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the concept of taking local golf stories and tournament news and joining them together for a regional publication. A mess of golfers meeting golf packages, golf products, real estate, home improvement and all sorts of businesses who “get it.” We, meaning the brain child, Terrie Purdum and myself, her humble sidekick, are going viral from Tennessee through Georgia and deep in to Florida. Oh and we must not forget the Carolina’s are featured with many sponsorships to draw golfers to the beach golf courses of the strand and the rolling courses in the mountains. Could it be long before we just cut to the chase and call it Southern Golf Central with maybe some small print that lists the states? I don’t know but from the response we’ve had from golfers and businesses we have struck a chord with local stories gone regional. Speaking of the last issue, as the proud mother of one of the tournament winners in Tennessee put it on Facebook, “Check this out, the boys have gone regional,”. She “gets it.” From a resort area in Tennessee reaching out to Floridians for the first time and getting calls of interest for both real estate and visiting the resort area. Hell-o, they “get it”. Thank you all for the kind words and well-wishing. That was our first effort and like in baseball it’s tough to have a walk-off homerun but Terrie did it. So, here we go, hope you enjoy the second issue of the Florida/Tennessee and now Georgia Golf Central. The perfect buffet of all things golfers want to see and read about, in one magazine. You can make a difference by contacting either of us with comments and suggestions. Our readers are the reason we do this. If we can connect one golfer with one What he said! business owner each issue it will not be a loss. Promoting the game, growing the game, being close to the game is my personal quest in life and spending two-minutes on the phone with Terrie you would know she feels the same way. Want to give a shout-out and thanks to Rick Harris, Senior Correspondent, Ole Reliable, and Myrtle Beach World Am Ambassador for allowing me to take his place at the biggest amateur golf event ever put together. I’ll do my best for the Golf Central team and show my face at the 19th hole party every night. The next issue will have some photos and stories about the event and its participants. One last hoorah before you read this issue. On page 56 you’ll see a memorial tournament announcement for Bobby Denton, 48 years as the Neyland Stadium P.A. announcer. If you have ever been to a game at Rocky Top you have never forgotten Bobby’s barreling voice and his coined phrase, “ITS FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE.” Bobby passed away a couple months ago and we will miss him so much. However, his replacement is a good friend of the Tennessee Golf Central, Jeff Jarnigan, longtime radio man in Knoxville and P.A. announcer for the Lady Vols the past 10 years. Jeff also has “the voice.” He will never fill the shoes of the great Bobby Denton, but Jeff will build his own legend at Neyland Stadium. Again, thank you all so much for the kind words and thanks to our sponsors whom believe in the Golf Central concept. You “get it”!

Volume 15, Issue 4 Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Tennessee Golf Central Publisher: Glenn Makin, golfnews4friends.net

Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth, Founder-Georgia Golf Trail

Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Executive Editor: Joel Jackson–Director of Communications for the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association

Executive Administration: Angi Perretti Photographers: Lynn Pelham, Brion Price, Peter Hakansson Tres Fenton, Mike Coonan, Jess Regan

Public Relations & Social Media Director: Green Gazelle Marketing Senior Correspondent: Rick Harris, Sr. Media Consultant: Randy Hewitt Contributing Writers: Jay Golden, PGA; Greg Wise, Bob Bolton, Elisa Gaudet, Mike Jamison, Mike May, Chris Thompson, Katie Hatfield, Ron Heller, Chuck Cavalaris, Mitch Sadowsky Graphic Design: Melahn Cable, melahn@mac.com Website Design/Network Support: ryjo.com

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19th hole 34 Carmel Cafe

Cart Girl 58 Taran Hurley

CartGirl 14 Samantha Stevenson

Links to Mountains 64 Chuck Cavalaris

Feature 38 PGA Tour Experience

Tournament News 62 Morristown Oscar's 2-Man Swat 66 Knox 2-Man Scottish Lowball 66 Knoxville Championship 70 Dandridge 2-Man Senior

Georgia Golf Central 52 Georgia Golf Trail 54 Lake Blackshear


Golf Bachelor 12 Deron Zendt Golf Fore Charity 16 Shephard's Hope

Makin' The Rounds 60 with No Fakin Ask Chuck 72 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Improving Performance 28 Eyeloc

Making Golf History 68 Tennessee Golf Association

Living on the Links 36 AV Homes - Solivita


Women in Golf 18 Laura Parker

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Sarah Ciampi is Recipient of 2014 Bobby Goodman Scholorship George Keil Joins Concert Golf Partners as Director of Food & Beverage Operations at the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes Concert Golf Partners, an active golf club owner-operator based in Newport Beach, California, announced that George Keil has been hired as Director of Food and Beverage Operations at the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes, located in Longwood Florida. Throughout his 30 year career in food and beverage, George Keil has distinguished himself with his creative and innovative management style. Prior to joining The Legacy Club, Kiel was Food & Beverage Manager at Carolina National Golf Club in Bolivia, North Carolina, where he increased F&B revenue by 27% in his first year. Keil has worked in virtually every aspect of the restaurant industry and shares a passion for foods, wines and customer service. Winner of the DiRona Award for accomplishments in fine dining, George takes pride in keeping up with the latest trends in food & beverage. As Director of Food & Beverage Operations, Keil will be responsible for managing the dayto-day food & beverage operations of one of Orlando’s premier private country clubs with its 11,000 square foot clubhouse and a superbly designed Tom Fazio 18-hole championship golf course. The club has the unique distinction of being an Audubon International Signature Certified Sanctuary and is a regular host to U.S. Open Qualifiers. 8

The South Florida PGA proudly announces Sarah Ciampi as the 2014 Bobby Goodman Scholarship recipient. The Bobby Goodman Scholarship is a $2,500 grant annually given to a high school senior or college student entering into his/her freshman or sophomore year of undergraduate studies whose parents or grandparents either work in or are retired from the golf industry. The scholarship is named after PGA Professional Bobby Goodman, who is recognized for his numerous contributions to the game of golf at all levels. The Bobby Goodman Scholarship Fund was created in 1988 by the South Florida PGA Senior Committee in tribute to the late Bobby Goodman. Sarah is the granddaughter of Nunzio Ciampi, PGA who was the Head Professional at Glen

Head Country Club in Glen Head, New York. Sarah graduated from Martin County High School in the spring. She earned a 3.96 GPA while participating in numerous extracurricular activities during her high school career. These activities included: Student Government Association, varsity golf, track, Martin County Spirit Leader, Safe School Ambassador, National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. In addition, Sarah was the Vice President and President of her class during her four years in the Student Government Association. In the fall, Sarah will attend Fordham University in New York and will enroll as a communications major. We know that Sarah will achieve anything she puts her mind to and we wish her the best of luck in her college endeavors.

Senior Amateur Golfers Ready to Kick Off its 21st Season on Monday, October 13th, 2014

Rick Harris Sr., SAGA’s Director of Golf, is pleased to announce that the Grande Pines golf course in south Orlando has been selected to kick off the 2014-15 season on Monday, October 13th 2014 All male amateur seniors (age 50 +) are eligible to play with SAGA twice monthly, usually on a Monday, from October 2014 through May 2015. New players may play with SAGA one time without being a SAGA member. If they would like to join our group annual dues are $33 to participate. Players are flighted by handicaps

up to 28. If you don’t have a handicap SAGA will assign one to you for your first five events. “We play a modified Stable format involving point for eagles, birds, par and bogeys”, Harris said, “Where you are competing against others in your flight. Our entry fees are usually in the $35 to $5 dollar range which pays for green and cart fees, taxes, prizes and closest to the pin prizes.” Occasionally, depending upon the course, we will charge a few dollars more each event.” For more information about SAGA and its members please contact Rick Harris at 407-2824883 or Rharris2003@cfl.rr.com. We are looking forward to hearing from you. We have excellent courses already lined up twice monthly from now until March 2015 and we can hardly wait to get started! Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 4

By Elizabeth Ray

Press Secretary, FRLA

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Food Network and Travel Channel Personalities Headlined Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Marketing/Operations Summit

Designed to assist the hospitality industry in exploring new business trends, the FRLA’s annual Marketing + Operations Summit set a record attendance this year in Tampa. The event, held at the end of July at the Hilton Tampa Downtown, was headlined by Chef Robert Irvine, Host of the Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible, and Anthony Melchiorri, Host of the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible. “This year’s celebrity presenters offered unique insight into the world of hospitality by sharing their hard earned hands-on experience,” said Carol Dover,

Sarah Ahmed Furno, John Carns, Amanda Horne, Jennifer Osgood, Erin Perdue Koski, Nicole DiPietro, James McManemon

President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “In an ever-evolving industry, it is imperative our members stay current on best practices and every year, FRLA’s Marketing + Operations Summit is truly an experience that hoteliers, restaurateurs and suppliers can’t afford to miss!” With more than 40 years of combined experience, Melchiorri and Irvine showcased exceptional expertise in 10

their fields. Melchiorri has an unmatched ability to break down problems and find solutions that generate profits. In addition to being the host and lead in Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible, he also runs his own company, Argeo Hospitality, consulting on hotel projects for private owners and investors. Chef Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. As the host of Restaurant: Impossible, Irvine attempts to save America’s most desperate restaurants from impending failure in just two days with only $10,000. In addition to the headliners, FRLA was honored to showcase world-class hospitality industry executives. During the event an executive panel of leaders from fast-growing concepts shared their secrets of success and steered an interactive discussion that provided valuable insight to attendees. “It was a chance to learn from some of the best in the business right in our backyard. The knowledge gained from these industry leaders is truly priceless and those who were at the two day event will benefit from both the wisdom shared and the invaluable networking opportunities,” said Dover. The executives featured during the “Secrets of Success” panel on included: Brad Kaemmer, CEO of Tijuana Flats, Paul Hineman, CFO of First Watch, Steve Lieber, Director of Franchise Sales for Burger FI, Steve Erickson, President of PDQ, Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs and Eric Waltz, General Manager of the Sandpearl Resort. The Q&A discussion ranged from choosing the right location or franchise partner to hiring the right people, plus the best way to grow your concept. “The Marketing/Operations Summit provides a great forum to discuss trends, insights and meaningful business solutions. The group of attendees/ speakers are diverse, the Industry is well represented here and the Summit also provides a great networking opportunity with decision makers,” said Paul Hineman, CFO of First Watch.

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Deron Zendt Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

Mifflintown, PA…central PA between Harrisburg and State College. Resided there for 22 years before going out into the world of golf course maintenance

Is “acting your age” over rated?

Yes and No…..depends on the scenario at hand….u need to let you hair down at certain points

High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? Jocks What do you do for a living? Golf Course Superintendent Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Days of ‘vegging’ and doing nothing to travel to visiting my daughter

What’s the most effective way you’ve discovered to check out a hot woman without her, or anyone else noticing? Polarized sunglasses help A LOT!!! Steak, chicken, or seafood?


What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Not filling divots on tees and fairways and fixing ballmarks on the greens

Name the three most important things to you in this world.

Daughter…. Teagan, Family, All my friends across the country inside & out of the golf industry

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? LOVE What do you fear the most? Technology….Its great don’t get me wrong…..

having everything in the palm of your hand…..But the personal interactions today are not the same in the current wave that technology is based in the society.

Name three movie stars you would like to go on a date with (one at a time preferably). Katie Holmes, Julia Stiles, Blake Lively What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Dad, Jim Rattigan, Arnold Palmer…ALL GREAT PENNSYLVANIA

PEOPLE!!! IF five allowed….Brad Fox.

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? Relaxed eve at home….. nightclub days are few and far between

Last time you spewed something through your nose from laughing so hard? Within last ten days…storytelling with “new” friend …it doesn’t happen often with me projectiling from my nose but the moment was right I guess in that instance

Favorite charity to support? Toys-4-Tots and Cancer Research What else would you like for us to know about you?

I have a bit of old school adage in my systems for my age. I respect and treat others with the same respect that I would want to be treated. I will not make someone else do a job that I would not be willing to do. I feel very blessed for all the relationships and friendships inside and outside of the golf industry. As I have not been outside of the country to experience golf course construction or maintenance but I have worked in some awesome places within the United States that have helped shape me professionally into who I am today. 12

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Samantha Stevenson Where did you grow up? Born and raised in good ole Brooksville, FL

What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch?

Sporting clays is my favorite. Watch out guys I’m a pretty good shot! Funny thing is, I recently read it’s described as “golf with a shotgun.” I thought that fit. I love to watch college football and love going to any sporting event! Chomp.Chomp.

