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supporting more than 167,000 jobs and $4.7 billion in annual wage income. In addition, Florida’s golf industry has a charitable impact of $312 million annually, raised through local outings and contributions from professional golf events. Another big part of our commitment to growing the game is getting
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Golfweek Amateur Tour/Orlando Opens 18th Season March 22 at Red Tail Golf Club The Golfweek Amateur Tour will open its 2014 season on March 22 at Red Tail GC in Sorrento. Thirteen tournaments are scheduled on some of the finest courses in central Florida. “Last year we played a terrific schedule; this year our lineup is every bit as good” said Tom Mirus, Tour director. “We will be taking the tour to some new courses this year. We are playing eight courses we did not play in 2013. We are excited about the coming season. We will again qualify fifty players (10 from each of the five flights) for the Tour Championship in October. It is being held in Hilton Head, SC now and the players that made the trip last year loved it. I am sure competition for the invitations will be strong again this year. Plus, our players competed for nearly $50,000 in prizes last year.” The Golfweek Amateur Tour/Orlando is the first Florida affiliate of the Golfweek Amateur Tour. There are local tours operating in 30 states and 44 markets with nationwide membership exceeding 4400. The Senior (50 & up) flights will continue play on Saturdays with the regular flights. Senior players may choose to compete simultaneously in Regular flights for an additional surcharge. Senior players will qualify for the senior Tour Championship in November, in Pinehurst. Players are put into flights by handicap/handicap index. Players without indexes may submit recent scorecards to be assigned to a flight, subject to change based on tournament performance. All prizes in all flights are based on gross scores. Entry fees start as low as $75 and include course costs, range balls and prizes. Annual Player Cards are $110. Registration is open now. Player Cards are $110. Tournaments average nearly 100 players. Visit www.amateurgolftour.net or www.orlandoagt.com for more information.
Golf Industry Leaders Reveal A Plan To "Hack" The Sport As Part Of A Movement To Make The Game More Fun ORLANDO, Fla. –On the eve of the golf industry’s largest trade show, a group of industry leaders presented a plan to more than 1,000 industry members to call on golfers everywhere to “hack” the sport by submitting their ideas to revitalize the game. Since 2004 nearly 5 million people in the United States have left the game for a variety of reasons. Core golfers are down almost 24%. The group, including Mark King, CEO of
TaylorMade adidas Golf; Ted Bishop, President of the PGA of America; Joe Beditz, CEO of the National Golf Foundation; and the man the Wall Street Journal recently ranked the world’s most influential business thinker, Gary Hamel; recognized that current industry initiatives are not working and unveiled an online forum www. hackgolf.org designed to receive ideas from golfers everywhere.
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Golf Services and Events Company Introduces new Closest to Pin Event Golf 4 Millions, a golf events and services company, introduced a new competition at the 61st annual PGA Merchandise Trade Show. Golf 4 Millions held a closest to the pin competition at their booth, and the prize on the line was far beyond a new tablet or golf club. The majority of the golf professionals in attendance of the show were in disbelief as the company offered a brand new car to a guaranteed winner – a giveaway 8
unheard of at this longstanding event. Using a Full Swing Golf simulator, Golf 4 Millions offered a free shot to the thousands of golf professional in attendance. The pro landing closest to the pin each hour of the show returned for a final shootout at the Equipment Testing Area. Typical hole-in-one competitions, where no one expects to take home the grand prize, pale in comparison to the excitement generated at the shootout event. This modified event is especially significant due to the distance of the final shootout. Insurance companies require a minimum distance of 150 yards for a prize that is rarely
won by anyone. Golf 4 Millions held their final shootout from 60 yards and guaranteed a winner. Of the 22 golf pros who gathered to take one shot each, 18 year old Florida State Golf Management student Andrew Story landed his shot 1’ 2” from the pin to walk away with the keys to a brand new Volkswagen. Golf 4 Millions, a creative new media and services company, partnered with Full Swing Golf, Reed Exhibitions and Volkswagen to make this ground-breaking event possible. To learn more about Golf 4 Millions, please visit www.golf4millions.com or contact email@example.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
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Chef Emeril Lagasse Focuses on Farm-to-Table Orlando Restaurants on Emeril's Florida TV Show –Local FRLA Restaurants in Winter Park, College Park and Emeril's own Tchoup Chop Showcased Emeril’s Florida: Season Two is a 13-episode series highlighting the Sunshine State through the eyes of Chef Emeril Lagasse on-location with a focus on food, cooking, events and activities around the state. Throughout the second season, Emeril visits Florida’s top restaurants and resorts. He also prepares some of his favorite recipes which often feature some of the best seafood Florida has to offer. The program is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and Emeril with Brandon and his mom - Luma On Park
VISIT FLORIDA. Two full episodes of the show feature on farm-to-table restaurants in the Orlando area. “These episodes emphasize the wonderful relationship between Florida’s tourism and agricultural industries which represent the top two economic drivers in our state,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “The blend of great venues and locally sourced flavors give viewers a feel for what the Sunshine State is all about and we hope it gives them a fresh perspective that will inspire them to visit.” In one of the earlier episodes this season, Chef Emeril spent time in Ocoee with Dale Volkert owner of Lake Meadow Naturals, a local farm supplying eggs to some of the top restaurants in the Orlando area and beyond. After touring the farm, he and Dale whipped up an omelet in the kitchen. Emeril then visited The Rusty Spoon in downtown Orlando where he and owners, Chef Kathleen and William 10
Blake, talked about their leading roles in Orlando’s farm-to-table movement. Emeril took a tour of the kitchen and tasted some of Chef Kathleen’s signature dishes. Then he headed to Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando to meet up with old friend and fellow chef Norman Van Aken. The two Emeril with Chef sampled some Kevin Fonzo of Norman’s signature dishes while sharing stories about their long history and how the Orlando dining scene has changed
Emeril and Katherine Grandey tour The Greenhouse2 since Norman’s opened in 2003. In the second Orlando episode of the season, Chef Emeril kicked off things off at Luma on Park in Winter Park. He sat down with Chef Brandon McGlamery to sample some of the restaurant’s signature dishes while talking about how to create fresh locally inspired cuisine. Next, Emeril headed to his home turf at Tchoup Chop, the restaurant he owns, that is located at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. While there, he highlighted the crafted cocktails they serve including six that are unique to the restaurant. He also met with Gabriel Orozco, the Director of Emeril’s Orlando Operations, to talk about the newest additions to the Tchoup Chop menu including an increased sushi offering and specials made on their new Robata grill, which can reach 1000 degrees. Then Emeril traveled to The
Greenhouse in Apopka, a farm which utilizes tall aeration towers that trickle a specialty blend of nutrient water to the budding plants. The towers can hold thousands of plants with a very high turnover rate, and the farm can consistently produce crops of excellent quality making them a great provider for highend restaurants, primarily in the Orlando area. To wrap up the episode, Emeril visited K Restaurant in College Park owned by Chef Kevin Fonzo. Chef Fonzo’s menu is known for locally sourced ingredients and it changes daily based on availability. Emeril also learns about Chef Fonzo’s volunteer work at the Orlando Junior Academy. He teaches classes and helps the students with their garden. Emeril joins him in his classroom to meet some of his students and then he and Chef Kevin tour the student’s garden. Every Season Two episode premieres
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on the Cooking Channel Sunday at 2:30 p.m. EST, with the same program airing again on Monday at 9:30 a.m. EST, and Thursday 11:30 a.m. EST. The Season concludes Sunday, March 30th, 2014. Please check listings for local channel information and go to www.FRLA.org to learn more about each weekly episode. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
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Where were you born? Did you grow up there? I was born in
Orlando, Florida in 1988 and I have been living here in Orlando ever since.
Is “acting your age” over rated? Yes, I don’t believe people actually mature as they get older, I think we all just learn how to behave better when we are in public!
What do you do for a living? I am currently getting a professional
masters degree in Real Estate and will be pursuing commercial real estate brokerage in my future.
Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation?
I love to travel, see new places and eat at unique restaurants! I’m definitely a foodie, every city I visit I google the best restaurants to eat at!
What’s your take on “cuddling”? I love to cuddle, I think it’s sexy.
What’s the most effective way you’ve discovered to check out a hot woman without her, or anyone else noticing?
Well, at 6’8 260 lbs it’s difficult to do anything without people noticing! That said, I will usually order a drink right beside her giving me a chance to check her out and if I like what I see I will say something to her.
Steak, chicken, or seafood? Steak! I am a carnivore for sure, I love red meat. I’ll take a medium-rare steak any day!!!!
Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I love oldies music, I could listen to the Temptations all day. When you get in my car you can expect to hear Louie Louie from the Kingsmen or another hit from the 60s and 70’s!
Name the three most important things to you in this world. My Faith, Family, and My close friends
What do you fear the most? Living an average, run-of-the-mill life that no one remembers. I strive every day to be productive and make a positive impact on everyone around me.
Pajamas or nude? Pajamas, sleeping nude is too cold for me. I like to be warm.
Favorite comedian? Kevin Hart, He is hilarious Movies:…comedy, drama, action, romance?
I LOVE comedy movies! I’m not really interested in the other genre’s. If I’m gonna spend the 11 bucks to see a movie, you can be assured it’s a comedy Favorite charity to support? I support Toys for Tots. There is no better feeling then putting a smile on a child’s face.
What else would you like for us to know about you? I’m a friendly guy so if you ever see me, feel free to walk up and say, “hi.” I love meeting new people. 12
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MARCH 17-23, 2014 Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge
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What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the golf course? Just a few weeks ago, we had a tournament and
I pulled up to a green and there was a guy, walking back to the carts with his buddies, putting his clothes back on! Apparently he holed out from the fairway for an eagle and his choice of celebration was to strip down to his boxers and do a dance… according to his friends he is awful at golf, doesn’t play very often and it was total luck. Needless to say, I bet he will be playing much more golf after that shot!
What type of music do you prefer? I enjoy many different types of music, but more often than not you will find my radio tuned to country music!
What hobbies do you enjoy? I enjoy golf, tennis, playing with our dog and I could spend all day laying on the beach!
Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails?
Definitely a relaxed evening at home with my husband and our American Bulldog, Mya!
Favorite comedian? Where did you grow up? I grew up in Bryson City, NC, right in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? If I had to pick, I would say the athletes. I have played softball my whole life and still enjoy playing in leagues and tournaments.
Kevin James and Ray Romano crack me up!
Favorite type of movie? Comedies for sure! Favorite charity to support? I guess it’s not really a specific
charity, but I enjoy being involved at our church and helping others through outreach events they put together to positively affect those in our community.
What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch?
My favorite sport to play would have to be golf followed closely by softball. I enjoy watching football, baseball and golf!
Do you enjoy playing golf? Are they’re any golfers in your family? I do enjoy playing golf, it can be frustrating at times,
but I love the challenge and being outside! No golfers in my family, other than my husband, and we enjoy getting out and playing golf together.
What do you feel makes this club special? There are so many
great things about Duran Golf Club! The course is always in fantastic condition, the service is excellent and that staff is a blast to work with! I think what really makes Duran unique are all of the golf options available. Whether you want to play 18, take a lesson, just hit the range or take advantage of our lighted par 3 course, if it’s golf you want, we’ve got it! I really enjoy the par 3 course because my short game needs work and it’s open late!
What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl?
I love country music so getting the opportunity to meet Vince Gill and Gary Allan was really cool. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet ZZ Top and fellow Nebraska fan Larry the Cable Guy! (my husband is a die-hard Nebraska fan, I’m a Nebraska fan thru marriage) 14
What else would you like for us to know about you? Well, my husband is the General Manager at Harmony Golf Preserve. He hired me as a cart girl at a course he was working at as the Head Pro a few years back. Long story short, we ended up married so I guess the stereotypical golf pro/cart girl relationship worked out in our favor!
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Jake Owen to headline Military Appreciation Day Ceremony Owen set to perform on Wednesday, May 7, on TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse Lawn
THE PLAYERS Championship, along with RCA Nashville, announced today that country music star Jake Owen will perform on Wednesday, May 7, as part of the tournament’s Military Appreciation Day. Owen’s performance will take place on the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse Lawn and conclude a day of special activities and programs that celebrate the men and women of the Armed Forces. THE PLAYERS 2014 returns to THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass from May 6-11. For nearly a decade, Vero Beach-native Jake Owen has been delivering chart-topping country hits, including four consecutive No. 1 singles since 2011. Owen earned GRAMMY and CMA nominations in 2008 with his revival of “Life in A Northern Town” with Sugarland and Little Big Town, and in 2009 he was named Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. Owen’s first headlining tour, CMT ON TOUR JAKE OWEN: THE SUMMER NEVER ENDS 2012, made CMT history for the most sold-out shows in a row for the annual nationwide tour. Owen is launching his second headlining tour in March 2014 - JAKE OWEN’S DAYS OF GOLD TOUR. The 55-city plus tour also stars Eli Young Band* along with Parmalee*, Thomas Rhett* and The Cadillac Three. (*select dates). “Performing for the military is always a true honor. I admire what these men and women do to serve our country and I can’t wait to show my support,” Owen said. The Military Appreciation Day ceremony will also feature pageantry by military personnel and remarks by PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, a player from the field (TBD) and additional high-profile speakers from the U.S. Military. In addition to the performance, THE PLAYERS will provide all active duty, retired, and Reserve military personnel along with their dependents with complimentary admission to the tournament all week. THE PLAYERS also offers discounted admission to veterans. Military members who are interested in the complimentary admission should go to PGATOUR.COM/THE PLAYERS and click on the ticket link for instructions about how to gain complimentary access to the tournament, which is a different process than the past. Non-career military veterans should also log on to PGATOUR.COM/THE PLAYERS and find instructions about how to obtain discounted tickets to the tournament. More information about THE PLAYERS is available at PGATOUR.COM/theplayers.
Jake Owen’s Golf Career His roots are fairly easy to describe. Jake Owen was raised in the coastal town of Vero Beach, FL. He and his fraternal twin Jarrod grew up in the sand and surf. Jake eventually took up golf, and began pursuing a career as a professional golfer, winning his first tournament at fifteen. After graduating from Vero Beach High School, the brothers attended Florida State University where Jake was on the golf team. A wakeboarding accident, which resulted in reconstructive surgery, left Jake unable to continue playing the sport. During his recuperation, his left arm was in a sling. Jake realized that even with his arm in a sling, he could hold a guitar so he started playing guitar and writing songs. 16
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By Hannah Berman
Hitting It With Hannah Hi everyone! My name is Hannah Berman and I am a 15 year old sophomore. I live in North Florida and I am working every day to reach my dream of playing golf in college and one day on the LPGA. I play on the Florida Junior Tour, AJGA, North Florida Junior Tour and the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. My current handicap is a 2.8 and my career low round is a 70, which I shot in the final round of the Doral Publix Junior in Miami in December. By the time I graduate high school, I will have seven varsity letters in golf
Hannah at USKids Teen World 2013
Hannah with Jacksonville NBC news anchor Ken Amaro doing her Hitting it With Hannah fundraiser at his Bowtie Classic tournament. I hit shots for scramble groups in exchange for a donation that goes to the charity. So far I have raised more than $5,000 for various charities.
and last year I was named MVP of
shared amazing time with my family. I
about, like music, school, fashion,
my team after winning regionals and
even used golf to start my own charity
friends, movies and just being a kid.
finishing 11th in States. I’ve been
fundraiser: Hitting it with Hannah.
As I sit here and watch the Olym-
playing tournament golf since I was
I was honored and flattered when
pics, I am reminded about my love
8 years old and I love all of the op-
Terrie asked me to write this col-
of competition as well as the happi-
portunities golf has brought to me.
umn (because I’ve never written
ness it brings to play a game I love.
I’ve traveled to beautiful places and
a thing in my life). I’m excited to
The Olympics also reminds me how
played beautiful courses from Gullane,
share my thoughts from a junior
hard work will pay off, even when
Scotland to Pinehurst, North Caro-
golfer’s perspective on everything
I hit the little bumps in the road.
lina, to TPC Sawgrass, and even the
this game has to offer, on and off
I hope to give all of you insight
mountains of Vermont. I have made
the course. While I love golf, I also
on the things I see valuable, fun,
friends from countless countries and
have other interests that I will write
and new on this journey! Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
By Bob Bolton
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Once you get there, you won’t want to leave – “Streamsong, the Resort”
Many of you may have heard about the golf courses (Red & Blue) at Streamsong and some of you, over the past year, may have actually played one, or both of the courses. Now you can enjoy and experience the Resort. A little more than a year after the celebration of the opening of the courses, the 214-room Lodge has opened and you won’t believe your eyes or your senses. This world-class resort appeals to men and women alike, golfers and non-golfers. When you arrive you are struck by the magnificence of the architecture and the dramatic vista it grants you privy to. Once inside you are greeted by the modern and sophisticated, yet warm and comfortable ambiance of the resort. The guestrooms have dramatic views, upscale amenities and are spacious and comfortable. The floor to ceiling vertical wooden blinds are functional and very unique. The room was very high-end, yet comfortable. It didn’t feel like your Grandmother’s formal living room furniture. No visit to the resort would be complete without enjoying a beverage and/or a light meal at Fragmentary Blue (the title of a Robert Frost poem). The contemporary roof top bar and lounge offers indoor and outdoor dining. A glass of wine at sunset, overlooking the water, where you can see for miles, is absolutely gorgeous. The other dining opportunities include: 20
- Restaurant 59 (an elegant steak and seafood themed restaurant, located in the Clubhouse) - Sotto Terra (a full service and fine dining restaurant serving a contemporary and freshly prepared Italian cuisine) - P205 (all day dining, a café style restaurant, featuring the best of Florida cuisine) The Spa is spacious and the perfect get-away. The Europrean-style grotto sanctuary instills an inner calm and feeling of serenity. With nine treatment rooms and six unique pool experiences, as well as hair and nail salon, you can enter feeling like a troll, but leave as a King or Queen. Fishing and Skeet shooting are two outdoor amenities that the novice or expert can enjoy. I am proud to say I hit more than 50% of the clays that were thrown. I was the first nonemployee to travel the course and it is a unique experience. The resort expects to host an international competition within the next year. The golf courses, what can you say that hasn’t been said? My article in
early 2013 entitled, “Toto, were not in Kansas anymore” was a testament to the visual fact that the Red & Blue courses don’t look like any other course in Florida. Having played the Blue during the grand opening of the courses, I played the Red during the resort grand opening weekend. The Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed Red Course is nothing like you would expect in Central Florida, or all of Florida. It reminds me of courses I’ve played in Oregon, without the mountain backdrops. With its striking landforms, expansive lakes, rolling terrains and stretches of open savannah, Streamsong Red is the kind of course you brag about having played. My round at Streamsong Red included everything from nearly holing out for an eagle to double bogeying a difficult par 3. We were racing against darkness to finish, but the dramatic backdrop of a setting sun made a birdie on the 184 yard, carry over a chasm, par 3 16th, a par on the 384 yard 17th and a par on the dogleg left 505 yard par 5 18th, an
unforgettable end to a beautiful day. If you haven’t visited Streamsong yet, plan on staying a weekend in the new resort, enjoying the amenities and playing two of the United States most beautiful and breathtaking courses. For more information log on to www.streamsongresort. com, or call 868-428-1000. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
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Russ Libby– Ready to Take The Next Step If you ask Russ Libby what has had the greatest impact on his life, he’ll answer “golf” without a moment’s hesitation. “My dad got me hooked on golf when I was about 10 years old,” Libby remembers. “I knew even at that young age it was something I wanted to do.” He knew it when he played high school and college golf in his home state of Maine. He knew it when he worked at a variety of public, private and resort courses in Maine, Massachusetts and Florida. He met his wife of 20 years, Tracy, when he was a PGA Professional and she was the Activities Coordinator at the Marriott World Center — the love of his life he says he would not have met had it not been for his golf career. And he’s known it throughout more than 17 years of service to
Russ Libby the PGA on the local chapter, section, and national levels of the Association. “Golf has been at the core of my success in life, and has helped shape who I am. Making a difference in the lives of PGA members and their families and promoting and growing the game are the basis for my mission,” says Libby. “I have been an assistant, head professional, director of golf, general manager and owner. I have served in the board room and on the Board of Control of the PGA. I’m ready to take the next step. The “next step” is running for the office of Secretary for the PGA of America, a position that ultimately leads to the presidency in the world’s largest sports association with 27,000 members. He is one of three candi22
dates seeking the office this year. The election process takes place every other year, with one winner serving two year terms, first as Secretary, then Vice President, President, and finally as Honorary President. Libby spent summers in high school and college working at clubs in southern Maine and learning the business. While an Economics major at Bates College in Maine, Russ competed on the golf team and ran track. He spent his junior year at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and played on their golf team as well. Before his senior year he passed his playing test and became a PGA Apprentice, setting him on the path for a successful career in the golf business. After a few years at golf clubs in Maine, Florida and Massachusetts and getting his PGA Class “A” Membership, Russ competed on the Tommy Armour Tour for a few years in the early 90s. He was married to Tracy by then, and eventually decided to settle in as a club professional first at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, then as Director of Golf at Deerwood Country Club in Jacksonville. When Hidden Hills Country Club went up for sale in 2003, he and Tracy felt this was the opportunity they were looking for, and became owners of their own private club in the Arlington area of Jacksonville. He continued to be actively involved in leadership roles within the PGA. He served in every officer position within the Northern Chapter and then in the North Florida Section of the PGA. He was named PGA Professional of the Year in 2000, and awarded the prestigious Bill Strausbaugh Award in 2012 and the Horton Smith Award in 2012 and 2013. He was inducted into the North Florida Section Hall of Fame in 2011, only the 18th member to be so honored, the year after Arnold Palmer was enshrined. He was invited by the PGA of America President to serve on the prestigious Board of Control, the ruling body of the PGA. He has been a speaker, presenter and author on a variety of golf topics. He also found time to chair the Golf Course Operators Committee for Florida’s First Coast of Golf, serve on the board of The First Tee of North Florida and San Jose Episcopal Church and coach seven baseball teams
Russ Libby with sons Russell, Joe (holding the Hall of Fame plaque), Patrick, and wife Tracy, who is holding their daughter Katherine for the San Jose Athletic Association. His three sons — Russell, Patrick and Joseph — all play a variety of sports. Add 5-year-old daughter Katherine to the mix, and you can see that Russ Libby is a busy man! “My family is very supportive of my campaign, as are the members at Hidden Hills,” says Libby. “I would not be able to do all that I do without their dedication and support, and I’m very grateful.” He also has the support of many within the PGA and the golf industry. “Russ’s personal values, passion for the industry and the PGA of America, are the embodiment of the PGA brand,” says Bill Hughes, General Manager and Regional Director, TPC Operations at TPC Sawgrass “Russ Libby is a standout PGA Professional. He has all of the leadership attributes necessary to excel in a national leadership role and I heartily endorse his candidacy. His character and integrity are beyond reproach,” adds Claye Atcheson, Vice President of Marriott Golf. “Russ has always and consistently been a positive leader, an enthusiastic representative of the PGA brand, and one of the most honest people I have ever known, “ says Tony Austin, a former boss of Libby and past District Director for District 13 of the PGA. Libby will be on the campaign trail for a series of Super Regional Meetings in March and April, and then it’s off to Indianapolis in November for the PGA Annual Meeting and Election on November 22. If elected, Libby will be only the second national president to come from the state of Florida (the other, M.G. Orender, is also from Jacksonville!). Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
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POWER! That’s what we all want right? Develop
club head speed, increase ball speed and kaboom! Our first exercise is a personal favorite and not one of my golfers goes through a week without doing this exercise at least once. The dynamic side lunge is a great exercise to not only get those glutes firing (hello 300 yard drives!) but also to stabilize the posting leg. Start in a standing position, lift the working leg to 90 degrees, step to the side in to a lunge position and one movement, drive off the working leg back in to a standing position keeping the knee at a 90 degree angle throughout the exercise. Be mindful
of keeping the posting leg extended (contract your quadriceps) and keep the foot of the posting leg flat on the ground. The straight leg will work stability on the posting leg gluteals and increase ankle range of motion and mobility/foot stability. Do this exercise 6-8 each leg then switch sides. To make this more challenging, try holding a medicine ball, dumbbell, or KettleBell at chest height with either straight or bent arms. Our second exercise is a Windmill Pushup. I am always careful of doing any chest exercise with my golfers who are also desk jockeys or show any signs
of shoulder instability. Because this exercise is demonstrated on an incline using a Smith Machine, I can adjust the load (lower bar= more pressure= more weight in to the joint and surrounding muscles) and amount of pressure being placed on the joint. This is one my favorite ways to not only teach Push ups, but to add different dynamic elements in as well. In this case we are adding in windmill to assist in thoracic rotation. Start off in a position leaning on to the bar (or floor) with your arms extended. Lower your self and push yourself back up to the starting position. Rotate one shoulder so your shoulders are now as close to 90 degrees as possible. Rotate back down the starting position and repeat the process alternating which side you rotate towards. Start with 10 repetitions (5 on each side) alternating sides each repetition. If you can do more, DO MORE! As an example, our exercise couplet might look like the following: 3 rounds Dynamic Side Lunge x 8/Leg Windmill Push Up x 12 Now let’s get out there and golf! Happy hitting.
Dynamic Side Lunge
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The AMAZING CS2/Ian Poulter Putting Aid More than 70 PGA Tour players have been using the CS2 Putting Aid on Tour! Here are some reasons why: One of the most sought after training devices on Tour today is the CS2/Ian Poulter Putting Training aid. CS2 stands for Consistent Stroke/Consistently Square (putter face at impact). It is designed to give golfers visual feedback as well as an instinctive feel for the mechanics of their putting stroke. The CS2 addresses the “5 Key Fundamentals” of great putting: aim, alignment, stroke path, square putter face at impact, and speed/pace. Until now, no other putting training device has been able to help golfers master these key fundamentals in one easy-to-use design. PGA and European Tour Champion Ian Poulter received his CS2 putting unit at the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship and has been training with it regularly ever since. The four-time Ryder Cup winning team member had so much success with the CS2 that he became a spokesperson for the company. “I absolutely love using my CS2,” said Poulter. “I use it in every putting practice session … it keeps a constant check on my stroke path and putter face at impact. One of the outstanding features of the CS2 is its versatility. The CS2 is the only training device that combines effective training at home and on the practice green with its patented template feature. The integrated tee and rail system allows for easy green set up, leaving you with a perfect template to practice your preferred swing path. The CS2 is a two part training system that begins with the base plate. “We recommend golfers start training with the base plate only to understand their own preferred putting path,” said Ronnie Mathews, Managing Partner at Greenactive Golf, manufacturers of the CS2. “We do not believe that there is one ‘perfect’ 26
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As your skills improve modify setup to make it more challenging. (Complete setup).
CS2 without the guide base plate but with the rails. (Putting directly on green).
putting stroke, but rather that each golfer needs to find his own preferred path.” The guide rails on the base plate of the CS2 are completely adjustable to accommodate any sized putter head, and any golfer’s skill level. Additionally, the guide rails can be set up for a “square to square” stroke, or can be arced to accommodate an “inside to square” stroke. This arc can vary from slightly inside, to quite radically inside. The second stage provides training on how to return the putter face to square at impact. In this step the runway is clipped onto the base plate of the CS2, and the two adjustable end gates are clipped onto the runway. The end gates should be set at their widest setting to start. The objective is to roll the ball through the end gates without hitting either side. Once the golfer is regularly accomplishing this, the gates can be made tighter. Golfers will see their putting improve dramatically with continued practice through the tightest setting. The CS2 also teaches the golfer proper alignment and aim. The base plate has lines, which demonstrates a square putter face at address, as well as a reflective patch that shows your head position.
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Guide rails & base plate removed leaving 10 tees. Too challenging? Pop rails back on.
