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Hey Guys, Happy Father's Day! It seemed appropriate to celebrate the month of Dad’s with Turf Life on the cover. Dad’s love the Turf from outside, be it mowing the lawn, swinging a club, or relaxing on the sofa watching the game. Of course, all that is after the “honey do” list is done! As you may or may not know, Turf Life is to unite turf grass industry “players” and consumer sports players everywhere, because they live, work, play, and give through the sport they love. Our main objective is to highlight their equal importance to each other and to sports fans all over the globe. Both directly and indirectly, these turf champions have created dynamic turf legacies that are admired and endeared throughout sports history and halls of fame. We want to thank those Turf Heads who take care of the land both professionally and in their own backyard so that future generations can enjoy not just the scenery but the great moments that are made on it. Turf Life is a celebration of your “happy space”. Now back to Dad’s and golf…. most of you probably have a memory of golf that relates to family. Maybe your Dad let you drive the cart while sitting on their lap or you were getting to know your father-inlaw during a game. Golf is a unique sport that has the benefit where you truly get to interact with one another, all while be in some of the most beautiful locations across our great country and abroad. Golf can be a wonderful family tradition that does not exclude the young or those who are past the age of getting their ID’s checked. No matter what the score is, no one ever says “I wish I did something else today” or “That sunset from the 18th at Pebble Beach was just ‘okay’”. It is all about the memories you make and those that you share them with. I look forward to hearing all of your stories. Speaking of family tradition, Bella Dohvey, our Junior Correspondent, is across the “pond” with her family competing in tournaments. She will have many stories to share upon her return, so stay tuned until next month for all the details.

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Editor Emeritus: Joel Jackson, CGCS Retired Media Consultant: Robert Bissell The Heater: Heather Rufer Photographers: Lynn Pelham, Brion Price, Peter Hakansson Tres Fenton, Mike Coonan, Jess Regan Senior Correspondent: Rick Harris, Sr. Junior Correspondent: Bella Dovhey

International Correspondent: Dove Jones Contributing Writers: Jay Golden, PGA; Greg Wise, Bob Bolton, Elisa Gaudet, Mike Jamison, Mike May, Chris Thompson, Katie Hatfield, Ron Heller, Fred Seely, Deb Shuck, JL Quebbeman, Mitch Sadowsky, Lisa "Mickie" Clark Graphic Design: Melahn Cable, melahn@mac.com Website Design/Network Support: ryjo.com Web Support: Gloria Rand

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Announcing Heater… I’m Heather but you may hear me called Heater by Terrie. She states that I’m heating things up but it really stated as a typo with spelling my name. I have just joined this wonderful crazy team in Florida after my move from Fort Mill, SC, which is just outside of Charlotte, NC. My life has been very busy with my son, who is now in college, and moving multiple times across the country due to my husband’s occupation in Medical Informatics. I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family and who does not just love a sunny day. 4

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Volume 17, Issue 2 Alabama Golf Central 62 In His Grip 68 Highlands at Hampton Cover Carolinas Golf Central 64 Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

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Cart Girl 14 Kayla Ginley Celebrity Corner 22 Gerald White Fashion Forward 18 Aveo Florida Golf Central 66 TPC Sawgrass Fore Your Health 48 MISIG 58 Skin Cancer

Departments 8 Product Showcase 30 Freddy's Fairway Thoughts 32 Turf Life 34 Turf Life

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Turf Life Grip It & Sip It LPGA SFPGA Golf Fitness Golf Fitness

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Golf Bachelor 12 Tony Vizzie Golf Business 10 Integrity Golf Golf Fore Charity 40 FirstTee Golf Golf History 26 Sebring Golf Club 44 Olympic Medals

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Golf Travel 60 Canada Improving Performance 24 Golf Gamebook 46 DuoTrac

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Living on the Links 50 Great Fairway Living Stay & Play 16 Citrus Golf Trail Women in Golf 28 EWGA Par 3 Golf Young Guns 20 Bella Dovhey

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Air Force One Air Force One equipment, previously under the PowerBilt brand, a licensee of Hillerich & Bradsby. has become a wholly owned entity doing business as Air Force One, based in Palm Desert, CA. The new Air Force One, a U.S. company, will continue to work with Hillerich & Bradsby entering into a licensee agreement with H&B to distribute nitrogen charged technology golf equipment for international markets. The PowerBilt name will not move forward with the new company in the U.S. Air Force One is a recognizable premium golf equipment brand that is known exclusively to use compressed nitrogen in their product line and holds several patents in the golf sector to market nitrogen products. Compressed nitrogen provides tremendous support to the club face so every golfer can benefit from maximum COR and maximum trampoline effect. Air Force One will continue to develop and expand their golf product categories, including drivers, fairway woods and premium irons under the new company. These products will include the re-launch of the DFX MOI and DFX Tour driver. New fairway woods, the AIR FOIL will be introduced along with two new irons - AFX Game Improvement and AFX Pro Series. In addition to the extension in equipment, the company will introduce a deluxe cart and stand bag along with a new soft cabretta leaver glove all under the AIR FORCE ONE brand. The new lines launched in February of 2016. Air Force One has launched a new website, AFOGolf.com, with e-commerce capabilities, as well as, new Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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Knuth Golf High Heat KNUTH GOLF’S HIGH HEAT SMOKING AGAIN, OFFERS DISCOUNT Following up the highly successful launch of the High Heat Driver in 2015, Knuth Golf introduced its High Heat fairway woods and hybrids to rave reviews by the golf media and amateur golfers at the PGA Show. Sports Illustrated golf writer Gary Van Sickle wrote: “The Show’s sexiest club was the Knuth Golf High Heat 3-wood, which combined a low profile with the sleek curves of a ‘58 Corvette and, oh yeah, balls shot like out of a cannon. Wow. New 3 Hybrid High Heat was also best in breed, easy to hit, and beautifully blue. Get behind me, though -- I’m first in line.” Van Sickle placed the High Heat fairway woods and hybrids at the top of his list of Favorite Products from the PGA Show, and did not include any other fairway woods or hybrids on his list. The High Heat fairway woods and hybrids come with Knuth Golf’s Optimal Center of Gravity (CG) Game Changer and Fire Zone Face Technologies™ that enabled its High Heat driver to be one of the most decorated new products at last year’s PGA Show. The technology provides a 25% deeper and 18% lower center of gravity compared to major brands. There are other design features that differentiate the High Heat fairway woods and hybrids from their competitors: They feature a Beta titanium cup face, providing an increased springlike effect across the entire face for extra distance and increased forgiveness compared to traditional steel faces. They have a much wider club face than major brands. Since most of amateurs’ off-center misses are on the toe or heel, the wider face provides a higher spring-like effect and more forgiveness. “We are thrilled with the comments we received about our fairway woods and hybrids,” said designer Dean Knuth. “Our High Heat clubs are engineered for single digit to high handicap amateurs who have difficulty getting their ball up in the air from the fairway or rough, or who need more distance and accuracy. Our technology, overall design and use of a beta titanium cup face will help all amateurs improve.” Southern Golf Central Magazine has arranged for a savings of $70 for the High Heat driver; a $30 savings on the High Heat 3-wood and a $20 savings on the High Heat #3 hybrid. To receive the discount, visit www.knuthgolf.com, click on the Order Now button and under the “How Did You Hear About Us” option choose Southern Golf Central Magazine.

Biion Footwear Biion is a shoe for the Tastemakers, the Trailblazers, the Trendsetters, and the Influencers; made for the person brave enough to breakaway from the norm and play by their own rules. Though Biion Footwear maybe a newer company, the amount of growth this company has had in its short two years is exponential. Their headway can be credited to their state of the art material, not to mention the shoe itself, which takes a modern twist on a classic design. It has also been cited as the most distinctive footwear in the golf industry. CEO Rick Buchanan, a former fashion industry executive, combined his sophisticated style sense and fashion experience with unconventional materials and technologies to create the most original golf shoes the golf industry has seen. Biion Footwear’s ultra-light, ultra flexible Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (EVA) material composes each Biion shoe keeps you light on your feet throughout your day. EVA’s nano-molecular structure also provides an effect of smoothness and gives a consistently comfortable fit. Biion’s flexible, form-fitting EVA moves with your body with every step, giving you a connection to the ground like no other shoe. It’s the closest you’ll ever feel to walking in bare feet! This distinctive line is unapologetically fashionable and features a color spectrum and performs like no other, which embodies the company motto, “Defiantly original designs.” There truly is Nothing Like It. For more information, visit the Biiion Footwear website at www.biionfootwear.com Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 2

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golf business

Integrity Golf Forms Alliance with JCD Sports Group Integrity Golf Company, one of the lead-

with JCD Sports 10 years after her late husband’s death, says the alliance is a

ing golf course operators in the country,

perfect fit.

is pleased to announce an alliance with

“We felt a very strong connection

golf course manager JCD Sports Group

with (Integrity Golf CEO Gene Garrote)

in Delray Beach, Fla.

and his company,” Dubin says. “His phi-

JCD Sports Group, founded by the

losophy in being the best management

late Brahm Dubin in 1987, is recog-

company, and not necessarily the big-

nized as one of South Florida’s most

gest, aligns with our longtime company

respected operators of golf and tennis

culture. What’s most important to

facilities. The company has been

all of us, is not only servicing and

a trusted consultant and manager

taking care of our clients, but also

of more than 35 properties over

our employees. The potential for

the past 20 years with a particular

growth is really exciting.”

specialty in overseeing munici-

For Garrote, who was born in

pally owned properties.

Miami and raised in South Florida,

Among the company’s active

the new alliance is a great oppor-

portfolio of South Florida proper-

tunity to ‘come home.’

ties: West Palm Beach Golf Course,

“JCD Sports Group was built by

former PGA tournament venue

a family with a lot of integrity,”

and member of the Florida His-

says Garrote. “I have the utmost

toric Golf Trail; Delray Beach Golf

respect for Sharon and Jeanne and

Club, another Florida Historic Golf

what they have created over the

Trail layout designed by famed

last 30 years. To marry the two

architect Donald Ross in 1926; the

companies that truly share the

highly popular Delray Beach Ten-

same values and really embrace

nis Center and Delray Swim and

the meaning of integrity, is a great

Tennis Club; Lakeview Golf Club, a

opportunity. I can’t wait to come

premier executive course owned

back home to South Florida.”

by Delray Beach where golfers can hit “all the shots in half the time;” and Orangebrook Golf & Country Club

the resources we have to offer,” says

in Hollywood, which hosted numerous

Painter, a former golfer at the Universi-

major golf championships, including

ty of Alabama who also participated in

the 1960 Men’s Amateur 4-Ball won by

several LPGA and USGA tournaments,

Jack Nicklaus and Deane Beman.

including the U.S. Women’s Open. “For

Longtime JCD Sports Group Chief

example, this new relationship now

Executive Officer/President Sharon

gives our loyal golfers more courses to

Painter says the new relationship is a

play throughout the state and enjoy

win-win for JCD’s existing clients and

more savings. Plus, any cost-savings

customers.

realized through the new economies of

“This allows us to continue to offer the personalized service we’re known 10

for, but at the same time, expand

scale will be passed on to our clients.” Jeanne Dubin, an active owner

About Integrity Golf Company Based in Orlando, Fla., Integrity Golf owns and operates 26 private clubs, daily-fee facilities, municipal courses and resort properties throughout the United States. The private company’s portfolio of highly acclaimed properties is currently represented in Florida, New York, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. For additional news and information, visit www.IntegrityGolfco. com or connect on Facebook https:// www.facebook.com/IntegrityGolf.

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golf bachelor header

Where were you born? Did you grow up there? Catskill, NY––Yes

What do you do for a living? I have been working at the World

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? Success, with that everything else falls into place

Golf Hall of Fame & Museum for 15 years and I love it. I had a chance to leave NY and enter into the warmer weather and I have no regrets. My title is “Museum Operations” but I wear a lot of hats and get the privilege of working with many people. One of my fondest memories here was playing golf with Gary Player.

What do you fear the most?

Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation?

Nicklaus

Snakes and gators scare the living crap out of me. Living in Florida, unfortunately, I can’t avoid them.

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? My dad, Arnold Palmer and Jack

Any chance I get to spend with my niece and nephew who live up in NY and of course spending time with my Dad in upstate NY

What are some of your great accomplishments? Winning several golf tournaments when I was playing golf for a living

Steak, chicken, or seafood?

Favorite comedian?

Steak AND pasta. After all, I am

Italian.

What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? A golf club at least for some fun, a keg and a woman,

Jerry Seinfeld

Movies:…comedy, drama, action, romance? Comedy– Caddyshack and Goonies are my all time Fav’s

and I’m all set

Favorite television channel?

Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why? My best buddy, Rob Bogardus, ‘cause we

you want to know is there

have fun together no matter what the situation, and a lovely mermaid.

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Slow play and

constant cell phone use

Name the three most important things to you in this world. My entire family, my golf clubs and

my few select closest friends who mean the world to me

Golf Channel

News, current events; hardcopy or on-line?

On-line anything

Favorite charity to support? The 1st Tee. Or, any program having to do with kids getting involved in the game and growing the game is where my heart lies What else would you like for us to know about you?

I grew up in a small town in New York called Catskill where my Dad put a club in my hands at the age of 3 and I fell in love with golf right then. I’ve been in the business basically my entire life from working in the bag room at my local golf course to eventually working as a pro in the shop before giving the pro golfer dream up to come to Florida to work at the Golf Hall of Fame. I try and get up to visit my close friends and family as much as I can each summer. My family truly means the world to me.

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Where did you grow up? I spent a lot of my childhood in the Florida Keys and spent a lot of my later childhood in Asheville, NC.

being in a creative space with like-minded people who loved to have fun.

became quick friends with one of the gentlemen. He and I exchanged cheesy pick-up lines for almost a week. He told me he had one that was his favorite. I’ll never forget how he held up his golf rag to my nose and asked me “Hey, does this rag smell like chloroform to you?” Hands down, the funniest pick up line ever!

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

What type of music do you prefer?

Do you enjoy playing golf? Are there any golfers in your family? I was the

What hobbies do you prefer? I love geocaching. It’s a good treasure hunt when I need to have a little adventure. You go and seek small objects that people have hidden in various places all over world. Great way to spend a day.

Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? I was decidedly one of the crazy theatre kids. I loved

I love to watch a good soccer game, whether it is professional, or just some of us playing for no score. I also like to golf a bit, but can’t say I’m much of a spectator.

golfer all through high school. Playing for a team was a lot of fun, and I got to go on some great adventures to courses all over North and South Carolina.

What do you feel makes this club special? There is definitely a variety of interesting people, whether they are just passing though, or are here to stay. I love hearing everyone’s stories.

If you weren’t a cat girl, what would you be doing? I think I

would love to find a job as a librarian or in a second hand bookstore. I love the smell of books and what a good story can do for the adventurous mind.

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What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the golf course? While taking care of a large group of people and I

I thoroughly enjoy New Orleans type Jazz and Blues. I’m also very much into my family heritage and listen to a lot of Irish and Celtic music.

Favorite comedian? Jim Gaffigan. It’s amazing that somebody who makes jokes about nothing but food can be so funny! Hot Pockets! Favorite type of movie? I always prefer an older movie to something new, specifically, older musicals. The King and I, Gigi, Guys and Dolls, and My Fair Lady are just a few of my favorites. Favorite Charities to support? My favorite charity to support is Pinups for Pitbull’s, based out of Asheville, North Carolina. Being from Asheville and having a rescued pitbull of my own really makes me want to support those who can see past the stigmas surrounding one breed. Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 2



stay & play

Highlands County’s Citrus Golf Trail Now Offering ‘Stay & Play’ Packages Highlands County’s Citrus Golf Trail is now offering special Stay & Play golf packages that include a free replay and free Burger & Beer Dinner with overnight stays at Inn on the Lakes Hotel. The Highlands County Citrus Golf Trail is a collection of great golf courses in the heart of south central Florida that offer history, value, fantastic golf, and the friendliest service anywhere. With courses that build on the natural beauty of Highlands County (picture moss-covered oaks and preserves that provide a picturesque backdrop), golfers may find it difficult to keep their eyes on the ball. Wet and dry, sandy and woody conditions combine to create challenging and fun courses for any skill level on Highlands County’s fairways. And, Highlands County is one of the most affordable golf destinations in the U.S. where golfers can stay and play year-round for as little as $99/person/night (based on double occupancy) including room, golf, and breakfast.

Participating golf courses include: • Golf Hammock Golf & Country Club, Sebring • Harder Hall Country Club Sebring – home of the Harder Hall Ladies Invitational • Highlands Ridge Golf Club North Course, Avon Park • Highlands Ridge Golf Club South Course, Sebring • Pinecrest Golf Course, Avon Park • Placid Lakes Country Club, Lake Placid • River Greens Golf Course, Avon Park • Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club Deer Run, Sebring – home of the PGA LatinoAmerica Qualifier • Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club Turtle Run, Sebring For more information about the Stay & Play Packages, please call (863) 225-3431 or click here.

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fashion forward

Riding

Big and Tall

Wave

Aveo, the golf clothing manufacturer dedicated to big and tall men, appears to be a trend-setter in golf. Servicing this market segment is now seemingly all the rage, according to a recent article in fashion staple Women’s Wear Daily. The iconic publication ran an article about a popular modeling agency that’s hiring big and tall male models, and creating a new more marketable term to describe the plus-size men’s category: brawn. Officials claim that the term has a positive message pertaining to physical strength. Other popular magazines have recently used plus-sized female models to showcase the likes of bathing suits, and now it’s time for their male counterparts to be in the spotlight. One member of this new breed of male models said in the article that for work, he’s required to dress fashionably yet he has size issues, and that while he doesn’t consider himself obese, certain stores don’t carry his size.

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Darius Hicks, co-founder of Aveo “It’s about time that other people join our cause and understand the dilemma of finding fashionable clothing,” says Aveo co-founder Darius Hicks. “Hey, we all want to wear nice, stylish clothes that look good on us. I love that big and tall men are becoming more in the spotlight.” Aveo golf clothing is currently available at Haggin Oaks, Golfdom stores and online at the websites of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Golfsmith, TGW, Austad’s, kingparsuperstore.com, rockbottomgolf.com. Carl’s Golfland and Golf Town Canada, as well as at Aveogolf.com. To view the apparel and place an order, go to AveoGolf.com. Aveo was founded in 2012 by big

guys Darius Hicks and Randy Peaches. The company mission is to help other big and tall golfers feel confident and empowered both on and off the course. We want each of our loyalists to embody the “Play Fearlessly” mentality and showcase it in their everyday attitudes. Aveo headquarters is located in Rogers, Arkansas.

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young guns

By Jay Golden

y d d a D y y d M d a C y M Is

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Bella Dovhey is and 8 year old World

is equaled by her personality. She is outgoing, intelligent, funny and not

Champion Golfer and last week she

afraid to mix it up with celebrities.

won the prestigious U. S. Kids Golf

She interviewed Arnold Palmer,

European Championship in Scotland

climbed a tree to hit a ball for Sergio

in the 8 and under division. Being a

Garcia and when asked, “How are

long hitter on a shortened course,

you doing?” is quick to respond,

she unnerved and outplayed the

“Fantastic! How are you do-ing?”

second round leader by driving the

Mike is a helicopter nurse who

green on each of the final three par

sings praises for his daughter to

4’s. This led to a two stroke victory.

anyone who is interested. He has

Much of her success is due to

a photographic memory when it

her parents. They encourage and

comes to Bella’s achievements and

support her in every possible way.

he has beautiful photos to share.

That being said, it is her father, Mike, who is with Bella A LOT!!! In

Bella at Longniddry Golf Club in Longniddry, Scotland, holding her U.S. Kids European Championship trophy

her typical enthusiasm, she proudly boasts, “My Daddy Is My Caddy!!!” But Daddy is a lot more than her caddy. Although he played golf for only one year, he obviously is doing things right. As an example, instead of teaching her technique, he has games and drills

Remember the name Bella Dovhey. Her long term goal is to be the first female

which improve each part of her game.

to play in the Masters. Just for a ‘cherry

In my opinion, that’s an important

on the top,’ she adds, “And I want to

‘slice of life’ for all Daddy caddies.

WIN!” Bella is “Chi Chi” Rodri-guez, Babe

Having also won the Callaway Jr Golf

Zaharias and Lee Trevino all rolled up

World Championship in San Diego,

into one. Bella is a Great Champion with

California at age 6, Bella’s golf ability

the personality to make golf fun for all.

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celebrity corner

By Gerald White

Our Third Place Team with FORE LIFE co-founder and executive director, Paula Tucker...Herman Jordan, Robin Aikens, Zeller Holmes, former Dallas Cowboy and Miami Dolphin fullback Gerald White

A Groovy Family, Fore Life! As I cruise through the Woodlawn Country Club neighborhood, windows down, old school music playing and the sun blazing, I begin to wonder-will I see some of my former teammates, the same foursome from last year or the same celebrities from previous years? As I pull up to drop off my clubs, a gentle breeze blows across my face. At that moment, I know it is going to be a special day! I’m not surprised that more than 300 golfers came out to experience this groovy throwback golf event on two

Robin Aikens celebrating her eagle shot from 57 yards out.

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beautiful courses at Woodlawn Country Club in Tamarac. It’s the eighth year of Lawrence Taylor’s Throwback Celebrity Golf Weekend, and one of the premier golf events in South Florida. What began as just another celebrity tournament is now an unforgettable weekend of not just golf, but a gathering of friends having a bunch of fun and supporting a great cause. FORE LIFE is a long-term empowerment and higher education program for youth ages 5 to 18 that uses the game of golf to improve social and, decision-making skills and positive peer relations among its members. The FORE LIFE tenants of the organization are Foresight Ownership Respect Excellence and their mantra is Life Is Forever Evolving. Paula Tucker, co-founder, and executive director says “Once you’re a member, you’re one Fore Life.” As I sink the final putt of the day, our eighth eagle, I realize that this is the most fun I’ve had at any tournament I’ve played. Never mind that

Former NBA shooting guard for the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat Ray Allen

we brought home third-place hardware, or that we experienced several ESPN Top 10 moments, or even laughed as if we were at The Comedy Store…it was experiencing the love, the positive energy and the giving hearts of more than 300 people who are now family Fore Life. A special day indeed…See you next year! Gerald White, Southern Golf Central’s Special Events Correspondent, is the president of Gerald White International; a solutions based marketing company located in Central Florida, and a former NFL fullback for the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.

