Home course advantage

SEBRING - Thanks to benefit of playing on its home course, Golf Hammock Golf and Country Club easily captured first place at Saturday's Heartland Men's Interclub tournament. Golf Hammock won with a total of +22 points to win $258, Country Club of Sebring placed second with a score of +15 and collected $154.80, while Highlands Ridge came in third with +5 to earn $103.20. "Our guys played really well," said Golf Hammock professional Pete DuPriest. "It definitely didn't hurt that they were on a familiar course." Les Campbell won the First Flight with +5 points to collect $26.40, Bill Pruitt placed second with +4 and won $19.80, while Pete Rickson finished third with +2 to earn $13.20.
Jeff Dexter Jr. finished first in the Second Flight with +5 points, Ennis Caldwell was second with +3, while Tom Hokenson, Bill Hoogterp, and Donnie Knoche tied for third with +2. Joe Hamilton captured the Third Flight with +8, while Greg Mitchell and Kye Pahk tied for second with +5. Joe Hyzny and Butch Smith tied for third with +4. In the Fourth Flight, Randy Leone finished first with +9. Ken Grimm followed in second with +8, and Jimmy Black, Jack Carlton, and Karl Reich tied for third with +3. Pinecrest Golf Club finished fourth in Saturday's tournament with +4, followed by The Bluffs in fifth at +3, Sun 'n Lake Golf Club was sixth with +1, Sebring Golf Club finished seventh with -4, Harder Hall placed eighth with -14, and River Greens finished ninth with -15. Closest-to-the-pin winners were Bobby Ore, Jett Dexter, Jr., and Paul Scuton. Each took home $10. The Long Drive winners were Greg Gentry, Drave Pfiester, and Bob Miller. All three also won $10. The next event for the Men's Heartland Interclub tournament is set for Sept. 9 at Harder Hall Resort Club. "Everyone played through pretty quickly and the weather was able to hold up," DuPriest said. "Hopefully that will continue. I think everyone had a good time and really enjoyed it." bhoward@highlandstoday.com 863-386-5841