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Volume 19, Issue 3 Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth, Founder-Georgia Golf Trail

Sydney and Tyler

No Rules, Just Writes

With all the scuttlebutt and questions regarding the USGA rules, violations, and interpretations, I’ll have to wear a coat that says, “I Don’t Care” on the back. Golf is a simple game plagued by complex rules that are ambiguous to say the least. Putting it simply....I LOVE GOLF, playing it, watching it, promoting the golf charities that raise funds for literally EVERY affliction know by man.   As an unwritten rule, I try not to overexpose my friends and family in the magazine so as not to look incestuous and self-serving. But, when your granddaughter says she›s taking lessons and going to attend golf camp at Harmony Golf Preserve in the summer, you have to listen, and bend the rules. When I agreed that this would be a good idea, she had a few questions for her mom first. “Am I going to be on the cover? Is it going to cost $100,000 like everyone else pays? Is it like when Bella writes? Am I writing about my accomplishments? Do I need to include Tyler, or is all about me?” I am sooooo proud of Syd, she is amazing at gymnastics, sings at Karaoke all the time, the crowds love her, and so do I. Hi, my name is Sydney. I am nine and I can hit one hundred yards with my driver. This is the way I got to this point. I go to a golf camp and I have met a lot of people there. I have a coach named Mr. Roddy and he is very nice. The first day I was there I could not hit the ball. My dad also helped Mr. Roddy with the camp. I live on hole number five and I love it there. I also have a big brother that is eleven. He won a golf tournament at the age of two. The problem with my golf swing was it was too long. My dad mostly helped me. That is the way I hit one hundred yards with my driver.   Sydney Fulghum So proud.   This month the man that has been the MOST reliable man in my history of men, Rick Harris, AKA “Old Reliable” turns 88. If you are lucky enough to be in his friend list..... over the years you will have had a crazy Happy Birthday song sung to you, or left on your voice mail, those are keepers. Happy, Happy Birthday to Mr. Rick Harris!! 2009 North Florida PGA Amateur of the Year 6

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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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NAPLES Where Golf is Fun & the Weather is Beautiful The golf course at The Naples

work of (golf course architect) John Sanford and our own David Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Savic. I think the end product Southwest Florida is not known is something people will enjoy as the ‘Course That Jack Built.’ and have fun with in the Naples But, instead, it could be called area for many years to come.” the ‘Course That Jack Re-Built.” Golf course superintenAnd, that person named Jack is dent Holden Jones is comnone other than Jack Nicklaus. mitted to keeping this course In 2016, Nicklaus was hired fun and exciting to play to redesign The Naples Beach every day of the year. Hotel & Golf Club’s cham“The single biggest key to pionship golf course. This managing a course in the tropwas not your typical redesign ics is to pay attention to the assignment for the Golden forecast day in and day out,” Bear. When Nicklaus stepped said Jones. “Mother Nature foot on this piece of property, could be your worst enemy or this job assignment triggered your best friend. The key for a strong childhood memory. me is prepare each day for the fuBack in 1951, a young Jack ture, not just the following day. Being Nicklaus played the course – then, prepared and on a schedule keeps just a nine-hole layout – with his everything moving smoothly. Survivfather, Charlie, while they were on ing day by day in Naples without a vacation from their home in Ohio. plan will drive you up the wall trying Young Jack Nicklaus was only 11 to manage a course year round.” years old at the time and he had It’s worth noting that this origibeen playing golf for roughly a year. nal 18-hole golf course was opened On that day in 1951, young Nickfor play in 1931. When World War laus broke 40 for the first time over II rolled around in the early 1940s, nine holes as he recorded a 37. it closed. Then, in 1947, nine holes Back in 2016, when Nicklaus beopened up for play and then all 18 gan the $9 million re-design of the holes were re-opened in 1953. course, he still had vivid memories Because the roots of this course of that round of golf with his father, date back to the early 1930s, it's very more than 60 years ago, at the time. appropriate that this golf “Being back at The Nacourse is now one of the ples Beach Hotel & Golf 53 golf courses on the Club is like a walk down Florida Historic Golf Trail. memory lane for me,” Today, The Naples Beach said Nicklaus. “Returning Hotel & Golf Club is a par-71 to the same course where layout, which features five I broke 40, with my father tees ranging from 4,800 by my side, brings back yards to more than 6,900 a lot of very special and yards. For most of the year, very fond memories.” the course plays ‘firm and When all was said fast’ with gently contoured and done, Nicklaus greens. ‘Fun’ and ‘beautiful’ was pleased with his are words used to describe team’s work on the this golf course which is course in Naples. open to the general public. “I think those who This course’s Signature have played The Naples Hole is the 16th hole, a par 3. Beach Hotel & Golf Club The 16th green is a peninbefore are in for a pleassula with water in front, ant surprise,” said Nickon the right and behind laus. “I believe the golf the green. It’s not a long course has been transhole, but it requires acformed into a fun, excitcuracy with the tee shot. ing, aesthetically pleasing An interesting aspect of Historical Photo– Beach Club Golfer– The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club layout, largely due to hard The Naples Beach Hotel & 10

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Golf Club is the presence of an orchid greenhouse that sits adjacent to the golf course maintenance shed. According to head golf professional George Willard, orchids are grown inside the greenhouse by the maintenance staff. Those orchids are then used to beautify and decorate the resort throughout the year. Another interesting note to share is that the Everglades Superintendents Association conducts its annual golf outing at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club each May. It attracts roughly 130 players to this event which is attended by the many superintendents and maintenance staff who keep golf courses in southwest Florida in tip-top shape throughout the year. “Golfers of every skill-level absolutely love the new course, which is now in line with the rest of our AAA Four-Diamond resort,” said Willard. “The course challenges the best players, but also is truly enjoyable for all golfers.” The overall golf experience at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is complemented by the presence of a

Historical Photo– Aerial of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club 300-yard practice and teaching range. To get a tee time on ‘The Course That Jack Re-Built,’ call the pro shop at 239-435-2475 or send an email to: golf@naplesbeachhotel.com.

For more information about The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, or to make a room reservation, visit NaplesBeachHotel.com or call (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222.

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Golf is Great for the Heart! Meet pro-golfer Zach Johnson’s number one fan: Jaxson, a 7-year-old boy from Des Moines, Iowa, who suffers from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an incurable heart condition that limits his physical activity and prevents him from participating in high-impact sports. But instead of letting that keep him down, Jaxson developed an intense passion for golf! Last year, global sports entertainment brand Topgolf heard about Jaxson’s passion for golf and wanted

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to surprise him with an experience he’d never forget – riding alongside his golf idol during the Zach Johnson Foundation (ZJF) Classic! Not only was he Zach’s right hand man at the ZJF Classic, but Jaxson was also announced as a special guest of the 2018 John Deere Classic, where he and his family were granted VIP access to the tournament. We’ll leave it to the pros to take home the trophies, but it looks like new buds Zach and Jaxson scored a major hole-in-one!

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Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation

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I recently traveled to South Florida to participate in the 17th Annual Links for Literacy Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting the Russell Education Foundation. For the past five years, I have enjoyed supporting and playing in this tournament, however, this year I was a little more excited.  Jacaranda Country Club hosted the event. Nestled in the heart of Broward County in Plantation, Florida the semi-private golf facility features 36 pristine and picturesque holes of golf. You have your choice of two four-star rated championship courses: East Course or West Course. You can’t go wrong.  I played the longer East Course several years ago, and it “beat me up pretty good.” This time around I took a different approach; and it was, all thanks to the tournaments best ball scramble format. The course was well marked, challenging and an overall wonderful golfing experience.  Even more incredible, was the fact that each golfer was there to not only play golf but also to support an important cause.  In a day and age when few things endure for two decades, Twan Russell’s, Russell Education Foundation (REF) celebrates its twentieth anniversary. The Foundation was established in 1998, by the former University of Miami and Miami Dolphin’s linebacker, Twan Russell, and his late mother, Corliss. Corliss, a middle-school teacher with a huge heart for helping struggling children, launched the Russell Life 14

Skills and Reading Foundation afterschool program to focus solely on reading. The program’s purpose is to equip children for academic success. Today REF continues to provide after school and summer learning services to over 1,000 kindergarten – 5th-grade students in 11 locations throughout Broward and MiamiDade counties. Priority is given to those children attending a school on the Priority Title 1 School List, where children qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch. The Russell Reading Rooms pro-

vide safe, engaging environments that motivate and inspire learning outside of the regular school day. Russell Reading Rooms combine academic enrichment, cultural, and recreation activities to guide learning, as well as, engage children in wholesome activities. For more information on the Russell Education Foundation and sponsoring the Links for Literacy Celebrity Golf Classic visit www.russelleducationfoundation.com or email events@ russelleducationfoundation.com

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CHANGING LIVES THROUGH THE GAME OF GOLF

Patriot Golf Day® has become the largest grass-roots golf fundraiser in America – a joint initiative of The PGA of America and the USGA, Patriot Golf Day enlists the support of public and private golf facilities across the country. Funds support Folds of Honor, providing educational scholarships to the children and spouses of service members killed or disabled while serving in America’s Armed Forces.


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georgia golf central

Golfers are Heading for the Hills – in Georgia Many golfers often assume that the best mountain golf along the east coast is restricted to North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The often overlooked state is actually Georgia. Many golfers would be pleasantly surprised to know that two of the finest locations for mountain golf are actually located in the Peach State – specifically Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia and Innsbruck Golf Club in Helen, Georgia. And, one of the finest mountain-based resorts is also located in north Georgia – Unicoi State Park & Lodge in Helen. An ideal travel plan for golfers is to stay at the Unicoi and then make the short commute each day to Brasstown Valley and Innsbruck. It’s also worth noting that each of those golf courses is also a part of the Georgia Golf Trail. “There isn’t a better weekend combination than staying at the Unicoi Lodge at night and then spending the days golfing at nearby Brasstown Valley and Innsbruck,” said Doug Hollandsworth, Founder, Georgia Golf Trail. “We have terrific mountain golf opportunities in Georgia.” Nestled among the North Georgia Mountains, Brasstown Valley Resort (Pro Shop: 706-379-4613) is the quintessential mountain golf getaway. Even though Brasstown is located in the mountains, the golf course was built in a valley like setting, which justifies its moniker – Brasstown Valley. Just

a two-hour drive from Atlanta to the south and Chattanooga from the north, Brasstown is easily accessible for golfers from anywhere in the Southeast. At Brasstown Valley, there is a certain clarity to the golf experience. The mountain air is clearer, cleaner, and crisper. The atmosphere is refreshing, relaxing, and re-energizing. The golf course is well maintained, cleverly designed, and entertaining to play. It’s the real deal

-- a fair and fun golf experience. By standing on the practice putting green and admiring the beauty of the north Georgia terrain, it gets you excited about the 18 holes that await you. It all starts with a tee shot from a raised tee to a fairway down below. The carry is not as long as it looks, but it’s a tee shot which you want to hit well since the hang time will be significant. And, it just gets better from there. The golf course winds its way through wildlife preserves, ponds, and streams. At all times, you have spectacular views of the surrounding mountainous terrain.

