Inside the Ropes

Defying the odds, Warren Powell recorded his first hole-in-one at the age of 80.

It’s never too late to record your first hole-in-one. Just ask Warren Powell.

Just after reaching his 80th birthday, Powell posted his first hole-in-one.

Mark Hughes also recorded a hole-in-one on the fourth hole at Viera East on Jan. 9 during a Viera East Men’s Golf Association competition.

VEMA is about to choose sides for its Ryder Cup. Team captains will choose players for the Red team and the Blue team at Divots Restaurant while enjoying chicken wings and beer.

The first competition will be a two-man scramble. The second round will be a two-man event where the lowest score among the two counts.

On Jan. 2, VEMA played an individual flighted game with stableford scoring.

Tim Brown, Jim Kopliner, Tom Bergeron and Bruce Ames were the top golfers in Flight A.

Gene Quirk, Steve Eavonson, Gary Shiffrin and Marc Brown were the top scorers in Flight B.

In Flight C, Chris Howes, Andy Mammay, Bob David and Bob Gustavson were the leading competitors.

In Flight D, Tom Walker, Tony Abraham, Joe Skowron and Dick May led the way.

Eavonson on No. 4, Bob Urban on No. 7, Dave Hill on No. 13 and Andy Mammay on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin.

On Jan. 9, VEMA played a team game, using one score on par 5s, two on par 4s and three on par 3s.

The team of Bill Scholtens, Gene Quirk, Jim Toy and Tony Abraham tied the team of Mark Hughes, Dale Zeigler, Dick May and Peter Maloney for first place.

The team of David Jensen, Freddie Baltazar, John Moriarty and Kerin Vetter finished third.

Hughes’ hole-in-one on No. 4 allowed him to be closest-to-the-pin. Raj Patel on No. 7, Jack Webb on No. 13 and Ross Shiffrin on No. 16 also were closest-to-the-pin.