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WCI Communities golf promotion supports All Faiths Food Bank VENICE, Fla.– For the fourth consecutive year, WCI Communities has partnered with All Faiths Food Bank to create a unique funding opportunity: Supporters who donate $100 to the food bank through the www.WCIGolf.com website will receive a complimentary foursome at one of four WCI golf courses in Southwest Florida. In three years, the golf promotion has raised nearly $5,000 for the All Faiths Food Bank and provided approximately 40,000 meals for families in need. The complimentary foursome certificates are valid for play June 1 through Sept. 30 and are available for purchase now through Sept. 15. Tee time reservations are available two days in advance at the following WCI golf courses: • Venetian Golf & River Club in Venice (www. VenetianWCI.com) • Pelican Preserve Golf Club in Fort Myers (www.PelicanPreserve.com) • Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs (www. RaptorBayGolfClub.com) • The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs (www.TheColonyGolfCC.com) All Faiths Food Bank solicits, collects, processes and distributes food to nonprofit agency partners offering hunger relief. In cooperation with more than 190 partner agencies, AFFB distributes more than 88,000 meals in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. For more information or to donate, visit www. WCIGolf.com and select the All Faiths Food Bank icon or contact Bob Radunz at 239-390-4703, BobRadunz@wcicommunities.com. WCI Communities is a lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, catering to move-up, second-home and active adult homebuyers. WCI offers traditional single- and multi-family home choices with prices from approximately $160,000 to more than $1 million. In addition to homebuilding and development, WCI generates revenues from its real estate brokerage business, the second-largest brokerage in Florida. Learn more about WCI Communities and the company’s premier lifestyle communities and experiences by visiting www.WCICommunities. com or calling 800-WCI-2290. 8

WCI Communities purchases Sarasota National BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.-WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, announced today that it has purchased Sarasota National, a 2,400-acre golf course community located approximately 20 miles south of downtown Sarasota in Venice, Fla. Sarasota National is approved for 1,584 homes, including 800 homes surrounding the golf and country club portion of the community. About 30 homes have been completed to date. Sarasota National’s existing 18-hole golf course, designed by Gordon Lewis, is an Audubon International Certified Signature Sanctuary, and includes a golf pro shop, driving range, and chipping and putting greens. More than 1,300 acres of the development are designated for preservation, conservation and open space. Future amenities are likely to include a main resort-style clubhouse with fine

and casual dining, a spa and fitness facility, tennis courts and pools overlooking the golf course. WCI anticipates opening the community for sales late this year. The company did not disclose the sale price. WCI Communities is a lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, catering to move-up, second-home and active adult homebuyers. WCI offers traditional single- and multi-family home choices with prices from approximately $160,000 to more than $1 million. In addition to homebuilding and development, WCI generates revenues from its real estate brokerage business, the second-largest brokerage in Florida. Learn more about WCI Communities and the company’s premier lifestyle communities and experiences by visiting www.WCICommunities. com or calling 800-WCI-2290.

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The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association is proud to celebrate with its

Tracy and Russ Libby


ing tradition of excellence in Jacksonville since 1966.

members, Russ and Tracy Libby, who

Perhaps the most enticing thing

recently celebrated their 10th year of

about Hidden Hills is the warm, cozy

ownership of Hidden Hills Country

feeling that you recognize when

Club in Jacksonville, Florida. Since

you walk through the front doors.

purchasing the club in 2003, the couple

“Our members are the most loyal

has restored the privacy of the beauti-

and supportive group that I have come

ful country club which is situated in a

across in my 25 years in the business”,

vibrant community near historic Fort

said Russ Libby, PGA professional,

Caroline. The club offers membership

owner and manager of the club. “We

opportunities to fit the varying life-

are blessed to have such a caring and

styles of its members who live inside

devoted membership and supportive

and outside of the community gates.

neighborhoods who undoubtedly can

With active tennis, golf, fitness and

attest that the success of the club

aquatics programs, Hidden Hills offers

positively impacts the entire com-

something for everyone, but the club’s

munity. I also believe that they enjoy

Arnold Palmer Signature Golf course

the cozy atmosphere that we have

does take center stage. The course

nurtured through the years and the

sits on a unique piece of property and

personal touches that come along

nowhere else in North Florida does

with a family owned and managed

nature grace a golf course with such

club. We are truly thankful to be a

varying terrain and dramatic elevation

part of this great country club and

changes with rolling fairways guarded

plan to be here for many more years.”

by stately oaks and towering pine trees.

For information on Hidden Hills

The club was the host to the Greater

Country Club, please call them

Jacksonville Open in the early 70’s –

at 904-641-8121, visit their web-

the forerunner of today’s PLAYERS

site at www.hiddenhillscc.com or

Championship – and has a longstand-

view the club on Facebook. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

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Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

Born in cornfields of IL, about 50 miles south of Chicago which will always be home to me. I visit as much as I can. Moved to Orlando in 94’ and loved the Florida lifestyle. As far as “growing up” that has never happened anywhere…

n e r r Da Carlo De

What do you do for a living?

I became a PGA Professional in 1999’ and current Owner & CEO of Spike Golf LLC. We manufacture The Perfect Club Golf Collection. The Perfect Club Collection consists of a series of clubs all designed to replace the most difficult clubs to hit; mid-irons, long-irons, fairway woods, wedges, chipping clubs and the driver. The best part of my job is getting feedback from golfers on how our clubs have greatly improved their game and having fun on the course again. See for yourself at www.theperfectclub.com

Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Aside from golf, I like to Ocean fish, play poker, hang out with friends and relax on the beach or poolside.

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty?

Of course my awesome mother! She’s the most caring, giving and supportive person in the world. Hi Mom!

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? When a golfer picks up a

5 foot putt and says “that’s par”. Seems like every year the “gimmie” has gotten longer and longer.

What do you fear the most?

I will ride any roller coaster on this planet, go 35 miles out on the Ocean swim with sharks and probably jump out of an airplane, but a Ferris Wheel I just won’t do! That, and 1 foot birdie putts.

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Payne Stewart- I met Payne at Lake

Nona during a charity event, an amazing and inspiring person; Tiger and my dad.

Have you ever witnessed sex on the links?

Lets just say, when I was Director of Golf at a course here in Orlando, I let Rachel’s have their golf tournament at our course. To say it was wild and crazy is a complete understatement! It was way out of control… I’ve never seen so many “carts” behind trees, behind bushes and just a few groups were actually what we call “playing golf”. The cart guys and staff were riding all over the golf course to catch all the “action”. I received a hundred angry calls from home owners telling me what they were seeing outside their windows. Well, some home owners called to ask how they could sign up next year! Out of 36 groups only 4 turned in a score card. It was like Bushwood CC from Caddyshack. And of course, I let them play the following year! 12

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cart header girl Where did you grow up?

a i l u Y edcalf M

I grew up in Russia, all over the country as my dad was in the Army. I moved to Florida 11 years ago.       

What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch? I like ice skating (the only thing I’m missing here in Florida) and kickboxing. Love to watch hockey and American football.

Do you enjoy playing golf?

Yes! Im not very good at it, but it’s always a fun time :)        

What do you feel makes this club special?

Our staff is amazing! Everyone is working as a team and we are more like a family here. It gives me a good feeling every day I come to work.

What is your favorite part of being a cart girl?

I LOVE my job! I have THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OFFICE and I get to meet people from ALL OVER THE WORLD! And it’s always great to see them coming back year, after year.

If you weren›t a cart girl, what would you be doing?        I am good with numbers so probably an accountant

What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl? Meeting Michael Jordan (who is a pretty good golfer) and the boy band NSYNC who actually asked me (!?!?) to take a picture with them

Relaxing evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? Relaxing evening at home with glass of wine is my heaven.

Favorite comedian? Robin Williams

Favorite type of movie?

Comedies, Drama

Favorite charity to support?

Any kid’s charity deserves support!!!

What else would you like for us to know about you? Pistachio ice cream is my biggest weakness 14

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19th hole

Lake Nona’s Newest Amenity Golf Blends with Cuisine at Nona Blue

cably linked with Nona Blue. Post-round interviews with Graeme on network television inevitably led to mention of his new venture with Bona and Davi, and Nona Blue became legend at birth. A pre-opening VIP event drew many of McDowell’s friends and European Ryder Cup teammates, including Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Peter Hanson and Henrik Stenson. On any given night, touring professionals, caddies and golf television personalities are scattered about the indoor – outdoor layout, enjoying everything that Nona Blue has to offer. But there’s far more to Lake Nona’s newest destination than food, drink and golf’s glitterati. Bona, Davi and McDowell agreed at the outset that the restaurant was destined to become an integral part of Lake Nona. “It gives me great pleasure to know

The restaurant was slightly more than a concept in March, 2012, but founding partners Bill Bona and Joe Davi had already joined forces with 2010 U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell. A few names had been kicked around for the “modern tavern” that was about to begin construction just outside the gate of Lake Nona Golf & Country Club when lightning struck in the form of yet another Lake Nona victory on home turf in the Tavistock Cup. Clad in Team Nona’s iconic blue and celebrating with his teammates, McDowell shouted, “Nona Blue!” to a gathering of supporters, including Bona, and a signature name was born. By the time the restaurant opened in March of this year, McDowell’s name had become inextri16

that Nona Blue is a part of our community,” McDowell said. “I have a home here at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, and we are all proud that Nona Blue is not just a social hub for our neighbors and everyone in the surrounding communities, but is also poised to contribute to the academic and athletic programs of our schools and the schools and research centers of Medical City.” Part of the community approach for

Nona Blue includes playing host to “The Leaderboard,” a weekly radio show that bills itself as “Golf, more golf and anything even remotely related to golf.” The show airs Monday nights 7 – 8 pm EST on 740 The Game, Orlando and has featured McDowell and LPGA Tour pro Jacqui Concolino as live guests in the past few weeks. Poulter and Annika Sorenstam are slated to appear later this season. Listeners and guests are welcome to watch the show live every Monday night. Since opening, the hospitality driven philosophy adopted by the founding partners has served the restaurant well. Innovative modern cuisine and fresh seasonal cocktails are served in a tavern setting that fits the eye and soothes the soul. The display kitchen is complemented with exposed brickwork and rich, dark mahogany, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The indoor dining area offers a number of options, including a 40-seat bar, two captain’s tables, wrap-around booth seating throughout and a seating area with drawn curtains for private events. An outdoor patio features a fireplace, intimate bar and al fresco dining. “When executed properly, great restaurants become more than simply a location to have dinner and drinks,” Bona said. “They become ingrained in the fabric of the community as a place to gather, meet and make friends, and truly become a local amenity.” Nona Blue is located in Lake Nona Village on Narcoossee Road, between the entrances to Lake Nona Golf & Country Club and NorthLake Park. To treat yourself, your friends and your regular foursome to the Nona Blue experience, call 407.313.0027. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2


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The much talked about food item at the Masters is the pimento cheese sandwich. This can best be described as spicy cheese whiz on white bread. You can find recipes on line for this cheese concoction but truly this is Augusta’s secret recipe and clearly a southern thing as Colonel Sanders has a lock down on chicken. I had been at Augusta early week so I purchased 8 of these well wrapped pimento sandwiches (at $1.50 each sparing no expense for my guests) as I was leaving the course and then bought a cooler bag from the local supermarket and carried them on the flight home.

