Hole-in-one pays off for Viera East Men's Golf Association member


Viera East Men’s Golf Association president Craig Smith, left, looks on as Bob David shows off the Masters Jacket he earned for winning the club’s Masters Championship.



Mike Piccininni will remember Saturday, April 7 for the rest of his life.

The Viera resident and a member of the Viera East Men’s Golf Association recorded a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Indian River Colony Club during the annual Alzheimer’s Foundation Tournament. He earned $10,000 for the shot.

Murphy Cadillac in Melbourne sponsored the prize, which was the largest in the 22-year history of the tournament. The Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation helps Brevard residents, who suffer from dementia diseases.

Bob David won the VEMA Masters Jacket after winning the VEMA Masters Championship on April 12. It was the final event of the VEMA calendar.

Red Stanley placed second, Peter Maloney finished third and Duck Milne placed fourth. Each of the four won qualifying flights to earn the right to play with PGA professional and VEMA rules official Lane Burney in the championship match.

In qualifying, Maloney edged Jim Robinson to win the first flight. Stanley defeated Piccininni in the second flight, and David topped Tony Hines in the third flight. Milne beat David Horst in the fourth flight.

VEMA members were placed in their respective flights after a series of qualifying matches.

While the four flight winners and Burney competed in VEMA’s Masters Championship, the other members played in a four-man scramble.

The team of Tom Howell, Piccininni, Gary Shiffrin and Kevin Maloney won the event.

The team of Robert Whelan, Gary Waldron, John McComas and Craig Smith placed second.

Howell was closest-to-the-pin on No. 4, Gerry Adams on No. 7, Waldron on No. 13 and Sam Speziale was closest-to-the pin on No. 16.

During the winter months, VEMA’s weekly events averaged more than 50 players.

On March 22, the four-man team of Tim Brown, Simon Cole, Milne and Mike Hachee won a two-best-ball event by one point. The team of Fred Bogle, Speziale, John Gulla and Lorenzo Battle placed second.

Bob David on No. 4, Bogle on No. 7, Jim Donnelly on No. 13 and Andy Mammay on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin.