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Going to the 19th Hole Been in the bunker, hit some awesome shots, got lucky on some holes and overall had a great round. I excel on the 19th, even after an exhausting 18. An 18 that challenged every ounce of my moxie, every bit of faith and was a test of strength that is more than anyone could imagine. So, when you start questioning “what is” or “what was” even if you’re just explaining to a friendly, curious, “probably polite” ear, you project more of the same into the future. If you give more thanks than you ask for then you will believe less in your own power and more in others. If you insist that it’s hard and that you are lonely, you’ll find that it is and you are. You can choose to focus what you like about it, who you love in it, and how very lucky and how prolific the whole idea has become. I never get tired of those who see the magazine and are impressed when they ask, “So YOU own this magazine?” in such disbelief that I have to quickly say, “Well I have some crazy amazing dedicated tribe members (writers, photogs, etc).” These include: “Old Reliable” (aka Rick Harris) who is still old and still reliable. After 18 years my brilliant rock and source of stability <laugh> remains Editor in Chief Shannon Coates who elevates us every issue. The magnificent Melahn Cable, our designer, crisp and clean, and always having faith that it’s going to get done. Our Georgia partner, Doug Hollandsworth. Our dynamo, Deb Shuck. The ever-joyful Jenn Jolly. Classy and sophisticated, Elisa Gaudet. Our “rainbow” writer, J.L. Quebbeman. The mighty Mike May. Maker of names, shooter of pics, original tribe member Greg Corbo. The lovely loving Linda Williams. Handsome cry baby, Bob Bolton. Security and super model, Eric Rasberry. Forever respected, Fred Seely. Worldrenowned international travel writer, Dove Jones. Golf and my personal “fitness” coach, Jay Golden, PGA. And who can forget “Gref” (aka wise guy) Greg Wise. To those who aren’t mentioned I’m sorry I didn’t forget you….I actually forgot you…<laugh>. Lastly, without the support of the plethora of prestigious associations who support us by sharing our message with their members we wouldn’t have made it for 19 years. So, to all of you - see you on the 19th hole. I’m grateful and humbled that you have all stuck by my side. The next round is on me… 2009 North Florida PGA Amateur of the Year 6

Volume 19, Issue 1 Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth, Founder-Georgia Golf Trail

Editor Emeritus: Joel Jackson, CGCS Retired Chief Fertilizer Spreader: Eric Rasberry Golf Gym: Ken Pierce Ambassador of Buzz: Jennifer Jolly Associate Editor/Photographer: Greg Corbo Photographers: Lynn Pelham, Brion Price, Peter Hakansson Mike Coonan, Becky Galloway Senior Correspondent: Rick Harris, Sr.

Junior Correspondent: Bella Dovhey International Correspondent: Dove Jones Contributing Writers: Jay Golden, PGA; Greg Wise, Bob Bolton, Greg Corbo, Elisa Gaudet, Mike Jamison, Mike May, Ron Heller, Rich Styles, Fred Seely, Deb Shuck, JL Quebbeman, Mitch Sadowsky, Linda Williams-Sieg

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In Celebration of Golf

By Dove Jones Every champion has an oil painting in the clubhouse Arnold Palmer the first winner of the tartan jacket in 1969

The Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Master Card & The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing

Arnold Palmer never won as many majors as Jack Nicklaus, nor did he win as many tournaments as Tiger Woods – but ‘The King’ undoubtedly won more hearts and did more for bringing people to ‘The Game’ and ‘The Game’ to the people than any other golfer. It was easy for Mr. Palmer, although

way up for this year’s tournament, although Mr. Palmer had sadly passed away in the fall of 2016. He may physically be gone but his spirit is felt everywhere and you almost expect him to

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with Mark McCormick he became the first poster boy for sports marketing and product endorsement, earning more money off the course than playing professional golf, Mr. Palmer genuinely loved golf and he genuinely loved people. Whether on his beloved hometown course of Latrobe CC, or at Bay Hill his winter residence – Mr. Palmer was always visible playing golf with friends. He was also approachable to those “friends” he didn’t know yet – when Mr. Palmer met you he shook your hand and looked you in the eye and made you feel as if you were the most important person in the room. Long before the hoopla associated with Tiger Woods announcing his return to the API, the attendance numbers were 12

be sitting at his favorite table when you enter the dining room. While security has tightened and the merchandise tent has grown, fortunately the event still has the atmosphere of an intimate backyard BBQ. Mr. Palmer always had a twinkle in his eye and an easy laugh – a fierce competitor, he also loved the social aspect of the game. That love of all things golf – competition and camaraderie – defines the API. It may feel like a garden party to the fans, but it is one of the PGA TOUR’s most coveted titles and its past winner list is a who’s who of the game’s top players including – Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Fred Couples and this year’s deserving champion, Rory McIlroy. Mr. Palmer never won his tournament but he was the first winner of The Heritage tournament in the fall of 1969 at the then newly christened Harbor Town Arnold Palmer Invitational

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The best way to watch the action on 18 at The Heritage is from the comfort of your terrace

Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, SC. Just as the API celebrates the man that brought golf to the people with his “army,” The Heritage celebrates the game itself and America’s first recognized golf society and course dating back to 1786 in neighboring Charleston. Like the API, The Heritage has an intimate feel and exudes southern hospitality not only in the backyards of the homes surrounding the course but just next door on the decks of boats docked in the yacht basin, and the ‘fleet’ anchored in Calibogie Sound just off the 18th fairway. Over the past 50 years, the tournament has changed sponsors over time but never changed its focus to celebrate the history and traditions of the Scottish game. Its unique motto of “Get Your Plaid On”, a nod to the Scottish tartan, is evident on a wide variety of merchandise and this year even the iconic candy cane striped lighthouse was wrapped in red plaid. Like the API, the relaxed party atmosphere just off the course may mask the fact that the champion’s tartan jacket is as prized as any trophy on TOUR and the winner’s circle starting with Mr. Palmer is a stellar list including – Greg Norman, Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 1

Sir Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, David Love III, Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar, to name a few. The pros love spending time on Hilton Head and in Sea Pines as much as the patrons and most bring their families to enjoy the resort for the week. It is one of the rare venues where missing the cut on Friday doesn’t always mean a ticket home just after the round. A few years ago, while the tournament was between sponsors and on the brink of being lost it was the pros as much as local and state support that insured it would see its 50th anniversary and beyond. Best of all these two tournaments while enjoying record attendance still allow spectators to get an up close and personal view of their golf heroes. Both courses are relatively flat and easy to walk with convenient concessions stands and libation stations along the fairways. At The Heritage the neighborhood flavor is accented by local products such as Bloody Point Bloody Mary mix and Island charities manning their benefiting stands. At the API Mr. Palmer is in evidence by his trademark colorful umbrella providing welcome shade over picnic tables and his favorite Ketel One and signature “Arnold Palmer – iced tea and lemonade – being poured throughout the venue. With many tournaments, especially the majors becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to attend, these two tournaments, at least for the time being, are testaments to the fact that golf is an every person’s game to be enjoyed whether watching or swinging from toddlers to grandparents, beginners to professionals. To stay and play like the pros contact Arnold’s Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge at 1-888-422-9445,

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Women's Golf Day– Building Community Before Competition Elisa Gaudet, WGD Founder, talks to the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive about how community has been at the heart of the success of Women’s Golf Day In a few weeks Women’s Golf Day (WGD) will take to fairways, ranges and simulators across the globe for the biggest celebration of women and girls golf in the world. Elisa Gaudet, founder of WGD, is on a mission to spread the word about the third annual event on June 5th. Just this week she spoke with Lauren Thompson at Golf Channel’s Morning Drive to explain how a passion project ended up creating a global golfing community. With gender equality and equal

opportunities for women firmly on everyone’s agenda, not just in golf, WGD was inadvertently launched at the right time and Elisa has found that people were ready to fully embrace the WGD concept, she explains, “Look at everything else that is going on the world, women empowerment, women supporting women, it (WGD) was super timely and what we have created is a community and I think that it is this community aspect that is so powerful, more than the golf.” The community extends beyond the golf course where she Lauren Thompson & Elisa Gaudet


also highlighted the social media coverage of the day which encompassed the community spirit, everyone having fun and celebrating women and girls golf. Elisa believes that one real issue preventing many women getting into golf has been a feeling of intimidation. Elisa spoke about how WGD has always encouraged participants to bring a friend commenting, “Women move in packs!” It has been the mixing of people that have never played golf with those who have which she credits as a “game changer”. “Golf has always been about community, but often women feel intimidated around golf. WGD is breaking down those barriers, getting women onto the golf course and acting as a platform to unite and showcase all the people and venues driving participation and welcoming women and girls part of the global golfing community.” Elisa also touched on her personal battle with breast cancer since the 2017 WGD, talking about how although she found the diagnosis difficult to come to terms with, over time it was the WGD platform and the community that it had created which has helped in her recovery and made her want to tell people her story. To register to host a Women’s Golf Day event visit https://womensgolfday. com/location-registration/ Partners and supporting organizations of WGD include: International Golf Federation, World Golf Foundation, LPGA, LET, European Tour Properties, TPC, NGCOA, EGCOA, ClubCorp, Billy Casper Golf, PGA TOUR Superstore, Ahead, EWGA, WIGI, International Council of Nurses, All Square, Expert Golf, and Troon International Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 1

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Quite a few in fact. You see, Fairfield Glade Resort in Tennessee has 90 holes of Championship Golf alone, including Stonehenge, named among the top public courses in Tennessee by Golf Digest, GolfWeek and Golf Magazine. Then there are the many outstanding courses around nearby Crossville, widely known as the Golf Capital of Tennessee. In all, more than 180 holes of golf just waiting to be played atop the Cumberland Plateau. But your vacation doesn’t have to be all golf. We offer 11 pristine lakes for boating and fishing, 12 miles of nature trails, a state-of-the-art Racquet Center and remarkable restaurants. This year, plan to spend your vacation at Fairfield Glade Resort and Crossville, Tennessee. The South’s holey land for golfers. For information or reservations, call 888-334-5233 · Located between Knoxville and Nashville, just a few miles from I-40 (Exit 322)

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The Mantra that Changed Karen S. Carter’s Career

The first time Karen S. Carter golfed, she was as prepared as she could hope to be with all the necessary equipment stuffed in a purple golf bag and the clothes to match. She carried it and her characteristic optimism out to the golf course with the rest of her. It was a business event, her playing partners composed of a combination of her colleagues and clients, out on the Medinah Golf Course in Illinois, which has been the setting of several PGA championships over the years and serves as a doozy of a first course for a beginner golfer like Karen. Still, she was unphased until it was her turn to swing. When she first stood on the tee box and looked out over the fairway, the flag was nowhere to be seen. Intimidation started to set in, her playing partners watching, waiting, for her to take her shot. But she could not make a move. It was not until her dear friend and colleague—who thankfully was a member of her foursome—whispered, “Just take a swing.” Karen’s professional career can be boiled down to a handful of moments just like this, where the helping hand of a boss or colleague has helped guide her down an intimidating, new path. And now, as Dow’s first Chief Inclusion Officer, Karen makes it her mission to ensure all people feel like they have a place on Dow’s team. It is a story all too familiar to Karen, who has spent over twenty years with the chemical company. Born and raised in Witchita, KS, Karen was the baby in the family with two older sisters who have always been there to support her. After her father’s sudden death when she was twelve years old, she was raised by her


mother—her hero—who instilled in her a sense of resilience, determination, and her perpetual optimism. Since starting her career with Dow during her freshman year of college, she has not always felt as comfortable in her job roles. That is until the day that a boss of hers went out of her way to make sure she knew she was a crucial part of the team. “I think most people have a ‘defining moment’ in their careers,” Karen said. These “aha!” moments, when everything starts tumbling into place, come in all sorts of ways—a discussion with a friend, a moment of quiet, solitary reflection . . . anything. “I wasn’t looking for mine when I got it,” Karen admitted. “But I knew the instant it happened that what just occurred was something important.” She was still rather new with the company at the time, having interned for a while before making her mark and earning a full-time position in the sales department. One day, one of the leading female executives in her company took her to the Dow executive wing. Karen could hardly believe where she was,

passing by the massive offices until they stopped in the behemoth that was the CEO’s office with an invitation for Karen to take a seat in THE chair. “That might not sound very exciting,” Karen confessed, “but for a twenty-something, young, black female in corporate America, it was perhaps the most exciting field trip I had ever been on.” Reluctantly, Karen sat down in the CEO’s chair, her boss across from her on the other side of the desk and then heard three words that changed her mindset toward her job and eventually shaped her entire career. Karen was told: “You belong here.” Suddenly, Karen knew she had pos-

sibilities, not only with Dow; she had the possibility to do anything that she set her mind to because that barrier—the uncertainty about her place in the corporate world—was no longer the loudest voice in her head. That moment was the catalyst to Karen’s success with Dow and helped elevate her to her current position where she is chiefly in charge of maintaining Dow’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. “It’s not only the right thing to do, but it’s the smart thing to do,” Karen added. “Team Dow must reflect the world we compete in today and will compete in tomorrow.” This move doesn’t come from trying to jump on a corporate trend or fit into any demographics numbers game. Dow, with Karen’s help, knows that employees are more content with their jobs and bring better, more competitive ideas to the table when every person knows they belong and they feel safe to bring 100% of themselves to work 100% of the time. For Karen, there is power in invitation; but there is also just as much to be said for the power of allowing yourself to accept that invitation in the first place. “We don’t always control the invitation,” Karen said, “but we do control the RSVP. And accepting means we are both willing and able.” Even if that means embracing something new and unfamiliar—like Karen did with golf. As someone who has spent her entire career at different levels in the business world, Karen knows firsthand just how much business is done out on the golf course. And even though she wasn’t—and still doesn’t claim to be—a very good golfer, that never stopped her from accepting the invitation to go. “I knew that if I didn’t, there would be something I would miss,” she said. “We must be present in these dialogues, which means we must be present on the golf course.” Like business, golf requires preparation, practice, patience, and perseverance. And when facing a new chapter in life, whether that be applying for a new job you’re not sure you’ll get, moving to a new city you’ve never been to before, or playing golf, it’s important to be open to change. “When one door closes, another one opens,” Karen explained. “But we must be prepared to walk through it with confidence. But even with all of that—even when you step up to the tee box, and you are unable to see the flag—you still have to take a swing.”

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Nicklaus Academies Global Growth Continues

The global game of golf has never been stronger – as evidenced by the expansion of Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf facilities around the world. With recent openings in Jakarta, Indonesia, Hanoi, Vietnam, and Mexico City, Mexico, the proven teaching philosophy of Mr. Nicklaus continues to grow the great game of golf. With over 25-years of success in the golf instruction business, Nicklaus Academies has been a driving


force in providing consistent and effective instruction in the majority of developing golf markets. This beautiful game that so many of us take for granted continues to gain momentum throughout the world, especially Southeast Asia. The adult population in this region are fairly avid players with new golf course construction still on the rise, but it is the junior market that is exploding and creating golf’s sustainable growth. From Indonesia to Japan, India to Brazil, Hong Kong to Mexico, the increase in the number of junior golfers entering the game is staggering. And not just entering the game, but excelling on the international stage. High-performance junior development programs abound in China, South Korea, Thailand and more. A good number of these players are finding their way to the United States to continue to learn and excel at the game. By combining personalized, high-level training with tournament support, and certified ESL classes, such as those offered at the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf at Hawks Landing Golf Club in Orlando (, foreign students are picking up valuable life skills that will become useful whether playing in college, competing on one of the professional tours, or in

business and in life. Since every Nicklaus Academy teaches the same philosophy using the same terminology, students are able to seamlessly move from one location to another without missing a beat. Communication between the Certified Nicklaus Instructors using today’s latest technologies allow any Nicklaus Academy student the opportunity explore the world of golf while maintaining consistent training. A recently launched reciprocal program, The Nicklaus Academy Club, provides ‘memberlike’ access and discounts from one Nicklaus Academy to the next. For additional information on Nicklaus Academies world-wide, visit Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 1

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Tour Edge Is On The Rise

Custom Fitting and a New Staff of Tour Players Are Leading Company Into Future


hat do you think of when you hear the name Tour Edge? For many of the cult followers of the 32-year-old US owned and operated company, the words that come to mind would be: top notch performance, underrated quality and outstanding customer service. For some, the word Exotics comes to mind with visions of tour players gaming the epically long 3 woods. Others will conjure up the word Bazooka, the long standing sub-brand that introduced the Iron-Wood to the golfing world. Some might recollect that the majority of their clubs are built in the USA near their Chicagoland headquarters. The real answer is that Tour Edge is all of the above and much, much more. They’ve become a Top 10 manufacturer in every category of clubs and they produce golf clubs for every player type possible, from the complete beginner in juniors and women to the best tour player on the planet. In fact, would you believe me if I told you that Tour Edge has collected the below tour accolades in the last decade?


In play by a PGA TOUR Championship winner/ $10 million FedEx Cup Champion


The fastest growing metalwoods on the 2018 Champions Tour with Exotics CBX

It’s hard to believe a company could collect so much ammo on the professional

“Tour Edge is on fire on tour with their new Exotics CBX line of fairway woods, hybrids and ironwoods.”

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10 PGA TOUR Victories


5 PGA TOUR Runner-Up Finishes, 3 PGA Tour Champions Runner-Up Finishes


Over 50 Top 10 Finishes on PGA TOUR, 14 Top 10 finishes on PGA Tour Champions


Over 100 Top 25 Finishes on PGA TOUR, 24 Top 10 finishes on PGA Tour Champions


In play by a World #1 Player (1st on both PGA TOUR and Euro PGA rankings)

14 victories on PGA TOUR, Euro PGA and PGA Champions Tour



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tours while flying so far under the radar. That is all about the change thanks to their focus on the PGA TOUR Champions Tour this year and their commitment to an affordable custom fitting program designed to introduce fitting to thousands of golfers. Tour Edge hasn’t paid any of the tour players to use their equipment in the past. These players were playing Tour Edge and Exotics because it tested as the best performance enhancing product for their game. That limited what Tour Edge could do to spread the word on all of their tour successes. This year, Tour Edge is on fire on tour with their Exotics line climbing the professional club count rankings with their new Exotics CBX line of fairway woods, hybrids and ironwoods. Tour Edge has recently signed some of the best players in the world to represent

their Exotics CBX hybrid staff. Professionals like Scott McCarron, Rocco Mediate , Duffy Waldorf, Tom Lehman, Bart Bryant, Fred Funk, are all on board with Tour Edge this year. This has helped the Exotics CBX line become the fastest growing metalwood on the PGA Tour Champions. The Exotics CBX hybrid is already ranking as the #2 hybrid model on the PGA Tour Champions and these spin killing metalwoods have already been in the bag for a victory and three runner-up finishes after only six events on this year. Twenty-four different players have put Exotics CBX into play since Tour Edge launched CBX last year at end of season. These players, who account for 133 PGA TOUR wins, have put Exotics CBX metalwoods in play on the PGA Tour

Champions in 2018. The majority of these players are not on staff with Tour Edge, they are choosing to play Exotics on their own accord. After six events on the 2018 PGA Tour Champions season,

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Exotics CBX metalwoods have been in play for one win, three runner-up finishes, seven Top 5 and 14 Top 10 finishes. Tour Edge is keeping count of these tour statistics on a scoreboard on Tour Edge continues to get players on the PGA TOUR to put their clubs in play by choice due to performance characteristics. Two Exotics CBX hybrids were recently put into play at The Masters.

Hot Launch 3 and 48-Hour Custom Fitting Delivery The company’s new HL3 line of clubs (driver to wedge) has taken a major step forward in terms of technology, performance and looks over the last Hot Launch iteration and its mid-tier price point has it testing as the top pound for pound technology and performance set in all of golf. It’s also the only set in golf to provide nationwide custom fitting with a 48hour guaranteed delivery for custom fit orders. Hot Launch 3 by Tour Edge was designed and launched specifically to take advantage of the emerging custom fitting growth segment. Custom fitting is currently experiencing massive industry wide growth. Tour Edge is utilizing Golf Channel ad campaigns and other mediums to introduce the HL3 line and to market the message that every golfer can now afford get custom fit ino top-of-the-line technology. Get Fit, Spend Less, Play Better is the tagline they are utilizing to send this message. The last time Tour Edge had a TV ad was with Rodney Dangerfield some 15 years ago and it is certain that Tour Edge believes it is time that they got some respect with their highperforming golf clubs. “We feel it’s very important to bring new golfers into the custom fitting side of the industry,” said Tour Edge founder and President David Glod. “We are going after the ownership of an open niche - the value price point niche of club fitting, so while everyone is following pricing for custom upwards in this category; we are providing value, performance and technology

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Scott McCarron Tour Edge Exotics hybrid staff player

within the custom fit experience. No one else is doing that.” Market research supports an emerging trend to customization within the equipment market and that the value segment of this market has been largely un-serviced. 65% of the game’s five million core golfers have been custom fit, according to Golf Datatech. So what about the other 20 million golfers out there who haven’t been custom fit? The average price for a custom fit driver in 2015 was $341. The HL3 driver retail price is $189 and comes with 48-hour delivery anywhere in the continental USA. The average price spent on custom fit irons in 2015 was $772.The HL3 triple

combo set retails for $599 and offers two HL3 hybrids, two HL3 Ironwoods and three traditional HL3 irons in the set. These is unheard of value in the golf industry, especially for products that has all the technology the larger companies are offering and performance that is equal to or better than clubs that cost two to three times as much. Tour Edge is trying to grow custom fitting by encouraging the consumer to go get fit at one of the over 600 locations that has an HL3 fit bag and get sent their order to that same location with Tour Edge’s unprecedented 48-hour guaranteed delivery. To find a fitting center near you, visit the dealer locater on www. Tour Edge is currently experiencing their best start in their 32 year history. A combination of increased investment in television advertising and player endorsement is clearly paying

dividends. The company has also clearly hit a sweet spot with its current product line and all signs are pointing to a very bright future for this company on the rise.



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By J.L. Quebbeman

Rainbow Challenge The 18th annual Rainbow Challenge Golf Tournament was held in Palm Springs, California. The event is hosted by the Stonewall Golfers, an organization of gay & lesbian golfers based in the greater Palm Springs, California area. The Rainbow Challenge is the longest-running gay & lesbian golf tournament in the world. The event has four (4) groups of players based on handicaps and prizes were presented to the top two male and female finishers in each group. The stroke play event was split between two courses, Desert Willow and Classic Club. The Escena Golf Club was also host to the registration and

pairings party. During the pairings party, a silent auction was conducted with various prizes available. The money collected benefitted the LGBT Community Center of the Desert and totaled over $5,000. The Center creates a vibrant community in the Coachella Valley by helping LGBTQ people along the way with several programs, providing critical social interaction opportunities for members of the LGBTQ community who are alone, isolated and for money, living at or below the poverty level. This year’s championship event included two rounds of golf, a 1st day

luncheon and a 2nd day buffet dinner and awards ceremony. A flight included players with handicaps from 0-20 and B flight from 21-36. The total number of players was 80 players coming from all over America as well as from Canada and England. The Rainbow Challenge is held annually in early spring each year by the Stonewall Golfers of Palm Springs, CA. For more information on them, visit their website at http:// as well as their social media presence on Facebook at stonewallgolfers. 24

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By Mike May and time again, quite possibly to buy a vacation home! The flow of the golf course is influenced by mountain laurel, massive bunkers, rocky outcroppings, towering

A Dream Destination

hardwoods, and wildflower meadows. The golf course overlooks the Chattahoochee and Cherokee Nation Forests. It truly is a majestic setting for golf. Golfwise, Old Toccoa Farm's biggest selling point is that it's very family friendly. In addition to the current nine-hole golf course, there's a large, spacious chipping area and an expanded practice putting green. A walking-only nine-hole par three course is expected to open for play this summer (2018). "In today's time-crunched society, Old Toccoa Farm gives many golfers exactly what they want from a golf outing -- a wonderfully designed golf course with well-maintained greens," said Doug Hollandsworth, Founder, Georgia Golf Trail. "At Old Toccoa Farm, the magnificent views of the north Georgia countryside, as well as the holes that hug the banks of the nearby Toccoa River are the main draw when playing this golf course. Because of its natural beauty, this part of Georgia is also a great place to come on vacation or to possibly buy a second home as a spring, summer, or

8th Hole

While the majority of golf courses feature 18 holes, there are many nine-hole jewels which will more than satisfy your golf 'appetite.' If you have 'hunger pains' for just nine holes of golf, then head for Old Toccoa Farm (596 Curtis Switch Road; Mineral Bluff, Georgia 30559), located in north Georgia, just a two-hour drive north of Atlanta. Right now, this venue has nine holes, but nine more holes will 26

be opening soon. This destination is more than a place to put a tee peg in the ground and pursue Old Man Par. It could be about putting down roots! The appeal of Old Toccoa Farm -- has earned it a spot on the list of golf courses on the Georgia Golf Trail. While this golf course is a great destination for golfers, the mountain scenery, pleasant summer weather, and scenic fall images will keep you coming back time Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 1

9th Hole fall escape." After golf, you are welcome to check out the activities available in and

skills at the John C. Campbell Folk School. The wide variety of real estate that is

around the nearby community of Blue

now for sale in the Blue Ridge Moun-

Ridge. In Blue Ridge, you will find many

tains of north Georgia is redefining the

dining options, live music, and a local

way families experience this section of

theatre. Purchasing a ticket for a ride

the Peach State. With a mix of custom

along the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is

home lots, smaller cabins, cottage lots

another option, too. In this area, you

and spec homes, it is also reshaping the

can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and fly

stay and play golf experience for many

fishing along the nearby Toccoa River;

golfers from Georgia, North Carolina,

tackling the world-class rapids on the

and Tennessee. Simply put, the distinc-

Ocoee River; hiking along the Appala-

tive mountain architecture that is adja-

chian Trail, Trout Adventure Trail, or the

cent to the Toccoa River makes Old Toc-

Benton Mackaye Trail; mountain biking

coa Farm one of the best places to own

at the Aska Adventure Area; improving

a second home in northern Georgia.

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back riding on the ridge-top trail. And,

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if outdoor adventure is not your cup of

stay, and never leave. You won't be the

tea, you can work on your craft-making

first and you won't be the last.

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cart cart header girl girl

Where did you grow up? Orlando, FL

Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? I was friends with everybody, but mostly hung out with the athletes

What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch? Volleyball....But I like watching baseball or football

Do you enjoy playing golf?

I do not play golf! I have taken a couple of lessons with Steve Brewer, so maybe one day!

What do you feel makes this club special?

I would have to say the people. I’ve been a cart girl for 9 years, so I have a lot of regulars, but everyone is awesome.

What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl?

One year on my birthday a golfer went in the pro shop and bought me a hat and attached $100 to it and said Happy Birthday go have some fun on him... That was so sweet!

What type of music do you prefer? I listen to anything, but my go to would be country.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Traveling, Four wheeling, jet skiing, hanging out at the beach

Favorite comedian? Kevin Hart

Favorite charity to support?

ASPCA or Ronald McDonald House

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

I just try to enjoy every day and love spending time with my grandkids! 28

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Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

I was born and raised in Avon, Connecticut. I’m a New England kid at heart still….

High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? I was definitely a jock in high school. What do you do for a living?

I organize and manage professional golf events.

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

I try to be very active, love running outside on trails, going to the beach, and relaxing with friends. I also love to go the local karaoke bar. My go to song always is belting out I Want It That Way by Backstreet boys. I mean, it is a classic come on.

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. My hidden secret is that

I absolutely love watching the Bachelor. I never miss it on a Monday night. I also indulge from time to time on peach cobbler baby food.

What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, a pallet of

canned tuna, and Snapchat.

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? People yelling “FORE” for no

reason. I used to drop my club, dive out of the way, freak out, etc. Now, it is like the boy who cried wolf. I don’t even react, which means next time that ball is coming straight for my face. Thanks everyone.

Scott Mancini Name the three most important things to you in this world. First would have to be family. Through

thick and thin, my family has always been by my side. I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today without them. Second are my friends. I value friendship right below family. In fact, a lot of times friends become my family over time. I pride myself on always being there and being someone they can count on, knowing that they will do the same. Lastly, its gotta be coffee. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to do any of the things I do.

What do you fear the most? This isn’t my biggest fear but probably my most obscure. I am terrified of mannequins. There is just something creepy about them.

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Definitely my 3 man crushes: Tom

Brady, Derek Jeter, and Justin Timberlake.

(opening a can of tuna) wine (KB says “you mean 3 bottles of champagne?”) You mean Netflix and Chill?

Favorite comedian? Jerry Seinfeld Movies:…comedy, drama, action, romance? Depends on the mood. Comedy for sure. I mean, who doesn’t like to laugh right? But I also enjoy action. I love war movies that are based on true events that took place. I think it is cool to see how actual elements from moments in history played out on the big screen. Favorite charity to support? Well I love working with kids

and am actually a Big Brother in the Big Brother Big Sisters program. So I would have to go with that one.


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he Masters Tournament has an uncanny ability to produce the best reality TV on the planet. The drama, the story lines and the result can never be scripted and this year proved no different. From the triumphant return of Tiger Woods and the hopes of golf fans worldwide for a Major comeback win (his last the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in 2008), to Rory McIlroy completing the Career Grand Slam, to Phil the Thrill rewriting history and becoming the oldest player to win the Green

Jacket at age 47, to Justin Rose seeking redemption after his heartbreaking second place finish to Sergio Garcia last year. Then came Captain America, Patrick Reed. Reed won the 2018 Masters by a shot over Rickie Fowler and two shots over “stress-free” Jordan Spieth, who freewheeled an 8-under 64 and posted one of the best final rounds in the Master’s 82-year history. Where Reed excelled over the rest of the field at Augusta National was clearly on the daunting Par 5s. For the week, Reed made eight birdies, six pars and two eagles on those holes, which gave him strokes gained alone of 7.95 strokes against the field. That performance was fueled by an exceptional accuracy off the tee box. Reed’s fairways-hit percentage of 78.6 was tied for fifth in the field, and was the best of the final six players. Finding the fairway consistently has 32

everything to do with rhythm. Irrespective of your golf technique, if you lose your rhythm, your hands, body and club are out of sync, resulting in your ball traveling off target. Yet the concept of rhythm has always been one of the most elusive and most difficult golf fundamentals to teach. Enter the Swingclick, invented by former Sunshine Tour Player and golf instructor Mike Quinn. Swingclick is a tempo training device that has identified the key to keeping your rhythm. If you finish your backswing, you create lag time in your swing for your hands, body and club to work in sync. As a result, rhythm has now become something that is quantifiable for every golfer. “The challenge for most golfers is that their transition is too quick and this invariably leads to not finishing your backswing. says Swingclick Managing Director, Mike Quinn. “If you can learn to have a little patience in creating a smoother transition, your results will be more consistent, and you will become a better player.” The Swingclick golf swing trainer gives every golfer the opportunity to “practice-with-purpose.” The portable device straps to a golfer’s forearm just below the elbow and you’re ready to go. While making a full swing, Swingclick makes three clicking sounds: at the top of the backswing, at impact and on the follow-through. On the takeaway, the Swingclick clicks at the top of your backswing giving you a mental cue and the proper feeling of when you have finished your backswing and when to start your downswing. If your

transition is too quick, or you haven’t finished your backswing, it won’t click. CBS Sports golf analyst and threetime Masters Champion, Nick Faldo recently commented, “Rhythm and tempo is the glue that holds the golf swing together.” Amateur great and founder of the Masters Tournament, Bobby Jones said, “Rhythm and timing are the two things which we all must have, yet no one knows how to teach either.” The Swingclick rhythm and tempo trainer solves that problem. Now golfers can learn how to master a repeatable swing with rhythm and tempo. It works for everyone from pros to beginners and can be used on the driving range, on the golf course for practice rounds, or indoors. Swingclick was voted “Best New Training Product” at the 2016 PGA Show. The latest model, Swingclick PLUS, is available for purchase at Amazon and on www.swingclickgolf. com.

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By Fred Seely

freddy's fairway thoughts

Billy Graham

American icon Billy Graham died at 99 in February and, at one time, was an avid golfer. I grew up in Asheville, N.C., right up the road from Montreat, and Rev. Graham was a member of our club, Biltmore Forest. He would drive over, dressed in golf gear, play his round and immediately head home. No socializing, because “socializing” back then was done at the bar. Outside the clubhouse was God’s land, inside belonged to the devil. Therein is the story. Back then, Buncombe County was “dry.” No alcohol. Even though Prohibition had proved that taking away booze wouldn’t work, the strong Baptist influence of the day continued it in our area. The bartender, Brooks Dandy, would go down the mountain to buy whiskey in South Carolina, which also was dry but which had bootleggers who sold the real stuff, not the dangerous moonshine of the North Carolina mountains. Brooks would sell bottles to members but he had a problem: where to hide the booze? Answer: in Billy Graham’s untouched locker. Never got caught, either.

Players stuff

• The Players’ attempt at a driveable par-4 was a dud last year as the redesign on No. 12 didn’t work. It was too risky to go for the green and the layup area was generous. When the Tour comes back in May, there will be less fairway for those who chicken out and the green has been adjusted to accept shots better. • This business of the tournament being the “Fifth Major” never took off and the PGA Tour’s new administration apparently has dropped the matter. It appears the word has spread from on high: let the tournament stand on its own and let’s not try and contrive anything. • The beer flows freely at PGA Tour events, as we all know from the “You Da Man” and “In The Hole” yells as the day wears on, and the Players has finally given up trying to keep the suds-induced noise level down. But, they want to get as many drunks off the course as possible, so this year there will be a big beer garden well back behind the 16th green. • Players ace p.r. guy Alex Urban has a new gig. He’ll take over the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. • How did PGA Tour star Matt Kuchar become such a good table tennis player? “From the time he could do anything, we let him play with little balloons and he developed great eye/hand coordination,’ says dad Peter, who lives a mile from TPC Sawgrass. “That’s what you need in ping pong.” • If you’re coming to the Players, you’ll find that Ponte Vedra Beach is about the same. No new restaurants, same old traffic. Graeme McDowell’s Nona Blue bistro, just outside the gates, is terrific.

Slow play

particularly by a group that plays 2-3 times a week and takes their time. A lot of time. The club’s solutions have been the usual. Probably just like your club: clocks around the course, griping at the group, threats of making them all use carts and the like. None work because none address the problem: it isn’t the group, it’s certain individuals within the group who hold everyone up by screwing around: fishing for balls, telling stories on the tee, not being ready when it’s their turn, marking their scorecard before leaving the green, and the like. Everyone knows the problem people but no one wants to be bossy. On an average, a foursome of them takes at least 4:15, this on a Donald Ross course (Jacksonville’s Timuquana CC) where the next tee is adjacent to the previous green and where the fairways are wide and the woods are thinned. Recently, there were five of us. Two between 70-80, three between 65-70. Four walked, one rode. Only one has a single-digit handicap. The others are in the 15-24 range. The usual time is in the 4:15-4:30 range. I asked if they would participate in an experiment. I asked that they go along with the following: • I would be the “captain” and thus responsible for speeding up the play. If I said anything regarding their pace of play, they promised not to get mad at me. • The tee is sacred. No talk at all. The first one to arrive hits. All others be ready to go. There’s plenty of time for stories as we walk down the fairway. • “Ready” golf is what it means. Hit when you’re ready, as long as no one is in your line of fire. • Make sure at least one other is paying attention when you hit so you’ll have a general idea where your ball went. • Play at your own pace. This isn’t a race, it’s a time to move at a reasonable pace and enjoy the weather, the course and the fellowship. • Putt out, or at least take putts only when they are a true tap-in. I didn’t want to be accused of devious ways to speed up play. We played in 3:53 and no one had problems with the new pace. I only had to speak to two people, both about being ready when it was their turn. Worked for us. It can work for you but there’s a caveat: someone has to be the bad guy and tell people to move along.


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DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE The PGA TOUR has assembled one of the finest golf instruction teams in the game at the famed TPC Sawgrass facility located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Led by top-ranked golf instructor, Todd Anderson, expert instructors will begin with a complete assessment and develop a plan to quickly improve all facets of your game.


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grip it & sip it


Kim Crawford – Winemaker Photo Credit: Anthony Walkenhorst

With incredible speed, Kim Crawford’s

our grapes ripen slowly, which allows

powerful, aromatic wines began win-

them to build flavor intensity as well

ning awards and gained a devoted,

as develop a sophisticated acidity. In

even fanatical, following. Only two

the end, it is this unique combination

years after launch, Kim Crawford

of factors–from regions and soils, to

Wines began exporting to the United

temperatures and growth rates–that

States. Within four years, the company

give Kim Crawford a perfect balance of

moved into a state-of-the-art winery

fruit and acidity. This ideal pairing of

in Marlborough and began looking at

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vineyards to purchase and cultivate.

