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20/20 Vision I have 20/20 vision

going into the New Year and feel that Adam Levine and Maroon Five summed it up best in his song Memories: Volume 20, Issue 9

Here’s to the ones that we got Cheers to the wish you were here, but you’re not ‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories Of everything we’ve been through Toast to the ones here today Toast to the ones that we lost on the way ‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories And the memories bring back, memories bring back you

Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Editor Emeritus: Joel Jackson, CGCS Retired Chief Fertilizer Spreader: Eric Rasberry Associate Editor/Photographer: Greg Corbo Photographers: Lynn Pelham, Brion Price, Peter Hakansson Mike Coonan, Becky Galloway Senior Correspondent: Rick Harris, Sr. International Correspondent: Dove Jones

Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth, Founder-Georgia Golf Trail Contributing Writers: Jay Golden, PGA; Greg Wise, Bob Bolton, Greg Corbo, Elisa Gaudet, Mike Jamison, Mike May, Ron Heller, Rick Styles, Fred Seely, Deb Shuck, JL Quebbeman, Linda Williams-Sieg

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There’s a time that I remember, when I did not know no pain When I believed in forever, and everything would stay the same Now my heart feel like December when somebody say your name ‘Cause I can’t reach out to call you, but I know I will one day, yeah…

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It’s like taking a drive down the fairway – some people are in my rearview mirror who belong there, some are several holes ahead and some on either side of me or just in front. But no one takes a back seat. As I have said in the past, I am forever grateful for the people who have been there for me when I needed them. To those who feel I needed them more than they me, I hope all your needs are being fully met.   I can’t wait to see you all at the PGA show (aka Gropefest), Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Presented by IOA (LPGA’s party on tour) and the Golf Industry Show to spread the Turf Life love.

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special events

Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Founder Mike Flaskey and Executive Director Aaron Stewart Talk Event Changes Aaron Stewart, son of the late PGA legend Payne Stewart, joined the tournament team for 2020

As the 2020 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Presented by Insurance Office of America energizes Central Florida this month, it has already made its mark nationally and internationally as golf’s most unique and innovative event. The unprecedented combination of the best women golfers in the world plus a celebrity roster of All Stars, All Pros and Hall of Famers competing for millions of dollars in prize money on a world-class stage for a global audience of millions has captured the attention of the sports and entertainment industry. The inaugural event in 2019 issued 150 credentials to media around the world. Outlets as diverse as ESPN, MLB Network, Tennis Channel and USA Today took note and complemented the live coverage on Golf Channel and NBC. As the sponsor list grows and A-List celebrities clamor for invitations, the tournament is introducing new attractions and building a top-tier team of people to plan for the long term. Mike Flaskey, creator of the event

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Aaron Stewart, Executive Director Q: Can you talk about being a child of golf? A: Growing up it was pretty special. I met a lot of people that I’m still really close to today in those PGA Tour kids’ daycare facilities. John Cook’s son, John. Mark O’Meara’s son, Sean. We were all children of golf. Q: Your dad passed away when you were very young but, obviously, he influenced your passion for golf. How so? A: I didn’t really play golf when my father was alive. I was 10 years old when he passed and I started playing seriously, practicing, and competing in tournaments, when I was in seventh grade. The O’Mearas, the Cooks, the Janzens, the Baker-Finchs were like my surrogate fathers and took me under their wing. I lost a big piece but others stepped up and were really great to me. Q: Why didn’t you follow your dad’s footsteps into professional golf? A: I kind of went to college (Southern Methodist University, Payne’s alma mater) with the intent of trying to play at the next level, but at the end there, I decided to go a different route. Mike (Flaskey) was putting together the Diamond Resorts Marketing Mentorship program and I was lucky enough to apply and get accepted. I’ve been off-andrunning since then. So, I’ve grown up with Diamond Resorts. Also, it’s a very, very thin line between success in professional sports and never really making it. I had seen that grind. My father was a very successful professional and on my mom’s side my uncle was a professional, also. I knew what it took to become a professional golfer. I asked myself, ‘Is that what I want or do I want to go a different route?’ I made a decision and I’m very happy where I’m at today. Q: Talk about your journey through the Diamond Resorts Marketing Mentorship program? A: It was Mike’s vision to create this mentorship program and train people the Diamond Resorts way. He gave me Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9

the opportunity and I took it and ran, and I’m still here six years later. Q: You’re the executive in charge of a top-tier professional golf event. Tell us about your hopes for the event? A: First, I have to talk about the team I walked into and the talent-level they have. I really got lucky. We all want this event to become a staple in the Central Florida area for years to come and the activities we plan are geared towards everybody coming out and having a great experience.

Mike Flaskey, Tournament Founder Q: Were you coaching Aaron for this role? A: From my standpoint, as a leader, I know we can teach someone the product. That’s not rocket science. So, in the case of Aaron, we played a lot of golf together and I noticed the fine qualities he had as a human being; his nature on the course and the gift he has in communication. When you kind of put all that in the mixing bowl, I was envisioning this Diamond Marketing Mentorship program as a way to bring someone like Aaron Stewart into our company. Q: What made Aaron an ideal candidate for Diamond Resorts? A: There are too many people in the industry who, quite frankly, are fans and that can have negative ramifications. From Aaron’s perspective, he’s seen it all, been around it all. He grew up in it. So he doesn’t come at this with a fan’s perspective. He comes at this with the perspective of doing his job and doing it very well. Q: Talk about why Diamond Resorts wanted to own and host a major LPGA event? A: There were a few key reasons we wanted to partner with the LPGA. One of the core values of our company is diversity and part of that is gender diversity. We love the aspect of professional women’s sports. We think that sends a great message to our members, our vacation owners, around

the globe. Another thing is that the demographic of the LPGA touches that Millennial category, which is the fastest growing segment of our membership base. That was also one of the reasons we wanted Aaron on board as he has one foot in that Millennial group. One of the other great things about partnering with the LPGA is they are not rigid. They are open to working with you. There are things we do differently than a traditional tour event. We create a party atmosphere in-and-around the 18th hole. We have music playing while people are hitting their shots and putting. We only do that on one hole, but it’s designed to be different. Q: What stands out to you about last year’s first-time partnership with the LPGA? A: One of the most impressive things I learned was that these ladies show up with a deep appreciation for the opportunity to be there. They are prepared and they know who they’re talking to. They are not only worldclass golfers, but they understand the business side of it. That is really refreshing for the people who are writing the check. Q: What was the biggest challenge through the years as you grew the event? A: It was important for us to not just be another golf tournament out there. We did plenty of focus group studies. We knew one thing that moved the needle for us was the celebrities. One of the hardest things we have to do is the invitation process because we only have 50 spots. We received 141 applications that we couldn’t honor this year. It’s a good problem but it’s hard. Q: What is one of the things you are proudest of along the way of building the event? A: I think there were a lot of people who had said that Orlando has so much going on, it doesn’t need another sports team, another professional golf tournament. And I think we proved those critics wrong. I think we’ve put a product together that is only going to grow and it is something that all of us at Diamond Resorts are proud of. 11


living on the links

Bobby Weed Redesign of Quail Ridge’s South Course Unveiled Renowned designer Bobby Weed believes his redesign of the acclaimed South Course at The Club at Quail Ridge will add another chapter of history to the high-end golf community. “What I’m most excited about is people will still recognize the golf course,” Weed said. “Every hole has been improved and made more playable, from a strategy standpoint as well as an aesthetic standpoint.   “The golf course is designed not only for today’s member, but more importantly for the members of tomorrow.”   Weed has become one of the most in-demand architects in the U.S. He recently redesigned The Medalist and built Michael Jordan’s Grove XXIII, both exclusive clubs 40 miles away from Quail Ridge.

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Weed’s task at Quail Ridge was to take a Joe Lee design that was built in 1974 and modernize it nearly a halfcentury later. TifEagle Bermuda grass has been installed on the greens and Bimini Bermuda has been used on the tees, fairways, collars and approaches and rough. St. Augustine grass was used in out-of-play areas.   The official grand opening was held on Thursday at The Club at Quail Ridge in front of a large gathering of members. Weed addressed the membership and provided a birds-eye view of the

course by narrating a drone tour of select holes. “The members are excited about their new golf course,” Weed said. “It will afford more pleasure for all caliber of players. Our goal was to accommodate all levels of play using a variety of tees, more open approaches and wide fairways with strategic bunkering.   “I’ve always said a good club starts with a good golf course, but the membership really makes the club what it is, and at Quail Ridge they are very passionate about the game.”   Two years after a new $23 million new clubhouse was built in late 2017, the golf redesign was part of a $10 million project that included irrigation improvements to the community and expansion of the club’s recently opened new Spa & Fitness Center. “This was a tremendous team effort with Bobby Weed at the helm and fits perfectly with the enhanced member experience of all the new amenities around Quail Ridge. Our members look forward to playing and showcasing our challenging and beautiful new South Course,” said Bill Langley, COO at Quail Ridge. The South Course has hosted top amateur events such as the Society of Seniors Championship – the society’s national headquarters is at Quail Ridge – the Florida State Senior Amateur Championship, U.S. Open qualifying and the Palm Beach County Amateur.   “Having a designer like Bobby Weed modernize our golf course has given Quail Ridge another boost,” said Quail Ridge Director of Golf, Daniel Brosnihan. “Potential members see the new clubhouse, upgraded tennis and fitness facilities and the new golf course. It’s hard to imagine that prospective members could find a better place to call home than Quail Ridge. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9


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By Mike May

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Georgia Golf's Top Five Water Holes: Beyond Amen Corner Three of the most famous golf holes in Georgia are the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes at the Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters golf tournament. One common thread that connects those three holes – famously known as Amen Corner – is Rae’s Creek. On each of those three holes, Rae’s Creek protects the entrance to each green. Being able to successfully avoid Rae’s Creek is a big key to winning the Masters. Believe it or not, but there is a trend of other great golf holes in Georgia which are influenced by water. Many of these holes are actually part of the Georgia Golf Trail, which features 20+ golf courses in Georgia that range from the Lakes course at the Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross in the south to the course at the Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris in the north. The first water hole in Georgia can be found on the Lake View course at Callaway Gardens & Resort in Pine Mountain. At Lake View, you will enjoy playing the par-three 10th hole, which features a tee shot over water to an island green, which is accessible from a serpentine bridge. The 10th is a selfie ‘hot-spot.’  A birdie at the 10th is a memory maker. The second memorable water hole

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is the par three 4th hole at The Creek at the Hard Labor State Park in Social Circle. The 4th is the Creek’s signature hole. Here, a water wheel, water fall and bridge are located on this hole. Together, they form a backdrop that make it one of the most peaceful and picturesque settings for golf in Georgia. The third significant water hole is another signature hole -- the 17th hole at the Chestatee Golf Club in Dawson-

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4th hole at The Creek at the Hard Labor State Park ville. The 17th hole is a par-three. What makes this water hole so unique is actually the spectacular view of the nearby Chestatee River that you get from the 17th tee. The fourth water hole of distinction can be found at The Oconee Course at the Reynolds Oconee in Greensboro. The tee shot on the par three 5th hole requires focus because water lurks short and right of the green. At the 5th, it’s possible to get ‘up & down’ for par from left of the green or from either of the two greenside bunkers, but not from the bottom of the lake. The fifth special water hole is the par four 9th hole at Achasta at Birch River in Dahlonega. Along the left side of this hole, you’ll see the Chestatee River, as it flows down the left side of this hole. From the tee, don’t venture too far left. To reach the green, you must cross the river. In order to physically step foot on the green, you must cross the river on one of five beautiful bridges. To have a birdie putt, you need a strong tee shot followed by a mid-iron to the green. “The key to having great, memorable holes is the hard work and diligence of our golf course superintendents in Georgia,” said Doug Hollandsworth, founder, Georgia Golf Trail. “I feel that you must have the ability to adapt to whatever Mother Nature throws at us is most crucial,” said Jeff Losee, superintendent, Chestatee Golf Club. “No spring, summer, fall, or winter in Georgia are ever exactly the same.  The weather in Georgia can vary so greatly, from tropical storm systems from the Gulf (of Mexico) to extreme heat and drought conditions, sometimes within a month of each other.” For complete information about playing the Georgia Golf Trail, please call 1-833-877-6988 or access GeorgiaGolfandTravel.com. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9

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Where did you grow up?

cart girl

The frozen tundra, Green Bay, WI

Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? I literally loved everyone. It was never about a group or a class.

What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch? Co-ed beach volleyball and tennis are my favorite sports to play. Favorite to watch? My Green Bay Packers. Followed by Blues Hockey and Cardinal Baseball.

Do you enjoy playing golf? Are there any golfers in your family? Yes! I love the game! My dad played in a men’s league for a while and my brother took up the sport as well. My son absolutely loves it and plays any chance he gets.

What do you feel makes this club special? Being a PGA Course and Home of the Valspar Championship definitely has its benefits! We are a “destination” location for people from all over the world! On any given day I can have guests from Holland, Wales, Ontario, New York and even IA. Imagine that! But I truly love seeing familiar faces on the course as well. Our members are AWESOME and “family” here at Innisbrook. Without either, we wouldn’t have a club.

Jessica Arens

What is your favorite part of being a cart girl? What is your least favorite part? I love creating the best possible experience on the course for our members and guests alike. It’s an absolute honor and privilege to be a part of the Innisbrook Family. I take great pride in what I do.

If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing? I do what I love and love what I do, but if I wasn’t a cart girl, I would be back on the course raising money for badly needed causes. Anything around golf and charity is my passion. I would be blessed if money didn’t matter and I could travel and do missions work as well.

What hobbies do you enjoy? I’m a beach girl at heart and live for my beach time and our Florida Gulf Coast Sunsets. I catch one any chance I get. A good hard bike ride is something I always enjoy! I also enjoy listening to live music on a patio somewhere on the water.

Favorite comedian? Sebastian Maniscalco Favorite charity to support? The Children’s Advocacy Center is near and dear to my heart, Blessings in a backpack, Loggerhead Marine Life Center, American Humane, American Cancer Society, Wounded Warrior Project, too many to mention. So many worthy causes that need our help.

What else would you like for us to know about you? I’m a gemini J and the proud mother of 24 year old (boy/girl) twins. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but I believe we should live our lives with an attitude of gratitude each and every day. Not only on Thanksgiving. Bless and Be blessed my friends 16

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Valspar Championship Returns in March The Valspar Championship, one of the premier tournaments on the PGA TOUR, returns to the challenging Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor on March 16-22, 2020. 2018/2019 Champion Paul Casey will be attempting a tournament historic 3-peat, but he’ll need to defeat 143 other top PGA TOUR professionals first including Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson. Tournament patrons will also have a chance to see country music star Chris Young with special guests Big & Rich. The Valspar LIVE concert presented by Chick-fil-A takes place on the Osprey Driving Range adjacent to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort after the conclusion of play on Saturday, March 21 and is free of charge to Saturday tournament patrons. The tournament features a variety of fun food offerings – including upscale concession areas, Frenchy’s Pool Party and our signature Publix® Birdie Sub – along with multiple beverage spots including the Michelob ULTRA CLUB, Avion Margarita Deck, Horse Soldier Whiskey Bourbon Lounge, Ketel One Experience, Josh Cellars Wine Garden, the Publix® Chillounge serving the tournament’s signature Copperberry cocktail, and the Hooters Owl’s Nest (which requires a special ticket). And specialty fan zone seating areas, such as the Chameleon Beach 18

Cove, will return with premium views of play. Fans dressed colorfully might be spotted by Valspar COLOR SCOUTS bearing gifts and can view a variety of tiny homes in the Valspar BLOCK PARTY. New in 2020 will be a Copperhead Crawl ticket which will feature multiple drink tickets and food at a special price. For fans looking for an upscale hospitality option, tickets to the DEX Imaging Champions Club may be purchased by the day. Tickets to the 2020 Valspar Championship are on sale beginning in early Octo-

ber at ValsparChampionship.com. Kids 15 and under are free and are invited to enjoy the Northwestern Mutual Family Fun Zone. Military ticket plans are offered with access to the Pinch A Penny Patriots’ Outpost. For updated information follow @ValsparChamp on Twitter or like Facebook.com/ValsparChampionship or go to valsparchampionship.com.

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competitive spirits

The latest and greatest in golf has nothing to do with titanium or carbon-fiber. No, the latest in golf is all about charcoal, corn and distillation: Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka. Fuzzy’s is an 80-proof vodka crafted from Midwestern corn, distilled 5 times, and charcoal-filtered 10 times. Adding to its distinct flavor profile, a portion of the distillate is rested in new American oak barrels to complete this rare and extremely unique process. Fuzzy’s is unique, clean, and certified gluten-free. It has been recognized by the spirits industry as one of the best vodkas in the market receiving numerous awards and accolades including a 95 Point Rating in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. The award-winning vodka is smooth, creamy, and crisp and is quickly becoming known as one of America’s highest quality vodkas. So, if you want to have fun and enjoy yourself, share a laugh or two out on the course or with friends at home, drink Fuzzy’s. You’ll enjoy every shot more with Fuzzy’s.

