AVON PARK - A solid crowd of over 100 players stormed the links at Pinecrest Golf Club on Saturday for the 17th annual Sandy Foster Memorial Golf Tournament. The two-person scramble had 60 teams sign up, which Pinecrest head golf professional Joe Staffieri described as an excellent turnout.
"It was a great showing," Staffieri said. "We had a lot of support. The two-person format is pretty unique, too. Most tournaments use a four-person scramble, but I think the players really enjoyed it."
NU-HOPE Resource Development Director Laurie Murphy echoed Staffieri's sentiment.
"I've been fortunate enough to be here for all 17 tournaments, and I think this year was one of the best," Murphy said. "It was a great success. We really appreciate the community's support."
Proceeds from the tournament benefitted NU-HOPE Elder Care Services, Inc., which is a non-profit that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of seniors and preventing unnecessary institutional placements of the elderly and disabled, according to the group's website.
"We do a number of in-home, non-medical services, including bathing, cooking, home-making, and so on," Murphy said. "But we also do long-term services for those with chronic needs as well as some emergency services, like when someone needs their electric bill paid."
"We need to raise over $300,000 every year to supplement the grants we receive," Murphy added. "A great way to do that is through fundraisers in the community. Not only does it help us raise money, but it raises awareness of the issues seniors face, which is just as an important."
NU-HOPE also holds a 5k and clay shoot throughout the year, the latter of which will be this October. An exact time and date has yet to be determined.
"We we try very hard to do activities that incorporate the broad range of interests in the community," Murphy said, who hinted that a pickleball fundraiser could be on the horizon.
Bud Wester and Don Sisemore won the A Flight with a low gross score of 62. Tommy Todd and Gary Williams were second with a low net score, which accounts for a handicap, was 57.8. Tim Devlin and Dave Swantek were next with a second low net score of 59.4.
In the B Flight, Chris Hadden and Garvin Elkhill won due to matching cards, shooting a low gross score of 69. Jerry Miller and Jim Szelagowski shot a low net of 56.6, while Dennis Dunn and Doug Gentry finished with a second net of 58.6.
Chet Brojek and Jay Jones captured the C Flight, carding a low gross score of 67. Tom Jenkins and Mike London were low net champions, shooting a 53.8. Frank Fisher and Bob McMillian were second net winners with a score of 55.4.
The tandem of Daniel Albritton and Craig Griffith was dominant in the D Flight, as the duo won handily with a low gross score of 70. Darrin Townsend and J.D. Baird were second with a low net score of 53.2. Chad Williams and Matt Brown rounded out the flight, shooting a second net score of 55.4 and won on the basis of matching cards.
In the E Flight, David Mulligan and Karl Mellor won with a low gross score of 69. Barry Bittner and Austin Weed were low net winners with a 51.4, which edged Tom Knisley and Eddie Eddington, who shot a second net of 53.6.
Eric Schneider and Sisemore were closest-to-the-pin winners on holes No. 5 and No. 10, respectively. Townsend captured the longest drive on hole No. 18.