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Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in St. Leo hosts the annual Red Cross tournament March 1 to benefit the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Red Cross.

It's the first time Lake Jovita will host it. David Wilson of the Tampa Bay ARC, which serves 2.36-million people in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, said 28 of 36 foursomes have been reserved as of Wednesday.

The $600 entry fee includes lunch, 18 holes and a reception and awards ceremony afterward. Individual players can register as well by calling toll-free 1-877-741-1444, Ext. 869.

Lake Jovita was named one of "America's Top 100 Residential Golf Courses" by Golfweek magazine, one of 19 Florida courses selected.

The Orlando-based magazine created its list with the help of 285 volunteers who canvassed the nation then voted among 1,500 nominations.

The course also was recently honored by Golf Digest as one of the "Top Ten New Upscale Courses in America."

FSGA STOPS HERE: Lake Jovita also hosts a stop on the Florida State Golf Association's winter series.

A two-man, 36-hole fourball tournament is Jan. 26-27 with four county golfers in the field: Louis Capucci and Roger Flaherty of San Antonio and David Eddy and Gary Pettit of Dade City.

In addition, Saddlebrook has been chosen for the final stop on the FSGA's 2004 tour with a mixed team championship for the FSGA and Florida Women's State Golf Association on Oct. 30-31. To be eligible, a pair must have one member of each organization.

Fox Hollow Golf Club in Trinity has been chosen for a local qualifier Sept. 1 for the 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur, which will be Oct. 2-7 at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga.