Emerald Bay was the site of a one day tournament hosted by the Florida State Golf Association on Sunday, April 29th. There was a big turnout for the popular venue and the weather and greens were perfect. Set along the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay, this Bob Cupp design combines beauty and challenge. Multiple water features and breathtaking panoramas of the Bay dominate the experience. Impeccably landscaped, the course is known for its well-conditioned fairways, greens and tee boxes. Emerald Bay received a comprehensive renovation and enhancement in 2014.

My foursome included three guys from Tiger Point Golf Club in Gulf Breeze, FL, 38 miles from Destin. It’s always interesting to discover the backgrounds of fellow golfers. One of my playing partners was a former college football player at VPI (now Virginia Tech) who was a team mate of Frank Loria. Frank was one of the 75 souls lost in the Marshall University plane crash on November 14,1970 that killed the football team and many leading alumni. I was living in Huntington at the time and just graduated from Marshall. Furthermore, Frank Loria was the nephew of my brother-in-law, Paul Romano. To say it’s a small world is an understatement. Destin is 772 miles from Huntington, WV. On the anniversary of the plane crash, a fountain on campus that bears the names of all 75 victims is turned off in their remembrance. The fountain started flowing again just yesterday, Saturday, April 28th at a very emotional fountain ceremony.

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