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Three area golfers advance in PGA qualifying

At one of the most prolific golf events held in Hernando Country recently, the second stage of the PGA Q School Qualifying event at Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club in Brooksville not only saw some good golf, but some local talent move onto the final stage.

The top 20 scores or ties of the 79-player field advance to the next round. The finals, which will be over six rounds Dec. 3-8 in La Quinta, Calif., is the next stage that these top talented and upcoming golfers can either earn their PGA Tour card for the first time or re-earn it to join the Tour for the 2009 season.

John Huston of Palm Harbor shot a four-round 277 for a tie for fourth place. Garrett Willis of Dade City, a former tour member, moved onto the finals, shooting a 278 for seventh, and Brennan Webb of Land O'Lakes finished in a four-way tie for eighth with a 279.

Two other locals, however, did not advance. Travis Hampshire of Zehpyrhills and David Thomas of Palm Harbor finished with a 292 and 293, respectively.


Mel Price knocked in a hole in one at Magnolia Valley Golf Club in New Port Richey on Nov. 7. Price aced the par three, No. 4 hole, measured at 145 yards.

Upcoming events:

Nov. 29: The Fourth Annual Davie Reutimann Charity Golf Tournament will be held at Silverado Golf and Country Club in Zephyrhills with a 9 a.m start. Reutimann, a Zephyrhills native and the No. 00 Aaron's Toyota driver, will be on hand and host a Charity Cook Out and Auction on Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. as well. Price for the cookout is $20 per person, free for kids, and cost for both the cookout and golf is $150. Cost for a team is $600.

Proceeds will benefit All Children's Hospital and Kids Go To Camp. For more information, contact Brock Williamson at (813) 277-4271.

Nov. 30: The Knights of Columbus Council 10671 of Zephyrhills is hosting a golf tournament at Southport Springs Golf Course on Chancey Road. Tee time is at noon and cost is $60 per player. Proceeds will benefit K of C charities, and a roast beef dinner will be served at the St. Josephs parish center afterward. For information or entry, call Ron Smith at (813) 783-6765.

Dec. 4: The Dunes at Seville Golf Club is hosting its Holiday Golf Tournament with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $100 per player or $400 for a four-player team. Entry fee includes golf, cart, food and access to a "bottomless" keg. The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event at the newly renovated Dunes course that reopened this summer. For more information, call (352) 796-0697.

Dec. 6: Wesley Chapel High's baseball team is hosting its fifth annual Wildcat Golf Scramble at the Links of Lake Bernadette with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $65 per golfer which includes dinner and one mulligan, and proceeds will benefit the baseball team's upcoming spring season.

For more information, contact coach Chuck Yingling at (813) 391-8182 or Rick Brown (813) 690-4968.

Dec. 8: The Monique Burr Foundation for Children will host its third annual golf tournament at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and the deadline to register is Nov. 24. Cost is $125 per golfer or $500 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the foundation and the Children's Home Society of Florida, both of which help abused and/or abandoned children.

For more information, call (904) 642-0210 or log onto

Jan. 10: Cypress Elementary will host a golf tournament and benefit auction at Timber Greens Country Club in New Port Richey with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, followed by dinner and auction at 6:30. Cost is $75 per player and for those who do not play golf, there are separate tickets for the evening activities available. Deadline to register is Dec. 5 for player registrations and Dec. 17 for donations.

Cypress Elementary is a school that does not qualify for Title I Funding and proceeds from the event will benefit making technological improvements at the school, such as purchasing computers, smart board technology, servers and software.

For more information, call (727) 774-4522 or e-mail

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Three area golfers advance in PGA qualifying 11/18/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 8:12pm]
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