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New Blood, Next Victims!!

Volume 17, Issue 5 Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth, Founder-Georgia Golf Trail

Terrie and Razz

POSITION AVAILABLE!!! I am looking for an Administrative Assistant, someone who loves Social Media, likes to take lots of pics. Very laidback work environment, pool side tweeting, practice putting while brainstorming some groovy ideas, creative Instagramming, totally gets TURF LiFE and Southern Golf Central. Not afraid of people or phones, enjoys making new friends in the Golf and Turf industries - soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse, equine, all sports on turf. Relaxed, but a task master, who can take notes from a half sentence, order-barking circus ring leader, that may break out in tears for no reason, and gets distracted by butterflies and birds flying by, and totally gets it! Mind reading is a valuable skill, and don’t be frightened to have fun while making money, poke fun at the boss, freely speak and get personal. Lunch is free, golf is free. Many cocktail and celebrity charity events that need an energetic, social, classy, “Life of the Party” kind of young head working the scene. Available to participate in Golf travel opportunities, represent at PGA Tour events, Soccer events, NFLPA functions, NBL tournaments, Horse and Ag shows, ANY thing Turf or Golf related events, WITHOUT embarrassing us!! We have that covered with the current staff. I would love to, and NEED to be working with a fun, money-making wacko, who wants to be part of a Legendary idea! If you are a cubicle-dwelling, peeing in a cup kind of person, you will run crying for your Mama. Don’t even consider this position. Send me a PM, email a note t.purdum@yahoo.com, call me on landline #321-765-4215, cell #321-228-9616....crazy is a plus. WARNING -- This is not for the weak and lazy, insecure people who need egos stroked daily!! Your ability to accomplish tasks will be followed by success! While we’re on the subject of new Blood......”Hoe To the Chief!” Introducing......Eric Rasberry, our new Chief of Fertilizer Spreading. He is a thirty year owner of a professional lawn care business. Standing at 6’4”, he is calm and collective. “Chief Razz” brings lots of love, energy to our progressive movement that makes the Turf Life club so proud. He also understands working with the crazy women here at SoGo and TL. Probably because he’s been married 30 years to his wife Kristen. Being a father to his 15 year old son Camden, brings a nurturing, and growing aspect to Turf Life. Eric’s very words when I shared the opportunity were, “I’m TOTALLY STOKED; I want to be a part of the Movement!” I thought he meant a form of Fertilizer and right then, I knew! He went on to say, “If you enjoy what you do for work, it makes you happy, and that is what you spread…happiness.” Happiness in Everything. In 2017!


Editor Emeritus: Joel Jackson, CGCS Retired Media Consultant: Robert Bissell 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

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product showcase

Carnoustie Sportswear Golf apparel manufacturer Carnoustie Sportswear has unveiled its Spring ‘17 men’s collection of Performance Knits, Performance Outerwear and Waterproof Styles – as well as some other surprises. Performance Knits “Our collection of performance knits for Spring ‘17 continues to expand based upon the tremendous reception this segment of our collection has received since its 2014 introduction,” says company CEO Marshall Mancillas. “We introduced a beautiful mélange solid for Fall 16, and for Spring we've developed new colors appropriate for the season -- such as amethyst, melon, spearmint and sky. This mélange fabric is nuanced and has a dimension that ordinary piece dyed solids cannot approach. The use of the finest microfiber polyester blended with generous amounts of lycra ensure a luxurious hand and comfort.” New for Spring ’17 is a modern color block style that combines this mélange fabric with an awning stripe fabric, creating a fresh look. Also featured in the new performance collection is a mini floral print that›s small enough in proportion to create an all-over look. Small prints are very much on trend and Carnoustie›s is fun and colorful yet extremely wearable and appropriate for the season. Finally, a beautifully simple jacquard is offered to complement the collection. It introduces a sophisticated look not often found in most performance lines. This style affords elegance with all of today›s best performance features. In fact, all of Carnoustie›s performance styles include moisture management properties, stretchable comfort, odor management and UV protection. Founded 20 years ago, Carnoustie Sportswear has become a recognized maker of some of the finest golf apparel available. Fine fabrications, outstanding workmanship, and timeless, elegant styling combine to create an exceptional collection of sportswear. Carnoustie is carried in some of America›s most exclusive golf resorts, private country clubs and retailers. Enjoy your good taste both on and off the course. For product details, visit www.carnoustiesportswear.com.

TRAX Towel

Frogger Golf, the leader in innovative, high performance, functional and fun golf accessories, has unveiled the next generation of golf towels with the debut of the TRAX Towel. The first golf towel to feature Catch Latch magnetic fastening technology, TRAX offers ultimate absorbency with a convenient system to quickly connect and disconnect the towel to a golf bag. TRAX, a 20” x 24” premium microfiber towel, is the ideal size, featuring a waffle design that is strong enough to clean clubs, but safe enough to wipe eye glasses, thanks to its gentle, non-abrasive and highly absorbent polyester material. What sets the TRAX Towel apart from other products in the golf marketplace is Catch Latch technology. While most golfers hang their towels on their bag, this typically provides little security from it falling off, and is less convenient when transporting the towel around the course. With Catch Latch, the TRAX Towel simply attaches and detaches via a dongle and receiver clamp that affixes to the top of any golf bag. The magnets in the dongle and receiver attract and self-align to quickly and securely connect. To detach the TRAX Towel and take it anywhere, simply pull the dongle straight out for access to the towel anywhere on the course. The TRAX towel comes in six bold colors, and features Frogger’s trademark frog in a dual TRAX pattern. TRAX has a suggested retail 8

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Rain Check Sun Check Canopy

Anyone who plays golf has experienced the frustration of getting caught in a shower when trying to finish a round or sitting in the hot sun during a five hour round. The Rain Check Sun Check canopy is a practical solution to the problem. It is easy to install and rolls up and stores in your golf bag. The feedback from our customers has been great for example: Campus Police Chief Cummings at the University of North Carolina Pembroke responded to our survey; “All my officers enjoyed the canopy’s especially working games and events that demanded the use of a golf cart.” It helps to keep you drier in wet conditions or cooler in the hot sun. We offer custom graphics for the individual who wants their child’s picture and/or awards. Companies and universities that want to include their logo. You can promote your favorite charity or organization. This unique product makes a great gift you can customize. If you prefer you can put a picture of your favorite pet on one. The roof of the golf cart does not give you enough protection from the elements. This is a simple solution to the problem that required a lot of engineering to get to the final design. We are proud it has been granted a United States Patent and that it is made in the United States. To get a quote or place an order please contact us at: rainchecksuncheck@gmail.com

SCNS Sports Foods

Golf energy bars by SCNS Sports Foods are the perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas. Made without highfructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors, the bars are a great alternative to a candy bar on the golf course. The 1st Tee Pre-Round Golf Nutrition Bar fuels the mind and body before a round by using chamomile, hops and valerian root to help golfers stay calm and focused. The 10th Tee Back Nine Golf Energy Bar combats mental fatigue and increases focus and energy for the back nine with green tea and panax ginseng extracts. PGA TOUR professional Scott Langley recently endorsed the bars saying, “I have been eating the 1st Tee and 10th Tee bars for quite a while now. They really deliver what they advertise. They help provide the focus and energy you need to perform your best, and they taste great.” Seven varieties are available for purchase: 1st Tee Honey Almond Bar (Gluten-free), 1st Tee Dark Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Bars (Gluten-Free), 1st Tee Plus+ Oatmeal Raisin Bar, 1st Tee Plus+ Chocolate Peanut Bar, 10th Tee Plus+ Peanut Honey Bar, 10th Tee Plus+ Chocolate Peanut Caramel Bar, and 10th Tee Cranberry Trail Mix bar (Gluten-free). The bars are available at many pro-shops around the country or through the company’s online store, www.GolfEnergyBar.com. Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 5


on the green

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Golf Course With a résumé that includes a magical transformation of an unsightly Boston landfill into the spectacular awardwinning Granite Links golf course, golf architect John Sanford has duplicated that feat with the completion of the long awaited Ferry Point golf course on the East River, in the Bronx, in New York City. The links-style course brings new life to a former landfill that has been an eyesore and dumping ground along the river since the 1960s. The vision and proposals for building a golf course


John Sanford and Donald Trump on the treeless 185-acre site had been

in collaboration with John Sanford

around for decades, but finally came to

Golf Design in Jupiter, Fla. The Trump

fruition under the Bloomberg Admin-

Organization won a bid to maintain

istration. The layout is a Jack Nick-

and operate the property and will

laus Signature Golf Course designed

invest $10 million to build the new

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clubhouse. The formal name of the facility is the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point. “Our experience at Granite Links put us in a nice position to get the Ferry Point project,” said Sanford, who also served as project manager. After a final inspection of the site with Mr. Nicklaus and Mr. Trump said “Jack and Donald were elated with the final product. We walked the entire golf course, start to finish, and I’m happy to say everyone was very pleased with not only with the design, but also with the conditioning.” Sanford said, “Jack was great to work with and Donald is very excited about the

Nicklaus Design team. Sanford also coordinated the work of seven consultants, engineers, landscape architects, and surveyors among others on the project. “It certainly has been challenging,” Sanford said of the Ferry Point project. “It’s been a marathon of high hurdles, but well worth it. The course is phenomenal, a true team effort.” Nicklaus and Sanford’s work on Ferry Point was honored by the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) with one of six 2013 Design Excellence Recognition awards. In addition to Ferry Point, Sanford Golf Design is busy working on renovations at The Naples Beach Resort , Banyan Cay Golf Resort and recently completed work at Kona Country Club on the Big Island in Hawaii; Kosaido CC outside Sapporo, Japan; and layout. As manager and operator of the

from most of the golf course, so it’s an

2 Clubs on the West Coast of Florida.

facility, the Trump Organization is also

incredible location.”

Sanford Golf Design offers expertise in

responsible for maintaining the course,

The golf course is a part of Ferry

all phases of strategic, sustainable and

Point Park, which includes a community

significant golf course design. Sanford’s

lessly. I am very impressed with the

playground area and a 19.5-acre water-

services include renovation and new

Trump Organization. They have done an

front area. Sanford was able to incorpo-

course design , computer modeling;

exceptional job.” Sanford said visitors

rate some of the invaluable experience

landscape design and land planning;

and golfers have been blown away by

he gained working on the Granite Links

The company has produced or renovat-

the course. “The surrounding views are

Golf Club. At that site he capped two

ed more than 80 courses across North

incredible,” he said. “Holes 16, 17, and

landfills with the 27- hole course, seven

America and Hawaii, the Dominican

18 are on the East River. The Whitestone

miles from downtown Boston. On the

Republic, Puerto Rico, Egypt, Japan, and

Bridge is right there. To the west is the

course design and construction, Sanford

Vietnam. For more information contact:

Manhattan Skyline, and that’s visible

worked closely with Nicklaus and the


an assignment they have handled flaw-

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golf business

New Life to Lost Courses When not renovating courses, the Places get as far away from golf as possible. Here they are near the Ngoragora Crater in Tanzania, May 2016

A golf club closed for two years

with 6 feet tall weeds growing over 170 acres – who wants that? Enter Bill Place and Su Lee, married owners of Ace Golf in Tampa, Florida. Now renovating their fourth failed golf club since 2005, the couple see opportunity, not demise, in the golf industry. Four-star Golf Digest Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land O’ Lakes closed in May 2014 following several years ownership by three American Indian partners, culminating with them fist fighting in the clubhouse. A perennial favorite Dave Harmon-designed Tampa Bay Golf course was shuttered, greens left to die, and vandals moved in. After many failed potential buyers, Plantation Pam’s HOA struck a deal with Place. The community would purchase a social membership for every one of their 821 homes for the next 5 years, amounting in a $625,000 investment to get their club and property values back. Place bought the club and is now renovating it with a re-open date in November. Bill Place and Su Lee don’t play golf. They met while working corporate jobs at GTE (now part of Verizon). Bill left his job in 1991 and two years later started their first Ace Golf driving range while Su kept the paycheck 12

and benefits coming. They both work together now, Su on Accounting/Finance and Bill on Marketing/Operations, about 10 feet apart in their Tampa home. In 2005, the couple bought Pebble Creek Golf Club, invested almost $2 million in renovations and returned the club to profitability. In 2010 and 2011, they did the same with Wentworth Golf Club and Crescent Oaks Country Club in Tarpon Springs. “Golf isn’t dying”, according to Place, “it’s just in need of a new paradigm”. We buy clubs cheap, invest heavily

in renovations, and add services to make them community centers with broader appeal. At Plantation Palms, for example, Place and Lee are building a miniature golf course, lighting and expanding the golf range, building a new 3,000 square foot wedding and events center, and adding a Mulligans Irish Pub (a concept they developed and now have at 2 of their other 3 clubs). “We start the kids in mini-golf, migrate them to junior golf lessons, and make them into golfers on the big course”, adds Place, “Life is Good!”

