Eagles Golf Club in Flagler gearing up for inter-club event

jeroline mccarthyGolfers came competing, challenging their skills at River Bend Golf Club, nestled in natural beauty along the Tomoka River for a golf outing in Ormond Beach. They played as part of the Palm Coast-based Eagles Golf Club, taking advantage of the par 72, 18-hole championship golf course, and making a great day for a recent golf game.

This was part of their monthly membership outing, over a 10-month span, beginning in September of last year and ending in June of this year. In addition, The Eagles Golf Club makes provisions for an annual championship golf tournament, awards banquet, and youth golf clinics.

Eagles Golf Club member Ralph Lightfoot poses with future golf champions.(COURTESY OF THE EAGLES GOLF CLUB)
Eagles Golf Club member Ralph Lightfoot poses with future golf champions.
(COURTESY OF THE EAGLES GOLF CLUB)

Better weather moved in rather than what was forecast. The River Bend Golf Course was in excellent condition.

Thanks rang out from the Eagles for excellent service, provided by head professional Ken Van Leuven and staff for the bag drop, pro shop, and the most-dined destination of the Manatee Bar and Grill.

Congratulations to the winners for mastery of the Individual Stroke Play (with handicap) Tournament, using the “Chicago Points” format and Par 3 Competition.

Championing the Cause for the Stroke Play Tournament
In first place for Flight A, the winner was Nate Mason, points 41; Flight B, winner Doug Coleman, points 46; Flight S1, winner Howard Wilson, points 46; Flight S2, winner Jim Freeman, points 45; and Flight S3, winner John Reid, points 45.

In second place for Flight A, the winner was Dave Turco, points 40; Flight B, winner Frank Phillips, points 43; Flight S1, winner Foster Vestal, points 43; Flight S2, winner Don Sparks, points 42; and Flight S3, winner Byron Stewart, points 43. Stewart won on card off on No. 3 Handicap Hole (2) over Ed Walker with a 5 vs. a 6.

In third place for Flight A, the winner was Harry Davis, points 39; Flight B, winner Nate Wells, points 41; Flight S1, winner Bob Ottley, points 41; Flight S2, winner George Jacob, points 37; and Flight S3, winner Ed Walker, points 43. Wells won on card off on No. 2 Handicap Hole (2) over Brian Philbin with a 4 vs. a 5. Ottley won on card off on No. 5 Handicap Hole (7) over Roy Lorentz with a 4 vs. a 5.

Par 3 competition
Hole 3, White Tees, George Weaver; Black Tees, Ralph Lightfoot; Hole 5, White Tees, Harry Davis; Black Tees, Ralph Lightfoot; Hole 12, White Tees, Frank Phillips; Black Tees, Byron Stewart; Hole 17, White Tees, Dave Turco; and Black Tees, Bill Gaddis.

Fun and competition await at the award-winning Indigo Lakes Golf Club on April 16 in Daytona Beach. This will be the club’s first “hosted” inter-club event, and will be shaped around pristine natural ponds, encased in a beautiful environment.

The Eagles will play host to the Pro Duffers of Orlando in an 18-hole Stroke Play Tournament and Closest-to-the Pin Par 3 competition.

If you haven’t signed up to play in the tournament, contact a Golf Activities Committee member no later than April 10. The pairings will be developed on April 11.

The Golf Activities Committee are members Bill Gorham, chairman; Bob Ottley, webmaster; Rick Hill, Brian Philbin and Dave Pokigo.

Turning 15
And, looking back on the 15 years – to be celebrated Oct. 17 – The Eagles Golf Club was founded by William “Bill” Gorham. Its founding members are Donald Andrews, Harry Davis, William Day, Calvin Dempsey*, Richard Hill, Lionel Holder, Nate Johnson, Willie Jones, John Nixon*, John Rucker, Donald Saunders*, William Seeney, William Settles, Columbus Thomas, Foster Vestal, Howard Wilson, and Charles York. *An asterisk denotes a deceased member.

The board members are Columbus Thomas, president; Edward Walker, vice president; Linda Karam, treasurer; Nate Mason, secretary; Bill Gorham, golf activities director; and Darryl Oliver, youth program director.

And, geared up as champions (low net) at the annual, two-day championship tournaments are: winner John Rucker for 2002; Rick Hill, 2003; Jim Freeman, 2004; Jim Freeman, 2005; Charlie York, 2006; Doug Bembry, 2007; Jim McNutt, 2008; Harry Davis, 2009; Henry “Van” Davis, 2010; Nat Harris, 2011; John Rucker, 2012; Calvin McNeil, 2013; George Latimer, 2014; and Bill Gaddis, 2015.

The Eagles have been featured in the Daytona Times, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Flagler Palm Coast News-Tribune, on their website, and a blog, where club member Ralph Lightfoot has promoted “the enjoyment of the game of golf,” finding the best rates and fairways.

The Eagles enlist 70+ members, and are signing on new members for events on the most delicately lush fairways. The Eagles Golf Club can be reached at 386-446-9982 and 386-446-1479.

Stetson director to address AAUW
160331_dt_palmcoast01bThe Flagler County branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet April 9. The AAUW, founded in 1881, empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Tammy L. Briant, director of Student Life, Stetson University College of Law, will speak on the changing nature of Title IX policies and procedures on college and university campuses, as it relates to the issues of sexual harassment and disclosure.

Briant received an award in 2014 from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

She responded, “I am deeply honored to receive this award, which to me, recognizes the diligent work of my entire team to create an innovative, dynamic, and supportive living/learning community, focused on developing our students to be future leaders of the legal profession.”

NASPA is the premier organization for student affairs professionals. Briant earned a Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. She serves in the legal community, along with the arts, in the Tampa Bay area.

Briant, an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law, accesses for her law students the relativity of the civil rights movement with social justice issues.

Join the AAUW April 9, 11 a.m., to hear Briant at Pine Lakes Golf Club, 400 Pine Lakes Parkway, Palm Coast. The public is invited. Lunch is $17, and reservations are required.

To book a reservation, call Lynn Smith at 386-379-0038.

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