AVON PARK - The team from River Greens Golf Club made lots of birdies and pars en route to winning the monthly Men's Heartland Interclub event on Monday at River Greens Golf Club.
Playing on its home course paid off in a big way as the River Greens squad won $240 for finishing first.
The monthly event, which uses a points quota format, attracted 92 golfers and River Greens won with +46 points, while Golf Hammock placed second at +28, Sebring Golf Club was third at +24 and Pinecrest Golf Club came in fourth with a score of +6.
"Our course knowledge really helped," said River Greens member Tim Thomas. "You have to keep the ball in play on this course because it's really tight. "The course is in great shape and the rough is getting higher which makes playing even more difficult."
In the A Flight, Webber International University standout golfer Greg Gentry, who was playing for River Greens, was first with +9 and won $30, while Billy Pruitt of the Bluffs placed second at +8 and pocketed $24, Dave Smith came in third with +7 to earn $16 and Larry Roy finished fourth at +5 to pick up $10.
Gary Lah of Pinecrest Golf Club won the B Flight with a score of +16, Les Campbell of Golf Hammock was second at +11, Don Ethun of River Greens claimed third place with a score of +9 and Dave Draudt of Sun 'n Lake Golf Club was fourth at +4.
Ken Koon of River Greens finished first in the C Flight with a score of +8, Bob Lutrell was a close second at +7, Tony Mordenga came in third with +6 and Pat Dell came in fourth place at +5.
In the D Flight, Joe Graf used his course knowledge to finish first with a score of +6, Ralph Pickering of Golf Hammock claimed second place at +5 after a match of cards with Jack Stafford, Roger Hamel was fourth at +4 after a match of cards with Dave Wert and Chuck Fullerton.
The closest-to-the-pin winners were Ken Koon on hole No. 3, Dave Draudt on No. 5, Warren Cornell on No. 12 and Greg Gentry on No. 17.
The long drive winners were Ralph Sosely on hole No. 1, Jett Dexter on No. 6, Bob Miller on No. 15 and Donnie Knoche on No. 18.
The other team scores saw Highlands Ridge place fifth at +1, Country Club of Sebring was -1, Sun 'n Lake Golf Club was -3, The Bluffs were -5 and Harder Hall Country Club came in at -12.
"That's the first time this season we've won," Thomas said. "We're going to have battle from way back if we want to win the overall title this year."
The next Men's Interclub tournament is set for July 8 at Highlands Ridge North. The season runs through December with the first half winner meeting the second half winner to determine the overall champion.
The next Women's Interclub event is set for Monday at Golf Hammock Country Club.