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PRESENTed by FGCM We here at Florida Golf Central Mag have covered more charity golf events than any other regional Golf Magazine in the world, and that’s a fact! I feel extremely lucky to be publishing content that my staff and associates seem to find worthy of the printed and online version that supports all those charities. We see first hand the dedication, hard work, the volunteers and celebrities, organizers, Terrie and friend Ester and most important the philanthropy that make an event a success. In a charity golf tournament so many people think success is measured by the funds raised. I personally see it is the fun everyone has just being involved, and playing a game they love on the beautiful courses that host all these events.  That’s an accomplishment, that’s Success! All throughout his life John F. Kennedy was puzzled by the question of success. He put it this way, “Success it is the full use of your personal power along the lines of excellence” For me it is simply finding the courage to live by my true destiny. Tap into my personal power, rise to the level of what I owe myself and everyone who continues to give of themselves.  The magazine provides a forum to engage other like minded people, givers not takers.  Not worried about what they can win, but how their participation enhances the event and makes a difference. For your personal growth and character development, discover your unique talents (no not that you pervs) and then express them so that your work benefits others in society.  Up to 50% of our editorial is covering charity events.  If you ask, you will get magazines for the goodie bags and post event editorial features.  Present yourself and you will find your destiny, Happy Giving.

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Celebrity Corner 16 Florida League Celebrity Tournament Feature 38 Ventura Country Club Golf Bachelor 12 Billy Womack

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Red Cross Raises Funds to Support Service to the Armed Forces The American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region hosted its annual event supporting the Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program at Hawk’s Landing Golf Course at the Orlando World Center Marriott. This year’s event will feature Mission Moments by the Santos family who received Red

PLANTATION BAY GOLF COUNTRY CLUB IN ORMOND BEACH TO HOST 2013 VOLUSIA COUNTY OPEN MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP ORMOND BEACH, Fla. --- Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond Beach will host the 2013 Volusia County Open Men’s Golf Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21 and 22, at Club de Bonmont, North-South Course. Maria Tuohy, general manager at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club, said a new Professional division and added Amateur divisions this year should create a strong field of entries. “The Volusia County Open Men’s Golf Championship tournament consists of two days of stroke

Cross emergency communications assistance to get Sergeant 1st Class Santos home from deployment shortly after the birth of his first child, as well as a live Skype chat with a Red Cross SAF volunteer stationed at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Media will also have opportunities to interview Red Cross Regional CEO Karen Hagan, Regional SAF Director Chad Magnuson and executives from sponsoring companies.

medal play on the challenging and picturesque NorthSouth course at Club de Bonmont,” Tuohy said. “A Volusia County Open Champion’s jacket will go to the lowest 36-hole score from the Professional and Amateur divisions,” Tuohy added. The Volusia County Open Men’s Golf Championship tournament is open to all male golfers except professionals who have current status on a PGA tour.  Amateurs may compete in any division they wish so long as they meet age requirements. Entry fees are $225 for Professional class and $150 for Amateur class. The entry fee includes two rounds of golf and one practice round, cart fee ($23 plus tax), the Awards Luncheon on the final day and prizes. To register, contact Director of Golf, John Powell at Plantation Bay 386-437-4844 ,ext.10 or email jpowell@icihomes.com Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6


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FRLA Member: PGA National Resort & Spa Fresh off its comprehensive $100 million revitalization, PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class golf, vacation, meeting destination and a member of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. The South Florida locale offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses, including the famed Champion Course, home to the popular PGA TOUR Honda Classic and past host of the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship and a litany of other prized professional golf tournaments. The Champion showcases the legendary “Bear Trap” – one of the most difficult three-hole stretches in the game. Holes 15, 16 and 17 are where designer Jack Nicklaus famously said, “It should be won or lost right here.” On-site programs from both the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, along with tour level custom club fitting from the PGA National Club Fitting Lab, are available. The property recently announced the completion of extensive bunker revitalization under the direction of course-designer Jack Nicklaus. The Champion Course – the toughest layout on the 2013 PGA TOUR schedule (non-major venues) with an average per round score of 1.318 over par – now features 62 new bunkers. The hazards were redesigned to improve amateur golfer pace of play, yet still present formidable obstacles

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for the world’s best players when they vie for the 2014 Honda Classic trophy. New bunker features include a revamped drainage system as well as state-of-the-art G-Angle bunker sand, ideal for the Florida landscape. “It is exciting for us to continue to upgrade our flagship golf course in tandem with our recently completely $100 million resort enhancement,” says Lukus Harvey, PGA National Resort & Spa’s Director of Agronomy. “The new bunkers will help our hotel guests and members navigate the Champion Course at an optimal pace while still challenging TOUR players during the first stop of the ‘Florida Swing.’” Originally designed by Tom and George Fazio, The Champion Course was redesigned by Nicklaus in 1990. The par 72, 7,048-yard layout features generous landing areas and spacious TifEagle greens. Though golfers are continually presented

with strategic challenges throughout the round, five sets of tees provide playability for players of all skill levels. World No. 1 Tiger Woods – who lives in the area — says of the Bear Trap, “There are no bailouts. You have to commit and hit good shots.” When asked about the Bear Trap, Nicklaus says, “It’s not about length, it’s about precision. It’s about guts. It’s all about what do you have in your chest that you can finish those holes.” PGA National also features The Palmer, The Squire, The Fazio and The Estates courses. The legendary destination has the unique distinction of being home to both the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, along with offering a TOUR level fitting experience at the PGA National Club Fitting Lab.  For more PGA National Resort & Spa information: www.pgaresort. com or call 561.627.2000. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6


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Billy Womack Where were you born? Did you grow up there? Born in

Bradenton FL, played high school and college basketball in Arkansas and Oklahoma and the Air Force in New Mexico then back to Florida

Is “acting your age” over rated? Age is just a number, I just turned 40 and feel 25

What do you do for a living? I am a Ambassador for ViSalus Sciences, the #1 Weight Loss and Transformation company in the world

What would you like to do for a living? I am doing it!

Helping and inspiring others to live a healthier life while making their dream income! How cool is that? :)

Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? The beach, movies, the gym and anything I can with friends and family

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty? My mother of course! What’s your take on “cuddling”?

Before or After??

Tell us about your first kiss? Unexpected, Sexy and memorable. She was HOT!!

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I gave up TV and dating for the past 2

years until I hit Ambassador with my company which happened last week FINALLY! So I am back in the dating scene.

What do you fear the most? Not finding my soul mate Last book you read? I read a lot of self development

books so, John C Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

Favorite charity to support? Would have to be http://

vicares.org for the fight against obese children. 1 out of every 3 kids are obese and need our help! http://www.BillyWomack.com

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Hannah Morgan Jones Where did you grow up? I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska but grew up in Orlando, Florida. I’m a West Orange High School graduate.

What is your favorite sport to play? I played volleyball in

high school, both indoors and beach. I very recently started playing golf.

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

I recently took off a semester from school but plan to eventually go back and become a certified Vet Technician while continuing to work as a cart girl.

What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl?

hard not to get frustrated!

I have been privileged to observe all types of wildlife while working. My most memorable experience thus far was watching a turtle lay eggs and then bury them to protect them from harm.

What do you feel makes this club special? From the very day

What is your idea of “the perfect date”?

my manager hired me I looked forward to coming to work. We are very close and help each other whenever needed.

I enjoy go-carting, miniature golf, or going to amusement parks. I particularly love Sea world because of the animals.

What Hobbies do you enjoy? I love being outdoors, especially

Favorite charity to support?

Do you enjoy playing Golf? Playing golf is challenging. It’s

going to the beach and just relaxing or wakeboarding on a lake.

Anything to do with animals, The Humane Society and SPCA.

What else would you like us to know about you?

I just want everyone to know how grateful I am to be working at Stoneybrook West Golf Course. It is so amazing to have a job where I can be outdoors and interact with people from all over. I learn something new every single day!!

To see additional pictures: facebook.com/floridagolfcentral

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celebrity corner

By Jay Hatch

The Annual Florida League Celebrity Golf Tournament, presented by UBS Private Wealth, proved to be a continued success. The tournament, now in its 6th year, fielded 28 fivesomes, as well as top Major League Baseball celebrities with a combined 191 years of MLB service, 851 home runs, 4940 strike outs, 15 AllStar Appearances, 6 First Round Picks, 3 Silver Sluggers, 5 World Series Titles, and 1 Cy Young Award. The tournament was once again played at the prestigious Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park. All proceeds throughout the weekend benefited the Florida Collegiate Summer League, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The weekend began Sunday morning with the 3rd Annual Celebrity Pitching & Hitting Clinic. Current and former MLB stars joined the Florida League and 35 aspiring youth baseball players in Winter Park at nearby Alfond Stadium. Celebrities that took part in the clinic were: Stan Boroski, Mike Stanley, JR House, Kris Benson, Bobby Bradley, Kawika Mitchell, Austin Chubb, Ken Kelly, Mike Powers, Kevin Davidson, Rob Sitz, Scott Hilinski, Kevin Gallaher, and Jamie Quinn. The clinic lasted three hours and focused on pitching and hitting essentials taught by each of the MLB veterans. The clinic was closed out with a word from JR House, Minor League Manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Stan Boroski, Bench Coach for the Tampa Bay Rays. Tournament activities officially kicked off on Sunday evening with the group pairings dinner and silent auction. Celebrities, golfers, donors, family, and friends of the Florida League were invit16

ed to the home of Mike and Sara Whiting for the event, which was catered by Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Former #1 overall draft pick Kris Benson began the evening speaking about his experience in the Cape Cod League and his commitment to helping continue to make the Florida League one of the elite baseball summer leagues in the country. Following Benson, Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants and Kevin Davidson each shared a word and spoke about the importance of the Florida League and this event which helps provide collegiate players the opportunity to hone their skills in a family friendly community environment. Mike Zizmer of UBS Private Wealth (Tournament Presenting Sponsor) also spoke to the crowd who had gathered for the evening. On Monday, 141 golfers descended on Interlachen Country Club to enjoy the incredible Florida weather and a memorable day. Upon arrival at the course, golfers mingled with celebrities, warmed up on the driving range, took part in the

putting contest, visited the Nike Golf shop, and enjoyed a buffet lunch. Golf began at noon as the 28 groups took to the course after a welcome from Interlachen Pro Jay Kennedy, Golf Chair Kevin Davidson, and League President Rob Sitz. Upon completion of the golf round, participants enjoyed a full buffet dinner in the Argyle ballroom at Interlachen as prizes were announced for the winners of the tournament, putting contest, long drive, and closest to the pin contests. The Florida League would like to congratulate Mark O’Mara and his group for their Florida League Celebrity Golf Tournament victory as his group won with an overall score of 53 (-19).    Overall, through the silent auction, sponsorships, and donations from our generous participants, the golf tournament achieved a new record by raising over $75,000!  The Florida League would like to thank all of our sponsors, as well as those who donated items to the golf tournament. It is the generosity of these individuals that helped make this event such a huge success. We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who contributed their time and effort to helping out with the entire weekend. Without the assistance of these volunteers, the tournament would not have run as smoothly as it did. The Florida League would also like to thank all of the participants and celebrities who made the tournament a financial success. The dedication given by each and every party involved is the reason why the 2013 Florida League Celebrity Golf Tournament remains the elite charity golf tournament in Central Florida.   Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6


Tim Raines Jr (2nd from L) with Dubsdread Group

Kevin Davidson (L) - USB Private Wealth (Sponsor)

Dave Carpetner (L) Atlanta Braves, Chris Benson (R)

Hunter Pence (L)- SF Giants; Jose Bautista (R) - Blue Jays

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By Mitch Sadowsky MS SPSc TPI1 FMS

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Golf + Fitness.

