Inside the ropes


The weather has been picture perfect for golf this year.

The early-morning Viera East Men’s Golf Association golfers are able to wear the Christmas presents given to them by family members consisting of golfing vests, wind breakers, new hats and sweaters.  Combining that with the magnificent condition of the Viera East Golf Course, with improved playability and challenging greens, makes for a golfers paradise.

After each round, many of the golfers make their way to Divots Grill for a favorite beverage and lunch special. They can share stories about great shots, close misses, an almost shot and the famous should have been before the weekly winners are announced.

The latest tournament utilized the Stableford scoring method to calculate the winners and it had four flights consisting of almost 50 golfers. Jim Smith, Paul McCarthy, Dennis Lamb and Mike Piccininni won the first flight. Sam Speziale, Jim Benton, John Perino and Roger Harvie prevailed in the second flight. Tom Welters, John Gulla and Alan Pinette claimed the third flight. Lawrence Henris, Martin Gillette and Dick May won the fourth flight.

Perino on No. 4, Lamb on No. 7, Terry Lamb on No. 13 and Gillette on No. 16 were the closest-to-the-pin winners.

VEMA is open to all men 21 and older and has events scheduled every Thursday throughout the year. The events are played at Viera East Golf Course with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. One of the most favorite VEMA events is the Ryder Cup, where the course professional randomly picks the teams. 

For more information, call the pro shop at 321-639-6500.