TRANSFUSION GLASS: Pint INGREDIENTS: 2 oz Fuzzy’s UltraPremium Vodka, 2 oz grape juice, 2 oz lemon-lime soda, squeeze of half a lemon, fruit garnish PREP: Mix Fuzzy’s Vodka, Grape Juice and Lemon-Lime Soda into glass filled with ice then garnish with your fruit of choice

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stay & play

On the Fringe of Celebrating 31 Years During its first 30 years, the King and Prince ‘Hampton Club’ with its 18-hole golf course has stood the test of time. Renowned since 1989 for its challenging layout amongst ancient forests, vast salt marshes and dramatic island holes, the gracious staff welcomes visitors and Hampton Club members to the comfortable clubhouse that is celebrating its 31st year in 2020 with a distinctive renovation. Although golfers and guests have cherished the clubhouse exactly the

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way it’s been for 3 decades, new floors and expansive window views of the lakes and fairways will bring everyone back to the clubhouse to enjoy dining and parties time and again. The Hampton Club is the jewel of island golfing when staying at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort whether choosing instruction by Class A professionals or finding a perfect day getaway at the northernmost reaches of the barrier island ~ St. Simons Island.  Golfers can begin their day

with breakfast in the hotel’s oceanfront dining room and also receive complimentary shuttle service to and from their golf game.   The site was once home to the Hampton Plantation, an 18th Century antebellum plantation where cotton, rice and indigo dominated. The King and Prince Golf Course appeals to golfers of all skill levels and provides an experience second to none. It enlivens the ‘old school tradition’ of golf, located at the crossroads of the Hampton & Frederica Rivers. The scenic drive to the north tip of St. Simons Island allows golfers to begin unwinding long before arrival.  Today, golfers literally go out of bounds along 800 feet of elevated marsh-traversing cart bridges to play on four spectacular holes gently carved from the marsh islands. If you’re waiting for that perfect day of leisurely golf surrounded by live oak trees dripping with coastal Georgia moss, you’ll find endless options at the King and Prince Golf Course. Entering the Clubhouse, guests receive a quality experience that is rarely forgotten. You become part of the Club’s ‘family’ ~ to relax, play golf and make memories. www.KingAndPrince.com

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Improving the Lives of Military Veterans and Their Families Through Golf The Patriot Golf Foundation,

a non-profit headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, will donate funds generated through its Patriot Golf Schools to charities and foundations that support military veterans and their families. Patriot Golf Schools will be hosted across the country and provide a giving platform for corporations and individuals as well as the opportunity to interact during the events with members of the military who served. The Patriot Golf Schools are the vision of Seth Glasco, a respected golf instructor that was one of the original members of the Nicklaus-Flick Golf Schools. “In 2011, I had the opportunity to spend time with Lt Col Dan Rooney from the Folds of Honor Foundation and became a believer in his foundation and the need to help our military heroes and their families. Golf is proven to be extremely valuable as part of a veteran’s rehabilitation process. Whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or any combination, the game of golf goes a long way in improving these patriots’ lives,” states Glasco. The Patriot Golf School platform will not only raise valuable funds which will be donated to these great causes, but will also involve military veterans in each and every one of the schools and provide them with the tools in order to bring golf into their lives. The Foundation is being led by Ted Simons, a former Nicklaus Academy executive. “When Seth approached me with this concept, I immediately saw the potential of how we can make a difference in so many veterans’ lives and for their families. It is not just the financial contributions we will make, but also how we can support the healing of the veterans and create a mentoring opportunity for our donors and sponsors of the Patriot Golf Schools.” The Patriot Golf Schools will be led by one or more of the top golf instructors in the country. The schools will be offered in one to three-day formats. Each Patriot Golf School will include instruction; on-course training; receptions, lunches and dinners; and a Patriot Golf School amenity package. At the conclusion of each Patriot Golf School, proceeds will be donated to a designated veteran charity. For additional information, visit www.patriotgolffoundation.com. 24

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By Bill Filson PGA General Manager Royal St Cloud Golf Links

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The Great Game Of Golf Is Needed More Now Than Ever!

PGA CEO Seth Waugh had a wonderful quote summing up the importance of the game: “Golf is the engine of good.” Golf contributes more to charity on an annual basis than all three major sports combined! There are more than

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11,000 golf courses nationwide all

ally, more than 75,000 golfers and 120

giant injury waiting to happen. RSCGL

doing events to help raise money or

couples choose us.

called in favors and used our own cash

awareness to important causes. We

RSCGL has a long list of very impor-

and Human Resources to do a $30,000

are extremely proud at Royal St Cloud

tant causes and charities that we sup-

rebuild of the entire field. We have

Golf Links to play a big role within our

port. A couple years back, the St. Cloud

been a longtime host for the Osceola

local communities. Between our golf

High School baseball field was in

Chapter of the Special Olympics, hosting hundreds of participants. The PGA Hope program, which uses the game of golf to help combat-wounded veterans recover from war, chose RSCGL as its sole representative in Central Florida. It is an honor to host this program.

RSCGL proudly flies the “Back

the Blue and Red” flags as well as the POW MIA flag 365 days a year. We also have painted golf carts with the colors of the blue, red and POW MIA that are used every day. We will never forget. Our military league plays twice a week and our flag challenge tournaments between the Police and Fire departments are extremely popular. Whoever wins gets their flag on top of the pole until the next challenge. On another 26

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front, because we know that the game of golf needs to develop more and more junior golfers, we make sure our course is accessible to as many juniors as possible, unlike many courses. We host junior golf in so many different forms such as tournaments, events, instruction, leagues, middle and high school teams, extending junior golfers great deals so they can enjoy the course with minimal to no restrictions, all year long. At RSCGL, our mission statement is very easy to remember -- “We are in the happiness business.” The game of golf and the people who are involved in the game are very powerful, kind, giving, caring people and so much more. Your local club is doing so much more for the community than most will ever know. It is easy to do because it is the right thing to do. We think Seth Waugh is really on to something. Golf really is the engine for good. Supporting your local club really means that you are also supporting all the great causes and charities that your club supports. It is an extension, of sorts. On behalf of all the 11,000 golf courses across the nation, we thank you and hope to see you out at the course soon.

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golf bachelorette

Kathryn Koch Where were you born? Did you grow up there? I was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. I am a midwestern girl at heart! What do you do for a living? I am the Principal of an insurance agency. What would you like to do for a living? Work at a non-profit as the Director. Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Walking, ballroom dancing, being outdoors.

Kathryn with past Golf Bachelor, Mike Sieg

What golf apparel do you like to wear? Nancy Lopez Golf Skorts and I play with Nancy Lopez golf clubs. Steak, chicken, or seafood? Seafood, definitely! What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? Toothbrush, suntan oil, and a towel. Name the three most important things to you in this world. Family, faith, and love. What do you fear the most? Not succeeding. What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Freddy Couples, David Leadbetter, and Lydia Ko What are some of your great accomplishments? Getting my B.A. degree and paying for it myself. 28

Favorite comedian? Myself! Favorite charity to support? Polk Education Foundation What else would you like for us to know about you? I am a twin, my dad is a twin, and my mom is a twin. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9


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Steak, chicken, or seafood? All three! Alaskan king crab, fillet mignon, and Chicken Fancaise would rank at the top. I used to be a chef, Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. That I’m a loyal friend and will go out of my way to help if help is needed. What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? 1) Lighter for fire (not much for rubbing sticks together and though I love sushi I’d like to cook my food and have light by night). 2) Large knife. Gotta be able to make dinner, cut wood for the fire and housing. 3) Abundance of fresh water for bathing, personal hygiene, and food preparation. What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Not following the “L” rule in their golf carts. Keep the grass nice please and replace your divots!

Jeff Kline Where were you born? North Miami Did you grow up there? No. I grew up in Upper Saddle River, NJ Is “acting your age” overrated? Yes and no. You should act your age when appropriate but never forget to let the inner child out. Let loose and have fun. Be silly, smile, laugh, and play. It will keep you young at heart. What do you do for a living? Finance What would you like to do for a living? Play golf and sail. Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Play pool, nature kayaking, camping, and working on my 1976 MG Midget. What golf apparel do you like to wear? Polo shirts from Antigua. Tell us about your first kiss? Hum, that was a long time ago so I hope I remember right! I was in sixth grade playing spin the bottle in a tent with friends during a “Clover Club” overnight camp out. None of us were prepared and it was awkward for all. The game ended shortly after it began. Fortunately, I really liked one of the young ladies and she I. We kissed privately a short time later in the woods. In the years to follow she became my first sweetheart and we are still friends till this day. 30

Name the three most important things to you in this world. Health, financial stability, being able to live life freely - not just nose to the grindstone and wake up one day and it’s all over. What do you fear the most? Extreme heights What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Chi Chi Rodriguez, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino What are some of your great accomplishments? Founded a business that grew to be an international business with a liaison office in Istanbul, time in HS and college oversees which allowed for a lot of traveling, being able to reinvent myself professionally when needed. Last time you spewed something through your nose from laughing so hard? In the movie theatre watching Something about Mary. Bathroom scene. I was totally taken by surprise while sipping my soda. Favorite comedian? Jerry Seinfeld Last book you read? The Skaar Invasion. Book two of four from Terry Brooks The Fall of Shannara series Favorite charity to support? Annual kayakathon from my friends’ charity organization. He raised money for Reef Rescue and Shake a Leg Foundations. What else would you like for us to know about you? I’m a simple, yet complex, hard working individual that enjoys doing things outdoors (or in) with someone special rather than with a group. Let it be a round of golf, camping, home projects, traveling, etc. it is the time spent and the bonds forged which makes the outing a worthwhile endeavor.

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Pizza and Pasta Far Under Par at Terralina Crafted Italian Enjoy the Delights of Italy’s Lake District Lagoon-side at Disney Springs After you’ve landed that last putt on the 18th, celebrate with house-made Italian favorites inspired by Italy’s Lake District at Terralina Crafted Italian in the heart of Disney Springs. Located near Disney’s most revered golf courses, like Disney’s Magnolia and Palm courses, Terralina Crafted Italian is the perfect spot to refill the tank after taking in the greens alongside Orlando’s most iconic theme park. Terralina Crafted Italian was de-

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signed to resemble a charming Tuscan village home, and as soon as you step inside, you’ll feel ready to settle in. The stone architecture, wood beams, charming décor and art all make guests feel like family upon arrival. Whether you sit in the cozy dining room, the lagoon-side patio with sweeping views of Disney Springs, or under the veranda in the front of the restaurant, you can expect attentive service, scratch-made dishes and classic Italian cocktails, wine and beer. With Chef Justin Plank in the

kitchen, you know the food will be top-notch. Plank, an Orlando native, honed his culinary skills at the Florida Culinary Institute and is formerly of Park Plaza Gardens restaurant in Winter Park, where he was voted one of

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the Top 10 Chefs in Central Florida two years in a row. He now directs the kitchen at Terralina Crafted Italian, where his focus is on developing delicious Italian favorites that will keep guests coming back, forkful after forkful. Start with the Antipasto Tower, a tiered server full of Italian meats, cheeses, grilled vegetables and other bites to whet the appetite. Alongside a dish of herbed ricotta-stuffed Fried Olives, it’s a great way to get the celebration started after your game. Terralina Crafted Italian’s pastas are second to none, and best enjoyed with either Eggplant or Chicken Parmesan, or enveloping fish, shrimp and scallops in the Seafood Cannelloni. Feel like sharing? Order one of the large-format entrees, like Citrus-Marinated Half Chicken with fresh gremolata, Housemade Pork Roast with apple mostarda or Slow-Roasted Beef Short Rib, all designed to serve two guests. The centerpiece of Plank’s kitchen is the wood-fired pizza oven, where five different pizzas tempt taste buds, as well as a Calzone stuffed with roasted pork, sweet peppers, spinach, fresh mozzarella and tangy goat cheese. Please your palate with the Spicy Capicola pizza, topped with pickled green tomatoes, roasted garlic, fresh mozzarella, herbed ricotta, balsamic drizzle and finished with fresh arugula. Terralina Crafted Italian also offers a full beverage list featuring classic Italian cocktails, like Negronis and Aperol Spritz, alongside signature creations like the Limoncello Mojito and seasonal Frozen Bellini. The bar also offers domestic and imported beers, as well as a sophisticated wine list with vintages from all over Italy, as well as other Old World and New World bottles. As part of the Levy Restaurants collection, Terralina Crafted Italian carries the restaurant group’s commitment to excellence in service, design and — most importantly — world-class food. After the game, pop a cork, twirl the pasta, and take in Disney Springs’ sights and sounds at Terralina Crafted Italian with family and friends.

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product showcase

CertiFresh Cigar

CertiFresh Cigar® returns to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando this month with new ownership and new cigar brands added to its lineup for golf courses and clubs around the world. For 20 years, CertiFresh Cigar has offered the finest brand-name cigars that are delivered in a perfectly humidified custom package. Boveda’s patented two-way humidity control device is the cornerstone of CertiFresh packaging. Freshness of cigars is guaranteed for one year due to the packaging, so golf courses do not have to maintain a traditional humidor to carry the product. CertiFresh changed ownership in 2019 when Bill Porter, who founded the company in 1999, turned over the reins to Eric and Matt Nelson. “We were thrilled to purchase a company with such a unique and entrenched niche in the golf industry,” said co-owner Eric Nelson. “It was in solid shape when we came in, and we are simply continuing to build upon what Bill and his team started. Ours is a product with limitless possibilities. Our goal is to continue to open new doors and provide first-class customer service.” CertiFresh recently added a few new brands to its wide range of quality cigars. Brick House, Cohiba Blue and Acid join such brands as Oliva, Arturo Fuentes, Montecristo, and Romeo Y Julieta among other high-end brands. Every CertiFresh Cigar comes with customized packaging featuring the club or event logo, making for great gifts for tournaments and events. There is no added charge for the customized packaging. For more information call 800-375-2373 or visit www.certifreshcigar.com.

JMX UltraLite Grip by JumboMax

Pioneers of the USGA-conforming super-oversized grip category, JumboMax, introduced its new JMX UltraLite Grips recently. These grips are a breakthrough in grip technology offering all the same stability and control of JumboMax’s patented oversized grips at less than half the weight. Not possible until recent manufacturing innovations, the JMX UltraLite grips are for the player who wants all the benefits of JumboMax’s oversized grip technology, while retaining the feeling of more weight in the club head. JumboMax Grips simply fit your hands better for increased distance, better accuracy and more solid ball striking. Their patented design and larger diameter provides a superior “Finger-Palm™ grip” that is revolutionizing the game of golf. • Promotes light, even grip pressure. • Maintains the feeling of a heavier club head. • Shape: Oversized tapered profile keeps club face square longer. • Color: Black with red, white & blue pinstripes. • Firmness: Maximum • Texture: Multi-textured, High-tack, All-weather Polyurethane surface. • Vibration Dampening: Moderate. • Standard .600 inch core diameter. • Length 11⅛” • Available in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large Sizes For more information or to order online visit www.JumboMax.com

Zero Friction

Zero Friction, maker of high quality, technologically advanced products for golfers worldwide, announced a new Stryker 2-Glove Value Pack coming in time for the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. Like all Zero Friction compression gloves, the Stryker glove molds to your hand for a guaranteed fit to deliver outstanding precision, flexibility and comfort to every golfer that puts one on. The new Stryker 2-packs will be available in six color packs with a suggested retail price of $21.99: Blue + Gray, Lime + Gray, Red + Gray, Black + Gray, Orange + Gray, and White + Gray. The Stryker glove is only available in Men’s Left Hand. “When we debuted the original Stryker performance golf glove in January, it was only available in white with cool gray trim,” said John Iacono, Zero Friction Founder. “Golfers loved the fit but wanted the fun, bright colors associated with our brand, so it only made sense to expand the line.” The Zero Friction Stryker compression fit glove features: • A price point for the budget-conscious golfer, • An expansion flap for better fit and comfort, • Double-stitched Performance Synthetic colored palm patch, and • Full index finger with performance wrapped fabric. Zero Friction’s true advantage for retailers is that the universal fit means shops do not have to carry a huge inventory of sizes. Instead, the shops can offer a large selection of colors. Zero Friction also benefits golf shops with a creative selection of packaging, including the SuperTubes, which received the 2018 ING Industry Honors Product Ingenuity award for its packaging of color-matched glove, Spectra™ distance golf balls and tees. 34

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Reclaim Your Game! Faster recovery. Better relaxation. BioSpring CBD provides safe, natural relief from the issues that keep you from playing your best. .