Former linebacker for the New York Giants and NFL Hall of Famer, Lawrence Taylor with Robin Aikens (My Ringer) Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 2



improving performance

Golf GameBook Goes Social The 3rd generation

of Golf GameBook, the industry’s most sophisticated digital scorecard and leading live scoring app for golfers, was launched recently, expanding the Social Community aspects of the free iPhone app. The new version of Golf GameBook makes it easier for golfers to share their experience with others, before, during and after their rounds. “We believe Golf GameBook will change the way people think of social golf,” said Mikko Rantanen, CEO of GameBook, Inc. “Golf is the most social of all sports, but previously the social aspects were limited to your foursome. Golf GameBook expands that social reach.” Golf GameBook, available for free on the App Store, offers the most fun, effective and social way to keep score in golf, allowing you to connect with other golfers and share live results, comments, photos and videos – no matter where you are, on and off the golf course. The easy-touse digital scorecard has now grown into a fully equipped social media platform for golfers. It’s like having a clubhouse in your pocket. “Making golf more fun through new social elements and different game formats as well as fulfilling golfers’ dreams has always been – and still is – the core of what we do,” said Kalle Väinölä, who co-founded Golf GameBook 10 years ago with Mikko Manerus. “This new version of Golf GameBook is the next logical step in delivering that promise.”

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Golf GameBook was first released in 2010 as one of golf’s first proprietary hand-held live scoring devices. As golf scoring began to enter the digital age, and mobile apps became more prevalent, Golf GameBook evolved into an app as well, integrating GPS and social interaction elements through the years. The brand new version, the 3rd generation Golf GameBook, is the culmination of all the upgrades. PGA Tour player and 2009 Open champion Stewart Cink, a teammate of Rantanen’s during his collegiate playing days at Georgia Tech, has been involved in the development and promotion of Golf GameBook since its inception. “While competing on the PGA Tour I have seen a major increase in the social aspects of our sport,” said Cink, who has over 1.1 million followers on Twitter himself. “Golfers on and off the course are constantly sharing their experiences through Social Media. I believe Golf GameBook’s Social Community platform is the perfect vehicle for golfers worldwide to do just that.” Golf GameBook’s constantly growing database already covers approximately 95 percent of all the golf courses in the world. The majority of these come with GPS coordinates, which allows you to check the distance, plan your next shot and measure your most impressive drives. Keeping score on Golf GameBook is

simple. Golfers enter their gross score on each hole and the app does the rest. It supports 25 different game formats, and provides scoring and live leaderboards for each of the formats being used by the group or tournament. Golfers can make comments throughout the round, elevating “trash talk” to a new level. Even friends who aren’t at the course can follow along, sharing their comments as well. Golfers can also post photos and videos throughout the round, so their community of followers can share in the experience. Once your round is over, the information becomes part of your golf history, as it is automatically archived into your Golf GameBook profile. You can also use the statistics and other stored information to improve your game. And now the brand new GameBook feed allows you to share your thoughts, photos and videos as well as links to interesting golf topics to spark conversations. “Studies have shown that the golf industry needs to bring more fun to our sport,” said Rantanen. “Otherwise, participation will continue to decline. That is the chief goal of Golf GameBook. We want to enhance the golf experience, not only during the round but long after it is over. That’s the main reason our Golf GameBook Social Community continues to grow.” For more information, visit www.GolfGameBook.com. Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 2


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Golf & Motor Sports: It’s The “Thing” in Sebring When people think

about Sebring, Florida, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the annual auto race, The 12 Hours of Sebring, which is held each spring. While that event is a great reason to visit this south central Florida locale, it’s not the only game in town. The other sport which shares the spotlight with auto racing in Sebring is the game of golf. And, golfers have been playing their sport longer than drivers have been racing at the Sebring International Raceway, the oldest permanent road racing track in North America. It’s worth noting that the blend of golf and racing is evident when you look at the Sebring Golf Club’s logo, where the flags on the two criss-crossing flagsticks are actually checkered flags, which means all golfers get the checkered-flag experience in Sebring. The roots of golf in Sebring can be traced back to the mid 1920s. In 1924, Sebring’s city hall appropriated the funds to build a municipal golf course. The city fathers chose 160 acres on the south side of nearby Lake Jackson to build the Sebring Golf Club. In January of 1925, golf architect W. H. “Bert” Way arrived in Sebring to begin work on designing the golf course. Landscape architect and city planner A.D. Taylor was responsible for overseeing construction of the course. In early 1926, the first nine holes of the golf course were opened for play. Work continued on the other nine holes. The 18-hole course officially opened for play in 1929. Today, the Sebring Golf Club (3118 Golfview Road, Sebring; sebringgolfclub.com; 863-314-5919), one of the 51 courses on the Florida Historic Golf Trail, is a par-72 layout featuring four sets of tees that range from 4,900 to 6,200 yards. It is nicknamed “The Muni” among local golfers. FYI: walking is encouraged at “The Muni.” “In the style of an older, traditional Florida golf course, Sebring offers a relaxing, enjoyable round of golf for 26

players of all skill levels,” according to the Florida Historic Golf Trail website. Two consistent traits of the Sebring Golf Club are its raised greens and the many dogleg holes on the course. The most distinct dogleg is the 2nd hole. This par four actually turns at nearly 90 degrees. Depending on how much you are tempted to cut the corner with your drive, the hole can play as short as 245 yards and as long as just over 300 yards. “I think one of the reasons golfers enjoy playing here at the Sebring Golf Club is the open layout,” says Kim Darrow, head golf professional, Sebring Golf Club. “This course appeals to golfers of all abilities. It can present a challenge to the lower handicap players from the back tees while the higher handicap players can enjoy the open fairways from the forward tees. Golfers in our area have been enjoying our course for years. Many of the golfers that play here grew up in our area. Their parents brought them out to learn the game here, and now they are bringing their children out to enjoy the game. We also see

golfers that have visited the area come back year after year to play our course.” Because of this area’s wonderful year round weather, golf and auto racing are alive and well 12 months a year. While golfers show up every day to pursue ‘Old Man Par,’ the Sebring International Raceway is also active 365 days a year with automotive testing, club events, racing schools, corporate events and other activities. Golf and motor sports: a daily double delight. It’s the ‘thing’ in Sebring!

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women in golf

EWGA Par 3 Challenge to Benefit LPGA*USGA Girls Golf On Saturday June 25th,

the Executive Women’s Golf Association will hold its second annual EWGA Par 3 Challenge at the beautiful Palm Beach Par-3 Golf Course in Palm Beach Florida. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this spectacular 18-hole facility has twice been named the “Best Par 3 in the U.S.” by Golf Digest. The competition is part of the EWGA Foundation’s annual fundraising efforts to benefit LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. The festivities begin with a Friday night welcome reception in downtown West Palm Beach. Saturday breakfast and Awards Luncheon are at Al Fresco’s, the ocean front, second floor restaurant above the Par 3 Golf Shop. The format is a two-person team event (Four-Ball stroke play) designed to welcome newer golfers into a competitive environment. Teams of either two women or a man and woman can compete in the gross or net division. Each person plays his/her own ball the entire hole with the lower of the two scores counting as the team score for the hole. For more information and to register see ewgapar3.com 28

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LPGA*USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf ) is the only national junior golf program that specializes in providing girl-friendly environments for juniors to learn the game of golf. EWGA Chapters and the EWGA Foundation are strong, long-time supporters of this nationwide program with more than 300 Girls Golf sites in communities across the country. Girls Golf sites prepare girls ages 6 to 17 for a lifetime of enjoyment of the game while also inspiring them to feel confident, build positive self-esteem and live active and healthy lives.

Founded in 1991 as the Executive Women’s Golf Association, EWGA is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. It is the largest women-focused national amateur golf association in the United States with Chapters located in more than 100 cities as well as international Chapters in Bermuda, Canada and Italy. The EWGA is THE Golf Community for Women, locally connected and nationally respected. The organization holds thousands of golf, social and networking opportunities throughout the country as well as major national competitions and events. Its members are a diverse group of women from new to experienced golfers and cover a broad spectrum of career paths. For more information visit EWGA. Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 2

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By Fred Seely

freddy's fairway thoughts

doesn't seem to be any progress in solving the maddening traffic jams getting to the course. Other stuff: • The Underwood Cup in the Jacksonville area pits club pros against the best amateurs in a Ryder Cup format. It had its 25th anniversary this year and the pros won, which showed how close things are: each side had won 11 and there have been three draws. • Didn't imagine this until consultant Ray Cronin of Country Club Benchmarking LLC said it: there are more golf courses (about 15,000 in the United States) than McDonald's (about 14,000.)

If you went to the Players in mid-May, You saw plenty of changes both inside and outside the gates at the Ponte Vedra facility. Inside, the biggest is a new entrance and there also will be plenty of information about changes for 2017, which include a driveable par-4, a reconfigured range, new TiftEagle on the greens and some expansion of greens. The real money is being spent outside. Half of the shopping center immediately outside the main gate has been demolished and replaced with fancy shops, a new liquor store and the much-anticipated Nona Blue sports bar. The big Sawgrass Marriott has been neglected in recent years but no more: they're spending $48 million to refurbish the whole place. Still on the books is developing part of the giant parking lot to the south and west of the club. The PGA Tour isn't talking about it but they see the potential: Ponte Vedra is pretty much built out and land has never been more valuable. What you missed, however: there 30

• When the Omni chain moves in, it brings along its own restaurant named Bob's Steak and Chop House, a pet project of owner Robert Rowling. He bought the Amelia Island Plantation several years ago and just recently finally bought out the PLAE steakhouse which was on the Plantation property. Rowling likes his golf; he's a single-digit at several posh Dallas-area clubs. • One of golf's sharper minds belongs to Jim Demick, who turned the Florida State Golf Association from ho-hum into a humdinger. So believe him when he says this: “Golf is a trailing indicator of the economy and now that the economy has at least stabilized, interest and participation is growing again. The old game isn't dead yet and we haven't giving up on it! Everybody thinks the millennials want to be hooked to their phones 24/7 but that's not true for all of them. Golf has provided a needed escape for generations, and the flexibility provided by modern communicators allows people to be away from the office. I'm like Warren Buffet and betting against America. Don't bet against the United States economy. And, don't bet against the game of golf just because developers built too many course, Tiger was the rage, and Taylor Made decided to have a 9-month product cycle on Drivers... The old girl will be fine with a little attention.”

