Inside the Ropes at VEMA

2015 VEMA Club Champion Jim Minsky, center, is congratulated by tournament director Raj Patel, left, and Viera East Golf Club manager, Tim Melloh.

The Viera East Men’s Association (VEMA) held its Club Masters competition on April 16. The four flight winners were Tim Brown, Flight 1; Gerry Adams, Flight 2; Fred Baltazar, Flight 3; and Steve Vasilevich, Flight 4. After an 18-hole round, Steve Vasilevich became the 2015 VEMA Club Masters Champion. All flight winners received a plaque at the VEMA Awards Luncheon held at the Viera East Golf Course Residents’ Club following the competition. Vasilevich also received the VEMA Club Masters Green Jacket in recognition of his win in this year’s tournament. 

During regular tournament play on April 30, the Flight 1 team of Gary Shiffrin and Charles Breeden tied for first place with the Flight 1 team of Peter Maloney and Kerin Vetter with a net score of 58. The Flight 2 team of Jim Smith and Phil Rooney came in first place with a net score of 59. The closest-to-the-pin winners were Charles Breeden, Gary Shiffrin, Jim Smith and Larry Hutker.

May 14 was a very special day for VEMA members. The Ray Childers Memorial Tournament was held in memory of VEMA member, Ray Childers, who passed away Nov. 26, 2014. 

After the competitive round, a luncheon in Childer’s honor was held in Mulligan’s Grill at the Viera East Golf Club. The lunch was sponsored by Ray’s wife of 58 years, Aileen, and their daughter, Kathy Tomblyn. 

Tournament winners with a net score of 105 were Bob Urban, Ed Raleigh, Tom Campbell and Bob Sobek. Closest-to-the-pin winners were Peter Maloney, Raj Patel, Dave Hogan, Ray Shorts and Ray Childers. Childers’ golf handicap was used to include his name as the fifth player on all 10 teams. 

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