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We’d Like To Put A Few Holes In Your Vacation Plans. Quite a few in fact. You see, our Fairfield Glade Resort offers 90 dramatic and challenging holes of Championship Golf. And our Stonehenge course was named among the top public courses in Tennessee by Golf Digest, GolfWeek and Golf Magazine. But your vacation doesn’t have to be all about golf. There are also 11 pristine, cold water lakes for boating and fishing, miles of nature trails, a state-of-the-art Racquet Center and a convenient on-site restaurant. This year, plan to spend your vacation at Fairfield Glade Resort. Come see why we’re called the state’s holey land for golfers. For information or reservations, call 931-707-2052 • www.fairfieldgladeresort .com. Located between Knoxville and Nashville, just a few miles from I-40 (Exit 322)

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Volume 22, Issue 4 Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Graphic Design: Melahn Cable, Photojournalists: Greg and Beverly Wise Photographers: Lynn Pelham, Brion Price, Peter Hakansson

My Big Fat Letter    Golfers are on the move again. People are getting out, seeing friends and above all, teeing it up. I, on the other hand, have been eating and drinking like I am going to jail, and have rarely gotten out for a round with friends.  I’m not the only person who has been challenged this past year, but am excited to see others who travel to golf destinations enjoying the Turf Life. Our cover boasts The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. America’s First Resort where 23 US Presidents have enjoyed ALL of the amazing amenities (flip over a few pages and learn about this historic destination). It’s not just adults who are getting physical activity but today’s “ute”  as well.     Physical inactivity in kids is the ‘Rodney Dangerfield of pandemics’.  It gets no respect. But it kills more people than smoking or being obese and negatively impacts whether a child will do OK in school. PHIT America® is a national ‘movement’ to greatly improve the physical and mental health of the 50 million children who do not meet the CDC’s physical activity standards. When children are active they show improved health and academic performance.  PHIT has developed a fun after-school golf program for up to 36 beginners at once. It consists of 6 or more sessions of approximately 1 hour each covering the four basic golf swings. Kids are taught in groups of 6 to 8 and use age-appropriate golf learning equipment along with programming provided by the Payne Stewart Kids Golf Foundation. The kids golf-learning experience uses a game-based curriculum that is fun and inspiring. I’m inspired!!  It’s just not PHIT America that is doing things with kids but the Arnold and Winnie Palmer Foundation as well. Orlando’s Lake Lorna Doone Park had an $8M renovation that included the addition of the Winnie Palmer Nature Walk and the Arnold Palmer Putting Experience. These activities offer great opportunities for local children and families while affirming the Palmer Foundation’s commitment to supporting children’s health, character development, and nature-focused wellness. More information on this can be found on pages 30-31. Speaking of being fit our Golf Bachelorette of the Month, Avona, is a shining example of being a beginner golfer who is fit for the game.

Mike Coonan, Becky Galloway Senior Correspondent: Rick Harris, Sr. International Correspondent: Dove Jones Inflluencer/Ambassador: Chad Smith 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, Linda Williams-Sieg Editor Emeritus: Joel Jackson, CGCS Retired Turf Tender: Rich Havyer Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth, Founder-Georgia Golf Trail

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Volume 22, Issue 4 FEATURE 10 Omni Homestead Resort Fore Your Health 22 ALTWELL Golf Bachelorette 14 Avona Greene Growing The Game 36 PHIT America LPGA 18 The Donald Ross Classic, French Lick Resort

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Competitive Spirits Georgia Golf Trail Freddy’s Fairway Thoughts North Florida PGA Playing from the Tips

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Turf Life 42 Key West Golf Club 44 Sunniland Super Spotlight: Anthony Baur 46 Performance Nutrition Superstar: Ryan Howard 50 Turf Pirate’s Journal What's New 34 Central Florida Golf Card

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The Omni Homestead Resort Makes Grand Comeback During Golf Travel Boom of 2021 The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia is one of the grand, opulent, historic getaways in America. To generations of visitors, it is a treasured piece of their family lives. The resort spreads over 2,300 acres of Virginia mountainside. It features two historic golf courses. And the luxury hotel has 483 guest rooms and suites. It has hosted 23 U.S. presidents, as well as hundreds of thousands of wedding guests and corporate visitors during its more-than 250 years in operation. During the pandemic of 2020, when the doors of the magnificent hotel were closed by government mandate, more than a few tears were shed. The golf courses stayed open … barely. Many people lost their jobs. “We don’t close down as easily, nor re-open as easily as smaller resorts,” says John Hess, director of sales and 10

marketing. “It was a monumental task. It was strange to see such a vibrant, essential area on lockdown.” Fortunately, re-opening – albeit in stages – came quickly. People started trickling back to The Homestead during the summer of 2020. “Re-opening was exciting,” recalled Hess. “It was great to see a lot of our old friends come back to work. Unfortunately, not enough of them came back to work. Staffing continues to be a struggle to the present day in the hotel industry.” But Hess was quick to shift to the positive. “Once we re-opened, we found that our guests were so excited. They were as welcoming as we were,” he stressed. “The number of people who want to get out to a remote area is amazing. We’re seeing a higher number Golf Central • Volume 22, Issue 4


of guests utilizing all of our activities, especially the outdoor activities. “The surge in golf seemed like a blip when we re-opened, but I firmly believe the increased levels of play are here to stay.” And golf at The Homestead is as historic and magnificent as the hotel. There are two golf courses, each staking their own claim to fame in the American golf story. The Old Course boasts the oldest first tee in continuous operation in America. It is a wild, roller-coaster ride across the hills that rise above the grand hotel. The Cascades, built by renowned architect William Flynn and opened in 1924, is arguably the finest pure mountain golf course in the country. It has hosted eight USGA championships, including the 1988 U.S. Amateur Championship. For many years, local product Sam Snead roamed the fairways of the courses at The Homestead. First the golfers came back. Then the traveling guests came back. Then the weddings returned. And, finally, the corporate business and meeting are finding their way back to The Homestead. It is a grand return … one that is being celebrated by Americans from coast to coast. Find out more about The Omni Homestead Resort at www.theomnihomestead.com.

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special events THE JOHN SHIPPEN National Invitational was designed by Intersport specifically to showcase and provide heightened opportunities and recognition to Black golfers. The 36-hole, two-day tournament, played Sunday and Monday, invited 33 of the nation’s top amateur and professional men’s and women’s Black golfers to compete at Detroit Golf Club. THE JOHN SHIPPEN is named after John Shippen, Jr., who was the first American-born golf professional and also the country’s first Black golf professional. Shippen tied for fifth place in the second U.S. Open in 1896 and was bestowed PGA of America membership posthumously in 2009. The men’s division was a 36-hole individual stroke play event, with the winner receiving an exemption into the

Anita Uwadia (left) Shasta Averyhardt (right) PGA TOUR’s Rocket Mortgage Classic (July 1-4 at Detroit Golf Club). Tim O’Neal (Savannah, Georgia/Jackson State University) shot a 71-68----139

to finish 5-under par and win by two strokes over Kevin Hall. The women’s division featured a 36-hole competition with a two-player