Wait, those two things go together? They absolutely do! Golf is sport that depends on being able to consistently rotate around an axis. The more consistent your movements are, the more consistent your game will be. Here a few exercises we really like to do that can be performed by the golfer who is at any fitness level and any golf level that will be sure to add more life to your game. Mitch and Ian Poulter

Stability Lunge

Dead Bugs

Standing Side Med Ball Slams

Gluteal and core control is key throughout the golf swing. This is a great exercise focusing on both. Using a light dumbbell or kettlebell (5-10lbs), extend the right arm in front of you so the elbow is at a 90 degree angle and the humerus (upper arm) is extended directly in front of the shoulder. Keeping the right arm stable, lunge backward with the right leg striking the toe down first, making sure the lower left leg becomes perpendicular to the floor, and thigh is parallel to the floor (think 90 degree angle in the knee). Step forward to a standing position by squeezing the glutes in the left leg and bringing the right leg up to a 90 degree angle. Repeat 8-10 times then switch arms with the weight and switch legs doing the lunge.

Lying your back bring the feet off the floor keeping the knees bent at a 90 degree angle. Arms are pointing directly up at the ceiling. Using a controlled motion, straighten the right leg forward and left arm overhead focusing on keeping the back in contact with the floor. Retract the arm and leg then alternate with the right arm and left leg. Repeat this 10 times

Using a med ball (as heavy as you are comfortable using) stand straight, hold the ball overhead and slam the ball as hard as you can on your left side. Catching the ball as it is on its way back up, bring the ball back overhead and slam it down on the right side. Each side is counted as one repetition, do as many as you can in a row! This is a great exercise to develop core strength and speed (especially if you’ve had a bad day!!).

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Concert Golf Partners Acquires The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes

Concert Golf Partners, a Newport Beach based golf club owner-operator, has acquired the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes in Orlando, Florida. Terms of the all cash transaction were not disclosed. Concert Golf purchased the premier private club from Deutsche Bank. The Legacy Club acquisition represents Concert Golf’s fifth golf club purchase in the past 24 months and follows the June purchase of the Emerald Greens Resort and Country Club in Tampa, Florida from Convergent Capital. The Legacy Club features a superbly

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Nate Kalb designed 18-hole Tom Fazio golf course, champion Bermuda greens, 10 acre practice facility and a 11,000 square foot clubhouse. The club has the unique distinction of being an Audubon International Signature Certified Sanctuary and is a regular host to U.S. Open Qualifiers. Concert Golf Partners also acquired the Heathrow Country Club in 2011 from lender BB&T. Heathrow is located approximately a half mile down the street from the Legacy Club. According to Nate Kalb, Director of Operations of the combined Heathrow and Legacy Clubs, “This is now a totally unique offering in the North Orlando Market: we have combined the two best private clubs in Lake Mary, Heathrow and Longwood areas, offering the best private club value in Central Florida – members can get two top notch clubs for a reasonable price.” Concert Golf Partners was formed by Peter Nanula, founder and CEO of Arnold Palmer Golf Management from 1993 to 2000. CGP is significantly capitalized and is unique its all-cash acquisitions, with no debt financing, allowing for a quicker and more certain transactions. Hilda Allen, who represented seller Deutsche Bank said “We had wide interest in the Legacy Club, and Concert Golf Partners was able to wire funds and close just one day after bids were due.” For more information, contact Nate Kalb at (407) 333-1450 or nkalb@heathrowcc.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6


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Golf Club Fitting

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“The Driver May Be The Race Car, But The Shaft Is The Engine“ Part 2… “Determined to leave no stone unturned and no shot dropped, I visited the PGA Learning and Performance Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida to have my irons and putter evaluated.  This extensive facility is one of the premier practice and teaching centers in the world, as evidenced by college golf teams and pros who attend each spring from all corners of the planet to work on their games.  It features almost every cultivar of grass a golfer might find on a course, a wide variety of practice bunkers filled with different types of sand, multiple putting, pitching and chipping greens and a huge practice range that presents all angles from elevated tees to greens.  If you like to work on your game, this is golf heaven, and right next door is PGA Village, with three championship caliber courses. Mark Drenga, PGA pro and club fit-

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ting guru, escorted me to the range, as for drivers over the past decade, but towing a special cart loaded with there have been significant improveelectronic gear and an assortment ments to achieve greater distance and of interchangeable shafts and iron be more forgiving on off-center strikes, heads.   Other than being outdoors, mainly by repositioning weight in the so we could see the actual ball flight, clubhead and offering wider soles to and hitting off real grass, the process help get the ball up in the air.  Now was very similar to that employed at I learned that the true advantage of Fujikura’s indoor studio.  There is a increased iron distance is higher ball major difference between driver and flight with a more lofted club, making iron fitting, however.  With the big dog, it easier to stop a ball on the putting you want to get it barking as long as possible and straight as well.  There is only one function for irons - accuracy with distance control.  As long as you are consistent, I thought, it really didn’t seem to matter much how far you hit each club.  I warmed up with my Ping G2 7-iron, then Mark put me on the launch monitor to see the data of my strike and ball flight.  Mark set up a rectangular black plastic “strike plate” Mark Drenga of PGA pointing out the stats for me to hit from, to reveal from his launch monitor readout  whether I had the correct lie angle for my iron at the point of impact, given my height and surface.  More importantly, I felt like I swing plane.  We experimented with had taken ten years off my swing! a number of combinations, including The final part of the fitting process steel and graphite shafts, measuring was to submit to the “SAM” putting labthe data and “feel” of each club.  To oratory, by Science And Motion Sports.  keep me honest, he secretly set up This $10,000 device measures everyone club that he knew was completely thing about my putting stroke: face, wrong for me and asked how it felt.  I aim, direction, path forward and back, hated the club and had a hard time point of impact on the putter face, loft making any kind of decent ball conand rise of the putter, launch and spin, tact.  Mark said, “Unfortunately, that’s and putter face rotation during the what can happen buying clubs off the stroke.  It also measures backswing, rack.  The clubs may be very good, forward swing, timing and speed at but if they don’t fit your swing, they’ll impact.  All this from stroking only keep you from enjoying the game.  five balls.  If I ever thought about any That’s why it’s worth getting fitted by of this during my stroke, I could never a professional”.  After trying multiple pull the club back!  We discovered irons from many manufacturers, we several important things about my putdetermined that I got the best combiting: a) it was way off; b) my putter, at nation of clubhead speed, ball speed, 34”, was too long for me.  Mark told me spin and launch angle from Ping G25 that the average putter length on tour irons.  I was actually achieving 5 MPH is 32.5”, so I needed to cut it down an more clubhead speed and 10 yards inch and choke up as usual; c) my putextra distance with the G25 7-iron than ter, marked as having 4˚ of loft, actually I was with my old G2!  Despite a long had 5.7˚, probably the result of getting love affair with my Ping G2 set, it was banged around for many years. This is time to put them out to pasture.  Iron even too much loft for Florida Bermuda technology has not changed as much grass greens, where the ball sits down Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6


a bit, but for northern bent grass greens, 3˚ of loft is preferable, to get the ball rolling sooner; d) the grip on my putter was worn out and was off 2˚; e) my putter was not properly “face-balanced” for my in/out putting stroke.  PGA Master club technician Jerry Lovell fixed everything by crafting lead tape to the putter head, giving it a more balanced feel, cutting an inch off the shaft and installing a new grip. Other than that, nothing was wrong.  Net result: Mark recommended I consider getting a new center-shafted mallet-type putter that was better suited for my arcing stroke. The end result of all of this?  I fully expected that the next time I teed it up I would be driving it 275 down the middle of the fairway every time, puring irons onto each green and draining every putt.  What really happened?  Unfortunately, golf and miracles are two mutually exclusive worlds, but my drives, when I make a good swing, fly further and roll out longer than ever before.  On average, I gained at least 15 yards!  I have more confidence that my irons and hybrids are the right clubs for me.  I can’t wait to get a new putter, which will certainly shave

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Readout of one phase of my putting stroke. 3-4 strokes off per round, assuming the magic is there.   It still comes back to 90% of this game being between your ears, but knowing I have the right tools in my hands makes the whole process that much easier.  The cost of all this - about what you’d pay for a new driver off the rack.  The benefits far outweigh that new driver.  Except

that now you may be going out and buying all new clubs, ones that actually fit your swing.  Even if you have been fitted in the past, we all realize, albeit reluctantly, that our bodies change as we age, and just like getting your tires rotated and rebalanced, the same should be done for your clubs to maximize their performance.”