hat is CBD? Short for Cannabidiol, CBD is one of the hundreds of compounds called cannabinoids that are found in cannabis plants. You might be thinking, “Isn’t that where marijuana comes from?” Yes, but unlike the mind-altering compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not get you high. In fact, the low THC strain was originally dubbed “Hippie’s Disappointment.” The many industrial uses of hemp (fabrics, rope, housing materials and more) had been recognized for years, but CBD first received widespread national attention in 2013 when CNN’s medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta produced a documentary featuring Charlotte Figi, a young child from Colorado with a rare 36

form of severe epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. Diagnosed at two and a half years old, Charlotte’s seizures were unstoppable and difficult to control. By age six, she was experiencing over 300 epileptic episodes a

the Stanley Family on their botanical farm outside of Colorado Springs. Paige extracted it into a CBD oil and fed it to Charlotte. Almost immediately after administering her the dose, hours, then days passed without a

week – roughly two seizures per hour. Conventional treatments didn’t help. Paige and Matt Figi, Charlotte’s parents, desperately searched for alternative forms of treatment. Eventually they discovered a high CBD, low THC strain of cannabis at a local marijuana dispensary grown by

single seizure. The miraculous story quickly spread and gained national acclaim. The rest is history. President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014, part of which allowed the cultivation of industrial hemp by universities and state departments for the purposes Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9


of research and education. However, the truly pivotal moment for the hemp and CBD industry was when hemp was excluded from the 1970 Controlled Substances Act by virtue of the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act (2018 Farm Bill). When The World Anti-Doping Agency, the go-to authority for most amateur and professional sports organizations’ governance of illegal drug usage, removed CBD from its list of banned substances in January of 2019, the doors to everyone being able to take advantage of CBD’s many benefits burst wide open. CBD oils have long been prepared and used as medicine. The legality lies in the levels of THC in the product, which determines whether the strain is considered medical marijuana or hemp. While THC is well-known for its high, caused by breaking down the cannabis plant by heat via smoking it or cooking it, high CBD strains are found in the least processed part of the hemp plant. When the THC levels remain below 0.3%, the oil can be classified as a hemp product, making it legal to sell in all 50 states and several countries. One of the leading CBD companies is BioSpring, based in Evergreen, Colorado. Founder and President, Eric Robinson has always been fond of the outdoors and nature. Robinson studied botany and dendrology coupled with forestry at Colorado State. With his passion for plants and a devotion to helping people and animals alike, Robinson started recognizing the healing powers of CBD derived from hemp. After years of education and experimentation with CBD products, BioSpring was born. Pure CBD extracted from the hemp plant is the core ingredient in the BioSpring line of CBD products. With a meticulous growing and extraction process, accompanied by rigorous quality control, BioSpring CBD products provide a natural solution that can benefit a person’s health in a variety of ways. How does BioSpring CBD work? BioSpring CBD works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9

system (ECS). The ECS has two types of CBD receptors in your body. One is in the brain, which deals with movement, coordination, thought process, emotional state, memories, pain, and appetite. The other receptors deal with your immune system, inducing pain and inflammation. People tend to use prescription or over-the-counter drugs to relieve stiffness and pain, including chronic pain. BioSpring CBD offers a more natural alternative. “I was skeptical about the claims (of CBD) and thought it was hocus pocus,” said Dr. Barnes Keller, a board- certified cardiologist in West Palm Beach, FL. “Eric Robinson, the president of BioSpring, convinced me to give it a try for my various aches and pains from my previous athletic career. On the basis of my own experience and the excellent results, I strongly recommend BioSpring.” Whether you prefer a tincture, pain rub, skin cream or lip balm, BioSpring offers a full product line of hemp CBD products. And for your furry friends, BioSpring offers Furbaby Bites that can provide relief from stress and anxiety for the four-legged members of your family. All of BioSpring’s CBD products use full-spectrum hemp

oil and contain less than 0.3% THC. The company is dedicated to providing superior products using nonGMO, clean ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, lavender, aloe and more. Whether you’re looking for hemp for anxiety, arthritis, pain, or some other reason, you can trust BioSpring CBD, the leader in high quality hemp extract CBD and consistent quality. For more information and to order, visit www.BioSpringCBD.com.

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Carole Clark

KemperSports is proud to announce that Carole Clark, director of golf and assistant general manager at The Club at Grandézza – an 18-hole privatelyowned club and gated community in Estero, Florida – has been awarded the 2019 LPGA Professionals National Professional of the Year award. This recognition is given annually to an LPGA Professional primarily engaged in a golf operation, golf association or industry position, who is promoting the game through player development, growth of the game initiatives and other golfrelated activities. “On behalf of hundreds of KemperSports PGA and LPGA professionals and more than 6,000 staffers across the country, I want to congratulate Carole on this prestigious recognition,” said Steve Skinner, KemperSports CEO. “It’s wonderful to see Carole, who has been a loyal supporter of the LPGA for many years, receive such a high honor. Within

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her first year at KemperSports, Carole has been a leader in player development programs and efforts to grow the game. We are proud to have her on our team.” A 25-year industry veteran, Clark leads Grandézza’s golf operations – including hiring, training and managing the professional staff, as well as developing, implementing and facilitating programs for player development within the membership and community. She is also involved in all other departments within the club in her role as assistant general manager. Prior to her current role, Clark worked as a golf professional and director of instruction at Woods Hole Golf Club in Cape Cod and as a golf and teaching professional at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers, Florida. Clark’s support of the LPGA and its programming for 20 years is a big part of why she has gained this recognition. She has served as an LPGA officer for over a decade, has worked on various committees and is a part of the Global Education Team. She has participated in championships and Pro-Am events with teams composed of members from the clubs she has served. Clark received the Southeast Section’s 2019 Professional of the Year award, which qualified her to be considered for the National award. The LPGA Professional of the Year is selected by the membership’s Executive Committee from the pool of the section award winners and voted on by officers of six regional sections. For more information on KemperSports, visit www.kempersports.com. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9


golf history

By Mike May

Great For Racing, But Better For Golf In life, there’s an old adage:

‘Great things happen in bunches of threes.’ That mantra definitely applies to beach lovers who also enjoy playing golf and watching motor sports. For golfers who like motor racing and are planning to visit Daytona Beach, Florida in 2020 to watch a car race or two, they should be prepared for beach walks, birdie putts, and bumper-to-bumper racing at the Daytona International Speedway. Miles of hard-packed sand await all beach walkers to the ‘World’s Most Famous Beach.’ The three big car races on Daytona’s calendar for 2020 are the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, Daytona 500 in February, and the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in August. And, golfers in Daytona Beach have access to three Florida Historic Golf Trail courses, too: the South Course at the Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach North Turn 1953 photo courtesy of NASCAR Archives and Research Center Golf Course, Riviera Country Club, and the New Smyrna Beach Golf Course. As stimulating and exciting as the beach walks and car races may be, the golf along the Florida Historic Golf Trail will be the highlight of your visit to Daytona Beach for a number of reasons. The par-71 South Course at the Daytona Beach Golf Club (www. daytonabeachgc.com; 386-671-3500) features three sets of tees that range from nearly 5,200 yards to just over 6,200 yards. The course follows

some of the original routing laid out by renowned golf course architect Donald Ross back in the early 1920s.

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New Smyrna Golf Club - TODAY - Hole 2 - from Gary Wintz at NSGC The tee shots on the South Course can be very forgiving, but the approaches are somewhat demanding if players want to go pin-seeking. A passing train is a common sight on the South course, since the 4th, 5th, and 6th holes are separated from the main golf course by the railroad tracks. And, the 12th, 13th, and 14th holes are bordered on their right by those same tracks. The railroad tracks are clearly marked as being OB. FYI: Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead and Jimmy Demaret played a challenge match on this course in 1946. Demaret shot 64 to secure the win. The other three shot 67, 67 and 69, respectfully. The Riviera Country Club (www.rivcc. com; 386-677-2464) in Ormond Beach was originally a nine-hole course in the 1930s, but later expanded to 18 holes in 1954. At Riviera, golf is treasured, celebrated and enjoyed every day of the year. As the club’s brochure states, the Riviera Country Club has a “relaxed, comfortable atmosphere” which “welcomes golfers from around the world to enjoy.” In 2014, all 18 greens were replaced. Now, Riviera’s greens are in absolutely perfect condition – true, consistent, quick, smooth, and fair. And, there are as many as nine different pin positions on every green. FYI: At Riviera, tee times are not required. Simply show up, pay and play. Walking is allowed. The New Smyrna Beach Golf Club (www.newsmyrnagolfclub.com; 386-4102693) measures from 4,700 yards to 6,500 yards and was completely renovated in 2006. In 2016, all the greens were replaced with platinum paspalum grass and the bunkers were softened. The greens were also enlarged to give more pin positions. Here, all four par fives are birdie opportunities as two of these par fives are Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9

under 500 yards long. Water comes into play on eight holes. The signature hole is the 2nd hole – a medium-length par four which features a lake to the left and out-of-bounds to the right. FYI: Of the 18 putting surfaces, only one green – the 13th – is bunker free. Daytona Beach confirms that the old adage is true: ‘Great things happen in bunches of threes.’