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team format. The winning duo earned exemption into the LPGA’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (July 14–17 in Midland, Michigan), which is also played as a team event. Shasta Averyhardt (Flint, Michigan/ Jackson State University) and Anita Uwadia (Lagos, Nigeria/Fort Worth, Texas/ University of South Carolina) shot 73-68---141 to finish at 3-under par and win by two strokes over Breanne Jones and Sierra Sims.    THE JOHN SHIPPEN Shoot-Out Presented by Cognizant was held immediately following the conclusion of play in the women’s competition, as the second-place team and the two teams that tied for third participated in a three-hole individual competition that awarded the winner an exemption into the LPGA’s Cognizant Founders Cup (October 4-10 in West Caldwell, N.J.)   Amari Avery (Riverside, California) beat out Breanne Jones, Sierra Sims, Bailey Davis, Zoe Slaughter and Amari Smith, shooting birdie-par-par in a threehole aggregate competition. Fore more information: www.TheJohnShippen.com

Tim O'Neal (men's winner)

Amari Avery (L), Shameka Young, Global Head, Diversity-- Inclusion at Cognizant

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golf bachelorette

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Where were you born? Did you grow up there? I was born and raised in Champaign, IL. Home to the University of Illinois. When did you move to Florida? I moved to Florida this past November. I always dreamed of living in Florida because of the beautiful beaches and endless summer. I am so grateful that I don’t have to ice skate my car to work during the winter any longer. When did you begin to golf? I decided to begin golf lessons this summer. I had never golfed prior to my first lesson. My patients and my Dad encouraged me to try it out since there are so many beautiful golf courses in Florida and it is a hobby that you can do for life. Golf is even more fun than I thought it would be. I can see why so many people become hooked. I hope more people give it a try. Where have you enjoyed to travel most? I really enjoyed Colorado; the mountains were breathtaking. I also enjoyed Mexico. The food, culture and the beautiful beaches were amazing. I had the most fun in New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans is such a unique city that has an amazing blend of cultures.

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What do you do for a living? I am a Hearing Instrument Specialist. I program and recommend hearing devices to patients. Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? I love dancing, aerial arts, hiking, running, body boarding, traveling, tumbling, going to the beach, playing tennis, horseback riding, skating, etc. I really enjoy trying out new activities. There are so many ways to have fun and stay active. What is more important inner or outer beauty? Outer beauty makes me feel like a beautiful flower. Inner beauty takes more

continuous work and is by far more important because it transcends your biology or what clothes you wear. It’s your positivity, sweetness and/or your bright aura. It effects how you make people feel and the legacy you leave. Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why? My sister, Valena. We’d be able to laugh the whole time and possibly make up a fun dance. She’s also amongst one of the most intelligent people I know. Favorite comedian? Dave Chappell Last book you read? Wired that way by Marita Littauer

Favorite social programs to support? I have a passion for helping low-income students cultivate their success and talents. RISK Club (Lakeland, FL) Neighborhood Connection Program (Champaign, IL) Freedom Child Foundation (CEO and Founder: Wandjell Browning) What have you been up to? I’ve been jogging a lot lately. I’m currently creating a scholarship for students at SIUC. I am a Southern Illinois University Alum. I recently began volunteering for the RISK club program in Lakeland, FL and I’m enjoying Lakeland EMERGE events for young professionals.

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competitive spirits

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This lusciously free-wheeling whisky is made to mix, and its profile is an extravaganza of flavors, from swirls of orange sherbet to bursts of creme brûlée drizzled with chocolate fudge. The palate beautifully harmonizes with aromas of succulent aromas of pear, vanilla and honeysuckle and oranges. Inspired by the flavor possibilities by mixing whisky, Dr. Bill Lumsden, Director of Whisky Creation for Glenmorangie, set out to craft a sweeter style single malt that, unlike other whiskys, lends itself to a series of refreshingly simple serves – each needing just 2-4 ingredients - perfect for enjoying on date night, at a BBQ or sipping on at karaoke.

Glenmorangie x BBQ

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Ingredients: • 50ml (2oz) X by Glenmorangie • 50ml (2oz) Ginger Beer

Ingredients: • 50ml (2oz) X by Glenmorangie • 25ml (1oz) 100% Grapefruit Juice • 25ml (1oz) 100% Orange Juice • 10ml (1/3oz) Agave Syrup

Ingredients: • 50ml (2oz) X by Glenmorangie • 50ml (2oz) Passionfruit Soda

Method: Fill a highball glass with crushed ice. Add X by Glenmorangie and ginger beer. Stir, squeeze 3 lime wedges over the drink, then use them to garnish.

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Method: Fill highball glass with crushed ice. Add X by Glenmorangie grapefruit juice, orange juice and agave syrup. Stir and garnish with half a grapefruit wheel.

Method: Fill highball glass with crushed ice. Add X by Glenmorangie and passionfruit soda. Stir and garnish with half a passion fruit.

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When the ladies of the LPGA – Symetra Tour descended on French Lick, Indiana, they came in force with one mission… earning maximum points for the “Race for the Card.” Granted French Lick, has always been known to many as a Resort with incredible hospitality in Southern Indiana, and to basketball fans as the home of Hall of Fame, NBA All-Star, Larry Bird - but this week in French Lick… “it was all about golf.” 144 Ladies teed it up on the first day… aiming for the first place points to vault them up the leaderboard on their way to the coveted - LPGA Tour Card guarantee at the end of the year in Daytona Beach. The Donald Ross Course, built in 1917 at the French Lick Resort, was the host course to the 2021 Donald Ross Classic. This course with the “Ross” famous “False Front Greens,” rolling terrain, and deep fescue grasses, proved to be an incredible test of the game for these ladies. After 2 rounds… the top 60 players and ties were set to battle it out in the 3rd and final round with Rachel Rohanna from Marianna, Pennsylvania in the lead at 8-under par, followed by Casey Danielson from Osceola, Wisconsin and Celine Borge from Tonsberg Norway, both at 7-under par respectfully. Every hole seemed to be a battle for the lead with no less than 6 ladies topping the leaderboard during the day. It came down to the 18th hole who was going to win… and Casey Danielson had held off all of the others posting a 3-under par 71 in the final round to top the leaderboard at -10 total 203, followed by Beth Wu, one stroke back for second place, firing an impressive 3-under par 68 in the final round for a 204 total. Rachel Rohanna, leader after the second round… had problem during the final round, posting an even par 71 in the

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final round, with a 8-under performance for the week. Champion Casey Danielson 2nd Place Beth Wu 3rd Place Rachel Rohanna

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67 – 68 – 68 Total 203 67 – 69 – 68 Total 204 68 – 66 – 71 Total 205

Looking ahead to 2022 at French Lick Resort The Symetra Tour and French Lick Resort announced a historic three-year contract with the creation of the French Lick Resort Stroke Play Championship. A 72-hole event contested on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort starting in 2022, featuring a prize pool of $335,000, with $50,250 to the winner. The largest purse and champion’s share in the Symetra Tour’s 41-year history. “We are grateful to partners like French Lick Resort who fully embrace the ‘Road to the LPGA’ mission of identifying the next generation of LPGA Tour stars,” said Mike Nichols,

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sional and amateur championship golf on both the Donald Ross and Pete Dye courses and are proud to add the French Lick Resort Stroke Play Championship to this legacy starting next year.” The third and fourth rounds of the French Lick Resort Stroke Play Championship will be featured on live stream, so the Symetra Tour experience can be viewed on a global scale. Additionally, the tournament will be designated as the Tour’s “flagship event,” meaning it will receive the most Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings points of any tournament throughout the season. Beth Wu – finished 2nd place

Rachel Rohanna finished 3rd for the event Casey Danielson – Champion of the 2021 Donald Ross Classic Chief Business Officer of LPGA Qualifying Tours. “The Pete Dye Course has a tradition of hosting major championship golf. By elevating the tournament experience for the Symetra Tour, French Lick Resort sets an example for our current and future partners of how we can ally to support these professional athletes chasing their dreams.” “French Lick Resort has enjoyed hosting the Symetra Tour since 2017, and we are proud to lead the way in elevating this tournament and Tour in support of these aspiring LPGA Tour players,” said Dave Harner, Director of Golf at the French Lick Resort. “We have a proud history of hosting both major profes-

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The front of The French Lick Resort is set of tremendous Hospitality

Stella Fiscus (Bird-Dog) – A student at Miami University in Ohio, caddying for one of the professionals. Represent the Evans Scholar Foundation. Could she ever find golf balls!

