A dreary day with rain forecast changed Sunday morning to turn into a beautiful, perfect golf day with a field of 49 players bringing toys and playing in a totally different kind of golf tournament. Santa’s elves were finished with their jobs at the North Pole and came down to put on a tournament in Port St. to challenge the best of golfers with twists and turns all over the course.

Leading the field with First Place with a score of 62 was Natalie Dolan, second was taken by Al Harrison with 63 and third was Rex Buzzett with a score of 64.

Each hole had a winner with some dubious bragging rights wins. Hole 1, closest to the jingle bells in the sand-Carla May; Hole 2, longest drive for men not in the fairway, Guerry Magidson; Hole 3, Closest to jingle bells on back of green, Dominic Marzako; Hole 5, Closest to jingle bells by water, Trish Warriner; Hole 6, closest to jingle bells on the hill of the green, David Warriner; Hole 8, Closest to jingle bells by water, Dominic Marzako; Hole 9, Closest to jingle bells in middle of fairway, Dan Van Treese; Hole 10, Closest to jingle bells on peninsula next to green, Rachel Blair; Hole 11, Closest to jingle bells by water, Jordan Gunnel; Hole 13, closest to jingle bells by water, George Wright; Hole 14, closest to jingle bells in the sand, Virgil Wagner; Hole 16, longest drive for women not in the fairway, Carla May; Hole 17, closest to jingle bells behind the green, Dusty May; Hole 18, closest to jingle bells in woods, Rex Buzzett. All par 3s had vehicles for a hole-in-one with a maximum of 50 yards from the tee but no one won, so the bikes will go to kids in the Toy Drive.

Now this Christmas fundraiser can’t happen and be the success it was without sponsors. The Murphy Family Foundation, Coastal Community Association of South Gulf County, The Garrison Cattle Company, Gulf 2 Bay Construction, Dr. Anne Brown, Hannon Insurance Agency, Gary & Susan Magidson, Russell’s Repairs, Port Fine Wines and Liquors, Penelope Pet Shop, Sunset Bay Management Group, Sand Dollar Café, all gave generous sponsorships.

Many local businesses provided door prizes to add to the success of the event. Thanks to each and every one who contributed to the success of the Jingle Bell Tournament for toys.

Coastal Community Association of South Gulf County has the Jingle Bell Tournament each year in support of Sheriff Mike’s Toy Drive for all of Gulf County. This event plus all the donations from CCA members and others in the Community make it possible for over 200 children to have presents under their tree and food in their homes for Christmas. You too can be involved and make their Christmas wishes come true. Call Dr. Pat at 229-7799 if you want to help.