• The big boys are taking on Florida courses. Club Corp is on the move and Brown Golf Management, the family-owned company in Bluffton, S.C., has the wallet open. • Bluffton was once the big city. Now, population has made it a suburb of its former 'burb: Hilton Head. • You don't know Art Whisnant, unless you follow Dustin Johnson around in PGA Tour events and notice the courtly gentleman rooting him on. That's Whisnant, a former baseball star at the University of South Carolina and Johnson's grandfather. He was inducted into the South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year and Johnson returned the favor, showing up at the banquet in Columbia, S.C., to root granddad on. • Just a prediction for the next class to be inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame: Davis Love III, Ian Woosnam, Lorena Ochoa, Meg Mallon and British writer Henry Longhurst. Next ceremony is in St. Augustine next May. Then a year off, then a ceremony in Pebble Beach. • The Florida Azalea Amateur is one of the state's biggest with 208 players this year at the Palatka muny. That stretches the hotel rooms in the Northeast Florida community and this year it was really jammed as a national bass fishing tournament came to town. Filled motels in St. Augustine, 25 miles away. • Pretty good month for Sawgrass pro Greg Lecker. Within 30 days, he played Augusta National, Seminole and Oakmont. • Tour caddy Paul Tesori (once with Vijay Singh, now with Webb Simpson) is another who didn't quite make it as a player but makes a good living in another way on the Tour. Tesori once finished second in the Florida Amateur … to Chris Couch.

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Golf is a sport for a lifetime that delivers more than 2 million jobs and $69 billion in annual economic impact while contributing $3.9 billion per year for philanthropic causes -- more than all other sports combined. A professionally managed golf course also can demonstrate environmental stewardship and provide a place to meet exercise and fitness goals. Just walking 18 holes, for example, can burn more than 2,000 calories. As part of the celebration of “Earth Day” 2016, here are 10 facts about golf that help promote the sport and the environment:

1. Golf courses are professionally managed landscapes where environmental stewardship is important – from using water and nutrients more efficiently to implementing improved methods of erosion control. 2. In general, the golf industry is striving to deliver firm playing surfaces that are better for everyone and improve the bottom line. More than two-thirds of golf courses report that they are keeping turfgrass drier than in the past. 3. The golf industry is continually investing in research to identify drought-tolerant grasses 32

and improve water conservation through best management practices. 4. Golf courses continue to adopt water conservation practices, reduce irrigated acreage and use innovative technologies, such as targeted irrigation systems and ground moisture measurement tools, along with weather monitoring systems, providing the science to water only when and where it is needed. 5. Irrigated areas on golf courses have decreased by more than 14,000 acres between 2006 and 2014. 6. Use of recycled water has increased by 32.7 percent from 2006 to 2014. Recycled water now counts for 25 percent of all water used on golf courses.

of turfgrass, a water body or other natural areas that prevent erosion, filter runoff, and provide for cooler temperatures when compared to urban settings. 9. More than 70 percent of acreage on an 18-hole golf course is considered green space that provides benefits to the ecosystem, reduces maintenance and supports wildlife habitat, including protected species. 10. Through governmental affairs involvement, professional education and public information, the golf industry continues to promote environmental responsibility as a widespread industry practice.

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Ron Garl

The LPGA tour started their 2016 American season at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala Florida. The layout, designed by international golf course architect Ron Garl, was the first course in the world to feature tribute (inspired) holes. In fact, a few of these holes had many of the ladies talking because they were holes they had not yet - or might not ever – have the chance to play. Lydia Ko was especially fond of numbers 6, 11 and 12 at Golden Ocala; three holes that pay homage to Augusta, (16th, 12th and 13th respectively), a course she has never played. Garl also pays tribute to several other famous holes on famous tracks including the Postage Stamp at Royal Troon (#4 at Golden Ocala) and The Road Hole and #18 The Valley of Sin from St. Andrews Old Course. Garl was the first architect to ever include tribute (inspired) holes into one of his layouts, back in 1986 when he designed Golden Ocala. Many of Garl’s courses have hosted big name (and money) tournaments. In

1983, the Las Vegas Invitational was held at the Las Vegas Golf and Country Club and was the first PGA tournament with a $1 million purse. Since then, a total of 36 PGA, LPGA, European Tour and Senior PGA Tour events have been played on Ron Garl-designed courses with such winners as Ballesteros, Zoeller, Woods, Furyk, Norman and Nancy Lopez. One important aspect of a Ron Garl designed golf course is that it generates revenue for the course owners. Take Fiddlesticks in Ft. Myers, FL for example. Fiddlesticks is a 36-hole, member owned facility in an exclusive community where the membership is completely sold out; the 660 members each paid $85,000 in initiation fees. Another case in point is the two courses at The Longboat Key Club that Garl and his team recently renovated. These redesigns led to over 175 new members. That’s a pretty significant influx of capital. Garl applies his talents on a global scale too. Some of these projects include: • Golf D’Atalayoun near Nador, Morocco is a world class 18-hole golf course and golf practice academy being built at the Royal Palace on the Mediterranean Sea for the King of Morocco. The project came about as part Golden Ocala Hole 13

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• Guaymaral Country Club in Bogota, Colombia is a 36-hole private golf facility. Ron Garl Golf Design completed a total course renovation to Course No. 1, which subsequently hosted the Colombian Open in 2010. The Club was so pleased with Garl’s work that they have hired them to work on Course #2. Guaymaral is one of Colombia’s most exclusive golf courses with $100,000 initiation fee– they have over 1,000 members. • The Admirals Club at Nine Dragons Golf Resort near Shanghai, China is a 27-hole oceanfront golf course and is the centerpiece of a world class resort and development. There are golf holes that run along the ocean, along the cliffs and up into the mountains. Ron Garl designed and built five holes in the ocean. To date, the Nine Dragons Golf Resort has sold over $200 million in golf memberships. They have also received the Best Golf Course Design award in China and Course of the Year award. Another area Garl and his golf design team have been focusing on is practice facilities and they have shown that there are more ways to make money at a range than just selling buckets of balls. Although many of his new projects include mega-practice facilities, the one he’s proudest of is at the Marriott Grande Vista Resort in Orlando, FL, which also includes a 9-hole executive golf course. Marriott Golf Academy has several “revenue centers”. The facility is divided into several “sections.” The first section is reserved for members only and over 200 memberships have been sold. A second section is set up for corporate outings and events. A third section is reserved for the Marriott Golf Academy. A fourth section is for guests and greens fee players. All four of these sections at Marriott Golf Academy generate revenue for the property. The bottom line when choosing a designer is that you want to hire a company that has been successful and Ron Garl Golf Design has that going for them. They create value for the owner. From courses that the pros play to courses that generate millions of dollars in recurring revenue, Ron Garl Golf Design is a company worth consideration for your next project. For more information or to be added to their newsletter mailing list, visit their website at www.rongarl.com or call (863) 688-8383. Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 2


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Yale University Golf Course Superintendent Scott Ramsay spreads industry message as Grassroots Ambassador

Scott Ramsey

Most fathers help shape their sons’ interests. But for Scott Ramsay, certified golf course superintendent (CGCS) at Yale University Golf Course in New Haven, Conn., it was his son Bennett’s decision to pursue a political science degree that led the elder Ramsay down a path of political activism. Ramsay is one of 237 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) members who volunteer as Grassroots Ambassadors for the association. The program matches members of GCSAA with members of Congress to build trusting relationships between them. Ambassadors serve as the “go-to” people for lawmakers and their staffs on golf course management issues. Ramsay has spent more than three decades in the golf course management industry and has overseen operations at Yale since 2003. While he had been actively involved in his local GCSAA chapter, the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents, it wasn’t until his son picked a college major that his interest in the politics of the industry began. “Bennett went to the University of South Carolina to study political science, and I wasn’t even sure exactly what that would mean for him, so I started learning more about it,” Ramsay said. “I always thought political advocacy was outside of the (superin36

tendents’) cause. I slowly came around that the best way to advance our profession and the industry was through this advocacy component.” Ramsay was serving on GCSAA’s government relations committee just as the Grassroots Ambassador program launched in 2014. Through the Grassroots Ambassadors program, he is matched with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a

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Democrat who has served Connecticut’s 3rd District since 1991. Ramsay works through her staff on concerns facing the industry, such as water restrictions and labor issues. “It’s time that we became a leader in our messaging for the golf industry and have a voice to speak for ourselves about the good work we are doing as stewards of the land,” said Ramsay. Grassroots Ambassadors like Ramsay receive training and resources from GCSAA to assist in their efforts. For the last two years, Ramsay has attended National Golf Day in Washington, D.C., as part of GCSAA’s coalition, meeting with lawmakers to share the positive impact golf courses have on the communities they serve and discussing challenges facing the industry. “It is a tremendous opportunity,” Ramsay said of National Golf Day. “It’s amazing how open Washington, D.C., is. The first year I was intimidated. By the second year, I went to every Connecticut congressional office to drop off literature and offer myself up as a resource to them.” Although his Grassroots Ambassador duties usually only take a few hours each month, his advocacy efforts go beyond the program, and he is often called on to speak for the industry at the state level. He is the Connecticut chapter’s government relations liaison and was asked to serve on the board of the Connecticut Environmental Council, which is focused on the responsible use of pesticides and fertilizers. Earlier this month, he was in Harford, Conn., to testify on a state Senate bill concerning pollinator health and habitat. Yale has been very supportive of his advocacy work and the new knowledge he has gained from it. And the experience has altered his own view on the role that superintendents can play in benefitting the golf industry. “It started slowly for me,” Ramsay said. “But then I just realized, why don’t we speak up? We all need to do our part to speak up and be heard.” Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 2


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planted by the “Founding Farmer” - Terrie Purdum, Publisher of Southern Golf Central Magazine. In 2015, Terrie found another local farmer (Bob Bissell), who has a brother (Jim) living in another farm country....Switzerland! So with some seed money and fertilizer, these three amigos started growing the concept Preston Purdum and Michael Butler and formed the company Turf Life, Inc. responsible use of water and nutrients Turf Life is the so that life is always greener on the brand that salutes the consumer Turf Life side! Turf-heads everywhere and industry “players” everywhere are reducing their carbon footprint... whose lives involve turf. It addresses so please join the club and make the games we play and the jobs we your voice heard! DEFEND YOUR do. Turf Life showcases sports, busiTURF.... by being a part of Turf Life. nesses, education and our enjoyment Whether you are playing on of the outdoors. Turf Life will introturf or helping to maintain it, duce you to the people that compete Turf Life is all about you! on, grow, and maintain turf grass. Turf Life is registered with the Turf Life also celebrates an appreU.S. Patent and Trademark Office. ciation for the hard work and sciFor more information on ence that goes into maintaining and Turf Life and its mission visdeveloping a sustainable turf environit www.TurfLife.club. ment. Our purpose is to promote the Decked out in his favorite TurfLife attire, Southern Golf Central correspondent Mike May gets ready to tackle the Judge course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail site in Prattville, Alabama.

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What better way to bring 2 passions together? When The First Tee of Greater Ocala was presented with the Special Fund Raiser concept, everyone agreed that bringing the 2 passions for Golf and Horses in Ocala, Florida would be a Win, Win situation. April 14th was set for the Inaugural Bridles, Birdies and BBQ at the Florida Horse Park. This was a team event based on horse and riders were secured by Ann Glaus with the co-operation of EquiVentures of Ocala. Golf Teams were sponsored by local business, all in a “Go for It” timed format. The teams consisted of 7 people. 1 – Horse and Rider 1 – Golf Cart Driver 1 – Putter 1 – Chipper 1 – Catcher 1 – Long Hitter 1 – Pitcher The individual golf teams were required to use SNAG Golf Equipment, which is the training of aide of choice for The First Tee Golf Programing in the local schools in Marion County. The event itself was combined with a special dinner provided by The MoJo Grill in Ocala, some “Live Music” and a special “Auction” for some tremendous gifts conducted by Jim Payton. “A special thank you goes out to all the people that helped make this event a big success,” express Steve Albright, President of The First Tee of Greater Ocala.

What’s Next for The First Tee of Greater Ocala?

Ann Glaus was instrumental in securing some of the best riders to participate in the event.

“Smooth Jazz” by the Doug Adams Trio.

Team Ehrart was the eventual winner of the golf event. Although The First Tee of Greater Ocala was the ultimate Winner.

The 6th Annual Golf Event – at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. You will play the 9 Tribute Holes from around the World at Golden Ocala. Imagine playing Amen Corner, or maybe the Royal Troon, par 3. Watch The First Tee of Greater Ocala website at www.TheFirstTeeofGreaterOcala. com for update on times and entries.

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Ocala Mayor, Kent Guinn completes the putting challenge, balancing on one leg.

Rusty Branson plays the chip shot over the bar.

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By Chris Thompson

special events

Birba, Brunello’s Baby Brother

What makes a great Brunello? Terroir certainly, low yields, unadulterated Tuscan Sunshine, just the right amount of time in the oak and juicy Sangiovese Grosso grapes. What makes a classic Brunello like Fattoria La Gerla’s top rated Riserva Gli Angeli Bunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG is in the vineyard. The vineyards in Castel Nuovo dell’Abate and North-East - East facing vineyards in Canalicchio that once belonged to the renowned Biondi-Santi Family at 1000 feet above sea level are nestled in the hills, offering protection from the cold winds from the north and exposure to the sun. The advantages of these vineyards, the rich soils and yields well below the required minimums with the care and passion of directory Alberto Passeri give La Gerla wines their characteristic depth. Take that same juice selected for La Gerla’s Brunello di Montalcino, age it in small french oak barrels for 10 months, then large oak “Botti” for 6 months, with another 8 month’s rest in the bottle and you have Birba, Brunello’s baby brother. This aging intensifies the Bright Ruby Color with flecks of garnet, brings out the forest berries and strawberry aromas with hints of Cocoa, Tobacco, and dried violet, and gives this wine a full, balanced and velvety body. Birba in Italian means “Naughty Boy” as Alberto Passeri likes to say and this “Enfant Terrible” shows its enthusiasm in every sip. Drink this year or cellar for ten.

Fattoria La Gerla, Birba Rosso Toscano I.G.T. Vintage: 2011 Aging: 2 years, 10 months in Oak Barrels, 6 months in Large Barrels Alcohol: 14.5% Tot. Dry Extract 31.60 g/l Color: Very Intense Ruby Red Aromas: Forest berries, Strawberries, hints of Cocoa and Vanilla Pairing: Beef and Game meats, seasoned cheeses, pasta with meats sauces.

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Rare Olympic Golf Medals to be Displayed for the First Time in More than a Century The United States Golf Association (USGA) and the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum will exclusively showcase medals won by H. Chandler Egan at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, the last time golf was part of the Olympic schedule. Golf will make its highly anticipated return to the Summer Olympic Games in August, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Egan’s medals represent his achievements in the individual and team competitions at the 1904 Olym-

H. Chandler Egan pics. Egan, a Chicago native and a member of Exmoor Country Club, was captain of the Western Golf Association team that won the gold medal at Glen Echo Country Club in St. Louis. Additionally, he won the silver medal 44

in the individual competition, finishing runner-up to George Lyon, of Canada. “These medals are an incredibly important piece of golf history,” said Michael Trostel, director of the USGA Museum. “To have them on display is a real treat for fans of the game, the Olympics and sports in general. This exhibit is a great opportunity to connect golf’s Olympic past to its future and celebrate its return to the Games this summer in Rio.” The medals, on loan from Egan’s grandson, Morris Everett Jr., will be featured at the USGA Museum as part of a special exhibit running from May 11 to June 8, and will also be at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club during the 2016 U.S. Open Championship (June 13-19). As part of the display, the USGA will also showcase the runner-up trophy that Egan received for the individual competition, which is on loan from the LA84 Foundation. The medals will then be brought to the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum in St. Augustine, Fla., where they will be featured in a new Olympics exhibit set to open June 23. Amy Alcott, 1999 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee and co-designer of the golf course in Rio, will be in attendance for the grand opening and unveiling of the medals. “As the anticipation for golf’s return to the Olympics continues to mount, we are honored to showcase these rare medals and help champion the Egan legacy,” said Jack Peter, president of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “The family deserves to be com-

H. Chandler Egan mended for preserving these medals for so many years and for choosing to show them to golf fans everywhere.” In addition to seeing the Olympic medals, fans visiting the exhibit can learn more about Egan’s extraordinary golf career, which included back-toback U.S. Amateur Championship victories in 1904 and 1905, as well as four Western Amateur titles. Egan, who later designed nearly 20 golf courses, was a member of the USA’s Walker Cup-winning Team in 1934. The Olympic men’s competition in Rio is scheduled for Aug. 11-14, while the women’s competition is scheduled for Aug. 17-20, both at 72 holes of stroke play.

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DuoTrac is 4-Dimensional View Plane swing and weight shift analyzer that operates with four motion sensors and a free, user-friendly mobile app. Compared to single sensor devices DuoTrac provides four times the accuracy. It measures four key points in the swing: the top, face angle at impact and weight shift. The 4D images display the sum of the data, indicate where your swing is off, and provide easy to understand tips on how to correct it.

DuoTrac provides golfers a virtual “on-the-go” golf coach.

With DuoTrac, golfers can immediately identify the weak points in their swing, reducing practice time and training. The additional sensors give you the full picture of your golf swing and weight shift. The real time feedback, images and tips help you to break the vicious cycle

of practicing and engraining bad habits. DuoTrac eliminates band-aid fixes and ensures that perfect practice makes perfect. “DuoTrac is a major breakthrough in the swing analyzer category,” explained Jason Koo, Founder of Coach Labs and creator of DuoTrac. “Our 4D device elevates this technology by providing the full picture of your swing in real time. It’s fun, intuitive and teaches you to visualize, feel, and swing your own swing.” DuoTrac offers instant fixes and tips to develop your optimal swing in the palm of your hand. In addition, you can set goals, track your stats and progress each week using the session log. Your confidence will soar as you see yourself swinging more consistently, hitting more greens in regulation, and making more birdies.

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DuoTrac, recently featured on Golf Digest.com, is available for pre-order at a discounted price of $129.00. The product will begin shipping at the end of April. For more information, visit www. duotrac.com or call 888-766-5554 ext. 7200. Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 2



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Stretching The key to a long, injury-free career

The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), the world’s leading educational organization pertaining to the human body’s physical performance in golf since 2003, has provided substantial documentation on the importance of stretching in golf including many video segments that are available on YouTube.

“Simply slide the handle up the bar and you will feel the tremendous stretching action of the shoulders, back and hips. The MISIG helps to keep muscles and tendons loose and provides a great pre-round warm up routine or ongoing conditioning.” Stretch. Swing. Exercise. Repeat. Along with physical improvements through daily repetitions, players will develop the mechanics of a proper swing. The MISIG not only assists with the takeaway, it identifies the transition point at the top of the backswing. A smooth rhythmical transition leads to proper weight transfer, better position at impact and down the target line, and more consistent ball striking.

PGA and Champions Tour member and 21-time European Tour Champion, Miguel Angel Jimenez, aka “the Mechanic,” has made stretching “cool” with his infamous array of gyrations and contortions that are part of his pre-round stretching routine often seen on the driving range. The MISIG, the Most Important Stretch in Golf, is a complete golf performance product that includes a stretching program, swing training program and exercise program. It is designed around one of the most important fundamentals in the golf swing – the proper takeaway. The MISIG is a stretching device that helps builds muscle memory to match your body type and physical capabilities. The MISIG helps you develop the proper takeaway by keeping the elbow locked through extension and your wrists hinging properly. This provides increased range of motion, more degrees in the backswing, and faster club head speed for a more powerful swing. A longer, fluid and flexible swing leads to more consistency, distance, and better shot making. “Improving your range of motion is critical to developing a better golf swing,” said Bernie Fay, inventor of the MISIG.

The MISIG was launched at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show January 26-29 in Orlando, Fla., and was featured on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive by Lauren Thompson as her favorite “new product” of the show. Since that time, nearly 20 touring pros on the PGA, Champions and LPGA Tours have embraced the product. The MISIG can be purchased online at feelthestretch.com. It comes with three different length bands for customized tension training – yellow, blue and red – and retails for $79.99. Along with PGA professionals and instructors, the MISIG is a great tool for fitness trainers, physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists. For more info, dealer inquiries and special pricing call Bernie Fay, 847-691-2747. To see a product demonstration visit feelthestretch.com.

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By Greg Wise

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Where Do You Want To Live? I believe that on

every golfer’s bucket list… is to have a home on the golf course. SOMEWHERE! Keep in mind, that as many golfers that want to live adjacent to a golf course fairway, there might be as many that live on the fairway edge now and wish they had never done that. Realistically, making a decision to purchase a home on the golf course, is a big one. There are some additional costs involved, because Builders/Developers spend a lot of money to assure that the golf course will draw a certain type of buyer, and then they charge a

Strong school mean good or upgraded facilities in the area and ultimately a reselling feature in the future. • Where is this home located on the golf course? Depending on the type of golf course and membership is also dependent on how safe you will feel living on the course. • How is the pricing of the home? Does it make sense to purchase the resale in that community, or should you be looking at possible purchasing new in a new community and working with a developer to establish that new home where the return might be higher in the future based on the overall completion of the community.

You already Live on the Fairway

“Premium” to live on the golf course that they build, just to sell homes. But, I have said it for years, doing seminars around the country, if you can afford to purchase a new home on the golf course in a new community… just being on the golf course is going to give you a leg up on selling the home in the future on the resale market. Thinking about it… there will be a number of homes with in the confines of the actually community, but only a few will come up on the golf course. And again we go back to the opening statement… it is on every golfer’s bucket list to “Live on the Golf Course.”

So, if you have a home on the fairway and it is time to consider moving, what are my suggestions. My personal opinion before you even contact agents in the area (they are going to love me for saying this). I would contact a Residential Property Appraiser in your area first before even

contacting agents and ask for a formal appraisal to be completed. First of all, you know understand what the value of the home is truly worth. Appraisers know the market values and will do a comprehensive market approach to pricing. Now understand that I have nothing against agents doing their job, cause I am a Real Estate Agent, but what you are going to find out is the quality of agents you are going to be talking to. All too often I have seen agents do a “CMA” Competitive Market Analysis for a prospective buyer and may way overprice issues only to hopefully get the listing if you are only looking at the bottom line numbers. Only to find out that it was overpriced and setting on the market costing you money by not selling. Then finding an agent that comes close to your formal appraisal will give you piece of mind to the quality person that you will be putting your home in their hands to sell.

My final thoughts... I feel that this should be your article to get some answers. If you have a specific question, don’t hesitate to reach out to me and ask. Nothing should be off limits. If you have a question… is should deserve and answer. The old term… Location, Location, Location and Real Estate, go Hand-inHand. Surprisingly… Fairway Appeal, plays a very vital role in a sale, just as much as Curb Appeal.

So where do you begin? It is easy to find resales on the market, on the golf course in any community around the country. But focusing on what is in an area and what else are you looking for with in the community? Maybe things to consider: • Are the schools in the area strong? That will give you the first indication what type of area that you are looking. 50

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NFPGA Seniors First Major; Kenny Knox wins the Senior Match Play Championship. It was only fitting that the final match of the Global Golf Sales Senior Match Play Championship came down to the last hole! Kenny Knox, Knox Golf Company defeated Jeff Leonard, Fox Hollow to end a perfect 3 days of competition! Kenny putted like the legend he is and made some clutch putts down the stretch. The match went back and forth throughout the round. A special thank you to our partners Global Golf Sales, imapMyGolfGame, Morrell Studios and the PGA TOUR for supporting this exciting championship. The players were treated to perfect conditions and the greens were spectacular! Thank you to our host PGA Professional Josh Anderson along with his staff for the exceptional service. Thank you to the members of the club for the privilege of us competing there for 3 days! Match play is such a fun format! There are just so many highs and lows during competition. In the end, there is only one man left! Thank you to all who took the time to compete and make this our most successful Senior Match Play Championship ever.

The 2016 Drive Chip and Putt Season nationally was kicked off at TPC Sawgrass Saturday, May 7! Imagine standing on the tee of the 18th fairway for your drive! Well these kids experienced it! Thank you Russell Knox, PGA TOUR 52

for hitting the cermonial drive chip and putt! Russell hung out with the kids all day too! Thank you to Bill Hughes and TPC Sawgrass for providing the kids one of the greatest experiences of thier lives! What a local qualifier it was! Thank you to all who volunteered to help. Thanks Mom and Dad for bringing them out! The quest to Augusta is now under way!

back to the game in a big way. Thank you to all of our NFPGA Professionals who helped deliver the fans a great experience!

The North Florida PGA and the PGA Tour teamed up to deliver an onsite fan experience during the Player’s Championship. The Family Fun Zone was at the main entrance showcasing our PGA Professionals providing free tips to spectators. This event is meant to elevate the NFPGA Professionals by showcasing their talents and exposing them to thousands of golfers at the event. It was a great opportunity to give

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Back Row L-R: Carly Cullimore, Coaches Denise, Sandy, Emily, Bev (Denise’s mother) and Deb. Front Row L-R: Chelsea Catabia, Riley Anderson, Kara Griggs, Erin Balius and Megan Griggs

LPGA USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf) provides an opportunity for girls, ages 7 to 17, to learn to play golf, build lasting friendships and to experience competition in a fun, supportive environment, preparing them for a lifetime of enjoyment with the game. Girls are learning values inherent to the game of golf, such as patience, respect, perseverance and honesty, preparing them to meet the challenges of today’s world with confidence. I spent the day with Denise Mullen, LPGA, Head Golf Professional at Candler Hills Golf Club, talking about her Girls Golf program.

The Five “E’s” of Girls Golf EMPOWER (Girls feel they can accomplish their goals) ENRICH (By teaching them a game they can play and enjoy for a lifetime) ENGAGE (Become involved and make a difference in their community) EXERCISE (Their minds and bodies and help them realize their own potential) ENERGIZE (With our enthusiasm by sharing our own love for the game) Denise explained that her program at Candler Hills Golf Club was coordinated through The First Tee of Greater Ocala. All of the classes that she hosts incorporate the Nine Core Values and The First Tee Code of Conduct along with the Five “E’s” of Girls Golf. Providing a fun, safe learning environment during every class with an element of competition at the conclusion of class in a team format. The girls are encouraged to carry a notebook and take notes frequently when individual instruction points are emphasized so that they learn the skill better. Denise said, “I can remember when I was a junior taking private lessons in upstate NY, I made notations after each lesson to be able to effectively work on the swing thoughts and changes in between lessons.” “You get out of Golf what you put into it!” Denise expressed herself with the girls present. “There is no magic pill you can take.” She explained, Jim 54

Flick once said, “Golf is the never ending pursuit of problem solving.” Just when you think you got it, it will elude you the next day out. Practice is key and practicing correct fundamentals and drills will produce repeatable swings that you can rely on for score ability on the course. Denise is a big believer of carrying what you practice to the golf course and that is exactly what she does with her Girls Golf sessions. Putting the student on an actual lie where a decision of what shot and what club to use becomes the best reinforcement of a skill. A great deal of attention is spent on Short Game and Putting because these are the areas where I see the girls make the most mistakes. Another advantage of course instruction time is to let them tell me why they chose a particular club and what their plan is for the shot. If they can validate and commit to what they are planning to do, then the outcome is likely to be more rewarding. Denise came to Ocala 5 years ago and has been the LPGA Head Golf Professional at Candler Hills Golf Club for the past three years. We host a professional event in March called the Ocala Open, as well as various Charity Fundraisers throughout the year. If you haven’t played here yet, visit our website at candlerhillsgolfclub.com and book a tee time and come visit. Make sure you say hello to Denise Mullen, LPGA Head Golf Professional. Who knows, she may even have a great tip for your game that day!

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South Florida Senior Open

Ft. Lauderdale Open

Fort Lauderdale Open Lee Rinker became the first three-time winner of the Fort Lauderdale Open, and he got to double his pleasure. Rinker birdied three of his last four holes for a 5-under 67 at Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club to finish at 7-under 137 and win the overall title by two shots over Tim Turpen. Rinker, the director of golf at Emerald Dunes in West Palm Beach, also won the senior division — the first sweep in the 16-year history of the event. He had to play from the longer tees (about 400 yards) to be eligible for the overall title. “It feels really well to finish like that,” said Rinker, a 55-year-old Jupiter resident who played on the Champions Tour in 2011. “I actually felt uncomfortable signing up for the seniors because they get to play from the shorter tees.” Rinker, who won the Fort Lauderdale Open in 2002 and 2010, was 4-under through eight holes before making a double bogey at No. 9. After waiting out a 73-minute weather delay, Rinker birdied the 15th, 16th and 18th holes, earning $4,072 for the overall win and $751 for the senior title. “I played really great for eight holes, but made a dumb mistake on 9,” Rinker said. “It always feels good to win.” Turpen, the head PGA professional at Ironhorse in West Palm Beach, moved into contention with a 32 on the front nine. He was even par on the back for a 68. 56

“I hit wedges close on 1, 3 and 6,” Turpen said. “The course played harder after the rain delay.” Andrew Filbert of Bonita Naples Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs was third at 71-141. Stuart resident Jerry Tucker (74-144) and Gene Fieger (69-144) of Naples tied for second in the senior division. The Fort Lauderdale Open, run by the South Florida PGA, is presented by Buck Steel and supported by Antigua, Global Golf Sales, Golf Buddy, PGA Tour, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Golflifeagent.com and Morell Studios.

JUPITER, Fla. – Gene Fieger of Naples and Jerry Tucker of Stuart won their respective age groups for the second year in a row in the 29th annual South Florida Senior Open presented by Cure Putters contested at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club at Old Trail. Along with the Professional division, Steve Sponder of Cooper City fired a two day total of 150 to capture the low amateur title for the event. This is also the second consecutive year Sponder has won the amateur division for the event. Fieger, PGA Teaching Professional at The Club at Pelican Bay, shot 67-69—136 to beat crosstown rival John Lee, PGA General Manager at Imperial Golf Club by two strokes in the 50-59 division on Jonathan’s Landing Fazio course. Lee had a pair of 69’s for a two day total 138. Tucker, co-founder of the Stuart-based Treasure Coast Senior Tour, won the 60-69 flight by six strokes, 134 to 140 over PGA Life Member Billy Ziobro of Palm Beach Gardens. Tucker had rounds of 68-66, Ziobro 72-68. Playing the same course here a year ago, Fieger and Tucker won with 36-hole scores of 138 and 141 respectively. In tournaments administered by the South Florida PGA Section, Fieger now has 15 victories, Tucker 22. Both moved to South Florida in

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2000, from Philadelphia and St. Louis. In addition to the 85 players who competed in the 50-69 divisions, 20 players also participated in the event in the 70-74 and 75+ divisions contested on the adjacent par 71 Hills course. The winners were Bob Bilbo, Port St. Lucie, 70-74, with 143; and in the 75-older bracket, Nunzio Ciampi of Palm City and Terry Louis, a Palm Beach Gardens amateur, tied at 140.

PGA HOPE PGA HOPE (Helping our Patriots Everywhere) has kicked off the spring season in two regions of south Florida: Palm Beach County and Miami. PGA HOPE is a golf program for all military veterans, designed to enhance their rehabilitation and assimilation back into society. The HOPE program provides all veterans with FREE golf instruction taught by local PGA Professionals. The South Florida PGA Foundation has partnered with local VA hospitals to initiate this program. It includes a working partnership with physical therapists, introduction of the participant to the sport of golf, golf instruction, playing opportunities and social events – using golf as an activity to assist veterans with their progress in rehab along with helping them to assimilate

PGA Hope and mainstream with their families and into their communities and into life. The Miami PGA HOPE Program kicked off Wednesday, April 13th from 12:30-2:30 PM at International Links of Miami – Melreese and will last for 6 weeks. John Moscoso, PGA and other PGA Professionals from the First Tee of Miami are instructing the veterans. The Palm Beach County PGA HOPE Program began Thursday, April 14th from 3:00-5:00PM at Atlantis

Golf Club and will also last for 6 weeks. PGA Professionals, Donna White, Dave McNulty, Jason Brown and Will Reilly are serving as instructors to the veterans. Previously, the South Florida PGA Foundation hosted a fall PGA HOPE Program in Palm Beach County and a winter program in Port St. Lucie. The South Florida PGA Foundation will look to expand the PGA HOPE Program in the fall into new markets.

