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Thank You For Being A Friend The calendar is showing November which means Thanksgiving and the upcoming Holiday season is right around the corner. Prior to giving thanks around the dinner table, we should all be thankful this Veterans Day for the men and women that served their country especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice. In the 14+ years that Florida Golf Central has been publishing, I’ve established affiliations with countless golf organizations throughout the state of Florida. The relationships that have been forged with the people in groups like: SFPGA, NFPGA, CMAA, FLRA, EWGA, NFLPA, MLBPAA, ING, SAGA, First Tee, AGO, GCSAA, PGA, LPGA, IJGT, and AJGA has been part of the reason why the magazine has been so successful. Relationships go a long way and that is why Florida Golf Central magazine can look forward to another 14 years. Our latest affiliation is with Keith Chartrand, a local golf radio show host in North Central Florida. Every Saturday morning Teeing Off with Keith Chartrand can be heard on the NBC Sports Radio affiliate. The show’s core audience includes The Villages, Summerfield, Ocala and Gainesville.

Volume 14, Issue 5 Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Executive Editor: Joel Jackson–Director of Communications for the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association North Florida Regional Editor: Stephen Trendler West Coast Regional Editor: Chris Karamitsos Photographers: Lynn Pelham, Brion Price, Peter Hakansson Tres Fenton, Mike Coonan Public Relations & Social Media Director: Green Gazelle Marketing Senior Correspondent: Rick Harris, Sr. Media Muse: Mike Gooding Contributing Writers: Jay Golden, PGA; Greg Wise, Ed Gilbert, Bob Bolton, Elisa Gaudet, Leonard Finkel, Mike Jamison, Katie Hatfield, Ron Heller, Keith Chartrand Business Manager: Debbi Westbrook, dwestbrook1487@gmail.com Graphic Design: Melahn Cable, melahn@mac.com Website Design/Network Support: ryjo.com

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Improving Performance 22 Fujikura Shaft Fitting 24 Tour View

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represent excellence, integrity, and competitiveness,” said 3M Chairman, President and CEO Inge Thulin. “I am personally 100 percent committed to this partnership with the ANNIKA Foundation as Annika is an ideal global citizen with whom to align our global company.”

“We’re honored to welcome 3M as a sponsor of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate, ANNIKA Award and our series of Invitational tournaments,” said Annika, an eight-time Rolex Player of the Year Award winner and the first and only woman to shoot 59 in an LPGA event. “We share similar passions for giving back and through our partnership, 3M will be crucial to bringing even greater success to these Foundation initiatives.” 3M will be the Presenting Sponsor of the ANNIKA Award. Created earlier this year, it will be given to the most outstanding NCAA Division I female golfer beginning in 2014. The winner will also receive an exemption into the Kraft Nabisco Championship, one of the LPGA Tour’s major championships.

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SORRENTO, Fla. – RedTail Golf Club in Sorrento hosted 36 entries in its annual Men’s Golf Association Championship tournament recently with excellent course conditions and favorable weather. Steve Downs, golf operations manager at RedTail Golf Club, said Men’s Golf Association president Kirk Hayes won the Championship Flight and the Club Champion Crown with a twoday total of 154. Randy Mason won the tournament’s First Flight with a two-day total of 133 after his nine handicap was deducted from his 75 and 76 gross scores. Houston Hill claimed the Senior Flight Championship by one stroke over Charlie Leach, posting a two-day total of 153 strokes.  Rickey Batson was named Senior Net Champion with a two day total of 139. 

Seven-year old at Celebration Golf Club scores hole-in-one in US Kids Golf Tournament CELEBRATION, Fla. – Seven-year old golfer Alyssa Calabrese scored a hole-in-one during the U.S. KIDS Golf Tournament held Sept. 21 at Celebration Golf Club in Kissimmee . Nick Lawson, director of instruction at Celebration Golf Academy , said Miss Calabrese used her 4 Hybrid club to score her most memorable tournament stroke ever on the 90-yard third hole. 8

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42nd Annual Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Thousands of restaurant and foodservice industry professionals enjoyed three days of tasting new products, meeting with new vendors and attending educational programs offering new concepts at the 42nd annual Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show which was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.   The event was sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, a partner of the National Restaurant Association.   “We welcome the new owners of the event, Urban Expositions, and we thank our exhibitors, our attendees, our speakers, and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.  The event is more than a tradeshow; it is a complete learning experience that improves our attendees business throughout the year,» said Ron Mathews, Industry Vice President for the Foodservice Events. «The energy and excitement on the show floor was fantastic, fueled by our sponsors especially Miller Coors, the official Beer of the Show featuring Blue Moon and Leinekugel’s as well as all of the special events and new product announcements.” “We were excited to announce the purchase of this event just a few weeks ago and be on-site, feel the energy, meet with exhibitors and attendees and members of the association and 10

hear the enthusiasm about the future growth of both the industry and this event,»” said Doug Miller, President of Urban Expositions. “We thank the staff and look forward to building on

the momentum they created at this year’s Show and taking that energy to all the 2014 Restaurant and Foodservice events.” Exhibitors had this to say about the recent Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show. Dave Reed - VP Operations - Miller Alehouse Restaurants, “I’ve been with the FRLA for 15 years...and this show is a don’t miss event.”  Stephen Jason - Chairman - American Culinary Federation, “Throughout the years I’ve seen a lot of new things at this show that we use at Universal Studios, Orlando.  The quality of chefs

that are coming (to the show) amaze me.” Joel Cohen, RestaurantMarketing. com, “The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show is one of the premier shows around the country with great operators, vendors and speaker.  There’s an opportunity to try things, see things and taste things.” Darren Denington - Service with Style Hospitality Group, “I’ve been coming to the show for 15 years and every single year you always get something new out of it: great new trends, people to see, great networking and with a great vibe around the show.”  Double D Duncan - Double “D” Knitting & Glove, “We signed up last year and the show was so successful that we signed up for this year and our third year. We’ve had a lot of interest from Universal Studios and Disney - they were the two that we really wanted to meet.”

Golf Tournament Even with the cloudy start, FRLA hosted the 13th annual NRA/FRLA Bob Leonard Golf Classic on Wednesday, September 25th at ChampionsGate. The sun came out as the golfers took off and we ended up with a great day of golf in Florida. The fundraiser was a huge success and we raised more than $100,000 for the NRA & FRLA Political Action Funds. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5

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Tommy Butcher Tommy Butcher Tommy Butcher

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

Spending time with family and friends, hanging out at the beach and watching classic movies, especially if it’s a John Wayne film.

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty? My mother and my older sisters – they are all amazingly strong, talented, loving and beautiful.

What’s your take on “cuddling”? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves . . .

Blonde, brunette, or redhead…for the color of your headcovers of course? I was thinking burnt orange What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Slow play! What do you fear the most? Failure What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? A true Cobra / Puma dream team: Ricky Fowler, Ian Poulter and Jonas Blixt

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? Relaxed evening at home

Would you tell someone if they had food caught in their teeth during a conversation with them? Yes, as soon as I noticed – and I hope they would return the favor

Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

I was born and grew up in Huntington, West Virginia

Is “acting your age” over rated? Yes, you should act – and

depends on the time and the day

Favorite television channel? The Golf Channel, of course

dress – the way you feel. Its fun being noticed wearing my Puma gear.

Last book you read? Walking with Jack: A Father’s Journey to

High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? I was an athlete playing basketball and

News, current events; hardcopy or on-line? Online from my


phone – it’s the best way to access the latest especially when you’re on the go as much as I am

What do you do for a living? After many years as a golf

Favorite magazine? Florida Golf Central Magazine

professional, I am now a territory manager for the Cobra / Puma Golf company and get to meet and interact with a variety of people covering all aspects of the golf industry

What would you like to do for a living? Fulfill the American dream – win the lottery! Until then, my job with Cobra / Puma is a close second. 12

Movies: comedy, drama, action, romance? All of the above,

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Favorite charity to support? Play for PINK (Prevention, Im-

mediate diagnosis, New technology and Knowledge) related to breast cancer.

What else would you like for us to know about you? I’m as bright as the colors I wear and a good guy!

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Sandra (Sandy) Jereczek Where did you grow up? I’m a born and raised Central Floridian.

Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? I was the person friends with everyone and anyone. I’ve never been one to judge someone on their appearance or “social class”; everyone’s my friend!

What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch? I grew up riding horses, so I’d have to say that is my favorite sport. I also love to watch football; I can even play better than some of the boys.

Do you enjoy playing golf? Are they’re any golfers in your family? I do enjoy playing golf! It’s a very relaxing

sport (for those who aren’t betting money). I have two golfers in my family including my dad and my brother David and Matt., and they are both very good.

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

I am earning my degree in Exercise Science, and hope to go to be a Physical Therapist.

What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl? My most memorable moment working as a cart girl has to be in April of 2011. A tournament was held at Eagle Dunes that day with men from England and they were big drinkers. I set the highest record (of the timeI’ve set many more since) of sales for the cart ever. I was so proud of myself.

What hobbies do you enjoy? I love to work out, I’m not sure that would be considered a hobby but it takes up a lot of my down time. I also enjoy writing poetry.

What is your idea of “the perfect date”? My idea of

the perfect date is anything outdoors and adventurous during the day, and a quiet romantic dinner at night.

Favorite charity to support? American National Red Cross - I love to help and any donation makes a difference.

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

I am extremely close with my family. I am moving to Boca Raton, Florida in the fall and it is going to be so tough being apart from them! I am also not looking forward to the day I have to say “see you later” to my Eagle Dunes family. I am so privileged to have worked with such amazing people. 14

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Encore Resorts & Homes brings first new community to life at Reunion Resort since 2007 Encore Resorts & Homes,

a leading developer of residential real estate with projects in Florida and around the country, has begun construction and development on Reunion West, the first new residential community at Reunion Resort in nearly six years. Reunion Resort is well known to Central Florida golfers and serves as a destination resort for those traveling to Orlando from around the world to visit the area’s wealth of theme parks and family attractions. Featuring three championship golf courses designed by some of the biggest names in golf: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson; Reunion Resort formerly hosted an LPGA tournament for two years and is currently home to the Annika Academy, a golf training facility operated by LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam. The 2,300-acre community also includes the Wyndham Grand Golf & Spa Hotel, multi-million dollar water park, an array of swimming pools situated throughout the community, tennis facilities, a luxurious spa and variety of restaurants. Since acquiring the property that became Reunion West, Encore has worked through the entitlement 16

process and will now start to develop the land in earnest. Reunion West will be split into two distinct neighborhoods. The Ridge at Reunion will be developed first and will feature a selection of 6- to 9-bedroom homes ranging in size from 2,300-4,500 square feet. The Estates


at Reunion, on which development will start at a time to be determined, will offer 3- to 4-bedroom homes ranging from 2,500-4,500 square feet. In addition to home construction and infrastructure development, Encore plans to build a clubhouse, restaurant and spa facilities as part of Reunion West.

