Swinging for a cure

SEBRING - Tanglewood's 9th annual Golf Fore A Cure Tournament held at Sun n Lake Golf Club on Saturday attracted a talented field of 150 golfers.

Despite threats of rain, it was a perfect morning for a round of golf played with a four-person scramble format over the demanding Turtle Run course.

Players started arriving at the course around 7 a.m. to socialize and buy mulligans, raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets.

When the winners were announced after a delicious lunch back at the Island View Restaurant, three teams were tied at 7-under 65.

No one is sure just how many mulligans were needed to achieve these scores. Because of the tie, the scorekeeprs reverted to the team scores on the three toughest holes to determine the order of finish.

In first place with a sizzling score of 65 was Gerry Griffin, Sharon Griffin, Linda Yeric, and David Yeric. On the basis of matching cards, Eric Reinke, Clinton Cool, John Felshinger, and Martin Knapp finished second, also with a 65. And in third, carding a 65, was Paul Henry, George Weyrauch, Ed Mack, and Gale Tieder.

Closest-to-the-pin winners were Steve Stoneman on hole No. 2, Sharon Miller on No. 6 and Sharon Griffin on No. 12.

On hole No. 15, players had the chance to win a $20 Sun n Lake gift certificate by landing their drive inside a 15 foot circle around the pin.

The ladies outshined the men in this competition.

Winners of the 50/50 draws were Bill Caulfield, Dan Shimski and Sophie Stoneman. Hidden prizes were awarded to Pat Lynn, Bill Caulfield and John Pfleschinger.

Auctioneer, Larry Lynn, cajoled the large audience into parting with lots of money for a variety of fabulous prizes.

More than 30 raffle winners walked off with gift baskets containing an assortment of great prizes.

Lots of golfers, lots of prizes and lots of fun. The biggest winners should be the children and grandchildren of the golfers, as all of the money raised (around $10,000.00) will be donated to the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation for breast cancer research.

This is sure to help the younger generations in the ongoing battle with this dreaded disease.

Thanks to the tournament's major sponsors; Edward Jones/Alan J. Holmes, Alan Jay Automotive Network, Ron and Judy Tietze plus all of the merchants and golfers who donated prizes.