldo wrapped up her most hectic summer with a performance that looked like, well, she was suffering from a hectic summer.

Truth is, the former Pasco high star was suffering, but from more than just a busy schedule.

At the U.S. Women's Amateur at the Donald Ross-designed Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C., Rinaldo failed to advance to match play after rounds of 80 and 78.

"I didn't play well at all," she said. "I didn't feel well. I don't know if that had anything to do with it. My game just kinda wasn't there. The short game was out of it yesterday (Monday's first round), and my putting wasn't there."

What apparently was there was a stomach virus bad enough that her father had to takeher to an emergency room for treatment Wednesday night.

The Women's Amateur concludes a packed summer that featured its ups and downs. While she finished in the spring at the University of Mississippi struggling with her putter, Rinaldo at times was able to put together some very good rounds of golf this summer.

The highlight? Her Florida Ladies Amateur championship, won in June. And there were other good moments. At another amateur event in Seattle, she shot 79-74 to reach the match play championship round, then after falling in the consolation bracket, fought back to finish 18th of 109 golfers.

The U.S. Women's Amateur was Rinaldo's seventh event this summer, including two qualifiers she competed in.

"This was the busiest summer I've had," she said Wednesday.

However, it is all by design. Rinaldo is entering her senior season at Mississippi and will probably turn professional sometime next summer. Once that happens, she can expect to be playing every weekend.

"My dad pretty much (put the summer schedule together for me)," she said. "He's getting me ready for it because once I get out of school, this is the kind of schedule I'll be playing."

MAKING THE CUT: Former Saddlebrook star and Tennessee sophomore Young A Yang made the cut at the U.S. Women's Amateur with rounds of 75 and 70.

In fact, Yang was just one bad back nine from being in the hunt for medalist honors. She shot 41 on the back nine in Tuesday's first round after a 34 on the front.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie Gulbis of California was medalist with a 71-66_137, breaking Kellee Booth's previous qualifying record by one shot.

Yang met Dara Broadus of Atlanta in her match Wednesday.

YOUNG GOLFERS WANTED: Area high schools are looking for interested players. The high school season has been moved to the fall this season by the Florida High School Activities Association.

+ River Ridge: Coach Steve Knobl invites girls in grades 9-12 interested in playing on the team this season to call him at (727) 774-7200 regarding tryouts. Deadline is Aug. 23.

+ Gulf: The boys and girls teams will have tryouts at Fox Hollow Golf Club at 3:15 p.m. Monday.

Each athlete must have a current physical and a participation form completely filled out in addition to a $15 participation fee. If a player makes the team, he/she must pay the remaining $25. All the forms must be turned in before any athlete can try out.

+ Ridgewood: Tryouts for the boys team will begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday at The Links Golf Club in Hudson. Each athlete must bring a completed physical/participation form and a $15 participation fee.

+ Hudson: For tryout information, call coaches Jamie Vargo or Ken Gill at (727) 774-1594.

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