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Dave Harner, Director of Golf, gives the great new about the new format for 2022

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Statue of Pete Dye welcomes the new French Lick Stoke Play Championship to The Pete Dye course in 2022

The Sweeney Cup is presented to some Media Personalities which is played during the Pro-Am day.

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fore your health

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When you step up to the tee, the last thing you want are aches and pains throwing you off. It’s common for golfers to experience muscle soreness and tightness. The twisting and rotating motions put a lot of pressure on your back, leading to soreness. You may also feel tightness in your hamstrings, calves, and quads, or “golfer’s elbow,” which can be caused by repetitive movements and overextension. The solution many golfers have been

leaning on to help ease pain and get back in the game: CBD. CBD is a nonintoxicating cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. It’s used by many types of athletes to help support post-workout recovery — because when you care for your muscles and joints, you can improve your athletic performance. Muscle damage from any type of workout triggers inflammation in the body, and this can lead to sore muscles. Cannabinoids may have an anti-inflam-

matory effect by reducing the production of cytokines, proteins that can trigger inflammation.1 CBD may also help ease discomfort, so you can recover faster and get back on the course. ALTWELL CBD — a modern wellness brand that creates high quality, safe, and effective CBD products — has got you covered so you can stay in the swing of things. Their topical CBD products are all made with ethically grown, carefully sourced, and high-quality hemp extract.

Here are a few products you’ll love: Sports Balm: With 1,000mg CBD from full spectrum hemp flower extract, this balm is the most potent topical that ALTWELL offers. It helps ease muscle and joint aches, so you can feel your strongest. Apply it to your back, neck, knees, or elbows as needed. Sports Stick: Its convenient, no-touch application makes it extra easy to care for your muscles. The Sports Stick is travel friendly, so you can toss it in your golf bag on the go.  Lotion: This calming lotion contains 500mg CBD from full spectrum hemp flower extract. It helps soothe sore muscles and relieves tired and achy hands and feet. Topicals are a great choice if you’re new to CBD because you can see how your body responds before trying ingestibles. Experience for yourself how CBD helps athletes recover faster and feel stronger! Sources:  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20191092/

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“It ’s no secret I’ve always been prepared to out-train and out-condition my opponents on the football field, and it’s the same goal on the golf course. I come to the course t o w i n . T h o s e a c h e s a n d p a i n s c a n ’ t g e t i n m y w a y. I ’ v e t r i e d a l l s o r t s o f c r e a m s a n d rubs to ease my muscles and joints over t he years, and most didn’t make a dif ference. Then, t he Pic kett ’s who have been my longtime friends and were t he original creators o f M u s c l e M i l k , i n t r o d u c e d m e t o t h e i r C B D b r a n d . N o w A LT W E L L S p o r t s B a l m i s m y go-to. I use it daily and it lets me focus on my game. It ’s become an impor tant par t of my recover y routine.” JERRY RICE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMER AND 3-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION

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Georgia’s State Parks: More To Do Than Play Golf! While it’s a well-known fact that many of Georgia’s state parks are home to some of the finest and most affordable public golf courses in the Southeast, it may not be so well known that these parks have many other amenities, too, which give you other reasons to visit Georgia’s state parks.

Horseback Riding at Brasstown Valley

These state parks and their golf courses – all of which are part of the

there are many aquatic options for

Georgia Golf Trail – include Brasstown

you to beat the heat in the late spring,

Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris,

summer, and early fall such as swim-

Wallace Adams Golf Course at the Little

ming in the lodge’s pool, swimming

Ocmulgee State Park in McRae, Lakes

in the lake which you can access from

Golf Course at the Laura S. Walker State

the white sandy beach, and frolicking

Park in Waycross, Creek Golf Course

in the children’s splash pad. If you still

at the Hard Labor Creek State Park

natural beauty of North Georgia. On

need to play more golf, there’s a minia-

in Social Circle, Meadow Links Golf

Brasstown’s five miles of trails, guests

ture golf course on site.

Course at the George T. Bagby State

can meander through open fields, hard-

Park & Lodge in Fort Gaines, Georgia

wood forests and crystal-clear streams

there are four miles of hiking trails

Veterans Memorial Golf Course at the

for some of the best horseback trail

located near the northern edge of the

Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club in

riding in Georgia.

mysterious Okefenokee Swamp. The

Cordelle, Highland Walk Golf Course

At the Little Ocmulgee State Park,

At the Laura S. Walker State Park,

inhabitants of the swamp include alligators, shy gopher tortoises, saw palmettos, yellow shafted flickers, warblers, owls, and great blue herons. The Hard Labor Creek State Park is one of 18 locations in Georgia where you can go mountain biking as a member of the Muddy Spokes Club. The club is designed to encourage people to think of state parks as places to exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery. The George T. Bagby State Park &

The SAM Train at Lake Blackshear State Park

Lodge sits on the banks of Lake Eufaula, a 48,000-acre lake that divides Southwest Georgia and Southeast

at the Victoria Bryant State Park in

Alabama. Lake Eufaula is famous for

Royston, Brazell’s Creek Golf Course at

its trophy catfish, bass fishing and rec-

the Jack Hill (Gordonia) State Park in

reational boating.

Reidsville, and Arrowhead Pointe Golf

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At the Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf

Course at the Richard B. Russell State

Club, take a trip back in time as you

Park in Elberton.

enjoy a scenic train ride through the

At the Brasstown Valley Resort &

rolling countryside on the SAM Short-

Spa, you can also enjoy horseback rid-

line Excursion Train that goes through

ing. It’s a magnificent way to enjoy the

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over Lake Blackshear, making a stop at the depot in the Park. This 1949 vintage train is named for the original rail spur line that went from Savannah to Americus, Georgia and then to Montgomery, Alabama. Nestled in the rolling hills of Georgia’s upper Piedmont, Victoria Bryant State Park is one of northern Georgia’s best-kept secrets. A beautiful stream flows through the park, providing the perfect setting for an after-picnic stroll. Hikers can follow either the short nature trail or the longer perimeter trail that travels through hardwoods and crosses creeks. And, two small ponds are open

Disc Golf at Richard B. Russell State Park

for public fishing. For fun, visit Sliding Rock on a hot summer day. At the Jack Hill (Gordonia) State Park, FootGolf is a popular thing to do.

similar to that of golf. It is played on the

where Frisbee-style discs are thrown into

Brazell’s Creek Golf Course.

metal baskets. This sport is easy to learn

FootGolf is a combination of soccer and

While Arrowhead Pointe is consid-

golf, being more closely related to golf.