“We do not believe that every golfer’s head has to be directly over the ball; therefore the reflective patch is not used as an ‘eye mirror,’ but rather as a guide for your head position when putting,” said Mathews. “The line on the runway gives the golfer a great visual image of the intended line of putt.” For indoor use, the CS2 comes with its own selfclearing putting cup. This adds the element of correct pace into the home practice routine. If the ball is not struck firmly enough, it won’t go into the cup. Too hard, and it bounces over the back. On the practice green, the CS2’s patented integrated rail and tee system allows the golfer to anchor the device into the green once the correct line to the hole has been established. From this position you can practice in a variety of ways. “Golfers can use the complete device, remove the runway portion to putt directly onto the green surface, or remove the base plate and runway, leaving only the tees in their perfect set up to putt through,” Mathews said. “In this way, the golfer is effectively removing his ‘training wheels’ until he is putting freely.” For more on the CS2/Ian Poulter Putting Aid visit www.cs2putting.com.
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Discover The “All-Star Island” During his second voyage to the America’s on November 19, 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered, and claimed for Spain, a “Rich Port” in the archipelago of The Greater Antilles. Today, Puerto Rico is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful and historical destinations to visit in the southern Caribbean. A U.S. Commonwealth, there is no need for a passport on this small island which abounds with allstar natural, cultural, and recreational opportunities, including several masterful naturally designed golf resorts. Puerto Rico is home to El Yonque, the only subtropical rain forest in the US; three of the world’s five bioluminescent bays of terrain; 270 miles of beaches and dramatic coastline, including world class surfing; a lively mix of Taino, African, and Spanish influences which erupt in a yearly calendar teeming with mesmerizing cultural events; and a charming walled city with imposing fortress, colorful colonial architecture and blue cobblestone streets, the captivating and historic Old San Juan. All-star golfer Juan “Chi Chi” Rodriguez, the first Puerto Rican to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and one of the game’s greatest ambassadors, also proudly calls this
“Rich Port” home. Chi Chi spent some of his younger years as head-caddie at the Dorado Beach Resort. Nestled on Puerto Rico’s lush and luxurious northern coastline, Porta Atlantico, just a few miles west of San Juan, Dorado Beach is acknowledged by most to be the golf capital of Puerto Rico. The work of visionary and conservationist, Lawrence S. Rockefeller, who in 1955 dreamed of transforming his sanctuary on the golden sands of the sea into the finest golf resort in the Caribbean, Dorado Beach has recently experienced a historic resurgence. With four legendary designs routed
through lush jungle and oceanfront coconut groves, original panoramic site lines of the Atlantic Ocean heave been restored by Robert Trent Jones Jr., who was given the honor and privilege of updating his father’s original design in Rockefeller’s “Great Park.” Further west on this captivating isle lays one of the most dramatic golf courses to be built in recent years, Royal Isabella. Delicately sculpted along the top of rugged cliffs which soar more than 200 feet above the crashing surf, Royal Isabella is a hidden pearl developed by former pro tennis players Stanley and Charles
Pasarell. Thoughtfully conceived by architect David Pfaff, who started his career Pete Dye, each hole in this natural design “goes its own way” amidst Isabella’s landscape of native grasses, natural sand dunes and deep canyons, including the signature 17th, an intimidating 3-par over the azure sea below. Add in the trade winds and an assortment of sod-faced bunkers, and you have the unique experience of negotiating a Scottish links course. Travelling back to the east along Porta Atlantico, into the outskirts San Juan, you’ll discover another golf resort set within a charming, seaside village committed to the preservation and enhancement of the environment, Bahia Beach. Boasting a magnificent, two-mile crescent of bright, white sand beach, 483 acres of pristine coconut palms and native maritime forest, 28
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and Robert Trent Jones Jr’s first signature design in Puerto Rico, the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort represents the ideal union of luxury and natural beauty. Jones’ design at Bahia Beach winds its way through stands of palms and Almond trees, meanders around several saltwater lagoons, and eventually emerges out onto the beach for the dramatic closing holes. Mr. Jones shared with me as we navigated his strikingly serene 14th hole, that he took inspiration from the costal surroundings by, “mimicking the undulations of the waves in the rolls and swales,” in his design at Bahia Beach. Later, he added, “Bahia Beach will be a haven for golf that will challenge but also delight your soul and spirit.” Journeying even further into the eastern region of Puerto Rico, you’ll arrive in an area known as Porta Antilles, home of the PGA Tour’s annual Puerto Rico Open at Trump International Golf Club. Cradled in the quaint town of Rio Grande, just twenty minute from the Luis Munoz Main International Airport, World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Kite has laid out two legendary courses adjacent to the sea, the Champions and the International. Both designs amble through green mangroves, over tranquil waterways and lakes amidst tropical blooms, and
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past scenic bluffs offering splendid vistas of the Atlantic and the ever present El Yonque. Our adventure on the enchanting isle of Puerto Rico concludes atop a stunning 300-foot, ocean front cliff at the luxurious El Conquistador Resort. Amid the five different “villages” making up this peaceful retreat, the Arthur Hills Golf Course rambles about and is awash with extremely elevated tee areas offering panoramic vistas of the rolling terrain and the Caribbean Sea. Wildlife and natural distractions are numerous, including friendly iguanas which are fond of occasionally sun bathing on the greens (I took two club relief) or clumsily “crashing” through the canopy of Almond trees above. Great stuff. Fittingly, beyond all the memorable
golf and natural beauty, what makes this all-star island most attractive is without a doubt, its people. The highly skilled, friendly, and bilingual inhabitants of Puerto Rico will enthusiastically help you create your own 5-star vacation story. Add to this island mix some home grown Salsa dancing, four rum distilleries dating back to the 1600’s, and an endearing, always smiling, ambassador by the name of Chi Chi , it is no wonder why many have proclaimed the all-star island of Puerto Rico, “The Happiest Place On Earth!”
By John Bircher
Tee It Up For The Troops Hosts 3d Annual “Wounded Warrior Reunion” Despite a constant, irritating drizzle, nothing could dampen the spirits of 30 wounded and injured veterans as they converged on Orlando, Florida in January, 2014 for 3 days of golf, friendship, fellowship, and healing. They came from all across America to participate in the 3d annual “Tee it up for the Troops (TIUFTT) Reunion” at the beautiful Wyndham Reunion Resort and Golf Club, thanks to the dedication of event coordinator Jodi Baer. This special event brings together veterans of all armed conflicts, with many participants being post-9/11 wounded and injured warriors. They were joined by another 80 friends, guests, sponsors, and supporters, many of whom had previously served together in the military, met at Walter Reed, or even shared a hospital room during their long and arduous healing and rehabilitation process. Among the non-profit sponsors playing golf with the warriors were representatives of Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Fisher House, Disabled Sports USA, Hope for the Warriors, Wounded Warrior Project, and Purple Heart Homes. To kick off this special weekend, a warm and entertaining evening reception gave everyone the chance to meet and make new friends, or reunite with old ones. After welcoming remarks by TIUFTT founder and host James “JB” Ball, Warrior Tim Lang related the story of how earlier in the day, he reconnected with a warrior with
whom he had served but had not seen in years. Guests were then surprised by the appearance of former President George W. Bush -- oh wait, it was not the President but an amazing impersonation by renowned Orlando resident John C. Morgan. Morgan not only looks exactly like the former President, he has managed to capture perfectly all of his mannerisms and speech patterns. It took some a long time to concede that it was an impersonator and not the real President. Finally, the warriors moved outside to an open air rooftop terrace where they were treated to hand-rolled cigars by a “Fumar Cigars,” a local Tampa cigar maker and proud supporter. The next morning, participants were paired into groups of five players, with at least one warrior joining four other sponsors or supporters to make up a team to compete in the scramble format tournament. Concurrently, those caretaker spouses and family members who were not playing golf met in a therapeutic breakout session to share experiences and advice with one another. As the rest of the nation was freezing, the clouds parted and the players were treated to warm sunshine, underscoring why Florida was chosen as the venue for this
Donovan foursome January event. Following the regular play, only the warriors returned to the course to face off against each other in a shootout competition which was won by Chris McCoy after eliminating all the competition. On the last day, most teams were realigned to give everyone the chance to meet and get to know other players. Although the sun continued to shine, the players were subjected to wind gusts as high as 35 mph, making the Arnold Palmer designed course a real challenge. Despite the difficult conditions and, in many cases their own physical limitations, only one stroke separated the top four winners of the tournament. Two warriors, Bill Rosborough and Steven DeVries tied for first place and two warriors, Matt Levine and Aaron Rosenberg tied for second. At the awards banquet that evening, guests were told more about the organization and planned future events by TIUFTT President Tim Wegscheid. A number of the warriors who had taken part in this and other events, gave moving testimony on how they had benefited from the rehabilitation and healing powers of the game of golf and the role and generosity of the TIUFTT organization in that process. All of the wounded warriors who played were inspiring to their team mates, with many playing with single digit handicaps. Two warriors, in particular, were especially amazing to watch -- LTC (Ret.) Kathy Champion served almost 28 years in the Army, first as an enlisted paramedic and, after receiving a commission through ROTC, ultimately commanded a Civil Affairs unit in Iraq. Kathy had survived four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and some seven IED explosions before Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
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returning home, only to discover that a virus contracted in Iraq had affected her optic nerve, plunging her irrevocably into blindness. Despite her blindness, Kathy has become an accomplished golfer. Teeing off from the forward women’s tees, the team often used her drive. Playing with a team of Past National Commanders from the MOPHSF, teammate Fred Taylor just gave her the line, and as Clayton Jones described, “she hit the ball long and straight.” Once on the green, she sank 7 birdie putts over
Kathy Champion Wounded Warriors & "George Bush"
the course of the two days. For her part, Kathy says she had a “blast.” “They really made me feel a part of the team -- we laughed, joked, and had a lot of fun together,” said Kathy, “The worst thing that happened in the two days is that I broke a nail on the 18th hole.” Another inspiring participant was Jim Martinson of Puyallup, Washington, a Purple Heart recipient who lost both legs to a land mine in Vietnam. Jim is a pioneer of many adaptive sports, fighting for -- and winning -acceptance of wheelchair categories in many competitions. He began “Magic in Motion” as a sports wheelchair company that developed many sports products for the disabled, including the first mono-ski that utilized a monoshock, which enabled disabled skiers to get on and off the ski-lift on their own. An accomplished athlete, Jim Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
Wegshield foursome has participated in many competitions including the Boston Marathon and Paralympics Games. A three-sport Paralympian, he won a Gold Medal as part of the amputee basketball team, four Gold Medals and one Silver for wheelchair racing, as well as multiple medals for skiing, including a Gold Medal in the men’s mono ski, downhill division in the 1992 Paralympic Games.
As age started slowing him down, Jim turned to golf 3 years ago. Using a special “paragolfer” golf cart that raises him upright, he plays frequently at the American Lakes Golf Course outside Joint Base Lewis/McCord where he also volunteers to introduce other disabled veterans to the game. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of American Lakes Foundation. 31
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Kevan Hall Sport, a new active lifestyle brand of golfwear for women Created by the acclaimed American fashion designer, Kevan Hall, Kevan Hall Sport is a brand for the active woman that transitions effortlessly from the course to the clubhouse. The line represents a lifestyle, so the pieces look at home both on and off the golf course. ������������������������������������ Staying true to his fashion philosophy, Hall has created a comprehensive collection that emphasizes purity of style, incomparable tailoring and streamlined silhouettes. The result is
a line that is chic and functional that will bring you from the fairway to the clubhouse to your dinner plans right after without losing one step. The unique brand is a partnership between Los Angeles designer, Kevan Hall, and New Orleans natives, Rae Sanders and Beth DePass. The trio has combined their love for fashion and an active way of life to develop an outstanding look not seen in the golf industry until now. Since its unveiling, the Kevan Hall Sport collection has been picked up by
various pro shops in California, Florida, Texas and New York. Soon to be available across the nation for a summer release, it will also be available online in May at www.kevanhallsport.com. “I’ve always been a golf enthusiast and taking my love of form and glamour to the green was always an exciting and inevitable step for me. The result was a lifestyle based line that seamlessly blended of style and function while celebrating both the spirit of golf and the feminine silhouette.” –Kevan Hall
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In 1985, J&J Moving and Metro Moving merged into J&J Metro Moving and Storage. The company flourished, buying up several other moving companies in the area. This gave J&J Metro the strength to provide Central Florida with exceptional moving and storage services at a reasonable cost. The company expanded their services into commercial moving with clients including the State of
Although the names have changed, for nearly 50 years this company has been family owned and under the direction of family members who care about providing great service to its customers. Bergenske, President of J&J Metro was asked what he credits for the company’s success. He replied, “Most companies I think would tell you they credit their product, service, or location. We here at J&J Metro credit our
J&J Metro Moving and Storage opened its doors in 1968. The year started with President Lyndon Johnson in office and ends with the election of President Richard Nixon. During this year Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated. The United States was heavily involved in war in Vietnam and student demonstrations were causing University closures at home.
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success to the many relationships we have nurtured and expanded over the years. We find our biggest success comes from repeat and referred customers. We then take the responsibility to build that into a lifelong relationship that moves from generation to generation. If you do that right you can’t go wrong and your business is destined to grow.”
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The car of the year was the Pontiac GTO and the average price of gas was .34 cents. The Space Program launched Apollo 7 which orbited the earth for 11 days in preparation for Apollo 8′s voyage to the moon. Top TV shows of the year were The Lucy Show, Andy Griffith, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and the Beverly Hillbillies. Top songs of the year included “Hey Jude”, “Mrs. Robinson”, and “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay.” This all seems like it took place long ago, but this is when Metro Moving and Storage opened its doors and began moving families to their new homes.
