Rich Sadler, a native of England who plays out of Glen Lakes, passed a first-stage PGA qualifying tournament conducted last Tuesday-Friday at TPC Cheval.
Sadler carded rounds of 75-73-72-67 for 287 in his first PGA qualifying attempt. It took 291 to advance to a second-stage qualifier next month at Jacksonville. Top scorers there move on to national qualifying at Grenelefe Resort in Haines City.
"Rich (Sadler) played with (Springstead High graduate) Dan Latoria in college," Glen Lakes director of golf Jim Cocchi said. "Rich also played in New England this past summer where he had four top-10 finishes and he won mini-tour events (of the Moonlight Professional Golf Tour) at Southern Woods and World Woods in the past two months. He's a very accomplished player."
Sadler will be joined in Jacksonville by Crystal River's Joe Cioe, who will make his fifth appearance at a second-stage qualifier for the PGA Tour. Cioe had rounds of 74-69-77-70 for 290 at Cheval.
Hendricks, Prack win challenge event: Kevin Hendricks and Don Prack paired to shoot a net score of 58 Sunday, good enough to win a local qualifier at Glen Lakes for the Fantasy Golf Challenge. They'll travel to Grand Harbour Golf Club in Vero Beach, Nov. 14 for a sectional-qualifying event. Winners there receive an expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas on Nov. 17 for a five-night, four-day stay at Caesar's Palace.
Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Lanny Wadkins, Davis Love III, Curtis Strange, Peter Jacobsen, and Payne Stewart are among the names with whom winners at Grand Harbour will receive personalized instruction, play golf and dine.
There were 12 teams on hand at Glen Lakes. Second place, with 60, went to Brian Nelson and Vince Oliva.
Rotarians tourney a success: About $4,000 was raised last Wednesday at Brooksville Golf Club when the Brooksville Rotary Club held its annual golf tournament. The event attracted 96 players.
A match of cards was needed to resolve a first place tie at 12 under par. Ed Fumia, Ted Hable, Ed Stacoffe and Roy Burgess were awarded first place over the team of Steve Barry, Frank Reso, Dave Oliver and Wayne Baumeister.
Terry Merrion, Joe Mazzuco, Pete Gall and Tom Reeder were third at 11 under par in the four-man scramble.
Orange Slice: Invitations recently went out for the fifth annual Orange Slice Golf Tournament at Seven Rivers Golf Club in Crystal River on Dec. 7.
Amateur women with handicap indexes from 27.1-40.4 will compete in a best two-balls-of-four format. Golfers receiving invitations are urged to respond promptly. Cost is $26 per guest.
Contact Penny LeVert at (904) 795-6206 if you meet the handicapping criteria and haven't received an invitation.