The Autumn Action Golf Tournament to raise funds for High School High Tech summer internships had a great turnout of golfers on a warm fall Sunday afternoon at St. Joseph Bay Golf Club.

This is the 13th year the Ladies Golf Association of St. Joseph Bay Golf Club and Dyslexia Research Institute (HSHT) has put on this tournament and the first tournament to be held under the county ownership of the Club. The staff could not have been any more supportive in making this the best tournament we have ever had. Thanks to the new pro, Jordan Arnold, and all his staff for an exceptional day.

This year’s event was kicked off by the Murphy Family Foundation who donated $5,000 to HSHT and issued a challenge for local businesses and citizens to help match that. And match it they did. Between the Murphy Family Foundation, individual donations and local sponsors and players enough funds were brought in for the Summer Internship Program next summer and to pay for activities throughout the year. All golfers went home with door prizes donated by the generous folks in our Port St Joe Community.

First-place “Bragging Rights” were taken by Grant Rish, Ralph Rish, Jeremy Novak and Jeremy Baxley with a score of 53.

Second-place were Natalie Dolan, Mike Dolan, Kathy Brantley and Mike Carrol with a score of 58.

The third-place winners were Guerry Magidson, Tom Adams, Tom Butram, Rex Putnal with a score of 63.

Natalie Dolan was the Woman’s Closest-to-the-Pin and Kathy Brantley had the Longest Drive for women, while Mark Moore shot the Men’s Longest Drive and Jackie Evans shot Closest-to-the-Pin for the Men.

Dixon Golf issued a challenge and Roy Smith won with a new driver. Players went home with gift certificates and Dixon balls.

Bill Cramer Chevrolet sponsored the Hole-in-One Challenge with a new Chevy Encore as the prize. Unfortunately, no player rode off in it.

Students from the High School High Tech Program, run by Dyslexia Research Institute and partially funded by the ABLE Trust, worked the tournament, spending the day at the Club registering players, setting up the tables, filling goody bags and anything else that needed to be done. They enjoyed lunch and a pool party afterwards.

The students do this and other volunteer work in the Port St. Joe Community during the year to earn the right to participate in the paid Summer Internship program. Robyn Rennick is the Program Director of the program, Dr. Pat Hardman is the CEO and Lindsey Summerlin and Tony Almon are the PSJHS School liaisons who also helped at the tournament.

High School High Tech and the Ladies Golf Association of the St Joseph Bay Golf Club want to express our deep appreciation for all the sponsors and players that made this Tournament such a success.