First Tee of Naples/Collier hands out awards, holds tournament

By Greg Hardwig of the Naples Daily News

The First Tee of Naples had its Middle School championship tournament and also had its awards ceremony and announced First Tee Scholars recipients.

The First Tee Scholars is a distinction awarded to participants who excel in academics, leadership, character development, as well as chapter and community involvement. Three out of the 79 participants selected from all The First Tee chapters are from he First Tee of Naples/Collier — Emily Black, Sydney Shrader and Trevor Vente.

The First Tee, working closely with the Whitney Family Foundation, has awarded two participants from The First Tee of Naples/Collier four-year college scholarships. Black and Shrader will receive two of the eight total scholarship available. Black will receive $5,000 a year for four years. Shrader will receive $1,000 a year for four years.

“We are extremely proud of our graduating seniors for their dedication to The First Tee,” executive director Cindy Darland said. “We are confident they will continue their education and succeed in whatever direction life takes them.”

Drew Dietter and Sierra Studer also were chosen from the chapter to attend The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy in Blaine, Minnesota, from July 6-12.

The Middle School championship and awards luncheon was held at Quail Village on Saturday.

Gold Division — Team: 1. North Naples 146; 2. Oakridge 159; 3. Gulfview 164; 4. Royal Palm 168; Individuals: Boys — 1. Sam Kodak, Pine Ridge, 34; 2. Gus Vick, Royal Palm, 34; 3. Myles Weeks, North Naples, 35; 4. Tyler Stamerro, Royal Palm, 35; Girls — 1. Vivian Guite, Gulfview, 34; 2. Megan Ariza, Oakridge, 39; 3. Chelsea Baker, North Naples, 43; 4. Alexa Oates, Oakridge, 48.

Silver Division — Team: 1. Community School 179; 2. Oakridge 182; 3. Mason Academy 199; 4. St. Elizabeth Seton 206; Individuals: Boys — 1. Max Aizenshtat, Mason, 38; 2. Karter Ambrosichuk, Oakridge, 39; 3. Sam Goodwich, CSN, 40; 4. Andrew Mitchell, Seton, 40; Girls — 1. Sophie Shrader, Seton, 41; 2. Stefany Deloosa, Golden Gate, 54; 3. Olivia Annoye, Pine Ridge, 57; 4. Alexandra Quinonez, Pine Ridge, 60

Franklin Templeton Shootout Summer Series: The series started its sixth year on May 21 at Kensington Golf & Country Club with a sold-out field of 104 players.

Claiming victory in the Gross Division was the team of George Lee and Jay Coppola, who shot 69 and won in a scorecard playoff against Bob and Rick Radunz. In the Net Division, Jon and Steve Fain recorded a score of 60 for the outright win.

In the Ladies Division, Marianne Meola and Mourine White shot a 6-under 65.

Other top finishers — Gross: 2. Bob and Rick Radunz, 69; 3. Hagan Andersen and Bruce Armstron, 70; Net: 2. Jack Apgar and Paul MacLaughlin, 61; 3. Chris Stannard and Paul Juster 62; Ladies: 2. Carol Beck and Diane Simmons 66; 3. Kathie Westlund and Terri Randall 67.

The Summer Series’ next stop will be at The Rookery on Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m.

Ace on a par-4: Mark Burger made a hole-in-one on the par-4 13th at Cypress Woods on Sunday. He used a driver from 263 yards. Jim Neilans, Tony Benevento, and Vinny Zasa were witnesses.

Impact Zone junior camps: Impact Zone Golf is offering half day and full day summer junior golf camps beginning the week of June 6. Call 239-236-5536 for more information or go to

Hurricane Junior Golf Tour: Naples’ Jonathan Elter won the boys 10-and-under division of the event in Flower Mound, Texas, on May 21-22. Elter shot an 89 and an 83 to win by seven strokes.

Men’s Summer Interclub: at Naples Lakes (5/20): Flight A — 1. Kevin Jones (Naples Heritage)-John Weatherwax (Lely Classics)-Ed McMahon (Naples Lakes)-Gerry Buck (Windstar); 2. Malcolm Turner (Lely Classics)-Ray Smith (TwinEagles)-Al Wilson (Naples Heritage)-David Catron (Naples Lakes); 3. Jack Newby (Foxfire)-Randy Balluff (Naples Heritage)-Frank Tatro (The Quarry)-John Plakans (Windstar); Flight B — 1. Ed Ahern (Naples Lakes)-Harshad Patel (TwinEagles)-Earl Fuller (Lely Classics)-Steve Barndt (Vasari); 2. Jack Rustico (Vasari)-Jim Alderfer (Grandezza)-Jack Corris (Foxfire)-Lou Vitale (Cypress Woods); 3. Jim Pusateri (Naples Lakes)-Bill Murphy (Spanish Wells)-John Mullen (Lely Classics)-Terry Craw (Foxfire).

Next event on Friday, May 27 at Olde Cypress.

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