SEBRING - Sun 'n Lake Country Club has been pretty busy this summer.
In August alone, the course as hosted three major tournaments, including last weekend's 36th annual Highlands Independent Bank/Highlands Sertoma Golf Tournament. The event, which drew over 200 golfers, featured a best ball format on Saturday before switching to a scramble format on Sunday. The two-person teams played both the Deer Run and Turtle Run courses.
"It was good," said Sun 'n Lake golf professional Andy Kesling. "We had another great turnout - 260 players. They turn them away each year. And a lot of the flights were competitive this year."
In the championship flight, Blake Liles and Greg Gentry captured first place with a two-day score of 130. Ryan Chandler and Mike Sayre finished second with 135 while Joel Walkup and Nick Vause placed third with a 136 on the basis of matching cards.
Scott and Rod Scherrer won the first flight with a score of 131. In second place with a 135 on matching cards was Gary Williams and Tommy Todd. Third place belonged to Jason Johnson and Kenny Dutch, who also shot 135.
The second flight was won by Curtis Donovan and Steve Piccione, as the pair edged Garry Edwards and Tim Milano by won stroke, winning 134 to 135. Tom Creech and Mathew Chandler finished in third with a score of 138.
Todd Bunday and Andy August captured first place in the third flight with a 139. John Barber and Tom Koppein followed in second with a 143 while Dana and Chris Hiers finished third with a 144 on the basis of matching cards.
The fourth flight saw Mike Kirkland and Jeff Reece edge Pete Almazan and Larry Henegan 144 to 146 to take first place. Ronnie Handley and Chuck Waltman were one stroke behind, coming in third with a 147.
Robert Ingram and Victor Torres won the fifth flight a score of 145. Matt Cain and Bruce Floyd, Jr. finished second with a 146. Mark Best and Darrek Fulton finished third with a 151.
The sixth flight featured some of the best drama of the weekend. Toby Taylor and Mike Sramek defeated Tom Gauthier and Jerry Kins in a five hole sudden death playoff on the 18th hole. Taylor and Sramek finished with an overall score of 146. Greg Griffin and Windy Gordan placed third with a 148.
Jason Spillman and Dennis Ethinston won the seventh flight handily, shooting a 148 to defeat Ryan Leaphart and Shane Brown, who finished with a 153. James Dell and John Wiegert placed third on the basis of matching cards with a 155.
The eight flight was won by Lee Collette and Richard Jacks with a score of 155. Jimmy Smallwood and Doug Hendricks placed second due to matching cards with a 159. Barry Bitner and Ken Danielson finished third, also with a 159.
In the ninth and final flight, Kenny May and Scott Clements came in first with a 157. Mike Davis and Mike Halloran finished second with a 161 while Mac Byron and Russ Sharp were third with a 166 on the basis of matching cards.
Along with being impressed at the high level of competition at this year's tournament, Kesling said he was also pleased with the golfers' compliments about the Turtle Run course.
"It's looking good out there," Kesling said. "We had a lot of good responses. Hopefully they'll come on back and play it. I think everybody had a real good time."