Ryder Cup keeps Viera East Men’s Golf Association busy


Larry Hutker was a popular member of VEMA.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Suntree Methodist Church


Despite the cold weather, the competition at the Viera East Golf course and the men’s league has been hot.

The Viera East Men’s Golf Association is in the middle of its Ryder Cup, which has been one of the members’ favorite tournaments in the past. This year is no exception.

The attire for the teams is either a red shirt or blue shirt and there is a lot of camaraderie. Fifty-two players combines to create 26 teams — 13 are red teams and 13 are blue teams — in a Ryder Cup-like format with a scramble format for the first round and a best-ball format for the second round.

Points are awarded for each hole, with the front nine and back nine winners also receiving a point for a total of 20 points.  If there any ties on a hole, the points are split.  After the first day of competition, the two teams were only two points apart with the blue team leading.

The next format will be a two-man best ball format, with the total of both days of competition used to determine the winning team and the Ryder Cup award.

Lane Burney and Mike Hogan are the team captains.

The last tournament of 2017 was a four-man team format, which counted the two best balls.  Gerry Adams, Jack Webb and Mike Pope teamed up to prevail.  Jim Smith, Mike Schmitt, Roger Harvie and Roger Way were second, and the team of Bill Scholtens, Tom Walters, Dick May and David Hill finished third.

Sam Speziale on No. 4, Marc Brown on No. 7, Wayne Dunham on No. 13 and Jim Donnelly on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin.   

The Viera East Men’s Golf Association also is mourning the death of Larry Hutker, who recently passed away. He was one of the most positive, happy and fun-loving members in the league. His last round of golf was Sept. 21, and it also was his best round of the year. Hutker will be missed.