Golf Gone Wild, the Florida Wild Mammal Association’s annual golf tournament fundraiser, is well on its way to becoming a Panhandle tradition.

With a score of 53, the foursome led by Nola Tolbert took the honors during the second annual Golf Gone Wild Tournament on May 18.

Nine teams competed this year on a perfect afternoon for 18 holes. Two teams finished par 55 but the team headed by Gary Settle triumphed after a scorecard playoff.

Tolbert’s team walked away with a purse of $400 and the second place team earned $250. The team earning the prize for being the “Dead Ass Last Team” - Dan Harper, Brett Gormley, Gerald Bamberger and Jarrett Woolever - won $100 for a score of 67.

Closest to the pin on holes #2 and #6 was Dave Rheel. Mike Wheelus took that honor on hole #11 and Robbie Johnson on hole #17. All three men win free rounds of golf for their efforts.

This year’s tournament featured a bevy of pink-capped hostesses who served up punch and sympathy along the fairway and acted as cheerleaders for the competing teams.

Organizers Hollis Vail and John Spohrer said the fundraiser exceeded expectations. “Everybody had a great time. It went great,” Spohrer said. “I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Vail said she wanted to thank the hostesses she recruited for making the tourney a smashing success.

Chris Beatty, director of the Florida Wild Mammal Association said she was grateful for the help and everybody’s efforts. She said she especially wished to thank Spohrer, Vail, golf pro Rob Burlison and the St. James Bay Golf Resort for organizing and hosting the event.

The Florida Wild Mammal Association is totally funded by grants and donations and serves a five-county area including Franklin County.

You can send a tax-deductible donation to Florida Wild Mammal Association, 198 Edgar Poole Road, Crawfordville, Florida 32327, or visit and use the Paypal button to make an instant donation.

If you find an injured animal, please bring it to their 198 Edgar Poole Road facility in Wakulla County. Visit the website for detailed directions. - By LOIS SWOBODA