GOLF PRODIGY DAKODA DOWD TO DO 'LET'S PLAY HOCKEY'
Dakoda Dowd, a 13-year-old Palm Harbor resident who will soon become one of the youngest females to compete at an LPGA Tour event, will offer up the traditional "Let's Play Hockey" prior to the Lightning's game vs. the Atlanta Thrashers at the St. Pete Times Forum Tuesday night (7:30 p.m.; Sun Sports, AM 620 WDAE).
Dowd, who has won more than 285 junior tournaments, will be part of the 144-player field participating in the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open at Reunion Resort & Club, near Orlando, April 24-30, playing alongside the best professional ladies golfers in the world. Dowd is the nation's top-ranked female player in the 2011 graduating class. In 2005, as a sixth-grader, she was the No. 2 player on the golf team at Northside Christian High and helped the team win its first state title.
The Lightning, 42-31-5, have four games remaining in the 2005-06 season, including additional home dates with the Carolina Hurricanes (Saturday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.) and the Washington Capitals (Tuesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.).