ered the ‘gem’ of the Georgia Golf Trail,

To learn more about Georgia’s state

The game is played with a regulation

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leader on the links

Barbara Karasek –

Barbara at Telluride Ski & Golf Club

Golf has served as a magical thread in Barbara Karasek’s dynamic personal and professional life, a constant and reassuring presence filled with life experiences and business lessons. “My career has been nothing short of a meandering path characterized by golf, sports and entertainment river rapids, uncharted business streams, mountainsides of risk, sandy beaches of security and all the while being led by unwavering inner courage and an insatiable appetite for challenges, rewards and learning,” says the CEO and co-owner of Paradise Advertising and Marketing, a fully-marketing agency based in St. Petersburg, Fla., with offices throughout the state. “Golf has served as an inner compass.”   One of Barbara’s earliest memories is learning to play golf as a youngster on the links of the University of Kentucky, where her father was a college professor. Her parents customized a set of regular clubs for their three athletic children to use as they learned. The golf bags towered over Barbara and her siblings, Barbara recalls.   Barbara and her family later moved to Florida and continued to play golf, eventually competing as a junior and fully absorbing its honor system and values, especially sportsmanship and 26

integrity—values she said which still help guide her in life and business. She later attended Furman University on a four-year volleyball scholarship and served as team captain, but always sought to immerse herself in the golf universe, whether playing or coordinating golf community events and volunteering. “Golf is a very charitable sport and industry,” she says.   Barbara has lived in eight countries and traveled to more than 20 while leading operations, brand and consumer marketing, sports partnerships, entertainment, licensing, e-commerce, consumer products and direct to retail ventures for companies such as SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, the PGA TOUR, NASCAR, and the United States Olympic Committee. At the PGA TOUR, she managed global corporate sponsorships and developed long-term relationships with such brands as Bank of America, Barclays, The Coca Cola Company, General Motors, Tiffany & Co., and Universal

Barbara and Tony Karasek Music Group Nashville among others.   Along with fishing, golf is also a passion shared by her husband, Tony, a former pro basketball player, her business partner and the other co-owner of Paradise, which they acquired in 2018. Their shared passion for golf helped them create an immediate bond early in their relationship and throughout the years with their friends and family. Their son, also named Tony, began playing golf at the age of 5 and thanks Golf Central • Volume 22, Issue 4


to his parents’ encouragement, by his junior year in high school was ranked 3rd in Iowa in his age group. Today he is club champion at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Palos Park in Illinois. Barbara relishes a good competition. Recalls Tony: “One of many memorable moments on the golf course for me in our relationship that clearly defines Barbara’s competitive nature, and willingness to do “whatever it takes to win,” is when she took off her shoes and socks to stand in the water to hit her golf shot, rather than give up a stroke. It’s this winning attitude that makes me admire her more every day and look forward to our friendly rivalry on the golf course. “ Running a fast-paced business such as Paradise takes up most of their free time, but when they travel together, as they did recently for the first time in two years, they incorporate golf into their vacations whenever they can. Paradise is an award-winning agency that has represented clients with exquisite golf course properties, such as Amelia Island, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, and Naples, Marco Island, and The Everglades, which hosts annual LPGA, PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions events.   But it’s the life lesson acumen that Barbara credits golf the most for: learning early on how to quickly take the pulse of the environment (course condition, weather and equipment) in order to get oriented and keep the focus sharp. “What makes Barbara a great business leader in my opinion is that she is first a great person who is deeply committed to helping others and being the best CEO and business leader she can be,” tony says. She lives in a constant state of learning and perfecting her business skills, self evaluation, and setting and achieving new goals. “    Adds Barbara: “My parents, and golf, teaches us that ‘every shot matters and every shot counts’ and boy is that true on the course, in business, life and relationships. Every moment. Every action. Every reaction. It all counts metaphorically on your life’s scorecard. So I live my life trying to honor the many life lessons golf continues to teach me, take every shot in life seriously because they matter and count.” Golf Central • Volume 22, Issue 4

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in memory of

Palmer Nature Walk & Putting Course Debut in Orlando Youth-Focused Experiences Encourage Kids to Head Outdoors

Orlando’s Lake Lorna Doone Park reopened today following an $8MM renovation that included the addition of the Winnie Palmer Nature Walk and the Arnold Palmer Putting Experience. Supported by the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation, along with other local organizations, the park renovation is part of a larger project to enhance the West Lakes and Parramore areas of Downtown Orlando. Foundation representatives joined Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Commissioner Regina Hill, representatives from Florida Citrus Sports, Lift Orlando, and others to welcome the park’s new assets. The activities will offer great opportunities for local children and families while affirming the Palmer Foundation’s commitment to support children’s health, character development, and nature-focused wellness.

at the West Lakes Early Learning Center, visions for future outreach, kid-friendly signage to encourage exploration, and content for a soon-tolaunch Park website came into focus. Through its sponsorship of the PNC Challenge, Central Florida leadership of PNC Financial Services joined with the Palmer Foundation to provide

additional walk funding and support for program development. Aligned to PNC’s award-winning “Grow Up Great” efforts, giving local preschoolers the chance to participate in nature-focused experiences will be a continuing priority. “My mom and dad loved spending time in Orlando and working

Winnie Palmer Nature Walk To facilitate the creation of the Nature Walk, the Palmer Foundation worked closely with City of Orlando Parks Department leaders and recruited educators from the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve (at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania). Piloting some pre-opening programs 30

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alongside other members of the community to enhance Orlando for its children and families,” said Amy Palmer Saunders, Chair of the Palmer Foundation. “Our Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to work closely with PNC’s Central Florida team members and partners on such a worthy endeavor.”

Arnold Palmer Putting Experience In addition to the financial support provided by the Palmer Foundation for a golf experience for kids and families, architects at the Arnold Palmer Design Company (APDC) stepped forward to create the Arnold Palmer Putting Experience, a free, challenging and fun putting course. Drawing on its work designing more than 300 golf courses around the world, APDC’s design team reinterpreted the back nine holes from Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club, site of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. Mike Jones with Maverick Golf Design assisted with the shaping of the course, and Tour Greens, APDC’s official synthetic turf partner, supplied the turf and handled the installation. The effort was very much a collaborative and satisfying success—one that should prove engaging for local children and families for years to come. Golf Central • Volume 22, Issue 4

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By Fred Seely

Only downer: no David Duval. He grew up on the course, where dad Bob was the head pro, but his 50th birthday is a month too late for this year.

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There are all sorts of bets to be made on a golf course. How about number of gunshots? The Hyde Park Golf Club in Jacksonville has a wonderful history, starting with a design by Donald Ross and including the 11 that Ben Hogan once made on the par-3 sixth hole during a Jacksonville Open. Hyde Park’s neighborhood — Hyde Park — was once a lovely area. Mark McCumber grew up there; so did many of the city’s leaders. But apartment horses were built and property values went south, along with quality of life. The Hyde Park regulars have an over/under bet on how many police car sirens they’ll hear in an 18-hole round. The usual number is five; one guy takes five and under, another takes six and over. During a recent round, the sixth siren was heard as we approached the final green. During summer hours, when play can go until almost 9 p.m., the bet changes to gunshots. The over/under there is three.