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golf business

As a result of Coral Hospitality’s strategic business model and innovative management approach, the industryleading management and investment company continues to provide incredible results for the owners, members and developers at their portfolio of managed golf and country clubs. “We have made a name for ourselves in the golf industry by strategically seeking out management opportunities and carefully selecting the properties we work with,” said Coral Hospitality president, Christopher Schaeffer. “We believe our experience in success positions the company as a clear leader amongst management companies, making us a sought-after operating partner and further proving that when choosing the correct management company, anything is possible.” While some in the industry focus their efforts around the decline in golf, Coral maintains the position of making the sport more inclusive, thus, increasing revenue by way of development of attractive membership structures and industry leading yield management and

tee time sales strategies. In doing so, Coral’s golf business partners continue to prosper, allowing them to aggressively target and expand their portfolio. So, what makes Coral’s approach different? The company’s success is a direct result of their unique business model, in which the company looks to identify underperforming clubs that can take advantage of Coral’s unique skill set that has been perfected over decades in the hospitality industry. Through their unique abilities, Coral Hospitality is able to deliver unparalleled service to members and guests, while at the same time generating industry leading financial returns for their clients and investors. In recent months, the management company joined the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), one of the golf industry’s premier organizations. The IAGTO’s membership is comprised of more than 2,500 accredited golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, golf courses, airlines, tourist boards and approved media and business partners. By joining, Coral Hospitality continues to elevate its

Blackshear profile and internationally showcase their top-notch facilities, services, and amenities available to travelers. Due to Coral Hospitality’s superior abilities and proven performance, Coral’s family of Clubs have been consistently awarded regional awards for best in market in highly competitive regions along with a recent recognition of one of their clubs as most improved public golf club in the country.

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By Jennifer Jolly

FreedomSpiritBeauty GraceExhilaration

These are the first words that come to mind when I think of horses. Any horse. Here in the United States horses represent our beginnings, our pioneering spirit, what truly made America great. I would venture to guess that every single one of us, at some point in our lives, has had a fascination with these powerful yet gentle beings. Growing up surrounded by farms in southeastern Michigan, we had them all. Mustangs transplanted from the

actually “ordered” one without parental

me. So imagine my surprise when in

approval. You can imagine the trouble

the summer of 2012 I was asked to

I found myself in after the call came

interview for the position of General

that my new four-legged family member

Manager at The Thoroughbred Club of

had arrived. So, instead, I spent my

America in Lexington, Kentucky. My

spare time swapping mucking stalls

phone interview was set with the then

and washing horses for trail rides and

Board President and owner of Dullahan,


who was running in the Kentucky Derby

Albeit a far cry from the horsemen

that weekend. Although I studied

of Kentucky, the love, admiration

hard for the interview, I did not get the

and sheer exhilaration I have for

job. A few days of reading up on the

these amazing animals has never left

horseracing industry and learning a few

deserts of Arizona, Quarter Horses with the local 4H Club, Arabians and Warmbloods at the Bloomfield Hunt Club, Standardbreds at Northville Downs and Thoroughbreds at the Detroit Race Course. Although the DRC has long since closed, the mares with their foals still summer in my hometown of Novi, Michigan keeping the Sport of Kings close to the hearts of my childhood community. Never as a child, hopping the fence across 9 Mile Road to commandeer a grazing horse for a quick bareback joyride, did I ever think I would have the opportunity to own one. I tried once, after reading an article in one of those scholastic magazines about the plight of wild mustangs in Arizona. I 16

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novice terms was not enough to bridge

in my own backyard

the gap with my competitors, but it

at Payson Park in

reignited a childhood flame and interest

Indiantown, Florida by a

in the sport. Six months later I found

trainer I had already had

myself in Keeneland at the November

the pleasure of meeting

Breeding Stock Sale helping a friend find

six years earlier. Could

a horse to invest in with my new found

the stars have aligned


any brighter? But that’s

Armed with my grandfather’s wisdom of “when in doubt, always bet on a gray”

a story for another time. Now, I would like to

and my own enthusiastic “Luck be a

hear from you. What’s

Lady” we found ourselves face to face

your story? And how

with a gorgeous gray filly, cataloged to

can I help your dream

the public auction as hip number 2471.

of owning a racehorse

Grossly ill prepared and underfunded

come true? Over the

for the undertaking, we watched our

past four years I have

beautiful gray leave with real horseman.

had the pleasure of

But I was not defeated. You see I have

participating in this

that same spirit as the Thoroughbreds,

industry just as you

to persevere. I found out who bought

could be. I have bought

our filly, tracked them down and learned

in with several different

about a unique opportunity that allows

partnerships, understand

everyday people to become owners at a

the differences and believe I can guide

fraction of the risk and requiring very

you to the right fit. Understanding the

little knowledge. And on top of it all this

culture and nuances of each syndicate,

filly, “our” filly, was to be trained virtually

trainer and track requires first-hand

knowledge. By sharing my experiences, I can insure you will approach each race as an expert. Interested? Please email jmjolly@teamvalor.com today!

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Rogers Brings Quail West into 21st Century The Preserve Course

here at Quail West Golf & Country Club will reopen early in the new year following a major renovation authored by architect Drew Rogers, who will take a short breather before inaugurating a similar overhaul of the club’s second 18, The Lakes Course, in the spring of 2017. In a way, Rogers’ work at The Preserve was standard fare: a complete

green and bunker renovation, irrigation replacement, conversion to Celebration Hybrid Bermudagrass, practice facility expansion and tee realignment. In another way, however, it’s a case study in how courses built during the development boom (1990-2005) are now being renovated and otherwise fine-tuned to address agronomic and playability issues specific to south Florida. “The wooden retaining wall, for example -- that familiar feature providing the hard edge between greens, tees and water hazards at so many south Florida courses -- is a good way to understand what happens to these courses over time,” Rogers says. “Putting surfaces are typically designed to be flush with the top of those walls, but 25-30 years of sand and thatch accumulation have raised up the greens and tees. In a region where top-dressing is a year-round discipline, a putting surface can rise a half-inch every 12 months.” According to Rogers, the former ultradwarf putting surfaces on The Preserve Course sat some 13 inches higher than the day the course opened for play, in 1992. For the golfer, the difference can be too gradual and subtle to notice, “perhaps until the 18

moment his or her ball rolls back off a green into the drink,” he says. Accordingly, Rogers completely overhauled all 18 green complexes at The Preserve. He also replaced those timber retaining walls with stacked capstone and reinstated the seamless relationship between putting surfaces, collars and hazards. As putting surfaces rise, the impact and drama of outlying green contours tend to be diminished -- so the architect pumped new life into these surrounds. Rogers understands the Florida golf scene as well as any architect working today. It one reason he’s so

busy here (his Toledo, Ohio-based JDR Design Group [www.jdrewrogers.com] is currently directing comprehensive renovation programs at The Club at Mirasol, Royal Poinciana GC, Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club, Wyndemere CC and Audubon CC). Both 18s at Quail West are credited to architect Arthur Hills, whose firm Rogers joined in 1992. Rogers subsequently oversaw design and construction of the Lakes Course. “You cringe a bit when you see consider how Florida courses were designed and built at that time,” said Rogers, who formed his own firm in 2010. “In the 1990s, for example, the style was to bring that rough right up to the green edge. The penalty for missing was severe. At the same time, folks who joined this club in the ‘90s are a little older today. This is the demographic movement taking place today at Quail West and so many other clubs in Florida. These greens today cannot feature so many penal edges, so many forced carries. They also need bailout areas with closely mowed chipping areas to allow more of a variety of flopping, chipping and putting recoveries.”

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By Melanie Bonds

The Deep South Turf Expo– Bringing it Back to Biloxi in 2016! In the second year since inception, the Deep South Turf Expo is really coalescing. Last year was a great start, but the DSTE Board worked hard to listen to feedback from 2015’s attendees and vendors, and it reaped great dividends. Buddy Williams, with BWI Companies, exhibitor and sponsor reported, “The people I spoke with, vendors and patrons alike, thought it was very well organized and a worthy event at a good value. As a vendor I especially liked the format compared to last year. The golf tournament preparations (banners, signage, drink tickets and lunch) exceeded my expectations, but more importantly my managers were very impressed.” The Deep South comes together around the kernel of a great education program. Planning for this year’s educational program began back in 2015 with an education committee devoted to excellence. “From the get go, the board and educational advisors have worked together to make this a great show - but most important, we’ve tried to make it educational,” says Jay McCurdy, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Turfgrass Extension Specialist at Mississippi State. “Scott McElroy (Auburn University), Bryan Unruh (University of Florida), and I sat down and hammered out a rough schedule more than a year ago. Different iterations were bounced around with our university colleagues to help determine what expertise best fit the topics we wanted to discuss, as well as what would optimize our workload. Tricia Roberts and Melanie


at the Biloxi Shuckers game Bonds have been tremendously helpful in optimizing time and topics. This year there were 20 speakers and more than 30 hours of education. We added two new breakout sessions - sod production and landscape. Both were well attended and strengthened the event. A great advantage of the combined efforts across state lines has been the ability to attract outside speakers with expertise beyond that of our local university faculty. Future events can only be successful with attendee feedback, so I encourage attendees and exhibitors to take the time to respond to online surveys - these are absolutely instrumental in

planning for next year’s Expo.” Following classes and lunch sponsored by Ladd’s and Ventrac at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center, the tradeshow opened. The Deep South Turf Expo tradeshow filled the exhibit hall and gave companies that provide services specifically for the Turfgrass industry an opportunity to feature products and services. Attendees were excited about the opportunity to view the extensive array of equipment and products. Everything from mowers, chemicals, irrigation parts and even a drone, to consultants and contractors was all present for one stop shopping. A series of “Tradeshow Talks” were offered in the afternoon at the rear of the Convention space. Dr. Scott McElroy kicked things off with a talk on “Hacking Putting Green Speed.” We also had Dr. Beth Guertal speak on “How Much Light is Your Turf Receiving” and “New Turfgrass Varieties by Dr. Wayne Philley. Jerry Pate Turf and Irrigation hosted the Grand Opening Reception of the tradeshow again this year and a silent auction offered the opportunity for some great deals and competitive bidding. While our first class education program and our trade show are the heart and soul of the DSTE, the extracurricular activities provide the opportunity to network and relax. Nearly 120 golfers teed off at the Preserve on Tuesday, October 11th. The Preserve staff did a great job of accommodating everyone and running the event smoothly. It was a fine day for golf on the beautiful course which is integrated within an 1,800 acre nature preserve. We are especially grateful to BWI Companies for sponsoring the tournament this year. Also, congratulations are in order for first place winners—the “Dream Team”, led by our host, Stephen Miles, CGCS and including Gib Fox, Tim Orton and Simon Parkin, CGCS. Other activities were held simultaneously on the opening Tuesday. DSTE President, Mr. Ken Edwards, CSFM, again hosted a sports field tour of Biloxi. Mr. Edwards included the Gulfport Sports Complex, Jones Park and the MGM Park, home of the Biloxi Shuckers, in the tour. Ken retired this year as Sports Field Manager for the Gulfport Sportsplex, a large municipal multi-use sports complex that he has been an integral part of since its construction in 1999. The Sportsplex is fortunate that Ken has trained as a replacement his son, Keaire Edwards. We hate to lose Ken, but after long service in the US Army and with the City of Gulfport, his retirement is well deserved. And Ken assures us that we can find him, “Cruisin the Coast,” and that he plans to be a part of the Deep South scene for many years to come! A trap and skeet Tournament was held again this year at the Coastal Rifle and Pistol Club for the marksmen in our midst. We thank AquaSouthern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 5

trols for sponsoring the event. Congratulations to the winners: Randy Mangnum, Justin Murray, and Jon Strauss. There was also a Past Presidents’ Reception for all the hosting organizations which include the Alabama GCSA, the Alabama Turfgrass Association, the Gulf Coast GCSA, the Louisiana/Mississippi GCSA and the Mississippi Turfgrass Association. The reception is hosted by Beard/Greenville Turf and Tractor. To cap off a wonderful day the event dinner, sponsored by Bayer and Harrells, Inc., was held at the MGM Park’s Shuckers Stadium, right across the street from our host hotel, the Beau Rivage. With a band and food stations there was plenty of fun, but most of the excitement was concentrated on the field. Aqua-Aid and Regal sponsored two teams of our members who played 4 innings of a softball game to provide entertainment. Aqua-Aid were the victors, but this could shape up into a grudge match in coming years. After the softball game there was a homerun derby, won by Toby Thornton, with runners up, Jeremy Stevens and L. J. Robinson Everyone wanted a shot at batting in the professional setting. It was remarked that many of the participants were as excited as a “bunch of kids!” Thanks to everyone who supported this event and made it a success. Go to www.DeepSouthTurfExpo.org for information coming soon about plans for next year’s educational schedule and events!

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Fourth Annual ‘Mowing Patterns Contest’ Winner Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – today announces the fourth annual “Mowing Patterns Contest” winner is Britt Barry, Sports Turf Manager at the Dayton Dragons (Dayton, Ohio). Barry was selected via a Facebook voting contest from October 21 to November 18 for his intricate design at Fifth Third Field, home to the Dayton Dragons, Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. “Britt continues to pave the way for the sports turf industry by producing stunning mowing patterns,” says Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of STMA. “He has managed to strike the perfect balance of safety, playability and visual appeal at Fifth Third Field.” Formerly the Head Groundskeeper at the Lexington Legends, the SingleA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, Barry’s impressive resume includes previous stints with the Brooklyn Cyclones, Dragons and the New York

Britt Barry and Brandon Mets. He graduated from Wilmington College of Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and agronomy. Last year’s winner was Blake Anderson, Director of Sports Turf Operations at the University of Arkansas. Formerly the Assistant Grounds Manager at The Westminster Schools (Atlanta, Ga.), Anderson won with his intricate design he produced at Baum Stadium. The inaugural winner was Joey Stevenson, Head Groundskeeper for the Indianapolis Indians. He is no stranger

to success. In 2014, the Purdue graduate received the “Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award” for the third time from STMA and Minor League Baseball in the Triple-A division. Barry will be included in a future issue of SportsTurf, STMA’s official monthly publication. His design will also have a custom poster featured at the 2017 STMA Conference & Exhibition (January 24-27) in Orlando, Fla. For more info: stma.org, twitter.com/ fieldexperts, 800.323.3875.

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Turf Life Presents its Servin’ Turf Award to Arnold Palmer Enterprises Turf Life, the brand that salutes the

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ground and plain-spoken popularity

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helped change the perception of golf as

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working classes. Arnold learned the

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course. I’m so blessed and fortunate to

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“Over the years, I’ve had the plea-

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sure of meeting with Mr. Palmer several

have known Mr. Palmer and Turf Life

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is proud to honor his life and legacy

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and present him with our Servin’ Turf

t.purdum@yahoo.com or by calling Ter-

Life, Inc. “Arnold Palmer was the epito-

Award this month.”

rie Purdum at (321) 765-4215.


Nominations for the Servin’ Turf

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South Florida PGA Section/PGA Professional Championship Alan Morin

picked the perfect way to clinch his ninth South Florida PGA Player of the Year honors by winning the Section Championship. Morin shot a 4-under 68 Wednesday to win the South Florida PGA Section Championship for a record fifth time. The PGA Assistant Professional at The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth won by three shots at 10-under 206 at Wyndemere Country Club (Green/White courses). The victory also clinched Player of the Year honors for the 47-year-old Morin, who had to finish in front of Chris Kaufman, PGA Teaching Professional at BallenIsles Country Club and Lee Rinker, PGA Director of Golf at Emerald Dunes Golf Club to do so. “It’s humbling and very selfgratifying to win both the Section Championship and Player of the Year honors,” said Morin, who earned spots in next year’s Honda Classic and the Puerto Rico Open on the PGA Tour. “There’s a lot of great players in the section — former Tour players.” Morin started the day in a fiveway tie for the lead and maintained a share of the lead with Andrew Filbert after both shot 33s on the front nine. Filbert, the PGA Assistant Professional at Bonita National Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs, birdied the 10th to take the lead, but bogeyed the next two holes to fall two back after Morin made a birdie at No. 12. Morin finished with six pars, but wasn’t sure he won until he saw the scoreboard. “I couldn’t believe I won by three shots,” he said. “I thought for sure somebody would make a run on the back nine.” Andrew Filbert, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Bonita National Golf and Country Club finished second at 7-under 209 after a 71. Kaufman of Coral Springs was another shot back, alone in third place, with a 69. Rinker (71-218) tied for 25th at with his sister, Laurie, PGA Life Member (74-218). Gene Fieger, PGA Assistant Golf Professional The Club at Pelican Bay (74) and Joe Allinder, PGA Head Golf Professional at Imperial Golf Club (70) tied for fourth at 4-under 212. Morgan Jewell, PGA Head Professional 26

Alan Morin - Section Champion at the Floridian, shared the day’s best round with Rushi Orza, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club at Old Trail – a 67 – and finished in a sixth-place tie with Kyle Sanders, PGA Head Golf Professional at The Fox Club in Palm City (68). Also earning spots into next year’s PGA Professional Championship by finishing in the top 12 were Roger Kennedy Jr. (69-210) of Country Club at Mirasol, Paul Scaletta (71-214) of The Bear’s Club, Tim Turpen (72-214) of Ironhorse in West Palm Beach and Gary Keating of Shell Point, who along with Rushi Oza advanced in a six-way playoff. The 50th PGA Professional Championship will be held June 18-21 at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and Omega were presenting partners for the South Florida PGA Section Championship. Serving as supporting partners were Titleist/FootJoy, Nike Golf, TaylorMade adidas Ashworth, the PGA Tour, Golf Life Navigators/ Golf Life Research and Radio Cat.

Scholarships Don E. Beattie: The South Florida PGA is pleased to announce the recipient of the Don E. Beattie Scholarship: Katie Williamson of Boca Raton. This scholarship of $2,500 is annually awarded to one Palm Beach County resident meeting all eligibility requirements. The Don E. Beattie Scholarship was established in 2006 in memory

of PGA Professional Don E. Beattie for his service to the South Florida PGA Section as a Past President and for his support of the game of golf. Don E. Beattie was a selfless, giving, unassuming individual dedicated to community

Katie Williamson outreach efforts and countless charities throughout Palm Beach County. Katie excelled in high school with a GPA of 3.9 and will attend Florida Gulf Coast University in the fall. She was active outside of her studies as the Editor of the Boca Youth Quarterly a student newspaper. Katie was also involved with the First Tee of Broward County as a volunteer, Homeless Outreach and Nursing Home Outreach. PGA Professional, Christian Czaja describes Katie as “talented in golf and has demonstrated a very strong work ethic.” Katie will attend Florida Golf Coast Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 5

versity in the fall. We wish her luck in continuing her education and giving back to her community!

Bobby Goodman Scholarship: Michael Chesnover has been named the 2016 Bobby Goodman Scholarship recipient. The Bobby Goodman Scholarship is a $2,500 grant annually given to a high school senior or college student entering into his/her freshman or sophomore year of undergraduate studies whose parents or grandparents either work in or are retired from the golf industry. The scholarship is named after PGA Professional Bobby Goodman, who is recognized for his numerous contributions to the game of golf at all levels.

Corol Cope University in the fall and will pursue a degree in psychology. We wish her luck with her studies this fall!

Michael O’Brien Scholarship: The South Florida PGA proudly announces Coral Cope as the 2016 Michael O’Brien Scholarship recipient. The Michael O’Brien Scholarship is a $1,000 grant annually given to a high school senior or college student entering into his/her freshman or sophomore year of undergraduate studies whose parents or grandparents either work in or are retired from the golf industry. The scholarship is named after PGA Professional Michael O’Brien, who has been a PGA member since 1989 and has volunteered countless hours to service the south Florida community, giving back to countless local charities. A recent graduate of South Dade Senior High School, Coral was in the top 2% of her graduating class. She was a member of the National Honors Society and was the Student Government Secretary for four years. She participated in cheerleading and dance throughout high school and played one year of tennis. Coral was also active in volunteering throughout her community. She volunteered at the Homestead Homeless Shelter in addition to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Coral said, “I have learned that the community always has open arms to people looking to get involved and they encourage it. I think everyone should have the experience to give back to your community and really get involved in your hometown.” Coral will attend Florida State UniSouthern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 5

Michael Chesnover

Michael’s father, Michael Chesnover is a PGA Assistant Professional at Kensington Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida. A graduate from Fort Myers High School, Michael has excelled at balancing academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. His GPA was in the top 9% in the district and he accumulated over 250 hours of community service throughout his high school career. Michael was a 4-year member of the varsity golf team in high school and was captain his junior and senior years. Some of the extra activities he participated in included: National Honors Society, Humanity Club and the Newspaper. Richard Erick, PGA Director of Golf at Kensington Golf and Country Club describes Michael as having “a very strong work ethic both in his commitment to school work as well as his employment

and charity work.” He also describes Michael as “honest and trustworthy”. In the fall, Michael will attend Florida State University and will study finance and accounting. Congratulations to Michael and we look forward to seeing what his future holds.

