Golfing for a cause

SEBRING - Originally scheduled to be played last month, but pushed back to October due to heavy rains, the annual Habitat for Humanity "Golf FORE Homes" Tournament, presented by Mountain Top Productions, picked a perfect morning to raise awareness for building houses for those in need. More than 50 golfers came out to the Country Club of Sebring on Saturday to hit the links in support of the charity. The four person tournament also benefitted the Mason's Ridge Project, which is a branch of Highlands County's Habitat for Humanity that is currently under construction. Founded in 2010, the project's goal is to construct 60 low-cost living facilities for individuals who need affordable housing. Currently the construction site is still under development in the Washington Heights are of Highlands County. Nate Cervantes, Rob Delong, Lane Capp, and Charlie Cervantes finished with the lowest score of the day, shooting a sizzling 53 to capture the first flight. Jerry Foster, Pat Kragt, Lew Stryker, and Jerry Austin placed second on the basis of matching cards, and finished with a 54.
Tom Simmons, Kevin Cleghorn, Curtis Donovan, and Beckham Donovan finished third. In the flight two, Kip Doty, Troy Doty, Danny McPhail, and Pat Dell combined for a 60 to finish first. Meanwhile, James Goins, Andrew Deirlein, Kiko Vasquez, and Ken Danielson came in second due to matching cards, shooting a 62. They were followed in third by Warren Hall, Steve Piccone, Ryan Leaphart, and Matt Hall, who also shot a 62. In the third flight, the quartet of Carmen Davis, Alonzo Robinson, Dennis Keppel, and Ron Krpata shot a 65 to edge Brian Kampmann, Matt Griffin, Greg Griffin, and Carl Kampmann's 66 for first place. Art Stanyer, Ervin Zeltner, Glenn Myers, and Tom Glaze placed third with a 67 on the basis of matching cards. In the closest to the pin competition, Curtis Donovan captured the award for the third hole. Beverly Bagshaw was closest on the No. 6 hole; Beckham Donovan was closest on the No. 11 hole; Bill Taylor was closest on the No. 15 hole; and Chip Curcio was closest on the No. 17 hole. For more information on the Highlands County branch of Habitat for Humanity or the Mason's Ridge Project, contact Sarah Pallone, the project's Director of Development and Communications by phone at (863) 385-7156 or via email at You can also visit the group's website at 863-386-5841