On Friday, June 7, 12 teams squared off at St. James Bay Golf Resort to compete in the Franklin and Wakulla County Sheriffs’ Office Golf Tournament.
Forty-six players participated in the event.
Team Centennial Bank - Wally Dodson, Dustin Grubbs, Larry Tromley and David Hoover - won the day in the best ball tourney and walked away with a $500 purse.
A tie for second place between Team Duke Energy and Team Coastline, both shooting 56, was broken in a scorecard playoff and Team Duke Energy walked with the $300 second place purse with Coastline finishing third for a $200 purse.
Tony Sapp and Bruce Ashley, the only two-man team, won four fishing poles for finishing “dead ass last” with a score of 75.
David Hoover was on his game. In addition to playing on the winning team, he was closest to the pin on holes 6 and 11. Conner Smith was closest on hole 2 and Warren Roddenberry on hole 17. Each won a free round of golf.
Tyler Poloronis and Connor Smith each won a $50 gift certificate for the Crooked River Grill for the longest drive on holes 7 and 18 respectively.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office was represented by the team of Capt. Brad Segree, Brock Johnson, Robbie Johnson and Brett Johnson.
The event was organized with help from St. James Bay’s capable new golf pro, Rob Burlison.
Burlison hails from Greene, a small town in upstate New York. He was 9 when he first took up clubs following in the steps of his parents. He attended Broome Community College and the Golf Academy of the South in Altamont Springs.
He has played competitive golf for 20 years. He was assistant pro at St. James Bay from 2004 to 2008.
“I love the area and enjoy our owner,” Burlison said. “The facility itself is beautiful. When I got the opportunity to come back, I jumped. I returned in Dec. 2012.”
Proceeds from the tourney benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches whose mission is to prevent delinquency and develop strong, lawful, resilient, and productive citizens through a fourfold philosophy of work, study, play and pray.