Harsh weather helps golf layout at Viera East Golf Club


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David Horst, left, Tony Hines, Gary Shiffrin, Tim Brown, Jim Robinson and Paul Winter are the new board of directors for the Viera East Men’s Golf Association.

VIERA VOICE David D. Horst

Heavy rain in May has bolstered the golf course at Viera East Golf Club.

The aerated greens have returned to their challenging state and the rough has grown to save several out-of-bounds shots.

The snowbirds have returned to their northern climates, and the players who still are here are wisely drinking a lot of water on the course. Staying hydrated in Florida is a key to survival.

On a sad note, Larry Wolf has died. He was one of the original VEMA members. He will be missed.

On June 7, Fred Bogle recorded a hole-in-one on No. 16 during a VEMA individual-flighted play 40-man event, which utilized a Stableford scoring system.

Guy Sullivan won Flight A. Ross Shiffrin, Bogle and John McComas finished second, third and fourth, respectively.

Steve Wing won Flight B. Abe Leonard finished second. Bill Scholtens was third, and Marc Brown placed fourth.

Ernie Parra won Flight C. Tony Hines, Dick May and Mike Schmitt placed second, third and fourth, respectively.

Ed Raleigh prevailed in Flight D. Glen Tarsha was second, Sir Frank Westwell placed third, and Duck Milne was fourth.

On June 14, VEMA utilized a new format with four-man teams using the three best balls and holes chosen randomly for scoring purposes.

Lane Burney had fun calculating the results in the pro shop.

Three teams tied for first. John McComas, Bruce Schwanda, Tom Howell and Gary Koch were one team. Bob Urban, Dale Zeigler, Craig Smith and a fourth random player were a second team. Bill Scholtens, Frank Westwell, Ed Raleigh and a fourth random player were a third team.

When a team had just three players, it was given an unknown partner for scoring purposes.

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