Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area Notebook

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Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer


Ponte Vedra Inn and Club head professional Ned Graff was named professional of the year for the Northern Chapter PGA, the second time his peers have voted him the honor. Graff also was named the winner of the Bill Strausbaugh Award, for club relations.

Other chapter award winners were: Irv Schloss Award (teacher of the year), Tom Burnett, Ponte Vedra Club; Horton Smith Award (education leader), Joe Burch, Sawgrass Country Club; Assistant of the year, Rob McDonald, Sawgrass; Junior Golf Leader, Matt Fawkes, Plantation at Ponte Vedra; Amateur of the year, Colin Armstrong, Orange Park Country Club; Sales representative of the year, Rick Newell, Callaway Golf; Merchandisers of the year, Todd Bork, San Jose (private), Mike Lynch, Windsor Parke (public), Jim Howard, Ponte Vedra (resort).

Lynch was voted as the new chapter president for a two-year term, succeeding Tommy Aycock of Oak Bridge. The other incoming officers will be Graff (vice president, treasurer), McDonald (secretary) and Jon Fine of Windy Harbor as the tournament director.


Mark Beckwith of Jacksonville shot 71-72--143 Wednesday at the Windsor Parke Golf Club, leading three players who qualified for the United States Public Links Championship. Mark Sestilio of Punta Gorda shot 70-74--144 and Tim O'Neal of St. Augustine won a playoff with Chad Chancey of Blackshear, Ga., for the third and final spot, after both finished at 145.

The four alternates, in order, will be Chancey, Ricky Conner (147) of Metter, Ga., John Lobb (148) of Jacksonville and Ed Parnell (148) of Maitland.

The Public Links Championship will be July 10-15 at The Orchards Golf Club, in Washington, Mich.


Patrick McKillip of Jacksonville shot a second-round 71 at the LPGA International and finished eighth in the Florida State Golf Association Junior Championship last week. McKillip, who had a 74 in the first round, finished at 1-over-par 145, four shots behind winner Garrett Runion of Windermere. Michael O'Neal and Steven Crolic of Jacksonville both shot 146 to tie for ninth and John Jennison IV of St. …

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