Bergeron wins playoff to earn VEMA Club Championship


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A new Viera East Men’s Golf Association champion has been crowned following an exciting playoff in the VEMA Club Championship.

Four-time champion Jim Robinson and newcomer Tom Bergeron finished tied after 18 holes.

Bergeron then prevailed in a playoff to become the VEMA Golf Champion for 2018.

The field was one of the strongest with 2017 VEMA champion Guy Sullivan, Robinson, Tim Brown and Bergeron reaching the final round after the field was whittled to four players.

In the usual weekly competition held on March 1, tournament director Mike Schmitt chose an individual flighted event using Stableford scoring. Points were awarded for bogeys, pars, birdies and eagles.

Four flights were formed with almost 60 players in the field.

Bob Urban, Robinson and Fred Bogle tied for first in the first flight.

Freddy Baltazar, Jim Donnelly and Gerry Adams tied for first in the second flight.

In the third flight, Tony Hines, Tom Howell and Larry Henris tied for first.

James Ward, Mike Hachee and Bob David tied for first in the fourth flight.

Ward on No. 4, Peter Maloney on No. 7, Dick May on No. 13 and Paul Winter on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin.

On March 15, the VEMA Member Guest Tournament might have had its largest field ever with 84 golfers. Prizes were awarded during lunch at Divots restaurant.

Gary Baxter, Steve Henderson, Scott Morton and Scott Crockett tied for first.

Gary Shiffrin, Ross Shiffrin, Robinson and Steve Slentz tied for second.

Craig Smith, Bennie Moayer, J.J. Kruesel and Robert Sobeck tied for third.

Alan Pinette on No. 4, Gary Shiffrin on No. 7 (almost a hole-in-one), Lane Burney on No. 13 and Bob Wylie on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin. VV