According to Jim Bagley, spokesman for Encore Resorts & Homes, Reunion Resort is the ideal location for the company’s first Central Florida project. “Reunion West will provide the perfect setting for vacationers to Orlando by combining spacious, new accommodations and one of the area’s most well-known resort communities,” said Bagley. “Reunion West is situated just minutes from many of Central Florida’s most popular tourist attractions and family activities and is just 30 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, making it the ultimate family destination.” Encore Resorts & Homes invests and manages residential real estate communities and projects in Florida and around the country. The company has inhouse expertise in all aspects of residential real estate including land acquisition, development, land planning, construction and sales and marketing. Encore Resorts & Homes is currently managing nearly $1 billion in assets with investments in Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. For more information about Reunion West, visit www.reunionwest.com or call (407) 396-9000. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5

By Keith Chartrand

The First Tee of Greater Ocala hasn’t been around that long; less than two years. The impact the organization has made throughout Marion County in its short existence though has been more then exemplary.

TFTOGO Executive Director Chris Wilson Al Dunlap Judy Dunlap Sean Thornton

To keep The First Tee of Greater Ocala growing the organization, under the leadership of executive director Chris Wilson, had their third annual golf tournament fundraiser. Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club, with eight of its championship holes recreated from Augusta, Royal Troon, Baltusrol, Muirfield and St. Andrews, hosted over 100 golfers. Golden Ocala’s Director of Golf Mike Cooney assisted Wilson in making the tournament, lunch and auction a success. Over 500 children in the Ocala-Marion County area already have completed the 12-week First Tee Program that develops life skills through golf. Wilson isn’t stopping there. By encouraging Marion County elementary schools to participate in the First Tee’s National School Program, 4,000 additional Marion County children have

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picked up both golf clubs and life skills. The program currently is in 10 Marion County school. Wilson’s goal, in five years, is to have it in all 29. The fundraiser will help make it happen. Grilled-to-perfection hamburgers, delicious cookies along with sweet tea and lemonade hit the spot after the tournaments. Participants got to bid on terrific items including a Ted Potter Jr. signed Masters Par-3 tournament flag. Potter Jr., an Ocala native, along with Jody and Cody Phillips and Jacob Cox were the tournament winners. 18

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John Brown- A Thriving Golf Entrepreneur

John Brown

To make it in college football and in the National Football League, a football player needs to be great at one thing to make the team. If someone has the God-given ability to run without being caught, that player can be a running back. Receivers have the ability to catch, quarterbacks to throw, defensive players to tackle and kickers to kick. To make it on the PGA Tour and other tours, golfers can’t be great at just one facet of the game; they have to be great at all of them. A golfer won’t make it professionally with exceptional accuracy off the tee if he/she has a mediocre short game or sub-par iron play.


It is the same way in business. An entrepreneur with capital can’t be successful if he/she lacks experience, a strategic business plan, drive and a leadership team. John Brown is a thriving golf entrepreneur because Brown Golf Management (BGM) has a business plan and a very good leadership team. Brown himself has the drive and having worked for major golf management companies like Troon Golf has given him the proper experience. Way before being head of BGM and even before getting his first golf job, John was that kid who could throw a football. He played quarterback in high school and eventually followed his star wide receiver, former Kansas City Royal outfielder Willie Wilson, from their high school in New Jersey to the football fields of University of Louisiana-

Lafayette. Proving just how athletically talented he was, Brown went to ULL also play golf. He was that kid with a dream of one day making it on the PGA Tour. He knew a career playing pro football was out of the question. He went through the meat grinder of mini tours, making the cut one week to missing it the next. Brown’s I-want-to-be-a-pro-golferwhen-I-grow-up declaration occurred in large part because of his grandfather, Gene Jacobs. Brown said Jacobs was “a good golfer” and was very involved in his home course, Hornell County Club, in the western New York. “He taught me how to play,” Brown said. “We had a great relationship because of the game of golf. We must have played about 10,000 rounds of golf together.” Brown didn’t finish his schooling in

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CCWP East Course Hole 12 Louisiana. He transferred to the College of Trenton, back in New Jersey. He returned to the Garden State and the day he graduated college he turned pro. “I thought I could play at a high level but I never achieved the success I thought I could,” said Brown. Fortunately Brown had a back-up plan. His commitment in the classroom while also calling plays in the huddle and making 4-foot putts earned Brown a business degree. When he hung up his clubs for good, Brown spent one golf season at a local club in central New Jersey. The pro at another local course recruited him during the offseason and during his second spring since graduating Brown was working at Hopewell Valley Country Club in Hopewell, New Jersey as an assistant pro. The club’s director of golf, Joe Conboy, took Brown under his wing. “He was a guy I really considered my mentor from a golf management prospective,” said Brown. “He was the guy that actually sat me down and actually showed me how to read a financial statement….how to take inventory and do all Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5

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those business related tasks. He sparked my interest in the business side (of golf).” From that day forward Brown was an entrepreneur in thought but because he was just out of college he “didn’t have two nickels to rub together.” Years later Brown got a job at one of the hardest golf companies to get into: Troon Golf. Today it is still considered one of the most dynamic companies in the industry. Knowing one of Troon’s vice presidents got Brown’s foot in the door. Troon had a need that fit Brown’s skill set well – he turned financially strapped courses around. “Being (Troon’s) turnaround specialist, I went into a number of facilities that were very much financially challenged or slight financially challenged. I implemented some management practices that I developed over the years that had big success from a turnaround perspective.” According to Brown, the two biggest aspects of the golf industry that get mismanaged are employee payroll and vendor relationships. Two of Troon’s

courses thrived under those adjustments and earned Brown Troon’s prestigious National Turnaround Award twice. One was Haig Point on Daufuskie Island, a private island in South Carolina. Most people wouldn’t want to leave such a great company but Brown’s entrepreneurial spirit, lit years earlier by Conboy, was still burning. He dabbled in management of non-Troon courses on the side from 2008 to 2010. In the second half of 2010 the Brown Golf Management pieces started to come together. The course where his vacation home is in Bluffton, S.C. went up for sale literally days after BGM became an official business on Jan. 1, 2011. Two months later it was the first BGM property. In just two and a half years, BGM owns and operates eight courses in the southeast, has a management contract with five other courses (four in Pennsylvania) and is handling the consulting work for 13 additional courses. “We have grown extremely quickly,” said Brown. “We have put ourselves in a good position to be successful.” 21

By Sam Fried

Golf Club Fitting: “The Driver May Be The Race Car, But The Shaft Is The Engine”

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Photos by Gale Donnelly

As soon as my friend and shaft wizard, Steven Hahn, spoke those illuminating words to me, I was determined to find the right shaft and driver for my swing. Since this is a tale of unrequited love, I appropriately visited the Fujikura Golf shaft company headquarters in Vista, CA on Valentine’s Day.  As in all cases of love, pain often lurks in the wings, emerging after I spent two hours pounding balls into a screen under the intense scrutiny of fitting specialist Marshall Thompson.  Assisted by an array of monitors, cameras, lights and other devices, he analyzed every part of my swing, the club, shaft and ball I was using and whether my spikes were tied too tightly.    We began with a little talk about the kind of game I have, what I am looking for in a driver, if I have any serious health issues that would affect my swing, any serious psychological flaws that could appear during torture.   Then, I warmed up with a few swings of a 6-iron, feeling a mixture of confidence and terror about what was to come.  My precious golf swing, cultivated over decades with all its glorious flaws, was about to be scrutinized under the harsh light of reality.  Then the moment of truth arrives - Marshall hands me my own driver, a Ping K15 with a standard factory shaft, regular flex and 9.5˚ loft, referred to as the “gamer”, and asks me to hit some balls as a baseline for comparison with other equipment.  He asked what balls I prefer, since they have drawers full of all the major brands and models.   Fujikura is not affiliated with any of the original equipment makers (OEMs), like Ping, Callaway, TaylorMade, etc., but has arrangements with them to have a broad sampling of all their driver heads and other hybrids and irons.  All club heads can be quickly attached to any Fujikura shaft with a simple bayonet system, so that they can put a Fujikura shaft on any major club on the market.    The fitting studio, extremely impressive with all its highly technical equipment and tools, has launch monitors front and rear and a bank of digital cameras that record every aspect of the swing.  From an artificial grass mat “fittees” hit balls into a large screen where a wide fairway is projected, a center stripe painted down the middle like I-95.  So far, nothing unusual.  Then the fireworks start. With my “gamer”, I bang out half a dozen shots, each one creating a brightly colored tracer showing its arc, deviation from the center line, where it lands, bouncing to a virtual stop.  I’m getting into this.  It’s actually more relaxing and certainly more interesting than teeing off on number one in my Friday league.  You can take all the ��������������������������������� mulligans you want.  After spraying a few and a couple that I felt were fairly good, Marshall flips the screen from “fairway” to reveal all the data that he has acquired from my efforts.  An amazing array of numbers stared back at me: club head speed, ball speed, launch angle, azimuth (what the hell is that?), side spin, back spin, total spin, descent 22

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angle, carry, total distance, offline and peak height. At the moment, I can’t even begin to digest what it all means, except total distance and “offline” - how far away the ball finished from the center stripe.  Marshall explained I’ve got too high a launch angle, too much side spin and back spin and total spin and because of all that spin, the ball doesn’t roll out very far after landing, especially when I slice it like a loaf of bread. Now we start trying different combinations of driver heads and Fujikura shafts.  Far from being a subjective comparison, the array of data reveals what I’m doing and what’s best for me, assuming I’m putting good swings on the ball.  When I hit a clunker, Marshall���������������������������������������������   dumps�������������������������������������� the data, just like posting an unusually high score for your handicap.  We run through the various shafts Fujikura makes, shifting them from heads by Titleist,

Another hour. My hands hurt. My arms are getting weak.  My legs are quivering like wet spaghetti.  There are multi-colored tracers all over the screen tracked to every shaft/driver combination we have tried.  It looks like neon Silly String at a New Year’s Eve party.  But have we reached Nirvana?  Callaway, TaylorMade and Ping, all with different loft angles and their own individual sounds and feel.  My shot pattern starts to tighten after about an hour of smacking balls as Marshall begins to home in on what might be best for my particular method of thrashing.  Despite my obviously imperfect stroke, Marshall is not trying to change my swing - he is searching for a driver shaft combination that is best for my swing, whatever it is.  That’s the magic of club fitting.  A qualified technician’s ultimate goal is to find the perfect club to help YOU get the most out of YOUR swing.  Another hour.  My hands hurt. My arms are getting weak.  My legs are quivering like wet spaghetti.  There are multi-colored tracers all over the screen tracked to every shaft/driver combination we have tried.  It looks like neon Silly String at a New Year’s Eve party.  But have we reached Nirvana?  Marshall, now my lord and master, is ready to make his proclamation.  My stats with a Ping G25 8.5˚ driver head, driven by the Fujikura “Blur” shaft, 45.25” stiff flex, are far superior to any other combination I used.  Two MPH more clubhead speed, three more MPH ball speed, better launch angle, far less spin, five yards less side dispersion for straighter shots, longer carry and longer rollout for 16 more yards total distance!   Marshall explained that his goal was to find the driver for me where I can tee it up and confidently rip it, enabling me to fully go after the ball.  I am exhausted, but completely sold on the process.  Now I can’t wait to take it out on the course.   To be continued next issue. Stay tuned... Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5


improving performance

Tour View Golf


Could this be the training device that golfers have dreamed of? Something that helps you instantly hit the ball more solid! Tour View head and body stabilizer could revolutionize the game of golf. Tour View is a device that automatically makes you a better swinger. According to the legendary Jack Nicklaus, “The number one fundamental in golf is to keep your head steady. “ When the head moves so does the arc. This makes it tough to build a repeatable swing. Mike Jones the inventor of Tour View has been playing golf since he was 5 years old thanks to his parents Betty and Gene Jones. “I have a lot of knowledge about the golf swing. I have been blessed to learn about golf from some very knowledgeable players and teachers. I love to study golf and feel extremely fortunate to be able to help people enjoy the game to the fullest. “ Let’s get down to business and talk about how Tour View can help every golfer. Let’s start with the set up. See illustration 1. Some people don’t realize how important this is. This position is very close to the impact position.


So this is your foundation, let’s get it right. Don’t let your chin be too close to your chest, this restricts your shoulder turn. After mounting Tour View on the brim of your hat pull the brim down slightly so the chin will be raised up about 3 to 4 inches off of your chest. Adjust Tour View by closing your right eye then the left eye ensuring the ball is in the center of each eye hole. When Tour View is set properly you see only one circle around the ball. See illustra-

tion 2. Now you are ready to practice or train. Try and keep the ball centered in the middle of the circle during the swing. This may take Illustration 2 a few swings depending on how much you move. Tour View’s instant feedback eliminates the need for a video camera or someone holding a club on top of your head to see if you move. As you can tell by now Tour View helps the player accomplish the #1 fundamental in golf. Keep your head and body steady. Tour View not only lets you train, practice and play, but also lets the player follow the ball in flight after being struck. Mike Jones is committed to keep the price low so that every golfer is able to afford Tour View. Try Tour View for 30 days. Train, practice, and play. If you are not 100% satisfied return it for a full refund. It won’t be long before Tour View is rated the #1 training aid in golf.


~A special thanks to Dr. Frank Rohter for his involvement with Tour View~

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Harmeling wins Space Coast Pro Tour’s inaugural tournament at Reunion Evan Harmeling won the Space Coast Pro Tour’s inaugural two-day tournament at Orlando’s Reunion Resort held Oct. 21 and 22. He shot a sizzling 8-under 64 on the first day playing the Palmer Course and a 3-under 69 the following day on the Nicklaus Course. He won by four strokes over James Vargas and Willie Mack III and received a first place check for $5,000. Harmeling, who spent some time playing on the PGA Tour Canada last year, is currently in the second stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. “The Space Coast Tour is going to be a good way to keep tuned up while I’m From left: Jeff Bernstein, Co-Owner Space Coast Pro Tour; Evan Hargoing through Q-School,” he said. “On the SCPT, you’re playing a lot of tourna- meling, SCPT inaugural event winner; and Brian Schindler, Co-Owner SCPT. (Photo by Britt Runion) ments in one area, which helps save on travel expenses and you’re beneficial discounts at host courses as well as competing on some of the best sponsor discounts including food and lodging.” courses in the area. I plan to stay tuned up by playing this Tour as much as I can, it just depends on Several players are using the Space Coast Tour how Q-School goes for me.” for one of its intended purposes, a developmental tour which gives players the opportunity to Before the competition started, there was an opencompete in a highly professional manner. ing ceremony to help mark the occasion complete with a color guard and 21-gun salute color guard Frederique Bruell is using it to fill a void that by members from Central Florida area Veterans of exists in the area for women’s competitive golf Foreign Wars. as she tries to get on to the Symetra Tour. The original Space Coast Tour was played through“Currently there’s too much of a time lapse here out Central Florida in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Notable in the Orlando area in competitive women’s golf alumni such as PGA and Champions Tour players and the Space Coast Tour will help me fill that Kenny Perry, Mark O’Meara, Paul Azinger and Mark void while working on my game,” Bruell said. “It’s Calcavecchia made their initial mark on the SCPT. one thing to play casual golf or hit balls in pracGyles Robin, currently from Ft. Meyers and Jertice, but when you are playing in competition, it sey, Channel Islands native, feels that having two definitely means something.” tournaments per week in one central area is an extreme plus for the SCPT. Jake Daly has plans to play on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica in South America. “There’s great potential for this tour,” Robin said. “The fact that there are no member fees is a huge “This was a good test for me,” Daly said. “I didn’t plus. Also, there’s no other Tour out there that can play as well as I wanted, but it was really good place in you one spot and let you play so many competition.” tournaments. That’s a huge bonus for all the players not to pay for additional travel, gas, and other Professional players in the Central Florida area miscellaneous expenses.” will have many opportunities to get their game tuned up as the SCPT, presented by Edwin Watts Space Coast Pro Tour Co-Owner Jeff Bernstein conGolf, has more than 35 two-day tournaments tinues to echo those advantages to players. scheduled through May 2014. “Competing on mini tours can be financially chalFor more information or to register for an uplenging for a LPGA or PGA Tour hopeful,” Bernstein coming tournament, visit the SCPT Web site said. “Our number one goal is to serve the players. www.SpaceCoastProTour.com. The Space Coast Pro Tour will be providing players 26

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2013-2014 Space Coast Pro Tour Schedule Nov. 4-5

Shingle Creek, Orlando

Nov. 11-12 Orange County National (Panther) Winter Garden From left: Brian Opal, Edwin Watts Golf; Jeff Bernstein Co-Owner Space Coast Pro Tour; and Adam Schupak, Golfweek Senior Writer, discuss the inaugural SCPT tournament on opening day.

Nov. 14-15 Harmony Preserve, Orlando Nov. 18-19 Metro West, Orlando Nov. 21-22 Champions Gate (International) Champions Gate Nov. 25-26 Disney (Lake Buena Vista), Kissimmee Dec. 2-3

Disney (Magnolia), Kissimmee

Dec. 5-6

Eagle Dunes, Sorrento

Dec. 9-10

Disney (Lake Buena Vista), Kissimmee

Dec. 16-17 Disney (Palm), Kissimmee Dec. 19-20 Orange Lake Resort (Legend), Kissimmee Dec. 30-31 Shingle Creek, Orlando From left: Daniella Acevedo, Fore Golf-a-holics; Macey Bernstein, Space Coast Pro Tour; Holly Geoghegan, President Golf Marketing Services and Cindy Dubreucq, Fore Golf-a-holics, at the SCPT registration table.

Jan. 2-3

Orange Lake Resort, Kissimmee

Complete schedule www.SpaceCoastProTour.com

Members of the Central Florida Veterans of Foreign Wars perform a 21-gun salute during the Opening Ceremony at the inaugural event of the Space Coast Pro Tour at Reunion Resort Oct. 21. (Photos by Britt Runion) Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5


player development

By Kyle Wolfe

Valdes Victorious at Black Diamond Ito earns first Boys 15-19 Division title

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch. Held on the Quarry Course, which hosted 2012 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, the Florida Junior featured elite junior golfers ages 9-19 representing 19 countries and 10 states competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points. Ranked by GolfDigest as the 143rd best golf course in the United States, the Quarry Course is a Tom Fazio design that provided a great backdrop for the competition and featured a stretch of five consecutive holes


Ana Paula Valdes

(Nos. 13-17) weaving up and down the quarry. Numerous challenges awaited the tournament field, but many were able to navigate the challenging course to post great rounds. Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, put on the best performance of the tournament after firing a 4-underpar 140 tournament total to win the Girls Division by 12 strokes. Playing in her first IJGT Event in the 2013-2014 season, Valdes drove the golf ball well, hit precise approach shots, and most importantly, rolled the putter well propelling her to the first-place finish. In the first round, Valdes got off to a blazing start making two birdies in her first two holes. From there she would make two more birdies and three bogeys en route to a 1-under-par 71. Going into the final round Valdes carried a six-stroke lead. Valdes did not let up on the accelerator in the final round. Again, she started her day off with two consecutive birdies to put the pressure squarely on her fellow competitors. Valdes was not done on the front nine though. She would birdie Shogo Ito hole No. 7 and

then eagle the ninth hole on the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch to go out in 5-under-par 31. On the more difficult back nine, Valdes would drop two shots to finish off her stellar performance with a 3-under-par 69. This was the lowest score of the tournament regardless of division and also earned Valdes the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. “I wasn’t focused on my competitors. I was just trying to do better than yesterday. I was just focusing on my golf game,” said Valdes. Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, finished in second place in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 152, while Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, took third place with a tournament total of 153. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, was victorious for the first time in the 2013-2014 IJGT season. He used a final-round score of even-par 72 to separate himself from the rest of field at Black Diamond Ranch. The score also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. In the first round, Ito grinded out an impressive score of 4-over-par 76 to earn a share of the lead with Ben Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ito’s round was similar to a rollercoaster as he made as many pars as he did birdies (five). His most pivotal birdies came in the quarry on holes Nos. 15-16 which played extremely tough due to the precision required on the respective tee shots. The final round was wide open with five other competitors within three strokes of the co-leaders. Ito Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5

Karl Vilips got off to the start he needed after making a birdie on the first hole. “At first I was nervous, but I made a birdie on the first hole which helped,” commented Ito. A bogey on the second hole put Ito back at even-par for the day, but after three consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 7-9, Ito made the turn in 3-under-par 33. From there it was his to lose. A wayward tee shot on No. 15 forced him to hit his third shot from the tee, but Ito remained calmed and made an impressive bogey to avoid letting any other fellow com-

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petitors back into the title picture. Ito finished the tournament in style making a birdie on the closing hole at the Quarry Course which is an uphill, dogleg to the left, par 5. In total, Ito made 10 birdies over the two days. Finishing in a tie for second place were Cohn and Masato Yoshitsugu of Aichi, Japan, with tournament totals of 153. Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, returned to the winner’s circle once again as he dominated the Boys 14 & Under Division at Black Diamond Ranch. The first round was crucial as Vilips opened up a large lead after Karl Vilips firing a 2-under-par 70. This was the best score of the tournament in the the greens as the key to his sucfirst round regardless of division. Vilips cess in the Florida Junior. played nearly flawless golf playing “If I putted how I normally played, his last eight holes in 3-under-par. I would have missed a lot of short The final round got off to a slow start putts. I’ve been spending a lot of time for Vilips after a quadruple-bogey on the with my coach which has helped third hole on the Quarry Course. From me this weekend,” said Vilips. that point on though, he was able to navi Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., gate the golf course in 1-under-par to finfinished in second place with a tourish with a 4-over-par 76. In that stretch, nament total of 166. Luis Sanchez of Vilips made eight consecutive pars and Tampico, Mexico, rounded out the top dominated the demanding quarry holes three with a tournament score of 173. (Nos. 13-17) playing them in 2-under-par. To sign up for this Event, or others, Vilips credits his preparation on visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.


caribbean golf central

Celebrity Getaway & Golf Weekend Photos by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Sandals

Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas, rolled out the red carpet for invited guests to attend the Sandals Emerald Bay Celebrity Getaway & Golf Weekend, hosted by Sandals Resorts and Access Hollywood, with special guests TV personality Billy Bush and golf legend Greg Norman. In addition to Billy Bush and Greg Norman, an impressive gathering of celebrities including Garcelle Beauvais (Franklin and Bash), Holly Robinson Peete (actress and Access Hollywood Live co-host) & her husband Rodney Peete (NFL), Alan Thicke (Growing Pains), Kevin Rahm (Mad Men), Steven Bauer (Ray Donovan), Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley (RHOC), Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray) and Mayte Garcia (Army Wives).

With 14 stunning beachfront settings, Sandals Resorts has earned a worldwide reputation for providing two people in love with the most romantic vacation experience in the Caribbean. Sandals Resorts welcomes guests to the islands of Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas and soon Grenada with a myriad of exclusive amenities from luxurious accommodations and Butler service to gourmet specialty dining and premium wines and spirits. The award-winning Sandals Resorts is also the perfect venue for dream destination weddings, vow renewals, honeymoons, or what Sandals Resorts has coined WeddingMoons®.  For more information on Sandals Resorts Luxury Included® experience, please visit www.sandals.com.

Hollyscoop co-founder and host Diana Madison attends the Happy Hour Welcome Reception & Discovery Dining Dinner

Actor Alan Thicke (L) and Tanya Callau attend the Junkanoo Beach Party & Dinner during Day One

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Hollyscoop co-founders Nora Gasparian and Ani Esmailian

Slade Smiley (L) and Gretchen Rossi

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women in golf

Home Town Team Captures EWGA Cup at PGA National On October 19th and 20th, PGA Nation-

careers and lives of working women through golf. More than 2,500 women

al Resort and Spa hosted the Annual

nationwide entered the Championship

EWGA Cup Finals, one of the largest

Finals this year, which began in June.

women’s amateur golf competitions to

As the largest women-focused

take place in the state of Florida. Hail-

amateur golf association in the United

ing from the home turf, the Palm Beach County Team from Palm Beach, FL defeated a field of two hundred ladies to capture their first victory as the Overall Champions of the 2013 EWGA Cup Finals. Despite the heat and humidity, the Palm Beach County ladies, Pat Ayes, Leslie Fagenson, Cathy Abrams, Nicole Schenkelberg, Diane Dodge, Cheryl Sadlon, Jennifer Uman, and Lynn Robbins, took first with 11 ½ points. That was 3 ½ points better than the 2nd Place Emerald City Stix Chix Team. The 36-hole EWGA Cup Finals consisted of 200 amateur women golfers, twenty-five teams of eight, who advanced beyond local chapter qualifiers to the Finals. The final field represented 28 EWGA chapters across the U.S. Competitors played in Four Ball and Singles Match Play. The EWGA Cup’s format encourages women of all skill levels to compete, underscoring the EWGA’s mantra to enhance the 32

States with chapters in nearly every

2013 EWGA Cup Final Standings:

U.S. major market and corporate center,

1. Palm Beach County (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) - 11 ½ points     

100,000 working and professional wom-

2.  Emerald City Stix Chix (Seattle, WA) - 8 points

relationships and enjoying the game of

3. Texas Tee Birds (Fort Worth, TX) - 8 points

organized golf activities and educa-

4. Long Island Talking Sticks (Long Island, NY)

association has been driving social and

5. River Cities Positrons (Sacramento, CA)

through the game of golf since 1991.

6. Canton Chicks with Sticks (Canton, OH) 7. The Hybrids (Columbia, SC) 8. Portland SPLASH! (Portland, OR) 9. O-Town Q-Tees (Orlando, FL) 10. Cleveland Rocks the Socks (Cleveland, OH)

the EWGA has connected more than en who share a passion for cultivating golf. Offering a wide range of affordable tional programs, this award-winning networking opportunities for women With EWGA Chapters located in more than 120 cities throughout the United States as well as in international locations including Bermuda, Canada, Italy and South Africa, EWGA members are active participants in hundreds of communities. EWGA is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 6 membership association.   For more information about the EWGA and its membership, visit www.ewga.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5

Interview By Katie Hatfield

course of dreams

Chris Hawk

Head Golf Pro for Executive Links, Orlando District What is Executive Links? “Executive Links is a company

Where were you born & how old are you? When did you begin playing golf?

Orlando, 34

10 years old

“Home” or Most played Course?

Orange County National Golf

Center, Orlando, FL

Favorite Course to play?

Isleworth Golf & Country Club, Win-

dermere, FL

Explain your background and education in the industry: Graduated with Honors from the Golf Academy of America where I received an Associate Degree in Business Marketing along with the award in Capstone Business for “Growth of the Game.” According to Chris, “GAA has the top instructors in the area who are all well known in the business, and it also has the tools needed to teach someone how to become a professional. Being trained in all aspects of the game is beneficial, but it also taught me how to market myself and the company I work for.” Chris is currently enrolled in the PGA Program.

designed to help the success of companies by positively impacting their client/company relationships. I offer Private and Junior Lessons along with Tournament Representative Packages, and our most used and in demand, the Company Reward Package.” Chris works with clients daily and “due to positive word of mouth it has helped take Executive Links to higher levels. The Company Reward Package enables a company to get out of the board room and on the course where you can bring employees and potential customers together for an afternoon of business conversation with a bonus of pro golf instruction. According to Chris “It is a neat experience to see a client through a microscope, get a feel of their decision making in a laid back atmosphere, and get out of the suit and ties.” Client Tom Fisher says “I had the pleasure of playing several rounds of golf with Executive Links, hiring them as my playing coach. It helped in making the normally difficult shots seem easy for me!...” Tournament Representative Package allows Chris, who can be outfitted in company attire if provided, will play alongside you in any tournament, while he assists in swing instruction as needed. Private lessons can be played in either 9 or 18 holes or in an hourly session that is dedicated to specific areas of your game. Junior lessons are also available where Chris strives to make the experience “Fun, leaving them wanting to come back.” According to Rich Davis, an Executive Links client “I have taken several golf instructions from Executive Links over the course of the last six months. I find them to be knowledgeable, patient, and good tacticians in analyzing my golf swing; then recommending adjustments to get me back on track and striking the ball more effectively. I will continue to call Executive Links for swing tune ups and recommend them highly.”

What is your best piece of advice to golfers of any level? “Don’t play your opponent, play the course, and have fun.” For more information about prices or to set up an appointment with Chris visit him at http://orlando.executivelinksllc. com/golf-pro or contact him directly at hawkchris@mac.com or 407-430-5127.

What industry specific training did you receive? Trained in V1 Pro Video Swing Analysis, Tackman Golf Swing & Ball Flight Analysis, and Trained in Golf Club Fitting & Repair. 34

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what's new

EZ ROLLER A golf cart ‘enclosure’ drapes over the

sides of carts to protect individuals from the cold, wind and rain. It is an excellent product and appreciated by those who use who use it. What is less appreciated, however, is the task of rolling it up the ‘enclosure’ conclusion of the ride. Carroll Fisher experienced this frustration and set out to find a solution. “Rolling up the enclosure correctly was almost impossible because there was nothing that kept it stable. When I’d roll up one side tight and the other side was loose. When I rolled them together, they didn’t get tight enough for the straps to fit over them. Also, I saw so many people struggle with that some people didn’t roll it up at all.” Set on trying to solve this problem, Carroll walked by a stack of PVC pipes and things clicked. With a cut here and a snip there, he developed the EZROLLER. It easily attaches to the ‘enclosure’ and rolls the enclosure in a tight roll. It’s light, easy and draws attention wherever Carroll gives a demonstration. “People can’t believe how fast and simple it works,” says Carroll. “I wake up every morning with a smile on my face because it’s selling like hotcakes.” He also gives a money back guarantee. “I offer to give back their money if they don’t like it but so far I have never had one returned.” Simplicity of the EZROLLER is the key and that is mirrored in the extremely reasonable price of ONLY $10 dollars! You could see an online demonstra-

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tion by visiting: www.ezrollerllc.com or get additional information by contacting Carroll at (352) 255-1279 or email at: cfisher2634@gmail.com. If you have difficulty rolling up your golf cart ‘enclosure,’ you need an EZROLLER which also works for four


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feature A Dream come True, Once an Idol now a Partner. Sandra Boccieri, Jack Nicklaus, and Stephen Boccieri

Do Your Grips Know Jack? You might wonder how grips would know anything, but the question is simply a tongueand-cheek way Stephen Boccieri, CEO of Boccieri Golf and Inventor of the Secret Grip has chosen to announce that he, and the world’s greatest golfer, Jack Nicklaus are revolutionizing the golf grip industry with his latest product, The Secret Grip. The Secret Grip is a “smart” grip, meaning it employs technology inside the grip. That technology is the same counter-balancing technology Boccieri has been using in his putters and golf clubs for nearly a decade. A former nuclear engineer, Boccieri is an avid golfer. When he retired from his trade, he set out to “build better golfers” through better physics and applied engineering. “Back weighting or counter balancing has been used by many professionals on Tour for years. The pros understand that the MOI of the club is greatly improved by adding weight to the grip end of the club,” said Boccieri. “By raising the fulcrum of the golf club 38

you will improve your ability to control the head.” Clearly he speaks in “engineer” language, but translated for every day golfers, it means you will be able to set the club easier going back and reduce the amount of casting from the top which results in more control, accuracy and distance. What makes the Secret Grip revolutionary is the counter-balance technology inside - a 17-gram tungsten weight injected into the end cap of the grip. The tungsten weight, along with a 40% heavier rubber compound and 1” longer overall length allows players the benefits of counter balancing no matter which brand of golf club they use. With the Secret Grip produced, tested and ready to enter retail stores, Boccieri turned to Jack Nicklaus to endorse the product. Not only was he the world’s greatest golfer, he was a nat-

ural fit to lead the counter-balanced technology story. “What’s the big deal?” asked Nicklaus. “It’s similar to what I have used throughout my entire career.” After trying the product on his clubs, Nicklaus said, “Just tell golfers to put the Secret Grip in their hands, hit a ball and they would know.” It doesn’t get any better than that! Stephen Boccieri shared the numbers from the independent testing and the results were very impressive. The average golfer picked up an average of 3 mph of ball speed, which is equivalent to almost a full club in distance! The results also showed an increase in consistency as well as straighter golf shots. While I was skeptical at first I took Jack’s advice and “put it in my hand and hit a ball.” The best decision I have made this golf season. The Secret Grip, along with the recently launched Secret Grip for Putters is available at leading golf retailers nationwide. Through 11/30/13, Boccieri is offering a free grip to all golfers so they can get to know Jack. Visit www.secretgrip.com for details. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5


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By Todd Lowe, USGA Senior Agronomist, Florida Region

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Summertime Cultivations Wrapping Up In The Rain Bermudagrass fairways respond well to aggressive summer cultivation, including aggressive ‘Celebration®’ Bermudagrass fairways, which can be verticut up to eight times in the summer. Planning an afternoon outing with friends and family has been almost impossible in some regions, as you may be dodging heavy rainfall and lightning as some point. Now imagine being a golf course superintendent trying to schedule necessary renovation work under these conditions. Timing of weed control treatments is difficult at times, but cultivations like core aeration and verticutting are even more difficult as they generate lots of organic debris that must be removed. Most of Florida is only a few feet above sea level, and the water table is generally not far from the surface. The increased rainfall has caused the water table to rise and soils remain saturated. As such, tire rutting from vehicles has been a common sight on recent visits. At times, even daily mowing has been impossible. The plant growth regulator, Primo® has been helpful at slowing turf growth and preventing excessive clippings and mower scalping.

Be Patient! Good conditions (below) often require some “ugly” preparations (above).


Be Patient! Good conditions (below) often require some “ugly” preparations (above). I recently visited a course in South Florida with beautiful Celebration® Bermudagrass fairways. Excellent turf density and playability was observed on each hole and it was mentioned that the turf had been verticut in multiple directions earlier in the summer. While the verticutting was aggressive and made the course look “ugly” for a couple of weeks, it is currently paying dividends for the golf facility.

Many golf facilities have or will soon be wrapping up late summer cultivations. Generally I will hear golfer complaints over the next month or two about “thin” fairways from slow turf recovery from the increased rainfall and cloudy weather we experience this time of year. If this happens at your course, have patience, as the turf will continue to heal over the next month or two. In fact, October is one of the best months for growing turf in Florida and generally provides excellent turf recovery. While, it sounds counterintuitive, the more you beat up bermudagrass the better it will respond to regular routine grooming and provide excellent playing conditions for the peak golf season when the weather is more pleasant for playing. (Editor’s note: Growing a stand of turfgrass is like growing any crop, except we don’t harvest and remove the crop like cotton or corn. Instead we renew and invigorate the turf by aerifying and verticutting to allow air, water and nutrients into the rootzone where they are taken by the plants to grow healthy leaf blades for you to play and putt on. The fields and the golf courses may look ugly for a while, but it’s a necessary part of the life cycle of green growing things. Like Todd said, “Have patience,” and then enjoy the results. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5

Seven Rivers members hold a “Work Day” to help out fellow member Barry Greenwalt and his family. Greenwalt has undergone several recent liver transplant operations. Back row from left: Nathan Armstrong, Jim Shaffer, Andy Jorgensen, Duncan Orris, Ron Palsgrove, Danny Cravey, Josh Carter, Gavin Carter and Chad Nixon. Front row Barry Greenwalt and his daughter Sofia.

Superintendent Deron Zendt from the Banyan G&CC in West Palm Beach shot an amazing 69 to win the 2013 FGCSA Golf Championship held at the Southern Dunes GC in Haines City on August 23rd. Zendt will represent Florida on the FGCSA #1 Team at the GCSAA National Golf Championship to be held in Orlando in February 2014.

Monies raised by golf course superintendents goes to the University of Florida for turf research and environmental stewardship efforts. From left: Andrew Jorgensen, CGCS, President, Seven Rivers GCSA; Dr. Jason Kruse, Dr. Kevin Kenworthy, and Dr. Brian Unruh of UF/IFAS, and Jim Shaffer, External VP, Seven Rivers GCSA.

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grip it & sip it

By Chris Thompson

In all my travels throughout Italy, the one place that reminds me the most of Florida is Torre Guaceto in the south eastern province of Italy, Puglia. Torre Guaceto is a maritime nature reserve; that vaunts powdery  white beaches, a vibrant ecosystem of coastal vegetation, birds and sea life as well as world-class golfing at the nearby San Domenico Golf resort, like our beloved State.  Amidst this back drop, Gregory Perrucci of the winery Torre Guaceto produces Pietraluna, a 100% Negramaro variety wine with vineyards only 700 yards from the sea.  Pietraluna, or

Moonstone, was so named for the rustic seawalls near the sea that sparkle with the light of the moon in the evening. Negramaro, which gets its name from both the Latin and Greek words for black (Negro and Maru), which aptly characterizes the intense black with flecks of blue of the wine, has been grown in the region since the 7th century BC.  Negramaro is one of the most planted red grapes in Italy, but is most commonly blended with other local grapes.  A pure varietal wine such as Pietraluna showcases the delicate balance and the focus of the berry fruit and sage aromatics of the grape.  A hint of vanilla comes through on top of the fruit, but don’t be fooled there is no oak used in the making of this easy drinking wine, making it a great pairing for pasta, soups and vegetable dishes as well as grilled white meats.  This wine will never fails to deliver, and is the perfect accompaniment for your next beachside barbeque.

Grip it and Sip it.


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competitive spirits Devotion Vodka is the first brand to introduce a full-line of 100% Made in America sugar-free and gluten-free flavored vodkas. With the recent debut of Wild Cherry and Coconut, combined with its already popular Blood Orange, Black and Blue and “The Perfect Cosmo” flavors, Devotion has now established a first-of-its-kind line-up of exotic blends to please every vodka drinker’s palate.   Geared toward image-conscious men and women who live active lifestyles, Devotion’s full-line selection of flavored vodkas enables adults to become their own mixologists and create “smart” sugar-free and gluten-free martinis and cocktails at home. Since its inception in 2009, the Devotion craze has stretched from coast-to-coast with bars, nightclubs, major restaurant & retail chains in many states (including Florida)

Black & Blue Lemonade Ingredients 2 oz. Devotion Black and Blue Vodka Sugar-free lemonade Blueberries In a highball glass filled with ice, add 2 oz. of Devotion Black and Blue Vodka, and then fill the glass with sugarfree lemonade. Garnish with blueberries.

carrying the popular vodka brand. Devotion Vodka, which is 100% corn based, teamed up with Allen Flavors, maker of Arizona Iced Tea, the #1 Privately Owned Flavor Company, to develop a process of eliminating sugars as a flavoring agent in vodka. Many mass produced flavored vodkas available in the marketplace have been diluted by sugary flavoring agents. In lieu of sugar, Devotion uses an essence process along with natural flavor compounds to ensure its flavored vodkas maintain sugar-free attributes. Devotion Vodka’s Wild Cherry and Coconut flavors (SRP of $19.99), as well as all flavors in the line, are available for purchase at retail stores, restaurants and bars in 24 states, with distribution expanding throughout the U.S. For more information and delicious drink recipes, visit www.devotionvodka.

The Perfect Cosmo Ingredients 2 oz. of Devotion Vodka Perfect Cosmo 2 oz. Sugar Free Cranberry Juice Fill shaker with ice. Pour Devotion Perfect Cosmo and add sugar-free cranberry juice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.  

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KINGMADE Jerky a Big Hit with Professional Golfers PGA Tour caddie’s homemade recipe is popular snack for golf’s stars

KINGMADE Jerky is a relative newcomer to the beef jerky industry but it’s quietly been building a legion of fans on both the PGA and LPGA Tours thanks to professional caddie Jeff King, who created the product and owns the company. King, a caddie for the past 16 years, admits it was out of total boredom one weekend that he decided to try making his own beef jerky in his kitchen in McKinney, Texas. What resulted after weeks of tinkering with recipes and cooking methods was a frenzy at every tour stop with players and caddies lining up to buy the product. “I always enjoyed eating beef jerky but the stuff I found in convenience stores and gas stations was terrible,” said King. “I knew there had to be a way to make a premium grade jerky and satisfy the health-conscious tastes of the players out on tour.” Such was King’s instant success, that he found he was making over 170 pounds a week to meet demand. Today, over 100 tour players eat KINGMADE Jerky. Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Ricky Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Candie Kung, Yani Tseng, Azahara Munoz and Jane Park are just a few who enjoy this healthy, high protein snack. “It’s hands down the best I’ve ever had,” said Matt Kuchar. “I’ve always enjoyed going around the country 46

tasting handmade jerky, and nothing’s close to this stuff for its flavor and tenderness.” The company’s thematic is “Superior Sustenance for Active Sophisticates” and marketing efforts will focus on attracting the active

consumer who enjoys outdoor activities and needs a convenient and healthy snack to fuel their athletic pursuits. What makes KINGMADE Jerky so delicious is that King uses one hundred percent flank steak with spices. Importantly, KINGMADE has five times less sodium and sugar Jeff King than any of its competitors and does not add any MSG or nitrites. King no longer makes the jerky in his kitchen. Instead, he sought the expertise of C&C Processing in the midwest. A well-established, family-owned meat processing plant, C&C worked with King to produce the exact same excellent tasting, high quality jerky that came out of King’s kitchen. It was a eureka moment. With C&C overseeing KINGMADE’s production, King was able to get back to what he loves the most, caddying on tour. Beef Jerky is a $2 billion dollar a year industry and KINGMADE Jerky is ready to take on its competitors. As King likes to say, “we are a premium protein for a different kind of carnivore.” KINGMADE Jerky comes in three flavors: Sweet Chili Pepper, Classic and Buffalo Style. The product sells for $8.00 for 2.25 ounces, and also is available in one pound bags. For more information and to place orders, visit the company’s website at www.kingmadejerky.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5

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Mike Attardi NFL player from 1991-1993 Place-Kicker #4 NFL Teams: 1991-1993 L.A. Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets Colleges: Kutztown University & Montclair State University

Champions. We was then signed to an NFL contract with the Los Angeles Raiders from 1991-93. He also signed contracts with the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Jets. Mike was elected into the

FOOTBALL Mike Attardi was an All-Shore, AllCounty and All-State Football player

Long Branch Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and is a member of the NFL Players association and the NFL Alumni.

from New Jersey who broke all of his


high school kicking records at Long

Mike Attardi has won three NFL Play-

Branch High. Awarded the special

ers Association Golf tournaments

team’s player award in football in 1985,

(Atlanta, 1998, New Orleans, 1998 and

he was granted a full Athletic/Academ-

New Jersey, 1999). He has also won two

ic scholarship to Kutztown University

NFL Alumni Golf Tournaments (New

of Pennsylvania. He broke several

York, 2001 and New Jersey 2002). The

university and NCAA kicking records

PGA has recorded 15 holes-in-one for

and was named to the Kodak All-

Mike starting with his first in 1997

American football teams in 1987 and

to his recent ACE in 2013 at Disney’s

1988 and was also awarded the NCAA

Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. On top

has placed in four PGAM and section

Special Teams Player of the Year in

of that, he has won 22 amateur golf

events. Mike has won the Waldolf

1989. In 1990, Attardi was signed with

tournaments from 1999 thru 2011. Mike

Astoria and Ritz-Carlton invitational

the World League of American Football

currently plays in the Florida PGAM,

and was a member of the winning

and played with the Sacramento Surge

an amateur golf league represent-

team for the Florida State Rider Cup

who went on to be the World Bowl II

ing the Orlando section. In 2013, he

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Where you want to tee, in Manatee Located within ten minutes off the intersection of I-75 and Route 64 in Manatee County, the Waterlefe Golf & River Club is one of Central Florida’s hidden gems. The name says it all, “Golf & River Club”. I’ve had the opportunity to play Waterlefe several times and am glad to review it for our readers this issue. In some ways you may wonder if the name shouldn’t be Waterleft, or Waterright, since nearly every hole has water included as a hazard, or an aesthetic feature. Of all of the courses in Central Florida, this is one of my favorites. The course was designed by Ted McAnlis, who must have quite an imagination as he used the natural fauna, paired with a variety of water features to create one of Central Florida’s most naturally beautiful courses. The course is set along the Manatee River and is comprised of a collection of signature golf holes. The layout represents a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. There are five sets of tees ranging in length from 4700 to 6908 yards. There are five holes that touch or border the scenic Manatee River. The first hole gives you a glimpse of what you can expect throughout your round…water. From the Blue Tees (measuring 6462) the first hole is a dog leg left par 5, with water to the right that comes into play off the tee and water on the left, which can provide a watery grave for wayward second shots. Hole #6 is another challenging par 5, water isn’t the challenge as much as the placement of your second 50

shot. The hole doglegs at the very end, and if you aren’t far enough left you better be able to hit a medium iron high enough to clear the tree at the corner and stop it on a dime. The front 9 ends with a daunting par 3. From the tips #9 plays 231 yards, from the blues it’s 198, both of which become even more challenging if the wind is in your face. As if the distance wasn’t enough, your shot is hit over a water and plant engulfed chasm. Making par on this hole is a hard earned trophy. Those of you that are baby boomers may remember the “Why did the chicken cross the road” litany of jokes, but the basic answer, “To get to the other side” is an understatement at Waterlefe. When you cross the road and get to the other side, or the back nine, you are instantly met with a 542 yard (from the blues) par 5 with woods lining the right side of the fairway and homes with beautiful boats “out back” on the left. The designer’s creativity really comes into play on holes 14 through 18. A rather short par 5, #14 measures only 462 from the blues. But what you don’t know is how the 462 yards is set up and chopped up. Your tee shot better be accurate, since there’s water on the left and the right. Just because you find the fairway off the tee, doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. The second shot requires some thought. Lay-up short of the “junk” and hit a 135-150 yard shot into the green, or hope you catch your second shot flush and fly it over. I learned the hard-way, layup and assure yourself of at least par.

