Golf Pro Jim Duval will chair the Seventh Annual Swinging With Friends Golf Tournament to benefit Senior Friendship Centers' Venice Campus on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Plantation Golf and Country Club.
Duval has been a successful golf pro for more than 41 one years, 25 of which were at Mission Valley Golf and Country Club in Nokomis. He retired from Mission Valley this past year. Golf has been a big part of his life practically from birth. His father was a PGA member for 50 years, and his brother Bob, a longtime pro at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, also played on the Champions Tour for five years. His nephew is David Duval, the former No. 1 player in the world and winner of the 2001 British Open.
“Jim Duval’s expertise, experience and reputation will be a great asset to our tournament,” said Senior Friendship Centers Board Vice Chairman Dr. Richard Beebe, a longtime friend. “We are honored that he has agreed to chair this event.”
Duval was instrumental in the first Swinging With Friends Tournament in 2005, held at Mission Valley Golf & Country Club. Committee members for the event (See photo) are l-r: Harrison Williams, Julie Baiers, John Semple, Jim Duval, Max Moore, and Dr. Richard Beebe. Not pictured are Jon Wioskowski and Bill Parker.
“We’re looking forward to an exciting new approach this year,” Duval said. The Tournament will be on the Bobcat Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club. There will be two-men or two-women teams, and Gross & Net with flights. Registration will be at 7:30 a.m. with 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. For a virtual tour of the course, click here.
The Venice Gondolier Sun is the Media Sponsor for the Tournament. The Hole in One prize, sponsored by Macy’s Termite & Pest Control, is $25, 000 cash, and multiple hole-in-ones are possible. Half of the hole in one proceeds will benefit Senior Friendship Centers Programs and Services.
The golf fee is $80 per person, $160 per team (two golfers), including golf and lunch. Persons wishing to attend the lunch and awards ceremony only, may do so for $20. The Venice Gondolier Sun is media sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Northern Trust, Jimco Maintenance, Island Photography, The Friendly’s at Plantation and Gastroenterology Associates of Venice and Englewood. For reservations or sponsorship information, call 556-3205. Downloadable registration form.