A young golfer from Seminole is poised to help her college retake a national championship it won in 2003, '04 and '05.
Rachel Edwards, an 18-year-old freshman at Daytona Beach Community College, has emerged as the No. 1 player for the Falcons, who finished second last year in the national junior college championships.
At last weekend's Bethune-Cookman Spring Invitational at Indigo Lakes Resort, Edwards shot rounds of 74-77 for 7-over 151, winning the individual title by a stroke while leading her team to a 10-stroke victory in the 11-team match. All the other colleges were four-year programs.
Laura Brown, the women's coach at Daytona Beach, said she wasn't surprised to see Edwards go low in the tournament and take the individual title.
"Rachel worked on her putting quite a bit over the winter break and it is starting to show," Brown said. "She's bringing her putting average down. Rachel is very talented and is capable of shooting some very consistent scores."
Edwards was named to the Times all-county team twice at Seminole High under the guidance of coach Steve Hoff. Her No. 1 teammate was Meghan Chapman, the Times' player of the year last fall.
Danielle Jackson, Times' player of the year in '04 and '05, finished second for Stetson University in the tournament at Daytona Beach that Edwards won. Under blustery weather conditions both days, Jackson shot rounds of 81-82-163 for 19th in the field of 59.
JUNIORS: Whitney Wenglasz, a junior at East Lake who was named to the 2006 all-Pinellas County first team, won the girls division of the Central Florida Invitational in Lakeland last weekend. She shot 153 (76-77) at the Golf Club at Bridgewater, played from 5,327 yards.
Ryan Ashburn of Northside Christian finished fourth, girls 13-15, with rounds of 80-85-165.
In boys competition, Justin Foster of Dunedin finished third (163), followed by Yanni Vretas (fourth 165) and Terry O'Reilly (fifth 166), both from East Lake High. They are members of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office PAL Spring League.
Mike Bascovich's 81-76-157 tied for fifth, followed by teammate Aaron Watson (177) of Calvary Christian.
- Zach Sobel, the Times' player of the year in 2005 and '06 for Palm Harbor University, was sidelined earlier this winter with a broken ankle sustained playing basketball. But last week Sobel crafted a 6-under 66 at Tarpon Woods. He'll play in a State Amateur qualifier at Wentworth in June, among other major qualifiers this summer.
COUNTY GOLF: Decker Todd and Juice Ahern of Tarpon Woods captured the CGA better-ball match at Cypress Run on Monday with 3-under 69. Mark Thomas of Palm Harbor teamed with Derek Simpson for second with 74, decided on a match of scorecards.
In the senior division, 71 held up for Tim Deleon and Mark Wheaton. Art and Irene Sauve tied (75) for second with Ron Chittle and Wayne Wiseman. Paul Mayhew and Frank Chotechuang won net honors with 61 while Edith Rice and Margaret Joyce prevailed among women with 72.
MEN'S INTERCLUB STANDINGS: Seminole Lake leads the 12 clubs with 41.5 points, followed by Countryside, 40.5; Bayou, 40; Cove Cay, 34; Dunedin, 32.5; and Belleview Biltmore, 31. The next match is set for March 12 at East Lake Woodlands.
LPGA WEB SITES: Seminole's Brittany Lincicome, who ranked 14th last year after winning the World Match Play Championship, has her own Web site, www.brittany1golf.com.
Clearwater's Jenny Gleason, who played in 12 tournaments last year with conditional status, is online at www.JennyGleason.com.