The weather was perfect for the annual LGA Autumn Action Golf Tournament at St Joseph Bay Golf Club during a recent Sunday.

The weather was perfect for the annual LGA Autumn Action Golf Tournament at St Joseph Bay Golf Club during a recent Sunday.  The players had a great time, good weather, a fun game, won prizes and ate “low country shrimp boil” which included Cole slaw and key lime pie served up by Gourmet Chef Now!  The Hole in One was sponsored by Bill Creamer Chevrolet but unfortunately, although, a lot a players got “close”, no one went home with the new, red Chevrolet Cruze.

Men, women and teens played for cash prizes.  There was a three-way tie for first with a score of 61, and the final winners were determined by elimination.  First place was a mixed team with two club members and two from Tyndall AFB-Debbie Ashbrook, Andrew Rowell, Herman Bell, and Tina Lacourse.  Second was a St Joe Team-Penelope Evanoff, Tom Adams, Hershel Neel, and Wayne Rish. Third also was a St Joe Team-Stacey Kervin, Larry Wilson, Marvin Shinfessil, and Dick Davis.  Prizes were given for Closest to the Line and Closest to the Pen for men and women. Nola Tolbert from the St James Bay Club was the Putting Champion.

A team of teens from Port St Joseph High School was sponsored by Dr. Anne Brown and Dr. Fred Thomason of Tennessee.  The four players were Sammy Bucciori, Morgan Kennington, Witt Shoaf, and Javarri Beachum.  Sammy won first place Winner and is quite a golfer since he took first last year as well.  Closest to the Line winner was Morgan Kennington and Closest to the Hole was Witt Schoaf.

All the proceeds from the tournament go to fund the programs of two local charities.  The High School High Tech program at St Joseph Bay High School will use its funding to provide summer internships for job training for students in the High School High Tech Program. The proceeds will fund approximately half of the students’ stipend.  The Gulf County Domestic Violence Task Force will use its funding for educating youth against domestic violence and to assist those in domestic violence situations in Gulf County. 

The Autumn Action was a huge success because of the players and because of all the generous sponsors in Gulf County.  Thanks to our businesses and citizens who made this tournament a major golf tournament success.  Gulf County youth will benefit greatly from their generosity this year. 

 The major sponsors were Gulf County Tourist Development Council, GAC Contractors, Penelope’s Pet Stop, C W Roberts Contractors, Progress Energy, Preble Rish, Inc, Gulf 2 Bay Construction, The Port Inn, MainStay Suites, Dr. Anne Brown and Dr. Fred Thomason, Forgotten Coast Realty, El Governor Motel and Coastal Community Association.

Hole sponsors were Capital City Bank Group, Cadence Bank, Centennial Bank, Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals, Gulf Coast Real Estate Group, Wesley Electric, The Port Fine Wines, Beach Properties, Williams Plumbing, Cape Trading Post, St Joseph ACE Hardware, St Joe Shrimp Company, Wyonne Pickett, Beach Realty of Cape San Blas, Scallop Cove BP, Hannon Insurance Agency, Sunset Bay Management Group, Pridgeon-Rish Sunday School Class, Sandy & James Christie, Carpet Country, Tifco Enterprises, Bayside Lumber & Building Supply, The Star, Big Fish Construction, Appliance Solution, Ed’s Red Hot Sauce, GPM Financial LLC, Mel Magdison, Bayside Animal Hospital, Buy Rite, El Governor, Coast 2 Coast, Dr. Renee Coffey, Emerald Coast Striping Company, Brown Insurance, Scallop Cove Bait and Tackle, David Lister-Dentist, Crystal DePuy, Duran Piggly Wiggly, Parker Real Estate, Sundance Realty, Fish House Restaurant, Look Out Lounge, Beach Walk, St Joe Auto Parts, and Covenant Hospice.

Door Prizes were provided by Aline’s-Gloria Thompson, Bow Wow Beach Shop, Trading Post, Sunset Coastal Grill, Dockside Café’, Scallop Cove Bait & Tackle, Pat Hardman, Apalachicola ACE Hardware, Ethel Bardsley, Eda Ruth Taylor, BHG Real Estate, IFREC Real Estate School, Debbie Ashbrook, Wyndam Vacations, Thirsty Goat, Port Inn, Main Stay Suites, Kaotic Ink, Bay Breeze Antiques, Beach Combers III, Mimi Upscale Resale, Port Side Trading Post, Gourmet Chef Now, The Grove, No Name Café, Gulf Coast Electrical Corporation, Paul Gants Barbeque, El Governor, Clipper Shop, Andrea’s Nails at the Clipper Shop, Apalachicola Fitness, Gulf County Tourist Development  Council, One Way Fitness, St Joseph Bay Golf Club, Cadence Bank, Centennial Bank, Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, St Joseph Bay Golf Club, Covenant Hospice, St. Joe Auto Parts and Radio Shack. 

Thanks again to everyone who made this a most successful tournament, including the excellent staff at St Joseph Bay Golf Club who made sure everyone had a great time.