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Amputee golfers do well at international tourney

Seven Springs Golf and Country Club members Mike Hudson and John Novak, who are both one-armed players, played in the College Park Cup held at Plum Creek Golf & Country Club in Castle Rock, Colo., on Aug. 21-22. The event is basically the Ryder Cup for amputee golfers.

"It's always unique when you get the chance to represent your country," Hudson said. "It's a honor, especially when most every player is a single handicapped player, no matter if they have one arm, one leg — whatever."

Team USA defeated the International team 14 1/2 to 9 1/2 to take the event. Hudson and Novak beat a two-man team from Canada by birdieing the 18th hole, giving the U.S. team two points. Then in individual play, each beat a player from Japan.

"The guy I played from Japan could hit the cover off the ball," Hudson said. "But it was very fun to play in something like this for your country."

Results: At the North Florida PGA Section Pro-Official tournament Friday, Vince Buelk and Curt Cornell, representing the Brooksville Golf and Country Club, finished tied for first in the Gross Division, shooting at 66 at the Sugarloaf Mountain Golf and Town Club in Clermont.

Buelk and Cornell edged out Dave Creighton and Dave Creighton Sr. of Lexington Oaks Golf Club by two strokes, and ended up taking home $1,200 in prize money.

Upcoming

Sept. 27: The 2008 Veterans of Foreign Wars Charity Golf Scramble Tournament is being held by Wounded Warriors Foundation, an event that raised $4,700 in January.

The VFW Holiday Post 10167 will sponsor the event at the River Ridge Golf Club in New Port Richey beginning at 1 p.m. Registration begins at noon and cost is $42, which includes a cart and dinner.

For information, call Bob Farrell at (727) 481-3446.

Oct. 3: The 14th annual Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Golf Tournament will be at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville.

Proceeds from the Swing for Charity tournament will go to the United Way of Pasco. The tournament will have foursomes and is set for a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Corporate sponsorships are available, with levels including foursome fees, hole sponsors, refreshments, lunch, dinner and prizes. Call Kurt Conover at (727) 869-5494 or toll-free at 1-800-432-7811, ext. 5494, to receive registration and sponsorship information.

Oct. 3: The Crescent Oaks Country Club in Tarpon Springs will host a shotgun start event that will benefit Pasco Pediatric Foundation. To register or for information, call (727) 480-6285 or (727) 243-7513.

Oct. 4: The Second Annual Port Richey Rotary Club Golf Tournament will be held at Beacon Woods Golf Club, with registration at 7 a.m. and the start at 8 a.m. Cost is $60, which includes food, door prizes and a hole-in-one contest to win a $20,000 gift certificate towards a purchase at Coastal Cadillac-Pontiac GMS of Port Richey.

For information, call Joe Maceda at (727) 457-7762.

Oct. 5: Lodge 2811, Sons of Italy, is sponsoring a best-ball tournament competition at River Ridge Golf Club. Sign-in is at 7:30 a.m., with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $50 and proceeds will benefit Cooley's Anemia and Cancer Research.

For information, call Nick Cirillo at (727) 862-3454.

Oct. 11: The Hudson High Boys Basketball Inaugural Golf Tournament will be at Beacon Woods Golf Club, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $50 per golfer. For information, call Jeff Livengood at (727) 457-3956.

Oct. 11: Forest Oaks Assisted Living Community, Spring Oaks Assisted Living Community and the Grande Senior Living Community are hosting the second annual golf tournament benefitting the Alzheimer's Family Organization.

The event will at the Heather Golf and Country Club beginning at 9 a.m. Cost is $40 per player and it's a scramble format. For information, call Mona Herreid at (352) 232-6025.

Submit upcoming events, info to communitysports@tampabay.com

Amputee golfers do well at international tourney 09/16/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 10:20am]

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