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vineyards and protect the grapes from

the most stunning regions the world

the elements. With grapes grown

has ever known.

between the latitudes of 34º and 47º, our growing regions cover a distance of 1,000 miles from the northern tip of the country to the southern coast. Such a large growing area gives Kim Crawford the distinct advantage of a wide range of local climates and soil types to promote distinctive regional flavors and characteristics. The vineyards of Kim Crawford are located in outstanding, predominantly coastal sites. The grapes benefit from long days, clean sea breezes and crisp nights. In combination with New

COLOR: Pretty pale pink color. AROMA: A lively nose, brimming with bright berry and tropical fruit. PALATE: Soft and luscious, this refreshing Rosé is richly fruited with hints of watermelon and strawberry. FOOD PAIRINGS: Ideal as an apéritif or summer sipper, this easy-drinking wine also pairs perfectly with lighter salads and other fare.

Zealand’s long and dry autumn season,

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A renowned boutique distillery, Casa Noble represents the pride, passion, and quality commitment of more than 200 years and over 7 generations of tequila production. The Casa Noble family of estate-grown, organic tequilas - Crystal, Reposado, and Anejo - has a rich history that has earned them a position as one of the finest ultra-premium spirits portfolios in the world. Its agave is harvested from private family estates – boasting over 6,500 acres of land and more than one million blue agave plants – and then distilled at the famed La Cofradia distillery. Casa Noble’s handcrafted tequilas are exported to over 23 countries worldwide. Constellation Brands, Inc. owns and markets Casa Noble.

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INGREDIENTS 1.5 oz Casa Noble Reposado Tequila 0.5 oz ancho chili liqueur 0.25 oz simple syrup 2 dashes orange bitters 2 drops molé bitters Orange peel DIRECTIONS Combine all ingredients, except orange peel, into mixing glass and stir. Strain into glass over ice. Squeeze orange peel; rub around rim and drop into glass.

IINGREDIENTS 1.5 oz Casa Noble Añejo Tequila 0.5 oz lemon juice 0.5 oz lime juice 0.25 oz green chartreuse 0.5 oz simple syrup Lemon peel DIRECTIONS Place all ingredients, except lemon peel, in glass; add ice and swizzle. Squeeze lemon peel; rub around rim and drop into glass.


Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 1

Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 1


By Mike Jamison

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Timacuan Golf and Country Club Names PGA Professional Lewandowski As Director of Golf PGA Professional Joe Lewandowski, formerly the Head Golf Professional at Mission Inn Resort, has been named Director of Golf at Timacuan Golf & Country Club. Lewandowski, a native of Long Island, NY, will oversee all aspects of the golf operation at the semi-private facility in Lake Mary. “I have always enjoyed the layout at Timacuan,” said Lewandowski. “It has the reputation of being a great tournament golf course and a popular course for members and daily fee golfers. I am thrilled to be here and hope to build on that reputation.” Lewandowski comes to Timacuan


after four years as Head Golf Professional at Mission Inn in Lake County. There he oversaw member competitions and many high-profile regional and national tournaments over the two highly ranked El Campeon and Las Colinas courses. He also earned a solid reputation as an instructor for both individuals and group clinics. After graduating from Brown University where he played lacrosse, Lewandowski spent seven years in New York City at a large international bank in risk analysis and credit risk. In 2014 he moved to Florida and entered the PGA PGM program as an apprentice head golf professional at Mission Inn, eventually earning his PGA Class A Professional status Joe Lewandowski in 2016. Lewandowski, who lived in Winter Garden, has a one and a half year old son named Otis. There are many reasons why golf’s governing bodies often choose Timacuan to host their tournaments. Timacuan has received rave reviews from the many PGA and LPGA Tour players who have competed in the $10,000 Timacuan Scramble during PGA Merchandise Show week each January. “I really enjoyed the golf course,” said Graeme McDowell, the Irishman who won the U.S. Open in 2010. “It is a great layout with a linkslike feel to it. It can be testy in places if you get off the beaten path, but it is a very fair course. And it is in great condition.” Said LPGA Tour star Brittany Lincicome, “This is

a terrific golf course. It is a good test of golf. You have to be able to move the ball around to be successful here.” Timacuan, designed by renowned architect Ron Garl, features two distinctly different nines. The front nine has a Scottish feel, with open fairways, mounding, sprawling bunkers and large greens. The back nine has more of a Carolinas Low Country feel featuring stately oaks, tall pines, and several water hazards that demand precision off the tee and to the green.

About Timacuan Golf and Country Club Timacuan is a semi-private golf club located just off I-4 in Lake Mary, 15 minutes north of downtown Orlando. Timacuan has been one of Central Florida’s most popular courses since opening in 1988. It has garnered many statewide awards, being ranked as high as No. 14 in Florida by The Florida Golf Reporter Magazine. Orlando Magazine named Timacuan’s beautiful par-4 second hole as one of the toughest holes in Central Florida. Various membership programs are available. With its spacious clubhouse, Timacuan is also a popular site for weddings, corporate meetings and group outings. For more information visit www., or call 407-321-0010 to book a tee time. Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 1

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By Greg Wise

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Bella Collina Hosts Nick Faldo’s Inaugural Junior Major Champions Invitational Isabella Britt, Trent Phillips, Lauren Stephenson and Grayson Wotnosky with Nick Faldo

Bella Collina, the Tuscany-inspired luxury lakefront and private golf club community in Central Florida, was the host of Nick Faldo’s inaugural

Junior Major Champions Invitational. An extension of the “Faldo Series,” the Invitational was a three-day, 54hole event with 20 teams of amateur

golfers ages 15 to 21. Can you imagine being a parent of a young golfer and experiencing the thrill of watching your child opening that invitation to this tremendous golf experience. “We’re thrilled to have the next generation of exceptional golfers competing on our course designed by Nick Faldo himself,” said Stacy Sewell, vice president of sales and marketing at Bella Collina. “Nick’s efforts to influence these young athletes through his pro-amateur mentorship program are truly inspirational.” Faldo’s global junior development effort, the Faldo Series, hosts events in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America, and has partnered with the International

Tom McKibbin with Nick Faldo


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Junior Golf Tour to bring opportunities for junior golfers in the United States. Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng are two Faldo Series alumni who rose through the professional ranks. Teams are sponsored by some of the biggest names in golf including Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Annika Sorenstam, Adam Scott, John Daly, Ernie Els, Henrik Stenson and Jerry Pat. “Our goal is to give opportunities

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NAME TEAM Tom McKibbin McIlroy Julián Périco Ibaícena Daly Ben Wong Pate Akshay Bhatia Nicklaus Cory Lopez Individual Linn Grant Individual Yealimi Noh Nicklaus Lauren Stephenson D. Johnson

to young people through golf, and help the next generation of champions,” Faldo said. “This event will allow major champions to give something back to the game that has given them so much, and hopefully, in time, will become one of the most elite junior golf events in the world.” The top three finishers (and ties) in the male and female divisions will receive an invitation to play in next year’s Major Champions Invitational. The team representing 2016 U.S. Open Champion Dustin Johnson led wire-to-wire in the inaugural event, shooting 19-under-par to win by seven over Team Nicklaus. Team Johnson is comprised of Isabella Britt (15), Trent Phillips (17), Lauren Stephenson (20) and Grayson Wotnosky (16), all from the United States.

R1 68 64 69 66 71 65 72 73

R2 R3 SCORE 67 69 204 (-12) 71 70 205 (-11) 66 71 206 (-10) 68 72 206 (-10) 71 65 207 (-9) 71 73 209 (-7) 72 67 211 (-5) 71 67 211 (-5)

Lou Holtz - Keynote Speaker


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Florida Hickory Golfers – Winter Park Classic


Casual observers strolling along Park

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Avenue may have felt like they passed

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through a temporal distortion. Men in

century, 20th century that is.

plus fours, shirts and ties and ladies in

long flowing skirts dotted the fairways

rable skill to Jones and Vardon carving

of the 1914 Winter Park Golf Club. They

out an even par 70 to take low gross

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honors by a margin of 9 shots. Net win-

they knew. The only thing missing were

ner was Jeff Shafer with 61 while James

Model T autos rolling along the sur-

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rounding roadways.

the team title.

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back the clock and played half the

scored better with the gutta percha ball

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balls and then way back finishing with

score on the front side was 43.3 while

gutta percha balls like Old and Young

the back nine average was 42.6.