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Innsbruck Golf Club Helen, Georgia

Unicoi State Park & Lodge

Golf course designer Denis Griffiths carved a gem out of those mountains in north Georgia. Just go play Brasstown Valley….and then play it again. The Innsbruck Resort and Golf Club (Pro Shop: 706-878-2100) is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia, located on the outskirts of Helen. The 18-hole par-72 golf course was designed by Bill Watts and was rated among Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play back in 2006/2007. It remains one of those Best Places to Play. Some golf pundits have referred to Innsbruck as “Alpine mountain golf at its finest.” Others have referred to the golf experience at Innsbruck as “affordable golf in priceless surroundings.” Both statements are accurate. At Innsbruck, distances Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 3

don’t mean as much simply because of the large number of uphill and downhill shots that you have from the tee boxes and as you approach the greens. The most memorable shot at Innsbruck will be the downhill tee shot on the 15th hole. The descent from tee to green is significant – at least 150 feet. You won’t need nearly as much club as you think from any of the tees on the 15th. For many of the tee shots at Innsbrook, you are better off hitting your three wood rather than driver, simply because accuracy is more important than distance, especially on downhill tee shots. After golfing at Brasstown and Innsbruck, enjoy the Unicoi State Park & Lodge (Lodge: 1-800-573-9659/Park: 706-878-2201). The list of activities at

Unicoi is staggering. Simply put, at Unicoi, you will rediscover your sense of adventure. Nobody gets bored at Unicoi. The resort features archery, zip lining, fly fishing, tennis, twelve miles of hiking trails, eight miles of mountain biking trails, and a 53-acre lake which is ideal for swimming, pedal boating, fishing, canoeing, paddle boarding, and kayaking. During summer evenings, there are summer twilight hikes as well as a summer concert tour which is held at Unicoi. As for the accommodations, your best bet is to spend the night in one of 100 rooms at the Lodge, though cottages and campsites for tents, trailers or RVs are also an option. It goes without saying that any trip to north Georgia for golf should include a visit to the community of Helen, which has a strong Germanic quality to its architecture and atmosphere. When walking along the main road which goes through Helen, one gets the feeling that an Octoberfest-like celebration will be taking place that day and night. And, in October, it does! I can guarantee you that it won’t be easy leaving north Georgia, but it will be easy coming back. 19


By Dove Jones

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Reynolds Lake Oconee The South’s Ultimate Playground [

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Just an hour and a half from touching down at Atlanta’s international airport you can be enjoying one of, literally, dozens of energizing activities or just lazing in a hammock overlooking the water at Reynolds Lake Oconee – The South’s Ultimate Playground. Already the Southeast’s, if not the nation’s, leading residential resort community with a plethora of world-class amenities from golf courses and water sports to fine dining and luxurious accommodations, the addition of the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds (SCSG), tucked into over 100 acres of pristine woodlands, has elevated this beloved lake retreat to a whole new level. The man in charge of Reynold’s newest outdoor experience is Justin

Jones, formerly of Gleneagles in Scotland whose deserved tagline is – The Glorious Playground. The centerpiece of the new sporting grounds is the shooting facility designed by Jones, a recognized international leading authority in the design and management of world-class shooting facilities. The centerpiece of the shooting area is a 20-station, over a mile long, sporting clays course designed by Jones that will challenge all levels of participants and every directional shot. There is also a five-stand shooting range – great for team competitions, an air-rifle range and a sporting clays instructional and games area. No stranger to the global sport

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of local hunters, celebrities and titled royalty, Jones has taught them all with the grace and patience that the British do so well. A soft-spoken man, you might never know that here in historic rural Georgia is one of the world’s leading figures in shooting who is as eager to encourage novices

as well as hone expert marksmen. Not only are visiting golfers enjoying experiencing and learning shooting, the membership has embraced the new facility as a favorite family meeting place. In addition to shooting SCSG features fishing, canoeing, hiking, archery, an historic barn for indoor events and an amphitheater for outdoor concerts and performances. It also features prominently as part of the inaugural Reynolds Cup presented by National Car Rental that will be held September 10-12, 2018. This exciting new event will feature two-man teams made up of business leaders from across the country for several days of quality golf competition on the Oconee Course, but also exceptional networking opportunities. The $3,500 team entry fee includes threenight accommodations at the on-site Ritz Carlton, three rounds of championship golf (two competitive, one practice round), gift package, all food and beverage during the event and a Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds experience. Jones isn’t the only world renown Brit that has recently joined the team at Reynolds. After all, above all, it is a golfer’s paradise with 117-holes of championship golf and Nick Bradley, from Great Britain, is keen to assist golfers of all levels in getting the maximum enjoyment out of every distinct course experience. Bradley, whose clients include Justin Rose and Paul McGinley, is in charge of Reynolds’ instruction and custom club fitting from his office at the Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by Taylormade. This 16-acre practice facility is one of only two in the country and is equipped with the most advanced golf technology and the Taylormade Tour Trailer to custom build fitted clubs. Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 3

As everyone knows the most important club in your arsenal is the shortest one between your ears and Bradley is also a respected motivational speaker. His insights into how to maximize your own unique abilities will have you enjoying the game as never before. Just ask the 2014 European Ryder Cup Team where Bradley, who served as a course strategist to Captain Paul McGinley, had their team enjoying a decisive 16 ½ to 11 ½ victory. Reynolds is continuously renovating and updating all their amenities from cottages, dining facilities, water sports equipment, landscaping and especially their golf courses. Currently the award winning, Jack Nicklaus-designed Great Waters Course is undergoing a full renovation and is scheduled to reopen

in the Fall of 2019. But there is still an amazing array of courses to play – Rees Jones’ decorated Oconee Course, 27 holes of Fazio brilliance over the National Course and two Bob Cupp classics – the Landing and Preserve layouts. There is also the Jim Engh-designed members-only Creek Course, should you decide to extend your visit to a lifetime lifestyle.. Just as all the amenities at Reynolds try to offer something for everyone from beginners to experts, the real estate opportunities at Reynolds also offer a wide variety of options and price ranges whether you are jut retired or still raising a young family. For more information on how to visit for a weekend or forever, please visit www.ReynoldsLake Oceonee.com

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By JJ Qualkenbush

Sponsor a Golf Tournament, It Feels Great! In a world of business

where competition is the name of the game, it is always important to give back to the communities you are involved with and support one another. The easiest way to support charitable causes and have fun in the process is through golf events. In June, the city of Azusa hosted the “Kid’s Come First Charity Tournament” which helps build parks in the City of Azusa, provides free Holiday swim weekends, and provides funds to the Gladstone High School and Azusa High School golf teams. It was amazing to see the high school golfers at the event receiving their oversized checks that will help their teams buy golf bags and golf balls for the upcoming season. In the world of golf this a wonderful thing as it helps expand the game to new kids, who will have the opportunity to play a wonderful game for the rest of their

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lives. My family’s towing company (Jan’s Towing) was grateful to be the title sponsor of the event and it was very fulfilling to help a cause greater than your own. Being the title sponsor was a great experience and we were able to bring

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an “Aloha” theme to the event, hiring hula girl dancers to entertain the guests, provide tropical flower arrangements, and provide a $1000 Costco shopping spree to one lucky guest. Bringing joy to the guests was great in itself but to see a community come together to support a cause was priceless. The response to the event was incredible, and it sold out. If you are looking to support a charitable cause through an organization I highly recommend looking at hosting or sponsoring a golf tournament because it is an awesome way to grow a community and build relationships within the ecosystem that can be long lasting.   Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 3


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By Dove Jones

The historic Petwood Hotel played an active role with the RAF in WWII and is a favourite of visiting golfers today

Experience Woodhall Spa Golf Club Bandon Dunes – Streamsong – Sand Hills – All top 100 courses – All in remote locations – All on almost every “must play” bucket list of avid golfers to make the pilgrimage – So why not Woodhall Spa GC? Especially as it’s Hotchkin Course is a solid Top 10 resident on most Great Britain course lists and many Top 100 in the world rankings. To start with its not a true “linksland” course, and somehow many American golfers visiting GB & I have come to believe that playing just the traditional well-known links courses is the only way to justify a trip over the Pond. Secondly, it suffers from being located in a rather secluded, but charming village, Woodhall Spa, in Lincolnshire and not really on a direct path to or from any links courses on traditional itineraries. Sadly, it is their loss, because the scenic journey to Woodhall Spa will reward those who venture there a most rewarding golf experience both on and off the courses. I made my first visit to Woodhall Spa over a decade ago on my quest to play the Top 100 in the British Isles. I was blown away at what a gem the 24

Hotchkin Course was – especially the amazing cavernous penal bunkers. It was difficult but it was fair and I loved every minute of this heathland classic that has also been called an “inland links,” benefitting from the same sandy turf as the more famous coastal courses. And it enjoys the deserved reputation of being known as England’s finest interior layout. Harry Vardon, James Braid, JH Woodhall Spa GC with its iconic ancient tower circa 1440

Taylor and most notably Harry Colt all made their way to Woodhall Spa in the day and since my last visit, Tom Doak, of modern architectural fame is transforming the Hotchkin back to the ingenious layout its namesake, course owner and respected architect in his own right, Stafford Vere Hotchkin (along with most of Colt’s original routing), envisioned 100 years ago. While it doesn’t have close proximity to other top 100 courses or popular links, it is an easy journey over from Manchester or up from the London airports and an excellent start to a golfing adventure. The village of Woodhall Spa is a small quintessential Victorian English village – just what the doctor ordered as a respite from today’s hassles of travel. Recently I picked up my car around 8 am at Heathrow and was at the Club in time for an early lunch before noon – even traveling around London (against traffic) during rush hour. On my departure day I had a leisurely breakfast and was over to Royal Liverpool in time for a 1 o’clock tee off. So Woodhall really isn’t too remote to combine on other links oriented itineraries. The English Golf Union – Home of English Amateur Golf – has its headquarters at Woodhall Spa where it is also home to the National Golf Centre practice facility. All of England’s top amateur golfers from the Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 3


juniors to the seniors utilize the facility for practice and coaching so it is perfect for a warm up after a long flight to get the cobwebs out of your mind and the kinks out of your swing. The Hotchkin course sits on a fabulous piece of sandy soil and it is relatively flat, most welcome on a walking round. You won’t miss expansive views while playing – each hole is picturesque itself and you’ll be too busy concentrating on avoiding the devilishly deep and expansive bunkers that give the course its character and teeth. While the fairways are very generous, the wind does get up and is a factor in your shot making. The Bracken Course joins the Hotchkin to make a diverse 36-hole complex. The Bracken is a tranquil parkland course designed by Donald Steel, a decorated English golf course architect, historian and past President of the English Golf Union. He was assisted by Tom Mackenzie, who with current partner Martin Ebert have gone on to perform their magic on Royal Portrush, Turnberry’s Ailsa, Tre-

April Showers bring May flowers and there is nothing more beautiful than Britain in bloom

7-30 pm on a lovely May evening on the Petwood Hotel Terrace - traditional fish & chips port round

Woodhall Spa has generous fairways but errant shots are severely penalized by enormous cavernous bunkers vose and Royal Troon among others. The greenkeeping staff at WSGC are an exceptionally talented crew, as there are enough challenges in keeping two championship courses in pristine shape when they are similar – let alone when they are created on completely different soil, feature a variety of grasses and unique hazards – most notably water features on the Bracken and protective bunkers and heather on the Hotchkin. Woodhall Spa maintains an active ecology program dedicated to preserving and protecting the ecosystem of the heathland. If two top-rated courses aren’t enough to tempt you to make the journey, history buffs should note that Woodhall Spa was home to the 617 Squadron one of the RAF’s most decorated. Nearby is one of their surviving Lancaster Bombers, of WWII “dambuster” and sinking of the German super battleship Tirpitz

fame, you can visit. When I was there she even took to the air in preparation for RAF’s 100th anniversary celebrations later this year. The village of Woodhall Spa has erected numerous signs around the town describing its fascinating role in WWII that are well worth the time searching out and reading. There are multiple accommodation options including the historic Petwood Hotel, the elegant Dower House or the more budget friendly family-owned Claremont Hotel. The club can assist in putting together a stay-and-play package that begin around £200 per person golf, dinner, bed and breakfast – less than a single round on many of the championship links courses around GB & I. www.woodhallspagolf.com

The charming upscale village features Britains smallest shoe store

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cart cart header girl girl Where did you grow up?

I have lived the majority of my life in the Destin, FL area.

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

I hung out most with grades above me, I was in a lot of honors and AP courses. Made my junior and senior year pretty lonely.

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

I don’t really enjoying playing sports, but I do love watching college football.

What do you feel makes this club special?

Our owner, Peter Bos, has developed so much for this city and has made it a destination spot!

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

I would probably be using my degree and working in business and event planning.

What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl? Meeting celebrities is always fun! 28

What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the golf course?
 People falling backwards into the lakes for their shot!

What type of music do you prefer?

I enjoy all music, if it has a beat and a good message I’m up for listening!

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Right now I currently enjoy being an aunt. They take up a lot of time!

What is your idea of “the perfect date”?

“That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th, because it’s not too hot, not too cold. All you need is a light jacket!” But for real, I just enjoy a casual evening of drinks, dinner, and sunset.

Favorite comedian? Amy Schumer

Favorite charity to support?

Ronald McDonald House and Alaqua

What else would you like for us to know about you? I’m obsessed with Mexican food!

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Where were you born? Was born in El

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Paso, Texas but I spent most of my youth in Weatherford, Texas a small town just west of Fort Worth.

Is “acting your age” over rated?

Yes I believe it’s not a crime to

act your shoe size!

What do you do for a living? It’s not really a job but I’m the Eastern Florida Territory Manager for Golfboard. If anyone has interest in Golfboards they can find me on reps link at Golfboard.com. I’m blessed to be retired but spend most of my time remodeling my townhouse and playing golf of course. What would you like to do for a living?

Golf Coach

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

I’ll admit I am a reality TV junkie. I do enjoy day trips and beach time.

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty? That’s a tough one. I would hope we could all be admired for our inner beauty. Steak, chicken, or seafood?

Surf, Turf or Fowl can’t go wrong

with any.

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I once climbed to the top of a telephone pole and jumped off! (Google Pamper pole)

What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? Food, Water and my Bible

Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why? Bear Grylls and my Mom. Bear could teach us cool survival stuff and my Mom could cook. Sure do miss my Mom and her cooking!

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Slow play! You’re not a tour pro step up and swing! Most amateurs would play a lot better!

Name the three most important things to you in this world. Aren't the most important things not of this world?

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? I believe having joy is being happy but the greatest of these is love!

What do you fear the most?

Isn't the only thing we have to fear

is fear itself?

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? The late Payne Stewart my fave golfer of all time, Rickie Fowler and Adam Sandler would be good if we are able to stop laughing and finish the round!

What are some of your great accomplishments? Serving my country in the United States Air Force. Competing in the Golf Channel Am Tour Nationals was pretty amazing. But I hope the greatest are yet to come!

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? I used to nightclub hop in my wild days but now it’s beer and pizza with friends at home. Movies:…comedy, drama, action, romance?

I’ve been know to

binge on Netflix! Breaking Bad OMG

Favorite television channel? Golf Channel Last book you read? Bible News, current events; hardcopy or on-line?

Try to avoid the news it’s mostly negative and disheartening. 30

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THERE ARE A MILLION THINGS THAT NEED TO HAPPEN FOR YOUR COURSE TO BE PLAYABLE.

AND YOUR GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT IS THINKING ABOUT THEM ALL.

The pH of this.

The growth of that.

Too much moisture.

Not enough moisture.

Looking out for the environment.

To learn more visit gcsaa.org/GC

Looking out for the health of the course. And that’s just over coffee.

So say thanks to your golf course superintendent. Or make that, thanks a million.


By David Theoret

carolians golf central

Sapphire National Golf Club – Golf, the Way Nature Intended

Golf course designer Ron Garl has created over 250 golf courses around the world and Sapphire National Golf Club is certainly one of his finest. It has received a 4 ½ star golf course rating from Golf Digest. Garl has stated that his goal at Sapphire National “was to design an exciting, innovative and unique golf course that artfully employs the natural characteristics of the mountainous terrain and waterfalls yet adheres to sensitive land design where both the environment and man can not only coexist- but also thrive.” I’ll go along with his statement for the most part although in some parts of the Sapphire National layout, it’s the course that does the thriving! Sapphire National Golf Club is the only 18-hole golf course in the High-

lands, Cashiers, and Sapphire region that is open to the public and doesn’t require a hotel stay. Sapphire National offers players five sets of tees that play anywhere from 6,724 (Black Tees) to 32

4,686 (Red Tees). Choosing the right set of tees is critical to the amount of enjoyment you will derive from Sapphire National Golf Club. The rule of thumb is: Right tees are delightful, wrong tees are frightful! And, in the event your round’s not going well, step back and look at the beauty God has surrounded you with. That’s what I did; come to think of it, I spent a lot of time looking at nature! Sapphire National plays to a par of 70 on bent grass tees, fairways and greens. The front nine features three par 3s, four par 4’s and two par 5s and only one par 5 on the back. As you make your way around this 18-hole championship mountain course, you can’t help but admire the beauty and splendor of the location. Scenic mountain views, dramatic elevation changes

both up and down and lush forests give way to water features and picturesque bunkering throughout the layout. Most Memorable Hole: Number 2: Par 3, 225 yards (Black tees). This is one of the most intimidating par threes you

will ever face. Even though the green is less elevated and more than twice its original size, it is still a challenge to hit and hold off of a tee box that sits over 100 feet above it. The rocks to the left add not only aesthetic value but can also offer the occasional friendly carom; unfortunately, not for me! Avoid the pot bunker on the right side or face a tough up and down. Back right pin placements can be exceptionally challenging. It’s not often that a par 3 is rated one of the 3 hardest holes on a golf course. Favorite Par 3: Number 15, 170 yards (Black tees). In addition to being known for creating replica holes from famous golf courses around the world, Ron Garl loves to throw in the occasional island green. Although it’s not an exact copy of Number 17 on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, it is very reminiscent of it. The island green sits 70 feet below the tee box and the pot bunker on the front left side brings on an added challenge. Find it off the tee instead of the green and your par just became a whole lot tougher. With the lake surrounded by woods, this hole looks like it belongs on a Hallmark card! Favorite Par 4: Number 13, 410 yards (Black tees). Not only is this one of the most famous and photographed golf holes in all of North Carolina, it also rates as the toughest on the inward 9. It’s a dogleg left that requires you to hit a long tee shot to make it to the turn; trees guard both sides of the fairway making it that much tougher. Your approach shot plays up a rise of about 50 feet to one of the smallest greens on the course and is protected on the right side by a beautiful waterfall. There’s Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 3


also small pot bunkers that sit several feet below the putting surface in the front left and front right of the green as well as another in the back. Par is an outstanding score here. Favorite Par 5: Number 1, 595 yards (Black tees). Nothing like getting the longest hole out of the way quickly. Your first shot of the day – provided you’re not playing in a scramble – requires a decision: try and carry the creek off the tee or not. Your second shot requires some accuracy in order to avoid the two fairway bunkers on the right and one on

the left in the landing area. Success so far means all that’s left to do with your approach shot is to fly the creek and strategically placed bunker that guards the front of a small green and make your putt. Is there a better way to start your day? After your round, be sure to stop by the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company, conveniently located in the clubhouse. This family-friendly establishment is a full-service restaurant and bar, showcasing over 100 of the area’s finest craft beers. The restaurant and adjoining patio overlook the 8th and 18th greens. The food is outstanding and not your typical clubhouse fare. Appetizers such as Soft Pretzel bites,

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which are served with their homemade beer cheese sauce, or Hillbilly peppers, fire-roasted jalapeno peppers filled with fresh cream cheese and wrapped in applewood bacon, served with a smoky coulis. Their “Pub Grub” features an Angry Bird sandwich; it’s grilled chicken with sriracha mayo, pepper jack cheese, jalapeno peppers, lettuce, tomato and onion served on a soft bakery bun. Good thing you’ve got ice cold beers to wash down all those hot ingredients. They may not cool down the fire in your belly, but those craft beers will sure have you feeling good! In case you’re extra hungry SMBC’s Baby Back Ribs or 12 oz Ribeye steak dinner is sure to satisfy the biggest

of appetites. Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company also offers wood-fired pizzas and calzones with that one-of-a-kind wood fire flavor. Their signature pies are handcrafted, rolled and tossed the old-fashioned way and then baked in a wood-fired oven. They offer 12 varieties or you can create your own. Whatever your palette desires, you won’t be disappointed. The golf course at Sapphire National underwent extensive renovations several years ago and now it’s the Brewery’s turn! Renovations and expansions are planned for the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company that will make it the most happening nightspot in the area. There are also plans to greatly expand the practice facilities. On your next visit, take a look at the pictures of the proposed expansion. And, in case you want to play the course multiple times, lodging is available nearby. No matter the state of your game, Sapphire National will prove to be a worthy adversary. For more information on this breathtaking mountain golf course, visit their website at www.sapphirenational.com. You can also book your tee time online from the website.

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From Donald Ross to America’s Longest Running Mini-Tour Event, Daytona Beach Has A Rich Golf History Daytona Beach is a national destination, attracting vacationers from across the country to attend NASCAR races and take a drive on the area’s famed beaches. What people are less familiar with is Daytona Beach’s rich golf history. Golfers know the area as the home of the LPGA’s headquarters and, of course, LPGA International,

Spruce Creek Country Club isn’t just a quality William Amick designed golf

over your head, adding an adrenaline rush to your quest to make birdie.

course, it’s the centerpiece of Amer-

The Great American Race and

ica’s largest fly-in community. That’s

the World’s Most Famous Beach are

right, Spruce Creek is built around

Daytona Beach’s calling cards, but

what used to be a U.S. Navy landing

the area has plenty to offer golfers

strip during World War II. Playing the

in search of a memorable of trip.

eighth and ninth holes you might have a plane just a couple hundred feet

For more information, go to DaytonaBeach.golf.

a highly acclaimed 36-hole facility, but Daytona Beach has been attracting players for more than 100 years. Here are three things you likely didn’t know about Daytona Beach’s long-standing ties to the game. Donald Ross, who was born in Scotland before later becoming an American citizen, is widely regarded as America’s most important golf course architect. He designed Pinehurst No. 2, Oakland Hills, East Lake Golf Club and Seminole Golf Club, among many other high profile layouts. Ross also left his mark in Volusia County, designing the South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club and New Smyrna Golf Club. Like many Ross designs, the challenge at the South Course lies in the greens complexes. New Smyrna, which opened in 1953, is the “new” Ross course. Boasting outstanding year-round conditions, it is one of the area’s hidden gems. When it comes to competitive golf, Daytona Beach is, understandably, closely associated with the LPGA Tour, but did you know the area is home to golf’s longest running mini-tour event - the Riviera Open? Riviera Country Club has hosted the tournament since 1960 and future PGA Tour champions are among the event’s past champions, including 7-time Tour winner Bert Yancey,

LPGA International

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By David Theoret

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The Road to the PGA and LPGA Tour Goes Through Ron Garl Bobcat has been recognized as one of the top 50 courses in the nation and also hosts an annual Celebrity Golf Classic tournament. The LPGA TOUR players play from 5,655 yards with a rating of 74. It’s a great test of golf for the ladies. Garl designed the Panther Course to Eaglebrooke

These days its seems that if aspiring golfers want to make it to the PGA or LPGA TOUR, Ron Garl is a name they should know. Or at least be familiar with some of his course designs here in the Central Florida area that are famous for their unique style, design and strategy. In April 2018, The Club at Eaglebrooke was chosen to host the qualifying for the PGA TOUR’s Canadian Mackenzie Tour. Eaglebrooke was designed by Garl in 1996 and has consistently been rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest. This par 72 championship layout challenges even the best of golfers and can be played from as far back as 7.005 yards. If you’re just a weekend golfer, don’t let these numbers put the fear of golf into you. Eaglebrooke features 6 sets of tees, making it playable and enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels. Number 10 is the most memorable par 5 on the course. This dogleg right features water that is reachable off the tee and flows all the way down the right side to the green. If you favor the left side of the fairway off the tee and appreciate a good risk/reward oppor-

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tunity, you’ll have a chance to shoot for the green in two. Casual golfers will want to keep favoring the left side to take as much of the water out of play as possible on their approach. The green slopes back to front, so try and leave your putt below the hole if possible. Sun & Lake - Deer Run Another Garl course that has worked its way on to the pro golf circuit is the Deer Run course compliment the Bobcat, yet to be disat Sun ‘N Lake in Sebring Florida. For tinctly different in look and presentaseveral years, this venue has hosted tion. The LPGA Qualifier is played from qualifiers for the Web.com Tour, the 5,402 yards and a rating of 72.6 and Latin America Tour and just last year, plays at least one shot tougher for the the Canadian Tour. Garl and his firm ladies. These two courses have stood were brought in to renovate Deer Run the test of time and Plantation Golf & with aspirations of luring the aboveCountry Club once again looks forward mentioned qualifiers. to hosting the ladies in October 2018. The last two holes are two of the These are just a few of the Ron Garl most challenging holes in the county. designs in central Florida. There are The average golfer can choose to play over 85 courses in the state of Florida Number 17 from 389 yards and should and over 250 around the world that favor the left side of the fairway or risk Garl has had his hand in one way or being blocked out by a strand of mature another. Many of these courses are oak trees. A successful drive short accessible by the public and provide of the pond still leaves a mid to long a wonderful opportunity to challenge iron into an elevated green that is well yourself and enjoy a scenic and pleasprotected by sand. Number 18 is the ant brush with nature. course’s signature hole, an island green His work has reached from Royal par three that plays 145 yards. Choose Gems Golf Course in Bangkok, Thailand, your club wisely off the tee or risk bewhere Ron Garl designed an 18-hole coming just another statistic! golf course with holes “inspired by” faA third Garl-designed course that mous holes from around the world for has become a staple of the LPGA TOUR the King of Thailand, to Las Vegas Golf is Plantation Golf & Country Club in & Country Club, where Tiger Woods Venice, Florida. Plantation has hosted won his first professional tournament the LPGA Annual Tour Qualifier since in 1996 - the Las Vegas Invitational. 1988, and this 36-hole facility features For more information on these or two Garl deigns. The Bobcat Course any Ron Garl-designed golf courses, visopened in 1982 and the Panther Course it their website at www.rongarl.com. opened 5 years later. Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 3


We’d Like To Put A Few Holes In Your Vacation Plans.

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

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Lake Blackshear

Nestled in the northern and southern

Georgia Hidden Gems

regions of Georgia are four of the best greens in the country, and they’re ‘teeing up’ the best golf getaways this fall. Georgia State Parks are home to Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club, the George T. Bagby State Park & Lodge and Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge, each with its own charm, unique offerings and packages making them the best places to stay and play this fall.

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Brasstown Valley

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa Ideally located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is a premier golf and mountain getaway. With scenery as magnificent as the course is challenging, it’s no surprise that The Brasstown Valley Golf Course has been ranked as one of the top courses in Georgia. Designed by American Society of Golf Course Architects member Denis Griffiths, the beautiful Scottish linksstyle course winds through wildlife preserves, ponds and streams framed

by the mountains. It is open to golfers

package includes two rounds of golf per

at all skill levels – from the novice to the

night of package stay and a lavish break-

PGA pro – with five sets of tees available.

fast for two. The resort’s most popular

There also are full practice options, a

package is the Premier Golf Package –

well-equipped Pro Shop and customized

two rounds of golf per day and breakfast

special tournaments.

and dinner for two.

For those looking for the full experi-

With a variety of options and pack-

ence, Brasstown offers four golf pack-

ages available, not to mention fall

ages. The Weekend Golf Package is a

mountain views, Brasstown Valley Resort

great introduction to Brasstown’s course,

& Spa is the perfect place to play this

with two rounds per night of the package

season. Learn more at www.brasstown-

stay. For guests who can’t play enough,

valley.com/.

there’s the Unlimited Weekday Golf Package, which includes unlimited rounds for two per night of the package stay (Sunday through Thursday). The Classic Golf and Breakfast Package is perfect for those who want to start their play with the most important meal of the day. This

Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club Located in the middle of Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club offers a memorable fall Georgia golf experience. The four-star Veterans Memorial Golf Course, or ‘Vets’ Course, is surrounded by picturesque lake views and tall pines. Another Denis Griffiths designed course, the expertly placed mounds, water hazards and sand bunkers will challenge golfers of all skill levels. When in need of refreshment, check out the full-service clubhouse for food and beverages.

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Coffee package is available including two rounds of golf per night, cart rental for two, preferred tee times (when reserved in advance), accommodations and breakfast for two at Cordelia’s. Visit www.lakeblackshearresort.com for more information.