“The first time I played the Masters, I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life.”~Chi Chi Rodriguez

Azalea and Pimento Cheese Spring signals the start of the golf season for many in the north east of the US and there is nothing better to kick it off than the Masters. Augusta National can best be described as golf’s cathedral. The pristine lush green grass and pink azaleas are its calling card and a welcome sight after a long winter. Just as an art collector walking into the Louvre in Paris so is the feeling for any golfer walking on the grounds of Augusta National.

“What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.”~Arnold Palmer 18

While making the trip to Augusta for the Masters is on most golfers bucket list of “must do” it may not be in the cards every year. A Masters a party with fellow golf fanatics is a great way to spend the Sunday and it is always nice to bring a bit of the south to any area. If you can’t join them create your own signature 19th hole. First start with the Masters signature cocktail, The Azalea. (1 part lime or lemon juice, 1 part canned pineapple juice, 3 parts gin, Grenadine to color pink, Mix

While you may not want to wait until next year to create your own 19th hole party there is still plenty of time as the Masters marks the first of the four majors. No reason why you can’t repeat for each major and don’t forget The Players, golf’s fifth major, in May with Sunday play on Mother’s Day. Basically you can have a party a month for the rest of the summer. June is the US Open held at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania, July is The Open (the British Open) held at Muirfield in Scotland and in August the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester New York. I am thinking some kilts and little Scotch on Sunday in July may not be a bad idea. Masters Party Essentials: Azalea Plant for decoration, Azalea drinks, wines by notable golfers: Ernie Els, Luke Donald, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Pimento sandwiches, deviled eggs, fried chicken, and caramel pecan popcorn. Add some fellow golf friends and a great golf outfit. Mix together, Enjoy and remember...

in cocktail shaker with ice and shake). *Note I adapted it to my Two Good Rounds liking and used Ketel One vodka in lieu of gin.

“If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.”~Dean Martin Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

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special events

Inaugural Med School Classic Raises $35,000 The Inaugural Med School Classic at Lake Nona was played April 22, 2013, and raised $35,000 for the UCF College of Medicine Scholarship Fund. The shotgun start, best ball scramble included 26 foursomes from across Central Florida. The winning teams were Thomas Lynne Properties (1st place), First American Title (2nd place) and Fifth Third Bank (3rd place). The tournament was hosted by a group of 30 Central Floridians who came together in 2012 to form a nonprofit with the express purpose of raising funds for the UCF College of Medicine Scholarship Fund. Founding sponsors are Dan DeCubellis of Carlton Fields, Jim Warmus of Averett Warmus


Durkee and Joe Vetter of PNC Bank. Dr. Deborah German, Dean of the College of Medicine, accepted the $35,000 check at the Awards Ceremony and Reception following

the tournament at Lake Nona Country Club. Dean German commented, “Our goal is to provide economic impact and build a medical city that is there for all of us.” Dan DeCubellis replied, “We want to do everything we can to support that because our whole region benefits from the Medical School.” Additional sponsors included: Family Physicians Group, Jefferies, The Vaughan Group, First American Title, The PFM Group, Barclays, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Spine and Brain Neurosurgery Center and Blown Away. The Med School Classic will return in the spring of 2014. Information is available at www.medschoolclassic.com.

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course of dreams

Golf Academy of America Announces Graduating Classes For Spring 2013 Total of 185 Students Earn Associate Degrees in Golf Complex Operations and Management


A total of 185 students from Golf

accredited by the Accrediting Council

Academy of America (GAA) campuses

for Independent Colleges and Schools

in Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Phoenix and

(ACICS). The 16-month program balanc-

San Diego earned an associate degree

es classroom studies, practical experi-

in Golf Complex Operations and Man-

ence and a comprehensive understand-

agement during separate graduation

ing of both the game and the business

ceremonies on April 19.

of golf.

“These students put in a lot of hard

The GAA boasts an exceptional

work and all of them are now well-pre-

career placement record for gradu-

pared to step into golf career oppor-

ates for opportunities including: golf

tunities anywhere in the world,” said

teaching professionals, tournament

Jim Hart, president of Golf Academy of

organizers, club managers and owners,

America. “Our students are some of the

golf manufacturing representatives,

best-trained and most knowledgeable

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golf career professionals in the indus-

the world and prepares graduates for a

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wide array of golf career opportunities

panies, among many other golf career

America, they are recognized as the

in the $76 billion a year industry. Golf


future golf professionals who will lead

Academy of America is a golf course

For more information about

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management school offering a com-

Golf Academy of America, go to

The GAA is the largest and longest-

prehensive curriculum of golf instruc-

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342-7342. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

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By Stephen Trendler

golf travel

The Horse Stamp Inn A wonderful B&B with a terrific Stay and Play package

Only 25 miles north of the Florida border from Jacksonville off I-95, this Southern plantation style mansion is a first class inn. Although the mansion itself looks like a fully restored Civil war residence, it is in fact an incredibly designed newer home with the feel of history. The long entrance driveway to the mansion provides an immediate feel of Gone with The Wind and knowing you have arrived at a very special place. A large porch entrance greets you where you can spend hours on the rocking chairs taking in the beautiful horse farm-like setting surrounded by woods. Although it looks like you will be greeted by Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara, you are warmly welcomed by owners Tom and Chris Hutcheson. Then, you enter into an environment where ever room is a major “WOW” of impressive

southern charm, comfort, relaxation, and knowing you definitely came to the right place. Main floor living areas are perfectly decorated and furnished to invite you to put your feet up, kick back, and enjoy your getaway. Your only challenge 24

is having to pick which couch, chair or rocker to start with. 2nd floor bedrooms are elevator accessible and all uniquely designed with every comfort you could ask for including a wonderful verandah to enjoy the outdoor surroundings of your quiet getaway. Your day starts with a home cooked breakfast in the expansive modern country kitchen where you can just hang out around the center island and chat with other guests and owners Tom and Chris while they prepare your breakfast. It doesn’t get better than this to appreciate the welcome feeling throughout the Inn. And yes, the breakfast eggs are fresh from the on-site resident chickens. And their breakfasts are amazing. Your on-site day can be spent at the pool (in season), walking the grounds to enjoy the lake where fishing can be done, a small shooting range in the back of the property. Try a visit with Belle Fleur- the resident horse. Carrots are always welcome. You can help feed the chickens. And you can kick back with a good book in the many well-appointed first floor living rooms, or on the expansive front porch complete with rocking chairs, Off site, St. Simons and Jekyll Islands are a short hop away and are some of the best beaches you will find on the east coast. Local upscale restaurants are abundant and within short driving distance. But we do recommend the dinners at the Inn as well. For golfers, their Stay and Play package includes golf at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club which is only 8 minutes away. If you haven’t played there, it is a must play and is as good as it gets for every golfer’s playing level. The only other challenge you need to prepare for is leaving. It’s tough to do although you can always go back for more. For additional information, visit their website at www.horsestampinn.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

saty & play

Legendary Golf Resort Unveils Renovations The Villas of Grand Cypress, located in the heart of Orlando, Florida, just unveiled a $16 million renovation of its new Villas. The legendary golf resort spent four months transforming its Club Suites and one-, two-, and three-bedroom Villas. The renovations were overseen by Florida-based interior designer Lori Rapport, and showcase spacious new guestrooms that offer modern interiors and feature streamlined decor, natural materials and neutral palettes that create a sense of serenity and calm that mirrors the natural beauty of the resort. The one to three bedroom villas range between an expansive 1,150-square-feet to 2,800-square-feet and all include a living room, dining room, and fully equipped kitchen, as well as a large outdoor patio overlooking the fairways or waterways (the resort offers 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus’ signature golf design). The living areas throughout the new Club Suites and Villas are spacious, inviting and residential in style. Fine furniture in Italian and Mid-Century Modern styles include American Leather sofa sleepers and club chairs. Pulling inspiration from the area’s surroundings, custom-designed woven carpets from Axminister feature the magnified lines of topographic maps that evoke the natural landscape. Artwork includes eye-catching original bronze sculptures, custom chandeliers and expressionist designs. Select villas offer sleek dining room tables generously sized for ten and gas-lit fireplaces. Oversized base moldings, doors and window casings are framed by natural American Walnut. Stylish beds with upholstered headboards illuminated by ambient bedside lighting are inviting with elegant bedding and plush pillows. Fore more information and reservations: www.grandcypress.com. 26

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player development

Tampa’s Saddlebrook Resort, wellknown for its 45 tennis courts in every Grand Slam surface and the tennis pros who train there, is set to match the tennis facilities and receive praised for its new Golf Training Center. Saddlebrook Golf Academy’s new 20-acre Golf Training Center is now open for play. It encompasses playing practice of every element of the game, with multi-faceted training areas where golfers may enjoy lessons or may choose to score themselves and rotate through the many practice sites and stations which simulate golf course play. The Training Center’s East Tee has multiple hitting stations on a driving range area which allows hitting over 300 yards. It also features a large fairway bunker as well as specially designed mounds to practice every type of uphill and downhill shot. The East Tee also has the Arnold Palmer designed Scoring Zone with a 10,000 square foot green, a bunker and multiple chipping areas. The Lesson Tee is designed for group or private lessons to practice shots to multiple target greens. A 14,000 square foot Tif-Eagle putting green, as well as a 5,000 square foot Wedge Green with multiple levels and two greenside bunkers, designed by K.J. Choi, are part of the Lesson Tee area. The area also has a 7,000 square foot Chipping Green with multiple mounding and two green-side bunkers also designed by K.J. Choi. This area enables practice of every shot in the short game, from bunker shots and chipping to putting, and from every angle and lie 360 degrees around the green. The West Tee covers one acre 28

including multiple hitting stations to multiple target greens with fairway bunkers, with hitting up to 300 yards. Featured on the West Tee is a red clay teaching area, designed by K.J. Choi for use in his training regime to perfect ball contact and golf swing. The resort’s golf academy is home to BannLynch Golf, led by Steve Bann and Dale Lynch, known as the number one coaching team in the world, offering the most comprehensive player development and instructional programs to golfers of all abilities. Steve Bann and Dale Lynch developed juniors into current PGA TOUR players to include Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, Stuart Appleby, and also coach K.J. Choi. The BannLynch Master Instructors work with adults and juniors at the new Training Center as well as on one of the resort’s two Arnold Palmer signature courses. Junior golfers are welcome yearround for week-long golf camps, where they train with BannLynch Master Instructors, play on the resort’s golf

courses and also meet junior athletes from all over the world. Juniors who want to pursue golf during the school year, have the opportunity of enrolling in Saddlebrook Preparatory School, a fully-accredited, college preparatory school for junior golfers and tennis players. The prep school offers boarding and non-boarding programs which allow student-athletes to pursue both a rich academic curriculum and train in their favorite sport every afternoon. Saddlebrook is 30-minutes north of Tampa International Airport, one mile east of I-75 at exit 279. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

By Leonard Finkel

improving performance

An Easier Way to Better Golf Can Latest Technology Groove Your Perfect Swing?

