Eagle golf tourney yields $10,000
For the weekend’s annual Eagle golf tournament, it was a matter of just a short drive to the club of choice – Hammock Bay.
You could say the tournament organizers ‘wedged’ their bets perfectly. The course was in exemplary shape, the stifling early morning heat eased off as some breezes kicked in, and the 18 foursomes in the popular scramble tournament were pretty much unanimous that it had been a great golfing experience.
It was also great for the organizers – the Sunrise and Noontime Rotary Clubs – who expect a final tally of more than $10,000 to be split among a variety of local charities (courtesy of the Sunrise club’s share), with the Noontime club’s share going to the coffers of the Marco Island Charter Middle School.
“The time and effort in organizing the tournament is real rewarding,” said tourney co-chair Dick Shanahan. “It’s very well worth the results we get.”
The bulk of the money is from entry fees, but spirited solicitation of raffle tickets (from Lisa Honig on this day, for example) brings in a healthy peripheral amount, Shanahan said.
Top honors in the 18-hole scramble went to the Naples Daily News team of Kurt Anderson, Rick Kendall, Doug Dittamore and Steve Fenton, while a newly-instituted category for an over-65 team saw Wes Blackwell, Craig Hill, Jay Reed and Bill Schlegel take top place.
Other results were: 2nd place team: Reilly McGregor, Steve Phar, Austin Hyde and Matt Cipollone. 3rd place team: T.J. Boone, Cliff Dworkin, Glenn Williams and Mike Christopher.
Longest drive winners were Robert Santos and Claudia McCoy; while closest to the pin winners were Wes Blackwell and Martina Keaney.
Picture are some of the players and action on the day.