Anya Alvarez, who trains with Jon Bullas at Lakewood Ranch Country Club, tied for third place in the New Zealand Open this past weekend.
Alvarez, who has conditional LPGA Tour status, fired a 7-under-par 209 total in the 54-hole tournament to share third place and earn 11,093.33 Euros.
The event was the first on the Ladies European Tour's 2014 schedule. It also was a tournament on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour, where Alvarez has been competing since early January.
The top-three finish was Alvarez's best this season Down Under.
The fourth annual Birdland Golf Classic, hosted by the OriolesREACH, is scheduled for Feb. 17 at Laurel Oak Country Club. The event is a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, and participants will have the chance to play with current and former Baltimore Orioles players and coaches.
Manager Buck Showalter is scheduled to attend with current players such as Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy.
There are various sponsorships, and the cost is $325 for each individual golfer for the event that benefits the Miracle League of Manasota.
Lunch is served prior to the tournament, and non-golfers wishing to attend the awards dinner can do so for $50 a person.
For more information, contact 941-225-2966 or visit www.miracleleague manasota.org.
Chase Wilson became a first-time winner on the West Florida Golf Tour when he fired a 4-under-par 68 at Laurel Oak Country Club on Monday. Wilson nipped Daniel Mazziotta and Alex Medinis by one shot to earn the $1,035 first-place prize. The WFGT heads to Waterlefe for a two-day tournament starting Friday.
On Jan. 18 at The River Club, Dave Suzewits aced the 174-yard 12th hole with a 4-hybrid. Witnesses were Jerry Barrett, Joe Bixley and Ed Freshwater.
On Jan. 25 at Terra Ceia Bay, Bob Dykstra aced the 120-yard 17th hole with an 8-iron. Witnesses were Chuck Den Uyl, Sandy Den Uyl and Phyllis Dykstra.
On Jan. 26 at Terra Ceia Bay, Gordon Devitt aced the 136-yard 16th hole with an 3-wood. Witnesses were Linday Curry, Joe Curry and Ed Slater.
On Feb. 1 at Peridia, Archie Hodnick aced the 133-yard 5th hole with a 5-hybrid. Witnesses were Connie Watenpool, Gary Watenpool and Carol Hodnick.
-- Jason Dill,Herald sports writer