Golf Plus | Lakewood Ranch's India moves into second stage of Tour


Lakewood Ranch's Vince India, who starred at the University of Iowa, fired a 12-under-par 276 total in last week's first stage of Tour Qualifying School held at St. Johns Golf and Country Club in St. Augustine. India's total earned him a tie for fourth place and passage to the second stage, scheduled to begin in a couple weeks.

The top 32 players and ties advanced from the St. Johns venue. Bradenton's Steve Sowards did not make the cut after a tie for 62nd place with an 11-over par 299.

Lakewood Ranch's Adam Hogue hit the winner's circle in a West Florida Golf Tour event held recently at Bradenton Country Club.

Hogue posted a 4-under-par 68 on the Donald Ross-designed course to collect $800 for first place. He bettered runner-up Travis Hampshire by two shots.

Bobby Jones Golf Club has a new concessionaire. The City of Sarasota-operated course has brought in Mattison's Grille on the Green to offer breakfast and lunch items to patrons.

The restaurant is open to the public daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and includes a full bar.

The city terminated the contract with the previous concessionaire last week.

For more information, visit or contact the club's manager, Sue Martin, at 941-365-2200, ext. 5800.

Bradenton's Michael Butler sits in sixth place in the IMG Junior Golf Tour's points race for the 15-18 boys division. Butler has 100 points for the 2014-15 season, which returns to Florida in mid-November with an event at Celebration Golf Club in Celebration.

Bradenton's Alyssa Mercado and Rachel Carlson occupy first and second place, respectively, in the girls 11-14s.

Bradenton's Hannah Haythorne (tied for eighth) has the lone top 10 showing in the girls 15-18 standings.


On Oct. 24 at Greens of Manatee, David Richardson aced the 102-yard 17th hole with a pitching wedge. Witnesses were Emil LeBlanc, Larry Maschin and Itch Haidt.

On Oct. 25 at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, Susan Morris aced the 145-yard 13th hole on the Royal Lakes course with a driver. Witnesses were K. Rakowski, R. Levin and A. Lynch.

Recently at Greens of Manatee, Frank Webb aced the 120-yard 4th hole with a 9-wood. Witness was Mare Larue.

-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer