In team competition, it pays to select your teammates well.
Tony Perez, head pro at Clearwater Executive, followed that basic rule putting together his foursome for Monday's highly competitive PGA West Central Chapter's Callaway Pro-Am at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville.
Teamed with Jerry Huston, Paul Battle and Greg Farrey, Perez's foursome won the team match with a score of 131 based on low gross and low net scores in each foursome.
"It was tough out there under windy and cold conditions, plus the greens were very firm," said Perez, who shot 4-over 76 tying for fifth among the pros from six area counties. "Yes, I had a good team. Everyone on it plays to a single-digit handicap, so that helps. Jerry (father of PGA Tour pro John Huston of Palm Harbor) plays to a 6.5 index and really helped the team making two birdies."
Battle is a pro shop attendant at Clearwater Executive and Farrey, from Seminole, plays at the city-owned course regularly.
Perez managed to make three birdies. On the 165-yard par-3 13th, he executed his shot of the day from the tee box when his 7-iron stroke settled to within 2 feet for the kick-in birdie.
A team from Belleview Biltmore, headed by director of golf Chuck Eade, shot 136, tying for third. His supporting cast was Jack Maley, Donny Barnes and Bill Steinmetz.
Dean Hedstrom, an assistant at Belleair, led the team of Rich Grant, Russ Kirehoff and teenager Travis Ralph of Redington Beach to another score of 136.
Dunedin Country's John Falcone, plus Bob Donaldson, Reno Cowey and Steve Milby finished two strokes back at 138.
Kevin Kenny of Tampa Palms won the individual title with 72, followed by chapter president Jim Garrison of Temple Terrace and Jon Roseberry tying with 73.
CGA: Largo's Ken Mellem and Clearwater's Richard Bullock clicked in the county better-ball match at Pasadena on Monday, shooting a winning score of 5-under 67. They edged the runnerup team of Jim Montali and Jim Shepherd by two strokes.
Jeff Pett and Claud Johnson won the regular division with 69, one better than Sean Martin and J.R. Robertson of Belleair.
In net scoring, 62 tied for the teams of Justin Craig and Phil Albert plus Jack Pace with Lou Gatto.
Shirley Nesbitt and Dianne Springer finished first (67) among women.
TOP OF THE WORLD: The 10th annual Ladies Championship was played in a scramble format and won by the team of Manny Vieira, Carol Cook and Trish Burch, shooting 4-under 61. A stroke back were Duane Hinrichs, Boots Stanton, Cliff Blackstun and Eleanor Wiley. The event raised just more than $4,000 to aid the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
LARGO GOLF COURSE: Dave Best of Clearwater made the first hole-in-one at the new and improved city course on April 9 when he sank his 9-iron tee shot on the 105-yard fifth hole. Two days later, Shirley Bryden of St. Petersburg aced the 105-yard fifth with a 5-wood.
The course had been closed since April 10, 2006, for major renovations, including new greens built to USGA standards, new fairways and tees, new bunkers plus a new irrigation system, 400 new trees and major interior renovations to the clubhouse. Par for the lengthened (3,335 yards) course is still 62, consisting of 10 par 3s and eight par 4s.
For tee times, call the pro shop at 518-3024.
FLORIDA STATE AMATEUR: The deadline for entering the 90th annual championship is May 9. The championship will be held June 21-24 at Innisbrook's Island and Copperhead courses. Area qualifiers will be held May 31 at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland and June 11 at Wentworth in East Lake.
Jeff Dennis of Parkland is the defending champion. He won with 280 (69-68-70-73). To register for a qualifying site, visit www.fsga.org.