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By Mike May

Arcadia Municipal Golf course: DeSoto County's Home of Golf The City of Arcadia is probably most well known for being the home of the Arcadia Rodeo, which made its debut in 1929. But, believe it or not, the game of golf has been played in Arcadia longer than cowboys have been riding those broncobusting bulls. As far back as 1917, golfers in Arcadia, led by local civic leader A.C. Polk, were pushing for the construction of a ninehole golf course. The golf course was to serve two purposes for the community: provide a place for local golfers to play the game and help increase tourism. By 1917, a deal had been struck to build a nine-hole golf course. It was going to be built on land donated by Albert W. Gilchrist, Florida's 20th governor. A name had also been selected for this soon-tobe-built golf course -- the Arcadia Golf and Auto Club. One major issue delayed construction on the golf course -- the United States' entry into World War I. In 1919, soon after the end of WWI, local lobbying efforts for the construction of the golf course started anew. In the fall of 1922, ground was officially broken to build this golf course. On Christmas Day of 1922, a few of holes were ready for play. At some point in 1923, all nine holes were complete. Six years later, the rodeo came to town. To this day, the rodeo and golf co-exist in Arcadia. To honor the perseverance of golf purists in Arcadia, it's very appropriate that this golf course is now one of the 53 golf courses on the Florida Historic Golf Trail. Fast forward almost 80 years. In 2001, nine more holes were added and the configuration of the original nine holes was changed to accommodate the additional nine holes. Today, it is called the Arcadia Municipal Golf Course (1769 Livingston Street, Arcadia, Florida), featuring 18 holes and four sets of tees. Right now,

the course, at its longest, measures 5,900 yards, but that may change according to the new director of golf Jeff Gibson. "We have some room to lengthen some of the holes with new tee boxes," said Gibson. The course opens up with three par fives among the first six holes, with each par five measuring less than 500 yards from the tips. On the golf course, the longest par five is the 499-yard fifth, the shortest par four is the 288-yard first, and the five par threes range from 142 yards to 212 yards. The five par threes are the real deal. And, frankly, every hole at Arcadia has character and charisma. At the moment, the condition of the

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Arcadia HISTORY Golf Course architect – Harry Cowie at Gasparilla Inn

course is being analyzed and improvements will soon be implemented. "We need to improve our greens and tee boxes," said Gibson. "Within a year, we'll have a nice neighborhood golf course. The City of Arcadia has made a financial commitment to getting the course back to where it needs to be. We must create growing conditions in order to succeed and we will." In addition to improving the life of the turf, Gibson has plans to improve the overall golf experience at his club. "We also have room to improve our driving range, make it lighted, and build an excellent practice facility where you can practice 80 and 90 yard wedge shots," added Gibson. "We want our course to be a better amenity to this community." Today, the Arcadia Municipal Golf Course is open every day of the year, from sunrise to sunset, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If you are not accurate off the tee, the Arcadia Municipal Golf Course can be as tough as the local rodeo. The bogeys can be as painful, brutal and butt-busting as those 'bad-boy' bulls that emerge from the bullpen. Call the pro shop -- 863-494-4223 -- to make your reservations for golf in Arcadia, but not the rodeo.

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TOURISM. It’s a break for everyone. Our more than 66 million annual visitors aren’t just good for the tourism industry, they’re good for everyone who lives here. Tourists pay over $436 million in sales taxes, they pay to improve our infrastructure and helped build many of the public venues companies and residents enjoy. They are a major reason that businesses not directly associated with tourism are thriving, too.

Over the years, tourist numbers have attracted the great dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities that exist here, and have helped create many other businesses who serve the needs of our growing metropolitan area. The bottom-line is that tourism creates jobs, businesses and a better quality-of-life for everyone. Including you.

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By Steve Morris

Section PGA Professionals Featured at Family Fun Zone at the Players North Florida PGA Professionals will be on hand at The Players in the Family Fun Zone for the entire week to give free tips to the fans! Hundreds of spectators visit the Fun Zone each day and you can see how much they appreciated the help with their swings. Thank you to all of our PGA Professionals who gave their time to give back to the game! It’s a fun week interacting with the fans and reminding them how important a PGA Professional can be in helping them with their games. The Family Fun Zone consists of hitting bays for instruction, a high tech bay featuring virtual reality golf and a putting course for the kids. It’s located right by the main gate behind 17 tee and needless to say you can’t miss it! It’s a great exhibit provided by the PGA TOUR to entertain fans and the kids. It’s family. It’s fun.

Kraig Kann Featured at our Spring Education and Awards Summit NFPGA Members will have the privilege to learn from acclaimed brand consultant Kraig Kann, Kann Advisory Group, in the morning and PGA Career Consultant Mike McCollum in the afternoon to facilitate discussions to building their brand and further their careers. This one is about YOU! Kraig has a strong reputation in the corporate world for his dynamic presentations on how people can build their brand in a competitive world.

Kraig was among the first Golf Channel lead announcers as well as Chief Communications Officer for the LPGA. His vast experience on all sides of the media and motivational presentations make him an industry influencer, respected spokesperson and requested speaker. Mike McCollum, PGA, is one of

the PGA of America’s most experienced Career Consultants. We’ll break up a great day of learning with our Annual Section Awards luncheon and highlight our 2018 North Florida PGA Award Winners! We are proud to offer our PGA Professionals such a great day of learning, camaraderie and enjoyment. Kevin Paschall

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Jan Urso, PGA & Darryl Whitford Capture Fort Lauderdale Country Club Foundation Pro-Am Title Thirty teams came out to Fort Lauderdale Country Club - South Course to compete in the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Country Club SFPGA Foundation Pro-Am. Low scores were the theme of the day in the two man better ball format. The low pro division crowned co-champions as Colin Amaral, PGA Teaching Professional at The Country Club of Mirasol and Justin Bertsch, PGA Head Professional of The Hideout Golf Club both fired 5-under par rounds of 67. The team of Jan Urso, PGA Assistant Professional of Inverrary Country Club and amateur Darryl Whitford captured the team net championship with a 10-under par score of 62. A big thank you goes out to all those who came out to support the SFPGA Foundation and to Fort Lauderdale Country Club for graciously hosting this event for the fourth year in a row!


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By Dove Jones

Rees Jones of the topography to create a routing that is both visually and strategically memorable for all 18 holes. Not so at Danzante Bay. Here, Rees Jones, has masterfully crafted not only a feast for Tequila by the pool

every level of player. Like your favorite

Unforgettable Danzante Bay

amusement park ride, as soon as you

If I say,

the last decade’s designs as the attempt

“The 12th at Augusta, or the

7th at Pebble Beach and especially the 17th at Sawgrass with its iconic island green – you have a clear picture in your mind exactly what they look like without having to see an image of these storied Par 3’s. Only officially opening last December the 17th at Danzante Bay in Mexico is quickly being added to that list of “bucket list” “must play” par 3’s. In fact the young course was just added to the prestigious TPC Collection. Unlike even Pebble Beach, the other 17 holes at Danzante Bay are equally as unforgettable, as the routing weaves through rock-walled canyons resembling a moonscape, skirts a sparkling blue lake, drops down to the water’s edge and finishes with a flourish from a dramatic elevated tee. I’ve played many courses where the architect has not fully taken advantage 58

the eyes but also a course satisfying for

putt out on 18 you want to go again, and again, and again. At its heart the course is FUN to play. Something sorely lacking in many of to create the longest and most difficult layouts has taken out many of the game’s formerly loyal patrons. Make no mistake, the course is no push over. Played from the correct tee for your ability it will challenge you to make your career round, but you’ll have so much fun doing it, the experience of playing is more satisfying than the final score. The course may be the centerpiece of the resort, but off the course every amenity is equally as perfectly executed as the putting surfaces. The property sits on a finger of its namesake Danzante Bay called The Islands of Loreto in the Sea of Cortez, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site offers some of the best sport fishing and whale watching in Mexico. Owen Perry, the developer, made his Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 1

mark and fortune in timeshares and the spacious rooms are really fantastically well-appointed self catering suites in the Villa de Palmar that offer unparalleled views over the enormous swimming pool to the pristine Bay beyond – even from the largest Jacuzzi tub I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing! The year round great weather allows guests to experience all the area has to offer in a variety of water and land sports including – paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, private beach, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and tennis. Indoors there is also a worldclass spa and fitness facility. You’ll never go hungry or thirsty – from my favorite scrumptious shrimp tacos and signature blue tequila libation at the beach bar to elegant fine dining with vintage wines and everything in-between to fuel your active days and nights. Currently from the East coast due to limited flight schedules into Loreto, Mexico you will have to spend a night in Los Angeles, but it is well worth the journey. For more informative please visit their comprehensive website at or call 1-800-838-2662. Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 1


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President George Herbert Walker Bush to receives ASGCA Donald Ross Award George H.W. Bush, the 41

President of the United States (1989-1993), has been chosen as the 2018 recipient of the ASGCA Donald Ross Award. This award, given annually since 1976, is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the game of golf and the profession of golf course architecture. It was presented to Bush in April as part of the 2018 ASGCA Annual Meeting in Houston. “President Bush exemplifies the highest traditions of golf, from displaying the values of good sportsmanship to respecting pace of play, and everything in between,” said ASGCA President John Sanford. “ASGCA is proud to add President Bush to the list of distinguished Donald Ross Award recipients.” The Bush family relationship with golf goes back generations. His maternal grandfather, George Walker, served as United States Golf Association president. Today, the Walker Cup bears his name. A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Bush has actively supported numerous national and international golf events, including the Presidents Cup, Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and st

Houston Open. “Golf clears the mind,” he told Sports Illustrated in a 1991 interview. “I don’t concentrate too much out here. I’m in it for the competition, the camaraderie.” As for pace of play, that same SI article noted: “When staffers ask whether (the President) broke 90, they’re talking minutes, not strokes. Sure enough, on the morning Bush left

Past Donald Ross Award Recipients 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998

Alice Dye, ASGCA Fellow, golf course architect Michael Bamberger, golf writer Bradley S. Klein, golf writer Maj. Dan Rooney, founder, Folds of Honor Foundation Rees Jones, ASGCA, golf course architect Bill Kubly, golf course builder James Dodson, golf writer/editor Tim Finchem, PGA Tour Commissioner Ron Dodson, sustainable golf advocate George Peper, golf writer Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA, golf course architect Jim Awtrey, chief executive officer, PGA of America John Singleton, irrigation pioneer Thomas Cousins, philanthropist, urban golf developer Bill Campbell, president, USGA, captain, Royal & Ancient Golf Club Byron Nelson, professional golfer Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA, professional golfer, golf course architect Jaime Ortiz-Patino, owner and president, Valderrama Golf Club Arnold Palmer, professional golfer Judy Bell, president, USGA

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for an economic summit in London, he raced around a full 18 in an hour and 25 minutes. ‘My all-time record.’” The Donald Ross Award is presented by the ASGCA Awards Committee, cochaired by ASGCA Past Presidents Steve Smyers, ASGCA, and Rees Jones, ASGCA Fellow (the 2013 Donald Ross Award recipient). For more information on ASGCA, visit, call (262) 786-5960 or e-mail

Gene Sarazen, professional golfer Ron Whitten, golf writer Pete Dye, ASGCA, golf course architect James R. Watson, agronomist Brent Wadsworth, golf course builder Paul Fullmer, ASGCA executive secretary Michael Bonallack, secretary, Royal & Ancient Golf Club John Zoller, executive director, Northern California Golf Association Dick Taylor, editor, “Golf World” magazine Frank Hannigan, executive director, USGA Charles Price, writer, “Golf World” magazine Deane Beman, commissioner, PGA Tour Peter Dobereiner, “London Observer” columnist, author Dinah Shore, sponsor of women’s golf tournaments Al Radko, director, USGA Green Section Geoffrey Cornish, ASGCA, golf course architect, historian James Rhodes, governor of Ohio Gerald Micklem, captain, Royal & Ancient Joe Dey, executive director, USGA Herb and Joe Graffis, founders, National Golf Foundation Herbert Warren Wind, “The New Yorker” columnist, author Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA, ASGCA founding member

ASGCA Background

Founded in 1946 by Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones and 12 other leading architects, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout the United States and Canada. Members have completed a rigorous two-year long application process that includes the peer review of four representative golf courses. ASGCA members are experienced golf course architects, able to counsel in all aspects of golf course design and remodeling and comprise many of the great talents throughout the golf industry. For more information about ASGCA, including a current list of members, log on to the ASGCA website at or call (262) 786-5960. 60

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SUPERSpotlight: Darren J. Davis, CGCS

Darren J. Davis, CGCS

Driven by a love of the profession and a desire to give back to an industry that has given him so much, it’s full speed ahead for Darren J. Davis, CGCS, GCSAA’s 82nd president. Darren J. Davis, CGCS, the golf course superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Fla., was elected GCSAA’s 82nd president during the 2018 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. This might come as a shock to those who know him well, but once upon a time, Darren J. Davis had no idea what he wanted to be when he grew up. Nowadays, the Certified Golf Course Superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Fla., has a well-earned reputation as one of the most driven and focused turfgrass managers around, one who successfully balances the demands of his full-time responsibilities at Olde Florida with volunteer service in nearly every corner of the golf course management industry. But, when he graduated from Lincoln High School in his home62

town of Tallahassee, Fla., some 30 years ago, Davis wasn’t all that driven, wasn’t quite that focused. “When I got done with high school, I kind of scratched my head and thought, ‘Now what am I going to do?’’’ he says. “I really had no idea.” In his quest to answer that question, he went to a local community college and earned an associate degree. He moved on to Florida State University, thinking a career in civil engineering appealed to him. “I loved being outdoors and I wanted a job that was going to provide me with a good living, so I thought civil engineering was the answer,” Davis says. He thought wrong.

“Within the first two weeks, it was pretty obvious that wasn’t going to be for me,” he says. “I was taking trigonometry, geometry and calculus, and for the most part, didn’t understand the language they were speaking.” But engineering’s loss turned out to be golf course management’s gain. A friend who knew that Davis loved the game of golf and had actually carved a putting green into his family’s backyard using a standard rotary mower suggested he look into work on the golf course. “He told me I had to find a job on the golf course, learn how to build them, how to maintain them,” Davis says. “He thought it would be perfect for me.” Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 1

He was right, and that friendly nudge was all Davis needed to finally embrace his true passion. His first job in golf at Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club in Tallahassee led him to pursue his formal turfgrass education, which turned into stints at one of America’s greatest golf courses, which resulted in jobs at two Sunshine State standouts and a tenure at Olde Florida that is now in its 26th year. Now, that twist of fate some three decades ago is taking the 50-year-old Davis to what he considers the most important and impactful point of his career: his election last month in San Antonio as the 82nd president of GCSAA. “I get goose bumps thinking about being president for an association that I joined 28 years ago as a kid whose main excitement was getting to flip through the magazine every month,” Davis says. “It’s hard to believe it’s all gone so quickly, but it just gives me chills.” Olde Florida Golf Club is a place that cherishes its anonymity, its perch just a little off the radar. The club has no website. You won’t find signs for it anywhere along busy I-75 located just a few miles away. And the entrance to the club is as nondescript as they come — just a pair of small stone columns affixed with Olde Florida plaques — paling in comparison to the grand entrances you’ll find at some of the club’s golf neighbors scattered throughout the Naples, Fla., area. Considering all that, it’s a little ironic that Olde Florida’s superintendent for all 25 years of its existence, Darren J. Davis, CGCS, is among golf course management’s most visible and prolific communicators, a man as comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind the wheel of a greens mower. For many years, Davis hosted one of the industry’s first widely embraced video products, EPIC Creative’s “Superintendent’s Video Magazine,” and he played a key role in the related instructional video series, “Superintendent’s Video Workshop.” He’s also an accomplished writer, having twice won the Leo Feser Award from GCSAA for the best superintendentwritten story published in the pages of GCM, in addition to regular appearances in Florida Green, the chapter publication of the Florida GCSA, and other industry outlets. In 2007, he even went so far as to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Gulf Coast University. More recently, Davis has extended his passion for communications into the social media realm, connecting regularly about what’s taking place on the golf course and his travels on Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 1

behalf of GCSAA through Twitter (@ DarrenJDavisGCS), Instagram (@darrenjdavisgcs) and Facebook (www. “I’ve been blessed to find a career where I’ve been able to write, take photos and share stories,” Davis says. “Those are all things that I’ve enjoyed doing since I was a kid — things that my dad enjoyed, too, so they’ve always meant a lot to me.

“In our business, being able to communicate effectively — whether through an article, a video or on social media — is a really powerful tool. I’ve found that it can create a great connection with everyone from members at your club to your peers in the industry. It’s something that I fully intend to keep doing throughout my year as president, because it’s something I believe in and something I want to encourage others to embrace more.”

Davis (right) and Rees Jones have developed a closerelationship over the years as they’ve worked together to tweak and improve the layout at Olde Florida. 63

South Carolina Communities Receive Sustainable Community Certification from Audubon International transportation; and volunteerism and civic engagement. “We are excited to honor these communities for their commitment to creating a sustainable future,” said Christine Kane, Executive Director at Audubon International. “As the first communities in South Carolina to receive the Audubon International Sustainable Communities certification, Hilton Head Island, Seabrook Island, and Oldfield are demonstrating a strong commitment to the environment that will benefit us all for many years to come.” Seabrook Island Property Owners Association achieved certification in 2017, and is the first Audubon International Certified Sustainable Community in South Carolina, and is 6th overall to receive this designation. “SIPOA residents have been tremendously supportive of the efforts to focus on preservation, conservation and sustainability within our community,” said Julie McCulloch, SIPOA President. “The hard work and many months of meetings and synthesis of materials and views has firmly established our relationship with Audubon International, culminating in this exceptional award.” Also achieving certification as an


Audubon International

recognized Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA), the Town of Hilton Head Island, and Oldfield Community Association as South Carolina’s first Audubon International Certified Sustainable Communities. Audubon International held a recognition ceremony to honor each community’s commitment to creating a sustainable future by developing and implementing sustainable management practices around the three pillars of sustainability: healthy local environment, quality of life for citizens, and a vital economy. To become certified, Sustainable Communities Program members must develop and implement management practices and policies according to a community-driven Long-Term Sustainability Plan that has timelines and measurable goals addressing 15 focal areas: agriculture; economic development and tourism; education; environ-


ment; governance; housing; open space and land use; planning, zoning, building and development; population; public safety and emergency management; recreation; resource use;

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Audubon International Certified Sustainable Community before the end of 2017 was the Town of Hilton Head Island. They are the first municipality in South Carolina, and the 7th overall to receive this designation. “Development on our Island was born in a climate of sustainability, and the Town of Hilton Head Island strives to continue our partnership with nature via public education, public-private partnerships, the use of green building techniques and a deep respect for our natural environment and the many natural services it provides our residents and visitors,” said Sally Krebs, Sustainable Practices Coordinator. Oldfield Community Association received designation as an Audubon International Certified Sustainable Community in February of 2018. They are

Town of Hilton Head Island the fastest community to ever achieve certification, completing the work in only a year and a half, and are the 8th community overall to receive this designation. “Oldfield residents, management and staff joined in a common cause to mold the community in accordance with the precepts established by Audubon International,” noted Steve Massas, Oldfield Club board member. “Oldfield has doubled its emphasis on sound ecological and sustainable practices to ensure Oldfield remains a community attractive to future generations of environmentally conscious individuals. We look forward to a long term, mutually beneficial rela-

tionship with Audubon International.” These communities’ multi-stage, staff and volunteer led efforts will help to preserve their unique settings and enhance quality of life for all residents over the long run. Seabrook Island Property Owners Association, the Town of Hilton Head Island, and Oldfield Community Association join Eufaula, Alabama; Williamston, North Carolina; Coconut Creek, Florida; Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont; Rio Verde, Arizona; and The Landings on Skidaway Island, Georgia as Audubon International Certified Sustainable Communities.

Heather Paton (Seabrook Island Property Owners Association), Jessica Latus (Audubon International), Sally Krebs (Town of Hilton Head Island), Christine Kane (Audubon International), Marcy Benson (Town of Hilton Head Island), Jill Kombrink (Oldfield Community Association), Julie McCulloch (Seabrook Island Property Owners Association) Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 1


By US Equestrian Communications Department

Mirimichi Green Sponsors US Equestrian The United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) is pleased to announce Mirimichi Green Express as an Official Sponsor of US Equestrian and an Official Partner and CrossCountry Course Sponsor for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Mirimichi Green Express’s support

Lacey Gilbertson riding Kelly Tramp Madeleine Sotver and Camillo

of US Equestrian and the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event includes helping to prepare and maintain the integrity of the cross-country course for the Kentucky Three-Day Event. In addition, they will be sponsoring two additional videos in the US Equestrian Learning Center. “The safety of our athletes and their horses is of utmost importance to US Equestrian,” says US Equestrian CEO Bill Moroney. “Mirimichi Green Express will provide a great service to our eventing athletes by maintaining the cross-country course for their most prestigious and renowned event in the United States. We are very excited to have them on board.” “We are pleased to have Mirimichi Green Express supporting the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event,” said Stewart Perry, President of Equestrian Events, Inc. “Safety is paramount in our sport, and their products will make the 66

best footing in the sport even better.” Mirimichi Green is headquartered outside of Wilmington, N.C., and is responsible for the manufacturing, sales, and distribution of the complete Mirimichi Green product line. This line includes products and services for

businesses who are striving to cut costs and be environmentally responsible. “Mirimichi Green is excited for the opportunity to partner with US Equestrian, as well as the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event,” said Russ Britton, CEO of Mirimichi Green. “As a company, we have always made it our goal to educate the public on the importance of soil health and the responsibility that goes along with it, including environmental impact, safety, and, ultimately, cost savings for the end users. By providing products based on price, performance, and sustainability, we are able to address soil health and turf establishment from all areas of importance. The equine market is a perfect platform and partnership to be able to expand our message. We are excited to work with horse enthusiasts within a wide variety of disciplines to help them achieve their goals for responsible practices in both construction and maintenance phases of their property.”

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What is Sunniland? Sunniland

Professional Grade Fertilizers and Weed & Feeds Specially formulated for Southern Growers, Sunniland Corporation, Inc. offers a full line of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and many other products that enhance plant production.

#1 Choice for Turf Management Turf management professionals are constantly battling weeds, insects, weather and more. With unfettered access to Sunniland experienced representatives and a full range of quality turf and ornamental products, turf grass managers have a powerful ally to ensure that their turf looks and performs its best! Slow-Release and Extended Feeding Sunniland offers several different turf grass weed & feed fertilizers, guaranteed to make turf beautiful, lush and green. Many of these in-stock turf grass fertilizers are available in slow-release version for extended feeding. Each of these fertilizers are excellent to apply on all warm-season grasses including Centipede, St. Augustine, Bermuda, and Zoysia.

Custom Blended Fertilizers Take control with Sunniland’s uni-

form granular custom blended fertilizer. These blends use premium nitrogen and micro-nutrients to out-perform the competition. Pesticides are disbursed evenly as each granule of fertilizer is coated with the best type of pesticide for the job.

Clean and Free of Impurities Sunniland‘s water soluble fertilizers are manufactured on a dedicated line and are the industry standard blends pros have used for years on lawns, sports turf and golf courses including: • 33-0-17 • 0-0-62 • 46-0-0 • 23-0-31 These are the blends are clean and

free of impurities and are most efficient for delivering the nutrients needed for growing quality turf. Plus, Sunniland’s 23-0-31 blend has a stabilized nitrogen source for the highest efficient delivery of Nitrogen.

Better for the Environment and You A pioneer in fertilizer technology, Sunniland Corporation manufactures and distributes its Professional line of advanced slow-release fertilizers, which are better for the environment and better for you. Helping professional turf grass managers chart and maintain an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable turf program is job one. Sunniland offers extensive blending options on all of their professional use products. The company builds unique formulation programs to satisfy each customer’s specific need to better meet their requirements.

Who Uses Sunniland Pro? Sunniland Professional products are used every day by: • Athletic Field Groundskeepers – including the Florida Gators • Golf Course Superintendents • Ground Maintenance Supervisors • Landscape Contractors • Nursery’s – including Lukas Nursery • Turf Grass Management Professionals With the Sunniland Family of products, you can’t go wrong!

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Three Exercises To Create A Shoulder Turn Like The Pros

Isn’t it amazing

when you watch the PGA Tour pros swing a golf club? Yes, there are some differences in their swings, but one major similarity is the way they turn their hips, torso and shoulders, especially through impact. One of the Death Moves in the golf swing of high handicap golfers is when we stand up out of our swing too early. The main reason for this happening is that we don’t keep a proper spine angle and we lack the “feel” of the proper shoulder rotation from back swing through impact and into the follow through. For the past few months I have been concentrating on keeping the proper spine angle through impact and into my follow through. I have created three exercises that, if practiced consistently, will help you to get the “Feel” of keeping the proper spine angle. It is a “Feel” thing which must be developed. You can do all the exercises in your home or office with just a few golf training tools. I am using an alignment rod, a GolfGym® PowerBand, and a Shortee Club with the PowerSWING


By Ken Pierce President, GolfGym, LLC

Plus attached. The PowerBand and the PowerSWING Plus are going to add resistance to the exercises. Resistance band work helps to “train” the muscles properly and will add strength and flexibility to your swing. Let’s get started. This sequence demonstrates the shoulder turn while keeping the spine angle during the turn. Using another alignment rod as a guide on the floor, turn your shoulders back and through while pointing directly to that rod on the floor. Notice my right shoulder is pointing down toward that rod. (Left handed golfers just flip the rotation) Perform 8-10 repetitions.

using the PowerSWING Plus resistance trainer affixed to the Shortee practice club. Perform a full swing from address to a strong position through impact. The resistance will train your muscles to perform the exercise consistently through repetition. As before, your right shoulder should follow the alignment rod on the floor all the way in the downswing. Perform 8-10 repetitions for best results. (do not hold your breath performing any of these exercises) Work on these exercises at home or in the office. Then, when you take these moves to the range for practice be

The second exercise is using the PowerBand from a secured position in the door frame. The same movement is performed with the shoulders rotating around a very stable stance and spine angle. Follow the alignment rod on the floor with your hands and your right shoulder. Perform 8 – 10 repetitions. It is best to perform this exercise in the opposite direction as well. The Third sequence is performed

sure to swing as smoothly as possible. Create a fluid motion concentrating on maintaining the proper spine angle and the right shoulder following the target line. Consistent practice will erase that dreaded Death Move from your swing for good. Go to for info on the PowerBand/PowerHip Trainer, Shortee practice club and the PowerSWING Plus.

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By Tiffany O'Malloy Founder | Course & Club

Course & Club founder, Tiffany O'Malloy

I love that golf is a sport played in nature’s own stadium.

Course & Club designs and sells classic, elegant women’s golf apparel. Our goal

I love the pace that favors conversations with old and new friends.

is to provide women golfers both fashion and functionality. In the same way that golf is a traditional and elegant sport,

I love that through all of its competitiveness, it values sportsmanship and tradition.

our pieces are designed to ensure they will be mainstays in your closet for years to come. Whether playing a round or having lunch with the girls, these styles

cessful women’s golf apparel company


with an online store and with product

Like many entrepreneurs, I started

sold at a number of pro-shops. Our

Course & Club out of a personal need. A

company is centered around delighting

few years ago I began playing golf and

our customers. From free shipping and

was surprised by the narrow style choic-

returns for online orders to our signa-

es available to women golfers. Most

ture touch of a complimentary sleeve of

were very modern and athletic looking.

golf balls.

I was looking for something classic and


Now, three years later, we are a suc-

offer the versatility to always look your

As it is with fashion, I’m already

elegant -but with the functional perfor-

designing next year’s collection! But

mance of sportswear. I had gotten my

I always make time for a round. And

degree in Fashion Marketing and Design

while I’m not a great golfer…I love the

so my creativity began to stir.


I love that professional golfers sometimes miss the same two-foot putts that I do! I love that our skorts are designed and manufactured in the USA! And I love that we partner with organizations that offer recreational opportunities for children with special needs and cancer. Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 1

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