FGCU PGA Golf Management University Program Scholarship: The South Florida PGA announces Lucas Edelman as the 2016 South Florida PGA Professional Golf Management Scholarship recipient. This scholarship was created in 2007 to provide financial assistance to exemplary students enrolled in this South Florida based PGM program at Florida Gulf Coast University. Lucas has worked several internships in the golf industry over the past few years. He worked outside operations at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ for two summers and at Naples National Golf Club. He also worked as an Assistant Golf Professional at West Bay Club in Estero. While as West Bay, Lucas took on complete responsibilities of two events. Currently, he works at PGA Magazine where he helps with Best Practice articles and interviews PGA Champions Tour Golfers. Lucas is very passionate about environmental sustainability and is looking to pursue an MBA Degree after completing his degree at FGCU. He has been involved with the United States Green Building Council since 2013 and has created a new initiative for environmental sustainability within golf facilities. He has become the project lead for LEED for Golf Facilitates Initiative and he works directly with USGBC’s Chief of Engineering. Jeff Raimer, PGA Director of Luke Edelman Golf at West Bay Club said this about Lucas, “It became incredibly obvious to me at a very early stage in his employment that Luke is well beyond his years in intellect, initiative and drive to be successful. Due to this I was able to hand off numerous projects and job responsibilities to Luke that I have not been able to with my previous interns.” We here at the South Florida PGA know Lucas will be successful with his future endeavors and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes. 27

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North Florida wins

North Florida vs South Florida Challenge Cup! Our team retained The Cup with a 13 ½ - 10 ½ victory over South Florida at Boca Rio Golf Club. It was our first back to back victory in many years! Congratulations to our team and we’re proud of their effort! Well Played Rod Perry, David Hronek, Jon Mansfield, Dan Olsen, Greg Koch, David Damesworth, Ryan Hritz, Chris DeBusk, Nick Frontero, Kevin Crawford, Charles Raulerson and Tim Peterson! A special thank you to our Partner, Chase54 for outfitting the team! South Florid did an exceptional job of hosting. Now we’re thinking Three Peat! Troops comprised of North Florida PGA Members, family and friends rallied around a great cause with a Birdie A Thon for Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation in conjunction with the Annual North Florida vs South Florida Challenge Cup Matches. Pledges for birdies for players and teams raised $100,000! The North Florida Section solicited the entire Membership to get involved and raise valuable funds that will help children and families in need. The players also went to their members, families and friends to get pledges for support as well. The matches started out on a sunny morning yet ironically a rainbow appeared for a few minutes prior to the start! Arnie was watching! Players wore pink shirts on the final day to honor Mr. Palmer.

The Senior Challenge Cup Matches were hosted by South Florida at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie. The Matches were all tied going into the Singles Matches! North Florida dominated the singles winning 7 of the first 8 matches to wrestle the Romanoff/ Kennedy Cup away from South Florida. Our Senior Cup Team was: Mike Keymont, Keith Kulzer, Gerry James, Charles Raulerson, Jeff Leonard, Jeff Anderson, Brad Rollinson, Bill Shriver, Jim Slattery, John O’Leary, Bob Dickson and Bob Irving. Again, thank you to Chase54 for outfitting the team! We were the best dressed again! North Florida now has both Cups in the house! Again, thank you South Florida for hosting. The goal was to have fun and that was accomplished! The Seniors always look forward to getting together to share stories and rekindle old friendships 28

The Northern Chapter now holds the Jerry Porter Cup! The Jerry Porter Cup Chapter Challenge is in honor of retired Executive Director, Jerry Porter. The annual matches feature the 10 best players from each of the 4 Chapters in a round robin match play format. Each Chapter plays each other and the Chapter who wins the most points hoists the cup! The Northern Chapter slept on a comfortable lead, but faced the Southwest Chapter in the final matches who rallied and almost tied it all up! It came down to the final match to determine this year’s champions, the Northern Chapter! Well played Charles Raulerson, Sean McGauley, Mike Keymont

Dan Olsen, Gerry James, Cary Splane, Bob Wallace, John Duckworth, Spencer Brown, Tim Peterson & Brad Rollinson. As our tournament season is now concluded, our NFPGA Players of the Year have been determined. Congratulations to Rod Perry, Crane Lakes Golf & CC on winning another Player of the Year title which also earned him an exemption into the PGA TOUR Valspar Championship. Mike Keymont, Stoneybrook East is our NFPGA Senior Player of the Year. It was a great season of tournament golf and thank you to all of our members for making the time to compete and share that passion as PGA Members.

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Pulte Homes Exceeds Goal for The Children’s Home in Tampa

The first annual

Tampa Building to Make Lives Better Golf Tournament hosted by Pulte Homes at Avila Golf & Country Club raised $76,350 for The Children’s Home exceeding a goal of $50,000. Sean Strickler, division president for Pulte Homes in the West Florida division, said the tournament was a sell out, they had 100 players registered even two weeks before the tournament. The proceeds, according to Strickler, will help fund The Pulte Promise, a program aimed at restructuring the vocational building for the older children for continued learning, as well as supporting the maternity ward on campus. “All of us at Pulte Homes are proud and excited to be partnered with The Children’s Home,” Strickler said. “The enormous effort on the part of generous donors and contributors to this event is moving, and we are pleased to join hands with the entire Tampa community to assist these very deserving at-risk children and families through this incredible charity,” Strickler continued. The Children’s Home in Tampa is a child and family-centered organization that is positioned to care for struggling


Presenting the check with vendors and trade partner sponsors of the first annual Building to Make Lives Better Golf tournament hosted by Pulte Homes at Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa are: (L to R) Sean Strickler, president/West Florida Division of Pulte Homes; Irene Rickus, president/CEO, The Children’s Home; Johnny Migliacci, director of National Accounts for Rosen Materials (a platinum sponsor); Angela Phillian, president of Angela Drywall; Jim Phillips, general manager for Rosen Materials; Mario Correa, field manager of Direct Cabinet Sales. families and children seeking the comfort of a loving family. Over the years, The Children’s Home has helped more than 6,000 children realize their dream of a family, and it has cared for more than 25,000 children in the Tampa Bay community. At Avila Golf & Country Club, players in the Building To Make Lives Better

Golf Tournament experienced the beautiful Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and received gift bags courtesy of multiple donors, breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments and snacks throughout the tournament day. For information about donating, please contact (813) 964-5110 or westfloridaevents@pultegroup.com.

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Naples Grande Golf Club Unveils $8 Million Transformation Part of Naples Grande Beach Resort, the golf club completes a multi-million-dollar renovation resulting in a brand new clubhouse, re-grass of fairways, tees and roughs as well as leveling & expanding tees

Southwest Florida’s independent, luxury property, Naples Grande Beach Resort, has completed an $8 million project to its golf club, the Naples Grande Golf Club. The grand makeover includes a brand new clubhouse, which is the first formal building of its kind for the club, as well as a complete regrass of the golf course with celebration Bermuda grass and leveling and expanding tees. Bridging the gap between modern and traditional design, the new clubhouse offers a grill and bar area, men’s and women’s locker rooms, meeting space, retail space, as well as more functional outdoor space, sight lines, and more. Highly-acclaimed and designed by Rees Jones, the 18-hole, 6,955-yard, par 72 course is located just minutes from Naples Grande Beach Resort and is set among a lush landscape of native Florida pine hammocks, live oak, grand cypress trees, and brilliant water. ClubDesign Associates from Fort Worth, Texas were the team behind the design and aesthetic elements. The overall design scheme can be described as coastal contemporary. Starting

from the inside out, a blue/green color scheme was chosen to bring the outside indoors by enhancing the views of the lake and golf course. The light and medium colors selected for the fabrics, carpets and artwork pop against the warm neutral background and preserve the airy coastal feel. The rich woods of the furniture, cabinetry and ceiling beams along with the natural light and clean lines bring warmth and a sense of casual elegance to the space. “For ownership to reinvest into the golf club is paramount to our success in member retention & enjoyment,” said Michael Brooks, General Manager, Naples Grande Golf Club. He continued, “The addition of our new clubhouse is key to our ongoing success as it provides members and resort guests with a world-class experience.” Naples Grande Golf Club’s membership program is called the Premier Club

of Naples, designed to offer members and their families world-class golf as well as recreational activities. Members have access to Naples Grande Beach Resort’s three signature pools, sugar sand beach, fitness center, as well as exclusive access to the resort’s tennis courts and four restaurants. Members are also given the option to enjoy a range of social events all year round including member-only minglers and unique local experiences. Although the club is a members-only establishment, guests of Naples Grande Beach Resort have the privilege of an exclusive membership during their stay. Surrounded by captivating views, the wall of folding glass doors in the grill and bar makes a statement and infuses the room with fresh air, natural light and breathtaking sight lines of the lake. Adding to the openness of the space, high ceilings are accented by large coffers and stained-wood ceiling beams. There are several stained-wood dining tables of varying sizes that further add to the flexibility and possibilities of the room. The carpet pattern has varying shades of a warm, gray stripe with medallion patterns in blue, and

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Patio area at Naples Grande Golf Club the dining arm chairs have clean, classic lines with upholstery in shades of blue and green. The two custom-designed, communal tables are a highlight of the bar, each seating 10. The tables are

Dining area at Naples Grande Golf Club

luncheon or private event, the flexibility of the furnishings help with easy transition from one event to the next. The women’s locker room and lounge contains 158 stained-wood half lockers with shaker panel doors. A built-in cabinet The bar at Naples Grande Golf Club with towel drop, as well as several framed, full-length mirrors add custom touches to the space. The lounge has a feminine feel with an organic leaf pattern carpet and lighter colors of blue, gray and cream. Lounge furnishings, including a sofa and lounge chair, are in soft, woven fabrics with blue and cream. Zebra print sofa pillows add a sophisticated, fresh touch. The lounge also offers three stained-wood tables and equipped with power and data outlets arm chairs for card playing and other to let patrons stay connected while at social activities. The men’s locker room the club. The custom, 20’ long bar is and lounge contains 240 stained-wood another great gathering spot. It features half lockers and 117 three-compartment a beautiful blue pearl granite top and lockers with shaker panel doors. Addistained-wood panels on the front with linear glass mosaic tile. Visitors can Women's locker room at Naples Grande Golf Club also take advantage of the 50” TVs at the back of the bar. Overall, the grill and bar can seat 110 patrons. An extension of the grill, the outdoor patio can seat an additional 48 guests and offers relaxing and comfortable options as it overlooks the lake. Chef Chris Capron oversees the food and beverage program for the venue. Notable dishes include Blackened Fish Tacos and Grande Grilled Cheese. From the meeting spaces to the men’s and women’s locker rooms and lounges, these recreational areas were created to exude functionality, but with a modern and stylish atmosphere. Guests utilizing the meeting rooms have the ability to transform the space with ease, whether they are conducting a business meeting, Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 5

tionally, there are three built-in cabinets with towel drop and four framed, fulllength mirrors. The lounge features a clean, refined, and comfortable look. It is outfitted with three stained-wood tables and wood arm chairs with seating as well as six lounge chairs in a U-shaped layout surrounding two flat screen wallmounted TVs. The millwork was custom designed for Naples Grande Pro Shop. The Pro Shop is another room that brings the outdoors in with large windows overlooking the golf course. An architectural feature of note is the raised ceiling vault with wood beams and a pendant light. Lounge seating is provided in front of the 55” flat screen TV. Carpet, granite, and chair fabric were kept neutral to emphasize the merchandise. The stained-wood transaction counter has a granite top, raised front panel design, sleeves for golf balls, and glove display behind the counter. Naples Grande Golf Club is located at 7335 Premier Drive, Naples, FL. For reservations or more information please visit www.naplesgrande.com or call 855-923-7376.


stay & play By: Greg Wise

For the golfers, this area of Florida is Rich with History

Imagine playing Pinecrest Golf Course in Avon Park. Built in 1926 by legendary architect, Donald Ross, this track exemplifies the use of gentle rolling land and the infamous “False Front” greens. Although a lot has changed of the years, the mystic playing Pinecrest is amazing. Walk the fairways where Al Capone, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig vacationed and played through the years. Pinecrest was the site of the very first televised the World Championship of Golf back in 1959 on NBC. Not to be out done for history, Harder Hall Country Club in Sebring,

a Dick Wilson design, has hosted The Harder Hall Women’s Invitational since 1956. Some of the more current Champions include Natalie Gulbis, Brittany Lincicome, Stacy Lewis, and Christy Kerr. Lake Placid, the City of Murals, has a Placid Lakes Country Club. Built in 1966, Placid Lake underwent an extensive renovation after the hurricanes of 2004. This is a very challenging layout the possibly the toughest stretch of finishing holes in Highlands County. Sun ‘N Lake offers 36 holes of golf. Deer Run opened in 1976. A classic Don Dyer design features length and some very challenging green complexes. The course rating of 73.7 from the tips (7,000 yards) hosts numerous local and national golf tournament throughout the year. Turtle Run Golf Course at Sun ‘N

Lake opened in 1999. A Charles Ankrom design demands accuracy over distance. Over the past few years, Turtle Run has made some modification to the course based on guidance from Florida based, Ron Garl Golf Course Design. You can feel the difference with the combined design elements. Highland Ridge Golf Club offers two championship golf courses. The South Course designed by Steve Smyers is set up for nature with spectacular conservation area, linksstyle bunkering and natural ponds. Highland Ridge North Course was designed by Dave Harman. Playing from the back tees, this 7141 yard

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track with a rating of 74.7 will have you using every club in the bag.

But Wait… There’s More! When you’re not playing golf, there is so much more to choose. Visit Sebring, Home of the 12-Hours of Sebring IMSA Race. Stay trackside at the Chateau Elan and dine in the elegant Esperante Restaurant. Maybe speed is your thing, but just not in the big cars. Drive your electric go-cart on the same miniature version of the Sebring track affectionately known as the “12-Minutes of Sebring.” Maxwell Groves in Avon Park has been in business for 80 years. Mr. Maxwell explained that he had a location out on the “Big Highway,” but his feeling was to get back to the roots of the business and moved the store back home. You’ll have to look for this one, down a very narrow road, but well worth the effort. Especially when they hand you a sample of their Orange Ice Cream. Hungry for some great food. Look now further that the Cowpokes

Watering Hole. Complete with dinner, in a nightclub atmosphere. The restaurant has been making smiles and filling stomachs for 30 years. And saving the best food for last. Visit Chicanes, offering a very diverse menu located in the Inn On The Lake. The Inn offers wonderful accomadations and their fantastic golf packages starting at $99/person/night that includes room, golf and breakfast based on double occupancy.

It’s time to book your visit to this area Florida

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Take It Inside

For the majority of American golfers,

the temperature is falling and so is the white stuff. Your golf clubs are nestled all snug in their beds (closet/garage), while visions of springtime dance in their heads. This means that your clubs will be ready to play come springtime… but will you? We at GolfGym® have found a simple way for you to practice your

helped thousands of golfers around

the world improve their fitness level and their golf performance at the same time. www.CardioGolf.com We recently partnered with Karen to develop a 23” golf club called the “Shortee”. Here are the benefits of using the Shortee at home all year round…especially in the winter.

golf swing through the winter, at home

1. The Shortee is easy to swing indoors

without scraping the ceiling or break-

without hitting the walls or ceilings.

ing a lamp. Our good friend Karen Palacios Jansen is an LPGA Master Professional, AAFA Certified Fitness Trainer, Featured Golf Channel Teacher, and Creator of

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2. The club head is closer to your hands, so it is easy to monitor the clubface and learn how to square the face at impact.

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the Golf Training System, CardioGolf.

3. Since you are not hitting balls with

of where the ball goes, so you can work

Her programs and instruction have

the short club, there is no judgement

on your technique without getting frustrated. 4. The Shortee is lighter than a regular club, so you can learn to swing the club faster to develop club head speed and proper body turn. Because many of the GolfGym products involve using resistance cords to help develop more strength and flexibility, you can affix the PowerSWING Plus to the Shortee to do just that while monitoring your swing path and club face position. Whether you are a club champion, a weekend warrior, or a dedicated amateur, we all want to start next season with an edge. That edge can be developed with some simple golf specific exercises and movement patterns performed in the warmth of your own home during the off season. Rouse yourself from the couch and improve your game with the help of GolfGym and CardioGolf. Check out these links to see how you can make your home your personal golf training camp.


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feature header Walking through The Gasparilla Inn & Club’s sun-bathed, pillared entrance and into the lobby you experience the feeling of Florida as it was meant to be.® Guests are instantly embraced by the tranquil civility of a time that once was — and still is — at this classic resort. It is clear that activity and fun abound here, from a championship Pete Dye Golf Course to a 250+ slip marina that is home base for the best tarpon fishing in the world. The Gasparilla Inn & Club has been a premier desti-

nation on Florida’s Gulf Coast since 1913 and is the center of village life on Gasparilla Island. Among its storied amenities are separate golf and beach club memberships, as well as the enduring hospitality of The Inn itself.

Feel Fabulous From Within Vacations at The Inn are designed to rejuvenate and invigorate. The Beach Club provides every opportunity to give your busy mind a welcome break while giving your body a workout and some well-deserved pampering. Lounge on white sand and float on quiet waters at the private Beach Club overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Take a dip in our beachfront swimming pool, enjoy your favorite beverage, and sit down to a fresh and nourishing lunch in our Beach Club dining pavilion. Our fully equipped Fitness Center and Exercise Studio offers fun, restorative classes including Yoga,

Aqua Waves, Core Circuit and guided walking tours. From exotic island treatments to Medi Cupping and Reiki, The Gaspa38

rilla Inn Spa offers you extraordinary treatments to rebalance the mind, body and soul. Consider the Seaweed Toning and Firming Treatment, a purifying organic bio-scrub and white algae seaweed wrap, followed by a neck and shoulder massage and application of algae oil with antioxidants and sea minerals for ultimate skin firming, repair, and hydration.

Island within an Island Golfers enjoy harbor views of the gentle surrounding waters when playing our magnificent Pete Dye signature 18-hole Championship Course. Located on scenic Charlotte Harbor, the course is quite literally a solitary island within Gasparilla Island. The one-of-a-kind design is challenging, captivating and unforgettable.

Taste the Gasparilla Life Heavenly is the word bantered about when guests describe dining at The Gasparilla Inn & Club. Take your seat in the elegant Dining Room for a traditional heritage experience orchestrated by the culinary Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 5

team. Executive Chef Seth Shipley, who was named the 2015 American Culinary Federation Southeast Region Chef of the Year, uses modern techniques and plating to display style and elegance in each signature dish. For a more casual indoor or al fresco option, The Pink Elephant (‘The Pink’) serves creative interpretations of fresh seafood and regional comfort food. Both restaurants have won the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence four years in a row for their outstanding wine collections. You can also enjoy lunch with a view at The Gasparilla Inn Beach Club and Golf Club Gazebo. Or savor a pastry or sandwich from The Inn Bakery. Stop by BZ’s on The Inn’s main

floor for cocktails and backgammon. The Gasparilla Inn & Club is easily accessible by air, automobile or boat. More than 20 airlines offer daily service to The Gasparilla Inn & Club via Ft. Myers and Sarasota/Bradenton airports. The resort is an easy 75-minute drive from either airport and only a few minutes drive from the private Coral Creek Airport and Boca Grande Jet Center. www.gasparillainn.com

January Golf Getaway

January 2,3,4,5,8,9,10,11,12,16,17,18 2017 • Rates from $395 per room, per night* Play our magnificent Pete Dye-designed golf course that is an island within an island and enjoy spectacular views of Charlotte Harbor. This package includes deluxe room and UNLIMITED golf with cart. Based upon double occupancy. Single occupancy rates are also available upon request. Daily service charge and taxes are additional.

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The Hospitality Event



OF A LIFETIME benefiting Florida Hospital for Children

THE TOURNAMENT In a three-day, 54-hole, Stableford style tournament, nationally televised live on Golf Channel, PGA TOUR legends will be paired with an all-star field of celebrities playing side-by-side for two separate purses totaling $1.25 million in prize money. Celebrity and PGA TOUR commitments thus far include Marcus Allen, Roger Clemens, John Cook, Josh Donaldson, Colt Ford, Tom Glavine, Lee Janzen, Greg Maddux, Brian McCann, Kevin Millar, Mark Mulder, Blair O’Neal, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jeremy Roenick, Mark Rypien, John Smoltz, Brian Urlacher, Justin Verlander, Larry the Cable Guy, and defending champion Mardy Fish. THE HISTORY Even though this year’s format is new, the Diamond Resorts Invitational™ is not. In fact, Diamond Resorts International®, a worldwide leader in hospitality and vacation ownership, has been presenting world-class celebrity golf tournaments since 2013 as a fun and exciting way to support Florida Hospital for Children in its vital life-saving mission. Over the last three years, the Diamond Resorts Invitational™ has attracted over 1,000 participants and raised $1.7 million for the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children.


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In January of 2017, an unprecedented golf event will take place at Tranquilo Golf Club in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Diamond Resorts Invitational™ benefiting Florida Hospital for Children is teaming up with PGA TOUR Champions to become more than just another celebrity golf tournament - THIS YEAR, THE DIAMOND RESORTS INVITATIONAL™ WILL BE A PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE SEASON EVENT! THE EXPERIENCE The Diamond Resorts Invitational™ benefiting Florida Hospital for Children is known for being so much more than a golf tournament. It’s more than just a few days of competition on the golf course, and more like a family reunion that includes a golf game. Diamond Resorts prides itself on ensuring that all attendees and their families are able to experience a much deserved vacation and create memories that last a lifetime. There are activities and events specially for the kids, and amazing evening parties for the adults filled with culinary delights expertly prepared by professional chefs, such as Celebrity Chef and Humanitarian, Art Smith, followed by headline concerts that in the past have featured Huey Lewis and the News, Darius Rucker, Colt Ford and Jake Owen.

The 2017 Invitational will unfold the week of January 10-15 at the stunning Tranquilo Golf Club located at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort. Tranquilo Golf Club is unique to Central Florida for its varying elevation, abundant wildlife and protected wetlands, and is heralded as one of the finest courses in the state of Florida. This event is the perfect opportunity for companies to reward top performers, entertain valued clients and garner brand exposure all while spending precious time with family and friends. Don’t miss your chance to watch competitive golf from fully-catered luxury suites, get up close and personal with sports and entertainment idols and experience unrivaled hospitality. Integrated sponsorship packages are still available, but are going fast. CONTACT ALEX.CASTALDI@DIAMONDRESORTS.COM OR 1.407.488.0387 TODAY!

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Live Coverage January 13-15, 2017


By Dove Jones

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Golf on “The Rock” You can go to Heaven if you want. I’d rather stay in Bermuda.” — Mark Twain

Bermudians affectionately refer to their island paradise as “The Rock.” This small British Island Territory sticks out of the Atlantic only 850 miles from the North Carolina coast as a welcoming beacon to sailors and golfers alike, with its unique blend of mainly British, but also African and American cultural influences. In keeping with its British Heritage, sports are an important part of the culture; in fact, it is the only country in the world that celebrates an annual sporting event – Cup Match, a two-day cricket match – with a national holiday.   Yachting is another passion of Bermudians and next year will see the world’s sailing eyes firmly on the island nation as the prestigious America’s Cup races will be contended there in June of 2017.  The six contenders from the US, UK, Sweden, Japan, New Zealand and France will all be practicing this winter around Bermuda and you can see the boats from many vantage points on island – even from the golf courses!

Fairmont Southhampton and Turtle Hill Golf Club

Port Royal Golf Club Bermuda is also a year-round golf oasis in the middle of the Atlantic, packing in a variety of world-class golf for beginners and pros with magnificent views on its small 21-square mile territory.  The island’s small size also ensures that you can indulge in your golf passion without sacrificing being able to sample all the island has to offer off the course – pristine pink sand beaches and scenic coves, fascinating historical sites, active water sports, the finest gourmet cuisine, and of course relaxing with the island’s two most famous libations – The Rum Swizzle and the national drink of Bermuda, The Dark N’Stormy – both made with local Gosling’s Rum.