Are there any golfers in your family? I didn’t know one thing about golf until I met the man of my dreams!! My guy Rhett plays professionally and in this past year he has taught me a few things and gave me some great tips. I don’t think I can make it through 18!! I probably need to stay on the range or the putting green! I’ve watched almost all the major events this year and I really love it! The Masters brought me to tears! What do you feel makes this club special?

Lake Jovita is a great club in all it’s natural beauty, It’s so gorgeous out here. I also love who I work for. The guys in the Pro Shop are awesome!

If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing?

Cart girl isn’t my only occupation. I’m actually sales rep for Lane Boots and I sell the most amazing cowgirl boots!

What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the golf course? It rains so much in FL and I’d have to say one of the craziest/ funny things I’ve heard/seen were that there were catfish all over the fairway; sure enough I walked out and there were little catfish everywhere!

What type of music do you prefer? I will get down and listen

to just about anything but there’s nothing better than a good country song.

What hobbies do you enjoy? I love to cook and I’ll do anything outside. Inshore fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, biking, riding ATVs, and in the fall I love bonfires and sitting in the tree stand with my guy.

What is your idea of “the perfect date”? My perfect date would have to be a buggy ride through the farm, ice cold beer, and a sunset on top of the hill. Gets me every time! A good surprise is always awesome; a little spontaneity never hurt anyone!!! Favorite charity to support? Brooksville Relay for Life. American Cancer Society

What else would you like for us to know about you? George

Strait says it best, “I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time!”


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We’d Like To Put A Few Holes In Your Vacation Plans. Quite a few in fact. You see, Fairfield Glade Resort in Tennessee has 90 holes of Championship Golf alone, including Stonehenge, named among the top public courses in Tennessee by Golf Digest, GolfWeek and Golf Magazine. Then there are the many outstanding courses around nearby Crossville, widely known as the golf capital of Tennessee. In all, more than 180 holes of golf just waiting to be played atop the Cumberland Plateau. But your vacation doesn’t have to be all golf. We offer 11 pristine lakes for boating and fishing, 12 miles of nature trails, a state-of-the-art Racquet Center and remarkable restaurants. This year, plan to spend your vacation at Fairfield Glade Resort and Crossville, Tennessee. The South’s holey land for golfers. For information or reservations, call 931-707-2061 • www.fairfieldglade.cc Located between Knoxville and Nashville, just a few miles from I-40 (Exit 322)

Now the fun begins.


By Nancy DeVault

Celebrity Golf Classic Keep Faith-Based Healthcare Mission on Par

Foursomes comprised

of philanthropicminded residents, businesses, and sports legends played a life-changing golf round at the 14th Annual Shepherd’s Hope Celebrity Golf Classic at Reunion Resort, a Wyndham Grand Resort. Aside from teeing up on the world-renowned course designed by the game’s top icons Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, and Jack Nicklaus participants raised approximately $100,000 to provide medical services to the uninsured and underserved population of Central Florida at five FREE health clinics, facilitated by Shepherd’s Hope, a faith-based nonprofit of volunteer medical professionals. The annual tournament kicked off with a Celebrity Pairings Party, sponsored by A.T.A.P. COMPANIES, in which foursomes were paired with distinguished players, including: NICK ANDERSON, former NBA player for Orlando Magic; Walter Briggs, former NFL player for NY Jets; Parnell Dickinson, former NFL player for Tampa Bay Bucs; WILLIAM FLOYD, former NFL player for San Fransico 49ers & Carolina Panthers; JIMMIE GILES, former NFL player for Houston Oilers & Tampa Bay Bucs; Earnest Graham, former NFL player for Tampa Bay Bucs; DONNIE HAMMOND,

Nick Anderson, formerly of Orlando Magic & Walter Briggs, formerly of NY Jets PGA champion; JAMES JONES, former NFL player for Detroit Lions & Seattle Seahawks; CHRIS LEAK, former player for NFL’s Chicago Bears & UF coach; FRED MARION, former NFL player for New England Patriots; MIKE McBATH, former NFL player for Buffalo Bills; THOMAS McCLARY, music producer & guitarist of The Commodores; DENNIS NEUMANN, radio announcer for Orlando Magic; DON NOTTINGHAM, former NFL player for Baltimore Colts & Miami Dolphins; STEVE PISARKIEWICZ, former NFL player for St. Louis Cardinals & Green Bay Packers; and JOHNNY REMBERT, former NFL player for New England Patriots. Following a shotgun start, foursome/ celebrity match-ups and event attendees participated in on-course contests, a silent auction, and celebratory awards

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luncheon. The top scoring team was Colorvision International Inc. which included Dan Carnes, Mark Simmons, Henry Tyson, and Skip Volkerson. “The vital success of the Celebrity Golf Classic ensures that Central Floridians in need can access Shepherd’s Hope compassionate free health care clinics thanks, in part, to the generosity of individual donors, community partners, and event supporters, such as Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Florida Hospital, OakStone Philanthropy, A.T.A.P. COMPANIES, SeaWorld, and Starling Chevrolet Cadillac Buick & GMC,” said Marni Stahlman, CEO/President, Shepherd’s Hope. Reports suggest that despite the Affordable Care Act, 1-in-4 Central Floridians will remain uninsured and underserved. More than 75% of those who are uninsured come from lowwage working families. Sadly, such residents may struggle to afford basic housing/food needs and, therefore because of financial obligations, forgo medical care. Fortunately, Shepherd’s Hope, founded in 1997, is a life-saving option and has, thus far, provided more than 180,000 patient visits thanks to partnerships with hospitals, schools, faith groups, and other facilities. It’s not too early to “swing” by ShepherdsHope.org or call (407) 876-6699 to register for next year’s event! Regardless of the under/ over outcome of your game, you can score on the green to impact medical services for the uninsured and underserved in Central Florida. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 4

Shepherd's Hope Team -- Martha Mannarino, Director of Development & Marketing; Morgan Hargrove, Development & Marketing Coordinator; Marni Stahlman, CEO

Thomas McClary, of The Commodores; Tyler Fleming

Chris Leak, UF wide reciever coach & former player of Chicago Bears

Gail Bittman & Joyce Cole

Dennis Neumann, Orlando Magic play-by-play announcer Tom Kidd, Joan Kidd, Donnie Hammond, Jaime Mitzo & Bill Mitzo Jimmie Giles, formerly of Houston Oilers & TB Bucs; Park Nichols

14. Michael Pettingill, Terry Jordan, Nick Anderson & Jean Zambrano

Attorney Michael Bittman & Shepherd's Hope CEO Marni Stahlman Kevin Rinker, Andy Baker, Chris Leak (celebrity player) & Steve Buckner from Wyndham Vacation Ownership (Presenting Sponsor)

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Winning Team from Colorvision International of Dan Carnes, Skip Volkerson, Mark Simmons & Henry Tyson


By Laura Parker

women in golf

My Turf Life The inception

of Hi-Tech Turf Products began in 1982 in a golf course superintendent’s office while discussing turf products with him. This man was what you could think of as a mentor when he passed on his turf knowledge to me. The superintendent showed me some labels of Micro Nutrient and Iron Products. He said to me: “Laura, if you had these products every Super would buy them from you.” “I would sell them myself, but I can’t sell anything, but you can!” He then told me I should start my own company and sell the supers high quality specialty products like the ones he was showing to me. Then he told me about the FTGA (Florida Turfgrass Association), and their upcoming trade show in Tampa. He stated that he had already spoken to them about the products and that they were looking for a distributor in Florida. He told me to go to the show, and talk with them because he had already spoken to them about me. I had much respect for this superintendent who also had a degree in Horticulture. He enjoyed teaching me about turf and turf products. The discussion I had that day with Superintendent Jerry Shuetz, at the Landings Golf Course in Fort Myers, Florida, changed my life. That year I was a saleswoman for a company that was not focused on turf products or the turf industry. They only had a few products for turf and I wanted them to get more products to sell to golf courses. The owner of that company was not interested in expanding the product line into the turf market, but my customers were asking me for more products. After months of trying very hard to persuade him, I decided to research starting my own turf distributorship. At that time, being a single mother, having a steady paying job to support my three daughters was my first concern. Starting a golf course products company scared me to death! I was being told: “There are not enough golf courses in Florida to support your business” “You already have one strike against you, you’re a woman in a male dominated Industry, and men will never buy from you!” And on, and on, and on came the negative comments. But I did not let them discour18

age me. After all, I already had several golf course superintendents giving me words of encouragement, and their support. What else did I need? Besides, the more you think and pray about something, the more it will become a reality if it is meant to be. Right? So, I started scraping up every dime I could get my hands on to start my new Specialty Turf Products Company. With freshly printed HI TECH TURF PRODUCTS business cards, I was off to the FTGA show in Tampa. I was not even sure the company with the great iron products would talk to me, let alone allow me to become a distributor. They probably were already considering some large company and might find me very foolish and inexperienced. But they did talk with me; they liked me and my idea of a smaller distributer of specialty turf products. I told them I wanted to sell quality turf products and not just be an “order taker” selling Roundup like everyone else. Being a pretty decent sales lady, they were sold on me as their new Florida Distributor. Consid-

ering I had no warehouse, not much money, and no credit history with another manufacturer, I think I did a very good job on selling myself to them! I was honored to become a distributor of those amazing iron products that day and was determined to let them see I could and would sell more of their products than any big company out there. I also made connections to distribute other amazing Specialty Turf products at the FTGA show and Hi Tech Turf Products was born that year, 1982. I have worked my way up from the bottom, but there were times I felt very discouraged. It has not been an easy road for me, but it has been fun and I have survived for over 32 years. I owe my success to my loyal customers, some whom I have known for as long as I have been in business. A few since they were fresh out of school and raking sand traps. They are not just my customers, they are my friends first. It is my customers who have given me the encouragement, support, the knowledge and most of all the friendship I have needed to stay around for the life of my business. One customer gave me the idea for the name, “Laura’s Recipe” on my products and labels. Superintendents have given me ideas and knowledge that cannot be taught in school. They have been my ears, eyes and my ideas into this industry and the making of Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 4

Hi Tech. I have a saying, make a friend, and you will have a loyal customer for life. I am very thankful to God for his blessings throughout the years. Hi Tech Turf Products is and always has been a family owned and operated business. My daughter, Angela Kelley DeBono and my granddaughters Tiffany Kelley and Jessica Kelley work in Sales and Marketing for the company. My grandson, Tyler Kelley is Hi Tech’s warehouse manager and problem solver. We all work together as a team making sure our customers gets the best customer service possible. At Hi Tech our customers always come first, because, like our slogan says: “WE NEED YOU TO GROW!” By the way, I still sell the amazing iron products, Ironman, Tech Plex and Micro Tech I started with, plus many of the other amazing original products, such as BIO TECH granular. I have added many new products throughout the years, many of them recommended or asked for by the Superintendents. My goal is, and always will be to bring only high quality turf products to the Golf Course Superintendents. With the super always striving to be a steward of the environment, I always try to find products for them that are environmentally friendly.

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By Steve Morris, PGA

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Congratulations to David Damesworth and Rob Torri, Orange Tree Golf Club...

Rod Perry (center) with host PGA Professional Brad Hauer (L) and M.G. Orender (Past President, PGA of America)

Souchak, Gerry James, Jim Slattery, Ken Powell and Ken Mattiace. Well played gentlemen! Our Section will be represented well at the Senior PGA Professional National Championship coming up in November! Thank you to Reunion Resort for hosting and the excellent conditions for scoring.

again. Back to back Pro Super victories. They fired 11 under to take the title. Thank you Mark Verkey and the staff at The Villages Palmer Legends for another great day of golf and food! Thank you Mother Nature for holding off the storms! Thank you Howard Fertilizer for your generous presenting sponsorship!

