Men and women from Wauchula, Zolfo Springs, Arcadia, Lake Placid, Avon Park, Sebring and a few other Florida towns met up at Spring Lake’s Panther Creek Golf Course on Saturday, February 3 to test their skills against the course, the wind and one another. Female golfers ranged in age from 57 to 85 while the youngest man was 57 and the oldest 94. Two golfers shot better than their age. Max Gnagy, 86 had an 82 while Charles Miller, 94, shot 93.
Seven Tanglewood golfers tried their luck and are looking for others to join them in 2019. Rex Smolek led the way taking gold in the 80-84 year old group with his round of 89. He was joined at Panther Creek by Ann and Doug Quan, Diane and Don Lariviere and Louise and Bill Menheere. Both Rex Smolek and Doug Quan have qualified to move on to the Florida Senior Games to be contested in Clearwater December 1 to 9. Doug’s 84 earned him a tie for fifth in the 65-69 bracket.
The Heartland Games For Active Adults annual golf tournament continues to grow. In 2016 there were 40 golfers. That grew to 60 in 2017 and 80 this year. Plans are underway for next year’s competition to be held on February 2. Those playing in this year’s event were asked to select from the following courses to host the next tourney; Pineridge, Placid Lakes, Sebring Municipal and Spring Lake. The players’ choice will be announced soon.