Pressure often separates good golfers from better ones.
And there was pressure on Belleair's Evan Jensen in the final round of last weekend's Florida Junior Tour event at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee.
Though Jensen shot 1-under 71 on the 5,920-yard layout in the her opening round, she had to hold off Alexandria Buelow (73) of Palm City. Buelow is a two-time winner of the state high school Class 2A girls championship.
Jensen, who had four birdies in her opening round, shot 77 on Sunday while Buelow carded 78 for a three-stroke margin of victory for Jensen, her third on the FJT this season. She added to her lead in the tour's overall point standings.
"I needed to stay patient and not worry about anyone else in the final round," said Jensen, who finished second for the state 2A title as a freshman playing for Largo. "This win feels really good; I'm working hard and it's paying off."
Whitney Wenglasz of Oldsmar finished third (74-78-152), just one stroke behind Buelow in the girls 16-18 division. Wenglasz was coming off a big win two weeks ago in a Central Florida Junior Tour event.
Andrea Messer, Jensen's practice partner and Largo teammate, shot 75-80-155 to finish ninth in the field of 21. Meghan Chapman of Seminole was a stroke back at 156 (73-83).
Wesley Graham, 16, from Port Orange dominated the boys division with back-to-back rounds of 3-under 69 for a six-stroke margin over co-runners-up Tyler Hock of Ocala, Alex Donaldson of Windermere and Ontario's Mike Gligic.
Travis Ralph of Redington Beach was another 10 strokes back with rounds of 76-78.
STATE WINTER SERIES MATCH: Dunedin Country Club hosted an FSGA Four-Ball event this week that saw Jimmy Key and Kim Schwencke of Temple Terrace win the 40-54 division with scores of 68-70-138. That was just a stroke up of the team of Morgan Bays and Sam Martinez of Miami.
Largo's Dennis Monahan and Bill Steinmetz of Safety Harbor made up the top Pinellas team. They combined for 147 with rounds of 74-73.
Gainesville's Carl Miller and John Darr captured the 55-64 group shooting 71-71--142. Jerry Jackson of Sarasota teamed with Bill Western of Aiken, S.C., to take the 65-and over title by a stroke with 143 (75-68).
GASPARILLA INVITATIONAL: At Palma Ceia in Tampa, Mike Morrison of Atlanta held off Keith Decker of Martinsville, Va., by a stroke (69-71-73-213), winning the prestigious amateur tournament. Morrison is a 29-year-old former pro.
Pat Tallent of Virginia closed with a final-round 1-under 69 to secure third place, one stroke behind Decker at 215. Tallent was a basketball standout at the University of Kentucky and later George Washington University.
Patrick Olive (Tarpon Springs High/SPC) opened strong with rounds of 71-71. But his final round of 76 left him at 218 in a threeway tie for fifth place. Olive qualified for the 2006 U.S. Amateur Championship. He shot par 72 in a U.S. Open qualifier at Innisbrook's Island course in May.
Neil Vanleeuwen of Cypress Run finished strong with 69 after opening with 77-75 for 221.
CGA: In a better-ball match at Feather Sound on Monday, Richard Volcko of Spring Hill and Mike Sanderson of Homosassa again complemented and complimented each other after posting a winning score of 6-under 66. They finished three up on the teams of Jeff Pett with Claud Johnston plus Ed Shedd of Jeff Neugebauer of Odessa.
Bill O'Hara and Del Scheffler captured the senior division with 67. In net scoring, 11-under 61 produced a tie between the teams of Barry McCormick and Bob Keymer plus Richard Smith with A.J. Finales.
Janet Richey and Diane Springer plus the team of Jean Thompson with Nan Sher tied for first among women with 69 net.
WEST COAST WOMEN: At Cheval on Monday, Sisi Hedges of Eaglebrooke shot 5-over 77 to win Flight AA over Sharon Gonsalves of Palma Ceia by two strokes. Cathy Schlenk of East Lake Woodlands won net with 70 while Kim Hollister of Innisbrook shot 73.
In Flight A, Karen Hurst of St. Petersburg won with 79. Innisbrook's Wanda Cook captured Flight B honors with 83, three strokes ahead of Mary An Neary of East Lake Woodlands.
Jae Lee (93) of Tampa Palms edged Trudy Howe of St. Petersburg by a stroke, winning Flight C. And Nancy Strite of Feather Sound tied (89) Phyllis Remolador of East Lake Woodlands for Flight D honors.
PGA TOUR: Dunedin's Bob Heintz used a hot putter toward a 31st-place tie at last week's Honda Classic. He made 107 putts, tying Daniel Chopra for low for the tournament. That's an average of 26.75 per round. Heintz is playing in this weekend's PODS Championship at Innisbrook. He ranks 136th on the tour's money list with $81,433. The year's top 125 are exempt for 2008.
COLLEGES: P.J. Kolosvary (Countryside High), a freshman at Nova International in Fort Lauderdale, shot rounds of 77-77-73-227 in this week's Panther Invitational in Melbourne. Kolosvary had three birdies in the third round, finishing third for third-place Nova among 18 teams.
"It was cold and windy out there," said Kolosvary, the Times' 2004 player of the year for the Cougars.
Boston College's Lara Smilnak (CCC) opens her spring season with the Eagles in Scottsdale, Ariz., this week. Smilnak was a Times' four-time all-Pinellas first-teamer for the Marauders.
HOLE-IN-ONE: Tides member Mike McDonald aced the 124-yard fifth hole with a 9-iron on Feb. 23.