George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge is secluded along the shores of Lake Eufaula, making it an ideal destination for

George T. Bagby State Park & Lodge shear offers several stay and play pack-

of amenities, including The Break Away

ages that combine the best of the lake-

package offerings plus a two-hour bi-

side resort’s services and amenities with

cycle rental or two-hour kayak or canoe

golf. For a fall weekend getaway, there’s

rental. Weekday golfers can enjoy unlim-

The Break Away package. Offered Friday

ited weekday golf as part of the All in the

through Sunday, this includes lodging,

Bag package – unlimited golf for two per

two rounds of golf per night and cart

night, breakfast at Cordelia’s restaurant

rental for two. For those bringing non-

and accommodations in a guestroom,

golfing friends or family members, The

villa or lakeside cabin. For those looking

Break Away Plus package the ideal mix

for some added refreshment, the Tea &

a quiet autumn golf trip on the Meadow Links course. Meadow Links has been ranked as one of the nation’s best affordable public courses and recently named the “Best Value Course in the U.S” by the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. Meadow Links was designed by Willard Byrd to flow with the gently rolling contours of the countryside, providing players with a remarkable golf experience and unique challenges. Guests

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can get some of the finest views in the fall between the pecan and pear trees behind the 10th green. There’s also a full-service Pro Shop where golfers can pick up accessories and get snacks at the snack bar. The Stay & Play package is perfect for golfers looking for the best value. This package includes accommodations at either the lodge or cottages, one round of golf for two and cart rental. Tee time reservations also are available seven days a week (based on availability). Meadow Links at George T. Bagby

Little Ocmulgee State Park Park && Lodge Lodge George T. Bagby State

State Park and Lodge is an ideal location to tee up and relax among the fall foliage. Book today at www.georgetbagbylodge.com.

relaxing autumn escape. Little Ocmulgee

Robert Trent Jones Family, the back nine

is home to the Wallace Adams Course,

opens but presents continued challenges

recognized as one of the best public

with sloped greens and doglegs on the

courses in the south.

fairways.

This classic course surrounds golfers in

Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge Surrounded by lush oaks and pines in south Georgia, Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge is a charming destination for a

This fall, guests are invited to take

nature, lined with pines, willows and

advantage of Little Ocmulgee’s Stay &

magnolias. Novice and experienced

Play package. This package includes

golfers will find this course challeng-

lodging in one of the lodge rooms or

ing, with a tight front nine requiring

cabins, one round of golf for two and cart

players to test their shot-making skills.

rental. More information is available at

Designed by O.C. Jones of the renowned

www.littleocmulgeelodge.com.

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By Nick Christophers

Green Girls Golf Sets Up Shop in the Sunshine State with a Charity Event Sophia Manolis, founder of Green Girls Golf

The Founder, of the innovative idea of Green Girls Golf is Greek-American Sophia Manolis a Jersey Native, who has created a brand like no other. Green Girls Golf Caddies and Event Hostesses for Golf Events has been around for eleven years, it originated in New Jersey and now has branched out to Arizona. The all-female caddies participate and work with all types golf outings offering a whiteglove service.  Sophia remains the catalyst for this company which she has hosted and worked for corporate, private, and not-profit events. One of their most memorable events was when they joined Jaws Youth Playbook where they coordinated an outing focusing on promoting youth wellness and health for children. GGG moved on and offered their services for the organization Bright Smile that is an advocate for children with disabilities.  In addition, they added to their list of charitable outings was with the Podiatric Medicine Founda44

FL Outing tion (The Foundation provides ongoing education and professional development for practitioners in the field) and then with the Susan B. Yoskowitz Charity at the Crystal Springs Resort every year. Susan B. Yoskowitz Charities goal is to focus on raising funds for a rare form of cancer.  “My services specialize in golf outings such as fundraisers, charities and benefits.  We can either help you run it or lend a hand in providing staffing for the outing; like event hostesses that can participate in raising money and helping with sponsors or just being a private caddie service for the fellow golfers. “ GGG has planted their flag in the Tri-State and have made a great brand and felt that it needed to

branch out and did so by offering GGG services in Scottsdale, Arizona. This past April they completed their first golf event in Scottsdale for “The First Alarm Golf Tournament” which was part of the 8th Annual for the Goodyear Guns and Hoes. The event was a huge success with the caddies and the participants. Nothing pleases the girl caddies more than working for a good cause. The tournament is meant to support fire fighters in the Scottsdale area. GGG has worked with the Fire Department and the Police Departments from the area who congregate together to put on this annual golf outing every year.  The tournament has been running for eight years now and comprised of the police and fire departments from around the valley. The event is meant to raise funds for charities and for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital to Children’s Burn Camps.  Green Girls Golf has grown and has set up shop in South Florida and as we mentioned now in South West of Arizona. One of their next target States is Houston, Texas. They are focusing on states that have avid golfers where they can establish a great presence and a brand that would allow GGG to grow and change the world of the golfer and organizations that can make a positive change in society. In addition, they can expand their services for needed events across the country. To keep up with their next outing and updates visit them https:// www.greengirlsgolf.com/ Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 3


grip it & sip it

RUFFINO SPARKLING ROSÉ The Story: Sparkling Rosé is an elegant and stylish Italian sparkling wine made primarily from the Glera grape, which is used in all Prosecco wines, blended with Pinot Noir. The Glera grape gives the wine structure and body, and the Pinot Noir provides the wine with a beautiful rose hue. Its extra-dry style makes it easy to enjoy, and its bright fruit flavors and delicate bubbles make it perfect to enjoy as an aperitif or to pair with a variety of dishes. Tasting profile: Ruffino Sparkling Rosé is fresh and fragrant with notes of strawberry and slight hints of rose petals. On the palate this wine has elegant bubbles and refreshing acidity, offering alluring flavors of delicate red berries and white fruits that linger through the finish. Food Pairings: Ruffino Sparkling Rosé is enjoyable on its own as an aperitif, but also as a food companion, pairing well with a variety of dishes including grilled fish, roasted chicken, and mixed greens salads. Winemaker Notes: Grapes for Ruffino Sparkling Rosé are from highly desirable vineyards in northeastern Italy. The first stage in making this sparkling wine follows traditional still wine methods. A white wine is made from Glera grapes and a second red wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes. These two wines are then blended, creating a wine with a beautiful rose hue and bright flavors. In the second stage, the Charmat method is used to bring about a secondary fermentation before the wine is bottled under pressure, preserving all of the fresh and fragrant characteristics of the wine.

Simpler Things Cocktail Instructions 3 parts Ruffino Sparkling Rosé 1 part vodka ¾ parts lemon juice ¾ parts simple syrup (or spice this up by making blackberry simple syrup) 1 egg white Fresh blackberries Method Dry shake ingredients (except for the rosé), and then add ice and shake again. Pour into a highball glass and top off with Ruffino Sparkling Rosé. Garnish with a blackberry skewer.

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GOLF BAGS Bag Boy Chiller Cart Bag The Chiller is a cooler way to carry a six-pack. Stay hydrated on the course with the Chiller Cart Bag featuring a removable insulated cooler bag that holds up to six 12-oz. cans. The deluxe 15-way organizer top with full-length individual dividers and rubberized putter well keeps clubs organized. Golfers will also appreciate 12 total pockets including 2 large garment pockets with hidden ball retriever sleeve, oversized ball pocket and a fleece-lined valuables pocket. The Chiller includes TOP-LOK® Technology, a patented bag-to-cart attachment system designed to securely lock a newer (2017+) Bag Boy or Datrek bag onto a Bag Boy push cart. This prevents the bag from twisting or turning, eliminating the need for cart straps. See more about TOP-LOK® Technology at https://www.top-lok.com/. The Chiller Cart Bag is available in six color combinations including black/ charcoal, black/charcoal/lime, black/ charcoal/red, black/charcoal/royal, red/ white/blue and navy/charcoal/orange. Sells for $179.95 at pro shops and retailers nationwide or at https://bagboycompany.com/chiller-cart-bag.html.

Datrek’s Go Lite Hybrid combines the functionality of a cart bag with the portability of a stand bag. Built with multiple features to keep clubs and gear organized without being weighted down. A 14-way organizer top features Datrek’s full-length Individual Divider System (IDS). Rubberized putter and driver wells are integrated into the bag top. 6 total zippered pockets include an oversized insulated cooler pocket and fleece-lined valuables pocket. The 2018 Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award in the category of “Best Hybrid Golf Bag” was awarded to Datrek for the Go Lite Hybrid. This is the second award the Go Lite has received since it was first introduced in 2015. Read the full story here: https://www.golfdigest.com/ story/best-golf-bags. The Go Lite Hybrid has a streamlined new design for 2018, and easy-grip handle are designed for on-course convenience. Double shoulder straps and padded hip protection make the bag comfortable to carry and lightweight at only 5.2 lbs. Now includes new TOPLOK® Technology, a patented bag-tocart attachment system designed to work with Bag Boy push carts. See more about TOP-LOK® Technology at https:// www.top-lok.com/. The Go Lite Hybrid is available in 10 color combinations including red/ white/blue, digital camo/slate, urban camo/orange, black/slate/turquoise, black/slate/pink. Navy/slate/lime, black/ slate/red, blue/slate/yellow, black/slate and black/slate/royal. Sells for $149.95 at pro shops and retailers nationwide or at https://datrek.com/go-lite-hybridstand-bag.html.

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BALL RETRIEVER SEARCH’N RESCUE Magic Gripper™ Ball Retriever

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The Magic Gripper™ Ball Retriever by SEARCH’N RESCUE acts like it’s magnetic, but it’s not! It sure looks like it when you pick up the ball. The patented Magic Gripper™ head is magnetic-like, gripping a golf ball like magic on any surface. The anodized aluminum head prevents oxidation and corrosion and no moving parts reduces any chance of breakage. Place either side of Magic Gripper™ head over a golf ball and press lightly to pick up. Can also be used to scoop the ball off of soft surfaces. Available in four full-length aluminum shafts ranging from 15 feet to 24 feet and three super-compact telescopic stainless-steel shafts ranging from 10 feet to 18 feet of reach. Magic Gripper™ ball retrievers range in price from $29.95 to $54.95 and are available at pro shops and retailers nationwide or at https://bagboycompany.com/products/ search-n-rescue.html.

2-inch fan blades. Utilizes a detachable 4000mAh charging power bank handle for complete portability and charges any USB-based device. The secure cart mount affixes easily to existing umbrella holder ports on any Bag Boy cart. But it’s not just for a cart; can be used folded on top of any flat surface, hand-held or attached to almost any type of tubular constructed device from a riding cart, to boat, riding cart or stroller. Includes universal adapter clip for other attachment uses. Battery life lasts up to 5 hours which makes it perfect on the golf course, at the beach or in the office. USB charging cable is also included. Available now for $39.95 at pro shops and retailers nationwide or at https://bagboycompany. com/catalog/product/view/id/2598/s/3in-1-cart-fan-kit/category/12394/.

Bag Boy T-750 Travel Cover A travel cover is the best investment for your clubs when you travel. The popular T-750 features a new extra-thick 4-sided padded top with high density foam padding for maximum club protection. Deluxe in-line skate wheels provide smooth rolling action while an internal compression strap stabilizes the bag during travel. A lockable, full wrap-around zipper simplifies access and packing while an oversized shoe/garment pocket creates easy-access storage on the front of the bag. Reinforced corners provide added protection while deluxe skid bars and skid plate on the back offer added durability. Fits up to a 48” driver and most stand and cart bags. Finished off with an ergonomic neoprene handle for easy maneuvering and a deluxe ID tag. The T-750 Travel Cover has a sleek new design for 2018 with four new color combinations; black/charcoal, black/ royal, black/red, black/lime and navy/ slate/royal. Sells for $99.95 at pro shops and retailers nationwide or at https:// bagboycompany.com/t-750.html. Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 3

TOWEL Devant Arctic Blast Cooling Towel

CART/GOLF ACCESSORY Bag Boy 3-in-1 Cart Fan Kit The 3-in-1 Fan is an energy-efficient, adjustable fan, mister and power bank with built-in, rechargeable battery. This versatile fan features an on/off misting spray option and powerful 3-speed,

Beat the heat with the Arctic Blast Cooling Towel, a chemical-free towel by Devant. Once activated the lightweight Arctic Blast Cooling Towel can cool down to 30 degrees below ambient temperature, providing instant cooling relief on the neck, head or other hot spots, helping athletes and spectators beat the heat in hot weather. To activate, dip in water, twist and snap. The Arctic Blast also provides UPF 45 protection when covering the skin and is made without harmful chemicals or solutions. The convenient 12” x 36” size fits perfectly around your neck and comes in a durable plastic container for storage. Available in six colors including white, lime, yellow, red, royal and black for $14.95 at pro shops and retailers nationwide or at https://devantsporttowels.com/products/ devant-sport-towels/stock-collection/ arctic-blast-cooling-towels.html. 49


golf fitness

Getting Back in the Swing of Things:

How to recover after back and shoulder injuries Injuries happen, but what’s worse for some golfers is the waiting period after an injury. It is paramount that injuries are fully recovered before returning to the links. If an injury has not fully healed, the risk of re-aggravating the

due to the nature of a golf swing and

injury or even making the original

the strain it puts on these muscle

injury worse, will dramatically increase

groups. The shoulder is provided a sig-

70 degrees and 90 degrees externally.

and could possibly have irreparable ef-

nificant amount of range of motion, op-

Anytime there are limitations in these

fects on long-term golf fitness.

timal range of motion of the shoulder

numbers there is a routine protocol the

The most common injuries golfers

and stabilization of shoulder blade are

athlete can follow to restore movement,

will face are back and shoulder injuries

paramount to play golf at a high level.

which reduces the risk of injury around

Optimal internal rotation should be

the shoulder and surrounding joints. The muscles that most commonly contribute to limited internal or external rotation are the pectoral minors and lats. Restoring proper elasticity to those muscles will have a very positive effect on shoulder range of motion. After injury, many people will naturally feel better after a few days or a few weeks rest, depending on the severity of the injury. While rest makes the injury feel better, it is even more important to take the proper steps to ensure the injury will not occur again because of poor movement patterns by focusing on corrective exercise to build a solid foundation. Unfortunately, many golfers rush back from injury, which can lead to further injuries down the road. The best way to address the injury is to identify restrictions of mobility and stability with a professional and build an appropriate treatment and corrective exercise program that addresses limitations. Do not attempt to play more golf for a day or two or until the pain subsides, as using strained muscles can worsen the injury and lead to even more downtime. These three steps can help recover without stressing inflamed muscles: Basic foam rolling: Foam rolling aids in recovery from the microtears to 50

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soft-tissue that occur when playing golf or hitting the gym. But what it also does is make muscles, ligaments and tendons more pliable which improves flexibility, relieves soreness, and reduces the risk of re-injury. Three imperative stretches: Reaching Lateral Side Stretch, Reaching-down Triceps Stretch, and Bent Arm Shoulder Stretch are all necessary to injury recovery by helping tight muscles and joints to become loose, limber and pain free. Muscle activations: When injury causes tissues to tighten, muscle activation focuses on the root of the pain through assessment and correction, which can often be overlooked. Once cleared to play, it is necessary to ease back into training with corrective exercise to restore proper function and preventative care for success long-term. More information on shoulder-care is available at https://ampdgolfperformance.com/shoulder_care/.

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By Fred Seely

freddy's fairway thoughts

Freddy’s

Fairway Thoughts

First Coast Lauren Waidner of the University of Florida (left) won the First Coast Women's Amateur last month at Jacksonville's Timuquana CC with a birdie on the second extra hole playoff over Hannah Berman (center) of Jacksonville University and Chloe Schiavone of Jacksonville's Bolles School. • You have your choice of two doctors: one does the procedure one week a year; the other does it for over 40 weeks a year. No brainer, right? So, let's ask the USGA to call their pals at the PGA Tour to help set up the U.S. Open courses. Every year...every year!...there's a problem. • One bullet the USGA doesn't deserve is misreading Saturday's weather at Shinnecock Hills. No one anywhere — including the TV guys — predicted the winds. • One bullet the USGA deserves is the handling of Phil Mickelson after he ran over to his errant putt on the 13th hole on Saturday and hit the ball while it was moving. If a kid did that in almost any junior tournament, he would have been hauled off the course by the scruff of his neck. Mickelson can make a fool of himself; that's his business. The USGA should have put a clamp on his ample scruff and hauled him off; now, the kid can say “Phil did it, why can't I?” • The weather disparity between early and late tee times can produce oddities, such as the pair of 66s (Daniel Berger and Tony Finau) on Saturday and the 63 (Tommy Fleetwood) on Sunday. It recalls an unfortunate event at a big club pro tournament in Ponte Vedra when the host pro, who 52

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was a shot off the lead, put himself off first so he could get back to the scoreboard. He shot 67 and finished just in time to miss the afternoon winds, which blew everyone out. • Lets leave the “Super Group” pairing idea to others. It was a disaster at the Players, and again at the U.S. Open when Rory McIlroy, Mickelson and Jordan Spieth were +25 the first day. Spread 'em out, just like the old days, so the gallery spreads out. • They'll start construction soon on the PGA Tour's fancy new headquarters in what's now the parking lot for The Players Championship. Site work is underway and the building might be ready for next year's tournament. • The Players move back to March is a big deal for the area's merchants. May is a good month for business anyway; March is very slow. • The Northeast Florida golf community has an annual banquet and the big honor is the Deane Beman Award to a person who has contributed mightily. This time it goes to Anne Nimnicht, the only person who has chaired events in three different PGA Tour categories: she handled the Players, the now-vanished Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, and the Web.Com Championship. • Perry Golf is one of the most respected vendors and boss Gordon Dalgleish says the hot destinations are Southeast Asia and —would you believe? — the Arabian Gulf. • The passing of Hubert Green recalls a pretty good trivia question: when Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson had their famous “Duel in the Sun” in the British Open at Turnberry in 1977, who finished third? It was Green, who said “even my wife left me to watch them.” • Younger and younger. Jacksonville's Chloe Schiavone, just a rising junior, has a full ride waiting to Notre Dame. She and her 12-year-old partner Izzy Pellot of Orlando lost on the last hole of their quarterfinal match this summer in the USGA Women's Four-Ball. And, in the excellent North Florida Women's Amateur last month, 12-year-old Alexandra Gazzoli of Palm Coast, Fla. eagled a 460-yard par-5 with a second shot from 170 and a 15-foot putt. • Best golfer in NASCAR? Denny Hamlin, by far. He's a 2.8 at The Peninsula Club in Charlotte. • The second most expensive clubhouse in Northeast Florida gets underway this fall when Sawgrass Country Club puts $18 million into a new facility. The most expensive is the area’s best known across the street at the TPC. If you ask, they'll tell you it cost $33 million but that's about $11 million short of reality. • One of the best pro jobs has been filled as Stefan Brunt moves back to Ponte Vedra Beach to take the head job at the highend Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, where he'll work under Director of Golf Jim Howard. Brunt was head pro at Sawgrass before going south to the Mizner Country Club in Delray Beach.

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New Identity: It’s All in the Name, the Original Mission Remains the Same It is the largest amateur women’s golf organization in the world with a mission to promote the growth of the women’s game - and this overarching goal has not changed one bit, even though the name of the organization has undergone a recent makeover. A rose by any other name will smell just as sweet, and that same logic applies to the newly named LPGA Amateur Golf Association, which

the LPGA Amateur Golf Association. While the merger was well

transition for women looking to go from aspiring player to recreational golfer while also serving as an advocate for positive change within the game. Earlier this year, the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) merged with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and changed its name to LPGA Women Who Play but the new name was short lived. On June 25, the LPGA announced that the organization would be renamed as

12,000 members across more than

received by members of the EWGA/

100 Chapters internationally. Earlier

LPGA Women Who Play, the new

this year, the EWGA joined forces

name drew some scrutiny by those

with the LPGA to further grow

who felt that it did not appropriately

the women’s game. Today’s LPGA

represent the membership. The

Amateur Golf Association prides

updated name is the result of a

itself on continuing the EWGA’s

formal feedback process which

original mission to create recreational,

solicited input from Chapter leaders,

social and competitive events for

members and stakeholders alike.

women of all playing abilities.

“After undergoing an intense

will continue to create a seamless

organization consists of nearly

“With the support of the LPGA,

feedback process and listening to our

we look forward to creating a clear

thousands of passionate members

pathway for women golfers to play

across the globe, it made sense to

our sport by attracting thousands

adjust the name of the organization

of new, aspiring players to the game

to fit our collective vision,” said Jane

as well as adding more exciting

Geddes, Executive Director of the

playing opportunities for current

LPGA Amateur Golf Association.

