Like a fine wine, the Superintendent’s Golf Classic just keeps getting sweeter with age. 160 of Citrus County’s finest weekend warriors converged on Sugarmill Wood’s Golf and Country Club in Homosassa on Satuday, April 26th to take part in the 16th Annual Superintendent’s Golf Classic. This annual fundraiser helps support local public education through the Citrus County Education Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit supporting Citrus County public schools since 1988.
“This has become something I plan for each year,” said Kyle Hill, a golfer who flew down from New Jersey just to play in the event. “I’ve played for a few years now and have such an amazing time, I wasn’t going to let the fact that I relocated out of state stop me from enjoying this weekend with these great people.”
The event was once again blessed by perfect weather, as participants gathered in the early morning to discuss their golf game over donuts and coffee. The shotgun start began at 8:30 am, with all 160 golfers taking to the three nine hole courses interwoven through the Sugarmill Woods community. Though the hole-in-one prizes went unclaimed, one golfer came less than three inches from glory leaving his ball just right of the pin on the sixth hole at Cypress.
Following their rounds, golfers were treated to lunch by the staff at Sugarmill Woods. Over forty door prizes were handed out, along with several big ticket raffle items including golf at Black Diamond, TPC in Tampa, and World Woods. The big winner of the day though was the schools of Citrus County, as nearly $20,000 was raised to help support programs and events in our public schools. One school, Citrus High School, was given a $1,000 check directly at the event for raising the most sponsorship dollars.
The event’s success would not have been possible without the support of over 100 sponsors, including Crowne Consulting Group, Crystal Automotive, Bencor, Inc., Bright House Networks, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Combined Benefits Group, FSBIT, Love Honda, Old Florida National Bank, Performance Matters, Ricoh USA, and Suncoast Credit Union.
Education Foundation Executive Director, Stephen Barbieri, could not have been more happy with the way the event went. “Perfect weather, great people, a great course, a great atmosphere . . . what else can you ask for? To all of the sponsors and people in this community who have continued to support this event — we thank you and the public school system thanks you. I’d also be remissed if I didn’t thank the people behind the scenes who made this event possible. A special thanks goes out to event organizers Bruce Sheffield, Bernadette Salmaggi, Phil McLeod, Dave Hamilton, Jason Koon and the great staff at Sugarmill Woods Golf and County Club. And last but not least, Sam Himmel who is the smiling face that everyone attending this event comes out to see.”