Schneider, Golden roll to state 4-ball title

Ericka Schneider and Wendi Golden have been friends for several years since Schneider was the No. 1 player at Lakewood Ranch High School, and Golden was a high school girls golf coach in Manatee County.

 Schneider twice represented First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee in the Wal-Mart Open, a Champions Tour event played at Pebble Beach. Her team finished second in one of the pro-ams.

 After playing No. 1 at Lakewood Ranch High School for two years, she accepted a scholarship at Daytona Beach State College. After two successful years there, she earned a scholarship to the University of Mississippi. She will be a Lady Rebel in the fall.

Golden is a former touring pro and once was the No. 1 women's amateur in Florida. She is married with two children.

The two rivals became friends and competed against each other in Florida Women's State Golf Association stroke play tournaments.

Last weekend, they hooked up to win the Florida Women's State Golf Association Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship at Vero Beach by four strokes.

Schneider made five birdies on Saturday and three more on Sunday to lead the duo to rounds of 66-67 --- 133.

"She has a very promising future," said Golden, who made pars when the team needed them on Saturday and added two birdies of her own on Sunday.

Schneider says her goal is to play on the LPGA Tour, and Golden thinks she has the talent to do it.

 The two-day tournament was played on the par 71, 5,800-yard Harbor Course at the Grand Harbor Golf and Beach Club.


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