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From Landfill to Landmark

Nicklaus-Sanford Bring Links Golf to New York City

With a résumé that includes a magical transformation of an unsightly Boston landfill into the spectacular awardwinning Granite Links golf course, golf architect John Sanford has duplicated that feat with the completion of the longawaited Ferry Point golf course on the East River, in the Bronx, in New York City. The links-style course brings new life to a former landfill that has been an eyesore and dumping ground along the river since the 1960s. The vision and proposals for building a golf course on the treeless 185-acre site had been around

for decades, but finally came to fruition under the Bloomberg Administration. The layout is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course designed in collaboration with John Sanford Golf Design in Jupiter, Fla. The Trump Organization won a bid

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to maintain and operate the property and will invest $10 million to build the new clubhouse. The formal name of the facility is the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point. “Our experience at Granite Links put us in a nice position to get the Ferry Point project,” said Sanford, who also served as project manager, after a final inspection of the site with Mr. Nicklaus and Mr. Trump. “All the holes are grassed and we’re in the process of seeding the practice facility and then course construction will be substantially complete.” Sanford said Jack and Donald were enthused with the final product. “We walked the entire golf course, start to finish, and I’m happy to say everyone was very pleased with not only the design, but also the grow in,” Sanford said. “Jack was great to work with and Donald is very excited about the layout.” As manager and operator of the facility, the Trump Organization is also responsible for growing in the course, an assignment they handled flawlessly,” Sanford said. “I am very impressed with the Trump Organization,” he said. “They have done an exceptional job with the grow-in.” Sanford said visitors and golfers will be blown away by the course. “The surrounding views are incredible,” he said. “Holes 16, 17, and 18 are on the East River. The Whitestone Bridge is right there. To the west is the Manhattan Skyline, and that’s visible from most of the golf course, so it’s an incredible location.” The golf course is a part of Ferry Point Park, which includes a com-

munity playground area and a 19.5-acre waterfront area. Sanford was able to incorporate some of the invaluable experience he gained working on the Granite Links Golf Club. At that site he capped two landfills with the 27-hole course, seven miles from downtown Boston. On the course design and construction, Sanford worked closely with Nicklaus and the Nicklaus Design team. Sanford also coordinated the work of seven consultants, engineers, landscape architects, and surveyors among others on the project. “It certainly has been challenging,” Sanford said of the Ferry Point project. “It’s been a marathon of high hurdles, but well worth it. The course is phenomenal, a true team effort.” A date for the official opening of the course will be announced by the Trump Organization. Earlier this year Sanford’s work on Granite Links was honored by the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) with one of six inaugural 2012 Design Excellence Recognition awards. In addition to Ferry Point, Sanford Golf Design is busy at work on renovations at the Kona Country Club on the Big Island in Hawaii; Kosaido CC outside Sapporo, Japan; and 2 Clubs on the West Coast of Florida. Sanford Golf Design offers expertise in all phases of strategic, sustainable and significant golf course design. Sanford’s services include new course design , construction documents and computer modeling; landscape design and land planning; remodeling and restoration. The company has produced or renovated more than 60 courses across North America and Hawaii, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Egypt, Japan, and Vietnam.

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two good rounds

12 Great Rounds As I reflect upon the 2013 year I am blessed to have visited and experienced some of the most beautiful golf locations around the United States and the world. Beyond having the opportunity to play these amazing courses and cover tournaments, thus experiencing the best players in the world compete

By Elisa Gaudet

at the highest level, it was the people I

and joins together friends, families,

met along the way that made the real

colleagues, celebrities and many more

difference. The fraternity and soror-

often is support of a charity or just for

ity of golfers and the golf community,

a good laugh and friendly competition.

no matter where you go in the world,

With that I lift my glass in Two Good

is alive and strong. As if an unwrit-

Rounds fashion and toast all the golfers

ten code the love we all share for this

and wish you a spectacular 2014 filled

game called golf transcends the sport

with more golf and more love!

On the 12th day of Christmas my bartender said to me….”After 12 months of golf travel this is what your passport and bar tab told me”:

12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

12 Gatorades with the Lee Westwood Golf School Students 11 glasses of chardonnay at Okeka Castle “Gatsby” style 10 vodka sodas at the Peabody in Orlando 9 practice pours at the Guinness factory in Dublin 8 sips of grappa in Sicily below Mt. Etna 7 bottles of Ernie Els award winning Stellenbosch wine 6 Goslings Rum Swizzles & Dark ‘N Stormy drinks in Bermuda 5 “Azalea” drinks at the Masters under the tree 4 golf and vineyard tours in Burgundy, France 3 beers in the cart while playing Liberty National a week before The Barclays 2 “Rhondaritas” at Shadow Creek while at the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational 1 Arnold Palmer drink while having lunch with Tom Cousins at East Lake Golf Club One BIG kiss from a Leprechaun in Ireland after drinking Poitín at a “bar in the woods” 26

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young guns

L to R: Jose Montano (Xavier), Claudio Correa (USF), Pedro Junqueira (Old Dominion), Hoyeong Kim (Middle Tennessee State University), Lisa Unterganschnigg (Colorado State), Kaeli Jones (South Alabama), Estafania Morales (Quinnipiac), and Diana Gonzalez (USF).

Eight IMG Academy Golf student-athletes sign NCAA National Letters of Intent During the NCAA early signing period, eight IMG Academy Golf student-athletes signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent to their respective colleges at a special ceremony held on National Signing Day.

The signees included: Claudio Correa (Santiago, Chile) signed with the University of South Florida men’s golf program. Correa is ranked No. 31 for the Class of 2014 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings (no. 51 overall). In July, he became the Junior Amateur Champion in Chile with a four-under 140 playing at the Club de Golf Los Leones in Santiago, Chile, in addition to winning two tournaments and carding seven top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes in the United States over the past year.

Jose Montano (Cochabamba, Bolivia) signed with the Xavier University men’s golf program. Montano is ranked No. 46 for the Class of 2014 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings (No. 84 overall). In October, Montano recently took home the biggest win of his junior career at the AJGA Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic presented by State Mutual Insurance Company, with a 10-under 203 performance.

Hoyeong Kim (Jin-Ju City, South Korea) signed with the Middle Tennessee State University men’s golf program. Over the past year, Kim has recorded seven top-10 finishes, with a win at the IMG Junior Golf Tour event at Marriott’s Grande Pines Golf Club in May.

Lisa Unterganschnigg (Zell Am See, Austria) has signed with the Colorado State University women’s golf program. Unterganschnigg recorded four top-five finishes in the past year, which included a win on the IMG Junior Golf Tour at the Club at Savannah Harbor, qualifying her for the prestigious Callaway Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego, Calif. this year.

Kaeli Jones (Sumterville, Fla.) has signed with the University of South Alabama women’s golf program. Jones has recorded 15 top-10 finishes in 25 events over the past year, and is the No. 21 player in the Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings for the state of Florida Class of 2014.

Pedro Junqueira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has signed with the Old Dominion University men’s golf program. Junqueira is the reigning Brazilian junior champion after winning the Brazilian Junior Championship in August, and followed that up by winning the 36th annual Itanhangá Open Championship in November.

Estafania Morales (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) has signed with the Quinnipiac University women’s golf program. Morales has recorded four top-10 finishes in eight events over the past year.

Diana Gonzalez (Bogota, Colombia) has signed with the University of South Florida women’s golf program. Gonzalez is the No. 9-ranked female junior golfer in the Colombian national rankings.

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By Rick Harris, Sr.

stay & play

Our Inn on The Lakes Experience One or two of our group of eight golfers had heard about the “Inn on the Lakes” experience but none of us had ever stayed there before. After our night stay and two day golf outing the overall consensus of opinion was: We can’t wait to come back, stay longer, and REALLY experience the many amenities of the Inn on the Lakes! Our first day golf outing was at the beautiful Highlands Ridge-North golf course at we couldn’t have had a more beautiful setting. The course was in excellent shape and it was surrounded by extremely attractive, well maintained homes. So much so that when we approached the tee to the 13th hole par three a man was working in his yard. I called out to him, “You are

With a choice of 13 of the finest golf courses, all of which are within a ten to twenty five minute drive from the hotel, an ardent golfer can pick and choose a track to play and enjoy each day.

really blessed to be living in such a beautiful, quiet and well maintained community.” He smiled at our group and replied, “That is exactly why we bought here several years ago! “After our round we visited the clubhouse and cooled off with a drink or two on

the outside veranda overlooking the green. A little later we checked into the hotel and were given keys to our spacious, elegantly decorated accommodations. After relaxing a bit our group had dinner at the fabulous Chicanes restaurant right there at the Inn. Everything was first class as our servers were ready, willing, and eager to serve us with a wide variety of choices off the menu. Our players enjoyed a meal of everything from baby back ribs to shrimp scampi. After dinner a few members of our group went to the comfortable bar while the others went back to their rooms to watch the football games on television. No wonder Phil Hatfield, the general manager of Inn on the Lakes, was quick to point out that his hotel is, and has been, ranked number one in golf packages for a number of years in the Sebring, Florida area. With a choice of 13 of the finest golf courses, all of which are within a ten to twenty five

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minute drive from the hotel, an ardent golfer can pick and choose a track to play and enjoy each day. And as mentioned above you return to your deluxe accommodations in any one of the 161 rooms or suites that overlook the two beautiful lakes adjacent to the Inn on the Lakes.

and they were unanimous in their reply.

sixed group, an arm and a leg but you

After completing our second day

The key word was SERVICE.  They didn’t

will be pleasantly surprised at the ex-

of golf at the Sun N Lakes-Deer Creek

stop there and continued on and on

tremely reasonable prices of all the dif-

course, where once again we had a de-

about the great time they had with their

ferent packages that are available at any

lightful time on a well maintained golf

Inn on the Lake experience!

time of the year. Please feel free to call

venue, I asked our group to give me one

Now one might think all of the above

Phil Hatfield at 863-471-9400 to set up a

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special events Special Olympics golfers celebrated with medals, smiles and high fives, marking the culmination of three days of golf competition at the 14th annual Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament at the

