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Bucs’ rookie coach gets a caddy - and new fan

If Connor Lynch wasn’t a real Bucs fan before, he is now.

The Saint Stephen’s School eighth-grader was invited to caddy at the recent PGA Tour Transitions Championship Pro-Am at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, a course the four-handicapper knows well.

Guess whose golf bag he carried?

Bucs’ rookie head coach Raheem Morris.

“I didn’t recognize him at first, because you could not tell he was a football coach,” said the 14-year-old, who is almost 6 feet tall. “It was a good experience.”

Connor said coach’s golf game is good, and he helped him out with pointers around the green.

“He was really relaxed, cracking jokes. ” Connor said. “I’m going to watch the Bucs more because their coach is a cool guy.”

n MHS cheerleader Frances Gonzalez is 17.

n The MOMS Club of Manatee holds an open house and spring food drive Friday at 10 a.m. Call Jill Wilch at 531-3428 or e-mail for details.

n Courtney Fults sings our national anthem Wednesday at McKechnie Field for the Pirates 1:05 p.m. game with the Red Sox.

n The MHS Sugar ‘Canes Dance Team hosts a ‘Cane Camper Dance Clinic Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at school’s north gym for girls between third and eighth-grade.

Call Linda Kibby at 932-3740 to register by phone or for more information. You may also register the morning of the clinic.

The clinic will teach a routine for campers to perform at the Sugar ‘Canes Spring Show on May 2.

n LRHS Marching Mustang percussionist Reece Van Atta is 16.

n Any Manatee County graduating senior may apply for the Manatee Seminole Club scholarships. Applications should be available with the senior class guidance counselor at school.

They must be postmarked by April 15.

Call 751-FSU2 for details.

Or contact Jake Jacoby, the scholarship committee chairman, at

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