Longboat Key Club To Host $50K Longboat Open

By Mark Cardon

West Florida Golf Tour owner Carl Wakely confirmed this week that the $50,000 Longboat Open will take place Nov. 1-4. It will be a four-day tournament to be held on the Islandside Course at the Longboat Key Club.

Wakely said first prize could pay anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000. It will be the first four-day pro tournament in the Sarasota-Bradenton area since the Champions Tour stopped at TPC-Prestancia in 2000.

Wakely said well over 100 players will commit from the WFGT, a local satellite tour that has attracted many players from the PGA Tour.

“We want this tournament to have a big-time feel,” said Wakely. “It is going to be an all-walking event and spectators will be welcome. We will need some volunteers."

A pro-am is being planned for Wednesday, Oct. 31. Amateurs can pay a fee of $200 to play in the pro-am. The presenting sponsor is Mark Huber, a Longboat Key realtor. Huber said a yet-to-be named local charity will benefit from the tournament. He plans to invite local celebrities to play in the pro-am.

For detailed information, contact Wakely at 941-735-4428.

In other WFGT news, money leader Chris Kennedy made a par on the first playoff hole to win this week’s Donald Ross Classic at Sara Bay Country Club. Kennedy vaulted past the overnight leaders with a 5-under par 67 to force a playoff with Brian Richey and Matthew Galloway.

The three players finished at 7-under-par. Kennedy, a Cardinal Mooney High School graduate who lives in Lakewood Ranch, got up and down on the first playoff hole to take the title. He won $2,400.

 

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