Clearwater residents Raymond Hull Jr. and his wife, Annette, each achieved their first hole–in–one during the same game Nov. 20 at the Landings, an 18-hole, par-63 golf course open to the public in Clearwater.
As members of the Clearwater Hackers League, the couple usually plays as a husband and wife team. However, on this particular Sunday, men and women were divided into separate teams, with the men leading off.
Raymond, who began playing golf more than 30 years ago, neatly sank the ball on the 15th hole, using a Bazooka Jmax 45-degree pitching wedge.
Behind him on the 12th hole, Annette employed a TaylorMade Superfast Driver to make her hole–in–one.
"When I watched the ball hit the green and roll for the hole, all of a sudden I didn't see it anymore," said Annette, who's been golfing for four years. "My playing partner who was on the tee box said she thought it went in the hole. I couldn't be sure, so after everyone teed off and we got to the green I tentatively looked into the hole and jumped for joy along with my playing partners."
News of the couple's accomplishments soon filtered between the two groups, culminating with congratulations and a kiss between the Hulls, who went out to celebrate after finishing their rounds.
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The Noyes family of Clearwater passed out Thanksgiving care packages to 83 families Nov. 21 at the law offices of Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes on Belcher Road.
Each family received a turkey and a grocery bag full of Thanksgiving fixings.
The donation was made in memory of family matriarch Mary Noyes, who instilled the spirit of Thanksgiving in her 11 children and 31 grandchildren.
Noyes was 75 when she died of cancer in 2003. For 26 years she was a music teacher at St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School in Clearwater.
"The first year we fed 75 families in her memory," said son Matthew Noyes, explaining that each year since his mother's death another family is added to the list. "It is our hope that by giving these meals, the families can enjoy the blessings of Thanksgiving like the Noyes family does each year."
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William D. Philpott of Palm Harbor's Troop 416 attained the rank of Eagle Scout during a special ceremony at the Presbyterian Church of Palm Harbor.
The 17-year old earned 39 merit badges, is a member of the Order of the Arrow and has held several positions of leadership in Troop 416.
For his Eagle Scout project, the Countryside High senior constructed four compost bins for his high school's garden.
He is the son of William V. and Pamela Sue Philpott of Clearwater.
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University of San Diego student Garrett Cagni of Clearwater will be participating in the Semester at Sea program in the fall of 2012.
The program provides a chance to investigate eight to 12 countries in a single semester, learn from leading faculty and international experts, perform service work in local communities, explore the world's most fascinating sites and earn a full semester's credit.
Cagni is majoring in accounting and plans to graduate in spring 2013.