AVON PARK - Golfers who longed to play the majestic links of Muirfield were treated to a slice of Scotland's most famous course last Monday. With an slow-moving cold front looming over Highlands County, Avon Park's River Greens Golf Course hosted the women's Heartland Interclub finale, as golfers battled howling winds and crisp temperatures.
Interclub matches utilize the points quota system for scoring, and the ladies of Sebring Municipal Golf Course finished the day in seventh-place with a +3, but played well enough over the entire season to finish as league champions. Players were awarded a $614.40 payout for their efforts.
The Deer Run team of Sun 'n Lakes Golf Club, the season's second-half winner, followed Sebring Municipal in second place, also taking home $614.40. River Greens finished third overall, banking $307.20.
In the individual results, Becky Shatney, of Spring Lake, won Flight A with a +7, taking home $31. River Greens' Dee Paul was second with a +6 ($25), followed by Country Club of Sebring's Kay Maher, who finished third with a +5 ($18). Katsue Von Plonnies (The Arcadia Bluffs), Tonie Fletcher (Highlands Ridge-North) and Mickie Edwards (Sun 'n Lake) tied for fourth with a +4. All three ladies were awarded $4.
Lisa Lovett (Golf Hammock) and Sue O'Brien (Sun 'n Lakes) tied for first in B Flight with a +9, as each took home $28. Linda Burns (Bluffs), Maia Fowler (Sun 'n Lakes) and Ginnie Kramer (Sun 'n Lakes) rounded out the flight, as the trio tied for third with a +6 for $10.
In C Flight, Carol Roy (River Greens) captured first place with a +9, earning $31. Mary Beth Carby (River Greens) and Rosie Foote (Spring Lake) tied for second with a +6 and both took home $21.50. Susie Rasdall (Highlands Ridge-South) was fourth with a +5, winning $12.
Judy Trier (Golf Hammock) won the D Flight with a +9 to make $31. Karen Speaker (River Greens) was second with a +7, taking home $25. Barb Bucholz earned $18 with a third place finish, scoring a +5. Jean Donahue (Spring Lake) finished fourth with a +4, taking home $12.
Monetary prizes for winners of closest to pin and longest drive were awarded as well. All winners were given $10.
Sharon Warner (Spring Lake) was closest on hole No. 3. Georgia Trissell (Highlands Ridge-North) was closest on No. 5, Jean Donaue (Spring Lake) was closest on No. 12 and Jean Denstorff (Sun 'n Lakes) was closest on No. 17.
Donahue was also a winner of the longest drive competition on the hole No. 1. Von Plonnies had a long drive on No. 6, while Donna Johnson (River Greens) and Roy had longest drives on No. 15 and No. 18.
Meanwhile, in the team standings, River Greens took advantage of its home-course expertise, finishing with +30 to edge Sun 'n Lake's Turtle Run, which came in second with a +28. Golf Hammock finished third on the basis of matching cards with +23.
The top three courses were awarded with a payout of $212.50, $127.50 and $85, respectively.
Highlands Ridge-South was fourth (+23, m/c), The Arcadia Bluffs was fifth (+18), Spring Lake was sixth (+13), Sebring Golf Club was seventh (+3), Sun 'n Lakes Deer Run was eighth (+1) and Highlands Ridge-North was ninth (-3).