Golf Plus | Travis Hampshire wins second straight WFGT event

February 27, 2014 

NOTEWORTHY

• Travis Hampshire claimed his second straight West Florida Golf Tour title on Wednesday at Lakewood Ranch Country Club's Royal Lakes course.

Hampshire won Monday's tournament at Sara Bay Country Club with a 4-under-par 68, defeating Sam Osborne by one shot.

In Wednesday's second round of the two-day event in East Manatee, Hampshire compiled a 10-under-par 134 total to earn a place in a sudden-death playoff with two other players. He defeated Seth Fair and Brian Richey on the first playoff hole to collect the $2,100 first-place prize to cap a $3,100 week in prize money on the WFGT for the Tampa-area resident.

• Former Lakewood Ranch High golfer Luke Miller tied for 18th place with a 147 total in the two-day Florida State Golf Association's Florida Junior Tour event held at West Orange Country Club in Winter Garden last weekend.

The winning score in the boys 16-18 age group came from Longwood's Austin Hitt, who fired a 138 total.

• Bradenton's Ginger Howard began her 2014 LPGA Symetra Tour season last week at the Visit Mesa Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.

Howard finished the 54-hole tournament with an even-par 216 total, which tied her for 35th place 12 shots behind Alena Sharp's winning number.

Howard earned $645 for the performance. While that might not seem like a lot, each bit helps as she attempts to earn her 2015 LPGA Tour card by virtue of the 2014 LPGA Symetra Tour money list.

At season's end, the top 10 players on the money list gain exemption into the following season's LPGA Tour. The Volvik Championship is the next tournament on the schedule and begins this weekend.

The lone Symetra Tour stop to the area is the Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay Country Club at the end of April.

HOLES-IN-ONE

• On Feb. 12 at Buffalo Creek, Bob Birch aced the 117-yard 16th hole with an 8-iron. Witnesses were Jake Hulko and Bob Simpson.

• On Feb. 12 at Pinebrook-Ironwood, Irene Piermatteo aced the 78-yard 3rd hole with a 5-iron. Witnesses were Rikki Doyle, Marie Sutfin and Donny Macmillan.

• On Feb. 12 at The River Club, Bill Soucie aced the 155-yard 8th hole with a 6-iron. Witnesses were Jack VanEss, Jay Kroll and Bruce Weinstein.

• On Feb. 13 at Buffalo Creek, Steven Ahonen aced the 181-yard 8th hole with an 6-iron. Witnesses were Terry Wingate and Larry Brunnerer.

• On Feb. 15 at Pinebrook-Ironwood, Julia Hegarty aced the 158-yard 2nd hole with a 3-wood. Witnesses were Jim Bruce, Dane Volin and Dan Paulsen.

• On Feb. 19 at Suncoast Golf Center, 5-year-old Will Tawney aced the 51-yard 6th hole with a 7-iron. Witnesses were Bill Tawney, Alli Tawney and Mitch Seman.

• On Feb. 19 at Tara Golf & Country Club, Dave Sackman aced the 140-yard 13th hole with an 8-iron. Witnesses were John Mihocik and Edd Garbrick.

-- Jason Dill,Herald sports writer

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