FAIRMONT SOUTHAMPTON & THE TURTLE HILL GOLF COURSE For fabulous views and exceptional service, staying at the wonderful pink palace on the hill, otherwise known, as the Fairmont Southampton is the choice for many returning and first-time visiting golfers. The Resort also offers a private beach club, water taxi shuttles to the capital city of Hamilton, awardwinning dining and the world-class Willow Stream Spa among other amenities. The Fairmont Southampton is also the site of Turtle Hill GC, one of the 42

World’s “Top 5 Par 3 Courses in the World,” as recognized by GOLF Magazine and among Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.” Which in turn is host venue to the annual Grey Goose® World Par 3 Championship. Make no mistake this is no pitch and putt, push over layout.  Even the touring pros struggled in last year’s Grey Goose® World Par 3 Championship event to post under par rounds on the challenging, dramatically hilly, consistently windy and distractingly scenic course.  With well-positioned bunkers, two ball-eating water hazards, three tee offerings and well-defined green complexes – it is a consistent challenge for pros and novices alike. If you don’t think your game is good enough or your wallet deep enough to play with the pros at say the At & T Pebble Beach Pro Am, you should give serious thought to participating in next spring’s Grey Goose® World Par 3 Championship, March 17-19, 2017.  Amateur golfers, both men and women, with a wide range of handicaps compete alongside the pros in a wonderful event hosted by The Golf Channel’s own Charlie Rymer.  It’s a relaxed two-day event that draws participants and future golf friends from around the world. Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 5

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Enjoy spectacular golf at the 2017 GREY GOOSE® World Par 3 Championship, a two-day, 36-hole championship golf tournament, to be played on Turtle Hill Golf Club at Fairmont Southampton from March 17-19, 2017.  As the world’s premier Par 3 Championship, the 8th consecutive year of the tournament is expected to attract 150 participants from more than 10 countries, including a number of noted professionals. Mark your calendar now to be a participant at this fun and entertaining event where you can tee it up with the pros while you experience the best of

PORT ROYAL GOLF CLUB Offering the most stunning ocean views from a course anywhere in the world, especially from the Par 3 signature 16th, is the public Port Royal Golf Course, conveniently located about a 10 minute drive from the Fairmont Southampton.   The overhaul and redesign of the course that was originally opened in 1970 was accomplished by a prudent investment by the government of over $14 million. Roger Rulewich who oversaw the renovation was the lead designer of the original architect, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and involved with the original project. His intimate knowledge of the land and the course resulted in a true championship layout that played host venue by challenging the year’s major winners in the PGA Grand Slam from 2009 to 2014.   Port Royal is a public course for more information and tee times. www.portroyalgolf.bm.

connections through local airports. The year round outdoor climate is perfect for golf, especially in the cooler and more affordable “off” season – November – April.  There are also numerous cruise ships that stop in Bermuda and offer golf excursion options.  For more information on the fantastic “Bermuda’s Golf Around Getaway” packages this winter starting at only $488 for 3,4 or 5 nights with golf daily please visit www.GoToBermuda.com/golf/ and don’t forget to pack your Bermuda shorts! For information on the America’s Cup schedule and events www.americascup.com. Part 2 of Golf on “The Rock” will feature the storied world-renown Mid Ocean Club and Tucker’s Point, as well as Bermuda’s other courses Ocean View and Belmont Hills. Goslings


Bermuda. For more information on the GREY GOOSE® World Par 3 Championship, please email Adam LeBrun at the PGA of Canada atadam@pgaofcanada.com, or Paul Adams at Fairmont Southampton at paul. adams@fairmont.com. Or visit www.fairmont.com/golf-bermudafor full details of package offering and requirements.  Nongolfers staying with registered participants staying at the Southampton Princess will receive $250 in resort credit. Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 5

For those of you familiar with Bermuda and the proximity of Riddell’s Bay GC to the Fairmont Southampton sadly at the time of writing Riddell’s Bay, Bermuda’s oldest course, is still closed for financial reasons. I was fortunate to play one of the last rounds on this memorable layout before if closed in April. There is still some optimism on the island that this local favorite and true gem with input from Seth Raynor and Deveraux Emmett will be saved from development and brought back to life in the near future.

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By: Greg Wise Imagine a business and icon of the area turning 100 years old. Imagine being more spectacular now than ever before in its vast history, as this resort enters in to its second century. Is this possible? If you are Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey in the Hills, Florida, it certainly is. Mission Inn Resort history dates back to 1916, when William J. Howey purchased 60,000 acres of real estate intending to create the largest horticultural empire in the world. Howey banked on investors buying acreage, contracting his company to clear land, plant and harvest citrus trees in the rich soil and ideal climate, then ship the fruit and return profits to the owners. Many might consider this to be the very first Timeshare operations in the country. To enhance sales, in 1917, Mr. Howey commissioned a golf course to be built on

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the property to further compliment the Inn. The course was designed by George O’Neil. The result was Florida Chain-o-Lakes Country Club and was quickly acclaimed as Florida’s finest new golf course, boasting a rare 85-foot, tee-to-green elevation change. Towering forests and sparkling spring-fed lakes dotted this tract of land, making this a perfect test of the ability of the player. Most players didn’t measure up to the task. The course was enhanced in the mid1920s, but soon after the stock market crash and the ensuing Great Depression, and an unusual devastating Florida freeze all combined to end of Howey›s dream of a citrus empire. After numerous name changes to the course over the years, Nick Beucher and his family entered the scene in 1964.

Beucher was a husband, father, and successful businessman trading in cattle by-products, meat, and hides. In 1964, he spotted an advertisement in The Wall Street Journal that ultimately led him to purchase the neglected Floridian Country Club. He renovated the golf course and clubhouse in 1969,

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and created a new resort inspired by the Spanish Colonial architecture of which he became so fond during his horseback ride through Mexico in the late 1930’s. We had the opportunity to meet with Donna Line during our visit. Donna is the daughter of Nick Beucher and was

gracious enough to take a few minutes out of her busy schedule to speak with us. Donna recounted the story of traveling to Florida for the very first time in 1964 to see what Nick, her father had purchased, after getting a positive report from his son Bob Buecher. Bob had relied on his great ability to play golf, saw the land and had given his father a report that this land was beautiful, well worth the money, and Florida Golf Central • January 2010 Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 5

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had great potential. Donna explained, “as we turned off I-75 on to State Road 19, and just a few miles down this dirt road, her mother Margaret, while crying, said, Oh Nick… please don’t tell me that you have bought this property already! Nick responded ‘Don’t worry Margaret… we will fix it!” Mission Inn has truly been the fam-


lies passion to keeps Nick’s word to Margaret, “We will Fix It!” And fix it up, they have. Mission Inn Resort & Club has dramatically expanded since 1964 and now includes 176 hotel rooms, a second golf course, Las Colinas, designed by Gary Koch in 1992. Mission Inn Resort has a fresh-water fishing, marina, full-service spa,

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three restaurants, and 30,000 square feet of group space for meetings, weddings, and special events. El Campeon (The Champion) now 100 years old, has become one of the premier courses to play in the Central Florida area. Named Number 2 in the Best of GolfAdvisor in 2015. Listed in the Florida Historic Golf Trail, El Campeon is one of those “Must Play” courses.

1917 Golf Facts

• The U.S. Open inaugural competition was established in 1895. The Open championship was not held from 1917 - 1918 due to World War . • The PGA of America Championship was cancelled due to World War I. • The PGA of America purchased an ambulance for the Red Cross and voted to maintain it until the end of the war. • The PGA contacted clubs in regard to holding positions open for PGA members in the armed forces. • Patented 1917, the Thomas E. Wilson & Company Canvas and Leather Florida Golf Central • January 2010 Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 5

Golf Bag was a fine vintage golf bag of canvas and leather construction. It is identified on the bottom of the bag as the "indestructo" model. • Bobby Locke of South Africa, who would win four British Opens, was born • While the US Open was officially cancelled due to WWI, the Open Patriotic Tournament was held in its place at Whitemarsh Valley CC in Penn to benefit the Red Cross. It was won by Jock Hutchison Sr. • A 15-year-old Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones won the first of his three Southern Amateur tournaments • Tommy Armour was severely

Experience 100 years of Golf in a special way in Howey in the Hills and Mission Inn Resort and Club. Play by yourself or book a Golf Buddies weekend. Create your own piece of history with another golf adventure as Mission Inn shares their 100 years.


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Don’t forget your Nickers and Hat!

wounded, including impaired vision, while serving in the British Tank Corps • Among golf courses that opened in 1917… Minneapolis GC, Lakeside GC (Calif, later part of Olympic Club), Palm Beach (Fla.) CC, Mount Kisco GC (NY), Corvallis (OR) CC, Fort Myers (Fla.) CC, Oakland Hills (Mich.) CC (South course), Estes Park (Colo.) GC, Oshkosh (Wisc.) CC, Engineers (N.Y.) CC, Evanston (Ill.) GC, Essex County (N.J.) CC, Donald Ross course at French Lick (Ind.) resort, Garden City (N.Y.) CC, St. George’s (N.Y.) G&CC, Queen’s Course at Gleneagles (Scotland), Fishers Island (NY), Somerset Hills (NJ) 5 47

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Great Shots at Brays Island Plantation

Brays Island Plantation may have

next morning, you’re sore from all

one of the best golf offerings

the activities of the day before,” said

that you have never heard of.

Walker Hopkins, a member from Augusta, Georgia. “You can catch

Known for its premier hunting and shooting facilities, Brays isn’t a

outstanding course and an overall

redfish and shoot sporting clays

typical golf community. But nestled

sporting experience unlike any other.

before lunch, then play a round

inside the gates of this 5,500-acre shared plantation, you’ll find an


“My favorite thing about Brays Island is that when you wake up the

of golf and enjoy an oyster roast in the afternoon and evening.”

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Designed by Ron Garl, the Brays course incorporates elements from the great Scottish links layouts and is highlighted by immense greens and natural hazards. Sprawling over 300 acres, this course not only fits quite naturally into the existing beauty of the plantation but also harnesses that beauty and exemplifies it, leaving golfers to focus on the game rather than peripheral distractions. And, best of all, since Brays is a small, private community shared by just 325 families, you’ll never have to wait or follow large groups of tourists on this remarkable, scenic course. Golf without tee times isn’t a luxury here at Brays Island – it’s a way of life. The 18-hole, par-72 course is chal-

those who are just looking to get

practice facilities, anyone can improve

into the game. With access to three

their game here on the plantation.

lenging, yet fair. It welcomes the

PGA professionals on staff, an an-

most experienced golfers as well as

nual, on-site golf school and extensive

“The Brays Island practice grounds basically represent the standard of the overall golf experience,” said Mike Ingram, director of golf on the plantation. “The practice facilities consist of more than eight acres of land and truly offer every possible feature to help you work on your golf game.” To round out the golf offering at Brays, a distinctive clubhouse boasts a full-service Pro Shop as well as the Plantation Grille, which serves daily lunches and weeknight dinners in an elegant yet casual setting. “The golf at Brays Island is great and everything else is right here, as well,” said Hopkins, who has been a member at Brays for the past yearand-half. “And you have the ability to access it at any time. There’s no drive off-site, there’s no waiting around. You really have no worries.”

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Georgia State Golf Courses Open Houses

Georgia State Parks operates eight golf courses across the state and this fall, two open houses were held to invite the Media, businesses, VIPs, people who maybe don’t know about these great golf courses to come and enjoy of day of great food, great golf and a lot of fun. In October the first one was held at The Creek at Hard Labor Creek State Park near Madison Georgia. The second one was held at Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course in Elberton Georgia at The Richard B. Russell State Park.

