Gung-ho for golf

SEBRING - The inaugural Avon Park Champions Club golf tournament drew nearly 100 players to Golf Hammock Country Club on Saturday. Eighty-eight golfers hit the links in support of Avon Park athletics and academics, as 22 teams played a four-person scramble on one of Sebring's few rain-free mornings. "It was a great outing," said Golf Hammock golf professional Pete DuPriest. "There was a lot of great support for the Champions Club." "And the weather finally cooperated and we were able to get everyone in." In the first flight, Bud Wester, Don Sisemore, Mike Cleghorn, and Dave Shoemaker captured first place, shooting the day's lowest score with a 59.
Jeremy Camis, Alex Robols, Amir Beckernn, and Trey Marley finished second with a 60. The second flight saw Bo Jackson, Chad Williams, Nate Coomes, and Brent Cellars take home first place with a 60. One stroke behind them in second place was Dale Reed, Bill Scruggs, Chris Hadden, and Johnny Johnson. In the third flight, Charles Devlin, Eric Raymond, John Caputo, and J.P. Heston finished first with a 62. Shooting the highest score of the day with a 64, Paul Devlin, Leighton Jahna, Cody Pearlman, and Brooks Whidden placed second. The final flight saw the third one-stroke finish of the day. Duane Lewis, Buddy White, David Croom, and Jimmy Miller finished shot a 60 to edge Chris Gordon, Cedric Longley, Red Porter, and Wellington Longley's 61 for first place. With all the rain in Highlands County this summer, Avon Park's Champions Club couldn't have chosen a better course to host its tournament. Golf Hammock has a reputation having one of the best draining systems in the county. "The course was in great shape," DuPriest said. "We got a lot of compliments on it." Meanwhile, Eric Raymond, finished closest to the pin on the No. 3 hole out of the first and second flights. Cedric Longely was closest to the pin on the No. 13 hole out of the third and fourth flights. Longely also captured the closest to the line on hole No. 10 863-386-5841