Rod Perry wins our PNC at The Conservatory! 8 Under, 136 to take The M.G. Orender Trophy. Rod Perry, Crane Lakes Golf & CC held off Greg Koch; Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes to take our PNC Championship title at The Conservatory of Hammock Beach Resort. The players were treated to a spectacular layout in perfect shape! Although Rod was exempt into the 2015 Professional National Championship he chose to compete and remain in form for the upcoming PGA Championship. As 2012 & 2013 PGA Professional Player of the Year and 2013 PGA Professional National Champion, Rod sets the bar high for his fellow competitors to strive for and achieve. Also, in the field was David Hronek; Countryside CC who will also compete in the 2014 PGA Championship due to his strong finish in this year’s PGA Professional National Championship. We are confident that our qualifiers will represent the Section well next year in the 2015 National PNC as we send our best of the best! Thank you to all our sponsors and partners for supporting this great event! Thank you to the staff at The Conservatory for the exceptional conditions and service. Thank you to all the players who still have the passion to compete as PGA Professionals! Our other qualifiers for the 2015 PGA Professional National Championship... David Hronek (exempt); Countryside CC, Greg Koch (139); Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes, Barry Cheesman (141); Tatum Ridge Golf Links, Ryan Hritz (142); Countryside CC, Donny Lee (142); Core Golf Academy, John Duckworth(143); Timuquana CC and Jim Garrison (143); Rocky Point. Congratulations Gentlemen! 20

Tyler Hitchcock

Congratulations to our NPGA National Car Rental Assistants Champion! Tyler Hitchcock, Walt Disney World Golf 7 under, 137. This is Tyler’s second Assistant Championship title. Tyler has been in the hunt for the PGA’s National Car Rental Assistant Championship a few times already in his young career. Our other 2 qualifiers for the PGA National Car Rental Assistants Championship are: Aaron Russell, Sawgrass CC 139 and Jason Kuiper, Orange Lake Resort 140. Play well at the upcoming PGA National Car Rental Assistant Championship boys! Thank you Reunion Resort for hosting. Palmer course was in excellent shape!

Rich Smith, NFPGA Executive Director/CEO and Freddy Gibson

Congratulations to our Senior PNC Champion! Freddy Gibson, Golf Ed. 9 under! Freddy fired a 66 in round two to hold off a charging Barry Cheesman, Tatum Ridge who shot 67! Congratulations to our other 7 qualifiers for the Sr PGA Professional Championship, too! Barry Cheesman, Brad Turner, Chris

After hosting 7 local Drive Chip and Putt local qualifiers, the North Florida Section hosted the Drive Chip and Putt Sub-Regional qualifier at Reunion Resort on Saturday August 16. The best of the best gathered to compete for a chance to advance to the Regional Finals in Atlanta on September 16. Even though Mother Nature decided to hammer us a couple times, two talented juniors from each division advanced to the Regionals. The Regionals will decide a champion from each division to advance to the Drive Chip and Putt finals at Augusta National during the 2015 Masters! It will take some amazing skills and perhaps a little luck to come out on top at the Regionals! We are represented well. Thank you to Reunion Resort for hosting 2 local qualifiers and the Sub Regional! Our Regional qualifiers are: (Boys 7-9) Maximus Haines, Odessa & Gunnar Green, Kissimmee. (Girls 7-9) Kailey Kleinatland, Lutz & Morgan Rodriguez, Delray Beach. (Boys 10-11) Allan Kournikova, Palm Beach & Armand Loscalzo, Tampa. (Girls 10-11) Isabell Pellot, Apopka & Alexa Pano, Lake Worth. (Boys 12-13) John Dubois, Windermere & Jonah Leach, Windermere. (Girls 12-13) Alyssa Mercado, Bradenton & Lillian Berry, Dover. (Boys 14-15) Jordan Sarhaddi, Land O’ Lakes & Conner Futrell, Tallahassee. (Girls 14-15) Delia Timpy, Cocoa Beach & Auston Kim, St. Augustine. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 4

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The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Membership was presented and hosted on location by PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. Over 250 South Florida PGA Professionals attended this business meeting, filled with various messages of motivation and encouragement of getting more involved with the association. For the first time this meeting was held in conjunction with the Florida Golf Summit, a four day event featuring various types of panel discussions and seminars for not only PGA Professionals but for all allied associations. The Florida Golf Summit is annually hosted by the Florida CMAA. The meeting began with a presentation of the colors by the ROTC of Palm Beach Gardens High School and the singing of the National Anthem by PGA


Professional and District 13 Director, Jack Binswanger. Immediately following the opening ceremony, SFPGA Foundation President Tom Wildenhaus shared information regarding the growth of the Foundation, encouraging all those in the room to get involved in giving back. Tom also showed a short video from the Williams’ family who will be receiving the home that PGA professionals and section staff are currently helping to build in Broward County through Habitat for Humanity. In addition to Tom’s presentation, President of the South Florida PGA Warren Bottke and Executive Director Geoff

Lofstead touched on various topics highlighting the health of the section and all the programs being conducted. PGA of America Senior Director of Education and Employment Dawes Marlatt was on hand to discuss the state of golf throughout the country. He highlighted employment information while encouraging members to show their value by continuing to stay engaged not only at their facility but in their association. PGA Members in attendance showed their support as Jim Leary was sworn into office as the Southeast Chapter President by Immediate Past President Brian Peaper.

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South Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association Established in 1939, the South Florida

EXPO 2014- $15,000 Presentation to Dr. Raymond Synder by our President Roly Molina and Vice President Ricky Reeves

Golf Course Superintendent’s Association (SFGCSA) is the oldest golf course superintendent’s organization in the state. There are currently ten other regional chapters in Florida. Our chapter hosts the South Florida Turf Expo every March at the University of Florida’s Research and Education Center in Ft. Lauderdale. The proceeds are donated back to the university and the funding is used for conducting turfgrass research and maintenance of the facilities, which includes turfgrass test plots and a huge research putting green.

Over the past 32 years SFGCSA has donated several hundred thousand dollars for research. We also sponsor a golf outing for the Center of Missing and Exploited Children in October. Various local courses have hosted the tournament over the decades. For the past few years this event has been held at the Fort. Lauderdale CC. During this time, we have raised and donated about $420,000.00 for this worthwhile charity. This year will mark the 30th year that we sponsored this golf outing and so far it looks to be another great year for the Missing and Exploited Children Center.

Billy Casper Golf Launches ‘Superintendent Business Institute’ Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in America – is now offering its superintendents and assistant superintendents opportunities to enhance their business expertise through the company’s new Superintendent Business Institute (SBI). Recently launched on BCG-U, an online career development and training resource unique to the golf industry, SBI is comprised of three 10-hour programs, each qualifying for Golf Course Superintendents Association of America continuing education points. “It’s no secret our profession has


evolved dramatically,” says Bryan Bielecki, Vice President of Agronomy of BCG. “Superintendents spend their time much differently nowadays, and the need for solid personnel management, leadership, financial and communication skills is greater than ever.” “Billy Casper Golf’s goal is to give all team members the chance to become better professionals and grow their careers,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG. “With the Superintendent Business Institute part of BCG-U, we are developing golf’s most business-savvy turf and property managers.” BCG-U tools for employees include more than 100 e-learning modules.

Among them are goal development, interactive progress reviews, training resources, management feedback, and customizable profiles which track professional objectives and match employees with internal opportunities nationwide. In addition to BCG-U, the company is widely respected for its cutting-edge and customized marketing technology, unique promotions and events, targeted public relations, revenue management, hiring and training platform, agronomic best practices and vendor partnerships. More information: www.billycaspergolf.com, 703.761.1444.

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The Bedknife The bedknife is the most important part of any cutting unit. Although it looks simple, it is actually a very complex piece of steel. The bedknife gathers



the grass and holds it in position until the reel blade comes around to cut it. Grinding the top and front faces of a bedknife helps to maintain sharpness. As its name suggests, the “top face” sits on top of the bedknife. It is a negative angle, meaning it slopes away from the unit’s point of cut. This allows grass to be directed away from grass coming into the mower. The requisite degree of angle varies depending on the height and condition of the turf being mowed. Once this angle wears down, the grass isn’t ejected properly so the point of cut gets clogged. This prevents incoming grass from being cut cleanly. The other angle is known as the “front face” angle. If the bedknife is the most important part of the mower, then the front face is the most important part of the bedknife, making good care of it especially critical. The front face needs to be flat and even. If the face becomes worn or rounded – which it will over time because turf (and especially top dressing) is very abrasive – then grass will not be presented evenly to the cutting blades of the reel. Keeping the front face in tip-top condition is crucial to optimal turf health.

The Reel Often overlooked are reasons one should also spin grind the reel. Yes, it is to make each blade sharp, but it is also to ensure the reel is cylindrical and even. There is no point in sharpening all the blades if only every third one cuts because they are not of equal height. Naturally, a reel that is maintained regularly is going to be easier and quicker to grind than one sharpened only once a year. Sharpening of the bedknife and reel is integral to maximizing their effectiveness and, in turn, turf conditioning. A dull cutting unit (bedknife and reel)

will tear at grass, leaving it uneven. These ripped and ragged blades bleed and lose plant moisture and nutrients. The open tips also leave them more vulnerable to disease from spores such as Fusarium and other leaf-spot afflictions. Repairing and regenerating the plants then requires a greater demand for food and fertilizer, driving up costs and impacting budgets.

Savings and More Agronomically speaking, a reduction in the use of water, fertilizer, fungicide and top dressing is a benefit. Not only is use of these expensive consumables decreased, but also costs associated with handling of the materials, generating electricity to pump water, etc. Mechanically, trials at several training colleges have demonstrated fuel consumption reductions. Going a step further, one can translate fuel reduction into increased mower life, reduced engine wear, fewer replacement parts – and it soon becomes clear that the benefits are very attractive to your facility’s bottom line. Another added bonus? Less fuel use means a smaller carbon footprint. Most importantly, top-line benefits are realized with improved turf appearance and better playability. The resulting elevation in customer satisfaction will further enhance revenues, making management and end users alike extremely happy. Steven Nixon has been with Bernhard and Company since 2001 and was recently appointed its International Sales Manager. For more information about the benefits of grinding: www.bernhardgrinders.com, 888.474.6348 (888-GRIND-IT).

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This is me on the 74 foot sail boat that they used in the movie Wedding Crashers. We had a blast sailing on the Chesepeake Bay for two hours. I’ve never sailed before, so it was really cool!

Hi everyone! Since I have last written, I have had a very busy schedule. I have spent the last 20 out of 29 days (including 12 days in a row) on the road playing tournaments. During that time, I played five events and been to Illinois, Missouri, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maryland (and, of course, home in Florida). It has been filled with great golf courses, seeing local sights, visiting family - and having a lot of fun. One of the things I’ve always noticed when we travel for tournaments is how many players don’t seem to take advantage of the cool sights At the Pepsi Little Peoin the towns ple’s Championship, they are in. It we went to Hannibal, seems they Missouri to explore the play, practice, Mark Twain Caves with my friend Abby and our eat and stay in dads. The caves were their rooms. I where a lot of Tom respect that, Sawyer’s stories were but my dad set. They went almost 1,000 feet down and all and I don’t added up have more have the cathan 30 miles of twists pability to just and turns. Cool fact: it sit in a room is always 55 degrees in for the next the caves! 24 hours, so we turn every trip into an adventure. We make sure to have a fun time on and off the golf course. After all, we may never again get back to these cool places. So after the round and a little extra practice, we

will go explore whatever there is to see and do. This time, on our big adventure that was almost a month long, we started at Pepsi Little People’s outside of St Louis. We flew in and went right to Bush Stadium for a Cardinals’ Game. There wasn’t a lot to do in Quincy, Illinois, but we found some cool stuff like the Mark Twain Cave, we ate on the Mississippi River and played the hardest mini golf course ever in Hannibal, Missouri. We actually have a friend who is from there who was also playing in the tournament, so we went to their 400 acre farm and rode four wheelers and looked for deer (and saw lots of them!). Four days later we were back in FL, in Daytona for the HJGT Mid-Season Girls Invitational. This is a bunch of us at the Florida Girls State Between the second and third Junior Amateur Championship. We all got round, we rented jet skis on together at the clubhouse to watch the USA vs the Intracoastal. What a blast! Germany Game. Just another way to have fun after a round! I was home for two days, and


then we were back in Daytona for the Florida Girls State AM. We watched world cup soccer with a crowd in the clubhouse, ate on the Pier and visited a few colleges. Right from there we flew to Cape Cod to a three-day break with family for July 4th. Then we drove down to Maryland for an AJGA tournament. On the way we stopped in Newport, RI and we saw the Breakers, a gorgeous mansion, and then explored the amazing Newport waterfront. Not all our plans work perfectly, so ten hours in traffic later we finally ended up in Maryland, but not before seeing New York City, which is always stunning in the evening. In Maryland, we had so much fun! We saw an Orioles game (we try to go to baseball parks when we travel!), toured a WWII submarine in Baltimore Harbor, we went on a two-hour sailboat ride on the Chesapeake Bay (on the same sail boat they used in the movie “Wedding Crashers” – my dad even steered!) and we spent time in downtown Annapolis eating and shopping (shopping is a common theme, too). While performing well in tournaments is always the priority, our goal is to not let the time we have together be only on the golf course and a small hotel room. While the results I’ve had on the course aren’t bad either, our motto is “It’s not just about the golf.” Next up, Charleston and Charlotte – who knows what awaits us there!? If you go on cool golf adventures and want to share your pictures, tweet them using #notjustgolf. We would love to see all the cool places you have been! Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 4

Each year, The First Tee recognizes outstanding players and participants with a sponsored trip to The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy, where selected participants from The First Tee chapters throughout the globe play championship golf, participate in life skills activities and career exploration, experience dorm living and meet a wide variety of young people from around the world. The overall purpose of the Academy is to provide participants with valuable character education and leadership instruction. The First Tee of Central Florida is proud to announce that Christion McBride, a 16-year-old golfer who participates from the program’s Hunter’s Creek location, has been selected to attend the 2014 Life Skills and Leadership Academy. This year’s Academy will take place July 23-29 in San Diego, and is hosted by The First Tee of San Diego, Sycuan Golf Resort and San Diego State University. Christion has participated in The First Tee youth development program since the Central Florida chapter opened in October 2012. He is presently in the program’s Birdie Level. Known for his consummate politeness, Christion has overcome a lot to become the golfer he is today. He has a condition that causes congenital joint contractures, making it difficult to flex joints. As one can imagine, this has made gripping the club a challenge for him. But no one has ever heard Christion utter one complaint on the course, choosing instead to exhibit a positive attitude and graciousness for the ability to participate in the program. “Christion’s determination and perseverance are inspiring not only to our kids, but to the coaches and volunteers as well,” said Thomas Lawrence, Executive Director of The First Tee of Central Florida. “Although it is difficult for him at times, coaches and volunteers have never heard Christion complain about walking the golf course, and he prefers to be treated like all of the other participants in all of the activities we do.”

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sustainability, community planning and design. Solivita’s miles of walking, biking and golf cart paths connect neighborhoods to indoor and outdoor amenities designed to enhance the community’s active lifestyle, including three dining venues, shops, 14 indoor and outdoor swimming pools, 17 pickleball courts, nine Har-Tru tennis courts and Freedom Park offering softball, bocce and horseshoes. Nearly 150,000 square feet of community and neighborhood amenity centers include the Stonegate Club Golf Club offering 36 holes of championship golf; the 32,000-square-foot Riviera Spa and Fitness Center featuring an indoor track and dance studio; and the lakefront Solivita Village, a 109,000-square-foot town center of individual buildings with arts and ceramics studios, restaurants, the 17,000-square-foot Starlite Ballroom, a library, computer labs and a game room. Solivita’s full-time activities director and lifestyle team provide a year-round calendar of social activities, special events, fitness classes and more than 150 resident clubs. Planned for 5,800 homes, the gated golf-cart community offers a collection of 15 Courtyard, Garden, Classic, Estate

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LUXURY Florida attracts golfers from all over because of its aboveaverage weather and lush golf courses. It’s also home to some of the top golf instructors in the world. Our three Florida TOURAcademy locations–TPC Sawgrass, World Golf Village, Tiburón Golf Club–feature the very best of the best in the teaching industry, with accolades including:

Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers Golf Digest’s America’s Best Teachers (Top 40 Under 40) Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Your State Golf Tips Top 30 Instructors LPGA Southeast Section Teacher of the Year South Florida PGA Southwest Chapter Teacher of the Year Each TOURAcademy Instructor demonstrates a level of expertise that goes beyond the full swing and includes fitness, club fitting, and the mental game, so that you can receive a total game-improvement experience. The TOURAcademy philosophy is rooted in the latest science on the golf swing and what our instructors have learned observing and working with the very best players in the world. Indeed, TOURAcademy students include recent champions on the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour, not to mention several top-ranked junior players. At all three of our Florida locations, you’ll be able to receive a variety of top services, from one-on-one instruction (Private Lessons) to group instruction (Golf Schools, Junior Camps, Clinics & more) to Elite and Custom training. There’s even a Lite Training program (3 hours of daily instruction) available at each location, for those golfers who need more flexibility with their schedule. All three facilities also offer the latest in stateof-the-art technology, from TrackMan and FlightScope launch monitor systems to two of only 20 TaylorMade Performance Labs in the entire country (at TPC Sawgrass and Tiburón).

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How to Make a Clean Escape from the Greenside Bunker By Travis Fulton, TOURAcademy Director of Instruction Take a slightly wider stance than normal, kinking your right knee in toward the target. This moves the left hip out over the left shoe, positioning your sternum directly over the ball, where it should remain throughout the swing.

On the backswing, hinge the clubhead up fairly quickly from a very stable lower base, rotating your left arm around your body. From this solid foundation, the clubhead will fall right back where it started, 1-2 inches behind the ball. Allow your arms to fall down in front of you, returning the shaft to the same neutral to slightly forward-leaning position it was at address. Keep the left knee bent through impact, which helps you stay level through the strike.

Accelerate the clubhead into a long, full finish, so that your hands finish above your left shoulder. Your elbows should feel soft and your arms like heavy ropes at this point, an indication of a tensionfree swing.

By Joel Jackson, Editor, GCSA Photos by Joel Jackson

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Show and Tell: Turf Art This month in Live Golf and Clippings we will “show off” some turf art on Florida golf courses. Live Golf will illustrate turf painting and Clippings will present some creative

mowing and landscaping effects. When it comes to creative turf painting we are most familiar with football field fifty-yard line logos and endzones and perhaps team logos on other sports fields.

In the golf world some courses have adopted turf painting to highlight special events. Enjoy the artistic results of some of the hard-working and creative people in golf course maintenance.

Spurred on by the success of the “Rally” logo, Superintendent Kyle Sweet also created a stencil of the Sanctuary Golf Club logo and also painted that on the putting green slope for the annual Member-Guest Tournament. Photo courtesy of Kyle Sweet CGCS, Golf Course Superintendent.

Golfers rally around the logo on tournament day. Photo courtesy of Kyle Sweet CGCS, Golf Course Superintendent. “Rally the Cure” Logo on the putting green slope at the Sanctuary Golf Club on Sanibel Island when they hosted a fund raiser tournament for Breast Cancer. Photo courtesey of Kyle Sweet CGCS, Golf Course Superintendent.

Behind the scenes. The “Rally” logo didn’t come out of a box. Superintendent Kyle Sweet made the stencil used to create the logo using turf paint. Photo courtesy of Kyle Sweet CGCS, Golf Course Superintendent.


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Checkmate! Here is a “checkerboard”-mowing mowing pattern on the large approach to the par 5, 13th hole at the Camp Creek Golf Club in the Florida Panhandle; superintendent Larry Livingston is the Superintendent. Photo by Joel Jackson.

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Moscato as you have never experienced it

By Chris Thompson

Moscato has taken America by storm

over the past few years; this light, fresh, fruity, sweet wine is just the elixir for all levels of wine drinker; from the novice to the seasoned connoisseur. Though Moscato can be found all over the world from as unlikely places as Moldova in Eastern Europe, the undisputed king of all Moscato is Moscato d’Asti. Moscato d’Asti is made with Moscato Bianco (di Canelli) grapes and comes from the Asti appellation in Piedmont, Northern Italy. Why it is considered the finest of all Moscato is apparent upon palming a glass and smelling the heady and intense nose that is hallmark of Moscato d’Asti. A well respected producer of Moscato is Alessandro Boido of Ca d’Gal, a fourth generation vintner who’s vineyards are in Santo Stefano Belbo, the center of the heart of the most prized lands for growing Moscato. His moscato, Lumine, has all the characteristics of Moscato d’Asti with a note of crisp apple and a hint of mint, the intensity of these aromas without being heavy handed are what stand it apart among its peers. After a sip of Lumine you no longer think of Moscato as a light party wine, but meriting consideration as a very serious wine. Alessandro has a particularly old vineyard of Moscato with vines that

A glass of Ca d’Gal Moscato d’Asti served with fresh berries

are 50-80 years old that produces a low yield of fruit. These grapes give a golden juice of a richness that is not surpassed among Moscato grapes. So special is the wine that Alessandro produces from these grapes it is released an additional 1 year after the vintage. Alessandro also does something that to my knowledge no other producer of Moscato does, he holds back a portion of the bottles of each vintage of Vigna Vecchia and releases

them 6 years from the harvest. For those familiar with Moscato this is unheard of for a wine that is mostly consumed within a year from the harvest.


During my last trip to Italy I was invited to attend a vertical tasting of Vigna Vecchia from 1999 thorugh 2011 with other industry professionals. The vertical was missing only the 2002 vintage which he did not make and 2003 which we later tasted at a Michelin Star restaurant La Ciau del Tornavento which boasts a cellar of 60,000 bottles. This tasting was eye opening as to what Moscato is truly capable of. Each vintage was a revelation of flavors and intense perfumes. The 2004 vintage for example was astounding, at 10 years old its freshness was remarkable. My notes read like a love note, “Big and very persistent nose of exotic fruit, mint, sage, a hint of rosemary. Bold and bright on the palate showing harmony between aroma and taste with a freshness characteristic of a much more youthful wine. I am in love.” Though Vigna Vecchia is not currently available in the States, Lumine which is readily available in Florida will give you a glimpse at the greatness of Moscato d’Asti.

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Golf Buddy VS4 GolfBuddy, a leading innovator in the golf GPS industry, has launched the newest addition to its innovative Voice line, the VS4. The easy-to-use and versatile distance-measuring audio device has been in high demand by retailers and customers since it was first revealed at the 2014 PGA Show this past winter. GolfBuddy’s latest innovation, the VS4, is guaranteed to speed up play and improve your golf game with accurate and precise course measurement. Building on the technological innovation of the Voice+ device, the VS4 unit includes several exciting new features, but is still as easy and accurate as its predecessor. Remarkably easy to use, the VS4 features GolfBuddy’s proprietary dynamic green view technology, speaking accurate distances to the front, center and back of the green with just the click of a button. This multi-lingual device benefits from all the technical developments that have made GolfBuddy the clear global leader in the development of innovative measuring devices. In addition to relaying accurate distances, the VS4 is water-resistant and features a 10hour battery life, shot distance measurement and tells the time via a digital clock. The VS4 is complete with more than 37,000+ pre-loaded golf courses worldwide, many of which have been verified in person and on foot to offer the utmost accuracy. Featuring GolfBuddy’s Automatic Course & Hole Recognition technology, the VS4 device always knows exactly what course and hole you’re playing on. Like all GolfBuddy products, the VS4 is 100% fee-free with no annual subscriptions or course download charges to pay after purchase. For more information about GolfBuddy visit: www.golfbuddyglobal.com

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Warm It Up One question

I get asked A LOT when it comes to my golfers is this “What are some good warm up exercises I can do on the course or range if I don’t have access to a gym?” This

By Mitch Sadowsky MS SPSc TP11 USAW AIS FMS Director of Folf Fitenss Lake Nona Country Club

is one of my favorites because there are so many options. One thing I always like to say is “find something you WANT to do that will include movements of several body parts, includes all three planes of motion and makes you feel ready to swing the club.” Here are two that we’ve used recently with 7 Time Canadian Women’s Long Drive Cham-

pion Lisa “Long Ball” Vlooswyk. These exercises are perfect for doing on the range before your practice or play and can be done anywhere as they require minimal space.

Thoracic Extension Push Back Starting in a Push Up position, push your heels down to the ground flexing your hips up and flexing at the shoulder. This is will also help stretch your calves and hamstrings as well as help develop more thoracic extension. One key I like to use is to “keep the quads tight” which will help extend the legs and create more stretch through the posterior chain. Do this movement for 2-3 sets of 5-6 repetitions.

3 plane rotation from split stance Grab a club (any club will do). Keep the arms straight and extended holding the club at shoulder height and take a lunge step forward with your left foot (Split Stance Rotation Start 1, 2). Think a long step forward so the left knee is behind or even with your ankle. The first movement will be to rotate your upper body to the left (into the lead leg) and dipping the left shoulder down like you are paddling a canoe (Split Stance Rotation 1). While rotating, make a small lunge down and slightly forward. Think of moving the toes from behind or even with the ankle to slightly in front of the ankle. Come back to the starting lunge position (split stance with the club shoulder height, arms extended). Repeat the movement but this time rotating keeping the arms shoulder height (Split Stance Rotation 2). You will also repeat the same lower body movement. Return to the starting position. Repeat the same movement but as you rotate, you will elevate your left arm above your shoulder (Split Stance Rotation 3).