LPGA Amateur Golf Association

“Our shared journey with the LPGA

members,” said Geddes.

has only just begun and we look

Learn more about the LPGA

forward to the important work that

Amateur Golf Association by visiting

lies ahead as we introduce more

LPGAAmateurs.com or follow along

women to the game of golf.”

on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and

Formerly known as the Executive

LinkedIn at @LPGAAmateurs.

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Women & Girls Golf is Showcased Around the World

Women’s Golf Day 2018 hailed a huge success after thousands of women take part in WGD events around the globe

Dominican Republic

June 5th saw the world come together for its third annual celebration of women & girls golf – Women’s Golf Day 2018. Events across the globe kicked off in Sydney, Australia, finishing over 24hrs later, and almost a full turn of the globe away, in Hawaii, with golfing communities being strengthened and created all along the way. The 2018 event spanned eight new countries: Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Turkey, Mauritius, Egypt, Uganda, Guadeloupe and Montenegro, taking the total number of countries to have participated in the event to 58 and the number of venues in excess of 900. With thousands of Women enjoying the day of golf and socializing at their golf venues, and millions of golf fans supporting the event across social media, Women’s Golf Day 2018 created a wave of enthusiasm for the

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Women’s game like never seen before. Elisa Gaudet, founder of Women’s Golf Day was astounded by the impact of the day and the support shown across the world, “I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved with Women’s Golf Day. The positivity and enthusiasm shown by the golfing community across the world just blew me away. The pictures of smiling faces at events in Uganda, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and so many others could so easily have been the faces I saw at the events I attended in the U.S. The game of golf has transcended national borders and the incredible women involved in the game across the globe showed the world how much we all have in common.” Lauren Thompson from Golf Channel played a prominent part in promoting the day’s events, hosting Morning Drive’s program dedicated to Women’s Golf Day and those people in the

industry making an impact on women. They even included live coverage from WGD events in Dubai and Pinehurst, leading Lauren to comment, “WGD is so fun, I cannot believe it has been 3 years in the running and we always talk about growing the game and how much we need to get more females out there on the golf course and then someone went and did something about it.” Social media support from the golfing world hit a new high with some of the most recognized names and organizations in the game getting behind the day. But the real stars of the show were the women & girls that were out on the courses, ranges, stores and venues that held events across the globe. Natalie Goodall, Assistant Teaching Professional at The Els Club Dubai – “WGD has really helped bring awareness around the region, not just in Dubai but in Abu Dhabi and also in the Saudi regions. It’s becoming really big and it’s so good to see” @EilidhBarbour tweeted “My amazing mum took up golf in her 40’s. She inspired me to try. Now we golf together as much as we can. We catch up, we laugh, sometimes we sing and we ALWAYS have fun. Even in the rain. It’s more than just a sport. Try it #WomensGolfDay @GolfSurvival said “Thank you all for joining us in celebration of Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 3


France – Evian Resort @womensgolfday at @atkinsonresort What an AMAZING group of women passionate about the game. Thank you Women’s Golf Day for creating an opportunity for women and girls to connect! And @knoxydiane summed it all up by saying ”Ending #WomensGolfDay with a brilliant group! We did a clinic @Topgolf and had the best time; all different abilities. Thank you Wes & Mary. Meeting new women who love golf; that’s what it’s all about!”

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With the support of amazing people like these, Women’s Golf Day has ignited a passion for the game in many and brought a sense of fun, community and belonging to many more. As the sun set on the final event in the 2018 day, Elisa reflected on the global movement that she has created. “There’s nothing like WGD in any other sport,“ concluded Elisa, “The communities that we’ve tapped into are truly amazing and to be part of growing and strengthening

USA, Ohio – Firestone Country Club their bonds is such a privilege. This year, more than any has made me realise the importance of providing a platform for a celebration of all the ways golf brings women closer together and I now can’t wait to reach even more of the world’s women & girls in 2019.” To learn more about Women’s Golf Day and its upcoming event on Tuesday June 5, 2018 visit www.womensgolfday.com @ womensgolfday, #WomensGolfDay

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Berger & Biondi Capture 2018 Pro-Junior Championship

On June 30th, 28 teams comprised of one PGA Professional/Associate and one junior aged 10-18 competed in the 2018 Pro-Junior Championship presented by Callaway Golf and supported by Skimp USA at Stonebridge Country Club in Boca Raton. At the close of competition Mike Berger of the Club Med Golf Academy and junior Fred Biondi found themselves at the top of the leaderboard. Firing an impressive 57 (-15) they captured the title by four shots to Jon Balyeat, PGA Head Golf Professional at Quail Creek Country Club and junior Tommy Pezeshkan along with Jerry Tucker, PGA Professional at the Jerry Tucker Golf School and junior Alex Vogelsong. Balyeat and Tucker’s team both shot 61 hoping it was good enough to finish first. This event featured some of south Florida’s top ranked junior golfers who teamed up with their golf professional for a fun day of golf. Teams played a 9-9 format with the front nine being a better ball format and the back nine being a scramble.

2018 Pro-Junior Championship Florida Open since former PGA Tour champion Dudley Hart in 1987. Pisarri shot a 4-under 68 Thursday on the Cypress Course at Bonita Bay Club Naples to win by a stroke over five PGA Professionals. “It feels special to make history like that,” said Pisarri, a 24-year-old who played on the Coastal Carolina golf team. “I’m a little surprised to have won, but I knew I was playing well.” Pisarri started the final round three shots back, but overcame a bogey at the par-5 eighth hole with five birdies to finish at 9-under 207. The first prize of $3,072 was added

2018 E-Z-Go South Florida Open

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to the money earned by the five runner-ups: Three-time champion Alan Morin, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at The Falls of the Palm Beaches, two-time winner Gene Fieger, PGA

Director of Golf at the Club at Pelican Bay, Mark Mielke, PGA Life Member, Justin Bertsch, PGA Head Golf Professional at the Hideout and Jessie Smutney, Associate at Plantation Golf & Country Club. Pisarri, who received a $300 gift certificate, said he has no plans to turn professional. He said he’s rather enjoy the game than make a living from it. “I had a lot of expectations when I graduated from Coastal Carolina,” he said. “Now I don’t. My goal is to try and win the U.S. Mid-Amateur so I can play in the Masters and U.S. Open.” Andrew Filbert, the South Florida PGA’s reigning Player of the Year, finished eighth. Defending champion Patrick Rada, the PGA Head Professional at the McArthur Club in Hobe Sound, tied for ninth at 212. Jerry Tucker became the Senior Champion Wednesday when he made a 90-foot putt from off the green for birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Fieger and Gary Keating, the PGA Director of Golf at Shell Point Golf Club. The trio shot 7-under 137. “I just turned 69 and every (win) feels like a bonus,” said Tucker, A PGA Teaching Professional who has been the South Florida PGA Senior Player of the Year six times. “It had about 3 feet of break to the right. I knew it was going to be close and all of a sudden it went in.” The E-Z-GO South Florida Open, run by the South Florida PGA, is presented by E-Z-GO and supported by Antigua, JaniKing, Precise Yardage Books and Turfhound. Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 3


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By Rafael Barajas, CGCS Vice President GCSAA

SUPERSpotlight:

Rafael Barajas, CGCS

Bunker renovation project It has been a while since a new golf course has been built in South Florida, this has been the trend for most of the US, however, the new trend is to remodel the existing facilities. Clubs are doing the remodel or renovations for several reasons, some of those reasons are to update their golf course, provide a exceptional conditions to their customers and to remain relevant attracting new members who want to belong to a club that is in sound financial

position. Many golf courses in Florida

design from years of edging them, the

are undergoing major renovation

sand has been contaminated from the

projects that initiated from a complete

winds, rains and organic matter or

redo blowing up the golf courses and

in our case the severe contamination

rerouting holes to regressing areas of

from heavy rains received during Hur-

their golf course. One of the popular

ricane Irma.

renovation projects is the renovation

Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club is

of the bunkers. Clubs chose to do this

located in the city of Boca Raton near

type of project for various reasons, i.e.

the Florida Turnpike 91, part of the golf

getting the latest and greatest prod-

course is on sandy soil but most of it

ucts (in this case latest sand avail-

is located on heavy rock and seashells.

able). Bunkers have lost their original

The golf course went through a major remodel a few years ago headed by renowned architect Mr. Jim Fazio, which included updating the golf course by regressing the golf course with the latest and greatest grasses available. The renovation process also included the complete renovation of all the bunkers with the latest bunker liners and the latest sand available in the area. While the bunkers had the normal wear and tear for their age, Hurricane Irma really did a number on them‌ to the point we had no choice but do a complete remodel. The process started May 7 of this year which happened to be one of the wettest months of the year and not conducive to do a renovation project. We experienced approximatly 30� of rain in 25 days, but we kept moving forward with

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the project as fast as we could without creating havoc or major damage due to construction and having heavy equipment running around the course. This process gave us the opportunity to address several things that was wrong with our bunkers. We were able to bring the bunkers back to the original redesigned of 7 years ago by Mr. Jim Fazio, we had the opportunity to redo all the drains, we also had the opportunity to address the external drainage, several areas drained into the bunkers creating major washed outs with any kind of rain the golf course got. We were able to use a synthetic liner to the complete bunker surface; an important process if you want to keep rocks from percolating upwards to the sand surface. We also took advantage of bringing in the new and improved G-angle sand, we used the double washed G-Angle sand. Our bunker renovation project was completed just under two months, considering the rainfall we experienced during the project we are happy the project came in on time and on budget. Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 3

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Creating a Culture of Green Excellence in Coconut Creek, Florida

Coconut Creek, like many other areas in the South Florida region, began as a collection of residential neighborhoods designed within a suburban land development pattern. Having no downtown, historical district, main street, or clear historical reference, it was clear that the community needed an identity; different from the adjacent communities. In 1999, the City began to tackle environmental issues and thus, a “green” movement began. The next step for the City was to analyze the many facets of our local government and to plan a path forward to align the City with this green vision. The City used a ground-swell of community support to establish a green image. The historical success of the events and programs helped the City achieve a leadership status for South Florida. However, the City recognized the need to advance its green efforts for the next decade in a manner that was goal-driven, measurable, and accountable; a need to balance past efforts with new policies and programs, the need to address environmental issues such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, 62