Although I have hit my second shot on the green and had an eagle putt (missed it, but got the birdie). The Par 3, 15th hole runs parallel to the Manatee River, is only 161 yards long, but there’s something about the water all the way down the right hand side of the hole and having to hit it 150 dead straight into a constant headwind, or crosswind that makes this hole much tougher than it looks on paper. Hole #16 is a fun dogleg left par 4, don’t even think about hitting driver here. There’s no room for error. Hole #17 has a “chain” of tee boxes that range from 391 to 291 for the ladies. From the tips you feel like you are hitting your drive from somewhere in the middle of the Manatee River. The #18th hole is a dogleg right, with water down the right hand side. The biggest challenge for me is hitting a draw down the line of palms that border the water, without hitting one of them. I’d like to say the most fun I’ve ever had playing the 18th was making par, which I’ve done. But the real fun was helping a boat owner lift their $100,000+ boat out of the water, over the locks and into the river. That made me more nervous than a 6 footer to break 80. After a fun 18, stop in the Grille Room for a sandwich and soda (or beer). The food is great and the service friendly. For more information about the Waterlefe Golf & River Club, visit www. waterlefegolfandriverclub.com, or call the Pro Shop at (941) 744-0393, and tell them Duffer Dan sent you. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5

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Hannah Yun Wins Volvik Championship, Inaugural Event Receives Rave Reviews

“The feedback we received is that

the LPGA Tour since 1999.

the Volvik Championship raised

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Tour with the Volvik Championship

tournament feel to the Symetra Tour,”

and the Volvik Race for the Card to

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par at the Palmer Course at Reunion

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metry between player and sponsor,

sponsor and provide golfers with a

ever professional victory and Volvik

we are very proud to report that the

new kind of performance and dedica-

put on one of the best events of the

Volvik Championship was a complete

tion to help get them to the next level.

Symetra Tour schedule this year.

success for everyone involved.”

That is why we sponsor the Symetra

The former University of Florida

The Volvik Championship was

Tour, started signing players on the

Gator moved from No. 48 on the

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Volvik Race for the Card to No.

tra Tour events this season by the

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Yun. “It’s nice because that’s the reason why I started playing golf and it’s nice just to be able to have fun playing on the course and put in the work and to see that it’s working.” Volvik is the official golf ball of the Symetra Tour and is also the sponsor of the Volvik Race for the Card, where the Top 10 players on the Symetra Tour money list earn their LPGA Tour cards for the following season. At every Symetra Tour event, the driving range is covered in Volvik’s colorful high-performance 3-piece and 4-piece golf balls for all Symetra Tour players to practice with. Over 20 players are using Volvik colored golf balls on the 2013 Symetra Tour. Volvik players have now earned two Victories, eight Top 10 finishes and 20 Top 25 finishes so far in 2013. 52

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Rod Perry Defends Section Championship Title Rod Perry, Crane Lakes Golf & CC, held off Donny Lee, Core Golf Academy, to defend his title in the North Florida PGA Section Championship contested at Hammock Beach Resort on the Ocean Course. Gusty winds made the final round a challenge but Rod finished the 54-hole competition at 4 under par, one shot better than Donny. It’s been quite a dominant season for Rod, as he had just returned from the PGA Cup Matches in England. Rod also won the National PGA Professional Championship this year. Needless to say Rod Perry finished our season at our 2013 Player of the Year. In the Section Senior Championship, Stan Cooke, Golden Hills Golf & Turf, withstood the charge and held off Bill Sellers, CC of Orlando and Mike Smith, Titusville to finish at 4 over par. Bill and Mike finished at 6 under. Sellers’ strong finish propelled him to win our 2013 Senior Player of the Year. Finally, our Legends Champion was Richard Bianco, Hunters Creek, posted 229 to take the title. The Ocean Course was a spectacular venue 54

Rod Perry with Rich Smith

NFPGA Senior Junior Championship

Steve Sponder from Global Golf Sales and we appreciate the privilege of competing at Hammock Beach Resort with our host professional Brad Hauer. We appreciate our Presenting Partner Global Golf Sales and Steve Sponder for his generous support and contribution. Global Golf Sales sponsored a hole in one shootout for a shot at a million dollars! There was also a $10,000 Closest to the Pin Shootout sponsored by Global Golf Sales for the players who competed in all of the NFPGA Majors this year! Thank you to our supporting partners, Antigua, REMN and The PGA TOUR.

Keith Kulzer, Quail Hollow and Rod Perry, Crane Lakes, finished at an impressive 17 under par in the NFPGA Senior Junior Championship hosted by David Damesworth at Orange Tree Golf Club. David Hronek and Jack McFaul, Waterford GC along with Donny Lee, Core Golf Academy and Bill Sellers, CC of Orlando tied for second at 14 under. Thank you to the members of Orange Tree Golf Club for the privilege of playing. The players were treated to brand new greens and they were perfect!

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John Hughes

John Hughes Recipient of the 2013 Horton Smith Award PGA Master Professional John Hughes of Haines City, Fla., who followed a dream to coach and teach, and became both a Section and national education contributor, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Horton Smith Award. Hughes, 50, is the national director of instruction for Golf Digest Schools in Orlando, Fla., and is the third member of the North Florida PGA Section to receive the Horton Smith Award, which was established in 1965 for outstanding contributions to professional education.

2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional Championship The North Florida Section was represented at the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional Championship by nine of our best seniors. They are: Barry Cheesman, Evie’s Family Golf, Stan Cooke, Golden Hills Golf & Turf, Tom Garner, Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Gerry James, Center Force Golf Systems, Gary Murfitt, Hyde Park GC, Ken Powell, Manatee County Golf, Bill Sellers, CC of Orlando, Jim Slattery, Belleair CC & Jim Wright, Golf Tec.

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The SFPGA Retains The Challenge Cup October 15th and 16th at Reunion Resort in Orlando twelve South Florida PGA Professionals took on twelve North Florida PGA Professionals in the Annual Challenge Cup matches. This year’s team was captained by PGA Professional Bill Davis and players included Joe Allinder, Chris Campbell, Frank Dobbs, Jason Hrynkiw, Jerry Impellittiere, Jared Isaacs, John Lee, Alan Morin, John Nieporte, Richard Terga, Jeff Waber, and Jay Westerlund.  After a first round lead of 7 to 5, the team was victorious bringing home the title 12.5 to 11.5.  This marked the 23rd time in the 32 year history of this event that the South Florida Section has captured the title outright.  Special thanks to FootJoy who outfitted the team this year, and congratulations to all who competed!

Nine PGA Professionals Receive South Florida PGA Awards Annually the South Florida PGA recognizes nine deserving PGA Professionals for the dedication and service to the Section. This year the following individuals have been selected as the 2013 Award Winners: • Golf Professional of the Year – Brian Peaper, Lost Tree Club • Teacher of the Year – Jared Isaacs, Jim McLean Golf School - Trump National Doral • Horton Smith – Martha Hall, PGA Golf Management Program at Florida Gulf Coast University;

SFPGA Challenge Cup Group Photo • Bill Strausbaugh - Jim Butler, Grey Oaks Country Club • PGA Player Development – Jeff Nixon, Stoneybrook Golf Course of Estero • Junior Golf Leader – Bill Scott, Don Law Golf Academy • Assistant of the Year – Kevin Kuehl, Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club • Merchandiser of the Year – Private – Scott Kirkwood, Ocean Reef Club • Merchandiser of the Year – Public – Bela Nagy, Sandridge Golf Club • Merchandiser of the Year – Resort – Ed Weber, Raptor Bay Golf Club • Salesperson of the Year – Mark Goldstein, Titleist • Player of the Year – Alan Morin, The Falls Country Club • Senior Player of the Year – TBD These individuals in addition to the 2013 Hall of Fame Class comprised of PGA Professionals Don Law and Jim McLean will be honored by their peers on Monday, November 11th at Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach during the Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Din-

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ner. To view complete press releases on each award winner please visit www. sfpgagolf.com/annualawards/

The SFPGA Foundation Will Dedicate Their 2nd Home Through Habitat For Humanity On Saturday, October 26th in Jupiter at the Kennedy Estates II the South Florida PGA Foundation will dedicate their second home in three years through Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County. This year’s recipient is a single mother of three. On June 4th eight SFPGA Professionals and staff arrived on site in Jupiter with hammers and nail guns ready to build, and over the course of the last four months that is exactly what they did. Over fifty Professionals, junior golfers, and South Florida PGA friends’ volunteers over 700 cumulated hours to constructing this home. Task performed included everything from installing trusses to painting door frames. This home will mark the second home that the South Florida PGA Foundation has supported in south Florida and as SFPGA Executive Director, Geoff Lofstead states, “we hope to sponsor one of these homes each year and eventually have one in each of the 14 counties which are part of our section.” All are welcome and encouraged to attend this dedication ceremony on the 26th, it will begin at 9 AM. Through his successful playing career, his dedication to bettering every facility and employee he works with, and his long lasting impact on growing of the game and his fellow professionals, we honor John Calabria as the 2013 Senior Honoree.. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5

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John Calabria Named 2013 Florida State Senior Honoree he maintains with the Hart family.

John Calabria, PGA General Manager

Calabria’s extensive success on the

at The Golf Club at Fiddlers Creek in

course has provided a solid founda-

Naples has recently been named the

tion for his career as a PGA Member

2013 Florida State Senior Honoree.

and facility General Manager. Calabria

John’s devotion to the game of golf

has competed successfully on the PGA

and its growth make him a deserv-

Tour and participated in 19 PGA Tour

ing recipient for this award. John

Championships. He not only contin-

will be honored by participating in

ues to play, but play well. Calabria,

the Bobby Goodman Memorial Pro-

at the age of 65, finished in a tie for

Am on October 17th where he will

17th at the South Florida PGA Section

be recognized at the awards recep-

Championship this past week. When

tion following the tournament. A PGA member for 35 years, Calabria began his tenure in South Florida helping to create Naples Na-

“Teach, play, take care of your members, and help your assistants succeed.” – John Calabria

tional Golf Club from paper, out of the

asked how he manages to keep his game is such great shape as well as managing a successful business at his club, Calabria responded that, “with 14 hours in a day and 98

ground from 1993-2002. As Head PGA

of all of the employees he manages.

Professional at Naples National Golf

“I accept this award on behalf of my

you need to, there is no reason you

Club, he helped provide a vision for

good friend Victor Tortorici who I know

should not be able to do both well.”

the construction of the club as well as

is the man behind this,” says Calabria.