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Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Partners With The National Training Center The world’s premier

junior golf academy has taken its junior golf program to new heights, partnering with the National Training Center (NTC) for fitness and performance training for students of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy (GGGA). The NTC, which is located less than 10 minutes from the GGGA offices and Montverde Academy, where GGGA students attend school and the GGGA student living facilities, is a state-of-the-art sports and fitness facility located in Clermont, Fla.

It is a training ground for many Olympic and professional athletes. “Partnering with the National Training Center in Clermont is a huge addition to our program,” said Gary Gilchrist. “We want our students to train like champions. Now, with the help of the tremendous staff and facilities at NTC, our students will reach new heights in their performance with elite training unparalleled at any other junior golf academy in the world.” The NTC team will work in unison with the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy golf fitness program, training and preparing GGGA’s student-athletes for peak performance. GGGA’s fitness training aims to reinforce movement patterns and enhance body function, supporting the technical training of the golf swing. This kind of additional support on the range and during designated fitness training contributes to the player’s overall development through unified support from the GGGA team. “We are excited about the opportunity to improve the skills and athleticism of these student athletes,” said Roseanne Breckels, LiveWell Fitness Center Membership & Clinical Fitness Manager. “Our sports performance team working with GGGA coaches will deliver a comprehensive program helping the Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 4

athletes reach their true potential.” The National Training Center, on the South Lake Hospital LiveWell Campus, features a human performance lab for sports science testing, athletic fields, aquatic center with a 70 meter x 25 yard heated pool, 400-meter outdoor track and field complex/cross country course and the LiveWell Fitness Center. In addition to its facilities, the NTC has built an experienced staff of degreed exercise specialists and coaches that provide advanced training using the latest techniques in fitness and performance. In addition to serving thousands of community members, it has also hosted thousands of athletes from over 25 countries, hundreds of colleges and dozens of Olympic and professional athletes in various sports for training and events including track and field, triathlon, swimming, running, soccer, cycling, rugby, lacrosse, synchronized swimming, cyclo-cross and more. Fitness training is one of the five areas of training as part of Gary Gilchrist’s signature holistic approach to golf training in addition to technical training, mental training, strategy and personal development. All GGGA students golf training is conducted at Mission Inn Resort

and Club, in Howey in the Hills, approximately 20 minutes from the NTC, GGGA offices and housing. In addition to the residential Full Time Junior Golf Program, GGGA also features summer golf camps, winter golf camps and programs, training and golf lessons for amateurs, professionals and adults. The academy boasts students from more than 20 countries and has pushed graduates on to all levels of collegiate and professional golf, accruing more than 150 junior and professional wins since 2008, including 6 major championships. The Academy is committed to excellence in every facet of golf, fitness, personal development and academics, evident through relationships with Montverde Academy, an acclaimed private college preparatory school, and the American Junior Golf Association. Gary Gilchrist, founder of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, has been recognized as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher 2013-2014 and as a Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher in America 2012-2013 and 20142015. Gilchrist teaches many of the game’s top juniors and pros at his academy, including PGA Tour pro Morgan Hoffmann, LPGA star Shanshan Feng, European Tour winner Fabrizio Zanotti and many more. 49

By Bob Bolton

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The Oaks a West Coast Florida Jewel There’s just something about a private country club that makes you want to dress a bit sharper, polish your shoes and make sure you remember to use your best grammar and manners. The Oaks is no exception. Just a short drive south of Sarasota on Route 41 you turn onto a winding path that takes you back to an auspicious clubhouse and the amenities that go with it. We were greeted by Tim Beckwith, the Director of Golf and welcomed with open arms by Julia Schreuder, the Golf Shop Retail aficionado. Tim focused on telling us about the history of the course and the great layout he had picked for us to play (since there are two courses at The Oaks), the Eagle Course. Julia was more than happy to show us the various amenities of the Shop and the extensive retail choices (not that I don’t have enough golf shirts already). When you play as many great golf courses as I am blessed to play, you almost feel compelled to take home a “shirt souvenir”. The Oaks has two golf courses, the Eagle (designed by Arthur Hills) and the Heron (originally designed by Willard Byrd). With an extensive practice facility we quickly warmed up and headed to the first tee of the Eagle. With 8 sets of tees, ranging from 4426 to 7003 yards, there’s


a tee for anyone to play from. I chose the Blue tees, which measured 6485 yards. The first thing you notice about the grounds at the clubhouse and on the course is the impeccably manicured grass and landscaping. The word “stately” best describes the view you have as you cruise the course. The front nine starts with a couple of par 4’s on #1 and #2, followed by a 168 yard par 3, which looks like a post card, with a bridge that splits the water between the tee box and the green, beautifully landscaped and an old tree that frames the left side of the green. Did I mention the tree? Hello double bogie on a par 3 after starting par, par. Ouch! I felt better after making a birdie on the #1 handicap, par 5 6th hole. Dropping an 8 foot birdie putt made me feel a bit better after the sting of the par 3 tragedy. One of the things that became consistent about the front nine was how slippery the water-lined greens seemed, with edges that drifted toward the water on nearly every hole. It kept me awake and honest on my approach shots.

The back nine starts with a dogleg left, with palms that border the hole. I par’d the 11th through the 14th, with my pride and joy being a par on the 11th, 198 yard long par 3, into the wind. After the 14th, the wheels came off for a bit, anything to keep my humble I guess. The 18th is a 524 yard, par 5, that wraps around the pond in front of the golf course, as a sweeping dogleg right. As I approached my third shot I was reminded that I was playing in Florida, due to the presence of a 9’ alligator on the edge of the pond. He seemed to grin back at me when I hit my approach shot within 12 feet of the hole. My game that day wasn’t as beautiful, picturesque or manicured as the course, but it was an awesome round of golf. The Eagle course at The Oaks is one of the most aesthetic courses I have played in Florida. In addition to the two beautiful golf courses, The Oaks has Tennis, Croquet and various social events to enjoy as a member. For more information you can visit The Oaks online at www.theoaksclub.com.

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A Real Georgia “Peach” When you think of great golf courses in the state of Georgia, the courses that immediately spring to mind are the Augusta National Golf Club, Atlanta Athletic Club, and East Lake. But there’s a course in the south central part of the Peach State that is a top-notch golf experience which is accessible, affordable, and proclaims to be “best value in the South.” I am referring to the Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course – located at the Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Course (www.lakeblackshearresort.com) near Cordele, Georgia. “We spent a lot of time in the last year transforming this course into what

it was intended to be,” says Brian Boe-

“The Georgia Golf Trail is very pleased

ling, regional director of golf operations

to have Lake Blackshear Resort and

at Lake Blackshear. “In October, we are

the Georgia Veterans Golf Course as

upgrading our bunkers. Our regulars

a part of the trail,” says Doug Hol-

like our commitment to excellence. We

landsworth, founder of Georgia Golf &

are looking forward to strong business

Travel. “Lake Blackshear is a wonderful

this fall and next spring, our two peak

resort that a lot of people don’t know


about and we want to help change that.

Designed by architect Denis Griffiths and listed on Golf Digest’s list of four star-rated courses, this layout is one of

It is a great place for the entire family or a company business meeting.” What makes the Lake Blackshear

the courses on the Georgia Golf Trail,

Resort so special for golfers and their

which puts it in somewhat exclusive

families is the wide variety of activities

company. After playing this golf course,

available for everybody. Besides golf,

it’s worth including on anybody’s golf

the list of things to do range from hik-

‘bucket list.’

ing on nature trails to swimming, fishing, and boating on Lake Blackshear to hunting quail, turkey, or deer, depending on the time of the year. There’s also a model airplane flying field, a museum which honors U.S. Veterans, and a Frisbee golf course. And, you can also get married at this resort! The marina at Lake Blackshear is its own destination where you can rent pontoon, fishing, and ski boats on this 8,700-acre lake. The pride of the fleet at Lake Blackshear is Liberty Lady, a 50-passenger vessel which can be rented for weddings, family/class reunions, and parties.


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Also, very few resorts offer as much variety, from an accommodation perspective, as the Lake Blackshear Resort. There are formal options such as the lodge, private villas and cabins – all with views of Lake Blackshear. Or, you can sleep in a tent, your camper, or an RV. And, the lodge has an indoor and outdoor pool, an outdoor hot tub, and a fitness room. And the restaurant on site – Cordelia’s – serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can also retreat to the 88’s Lakeside Bar, a unique setting, which overlooks Lake Blackshear. The name of the bar is affiliated with 1788, when Georgia became a state, and the city of Cordele, which was founded in 1888. Another unique tourism opportunity for those who visit Lake Blackshear is the SAM Shortline Excursion Train (www. samshortline.com or 877-427-2457). This train has 1949 vintage cars, which are

air conditioned. It travels back and forth between Cordele and Archery. Along

the 15th hole, which is the ‘Signature

the way, it stops at Georgia Veterans

Hole.’ This dogleg-left par five has a lake

State Park, Leslie, Americus, Plains, and

bordering the hole for most of its length.

Archery. You can jump off the train at

A well struck tee shot will veer left once

any of these locations, have lunch, and

it hits the fairway. If your tee shot rolls

catch the next train through that day. Or,

far enough down the fairway, you might

you can spend the night in any of these

have a chance to reach the green in two.

towns and then catch the train the next

If the ‘risk’ is successful, you will be ‘re-

day back to your original destination.

warded’ with an eagle putt. Overall, it’s a

But, getting back to golf,

beautiful hole from beginning to end and

this par 72 layout at Geor-

even more enjoyable if you avoid ‘the

gia Veterans Memorial Golf

drink.’ A par five will keep you coming

Course measures 7,059 yards

back. After a birdie four, smile and take

(from the back/gold tees)

a ‘selfie.’

with four sets of tees and is

Once you walk off the 18th green, head

the home of 130 sand traps,

to the Cypress Grill. At this ‘19th Hole,’

hundreds of squirrels, and

you can relive your experiences on the

at least one grey fox! If you

“best value in the South.” To make this

want a ‘scouting report’ on

experience a reality, call the pro shop –

this course, I suggest you

800-459-1230 -- to reserve your tee time

check out the website. It will

and book a room at the resort. Fore! _______________________________________

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The author of this story is Mike May, a freelance sports writer based in Wellington, Florida. Mike is an avid golfer and he encourages you to visit the Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Course at your earliest convenience. Mike can be reached via email: mmaymarketing@gmail.com 55

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What was your high school experience like?

I played sports, cheerleader and in the band. I was a class clown sometimes.

Do you play any sports now? What is your favorite sport to watch?

I just recently started golf lessons with my dad. My dad plays for fun, my brother was on the team in high school, and now my nephew of 5 is years-old is picking up the game so watch out Tiger Woods. My favorite sport to watch is football. My team is the Washington Redskins.

What makes your club special?

Green Meadow is a private club. The members are like a family. We celebrate birthdays together, we pray for each other’s families in times of hardships, and everyone here is welcoming and kind. I feel at home with my job which is a first.

If you weren’t a cart girl what would you be doing?

If I wasn’t a cart girl: I would be focusing on my business for fitness training and personal training clients. I love to cook and teach healthy cooking for families. I am passionate about fitness.

What is your most memorable moment as a cart girl?

My first month as cart girl I was going to give one of my customers a hug and broke my nose by hitting the top of the cart when I leaned in. The other moment was during a charity tournament when one of my favorites screamed “Watch this shot guys. It’s so good it’ll cure cancer! “ He hit the ball 20 ft straight into the fountain in the pond. It was not the shot heard around the world but all 10 of us were horse laughing for a week.

Do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy tubing the river, working out, cooking, reading, and most of all random moments of adventure.

What do you do to relax in the evening?

I don’t go out much, but when I do it’s to the symphony, theater, or movies. I love fantasy flicks and thrillers.

What’s your favorite charity?

I currently give monthly to our local Christian radio station to help children in Africa with basic needs. I plan to do a missionary trip next year.

If I could vacation anywhere for a week, where would you go?

I would go to Greece and see the ancient ruins. Not many people know this about me, but I love ancient history. I would love to take the Walk of Jesus tour through Jerusalem and see the rest Israel.



