Stay hydrated to post good scores


Fred Bogle posted his 11th career hole-in-one on June 7 at Viera East Golf Course.

VIERA VOICE David D. Horst

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate is one of the keys to surviving the summer heat and staying focused, especially on the final four or five holes when heat exhaustion can begin to take effect.

Drinking water, at least on every other hole during a round, can’t be overemphasized.

At Viera East Golf Course, the Viera East Men’s Golf Association has been blessed with lots of sunshine and a golf course that is in exceptionally good condition.

Just ask Fred Bogle. On June 7, he posted a hole-in-one on No. 16. This was his 11th hole-in-one. He recorded his 10th hole-in-one just two days earlier.

On June 21, VEMA members played a new game called Devil Ball. Each four-man team had to use one player’s score and then the low score from the rest of the team.

The game turned out to be a lot of fun, creating camaraderie among team members.

Bob Urban, Ben Herrman, David Horst and Gary Baxter teamed up to win the event.

Steve Wing, Craig Smith, Dick May and Richard Blakney, a blind add on, placed second.

Guy Sullivan, Andy Mammay, Ed Raleigh and David Hill finished third.

Allen Satcher on No. 4, Tom Campbell on No. 7, Mammay on No. 13 and Peter Maloney on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin.

On June 28, VEMA used the Stableford scoring system with four-man teams that counted the two best balls.

The team of May, Mike Poe, Ross Shiffrin and Frank Westwell prevailed.

Bob David, Hill, Maloney and Mike Piccinnini placed second.

Mike Schmitt, Bill Scholtens, Randy Sweany and Kerin Vetter finished third.

Sullivan  on No. 4, Rick Quinn on No. 7, May on No. 13 and and Shiffrin on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin.

On July 5, VEMA celebrated the nation’s independence with an individual flighted event which used the top scores in each flight.

Sullivan won the A flight. Wilson Butler was second, John McComas placed third and Jim Robinson finished fourth in the flight.

Mammay won the B flight. Steve Wing placed second, Herrman was third and Bogle finished fourth in the flight.

Jim Donnelly won the C flight. Bruce Schwanda finished second, Freddie Baltazar was third and Mike Pope placed fourth in the flight.

David Parker claimed first in the D flight. Hill was second, Ron Gonyea placed third and Gary Koch was fourth in the flight.

Bill Scholtens on No. 4,  Bogle on No. 7, May on No. 13 and Simon Cole on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin.

VEMA has continued its growth, averaging more than 35 players for summer events and more than 50 players for winter events.