FOR RELEASE: July 14, 2017
JAGA’S CLARET JUG EVENT PUTS BIG SMILE ON
88-YEAR-OLD HYDE PARK GC OWNER BILLY MAXWELL’S FACE
JACKSONVILLE, FL – Thirty teams were on hand at Hyde Park Golf Club today to participate in the 3rd Billy Maxwell Claret Jug golf tournament and to honor the legendary West Texas native who has made Jacksonville his home since purchasing the storied west side golf course 46 years ago, in 1971.
Maxwell, who turns 88 on July 23rd, was feted prior to play with a ceremony on the Hyde Park’s first tee. After remarks and kibitzing from two of his closest friends and fellow TPC Sawgrass “Munchkins”, Bob Dickson and Duke Butler III, Mr. Maxwell slugged a drive of almost 200 yards right down the middle without so much as a practice swing. The rest of the day was nothing but sunshine, golf and great fellowship.
Maxwell (1951) and Dickson (1967) share the distinction of being former U.S. Amateur champions. The event had another U.S. Amateur connection with Peter Kuchar, father of 1997 champion Matt, teaming with Dickson. The Dickson/Kuchar duo won their division’s low gross prize.
Former U.S. Amateur champions Bob Dickson & Billy Maxwell share a laugh.
The competition was split into two flights – the Maxwell Division and the Blocker Division – based on combined team handicaps. The winners were:
1st Net Randy Nader & David Novakoski (61)
2nd Net Billy Speckman & Andy Zarka (63)
3rd Net Pete Gibbons & Tom Quinn (65)
4th Net Duke Butler III & Duke Butler IV (66)
5th Net George Halvorsen & Ray Cabano (66)
1st Gross Bob Dickson & Pete Kuchar (69)
1st Net Mike Heard & Steve McCune (61)
2nd Net Tommy Donahoo, Jr. & Frank Surface III (65)
3rd Net Steve Mona & Steve Lange (66)
4th Net Tommy Stoudemire & Charles Afflick (67)
5th Net John Cox & Phillips McLaughlin (68)
1st Gross Mike Shea & Jack White (74)
NEXT JAGA EVENT
JAGA’s next event is this coming week’s 56th Jacksonville Amateur Championship (July 20-22 at Jacksonville Golf & Country Club). JAGA will also support Monday and Tuesday’s (July 17-18) NFJGT Greater Jacksonville Junior, played at Timuquana CC and
Established in 1954, JAGA celebrates its 64th year in 2017. It is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (4) corporation comprised of over 40-member golf clubs located in the Northeast Florida area. JAGA’s mission is to promote golf and goodwill through tournaments and related events and activities. JAGA manages a scholarship program that annually provides college funding for 26 area students. Since 1974 the program has generated approximately $1.7 million in financial aid to approximately 300 students.