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no fakin'

Makin’ the Rounds with No-Fakin No-Fakin says: I love the part of the day when I can get away from the computer and out of the chair as the world of golf awaits my unquenchable desire to wail-away at the little white ball. These days those little white balls can be lots of other colors, really? When all the testing is finished y’all let me know if a green, orange or yellow ball finds the hole easier and I’ll add them to my bucket list. Oh to be young again! I’ve already been told by a golf friend that Ricky Fowler golf clothes are really meant for the younger crowd, not for half bald old guys with dunlap disease. Hmmm, hush yor mouth, I’ll wear what I want to wear young buck. Fowler clothes are pretty dang casual compared to the Loudmouth line of clothes that was introduced a few years ago. I would love to wear some of those outlandish pants but my peers would think I’m goin’ through mid-life crisis and dodge my calls, come up with excuses why they can’t play or tell me sorry we already have a 3-some. That concept of “be yourself and don’t pay attention to what other people think.” is not so smart when it comes to golf and biker clubs. It’s a whole lot better if ya fit in and don’t stand out. Just sayin’. But this is the new millennium and the young generation of golfers says forget about the old and in with the new fashionable balls and clothes. I may not be able to pull off the fashion statement but love to play with the young “hip” golfers. I do admire the young players of this century with their long drives, flat belly’s and limber backs. Most of my so called “long knocking” friends have never hit the ball as far as these young men today. Amazing to witness in person, hear the sound of pure compression and explosion, then trying to follow the ball flight way past my visual capabilities. WOW! All while wearing plaids and stripes and big dots on their pants and those white belts. I love golf but that goes without sayin’, unlike your woman, it’s a pleasure and downright requirement to tell her loud, proud and often how much you love her.

thoughts for the month. Playing in some awesome tournaments the past month at some favorite golf courses made August a special time of the season. Finished 1st, 2nd, and out of the money in another makes for a good month. Preparing for the World Amateur in Myrtle Beach, yes my first, made practice very important. As my swing tweak brought some higher scores temporarily, the timing has returned and the ball flight, distance and accuracy has improved. Not sure at this writing if this article will be presented at the World Am or shortly thereafter. Regardless, I’m ready for 19th hole and meeting with new friends and friends from East Tennessee as we share stories of the day over a few beverages of our choice. Really hoping to pick up some good material for the following issue, introduce the FL TN Golf Central Winter Tour and add some new sponsors. The introduction of the FL TN Golf Central was really well taken by friends and golfers in Tennessee and have read some really inspiring and encouraging emails from readers. Thank you very much for the kind words. In the words of Charlie Sheen, FL TN Golf Central is WINNING! I have always been proud to promote the game and the results of tournaments and showcase the talent of Tennessee. While talking with some winners and hopeful winners the idea of publicity spreading regionally hasn’t quite sunk in with some of the guys and dolls of Tennessee and Florida but it will eventually. The video’s on the website golfnews4friends.net was another addition this year and has been a lot of fun to produce and display on Youtube and the website. Some shout-outs this month to the Neal brothers at Lakeside.

Mike & Tim have run some great tournaments this year and boys at Lakeside are fun to hang-out with. Mark Brown at Three Ridges knows his stuff and the Knox County 2-Man had a record crowd as well as over a hundred Web.com qualifiers preparing for the Knoxville Open qualifying round the day after the two-man. You would have to be a general manager to understand the stress of watching over a full course of players and have it all stopped by storm showers. Tough decisions have to be made and no one took it more serious than Mark. As unfortunate as the weather conditions made it, Mark made the right call and took the heat in stride. Buddy McMahan and his right hand man Mark Franklin have been successful where ever they have been. Morristown Golf & Country Club or as we commonly call it “Oscars”, is one of the best 9-hole courses around and although Buddy is an investor in two other local courses, Oscars is his baby and it shows in the way he cares for it and the golfing customers. As some results are not found in this issue I would recommend spending some time on golfnews4friends. net for complete coverage of local and regional tournament results. Thanks to all of our new found friends and potential sponsors. We are overwhelmed with reaching as many golfers in business as fast as we can. Let this be a trigger for golfers in business to stop and think of the possibilities and opportunity to reach fellow golfers. All it takes is one ringydingy, two ringy-dingy to 865-5564653 for our special season offers on promoting your business. SALUTE!

Makin says: No-Fakin went on a fashion tangent but that has nothing to do with my




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2014 Competitive Tournaments Dates


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5-6 26-27




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Holston Hills Stroke Play

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Beaver Brook Stroke Play

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Woodlake 2-Man Scramble

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Nolichucky Scottish Lowball

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Lakeside Stroke Play

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Link Hills Invitational

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July 12-13

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Greater Knoxville Amatuer

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Clinchview 2-Man Scramble

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Dandridge 2-Man Senior

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River Island 2-Man Scramble 865-933-0100 (Kendrick & Whitehead)


Three Ridges Knox Co 2-Man 865-687-4797 (Chapman & Kennedy)


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By Glenn Makin

Bryce Kendrick & Lee Whitehead Earn Top Spot in the Morristown Golf & Country Club Oscar’s 2-Man Swat The championship flight for the Oscar’s 2-man scramble found 13 teams within 3-shots after Saturday’s round and promised to be a challenging day open to the team ready to play its Sunday best. Bryce Kendrick & Lee Whitehead were one back of locales Steve “Redman” Epps & Tommy “T-Buck” Buchanan and Rafael Jackson & Will Jarnigan. The Tennessee Tech golf standouts preparing for their college season were up to the challenge coming off a dominating win the previous week at the River Islands 2-Man and early season “worst to first” win in the Patriot Hills 2-Man. Jackson & Jarnigan were ready to claim another Lakeway Area win after their Clinchview 2-Man Scramble win in late July but the flat stick was there demise on Sunday. The day belonged to Kendrick & Whitehead posting a 15-under (55) to win by 5-shots and the birdies and eagles poured in from all over the greens. “I’ll have to check but don’t think we’ve had a 55 score in this tournament before,” said Buddy McMahan, club owner. Jackson & Jarnigan went the wrong way on Sunday but were able to hold on to a runner-up finish as Holt & Franklin, declaring championship after a bad start Saturday, came within one of the first round leaders. There is something honorable to be said for championship players who declare a higher flight so as not to take advantage of the field. Saturday brought some excitement from one of the women teams as Karen Williams & Melissa Finley posted a 12-under (58) to share 3rd place with five other teams. “That was fun, I don’t know what we will score Sunday

but it doesn’t matter because today was worth it,” said Williams. Moving back a set of tees for the final round proved to be fatal for the two ladies. While many of the teams were headed in the wrong direction on Sunday with tough pin placements and the tee boxes moved back, there were some outstanding turn-a-rounds in the first and second flights. Jeff Campbell & Dennis Williams snuck in with a six stroke improvement to win the second flight by one shot over three teams tied for 2nd. Boddie Bible & Zach Briggs were off the mark on Saturday but improved by five shots on Sunday to capture the first flight by four over two teams. The third flight was much tighter with Chris Cole & Jason Blumdahl winning by one shot over Andrew McGinis & Hunter Blanken. McMahan and his staff did an awesome job of taking care of the players with grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and all the fixin’s on Saturday and a smooth transition from morning to afternoon flights. Three Cheers for the club. If you haven’t experienced the Oscar›s tournaments watch the golf schedule and add Oscar’s to your play list.

Whittenburg & Hopson

Bible & Briggs


1st- Kendrick & Whitehead 58-55--113 2nd- Jackson & Jarnigan 57-61--118 3rd- Holt & Franklin 61-58--119 4th- Buttry & Jennings 58-62--120 4th- Seal & Fender 60-60--120

First Flight

1st- Bible & Briggs 61-56--117 2nd- Moore & Bales 61-60--121 2nd- Griffin & Jennings 62-59--121 4th- Ballinger & Ballinger 63-62--125 4th- Irwin & Skeen 62-63--125 4th- Cain & Kitts 61-64--125

Second Flight Martin, Williams, Finley, Atkins

1st- Campbell & Williams 65-59--124 2nd- Moore & Collins 65-60--125 2nd- Standifer & Standifer 66-59--125 2nd- Allen & Greene 65-60--125 5th- Franklin & Collett 65-62--127

Third Flight

Finley & Williams

62 62

McMahan, Kendrick, Whitehead


1st- Cole & Blumdahl 68-66--134 2nd- McGinis & Blanken 68-67--135 3rd- Jarnigan & Jarnigan 69-67--136 3rd- Wiser & Shockley 68-68--136 5th- Howard & Sauceman 68-69--137 5th- Quinton & Webb 72-65--137

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By Chuck Cavalaris

links to mountains

Cheek family turns a riverboat into a great Tennessee tradition Mike Cheek was only 15-yearsold when a friend in Nashville asked a question that helped chart a totally new course in life. Would you like a summer job as a riverboat deck hand? “I said sure,” Cheek said. “A bunch of us all went to the same high school and we absolutely loved every minute of it. There might be cruises a day and it was a totally different group and a totally different experience for each one. There wasn't any hard labor, so it was just about as easy and as much fun as anything you could do.” It was just three years later that he had enough time in to earn a captain’s license and pass the Coast Guard test. After earning an accounting degree from Oglethorpe University, where he had a soccer scholarship, Mike and his wife, Tammy, had the chance to form the Tennessee Riverboat Company. As a close friend once said, “It was just one of those crazy things that was meant to happen.” Tammy is known for her bubbly personality and is a past president of the Knox Area Women’s Golf Association. Mike loves to practice and is a weekend golfer that usually shoots in the 70s He was hired as the general manager of the previous company, Star of Knoxville, in 1994. When the owner decided to liquidate a business that had boats in several cities, the Cheeks jumped at the opportunity on the Tennessee River within sight of UT's campus and majestic Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. “This boat is not a movie prop,“ Mike Cheek said proudly. “The Star of Knoxville is a 245-passenger authentic paddle wheeler. The paddles in the rear are the only propulsion for the vessel. Some boats have fake paddles, but the Star is authentic. The boat is certified by the US Coast Guard and we have to go through annual inspections and every five years we take the boat out of the water for a hull inspection (the next dry docking is set for February).” It has been a family love affair. The Cheek’s children have literally grown up the past decade at Volunteer Landing just upstream from where the Vol Navy calls home on Big Orange football weekends.



Brad Cheek started as a deck hand and earned his captain’s license at age 20 last year. Bailee Cheek has been essential in the detailed food and beverage aspects. “People sometimes look at Brad and say, ’Isn't he a little young to be a riverboat captain?” Mike said. “I just tell them he's been here for 10 years and they’re OK with it.” It also helps to have a marvelous vessel. Two diesel engines push hydraulic pumps that provide the power. Both large paddles can operate independently, which means one set of paddles can be going forward while the other is in reverse. Guests can have the best of both riverboat worlds: sit on the top deck and enjoy or the breeze or go below and relax in an enclosed area. Departures and dockings appear to be a breeze for riverboat captains John Farmer and Tim Roberts. The ride is smooth and it's inevitable for the journey to end too soon. Perhaps this explains why so many folks come back again and again. ”We offer cruises to the general public seven days a week and people can also rent the entire boat for a couple of hours or the entire day,” Mike Cheek said. “Our most popular cruises are two-hour dinner cruises and we change the entertainment and meals each night to give people choices.” The prime rib is to die for and the Murder Mystery cruise on Thursday night is a blast. It also has become a hit with fraternities, sororities and business owners. There's a new cruise theme for Civil War history, along with cruises for gospel, country music, rock, lunch, late night, sightseeing, anniversaries, weddings and the always popular fall colors. “We try and offer something for everyone,” Mike Cheek said. The views provide a unique perspective for Thompson-Boling Arena,


Neyland Stadium and some of Knoxville’s most impressive homes in Sequoyah Hills. It is totally different than a brief glimpse along Kingston Pike. “You can see where the other half reside,” Steve Hoskins of Knoxville said. “I had never done this before and really didn’t know what to expect. The food was excellent and the cruise was tremendous. It was the best Saturday night I’ve had in a long, long time.” Whether or not “Rocky Top” is playing, it also gets people fired up during football season. That song tends to reverberate in the ears of visitors from state universities in Alabama, Georgia and Florida -- among other places -- every couple of years. Fans and alumni associations from several SEC schools like to deck out the riverboat in their school colors, complete with pep bands and cheerleaders. Another very popular song is, “Rolling on the River (Proud Mary, 1971)” by Tina Turner. Perhaps best of all, groups can enjoy the riverboat's comfort and amenities on game weekends without even leaving the dock. It's hard to beat a riverboat as a place to tailgate. “That's new this year,” Mike Cheek said. “We're going to put some tents up and do our best to make folks feel at home. It’s going to be a great atmosphere. I honestly don't know why we did not think of this 10 years ago.” Now that Mike and Tammy Cheek's children have grown up, they are probably wondering the same thing. With about 300 cruises a year, it's hard for even a veteran riverboat captain to think of everything while so many people are having one of the best times of their life. For more information, call 865-525-7827 or (800) 509-2628 or log onto www.tnriverboat.com.

