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ISLAND SUN - JANUARY 6, 2017
Chubb Classic Returns Here Next
Month For The 30th Consecutive Year
by Ed Frank
Aswe begin a new year, it marks the 30th consecutive year
that one of the most popular golf tournaments on the
PGA’s Champions Tour will be played in our local area.
In fact, the newly-renamed Chubb Classic (it was the Ace
Group Classic for more than a decade) is the longest running
tournament in the same metropolitan area on the Champions
The February 13 to 19 tournament at TwinEagles Club in
Naples will again feature the top senior golf professionals in the
world, just as it has for the last 30 years.
All 30 top money winners from the previous year, along with
eight World Golf Hall of Fame members, competed here in 2016.
Although the final field that will compete for the $1.6 million purse will not be
announced for a few weeks, defending champion Ber nard Langer is certain to return.
Langer led wire-to-wire last year with a winning score of 15 under par, edging Fred
Couples by three strokes.
Langer, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, has won the local tournament
three times in seven appearances, along with two second-place finishes to win more
than $1.1 million in this tournament alone.
With 26 wins on the Champions Tour, Langer trails only Lee Trevino (29) and Hale
Irwin (45) on the senior circuit.
This long-running tour nament began in 1988 at Pelican Bay in Naples and
was won by the famed Gary Player. His first-place check was $45,000 out of the
$300,000 purse. Langer’s first-place prize last year was $240,000.
The tournament has been played on nine different courses over 30 years, the last
five at TwinEagles.
More than $3 million has been donated to local charities through this event. The
First Tee, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Support Network are among
the charities that will benefit from the 2017 Chubb Classic.
Tickets now are on sale by calling 593-3900 . To recognize the local support for
this 30-year-old event, general admission ticket prices have been reduced 40 percent.
Daily general admission tickets are $15.
Everblades Start 2017 Atop Division And Conference
Winners of four of their last five games, the Florida Everblades began the week –
and the new year – with a first-place standing in the ECHL Eastern Conference and
the South Division.
The Everblades began a seven-game homestand this week with a three-game
series against the Manchester Monarchs on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights
at Germain Arena. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m . tonight, Friday, and 7 p.m . on
Manchester, with a 20-8 -1-1 season record, trails Florida by just one point in the
Eastern Conference and holds a first-place standing in their North Division.
Florida hosts both South Carolina and Orlando next week at Germain in the
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Bunt’s Ball Busters
Fresh Legion Crew
SANIBEL 8-BALL POOL LEAGUE 2016-17
Standings through January 2
January 2 Results
Bunt’s Ball Busters
Fresh Legion Crew
13 Sanibel Cafe
Sanibel 8-Ball Pool League
Mike DeWitt and Terry Ricotta led
first place Bunt’s Ball Busters to
a 16-4 victory over second-place
Sandycappers. DeWitt and Ricotta went
4-0 against Taylor Hay and Kevin Pottorf.
Dave Doane and Noah Smith logged
3-1 wins over John Reigert and Jack
Cunningham as Bunt’s built its league lead
to 55 games. Sandcappers top shooter
John Bates had two wins over Rich Ennis.
Fresh Legion Crew moved 13 games in
front of Sanibel Café with a 13-7 pasting
of the Café. Doc Lubinski, Tarzan Russell
and Kip Buntrock produced 3-1 wins over
Jimbo Gaubatz, Rich McCurry and Matt
Hall to aid the Legion Crew cause. For
Sanibel Café, Randy Carson and Pete
Mindel helped avoid total disaster by going
2-2 against Gator Gates and Tom Yorgey.
Many miracles occurred during these
first matches of the New Year. For the
first time in league history, Sanibel Café
and Fresh Legion Crew submitted their
lineups before the 5 p.m . deadline.
DeWitt executed a rare jump shot to
make the 10 ball and gain perfect position
for his winning 8-ball shot. Ennis and
Mindel executed stunning kick shots to
manufacture 8-ball wins. John Reigert
introduced his new illegal “push through”
shot during his match with Doane. Smith
made four balls on the break in one of his
games. Buntrock and Hall finally finished
their 70-minute match.
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