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Charity Classic gives and receives

Published Feb. 4, 2008

Last weekend's Chi Chi's Charity Classic was a big success in more ways than one.

Primarily, the two-day event is a fundraiser for the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, which tries "to instill good values and discipline in children's lives in their formative years, as well as to provide them with a good education."

Toward that end, 250 golfers teed it up Sunday and Monday at the Chi Chi course in Countryside. They also benefitted from a clinic put on by veteran tour pro Chi Chi Rodriguez himself, who hosted the event along with foundation chairman Tom James and master of ceremonies Dick Crippen, an area broadcaster.

In a blind-draw format, where only nine of the 18 holes were scored, Ray Goodman, director of the County Golf Association, teamed with low handicappers Jim Hunter, Gil Day and Ray Lopez, all of Clearwater, for Sunday's win at 9 under.

But that score only tied the team of Mac Fairchild, Bill Burks plus Harold and Jim Grossnickle, which led to a chip off won by Hunter's team.

That same team came back Monday and again scored 9 under, but lost by a stroke to the team of Tim Tremblay, Chad Nixon, Budgie Clark and Hunter Reehm.

VETERANS DAY TOURNAMENT: Four family members from Clearwater and Dunedin captured top honors at last week's Veterans Day Tournament at Dunedin Country Club.

In a scramble format, brothers Mike and Chip Kunnen, plus Mike's son Kevin, a senior on the golf team at Countryside High, and Dick Riekse, a cousin, shot 11-under 61 for first place overall.

Kevin also won the long drive competition on the par-4 sixth hole with a 322-yard tee shot.

"I was surprised we won going only 11 under," said Mike, a former tennis pro at Bardmoor and in Port Charlotte. "Normally, it takes something like 14 or even 18 under to win these scrambles. But it was really windy that day and I think that had something to do with it. As a team, we're capable of going much lower."

The women's flight winners were Pat Zaykowski, Polly Plott, Pat Leonard and Shirley Clark, who shot 69.

The couples/family flight winners, shooting 68, were Chuck and Robyn Miller plus Bob and Lisa Bertels.

OC Management won the Corporate Challenge with 65.

The annual tournament, under the direction of Eddie Michels of Dunedin, raised $10,000 along with net proceeds from two silent auctions held at Toronto Blue Jays spring training games. The funds are used to buy Christmas gifts for needy children in the area and those who attend neighborhood schools, regardless of residence, Michels said.

CGA: Jess Lewis and Jim Shepherd tied with Mark Thomas and John King of Tampa in Monday's better-ball match at East Lake Woodlands. Both pairs shot 2-under 70 on the North course.

In the senior division, Stan Lewis and Bill O'Hara won (71) by a stroke over the teams of Bobby Jolley and Richard Bullock of Clearwater; they tied with Jim Lavine and Eddie Grant. Net honors were taken by Frank Nabozny and Robert Scott with 63. Claire Longman and Caroline Zimmerman won the women's division at 69.

WEST COAST WOMEN: Kathy Conroy of East Lake Woodands parlayed her 15 handicap into a win at the association's annual two-day net tournament at her home course. She shot 69-69-138 to win over runnerup Barb Eberwein, also of East Lake, by five strokes.

The flight winners include Cheryl Kinnebrew, Clearwater, 148, B flight; Jonnie Flanagan, Pasadena, 150, C flight; and Flight D, Haesoon D'Hondt, 145, East Lake.

- At last week's WCW's match at River Hills, Mary Ann Petrillo of Pasadena won with 4-over 76 defeating Judy Schmidtt and Jackie Currier by four strokes.

Linda Walker of Pasadena won Flight B with 86 while Flight D had a tie for first with 89 between Barb Hetrick of St. Petersburg Country Club and Ellen Freund of Clearwater.

COLLEGES: Freshman P.J. Kolosvary (Countryside High), a former Times Player of the Year, helped Nova Southeastern (Fort Lauderdale) win the recent Rollins College Classic in Winter Park. He shot steady rounds of 73-74-74-221 to help the Sharks rise to No. 2 in the Division II national rankings.

- At Daytona Beach Community College, freshman Rachel Edwards led the women's team in scoring in three of its five fall tournaments to rise to No. 2 in the National Junior College rankings, reports coach Laura Brown.

"I am extremely pleased with Rachel's progress during her first semester," Brown reported. "We have worked on her being more patient on the course and have made a couple of changes with her short game that have really helped her."

FLORIDA HALL OF FAME: The late Bob Rankin, a founding member at Cypress Run, was one of three players to be inducted Friday night at the Florida State Golf Association's annual dinner at Palma Ceia in Tampa.

Mr. Rankin played his college golf at Ohio State and went on to win the state amateur title there in 1955. In Florida, he won several titles, including the State Amateur, Mid-Senior and Senior Amateur. He also won the Gasparilla Invitational twice and has been inducted into the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame.

Gary Koch of Tampa, now an NBC announcer, was also inducted with FSGA volunteer official Bill Baker of South Florida.

Q-SCHOOL: Dunedin's Bob Heintz is playing in a second-stage event at Lake Jovita this weekend. Kyle McCarthy of Gulfport also is entered but competing in Kingwood. Texas.