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Slip, Slop, Slap: Sounds Silly But it Could Save Your Life

DAY ONE

Slip, Slop, Slap: When I was growing up in Australia, that was the slogan used to help promote skin cancer awareness by reminding you to slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. It became a catchy slogan and had kids all over the country singing the accompanying jingle. I wish I could now go back in time and follow, without question, those basic recommendations. Now in my 40’s, routine visits to my dermatologist have become a normal practice due to the repeated sun damage I experienced as a child, teenager and young adult. There are numerous occasions I remember being burned to a crisp after a day on the beach or an afternoon playing outdoor sports. Forget the zinc cream, wide brimmed hats and long

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sleeves – I was the typical bronzed Aussie but without the blue eyes and blonde hair. Over the past five years, the reality of all those days spent out in the sun is catching up with me. In 2011, I had a suspicious raised area below my left eye diagnosed as a squamous cell carcinoma and subsequently went through my first Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique in which thin layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed. Each layer undergoes microscopic examination until only cancer-free tissue remains. Examination of each layer occurs during rather than after the surgery, eliminating the need to estimate how far out or deep the roots of the skin cancer go. I had previously had areas burned off

the backs of my hands and side of my face with liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery) that hadn’t worried me too much. However, after having a four-inch incision cut into my face, and the subsequent scar, I became a lot more conscious of the effects of the sun. This year after another routine visit to the dermatologist, another squamous cell carcinoma was discovered, this time on my left upper eyelid. A second Mohs surgery removed a quarter of my eyelid to rid me of this potentially lethal cancer. Thankfully, the eyelid was sewn back together with precision and the offending area is barely visible. Through follow up visits to assess recovery, my dermatologist recommended a blue light treatment for my face due to the evidence of actinic kera-

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tosis, a skin condition that can become cancerous. In this case, a liquid product (Levulan) was applied to my entire face and left to absorb into the skin for two hours. I then was subjected to 12 minutes of blue light therapy that was one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my life. For 12 minutes, it felt like I had fallen face down in a pile of angry fire ants or landed face first into a bowl full of pop rocks candy with thousands of tiny explosions going off at once. The stinging sensation was only moderately subdued by the self-application of cool air through a tube. This treatment immediately made my face appear quite red and left the feeling of being sunburned. Little did I know that the following days were some of the most depressing of my life. The treatment identifies all of the precancerous lesions and causes them to redden, swell and blister before finally becoming scaly and sloughing off. Apparently I had a lot of these areas as my entire face was impacted. This effect lasted for almost six days before a baby smooth skin miraculously appeared underneath. This was only the first of three treatments scheduled over the next three months with follow up treatments in April and July.

cedures and the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze impacted areas is simply not enough and only masks an underlying issue. May is National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and I encourage all of you to remember to visit a dermatologist annually. If you don’t have a dermatologist, ask one of your peers at your next chapter meeting who they see and make an appointment. For those chapters looking to add a benefit to a local meeting; perhaps invite a dermatologist to give a presentation on skin cancer awareness and provide some free screening advice for your members. I now provide wide brimmed hats and free sunscreen to all of my employees

TODAY I must say that now I have fully recovered from the first treatment, I am glad that I went through with the procedure. Yes, it is painful, uncomfortable and embarrassing for a few days; however, I firmly believe that if I had not addressed the issue now, the future for me would not be so bright. The precancerous areas will not improve on their own; in fact they will only get worse. As your skin ages, it is less likely to recover from these type of pro-

and encourage them to wear polarized sunglasses. One ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Although it’s a silly slogan; please remember to Slip, Slop, Slap this summer and help prevent the world’s most common cancer – skin cancer. David Dore-Smith is director of golf course and grounds maintenance at Copperleaf Golf Club in Bonita Springs and Florida GCSA president.

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By Bob Bolton

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O' Canada For those of us

who live in Florida we are very familiar with the flock of snowbirds that migrate each winter from Canada to Florida to enjoy the warm sun, friendly hospitality and year-round golf opportunities. I recently “flipped the script” and flew north to Toronto and enjoyed the Glen Abbey Golf Club. This was my first trip to Toronto and I found the metropolitan city very friendly and fun. Lunch at the CN Tower provided a 360 degree view of the city and Lake Ontario, and we were in walking distance of the Toronto Blue Jays stadium (who were in Tampa playing the Rays) and the Arena where the Toronto Raptors were battling the Indianapolis Pacers in the NBA Playoffs. I couldn’t resist going into a local sports pub and asking for the big screen TV to be switched to the Tampa Bay Lightning versus the NY Islanders game. I was proudly wearing a Lightning golf shirt and enjoyed the friendly ribbing I got. Allan Huibers, Director of Operations at Glen Abbey was kind enough to provide me with an afternoon tee time, complete with brand new Taylormade M2 irons and metal woods. They were so new, they were taking the plastic off of them before putting them on the cart. Nice! The Staff in the Pro Shop provided a nice history lesson on the course, especially the shot made by Tiger Woods in 2000, a 213 yard 6 iron, from the bunker on 18, to a tucked pin to seal his victory. I would like to say I did as well on the 18th, but that story will unfold for you soon. The day started with a fine drizzle, chilly temps and wind. I was hoping it would get better by my tee time, but it didn’t. So with my rain gear on and extra towels in my cart I ventured off to the first tee. A young couple started the first hole with me, but bailed before we could get to the second tee. Wimps! I was bound and determined to enjoy the opportunity, so I persevered onward alone. 60

Glen Abbey is a beautiful course. I can only imagine what it looks like in the early fall, with the leaves changing, the Canadian Geese flying overhead and the sun setting in the west. The front nine is challenging, but straight forward. Rolling fairways, strategically placed bunkers and a few water hazards keep you focused and alert. The wind was a factor that afternoon. I hit more than one drive up the middle of the fairway, only to find it being pushed into the thick and wet rough by the crosswinds. I par’d the 1st and 3rd holes and dropped a nice birdie putt on the Par 5, 5th hole. Jack Nicklaus designed a challenging, but fair golf course for amateurs and pros alike. I par’d 7 & 8, but then had a double on 9 to finish with a 40. The back nine was a visual treat, and fortunately the wind and drizzle calmed down, allowing me to “start” the back a little more comfortably. If you remember anything about this story, I would hope that it is the fact that the back nine at Glen Abbey is one of the most visually unique and beautiful I have had the pleasure to play. Number 10 is a rather normal par 4, but when you arrive to

the tee box at 11, you have arrived at the #2 most difficult hole on the course and the #1 most dramatic. The par 4 11th, measures 452 from the tips and has a tee box to fairway drop of what looks like and feels like 200-300 feet. Your drive is shot off from a plateau high above the fairway in hopes of finding terra firma on the other side. There’s a creek that runs right in front of the green, so rather than taking my chances, I actually laid up on the par 4, (you heard me right) in front of the creek, hit a wedge tight and made par, while the Canadian Geese encircling the green applauded. The vast majority of the back nine winds its way through a valley, encased by trees, rock and a winding creek. I birdied the 12th, a par 3, by sneaking in a 30 foot downhiller, then par’d the 13-15th. After the 15th you climb your way up out of the valley to play the final 3 holes. The 16th-18th holes were a bit challenging, as the temps dropped, the drizzle returned and my waterresistant suit could “resist” no more. From the middle of the fairway on the 18th I walked over to the bunker where Tiger hit his famous bunker shot in 2000. Looking at what he saw in front of him, and recognizing the thin margin of error he was working with, I had to tip my hat to his courage and ability to hit that shot. Glen Abbey is a beautiful, challenging golf course. Whether you’re a resident of Canada, or live in the U.S., this is a course you want to add to your “yeah I played there” list. Glen Abbey is part of the Clublink family of properties and home to the RBC Canadian Open. For more information about Glen Abbey visit www.glenabbey. clublink.ca, or call 905-844-1800. Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 2


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Faith to the Fairways

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The 2nd Annual IHG Founding Members made a titanic splash, which included a baptism of Beau Brinkley, the long snapper for the Tennessee Titans. Twenty-four men that help support the IHG mission of reaching men for Jesus Christ arrived on Friday, April 22nd for 3 days for 72 holes of golf. “We play a lot of golf” says, Scott Lehman, President and Founder of the In His Grip Ministry, “but most guys come for the fellowship and to build deeper relationships with other Christian men.” In His Grip has hosted 175 Invitational golf tournaments since 2006 with over 17,000 men attending and 684 men have made decisions and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The new direction for the ministry is a city strategy to connect men to the ministry, engage men with other men and to grow their relationship with the Lord. Over the last few years, more and more guys have been reaching out on social media platform of over 50,000 to ask how they can get involved with IHG. Many have asked if we had a membership so last year we offered two levels of membership. One level is our IHG Founding Members whereby individuals will come along and commit to supporting the

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ministry at $1000 annually and begin wearing IHG gear. Our retreat in April is geared to our Founding Members to share stories like the one God is writing through the life of Beau. Our second level of membership is on $100 annually whereby you receive an IHG polo by Bobby Jones and an IHG hat to become an ambassador for the ministry. It is amazing when you are around other golfers and watch how

they look at the logo on what you are wearing. The next question is, “what’s In His Grip?” This is where our faith can intersect the fairways. In His Grip Ministries is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is based in the Nashville, TN area. You can find out more information at www.inhisgripgolf. com or Call Scott Lehman at 615-4284496 or email: scott_lehman@inhisgripgolf.com.

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By Mike May

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The Caledonia Experience: A Cut Above T he Rest For golfers visiting Myrtle Beach, South

image of every green, and an aerial picture of every hole. Having access Carolina, there are two questions to to that information is like having a be answered. How many golf courses caddy in your back pocket. As for will you play? Which golf courses will the greens, you get to figure out the you play? While golfers are spoiled putting surfaces upon arrival. for choice when they visit Myrtle This great golf course has been Beach, one must-play golf course is the made greater by the many flowering plants and shrubs on site. The most picturesque hole is the par-three 11th hole, where the green is guarded on the front by a meandering stream and bordered on the back by colorful flora. Take a selfie from the tee at the 11th. “The intimate nature of the Hole #13 Bunker Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Upon arrival, you sense that Caledonia is a cut above the rest. Your special experience begins at the entrance. Just as the Augusta National Golf Club has Magnolia Lane, Caledonia has Caledonia Drive, which is lined by a series of live oak trees that have created a natural canopy. At the bag drop, you are welcomed like a long-lost friend. The hospitality is genuine from the Caledonia crew. It’s truly a cut above the rest. And, most importantly, the quality of the golf experience and Caledonia’s scenery are an 18-hole highlight reel. Situated along the coastal marshlands, nine of Caledonia’s holes are impacted by water. What would you expect from a golf course that is built on a former rice plantation? The most influential water hazard is on the 18th hole, a left-to-right dogleg par four, where both the tee shot and the second shot are influenced by two W’s: wind and water. The water comes from the nearby tidal marshes and Waccamaw River. Proceed with caution on the home hole. If you don’t respect Mother Nature, the 18th is a card killer. To help you navigate Caledonia, the scorecard has helpful hints -- a short description of each hole, an

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routing through the live oaks and the large putting surfaces, provides a vastly different challenge every time you play,” says Marc Guertlin, Caledonia’s head golf professional. “The ownership takes pride in the property that they grew up on, duck hunting and fishing, and they go through great strides and expense to mainCaledonia Entrance tain the grounds.”

golfers. I suggest you try it. I’m sure that you will like it. It’s made by the Caledonia kitchen cooks. The recipe, though, is not available. Because of this course’s coastal proximity, there are many duck sightings on the course. Not surprisingly, the four tees are named after the ducks: redhead, wood duck, mallard, and pintail. The pintail tees are only to be used by golfers whose handicaps are no higher than 6. In keeping with Caledonia’s bird theme, the 150-yard markers on every hole are actual bird houses. After playing Caledonia, enjoy a post-round libation at the True Blue Grillroom. The seafood dishes are superb. And, the views of the 18th green and the surrounding tidal marshlands are stunning. By the way, it’s worth noting that Golf Magazine lists Caledonia as Top 100 You Can Play; Golfweek ranks Caledonia as one of America’s Best Hole #18 Fairway Modern Courses; and Golf Digest states that Caledonia is among the Top 100 Public Courses in America. When you are ready to play Caledonia, book a tee time online (www.fishclub. com/caledonia) or make a toll-free call (800-483-6800). Once you complete your Caledonia experience, you’ll agree that it’s a cut above the rest.