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WINE DESCRIPTION AROMAS: Baked pear and citrus, complemented with caramel and brown sugar from the French oak FLAVORS: Layered and complex with balance between roundness and crisp acidity. This delicate wine has flavors of baked green apple tart and tropical fruit that flow through the mouth, finishing with caramel, lemon zest and toasty oak. BLEND: 100% Chardonnay AGING: 10 months in French oak barrels, 85% new oak ALCOHOL: 14.5%

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Golf Heritage Society Expands Mission, Membership

The Golf Heritage Society

has changed its name, has elected new leadership and is broadening its reach throughout the greater golf community. The nonprofit entity, formerly known as the Golf Collectors Society, is inviting everyone who is passionate about golf to join the newly-expanded global organization. At its recent annual meeting, Dr. Bern Bernacki of Pittsburgh, Pa., was elected president of the Golf Heritage Society (GHS) and Rob Rendely of Olney, Md., was elected vice president. Each will serve a two-year term. “We welcome everyone who loves the game,” said Bernacki. “Our mission

is to honor and preserve golf’s traditions and history – past, present and future.” While golf collectors remain a vibrant segment of the GHS, increasingly diverse golf interests are included in its expanding membership: players of all ages, golf historians, hickory golf enthusiasts and golf course designers, as well as artists and writers. With about 860 members from 15 countries, the GHS embraces its expanding role in golf and welcomes all new members.

GHS membership benefits include:

• Camaraderie with fellow members at local, regional and national GHS gatherings • The opportunity to buy, sell and trade golf collectibles at GHS trade shows and auctions • The opportunity to play in hickory club tournaments • The Society’s long-running quarterly journal, The Golf, replete with compelling features, articles and special guest contributors • A monthly newsletter with updates, member news and interesting golf history side notes • A website updated regularly with Members-only resources including an archive of past issues of the Society journal, information on golf collecting, links to fraternal golf history societies and other features For more information or to join the Golf Heritage Society, visit GolfHeritage. org or contact Pete Georgiady, execu46

tive director, at 567-303-5584 or pgeorgiady@golfheritage.org. The Golf Heritage Society was originally founded as the Golf Collectors Society in 1970 as an international organization dedicated to preserving the treasures and traditions of the game of golf. The first annual meeting was held in 1972, in Louisville, Ky. GHS meetings now attract hundreds of participants, and the annual trade show, held in conjunction with the meeting, is the largest of its kind in the world. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9


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The steep elevation of Ballycastle GC offers spectacular panoramic views.

Northern Ireland –Kingdom For Golfers There are times these days that the small, usually deserted, coastal roads along the majestic Northern Ireland Antrim Coast seem to more resemble the Los Angeles Freeway due to not only the success of last year’s Open Championship with golfers but the hordes of global Game of Thrones enthusiasts visiting the many locales used in the filming of the iconic series. However, only a short half hours’ drive away, from either Portrush or Belfast, is an oasis of peace and tranquility, and one of my favorite hotels to tuck in anywhere – Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort in Ballymene.  Situated on the banks of the River Maine, the resort is set amongst 163 acres of magnificent parkland and gardens.  The rooms are luxuriously appointed, and the amenities original and sublime throughout the property.  The halls, public spaces and gardens feature an extensive collection of original artwork and sculptures to suit every taste.   Along with traditional spa services, there is the Thermal Village with riverside hot tub cabins, a snow cabin, Celtic Sauna Infusion, indoor and outdoor heated pools and so much more.   You won’t go hungry with a varied selection of dining outlets both at the main hotel and their nearby Galgorm Golf Club located at Galgorm Castle.  Be sure and try the daily gin sampling at 48

their Gin Library featuring literally hundreds of gins from around the world. On the golf side, Royal Portrush and Royal County Down need no introduction; they have deservedly risen to the very pinnacle of links golf and have the pricy green fees and limited visitor tee times to go along with their fame.  In fact, if you want to play either of these iconic links in 2021 you had best have secured a precious tee time no later than March of 2020 or before.   Not to worry there is an abundance

of great and reasonably priced golf in the area to satisfy the most avid of links aficionados. Starting with the Valley Course at Royal Portrush. Designed by Harry Colt, as is the Championship Course there, it is home to the Royal Portrush Ladies Branch and also Graeme McDowell’s home club, Rathmore. Don’t let the fact that the green fee is a fourth of its famous neighbor, the Valley Course is every bit a challenge to even the lowest handicaps.

Castlerock’s 18th hole finishes in full view of the Clubhouse’s 19th Hole. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9


Castlerock’s Mussenden Championship course offers a visual delight as it plays along the linksland. Just on the other side of Portrush on the way to Portstewart is the charming Par 3 course – Ballyreagh.  It will definitely assist in honing your short game in the wind and offers some of the most dramatic and stunning views in golf.  Not to mention it won’t break your travel budget.   Portstewart GC with its three distinctive links – The Strand, The Old Course and The Riverside is a local favorite offering something for every level of golfer.  The famous championship Strand Course’s opening hole is like something from another world as it plays out amidst towering dunes.     Continuing west, just along the coast is Castlerock with 27 holes of classic linkland with the 18-hole Mussenden course and the 9-hole Bann course. Again, don’t make the mistake of thinking anything less than 7,000 yards isn’t a challenge –on the Mussenden links if the ever-present winds don’t pose enough of a distraction, the mesmerizing views will.   Heading east from Portrush, past the famous the ruins of Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery, the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, not to mention numerous Game of Thrones locales, is the town of Ballycastle. Renowned for its seafood and as the gateway to Rathlin Island it is also the setting for Ballycastle GC.   Ballycastle GC has a split personality playing 5 holes on relatively benign flat parkland around the ruins of Bonamargy Friary before crossing back across the road for an exhilarating 13 holes of Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9

The stunning County Antrim coastline.

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linksland up and down a steep elevation under the watchful eye of Fair Head cliff and its organ pipe columns.   Closer to Belfast there are additional courses worthy of a trip across the Pond including Ardglass, Annesley (at RCD), Loch Erne, Royal Belfast, Holywood (Rory’s home course), Malone, Belvoir Park, Warrenpoint and Kirkistown Castle for a start.  So, if you don’t secure a tee time on Royal Portrush or Royal County Down there’s no need to postpone your golf trip to Northern Ireland.  The famous “craic” awaits!!!   TourismIreland.com TourismNI.com DPandLGolf.com – Provides custom and affordable golf packages in Northern Ireland and is proud to partner with Golf Central Magazine. Please use code GC55 when enquiring or booking for special Golf Central treatment.     The Valley Course at Royal Portrush is a wonderful complement to the championship layout.

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By Fred Seely and Jeff Adams

JAGA News & Notes January 2020 Top fields are expected for the First Coast Amateur for men and the Clay County Women’s Invitational. The men will play at The Conservatory in Palm Coast and the women will be at Eagle Harbor. A strong collegiate contingent is expected for both as the dates are over the Martin Luther King weekend. The First Coast already has a waiting list of over 30 players despite the field being enlarged to 96 players. Entries for the inaugural women’s event are still open. Four juniors will receive entires thanks to the North Florida Junior Foundation golf tour. On Jan. 2-3, the First Coast Junior Amateur will be played at Jax Beach and the two two boys and top two girls will get fully-paid exemptions in the events. Two boys will also receive a fully paid exemption into the Palatka Junior Azalea and the female winner will get a fully paid exemption into the South Atlantic Amateur in Ormond Beach.

Meetings JAGA opens the year with a Jan. 8 ,meeting at Timuquana. Election of 2020 officers will be on the agenda. The Northern Chapter of the North Florida PGA meets at Timuquana the following day.

JAGA Awards The JAGA award winners for 2019 who will be honored at the Feb. 5 Celebration of Golf banquet at the TPC Sawgrass: Earl and Eleanor Kelly Longtime Service Award: Emily Brown, Eagle Harbor. Director of the Year: Thomas Bozzutto, Hyde Park Professional of the Year: Clint Avret, Timuquana. Club Executive of the Year: Bruce Mohler, Jax Beach. Community Service Award: Bill Hughes, PGA Tour. JAGA has a new mailing address: 830-13 A1A North Box 158 Ponte Vedra Beach FL 32082

Banquet A large advance sale indicates the Celebration of Golf dinner will be a sellout. Over 200 seats have been reserved to date with the event over a month away on Feb. 5.Tickets are $75 each and 52

the signup is at jaxareagolf.org. The banquet is at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse and the Deane Beman Award will be presented to John Tucker, a past JAGA president who was instrumental in bringing PGA Tour golf back to this ares with the Greater Jacksonville Open in 1965 and then the move of the PGA Tour and its signature tournament in the mid-70s.

