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Seminole Lake team moves atop standings

Seminole Lake won last week's Pinellas Interclub match at Crescent Oaks and moved into first place in the standings with just three matches to go.

In a quota scoring system, Seminole Lake recorded plus-6 to prevail over Crescent Oaks (plus-11), Lansbrook (plus-12) and Countryside (plus 13).

Seminole Lake assistant pro Buck Thornbury led the way, shooting a 1-over 73 on his own ball. He paired with amateur Bob Detlor for a better-ball 69.

The winning team was rounded out with John Filipiak paired with Gary Sironen (61), Mike Gingrich and Ray McCorkel (68), Don Keegan and Jim Furner (69) and Norm Jay and Paul Madden (71).

"It was a big team win for us," said Thornbury, 52, who had four birdies in his round, plus a double bogey and three bogeys.

"The members were absolutely elated; they are very competitive," he said. "It's a big deal for our members to be in first place. Seminole Lake has never won the series."

Thornbury, who usually shoots right around par, had an up-and-down round before prevailing over the other 11 pros heading up their respective clubs.

A long driver, Thornbury made three of his four birdies on par-5 holes. He reached the green in two on two of those holes. On the third, he chipped up close and one-putted.

"The greens were in excellent condition at Crescent Oaks," Thornbury said. "I only three-putted once."

Thornbury hit 11 greens in regulation. He was en route to a sub-par round standing three-under with four holes to play. However, a double-bogey, bogey, bogey finish left him with the round of 73.

"That round was nothing to get excited about," Thornbury said.

NOTES: Thornbury entered the Monday qualifier at Fox Hollow for last year's Senior PGA Tour GTE Suncoast Classic at Cheval, but rain forced its cancellation.

Norm Ray, a member of the winning team, won Seminole Lake's annual club senior championship earlier this month. Playing from the blue tees, the 64-year-old shot rounds of 83-84-79 to take the title for the first time.

Harry Hernandez won Seminole Lake's overall championship for the fifth consecutive year.

The low two-man team at Crescent Oaks was made up of the Belleview Biltmore's Jack Bellevue and Ed O'Malley. They carded a 60. Ralph Brown and Kermit Ramey of Dunedin Country Club had a 61 to tie for second.

After Thornbury, the top pros were Randy Mosley, Vinoy, 74; Wade Martin, Crescent Oaks, 75; and Steve Segeman, East Lake Woodlands, 75.

Belleview Biltmore will play host to the next match on April 12 at 12:30 p.m.

MORE CLUB CHAMPIONS: At Clearwater Country Club, Mike Lux shot rounds of 71-75-74 for a 4-under 220, winning the annual men's club championship.

The winner in 1997, Lux this time beat Jack Anthony and John Bailey by 10 shots.

Lux captured a rare double, shooting a 2-under 70 for a 36-hole total of 146 to win the club's senior (55-plus) championship last week. Lux, in his late 60s, is a winter resident from Detroit.

Valerie Hazell defeated Sallie Abraham 3&2 to win her fourth consecutive women's title at Clearwater Country Club. She joins Marcine Betsch, Babe Barber and Nan Habjan as the only women to win four in a row.

WEST COAST WOMEN: In last week's WCWGA match at the Bayou Club, Terrell Italiano shot a 3 over 75 for a five-stroke win over Palma Ceia teammate Sharon Gonsalves, who carded an 80.

Mary Critchfield of the host club fired a net 75 to tie with Kathy Hunt of Cheval.

Susan Ableidinger of Cheval won Flight A with a 77. Bernie Hall of the Bayou Club tied for first (87) in Flight D with Barb Eberwein of Northdale Country Club.

The West Coast Women's Golf Association, composed of players from bay area clubs, will have its 35th annual championship on April 9-10 at Tampa Palms.

Kathy Speight of Feather Sound is the defending champion. Mary Ann Petrillo of St. Petersburg Country Club won in 1999. Sharon Baerenklau of Countryside won in 1998 and '94.

Sharon Gonsalves has won it a record seven times.

COUNTY GOLF ASSOCIATION: A hole in one on the 167-yard third hole at Cheval enabled Ron Chittle to tie for fourth with a net 67 in the March 5 match and earn him closest-to-the-pin honors on that hole.

COVE CAY: Eighty-four members participated in the "Rally for a Cure" fund-raiser sponsored by Golf for Women magazine. They raised $1,250 for the Susan G. Koman Foundation. In a Stableford scoring system, the top three players were Sue Jackovich, Joy Lyons and Pauline Noell.

COLLEGES: Florida Gators freshman Amanda Dick (Countryside High School) shot rounds of 75-80-81 for a 236, fourth place on the team and 58th overall in last week's Lady Gamecock Classic in Blythewood, S.C.

The Gators finished seventh in the 11-team field.

On the season, Dick ranks third (78.9 average) among Florida players in scoring behind Brittany Straza (76.2) and Jeanne Cho (78.3). Dick's best round this year was a 1-over 73.

Dick and her teammates travel next to Miami Lakes on March 30. The Hurricanes will play host to the Florida Women's Collegiate Tournament. The Gators will play host to the SEC Championships in Gainesville, April 20-22.

+ UNC-Greensboro's Jenny Gleason (Clearwater High School) shot 75-77 for a 152 to tie for third in the Bradford Creek Spring Invitational in Greenville, N.C. The field consisted of 105 players representing 21 colleges. The Spartans of the Southern Conference, led by Dick, finished sixth.

+ Notre Dame captain Shane Smith (Shorecrest Prep) traveled to Tampa last week for the annual Snowbird Invitational at Peeble Creek. She shot rounds of 82-78 for a 160 to place 17th out of 160 and tie for third among the Irish. Smith is a former Times Player of the Year.

+ Brooke Smith (Academy of Holy Names), Shane's younger sister, is a freshman on the team at Ole Miss.

HIGH SCHOOL: David Cosper (Countryside), the 2000 Times Pinellas Player of the Year, is a "Faces In The Crowd" feature in the current issue of Sports Illustrated's Golf-Plus. Cosper, who has signed with the University of Florida, won four consecutive national junior tournaments to earn prep All-America honors.

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