The McMullen Tennis Center 4.0 senior women's team recently returned from the USTA national championships in Indian Wells, Calif., with a trophy.
The group defeated teams from Lexington, Ky., Westchester, N.Y., and Ladera Oaks, Calif., in the doubles tournament. McMullen was captained by Anne Pulley, a nonplaying member of the team. Other team members included Marion Murch, Turtle Marshall, Linda Miller, Ria Graham, Susan Hobbs, Ann Worthington, Henriette SkoczenJoanne Valone and Sandy Martin.
The team advanced to the national tournament by winning a local league tournament against another team from McMullen, then won the Florida sectional in Daytona Beach.
"Our goal was to try to win,'' Pulley said. "I felt like we had a good chance. We had very qualified players.''
The 4.0 senior men's team from Clearwater/St. Petersburg didn't fare as well, losing four matches and failing to advance to the semifinals.
The team is comprised of Todd Whitney, Mike Carrigan, John W. Green, Tim Kahle, Dave Heeder, Clark T. Higgs, Will Rhame, Brian R. Cooper, Bill Radford and Shon Craig.
- Kevin Manning, director of tennis at Shipwatch Yacht and Tennis Club, did some travelling of his own. Manning participateed in the Fred Perry Cup at the World Senior/Super Senior Championships in Turkey. Manning was teamed with Mark Vines, Ross Persons and Wesley Cash. The team, which represented the United States, finished third out of 21 countries that participated. Germany won and Spain finished second.
Manning, 50, qualified by being ranked in the top four nationally in the over-50s. Points were accumulated during the tournament through singles and doubles matches. Manning and Cash teamed to defeat France in the bronze medal doubles match to secure the third-place finish.
St. Petersburg's Danielle Collins won the Seminole County fall sectional girls 18s on Oct. 13. It was an all local final, as Collins defeated Tarpon Springs' Becky Bodine 6-3, 6-4.
- The Largo Tennis Center hosted the Haunted Rookie Tournament Oct. 18-19. Matthew Nehls won the boys 14 singles. Gray Aloian was the boys 12 singles winner and Andre Sobati won the boys 10 singles. The girls 14 singles winner was Julia Staddon and the girls 12 winner was Dunja Kisin.
Largo Golf Course held a glow-in-the-dark tournament Oct. 18. There were 30 two-person teams in the nine-hole tournament. The all-female winning team was Claire Longman and Caroline Zimmerman, both of Largo, who shot 39. The all-male winners were Bradenton's Don Bordeaux and Bob Lent, who shot 31. The co-ed winners were Seminole's Judy Barrie and Jim Barrie, who shot 33.
Hole-in-Ones: Largo's Henry Klyse aced the 100-yard No. 3 at the Tide Golf Club on Oct. 19. Jim Dziak got a hole-in-one on the 147-yard, 11th hole at Bardmoor CC using an 8-iron. Don Cline of Largo aced the 105-yard, 16th hole at Largo Golf Course with an 8-iron.
- The West Coast Women's Golf Association held a net tournament at River Wilderness CC in Parrish. Suki Hlasnick of Hunter's Green was the overall champion with 137 for the two-day tournament. Judy Schmitt of River Wilderness was the runnerup with 138.
- The Belleair Country Club Women's Golf Association held an 18-hole scramble Oct. 21. The four-person team of Dot Wachob, Jo Houck, Kiely Allen and Diane Crowl were the winners with a net 60.
- The County Golf Association's weekly tournament was held at Bardmoor on Oct. 16. The regular-division gross champion was Sean Martin, who shot 80. The net winner was Ben Calhoon with 66. The senior division gross winner was Jim Montali (78), and senior net winner was Dan Menke (61).
Rich Sheppard snagged the high score and series this week at Ten Pin Lanes in Pinellas Park. Sheppard rolled a 300 and had a 759 in league play. John Taft had a second-best 290-735.
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