Golf plus


n Gavin Darbyshire is getting back to the teaching aspects of golf. Darbyshire, who has spent the past 18 years at Sara Bay Country Club in various positions, was selected as the new head pro at Jacranda West Country Club in Venice. Darbyshire previously worked as an assistant pro at Jacranda West from 1991-92. Darbyshire is a graduate of Venice High and Florida International University’s School of Hospitality Management. At Sara Bay, Darbyshire’s various roles with the private club were as assistant pro, head pro, director of golf/general manager and most recentlty as director of membership sales.

n IMG Academy golfers recently notched high finishes at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Tour Championship at ChampionsGate Golf Resort in Kissimmee. The 36-hole tournament was played this past weekend. In the boys 15-19 year old division, Rigel Fernandes posted a 3-under-par 141 to take second place. Guillermo Cortina snagged third place with a 6-over-par 150 in the boys 13-14 division. Martin Jaramillo also finished third, but in the boys 10-12 group after a 5-over-par 149. So Young Hwang (4-under par 140) bested Kelly Tan (2-over-par 146) for victory in the girls 14-18 division. And in the girls 10-13 division, Vanessa Yan (6-over-par 150) captured the title with Symba Xu (8-over-par 152) finishing second.

n Bradenton’s Jim Stone logged a tie for sixth in the 55-64 age division at the FSGA’s Winter Series Event at the Feather Sound Country Club in Clearwater that concluded on Tuesday. Stone fired rounds of 77-78--155 to finish nine shots behind Tampa’s Bill Moore.

n The West Florida Golf Tour recently conducted two tournaments in Manatee County. Valrico’s Matthew Galloway collected $1,000 for a 6-under- par 66 in winning this past Monday’s Sunice Open at the Waterlefe Golf & River Club. His two-shot victory also gave Galloway a new Sunice rain jacket. Last Friday, the WFGT was at Lakewood Ranch Country Club where Erik Barnes shot a 5-under-par 67 for a one-shot victory and a $1,000 first-place check. He, too, received a bonus for the triumph -- a $100 package for use on the Trackman, a swing monitor system using doppler radar located at the Founders Club.

holes in one

n On Dec. 6 at Manatee County, Dave Myers aced the 131-yard 16th hole with an 8-iron.

n On Dec. 9 at Waterlefe, Vicki Sanborn aced the 100-yard 4th hole with an 8-iron. Witnesses were Leslie Carroll, Mary Hansen and Janice Ritchie.

-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer