Golf Plus | Rymer, Lamielle start fast at PGA Q-School

October 20, 2011 


n The first stage of PGA Tour Q-School is under way this week. The nearest tournament, Lakeland’s Grasslands Golf & Country Club has begun. West Florida Golf Tour players are near the top after Tuesday’s opening round.

Former IMG Academies and Florida State University standout Tommy Rymer fired a first-round 66 to snag a place inside the top 22. His 72 in the second round left him tied for 10th.

Only 22 players, plus ties, qualify for the second stage, which is held in mid-November.

Booker alum Joey Lamielle, who is the WFGT’s all-time money leader, is 10-under par and in first place at the halfway stage.

n Lakewood Ranch High golfer Connor Baldwin won the FSGA’s Florida Junior Tour event at North Palm Beach Country Club this past weekend. Baldwin captured the boys 16-18 age division title with a 141 total, highlighted by a final-round 69 for a three-shot victory.

Bradenton’s James Leadbetter notched a tie for seventh following a 148 total in the 36-hole tournament.

n The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer golf tournament Tuesday raised $1,500 at Stoneybrook Golf Club at Heritage Harbour. Cha Kim, Tony Iannacone, Mike Listro and Bob Ott won the two-best ball low net with a 114 total.

Closest to the pin winners were Darryl Martin (No. 17), Curly Jameson (No. 14), Pam Mauriello (No. 7) and Carole Bakalar (No. 15).

n Speaking of charity tournaments, the sixth annual Callaghan Tire Charity Pro-Am, which benefits Golfers Against Cancer, is scheduled for Nov. 3-5 at River Wilderness Golf & Country Club and The Concession Golf Club.

The weekend event begins Nov. 3 with practice rounds. A trick shot artist demonstration is slated for 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served at 6:30 p.m.

A pairings party with introductions of the pros in addition to a silent and live auction will be conducted.

The opening round begins at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. A Tall Tales party is set to follow that day’s golf, which is held at The Concession Golf Club.

River Wilderness is the venue for the final round of golf, beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 5. Breakfast is served prior to golf, with an awards party following the round. Dinner and cocktails are served during the awards party.

Contact River Wilderness at 776-2691 or Callaghan Tire at 751-1577 for more information. The tournament’s website can be found at


n On Oct. 11 at Stoneybrook, Sue Sutherland aced the 101-yard 7th hole with an 4-hybrid. Witnesses were Patti Brodersen, Dee Lovell and Kim Spurance.

n On Oct. 12 at The River Club, Norb Charette aced the 160-yard 12th hole with a 5-wood. Witnesses were Joe Brisley, Dave Patton and Hans Pressler.

n On Oct. 18 at Peridia, Shirley Watenpool aced the 4th hole with a 9-iron. Witnesses were Barb Cronin, Deb Andreacci and Brenda Strack.

-- Jason Dill,

Herald sports writer

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