by Debby Teich
The Town of Davie’s 81st Orange Blossom Festival, Parade & Rodeo will be held on February 24 and 25. On February 23, the Town of Davie will present two events to kick off the Festival – a free concert and the James B. Pirtle Memorial Golf Classic.
From 6pm to 9pm, everyone is invited to attend the Orange Blossom Kickoff Concert at the Old Davie School Bandshell, 6650 Griffin Road. The event will include a bounce house, petting farm, vendors and food and beverage sales. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy dinner, as well as some live music. Admission is free.
During the day, the Davie Golf and Country Club will be hosting the 6th Annual James B. Pirtle Memorial Golf Classic, which benefits the Davie Summer Youth Golf Program. The format will be a 4-player scramble with a 1pm shotgun start. The event will feature team trophies and prizes, course contests, and lunch and dinner for participants. Competition is open to players of all skill levels and handicaps. The entry fee is $500 per team or $125 per individual. There will be over $3,000 in prizes for the top four teams and course contest winners
“Davie Golf Club is honored to be the host course for the James B. Pirtle Memorial Golf Classic for the 6th year in a row,” said Dave Harris, marketing director and tournament coordinator. “Every year it has gotten bigger and attracted a fun-loving group of golfers. The Town of Davie presents the tournament and receives the support of many local businesses as sponsors. We invite all golfers to come out for a great day on the course.”
The tournament is named in honor of the late James B. Pirtle, the founder of Pirtle Construction Company, a Davie business leader and philanthropist. The tournament attracted a large field of 120 golfers last year and received the sponsorship support of many local businesses.
Net proceeds will help support the Town of Davie’s Summer Youth Golf Program, which includes a series of Junior Golf Camps. The annual camps are conducted by the professional staff of Greenway Golf, which manages the course for the Town of Davie. Davie’s Junior Golf Camps are open to boys and girls, age 6 to 17, who want to learn the fundamentals of the sport. No experience is necessary and clubs are provided to children who don’t have their own set. Each camp provides ten hours of professional instruction, plus fun, games and lunch.
Davie Golf & Country Club is located at 8201 Nova Drive, in Davie. Complete tournament information and entry forms are available online or can be picked up Davie Golf and Country Club, 8201 Nova Drive in Davie and the Davie Pine Island Park Multipurpose Center, 3801 S. Pine Island Road in Davie. The deadline to register is February 20. For information, visit www.daviegolf.net/upcoming-events.