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GMS celebrates 20 years of turning start-ups into market leaders
Golf Marketing Services The 61st PGA Merchandise Show – The “Major” of Golf Business – concluded last month at the Orange County Convention Center with more than 41,000 PGA professionals, buyers and industry leaders attending from 81 countries. One of those leaders and industry veterans, Holly Geoghegan, president of Golf Marketing Services, based in Orlando, completed her 24th consecutive show. She is celebrating a “Major” milestone of her own - the 20th anniversary of her marketing, media and public relations company. “When I attended my first PGA Show in 1990, there were very few women walking the aisles,” reminisced Geoghegan, “Let alone those of us who were in management positions or crazy enough to become entrepreneurs and business owners.” For more than 20 years, Golf Marketing Services has launched a number of innovative products and services specializing in startups and developing them into market leaders. In the ‘90s, before the Convention Center was expanded, many of the new product booths were relegated and crammed into meeting space in the lower level of the Hyatt Regency (formerly known as the Peabody Hotel), recalls Geoghegan. “There were a group of very innovative companies such as, Izzo Golf, Zero Restriction Outerwear, Club Glove, Gustbuster, and Bite Golf that became our clients, said Geoghegan. “I referred
to them as the PGA ‘Rat Pack’. They may have started in the basement but they all developed into category standouts and very successful companies.” Golf Marketing Services has orchestrated and is renowned for some of Holly "G" Geoghegan, its original and memoPresident Golf Marketing rable product launches Services. and events at the PGA Show. One such event was the “‘Bite Me’ Shoe Swap” to help launch Bite Golf Shoes. PGA Show attendees were invited to donate their shoes at Bite’s booth in exchange for a free pair of Bite's high-performance, athletic golf sandals. They were the first of its kind designed by a couple of 20-something outdoor enthusiasts from Seattle, Wash. The simple promotion turned into a PR homerun as a mountain of shoes towered in the center of Bite’s booth. The donated shoes were donated to a local charity. Bite was acquired by Crocs™ a decade later. Another memorable event was GMS’ launch of LiquidGolf.com at the 2000 PGA Show. LiquidGolf.com was an online pro shop that was one of the first dot-coms to rock the golf world. The launch was headlined by the party to end all parties, “An Evening of Golf Passion,” fea-
Holly G networking at the PGA Merchandise Show. From left with Ed Several, PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions Senior Vice President and General Manager. Receiving two ING Media Awards and congrats from Terrie Purdum, Publisher Florida Golf Central Magazine, and with 3-time LPGA Major Champion and Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez. 34
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turing Hootie and the Blowfish. Thousands packed the kick-off event at the Peabody Hotel, which included an open bar. “I think we still have the record for the hotel's largest bar tab,” laughs Geoghegan. “In the early days of the Internet, the game plan was go big or go home.” When GPS technology hit the golf industry, Holly “G”, as she is best known in the industry, and her team helped launch uPro at the 2008 PGA Show. The uPro, a distance-measuring device, was the iPhone of golf GPS. This updatable, smart device was the first GPS unit to come preloaded with thousands of high-resolution aerial images, video flyovers and satellite photography of golf courses with precise yardage to hazards and a realistic view of each hole. Golf Marketing Services handled the marketing and public relations for uPro. The company quickly became a major contender to SkyCaddie and was acquired by Callaway Golf. “uPro was an amazingly engineered product,” said Geoghegan. “We capitalized on its technology and the emergence of smart phones to create the hype in golf. It's one of our best success stories. Every start-up dreams of the ultimate exit strategy and the Callaway acquisition was uPro’s dream come true.” Never letting the grass grow under their feet, GMS teamed up with one of the hottest companies in golf, SuperStroke, at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show to launch its new putter grip the Flatso. More than 125 Tour players are currently using their grips. SuperStroke also announced that it signed the 2013 PGA Rookie of the Year, Jordan Spieth, as its new brand ambassador. Geoghegan found herself the focus of some golf
Golf Digest Top 50 Teaching Professional Sean Foley and Holly G shooting video for PSP Golf. industry buzz at this year’s show. Her golf talk radio show, the “Golf Insiders”, which airs on AM 740 “The Game” in Orlando (Wednesday nights from 6-7 p.m.) won two International Network of Golf Media Awards for a fourth consecutive year. In addition, Geoghegan is a featured author in the recently released book Teeing Up for Success: Insights and Inspiration from Extraordinary Women published by the EWGA Foundation and is currently available on Amazon.com. “When I realized this was my 24th PGA Show, it was kind of a shock,” mused Geoghegan. “That’s the longest ‘relationship’ I’ve had in my life. It’s a blessing to do what you love and love what you do. And I have a great team that puts the method in my creative madness.” For more information, visit golfmarketinginc.com.
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RV Golf Club Teams With Golf Courses Nationwide to Offer Free RV Parking As any avid golfer surely knows, hitting the greens can be an expensive endeavor … and when you own an RV, it’s a wonder that the average golfer even has money left over for parking … wait! PARKING?? Yes, RV parking for RV golfers costs anywhere from $20-$150 per night which equals a substantial chunk of change for the 30% of RV owners that play golf across the nation. Jim Vernes, an RV owner and avid golfer, found inspiration while traveling cross-country with his wife Julie as they ventured away from congested RV parks and discovered the beauty, serenity and convenience of parking at golf courses. Soon after, Jim embarked
on a mission to partner with golf clubs all across the country and created RV Golf Club which guarantees free overnight RV parking at hundreds of golf courses as well as free two-night stays at RV resorts throughout the US and Canada. Since the launch earlier this year, both golfers and non-golfers alike are enjoying the RV Golf Club membership benefits of the charmed life that exists inside those restrictive gates. “This is a whole new beautiful world, never before embraced by RV’ers. It takes the Golden Years to a higher level - you get to enjoy the comfort and convenience of your RV while being treated like a member of these great
golf courses and RV resorts - enjoy golfing or just the scenery, dining, shopping and spa treatments”, said Jim Vernes. Cost of the membership is $99 annually and includes FREE RV parking, plus “Members” discounts on green fees, food & beverages, golf shop merchandise and other services provided by most of the golf course and restaurant owners and operators. RV Golf Club also has a lifetime membership available which would make a wonderful gift this holiday season for the RV enthusiast who has everything! For more information, please visit www.RVgolfclub.com.
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The Big Grip That’s Changing Golf A Brief History of Golf Grips. The very first golf grips could only be called a grip in the sense that they gave the golfer something to hold onto rather than the bare wooden shaft. First fashioned from a woolen fabric, then sheepskin, followed by leather and rubber in the 20th century, the size of the grip was determined by the diameter of the wooden stick it covered, not what fit the human hand. Golfers had to get creative in the way they held their clubs, conceiving a variety of techniques, some of which were passed down to golfers of today. The modern golf grip hasn’t changed much in its form in the past 100 years, until now.
The Idea Behind the JumboMax Golf Grip.
Indiana inventor Mike Kachlik (“Charlie” in the TV commercial) spent the better part of five years seeking a better way to hold a golf club. Standard golf grips felt small
when compared with other sport’s handles or commonly used tools. Kachlik wondered, “Why do these other tools use a larger handle while golfers struggle with a comparatively small one?” Through extensive research and testing, he discovered that a larger handle provided much better control, increased rotational forces and relieved excess grip pressure, all desirable traits of a sound golf grip. Kachlik also learned that the two golfers considered by many to be the best ball strikers of all time played with larger grips. After five years of development, the JumboMax Grip was born.
So “What’s Up” With JumboMax? JumboMax® is a patented, oversized, USGA-conforming grip that is challenging perceptions of what a “standard size” golf grip should be. “The larger diameter of the JumboMax grip provides superior control while promoting a more relaxed grip pressure”, according
JumboMax grips are available in four sizes to fit nearly every golfer, plus two attractive putter grips
JumboMax Provides a natural Finger-PalmTM grip which allows the hands to function efficiently with lighter grip pressure, giving you better control and longer, straighter shots.
to John Mazzanoble, VP of Sales for the company. “The results are a more fluid swing, faster club head speed, and easier, more consistent squaring of the clubface for longer, straighter shots from tee to green. We call it Finger-Palm™ grip technology”, said Mazzanoble. He explained, “Golf instructors universally agree that the surest way to ruin a good golf swing is by gripping the club too tightly, or by increasing grip pressure during the swing, which prevents the club from releasing properly at impact. The larger diameter and unique design of the JumboMax Grip instantly gives you a more secure hold on the club, so you don’t feel the need to squeeze it tightly. You relax your grip on the club freeing your hands and arms to release the club naturally, engaging the larger muscles and giving you increased club head speed and the effortless and powerful swing you’ve always wanted. Not only do JumboMax Grips outperform standard grips for distance and accuracy, they have the added benefit of being extremely comfortable and shock-absorbing. If you have arthritic hands, you’ll really appreciate this shock absorbing technology”.
Independent Testing by GolfTest USA In recent independent player testing administered by GolfTest USA, JumboMax® Golf Grips outperformed standard golf grips in head-to-head testing in nearly every category and were awarded the company’s Seal of Excellence and its Highest Achievement Award. Results with the 38
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JumboMax Grips versus the standard grips showed improvement in nearly all categories tested including Carry Distance, Total Distance, Clubhead Speed, Smash Factor and Wedge Dispersion; particularly impressive was the 10+ yard Increase (6.2%) in Carry Distance that testers experienced with the Driver and the 22.8% better dispersion average they experienced in the Wedge test. “We knew we’d see some favorable results from the testing,” said Dale Rehus, Vice President of JumboMax, “After all, we’ve been holding Demo Days for a while now and every time we do one, we see some amazing results. But to receive the Seal of Excellence and the Best Game Improvement Product of 2013 Award like this is very exciting. We knew going into this test that our grips can help golfers hit longer, straighter shots. To have an independent testing organization like GolfTest USA confirm those results further validates what we’ve been seeing.” Notable golfers who play JumboMax include; Paul Holtby, Winner of Golf Channel’s Big Break IV. NBA Hall of Famer and 5 Time RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion, Rick Barry. President of Krank Golf and 5 Time RE/MAX World Long Drive Finalist, Lance Reader. 4-Time NBA All-Star, Otis Birdsong. Former NFL Running Back, Don “The Human Bowling Ball” Nottingham, and the current #16 Ranked Amateur in the World who leads his collegiate team as a Sophomore.
Testing by GolfTest USA has shown golfers increased driver carry by 6.2% and wedge accuracy by 22.8%.
What Others Are Saying. “I have always been a believer in the larger grip, but larger rubber grips never felt right and other oversized grips felt mushy. When I was introduced to JumboMax I put them on my clubs immediately. I installed them on the clubs of one of my students who shot a 58 and two 59’s with the grips”, said PGA Teaching Professional, Mike Schy. Jim Barfield told us, “I have played golf for 50 years at a high level as an Amateur and later as a Senior Tour Pro. I was very skeptical because I have average size hands. At first, they felt strange, but after 10 swings I started to see a consistent improvement in my ball flight and in the distance of my drives. After installing JumboMax grips on all my clubs, I practiced
for 2 days with them and became very comfortable (but still not 100% committed because I had not played them in competition). Last Friday I teed it up at my club with the guys and shot my best round in over a year — a 69!” Lance Reader, President of Krank Golf said, “...they told me I would hit it longer, which I didn’t believe, but I did start hitting it longer. It did not hurt my wrist so I could swing at full speed, and within ten minutes I was just striping the ball... In my first event I ended up taking 2nd and qualifying for world and I filled the grid!” For more information or to order JumboMax Grips, visit their website at www.JumboMax.com or call 1-800573-4747. Follow them on Facebook or on Twitter @JumboMaxGrips.
“You can’t play golf with those BIG Grips! If you beat me with those grips, I’ll wear a dress next time we play!”
The cheeky JumboMax TV commercial has been running on Golf Channel for the past few seasons and has attained a cult-like following. The “actors” in the spot are partners in the company and are recognized by golf fans wherever they go, especially John Mazzanoble, who donned the pink dress to play the antagonist.
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By Joel Jackson, Editor, GCSA
The Golf Course Industry In Florida
Photos by Joel Jackson
Wintertime is show time in Orlando! Scores of conventions descend on Orlando to take advantage of our “normally” warmer weather than up north! This winter hasn’t been quite as friendly as it could be or normally is, but there are no blizzards for sure! January is traditionally the time when the PGA of America holds it’s annual Merchandise Show, which rolls out the latest and greatest in golf clubs, balls, bags, clothing, pro shop and clubhouse do-dads and frills. The Golf Channel does on site broadcasting with golf bigwigs and players. They also do a smaller version out in Las Vegas in August. Meanwhile, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is on a rotation between Orlando (2014), San Antonio (2015), and San Diego (2016). The Golf Industry Show is also the venue for the Golf Course Architects, Golf Course Builders, Golf Course Owners and the United States Golf Association to get together and kibitz about the state of the game from the grass roots to government regulation. Joel Jackson in Tallahassee at the 2013 Florida Golf Day with the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association’s display of environmental and economic information.
Demo Day at Grand Cypress! New line of John Deere gas, diesel and electric greens mowers with low carbon emission technology and improved performance efficiencies.
Meanwhile, February 12th & 13th this year was Florida Golf Days in Tallahassee, where Golf Course Superintendents, Club Managers, Golf Professionals and the Florida State Amateur Golf Association met with various legislators to update them on the Economic and Environmental effects that Golf has on Florida. Some quick “annual” bullet points include:
• Direct, indirect & induced economic output: $13.8 billion (travel, meals, etc. • Number of golf courses: 1,128 • Direct Golf Economy: $7.5 billion (greens fees and purchases) • Total Wage Income: $4.7 billion • Total Jobs: 167,377 • Charitable fund raising: $312 million • Water Use: 3-3.5% of total water consumed
Some activist groups seek to defame golf courses, home lawns and generally any turfgrass uses and raise and spend millions of dollars to that end. However, the only groups that actively seek out the best scientific research to best manage turfgrass with the least amount of inputs and impacts are the turf industries like sod growers, lawn care providers and turf managers for sports turf and golf courses. If you’re interested in keeping your golf course in good shape and enjoyable, I hope you will consider checking out the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) link at the Golf Course Superintendents of America website, www.gcsaa.com and the Environmental Research and Education Fund (EREF) link at the Florida Turfgrass Association website, www.ftga.org and consider making a donation to turfgrass research and education projects. Thank you.
