VEMA president Smith helps membership grow


The Viera Men’s Golf Association is fortunate to have members who like to share stories about their careers and their interesting lives.

With the recent events to honor 9/11 victims, it is important to reflect on how it has impacted everyone’s lives.

Craig Smith was born at Camp Lejeune, N.C. to a career Marine father. After high school, Smith enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was even stationed at Camp Lejeune.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, Smith started his career with UPS as a driver and worked his way quickly into management. He worked in a number of departments before ending his tenure there as a national accounts manager.

Smith has been married to his wife Christine for more than 25 years and they have two children and six grandchildren.

Smith and his wife enjoy traveling, camping and white-water rafting.

Smith’s mother is 90. She still is an avid golfer with three career holes-in-one. She lives in The Villages.

Smith was voted president of the Viera East Men’s Golf Association two years ago and has helped the membership grow to approximately 150 members.

On Sept. 6, 48 golfers participated in an individual flighted stableford scoring event.

Bill Scholtens won the A Flight, with Ross Shiffrin placing second and John McComas finishing third.

In the B Flight, Bob Graham prevailed with Wilson Butler placing second. In the C Flight, Abe Leonard was victorious. Bob David was second. In the D Flight, Jeff Kelley prevailed. Bill Oakley was second.

On Sept. 13, VEMA put together four-man teams and used one, two or three low scores on the holes.

The team of Graham, Bob Urban, Joe Trombly and Bruce Schwanda won the event.

The team of Dennis Lamb, Ron Gonyea, Marty Gillette and Randy Sweaney finished second.

Tim Brown recently posted his first hole-in-one at Viera East Golf Course.