The annual Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic was held Tuesday at the Concession Golf Club in East Manatee. The event raised more than $100,000 for the Concession charities and the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County. To date, the event has raised roughly $500,000. The winning team didn't consist of a past Ohio State Buckeye football great, though. Former Michigan star Leroy Hoard teamed with Sherry Cassidy, Chelsea Mokary, Jon McLean and Louis Altman to produce the winning score of 56. They were tied with former Ohio State standout Keith Byars' team, but won on a match-of-cards tiebreaker. Byars' group consisted of Kim Cornetet, Lindsey McPherson, Jen Elsholz and World Golf Hall of Fame member Hollis Stacy.
Ohio native Jared Howard need a phenomenal round to best a tough field in this week's West Florida Golf Tour Winter Tour event. Playing Laurel Oak Country Club's West course on Monday, Howard did just that. He carded a 7-under par 65 to take down a field of 75. Howard edged Erik Barnes, who played the Web.com Tour last season, by one shot for the first-place prize of more than $1,100.
Lakewood Ranch alumnus Danny Walker notched his fourth top 10 this season for the University of Virginia men's golf team. Walker lifted the Cavaliers to a fifth-place showing in the John Burns Intercollegiate held in Kaua'i, Hawaii, recently. Walker posted back-to-back 2-under par 70s for a 2-under par 214 total for the 54-hole event that wrapped up Friday, Feb. 19
HOLES IN ONE
On Sunday, Feb. 14 at River Run Golf Links, Judy Laney aced the 93-yard fifth hole with a 3-wood. Witnesses were George Page and Jerry Bartscher.
On Monday, Feb. 15 at Terra Ceia Bay, Pete Van Helden aced the 112-yard 17th hole with a 7-iron. Witnesses were Mike Calleja, Mike Matthews and Pete Deluc.
On Tuesday, Feb. 16 at Terra Ceia Bay, Jim Kaiser aced the 99-yard 11th hole with a pitching wedge. Witnesses were Dave Perri, Frank Sheaves and Raymond Tompkins.
On Thursday, Feb. 18 at River Run Golf Links, Richard Leonard aced the 117-yard 17th hole with a 9-iron. Witnesses were Bill Fillgrove and Craig Eckerman.
On Monday, Feb. 22 at Terra Ceia Bay, Adam Letz aced the 155-yard 16th hole with a 6-iron. Witnesses were Jim Baum, Bill Burkley and Dave Routh.
On Thursday, Feb. 25 at River Run Golf Links, Curt Huhn aced the 113-yard 17th hole with a 7-iron. Witnesses were Don Johnston, Dwayne Martin and Bob Peterfeso.
On Saturday, Feb. 27 at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club's Cypress Links course, Bob Jacoby aced the 186-yard 13th hole with a 4-hybrid. Witnesses were Royce Morris, Randy Burcham and Gene Seashore.
On Sunday, Feb. 28 at Terra Ceia Bay, Debby Teat aced the 107-yard 17th hole with a 7-hybrid. Witnesses were Carol Delaney, Bobbie Stratton and Connie Lewis.
On Wednesday, March 2 at Peridia Golf and Country Club, Gus Shepard aced the 142-yard 13th hole with a 6-iron. Witnesses were Rusty Ambrose, Andy Olsen and Tom Andreacci.
-- Jason Dell