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Ridge rolls to first

AVON PARK - Taking advantage of ideal scoring conditions and home course knowledge, the Highlands Ridge team finished first in Monday's Men's Heartland Interclub tournament at Highlands Ridge North. Highlands Ridge won with a total of +45 points to win $264, River Greens Golf Club placed second with a score of +27 and collected $158, while Sun 'n Lake Golf Club and The Bluffs tied for third place at +26. "All of our guys played well and a couple of them played really well," said Highlands Ridge North professional Mike Lamere. "We took advantage of playing on our home course. "The course is in good shape, the greens were rolling, the rough is thick and tough and our guys kept the ball in the fairway."
Greg Gentry finished first in the A Flight with +17 points to collect $27, Larry Ferrigan placed second at +12 and won $20, Nic Staffieri claimed third place at +8 and Russ Rudd was fourth with a total of +7. Dave Pfiester won the B Flight with a score of +15, Les Campbell was second with +9, Mike Anslem came in third at +8 and Bob Simmons and Dave Irvin tied for fourth with +7. In the C Flight, Jerry Doyle and Earl Bittaker tied for first place with a score of +&, Jack Stafford came in at +6, and Bill Hoogterp and Louis Sumbry tied at +5, Herb Woehrie finished first in the D Flight at +7, Ken Hosier placed second with +6, while Ralph Sosely, Brad Milsap and Chuck Fullerton tied at +5, Monday's event at Highlands Ridge North was the last tournament of the first half of the year-long season. The Sebring Golf Club team claimed the first-half championship and have clinched a spot in the finals against the second-half winners. Sun 'n Lake Golf club and Highlands Ridge tied for second place. The monthly tournaments continue through November. Sebring golf Club finished fifth in Monday's tournament with +19 points, Pinecrest Golf Club was sixth at +14, Harder Hall Golf Club finished with +12, Golf Hammock Golf Club came in at +10 and Country Club of Sebring was -19. The long drive winners were Dave Smith, Bob Simmons, Paul Scruton and Chuck Raffatti. Closest-to-the-pin winners were Romy Febre, Russ Rudd, Jack McLaughlin and Ken Hosier. River Green Golf Club's Jason Beatty tied with Pete DuPriest of Golf Hammock Golf Club for the low pro score at 69, while DuPriest teamed up with Lamere to tie for first place in the two-man pro event at 64 with the talented duo of Cody Brownell and Jason Laman. Each team won +56. The next Men's Heartland Interclub tournament is set for Aug. 12 at Golf Hammock Golf club. The Highlands Ridge squad had a strong first half and hope to make a move up the ladder in the second half. "We have a solid group of players and we sure would like to make a run in the second half," Lamere said. "The better you play the tougher it gets with the points quota system we use, and we're going to have to make a lot of points at Golf Hammock next month. "Our guys look forward to playing in these monthly events," Lamere said. "They're a lot of fun and we're going to do our best the rest of the year." mpinson@highlandstodsay.com 863-386-5837