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In the photo, GCSAA President Pat Finlen, CGCS (left), Annika Sorenstam (center) and GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans on the right during the Opening Session at the Golf Course Superintendents Conference in Orlando this February. Anna was presented the Old Tom Morris Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Game of Golf. As a young girl in Sweden she worked on the golf course maintenance crew on her father’s course long before she became the leading golfer on the LPGA Tour. In February, Deron Zendt from the Banyan GC in West Palm Beach shot a 5 under par score to win the 36-hole Individual Trophy at the GCSAA National Superintendents Golf Championship held at Disney’s Magnolia GC. The Florida #1 Team also took the Team Trophy. Way to go guys! From the left, Florida GCSA Past President Nancy Miller CGCS receives a bound volume of Florida Green magazines containing her President’s Messages during her time in office. Miller, who is the Superintendent at the Maple Leaf G&CC in Port Charlotte, FL also serves on the board of the newly founded Golf Florida, Inc. which represents all the major golf associations in Florida.
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Taurasi - The Barolo of the South The Italian coastal region of Campania is famous for many things: Pompeii and Herculaneum, Mt. Vesuvius, Naples, Capri and the Amalfi coast, but many are unaware that Campania is just as famous in the wine world for its four DOCG appellation wines, the foremost of which is Taurasi. Taurasi (pronounced Tau-RAH-Zee) which is made primarily using the native Aglianico grape, is in fact known as the “Barolo of the South”, a tip of the hat to the prestigious Piemontese wine, for the complex wine with long aging potential that it has come to be known for. There are several historical wineries in the region producing Taurasi today, but wineries and winemakers like Tenuta Cavalier Pepe and Oenologist
Milena Pepe are making waves with their award winning wines. The Pepe family has been making wine from their 100+ acre hillside vineyard in Luogosano, Sant’Angelo all’Esca and Taurasi for generations, but only began bottling their wines for export in 2005, when daughter Milena Pepe brought a fresh perspective and a women’s touch to the estate’s winemaking. Tenuta Pepe’s Taurasi “Opera Mia” is 100% Aglianico that is hand-picked like all their grapes. Before fermentation it undergoes a cold maceration, which serves to intensify the color extracted and the fruity aromas of the juice. Following fermentation there is a long maceration on the lees, which extract more color, tannins and deepens the bouquet, followed by a minimum 12 months in French oak Barrique. The rules call for another year in the bottle before being sold, but Milena chooses not to release her Taurasi until it is “a complete wine” at times 5 years from the harvest. The resulting wine shows both power and finesse; a deep ruby red with flecks of orange; a complex nose with notes of ripe red fruit in alcohol, amarena cherries, spices, and a hint of smoke, all in an ever evolving mélange of heady delight. The Winery has guided visits available for professionals and wines lovers alike, if you are lucky you might get a tour from Milena or Cellar Master Mirko themselves. The Pepe family’s renowned restaurant ‘La Collina” sits atop of the hill where the winery is located,
and serves world class local fare with a refined and modern touch. Avellino, just a few miles away, sports the 9 hole golf course called Mirabella Golf Club that was created by the Mastrobernardino wine family and is open year round. On your next visit to Sorrento or Positano think about dropping in.
Grip it and Sip it.
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By Jay Golden, PGA
Players For All Seasons Don Ratliff was a free agent with the New England Patriots, played for the Orlando Blazers, Detroit Wheels, Philadelphia Bell, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and British Columbia Lions. And that was a record because all that happened in just ONE SEASON! Not really, but it was quite a ride. Another side note was that after the free agency didn’t work out in New
message that you don’t have to live
England, Don returned to his Alma Mata, Maryland, to coach and get a
on,” says Don. “There is an old saying
second degree. Also, after playing a year
that most people die once but an ath-
in Canada, he coached there for six
lete dies twice. With that in mind, we
years. Today he is the President of the
help with the transition from football
“NFL Former Players Orlando Chapter,”
What are some of the things that the
chapter does for the former players?
“There are several areas that we focus
with pain. We also have a trust fund for those who cannot afford medical help.” “Another area that we focus on is to use the former player’s notoriety to help others,” says Don. “We do this with business mixers, scholarship funds for high school athletes who didn’t get college scholarships, football camps and celebrity golf tournaments. We also have an outreach program where organizations can contact us if they would like to have former NFL Players at their function.” Isn’t it a blessing to have an organiza-
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tion that looks out for their own while helping others? That is what the “NFL Former Players Orlando Chapter” is all about. For more info about the “NFL Former Players Orlando Chapter,” contact Don Ratliff at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
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By Kelsey Jo Holsten
course of dreams
Screaming Eagle Flies West
Have you ever dreamed about being on the Golf Channel, working at a five star resort or maybe even working as the tournament coordinator for the Ritz Carlton golf resort? I’m sure we all have thought about the possibility of doing one of these jobs, but the real question is how do we get there? Is there a way to prepare for the future in the golf industry or is it just the luck of the draw? The answer to this question is yes! The Florida Gulf Coast University PGA Golf Management program has
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Kelsey teaching a golf lesson prepared myself along with hundreds of other aspiring professionals to take on the challenges and rewards of the golf industry. Florida Gulf Coast University is located in Fort Myers and is among twenty credited PGA universities in the country. The university has approximately 150 golf courses within an hour of campus. Being a PGA Golf Management student I had the opportunity to play most of these courses and establish relationships. Some of my mentors have come from the section and have helped me with difficult career discussions. I came to Florida Gulf Coast University from Toledo, Ohio when I was seventeen. In August of 2010, I started my first semester of college and was a student athlete for the golf team. After a week, I was admitted into the hospital for a major blood infection and spent a month in the hospital for what the hospital said was the worst case they have ever seen. The significance of this story was that the president, staff and students of the university were in and out of the hospital visiting every day that I was admitted. The president of the university had gave me a stuffed eagle and told me that this was given to him when he got the job as president. He wanted me to return the eagle to him when I graduated. I had to learn how to walk and golf again when I got out of the hospital, but after six months of physical therapy in Ohio I was determined to go back down to Florida and finish what I started. Why do people choose Florida Gulf Coast? It’s the loyalty and opportunity students have to succeed. Internships and part time jobs are a huge part of the learning process at FGCU. My first internship took place at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio where I received the opportunity to
work the 2011 U.S. Senior Open. This was a great learning experience for me and taught me what it takes to run such a successful operation. From Toledo, I made my way down to Miami where I did my five month internship at Doral Golf Resort and Spa as an assistant golf professional with retail focus. I learned about merchandising at a high volume resort while organizing Special Olympic golf lessons, women clinics and tournament operations for events such as the Miami Heat golf outing. I also took part in the 2012 WGC Cadillac Championship. As a part time job back at school, I had the opportunity to work as the assistant golf professional at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida where I learned club repair through the Taylormade Performance Lab, organized Ritz Carlton golf tournaments, worked two Franklin Templeton Shootouts and the LPGA CME Group Titleholders tournament. I also represented the club for the Top 100 golf shops in America at the PGA Show in Orlando. So what happens now? I will be graduating next December with a degree in Resort and Hospitality with a PGA Golf Management focus. Before graduating I will be completing my final internship at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey, California. My future plans are to gain experience and continue to grow and achieve my dream goal of being a reporter for the Golf Channel. Is it scary being away from home? Yes, the fact that my family is 1,200 miles away from me is frightening, but Florida Gulf Coast has welcomed me with open arms and has given me the opportunity to grow and spread my screaming eagle wings towards any path I choose. Screaming eagles fly together and reach heights that no one could have ever imagined. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
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By Bob Bolton
Finding Winter “Heaven” in Winter Haven I have had the pleasure of playing golf courses located throughout the State of Florida, the Southeast and the United States. The newly redesigned Country Club of Winter Haven is one of the most aesthetically beautiful, natural golf courses I have played. So much of golf in Florida is dependent upon holes that border the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean. The CC of Winter Haven has a view of Lake Hamilton from nearly every hole on the course and natural fauna and wildlife is abundant. My round included the observation of 4 bald eagles. Unfortunately I had no eagles, or birdies during my round, but I did become a big fan of the course. After a very pleasant drive through some beautiful countryside and past a handful of large rural estates, you turn down a drive that introduces you to the natural beauty of the Club. Josh Anderson, the Head Golf Professional introduced himself as I checked in and proceeded to share a bit of the history and most importantly the future of the Club. In 2013 the Club was purchased by a small group of equity Members, which was the impetus for a redesign by Rees Jones and Bill Bergin. Playing the course reminds me of some of the best courses in South Carolina. The course measures 7021 yards from the tips. I played the Blues and at 50
6550 yards, it provided an opportunity to score, but it kept me humble enough while shooting an 80. The 1st hole stretches out from the clubhouse with water to the right and a beautiful view of the woods that surround the course. After a short par 3
2nd and an awesome lake view behind the 3rd green, you reach the tee box of the dogleg left par 5 4th hole. You have to stay down the right side of the 4th to avoid having a tree blocking your approach shot. The front nine ends with a 498 yard, dogleg right par 5, with a tee shot over water. I was feeling confident and decided to aim my drive over the farthest point of the pond at the tree on the edge. I’m glad I had witnesses, since I hit the drive of the day right at the corner, the ball sailed below the tree’s outstretched limbs and the ball bounced out into the fairway a short 210 yards from the green. The back nine was magnificently
sculptured and was rich with well maintained tee boxes, fairways and greens. The dogleg 14th begs you to take one over the trees, and I wasn’t going to be deterred. A long and high enough drive set up an easy par. I wish the 18th could’ve been so easy. A 488 yard par 5, the 18th has the lake bordering the left hand side of the fairway and a outcropping of marsh and brush that lays in wait for a drive hit a bit too far left. It swallowed my drive, but I stopped the bleeding long enough to sneak away with nothing worse than a bogey. My visit to the newly renovated Club included the festivities and gala of the official grand opening. Members and potential members gathered to see the pomp and circumstance of the unveiling of this beautiful venue. After 18 holes of golf we were treated to a wonderful meal, fireworks, music and dancing. Several of the equity members were proud to discuss the aggressive development plan which includes the completion of a new clubhouse, and enhanced pool, tennis and fitness facilities. I could not have asked for a more enjoyable day and evening. If you would like more information about becoming a member of the Country Club of Winter Haven, please call (863) 324-6666, email email@example.com, or visit www.ccofwinterhaven.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
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Morin and Westerlund to Play in PGA Tour Events This winter two South Florida PGA Professionals will compete in PGA Tour events. The 2013 Player of the Year and PGA Assistant Golf Professional at The Falls Country Club, Alan Morin will compete in the 2014 Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa on February 27- March 2. Jay Westerlund, winner of the 2013 South Florida PGA Section Championship, will compete in the 2014 Puerto Rico Open Championship presented by seepuertorico.com on March 6-9. We wish Alan and Jay luck as they compete against the top professionals from around the world.
Alberto Martinez of Weston, set the pace with an opening round 2-under par 68. Despite a solid second round 74, it was not enough to hold of Sachin Kumar of Port St. Lucie, who fired a final round 68 to capture the Overall Boys Title over Martinez by one shot. Martinez would go on to claim first place in the Boys 13-15 Division, while Anthony Muttillo of Boca Raton, would claim second place with a 144 tournament total. Joshua August of Boynton Beach, claimed first place in the Boys 16-18 Division, while Anthony Gabriele of Wellington, would take the second Don Law, PGA and the Overall Girls winner Valeria Sofia Pacheco
Kumar and Pacheco Start 2014 With Win at Sandpiper Golf Club This weekend, the SFPGA Junior Championship Tour presented by The Honda Classic held the first event of 2014 at Sandpiper Golf Club at Club Med in Port St. Lucie. Sixty-four of South Florida’s premier juniors teed it up in the first Championship Tour Event of 2014 and delivered the spectacular play that was expected. 36 holes were not enough to crown a champion in the Girls Overall 13-18 Division. Valeria Sofia Pacheco of Hallandale Beach, and Mary Janiga of Wellington, each shot a 147 two-day total to send the girls division to a playoff. Pacheco was able to secure the win on the second playoff hole and take home her second straight SFPGA Junior Championship Tour win. Janiga would go on to claim first place in the Girls 16-18 division, while Valentia Haupt of Weston, would claim second with a 152 tournament total. Emily Falkner of Palm City, would capture first place in the Girls 13-15 age division, while Dana Williams of Boca Raton, would claim second place with a 162 tournament total. The Boys Overall 13-18 Division provided some stellar play over the weekend. Defending Champion
place with a 143 tournament total. The SFPGA Junior Tour presented by The Honda Classic is a membershipbased tour open to boys and girls ages 11-18 in South Florida with the aspirations and skill levels to compete at the High School and Collegiate level and features some of South Florida’s most talented junior golfers. The Junior Tour offers twenty-eight two day championship events for junior golfers in South Florida. The 25 events are divided between the Championship Tour, an invitational tour featuring extended yardages, and the Challenge Tour. The South Florida PGA Junior Tour is proudly presented by The Honda Classic and supported by Allianz Championship, Chiquita, Natalie’s Juice
Company, Club Med Golf Academy, Don Law Golf Academy, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, and Titleist. The South Florida PGA Junior Tour, run under the South Florida PGA Foundation, is committed to its mission of keeping membership and tournament-related costs low while providing first-class quality golf at twenty-five championship courses throughout South Florida over the course of the entire Junior Tour season. For more information on the Junior Tour and its respective Championship and Challenge tours, please visit the new South Florida PGA Junior Tour website at www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com. The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education and scholarships, and charitable gifting. The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the of the South Florida PGA, a not-for-profit organization comprised of over 1,600 men and women PGA Professionals dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.
Don Law, PGA and the Overall Boys winner Sachin Kumar
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North Florida PGA Members Garnish Prestigious PGA of America National Awards elevate my relationship with the North Florida PGA Section and its 1,500 Professionals, who work so diligently to promote and teach the game,» said Sorenstam, a resident of the Orlando area.