Golf is a difficult game. We all seek that

contraption, but I could instantly tell that my swing was different, more in control with a better ball flight. I could feel the swing. Praise for the Swing Jacket is everywhere. Golf Magazine awarded Swing Jacket Four Stars, whose equipment editors wrote, “The jacket is particularly good for golfers who come over the top. It’s worth trying.” The magazine quoted Scott McCarron stating, “The Swing Jacket taught me how to swing the club down properly from the top with my body…I’m swinging on a better plane now…I’m definitely hitting the ball much

unbridled joy of consistently hitting the ball long and straight. Golfers rarely experience the elusive feel of a fluid swing, let alone implant it in their muscle memory. At a recent media event, I tried an innovative product called the Swing Jacket. I was very impressed because it’s the only product I’ve ever tried that physically guided me through a connected, on-plane swing, much like those you see on Tour. It was literally teaching my body what a fundamentally correct swing should feel like while I was hitting balls. For me, Bernie Nault (Calgary, Canada) it was an AH HA moment. straighter.” Equipment guru Rick Efforts to improve my swing in the Young found, “The Swing Jacket flat past often took a lot of time and led out works and users will see a massive to frustration when I couldn’t seem to benefit. It was a godsend for me. The get it. With no assurance the time was key to the Swing Jacket is the level of going to be well spent it discouraged consistency it can ingrain into your golf me from putting in the work. The swing. “ toughest part for me was figuring out The Swing Jacket corrects problems how to implement a swing change. All by allowing any golfer to experience too often I’d deal with one thing and what a great swing actually feels something else would go awry. As I like. “Scott Johnson, (Seattle Wa) stood on the range hitting balls with boasted, “I tried the Swing Jacket. It the Swing Jacket, it occurred to me that took 15 minutes of half swings to get all I ever really wanted was to feel the comfortable. I started hitting the ball correct motion. It was an enlightening right at the target. The next day I shot experience because I didn’t have to 74 at my home club, hitting 14 greens. focus on improving any part of my I again practiced one afternoon and swing. I was hitting balls wearing this

shot 75. The two best rounds of the year! This is the best training aid I’ve ever tried!” Noted instructors confirm the product’s effectiveness. Dan Pasquariello, Associate Director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy wrote “You folks have created the best learning device that I have ever encountered, since it does allow the student to feel the correct motion and gives them immediate feedback. In this case, the feel is real.” The company confirms more than 50 Tour players have used Swing Jackets. Whether you are an experienced player looking to refine your swing or a raw beginner who

“Before I used the Swing Jacket, I had never broken 80. I broke 80 fifteen times last summer and almost shot par. The Swing Jacket has turned my game around and dropped my handicap from 18 to 10” –

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wants to develop sound fundamentals right out of the gate, Swing Jacket could be the fastest, easiest way to the improvement we all seek. Swing Jacket offers a risk-free “Great Swing Guarantee.” If you’re not hitting the ball longer, straighter and more consistently, just return it for a refund. Looking to improve your game quickly and easily? Swing Jacket is worth trying. Use coupon code FGC613 to get your discount, bonus items valued at $180 plus free shipping To buy your Swing Jacket at a 20% discount or for more information visit www.swingjacket.com/finkel or call 877-219-6124. 29

By JJ Qualkenbush

youngheader guns

The Thrill of Victory There is truth to the statement, “It’s not if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” But it’s more fun to win. Isn’t it? Adults have a saying, “A bad day on the golf course is better than a good day at work.” But it’s even better to have a good day on the golf course. Isn’t it? Yes, trying your hardest on every shot when you’re playing badly builds character. But I’d rather feed my confidence by hitting good shots. Wouldn’t you? Two days after holding off a determined Palm Desert High School team, our La Quinta Blackhawks golf team again beat the Aztecs to complete an undefeated Desert Valley League season. “We’ve been working


Jay Golden and JJ Qualkenbush

hard and we’ve been playing well

record in league dual matches. Palm

just been playing really good lately,”

most of the time,” La Quinta head

Desert finished 12-2, the only losses

Qualkenbush said, who birdied the

coach John Shelden said after this

coming back-to-back to La Quinta

difficult ninth hole. “I played aggres-

team’s 191-205 victory over the Az-

this week.

sively today and it paid off.”

tecs. “They grew up a lot this week.

Coach Shelden continued, “The

That was my quote for the local

It was great they got to play some

Blackhawks were very consistent on

newspaper but between me and

really tough competition.”

a breezy day at SilverRock, producing

you, all the work that I put into

The 14-shot win on the front nine

three scores under 40. Medalist for

my game for the past few years

of SilverRock Resort, the Blackhawks’

the match was La Quinta’s J.J Qual-

is paying off and there’s nothing

home course, gave La Quinta a 14-0

kenbush with a 1-under 35.” “I’ve

like “THE THRILL OF VICTORY!” Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

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player development

The Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development 2nd Annual 100 Hole Marathon Fundraisers The nonprofit’s 2013, “Little Golf, Big Purpose” events to be played at six prominent Orlando area courses to raise funds for future expansion. New local program locations added as well including the Deltona Club. ”We are very excited about our upcoming 100 hole marathon series and scholarship fundraiser program” says PGA Golf Professional Brendon Elliott, Founder of The Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development. “In our first year as a 501c3 we made some tremendous strides forward” Elliot says. In 2012, the nonprofit received a grant from the Florida State Golf Association License Plate Program as well as the Barbara & Jack Nicklaus Junior Golf Endowment fund which is administered by the PGA Foundation. It also had other donations come their way in 2012 including a sizable check from the Eric Baker Fund which is administered through the Orlando Golfweek Amateur Tour. “It was very encouraging to have the support of these organizations and companies in 2012 and we were so very grateful. After last year’s 100 hole marathon and nearly $13,000 raised we are very hopeful that we will be able to have a very, very fruitful go at it in our 2013 campaign” Elliott adds. Participants will pledge to play 100 holes of golf at any of the locations listed above. All those interested in playing will register through the http:// littlelinksters.org/home/little-linksters/ website. Once registered, a participant will create their own personal fundraising showcase page. On this page they will find tools that will help them broadcast to the world their fundraising efforts and channel folks to their fundraising page where donations can be made. It is suggested that emailing friends, family and co-workers and broadcasting through social media is the best way to direct traffic to a participant›s personal page.  Donors will be able to contribute with credit card or Paypal directly to the participant and this cause. All money collection, thank you letters, and tax receipts are handled automatically online. All they need to do is go play some golf! All donations are 100% tax deductible and all donors will re32

ceive a tax receipt and thank you letter automatically through the website. The fee for participation is $0 for anyone raising over $1,000. Otherwise the fee will be $65 at Orange Lake Resort or $115 at all other facilities. These fees must be paid by way of making a starting donation in the appropriate amount to the participant›s personal fundraising page. Top fundraisers can earn great prizes. Last year the prizes included but were not limited to: a two hour private lesson with Sean Foley, signed Tiger Woods memorabilia, PGA Tour event ticket packages, PGA Championship weekly ticket packages, equipment from Nike and STX, rounds of golf and much more. Prizes for 2013 are posted on the http://littlelinksters.org/home/ little-linksters/ website.  “We are also adding a Scholastic Golf Team fundraiser component as well as a new Little Linksters Scholarship Program fundraiser as part of our offers through www.LittleLinksters.org this year.” Added Elliott. You can log onto: http://littlelinksters.org/home/ little-linksters/rules-of-participation/ for more details or e-mail nonprofit@ LittleLinksters.org.

The Events The “Little Golf, Big Purpose” 100 Hole Marathon had its inaugural event in 2012 at Orange Lake Resorts Legends Walk course. For 2013, the fundraising effort will grow to a six event “series” which will benefit the Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development. The marathons will be played at the following Central Florida courses: June 17th - Harmony Golf Preserve June 30th - Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes July 7th - Reunion Resort July 8th - Heathrow Country Club July 22nd - West Orange Country Club July 28th - Orange Lake Resort - Legends Walk Course

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special events

World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum welcomes the Class of 2013 at Induction Ceremony Couples, Montgomerie, Park, Schofield, Venturi enter the Hall of Fame

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum celebrated the arrival of five more members on Monday. Masters and PLAYERS champion Fred Couples, European Tour and Ryder Cup superstar Colin Montgomerie, two-time Open Championship winner Willie Park, Jr., former European Tour Executive Director Ken Schofield and U.S. Open champion and broadcast legend Ken Venturi were inducted at the annual Induction Ceremony. The evening’s events were held at World Golf Village, with the Ceremony at the St. Johns County Convention Center and the Gala afterward within the Hall of Fame. The Ceremony, which kicks off THE PLAYERS Championship week, will air on Golf Channel on Monday at 10 p.m. ET. “It is an honor to welcome the Class of 2013,” said Jack Peter, Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “The accomplishments of this group, both on and off the course, are remarkable. We are thrilled to have them in the Hall of Fame family and are proud to tell their wonderful stories.” The Class of 2013:

Fred Couples – PGA TOUR Ballot Couples is one of the game’s most popular players and revered for his picturesque golf swing. It carried him to the top of the game, winning the 1992 Masters Tournament and becoming the first American player to reach No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He dominated in the early 1990s, winning PGA TOUR Player of the Year and the Vardon Trophy in 1991 and 1992, on his way to 15 career PGA TOUR wins.


