Duran’s Big Cup event pays tribute to birth of nation


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Jerry McAnulty, a retired Air Force chief and a committee member responsible for media relations and marketing for the Duran Men’s Golf Association, left, watches Duran Head PGA Professional Matt Morrison putt toward the 18th hole that holds the American flag.

Ernest Arico

Travis and Richard Zygmont were the Flight A first net winners with a score of 55 at Duran Golf Club’s annual July 4 Big Cup event.

The tournament drew a sellout crowd. The event featured 46 teams and was played as a two-person scramble utilizing the oversized 8-inch holes at the golf club in Viera.

“This event is always very popular as it adds a twist by using the oversized cups, however, it often looks much easier than it actually is,” said Duran Head PGA Professional Matt Morrison. “We were thrilled with this year’s event. The weather was great and the event filled up one week prior to the event.”

The tournament also was part of Duran’s way of paying tribute to the nation’s military veterans and the birth of the nation.

Jerry McAnulty, a retired Air Force chief and a committee member responsible for media relations and marketing for the Duran Men’s Golf Association, said it was the first time the golf club held the Big Cup designation with the American flag at the 18th hole on the Fourth of July.

“We usually do it on Memorial Day or Veterans Day but, because of the coronavirus pandemic, we decided to do it on the Fourth of July,” McAnulty said.

Duran made some modifications to the structure of the event to ensure safety for the participants. Instead of a shotgun start as usual, the event was played in tee times off of both the front and the back nine to help avoid large gatherings of players both before the event and after. Scoring and prizes also were not issued after the event and results were posted electronically.

Other winners were:

Flight A: Second net with a score of 56 were Anil Vadaparambil and Rob Kempinski; first gross with a score of 57, Richie Painter and Kyle Decenzo.

Flight B: First gross, 59, Drew and Steve Gilbert; first net, 50, Jack Matthews and Jeff Burrows; second net, 52, Jason Winebarger and Lee Arsenault.

Flight C: First gross, 60, Robert Vaughn and Weege Alexander; first net, 51, Mark and Cliff Merz.

Mixed Flight: First gross, 64, Sean and Nicole Gerlin.