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the need for decision making when determining if budget items impact the environment, and the need to monitor progress. This was accomplished by adopting a 10-year Green Plan. In April of 2011, Coconut Creek became the first, Audubon International Certified Sustainable Community in the State of Florida, and just this spring celebrated their seventh anniversary as a certified community. They created The City Green Plan, which establishes a framework for achieving environmental leadership with the adoption of a City green image, the identification of seven environmental themes, a range of action steps, and a method for annual monitoring. By using this plan, the City is implementing programs and policies for a range of environmental issues and will define sustainability for the community it serves. “Coconut Creek is one of the most unique cities in all of Florida that not only puts green concepts, resiliency and sustainability on its priories but also enacts those ideas in its everyday practice,” says Mayor Joshua Rydell. “It is truly an honor to be awarded the titles and certifications we have and I look forward to the future at leading municipalities in forward thinking concepts”. Coconut Creek, is a well-planned city with a unique environmental consciousness nestled between Miami and Palm Beach. Spotlighted as one of the “Best Cities to Live in America” by Money Magazine, Coconut Creek is home to 60,000 residents and supports a diverse, growing business community. Come and visit the, “Butterfly Capital of the World.” Contact us at info@coconutcreek.net. Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 3

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Meet Adam Putnam

More residents and visitors

flock to Florida every day – not only for our world-class golf experiences and beautiful beaches, but also for the lowtax, pro-business climate that allows Florida to be a place where families and businesses can prosper. Thanks to Governor Rick Scott and Florida’s conservative leadership, Florida has cut taxes nearly 100 times over the last seven years, saving Floridians $10 billion. Our state’s next governor must be prepared to build on Florida’s strong economy. However, growing our economy doesn’t happen by raising taxes and creating more government red tape. As the next Governor of Florida, I will continue strengthening our economy by keeping taxes low, slashing regulations, building our workforce and touting all that Florida has to offer, while still protecting what makes Florida great. The next Governor of Florida must also be a proven leader who knows Florida, and no one in this race knows Florida better than me. As a fifth generation Floridian, working on my family’s citrus and cattle farm taught me that business is not just business. It’s personal. I know what ramifications government regulations can have on Florida farms and small businesses. That is why I’m committed to cutting taxes and eliminating burdensome regulations in order to 64

strengthen the economy, create jobs, and put more money in the pockets of hardworking Floridians. I have a track record to prove it. I am the first candidate in the race for Florida Governor to sign the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge, a pledge to Florida taxpayers that I will oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes when I am Governor of Florida. During my time serving in Congress, I championed several tax cuts on American businesses and families. Collectively, these tax cuts saved Americans more than $2.4 trillion. In 2014, as Commissioner of Agriculture, I personally championed cutting taxes businesses pay on electricity consumption, saving Florida businesses $3.1 million each year. I have defended Florida’s farmers against unfair Mexican trade policies that were harming Florida businesses. And I am proud to

have earned the endorsement of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Floridians deserve a Governor who knows that our strong economy didn’t just happen by accident, it happened by keeping taxes low and cutting red tape. As Governor, I pledge to not take our economy for granted but to continue strengthening the very thing that allows our world-class tourism and businesses to thrive.

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HYDRATE YOUR GAME IN SIGHT, IN MIND

Keeping a bottle of water visible and by you throughout the day will help remind you to keep sipping! Try and keep one at your desk, by your bedside, in your car and always in your golf bag!

GO LONG AND GO HYDRATE

Even if you are just hitting the driving range, especially in hot conditions, be sure to hydrate afterwards to avoid fatigue and dehydration.

DRINK IT UP

Aim to drink between 7 to 10 ounces of water for every 30 minutes of play to stay well hydrated, fuel your muscles and keep your mind sharp.

perfect pH* of 7.4

your body’s natural pH balance

*approximately 7.4


Proven to Relieve Heat and Drought Stress in Grass The recent summer heat wave has

research study to improve the health and appearance of turfgrass when

propelled daytime temperatures across

heat and drought conditions are

much of the country to an excess of 100

high, using 30% to 50% less water.

degrees Fahrenheit. As a result of the

“Water will always take the path

high temperatures and drought condi-

of least resistance and simply run-off.

tions, cool season turfgrasses such as

This common occurrence leads to

Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Rye-

the over-watering and fertilization

grass and Fine Leaf Fescue have gone

of plants, crops and yards because

dormant and turned brown from stress. Homeowners, facility managers and golf course superintendents continue to excessively water and fertilize their grasses, only to see them continue to turn brown and succumb to weeds during the summer months. O’Fallon, Illinois-based Brookside Agra has developed a proprietary, natural water conservation agent called H2OExcel™ that has been scientifically proven by a university

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water cannot reach the root system,”

Natural H2OExcel has also been proven to:

• Increase root mass • Defend against dehydration of the soil and plant • Discourage harmful microorganisms • Strengthen turf to defend against weeds • Reduce the use of fertilizers • Lower maintenance costs

said Tony Arro, Brookside Agra Director of Sales - Specialty Products. “The power of H2OExcel’s long-term use is that it creates a soil profile that allows oxygen and water to naturally penetrate the surface, thus allowing fertilizers and nutrients a more efficient path to the root zone.” H2OExcel is a 100% biodegradable, proprietary blend of desert plant extracts; high-quality, humic

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Spencer T. Oiln root growth acid-containing biologicals; and other

was maintained according to typical,

all-natural, non-plant derived nutri-

moderate putting green manage-

downturn in the economy and de-

ent enhancers. Highly efficient, H2O-

ment practices for the region and

mands from golfers were high to con-

Excel and can change the polarity of

fertilizer, insecticides and fungicides

tinue to provide excellent golf course

water and soil to increase biological

were applied on an as-needed basis.

conditions,” said Mike Daugherty,

activity, interact with soil capillarity

The turf treatment studies compared

former Golf Course Superintendent at

pressure and defend against dehydra-

the use of Brookside Agra’s H2OEx-

Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwards-

tion of both the soil and plants by

cel, the leading competitor’s product

ville, IL. “So we were looking for ways

keeping water available deeper within

and the untreated control at vari-

to save money anywhere possible. The

the soil profile. H2OExcel also helps

ous application rates and timings/

product helped me in water usage, la-

to increase available nutrients and

frequencies. The plots were assessed

bor savings and getting more bang for

balance the amount of water within

for overall visual turf grass quality,

our buck on our fertilizer applications.”

the root zone of growing plants by

wilted/brown turf and turf injury.

H2OExcel, which can be blended with

supercharging biological activity.

Canopy greenness by reflectance was

fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, is

Researchers from Purdue Univer-

also measured and the values were

safe for use on golf course fairways, tee

sity proved through an independent

presented in a color index value.

boxes and greens, crops, landscaping,

research study the effectiveness of

The research concluded that turf

“I started using H2OExcel with the

lawns, trees, vegetable gardens, and

treated with H2OExcel and the lead-

other vegetation. H2OExcel’s product

Dr. Cale A. Bigelow, Associate

ing competitor’s product displayed

ingredients are on the GRAS (Gener-

Professor of Agronomy – Turfgrass

significantly less wilt and healthier

ally Recognized as Safe) list, which is

Science, conducted the Purdue Uni-

visual/turf quality compared to the

approved by both the FDA and AAFCO.

versity turf treatment studies from

untreated control turf. However,

For more information about H2O-

late May 2013 to early August 2013.

the H2OExcel results were accom-

Excel, visit brookside-agra.com/

The study area consisted of a sand-

plished using 86% less product

h2Oexcel. For more information

based rootzone conforming to USGA

than the leading chemical-based

about the 2013 Purdue University Turf

rootzone specifications and a mature

competitor to achieve virtually the

Study, visit brookside-agra.com/2013-

strand of creeping Bentgrass. The turf

same outcome for these studies.

purdue-university-turf-study/.

H2OExcel in maintaining healthy turf.  

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orth florida PGA north florida PGA north florida PGA north florida PGA north

Congratulations to Section member, Matt Borchert, for qualifying for the PGA Championship! Borchert finished the 51st PGA Professional Championship at T12 and will compete at the 2018 PGA Championship on August 9 at Bellerive Country Club. The final round of the 2018 North Florida Junior PGA Championship concluded at Reunion Resort this afternoon. The championship occurred on Reunion Resort’s Palmer and Watson courses, with age groups for both boys and girls 12 & Under and 13-18.  The winner of the Boys Overall (13-18) and Girls Overall (13-18) will advance to the national Boys Junior PGA Championship and Girls Junior PGA Championship.  Both winners today made -10 total and will be competing at Valhalla Golf Club (Boys) and Kearney Hill Golf Links (Girls) in Lexington, Kentucky.  

The champions and their age groups are as follows: Boys 12U

Winner: Ronav Benak Runner-Up: George Aguilera

Boys 13-15

Winner: Bryce Werblo Runner-Ups: Shawn Lalmoni & Joshua Stewart

Boys 16-18

Winner: Tiaan Mattiace Runner-Up: Ethan Werblo

Matt Borchert Tiaan Mattiace from Jacksonville (and son of NFPGA member Ken Mattiace) will be heading to Valhalla Golf Club on July 31-August 3 to compete in the 43rd Boys Junior PGA Championship. Siyan Chen from Howeyin-the-Hills will be heading to Kearney Hill Golf Links on July 9-12 to compete in the 43rd Girls Junior PGA Championship. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to all of our competitors, volunteers, staff, and Reunion Resort!

Siyan Chen

Boys Overall (13-18)

Winner: Tiann Mattiace

Girls 12U

Winner: Karolyna Adams

Girls 13-15

Winners: Karoline Tuttle & Ainsley Mann Runner-Up: Kavya Ajjarapu

Girls 16-18

Winner: Siyan Chen Runner-Up: Izzy Pellot

Girls Overall (13-18)

Winner: Siyan Chen Tiian Mattice 68

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Collierville, TN - Spring Creek Ranch - May 7 Brentwood, TN - The Governors Club - June 4 Bristol, VA - The Virginian - September 17 Kennesaw, GA - Pinetree County Club - Oct. 1 Lenoir City, TN - WindRiver Golf Club - Oct. 22

www.patsummitt.org/golf If you are interested in hosting a golf tournament to benefit The Pat Summitt Foundation, please email contactus@patsummitt.org. “It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.” - Pat Summitt


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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