Golf Plus | Travis Hampshire wins West Florida Golf Tour's first Florida Championship

January 16, 2014 


• Travis Hampshire captured the first Florida Championship at World Woods Golf Club in Brooksville recently.

Hampshire carded a 14-under-par 270 total for the four-day West Florida Golf Tour event.

That gave him the tour's first major championship of the 2014 season and earned him $6,000.

Bradenton's Sean Jacklin snagged a share of second place with his 274 total to eanr $2,500.

• Bradenton's Hally Leadbetter posted a 307 total at last week's Harder Hall Women's Invitational in Sebring to tie for 14th place.

Oakland Park's Meghan Stasi fired a 289 to win by eight shots.

Leadbetter's best round came in the third round, when she posted a 74.

• The Concession Golf Club will host the fourth annual Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic on March 3-4.

The charity golf tournament benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and has raised $174,500 for Concession charities to date.

Sports stars such as Derrick Brooks, Eddie George, Robert Smith, Henry Lawrence and Keith Byars, to name a few, are expected to join Griffin this year.

For full details on the event, visit or contact event coordinator Melissa Wenzel at 941-907-0018.

• The Florida State Golf Association will hold one-day rules workshops for tournament officials/volunteers, PGA professionals, LPGA professionals, club committee members, competitive golfers and recreational golfers.

The class, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., costs $35 per person (general public and professionals) or $15 per person (FSGA committee members).

The lone area one-day workshop is scheduled for March 13 at Lakewood Ranch Country Club. The registration deadline is March 6.


• Recently at Greens of Manatee, Dick Franz aced the 116-yard 12th hole with a 9-iron. Witnesses were Roy Schalk, Bobby Stebier and Shirley Brown.

• On Jan. 11 at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, John Digirolimo aced the 130-yard 4th hole on the Royal Lakes course with a 9-iron. Witnesses were Bill Gardner, Dick Schuller and Herm Hipson.

-- Jason Dill,Herald sports writer

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