Couples is also a fixture for the United States in team competitions. He played on five Ryder Cup teams, helping the Americans to victories in 1991 and 1993. The Presidents Cup has been another important competition for Couples – he played on four U.S. Teams, with three emerging victorious. He also captained the winning U.S. Presidents Cup teams in 2009 and 2011 and will once again lead the Americans at the 2013 Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village.

– a record by a British player – and, in total, 40 tournaments worldwide. Despite that success, his impact may be even greater on the Ryder Cup. In eight successive Ryder Cup appearances from 1991, Montgomerie helped Europe to five victories while creating an unprecedented record of being unbeaten in the singles with a 6-0-2 mark. He went on to captain the European Team, which regained The Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2010.

Colin Montgomerie – International Ballot

Willie Park, Jr. – Veterans Category

Montgomerie was The European Tour’s top player in the 1990s, leading the Order of Merit a record seven times in succession from 1993-99. He captured another Harry Vardon Trophy in 2005. The Scot won 31 European Tour titles

Park is one of the Open Championship’s most distinguished players, winning in 1887 and 1889 while compiling 12 top-10 finishes in golf’s oldest major. Park, whose father Willie, Sr. is also in the Hall of Fame, used his prowess as a player as a springboard to other facets Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

of the game. He did pioneering ball and club design, registering several patents. Park’s seminal 1896 book “The Game of Golf” was the first about golf written by a professional golfer. His widely acclaimed “The Art of Putting” was published in 1920. His lasting impact may be from his course design. He designed or modified more than 200 courses in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, including Sunningdale Golf Club outside of London, Maidstone Club in New York and Olympia Fields in Chicago.

Ken Schofield – Lifetime Achievement Category Schofield pushed The European Tour and the Ryder Cup to new heights. He became The European Tour’s Executive Director in 1975. Under his leadership, the Tour grew from 17 official events to 45 official events with a prize fund of more than £106 million when he retired in 2004. Schofield initiated global expansion for

the game when he took The European Tour outside of the European continent for the first time in 1982 with the playing of the Tunisian Open. That began a structure whereby the Tour positioned itself internationally with more opportunity and incentive for the players in first the major championships then the World Golf Championships. Schofield was also heavily involved in the decision to open the Ryder Cup up from Great Britain & Ireland to all of Europe, which was a major catalyst for that event becoming one of the biggest in the world.

Ken Venturi – Lifetime Achievement Category Venturi forged an iconic career in the game, both on the course and in the broadcast booth. As a player, Venturi won 14 times on the PGA TOUR. He made his most dramatic mark in the 1964 U.S. Open, where he overcame 100-degree temperatures at Congressional Country Club and severe dehydration to win his

major championship. After carpel tunnel syndrome forced him out of competitive golf, Venturi joined the CBS television team in 1968. It began a 35-year career that saw him become one of the most respected voices in the game. In 2000, he received the PGA of America Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award. That same year, he captained the U.S. Team to victory in the Presidents Cup competition. The Class of 2013 brings the Hall of Fame’s membership to 146. Each of the five newest Inductees donated memorabilia from their standout careers for inclusion in the Inductee Exhibits at the Hall of Fame. They include a case in Shell Hall and a permanent space in the Member Locker Room. The exhibits will be open to the public on May 7. For more information about the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Induction Ceremony or to learn more about the 2013 Class of Inductees, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org

About the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum preserves and honors the history of golf and the legacies of those who have made it great. The Hall of Fame and Museum, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., serves as a steward of the game through engaging, interactive storytelling and exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art, audio, video and photography significant to the history of golf and its members. The Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution and is allied with 26 national and international golf organizations, including The European Tour, LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA. To learn more about the Hall of Fame or to lend support, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.

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...Don’t Call It A Comeback! On Top Of The World The years were 2005-2008 and the place was THE GOLF CHANNEL. If you watched regularly or even sporadically, you’ll remember seeing the infomercial for the “#1 Putter on the Champions Tour.” It was called the RIFE 2-BAR Putter. It was the first self-adjustable putter the golf industry had ever seen and it featured two stainless steel bars that you could switch out to adjust the weight of the putter to accommodate faster or slower greens, a Lie-Aline Custom Fitting System that allowed you to self-adjust the lie angle of the putter to correctly fit your individual setup and a unique face with horizontal grooves that were said to “lift and press the ball forward into an instant forward roll.” It was the hottest putter on the market and its quick rise in popularity led to annual sales of $11 Million in 2008.

Where Did They Go By the end of 2009, however, with the economy stalling, RIFE struggled along with many other small to medium size golf companies and fought to keep its doors open. In fact for two years, 2010-2011, the company was dormant and many people were wondering what had happened to RIFE?

The Beginning Of The Comeback In November of 2011, successful businessman, Ben Zylstra purchased RIFE from its former group of investors and the reemergence of RIFE began. Zylstra re-launched RIFE and is credited for turning the company around in 36

a MAJOR way. 2012 was a real turning point for RIFE. Zylstra decided to put full-time Tour Reps back on the PGA and Champions Tours and it paid off in a big way. RIFE, who had already collected 50 victories on the Professional Golf Tours since 2004, captured wins on every Tour in 2012, including two Major Victories.

Matt Kuchar – 2012 Players Championship (PGA TOUR) Roger Chapman – 2012 US Senior Open (CHAMPIONS TOUR)* MAJOR Shanshan Feng – 2012 LPGA Championship (LPGA TOUR)* MAJOR Lee Williams – 2012 Mexico Open (NATIONWIDE TOUR) Steven Fox – 2012 US Amateur (US AMATEUR TOUR)

What Sets RIFE Apart

What sets RIFE apart from every other putter manufacturer

out there is its RollGrooveTM Technology Face. RIFE is the true innovator behind horizontal grooved face putter technology with a patent on specifically sized grooves since 1997. These precisely spaced grooves allow the putter to

gently press into the cover of the ball and grip and lift it into an instant forward roll. Just as grooves in irons help control spin so do grooves in a putter face. RIFE’s grooved face has become so popular that other putter companies like PING, TaylorMade, Bobby Grace and Bettinardi are trying to imitate this technology. However, the patented spacing of the grooves is the TRUE key to the gripping and lifting effect of RIFE’s grooved face putter technology. Horizontal RollGrooveTM faced putters create the truest “no skid” roll in golf no matter where you hit the ball on the putter face.

New VAULT.001 Series In 2013, RIFE introduced its new VAULT.001 Series of putters which just recently won a Golf Digest Hot List Award. There are 6 new models in the Vault.001 Series; the Legend, which is a tribute to RIFE’s original 2-Bar Mallet Putter and retains the stainless steel interchangeable weight bars that put RIFE on the map. The Iconic, which is a traditional blade style putter with a plumbers neck. The Phenom is a belly length blade style putter with a goose neck that makes it ideal for those who arc their swing path. The Prodigy, which is part of RIFE’s Bi-Metal Series, is a mid-mallet with a steel face and body that is complimented by an aluminum chassis that provides extraordinary feedback on impact. The Titan, a full size mallet and also a Bi-Metal blend of steel and aluminum, and the Hero, which is a whole new take on a Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

RIFE has also introduced its new V MOTION TOUR and E MOTION golf balls for 2013

The V MOTION TOUR is a 3-piece premium ball designed for golfers who demand Tour Level performance and playability. It features a cast urethane cover for high spin along with a compensating speed core for distance. It is built to compete with the best golf balls on the market and it does. The V MOTION received a 2011 Golf Digest Hot List Award including 4 stars in the Performance and Innovation categories. The target audience of the V MOTION is lower handicap golfers looking to improve their game and to reduce their costs as well as mid handicap golfers who want a better ball at a mid-price point. This golf ball competes against the Titleist ProV1 and TaylorMade Penta but costs about $12.00 LESS. Price: $32.95 per dozen

The E MOTION is a 3-piece surlyn performance ball, designed with a Progressive Motion Dual Core to fly farther, spin faster, and feel softer all while offering great durability. The E MOTION just received a 2013 Golf Digest Hot List Award as well. The proprietary Aeroblend Cover features Aerocontrol parallel dimple dividers that smooth airflow for increased flight distance and stability while roll promoting dimples enhance putter feel and confidence. RIFE’s engineering team has designed this ball to be the best ball for all weather conditions and to offer you a tour caliber ball with excellent durability at a very affordable price. Price: $19.95 per dozen Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2


Matt Kuchar Steven Fox

Roger Chapman

Lee Williams

ShanShan Feng


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Bi-Metal blade style putter that features a unique sight line that connects the top line to the tail and provides a visual break between the two materials. All of RIFE’s putters feature their patented RollGrooveTM Technology Face and are available at Edwin Watts, Golfsmith and other stores and shops where professional equipment is sold.

Back On Top RIFE is back on top in the golf world and just recently celebrated another victory on the Champions Tour when Esteban Toledo used his RIFE Island Series Aruba putter to win a three way playoff at the 2013 Insperity Championship. “I met Esteban at the final event of the 2012 Champions Tour season in San Antonio,” said Jim Barfield, V.P. of Tour Operations for RIFE Golf. “He picked up one of our Island Series Aruba putters and couldn’t put it down. He said he loved the way the ball came off the grooves on the face of the putter. It’s been in his bag ever since.” This story about Toledo falling in ‘love at first sight’ is not unusual. In fact, if you roll a few putts with a RIFE putter, don’t be surprised if you’ll believe in, “RIFE FOR LIFE!” For more information on RIFE Golf or their product lineup for 2013 visit their website at www.Rife-Golf.com.

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live golf

My Favorite

By Joel Jackson, FGCSA Communications Director Photos by Joel Jackson

”All-In-One“ Beach Getaway For Golfers

If you are interested in taking a getaway this summer, you should consider heading to The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Set on 125 lush acres, complemented by seven miles of pristine white sandy beach, the resort is Southwest Florida’s only beachfront resort with an on-site championship golf course, a world-class spa, and an award-winning tennis center. Making it even more appealing, the resort completed a $5 million renovation in January 2013, which followed an impressive $40 million spent by the resort over the last five years. The multi-phase project included the renovation and remodeling of the resort’s 317 guest rooms and suites, enhancements to the golf course, the renovation and expansion of The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, and the addition of a beautiful beachfront pool complex (with two pools, two whirlpools, a pool bar with food service, restrooms, locker facilities, and a pool shop). Want more reason to visit? The resort is offering the 3rd night free from May 28 – September 30, 2013, based on availability, with holiday weekends excluded. For holiday weekends the 40

resort is offering the 4th night free. For more information or for reservations, call (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222 and ask for the “3rd Night Free Promotion.” Blackout dates may apply, and the promotion may not be combined with any other offer. Also, the promotion is not applicable to groups. Rich in hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has resided on the Southwest coast in Naples since 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, the resort features: 1,000 feet of white-sand beach; the 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course; the world-class spa; a fitness center (with complimentary admission for guests); the Mary C. Watkins Tennis Center with six Har-Tru courts; Beach Kids Club, a complimentary recreational program for children ages five to 12; an Orchid House, home to over 3,000 tropical plants; retail shops; and beach rentals. The resort also features multiple restaurants and lounges, including: the signature beachfront HB’s on the Gulf; Broadwell’s, providing panoramic views of the golf course; and the Seminole Store, which serves deli sandwiches, ice cream, gourmet coffees and a variety of

freshly baked pizza, pastries and desserts in a café atmosphere. The resort’s recently renovated Sunset Beach Bar & Grill is consistently named “Best Place To View A Southwest Florida Sunset,” and was named “Naples’ Best Beach Bar” by Travel Channel. Situated just blocks from Naples’ renowned shopping districts of fashionable 5th Avenue South and historic 3rd Street South, the resort is also within minutes of shopping at Venetian Village, Waterside Shops, Bayfront and Tin City. Guests can also experience the area by taking tours of the Everglades, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Corkscrew Swamp, The Botanical Gardens, or the Conservancy Nature Center. Boat and fishing trips also can be arranged at the hotel. Other leisure time activities can include Naples’ outstanding museums, theatres, and art galleries. Providing a comfortable, friendly atmosphere, the resort is an exceptional tropical getaway. Resort guests benefit from no resort fees, and complimentary self and valet parking. The resort is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples, Florida. Contact the resort at (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, or visit www.NaplesBeachHotel.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

Tim Hiers, (left in blue shirt and khaki pants give U.S. EPA regulators and Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection regulators a tour of his Old Collier GC maintenance facility. For the past 16 years the Florida GCSA has been part of the Annual Spring Regulator Tour, a one-week tour of Florida Ag and Green Industry operations including plant nurseries, sod farms, cattle ranches, dairy farms, row crop farms, citrus groves and sugar cane farms to get regulators from out behind their desks and see some of the real world.

From left) Todd Lowe of the Florida USGA Green Section presents Quail West CC superintendent Mark Black with the 2013 Irv Grainger Award for 25 years of service on the Florida USGA Green Section Committee. The USGA Green Section conducts turfgrass research and golf course conditioning evaluation visits to USGA member courses. (From left) Ralph Dain, the GCSAA Regional Representative for Florida and Darren Davis, GCSAA Director and superintendent at the Olde Florida GC in Naples, made a presentation about GCSAA resources and member benefits to a group of Central Florida Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at the Orange County Sportsman Association in April.

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By Jay Golden, PGA

player profile

Hail To Michael McBath! Mike McBath graduated from Penn State University in 1968 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Managment. Excelling in both academics and sports, he was invited to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl College All-Star Game. Impressed with his skills, Mike was drafted by the Buffalo Bills. During his time as a player, Mike earned a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Florida.   At the conclusion on his football

career, Mike turned his sights and talents to Wall Street and for 38 years, has been a Financial Advisor at UBS Financial Services. While enjoying a successful career as a Financial Advisor, however, he could not let his entrepreneurial spirit rest. Mike started the Orlando Predators, one of the most successful franchises in Arena Football history.    Mike is also very involved in the

Clermont YMCA honored Mike as «Man

community and has worked with

of the Year» for his charity work and

numerous organizations. In 2000, the

fund- raising. Much of this fund-raising was the direct result of NFL Celebrity golf outings. As a former player, Mike has taken a very active role with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and has been a member of the National Steering Committee for nine years. He started a Central Florida chapter for retired NFL players and was awarded the NFLPA›s «National Award of Excellence.” That same year, Mike was elected President of the NFL Retired Players Association›s 3600 player membership.  After serving as President, Mike›s commitment to the NFLPA did not end.  In 2008, Mike was elected to a two year term as President of the Central Florida Retired NFLPA chapter. After his first successful two year term ended, he was unanimously re-elected for another two year term.  During this period, he was chosen to go to Washington to speak to Congress. Mike is presently very proud to be the first former player to be elected to the NFL Former Players Board of Directors for a 4th term. Present and former NFL players as well as the ‘community’ of Central Florida, have been blessed by the efforts of Mike McBath.


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GREY GOOSE® The World's Best Tasting Vodka Signs Top-Ranked Pro Golfer Matt Kuchar To Represent Brand This Relationship will kick-off the re-launch of “GREY GOOSE 19th Hole” on Golf Channel GREY GOOSE®, the “World’s Best Tasting Vodka” is pleased to announce its continuing collaboration with professional golfer and five-time PGA tour winner Matt Kuchar. Kuchar serves as an official spokesperson for the GREY GOOSE golf program, a leading consumer activation platform for the brand. “GREY GOOSE Vodka has maintained a long-standing commitment to excellence and a strong presence in the golf arena. Our brand is honored to work with such a stellar athlete,” said Michelle D. Beauchamp, Brand Director of GREY GOOSE at Bacardi USA. “Matt Kuchar’s sportsmanship, athleticism and competitive drive represent the best of the sport.” The partnership also marked a new and exciting era of “GREY GOOSE 19th Hole,” a GREY GOOSE ENTERTAINMENT® original television program that debuted exclusively on the Golf Channel. Kuchar appeared on the premier episode of the series in January of last year and has represented the brand in all facets of its golf program including retail point-of-sale, meetand-greet sessions at events and the development of GREY GOOSE Collection golf gear. “As a longtime fan of

GREY GOOSE off the course, I am really excited about continuing to be part of the GREY GOOSE family and representing the ‘World’s Best Tasting Vodka’ as an official spokesperson,” said Kuchar. “I am proud to be affiliated with GREY GOOSE as the leading premium vodka brand continues its longstanding alliance with golf.” Known as the all-American family man with a striking smile and wholesome demeanor, Kuchar has demon-

strated arguably the most consistent golf performance on the course since 2009. He is one of only two golfers to have had 20 top-ten finishes in 2010 and 2011, and is the winner of five PGA Tour events. Most recently, Kuchar celebrated his first World Golf Championship victory; defeating Hunter Mahan in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February. Kuchar holds an impressive repertoire of high-profile victories. In 2010, he won the PGA’s Vardon Trophy and the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Award, both recognizing the player with the lowest scoring average, as well as the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Award for leading the money list in 2010. In December of 2011, Kuchar was a member of the victorious United States Presidents Cup and World Cup teams. In 2012 he won The Players Championship, the flagship event of the PGA. GREY GOOSE® Vodka and Flavored Vodkas SIP RESPONSIBLY www.GREYGOOSE.com ©2013 GREY GOOSE AND THE GEESE DEVICES ARE TRADEMARKS AND/OR REGISTERED TRADEMARKS. IMPORTED BY GREY GOOSE IMPORTING COMPANY, CORAL GABLES, FL. VODKA 40 % ALC. BY VOL.; FLAVORED VODKAS 40 % ALC. BY VOL.- DISTILLED FROM GRAIN.

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fore your health

Edith Strub Won’t Let Degenerative Eye Disease Slow Her Exercise Regimen

Edith Strub, a six year resident of Del Webb Stone Creek in Ocala , looks out every day at the rolling hills, tree-lined streets, pleasant homes and smiling neighbors knowing that one day she’ll likely give it all up. Strub suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa, an incurable degenerative eye disease that could eventually result in her blindness. But Strub won’t let that stop her from her daily exercise regiment. She is determined to improve her fitness everyday. “Edith is an inspiration to


me,” says Judy Helfin, fitness director at the Elan Spa at Del Webb Stone Creek. When Strub moved to Del Webb Stone Creek six years ago, one of her first stops was the fitness center. “She began exercising from the start,” Helfin said, “And she has been devoted to it ever since.” When Del Webb Stone Creek opened its state-of-the-art Elan Spa five years ago, Strub was one of the first visitors, and she has been a regular since that time. “Edith’s eye disease causes progressive loss of vision, and eventually it could

affect her central vision,” Helfin explained. Diagnosed in 1974, Strub was still driving when she moved to Del Webb Stone Creek, but she has since been forced to give up that pleasure. Over the past several months she has noticed more progressive changes. But she won’t accept sympathy from anyone. “When I first met Edith a few months ago, I noticed she doesn’t want any special treatment,” Helfin observed, “She just wants to fit in, work out and feel good,” she said. “Fitness training is important to me to keep up my independence,” Strub explained. “Exercise helps me physically and mentally. I feel better, I think more clearly, and enjoy the rest of the day even more,” she said. Strub is something of a connoisseur of fitness clubs, and she prefers Elan Spa at Del Webb Stone Creek over all the others she has visited in Florida . “All the instructors and staff have been very accommodating for my special needs. They make me feel like I fit in,” Strub said. Del Webb Stone Creek is one of the largest Del Webb communities in the U.S. featuring Reflection Bay – an amenity center encompassing almost 50,000 square feet with fitness and event gathering areas – the Stone Creek Grille, Stone Creek Golf Club with an 18-hole championship golf course and a planned 29 acres of open space and common areas. Models are open daily for viewing. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

New Greens Coming in 2013

LPGA Pro Tutors Wounded Veterens Concolino Supporting Fairways for Warriors

All photos courtesy: Justin Cohen

LPGA Tour player Jacqui Concolino hits a drive during the Fairways for Warriors Scramble at Eagle Creek GC.

Fairways for Warriors, an Orlando based non-profit, hosted a golf clinic for disabled military personnel at Eagle

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since she was in her early teens.

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Central Florida have donated their time

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Creek Golf Club on Wednesday, May 8. LPGA Tour player Jacqui Concolino, Golf Ambassador to the organization, conducted the clinic. Concolino was also recently named to the Board of Directors of Fairways for Warriors “This means a lot to me. These guys served our country,” Concolino said. “The very least that I can do is get involved and try to give something back. Golf has benefitted a lot of charities through the years, and this is one that I’m passionate about.” Fairways for Warriors is dedicated to providing a better quality of life to

Fairways for Warriors Golf Ambassador and LPGA Tour player Jacqui Concolino instructs B.J. Jackson, U.S. Army Specialist, Ret.

wounded military service personnel by teaching them to play the game of golf. Through golf, Fairways for Warriors strives to aid in the physical and emotional rehabilitation of soldiers who have fought for freedom. Concolino, who will wear the Fairways for Warriors emblem on her shirt during LPGA Tour events this season, worked one-on-one with wounded service personnel before taking to the course and participating with each group during an afternoon scramble. B.J. Jackson, Army Specialist, Ret., had played golf for 21 years before being wounded in action. His challenge is to 48

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Donald Ross may have “built more” than 400 courses, but the Belleview “Biltmore” Golf Club is certainly one of a kind By Bob Bolton

Donald James Ross was one of the games more influential golf course designers. Born in Scotland, we in the United States were very fortunate that he graced us with his presence for most of his adult life. One of Ross’s most famous designs is Pinehurst No. 2, and his signature crowned, or “turtle back” greens are a trademark that makes every golfer give greater attention to how and where they hit their approach shot.


I had the pleasure of enjoying an absolutely gorgeous day in May playing the Donald Ross designed Belleview Biltmore Golf Club. Snuggled neatly inside the quaint community of Belleair (near Clearwater), this 6614 yard (from the tips) par 71 golf course was in great shape, challenging, and fun. My afternoon was further enhanced by temperatures that hovered in the high 70’s, with a persistent breeze that made playing a bit more interesting, and an engaging golf partner. What else can you ask for… maybe a round in the 70’s? The front nine includes some moderate length par 4s, one par 5 and two par 3’s that measure 180199 yards. My eyes were drawn to the very visually appealing #6, measuring only 338 yards from the tips, it is a “thinking man’s” short

par 4. A dogleg right, with an attractive pond on the left, and sand traps down the right hand side, you have to pick your line and consider how to “not” hit it too long. I came off the tee great – 265 yard draw off the bunkers to the left hand side of the fairway. You would think – easy par, maybe even birdie. I did say, “You would think”. That was before the Donald Ross “turtle back” - trouble behind the green curse took over. Doesn’t it make you nuts when it takes you 5 to get down from 70 yards? At least I recouped and birdied the following hole, the par 5 – 7th. I finished the front with a very nice, 38. The back nine plays a little longer than the front and includes two par 5’s. The tee boxes and fairways throughout the course were thick and well maintained, which made the experience even more pleasurable.

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My playing partner chipped in for a very nice birdie on the par 3 – 12th, while I birdied the par 4 – 16th. Number 17 is another “thinking man’s” par 4. Water on the left, dogleg left, with a bunker staring you right in the face down the right hand side of the fairway. I fortunately avoided all of the pitfalls of the hole, and felt lucky to do so. The 18th hole, the #1 handicap hole on

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the course, a 438 yard par 4, which from the tee box looks right up the fairway to the “Augusta like” white clubhouse was tough playing right into a headwind. The 438 yard hole played like it was nearly 500. With sand traps on the left and a pond on the right, I decided to play it safe, lay up and hope to hit the one putt for par. I took a 5, but finished with a 78, and a great respect and appreciation for

the design and playability of the course. I celebrated my sub-80 round with a couple of adult beverages in the very roomy and comfortable clubhouse, which is a great destination for everything from private functions to a casual lunch. For more information about the Club, or to book a tee time, call 1-800-237-8947, or visit www.belleviewbiltmoregolf.com.


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By Ted Bishop, PGA 38th President The PGA of America

Welcome to Golf

I can trace my life in golf back to a hardware store in Logansport, Ind. As a teenager, I bought a George Fazio7-iron there so that my friends and I could play between light poles at a local park. I didn’t play golf on an actual course until my dad helped me land a job at a local par-3, where I picked up a set of clubs and began to play. The opportunity to learn the game at my own pace while playing that small course opened the door to an enjoyable and rewarding career as a PGA Professional and then to leadership opportunities with The PGA of America. Now as the organization’s president, I›m charged with helping our Professionals introduce the game to people of all ages and abilities.   Therefore, I’m very pleased that The PGA of America designates May as Welcome to Golf Month. Free introductory lessons, clinics, bring-a-friend events and many other initiatives are available to new golfers in May, and unique programs created by our talented PGA Professionals will be offered at individual courses as well.   There is great opportunity in golf. For me, it became a career. But to others it can be a competitive sport, an enjoyable hobby, tremendous exercise, a social activity or a personal passion. 52

The beauty of our game is that it can be played throughout life.     I spend countless hours working on how The PGA of America can grow the game and how we can share the benefits of playing golf. I keep coming back to my own experiences in the local park and then the opportunity I was given by my father and his friend at the local par-3. I play golf and I love golf because I was able to learn the game in an environment that was right for me.   PGA Professionals across the country are asked to create that environment for new players, and many of those ideas, programs and teaching techniques are shared throughout our association every day.  Golf is for everyone, and our organization demonstrates that through the programs it offers those interested in learning the game.   There are national PGA of America programs for women and children as well as for players with challenging economic circumstances. There are programs such as Get Golf Ready for those who have never touched a golf club and those who gave up the game and would like to return. At the local level, individual PGA Professionals and golf courses host events and programs designed to make the game more fun and accessible every day. 

My message to anyone interested in giving golf a try is that now is the time. If busy schedules stand in the way, inquire with a local PGA Professional about programs that require brief time commitments or are available throughout the year. While May is our “open house”, growing the game is our mission 365 days a year.   ��������������������������������� More than 40 years ago, my introduction to golf didn’t include a full set of clubs or an actual golf course. Today, The PGA of America has taken promising steps towards improving the accessibility of golf so that opportunity exists for anyone to enjoy the game.    ���������������������������� As Welcome to Golf Month approaches, I offer these simple words of encouragement: explore the opportunity to play golf, a game of a lifetime..    Visit www.playgolfamerica.com to find programs in your area.

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By Steve Morris

Rod Perry Makes The Cut at Bay Hill Let’s set it up...It’s Friday, cut line +2 or +3. Zero chance of rain...It’s raining! Getting dark too! Rod at +3 with 3 holes to play and finishing on the front nine at Bay Hill. Rod comes to #7 and almost makes a hole in one! The ball ends up 10 ft past the hole. He makes the putt and heads to the tough #8. Getting dark and still raining. His drive ends up in fairway but on right side. He has to hit a draw around the trees and over the water. Knocks it on the green, 2 putts and heads to the long par 4, #9. Drive in fairway. Approach shot comes up just short in the bunker, semi-buried! Rod gouges it out to about 20 ft. At this point the scoreboard says projected cut is +2! We noticed a bunch of caddies standing around the 18th green and realized that he will set the cut line! He doesn’t know this, but if he makes par the cut will remain at +2. If he makes bogey, all the +3’s are in. You know what the caddies are hoping for! Rod misses putt and makes bogey. There is stunned silence from all the fans of Rod and Rod thinks he missed cut by one! 5 seconds after the putt drops, the scoreboard updates to projected cut +3! He’s in! Jubilation and relief! Rod Perry, Crane Lakes Golf & CC and 2012 PGA of America Player of the Year made the cut at The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. While the cut line bounced from hole to hole, Rod made a dramatic putt on his 18th hole to secure his weekend and compete with the best! Rod needed 2 birdies on his final nine to reach the cut line and he made 2 on both of the tough par 3’s! Rod also competed at the Tampa Bay Championship the week before. It’s quite a feat for a club professional to make the cut in such an elite invitational field of PGA TOUR players because “these guys are good.” Well, so is Rod Perry! The Section is proud to have him live the dream of most club professionals. The North Florida PGA was on hand at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Pro Am on Wednesday, March 20 with PGA volunteer chaperones for each group. Our Members walk along with the players to assist with rulings, tips and conversation to make the day a bit more enjoyable for


the TOUR Players and amateurs. The PGA chaperones look forward to spending the day at Bay Hill assisting in this fun day for all. This unique touch is courtesy of our Members getting involved and giving back to the game they love. Thank you to all who gave of their time.

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Annika is now PGA!

For the Good of the Game, Together! The North Florida Section is proud to announce that we are uniting with Reunion Resort as our new Homesite! This collaboration has been in the making for some time and it is now final. We are looking forward to our new relationship to grow the game and promote wellness! The Salamander Hotel & Resorts along with the ANNIKA Academy will now join forces with us to promote the game and realize the critical growth we need for our futures! We thank Salamander CEO & President Sheila C. Johnson and Annika Sorenstam for helping us achieve our visions together. We are proud to announce that Annika Sorenstam is now a PGA Member, too! Thank you to our Executive Director/CEO Rich Smith for his passion and effort to make this happen! A historic and epic day for the North Florida PGA, our members and the game of golf! Visit nfpga.com for more details. April 26, 2013. A day that will be remembered in NFPGA history! It started with the press conference in the morning announcing our alliance with Reunion Resort as our new homesite and ended with our celebration in the evening! Fellow PGA Professionals, spouses, family & friends gathered Friday evening for our annual celebration and extravaganza. There were plenty of smiles, handshakes & hugs! It’s was wonderful to see the kinship and pride among our members. Congratulations to our Section Award Winners! They are:

Palmer Legends, The Villages. Merchandiser of Year Private, Marc Carter, Old Memorial. Merchandiser of Year Resort, Kevin Baker, Reunion. Assistant of Year, David Williams, Dunedin CC. Sales Rep of Year, Gary Vanover, FJ. Amateur of Year, Brent Martineau, FOX 30 Jacksonville, Superintendent of Year, Duane VanEtten, Cypress Run. Senior Player of Year, Freddy Gibson, Golf ED. NFPGA Player of Year & 2012 PGA Professional Player of Year, Rod Perry, Crane Lakes. Congratulations to our Hall of Fame Inductees! Boots Farley, Jeff Hollis, Craig Shankland and Craig Smith. Truly Legends and mentors! Thank you to our presenting partners Pepsi, PGA National Resort and Reunion Resort. Thank you to BJ Jackson for his inspirational conversation about Folds of Honor and Patriot Golf Day. Of course GW ended the special day with some comedy and song! Thank you to all who attended. It was great to see you all!