The Creek at Hard Labor The Creek at Hard Labor, located in Social Circle, offers 18-holes of golf on a rolling course complete with pristine fairways and challenging, yet fun, obstacles like creeks to play around. On Thursday, Oct. 27, the course opened its doors to over 60 players during an open house. The day’s activities included lunch provided by Sweet Mama’s, located in Bostwick, which fed golfers and media homemade favorites. A raffle was held to thank those who came out to enjoy a day of golfing, fun and good food, with winners receiving items like Bridgestone golf balls, Georgia State Parks hats and backpacks, and shirts provided in honor of legendary golfer, Bobby Jones. Karl Gross, the PGA Golf Course


Professional commented, “There are so many wonderful things, not only the course, but Hard Labor has to offer and this wouldn’t be possible without all of the people working each day to show the public our great facilities.” “The course was in great shape, the lunch and prizes were terrific! Thanks to the staff for a great day” said Johnny Rodgers one of the people who participated during the day.   The Creek at Hard Labor also offers a quiet day of playing with the course being out of ear-shot of any vehicles on the road, and the most noise heard during the day’s game was the sound of golfers celebrating putts or perfect drives.  The clubhouse offers a new addition, a conference and reception room that can be rented for $150 and hold around 80 guests for work, play or both.

“We are working to tell corporate groups about these Hidden Gems across the state and get them to enjoy a round or two of golf while being able to conduct business meetings,” Doug Hollandsworth Founder of The Georgia Golf Trail that The Creek is apart of stated. “One of the many things that makes this course different from some of the others is the ability to stay overnight in one of the cottages at the park, it makes for a wonderful, one-ofa-kind, experience,” Hollandsworth said. “Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites offers so much more than just pristine golf courses.”   For those interested in canyon climbing, walking their dogs or geo-caching, Hard Labor Creek offers these activities as clubs that are available for membership throughout the year.

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The Creek at Hard Labor For those interested in a round of golf at The Creek or joining one of the park’s many clubs, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org or call 800-864-7275 for more information.

Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course On November 15th, Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course had a Open House for golfers, VIPS, media and businesses to show them one of Georgia’s Hidden Gems.   Head Golf Course Manager, Barry Johnston commented, “The Open House held on Tuesday, November 15th was a complete success.  It was great to have our local media and businesses out here to enjoy the day on the golf course.  It was our intention to not only show what our course has to offer but to build the relationship between Arrowhead Pointe and our local golfers.  We appreciate all

Arrowhead Pointe of the support from our golfers and local businesses and look forward to a very successful future.”   Designed back in 2001 this Bob Walker designed masterpiece is nestled in the Northeast Georgia mountains.  Located on Richard B. Russell State Park you don’t need to worry about any cars, houses, planes or other distractions.  This championship 18-hole golf course is located inside the Georgia state park, with 10 of the 18 holes skirting the shoreline of Lake Richard B. Russell.  While much of the water does not come in to play it can assure you both a challenge and some of the best views in the state.  The elevation changes, doglegs and well placed bunkers will demand that you use every club in your bag.  Our Tifeagle Bermuda greens may not look intimidating but the subtle breaks will make sure you are on your game to score.  

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fashion forward

Hey Ladies! “The 2017 ladies golf collection is a continuation of the simplicity that the ’16 line embodied,” says Danielle Dellios, Antigua women’s designer. “In the new collection, fabrics and colors play a key role versus styling and silhouette. The market was calling for a fresh take on primary color, which was made possible by mixing colors together. Thus, each grouping consists of two

primaries. For example, our new green color, Cypress, is mixed with a bright blue color, Cabana. There are a total of four color combos, each mixing two primary colors. Every printed, striped or colorblocked style within the collection mixes the two colors, instead of using traditional neutral accents like grey or khaki. Combining two complementary primary shades really pops. Prints are as strong as ever in the marketplace, which meant creating unique artwork that could also be used to mix colors and give new life to basic styles.”

Antigua Women’s 2017 Styles One of the new sleeveless styles, Mischief, features an asymmetrical fabric blocking detail using a printed 52

geometric pattern run at an angle across the top of the garment and a solid poly mesh fabric for the bottom half. Not only does the multi-color print allow women to wear multiple different-colored bottoms, the print’s asymmetry perfectly highlights a logo. Another unique style, Sterling, is a long sleeve, half-zip pullover. It features ultra-soft peached jersey fabric, run in solid color for the body, and a space dye pattern for the insets. The space dye fabric incorporates two primary colors along with black and white, and also offers a new type of “heather” effect with the start and stop of the multi colored yarn. Trust features an ultra-light, highstretch woven fabric, along with a few feminine details such as rounded tail bottom and pin-tucks at the top shoulder. “For the first time ever, we’ve introduced a lightweight stretch woven polo,” says Dellios. Trust is a prime example of the big on-and-off-course trend currently going on. A woman can wear this stretch woven polo on the course and also on the weekends. It’s casual enough to don running errands but also sophisticated enough with its


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no-stitch self-fabric collar and covered button placket. Haven is one of the line’s more technical styles, combining a few simple details that make it appear more sporty and athletic. Silicone printing has been popular for a while. “But instead of running an all-over print, I used a single line of printed color around the zipper placket and collar,” says Dellios. “The color silicone print is placed on an all-white-bodied garment. The print on the collar gives the illusion of tipping with the tech feel of silicone, while the pointelle mesh pattern insets and sleeves ensure that the garment keeps the golfer cool and dry.” Rogue is the most creative and fun polo style in the ’17 line. It mixes the entire color palette in an all-over linear sublimation print. This style can be worn with any color of our bottoms, along with any white or black bottom that a woman might already have at home. “Since the print is bold, I kept the styling traditional with a button placket and open cuff,” says Dellios. “I also ran the bold print from Rogue in our knit skort called Cinch. We have carried Cinch in solid colors for years, and it’s one of our best-selling bottoms, so it was a given to run it in the print.” Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 5



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Half way around the World… …and still chasing that little white ball! By Greg Wise

View of the Par 5, 12th hole at Emirates Golf Club with the “Marina” area of Dubai in the background. Yes, the small strip of grass is the landing area and the question is, how much to cut off.

April of this year was an exciting time for me. My wife and I had the opportunity to travel to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The first thing I checked was the amount of bags that we were able to check on the plane. “Two checked bags,” is what the online notice said. GREAT… my golf bag was one, and whatever else will fit in the other didn’t matter, as I knew for sure they had stores if I needed additional clothes. Then began the quest for the courses that I wanted to play in the timeframe that I would be in the country and not doing the tourist thing. An interesting story of about how you raise your children. Long ago (as it seems) our youngest son called and needed money very quickly. No hesitation… How much and how can I get it to you? Much like any other story that starts out this way… they are our children, parents are supposed to help in 54

18th green at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Main city of Dubai is just across the creek and you can see the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in the background.

times of need. Fast forwarding to February of this year, my son called and said, my schedule is to be in Dubai from March through July and we are doing much better now. I could write you and mom a check and send it, but you would probably tear it up. So, I have just booked you a flight to come to Dubai and stay with me as a way of “paying you back.” Wow… How can you pass up that type of opportunity? But, he was right; I would have gotten rid of the check. So many courses… So little time. I found a 55+ golf tournament on the day after we arrived at Sharjah Golf and Shooting Range. Okay… the same thing was going through my mind. Golf and Guns! But, this was an absolutely beautiful golf club about 45 minutes north of the Dubai area where we were staying. A 9-hole layout that boasted 5 tees. Surprised, we were playing 18 holes on this course, but to my amazement… the 2nd time around we played a different

Beverly Wise and our son Travis Wise in the observation of the Burj Khalifa.

set of tees and every hole played different. Next I played Dubai Creek. This had to be one of the most memorable clubhouses in the world. When you are on the 18th hole, it is unbelievably beautiful playing along the “Creek” that Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 5

Out of the plane at 14,000 feet is Beverly Wise and her instructor, from SKYDIVEDUBAI

The lights are on for evening golf at the Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club golf course. Beautiful Clubhouse complex at the Emirates Golf Club and the Majlis Golf Course.

looked like a river to me, but non-theless… you have to focus your efforts of getting to this tough green and not be overwhelmed by the landscape. Our final round while in Dubai was the Emirates Golf Club – Majlis course, designed by Floridian, Karl Litten. Good old Florida boy, giving the world a true challenge. Just some of the Majlis course accolades over the years.

Dubai. Specifically she had seen pictures of parachuting over the Palm. The largest man-made island in the world. Well, she did it, with all of my support standing on solid ground looking up and cheering.

If you ever have the opportunity to experience Dubai and the entire United Arab Emirates area, do not hesitate to go. You will feel welcome and very comfortable in your travels.

Playing partners during the tournament at Sharjah. L to R: Wayne Neilson, Guy Langthorne, Robbie Barden and Greg Wise.

• The course record for the course is held by Ernie Els, shooting a 61 on January 27, 1994. Trust me… Ernie’s record was safe with me on the course. • Justin Rose recognizes the Majlis 8th hole as one of his top nine favorites holes. • Dubai Desert Classic Host course: 1989 1990, 1992 - 1998, 2001 - 2015 • Dubai Ladies Masters Host course: 2006 - 2015 So fair is fair. The one thing that my wife wanted to do in Dubai, was skydive and what better place than Skydive Southern Golf Central • Volume 17, Issue 5


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By Rich Styles

grip it & sip it

Watermelon Creek Vineyard

When you think of grapes, usually many think of California, Italy, Spain not Tattnall County in a small community of Tison, GA called Watermelon Creek Vineyard. However in the deep south, down old winding roads, you will find the enchantment, family history and a labor of love for an award winning muscadine winery… www.watermeloncreekvineyard.com. The vineyard is owned by Charles and Deborah Tillman. Charles’ passion for Watermelon Creek is deep rooted in the history of his ancestry dating back to the early 1800’s. Over many years within their family history, Charles, a former chemist and developer in south Georgia, was offered a family house in 2003, which he bought along with 131 adjoining acres from three different relatives. That purchase re-assembled the original home and business site of his family history. Charles said, “we started working on the home place chopping our way through years of overgrown wisteria vines and weeds just to find the 100(+) year old structures on the property.” Sifting through many family documents of the Padgett and Tillman family, Charles and Deborah decided to create and build a winery to tell

the story of the area and the history of nine generations of the land where Watermelon Creek Vineyard now resides. Many of the original buildings still stand on the property today including:The original Padgett one room log cabin which is now their kitchen, the ironing cabin, syrup cabin, women’s outhouse, farm storage shed, smoke/salt house, root cellar, blacksmith shed, tack house, corn crib

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and fodder barn. All have been restored and Charles has all the history to share with any one who will listen. Picking up where C.C. Padgett left off, Charles and Deborah resurrected the buildings into what is known today as an award winning Watermelon Creek Vineyard. The vineyard includes two banquet rooms, the Vineyard store/ tasting room with an upstairs gallery and overlook and with the production Wine Cellar, it is the perfect meeting place to relax with friends and make new ones as Charles tells you about the family history. At Walermelon Creek Vineyard, you will enjoy their delicate muscadine wines and toast life’s affordable pleasures. Wines start at $14.95 plus shipping. The variety of reds, whites and blushes are crafted to give you a range from very dry to very sweet to nuture your palette. Then all you have to do is grip it and sip it. Watermelon Creek is a hidden gem and soon you will fall in love with the history, the daily food offerings, tastings, gift shop featuring products from the vineyard. Plus Watermelon Creek is a great place for private events, business and wedding packages as well as private meeting/banquet facilities. Watermelon Creek Vineyard is truly a must visit which will become “your favorite meeting place” in Glennville, GA. Y’all come visit our web site. www.watermeloncreekvineyard.com. Or call us at 912.654.0107.

