AVON PARK - The third annual George Davis Memorial Golf Tournament couldn't have chosen a better day to be out on the links. Saturday saw perfect weather for the yearly contest, and close to 100 golfers came out to River Greens Golf Club in Avon Park to support local high school golfers.
The tournament, which also serves as a fundraiser, raises money for Highlands County golfers who have college aspirations.
"We have a great community," said River Greens Certified Professional Jason Beatty. "They really support this event well. We raised over $7,000 this year for scholarships for local high school golfers."
It also didn't hurt that River Greens was a superb course to host such a tournament, as Beatty can attest. "We had great weather and the course truly is in terrific condition and we had great weather," he said.
Eighty-eight golfers played in the four-person scramble, with Jim Anderson, Russ Rudd, Cliff Steele, and Larry Roy carding a 61 to capture the championship flight.
Trey Marley, Cash Jackson, Amier Becker, and Sebring High School's Jeremy Camino were second, also shooting a 62, but finished second on the basis of matching cards.
In the first flight, Steve Arnold, Mary Arnold, Chuck Best, and Chuck Best, Jr., placed first with a 61. Ryan Adair, Bev Dunn, Jimmy Brimlow, and Chad Doberly finished one stroke behind (62) to place second.
Dee Paul, Mackie Chapman, Keight Kincer, and Pat Kincer won the second flight, shooting a 62, on the basis of matching cards. Jerry Robinson, Larry Olsen, Kevin Murphy, and Andy Dilley finished second, also with a 62.
In the third flight, Mike London, Dave Repa, Ferland Cribb, and Thom Jenkins cruised into first with a 61. Laura Smutnick, Gale Garceau, Jan Stevens, and Steve Smutnick finished in second with a 69.
Closest-to-the-pin and closest-to-the-line competitions were held as well, along golfers being recognized for the longest putt of the day.
Becky Payne was closest-to-the-pin on hole No. 3. Larry Olsen earned CTP honors on hole No. 5, Anne Kelly was CTP on hole No. 12, and Jim Brooks was CTP on hole No. 17.
Closest-to-the-line winners were Toni Brooks (hole No. 2) and Joan White (hole No. 13).
Ken Brunswick had the longest putt on hole No. 7 and Chuck Best sunk a lengthy putt on the 15th hole.