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Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Galloway, NJ. A field of 176 golfers from 23 programs representing the United States and Canada competed in one of five levels of competition - individual skills (Level I), 9- and 18-hole alternate shot team play (Levels II & III), and 9- and 18-hole individual stroke play (Levels IV & V). From Individual Skills, where John Burkarth of Herndon, Va., won the gold medal for scoring 209 points in six golf skills events, to returning gold medalist Scott Rohrer, of York, S.C., who shot the tournament low 54-hole round of 81-80-81—242 on the par-71 Bay Course for first place in the 18-hole individual competition, the national tournament was overflowing with personal best scores, dogged determination through challenging conditions and teamwork, both on and off the golf course. Behind all Special Olympics athletes are support systems of coaches, family and friends that encourage them and help them experience joy in the game. But Special Olympics golf is unique in that it promotes team play under the Unified Sports® umbrella of Special Olympics, a worldwide sports organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities. “With the motto of ‘Play Unified to Live Unified,’ Special Olympics Unified Sports® is founded

on the premise that by competing sideby-side as teammates, people with and without intellectual disabilities help create a world of acceptance, inclusion and respect for all, on and off the course, through the power of sport,” said Amie Dugan, Director of Communications and Marketing for Special Olympics North America. The Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament, presented by KPMG, is being hosted by the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games Organizing Committee, in conjunction with Special Olympics North America. The 2013 Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament is also being supported by tournament sponsors The PGA of America, USGA and PGA Tour. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6


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Honoring Military Family Ranger Printing and Promotional Products hosted its second annual Support Our Troops Golf Tournament at Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes. The proceeds of this event went to the Fisher House which is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers nationwide and in Europe. These homes enable family members to be close to loved ones at the most stressful time- during the hospitalization for combat injury, illness or disease. Cell phones were also collected for Cell Phones for Soldiers. These phones are recycled and converted to calling cards for our United States Military families so they can stay connected to their loved ones as they serve overseas. A patriotic day of golf was had by all who participated. The Lake Mary High School Color Guard and bag pipes kicked off the tournament. “I am very happy with the support in only our second year” Said Ron Lane, Organizer/ Chairman of the tournament. Ron Lane adds “In memory of our father, we like to recognize our veterans and honor our military and their families for their service and the sacrifices they make everyday. I hope that we can fill this event next year!”

Winning Team-Lake Mary Car Wash (L to R) Frank Ibbotson, Chad Ibbotson, Dave Czech, Tony Schissel

(L to R) Bill Lane, Dennis Salvagio ( the Fat Guy), Rob Lane, Ron Lane

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By Fred Westbook

special events

Cigars and Cars

Phredeaux Smokes Stooges goes back several years with Florida Golf Central Magazine to the days when smoking in restaurants and bars was legal. Back then, I could critique a cigar friendly establishment and give my pros and cons, but things change. This time, the Queen Bee and I visited the Corona Cigar Co. event at the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes in Longwood, Cigars and Cars. What a nice venue and the staff could not have been more accommodating. The Legacy Club is now connected with

Allan Buelvas Oliva Cigar Rep.

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Oliva Associate

Jeff Borysiewicz (with the cigar) posing next to an event attendee. Heathrow Country Club and it appears to Phredeaux that General Manager Nate Kalb has things moving in the right direction. They are offering their Platinum Members a 25% discount on all guest fees and advanced tee time booking plus thru their association with the National Alliance of Private Clubs (NAPC), Platinum members have access to 650 private clubs around the world. The cars were a sight to behold and to wish for. Doesn’t get much better than cigars, show cars, good food and good beverages. The vendors, despite the wet weather, had things under control and moving. I sampled excellent food and adult beverages from most but have to tip my golf hat to the Ahi Tuna from Stonewood Grill & Tavern. How good was that! On a sad note for Phredeaux, Terrie showed me she is the Pin Ball Wizard at the Greenleaf Landscape Maintenance booth. When we left, she had the high score of the evening. I enjoyed talking to the cigar vendors and brought home a nice sample of smokes. Next time I want a VIP ticket so I can sample the single malts and extras that ticket offered. As a critic, I have nothing bad to say about the event. It was an excellent evening. A list of all vendors can be found at http://www.wjrr.com/ common/cigars&cars.html.

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“Our Veterans Housing Initiative Pro-Am Golf Tournament has been made possible for the second year thanks to our partnership with The PGA Tour Players. This year’s tournament was also a huge success due to the contributions of A Wing & A Prayer Foundation and The Lucille A. Smith Fund. Our community partners and supporters make it possible for us to not only build a minimum of one home a year for a deserving veteran, but to also continue working toward our ultimate goal of a Veterans Transitional Housing Facility in the Lake-Sumter community.” ~Kent Adcock, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter Florida

Site Supervisor Kenneth Van Valkenburg and his wife Nancy

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Veteran April Harden (r) and her husband Michael. chael. They will be the recipients of our veterans home this year.

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Youngest Guest Kale and her father

Staff Members (l to r) Rick Worsham, Renee Carter, Tesa Fansler

Carolyn and Joe Adcock (Joe is a Vietnam Veteran).

CEO Kent Adcock (l) and Lifetime Construction Volunteer Frank Kipp(r). Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6

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feature

Orlando’s Best Kept Golf Secret Isn’t a Secret Anymore! Ventura Country Club is a Semi-Private Country Club located in Downtown Orlando designed by Mark Mahannah in 1981. Mr. Mahannah designed many courses in Florida from the 1960’s through the late 1980’s with the plan of keeping Florida’s natural landscape intact. This attention of preserving the landscape is ever present at Ventura

Country Club, built on the former site of the Raper Dairy Farm, who supplied Orlando’s larger TG Lee Dairy for many years. Ventura’s lush layout weaves its way through the pines, canals and natural wetlands all located here in the City Beautiful, Orlando FL. Although the first three holes are lined by a lucky few homeowners, the rest of the course

Champion Greens are known for a smoother, faster, and a firmer putting surface with greens speeds averaging 10+. More than a dozen PGA Tour Events are being held on Champion Greens, including the PGA Tour Championship held at the prestigious Atlanta Athletic Club.

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is very player friendly with homes in sight but not easily in range of a player’s errant shot. Ventura Country Club has always been the hidden gem of Orlando. With the addition of new Champion Bermuda Greens in 2012 , Ventura Country Club is on its way to becoming the Best Conditioned, Best Value and the Most Player Friendly golf course in the Orlando Area Josh Bennett, Director of Golf, has been part of many of the changes over the last 18 years including the recent installation of Champion Bermuda Greens and has set some lofty goals for Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6


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Ventura Country Club. “The competition is fierce with so many golf choices in the Orlando Area and we are striving to be the Best Conditioned Semi Private Golf Course in Central Florida,” says Mr. Bennett. Ventura Country Club for many years has been known as “Orlando’s Best Kept Golf Secret” primarily due to its location and the presence of the Security Gates. “Everyone thinks that the course is private with three gated entrances. The community is private but the golf course is open to the public. Golfers simply need a tee time to enter and take advantage of one of the few golf courses that are owned by the Homeowners Association where all owners take pride in the facility. It is extremely rare that a golf course is owned, managed and maintained by the Homeowners Association. We do it all In-House and we all take great pride in the golf community we have built here in Orlando and we put all our revenue dollars right back where they belong, in the golf course! Whether you live in Ventura or outside the gates, our goal is to make everyone feel at home.” Ventura Country Club hosts many golf events, corporate outings, fundraisers and with the golf course and the beautiful Lake Ventura as the backdrop the Grand Ballroom and Gazebo are the perfect settings for weddings and special events. 2014 Public Golf Memberships Available starting at $1,250.00 per year!

Ventura Country Club, “Orlando’s Best KEPT Golf Course” 2601 Woodgate Blvd, Orlando FL 32822 Pro Shop/Tee Times 407-277-2640 www.venturaccorlando.com


By Joel Jackson, CGCS, FGCSA Executive Director

live golf

The Goosinator

Photos by Joel Jackson

A flock of Canadian Geese at the Innisbrook Resort north of Clearwater.

In this issue we take a more whimsical, but very practical look at solving a real turf problem on golf courses. What in the world is a Goosinator? The name literally means, “Goose eliminator” and is a device invented to discourage large flocks of geese from congregating on golf courses and leaving their poop all over the turf. Courses farther north have been using dogs trained to herd, or more bluntly, to harass flocks of geese into finding another place to hang out rather than their golf courses. In fact, scores, if not hundreds of courses, have employed these dogs and they most often become course mascots and/or pets of the superintendents. There is even an annual golf course dog calendar contest depicting these canine maintenance crewmembers. Not every superintendent or course is able to or wishes to utilize these dogs. In those cases, the newly invented Goosinator might be just the ticket to solving the goose poop problem. In Florida the resident goose population isn’t as pronounced, but I have seen fairly large numbers at some courses. And we also can have large native marsh hen flocks, aka purple gallinules that can mess up a green near the water. We are blessed to have a huge list of wading birds and waterfowl that inhabit our Florida golf courses, but on occasions such as seasonal migrations, the urea content of bird poop can burn and damage putting greens and make large 40

Remote-controlled device for controlling goose damage to golf courses. areas of fairways and roughs near lakes and ponds unplayable. The Goosinator is unique way to discourage this damage without harming the wildlife. The Goosinator is a lightweight, remote-controlled device. Think of it as a hovercraft versus a model plane, boat or car. It doesn’t really hover, but it glides easily over different terrains including water. The manufacturer recommends waxing the bottom frequently to help it slide and glide easily. It operates with a trigger-like

throttle for speed control and a small wheel to turn it clockwise or counterclockwise. It weighs less than 3 pounds, stands 17 inches high and is 24 inches long. It has predator like features to make the geese nervous. It is designed for more manicured turf areas on the course, but comes with wheels that can be mounted to operate in the taller roughs if needed. It comes with two batteries and a charger. For more information and to view a video of the Goosinator, log on to www.goosinator.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6


Two “ Ladies of the Lawn” received the highest recognition for their work from the Florida Turfgrass Association, the Wreath of Grass Award, at the 2013 Conference and Show in Orlando this past September. From the left: FTGA Past President Mac Briley; Dr. Laurie Trenholm, turf research scientist from the U. of Florida; Betsy McGill, executive director of the Florida Turf Producers; and current FTGA President Erin Wilder.