Furyk and Friends

Lot of excitement in our area over Jim and Tabitha Furyk’s venture into putting on a Tour event. The two have a foundation and made a lot of money with a two-day pro-am/party in the spring, and now they’ve expanded into a PGA Tour Champions stop at one of Jacksonville’s top private clubs. They seem to already be successful. The club — Timuquana — is all in, spending a lot of money to upgrade facilities (almost a million bucks on the range, for starters.) The main sponsors are all it, with Constellation Energy doing big underwriting (including a $500,000 pledge to local charities) and the Circle K convenience store loving the publicity as they start their expansion into the area that will include 200 new stores. There will be three pro-ams, all sold out. There’s a Darius Rucker concert that will sell out. Furyk has a lot of friends on tour and plays in their events, so the field should be terrific, even with a middle-of-thepack purse. The Donald Ross course should be in great shape. Photo ops for TV will be neat with a big river on one side, a classic clubhouse and a very active Naval air base on the other. Golf Central • Volume 22, Issue 4

Don’t fall for the insinuations that the rival golf tour is dead. That’s what the PGA Tour wants you to know, and the very compliant media (such as it is) is willingly going along. The PGA Tour is throwing a lot of money at its members, including that $40 million to be somehow split between whoever is deemed a good guy, but a substantial number of the big names (not necessarily the best current players) want more control. The money is still on the table: Saudi. The model is there: Formula One motor car racing. A good base of players is ready: the Europeans. Sponsors are there: those wanting international attention. For the moment, it’s a good threat for the top-level players to get what they want, or else.

Not-so-goofy golf

Enough is enough. We all love Phil Mickelson — “Phil” to the media suck-ups — but we now have been through four of his so-called matches. The latest proved a few things: • NFL quarterbacks have a lot of talents but (at least in the cases on Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers) not much in the way of personality. • Bryson DeChambeau’s quirkiness doesn’t come across on TV. • Not all Jack Nicklaus courses are exciting. At least, the 16 holes were saw were so boring that the conversations seemed to be about the 17th hole, which they didn’t play (someone won 3 and 2) and supposedly is spectacular. • Charles Barkley isn’t funny. Sad to say, the inside word is that Mickelson likes these things and will push to have more.

Good guy

Being born with a club foot doesn’t have to be a lifelong hindrance and it’s great that Jon Rahm is so open about what he went through as a youngster. You have to go back two generations to find another who overcame that kind of disability and let himself be a poster boy: Pat Summerall, who we know more as a great TV announcer but who our seniors know just as well as a very successful college and pro placekicker.

Questions? Comments? I’m at fs4569@comcast.net.

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EL CAMPEON - Built in 1917 by Chicago-based golf course architect, George O’Neil, with further enhancements in 1926 by Charles E. Clarke of Troon, Scotland, El Campeón is one of the South’s oldest courses. It blends unusual Central Florida elevation changes of more than 85 feet with features of traditional golf design, including spectacular rolling fairways and undulating greens. El Campeón’s signature hole, “Devil’s Delight” is the par 5, 17th hole which features a long double-dogleg with more obstacles than the entire course! If you managed to sneak past the par 4 16th hole, with its frightening island green, and the devilish 17th, you’ll be home free on your way to the 18th green. Golf Advisor ranked El Campeón #9 in its list of Top 10 U.S. courses in 2016. Players will find El Campeón is sublimely challenging and frustratingly addictive.

LAS COLINAS - Designed by Gary Koch and built in 1992, Las Colinas (Spanish for “the hills”) is an 18-hole championship course that offers quite a different challenge from El Campeón. An inland links design with generous, wide-open fairways, gentle rolling hills and large, undulating greens, Las Colinas offers classic golf course architecture that requires proper shot-making. The signature hole, “Alligator Alley”, is the par 5 12th, spanning 493 yards along a tree-lined fairway and requiring absolute accuracy from tee-to-green. Las Colinas was nominated as “Best New Resort Course” in 1992 and named “Best Places to Play – 4 stars” by Golf Digest. Golf Advisor ranked Las Colinas #3 in its Top U.S. Courses in 2017. WWW.MISSIONINNRESORT.COM/GOLF/LAS-COLINAS

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HIDDEN LAKES - This New Smyrna Beach golf course will surprise and delight you. The par 69 golf course has six par threes, nine par fours, and three par fives. Owned and operated by self-proclaimed, “genuine golf nuts,” Hidden Lakes strives for the best course conditions in the area. The course winds through large pines and stately oaks along the pristine Turnbull Bay estuary and around beautiful lakes and winding creeks. With a variety of long and short holes, Hidden Lakes offers a fair and fun challenge to golfers of all skill levels. WWW.HIDDENLAKESGOLFCLUB.COM 34

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MAYFAIR CC - Opened in 1927, the 18-hole course at the Mayfair Country Club in Sanford, Florida features 6,400 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The medium-length layout has 3 sets of tee boxes, and the course rating is 68.7 with a 117 slope rating. The overhanging trees and bunkers challenge golfers on every hole. Located north of Orlando, the Mayfair Country Club features a driving range, practice range, snack bar, and banquet facility. With many upgrades in progress, Mayfair is becoming one of Orlando’s most popular, laid-back, and fun public courses for golfers to enjoy and hang out. WWW.GOLFMAYFAIR.COM MOUNT DORA GC - It’s billing as “the longest 5,700 yards in Florida,” is high praise for this par 70, 88-acre challenge with tight tree-lined fairways, postage-stamp greens, and rolling hills that provide a variety of sidehill, downhill, and uphill lies to keep the best golfers on their toes. “The Old Course” built in 1945, is a featured course in the Florida Historic Golf Trail. Enjoy this hidden gem and step back in time, where golfers can choose to walk or ride, enjoying the game in a truly peaceful and old school, charming and traditional golf setting. WWW.MOUNTDORAGOLF.COM THE LEGENDS AT ORANGE LAKE - Located in the East Village of Orange Lake Resort, The Legends is an 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Design. This challenging 7,072-yard championship course offers two distinct playing experiences from the front to back nine. Scottish-style golf using the natural terrain invites some creative shot-making on the front nine; while the towering pines, majestic oaks, winding fairways, and flowing water on the back nine are more reminiscent of the Carolinas. Get the most out of your day at our premier 54-hole golf facility. WWW.ORANGELAKEGOLF.COM THE RESERVE AT ORANGE LAKE - Located in the West Village of Orange Lake Resort, The Reserve consists of 18 holes and 6,505 yards of expansive greens that were specifically redesigned to be in harmony with our carefully preserved wetlands to give you the taste of natural Florida. While this course is the shorter of our two championship courses, it offers a challenging layout to test golfers of all skill levels. The driving range is available during the day and is also lighted for those who want to practice after dark. For extra fun, check out the Legends Walk located in the North Village, the only lighted par 3 walking golf course in Central Florida. (Not included with card). WWW.ORANGELAKEGOLF.COM VICTORIA HILLS GC - Located in Deland, this Ron Garl-designed championship course has been honored with numerous accolades and awards since its opening in 2002, including being ranked 41 in the Top 50 Public Courses you can play by Golf World (2010). Five sets of tee boxes create a challenging yet fair test no matter what your handicap. The course plays 7149 yards/ 142 slope from the tips with some formidable carries over sand waste areas, ravines, and water hazards. Greenside collection areas, swales and deep bunkers serve to protect the many large, sloping, and raised putting surfaces. A good short game is key to scoring well here. WWW.VICTORIAHILLSGOLF.COM ZELLWOOD STATION GC - Tucked away in the rolling hills just five miles Northwest of Apopka and 15 miles from downtown Orlando, Zellwood Station Country Club offers a special treat - hilly terrain, great greens, and very memorable golf holes. Zellwood Station boasts two par 4`s that are driveable (264 & 266 yards) offering great hopes for marking an eagle on your scorecard. The ninth, nicknamed “Train Wreck,” will definitely get your attention before making the turn. Holes 12 thru 16 dogleg around a cavernous dry lake dubbed “Crater Junction”- hit this hazard and it is all over! The stout par 3, 17th hole, measures 243 yards exceeding any on the PGA TOUR! Fun and wickedly challenging, once you’ve played Zellwood Station, you’ll want to return and conquer it all over again! Golf Central • Volume 22, Issue 4

