Jacksonville Sports Day

GOLF: Third Billy Maxwell Claret Jug Tournament Held at Hyde Park

Former U.S. Amateur champions Bob Dickson and Billy Maxwell.

Thirty teams were on hand at Hyde Park Golf Club Saturday 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 23, 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, 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.

The competition was split into two flights – the Maxwell Division and the Blocker Division – based on combined team handicaps. The winners were:

MAXWELL DIVISION
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)

BLOCKER DIVISION
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)

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