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CELEBRITY GOLF Long-drive event ends in the rough



Published: Wed, July 17, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



None of the celebrities hit shots good enough to win the contest.

By JAYME RAMSON

VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF

VIENNA -- Suppose they staged a celebrity long drive competition and nobody won?

That's what happened Tuesday at Squaw Creek Country Club when three local television personalities teamed up with the Schwebel Baking Company for the Celebrity Division of the Long Drive Contest.

No winner was named because all drives failed to reach or stay on the fairway.

The contestants were WFMJ Channel 21's Susan DeLeo, WKBN Channel 27's Tricia Perry and WYTV Channel 33's Angee Shaker.

Each took two shots off the first hole of the course.

Schwebel Baking Company intended to donate $3 per yard to the Mahoning Valley Sports Charities for each participant's longest drive, but instead donated $500 to Mahoning Valley Sports Charities.

First to participate

DeLeo was the first to tee off and wasn't happy with the honor. Her first attempt rolled to the left. Her second shot was nicely hit but rolled slightly off the fairway.

"This was a very nerve-wracking experience," DeLeo said. "I hit about as well as I expected, but I wish I could have doubled my yardage."

DeLeo practiced with a pro from Squaw Creek in preparation for the event.

Perry received some unexpected but welcome assistance from the gallery behind her after her first shot barely rolled onto the course.

Michelle McGann, the winner of the 1995 and 1996 Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic tournaments at Avalon Lake, told Perry to tee her ball up higher after she noticed the tee was too close to the ground.

Perry's second shot was improved, but rolled off the course.

"This event was the hardest thing I have ever done and it was more nerve-wracking than television," Perry said. "I think all three of us were nervous and we all screwed up."

Shaker started off her round by missing the ball completely. She recovered and made contact, sending the ball slightly of the course.

Her final shot would have won the competition had it been straight. Instead it sliced to the left and barely missed a dodging spectator.

jramson@vindy.com




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