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growing the game

By Mike May

PHIT America Introduces Kids to the Basics of Golf

Physical inactivity among U.S. children is sad, alarming, and, yet, reversible. The statistical figures on physical inactivity for U.S. children are attentiongetting. American kids are ranked last in physical health in a UNICEF global study of 38 developed nations. Inexcusably, more than 75 percent of U.S. children are not physically active at least three days a week. Additionally, the results of a recent global fitness study conducted by the British Journal of Sports Medicine reveal that U.S. children rank 47th out of 50 countries in worldwide fitness. And, more than 90 percent of U.S. children are not active to CDC physical activity standards. To that end, national non-profit PHIT America is dedicated to improving the physical and mental health of at least 50 million U.S. children. When fully implemented, this plan will play a pivotal role in beating the Inactivity Pandemic that’s impact36

ing both the U.S. and the world. To combat physical inactivity, PHIT America (www.PHITAmerica.org) has created AMPED, an in-school/afterschool fitness program for students. AMPED is a running/walking program that gets kids physically active. A new component of AMPED is PLAY GOLF, which introduces children to golf. PHIT America’s main partner for PLAY GOLF will be the Payne Stewart Kids Golf Foundation, which will provide elementary school-age children with introductory golf skills through fun, game-based curriculum and age-appropriate golf equipment. “We are excited to partner with the Payne Stewart Kids Golf Foundation and we will introduce more kids to a life of physical activity through our core program, AMPED, and then teach them the basics of golf through our PLAY GOLF program,” said PHIT America Founder Jim Baugh. “The Payne Stewart Kids Golf Foundation and PHIT

America are building new opportunities for the golf pathway and getting kids active in golf for lifelong health.” The Payne Stewart Kids Golf Foundation (www.paynestewart.org) is delighted to be working with PHIT America. “Golf is such a fabulous sport for young kids to learn basic physical activity and life skills and they have so much fun in our program,” said Payne Stewart Kids Golf Foundation Founder Kelly McCammon. “Through the support of our Foundation, the PLAY GOLF program is a new opportunity to expose young kids to a sport not often found in the recreation space.  We want to go wherever kids are playing and give them a pathway to be active for life.” Schools can apply for these free programs – AMPED and PLAY GOLF -- at PROGRAMS.PHIT.America.org. Contact PHIT America’s Jim Baugh (Jim@PHITAmerica.org) for additional questions. Golf Central • Volume 22, Issue 4


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By Daniel Calderon

From Seniors to Youth– Tournament Season is in Full Swing!

Barry Cheesman, Senior Match Play Champion

As tournament season is in full swing and proceeds full steam ahead, the latest championships on full display were the North Florida PGA Senior Match Play and Junior Championships. Forty-seven players assembled on the breathtaking Donald Ross design at Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota on Monday, June 28 to battle for the title of Senior Match Play Champion. The overwhelming sense of competition and ambition permeated the air as players began the qualifying round on day 1. Every player shared one common goal in mind: to grasp the title of Senior

Match Play Champion. But only one would be able to do so successfully. The field featured many familiar faces, including Jim Garrison, who returned as the top seed and reigning champion of the Senior Match Play. With a hefty title to defend, he shared the field with Dan Olsen, Darren Dimick and Barry Cheesman, who recently competed in the Senior PGA Championship.  As 47 dwindled down to 32 on day 1, it was quite evident that the Match Play was up for grabs and anybody’s game. Throughout the course of the week, the competitors encountered two major obstacles: each other… and the inclement weather! With several major weather delays impacting the game, many players would end up playing upwards of three matches per day. With the inevitable challenge of weather affecting gameplay, the players rose to the occasion and exemplified perseverance to the highest degree.  Throughout the week, there were several dominating matches, such as Bryan Moran finishing 8&7 against Bryan Arnett in the Round of 16, Olsen finishing 5&4 against John Falcone in the Round of 16 and Cheesman finishing 4&3 against Garrison in the Round of 8. On Wednesday’s final match, Cheesman and Olsen had a com-

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bined total of 15 birdies, and after a highly competitive and rigorous match, Cheesman finished 1-up and ultimately clinched the title of Senior Match Play Champion! From seniors to youth, players of all ages have gone head-to-head as of recent. Earlier in the month, the Junior North Florida PGA Championships occurred at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Orlando. The sport’s brightest young talent had their fiery competitive spirits on full display as they faced off in their respective divisions throughout the week. The Boys and Girls Divisions competed in 18-hole rounds over the course of two days, while the 12 and Under Division compete in 9-hole rounds. Moses Compaan and Adam Vermut finished first and second in the Boys Division and Ryleigh Knaub and Bella Dovhey finished first and second in the Girls Division. Lev Grinberg, who finished third in the Boys Division was selected as an alternate and competed in the Boys Junior PGA Championship in Lexington, Kentucky- where he made the cut! Golf Central • Volume 22, Issue 4


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playing from the tips

Risk and Return: Understanding the Investor’s Balance Golf is a challenging sport. Not only is a player required to assess their own weaknesses and hopefully create plans to strengthen them, but outside forces like weather, course conditions and even aerodynamics can affect a player’s game. As a result, golf requires a level of patience, practice, and adaptability that mirrors the best traits that investors have: steady nerves, long-term goals, and the ability to adjust as conditions change. There is always risk when participating in tricky endeavors such as golf and investing. Every golfer knows that a game can tumble from an enjoyable afternoon to a teeth-grinding slog with one long iron shot into the wind or a poorly placed shot on a tree-lined fairway. And every investor knows the heart-stopping feeling when the volatility of the markets makes you question every investment chosen. But the risk is what makes each rewarding- golf wouldn’t have its draw if there weren’t challenges, and investing wouldn’t have 40

its possible monetary gains if it was a sure thing. Investments like stocks, bonds, and mutual funds have historically had 7% -10% annual gains. Of course, that type of increase isn’t guaranteed, but investing’s riskiness is why there are potential rewards that outweigh FDIC insured accounts such as savings and high-yield savings accounts. To mitigate risk within investing, you need to understand your risk tolerance. Risk tolerance is the amount of risk you are willing to withstand and how well you will handle losses. Your risk tolerance can alter as your goals change, income changes, family changes, assets accumulate, and as you age. Though risk tolerance can’t wholly shelter you from loss when used in conjunction with diversification and investing with well-researched products, it can help protect your money. Investing to reach your financial goals will also be affected by factors like amount invested, length of time invested, rate of return or growth, fees,

taxes, and inflation. Understanding what you are investing your money in is essential even when working with a financial planner. Financial planners are trained to help you change your portfolio as your risk tolerance changes, research investment products and understand market trends, and help guide you at every stage of your financial life. Any financial planner that you work with should be very transparent about how your money is invested and how fees are taken. Find a planner that spends the time to help you understand your portfolio, risk tolerance, and goals. If you would like a review of your current portfolio, don’t hesitate to contact me at 800-871-1219 or email fsykes@ scarletoakfs.com. Advisory services offered through Capital Asset Advisory Services, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Sources https://www.bankrate.com/glossary/r/risk-tolerance/ https://www.investor.gov/sites/investorgov/files/2019-02/Savingand-Investing.pdf

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By Mike May

Superintendent Troy Stewart:

The Pride of His Profession

Key West (Florida) Golf Club superintendent Troy Stewart and his staff are passionate about keeping the turf alive and well at the Key West GC throughout the year. That’s reassuring news if you play golf at the Key West GC – one of the 53 courses along the Florida Historic Golf Trail -- where Stewart and his staff spend the vast majority of their waking moments. Keeping the turf alive, well, and thriving at the Key West GC is the expectation and the objective of the daily exercise for Stewart, his irrigation tech Paul Liverpool, and their professional colleagues. Besides dealing with the heat and humidity which impact their ability to do their jobs, Stewart and his crew are also hurricane-aware for most of the year. While the hurricane season starts June 1 and concludes November 30, the key to their success in dealing with the after effects of a hurricane, tropical wave, storm or depression start well before June 1. “For me, having spent the past 13 years as a superintendent in the Caribbean in places like Belize and St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) and having grown up in South Florida, you quickly realize how unforgiving and life changing these hurricanes can be,” said Stewart. “So with that being said, hurricane preparation has always started for me well before June 1 and that is no different here at Key West.” When storms are approaching, the automatic reaction is to seek cover. In Key West, Stewart and his colleagues 42

do the exact opposite. “What should be emphasized is our vulnerability due to the proximity of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean and our lack of elevation,” added Stewart. “To think that for past storms, all primary equipment is brought out of our low-lying maintenance facility and parked on the top of the rolling hills that border the fairways. Crazy to think that it’s the safest spot, but it is.” There are many issues which Stewart

and his colleagues address prior to June 1 such as making sure they jet rod all the pond outfalls; vac truck any culvert basins to allow the next tide cycle to take the flood waters with it; rent a boom lift to trim the coconut palms and limbs near important infrastructure; request fuel tanks be topped off if an approaching storms has the potential to pass nearby; order granular products, such as fertilizers, on a needto-apply basis so the products don’t Golf Central • Volume 22, Issue 4


Key West Golf Club - Twosome playing near the Clubhouse spoil with the flood waters; and make a hardware store run to purchase spark plugs, gloves, machetes, new chains for the chain saws, and make sure there’s plenty of 2-cycle oil on hand. Oncoming hurricanes get the highest respect from Stewart and Liverpool because they have survived catastrophic storms. As recently as 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through the U.S. Virgin Islands. Both hurricanes were Category 5 storms and they hit the U.S. Virgin Islands within two weeks of one another. At the time, Stewart was beginning his tenth season on those islands at the Mahogany Run Golf Club. Liverpool was also working at Mahogany Run GC at the time. After all was said and done, the clubhouse and maintenance facility were decimated. On the golf course, six of the 14 irrigation controller boxes had been ripped out of the ground and they floated downstream. Hurricanes Irma and Maria were like a punch to the gut for Stewart. To this day, Golf Central • Volume 22, Issue 4

the professional pain caused by Irma and Maria still lingers for him. “It still bothers me to this day that I was finally able to build my dream pump station with no expenses spared after years and years dealing with an old derelict pump station,” said Stewart. Irma and Maria dashed Stewart’s dreams. Stewart is delighted that he and Liverpool have not had a similar experience in Key West. “Knock on wood, so far nothing substantial in the three years at the Key West Golf Club,” noted Stewart. Stewart’s experiences over the years while working alongside Liverpool have generated a sense of nostalgia. “Life’s true pendulum swings from staying strong in total despair to a small group of men taking it upon themselves to come together to preserve something they have worked so hard for and yet, in the end, the accomplishment was in vain,” said Stewart. “There is a happy

ending. Paul has joined me in Key West as my irrigation tech and brought with him his son, Curtis. Now, he and I have never been better. It is truly a heart-felt story when you look into the senior staff members, some of whom have worked together for more than 25 years.” When Stewart is not working, he goes fishing. “I am a lifelong fisherman and fishing was one of the main reasons for selecting previous employment locations,” noted Stewart. “Belize has one of the best bonefish, permit and juvenile tarpon fishing in the world with the second largest barrier reef. St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) has amazing blue water pelagic fishing. The Keys have it all so I’m not going anywhere. I now have what I’ve always wanted, a house on the water with my boat in the back yard ready to go.” Fortunately, Stewart makes plans for the possible arrival of hurricanes. When they appear, he’ll be ready. If they don’t appear, he’ll go fishing. 43


SunnilandSUPERSpotlight: Anthony Baur

It was time to settle down with the first girl I met in college. My best friend,

I was born in Detroit and at 10 years

Courtney Tanner. She lived in Jack-

old we moved to Zephyrhills, Fl. Wow,

sonville, FL so I proposed and found

Florida was hot compared to Michigan.

a Supt. job up there. Married by 31 we

As soon as I was able to work, my first job was at The Links of Lake Bernadette and my older sister helped me get the job. I was the cart manager (that is what I called it). Every chance I got to work with the crew in maintenance, I did. I’d cut cups and set up in the mornings on the weekends and then take care of the carts until it got dark. It was a small crew in maintenance so I got to learn a lot with my first Supt. Chris Sullivan. He was an awesome teacher. That’s when I realized this is what I wanted to do when I grew up. So might I as well go to the best school for a Golf Course Superintendent: Lake City CC. My mom let me move out when I was 16 so I had rent to pay. I called it, “getting me ready for life”. For $12.50 a week I lived with my Aunt and Uncle Bob. I ended up doing two internships. The first was in Tallahassee (Go FSU). I worked at Summer Brooke for Supt. Mike Echols and he was nice enough to let me have his whole house. He’s 44

soon after had our son Cohan, then our been a great friend ever since. My next internship was at Deepdale in Long Island, NY. It was great place to get the high-end experience. I worked every day and loved every bit of it. After college I had an interview with Marriott at Grande Pines Golf Club for a 2nd assistant position. I learned a lot from an aggressive grass grower, Chuck Wagmiller. I took some of his tips on with me for life. It’s all about the details; if you can’t control some situations still maintain the details. We worked a lot and after a few years I transferred to Doral as an assistant. Then, in just a few months, I was Supt. of 36 holes. Well, right before that interview at Doral I got the worse news ever that my mom passed. She was only 46 and I was only 24. Damn life is tough, but you have to keep going. Got to be a part of 5 World Golf Championships at Doral, a growin, and that was enough for me.

daughter Nora. It’s been great starting a family and I enjoy every minute of it. The course I was at gave me a great learning experience and I started a renovation with them. During my renovation I met a fellow Supt. at St. John’s County Golf Club, Gina Williams, she was excited about my redo and I was excited to show someone. Gina later told me she was leaving The County and I should apply and man it has been a great time ever since. We are finally going to renovate after 8 years of trying. My 32-year-old Tif-Dwarf has a bit of contamination and everything is pretty tired. There have been so many accomplishments my last year as President of NFGCSA. We won best of St. Augustine for golf courses to play and I won Superintendent of the year from North Florida PGA. Remember everyone: only the strong survive so play hard, work hard, and be the best person you can in every situation. Golf Central • Volume 22, Issue 4


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Ryan Howard Golf Course Superintendent Links at Perry Cabin

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Where are you from? Rising Sun, MD

How did you get in the golf business? My father introduced me to the game and I quickly fell in love with it. I began working on the maintenance staff at Ruggles Golf Course on Aberdeen Proving Ground at age 14. While working at Wyncote Golf Club, Superintendent, Mark DelSantro mentioned that there were colleges offering Golf Course Turfgrass Management programs for our profession and I enrolled at University of Maryland - Institute of Applied Agriculture shortly thereafter.