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By Glenn Makin

Jamie Chapman & Eric Kennedy Declared Champs in Rain Shortened Knox Co 2-Man Scottish Lowball With a forecast for a rainy weekend, the Knox County 2-Man carried on dodging the area showers on Saturday. Sunday, however, was not to be as storms and showers moved in pulled the plug on any hopes

Collins & Rose

Chapman & Kennedy

of having a battle to the finish. On Saturday Jamie Chapman teamed with former Lincoln Memorial University teammate Eric Kennedy put some fire on the competition at Three Ridges Golf Course and built a lead leaving no doubt who the winners Hall & Collins

would be if the tournament was called. The duo posted a 13-under (59) holding a 3-shot lead over two former Knox Co Champions Josh Collins & Eric Rose as well as Parker Hall & Austin Collins. The fire from Saturday was quickly drenched on Sunday, not from the competition but rather from Mother Nature who let it be known rain can stop a golf tournament. The course General Manager Mark Brown had some tough choices to make as many of the 52 teams had started play when the downpour came. Brown was also dealing with practice rounds for Web.com hopefuls who were getting an early start for


Egan & Hodge

the qualifier on the next day. “We (course superintendent and Brown) looked at the course and our usual suspected low areas and they were just too wet. The radar showed a series of storms coming our way over the next six hours and it was just best to call the tournament for the sake of the players waiting around and protecting the course.» And continued, «It’s not just the qualifier Monday but the NGA Tour is coming in Tuesday to start their five days of pro-ams and tournament play.» With the tournament declared after 18-holes the prizes were given out to the flight winners from the first round break.


Championship 1st- Chapman & Kennedy 59 2nd-T Rose & Collins 62 2nd-T Collins & Hall 62 4th-T Clenney & Rountree 63 4th-T Hall & Hawkins 63 First Flight 1st-T Hodge & Cummings 68 1st-T Egan & Childress 68 1st-T Ballinger & Ballinger 68 4th-T seven teams 69 Second Flight 1st-T Cardwell & Ulbright 71 1st-T Martin & King 71 3rd-T Wise & Young 72 3rd-T Housewright & Booker 72 5th-T 3-teams tied at 73 Senior Flight 1st- T Sennett & Scates 66 1st-T Whittenberg & Smith 66 1st-T Jones & Maples 66 4th- Lane & Christian 69

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making golf history

Centennial Anniversary Timeline As part of the TGA’s Centennial Anniversary, the association will periodically posting information on important people, places and events that have shaped amateur golf in Tennessee over the last hundred years

August 19 (2012)

Steven Fox, Hendersonville, defeats Michael Weaver, Fresno, CA, on the 37th hole to win the U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills CC. Fox was the third Tennessean to win the U.S. Amateur Championship.

August 16 (1957)

Judy Eller, Old Hickory, defeats Beth Stone, Glasgow, KY, on the 20th hole to win the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur at Lakewood CC (Denver). Eller (1957, 58) and Margaret ‘Peggy’ Harmon (1968) are the only Tennesseans to win the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur.

August 15 (1969)

Jimmy Smith, Clarksville, posts a score of 29-30 - 59 (-11) on the Middle and South 9’s at McCabe GC, Nashville, in the final round of the Capital City Open. It was the first 59 ever recorded in a tournament in Tennessee or by a Tennessean. The other six are Al Beiberger in the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic at Colonial CC in Cordova; Kenny Perry in the 1986 Capital City Open; Shaun Micheel (58) in the pro-am preceding the 1998 Omega PGA Championship (Asian PGA Tour) at Clearwater Bay G&CC, Hong Kong, China; David Gossett in the 2000 PGA Tour Q-School at LaQuinta Resort; Shelley K. Anderson in the 2007 Clarksville Ladies’ City Amateur at Eastland Green GC; and Chris Erwin in the 2010 ADI Classic (NGA Hooters Tour) at Cherry Blossom G&CC, Georgetown, KY.

August 12 (1999)

D.J. Nelson, Hixson, posts a score of 70-72-72-71 - 285 (-3) to win the TGA State Amateur at The Honors Course. The tournament commanded a record field of 957 entries, the majority of whom were required to qualify at one of the statewide sites.

August 10 (2012)

Tim Jackson, Germantown, posts a score of 66-64-72-70 - 272 to win his fifth State Amateur and 14th Tennessee Golf Association championship at Cherokee Country Club, Knoxville. Jackson’s victory tied him with Emmett Spicer, Jr., who won his fifth and final State Amateur in 1933. All of Jackson’s wins were at stroke play and Spicer’s at match play. Chattanooga’s Lew Oehmig is the leader with eight - six at match and two at stroke.

August 10 (1968)

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Harmon, Shelbyville, would defeat Kaye Beard 3&2 to capture the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur at Flint GC. Harmon joined Judy Eller (1957, 1958) as the only Tennesseans to win the championship.

August 6 (1982)

Betty Probasco, Chattanoga, captains the winning U.S. team to a 14.5-3.5 victory over Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup match at Denver CC.

August 4 (1956)

Mason Rudolph, Clarksville, defeats Lew Oehmig, Chattanooga, on the 37th hole to win the TGA State Amateur at Chickasaw CC, Memphis. By winning, Rudolph became the second player to win the State Open and State Amateur and the first to win both tournaments in the same calendar year. Those who have won both championships are Albert Stone, Jr., Rudolph,



Bobby Greenwood, Larry White, Bill Argabrite, Mike Nelms, Bob Wolcott, Garrett Willis, Tim Jackson, Andrew Pratt, Derek Rende, Jonathan Fly and Steven Fox.

July 26 (1917)

Scheduled to start today, the State Amateur is cancelled as the United States enters World War I. The tournament was revised in 1919.

July 22 (1950)

Mason Rudolph, Clarksville, defeats Charles Beville, 2&1, to win the U.S. Junior Amateur at Denver CC. Rudolph is the only Tennessean to win the U.S. Junior Amateur.

July 19 (2003)

Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, defeats Dayton Rose, 10 & 9, to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Blue Heron Pines GC (Galloway, NJ). Snedeker joined Junie Buxbaum as the only two Tennesseans to win the championship. Casey Wittenburg, Memphis, posts a score of 72-68-68-64 - 272 to win the Southern Amateur at The Homestead (Hot Springs, VA). He was the ninth Tennessean to win the tournament joining Albert Gaines (1903), John Edrington (1909), Jack Wenzler (1924), Emmett Spicer, Jr. (1926, 1930), Chasteen Harris (1931), Neil White (1940), Ed Brantly (1947), and Mike Malarkey (1963).

July 18 (1953)

Marnie Polk, Chattanooga, Defeats Elenora Karlson, Memphis, 1-up at Chickasaw CC (Memphis) to become the first player to win three consecutive TGA Women’s Amateur championships.

July 14 (1956)

James H. ‘Junie’ Buxbaum, Memphis, defeats Bill Scarborough, a Memphis native stationed in Jacksonville, FL, with the U.S. Navy, 3&2, to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Harding Park GC, San Francisco.

July 8 (1999)

Amateur Erin Kurczewski, Nashville, posts a score of 72-71 - 143 (-1) and wins a sudden-death playoff with Erin Carney, Bloomington, IN, to win the inaugural TGA State Women’s Open at GreyStone GC in Dickson.

June 27 (1943)

Cary Middlecoff, Memphis, defeats Johnny Cummings, Memphis, 6&5 to win his fourth and final TGA State Amateur at Belle Meade CC. This fourth win set a tournament record for the most consecutive victories. The old record of three was held jointly by A. Pollack ‘Polly’ Boyd and Middlecoff. As opposed to canceling the annual tournament becaue of World War II, the TGA conducted state-wide qualifying to determine the 16 players who would compete at Belle Meade. The unique plan was devised by Bob Rules, a sports writer for the Nashville Banner and secretary of the TGA. Seven players, Lew Oehming (8), Emmet Spicer, Jr. (5), Tim Jackson (5), A. Pollack Boyd (4), Cary Middlecoff (4), Ed Brantly (3) and Danny Green (3), have won three of more State Amateurs.


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Centennial Anniversary Timeline June 25 (1967)

Larry White, Lookout Mountain, wins the first TGA Sate Amateur played at stroke play by shooting 73-68-69-73 - 283 (+3) at Chattanooga Golf & CC. The following year the tournament reverted to match play and White lost in the finals to Brownsville’s Tim Taylor. Stroke play has been used since 1969.

June 22 (1975)

May 7 (1972)

Mason Rudolph, Clarksville, posts a score of 71-70-71 - 212 (-4) to win his sixth TGA State Open at Bluegrass Yacht & CC. Rudolph won a record six State Opens (1956, 1959, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1972) over a 16-year span, also a tournament record. He was an amateur and a student at Memphis State when he won his first in 1956.

Lou Graham, Nashville, posts a score of 74-72-68-73 - 287 (+3) and 71 in a playoff with John Mahaffey to win the U.S. Open at Medinah CC (No. 3). Cary Middlecoff (1949, 1956) and Graham are the only Tennesseans to win the U.S. Open.

May 4 (1958)

June 18 (1929)

Robert Emmett Spicer, Jr. (Memphis), Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame member, passes away at the age of 67. In eight years, from 1926-33, he set a standard for golf in Tennessee that has never been duplicated. During this period, few tournaments were available for the every-day working man to play in, yet he won two Southern Amateurs, five TGA State Amateurs, and six Memphis City Amateurs. “I was exceptionally fortunate that my original model was a great Memphis amateur name Emmett Spicer,” Cary Middlecoff wrote in his book, The Golf Swing.

Chasteen Harris, Memphis, posts a score of 77 to barely qualify for match play in the Southern Amateur at Belle Meade CC. On the par 475- yard 14th hole he registered an eagle three. On the 15th, a par four 242-yard hold, he recorded a hole-in-one with a brassie (No. 2 wood). At the time it was thought to be a world record when he played two consecutive holes in five-under par. This bettered by one stroke the previous record held by Jock Hutchinson, the American professional who cut four strokes off par on two holes while playing with Bobby Jones in the British Open in 1921; the par 3 8th and the par 4 9th at St. Andrews were played in one and two by Hutch.

June 16 (1961)

Teenager Ann Baker of Maryville defeats Nancy Holmes of Nashville 2-up to win the TGA State Women’s Amateur at Jackson CC. Baker reached the finals by defeating Betty Probasco of Chattanooga 4&3 in the semifinals. Probasco eliminated the tournament’s reigning five-time champion, Judy Eller of Old Hickory, in the round of eight.

June 16 (1989)

Chris Dacri (Old Hickory) defeats Melanie Gray (Cleveland) 2-up to win the TGA State Women’s Amateur at Lookout Mountain GC. It took two golf courses in two states to complete the competition. The tournament started at Valleybrook Gof & CC in Hixson, but because of flooding the tournament was switched to Lookout Mountain GC in Lookout Mountain, GA, 25 miles away.

June 11 (1949)

Cary Middlecoff (Memphis) posts a score of 286 (+2) to win the U.S. Open and first prize of $2,000 at Medinah CC, No. 3. Middlecoff would win a second U.S. Open in 1956.

June 5 (1914)

The Tennessee Golf Association is organized at the Memphis CC as an association of private golf clubs. The object of the organization, as stated in its Constitution and patterned after that of the Southern Golf Association, “shall be to promote the game of golf in the State of Tennessee.” The constitution was written by Albert W. Gaines, Chattanooga. D.S. Henderson, Chattanooga, was elected president; John P. “Jack” Edrington, Memphis, vice president; and R. M. Watkins, Chattanooga, secretary-treasurer. The board of governors included J.W.S. Rhea, Memphis; Don Rogers and Charles Lutz, Knoxville; and Roger Smith and Sheffield Clark, Nashville. It was reported inThe Commercial-Appeal the following day that clubs in Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Knoxville, Bristol, Johnson City, Jackson and Clarksville were willing to join.

