The Winners Circle

Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel (left), SFSC president; Scott Hitt, first place; Jamie Bateman, SFSC vice president of institutional advancement and external affairs; Ronnie Carter of Century 21 Advanced All Service Realty, Inc.; Michael Ewing, second place; and Steve Sortore, third place.

AVON PARK, Fla. – Jan. 19, 2023 – At the conclusion of the South Florida State College (SFSC) Foundation’s sixth annual Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf Shootout on Saturday, Jan. 14, no one claimed the big prize. However, three qualifiers came closest to the 18th hole and emerged for first, second, and third places. Scott Hitt came in first place when his ball came within 20’5” of the hole. Michael Ewing, in second place, came in at 21’2” from the hole and Steve Sortore’s golf ball fell 27’3” from the hole. Hitt won $750, Ewing won $500, and Sortore came away with $250.

This year, golfers struggled against the colder than normal Central Florida weather throughout the three-day Golf Shootout that began on Thursday, Jan. 12 and was held at Sun ‘N Lake Golf & Country Club in Sebring. In spite of the weather, 76 people turned out to vie for the $1 million prize money.

The golfers who rounded out the group of 12 qualifiers were: Tom Kestler, David Schmidt, Steve Sortore, Donald Bressette, John Zdonek, Shawn Bray, Jeff Taylor, Michael Ewing, David Boersma, Scott Hitt, Ty Van Bulck, and Doug West. Tom Kestler hit a hole-in-one during this round.

“We’re extremely grateful for the opportunity to host this event with the great support of the SFSC Foundation, our Foundation board members, our administration, our student athletes, and our tremendously supportive surrounding community,” said Rick Hitt, SFSC athletic director. “The Golf Shootout gets bigger every year, and the continuous turnout of our competitors has been outstanding.

“A special thank you to Century 21 Advanced All Service Realty, Inc. and Ronnie Carter as our event sponsor. We are extremely grateful for their sponsorship over the last several years. To Bill and Lisa Jarrett of Bill Jarrett Ford, this year’s awards sponsor, and to all of our many sponsors for this event, we appreciate your support.  We look to continue to advance this event year after year.”

Proceeds from the Golf Shootout benefit SFSC Panther athletic teams in women’s volleyball, women’s cross country, men’s baseball, and women’s softball. SFSC’s student athletes assisted with preparation and organization at the Golf Shootout.

In 2024, the seventh annual Million Dollar Hold-in-One Golf Shootout will return to Sun ‘N Lake with qualifying days on Thursday, Jan. 11 through Saturday, Jan. 13. For more information on the event or how to become a sponsor of next year’s Golf Shootout, contact the SFSC Foundation at 863-453-3133.