What makes your course a “standout, outstanding“? Links at Perry Cabin is Pete Dye’s final design featuring a Briaritz green, dramatic green contours and bunkering and is difficult and exciting routing that is located in the beautiful water town of Saint Michaels, MD on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

How has Performance Nutrition helped you be successful (favorite products, programs, technical assistance etc.)? PNF fertilizers have been very beneficial in providing a comprehensive line of products that address all of our turf nutrition needs. Products in use: 46

Remed8, Exalt, Pennamin High K, Krystal Klear, Kelp +, Krystal Klear Boron, LidoQuest, Prudent 44, Vibrant Red, Vibrant Green, Korban.

Who is your mentor and why? My two greatest mentors are my father Lt. Col Philip Howard and Davis Sezna. My father provided me with valuable lessons on building character and leadership and love of family. Davis Sezna has always supported me while teaching me many life lessons, and expanding my vision and horizons and business mindset. I also give credit to the many colleagues I call friends that have shared their success and failures for my benefit.

What advice would you give someone starting in the field? Invest in yourself by working for industry leaders that will invest in building your experience and knowledge as well as in advancing your career. Bring a strong work ethic, passion, and posi-

tive attitude and always stay focused on improving your leadership and communication skills. Golf Central • Volume 22, Issue 4


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19th hole at Payne’s Valley Golf Course

Big Cedar Resort Fosters the Game of Golf and Sustainability

Big Cedar Golf,

located in the heart of the Ozarks, is home to 5 world class public golf courses all of which are in the process of becoming certified in Audubon International’s elite Signature Sanctuary Certification track. Big Cedar Golf is most famously known for its golf courses and resort, but beyond just that, they are also committed to environmental sustainability and fostering the game of golf across all generations. Following this vision, and their goal of achieving Signature Sanctuary Certification, Big Cedar recently hosted an amazing event that brought them closer to becoming certified under AI’s outreach and education component. On April 28th the Big Cedar Golf team joined forces with Audubon International and GCSAA’s First Green Program to host a First Green field trip with a local school. The 8th grade students got a firsthand look at the ins-andout of maintaining a golf course and the science behind growing turf while maintaining biodiversity in surrounding areas. 48

“We were thrilled to host the kids from School of Ozarks on our golf courses. At Big Cedar we go beyond what is necessary to make sure we are considerate of our environment with special tools and technology to track water usage, using organic fertilizers, and more. Our staff enjoyed getting the chance to teach the local students about our agronomy practices and our natural habit here in the Ozarks. Seeing the kids engage and interact with hands-on training and activities was the highlight for us. The kids had a

lot of really good questions and were not afraid to get involved and get their hands dirty. Sustainability and conservation are so important to us as an organization and our founder, Johnny Morris, and getting kids involved with the outdoors and learning about the world around is the best way to make sure we promote nature and preservation to future generations.” – Matt McQueary, Assistant Director of Golf Sales & Marketing, Big Cedar GCSAA’s First Green program is a science, technology, engineering and math

Wildlife exhibit

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(STEM) environmental outreach program that uses the golf course as a living laboratory. K-12 students participate in hands-on, outdoor learning stations that include lessons on wildlife habitat, soils science, environmental sustainability, mathematics, water conservation, career exploration and much more. “The First Green field trip held in April at Big Cedar hit on all aspects of this program. The golf course maintenance staff at Big Cedar are environmental stewards and ensure they are properly caring for the property that has been entrusted to them. They were able to highlight these efforts and engage in a fun, hands-on STEM field trip for the 8th Graders that attended the field trip. The students took part in learning stations on Soil Science, Wildlife Habitat and Cool Tools on the Green – an opportunity for the young people to use some of the technology on the golf course. The 8th graders took a golf course tour and observed first-hand the care and stewardship in play at Big Cedar.” – Leann Cooper, Senior Manager, GCSAA Chapter Services Students even enjoyed a live wildlife exhibit where they learned about native and invasive wildlife in the area, stood on the tee of the iconic 19th hole at Payne’s Valley and finished their

Soil Science exhibit day with a putting contest at Ozarks National. Audubon International’s outreach and education focal area is a component of all seven environmentally focused certification tracks offered for new and existing golf courses, communities, and resorts. Signature Sanctuary Certification is specifically designed for those undergoing renovation or development and includes a focus on sustainable design and management now and in the future. To learn more about Audubon Interna-

tional’s certifications for your golf course, community, or business; please visit https://auduboninternational.org/. Audubon International, an environmentally focused non-profit organization, offers members numerous certifications and conservation initiatives to protect the areas where we live, work, and play. Their certifications are designed to increase environmental awareness, encourage sustainable environmental efforts, and educate both their members and their communities.

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A Turf Pirate’s Journal –Small Acts of Kindness–

By Anthony Williams MG, CGCS, CGM ing me a sub-classification as a Turf Gypsy) but it all started with a ride to a monthly Chapter meeting. Turf Pirates do things like buy lunch for the elderly couple at the corner table, quietly so no one knows. They take in a housemate or two if a crew member or friend falls on hard times. They buy cookies, raffle tickets etc. to support local causes and never think

The first basic truth of professional life is that everyone is going through something. The life of a turf pirate is tough and full of peril. It is also full of opportunity and we always pay it forward. So begins one of the most essential traits of the ancient and honorable tribe of turf pirates, whenever you can sow good seeds and help somebody. Do something to serve somewhere, somehow no matter how small. You make things happen in unseen ways because small acts of kindness can have big impact. It is a tradition that is handed down generation to generation and peer to peer. When I got my first superintendent job a Georgia turf legend and Georgia GCSA Hall of Famer (Class of 2019) Mr. Frank Siple, CGCS (retired) called me to congratulate me and said, “there is a chapter meeting in a couple of weeks I will swing by and pick you up and we can go together” Frank and I have been friends for over 30 years now and we have shared many adventures in the golf industry but it all started with that small act of kindness. Frank did not just tell me there was a meeting he invested his time and talents in me in setting an example that I have since invested in others. You see Frank encouraged me to show up and to serve and he showed me how to serve properly. We are both better people, superintendents (and Turf Pirates), and the industry is also better as a result of consistently taking a positive action. Ultimately, I served as president of two GCSAA chapters Georgia and North Texas (for stat keepers the Presidency’s were 10 years and 900 miles apart earn50

We Are Golf 2018 National Golf Day service project with Golf Course Superintendents laying sod at the National Mall in front of our nation's capital Golf Central • Volume 22, Issue 4


twice. It’s as natural as breathing. They know that they can’t solve all of the

Frank Siple, CGCS (retired) and I at the Georgia GCSA Annual Meeting in 2015, the Year I won Georgia GCSA Superintendent of the Year

world’s problems but they can make a small dent in the situation so they always show up and pitch in towards the things that matter. They volunteer. They master their craft, they listen and they spin tales of hope. If you are reading this and wondering if you are actually a Turf Pirate there is a simple test. If you are cultivating turfgrass and find yourself drawn to small acts of kindness, you are very likely a Turf Pirate and should those acts grow and fill your years with a sense of doing what is right then you most definitely are a Turf Pirate. When the chips are down will you stand and deliver the message, our message even when it means giving of your limited time and resources. If you were on trial for being a doer of good deeds would there be enough evidence to convict you? Turf Pirates are never impressed with intentions but they always appreciate deeds done well, small or large. There are no official dues invoices

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that transact between Turf Pirates but

that quiet voice inside said, it’s the right

there is an expectation of effort so this

thing to do, so I am going to do it. You

month’s question to be answered is

cannot reap if you never sow and there

when was the last time you completed

are opportunities every day to contribute

a small act of kindness simply because

to the greater good.

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