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Jingle Bell golf tourney boosts toy drive

Special to the Star

Sunday was a little chilly but golfers came out to the St. Joe Bay Golf Club play to support the fundraiser for the Sheriff’s Toy Drive put on by Coastal Community Association of South Gulf County.

Now while Santa’s elves are finishing up at the North Pole, our Florida elves helped to raise funds to help Santa meet the Christmas wishes of over 200 needy children in Gulf County, and the golfers came out to make sure that happened.

Kids will get bikes this Christmas
The tree at the gold course burns brightly

The honors go to the winners. First Place Zack Childs scored a 63; second place Wiley with a 65 and third place to Carman Piergiovanni with a 66. Well done gentleman.

Since the elves arranged the tournament, each hole had “winners,” with some not exactly bragging rights to the golfers who won the prizes.

  • On hole #1, the Closest to Jingle Bells in the sand trap went to Peirgiovanna;
  • on #2, the Longest men’s drive not in the fairway was earned by Jim Elias;
  • on #3, the Closest to Jingle Bell at back of hole in sand trap was achieved by Natalie Dolan;
  • on #5, the Closest to Jingle Bells right of the water was a shot by Ron Earhart;
  • on #6, the Closest to Jingle Bell off green to left of green was secured by Renee Wolfe;
  • On #8, the Closest or in water was a shot by Dusty May;
  • On #9, 150 yards out center of fairway was the work of Judy Sadler;
  • On #10, Closest to water on Peninsula was a shot by Dave Motil;
  • On #11, Closest or in water was a stroke by Joe Lowe;
  • On #13, Closest to Jingle Bell in water was a shot by Dave Valko;
  • On #14, Closest to Jingle Bell in sand trap was by Carla May;
  • On #16, the Woman’s Longest Drive not in the fairway was whacked by Barb Van Treese;
  • On #17, the Closest to Jingle Bells behind the green was placed by Mike Carroll; and
  • On #18, the Longest drive in the woods was by Mike Carroll.

So must fun to do so much good!

Finally, there was a vehicle for anyone who had a hole-in-one on the par threes, but no one met the challenge.  Thank goodness because all were bikes that will now go to the kids!  Check out the bikes in the picture for the Hole in One.

Overall, a win-win for everyone, which could not have been successful without all the local donors who gave support and door prizes. They win; and the players, they win, and the biggest winners are the children.

You all done good! Merry Christmas to each and all!