Celebrating 29 years of fundraising for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the South Florida Golf Course Superintendents Chapter presented a $25,000 check at the 2013 Annual M&E Tournament held at the Ft. Lauderdale G&CC. The chapter has raised around $500,000 for the M&E. From the left: Nancy McBride, National Safety Director and Joe Pantaleo Tournament Chairman. The West Coast Golf Course Superintendents Association celebrated the 50th Annual Bud Quandt Research and Benefit Tournament at the Pasadena Yacht & CC in St. Petersburg. Quandt was one of the founders of the West Coast chapter. Each year the proceeds of the event go to funding turfgrass research projects and donations to local charities. From left: Florida GCSA President Kevin Sunderman; Bud Quandt, and West Coast President Trent Inman.

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By Chris Thompson

The holidays always get people questioning what wine to drink, to gift, or to bring to a family gathering. One of my favorite recommendations is Amarone from the Valpolicella area of Italy. This big red wine has both the chops to impress the most discerning pallet and a smoothness that a novice can appreciate. Amarone is literally translated as The Big Bitter, since it derives from the result of a runaway fermentation of a traditional sweet wine called Recioto that, during warm vintages before cellars could be artificially cooled, caused all available sugars to convert into alcohol making a high alcohol dry or “bitter” wine. Amarone, like Recioto, is made by laying grape bunches in baskets in a cool, ventilated area above the cellar called a “FRUTTAIO”. The grapes are left to dry with constant supervision over the course of 3 - 4 months until they have lost one third to a half of their water weight. Once crushed, these grapes yield a juice that is high in sugars, glycerin and aromas, as well as resvaretrol, the heart healthy anti-aging antioxidant. Due to low yields and expensive production techniques Amarone can be

grip it & sip it

The sweet smell of bitter wine... an expensive wine; so for those that are price conscious or just looking for a lower alcohol alternative to Amarone, Ripasso, at half the cost, can be an excellent solution.

Ripasso, is made with high quality Valpolicella Classico wine that is left age on the pumice of the Amarone pressings, imbuing it with a richness and character reminiscent of Amarone itself. The evolution of winemaking in Valpolicella has been in the area sustainability. Not only are wineries using sustainable farming practices, but wineries like Nicolis are employing

other eco-sustainable practices such as photovoltaics and biomass energy generation. Since 1951, the Nicolis family has lived on the property, when father Angelo founded the winery. Giancarlo, Giuseppe and Massimo, the brothers now in charge of the winery, feel that their good stewardship of the land will not only ensure a product of superior quality, but the health and fortunes of future generations of the Nicolis family. The Nicolis family produces several Amarone and Ripasso wines of the Nicolis and Corte dei Signori brands, with the jewel of the collection being a very low yield Amarone Cru called Ambrosan, which at less than 1.3 tons per acre is the ultimate expression of Amarone and the wines of Valpolicella.

Nicolis “Ambrosan” Amarone della Valpolicella DOC

Grapes: 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Croatina Aging: 30 month in Oak Harvest: manual Yield: 1.3 tons/acre Alcohol: 16% Description: Full bodied, elegant. Dry and generous on the palate, with notes of autumn blossoms, well ripened fruit and leather tones.

Nicolis “Seccal” Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC

Grapes: 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara, 5% Croatina Aging: 30 month in Oak Harvest: manual Yield: < 4 tons/acre Alcohol: 13.5% Description: Intense ruby red, classic bouquet of ripe fruit, spices and tobacco with a full-bodied and long lasting.

Grip it and Sip it.

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Impulse IQ provides breakthrough injury, pain management for golfers

The PGA Tour’s new wrap around season provides very little “down” time for most professional golfers. Playing at the highest level every week, both domestically and internationally, requires Tour players to be in exceptional physical shape. In order to avoid injuries, chronic conditions and stay pain free, many players are benefiting from a variety of alternative health care methods including chiropractic adjusting. Active Life Chiropractic, based in Mount Dora and Oviedo, Fla., Dr. Bethany Aponte, Active Life Chiropractic, provides treatment with the Impulse IQ. specializes in sports injuries and golf specific chiropractic treatThe Impulse IQ Adjusting Instrument is a ments to keep golfers stronger, playing longer patented and FDA registered device specifiand enjoying the game they love. cally designed to deliver gentle and targeted chiropractic adjustments to relieve pain and Dr. Alejandro and Dr. Bethany Aponte, owners restore function. For many golfers, lower back, of Active Life Chiropractic, believe in a qualityhip, shoulder, neck and repetitive motion pain care, gentle, compassionate approach in treating can cause strain, tightness and restrict range of their patients. Rather than using traditional motion. Golf is no fun when it hurts to swing manipulation methods, Active Life Chiropractic your clubs! uses impulse adjusting – an advanced technique that provides safe, precise, and more controlled The Impulse IQ is controlled by a high-tech, adjustments. microcomputer circuitry that produces a precise and targeted adjustment to treat specific areas of the body. There is no “popping” or “cracking” with impulse adjustments. The Impulse IQ restores the body’s balance and function to correct the underlying cause of a golfer’s symptoms so that the problem doesn’t keep reoccurring.

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Dr. Alejandro was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Becoming a chiropractor was his dream since the age of 10. Chiropractic care was part of his family’s medical routine. “I hated going to the doctor, but I loved going to my chiropractor,” said Dr. Alejandro. “She always put me at ease and I always left her office feeling great.” It became his dream to share this same special bond with his future patients. The Apontes met and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Florida. Dr. Bethany, an Ohio native, knows first hand how debilitating pain can be. Her mother was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 17 and has lived with chronic pain for more than 40 years.

Dr. Alejandro Aponte teaches a patient stability and balance exercises.

“When a patient is in pain, it not only affects them, but their friends and families,” said Dr. Bethany. “My only regret was not finding a chiropractor sooner to help her. Our goal is to keep our patients moving so they can remain active and have the pain free lifestyle they deserve.”

Getting golfers healthy and back on the links as quickly as possible is the top priority at Active Life Chiropractic. There are no cookie cutter prepackaged treatment plans. With the Impulse IQ, many patients feel relief of pain and improved mobility in just a few visits. Active Life Chiropractic also offers MicroLight 830 Cold Laser Therapy. Cold Laser Therapy has been successfully used for the non-surgical treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, arthritis and a variety of chronic health conditions. In addition, the doctors provide Flexion/Distraction treatment, Activator method, Graston & Palmer techniques, extremity adjusting, neuromuscular taping, therapeutic exercises, stability and balance training, nutritional coaching and other diversified treatments.

Active Life provides gentle chiropractic care safe enough for a baby.

Active Life Chiropractic is the official chiropractor for the Space Coast Pro Tour. For more information, visit www.activelifechiropractors.com or call 352-383-2530.

Back in the gym fast Hands down the BEST chiropractors in central Florida! I came in due to a lower back gym injury, which left me unable to walk or even bend in any way. Within ONE WEEK, they had me 90 percent better, improving my range of motion and relieving the pain like I couldn't believe! After two weeks of extremely personable and gentle treatment, they got me back into the gym. Dr. Bethany and Dr. Alejandro are two of the most loving, caring and joyful people I have ever met. Not only will they leave you pain free, but will leave you warm hearted with a smile on your face! - Mitch Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6

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By Adrienne Mazzone

Photos by Eddy Mathieu Photography

“hole-in-one” winner (the BMW went back to the lot as no one was able to make that lucky shot). Fortunately, there were wonderful cooler gift bags for all the players, which included cigars, Everglades Insect Repellent, and MSF swag, as well as many other fun items. The MSF annual golf for golf was our tournaments always have Mike Schoonover, Mortgage Banker, PNC; Olympic Gold Medalwish come true this year for the Multigreat features that attract a ist in boxing Howard Davis Jr., CEO of Fight Time Promotions; ple Sclerosis Foundation’s 10th Annual Alix Alexis, AVP Bank Manager, PNC multitude of players, as this ‘Par Fore The Cause’ Golf Tournament. tournament filled fast. They ditional funds for the MSF’s programs As Jules Kuperberg, the co-executive even had an “Olympic” team and services! director for the Multiple Sclerosis Founthat included Jayson Jones (two-time It’s always fun to have a news crew dation (MSF) said in his speech, “Every Track & Field Olympian and Senior at an event, especially when sharing year on our tournament, we’ve been Financial Consultant for Olympic Star the importance of what the Multiple extremely fortunate with a perfect day Financial) and Olympic Gold Medalist Sclerosis Foundation (www.msfocus. of weather.” And, once again, event day Boxer, Howard Davis Jr. (now CEO of org) does for the nation’s MS communifound typically bright blue Florida skies Fight Time Promotions). If you were ties and how so many and warm breezes greeting the eager there, you’d people benefit from foursomes, inspiring another round of know what I’m events like their annual spirited play. talking about Golf Tournament. Eye The Fort Lauderdale Country Club when I say, On South Florida (www. gave players the feeling of walking up “Now that guy eyeonsouthflorida. to a fortress, with its stunning architeccan swing!” com/par-fore-cause) ture and big wooden doors to the main Bobby captured the day’s lobby. A table full of raffle bags boastBradley, former highlights and eduing items including a Polo by Change 1st Round cated people about the Catalyst, a Titleist Scotty Cameron PutDraft Pick of MSF by interviewing ter, a Vera Bradley Bag, a basket of KIND the Pittsburgh Development Direchealthy snacks, a one-hour massage at Pirates and tor Nathalie Sloane. the luxurious Style Bar Day Spa & Hair CEO/Owner of During the interview, Bar (in Palm Beach, FL), an exclusive Charity Golf Ms. Sloane explained 2014 PUMA golf bag and more were on International, that the programs and display, enticing golfers to buy an arm’s also attended services offered by the length of tickets to try their luck. the event and Foundation allow peo A generous group of representatives was stationed Sean Balfour, PNC, Michelle Nicastro, Steve ple access to an array of from PNC Bank, KIND Healthy Snacks Nicastro, Alix Alexis, PNC Branch Manager at Hole #9. resources intended to and Biogen Idec were present at regisBradley helped assist them in maintration to greet golfers as they entered raise funds taining their health and well-being. the Club. ‘Hooters’ girls were all smiles for the MSF by administering a ‘long The Tournament was played on the taking photos, selling raffle tickets and drive’ fundraiser in which golfers got beautifully landscaped 18-Hole South their latest calendar. Their devotion a chance to win a two-night stay for Course of the Fort Lauderdale Counto charitable endeavors and marketing two at the Pebble Beach Lodge in San try Club. As golfers pulled down the flair really helped to keep the fun going Francisco, CA. lot, they were greeted by their caddies while at the same time raising ad After the tournament, golfers unloading clubs in order to enjoyed a BBQ dinner and Awards start the tournament with Ceremony. 1st Prize awards were speed and practiced efficiency. presented to the Ascendant Planned There were many surprises Giving Team, Galen Aldrich, Deon Riley at different holes throughout Sr., Deon Riley Jr., and Bob Wells; 2nd the course, such as Hooters’ Place honors went to Craig Offutt, Alan famous wings, Tito’s Vodka Mosher, Tanyon Strutze, and Gary Pyott; cocktails, Southport Raw Bar 3rd Place to Chris Harmes, Ed McCabe Oysters served with horserad, Valeria Ochoa and Harry Plunkett. ish and hot sauce, Blue Martini Finally, to close out the long day with cocktails and Celsius, a healthy a lighthearted swagger, MSF’s annual alternative energy drink. prize for Best Dressed team went to There was also a $100,000 Lance Longwater, Tommy Butcher, Glen Tadgi Can, Michelle Gomez, Ralph McGrath, Kim Kingsbury, Vista BMW at Hole #12 for a Calder, and Will Macomber. Hannah Aldoroty

