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Billy Horschel wins annual Players 17th hole Charity Challenge

The Ponte Vedra resident won $5,000 for his charity, Feeding Northeast Florida

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – With less than a month until The Players begins at TPC Sawgrass, local resident Billy Horschel already picked up a victory at the stadium course, winning the annual Players 17th hole Charity Challenge Monday morning.

With a shot of 8 feet 6 inches, the former Florida Gator and Ponte Vedra resident won $5,000 for his charity, Feeding Northeast Florida.  

"It means a lot to my wife and I, being part of Feeding Northeast Florida," Horschel said.  "We have been a part for five years now and we just want to raise awareness.  When you understand that just a dollar equals six meals, it goes a long way.  So, really what we need is a way to get the food out to the local agencies.  We have the food, we have the volunteers, we just need trucks and gas and ways to get the food to where it needs to be."

Horschel also announced that he will continue to donate to Feeding Northeast Florida at the upcoming Players in March.  For the fourth straight year Horschel will donate $500 for every birdie and $1,000 for every eagle that he scores during the tournament.  If the former FedEx Cup champion can continue to play like he has so far this season, he is going to have to write a pretty big check.

"This is the best my game has been in five or six years," said Horschel.  "I am not really searching for anything early in the season which is nice for a change.  I am really just trying to my expectations because I feel so good about my game, I want that win and I want to play well."