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Updated: 02/21/2018 08:30:05AM

West Villages Invitational held

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Major League Baseball legend Fred McGriff stands with Jennifer Bryan, director of philanthropy at Southeastern Guide Dogs and 2-1/2 year old yellow Labrador retriever Chris Kyle and Justice, North Port Police Department's mascot, prior to the shotgun start of the West Villages Golf Invitational.


Sondra Guffey, marketing manager for West Villages, welcomes those in attendance to the invitational.


Mike Dunn, vice president of Florida operations for the Atlanta Braves also welcomes those in attendance and introduces Fred McGriff.


Fred McGriff waves to those who assembled prior to the start of the West Villages Invitational, after being introduced by Mike Dunn.


Don Broman, president, Plantation Golf and Country Club board of directors, Bill Gamber, Mark Whelan and Tom Kubik, vice president of the board, won a silent bid to play the invitational with honorary chair Fred McGriff, background.


Fred McGriff watches the outcome of his hit on the No. 1 at Plantation Golf and Country Club.


Guests of the invitational gather prior to the shotgun start of the invitational to present the Tomahawk Chop.


Captain Christopher Morales with North Port Police Department and Rachel Birkett, executive assistant to Morales, made their rounds on the course at Plantation Golf and Country Club greeting and welcoming guests of the event.


From left: Southeastern Guide Dogs' Dennis Neal, puppy raiser, with 7-month old Labrador retriever Ryan, his wife Patti Neal, puppy raiser and Jennifer Bryan, director of philanthropy, with Chris Kyle, 2-1/2 year old Labrador retriever, were available for photos with guests on the course at Plantation Golf and Country Club, who attended the first-ever held West Villages Invitational.


Kay Furey, puppy raiser with Southeastern Guide Dogs stands with 13-month old puppy-in-training and golden retriever Dalton.


From left: North Port resident John Rawlings, David Theriault of Port Charlotte, Bill Doherty of North Port and Ted Allen, also a North Port resident, were one of the 23 teams who joined in to play the first-ever held West Villages Invitational at Plantation Golf and Country Club.


Dawn Pentesco, director of sales and marketing at Plantation Golf and Country Club, left, stands with Julie Edgar, LPGA and director of instruction at PG&CC.


Jim Paulmann watches the outcome of fellow Stantec staff member Katie LaBarr's hit at the golf ball during the invitational. Stantec is assisting in the planning of the West Villages district.

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The first West Villages Golf Invitational, presented by the Atlanta Braves, was held Feb. 16 at Plantation Golf and Country Club, with proceeds of the event benefiting Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Atlanta Braves legend, Fred McGriff, a five-time All-Star and Tampa native, was the honorary chair of the event.

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