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By Jay Golden, PGA

Fred Stokes – Not Good Enough To Get Angry Fred Stokes, during his playing days with the Los Angeles Rams as a defensive standout, aligned himself in a strong, powerful and athletic stance. He used his size, strength and focus to his full advantage to coordinated his power. He was an example of a finely tuned athlete exhibiting concentration and talent while blending his inborn gifts to achieve the goal at hand which was to hit as hard as possible. That’s the good news when he was playing football. The bad news is that was also his stance and mindset when he addressed a golf ball for the first time on an L.A. driving range. Fred says, “I couldn’t believe how difficult it was to hit a ball that was just sitting there waiting to be knocked out of the park. I swung and missed, dug out big divots and topped the ball. And those were my good shots! I played every sport growing up at a pretty high level. To put it mildly, it was quite a humbling experience.” After winning the 7th grade Football State Championship in Atlanta, the team bus drove by Atlanta Stadium, home of the Falcons. They noticed on the marquis that the next day the Atlanta Falcons were playing the Dallas Cowboys. There was a unanimous plea by the team to beg the coach to stay for another day to see the game. Unfortunately, the coach said, “Sorry boys. We just can’t do that.” Ten years later Fred was on that same field as an NFL player. The memory of seeing that that marquis and his coach saying, “Sorry boys,” is the ‘goose bump memory’ of his NFL experience. And that includes winning the 1991 Super-bowl with the Washington Redskins! Today Fred lives in Central Florida enjoying his wife and three sons. A junior at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who plays basketball,  redshirt Freshman at Vanderbilt who plays football, and a junior at Lake highland Prep who plays football.  He is professional motivational speaker, substitute coordinator for PE classes and coaching at Lake Highland Prep and author. His autobiography is titled, “The Bridge That Brought Me Over.” He also volunteers at Edgewood Children’s Ranch at MetroWest and let’s not for48

get his “Fred Stokes Signature Sausage.” Let’s rewind back to Fred’s first experience on the L.A. driving range. After struggling through a bucket of range balls hacking, chopping, missing and doffing, his friend gave him a tip. Fred explains, “He told me that my swing was too stiff and that if I held the club loose that it would change things a lot. It made a lot of sense so I held the club with very little pressure and he was 100% correct. Straight down the middle of the range with height and distance.

That’s where the CLUB went flying when it flew out of my hands! It was an EXTREMELY embarrassing experience retrieving the club, but that’s golf.” Fred Stokes applies some of his life principles to golf. “Laughter is medicine to the soul.” “Everyone has a gift and purpose. Find what it is and use it.” “DO SOMETHING GOOD AND KEEP DOING IT. KEEP MOVING… GOTTA GO… GOTTA MOVE.” “I don’t play golf, I participate. I realize that I’m not good enough to get angry.” Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6


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By Bob Bolton

A Legend Transformed – The Vinoy Club, St. Petersburg Thanksgiving is a holiday that allows us to spend time with family and friends enjoying a variety of traditions. For many, it’s turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, football, and of course the tryptophan induced nap. This past Thanksgiving, prior to enjoying some turkey, stuffing, etc.., I had the pleasure of playing the Vinoy Golf Club. Originally created by Donald Ross, the championship Vinoy Golf Course was redesigned by Ron Garl in the early 1990’s, who believes a course should , “sit softly on the land”. Having played the Vinoy before the redesign I found the enhancements Ron introduced very appealing. I was fortunate to join the Guckenberger Gang for my round. Brothers Bob, Ken and Ken’s son Jimmy were enjoying a round of golf before returning home for a feast with their family. It was unseasonably chilly, with temperatures hovering slightly below 40 degrees when we tee’d off. Fortunately the temps warmed up as the morning unfolded, which allowed us to peel off a few layers. Throughout the round Bob and Ken shared stories of growing up just down the street from the course, which was called the Sunset Golf Club when it opened in the 1920’s. The course from the tips measures 6626 yards and in the windy conditions we played in felt more like 7000. With a combination of lengthy par 3’s and challenging par 5’s the course rewards accuracy. I’m going to blame my front nine score on the cold temperatures and having to wear more layers than normal. My front nine highlight would have to be the 7th hole, a 525 yard par 5, with water down the right hand side of the fairway, OB left and a “tucked in” green. After a nice drive, accurate 2nd shot and a wedge that dropped right over the top of the flag within 10 feet of the hole, a well deserved par was achieved (but it would have been nice to hit the birdie putt). The front nine ends with a one of the longest par 4’s in Florida, a 465 yard monster. 50

The back nine the temperatures warmed up and my score came down. With a birdie on the par 4 12th, a par on the very challenging par 5 16th (The St. Pete/Clearwater CVB’s pick as the Best Par 5 in the Tampa Bay region). The 16th has water left, water right and an island green that leaves no room for error. You finish the round on the very picturesque 525 yard 18th, which from the tips begs you to try to take off as much as possible over the water. Keeping your second shot on the left side of the fairway sets up a more comfortable approach shot to a green that is semi-circled with water. It was nice to close out the round with a strong par. After 18 holes with the Guckenberger Boys I not only enjoyed the round of golf, but came away with a wealth of history about the course and the Club. If you are planning a trip to the Tampa Bay area, or a local resident looking for a distinctive resort

experience, the Vinoy Renaissance Resort St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club is an exquisite destination. The resort is a historic Mediterranean styled hotel that was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1978. For information about the resort and golf club, call 727-894-1000 for the resort and 727-896-8000 for tee times. For Vinoy Club information visit www.vinoyclub.com.

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Annika Sorenstam Named 2013 PGA First Lady of Golf PGA/LPGA Professional Annika Sörenstam, who followed one of the most decorated careers in women’s golf history by becoming a spokesperson for improving the health of the next generation, has been named the recipient of the 2013 PGA First Lady of Golf Award. The PGA First Lady of Golf Award, inaugurated in 1998 and presented biennially since 2011, is bestowed upon a woman who has made significant contributions to the promotion of the game of golf. Sörenstam, 43, will be honored at The PGA of America Awards, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, during the 61st PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center’s Chapin Theater in Orlando, Fla. Born in Bro, Sweden, Sörenstam is the first internationally born golfer to be named PGA First Lady of Golf and is the third award recipient with dual PGA of America and LPGA membership, following Renee Powell (2003) and Carol Mann (2008). Sörenstam was elected to PGA membership on April 19, 2013, and is a member of the North Florida PGA Section. “Annika’s impact upon women’s golf in the modern era has been remarkable, setting a standard that may never be touched,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “Her commitment to fitness and excellence made her a legend on the course, but her legacy in the game also includes a sincere dedication to 52

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growing a healthy next generation and

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children how to live a healthy, active

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while also inspiring junior female golfers

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off-course career to being a mother

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Lady of Golf.”

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The Annual Cup Matches signal the end of a busy tournament season in the North Florida PGA. The gathering of friends and foes from the North Florida Section and South Florida Section along with the annual Jerry Porter Cup Chapter Challenge showcase the spirit of competition and camaraderie amongst fellow PGA Professionals from around the Golf Capital of the World; Florida! Players are eligible to compete by their respective Player of the Year points totals, thus the best of the best are competing against each other. The North Florida PGA seniors capped of the season with a victory over South Florida at Reunion Resort in Orlando in October. It was North Florida’s first victory over South Florida in the Senior Challenge Cup! 16 ½ to 13 1/2 . Hard battles and a lot of hard laughs. The seniors enjoy the competition and they relish the chance to get together will old friends annually. The victorious North Florida senior team: Vince Cali, Barry Cheesman, Bob Dickson, Freddy Gibson, Mo Guttman, Brad Rollinson, Alex Romanoff, Jim Slattery, Mike Smith, Chris Souchak, Bill Urton and Jim Wright. The Untouchables!

West Central Chapter: John Falcone, Tim Polce, Shawn Gordon, Ryan Hritz, Tony Perez, Travis Daniels, Marc Carter, Kyaw Htet, Jim Wright and Fred Bender. East Central Chapter: Stan Cooke, Sean Gorgone, John O’Leary, Carl McNeill, Kevin Crawford, Brian Keiser, Vince Cali, John Signer, Bill Sellers and Freddy Gibson. and Rich Smith, NFPGA ED/CEO. The Southwest Chapter got off to a hot start on day one to build a commanding lead going into the final matches at Reunion Resort in Orlando in the annual Jerry Porter Cup Chapter Challenge. The team then finished the matches in convincing fashion to total 21 points and repeat as champions. These competitive annual matches rarely have repeat champions and

Champion Southwest Chapter Team with Rich Smith, NFPGA ED/CEO (L) and PGA of America CEO Pete Buvacqua (R)

The South Florida PGA edged out North Florida in the regular North verses South Cup Matches at Reunion Resort in Orlando. South Florida tallied 12 ½ points to North Florida’s 11 ½ . It came down to the last couple matches to decide the matches and the pressure was intense to witness. It’s a great rivalry between the two Sections as the best from each compete for The Cup. Team North Florida: David Damesworth, Chris DeBusk, Jim Garrison, Shawn Gordon, Sean Gorgone, Ryan Hritz, David Hronek, Jeff Leonard, Rod Perry, Charles Raulerson, Bill Sellers, Bill Shriver, Capt. Jack Binswanger, Asst. Captains: Bill Hughes 54

now the Southwest Chapter will be thinking “Three-peat” next year! Jerry Porter was on hand to present his cup and he was joined by PGA of America CEO Pete Buvacqua for the final award ceremony. Thank you to Reunion Resort for the always exceptional service and conditions. It’s special when the best players from each Chapter get together for some competition, camaraderie and fun. Nobody really loses as PGA brothers and sisters get together for the annual Jerry Porter Cup Challenge!