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By Greg Wise

David Duval and stepson Nick Karvites finished the day with a 10-under par 62 final round at Grand Lakes in Florida to win the PNC Father/Son Challenge by just one stroke. Their 21-under page 123 total held off hard charging Retief and Leo Goosen, Fred and Taylor Funk, and Stewart and Connor Cink just one stroke back. The win gave David his first televised victory since the 2001 British Open. The pair birdied sin of the first seven holes and added 3 more on the back nine for the win. The duo won $200,000 with the victory.

"Being out here with my mom, my brothers and my stepdad, has made it an amazing time, Karavites said, adding, Just being with Dave out here, I have been looking forward to this for a long time." Total Final Finishing Order Duval/Karavites ......................... 123 Funk/Funk ................................. 124 Cink/Cink .................................. 124 Goosen/Goosen ......................... 124 Larger/Langer ............................ 125 Floyd/Floyd ............................... 125 Elkington/Elkington .................. 125 Lyle/Lyle ................................... 126 O'Meara/O'Meara ...................... 127 Daly/Daly .................................. 127 Irwin/Irwin ................................ 128 Janzen/Janzen ............................ 128 Faldo/Faldo ............................... 131 Singh/Singh ............................... 131 Wadkins/Watkins ............. 132 Trevino/Trevino ............... 132 Price/Price ....................... 137 Nicklaus/Nicklaus II .. 139 Strange/Strange .......... 140 Story and Photos by: Greg and Beverly Wise



Florida Golf Central • January 2010

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) operates as a separately governed entity and restricted fund within the Florida Turfgrass Association (FTGA), a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Its separate Board of Directors consists of representatives of the Green Industry including golf, sports turf, turf production, landscape and licensed lawn-care professionals. Its mission is to protect Florida’s environment and natural resources through the funding of environmental research and the sharing of sound scientific findings on the environmental and human-health benefits of properly maintained greenspaces and urban landscapes. www.EREFlorida.com. Mac Carraway is the Consulting Executive Director of EREF. Mac is also a past president of the FTGA and is currently its Director of Operations. His extensive experience in the Green Industry, particularly with water management issues, serves as a basis for EREF’s engagement in a broad variety of water-policy matters throughout Florida. In his spare time, Mac is an environmental photographer with a current emphasis on coastal birds, flora and landscapes in Southwest Florida near his home in Manatee County.

improving performance header

By: Greg Wise

It has been roughly 18 months since David Leadbetter introduced his book on the “A” Swing. I had the opportunity to be at the event at Sawgrass in May of 2015 to see firsthand what the difference was and how it truly effects one’s golf swing. Being a little reluctant to change of the many years I have played, I’ll be honest that I was a little skeptical to the change. But like a trooper… I went to experience it. During the 1 1/2 hour demonstration and lesson... the swing grew on me. During the past 18 months… okay,


let me be realistic, I noticed a difference right away. Over the years of aging. I’ve lost flexibility, distance on my shots… and the motivation to try keep up. Surprise, it seemed to be back. I booked a checkup visit (wow… that sounds like a doctor visit at my age) to the Leadbetter Golf Academy in Orlando at ChampionsGate. Sean Hogan was to work with me to check the swing and make sure I was still on line with the “A Swing.” But this time there was a catch. I took a long a friend to experience what I had experienced 18 months ago, to see if it influenced his game.

explained to Sean… that the knee surgeries and hip issues that he had inhibited his swing, Sean’s response was, “No Worries… we’ll get you fixed up.”

Well… to my surprise, my swing was intact the way that they are teaching and felt very comfortable with a few modifications that Sean had made to my positions.

By the end of our session with Sean, David had a video of the before and after of his swing, which resulted in a follow up video of “This is how to stay on track” with the A Swing.

The real surprise came from David McLeod of Ocala. A good friend… an avid golfer and low handicap guy (don’t ya just hate those kind of people). As David’s issues were

It has made a surprising difference in David’s game at this point, as well as my own experience. Going back to school… I would give it an “A.”

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The Castle in Venice The Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Fla., well received for its two challenging golf courses, is also known as a comfortable setting for golfers of all expertise and ages including William Castle, a 93 year-old very active member. William Castle is an inspiration to all at Plantation Golf and Country Club. At the young age of 93, he plays golf three times a week and is a master bridge player. His first set of clubs was purchased by his father for $12 in 1942 while William was attending Notre Dame. He proudly proclaims that he has shot his age or better many times. It was a special day when he remembers shooting an 82 at age 83. Castle, a retired dentist, moved to Florida with his wife, Jean in 1985. He took up residence in Venice in 1999 after she passed away. While Mr. Castle attended Notre Dame, he was involved in the V12 program, similar to ROTC today. After 3 ½ years, the Navy paid for him to attend Marquette Dental School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was here that he met Jean. She was attending college to become a dental hygienist. Castle graduated Marquette in 2 ½ years as a dentist in 1946. He received his diplomas from both schools and the day after graduation he and Jean were married. As a Lt. Junior Grade Officer in the Navy, he was shipped to Guam to work as a dentist for the Army. Shortly after his arrival, he was allowed to send for Jean. They lived in the BOQ’s until his

discharge in 1948. Upon returning to the states, they lived in a San Francisco hotel for over a month with a new baby, while waiting for discharge papers. They moved back to his hometown, Lockport, New York where he established a dental practice and raised seven children. At the age of 57, one of his daughters presented him with a book about running by Dr. Cooper of Texas. Castle was inspired and started running. He competed for many years in various marathons, including running the Boston Marathon three times with the American Medical Joggers Association. He would always say: “The last mile is the easiest because you know you are almost done.” When running the New York Marathon with his son he blew out his knee which ended his hobby of running. He is a loyal and avid “heart breaking” (his words) Notre Dame football fan who enjoys bike riding, golfing, and duplicate bridge.

William Castle

About Plantation Golf & Country Club Plantation Golf & Country Club, with its 36 holes of championship golf, is one of the few private Member owned clubs around. It has been the home to the LPGA Qualifying Tournament since 1988 where greats like Annika Sorenstam, Se-Ri Pak and Michelle McGann first qualified. November 2016 celebrates the 25th year that Plantation Golf & Country Club is owned by Members. The Club was developed on 1,300 acres of land in 1981 by Plantation Associates and the Ramar Group. In November 1991, the Members purchased the Club and facilities including two 18-hole championship golf courses, golf shop, clubhouse, tennis courts, fitness center and swimming pool. The Ron Garl-designed Championship courses offer scenic views, island greens, superior conditioning and memorable layouts. Plantation Golf & Country Club is known for providing a rewarding experience for every level of golfer with at least six tee decks from which to choose. A wonderfully flowing course, it has been said that more earth was moved to create the rolling hills of the Bobcat than any other course in Florida. Recognized nationally once as a top 50 course, the Club maintains modern playability standards and its reputation for excellence lives on. The Panther course opened later in 1987 and over the years the greens complexes were enlarged and made more undulating along with the installation of new TifEagle Bermuda grass for more durable and quicker putting surfaces. The Bobcat course is a par 72 course that measures 6,813 yards from the black tees with a 73.0 rating and slope of 132. The Panther course measures 6,427 yards from the blue tees with a 70.8 rating and slope of 129. For more information contact Dawn Pentesco, Sales & Marketing Director, Plantation Golf and Country Club; cell 941-525-7469. 64

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women in golf

9 Teams Represent Florida Chapters in EWGA Cup Finals

Clever team names

and colorful, coordinated outfits add to the friendly competition of the EWGA Cup Finals, a two-day, match play event held this year at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort in Rancho Mirage, California on November 11 and 12. With 50 teams of eight women - a total of 400 competitors - this is the largest Cup Finals ever. Now in its sixth year and one of the premier competitive events run by the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), the Cup brings together teams of eight women who compete in Four Ball and Singles Match Play at one of eight regional qualifiers throughout the country to earn their team spot on the Finals roster. The Cup’s format mirrors what people see in professional golf with the popular Ryder Cup, President’s Cup and Solheim Cup formats. The event encourages women of all skill levels to compete, promoting friendly, fun competitive play among its membership. Bad News Birdies


Tampa Chip Ins The Southern Regional was held in September at LPGA International in Daytona Beach. Nine winning Florida teams advanced to the Finals, including four from Fort Lauderdale aptly named Bad News Birdies, East Coast Eagles, Fireballs and Flippin’ Birdies. Representing Palm Beach County was California Dreamin’ with Fallen Angels from the Southwest Florida Chapter, the Polk Pistols from Polk County, the 19th Hole Champs from Daytona Beach and the Tampa Bay Chip-Ins. For the EWGA Cup Finals results, see EWGACup.com

About EWGA The EWGA is THE Golf Community for Women, locally connected and 68

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nationally respected. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2016, EWGA 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 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. Twitter: @ewga Facebook: ewga1

New EWGA Chapters Forming in Florida The new EWGA North Central FL Chapter is planning golf events for women from Ocala, the Villages and the Leesburg area. To learn more, contact Bree Hartlage at president@ewga-ncf. com The EWGA Treasure Coast Chapter is forming with its first organizing session held on November 19 at the PGA Golf Club at PGA Village in Port St Lucie, Florida. For more information, contact chapters@myewga.com.

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Fallen Angels, Southwest Florida


cart girl

Jillian Connare Where did you grow up?

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Which group of people did you associate most with in high school?

Everybody! I loved everyone in high school and it’s the best way to make friends!

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

Kickball! My favorite sport to watch would be Baseball.

What do you feel makes this club special?

The Members here are awesome and I love the staff, we have a lot of fun!

If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing? Running the world! =)

What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl?

When I first started, I didn’t know how to work the brake, and I ended up having 4 guys trying to catch me down a hill.

What type of music do you prefer? A little bit of everything!

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Biking, kayaking, dancing and exercising!

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails?

All of the above, please.

Favorite comedian?

Amy Schumer

Favorite type of movie?


Favorite charity to support?

Ronald McDonald Foundation


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golf bachelor

Andy Kesling Where were you born? Did you grow up there? Allegan, Michigan / I moved to Sebring, FL when I was 7 years old and have lived here since.

Name the three most important things to you in this world. My relationship with Jesus, my 2

beautiful girls Rebecca Joy and Olivia Hope, and my family

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy?

Is “acting your age” over rated?

Way over rated! I still feel like a kid even though I’m 35 with 2 kids of my own.

High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? It depends on which year of high school you are talking about..lol I hung out with all those groups at some point during high school

What do you do for a living?

I’m the Head Golf Professional at Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club managing the golf operations.

What would you like to do for a living?

I’m doing exactly what I love to do in my current job.

Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Spending time with my kids and family, swimming, fishing, watching sports and movies, and going to the beach.

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty? I admire my mother the most. She is the most caring & giving lady I know, always putting others before herself. She is also a very beautiful lady on the outside.

What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? Cold beer, a fishing pole, and a boat. Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why? Maria Sharapova so she could teach me

Love – that’s an easy one

What do you fear the most?

I am pretty scared of heights

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Phil Mickelson, Paula Creamer, and Jack Nicklaus

What are some of your great accomplishments?

Being a father, becoming a golf professional, and serving my country in the Army

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails?

I love both. Depends on the company I’m keeping at the time. It’s hard to beat a relaxing evening at the house but with the right crew a night out on the town can be pretty special.

Favorite comedian?

I like Jim Carey. He always made me laugh

Movies:…comedy, drama, action, romance?

Action movies are my favorite, followed by comedy and drama, and lastly romance.

Favorite television channel?

I’m a huge sports fan so ESPN is it for me

Last book you read?

new things, like how to play tennis, of course.

Killing Jesus. It was a terrific read.

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Not being ready to hit the

Favorite charity to support?

Champion For Children Foundation of Highlands County

ball when it’s their turn to play. Nobody wants to be on the course forever and it’s not fair to the golfers playing behind those people that get held up.


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