Inside the ropes at VEMA: Gary Shiffrin


Gary Shiffrin is a member of the Viera East Men’s Golf Association.September’s article features a Viera East Men’s Golf Association member who wears a very large noticeable ring that begs the question “What is that ring?”

Gary Shiffrin proudly shows off his Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame ring. Throughout Shiffren’s 42-year-career as an educator and principal in Brevard County Public Schools, he was actively involved in sports. He received numerous awards for teaching and leadership, but the ring is for his high level of involvement in athletics from coaching to serving on numerous state committees. That includes being a member of the FHSAA Rep Assembly. He was also the Cape Coast Commissioner for more than two decades, which involved overseeing all athletics in Brevard County. Shiffren is an active golfer with VEMA and has served on the VEMA Board. There are rumors that he has been seen wearing a red Santa Claus suit.

This week’s match was a two-man, best-ball event using full handicaps. In first place by a large margin was the team of Shiffrin and Phil Rooney. Jack Webb and James Alt were second. There was a three-way tie for third between Jim Smith and Glen Tarsha, Jim Benton and Jim Donnelly, and Dale Zeigler and Paul Winter. Jack Webb on No. 4, Raj Patel on No. 7, Donnelly on No. 13 and Smith on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin.

Aug. 11 was the last competition played on the temporary greens. The new greens now will be played. VEMA welcomes all male golfers who would enjoy weekly fellowship and a fun competitive match. If you are interested in joining the group, call Lane Burney at the Viera East Golf Course at 321-639-6500. 

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