Arcadia Moose Lodge #1327 held its first golf benefit for veterans on Saturday at Arcadia Municipal Golf Course.
Despite overcast and occasional downpours, Tournament Director Al Svihlik said over 26-teams competed, although the rain did cause several foursomes to retire early. But the rain did not dampen the giving spirit, as the lodge raised some $6,000 from entry fees, hole sponsorships and other sources. The Arcadian was a sponsor of the first-ever event. Proceeds will support the southwest Florida U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Ann Applegate, Arcadia Munnie’s operations manager, was up late and arrived early to make the tournament registration proceed without any difficulties. Jeff Gibson, director of golf, had the course and greens in immaculate condition, even under wet skies. Gibson also provided a special touch in honor of veterans—all greens had an American flag on the pin to mark the hole.
Following the competition, Moose Lodge manager Carl Gause organized a delicious steak and potato dinner at the lodge. Dinners were served to the golfers by seven members of DeSoto High School Class of 2021. After dinner the winners were announced, door prizes awarded and sponsor donations auctioned.
The winners of the first Moose Lodge Golf Tournament for Veterans included:
Men’s longest drive, Bob Small
Women’s longest drive, Bev Miller
Closest to the pin (hole 4), Merv Barkley
Closest to the pin (hole 9), Gene Barkley
First place (18-hole overall round 57)
Second place (18-hole overall round 59)
Third Place (18-hole overall round 60)