University of Virginia freshman Danny Walker, a Lakewood Ranch alum, logged his best finish of the season at the recent Cleveland Golf Palmetto Invite in Aiken, S.C. Walker tied for fourth place with a 6-under-par 204. His second-round 64 was his lowest score this season and one away from tying the Cavaliers' program record.
Walker recorded bookend 70s in the 54-hole tournament to finish three shots behind South Carolina's Will Starke, who fired all three rounds in the 60s to win.
Virginia, which is ranked No. 19 in the country, finished in third place in the team standings.
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Local fans heading to Palm Harbor this week for the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship can check in with a couple former IMG Academy standouts. Both Emiliano Grillo and Sean O'Hair are in this week's field. Grillo tees off the first tee at 2:10 p.m. in Thursday's first round, while O'Hair's tournament begins off the back nine at 8:05 a.m.
Lakewood Ranch residents Chris Kennedy and Adam Hogue, and Bradenton's Sean Jacklin came the closest to advancing from the pre-qualifiers last week. All three finished one shot out of the last spots awarded.
Calling all senior golfers: There's still time to register for the 18th annual Bradenton City Senior Championship to be held March 21-22 at River Run Golf Links.
The tournament's registration deadline is March 17, and the event is limited to the first 128 entries.
Players must be at least 50 years old on or before March 21st to play. It's $85 to enter, and that includes greens fees for 36 holes, tee prizes, continental breakfast both days and dinner following Sunday's final round.
The individual stroke play tourney is flighted after the first round. Tee times are between 7:28 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. each day. An embroidered NIKE golf bag is awarded to each flight winner.
There's a new Super Senior division for those 70 years and older and is available to the first 32 to sign up.
For more information, contact River Run at 941-708-8459 or visit riverrungolflinks.com to print an entry form.
Palm Harbor's Travis Huston won the recent West Florida Golf Tour stop at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club by default after tying Lakewood Ranch and Florida State University alum Seath Lauer with a 68 in regulation. Lauer was unable to make the playoff, so he took second place. Huston's 4-under par performance earned him $1,015.26, while Lauer collected $575.26 for runner-up honors at the WFGT event held Monday. The WFGT is in Dade City for a two-day tournament that began Wednesday at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club's North Course. Former PGA Tour regular Garrett Willis is in the lead after a 63 in the first round.
On Feb. 2 at Pinebrook-Ironwood, George MacDonald aced the 124-yard 5th hole with a 4-hybrid. Witnesses were Vince Arvia and Barry Agler.
-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer