SEBRING — The Sebring Firemen know how to put on an event and this year’s 15th annual Firemen Memorial Golf Classic, presented by AXA Advisors LLC and Home Depot, was no exception. Making this tournament a bit more memorable was that there two hole-in-ones on Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club’s challenging Deer Run course; as Brian Bone hit one on No. 2 and Robert Grimes aced No. 8.
Those aces also helped their respective teams, as both teams placed in the top two in their respective flights.
Winning the Championship Flight on Deer Run was the foursome of Easton Davis, Bill Davis, Mike Sayre and Ryan Chandler, who teamed-up to record a solid score of 54.
Bone, along with partners Mike Moore, Darren Sapp and Tripp Waters were second with a score of 55. Third-place was decided by a match of cards and the winning team consisted of Eric Zwayer, Jason Laman, Mike Halloran and Rene Brown. The team shot 60.
Grimes, along with Ramon Torres, Ed De la Cueva and Gilbert Donglasan won the First Flight with a score of 57. Jason True, Nathan Coomes, Chad Williams and Mark Brown placed second with a score of 61, which was one stroke better than the third-place team of Johnny Elder, Hoppy Rewis, Buddy Yarbrough and Larry Kelly.
The Second Flight was played on the Turtle Run course and there was a scramble for the top position. In the end, the team of Dennis Murphy, Mike Murphy, Paul Fore and Travis Fore placed first with a round of 59.
Taylor Duckrell, Andrew Williams, Seddon Henry and Dalton Scarborough placed second with a score of 60. Taking third on a match of cards was the foursome of Dave Onsted, Tom Ogden Jr., Tom Ogden Sr. and Fred Blake.
The Third Flight was also held on Turtle Run and the winning team of Buck Rapp, Ryan Leaphart, Chris Myers and Paul Blackman shot a nice round of 57. Taking second place on a match of cards with a score of 63 was the foursome of Wendell Haywood, Rick Ragland, Larry Hardy and Thom Jenkins. Placing third with a 63 was the team of Charlie Cox, Dusty Johnson, Jason Biance and Justin Bare.
The event serves as one of the main fundraisers for the Firemen and has raised more than $300,000 for local youth athletics in Highlands County since its inception.
“It was a great day for athletics in the county,” said Andy Kesling, head golf pro at Sun ‘n Lake. “We had 232 players and everyone really enjoyed the golf courses being in excellent shape. Hats off to the Sebring Firemen for another very successful golf tournament.”