May 8 (1949)

Pat Abbott, golf professional at Memphis CC, posted a score of 68-70-73 211 (-5) to win the first TGA State Open at Belle Meade CC. He won $150. Abbott was followed by Todd Houck, Memphis, 212; Joe Taylor, Bristol, 213; Johnny Morris, Nashville, 214; amateur Albert Stone, Jr., Jackson, 216; and amateur H.P. Childress, Memphis, 217. Abbott (1949, 1954, 1955, 1962) won four State Opens.

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Joe Campbell, Knoxville, posts a score of 71-72-72 - 215 (-1) to win his first TGA State Open at Holston Hills CC. Campbell would win three State Opens.

May 2 (1972)

April 29 (1951)

Ira Templeton, Chattanooga, posts a score of 73-67-67 - 207 to become the first amateur to win the TGA State Open at Signal Mountain Golf & CC. Pat Abbott, Memphis, and Johnny Morris, Nashville won the first two State Opens.

April 19 (1995)

Golf House Tennessee, home of the Tennessee Golf Association, Tennessee Section of the PGA of America, Tennessee Golf Foundation & the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame, opens in Franklin, TN.

April 16 (1956)

Amateur Mason Rudolph, Clarksville, posts a score of 72-70-78 - 220 (+10) to win his first TGA State Open at Chattanooga Golf & CC. Rudolph won a record six State Opens (1956, 1959, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1972).

March 9 (1990)

The Tennessee Golf Foundation, a 501 (C)3 corporation, is organized with plans formed for Golf House Tennessee and a Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.

March 5 (1973)

Dick Horton is hired by the Tennessee Section of the PGA of America.

February 22 (2000)

The Women’s Tennessee Golf Association and the Tennessee Junior Golf Association come under the umbrella of the Tennessee Golf Association.

February 16 (1959)

Tim Jackson, future 2-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame member, is born in Memphis.

January 6 (1921)

On January 6, 1921, Emmett Cary Middlecoff was born in Halls, TN. Dr. Middlecoff, or Doc as he was affectionately known, is widely regarded as Tennessee’s greatest golfer. As an amateur, he won four consecutive Tennessee Amateur Championships (1940, 1941, 1942, 1943), a feat that has never been duplicated. Middlecoff graduated from the University of Tennessee’s School of Dentistry, and after graduating started practicing as a dentist. He left the dentistry profession at the age of 26 to become a professional golfer. During his long and successful career, Middlecoff won 40 times on the PGA Tour (ninth all-time) including 3 majors (1949, U.S. Open, 1955 Masters, 1956 U.S. Open). In 1990, Dr. Middlecoff was inducted as a charter member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Mississippii Sports Hall of Fame and the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame.



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By Glenn Makin

Grady Daniel & Jimmy Moore Capture Dandridge 2-Man Senior Championship Dandridge Golf & Country Club offers one of the most coveted titles in East Tennessee with the running of the Dandridge 2-Man Senior Scramble. An opportunity for players over 50 years of age to battle without the young limber-back competitors in the mix. One of the duo’s Grady Daniel & Jimmy Moore have been the hottest team in the area since they reached the “Golden Years”. Daniel & Moore finish strong on Sunday to break a three-way tie going in to the final round and capture their 3rd title in the Dandridge Senior 2-Man Scramble. Mike Driver & Ty Ballenger and Sam Bounds & Chris Oldham joined Daniel & Moore with matching scores of 12-under (60) rounds. After posting a 7-under front nine

In the First Flight it was the Swaggerty brothers Mark & Glenn holding off the fast charging Glenn Makin & Jim Brown with a 9-under (63)

Daniel & Mooore - Champions

starting the round at one-up. The two teams shared the cash pot but Makin & Brown settled for a runner-up spot. Bowen & Hankins tied for 3rd with Hensley & Reid Steve Crooke played with Randy Marshall and Crooke is showing improvement after recovering from knee replacement surgery. Bounds, Green & Oldham

First Flight 1st- Swaggerty & Swaggerty 66-63--129 2nd- Makin & Brown 67-63--130 3rd- Bowen & Hankins 65-66--131 3rd- Hensley & Reid 67-64--131 5th- Jones & Rader 66-66-132 5th- Crooke & Marshall 66-66-132

the duo matched the backside with another 7-under including birdies

The Second Flight ended in a tie

on the last four holes to finish at

with the Henry Father/son team

14-under (58) and pull away from

and Messer & Wyatt. Dill & Parton.

the field. They finished three-shots up on Jimmy Green & Don Rose

Second Flight

who posted three eagles on the day

1st- Henry & Henry 68-63--131

to improve by one-shot along with

1st- Messer & Wyatt 68-63--131

Bill Love & Glen Pettit who matched

3rd- Dill & Parton 69-65--134

their score at 12-under (60).

4th- Smith & Egan 68-68--136

The other big move of the day in the

Love & Pettit

5th- Fansler & Tilson 68-70--138

championship was Ed Johnson & Jeff

6th- Johnson & Autry 70-69--139

Campbell who improved by five-shots

6th- Jones & Hancock 69-70--139

Thompson & Blankenship

on Sunday to post a 13-under (59).

Championship 1st- Daniel & Moore 60-58--118 2nd- Green & Rose 61-60--121 2nd- Pettit & Love 61-60--121 4th- Thompson & Blankenship 62-60--122 5th- Campbell & Johnson 64-59--123 6th- Bounds & Oldham 60-64--124 6th- Ballenger & Driver 60-64--124 70

A special thanks to Greg Kukla and the staff at Dandridge. As always they run smooth tournaments with no surprises. And lots of love coming from the snack bar as Felicia Taylor and Char Underwood relish their former title as Golf Central Snack Bar of the Year.


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Chirapat Jao-Javanil

from Metairie, Louisiana claimed the 2014 Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open title following her exceptional performance at Stonehenge Golf Club. Only her first time to play in the Tennessee Women’s Open, Jao-Javanil navigated Stonehenge like a seasoned veteran, posting 73-70-71, overall 2-under par 214—the only player to post a sub-par 54-hole total. Following the first round, Jao-Javanil was tied for third with a cluster of other players including Samantha Swinehart, Amanda Steinhagen, and Franklin’s Courtney Shelton just one stroke back from the leaders. With no under par rounds posted for the first day, the leaderboard showed 15 players within three strokes of the lead. With a 2-under par 70, one of only four under par rounds for the entire event, Jao-Javanil tried to turn her focus inward to claim the lead. “During the second round, I tried not to think about the scores. The course is challenging, and I knew that if I stayed patient that eventually the putts would drop. I tried not to pay attention to what everyone else was doing. I did my best and hopefully would end up in a good position,” said Jao-Javanil. Like her previous rounds, Jao-Javanil played relatively steady through tough conditions to maintain her position in the field and win the 2014 title. “Going into the third round, I had the same mind-set. I couldn’t control the outcome so my only focus was on what I should be doing—I just let things happen,” says Jao-Javanil. With a string of pars and a birdie on the par-5 second hole, Jao-Javanil made

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the turn at 35, 1-under par for the day. With two bogeys on the the par 3 eleventh hole and par 5 seventh hole, JaoJavanil rebounded with timely birdies on the fifteenth and sixteenth holes. With a crowd surrounding the final green, Jao-Javanil coasted to victory with a two-putt par on the eighteenth to finish at 71, 1-under par, for the day. A five-stroke margin separated her from her nearest threat, Franklin’s Courtney Shelton and Morristown’s Ashli Bunch. Jao-Javanil recently turned professional following her graduation from the University of Oklahoma. Originally from Thailand, she decided to move to the states and pursue college athletics. “The states have so much more opportunity and support for athletics. Thailand has no stage after junior golf, no stage to gain more experience,” explains Jao-Javanil. Her entry in the Tennessee Women’s Open marks her first win as a professional and only her second event since she gave up her amateur status—her first being the Texas Women’s Open where she had a top-15 finish. “Now that I don’t have school to worry about, I have more time to work on my weak spots. There Sept 13-14 Invitational are so many great Sept 27-28 Guys & Dolls players that you have to keep moving to keep 4411 Legends Way, Maryville TN 37801 up with everybody,” Jao-Javanil explains. She WWW.ROYALOAKSGOLFCOURSE-TN.COM hopes to make it

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on tour by working hard and trusting the process. Riley Rennell, a 15-year-old junior from Columbia, took amateur honors by edging out Jefferson City’s Kendall Martindale, the 2011 champion. Rennell finished seventh overall, only ten strokes back from leader Jao-Javanil with an impressive 76-75-73 overall 224. Many thanks to the City of Crossville, the title sponsor of the Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open, as well as to our host facility, Stonehenge Golf Club, and the many volunteers from the Fairfield Glade Community. The 2014 championship marks the eleventh year the event has been hosted in Crossville and the sixth year that Stonehenge Golf Club has played host for the championship. For more information about the Tennessee Women’s Open, including results, visit www.tnwomensopen. com. The Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open is one of seventeen championships conducted annually by the Tennessee Golf Association. Visit www.tngolf.orgfor more information about the TGA, located at Golf House Tennessee in Franklin.

By Chuck Cavalaris

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Google coach “Bob Waters AL” and grab a bucket of ice water Dear Readers: This is being written in response to an email that stated the ALS ice water challenge is stupid and people should make donations without making fools of themselves.

You need to Google, ”Bob Waters ALS“ I wrote an article about my old golf buddy. He continued to be the head football coach at Western Carolina University during his battle with ALS. He did so from a motorized wheelchair with a keyboard that was an extremely

fancy gadget at that time. This was back in 1988, the last of his 19 seasons as head coach and he earlier served as the school›s athletic director I sat in the football facility and thought about better days when an extremely athletic guy used to be a backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and looked like Steve Martin. I listened to him try and joke about how the wheelchair was literally keeping him going. Unable to move his arms or legs. Virtually paralyzed from the neck down. Yet just as sharp as ever mentally. “A prisoner in your own body,”



coach Waters said. “And you don’t partner died at know why. You just know the physiage 50. We were cal limitations only get worse. Day sad, naturally, but after day. Very, very slowly.“ it was a relief to I am not sure whether he dwelled know this ordeal on how this happened, but I asked. and his suffering He thought it could have been somewere finally over. thing in the lime used on the field at In the end, that’s the old Keezar Stadium. Two other pretty much the hand ALS deals. 49ers teammates also died from ALS So, you know what? If a person and this theory involved the lime wants to look silly pouring a bucket of getting into a cut. It also could have ice water on his or her head, I say go been attributed to painkillers used for it. And I am sure that my old golf by pro athletes at that time. buddy Bob Waters would say that, too. Truth be known, noHis legacy is just as much,“Do whatbody seems to know. ever you can for as long as you can.” Regardless of its mysterious naGo ahead and do the Google, but ture, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, please do not let it end there. often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, The ice water is a chilling reminder progressively attacks nerve cells about a cold blooded killer that seems in the brain and spinal cord unto strike without rhyme or reason. til muscle movement is lost. We should pray for all of the innocent So, it really got to me when coach victims and families that have endured a painfully slow death sentence until Waters said the worst part was not his enough money can be raised to find a dire situation -- it was feeling like you cure for this horrible, horrible disease. become a physical and financial burden to the people that love you the most. Chuck Cavalaris is a licensed realOh, my. Can it get any worse? tor and avid golfer in Tennessee and This was the same person that hit can be reached at 865-256-5998 or booming drives a few years before www.realtorchuck.com. when we won a big golf tournament in Boone, N.C. Bob Waters clearly had a gift for coaching people up and bringing out the very best. It was the same person that was a three-sport standout in high school in Sylvania, Ga., and continued to shine at Presbyterian. It was someone that would not wish ALS on his worst enemy. Assuming, of course, he had OPEN TO THE PUBLIC one somewhere. ✦ So, here is my Outings & Tournaments Welcomed lasting image of ✦ Coach Bob Waters Weekly Mon & Thurs Night Scrambles from that day more ✦ than 25 years ago: Memberships Available “ know it is too late ✦ for me,» he said. Senior Rates M-F (Excluding Holidays) «But we have got to get this figured out before it›s too late 5605 Asheville Highway for someone else.” A few months later, my friend and favorite golf



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