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Lincicome shoots for another crown

A Seminole player has some momentum for a successful defense of a major American Junior Golf Association title.

Brittany Lincicome, 16, travels to Braselton, Ga., this weekend where she will try to win again in the TaylorMade-Adidas Junior Classic at Chateau Elan Country Club.

Last year, Lincicome overcame the lead of nationally-ranked Aree Wongluekiet of Bradenton with a brilliant 7-under 65 the final day to capture the championship and enhance her reputation.

That win and other success earned Lincicome a place on the 10-member Canon Cup East girls team.

In 2000, she won her first AJGA event, the Tampa Bay Invitational on Innisbrook's Copperhead course.

Lincicome, a home-schooled student who captured 2000 and 2001 Times Player of the Year honors representing Osceola High School then Seminole, tuned up for the AJGA event with a FJGA win in Gainesville two weeks ago.

In the Collegiate Classic on the University of Florida's par-70 layout, she shot 73-76_145 to hold off runner-up In Bee Park of Korea by a stroke.

"My drives were a little loose that day _ some going into the rough and the woods _ so I had to rely on my short game," Lincicome said. "I had some good up-and-downs. It was my dad's birthday, so I knew I had to win the trophy for him."

Lincicome is adjusting to a new driver, a new 60-degree wedge, and a new teaching pro. Lately, she has been going to Jacksonville for lessons from teaching pro Tom Burnett, who has helped a number of junior standouts improve significantly, Lincicome said.

She continues to practice at Bardmoor, playing at least nine holes daily and hitting about 300 balls on the range.

Lincicome has a Web site with her accomplishments, schedule and photos. It is wwwbrittany1golf.com. She also has a favorite on the LPGA Tour.

"Annika Sorenstam, of course," said Lincicome, whose drives average 260 yards. "She's the best. I like the way she plays."

COLLEGES: Another two-time high school player of the year, Jenny Gleason (Clearwater) led UNC-Greensboro to a third-place finish in the 16-school Bradford Creek Invitational in Greenville, N.C. Gleason shot 77-73-76 for a 10-over 226, good for seventh overall.

Seminole grad Kyle Christman, twice a Times Player of the Year, finished first for Winthrop University and tied for second in the Florida A&M Invitational in Tallahassee. He shot 3-under 69 and 72 for a 141 as Winthrop placed second among seven teams.

MINI TOUR: Dunedin's Nick Klassen carded an 8-under 280 to tie for 16th in the Hooters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., two weeks ago. Andy Goodwin, a Countryside High School grad, was nine strokes off the pace.

ASSOCIATIONS: Ron Jakubowski of Indian Shores won the Seniors Golf Association championship with a net 70 at Crescent Oaks two weeks ago. He plays to a 15 handicap. Oldsmar's Bob Merritt was second (73). Lew Caulford of South Pasadena took the 16-and-over handicap with a 57. He was followed by Angelo Tiseo (64). Largo's Jack Ellison grabbed the Silver Seniors title (67). Bill Fleming of Oldsmar was second (69). In the women's division, Randi Olofsson of Largo was first (68).

Lansbrook won the March competition in the Pinellas Men's Interclub match at Crescent Oaks. Lansbrook finished 5-under its quota in the seventh monthly match of the series. Cypress Run remains in first place, followed by Seminole Lake, Innisbrook and Countryside. Will Gable and John Ciccia of Crescent Oaks had the best two-man score (60). Innisbrook's Don Coldren and Don Spaulding carded a 64. Among the 10 competing pros, East Lake Woodlands' Brian Richards shot even 72 to win over Seminole Lake's Buck Thornbury (74) and Crescent Oaks' Steve Purviance (76).

In the March 16 Greater Tampa Junior Match Play Championships at USF, Matt Colson defeated Mike Bezanson 1-up, and Mallory Code took the girls' crown with a 4 and 3 win over Heather Burgner.

CLUB NEWS: At the Vinoy, Sam Lewis and Cathy Moss successfully defended their men's and women's titles. The Senior (50-plus) championships were captured by 3-handicap players Mike Hastings and Dorothy McCuish. Other winners were Dick Nelson (60-69) and Marv Elliott (70-and-over).

Cove Cay's annual Ladies Guest Day Tournament two weeks ago produced seven winners. Sue Jackson teamed with Pearl Ashe to win low gross with a 75, and Angela Maras paired with guest Lou Mascol for low net (50). Other winners were: First Flight, Cheryl Bucki and Pam Dosse; Second, Margaret and Mairi Young; Third, Alyce Arneth and Sue Lineberry; Fourth, Dorris Barrick and Trisha Waugh; and Fifth, Mary Kneer and Shelia Nelson.

Another chapter in the history of the Dunedin Country Club course came to a close with the recent death of two-time PGA champion Paul Runyan. He won the Seniors title 1961-62 when the event was there between 1945 and 1962. One of Runyan's most impressive victories was an 8 and 7 decision over Sam Snead in the 1934 championship.

TAP-INS: Cindy Hall of Clearwater won the Prairie Dog Putters Tampa Bay area Putting Championship at Northdale on March 9. The semifinals came down to Hall and Northdale member Tom Alvarez. In sudden death, his four-footer lipped out. Hall capitalized on the opportunity. She beat Plant City's Seth Strickland in the final.

In the Amoco Pro-Am at Timber Greens, Eddie Pearce won with a 5-under 67. He was followed by Frank Reynolds of The Eagles and Innisbrook's Chris Slattery. They tied for second at 69. Belleair's Jim Slattery, Chris' brother, was a stroke back.

The Suncoast Junior Tour has a match Wednesday at Innisbrook's Highland North course. Players 7-17 are eligible. To enter, call Phyllis Lewellyn, 742-7307.

The Spring Break Golf Camp for juniors is continuing this week at East Lake Woodlands. There is a daily fee. To register, call Beverly Albanese at the Vincent Reid Foundation, 251-8317.

The Innisbrook Easter Junior Classic is set for Friday and Saturday. For registration information, call Chris Slattery, 942-2000, Ext. 7227.

Twin Brooks will have its annual One Club Tournament on April 6. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start and an awards luncheon at 11:30. The registration deadline is April 4. For an entry form, call the pro shop, 893-7445.

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