Game joins Viera East, helps VEMA with weekly events
Inside the Ropes
Chris Game represents the next generation to begin a career in the golf industry.
Game is new to the Viera East Golf Course and pro shop with desires to go further. He started as a young kid from Connecticut hitting range balls with his dad.
One day, his dad challenged him to try out for the high school golf team.
After three rounds of golf, the golf coach told him to get rid of his outfit and dress like a golfer. He had made the team. Soon, he realized this could be his lifelong pursuit.
Game followed the PGA director of golf at Tashua Knolls Golf Course, learning about golf operations and other aspects of managing a course.
In 2018, he attended the Golf Academy of America. He then found himself working with the staff at Viera East Golf Course in 2019.
In addition to the pro shop duties, he supports the Viera East Men’s Golf Association with the weekly competitions.
VEMA has averaged 60 golfers for its events in June and July. The weather has been nice and the course has been excellent with consistent rain.
On July 2, VEMA conducted an individual flighted event.
Mike Piccininni, Tim Brown and Jim Kopliner were the top three in the A flight.
Harry Kaier, Bruce Schwanda, David Jensen and Simon Cole were the top golfers in the B flight.
Tony Hines, Freddie Baltizar and Ed Wierda were the top golfers in the C flight.
In the D flight, Frank Westwell, Ernie Para, Ed Raleigh and Gary Koch were the top contestants.
Bruce Ames recorded a hole-in-one July 9 during VEMA's two-man, best-ball event. The lowest score was used for the two flights.
Dale Zeigler and Bruce Schwanda teamed up to win the A flight. Robbie Rosenberger and Wilson Butler placed second. Randy Sweaney and Dennis Lamb were third.
In the B flight, Mike Pope and Frank Westwell teamed up to prevail. Wierda and Raleigh placed second. Rick Farinacci and Greg Humble finished third.