Bradenton Christian alum Philip Knowles tied for 27th at the New Year's Invitational last Sunday. Knowles, a University of North Florida freshman golfer, held the first-round lead of the 90th edition of the New Year's tournament at St. Petersburg Country Club. Knowles, though, followed up his opening round 68 with two 74s and a 77 in the final round to tie for 27th place.
Indiana's Adam Schenk, who claimed the Bobby Jones Open last year, posted a scorching 12-under 201 total for the victory at last week's West Florida Golf Tour's Florida Championship held at World Woods Golf Club in Brooksville. Schenk ripped off three straight sub-70 rounds highlighted by a 65 in the second round to collect the $7,000 first-place prize. On Monday, the WFGT returned to Manatee County with a stop at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club. Larry O'Brien picked up his second career WFGT victory with a 5-under par 67. That was one better than Bradenton's Sean Jacklin as O'Brien scooped up $1,000 for the win.
The Concession Golf Club announced David Leadbetter Golf Retreats on Monday. The three-day, two-night retreat has limited availability, and offers private full swing, putting and short game clinics hosted by famed instructor David Leadbetter. There's also a four-course dinner and lodging included in the package. The retreats are open to groups of four, six or eight guests. The cost is $14,000 for groups of four; $19,500 for groups of six and $25,000 for groups of eight. For more information, visit davidleadbetter.com/concession.
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On Thursday, Dec. 17 at ChampionsGate in the Orlando area, Judy Taylor aced the 128-yard second hole with an 11-wood. Witnesses were John Taylor, Tim Yates and Jeff Moore.
On Sunday, Dec. 20 at Greens of Manatee, Mazie Rosenbarger aced the 92-yard 17th hole with a driver. Witnesses were Fred Black and Shirley Black.
On Friday, Jan. 1 at Greens of Manatee, Preston Buitendorp aced the 116-yard fourth hole with an 8-iron. Witnesses were Dave Richardson & Gene Carrick.
On Saturday, Jan. 9 at Greens of Manatee, Edith Ford aced the 121-yard 11th hole with a driver. Witnesses were Shirley Black and Mazie Rosenbarger.
On Tuesday, Jan. 12 at University Park Country Club, Beth Sparks aced the 98-yard fifth hole with a 7-iron. Witnesses were Ellen Tressel, Bob Sparks and Tom George.
-- Jason Dill, Herald sports reporter