Teaching and Coaching Summit Annika Sorenstam, LPGA legend and World Golf Hall of Fame member, and her team shared their passion and time with North Florida PGA Professionals on November 1 in our annual Teaching and Coaching Summit hosted by Reunion Resort and the Annika Academy. The Annual Teaching and Coaching Summit Featured: Annika CEO, ANNIKA Academy and Hall of Fame legend “Revealing the Secret to Annika’s Winning Approach” Henri Reis Director of Golf Instruction, ANNIKA Academy and Annika’s one-and-only Swing Coach Topic: The 5 Fundamentals of Success From Amateur to Pro Kai Fusser Director of Fitness, ANNIKA Academy and Annika’s Personal Fitness Trainer Topic: Fitness and Nutrition – Making the Transition from Instructor to Coach Thank You Annika and staff for sharing your time and giving back to the North Florida PGA! It was an enlightening and entertaining day spent with Annika and her team!

The Jerry Porter Cup Chapter Teams: Southwest Chapter: David Hronek, Mark Rummings, Ken Powell, Kevin Paschall, Joel King, Mo Guttman, Jeff Boudrie, Matt Carroll, Jack McFaul and Rob McCoy. Northern Chapter: Spencer Brown, Brad Rollinson, Jon Fine, Sean Solodovnick, Carlton Walden, Kirk Jones, Ray Barr, Gary Murfitt, Richie Bryant and JackAschenbach.

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Art Through Golf

Art Center Sarasota, located on the cultural gold coast of Florida, held their 3rd Annual Creativity Golf Tournament at the historic Sara Bay Country Club designed by legendary architect Donald Ross. The Art Center is a community based, non-profit organization that Marcia Morris,  Joyce Van Ostenbridge,  Carol Bernard, Diane McDewitt was founded in 1926, the same year as Sara Bay Country Club, to promote the visual arts. The center provides exhibition space for local artists as well as curated exhibitions of professional, known artists. Along with the Nancy Jenkins,  Joel Persky, Richard Ratner, Philip Jenkins exhibitions there is an help to fund the youth extensive art outreach programs. education program for both adults and The golf tournament youth. The youth programs have been is unique in that it gives growing to accommodate the lack of the players an opportunity to show arts provided to students in the public their “creativity” by dressing in fun schools. Proceeds from the tournament outfits. Over 65 players made their way over a Beth Dadson, Fran Jack, challenging course on Linda and Charlene a perfect golf day. Some Lemon-Steiner very colorful outfits from the Loudmouth Golf collection, who were one of over 40 sponsors, brightened the course and added to the fun. Other sponsors included BMW of Sarasota,  Now That’s a Wrap/ Road Signs, Inc.,  and Laser Rite. The Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation of Manasota helped manage the actual event day. 56

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After the tournament, the golfers and their guests were treated to a southern barbeque buffet in the clubhouse where a silent auction featuring artwork by renowned artist Gale Fulton Ross  and other local artists was available to bid on along with a variety of sought after items. Trophies and prizes were awarded to the highest scoring teams of men, women, mixed and seniors. Along with all of the golfing contests, prizes were given to the Most Creative Golf Outfits which were won by Keith Bernard of Now That’s a Wrap and Joyce VanOstenbridge, who also won Closest to the Pin. Many happy golfers left the club with prizes and silent auction items ending a very successful day of fun and contributions to the Youth Programs at Art Center Sarasota. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6


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Start Your Youngsters with It’s important to get kids active at a young age, here’s why... Recent research, which has been reported in Pediatrics, the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, indicates that a lack of physical exercise is the big reason for the rise in obese children even more so than caloric intake. In fact, a recent study of 13,000 young people found that, on average, obese teens consumed fewer calories than their friends who were slimmer.  

Why is this important with our youngsters?

become so sedentary with hours and hours sitting in front of a computer or TV. We don’t climb stairs anymore. We take our children everywhere in a car, instead of walking or riding a bike. Children don’t just go outside and play. And the sedentary research is proving this to be true. We need to get our children active, moving, fit, and playing more sports.”

Why SNAG®?  Recently, the NGF reported that attrition rates for golf have flat lined in 2012. The many benefits this lifetime

A section of The Physical Activity Council report, which states that nearly 70% of the country were not active to healthy standards, revealed that young, overweight children (age three to five) tend to keep their excess weight as they get older and remain obese despite caloric restrictions. This is similarly true of a sedentary lifestyle and can be very difficult to change to an active lifestyle once it has taken grasp.  

• Why do kids stop participating?

PHIT America Founder, Jim Baugh had this to say:

“This study is eye opening. While the food industry has taken the heat as the major ‘cause’ of childhood obesity, we have known that inactivity is a bigger issue. Look at our society. We have

sport has to offer shouldn’t be lost through retention and attrition problems, especially if we can properly introduce new players to the game and create a fun and ACTIVE environment for our youth.   

We can do better in utilizing this lifetime sport to engage more active lifestyles... 

• Why do kids participate in sports?

Research will defend that the number one reason for both girls and boys is to have FUN. Kids have fun playing sports when they can interact with their friends. 58

SNAG®’s programming provides a safe learning environment in which numerous players can be instructed at once, creating a positive social climate that resembles more of a team sport atmosphere versus an individual.

Children are more likely to quit playing if they have low perceptions of their competence. The SNAG® Coaching System has been modified to fit the needs of new learners but still contains the aspects in traditional golf. These modifications to equipment and games provide opportunities for any new learner to find initial success, and more likely to be coming back for more! “I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams!” ~David Vitter Our manuals are designed to accommodate teachers from all walks. If you’re a physical educator, golf professional, recreation professional, special programs instructor or just someone interested in bringing golf to their community, we have a curriculum designed to fit your needs. The SNAG® Coaching Kits include clubs, targets, training tools, balls, launch pads and specially designed equipment carriers. It is the mainstay for any professional training groups of new learners at any age or ability. The only difference between the coaching kits we offer, are the size of club included and the quantity of each equipment piece contained within the large or small kit. With the purchase of your coaching kit, access will be granted to the various coaching manuals we provide for the various programming needs of our instructors. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6


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THE PLAYERS Giving Back Month concludes with Red Coat Ride Out Annual Ride Out makes stops at Operation New Hope, University of North Florida THE PLAYERS volunteer leadership – the Red Coats –once again hit the road for what has become a Giving Back Month tradition: the Red Coat Ride Out.  This year, the Red Coats took a tour of the Operation New Hope facility before joining the UNF First Generation Scholars Luncheon; both organizations are recipients of Red Coat grants. The Red Coat Ride Out concluded a month of events that celebrated THE PLAYERS charitable outreach and total charitable donations as a result of the 2013 tournament.   Operation New Hope received a $10,000 grant from the Red Coats this year, and a surprise $10,000 donation from THE PLAYERS was revealed during the Red Coats visit. Operation New Hope, founded in 1999, is a faith-based, nonprofit community development

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PLAYERS is being felt throughout our great city.” From there, the Red Coats attended UNF’s First Generation Scholars Luncheon to celebrate the recipients of the Red Coat Scholarships.  Thanks to a $750,000 gift from the tournament over a five-year commitment, THE PLAYERS Red Coat Scholarships help fund opportunities for first-generation students to attend college at UNF.  THE PLAYERS donation was part of a matching grant program that began in 2006 when the Florida Legislature appropriated $6.5 million statewide to be matched by private donations.  “Both of these organizations are making a huge difference in the lives of so many, and during THE PLAYERS Volunteer Leadership, the Red Coats and Blue Coats, attended our visits we UNF’s First Generation Scholars Luncheon to celebrate the recipients of the saw how far Red Coat Scholarships. Photo credit: Jennifer Perez, PGA TOUR

corporation. Operation New Hope has maintained a two-pronged business model vital to sustaining broken urban communities: affordable housing; and successful workforce reintegration of ex-offenders. The $20,000 donation will support Operation New Hope’s Ready 4 Work program, designed to assist in curtailing prison recidivism and since its inception has assisted more than 2,500 participants. “This was an incredible day. To have such a distinguished group, the Red Coats, come and bring us a nice check along with wonderful gifts for our clients is beyond words,” said Operation New Hope Founder & CEO, Kevin Gay. “As you can see, the impact of THE 60

our donations have gone and will go to make their efforts possible,” said 2013 Tournament Chairman Robert Davis. “We’re extremely proud to support so many charities throughout Northeast Florida, and Giving Back Month has been a tremendous platform for us to do so.” Other Giving Back Month events included Fred Funk visiting the Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville, THE PLAYERS Birdies for the Brave Tournament at TPC Sawgrass, THE PLAYERS volunteer leadership party where the 2013 tournament charity total was unveiled, and a Jacksonville Jaguars closest-to-the-pin competition featuring Mark McCumber. THE PLAYERS generated $7.1 million for local charities during the 2013 tournament, eclipsing last year’s recordbreaking total of $6.5 million. The money generated by THE PLAYERS each year benefits more than 300 charities throughout Northeast Florida, totaling nearly $60 million in charitable giving since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977.