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, was 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 growing a healthy next generation and inspiring future young women through golf. The PGA is honored to now call her the 2013 PGA First Lady of Golf.” «I am excited to 54
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PGA Master Professional John Hughes of Haines City, Fla., who followed a dream to coach and teach, and became both a Section and national education contributor, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Horton Smith Award. Hughes, 50, is the third member of the North Florida PGA Section to receive the Horton Smith Award, which was established in 1965 for outstanding contributions to professional education. The award is named for the late Past PGA President and inaugural Masters Champion. Hughes was honored during The PGA of America Awards during the 61st PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center’s Chapin Theater in Orlando, Fla. “We are blessed with a talented class of national award recipients who have always represented our Association at the highest level,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “They have been natural born leaders and impact-makers in their respective fields. Whether it is in the golf shop, on the lesson tee or in front of community leaders, we are proud that this award class serves as the gold standard in the industry.”
of Port Orange, Fla., put the finishing touches on a memorable 2013 season by capturing his second consecutive PGA Professional Player of the Year award. Perry, 40, the PGA head professional at Crane Lakes Golf and Country Club in Port Orange, secured the honor by finishing tied for third in the final PGA Tournament Series event of the season at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Perry is the lone left-handed player and sole PGA Golf Management University graduate to win a PGA Professional National Championship and a PGA Professional Player of the Year Award. Perry won his first PGA Professional National Championship in June in Sunriver, Ore., and then added a seventh North Florida PGA Section Championship and seventh Section Player of the Year title. Rod’s journey to compete on the PGA TOUR in 2014 began at The ATT&T National Pro Am at Pebble Beach February 6-9. He’ll take a short break and head to Puerto Rico on March 6-9. Then it’s back home to Florida for the Valspar Championship in Tampa March 13-16. He’ll wrap up his Spring run at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando on March 20-23. It appears he has his game ready. He won the 2014 PGA Senior Junior Team Championship recently with his partner JC Anderson! Visit www.pgatour.com to follow Rod’s performances. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
tations. In the important Player Development category, Brendon’s Little Linksters Association was the winner.
The North Florida Section tournament season kicks in with the Section admin-
, Little Linksters Among ING Industry Honor Winners! Called by some the “Academy Awards of the Golf Industry,” the ING Industry Honors program recognizes outstanding achievement in the golf business. Master of Ceremonies was former LPGA Tour star Jan Stephenson, and a Q&A with current star Paula Creamer followed the presen-
istering the PGA TOUR’s pre-qualifiers and Open Qualifier for the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Tampa. Section staff work hand in hand with the PGA TOUR to conduct these important qualifiers for those exceptional players chasing their dream of playing on the PGA TOUR. It’s an honor to conduct these competitions for the PGA TOUR and we are proud of our relationship with them. We strive for perfection for the players and the PGA TOUR to ensure a quality experience for all involved. We also look forward to working with the Arnold Palmer Invitational coming up in March. We coordinate the PGA chaperones that will be with each group in the Wednesday Pro Am. It’s a privilege to help Mr. Palmer with his great event and we are grateful. Our members look forward to their walk with the groups to help the amateurs and professionals enjoy their day even more!
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Jacqui Concolino to Represent Mission Inn on LPGA Tour Mission Inn Resort & Club, the iconic Florida golf destination, has signed LPGA Tour professional Jacqui Concolino to an endorsement agreement for the 2014 season. Concolino, who grew up in nearby Orlando, will wear the Mission Inn Resort & Club logo on her hat and shirt crest. She also will make several site appearances at the historic Florida resort where she has played since her junior golf days. “Mission Inn Resort has enjoyed a special connection with Jacqui, which makes her representation of this property on the LPGA Tour particularly rewarding,” said Bud Beucher, owner and general manager at Mission Inn Resort & Club. “She is a solid player and a great person, and we could not be happier to have her be identified with our resort.” This will be Concolino’s third year on the LPGA Tour, coming off a season where she finished 70th on the tour money list. She was a first-team All American at Vanderbilt University in 2007. Concolino is a member of the board of directors of Fairways for Warriors, for which she serves as golf ambassador. “I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to represent the Beucher family and Mission Inn Resort,” Concolino said. “Between the elevations on El Campeón and the parkland feel of Las Colinas, I’ll be able to prepare for any golf course I’ll see on the LPGA Tour. I’m really excited that we’ve formed this partnership.” Mission Inn’s El Campeón Golf Course, one of the oldest courses in the South, is a classic from 1917 that is complemented by Las Colinas, where wide fairways roll over gentle rises. Both courses feature large, undulating greens, are surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, and incorporate large water hazards on many holes. 56
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By Rick Harris, Sr.
One More Putt To Go Jack Graham crouched down for what seemed like the 60th time this day to size up his seven footer that would win this championship match play event. They had been out here for hours in this hot broiling sun, battling it out tooth and nail, hole by hole. At the end of regulation on the 18th hole, which was every bit of an hour and three quarters earlier, he had tapped in a short three footer for a par that appeared to be the winning putt. However, his 19 year old opponent, Tommy “Bulldog” Walker somehow drained a twisting, curling 28 footer that tied up the match! Up until that point Jack had correctly gauged the toll on his 58 year old body on this hot muggy day. He made sure he had plenty of water and a few snacks that would restore his physical body and mental frame of mind as they advanced to what they both thought would be their last hole. In contrast, his young competitor with the long flowing back swing and explosive power seemed to have boundless energy and optimism in his game. If “Bulldog” had any weakness at all it was in his putting which, for the most part, was steady but nothing spectacular yet occasionally would rear its ugly, beautiful head. Like way back there on the 15th hole in regulation Tommy had jarred one from 45 feet or more to tie up the match for the first, or was it the second time? Jack knew that the youngster thought he would be able to go one up on the long 580 yard par five 16th hole, especially when he went for the green in two after a thunderous drive. However, his five wood effort found its way into the huge right bunker to the right of the large green. For his part Jack, the “ole veteran” as he liked to call him-
self, played the hole the way it was meant to be played. He knew he couldn’t match “Ole Bulldogs” power so Jack hit a safe, smooth drive and a comfortable three wood that left him with a respectable 130 yard, nine iron into the fast green with the flag in the back. (Heck, Jack thought, they’re all fast when you realize that the mid-day heat had sucked all the moisture out of the air and greens.) So it wasn’t too surprising they both managed to halve the hole when Tommy came up short out of the bunker and two putted while Jack flipped his nine iron safely onto the huge green and also two putted for his five. After halving the par three 17th they moved onto the 18th hole and you know what happened there. So on they went into “sudden death” and by now they were into their third playoff hole as each player became more aware and more careful on every shot. Sure the 17th was a relatively short 153 yard par three but again the green was like glass with double breaks to the hole from a variety of positions and a variety of undulations on the tricky surface. Also, the green was a little small resting on a plateau with the land sloping away from front to back. As a result only part of the flag could be seen from the tee. Suddenly it seemed a little more challenging than the previous trials. Jack had played the course many times in the past and knew from experience that this was the kind of hole that could jump up and bite you and it could make or break open a match instantly. Jack also knew what he had to do but as soon as his six iron shot left the club he realized he might be in trouble. His ball drifted slightly left off line of the flag, hit the very front edge of the green, and drifted out of sight. Jack figured from
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experience that his shot was going to wind up just on the edge of the playing surface or would be just slightly off the green leaving him with a tricky, side hill putt of about 25 feet. Tommy decided on a seven iron and went straight towards the pin but a pinch of wind suddenly came up and caught his ball, causing it to come up slightly short of his calculation. His ball hit the ground just in front of the green, jumped forward in the air, but then hit the front edge of the green and trickled out of sight. Jack figured that Tommy would have a deceptive, exceedingly quick, down hill putt. When both players arrived at the 17th green the scene was exactly as Jack had mentally predicted. His ball was resting on the fringe just off the left side of the green leaving him with a down hill curving putt of about 25 feet. Tommy’s ball had come up short on the top edge of the green leaving him with about a 40 footer coming down the hill. Each player certainly had no bargain. Since Tommy was away he made a nice firm stroke but in his desire to make it for the win his ball rolled about 14 feet past, leaving him with a frightful, uphill, slight breaking comebacker. For his part Jack’s tired legs told him he needed to get his ball close for a tap in putt which would put pressure on the kid that just wouldn’t go away. He sized up his side hill approach putt that would surely break seven to eight feet to the left and hopefully settle near the hole or even go in! But for some unknown reason, that only golfers know, the ole veteran known as Jack Graham babied a delicate putt that just traveled about 18 feet and left him with a seven footer for a par. Jack found himself staring at possibly the one final putt that could win the match but it still had that break that only Bernard Langer could love! Now Tommy, “the Bulldog”, took two or three long looks at this uphill thirteen footer with the slight left to right break that would lead his ball into the hole. Over his short life he had made a ton of these and so when he rolled his ball firmly up the hill he had no doubts that he had made the putt. The ball rolled up as planned and took the turn that Tommy had played for and headed straight for the hole! Suddenly, for no apparent reason, the ball abruptly stopped less than a half inch from the lower right edge part of the hole and wound up at rest two inches directly in front of the hole. For several seconds Tommy stared in disbelief at the ball and then finally looked over at Jack and got the signal to pick up his ball for a bogey four. Now, it was Jack’s turn to close out this match once and for all and he began to take his position in back of the ball to begin his pre-shot routine. He felt a small wave of fatigue beginning to set in so he stopped to re-group and began his ritual all over again. Before doing so he took a final sip of cool water that seemed to rejuvenate him a little. Even though it was late in the match now there were no shadows, and no distractions, for that matter. It was just one more putt to go and although it was a tough one if Jack made the par the match would be over and he would be a winner again. Now, if you’ve come this far in the story I’m sure that you have formed an opinion about who might be the better player or maybe you even established in your mind the player whom you would like to win, or even deserved to win. So, in all fairness to you I will leave it for you to decide if Jack made his putt and added another piece of hardware to his mantle. BUT perhaps you believe that he missed the hole completely, or possibly lipped out, which would also give him a bogey four and force the match to continue. Possibly Jack would lose it to the cocky nineteen year old on the next hole coming up. Therefore, my friend, I’ll leave it for you to decide because only you know how old you are, and know the amount of your own golfing experiences, or even consciously or sub-consciously picking the player you want to win this match play marathon. So, just WHO won this match between “the old veteran” Jack Graham and Tommy “the Bulldog” Walker?? ? ? You may send your responses by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll find out who won!!
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RGAA reminds us that GOLF is meant to be FUN! The new Recreational Golf Association of America (www.RGAA.org) wants to remind golfers that GOLF is meant to be FUN! What is Recreational Golf? “Recreational Golf” is the game of golf that has been played with friends and has evolved over hundreds of years to what it is today - it is how most rounds of golf are played today in the USA by more than 20 million golfers. Recreational Golf is not to be confused with “Serious Tournament Golf”, which is governed by the USGA Rules of Golf and is only played by the most accomplished 2-3 million golfers. Recreational Golf is a game; the primary objective being to have fun and the secondary objective being to propel a small/hard ball with the use of various clubs into each hole, progressing through the holes in numerical order with as few
strokes as possible. The game is further characterized by the participants agreeing on the exact details of the rules on the first tee, with Mulligans, Gimme Putts and Winter Rules being accepted elements of the game. The highest authority in Recreational Golf is the group playing the game! The Recreational Golf Association of America (RGAA) is a not-for-profit organization serving the needs of recreational golfers, golf courses and golf companies. The RGAA will work to grow recreational golf awareness and participation. It will also develop and maintain the RGAA Rules of Golf, and will work to incorporate a handicap system into that is compatible with the current USGA handicap system with regards to recreational golf (we will accept USGA type handicaps in RGAA sanctioned events). The RGAA will work to establish respect and acceptance
for RGAA Rules in charity tournaments and other recreational golf venues. RGAA Mission The RGAA exists to help grow recreational golf and serve the needs of recreational golfers and the recreational golf community. The RGAA will create a community, forum and voice for Recreational golfers who embody the original spirit of the game, which was/ is to enjoy it as a recreational activity. We will champion efforts that are in the best interests of those who engage in and benefit from recreational golf play.
ETIQUETTE & RULES Etiquette of the Game The Game of Golf is an ancient sport with rich history and traditions. Golf should be fun! Unlike most sports the player is ultimately responsible for his or her own behavior, following the Rules and showing consideration for other players. Deviating from these traditions is discouraged. The Rules of Golf were originally created in 1744 in Scotland by the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Over the years the original 13 Rules have been amended continuously and today the USGA has 35 sometimes confusing Rules of Golf that are appropriate for organized competitions for skilled players. The Recreational Golf Association of America has created 13 simple Rules of Golf designed to make the game more fun and less intimidating for recreational golfers. These Rules are a direct reflection of how the majority of golfers play the game in the United States. A round of golf should be completed in approximately four hours. Players should be aware of their position on the course at all times and should attempt to keep up with the group in front of them. Letting faster players play through is a recommended courtesy. Players are encouraged to use the most forward tees to speed up play. Golfers are encouraged to play “ready golf.” Whoever is ready to hit should hit. Putt out; don’t mark once you’ve started putting. Players should be careful that no one is standing close or in a position to be hit by the club or a ball. If a player hits a ball that may hit another
player it is customary to shout “fore” in the direction of the player. Players are encouraged to show respect for their fellow players and not cause distractions (talking, rattling clubs, etc.) that will disturb them. On the putting green players should not step or stand on another player’s line to the hole. Players are encouraged to fix ball marks on the putting green; their own as well as those of other players. Replace divots in the fairway or fill with sand. After hitting a shot from a bunker the player should carefully rake the sand and smooth it for other players. Players may enlist the aid of a caddie to help them with their equipment or raking bunkers.
RGAA Rules of Golf 1. The Game of Golf consists of hitting a ball with a club around a golf course. The ball should be struck with a club, not pushed, scraped, lifted, thrown or spooned. A “round” consists of any number of consecutive holes on a golf course. Each time a player strikes the ball it is called a “stroke.” The sum of all strokes in a round equals the golfer’s score. A hole starts with a stroke from the teeing ground and ends on the green when the ball is holed. 2. The Rules of Play are to be agreed upon in advance by the players before teeing off on the first hole. The highest authority for settling disputes is the foursome or player’s group. They may ultimately decide what is right under all circumstances. Players may agree to add, waive or amend any Rule. If there is a dispute not covered by the Rules, then the golfers in the group will determine how to resolve the dispute; the decision should be made in accordance with what is fair. The players may appoint a ruling committee for the purpose of settling issues during group or tournament play. Advice may be sought or offered during the course of play but responding to a request is at the discretion of the golfers in the group. 3. Medal play consists of a round of consecutive holes when all strokes are counted. In Medal play the player must count every shot in a round and may not “pick up” after a shot. In Stroke play all members of the group are “fellow players.” A “side” is a player or two or more players who are partners. In match play the member/s of the opposing side is/are and “opponent.” Match play consists of a game when the players play each hole individually or with a partner against another individual or an individual and his partner. A Match can be played for any consecutive number of holes until a winner is established. A match can also be played as
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a Nassau when the match is divided into a first nine, second nine and an overall match. Each hole has a winner/loser or a tie score. Players may pick up after their ball no longer counts on a particular hole. Rules for Match and Medal play are the same regarding penalties. In case of a tie it is suggested that additional holes should be played until a winner is determined. The player’s may play in any order they choose. In competitions, the player/side with the lowest score on the previous hole tees first. There is no penalty for playing out of turn. 4. Any commercially available balls and clubs are deemed acceptable for play. A player is allowed to carry a maximum of 15/20 clubs? Penalty for exceeding the limit is one stroke. Clubs may not be altered during the course of play but broken or damaged clubs may be replaced at any time during the round. A player claiming a handicap or average score should play with the equipment used to establish the handicap. 5. It is allowable for a player to switch balls at the beginning of each hole during a round; this includes switching the brand, model and number of the ball. Unless a ball is lost during the play of a hole, the player should finish the hole with the ball that was in play at the start of the hole. If a ball is lost during the play of the hole it should be replaced with a ball that is similar to the one that was used to start the hole. The ball may be lifted, cleaned and placed without penalty at any time. 6. If the wrong ball is played the shot/s should be replayed from their original position/s. There is no penalty for hitting the wrong ball. 7. If a ball is lost a player has two (2) minutes to find it. The penalty for spending more than two (2) minutes searching for a ball is one stroke. The penalty for spending additional time beyond four minutes is one additional stroke 8. If the ball is in a “non-standard” condition for the location, it is acceptable to improve the position or lie of the ball one club length except on the putting green. Such “non-standard” conditions include divots, bare or uneven turf, temporary water, cart paths, sprinkler heads or hoses and unraked sand in a hazard. The ball may be lifted and placed one club length but not closer to the hole. When improving a player’s lie the lie should not be moved from the rough to the fairway, from the fringe to the green or out of a bunker to the rough or fairway. 9. The flagstick does not need to be removed unless it is requested by the player who is chipping or putting. If a ball hits the flagstick and it is not holed there is no penalty. If the ball comes to rest against the flagstick it is considered holed. 10. A ball in motion should not be deliberately deflected or stopped by the other golfers in the group or their equipment. Penalty for violation is one stroke. A ball on the putting green that may assist or interfere with a shot should be marked and lifted. 11. If a ball comes to rest out of bounds, in a water hazard or lateral hazard, the ball should be placed as near as possible to where it went out of bounds or entered the hazard and not closer to the hole. The golfer also has the option to replay the shot or use a designated “drop area”. The penalty is one stroke. 12. Movable objects may be moved if they interfere with a swing or the player’s line of sight. A player is entitled to move the object without penalty. A player is entitled to move the ball one club length to get relief from immovable unnatural objects (telephone poles, fences, drain pipes, maintenance equipment, etc.) No penalty. 13. A golfer may deem his ball unplayable and may place the ball near where the ball is deemed unplayable. If it is unplayable in a bunker it must be dropped in the bunker. If ball is in hazard it must be dropped in the hazard. Penalty is one shot. Become a Charter Member of the RGAA today by visiting their website www.RGAA.org!
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Developers Break Ground at Atlantic Beach Country Club Leed Silverfield of the Silverfield Group; Mike Carlin, president of Atlantic Beach Country Club; Jacksonville City Council President Bill Gulliford; Atlantic Beach Mayor Carolyn Woods; Gary Silverfield of the Silverfield Group; Rick Wood and Susie Wood of Wood Development; and William R. “Billy” Howell of the W.R. Howell Company.
The first milestone for Atlantic Beach Country Club was marked by its youngest members on Jan. 31 when several children of members helped community leaders and developers turn the first shovels of dirt to launch the golf course community’s construction. Atlantic Beach Partners, LLC (ABP) will transform the 170-acre property a few blocks from the ocean into a modern country club community. ABP purchased the land from the former Gary Silverfield of the Silverfield Group, one of the development partners of Selva Marina Country Club, which Atlantic Beach Country Club, speaks to club members, community and business closed late last year. It will spend leaders at the groundbreaking. approximately $22 million building a new 12,000-square-foot clubhouse, a junior Olympic-size swimming pool, seven Har-Tru tennis courts, a new 18-hole, 6,815-yard championship course designed by Erik Larsen of LarsenGolf in Ponte Vedra Beach and creating 178 single-family home sites that will be surrounded by the golf course. APB will then convey the course and facilities to the group. “More than 370 individuals and members-only club in late 2014. families have signed up for member The project is the first golf course ship in Atlantic Beach Country Club community to be built in Northeast already. The demand is there for this Florida in the past decade and is one kind of community in this very special of the only member-owned private location.” clubs under construction in the U.S. “Our goal all along has been to honor The National Golf Foundation reports the heritage of the club and preserve that only 14 new golf courses opened in the asset – the green space and beach the entire country last year, while 157 lifestyle for the Atlantic Beach comclosed. Since 2006, nearly 650 courses munity,” said Mike Carlin, Selva Marina have closed and it’s expected an adpresident. “This partnership with dition 130-160 courses will close each Atlantic Beach Partners allows us to year in the next several years. accomplish this goal and preserve the “We’re bucking a national trend,” memories residents have for the propnoted Gary Silverfield, President of the erty – learning to swim, play tennis or Silverfield Group and one of five partgolf, or celebrating marriages and other ners who comprise the development 62
special days at the club.” Earlier this month, ABP announced two preferred home builders for the project. Horsham, Pa.-based Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL) contracted to buy 90 of the planned 178 home sites, and Jacksonville-based Riverside Homes agreed to purchase 30. Both builders are creating new home designs ranging from 2,000 to more than 4,000 square feet that will be unique to this area and reflect the relaxed beach lifestyle of the amenity-rich, familyfriendly golf course community. ABP has engaged Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty (formerly known as Prudential Realty) as its broker for non-builder lot sales. Lots range in size from 55-foot-wide to 80-footwide estate lots, with most offering golf course or water views. Lot pricing starts in the mid $190s and goes to the mid $400s. “Home site prices at Atlantic Beach Country Club are more competitive than elsewhere in the Beaches,” said Lee Elmore, site agent for Berkshire Hathaway HSFN Realty. “When you factor in the location near the beach, brand-new amenities and these builders, we are confident that home sites will sell quickly.” Membership in the private, memberowned club is included in the purchase of a home site. Reciprocal agreements with several of the region’s private clubs and more than two dozen private and semi-private golf courses are in place for the coming year while Atlantic Beach Country Club is under construction. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
50th Anniversary Champions
Canada’s Brooke Henderson and Italy’s Renato Paratore fulfilled their maximum ambitions for the week, newly crowned Junior Orange Bowl champions. Henderson posted a final round 67, a four-day total of 280, 4-under par. The Canadian Ladies Amateur champion, 9th in world amateur rankings, put together a dominant performance, almost as if during the first three days she’d been in test mode. “It’s an awesome feeling,” she said with a huge smile. “I came here with this in mind and I’m really pleased. Today I was finally able to get my putting working, compared to the first three days. I felt very comfortable on the greens all day.” The 16-year old from Smith Falls, Ontario, birdied four of her first six holes, setting the tone of the day. Consecutive bogeys at 8 and 9 allowed playing-partner Sweden’s Strom to draw within three strokes at the turn, but that was as close as it 64
geyed yesterday, I was just trying to
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USA’s Megan Khang finished with
at the 17th, she could finally relax and
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Strom for second spot. Soyoung Lee,
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tied overnight with Henderson, carded 76 for a 4th place tie with USA’s Bailey Tardy. The Boy’s Division was a thrilling three-way battle that went down to the wire, where Paratore’s tap-in birdie at the par-five 72nd hole secured the trophy, joint runners-up Dominic Foos and Jorge Garcia unable to hole putts that would have sent the championship into playoff. “I knew it would be hard. Dominic and Jorge are such good players. I just had to work all day and hope it would be enough.” Paratore said the key moment in his round came halfway thru the back nine. “I had a really difficult putt to save par on the 13th, and when that went in I felt I could breathe again. But it was really tough and I was glad the putt to win was so close.” Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
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Coming Full Circle with the FSGA During his first two years of high school Randy Briggs realized that his friends and classmates were getting bigger in height and weight. Briggs wasn’t catching up to them. There were many days during his teenage years that Briggs would spend at his grandparent’s house. Located very close to Ocala Golf Club, Briggs wandered over to the municipal course located on Silver Springs Blvd numerous times. “I actually started to play golf more out of default as oppose to picking golf out of a smorgasbord of sports,” said Briggs. Not being big enough to play basketball and football actually proved to have its advantages. During his senior year of high school the Florida State Golf Association awarded Briggs a scholarship which he used to attend the University of Florida. Today Briggs is the president of the Florida State Golf Association. Holding the title of president brings everything full circle for the fifth generation Ocala resident. “The Florida State Golf Association was founded by a group of men, one of which was from Ocala and became the FSGA’s first president, Clarence Camp,” said Briggs. “The most prestigious amateur tournament is the state is the Florida State Amateur. That trophy has always been the Clarence Camp State Amateur trophy. Clarence’s brother, Henry Camp, which the (annual Ocala) Camp Tournament is named after, was the president of the FSGA in 1950. Ironically it comes back to Ocala me being an Ocala native which is kind of special.” Since 1975 Briggs has practiced law. He was the first Ocala lawyer selected for listing in Florida’s Super Lawyers for plaintiff’s attorneys. Of the 93,000 lawyers in Florida, no lawyer has been board certified in civil trial law longer than Briggs and he is one of only 155 to have held that certification for 30 years. Since 2002 Briggs has had an integral role in the decision making of the FSGA first as a board member from 2002 to 2005 then as a member of its executive committee from 2006 to 2013. “Randy’s biggest attribute, his sound business and legal mind, has made a defining impact.” said FSGA executive 66
Randy Briggs director Jim Demick. One of the things that have made the FSGA so successful over the last decade is having people like Briggs, with diverse and extensive corporate experience, on the FSGA board and executive committee. In the last 10 years the board has been very active. Incorporating the Florida State Women’s Golf Association into the FSGA, starting and developing the Florida Junior Tour and developing one-day championships were just some of the efforts of the FSGA. The FSGA is the largest golf association in the world next to the USGA. It is bigger than California, Texas and
New York with 210.000 members, over 800 clubs and 450 competition rounds of golf a year. A 30-member board, the smaller executive committee, 17 very competent and effective paid FSGA staff members along with over 500 volunteers is why the FSGA has been so successful. Briggs has a little game in him too. He is a three time state champion, capturing the 1996 Four-Ball Championship, the 2006 & 2010 Senior Four-Ball Championship along with the countless titles and championship he has won over the years playing in Marion County Golf Association tournaments. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
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‘Two Good Rounds Superstars: Golf Stories from the World’s Greatest Athletes’ Gretzky, Phelps, Roddick, Romo, Strahan, Other Stars Discuss Attractions to Golf “Two Good Rounds Superstars: Golf Stories from the World’s Greatest Athletes” (Skyhorse Publishing) – the long-anticipated sequel book by Elisa Gaudet featuring Wayne Gretzky, Charles Barkley, Michael Phelps, Andy Roddick, Michael Strahan and other stars – is now available for pre-orders. A total of 54 professional athletes from nearly 20 sports share their personal connections with the challenges of playing golf and its uplifting lifestyle. They recount their introductions to and obsessions with golf, life lessons learned on the links, interesting people they’ve met on the tee, their “19th-hole” drinks of choice and their favorite courses worldwide. The book also includes unique, up-close-and-personal accounts from Ahmad Rashad, Brandi Chastain, Brett Hull, Dan Jansen, Emmitt Smith, Greg Maddux, Jason Kidd, Joe Theismann, John Elway, John Smoltz, Kelly Slater, Marcus Allen, Oscar De La Hoya, Richard Dent, Shane Battier, Bruce Jenner, Mike Eruzione, Dan Quinn, Ronnie Lott, Scott Hamilton, Lawrence Taylor, Bonnie Blair, Roger Clemens, Julius Erving, Ozzie Smith, Ken Griffey Jr., Bode Miller and Dale Jarrett. Golf superstar and four-time major champion Ernie Els was so moved by the Gaudet’s informative and entertaining theme, he wrote the book’s foreward. “Two Good Rounds Superstars: Golf Stories from the World’s Greatest Athletes” follows Gaudet’s “Two Good Rounds: 19th-Hole Stories from World’s Greatest Golfers” released in 2011 to critical acclaim internationally. Both books are available at www.twogoodrounds.com and through PGA TOUR Superstore at http://www.pgatoursuperstore. com. For each book purchased in 2013, one book will be donated to the Els for Autism Golf Challenge (www.elsforautism.com).