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Scranton Takes the Villages

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Nancy Scranton earned her fifth career win today at The Legends Tour’s inaugural $225,000 Walgreens Charity Championship. The first-round leader fell behind in today’s final round, but scrambled on the back nine to win by one shot. The Illinois native carded rounds of 67-69 to finish at 8-under 136 to earn the winner’s check for $30,000. She edged out runner-up Jane Crafter of Australia, who posted rounds of 6869 to finish one shot back at 7-under 137. “I was just really patient today,” said Scranton, who now lives in St. Augustine, Fla. “You never know which holes you’re going to birdie. I was fortunate to birdie holes 16 and 17 to get back in there.” Scranton rolled in birdie putts on hole Nos. 8 and 9, but stumbled with her only bogey on No. 13. That gave Crafter a chance to make a run at the leaderboard. The Australian toured the Nancy Lopez Legacy Course at The Villages bogey-free today, while recording 58

birdies on holes 6, 9, 12 and 14. But Scranton, who celebrated a birthday earlier in the week, joined Crafter in a tie for the lead when she birdied the par-4 16th hole. At No. 17, she laced a 5-iron to within a foot on the par-3 hole to set up her tap-in birdie. That putt gave her a one-stroke advantage heading into the final hole. Knowing she had to birdie the 18th hole for a chance to tie the lead, Crafter made a run with her 12-foot birdie attempt, but the ball didn’t drop. The Aussie tapped in for par to finish solo second. “I saw that I had a chance, but I didn’t put the best stroke on it,” said Crafter, who won the Legends Tour’s Fry’s Desert Classic team event in March with Hall of Famer Betsy King. “I was a little nervous over the birdie putt on 18, and I think I just misread it.” While Crafter’s birdie chance failed to drop on No. 18, Scranton layed up on the par-5 finishing hole and two-

putted for the win. “I didn’t know I was in the lead until I got up to the 18th green and saw that Jane was at seven under,” admitted Scranton. “Sometimes that’s the hardest thing to do – to two-putt instead of just trying to make it for birdie.” Tied for third at 6-under 138 were Cindy Figg-Currier (70) of Texas, a three-time Legends Tour winner, and Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann, who fired the day’s low round of 6-under 66. Neumann is the 2013 European Solheim Cup Team Captain. Ohio’s Barb Mucha (69) and Wisconsin native Sherri Steinhauer (69) tied for fifth at 5-under 139. Weekend crowds of 22,000 in The Villages retirement golf community set a fan attendance record that hasn’t been matched since the Legends Tour’s inaugural event in 2000, in Green Bay, Wis. For complete tournament results and more information, log on to www.thelegendstour.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

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Smiling Fore Life Participant Hits the Links In April 2010, the South Florida PGA Foundation created Smiling Fore Life, a program encouraging SFPGA Professionals to visit local children’s hospitals weekly. These visits help bring golf into the lives of children who may be experiencing hardship, and it allows them an opportunity to forget about their challenges and enjoy a pleasurable new activity. A recent success story comes from our original location, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood. Joel, a 15 year old young man, had become a regular in the weekly program, always excited when it was golf time. After the SFPGA Foundation installed a putting green at the hospital last fall, this young man received a putter as a gift and could often be found practicing his putting, even during non-golf times.  Dave Cunliffe, PGA Teaching Professional at the Don Law Golf Academy, visits Joe DiMaggio weekly, and noticed that Joel had been absent for a few weeks. When he inquired about Joel, Dave learned that he had undergone a heart transplant and was not able to participate due to his recovery.  Dave understood that when he was able to, Joel would be back at golf, and wanted to do something that would cheer him up and help him to get excited and ready to play.  Dave decided to put together a set of clubs for the young man. After a few weeks, while Joel still wasn’t healthy enough to participate in the class, he would go and watch his friends participate, just to be around the game he was learning to love.  While presenting Joel with his new set of clubs, Dave was able to speak with him about PGA Tour Professional Erik Compton, who has successfully undergone 2 heart transplants, and is now a successful Tour Professional. On April 23, Joel met Dave at Plantation Preserve Golf Course for his first outdoor golf lesson.  Also on hand for the day, were a few signed gifts from Erik Compton, who wrote Joel an encouraging message about staying strong. 60

Dave Cunliffe, PGA with Smiling Fore Life participant Joel During his lesson, Joel built on the skills that he had learned at Smiling Fore Life, including aiming and distance control. He was also able to see how the real green differed from the hospital’s practice green in length, speed, and undulation. Dave and Joel stayed on the practice putting green to work on putting and chipping skills. After a few reminders about posture, grip, and alignment, Joel went to work. He was able to build on his consistency and saw improved ball control after only a short amount of time. “Joel has a real talent for the game, and was able to adjust quickly to the new surroundings” stated Dave. When asked what he thought about being at the course compared to his Smiling Fore Life lessons, Joel said “it’s a lot bigger!” Even though the sun was strong, Joel kept a smile on his face for the entire lesson. He’s feeling healthy and loving the ability to have a golf club back in

his hands. Before he left for the day, Joel asked his dad when he could come back to the course for more practice. One day a week just isn’t enough! Because of the South Florida PGA Foundation’s Smiling Fore Life program, Joel has found a new focus for his rehab, golf.  Through this program, he has also found a new role model in Erik Compton, who has been through similar health struggles and has enjoyed success as a professional athlete. The Smiling Fore Life program has been able to impact juniors and their families, while giving them an enjoyable experience to look forward to every week.  For more information on the program, please visit our website here.  If you would like to be involved with or make a contribution to the Smiling Fore Life program, please contact Meredith Schechter at mschechter@pgahq.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

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(L to R) Golfers David Cross, Walter Nason, Fred Kittinger and Brian Wilson combine fun and serious fundraising at the Coalition for the Homeless marathon-style Golf Challenge.

Golf Challenge for Homeless Twenty-nine golfers dedicated a day of marathon putting and driving skills to support the Doug Spencer 17th Annual Golf Challenge on Friday, April 19, 2013, raising over $75,000 to benefit Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. The event took place at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee. Golfers challenged each other for the most holes played

(L to R) - Luis Llop, Dave Borer, Joe Harmer and Darell Bright - playing on behalf of Coalition community corporate partner Bright House Networks – enjoyed themselves while

in five hours and the most money collected for the Coalition. They raised a minimum of $1,500 each, with their donors pledging either a flat amount or on a per-hole basis.

Again this year,

top fundraiser was event namesake and chair, Doug Spencer, President of Spencer Consulting Services and Coalition for the Homeless Board member, who single-

17th Annual Golf Challenge Chair and namesake, Doug Spencer, single-handedly raised $12,390 for the Coalition during his 102-hole afternoon. The event raised over $75,000. handedly raised $12,390 for his 102hole afternoon. Mike Schiappa of Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) was next, raising $8,210 for the cause. Other major fundraisers included Neil Peroga, also of HGV; Brian Wilson, partner at Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier and Sos law firm; and Tony King of Zerion Group. Kevin Aust, of AECOM topped the charts as to number of holes played at 168 holes! Coalition for the Homeless is grateful to Golf Challenge corporate sponsor Hilton Grand Vacations; event sponsor Zerion Group; event and lunch sponsor, Spencer Consulting Services; dinner sponsor Stephens-Barrios; beverage cart sponsor Tews Company; as well as the golfers, supporters, prize donors and hole sponsors for their commitment to supporting the programs and services that provide homeless men, women and families with children in Central Florida the tools to return to self-sufficiency. (Thomson Environmental manned their hole all day!)


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Holiday Inn Club Vacations® at Orange Lake Resort Plays Host To Past Events Raising More Than $6 Million For Charitable Causes Through The Game of Golf Upcoming Bright House Network Celebrity Golf Tournament to Benefit Families in the Central Florida Area Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort, a 2,478-villa vacation resort located in Kissimmee, will host the Bright House Networks Celebrity Golf Tournament on June 7 at their 18hole Legends course, one of the resort’s four courses open for public play. The resort is pleased to play host to important fundraising events like this one, where local Orlando stars will tee off to improve the lives of families in Central Florida. Over the past 10 years, Orange Lake Resort has served as the host site to charitable golf tournaments that have raised more than $6 million towards important causes. From professional bowling Hall of Famer Norm Duke to Central Florida News 13’s reporter and anchor Allison Walker, celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment will rally together at the Celebrity Golf Tournament at Orange Lake Resort for a foursome tournament with on-course games, a putting contest and other surprises to benefit Kiwanis Club of South Lake. Kiwanis, through guidance


and example, works to develop future generations of leaders. The Kiwanians’ work goes towards revitalizing neighborhoods, organizing youth sports programs, tutoring, building playgrounds, and performing countless other projects to help children and communities. Jody Seifert, senior director of golf operations for Orange Lake Resort says, “The game of golf provides the perfect environment for conversation, camaraderie, decision and dealmaking and networking. It’s an ideal ecosystem for fundraising because it’s entertaining and also easy on the eyes, especially at our resort where we keep the Legends course in pristine condition, year-round. We’re proud that our courses play a part in the fundraising strategy for local—and sometimes global— organizations.” Following the Celebrity Golf Tournament, on June 10 the resort will host the RCI Christel House Open for the 11th consecutive year to support the foundation’s mission of helping children around the world break the cycle of poverty. Considered the largest multiday charity golf tournament in the world, the Christel House Open is spread out across 14 tournament sites, with 11 played in the United States and three international – in Mexico, the United Kingdom and South Africa. For more information on

Orange Lake Resort’s golf courses and tournament services, please contact Kimberly Chase at kchase@orangelake. com or visit OrangeLakeGolf.com.

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Weddings and Rehearsal Dinners Birthday and Anniversary Parties Bar & Bat Mitzvahs Business Meetings Golf Outings And much more!

Call Linda, our Wedding and Event Specialist, at 407-366-1851, ext. 305 or lhelm@tuscawillacc.com to reserve space for your Special Event!

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Legendary resort features Unlimited Golf, Couples Golf & Spa and Fore the Love of Golf Turnberry Isle Miami, committed to providing guests with unforgettable, enriching experiences, invites travelers to take advantage of new golf packages - Unlimited Golf and Couples Golf & Spa. Now available for booking, there’s never been a better time to discover Turnberry Isle Miami’s renowned golf, featuring two 18-hole courses designed by golf Hall of Fame recipient, Raymond Floyd. A golf-lover’s “Fairway to Heaven,” Unlimited Golf features18-holes of golf per night’s stay with green fees, cart fees and forecaddie fees included. For all additional replay and arrival-day rounds, players receive complimentary green fees. Guests looking to perfect their swing can take advantage of unlimited access to the resort’s practice facilities. Additional offers for this package include accommodations, golf club storage, daily buffet breakfast for two at Cascata Grill, overnight valet parking and 20% off any purchases made at the Retail Pro Shop. Rates starting at $224.50 per person per night (based on double occupancy)   now through May 31 and October 1-December 21; starting at $145 per person per night June 1-September 30.