Brian Franco (Blue Coat), Andy Baggs (2014 Tournament Chairman), Quinn Bell  (Operation New Hope Board Member), Brian Gay (Founder & CEO of Operation New Hope), Robert Davis (2013 Tournament Chairman), Michele McManamon (Blue Coat) and Adam Campbell (Blue Coat) celebrate the total $20,000 donation made to Operation New Hope on behalf of the Red Coats and THE PLAYERS Championship. Photo credit: Jennifer Perez, PGA TOUR Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6


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Legends at The Villages Hundreds of people turned out for A Lesson with the Legends at The Villages Polo Field. The turnout was impressive because it is likely that the four golfing legends there will never be on the same stage ever again. Legend is a term that gets thrown around loosely but golfers Jack Nicklaus, Jim Furyk, David Duval and Michelle McGann, the four that took the stage in The Villages, do define legend. If you were to combine all of their on-course accolades that would be 20 major championships (Nicklaus 18, Duval 1 and Furyk 1), 109 Tour wins (Nicklaus 73, Furyk 16, Duval 13, McGann 7) and 584 Top10 finishes (Nicklaus 286, Furyk 161, McGann 69 and Duval 68). Now that is impressive. Throw in both Duval and Furyk’s  rounds of 59 and it is even more impressive. Like so many golf events, the gathering in The Villages was for charity. One hundred percent of the admission price went to two military veteran organizations: Combat Veterans to Success and K9s for Warriors. Veterans that went through either of the programs got a front row seat in an audience that went 100 rows deep. McGann and Furyk were particularly fascinated by the retirement community dubbed “The Disney World for

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Michelle McGann and Jack Nicklaus Adults.” Rows and rows of golf carts, the number one mode of transportation in The Villages, lined the polo field. Both were shocked how large the retirement community and even more surprised that there were some many golf courses on the property. Eager spectators listened intuitively as each legend told fun stories from the tour. Each also shared golf tips, whether it was short game execution, hitting a fairway wood out of a bunker or correcting a slice. Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer was

the day’s master of ceremonies. In the January edition of Florida Golf Central magazine, we will profile Army veteran David Moore. Moore, who was at the event in The Villages, went through the K9s for Warriors program after serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan. David Duval’s mother Shari Duval built the K9s for Warriors organization from the ground up after another one of her sons returned from Iraq with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Learn more in our next issue.

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residents that participated in the Helping Hands 2013 Golf Invitational. Former Florida football head coach Ron Zook and one-time Los Angeles Angels outfielder Troy Glaus were just some of the golfers in the field. Helping Hands is a nonprofit charity serving Ocala and Marion County. It provides shelter and related assistance for the homeless, Helping Hands also assists with jobs, food, clothes, medical, dental, transportation, counseling as well as Bible study and fellowship. For more information: http://helpinghandsocala.org/.

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Mediterra Named Among America’s Healthiest Clubs Mediterra, Naples’ premier golf and beach club, continues to receive local and national accolades as one of the best places to live and play. Now, the Club at Mediterra has been named one of America’s Healthiest Clubs, ranking it among the top 10 percent of private clubs for its commitment to fitness and wellness for members and staff. Mediterra now qualifies for inclusion as one of 2013’s top 100 healthiest clubs in the country. America’s Healthiest Clubs program is presented by Prevo Health Solutions, a California firm specializing in workplace wellness, member usage, retention and recruitment for the club industry. Clubs are scored in five categories: fitness,

nutrition, staff, members and facilities. Only those receiving 800 points or more on a 1,000-point scale qualify as a healthy club. An on-site visit in September generated a 70-page Health Report that called Mediterra’s number and diversity of fitness classes “exceptional in comparison to other clubs,” and cited the fitness center’s use by 65 percent of all members as “astounding.” The report

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participation and programming,” according to the report. “It offers a culture of wellness and a management team that rivals the best private clubs in the nation. We found each of the department heads to be forward thinking, trend-setting, health-conscious leaders with an interest in making each year better than the previous year.” Mediterra CEO and General Manager Tom Wallace remarked, “Our members tell us that our approach to wellness is fundamental to their quality of life and one of the primary reasons they joined.” America’s top 100 clubs will be announced during the Club Managers Association of America’s annual conference in February and featured in the February 2014 issue of BoardRoom magazine. Planned for fewer than 950 homes, Mediterra’s master plan includes more than 1,000 acres dedicated to open space with golf, parks and nature preserves. All of the community’s amenities are membership-owned. Available home designs in Mediterra include single-family estate homes and single-family maintenance-free villas priced from the $650,000s to more than $7 million. For more information about Mediterra, visit www.ExperienceMediterra.com, call toll-free 866-954-8939, or visit Mediterra, located on Livingston Road, two miles north of Immokalee Road and west of I-75. The award-winning Mediterra Sales Gallery is open daily.

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➏ Confessions of a Golf Slut Just in time for those holiday flights comes a book for women that ventures off the fairways into territories unknown to many golfers of the male species. Sports journalist Susan Fornoff, author of “Lady in the Locker Room,” has put a chick-lit sort of spin on a book she briefly considered titling “Drive, Putt, Love,” for its kinship with other memoirs by and for women. The narrator takes up golf in her 30s so that she can meet men outdoors instead of in dark-lit bars, and finds not only a husband but friends, adventures, and an “anywhere, anytime, with anyone” passion for the game and its gifts. She even starts GottaGoGolf, a media company geared to women. The fast-paced story takes some dark twists and surprising turns – does this maybe sound like your golf game? – and sometimes reads like fiction. Widely available in print ($16.95) and ebook ($7.99), “Confessions of a Golf Slut” can also be purchased with an individualized autograph at $25, including shipping, from the GottaGoGolf.com website.

➏ Johnny's U.S. Open: Golf's Sacred Journey 2 By David L. Cook, Ph.D. With a foreword by golfing great, Tom Lehman In this sequel the young tour pro returns to Utopia for a quick U.S. Open tune-up. Instead he receives a life altering challenge from Johnny to spend seven more days in Utopia. Along the way we discover the truth about Johnny’s past, meet his family, and take a trail ride to the “chapel without walls.” Johnny intrigues us again with his old school methods and the unveiling of a new swing—the Utopia Pre-Set. He weaves parables from an antique seed bin and miniature piano to inspire greatness. He uses a wild stallion, round pen and red bandanna to teach the foundations of freedom in the chaos on game day. Because of a natural disaster, the U.S. Open is moved at the last minute to a new first time venue. It becomes the most difficult tournament in the history of the game, providing a showcase for mental toughness and a backdrop for a showdown with the greatest players in golf. In the end, it’s Johnny’s influence as a dream-guardian that alters eternity and the National Open. It truly becomes “Johnny’s U.S. Open.” 68

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Miura Golf, the Japanese maker of the world’s finest forged golf clubs, has introduced its first new blade iron in six years. The MB001 muscleback will join the Tournament Blade and the Series 1957 Small Blade in the Miura catalog of top-quality forged blade irons. The MB001 features sole refinements that help it travel effortlessly through turf. A cleanly shaped top line helps form the look better players prefer, as do both a graceful flow through the transition area from hosel to clubface and an overall compactness. The irons’ more upright appearance at address helps players feel secure standing over the ball, allowing them to swing away with confidence. And clear, striking graphics provide the elite finish that golfers have come to expect from Miura. The MB001 design is the result of years of study and careful consideration of iron performance by the Miura family. The project was led by Yoshitaka Miura, eldest son of founder Katsuhiro Miura and a clubgrinding expert who learned under his father. He heeded the advice of his brother Shinei, who supervises forging operations at the company’s factory in Himeji, Japan, as well as his father.

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Decisions are everywhere on the golf course. What club to hit? Which way will the putt break? Should I go for it or lay up? How to mark your golf ball is another consideration. According to the Rules of Golf, a player must be able to clearly identify his or her ball. Thanks to Tin Cup and its Breast Cancer Awareness model, you can creatively personalize your ball and support research for a cure at the same time. The company will be making a $5 donation to The National Breast Cancer Foundation for each Breast Cancer Awareness cup they sell ($19.95). The process takes only seconds, simply place the patented ball marking system over your ball and use a sharpie to trace the pink ribbon logo. Tin Cup offers more than 130 other models as well, including animals, lucky charms, trademark symbols and visualization aids. At less than $20, this makes a perfect gift for the holidays or your normal foursome.

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Aces & Eagles Educator & Author Shelley Nemethy Becomes Davidson's Newest Realtor Davidson Realty, Inc., the premier Jacksonville and St. Augustine real estate company, is pleased to welcome Shelley Nemethy to its team of real estate professionals.  Nemethy’s diverse experience includes many years as an elementary school teacher, as well as author, speaker, sales rep, and now, real estate agent.  Says Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson, “Shelley’s charisma and range of experience proves she is eager to learn new things and focused on sharing her knowledge with others including her clients.  She is a valuable addition to the Davidson team.”   Nemethy graduated from the University of Central Florida with an Education degree.  She taught on the elementary level for years

before relocating to St. Augustine in 2005 with her husband and twin daughters.  The Nemethy family moved into Kensington, a subdivision near Palencia, where she pursued a passion for home decorating and even published a book, Decorating Your Life In Christ.  After writing her book, Nemethy enjoyed serving as guest speaker at conferences and retreats for various women’s groups.    Over the past few years, she built a successful sales career working in pharmaceuticals.  Today, Nemethy is excited to follow her new path in real estate and she looks forward to helping her clients with all of their real estate needs.  

Michael Putnam 2013 Web.com Tour Player of The Year Michael Putnam was named the 2013 Web.com Tour Player of the Year in a vote of his fellow competitors, it was announced Saturday by PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and Web. com Tour President Bill Calfee. The Tacoma, Wash. native was the Web.com Tour’s Regular Season leading money winner with $450,184 in earnings and won two tournaments, the Mexico Championship and MidAtlantic Championship. His wins came in back-to-back events in late May and early June, making him only the eighth player in Web.com Tour history to win on consecutive calendar weeks. Putnam, 30, held the top spot for 15 consecutive weeks (after Mexico Championship, through Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship), which was the sixth longest stretch in Tour history. 72

In addition to his two wins, the former Pepperdine University standout tied for second at the South Georgia Classic in April and tied for third at the Albertsons Boise Open in July. Putnam had a total of nine top 10s on the year and 14 top 25s, first in both categories. He made the cut in 19 of 23 starts, and was a cumulative 166 under for the year. Putnam was joined on the Player of the Year ballot by Chesson Hadley, Ben Martin and John Peterson. “On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I would like to congratulate Michael on an outstanding year on the Web.com Tour,” said Finchem. “He excelled throughout the season and is a deserving honoree. We wish him all the best on the PGA TOUR. I also congratulate Chesson, Ben and John on their terrific seasons and welcome them to the PGA TOUR.” Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 6


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