June 19, 2014 


• Golfers trying to get tee times this summer at Buffalo Creek will have to wait until August to play the course in Palmetto.

Buffalo Creek closed in May for a renovation project, with the highlight being the installation of TifEagle Bermuda greens.

This follows what happened last summer at Manatee Golf Course as part of the deal that Pope Golf, which manages both courses, struck with Manatee County.

It's anticipated that Buffalo Creek will reopen Aug. 1.

• The Sarasota Junior City Championship was held last weekend at Bobby Jones Golf Club's British Course with several county players performing well.

Bradenton's Andrew Hammett (73-71--144) and Jake LaMore (70-76--146) placed second and third, respectively, in the boys 16-18 year-old-division.

In the boys 13-15 year-old division, Lakewood Ranch's Louie DelFabro (73-74--147) and Kyle Jarrett (72-76--148) took second and third place, respectively.

Lakewood Ranch's Matthew de Heus fired a 76-72--148 to capture the boys 12-and-younger division.

Bradenton's Alyssa Mercado won the girls 13-15 division with a 81-79--160, while Bradenton's Rachel Carlson snagged third place after a 90-80--170.

• Phil Walters and Tim Judy struck again in the Bradenton City tournament series this past weekend. The duo won the 16th annual Two-Man Championship with a tournament record 20-under par 120 total at River Run Golf Links.

Walters and Judy fired rounds of 61 and 59 for a seven-shot victory over Mike Calomeris and Scott Yow.

It was their fourth title together as partners, having won the past three Two-Man Combo tournaments in the city series. In April, Walters and Judy won the Two-Man Combo with a 127 total.

The next City Series tournament is the Men's Amateur Championship, scheduled for Nov. 8-9.

• Danny Walker and Ramsey Touchberry, who starred on Lakewood Ranch High's three straight state golf championship teams, take aim at capturing the Florida State Golf Association's 97th Amateur Championship at Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach this week.

Walker begins his quest at 8:36 a.m. Thursday off No. 1 at Hawk's Nest Golf Club, while Touchberry starts at Quail Valley off the first tee at 9:57 a.m.

• Other Bradenton players in the field seeking to win the title include: Bob Wentzell (8:18 a.m., No. 1 tee at Hawk's Nest); Spencer Schultz (8:09 a.m., No. 1 tee at Quail Valley) and Bradenton Christian's Philip Knowles (9:39 a.m., No. 1 tee at Quail Valley).

The first round begins Thursday. Each golfer plays one round at Quail Valley and one round at Hawk's Nest, before the field is cut to the low 70 and ties after 36 holes.

The final 36 holes of the 72-hole tournament slated to conclude Sunday are played at Quail Valley.


• On May 29 at Terra Ceia Bay, Tom Stratton aced the 99-yard 11th hole with a wedge. Witnesses were Karen Chapman and Bobbie Stratton.

-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer

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