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Couples Golf & Spa provides the “Parfect” combination for couples to enjoy one 18-hole round of golf and pampering at Turnberry Isle Miami’s Forbesrated Four Star Spa & Fitness Center with a complimentary spa treatment. Couples Golf & Spa also features accommodations, 20% off any additional spa services, daily buffet breakfast for two at Cascata Grill and overnight valet parking. Rates starting at $224.50 per person, per night (based on double occupancy) now through May 31 and October 1-December 21; starting at

$174.50 per person per night June 1-September 30. Additionally, guests can experience the Miller and Soffer courses with Fore the Love of Golf. This classic Turnberry Isle Miami package includes an 18-hole round of golf per night’s stay with greens fees, cart fees and forecaddie fees included, unlimited use of practice facilities, golf club storage and buffet breakfast for two at Cascata Grill. Rates starting at $209.50 per person, per night (based on double occupancy) now through May 31 and October 1-December 21; starting at $135 per person per night June 1-September 30. Designed with a diverse range of elevation changes, contoured fairways, sharp changes within holes and strategically placed water features, Turnberry Isle Miami’s golf courses provide a tropical, oasis-like setting, featuring varied flora and trees indigenous to the South Floridian climate. With one of the highest slope and course ratings in South Florida from the back tees, the Soffer Course is intended for championship play. The shorter, yet equally challenging Miller Course is a classic resort spread. For more information, please visit www.turnberryislemiami.com or call 305-932-6200. Click here to learn the seasonal rates for these packages and view the restrictions. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

Have a special event on the horizon? So do we.


Corporate & Special Events


Around here, non-members get the VIP treatment, too. Whether it’s a wedding, corporate gathering or golf tournament, your special event will be well above par. For over 27 years our world-class amenities, awardwinning restaurants and exceptional personal service have made us Seminole County’s premier Country Club. FOR TOURS AND PERSONALIZED EVENT PLANNING: Contact Toni Curlin at 407.562.0172 or TCurlin@heathrowcc.com 1200 Bridgewater Drive • Heathrow, Florida 32746 • www.heathrowcc.com

Hole-In-One Streak 2,400-acre Bonita Bay community and

Double holes-in-one appear to be

two courses by Tom Fazio at nearby

a trend at Bonita Bay Club. Club

Bonita Bay Club Naples provide 90

members Jim and Pat Ingledue each

holes of championship golf. The club’s

aced the same hole of the Creekside

tennis and swim center has 18 Har-Tru

course on the same March day, and

courts, a fitness center and one of the

Bonnie Speer made not one, but two

most active tennis programs in the

holes-in-one during an interclub match

108. This marked Jim’s second lifetime

region, directed by two United States

at a neighboring Bonita Springs club in

hole-in-one and Pat’s fifth.

Professional Tennis Association master


Speer’s holes-in-one were her first.


“The odds for the Ingledue feat

She has played golf for 55 years and

Bonita Bay Club was established in

were 15 million to 1, but Mrs. Speer’s

typically plays three or four times a

1985, and members took ownership

holes-in-one equated to 67-million-to-1


in 2010. The club offers a limited

odds,” said Bonita Bay Club Director of

Bonita Bay Club, located between

number of golf memberships to those

Golf Mike Weiler. “All the aces created a

Naples and Fort Myers, boasts the

who live outside the community. To

huge buzz around the club.”

widest range of amenities of any club

learn more, call Membership Director

Both Jim and Pat Ingledue used seven

in Southwest Florida. Three Arthur

Dianne Rambo at 239-949-5036, or visit

irons, Jim from 158 yards and Pat from

Hills-designed courses within the


Pat and Jim Ingledue at Bonita Bay Club


Bonnie Spear at Bonita Bay Club

Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

product showcase

➊ Volvik Vista iV The new 4-piece Vista iV from Volvik is one of the top new golf balls of the year. It was recently given a Golf Digest Hot List award and is in ply by 16 LPGA Tour players. So what makes this ball so good? For starters, it provides world leading technology with 12 worldwide patents and features a soft feel and longer distance achieved by a the world’s first patented dual core featuring a soft outer layer and a hard inner core. The Zirconium/Urethane outer creates optimal spin separation generated by the more solid inner core creates longer distance off the driver and long irons while the spin increases closer to the green due to the soft outer core, producing higher spin in short irons for total control. Available Yellow, Orange, Green and Pink, and is also available in White. www.volvik.com

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Bushnell Outdoor Products, makers of the No. 1 Laser Rangefinder on the PGA Tour for more than a decade, introduced the 2013 Tour Z6 Wingman Pack. Similar to Bushnell’s Tour v3 Patriot Pack, a portion of the proceeds for each Tour Z6 Wingman Pack goes to support the Folds of Honor Foundation (FHF). Since the original Patriot Pack launched in 2010, Bushnell has contributed more than $450,000 to the foundation, supporting the spouses and children of disabled or fallen soldiers. The Tour Z6 Wingman Pack is available immediately at retail and features Bushnell’s smallest, most technically advanced golf laser rangefinder – the Tour Z6. With its ultra-compact size and increased power, the Tour Z6 is engineered with Vivid Display Technology™ and E.S.P.™ technologies. In addition to the Tour Z6, the Wingman Pack comes equipped with a limited edition Bushnell Golf/FHF embroidered microfiber golf towel, premium carrying case and battery available for $399 (MSRP). The Tour Z6 has become a favorite among golfers because it offers optimal distance measuring performance with the look and feel of a finely tuned precision instrument. For more information on the Bushnell family of rangefinders, visit the company’s website at www.bushnellgolf.com.

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➍ Barber Pole Golf Barber Pole Golf, based in Dublin, Ireland, manufactures solid brass precision-made putters. Each worldclass putter incorporates patented Radius Face Technology designed to stroke the golf ball above the equator. The connection produces immediate topspin and a true, forward roll for improved control and accuracy. Barber Pole putters achieve “true roll” in just 9 inches, which is 3-4 inches better than the competition. Barber Pole’s Irish Links Series has four distinctive putter models: Ballybunion, Portrush, Lahinch and Waterville. Each engineered putter face is carved from 100 percent c360 solid brass, eliminating any possible “dead spots” or “air pockets” which can occur with casted putters. Using Computer Numerical Control milling technology, Barber Pole guarantees the quality and integrity of each of its putters. Ballybunion incorporates the ever-growing popularity of the mallet design using a double bend shaft to help align the shaft of the putter with the center of the face, making the putter face balanced. Portrush is a classic plumbers neck design introduced to golf in the 1950s, which is offset. Waterville is a mallet putter with the divide between the face and the rounded off cavity at the back a little thicker so it gives a solid feel. Lahinch has a flow neck design allowing you a clean view of the ball at address, which gives you a more connected feeling to the putter. Both the Ballybunion and Waterville putters are face balanced for players who prefer that type of design. For more information or to order, visit www.BarberPoleGolf.com

➎ Nike Golf's Women's Verdana Club Line

Nike Golf brings performance designed specifically for women to its latest women’s club set, the Nike Verdana. Designed from the grip down, the Verdana line is the lightest women’s set ever produced by Nike Golf. Lightweight materials and construction from top to bottom combine to deliver faster swing speeds and more control. The Nike Verdana set is a total game solution that includes 11 clubs: driver, 3 fairway wood, 4-6 hybrids, 7-PW, SW, putter, and a matching carry bag. This holistic full-set design takes distance gapping, trajectory, and spin profiles into account, producing a set engineered just for women. The Nike Verdana set also includes a fashionable carry bag, which utilizes a lightweight ergonomic design for ease of use, even weight distribution and improved comfort.  The bag is highly versatile as it was designed to be used on a cart, but includes a stand with a dual strap for carrying.   The Nike Verdana set is available in standard and petite (-1”) lengths stores around the globe now.

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pro visions

Aces & Eagles Matt Hibbs, PGA, Named Director of Golf, On Top Of The World Communities Matt Hibbs is the new Director of Golf for both On Top of the World Golf Club and Candler Hills Golf Club. Matt has been the Head Golf Professional at Candler Hills Golf Club for the past three years. Before that, he graduated from Ferris State University in Michigan with a Professional Golf Management/Marketing degree in 2005. After gradu-

ation, he spent five years as a golf operation manager at Walt Disney World Golf, where he became a Class A PGA member in 2006. Matt proudly said about his recent promotion, “I am honored to be the Director of Golf for On Top of the World and Candler Hills Golf Clubs and will strive to create the best golf experience for everyone”.

Marcus & Millichap's National Golf & Resort Properties Expands

Robert Waldron

After selling 41 golf courses during the last 30 months, with six more currently under contract and seven exclusively listed golf courses for sale, Marcus & Millichap’s National Golf & Resort Properties Group, the nation’s largest golf course brokerage and real estate investment services firm, has once again expanded their operation with the addition of Robert Waldron, Sales Associate, Investment Advisor. Mr. Waldron is a golf and hospitality industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience. He has held management positions with well-respected firms such as Marriott Corporation, Legg Mason Real Estate Services and Billy Casper Golf. Steven Ekovich, Director of the firm’s National Golf & Resort Properties Group based in Tampa, Florida, said “we are excited to have an industry veteran of Rob’s caliber join our team. Rob is well-known, wellrespected and well-liked in the Golf Industry and complements our team which now totals five golf course brokers facilitating golf

course transactions throughout the U.S. His extensive background in finance, operations, acquisitions, brokerage, debt placement, business development and consulting, provides a unique perspective to both underwriting and the sale of golf course assets.” Mr. Waldron has been directly involved with more than 150 golf courses in an advisory capacity including 10 golf course transactions. He is a published author of numerous articles for golf trade publications and has been a featured speaker for more than 15 years at Golf Industry events. Rob served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chapter of the National Golf Course Owners Association and the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association and is a member of the Golf Digest “100 Greatest Courses in America” Panel. Rob volunteered as a Rules Official for USGA, MSGA, MAGA and WMGA golf events. Mr. Waldron holds a BS in Finance from Penn State University.

Orange County National Golf Center Appoints Former Disney Chef Rick Schneider Kitchen Supervisor The Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Winter Garden has appointed veteran culinary executive Rick Schneider kitchen supervisor. Tano Malentin, general manager at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge, said Schneider is a former Disney chef who was a student at the University of Cincinnati when he launched his culinary career as an apprentice at the venerable Kenwood Country Club. A chance to serve as executive chef at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond Beach lured him to Florida , then Walt Disney 72

World Resorts, and the Hyatt Grand Cypress Golf Resort next door. “We’re delighted that one of the bright young stars of our industry is joining us and we are proud to present him at Orange County National,” Malentin said. prize for a developer once again at the annual event for Nocatee, its master-planned community that continues to break records and reach new milestones.   To learn more about the Nocatee lifestyle, call 1-800-Nocatee or visit www.Nocatee.com.   Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 2

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