AVON PARK — Greg Gentry spent many hours on the River Greens golf course when he was growing up.
The course knowledge proved invaluable as Gentry rolled to his first win in the 28th annual Bill Jarrett Ford golf tournament on Sunday.
Gentry was as hot as the weather on Saturday with a sizzling opening round of 6-under 66, and the standout on the Webber International University men’s golf team fired a 70 on Sunday for a two-day total of 136 and a five shot win over past Jarrett champion Jody Pelfrey who had a 141.
Gentry, who had a couple of second and third place finishes in the Jarrett in past years, finally put his name on the trophy for this prestigious tournament.
“It was great to see Greg win the tournament,” said River Greens PGA pro Jason Beatty. “He’s a River Greens prodigy and he deserved to win because he played very solid golf. “Jody made a nice run to make things interesting and River Greens is proud to be the only golf club to host this tournament for 28 years.”
Jim Cozine was third in the Championship A Flight with a 155 and Keith Ruley was fourth with a 157 after a match of cards.
Larry Roy won the Championship B Flight with a two-day score of 157, Russ Trombley placed second with a 163, Jim Casey fired a 166 and Clay Davis had a 167.
Chad Lund won the First Flight A group with a 160, Russ Rudd was second at 164 after a match of cards with Rodny Davis, and Jay Jones was fourth with a 165.
In the First Flight B division, Dennis Tondee was first with a 169, Jim Gulick was second at 172 after a match of cards with Ennis Caldwell, and Bo Jackson was fourth at 179.
Chuck Best Jr. won the Second Flight A group with a score of 164, Terry Hancock was second at 166, Mike Anselm was third with a 175 and John McEachren finished fourth at 181.
In the Second Flight B division, Scott Bradley was first with a 186 after a match of cards with Ken Koon, who was second, Don Delaney was third and Dusty Bagwell came in fourth with a 187.
Tom Stewart was first in the Third Flight A group with a 180 after a match of cards with Bob Streeter, who was second and Dennis Crews, who was third, Chuck Grandy was fourth at 184.
In the Third Flight B division, Gilbert Castillo won with a score of 186, Ace Delaney placed second with a 190, Jeff Harstine was third at 197 and Tim Thomas was fourth with a total of 198.
In the Fourth Flight A group, Joe Graf finished first with a score of 176, and David Jahna was second at 180 after a match of cards with Keith Kincer.
Ron Jensen won the Fourth Flight B division with a 195, Greg Anderson placed second at 199 after a match of cards with Ted Best, and Buddy Richards was fourth at 200.
Beatty and the River Greens staff are looking forward to the final two years of this tournament.
“This is a very popular tournament and it always has a good field,” Beatty said. “We’re looking forward to the last two years of the event and it will mark 30 years of tremendous community support by the Jarrett family. “They have done so much for our community and we can’t thank them enough.”