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Ladies on the links

AVON PARK - The 16th annual Bill Jarrett Ford Ladies Invitational drew nearly 100 golfers to the links at River Greens Golf Course on Friday.

Sebring's Kendall Griffin was the overall champion for the third straight year, shooting a sizzling 71 in the championship flight. Jude Stewart finished second, shooting a 78.

"I was very excited Kendall got the three-peat," tournament organizer Suzie Gentry said. "She's such a gracious winner and is just a joy to watch play the game."

River Greens head golf professional Jason Beatty agreed.

"Kendall is developing very well and I expect great things from her over the next few years," he said. "She has a great attitude and demeanor for golf. Look for her to play in big time events over the next few years."

The prestigious tournament benefitted the Florida Hospital Heartland Division Foundation, which focuses on breast cancer education, screening, and mammograms,

Anne Kelly won the low net championship flight with a score of 65. Sherry Garrow was second, carding a 75.

Gentry, who has been with the tournament for 16 years, said the new format of low gross and low net was a resounding success. The low gross scores reflect what golfers shot without a handicap, while the low net scores take the gross score and then subtract the handicap.

In the first flight, Deborah Foulke was first with a low gross score of 77. Linda Burns was second, shooting an 86. Low net winners were Sue O'Brien (66) and Janice Parker (71).

Mary White edged Jody Ethun for first place in the low gross second flight. White shot an 85 to Ethun's 87. Shirley Anthony and Peggy Wehunt tied for first with a low net score of 66.

In the third flight, April Stewart finished first with a low gross score of 87 to best Carol Roy's 90. Marilyn Beebe captured the low net division with a 63, while Pat Kincer followed her with a 67.

Carol Long bested Ann Purdy by one stroke in the fourth flight. Long shot a low gross of 97 to Purdy's 98. In the low net class, Bev Rudd shot a 63 while Pat Graf finished with a 66.

Sue Shaw, Linda Yeric, Judy Tietz, and Mary Lee Napier won the scramble flight, carding a 72.

Closest-to-the-pin winners were Pat Amstutz (No. 3 hole), Janella Forcier (No. 5 hole), Mary Beth Carby (No. 12 hole), and Janet Regan (No. 17 hole).