Calabria also believes in keeping

the club’s membership base. Through

Calabria firmly believes that the most

up with all of the new and upcom-

Calabria’s dedication to this facility

valuable benefit being a member of

ing golfers, equipment technology,

and his relationship with both the

the PGA provides, is the camaraderie

and initiatives in the game. “I firmly

membership and the many young PGA

and fellowship that is built between

believe that the golf professional

Professionals who Calabria had the

the PGA brotherhood. He has built

needs to be the resident expert on the

opportunity to mentor, Naples National

his career around the philosophy of,

game of golf,” says Calabria. “When

continues to be a world-class facility.

“Teach, play, take care of your mem-

your members come into the shop

After leaving Naples National in 2002,

bers, and help your assistants succeed.”

on Monday asking if you saw what

Calabria began as the Head PGA Profes-

Calabria believes that leadership and

happened in the tournament this past

sional at Talis Park Golf Club also in

mentorship are the most valuable as-

weekend, you have to have something

Naples. Calabria remained at Talis Park

sets you can provide the next genera-

to talk with them about.” Calabria’s

until 2008 when he transitioned to the

tion of PGA Golf Professionals. He has

dedication to staying current with

General Manger role at The Golf Club

based his mentorship philosophy off

all golf affairs has helped him build

at Fiddlers Creek where he currently

of his own mentor of the game and

lasting, personal relationships with

grows the teaching and playing abilities

coach, Chuck Hart, and the relationship

his membership and employees.


hours in a week to get done what

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NNGA: A Brotherhood of African American Golfers

The National Negro Golf Association (NNGA) was founded in 1965 when a small group of African American professional students reunited to relive some of their college glory days. Its birth was not conceived from a strong interest in golf, but the love of camaraderie and fun. However, golf was the vehicle which brought them together in Lebanon, PA; a mid-point between New York, Washington, DC and Cleveland; the original three chapters. Today, the NNGA: A Brotherhood of African American Golfers, is a premier traveling golf club with seven chapters nationally and over 230 members. Each chapter maintains its own schedule, but three tournaments are held nationally where they convene for “fun, camaraderie and golf.” Earlier this month, over 150 members and guests met at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL for the

R to L POY Independent Pres. Al Broady, NY Pres. Gerald Douglas, National Pres-elect Charles Ward, Tournament Champion Dirk Ram 2013 NNGA National Tournament; the

are eight (8) flights of players ranging

culmination of the three tournament

from the near-scratch championship

season. The weekend started with the

flight to the 75 year-old and over “Super

traditional practice/get acquainted


“Ham Am” round at Hammock Beach’s

Overall Tournament Champion (low

Ocean Course. Friday and Saturday fea-

net) was rookie member Dirk Ramrat-

tured medal play at the Conservatory

tan of the New York chapter and Low

and Ocean Courses, respectively. There

Gross Champion was Ken Washington of the nationally-based Independent chapter. Clewis Wright (Independent) also captured the Senior Low Gross and was crowned Champion of Champions by defeating all other chapter champions. Oliver Jackson, a super-spry “Super Senior” from the Washington, DC chapter was awarded National Player of the Year for posting the low net score over all three tournaments. One hotly contested category was the National Team Championship where each chapter competes for a cash purse of $2800 throughout the season. The

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Richmond (VA) Chapter had won five of the last six titles and was leading the up and coming New Yorkers by seven Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5

(7) strokes entering the last day. Sharp shooting from Ramrattan and “super

NNGA Founder Dr. George Hampton (blue jacket) surrounded by fellow pioneers

senior” Harry Bright allowed New York to storm back and unseat the Richmonders. But as was mentioned above, NNGA promotes “fun, camaraderie and golf” in that order. Each night featured a vibrant hospitality suite in the Hammock Beach Resort penthouse and the event culminated with an awards banquet cruise aboard the Sundancer yacht. “As we move towards a half century of existence, we believe we have established a style and standard of fun that appeals to golfers from very diverse backgrounds,” said Winfred Kirksey, NNGA National President. “Hammock Beach was the ideal location for our National Championship. The weather, quality of accommodations, golf courses, and service was consistent with what we provide our brothers and their guests. We will keep it in the rotation.” In 2014, NNGA tournaments will be hosted by the Atlanta chapter in their home town, the Independent Chapter in San Diego, CA and the National Tournament will take place in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. More information on NNGA: A Brotherhood of African American Golfers can be found at www.nnga. us or contact nnga.us@gmail.com.

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Andrew Johnson, Mike Harris, and Jim Hall test the putting green prior to a practice round

Past National President Alphonso Davidson of DC rolls one home on the Ocean Course. 61

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Photos by Larry Mingledorff

Rollie Fingers

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), in conjunction with Kindervision, hosted a “Swing with the Legends” golf classic in Palm Coast. The event featured celebrity baseball players including Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers and Fergie Jenkins, as well as Jim Perry, Darrell Evans and many more. All twenty foursomes were paired with a celebrity and benefits of the tournament were donated to Kindervision. Played at the Hammock Beach Resort Ocean Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, the event has been in existence since 2009 and is one of 75 special event fundraisers the MLBPAA has planned and put on this year.

Fergie Jenkins


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Tim Leary - LA Dodgers (hat), and foursome.

Brady Ballard - Daytona CUBS GM (far left),  Fergie Jenkins - (second from left), and threesome.

Bill Hurst (middle), and foursome.

Neil Meany (Tiffany & CO.) (far left),  Eric Roukey (stuntman) (second  from right), Steve Razter, and group.

Gene Walter - (far left), and threesome.

Jackie Brandt - (far left), and threesome.

Andy McGaffigan (middle), and foursome.

Darrell Evans (second from left/green  visor), and foursome.

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Ross Moschitto (second from left),  Walter Briggs (NFL) (second from  right), and threesome.

Andy McGaffigan (middle), and foursome.

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By Bob Bolton

Old Memorial Golf Course was the host of the 2013 Tampa Bay Sports Commission Golf Tournament. Rain threatened to impact the event, but the Golf Gods smiled upon the participants who had gathered to raise funds to support the mission of the organization. The Tampa Bay Sports Commission is a private, non-profit, 501c3, charitable corporation that serves the entire Tampa Bay area as the lead organization for bidding on and hosting premiere sports and entertainment events. Through this, they will achieve their mission of creating social and economic impact


throughout the Tampa Bay region. The Commission has been responsible for the impact of events, such as the 2011 Men’s NCAA Basketball 2nd & 3rd Rounds, the Dragon Boat Races, Gasparilla Distance Classic, Outback Bowl, and in January 2014 the International Junior Golf Tour comes to Tampa. Speaking to the Commission’s Executive Director, Rob Higgins and Senior Director, Jason Aughey, both are appreciative of the opportunity to be leaders within an organization that will have facilitated more than 130 amateur events within the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Working inhouse with Visit Tampa Bay, the convention and visitors bureau, the Commission is the lead organization for bidding on and hosting sports and entertainment events throughout the bay area. Jason commented on the patriotic pride felt this summer as more than 600 Veterans competed in this year’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games. This year’s Golf

Tournament was played on the very exclusive Old Memorial Golf Course, which provided a unique opportunity to experience the Steven R. Meyers designed course that opened in 1997. Old Memorial lived up to its’ billing as one of the finest golf courses in the State of Florida. With meticulously maintained fairways and greens quality golf shots were rewarded with opportunities to score. Teams were also given the opportunity to benefit from the driving prowess of a 12-yearold female golf phenom, Latanna Stone. Latanna, being a Tampa Bay Sports Commission Youth Spotlight, exudes everything the Commission represents as an organization and what this fundraiser was for, youth and amateurism. Here are some of her biggest highlights – At age seven, won the U.S. Kids World Championship · At age nine, was the youngest girl to ever play on the Florida Junior Tour, Currently the youngest female to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2012, she has won over 100 tournaments. This year’s tournament featured winners from organizations across the all spectrums. Still, the real winner is the Tampa Bay area, as the funds raised during this event help support the efforts to procure sporting and entertainment events that raise the profile of the Bay area throughout the United States and internationally. For more information about the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, visit www.tampabaysports.org. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5

Kenny Perry and Trevor Immelman have made Transitions® lenses part of their game.

On the PGA TOUR®, vision is a golfer’s most important equipment. Transitions lenses adapt to changing light to help golfers see more comfortably in all light conditions and help protect eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

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special events

By Rick Harris, Sr. flocked to her to let her know that they are aware of who is REALLY in charge! Due to my part-time association with Florida Golf Central magazine (FGCM) the publisher, Terrie Purdum, has been very supportive and is allowing me to KICK OFF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY of SAGA campaign with this article and a membership application to build up the enrollment for the 2013-14th golf year! Here are some general facts YOU should know:

Actually it all got started in the summer of 1994 after I had been working for “Florida Golfweek”, the weekly golf newspaper started by Charlie Stine in Winter Haven, Florida on a part time basis over a ten year period. I was the Director of Golf for the Orange County, Florida area and ran senior golf tournaments about three times monthly. When it became clear that the golf division of the magazine had decided to go in a different direction regarding senior golf tournaments I politely handed in my written resignation and informed management that I would be contacting all the golf seniors I knew and forming my own organization. I knew there was a need for this service and contacted every senior golfer that I could think of and informed them that beginning in October of 1994 the Senior Amateur Golfers Association (SAGA) would be holding its first golf tournament at Ridgewood Lakes golf course in Davenport, Florida south of Orlando. I remember that event like it was yesterday when TWENTY plus one or two others showed up! For a guy that was used to fields of 40-50 players it was disappointing but the good news was that they all came from different parts of central Florida. I had players from Ocala, Clermont, Lakeland and of

Rick Harris, Sr. course Orlando who participated that first day. I got out a newsletter with the next five events and by the end of the 1994-95 season the membership had grown to about 60 players. Strictly by word of mouth and referrals from my players the membership grew up to 120 plus and hovered between 110-120 plus as members passed on for a variety of reasons including “passing on”. Another reason SAGA grew over the years is because I “employed” my wife Betty as a “secretary” and she has done an excellent job to the point where when some members call they DON’T want to talk to me but to “someone who REALLY knows what’s going on “as to tournament dates, entry fees, and annual dues. When I have spontaneously brought her along to some outings SAGA members have


SAGA’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP NAME: ____________________________________________________PH:__________________________HDCP:______ FLA. ADDRESS:__________________________________________CITY:_____________________ZIP:________________ OTHER ADDRESS:________________________________________CITY:_____________________ZIP:________________ Please send annual dues of $30 by check or money order made out to RICK HARRIS, 3936 Semoran Blvd., #303; Orlando, Florida 32822. Our telephone number is 407-282-4883 and we have an answering service. You may pick and choose which events you want to play in by sending your entry fee by check or money order AT LEAST 6 DAYS IN ADVANCE to RICK HARRIS at the above address. When we receive your membership application we will send you a welcome letter, event schedule, directions, and entry fee amounts for the next five tournaments. WE ARE SCHEDULED THROUGH FEBRUARY 2014! 66

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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

Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness product showcase

➊ 18 Greens Hey guys…express your individual style on the course and show

your support for Breast Cancer Awareness this month with this fashionable Pink & Gray Sportsman golf shirt from the new San Diego based 18 GREENS Apparel. Designed for the “sporty” year old…the fresh golf inspired design of this polo can be worn both on and off the course. Visit www.18greens.com and use promo code: CURECANCER and receive 30% off your purchase.

