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Date of Issue: November 04, 2009

Golf outing raises $49,491 for charities

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Jerry Koontz, president of the United Way, Pierrette Kelly, executive director of Anna Maria Island Community Center, Sandy Groseclose, development coordinator for PACE Center for Girls and Fred Hurley, director of operations for the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, celebrate the winnings in the restaurantís annual charity golf tournament..

The ninth annual Anna Maria Oyster Bar Charity Golf Tournament Oct. 23 at the River Club raised almost $50,000 for local charities.

The tournament benefited the Anna Maria Island Community Center, PACE Center for Girls and United Way.

The tournament drew 136 golfers from Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Orange, Broward and Polk counties.

Southern Wine and Spirits had the winning combination of Jerry Smith, Jay Engstrom, Jimmy Vollenweider and Mike Faraone.

Second-place was awarded to the team from C & D Fruit & Vegetable including Tom O’Brien, Dave O’Brien, Pat Christy and Jimmy Amerson.

From the presenting Sponsor, First Financial Employee Leasing, Larry Bennett, Jim Hartman, Mitch Andrews and Jeff Schmedlock made up the third-place foursome.

The “most honest” team of Callen Fless and Wes Veazy were awarded pink golf balls for them to play their next round of golf.

Dale Maxwell of Brown Heating and Cooling won Crazy Ben’s Putting Contest.

Kevin Shook, Kim Simpson and Barry Micochineur were the winners of the Longest Drive Contests.  Pat Christy, Dean Serafini and Mindy Reeves were the Closest to the Pin Winners.

Rick Welch won for Straightest Drive.

There were no winners of the Hole-In-One Contests sponsored by Sarasota Ford and Chris Pokorski for a Ford Mustang and $5,000.00 cash.

During the awards banquet held at the River Club, a five-pound live Maine lobster, donated by Bar Harbor Seafood, was won by Darcie Duncan. Hugh Miller took home $1,135 as the winner of the 50/50 Raffle.