Snowbirds arrive to bolster VEMA roster


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What a month! Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria left a devastating effect and many have still not recovered to which our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Thankfully, the Viera East Men’s Golf Association was able to squeeze in a little golf after a few weeks as it played an individual event with four flights.

The top finishers were:

First flight: Tim Brown, Jim Robinson, Peter Maloney.

Second flight: Fred Bogle, Ben Hermann, Dennis Lamb.

Third flight: Mike Schmitt, Jack Webb, Paul Winter.

Fourth flight: Duck Milne, Tony Hines, Richard Blakeney.

David Horst on No. 4, Robinson on No. 7, Bill Scholtens on No. 13 and Warren Powell on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin.

On Oct. 12, there was evidence that the snowbirds have returned as the field was the largest of the fall. A four-man scramble was held and was followed by the annual luncheon and meeting.

The team of Simon Cole, Benard Pariot, Bruce Schwanda and Roger Harvie tied the team of Gary Shiffrin, Raj Patel, Sam Speziale and Frank Westwell and the team of Marc Brown, Freddie Baltazar, Larry Henris and Mike Schmitt for first place in a rare three-way tie.

Schwanda on No. 4, Brown on No. 7, Robinson on No. 13 and Schwanda again on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin.

The Viera East Men’s Golf Association held its annual membership luncheon meeting after the four-man scramble.

New officers were elected, with David Hill named vice president, Schmitt named tournament director, Tim Brown named secretary and Horst tabbed to continue writing about the association. Craig Smith will continue in his role as president.

VEMA is open to all men 21 and older. The group plays weekly events at the Viera East Golf Course each Thursday. For information, potential new members can call the pro shop and ask for Lane.