They're on the course before everyone else. Going strong before most roll out of bed, golfers who participate in the weekly Friday Scramble at Meadow Oaks Golf and Country Club get in a round for a little competition, but mostly for being social. But toss a little fun in there.
"This isn't a high-dollar league or anything. Everyone is here to have fun," said course pro Alex Koskos, who has been running the scramble for the 15 years he's been with Meadow Oaks. "They're not all about winning. They just want to have a good round like anyone else just looking to play recreationally."
There's a shotgun start bright and early at 8 a.m., and there's a good mix of players. It is, after all, a co-ed scramble, and Koskos makes the foursomes according to a golfer's handicap. There is a 40-player limit and Koskos says it fills up fast each week, many calling in advance.
Sure, most are seniors or retirees or both, but with the lack of pressure to perform at their best, they're just kicking back.
The way golf was meant to be played.
"You see them having fun," Koskos said. "They're laid back, they might have a few beers, play the round, come in (to the clubhouse), eat, drink some more, then do it all again the next week.
"It's how it is each week."
For information, call Meadow Oaks at (727) 856-2878 or visit www.meadow oakscountryclub.com.