SEBRING - The dog days of summer were no match for the VFW Post 4300 golf tournament, which drew 72 golfers to the links at Sebring Municipal Golf Course on Saturday.
"They had a great turnout," said Sebring Municipal Golf Professional Kim Darrow. "We were very happy to see that many."
Flight A was a thriller and came down to the wire. Team 6, consisting of Mark Hopkins, Cody Brownell, Terry Wach, and Ron Spatafore combined to shoot 17 under and finish with a score of 55, edging Team 7 by two strokes. Jim Doty, Clint Cool, Scott Hitt, and Martin Knapp made up Team 7. Team 2 finished in third with a 58 and consisted of Lane Capp, Don Krass, Charlie Cervantes, and Nate Cervantes.
Flight B was hotly contested as well. Butler Smith, David Haehle, Ed Townsend, and Steve Ford made up Team 9, taking home first place with a score of 65. Team 10, consisting of Vern Leppek, Dan Wittington, Jamie Scoon, and Ron Albert tied in second with Team 8 at 67. Vern Hillier, Ron Hillier and Joe Hawkins made up Team 8, which secured second place thanks to a birdie on the 13th hole.
"To get so many out on the course at this time of year, during the late summer months, was really great," Darrow said. "And thankfully, the weather held up and there was no rain."
"I think they all had a really good time," she added.
The highlight of the day arguably came from Team 16's Keith Winslow, who scored a hole-in-one on the 3rd hole. Meanwhile, the closest-to-the-pin competition saw Paul Morn drop a shot in at three feet and eight inches on the 16th hole, while Cathy Hamming placed first on the ladies' side at 23 feet and seven inches. There were no ladies who qualified on the 3rd hole.
The VFW Post 4300, which has been holding annual golf tournaments around the area for more than a decade, has another tournament scheduled for mid March, following the conclusion of the 12 Hours of Sebring race.
For more information, contact Paul Morris at 446-2064 or call the post directly at 385-8902.