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2008 Bill Owen Golf Classic

Former professional and CBS golf analyst Ken Venturi, center, gave out the Venturi Cup for the low gross score in the 19th Annual Bill Owen Classic on Monday. Marco Islanders who won with a team total of 58, from left, are Dave Stonier, Bob Dugan, Venturi, Ryan Baker and Pat Bennett.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Former professional and CBS golf analyst Ken Venturi, center, gave out the Venturi Cup for the low gross score in the 19th Annual Bill Owen Classic on Monday. Marco Islanders who won with a team total of 58, from left, are Dave Stonier, Bob Dugan, Venturi, Ryan Baker and Pat Bennett.

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  • Ken Venturi, former U.S. Open winner and longtime CBS Sports golf analyst, talks with friend Greg Orlen at Eagle Creek Country Club on Monday afternoon. Venturi is a former Marco Island resident back in town as part of the Bill Owen Golf Classic charity tournament.
  • Eagle Creek residents Dick Schildknecht, from left, and his wife Maxine pose for a photo with Ken Venturi, former U.S. Open winner and longtime CBS Sports golf analyst, at Eagle Creek Country Club on Monday afternoon. Venturi is a former Marco Island resident back in town as part of the Bill Owen Golf Classic charity tournament.
  • Former Marco Islander, Ken Venturi, center, with old Marco friends, from left, Tom Naifeh, Jim Cassidy, Bill Reynolds and Jack Slevin. Venturi, famed golf professional and CBS golf analyst, returned to support the 19th Annual Bill Owen Classic, which he helped found.
  • Last year's couples champions, from left, Jim and Mary Ann Smith and Chris and Jay Siemers, played again in the 19th Annual Bill Owen Classic to support area high school golf programs and other worthwhile charities.
  • Tom Mackelfresh, second from left, again recruited Islanders to play in the 19th Annual Bill Owen Classic. From left, are Wes Cleary, Tom Mackelfresh, George Gould and Bruce Bell.
  • Participants in the 19th Annual Bill Owen Classic got a little help from high school golfers who were at the par 5 holes at Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club, hitting drives. The foursome could then choose whether to play the high school  golfers ball or one of their own in a best-ball outing. From left, are Islanders Chris Travers, Dick Shanahan, Allan Cooper, Dean Webb and Naples High golfer Juan Rodriguez. The Classic benefits high school golf programs and other charities.
  • Marco's Bruce Bell's ball is almost out of sight as he follows through in the Bill Owen Classic on Monday.
  • Former Marco Islander Ken Venturi, famed golf professional and analyst, talks golf with Marco's Tom Nafieh, Jim Cassidey, Venturi's wife Kathleen and Greg Orben. One of the founders of the Bill Owen Classic, Venturi was on hand to greet old friends and give pointers to the players. The outing raised funds for high school golf programs in Collier County and other worthwhile charities.
  • Chris Siemers slams the ball off tee in the Bill Owen Classic, played at Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club on Monday.
  • Marco Islanders, from left, Ed and Cindy Cohen and Cliff and Connie Irvan, won first place for couples in the 19th Annual Bill Owen Classic on Monday. They shot a net score of 60.5.
  • Former professional and CBS golf analyst Ken Venturi, center, gave out the Venturi Cup for the low gross score in the 19th Annual Bill Owen Classic on Monday. Marco Islanders who won with a team total of 58, from left, are Dave Stonier, Bob Dugan, Venturi, Ryan Baker and Pat Bennett.
  • Three long-time friends and members of the Southwest Florida Golf Charities, which sponsors the Bill Owen Classic, share a laugh and applause from the huge crowd at the awards dinner at Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club on Monday night. Famed golf professional and CBS analyst, Ken Venturi, left, formerly of Marco, Charities secretary Tom Mackelfresh of Marco and Irv Sherwood, Charities president, were honored for their efforts over the years in making the golf outing a huge success. The outing supports high school golf programs and scholarships for Collier County high school students, along with helping other charities.
  • Marco's Wes Cleary follows through on a drive in the 19th Annual Bill Owen Classic on Monday.
  • Former golf professional and CBS golf analyst Ken Venturi was emotional when talking about coming back to his former home, Marco Island, and the course he designed at Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club some 25 years ago. Venturi was one of the founders of the Bill Owen Classic, which was held Monday to raise funds for high school golf programs, student scholarships and other worthwhile charities.
  • Ken and Kathleen Venturi, with long-time friends Mike and Terry Ward, listen to award presentations at the 19th annual  Bill Owen Classic awards party on Monday.
  • Former professional and golf analyst Ken Venturi discusses golf club grip with Naples High senior Alex Giguere at the Bill Owen Classic outing at Eagle Creek on Monday. Venturi, one of the founders of the Classic, attended the outing and greeted golfers as they played the Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club course. Giguere was one of several high school golfers who hit tee shots off each par five to help the competitors. The Classic provides funds for every high school golf program in Collier County.

The Bill Owen Classic was held January 14 at the Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club.

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