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By Greg Wise

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Oh...What a Day! That statement should truly be considered… Oh…What a Week! When Jason Day of Brisbane, Australia, stepped on to the First Tee at TPC Sawgrass with one motivation. Win the THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP. Jason’s first round, set the tone for what was to come. Firing a 9 under par 63, for a share of the record low round at TPC Sawgrass. After his round on Saturday, Day mentioned in the news conference, “I want to look back and know that I won THE PLAYERS. But right now, I’m just trying to focus on trying to play well tomorrow. I mean, that’s all you could do, is just try and survive.” Putting a grip on the field early, allowed Jason to work at holding off the field on Sunday, to becoming only the 4th

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player in Championship history to win… Wire-to-Wire. Day mentioned early in the week that he is in regular contact with Tiger Woods, former world No. 1 who has become one of Day’s mentors and good friends. “This week he texted me and said, ‘Just stay in your world, and it’s a marathon,’ ” Day said, adding, “Just little things like that that obviously

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stick with me and keep me going.” Although finding some hurdles during the final round, Jason held off any challenge for the lead, focusing on the ending prize and hoisting the crystal trophy and winning by 3 strokes over Kevin Chappell of Fresno, California. Chappell broke away from a 5-way log jam at -10 under par, having a tap-in birdie on the 17th

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Island Green, assuring his position with a par on the 72nd hole. Jason Day accomplishments: • 3rd Win on the Tour in 2016 • First Australian to have 10 Tour Wins before turning 30 years of age • 7th Tour win since July 2015

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By Mike May

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Highlands at Hampton Cove:

A Gateway to the RT J Golf Trail Many inland golf courses claim to have a links-like feel and look to them. And yet, when you play them, you really don’t get that feeling at all. Ahh, but when you play the Highlands Course at Hampton Cove in Huntsville, Alabama, it is everything as advertised and then some. The Highlands Course is one of three 18-hole golf courses at Hampton Cove, which is considered the northern gateway to Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The other two

Hampton Cove Highlands #11 courses at Hampton Cove are the River Course, which has no sand traps, and the 18-hole Short Course which features 18 par three holes, where water is in play on 11 of the holes. At the Highlands Course, there are liberal landing areas in the fairways for your tee shots, but if your shots stray off into some of the longer, thicker grasses, add a stroke to your score, take a drop, and keep playing. You’ve seen on television how tall and thick that

British Open rough can be in Scotland. It’s not coincidental that the name of this course is the Highlands. The first three holes get you in the mood for links golf as trees don’t come into play, but the large mounds on each hole dictate the best route from tee to green. As you play the 4th and 5th holes, look for the big red mule barn. The barn doesn’t impact play, but it’s a landmark which you’ll always remember. Very rarely will you play a golf course where the hardest hole on the course is a par four that is less than 400 yards long -- with the exception of the back tees which measure 412 yards. At the Highlands, the 5th hole has a left-to-right configuration, is somewhat tight, and has a steam that crosses the fairway at an odd juncture. If your tee shot hugs the left side of the fairway, you probably won’t have a clear shot at the green, which is rather deep and raised, which adds to the hole’s overall degree of difficulty. At the 5th, birdies are rare, pars are exceptional, bogeys are the norm, and double bogeys (or worse) are more common than birdies. That Scottish links theme returns on the 7th and the 8th. The front nine concludes with a somewhat lengthy, uphill par five. The key is to hit an accurate tee shot. If you run into trouble off the tee, it can be a long and frustrating hole. As is the case on many links golf courses, the ninth green is not located next to clubhouse. Instead, it’s out in the country, as they say back in the ‘old country.’ The tee shot at the Highlands’ 10th is

the most scenic on the course as it provides an unmatched view of the course. That tee box is certainly perched on one of the highest peaks on the course. While water hazards play a relatively minor role on the front nine, water plays a big role on the back nine as it comes into play on seven of the nine holes. If you can successfully navigate the aqua, then you can post a respectable score. But, one of the more special holes on the back nine is a hole with no water hazards. It’s the left-to-right, downhill par four 13th hole. As you walk from the tee through the fairway to the green, there’s a sense of calm and serenity as you descend into a quiet, sleepy hollow. The ambiance at the 13th hole is simply refreshingly peaceful. It’s a hole which is in a category unto itself. The most penal water hazard is the lake that borders the right side of the fairway of the par five 17th. As you hit your approach shot to the green, don’t let your shot drift right of the pin or else it may not finish on the putting surface. If you don’t play the 17th conservatively and with care, it can put a damper on your first 16 holes of hard work. The 18th hole is no pushover par four. With it being listed as the 4th handicap hole, it requires focus and feel to finish in four. Overall, a round of golf at the Highlands is a memorable way to spend your golfing day and a choice worth repeating when you have a chance.

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By Mitch Sadowsky

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Bulletproofing the Back There’s a pretty crazy statistic I was reading the other day. According to the National Institutes of Health (Harris et al. 1999), lower back pain is one of the most significant health problems in the United States, with back pain being the most frequent cause of activity limitation in people younger than 45 years of age: 65-80% of all people have back pain at some time in their life. There’s definitely something wrong with this. As we’ve talked about in the past, having a fitness or medical profession assess you is key in finding the right exercise prescription. Back pain isn’t necessarily about the back, but it is usually the

MS SPSc TP11 USAW AIS FMS Director of Golf Fitness Lake Nona Country Club Owner, Mitch11 Strength and Performance

weakest link in the chain where the pain response flares up. This month we’re going to focus on hip flexion and re-patterning the squat. We all know squatting shouldn’t hurt, but when it does it’s because of the WAY you squat, not the exercise itself. Repeatedly squatting poorly or squatting with limitations can definitely hurt, but let’s not blame the squat. In fact, if I had to do only two exercises the rest of my life I would Squat and do kettlebell swings (and for those of you who know me well, I’d find a way to break the rules and do LOTS of Turkish Get-Ups as well. But I digress….).

Supine Hip Flexion

So let’s get back to your, um, back. Yes, we’re getting back to your back. I’ll just simply assume we’ve been doing the exercises I posted in previous (just shake your head yes. It’ll make me feel better). Good, nice job. So let’s keep moving on now work on some hip FLEXION and get you squatting again! Other than giving you a nice backside (and who doesn’t want that??) powerful hips will have you hitting more like Rory McIlroy and less like Rory from Gilmore Girls (although I’m sure she’s a fantastic golfer) and strong hips help protect the back from rotational forces that can injure it. up during the movement. For more assistance, slide further away from the point of attachment and/or add a heel lift if needed to make squat feel better. Before starting your exercise, please make sure the point of attachment for the tubing is secure. Repeat 2 x 10

Lie supine (on your back) with both knees bent and arms down by your side, palms facing the ceiling. Keeping your spine neutral, bring your left knee as far to your chest as possible. Slowly return the foot to the ground and repeat, 2 sets of 10 on each side.

Assisted Deep Squat- FMT

Resisted Quadruped Posterior Rocking Begin in the quadruped position with hips, knees and shoulders at 90 degrees. Place a stability ball directly between you and a wall, with the ball touching your butt and the wall. Maintaining a stable neutral lumbar spine, slowly press back into the ball with your butt, while at the same time pressing your palms in to the ground. Keep your elbows straight to teach core control through a squat pattern. Allow the knees to flex while keeping a flat, neutral spine. Only go as far back as you can without losing neutral spine and return. Repeat 2 x 10 70

This exercise teaches you how to engage your core to help stabilize your pelvis in the full deep squat. This will help you control your posture throughout your golf swing. Place the handles at a high point of attachment and run the middle of the tubing around your back. Grab the foam handles and make sure the tubing is underneath your arms. Wrap arms around tubing once and keep arms relaxed through the movement. Place your feet shoulder width apart and turn your feet 10-20⁰ out. Begin the deep squat by pulling yourself down and “spreading the floor” with your feet. Your feet will maintain the same position but you should have the feeling of ripping apart the floor. Keep a neutral spine angle and keep your eyes straight ahead, do not look up. Slowly lower down as far as you feel comfortable. Keep trunk over feet and chest Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 2


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By Ken Pierce President, GolfGym, LLC

What the Heck is Biomechanics Anyway? athletic is that? That’s when the term “Biomechanics” surfaced as related to golf and the movements necessary to perform the golf swing at the optimum level…and athletes they became.

As the golf fitness movement became more familiar to players at the professional level, it attracted a few “PT’s” (Physical Trainers) to participate. They were used to training athletes of all

by the way, connect with a 1 ½”sphere at an average distance of some 40” away from our body, in a direction that we have pre-determined to a target that is really, really far away. How difficult can that be? We are all designed similarly, but

The definition of the term Biomechanics is:

many factors make up how we move

“The study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms”.

different, and our golf swings are differ-

In layman’s terms, our bodies are de-

differently. Factors like age, height, weight, injuries, you name it. We are all

ent too. However, there is one undeniable constant in golf. No matter how you get the club head to the ball, your body is what gets it there. That’s why,

signed to move in a plethora of patterns

if we want to enjoy the game and play

and if any one area of our structure is

better, we need to help our bodies move

sports with the most effective tech-

weak, the movements will be restricted

in the best, most efficient way pos-

niques to optimize performance. If

and less effective, and could force the

sible…and it doesn’t take a lot of work.

training improved performance of

body to overcompensate in one area

athletes in other sports, why wouldn’t

which screws everything up. Layman’s

for recreation only, many are less likely

terms for sure.

to dive into a really serious fitness regi-

it work for golfers, who at the time weren’t considered real athletes. Come on…they just walked around beautiful golf courses “playing” golf all day. How

The golf swing involves hundreds of

Because the majority of golfers play

men to improve their golf game. Many

muscles needing to perform in a certain

seasoned golfers are just looking to get

sequence in order to start and finish in

back some of the Power and Distance

a matter of about 1.5 seconds…and oh,

that age slowly takes away.

Gary Player

“Do I have to get serious about my overall fitness to be a better golfer?” The answer to that question is NO. However, if you want to live a more vibrant life away from golf and enjoy more activities, get better sleep, and maybe live longer, we recommend you take a good look at developing a plan to add more physical activities to enhance your life. If golf is your only exercise… that’s probably not enough. For simple and effective golf fitness tips, drills, videos, and great Swing Training Gear, go to www.GolfGym.com.

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