Cypress Village hosted its fifth annual putting tournament on the Cypress Green on March 29 with 55 resident putters and an additional 30 employee participants along with spectators.
Everyone was able to watch the games while enjoying hot dogs and hamburgers fresh off the grill. Prizes were awarded for lowest scratch score, low net score for Cypress Village Putters members and a participation award for the highest net for members.
Overall, residents loved the opportunity to watch the event and enjoy a great day outdoors and have a good time golfing with friends and family.
Resident Jerry Sanda and the Cypress Village Putters coordinated the tournament, which was first held in 2017. Initially the group created the tournament as a great opportunity to showcase residents’ skills and to simply have a fun day out on the green.
The weather was perfect at the boathouse as residents and guests watched the tournament unfold while enjoying a drink or hamburger, along with live music from the Conch Fritters Band.
In a fun twist, the tournament included an employee round of nine holes where every department competed for an engraved trophy that will be housed in the winner’s office for the next year.
Dave Green and CJ Winkle of the maintenance department were the proud winners of the trophy for the second time, with a low score of 18. Everyone enjoyed the friendly competition, and many employees have already started practicing to hopefully take home the trophy in 2023.
This year the Cypress Village Putters wanted to use the tournament to raise awareness for Wounded Warriors, a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events for wounded veterans. Their headquarters are located in Jacksonville, so residents were happy to donate to a local need.
Ted Laveck and Tom Clare ran the Wounded Warriors table, collecting donations and educating people on the benefits that the organization offers local veterans living with physical and mental injuries from their time in service.
The Cypress Village Putters club is one of more than 35 resident led clubs, groups and activities at Cypress Village. They meet weekly on the green for a quick nine holes and all skill levels are encouraged. Both retired professionals and those who picked up a putter for the first time were welcome. The group is open to all residents.
Cypress Village is a continuing care retirement community in Jacksonville that offers residents services, amenities and multiple levels of care. Located adjacent to the Mayo Clinic, Cypress Village has beautifully appointed homes and apartments on a 120-acre campus. For more information, call 904-223-6100.
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