• Tanner Tipton was part of the winning team in a tournament benefiting PHS football. (Daily News file photo)

Local Golf: PHS benefit draws crowd

Support for Palatka High School’s football and cheerleading squads thrives, as evidenced by the turnout at Saturday’s benefit golf tournament.

A jammed field of 23 teams showed up at the Municipal Course to help raise money for the Panthers, who open their regular season Aug. 26 with a homestand against Ocala Vanguard.

Appropriately enough, the winning squad had a distinct PHS flavor as Panther golf coach Lucas Bennett and former standouts Tanner Tipton and Kyle Coleman  were joined by Clint Dixon to turn back the big field.

The champs came in at a sizzling 18 under par, three shots clear of runners-up Randy Werkheiser, Tom Sykes and Jim Keeley. Also at 55 but taking third place after cards were matched were Spanky Aaron, Jerry Broadrick, Brett Daniels and Allen Anderson.

Jana Wilhite (No. 12), Jim Santo (No. 6) were closest-to-the-pin winners, while Taran Tipton was long drive champ on No. 9…

Mullis, Jerin reach finals of Match Play. Ron Mullis and Ron Jerin are looking to defend their 2016 title of the Hall of Fame Match Play Tournament.

Mullis/Jerin have now reached the finals in their bracket after their recent 2-up win over Tanner Tipton/Clint Dixon.

Bracket II finds Lee Link/Randy Werkheiser awaiting the winner of an upcoming match between Travis Wilkinson/Duane Worgum and Keith Fleetwood/Steve Dennis… 

Club Championship coming. Members of the Palatka Men’s Golf Association get a chance to strut their stuff as the annual Club Championship is just a few weeks away.

Set for Sept. 17-18 at the MC, this 36-hole event pits PMGA competitors in one of seven flights based on handicap or age. Cost is $25 to play.

Defending overall champ is Tanner Tipton. Other 2016 flight champs are Keith Fleet (First Flight), Steve Pope (Second Flight), Ron Jerin (Third Flight), Jim Carpenter (Fourth Flight), Bob Broxton (Senior Division) and Drew Hawkins (Junior Division).

Sign up for this one can be had at the MC clubhouse…

19th Hole Club seeks support. Palatka High School’s golf program needs you as the 2016 season is just around the corner.

The popular “19th Hole Club,” established several years ago, earmarks its funds to cover the approximate $300 per player needed to equip the Panthers for competition. This figure also includes the cost of a junior membership to the Municipal Course for each player.

Names of those who contribute $50 or more to the cause appear on a banner displayed throughout the year in the Municipal Course clubhouse.

The 2015 season found three members of the Panthers boys’ squad advancing to the regional tournament at St. Augustine’s Palencia Golf Club.

For more information contact PHS coaches Lucas Bennett at (386) 937-0683 or Rodney Webb at (386) 972-1009…

South Putnam news. Judy Reddick, Ben Baar, Larry McKenzie and Bob Stites shot 30 to win the Aug. 10 scramble at Fruitland’s The Oaks Golf Club. Stites also was closest to the pin on No.2...

Twilight Scramble results. Spanky Aaron, Jerry Broadrick, Billy Crews, Allen Anderson and Bret Daniels carded 7 under par to win last Thursday’s Twilight Scramble at the Municipal Course.

The nine-hole scramble is held each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20.

Danny Hood’s golf column appears every Wednesday in the Palatka Daily News.

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