Harbor Hills to Host Sider Cup in October

2016 Sider Cup October 2016This year, the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota will host the 41st Ryder Cup on Sept. 30 – Oct. 2.  The Ryder Cup features two teams of twelve members each, representing the United States and Europe in three exciting days of match-play competition.

As a tribute to this time-honored tournament, Harbor Hills created a very special tradition of its’ own. In the fall of 1993, the Harbor Hills version of the Ryder Cup was born. Two golf members, Bram Dekker and Ray Goldwire, created an event which would be both fun for existing members and welcoming for new members. The first tournament was held in 1994.

Named the Sider Cup, the tournament brings the entire Harbor Hills golf community together to enjoy this 22 year tradition. This year, Red Team Captain Don Goolsby and Blue Team Captain John Flood will announce pairings at the Captains Dinner Oct. 10. MGA President Bill Bowers explains that the three day matches begin Oct. 12 with a first round, alternate shot format. Second round is four ball/better ball Oct. 15. The exciting final round format is single matches followed by  celebratory banquet Oct. 16. Reminiscent of the most popular player of the time, players pay homage to Payne Steward by wearing knickers, socks, suspenders and a tam-o-shanter cap. The Sider cup itself was purchased in Scotland by Dekker in 1994. A coin (an old US dollar used to choose the original teams) is attached to the cup.

Harbor Hill celebrates traditions both old and new! Thanks to MGA Tournament Director Ron Nisun, the first of several ‘night golf’ events will begin October 21st.  All golf members and their guests are invited to play nine holes with a lighted golf ball supplied by the club.  Dinner is included for $30. For more information, call 352-753-7711.



Miss Lake County

Miss Lake County Scholarship Golf TournamentMiss Lake County Scholarship Golf Tournament

Confidence. Service. Scholarship. Talent. Determination.

What connects these important attributes? Jackie Croft can tell you. She is the Director at Miss Lake County Florida. The pageant organization promotes involvement in community service and encourages participants to develop meaningful goals and ambitions. The pageant’s aim is to instill in the girls a sense of the importance of helping others. Under Jackie’s leadership and firsthand experience, the pageant has grown in prestige and scope. ‘The most important benefit of the competition,’ Jackie says, ‘lies in community service, raising awareness and inspiring others.’ Pageant winners give back by volunteering at food drives, Kiwanis Club functions and even ‘Adopt-a-Grandparent’ programs at local senior centers!

Pageant preparation is preparation for life. Girls learn about themselves as they improve their interview and communication skills, gain confidence and support their colleagues. The reigning Miss Lake County Florida, Logan Daniels, exemplifies mentorship in her community. Along with her ‘court’, she represents Lake County at charity events and helps out at local festivals and fairs. Loving the outdoor life, Logan aspires to become a Florida Fish and Wildlife law enforcement officer.

Saturday, August 20, Harbor Hills Country Club is proud to host the Miss Lake County Scholarship Golf Tournament. The golf tournament at Harbor Hills is the pageant’s main fundraiser. All proceeds are designated for college scholarships. ‘Over the years,’ Jackie says, ‘the pageant has awarded more than $11,000 to colleges selected and attended by the winners.

Registration opens at 7AM with a shotgun start at 8:30AM. $75.00 per golfer includes tournament and lunch. Awards, prizes, raffles and a 50-50 drawing are included. And as Jackie reminds us, you don’t need a crown to make a difference. To register for the tournament, call the Pro Shop at 753-7711 or visit Misslakecountypageant.com. Please come out and support our Lake County girls!

Junior Tennis and Golf Academy

Junior Tennis and Golf Academy

Most amateur golfers aspire to ‘play like the pros’. Jay Starr achieved that elusive goal at Harbor Hills with his recent win on the North Central Amateur Tour (NCAT).  Jay is the adult son of Sandy and John Starr of The Village of Briar Meadow.

The North Central Amateur Tour is part of the Senior Amateur Golf Tour sponsored by Golfweek Magazine. Established in 1995, the purpose of the Tour is to provide an opportunity for amateurs to compete in stroke-play golf tournaments in their local area. (Amateurgolftour.net)

Sandy and John Starr have been Villages residents since 2003. Son Jay is a frequent competitor in golf tournaments around his Jacksonville home.  The Starrs were excited that Jay was participating in a nearby tournament. ‘We often take our out-of-town visitors to Harbor Hills,’ said Sandy, ‘and were thrilled that the tournament was taking place there.’

Jay’s young son Ryan was just as excited to share in his Dad’s win. He cheered his Dad on and hugged the glass trophy tightly. Five year old Ryan will start golf lessons soon. For all children and grandchildren in the area, Harbor Hills is offering a youth summer program for both tennis and golf for Ages 8-16. The Junior Tennis and Golf Academy has two sessions, June 13th – June 17 or July 25 – July 29, 8:30AM – 12:30PM.  The Academy is focused on one-on-one and small group instruction with our Master teaching professionals, John Natolly and Tom Leimberger. For more information, call the Tennis Center (352) 753-9376 or the Golf Shop (352) 753-7711.

Reminder! Sunday, June 19th  is Father’s Day. Enjoy a spectacular Father’s Day brunch from 11AM – 3PM. Buffet includes made-to-order omelets, carved prime rib and fabulous desserts. For reservations, call (352) 753-7000. David and I will see you there!


By: Nikki Hoffman


Harbor Hills Men’s Interclub Golf Team

Harbor Hills Men’s Interclub Golf Team

Resident Les Johnson is one of Harbor Hills’ many treasures.  At 85 years young, Golfer Les holds the extraordinary distinction of shooting his age or under four hundred times! Les also maintains an active role as Captain of the Harbor Hills’ Interclub Golf Team. Vic Johnson is the Assistant Captain.

Men’s Interclub Golf teams compete in a state-wide series of weekly interclub matches run by the Florida State Golf Association. One hundred twenty-four clubs participated this year from Pensacola to Vero Beach. Florida is divided into eight regions and then split into smaller divisions. Harbor Hills is part of the West Region. Six weekly matches are played from January through February. Each team hosts two games at their home course.

A team is made up of twelve or more players but only eight are selected by the captain to play in that week’s match. The players cannot have a handicap index greater than 18.4. The format is Best Ball Match Play.

One of the duties of the captain is to prepare the score cards when hosting his home course. Other responsibilities include setting up matches and coordinating with opposing captains. Assistant Captain Vic Johnson plays a critical role working closely with Harbor Hills’ General Manager Steve Henne. Vic insures that all home matches conclude with adult beverages, hot hors d’oeuvres and a memorable après-golf experience.

Clubs in our division this year were Summer Glen, Eagle Ridge and Arlington Ridge. The larger regional winner was Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto. The club was defeated in the State Finals by Julington Creek from St. Augustine.

Les can’t say enough about the interclub experience. ‘It’s a chance to see some familiar faces’, he says, ‘and a great statewide competition. A winning team can go far.’

Visit the FSGA website at www.fsga.org for additional information.


By: Nikki Hoffman

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