➋ Oakley Young Survival Coalition Special Edition Sunglasses

The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is a non-profit network focused on the concerns and issues unique to young women affected by breast cancer. The YSC’s core purpose is to improve the quality and quantity of life for all young women facing the challenges of breast cancer. A proud partner of the YSC, Oakley is helping support its mission of Action, Advocacy and Awareness by providing $20 from each sale of these special edition sunglasses and 10 percent from each sale of special edition apparel. The special edition sunglasses are a great way to support YSC, while you improve your golf game.

➌ Tour View TM Head and Body Stabilizer Tour View is a brand new revolutionary golf training aid that enables a player to see any movement in his or her swing. Slide the Tour View on to the brim of your hat; align the holes where you see the ball centered with each eye. The two holes converge into one circle around the ball. This is what you call stereo vision. Tour View can also be adjusted in set up to help you position you head for better shoulder rotation. Take your regular swing and instantly see how much your head and body moves. Tour View also allows the player to view the ball in flight after being struck. By using Tour View you will hit the ball solid and build a more consistent golf swing. All the tour pros using Tour View rate it a 10 out of 10, and agree it will help every level of golfer. Tour View Golf is happy to announce that we will donate 2 dollars for each pink ribbon Tour View sold in 2013. Funds will be donated to ths Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for research and hope of finding a cure! SWING LIKE THE PROS WITH TOUR VIEW. Available at Tourviewgolf.com for $29.99. .


POLARIZED FUEL CELL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS EDITION SUNGLASSES Unflinchingly original, these matte black shields are emblazoned with a striking hot pink O at the hinge. Great for golf, the beach, driving and other outdoor activities, Fuel Cell comes with two lenses cut from a single shield of optically pure material that is then placed in the frame to maintain the original, continuous contour. These sunglasses also feature: UV protection that filters out 100 percent of UVA/UVB/UVC; durability and all-day comfort of lightweight, stress resistant frame material; impact resistance; and comfort and performance of a three point accurate fit. Both of these sunglasses are also available with prescription lenses. For more information and store locations and hours, visit www.oakley.com.

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➍ DiVoom Bluetune-Bean Pocket sized portable speaker clips onto a backpack, purse, or your luggage for hands-free music enjoyment • Bluetooth V3.0 ensures crisp and clear sound quality

• Speakerphone capability allows you to take and make phone calls • Rechargeable battery provides up to 8 hours of listening time • Offers 10 meters of wireless range, making it ideal for outdoor use • Includes a metal carabineer for hooking on a belt loop or backpack • Available in blue, yellow, pink, red, white or black Available at:  Divoomusa.com Price: $29.90 Website: www.divoomusa.com

➎ Gustbuster Pink Ladies Golf Umbrella GustBuster’s patented wind-release vents and flow-through design can withstand winds of more than 55 M.P.H. making it the ultimate wind umbrella. It’s the only UN-Flippable, UN-Flappable, UN-Leakable umbrella in the world. The joints and ferrule of the GustBuster are constructed of a combination of Ultra High-Density Poly-Carbonate, Carbonized Steel and Aluminum and won’t break or turn inside-out. The GustBuster umbrella uses nylon that is a strong 190 thread per inch blend that won’t tear, which is why it’s backed by the manufacturer with a lifetime repair or replacement warranty. GustBuster has revolutionized the way we look at and design umbrellas. It’s the World’s Smartest Umbrella™ because of its superior technology. Show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness this month with their PINK Ladies Golf Umbrella. For more information on GustBuster Umbrellas call (888) GUSTBUSTER or visit www.GustBuster.com.

➏ Girls Golf Pink Puffer The Pink Puffer bag from Girls Golf is perfect for travel, sports and everyday use. The Pink Puffer is durable and can carry a significant amount of weight. These tote bags are made out of soft nylon which makes it super easy and comfortable to carry, with soft handles that won’t dig into your shoulders. At 18 inches wide x 18 inches tall (including handles), this bag will fit everything you could possibly need and more!  Available for purchase at www.girls-golf.com $48.00

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product showcase

➊ Antigua

Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

The new 2014 Antigua women’s collection features bold ombre stripes, lightweight mélange fabrics and textured jacquards. It’s all about sheer comfort, as these garments incorporate innovative poly yarns that allow for softer, smoother, and more comfortable fabrics. Necklines have also become more open and fun. In fact, several of the polos have non-traditional necklines. Limitless is a model that features a dye-cut neon zipper. Another style, Pristine, has an open scoop neck with contrast V-stitching. It’s these neckline innovations that allow the product to look new to the customer. Although these styles still have the required collars, they’re far from being traditional polos. As for color, neons that are popping up in everything from home furnishings to accessories and cosmetics. Thus, the 2014 Spring color palette includes versions of neon and ultra-bright hues. These pop colors, coined Citrine, Candy, Sherbet and Grapeade, are tastefully added to garments in small doses and utilized in contrast stitching, insets, zippers and tipping. www.antigua.com

➋ Sunice 2014 Tornado Collections Breathable, extremely lightweight and ultra quiet jackets backed by a four-year waterproof guarantee are what define the Tornado Collection. Sunice FlexVent™ for 2014 introduces new 2 new styles of a full zip jacket and a pullover. Versatile, full stretch, highly breathable, and waterproof, this proprietary fabric technology is perfect for playing golf in heavy rain or varying temperatures with its performance features and extreme comfort. Our FlexVent™ fabric is one of the most waterproof stretch fabrics on the market. With its uniquely soft hand feel and super quiet stretch laminate, we believe this is the future in waterproofs. www.sunice.com.

➌ ClubCrown ClubCrown manufactures high-tech films that are professionally installed on the crowns of drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. The New York-based company teaches retailers its patented 10-minute installation process. Consumers bring their clubs to ClubCrown’s retail partners, to have the product installed. The films are available in hundreds of designs, colors, patterns, universities and logos. ClubCrowns are extremely durable and are highly resistant to bubbles, ripples and peeling. They add roughly one swing weight and are removable. Plus, they conform with USGA rules and conform to the Rules of Golf. www.clubcrown.com.


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➍ Nexbelt Not one…but two PINK offerings for the Ladies from Nexbelt “The Belt With No Holes”. On the left is the Power Pink – Gem Series golf belt featuring a Pink lightly textured leather strap with a brilliant chrome buckle and hand laid rhinestone gems. On the right is the Pink Sleek Series golf belt which features a Pink lightly textured leather strap with a brilliant chrome buckle with matching leather face. Both feature a buckle that flips down to reveal a hidden ball marker! Nexbelt’s unique ratcheting system allows you to adjust the belt to your waist in ¼” increments guaranteeing a precise comfortable fit every time. Belts are cut to fit and will accommodate up to 40” waist. Starting at $49.99 Visit www.Nexbelt.com to purchase.  

➎ MeCam Wearable Hands-Free Video Camera Inconspicuous and lightweight body-worn camera lets you capture the world as you see it from your point of view •���������������������������������������������������������������   Camera ������������������������������������������������������������ shoots 720p HD quality video and doubles as a 5 megapixel point and shoot camera •   Built-in LED infrared technology works in picture or video mode, for nighttime or lowlight conditions •   Weighs less than ¼ pound. equipped with pin clip to attach to shirt or can be worn as a necklace (cord provided) •  Removable SD card and micro-USB port lets you charge, upload, and share footage/pictures •  Control buttons on upper-side let you power on and alternate between video and camera mode •  80 minutes of continuous battery life •  Available in: black, white, lime green, electric blue, and fuchsia Available at: MeCam.me Price: $49.99 (4GB), $59.99 (8GB), $69.99 (16GB) Website: www.mecam.me Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5


pro visions

Aces & Eagles Celebration Golf Management Hires Top Management at Eagle Creek Golf Course

Edward Whalley

Jeff Clark

Celebration Golf Management, which

Clubs where he oversaw the day-to-day

owns and/or operates seven golf

operations and sales management of

courses in the Central Florida region,

multiple golf course properties in the

recently named a new general manager

Orlando , Jacksonville , and New Jersey

at Eagle Creek Golf Course and a new



At the same time, Nairn said Jeff

Kenny Nairn, chief operating officer

Clark was named Eagle Creek’s golf

for Celebration Golf Management said

course superintendent. Clark earned

Edward Whalley was recently named

his turf grass degree at Valencia State

general manager at Eagle Creek.

College and has 30 years of experience

Whalley who has more than 25 years

in the golfing industry.   He formerly

of experience in the golf and hospital-

was the golf course superintendent at

ity industries, was formerly a director

Frenchman’s Creek Country Club in

of operations for Kitson & Partners

Palm Beach Gardens.

Golf Professional Daniel Pontes to Lead Course Operations at Cypress Lake Country Club


Cypress Lake Country Club has named

Pontes has held the PGA Class A status

Daniel Pontes as head golf professional,

since January of 2008.

responsible for overseeing major golf

“Dan’s background and knowledge in

events, golf operations, as well as daily

golf operations make him the perfect

staff and program management.

fit to serve as head golf professional for

Prior to his appointment at Cypress

Cypress Lake Country Club members,”

Lake Country Club, Pontes was the head

said Ed Rodgers, general manager of

golf professional at the Links Course at

Cypress “While golf is my focus, I be-

Hammock Dunes, where he expanded

lieve in supporting the entire member

several clinic programs at this nation-

experience, and will help ensure that

ally recognized Tom Fazio-designed

every aspect of the member experience

championship course and mentored

is as positive and memorable as pos-

staff members through their PGA Class

sible,” said Pontes.

A status, a designation for golf profes-

For more information, please call

sionals who have passed the appropri-

239-481-1333 or visit

ate PGA abilities and orientation tests.

www.cypresslakecc.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 5

Celebration Golf C;ub Promotes Kaley Anderson to Catering Sales & Events Coordinator Celebration Golf Club has promoted Kaley Anderson to catering sales and events coordinator. John Bixler, assistant general manager at Celebration Golf Club, said Anderson will be responsible for contracting new catering business as well as overseeing the execution of all catering events. Anderson, who has more than seven years of experience in the

food and beverage industry, joined Celebration Golf Club in March of this year from Shannon ’s Irish Pub in downtown Celebration.   “Kaley has managed daily operations and contracted events and has extensive experience in F&B” Bixler said.  “Her attention to detail and commitment to customer service will help us to grow our catering business,” he added. 

Stonegate Gof Club at Solivita in Kissimmee Appoints Christopher Sterrick Assistant Golf Course Superintendent Stonegate Golf Club at Solivita in Kissimmee has appointed Christopher Sterrick assistant golf course superintendent at The Oaks golf course. Christopher Russell, PGA, TPI, director of golf at Stonegate Golf Club at Solivita, said Sterrick is a certified associate in Golf Operation Management who was formerly with Orlando ’s Universal

Resort and most recently served as assistant superintendent at Sweetwater Country Club in Longwood. “Chris is passionate about the game and the courses he works on and he brings a strong work ethic to a highly motivated 10-person golf course grounds team,” Russell said.

4th Annual

Walking For Kids

Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Dec. 8 - 9, 2013 A unique celebrity pro-am tournament where each foursome is paired with a celebrity or national sports personality. Proceeds from the tournament benefit charities that help children reach their full potential. December 8th

Pairing Party at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa

December 9th

Golf Tournament at Golden Bear Golf Club in Orlando, Florida For more information and to reserve your spot, contact Bill King at (407) 880-6460 or wjmking@embarqmail.com, or visit www.ucpcfl.org/events/?m10y2013 walkingforkids.org www.ucpcfl.org

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