News • Kevin Slayden of Sawgrass tied for second in the Orlando City Amateur at Dubsdread GC. • Former JAGA President Bob Streightiff and wife Joan have sold their home in Queen’s Harbour and have relocated to North Carolina. The head pro, Jonathan Williams and one assistant were let go. The person in charge of new memberships had her job eliminated as did one sales person. Lon Grundy, the GM, now also oversees new memberships and club gets about 15 leads a week on membership inquiries so that is good. Auric Zuberhour, the head pro and Slammer, is now over both courses and he and Seth Henrich, the Director of Golf, alternate coming to each course during a normal week.  Overseed at K/B went great. No overseed this year at Slammer. Next year, Slammer overseeds and K/B doesnt.  Grand opening of K/B clubhouse renovation is scheduled for February 20. One of our two teams at the Troon Cup competition in Palm Springs finished second!

Calendar Jan. 2-3: First Coast Junior, Jax Beach. Jan. 7: FSGA Rules seminar, Jacksonville G&CC. Jan. 8: JAGA Board, Timuquana. Jan. 9: Northern Chapter PGA meeting, Timuquana. Jan. 13: Northern Chapter PGA Pro-Am, San Jose. Jan. 18-20: First Coast Amateur, Hammock Beach Conservatory. Jan. 18-20: Clay County Women’s Invitational. Feb. 3-4: Seabest Invitational, TPC Sawgrass Feb. 6: Celebration of Golf Banquet, TPC Sawgrass. Feb. 11: JAGA Board, Mayport. Feb. 15-16: Gator Invitational, Gainesville. Feb. 17-18: Amelia Island Collegiate Invitational. Feb. 17-18: Underwood Cup, Timuquana. Feb. 27: Northern Chapter PGA meeting, San Jose. March 9-10: UNF Collegiate, Jacksonville G&CC. March 11: Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast, TBA. March 12-15: PLAYERS Championship, TPC Sawgrass. March 23: Northern Chapter PGA Pro-Am, Palencia. March 26-28: Timuquana member-guest. March 29-30: Hayt Invitational, Sawgrass. March 31: Deadline for JAGA Scholarship applicants. April 6: JAGA Spring Four-Ball, Marsh Creek. April 6: Straub Memorial, Amelia National. May 14: Northern Chapter PGA meeting, Glen Kernan. June 3: Pro-Junior, South Hampton. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9


June 28: PGA Memorial Pro-Am, Jax Beach. July 20-21: Northern Chapter PGA championship, World Golf Village. July 27-28: North Florida PGA Pro-Pro, TBA. Aug. 31: Northern Chapter PGA Pro-Am, Marsh Landing. Sept. 24: Northern Chapter PGA meeting, Deerwood. Sept. 28: Northern Chapter PGA Stableford Championship, Ponte Vedra. Oct. 22: Northern Chapter PGA Pro-Lady, Mayport. Nov. 2: JAGA Scholarship Trust benefit, Ponte Vedra Ocean. Nov. 12: Northern Chapter PGA meeting, Jacksonville G&CC. Nov. 16: JAGA/PGA Club Team Championship, TBA. Dec. 16: Northern Chapter PGA Pro-Am, TPC Sawgrass.

ABOUT JAGA

Established in 1954, JAGA celebrates its 66th year in 2019. It is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (4) corporation comprised of over 40-member golf clubs located in the Northeast Florida area. JAGA’s mission is to promote golf and goodwill through tournaments and related events and activities. It conducts 11 tournaments, including six championship events and five others that feature team formats. JAGA manages a scholarship program that currently provides college funding for 25 area students. Since 1974, the program has generated approximately $1.75 million in financial aid to approximately 350 students. Anyone interested in receiving monthly “JAGA News & Notes” and announcements about JAGA and its tournaments via email may do so by signing up at WWW.JAXAREAGOLF. ORG. Simply click on the home page link that reads “Subscribe to JAGA Email”.

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Story and Photos: Greg and Beverly Wise

golf travel

Golf in the Islands on Cruise Control

The Recipe:

6-days A Carnival Ship named “Magic” Ft. Lauderdale Departure 3 Great Island Stops Golf Shoes and Cameras This is truly the recipe for success. When we tell people, we are going on a cruise, their first question is, “Where ya going?” To me it doesn’t matter! When I step on a ship, I am on “Cruise Control.” They go where they go, and we are just along for the ride. Peace and quiet (to some degree), refreshed and ready to adventure when we get to the next stop. Okay… when I say it doesn’t matter, it really does. We looked at the itinerary and what is on that island. This cruise was selected for the 3 islands stops, one island I had played golf on before, so there was a new adventure waiting Beverly and I when reached the other 2.

First Stop – Nassau in the Bahamas It was off the ship as soon as we docked and off to “The Ocean Club” on Paradise Island. Quickest, easiest way is to just get a taxi (make sure you know the costs of getting there and don’t hesitate to make an offer of what you are willing to pay). Twenty minutes later we were at the entrance to the club and ready to play. The Ocean Club is a Country Club on Paradise Island that is owned by the Atlantis Hotel. People who stay at Atlantis and the FourSeasons Resort on Paradise Island have Reniko Rolle claimed to be the best Starter on the Island with Beverly Wise

View from Governors beach on Grand Turk Island

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18th-hole Ocean Club on Paradise Island full access to the golf course during their stay. But occasionally, depending on the volume of play and the season, the Director of Golf mentioned that you may be able to play the course if there are times available coming off the ship. This championship golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf offers every element for the perfect golf game and is one to add to your bucket list. You’ll head back to the ship thinking how a crosswind can be there on every hole. I would think… something must be down wind. This 18-hole, par-72 course spans 7,100 yard and is truly surrounded by water. With the Atlantic Ocean to the North and the Nassau Harbour to the South and East… you’ll have to contend with the crosswinds and creative bunkers all day long.

Tees Black Gold Blue White Red

Drinking fresh Coconut water as a break on the golf course

Yardage 7159 6676 6267 5725 4995

Second Island – Dominican Republic Our sites were set on “Playa Dorada” in Puerto Plata. After docking in Amber Cove, we were off for a 30-minute ride through the island. This 18-hole, 6,730-yard, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. “Signature Course” meanders through the Caribbean tropical terrain, sloping hillsides, wide fairway and expansive sand bunkers of Playa Dorada Beach and Golf Club. And that’s just the Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9

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In Port at Turks and Caicos Islands golf course. Combine that with some tremendous views of the surrounding are of Puerto Plata and it all combines for a great round of golf.

The 9th-hole is said to be one of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. best designed holes. A dogleg left… following the lake edge, with a very wide fairway to the right. Tough 9th Hole

Use the bail-out area to the right side of the fairway and you have a very difficult approach to the green that is tucked in very tightly to the water edge on the left. Okay… that doesn’t sound so difficult, but the green is only 25-feet wide and wraps around the lake edge.

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Playa Dorada had just gotten word the week before we arrived that the PGA Tour had extended the Puerto Plate DR Open for an additional 3-years. May 4-10, 2020 – 144 players on the PGA – Latin America tour, from 20 countries will complete at Playa Dorada for the Championship

Turks and Caicos Islands The Turks and Cacaos website talks about the unique Island 9-hole golf course, that was built on the Office of the Governor. Waterloo Golf Course, officially opened on January 3, 1998, the 2,758-yard course was built with volunteers. Even the Governor himself was involved in the construction and design. Excited about the possibilities of see56

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Playa Dorada with Puerto Plata mountain in the background ing something that I had never seen before… we were off the ship and walking the few hundred yards to the course. Were we ever surprised! Talking to the locals, Hurricanes Irma and Maria had together destroyed the golf course in 2017, and it has never been rebuilt. We walked the property and found a number of the tee box location and even found one of the greens with the flag stick laying on the ground. There has recently been some talk about the re-creation of the golf course. Wouldn’t it be cool to help in their effort? I can read the headline now… “Turf Heads Unite to rebuild Tropical Island Golf Course.” As people that love living the TURF LIFE… why not share the need. I know we could share some equipment, expertise, and humanitarian support with them. There is a Rotary International Club on Grand Turk. Rotary International is “Service Above Self” and well… I think we can ALL help do this. There are 1,500 children in their school system and how important would that be to make a difference in a young person through golf.