Teeing Up For Success – Insights and Inspiration from Extraordinary Women From Alice Dye, the first female golf architect to Marilyn Bunag an aspiring social worker and recipient of the 2010 Women On Par® scholarship, Teeing Up for Success offers over 30 compelling stories on how golf makes a difference in women’s lives. Golf has been a conversation starter, equalizer, and door opener in these women’s careers, as well as in their personal lives, opening lines of communication and providing great settings for relaxation and fun. A hole-in-one helped Debbie Waitkus make the leap rom a corporate office to her thriving business Golf for Cause. Volunteer leaders share how golf and EWGA have forged friendships and offered endless opportunities to grow and succeed. You’ll discover how two women in Mexico are building a team to support the young women in their country who aspire to be the next Lorena Ochoa. Judy Rankin shares some of her favorite stories from her LPGA career and time in broadcasting. You will be touched by Karen Palacios-Jansen’s very personal story and that of so many others who have found hope, happiness and success through the game of golf. Delve into these chapters and enjoy these women’s stories. You will be inspired by this beautiful compilation woven together by a love for golf. Presented by the EWGA Foundation, proceeds from this book go to fund the work of this charitable arm of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, dedicated to enriching the lives of women through the game of golf. Its mission is to create and fund education and leadership programs for women of all ages. Available at amazon.com 68
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GolfBuddy BB4, WT4, VS4 and PT4 GolfBuddy holds true to its reputation of innovation with the launch of four sleek, stylish and modern GPS Rangefinder devices at this year’s PGA Show in Orlando, Florida. Each new device is sleeker, slimmer and suitable for everyday wear, while still performing as a device that can greatly improve users’ golf games. With a variety of color options, versatility and functionality, these GolfBuddy units are essential for golfers of all ages and abilities.
GolfBuddy BB4 The GolfBuddy BB4 – the world’s first golf GPS band – features a comfortable and fashionable lifestyle design including a time mode, play mode and pedometer feature. This sleek, modern band comes pre-loaded with more than 36,000+ courses worldwide and displays the distance to the front, center and back of the green while on the course. With a ten-hour battery life and automatic course recognition, this device is ideal both on and off the green. MSRP: $349 GolfBuddy PT4 The next generation of the successful GolfBuddy Platinum device, the PT4, carries a design that is both user-friendly and easy to use. The current model has been upgraded and now features the slimmest design, highest resolution and largest screen when compared to other major competitors in the handheld device category. The GolfBuddy PT4, which boasts a 4” LCD touchscreen, precisely measures the distance to any target, offers a Dynamic Green View as well as shot distance measurement and a replaceable battery that lasts up to 10 hours. A key feature of the unit is the enhancement of the touchscreen which has been upgraded from a pressure based touch screen to a capacitive touch screen, providing users with direct contact with the content displayed and enabling taps and gestures to be even more responsive. Additionally, the unit contains a tracking module that will allow users to keep score for up to four players. MSRP: $449 GolfBuddy WT4 The GolfBuddy WT4 offers all of the capabilities of the WT3 including full target and hazard information, Dynamic Green View and pin placement – but on a slimmer, stylish and more comfortable device. Its digital scorecard can be used on any of the 36,000+ preloaded world courses, with storage for up to 40,000 courses total. Automatic hole and course recognition coupled with the WT4’s time, date and stopwatch functions make this dynamic device one that can be worn every day. The WT4 is waterproof and comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts for 9 hours in GPS mode and 50 days in watch mode. MSRP: $299 GolfBuddy VS4 The VS4, GolfBuddy’s latest audio distance measuring device, is detachable from the wristband, making it a versatile device that users can wear or use any way they wish. The unit features Dynamic Green View capabilities and displays the distance to the front, center and back of the green on any of the 36,000+ pre-loaded world courses. The VS4 boasts 10 hours of battery life and can be attached to a wristband that is sold separately from the device itself. The unit features an enhanced design with the option of white with gold trim or black with red trim. MSRP: $179 As with all GolfBuddy GPS products, each of the new devices are 100% fee-free with no annual subscriptions or course download charges required after purchase. GolfBuddy owns the largest course library of any golf GPS company. For more information about GolfBuddy visit: www.gpsgolfbuddy.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 8
Under Armour® Eyewear UA Fire by Hunter Mahan Designed for both the professional and amateur player, the UA Fire incorporates the latest developments in lens and frame technology with a fashionable design for on-course play. UA Fire offers a wide field of view through its ArmourSight® shield. Comolded rubber temples fit comfortably under a hat providing a comfortable, but firm fit for long hot days on the field or the golf course. Working closely with the PGA golfer Hunter Mahan, Under Armour Eyewear’s designers have created the ultimate performance frame for the serious golfer who demands the finest quality from their on-course gear. The style features an ultra light ArmourFusion® frame with AirFlow technology to prevent lens fogging in hot weather play. The UA Fire has a 3 point grip and adjustable nose pad for a comfortable and secure fit. The UA Fire frame is available in black, grey and white and will retail between $99.99 and $109.99 at national retailers such as Golf Galaxy, Dicks Sporting Goods and The Sports Authority.
Justin® GolfTM Premium Footwear Collection Justin® Golf™ – from the makers of fine footwear since 1879, Justin Boots® –debuted its inaugural standalone collection of premium men’s golf footwear at the PGA Merchandise Show at The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. Tradition makes a comeback with this luxury line which boasts two distinct styles of select shoes and boots in exotic and non-exotic leathers, retailing between $400 and $850. Each delivers the proven comfort, performance and classic styling that is synonymous with the Justin name. Footwear that dates back to 1930 and because of this history, we’re honored to launch the Justin Golf collection today,” said Randy Watson, CEO, Justin Brands, Inc. “We’re proud to return to our golf heritage and introduce a unique selection of footwear that pays tribute to the timeless, competitive and stylish spirit of the game.” Essential to everyday use on the course, Justin Golf offers the perfect blend of classic styling that honors golf traditions while incorporating comfort technology. Each pair is carefully handcrafted to address the stability, traction and comfort demands of today’s golfer with modern innovations. this year’s show.” The collection of high-end Justin Golf shoes and boots are available in exotic and non-exotic leathers with a range of classic colors in solids or saddle styles. For more about the line of Justin Golf footwear, visit www.JustinGolf.com.
Tzu Tzu Sport Eye-catching embellishments, sassy details, flattering fit… These are the things that are infused into every piece of Tzu Tzu Sport’s sexy, fun and flirty golf wear collection. Tzu Tzu has created a way to not just dress for the course, but also to transform a person’s mood. To be sure of it, each piece is test-driven to make sure it functions as exceptional athletic wear as well as an attitude-boosting style essential. The silhouettes are designed to be fitted, but never tight. They are cool, body conscious and feminine in silky lycra blend fabrics. The sleeveless tops have a flattering racer-back style with either a standard or a mandarin collar to keep up with course dress codes. Looking for a little more coverage, but don’t want to sacrifice style? You’ll find the short sleeve and long sleeve tops have princess seaming to eliminate that boxy look. The sleeves are ruched on the sides to flatter every arm. The skirts have fun details like a sexy little zip up the front leg or a flirty ruffle around the bottom. Each skirt has a nice little pocket tucked in back for tees and ball marks. Look for bright colors and fun prints to spice up your next round of golf or wear a monochromatic top and bottom to give the illusion of one sleek dress. MADE IN THE U.S.A. www.tzutzusport.com 70
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Aces & Eagles Sports Boradcaster Ann Liguori Wins ING Media Award Ann Liguori, host of the weekly ‘Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori’ radio show, heard Saturday mornings on WPPB - 88.3 FM, broadcast throughout the East End of Long Island, The Hamptons and Coastal Connecticut and globally on www.peconicpublicbroadcasting.org, won ‘First Place’ in the Radio Broadcast
category in the International Network of Golf (ING) media awards competition. The ING Media Awards are presented annually during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. Ann’s show that received top honors is the wrap-up show she hosted on the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open which was held at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. The show featured Ann’s commentary on the Major Championship and her interviews with Jason McCarty, Director of Golf, Sebonack Golf Club; Glen D. Nager, President of the United States Golf Association, and Michael Pascucci, Owner, Sebonack Golf Club. Each week on ‘Sports Innerview,’
Ann talks about a variety of sports issues and topics and interviews authors, athletes, coaches, celebrities and experts on all sorts of topics pertaining to sports, fitness and wellness. Ann is also the golf and tennis correspondent for CBS Sports Radio Network and WFAN-AM, New York and writes columns for www.cbsny.com. Ann’s book, ‘A Passion for Golf, Celebrity Musings About the Game,’ is out in second edition. For more information on Ann visit her website, at www.annliguori.com. Follow Ann on Twitter: @annliguori. Like Ann on Facebook: www.facebook. com/annliguori
Chris Holmes Names of of Top 50 Junior Instructors by US Kids Golf Chris Holmes, Director of Instruction at the Heathrow Country Club, has been recognized by the US Kids Golf Foundation as one of the Top 50 Junior Instructors in the country. According to Dan Van Horn, President of US Kids Golf Foundation, “This year’s applicant pool of nearly 750 candidates was the largest and strongest ever.” Van Horn went on to say that
Holmes selection was based on…”his outstanding commitment to youth golf, the impact his Kids Golf Program has had on students, and the esteem in which he is held by his professional peers.” Holmes is a Class A British P.G.A. Professional. Having competed at the highest level for many years, he turned his focus to teaching golf in 1986. Holmes joined the Heathrow Country Club as Director of Instruction in 1998 and has developed an Award Winning Kids Golf Instructional Program. Over the years he has helped many junior golfers realize their golfing potential.
Some of his students have gone on to win Amateur Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events and high school state golf championships. Many of his students have also received full university golf scholarships. “We are so proud of Chris in being selected as one of the Top 50 Junior Instructors in the Country”, said Nate Kalb, Director of Operations for Heathrow Country Club. “He and his team have developed a first-class kids golf program here at Heathrow and we congratulate him on this well deserved national recognition.”
Doug Cullen Makes 22nd Hole-In-One In 2001 Doug Cullen made his 13th hole-in-one. Today, 13 years later he made his 22nd hole-in-one on January 17th at Stoneybrook Golf Club. As the saying goes 13 is not always an unlucky number, since Doug has his highest golf accomplishments with the number 13 involved. Back with his first hole-in-one, his 72
wife Peggy designed a hole-in-one charm with a diamond to represent each ace....today he needs someone to carry the necklace with 22 diamonds. Doug’s move from Long Island to Florida 13 years ago proved to be successful on the golf course! Good luck Doug, and we’re all waiting for your 23rd!
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Renowned PGA Professional Craig Harmon to Offer Private Lessons at the Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach On the heels of a multi-million dollar golf course renovation, The Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach, Florida, has recruited internationally renowned PGA professional Craig Harmon as the new Director of Instruction. A living legend with a lineage to match, Harmon is available for private and group lessons for
golfers of all levels. A PGA Hall of Fame member, Harmon was born into one of the game’s most distinguished families. His father, Claude Harmon Sr. was head professional at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York and the last-ever club pro to win a major championship – the 1948 Masters. In addition, all four of the Harmon brothers – Craig, Butch, Bill, and the late Dick Harmon – have been ranked among Golf Digest’s Top 50 Teachers. Now the Director of Instruction at The
Seagate Country Club, Harmon was the 52nd recipient of PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 2005. He spent 42 years as Head Golf Professional at the famed Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York - site of the most recent PGA Championship. Reservations are required; to reserve a lesson with Craig Harmon, please call the Golf Shop at 561.498.7600, ext. 124. For more information on The Seagate Country Club and The Seagate Hotel & Spa please visit www.theseagatehotel.com or www.seagategolf.com.
Waldorf Astoria® Orlando Director of Golf Instruction, Brian Mogg, Named One of America’s 50 Best Teachers by Golf Digest Magazine Brian Mogg, director of instruction for the Waldorf Astoria® Orlando Golf Academy, has been named to Golf Digest’s prestigious list of America’s 50 Best Teachers. This year’s list was selected by the nearly 12,500 teachers from 50 states who fill out an online ballot, ranking their peers on a grade-point scale from one to 10. Brian Mogg, named as director of instruction at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Academy in 2011, has been providing golf
instruction at the highest level since 1993 and was recognized as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Golf Instructor since 2004. Brian joined the David Leadbetter Academy in 1993 and eventually became the Director of Instruction from 1997-2001. In 2002, he opened the Brian Mogg Performance Center focusing on developing the golfers’ swing and all aspects of their short game. Brian frequently guests on The Golf Channel’s “Academy Live,” “Your Game Night,” and other network shows. He has written instructional articles for Golf Illustrated, Golf Tips Magazine and PGA Tour Partners magazine as well as been featured in Sports Illustrated. He also hosts corporate outings and clinics for many companies throughout North America. Brian resides
in Orlando with his wife and four kids. Brian leads the Waldorf Astoria Golf Academy, which offers a range of private and group golf packages. All group schools operate at a 4:1 student to teacher ratio to optimize personal attention. The overnight Waldorf Astoria Golf School package includes deluxe room accommodations and a one-day golf school. The instructional package includes a seven-hour golf school which covers: personalized full swing diagnosis and correction, video analysis, club fitting and recommendations, detailed short game, chipping, pitching evaluation, on course instruction, golf fitness evaluation, and the development of personalized improvement program.
Gregg Pascale Promoted to Assistant Manager at The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes Concert Golf Partners, an active golf club owneroperator based in Newport Beach, California, announced that Gregg Pascale has been promoted to Assistant General Manager of the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes, located in Longwood Florida. In his new role, Pascale will assist with overseeing all Club operations including Golf, Member Services, Food & Beverage,
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Tournament Sales and Course/Club Maintenance. Pascale originally joined the management team at the Legacy Club in 1998, as Head Golf Professional, and was later promoted to Membership and Tournament Director in 2000. The Legacy Club features a superbly 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. “Gregg has been integral part of our
management team and we are thrilled to have him take a leadership role in the day-to-day operations of the Legacy Club,” said Nate Kalb, Director of Operations of the combined Heathrow and Legacy Clubs. Originally from Naugatuck, Connecticut, Gregg moved to Florida and started his career in Club Management as an Assistant Professional with the Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, and later with the Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach, Florida. He lives in College Park with his wife Jackie.
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