3rd Hole of devastation at the Waterloo Golf Course

Beach at the Playa Dorada Golf Resort

Back on board and loving “Cruising and the beautiful sunsets”

Back on Board for the cruise back to Ft. Lauderdale So, did I take golf clubs? No… Getting back and forth through customs can be in some ports very difficult. All I took is my golf shoes and your favorite golf balls. All these courses have quality brand clubs to use. Leave the troubled sticks behind this time. You’ll be much happier. Dinner at a “Set Time” or “Anytime” That is where we learned the difference. Maybe it was just us… but Anytime setting took forever, where setting at a certain time each day is the way we will do it from now on. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9

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SunnilandSUPERSpotlight: Glen Thompson My Mom and Dad moved my younger brother and I from Louisville, Kentucky to Orlando, Florida in November of 1980. It was scary being the 7th grade kid that wore flannel and talked funny. At 14 I got my start in the golf business picking up range balls with my brother and the neighborhood kids (Casselberry Golf Club) for free golf. I worked there until I was about 19 and I started on the maintenance crew as soon as I turned 18. After high school I had a couple of years of pre-engineering which didn’t fit me. I left Casselberry and was a spray tech in the Orlando area for 3 years before attending Lake City Community College. I graduated from the Golf Course Operations program in 1995. The running joke was that it took me 8 years to get a 3-year degree but I met a lot of great people. Being a bit of a night owl, I earned the nickname Possum for looking dead in the mornings. Before I started in sales in 1999, I worked for some great people at some great clubs. Grand Cypress (Tom Alex), Debary Plantation (Lou Dolan), Alaqua and Long Cove Club (Steve Wright), Callawassee Island Club (Dave DeGeorge), Eastlake Woodlands (Steve Hritsko) . These gentlemen helped me understand what good was. In 1999 my first sales job was for Ralph Brannin at Coastal Equipment (John Deere). I’m the reason he has no hair. The sales training I received from John Deere was second to none, but my heart was always in Plant Nutrition. Over the past 20 years I have managed the central Florida territory for Todd Ronske (UHS), helped start Independent Turf Partners managing the central Florida territory (Roger Welker, Fred Marshall and Wilson Randolph), covered Virginia to Florida as a manufacturers rep for Performance Nutrition (Don Pucillo), managed eight sales reps for Golf Ventures in Florida and the Caribbean (Ron Jackson), manufacturers rep for Comand (Darren Midlane, Ryan McMeekin, Shane Donnelly) and now I’m the product development manager for Sunniland Corp. Mr. Tom Moore, Billy Griffith and I have had a good relationship over the past 20 years. I brokered Sunniland Fertilizer in the early 2000’s with ITP, represented Sunniland as sales manager of Golf Ventures and now I’m a 60

Sunniland employee. The addition of a liquid plant and the quality of granular fertilizer that is produced from the fertilizer plant made it a great fit for me. Tom Moore, Lee Moore and Billy Griffith have welcomed me into the Sunniland family. I look forward to representing

them in the field, developing new products and marketing Sunniland to golf, sports turf and the lawn care markets. I’m proud to work for a company that is service oriented and product quality is number one. It’s our job to help our friends keep theirs. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9


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recognized around the world and is valued for its focus on minimizing the potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations to enhance water quality, increase valuable natural areas and improve the wildlife habitats that golf courses provide. Monarchs in the Rough is leading the way for golf courses to help off-set the decline in monarch population by developing desperately needed new habitat. In the last 20 years, Monarchs have declined by 90%. Al is working to establish essential habitat for butterflies by increasing awareness of conservation challenges and providing milkweed seed and technical support for on-the-ground projects at golf courses enrolled in the program. As of January 2020, the program has established over 700 acres of Monarch habitat. Audubon International will also be Audubon International booth

providing one of the highlights of the

At The Forefront of the Golf Industry Show

show by bringing in two raptors on the expo’s opening day to highlight the Raptor Relocation Network, and its newest expansion to San Francisco International Airport. AI’s staff, along with a representative of the Avian Reconditioning Center of Apopka, FL, will

Later this month, Audubon International (AI) will be bringing their message of environmentally sustainable golf course management to the annual Golf Industry Show (GIS) in Orlando (Janu-

tive demonstrations lend themselves to

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GCSAA-TV segment and at AI’s booth to increase awareness

of the program. A partnership between AI and United Airlines’ Eco-Skies program, the Raptor Relocation Network is designed to protect raptors trapped at airports – including hawks, ospreys and owls – by relocating them to safe, healthy and more suitable habitat on golf courses within the ACSP. The raptors are being relocated for safety reasons, including bird strikes. “The GIS is a key component of our outreach and education efforts each year,” says Kane. “We’re already planning for the 2021 show in Las Vegas.” Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9


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Your “Hole in One” Resolution

By Joseph Petersen Director of Agriculture and Environmental Science Programs joseph.petersen@fgc.edu 386-754-4218

a brand-new turf faculty member. Erik Smith, a previous golf course superintendent from the TPC Prestancia course in Sarasota Fl, has joined our team. Erik holds a Master’s degree from Penn State in Turfgrass Management. Can you think of anything better? A past superintendent teaching future superintendents. Your employees and future employees will gain knowledge in IPM, Irrigation, Landscape Plant ID, Soil Science, Turfgrass Management, and Botany. They will also develop a foundational business knowledge in the fields of Business Law, Management, Computer Joseph Petersen and his dog Erik

I would like to welcome you all to the new 2020. New years come with new resolutions. Whether personal or corporate, these resolutions are to help us improve…to better ourselves and companies. One of the best resolutions that can be made is to gain more knowledge. Knowledge can never be taken away from you. This is where we can help. Florida Gateway College (formally Lake City Community College) has been in the business of providing critical industry specific knowledge to its students. This has not changed over the last 40 years, although the program title has. What was the old Golf and Landscape Operations program is now the Agribusiness Management Program with and emphasis in Turfgrass Management. Longer name…same quality program. There is great excitement with this program now as well. Did you know that 3 high schools 64

in north Florida are teaching the first Turf/Horticulture certificate as part of their AG curriculum? We are working with more high schools to adopt this curriculum. One school in particular has Students over 100 students studying turfgrass. Within 3 years we will have certified young professionals wanting to start their careers. Would you like them to work for you? What about your own employees? I am sure that you have great people that could use the knowledge gained through a college education. We want to teach them! We want them to be the best they can be, as I am sure you do also. To aid in this goal, we have hired

Applications, and Financial Accounting. They will also complete the program while earning Florida’s green industry certification, the FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional. And to top it all off…FGC gives over a half a million dollars in scholarships each year with over 50K dedicated towards this program alone. Now is the time to reach out to us. Summer term is just around the corner. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9


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 Jamie McCrosky

Lakewood National Golf Club

2nd Assistant Ken Holloway, Piper; Assistant Tylor Meppelink, Piper; Golf course Superintendent, Jamie McCrosky; Assistant Martin Harris, Commander; 2nd Assistant Derek Knapp, Commander

reception from the players. Lakewood National looks forward to hosting the 2nd annual LECOM Suncoast classic in February of 2020. The Piper course opened in November of 2019 to much fanfare, just like the Commander Course. Arnold Palmer design team along with Lennar homes did a splendid job coordinating The Piper to give the community a different playing golf course. The Piper doesn’t have near the undulations the Commander possesses on the fairways and greens, however there are tighter tee shots to the fairways and smaller greens that make shot making a premium. The Commander has large deep faced bunkers with greenside bunker shots 7 feet or higher up to the green surfaces, whereas the Piper bunkers may be shallower, but are more numerous and protect a lot of the greens. As for me, I have been the Golf Course Superintendent since the origin of the Community and have grown in both courses since starting construction in January of 2016. I work for ICON

As we approach the 2019-20

winter season at Lakewood National Golf Club, we have entered a new and exciting era at the club; we are now operating 36 holes of golf, thanks to the opening of the new 18 holes: The Piper Course, this past November. Lakewood National Golf and Country Club originally opened in January of 2017 with the first 18, which is now called the Commander Course. The courses were designed

LWN Piper Course 4

LWN Commander Course 4 by Arnold Palmer Design team intertwined amongst a resort style community and 1300 hundred homes developed by Lennar Homes. The Commander course opened its doors to the Lakewood Ranch community in 2017 with a fury. The course was well received by golfers from all over and real estate sales occurred at a rapid pace. The Commander course 66

and its unique style with elevation changing fairways and large beautiful greens and sand bunkers have averaged over 50,000 rounds annually. The course right from inception gained notoriety from the professional golf world and became a host to the PGA mandated Korn Ferry Golf Tour. 2019 was the inaugural year of the tournament and received great attendance from the community, as well as a warm

Management Services and we manage Golf Courses and Homeowners Associations across Florida, Delaware, and Alabama. I have worked for ICON Management as a Superintendent for the last 9 years, and before that I worked as a Superintendent 6 years prior throughout Central and Southwest Florida. I originate from Bloomington, Indiana where I started working at golf courses during my high school years. It was then I knew I wanted to pursue a career in golf. I relocated to Rhode Island and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture science from the University of Rhode Island. Overall, I have 25 years of golf course experience in all facets from new construction to daily maintenance. It has been an honor and pleasure to be part of the ICON and Lakewood National Golf Team and we look forward to many more years of community and golf development. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 9


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Golf Central Magazine - Vol 20 Issue 9  

Golf Central Magazine - Vol 20 Issue 9