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Volume 15, Issue 2 Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Executive Editor: Joel Jackson–Director of Communications
Me with the Wells Fargo team of Mike Marhee, next to him is Bill Duerden, and the gentleman on the right is Lee Barnes.
All the enjoyment that nature offers us, the smell of the grass, the warm sun on your neck and critters abound. Some things we learn in school, some things we learn from life and some things we learn from our parents, but are often too stupid to
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around us. Golf gives us a taste of all that is great in a day’s time. It gives us the sense of being alive amongst your friends, your heart in your throat, the thrill of victory and the acceptance of defeat. The beauty and serenity of being outdoors, enveloped in nature. A handshake, a smile and a beverage shared afterwards, reminiscing on the round while the sun sets, is the perfect way to end. It’s an amazing thing, but just one round of golf can be filled with enough wonderful moments to live with you forever. It reminds us that golf is more, much more than a game. It challenges our minds, lifts our spirits, fills our hearts and connects us with all that is good in the world. To all the Fathers, Father-figures, and Step Fathers that impact our
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Golf Bachelor 12 Bryan Repple Golf Business 26 Marcus & Millichap Golf Fitness 34 Mitch Sadowsky
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Golf Anti-Counterfeiting Group Efforts Lead to Significant Sentences in Ongoing Fight Against Fakes Seven men convicted of manufacturing and selling counterfeit products DONGGUAN , CHINA – The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group (The Golf Group) announced today the convictions and sentences of seven men charged with manufacturing and selling counterfeit golf products, another critical step in the Golf Group’s efforts to enforce anticounterfeiting laws internationally. The Chinese court system handed down the sentences in two separate court cases last week. On May 9, Mr. Guan Zhenyan was convicted of selling more than 650 counterfeit products, including clubs, bags, and apparel. As a result, he was sentenced to a two-year prison term and a fine of more than $64,000 USD. Three days later there was another victory for The Golf Group when Wu
Guolin and five accomplices were also convicted and sentenced for selling counterfeit products in Xiamen City. Mr. Guolin, deemed one of the men primarily responsible for the crime, will receive nearly four years in prison and a fine of more than $160,000 USD. The other principal in the case, LV Xingda, will serve three years in prison and pay a fine of more than $80,000 USD. Four others were handed prison sentences and fines in conjunction with this case. All of the counterfeit products and means of manufacturing were also seized. “We are very pleased to learn of the strong sentences handed down by the Chinese courts today, “said Joe Nauman, Executive Vice President for Corporate and Legal for Acushnet Company.
“These convictions are another important victory in on our ongoing battle to protect our brands and to protect golfers worldwide.” “We’ll continue to do our part to educate consumers on how to avoid counterfeit purchases, but the enforcement efforts around the world are a critical part of this fight as well,” said Stephen Gingrich, Vice President of Global Legal Enforcement for Cleveland Golf. “These sentences demonstrate the seriousness of the crimes and the positive impact being made as a result of the growing cooperation between the group and Chinese authorities.” More information about the dangers of counterfeit golf clubs and products, and how to avoid them, can be found at www.keepgolfreal.com.
About the Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group The Golf Anti-Counterfeiting Group consists of five of the most well-known golf companies in the world—Acushnet Company whose brands are Titleist, FootJoy and Scotty Cameron; Callaway-Odyssey; Cleveland Golf, Srixon and Never Compromise; PING; and TaylorMade-adidas Golf and Ashworth. Formed in 2004, the Golf Anti-Counterfeiting Group has worked with international law enforcement and government agencies to conduct raids and investigations of counterfeit operations, as well as raise public awareness of the issue. Since 2011, the Golf Group’s efforts with the help of Chinese law enforcement led to the seizure of more than 500,000 counterfeit golf products highlighted by a clustering campaign initiative resulting in the arrest of more than 30 suspects from raids of 14 different locations. 8
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Florida High School Team Places Second in International Hospitality Tourism and Management Competition - Mid-Florida Tech students awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships - Located in the “Hospitality Capital of the World,” Mid-Florida Tech won second place in the Hospitality Tourism and Management Competition (HTMP) International Competition hosted by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. The team won more than $20,000 in scholarships to various colleges, including San Diego University, Johnson & Wales University, and Sullivan University at the event held at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa in the Walt Disney World® Resort on April 9th through 11th. The competition challenged student teams to display their hospitality knowledge and skills through a variety of competitive events including a night audit, room inspection, banquet planning, case studies, and knowledge bowl quiz. “We are so proud of the students from Mid-Florida Tech for representing our state in this international competition and showing the world what Florida hospitality is all about,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “These students are the future of our industry and worked hard to earn scholarships that will allow them to
Angie Grunskyte, Autumn Butler, Sasha Gatti, Deja Miller continue their education. They are truly a testament to the success of our statewide educational programs that provide school-to-career training that increases the employability of graduates.” In addition to their second place finish overall, Mid-Florida Tech won first place in the Knowledge Bowl
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competition, granting an additional $1,000 Sullivan University scholarship to each team member. Team members include: Angie Grunskyte, Sasha Gatti, Deja Miller, Autumn Butler and their instructor, Pat Novalis. Scholarships were provided by leading hospitality management schools, including Johnson & Wales, San Diego State University, Sullivan University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Florida International University, as well as AH&LEF. The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation is the only organization in Florida that offers the ProStart program, the Lodging Management Program (LMP), the Hospitality & Tourism Management Program (HTMP) and the Skills, Tasks and Results Training program (START). These programs were developed to increase the quality and employability of today›s high school graduates by providing them with training related to important job skills as well as opportunities for careers and higher education. Students are introduced to careers in foodservice and lodging and are taught basic skills needed for success in these industries. This is accomplished through dynamic and comprehensive curriculum coupled with on-the-job training. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
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Where were you born?
Orlando for 37 years…
What’s the most effective way you’ve discovered to check out a hot woman without her, or anyone else noticing?
Did you grow up there? Yes, grew up in Orlando and went to
A beautiful woman already knows if you’re looking, so just don’t be creepy…
Born in Miami but have lived in
college in Raleigh, NC for a “couple” of years
Is “acting your age” over rated? Who wants to act their age? I expect to be the fun guy at 70…
High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? All of the above… High School in the early 90’s, we were all just a crazy group of misfits
What do you do for a living? I'm a Financial Planner and CEO of Repple Insurance Services
What would you like to do for a living? I’m doing it-
I’ve been around the financial services industry since I was a kid, and have always enjoyed learning financial strategies and solutions.
Steak, chicken, or seafood? Ketchup goes on everything…. That does not rule out Seafood either (don’t judge…)
What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? SPF, the book How to Survive on a Deserted Island for Dummies and Miller Lite’s
Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why? Bear Grylls- the dude can survive anywhere…
What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? My buddy Brett wanting to size up every shot for accurate yardage…. Grip and Rip
Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty?
What do you fear the most? Missed opportunities…
What’s your take on “cuddling”? Why would anyone want
*Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails?
My mom is a great woman! She may have been a horrible singer at Jersey Boys, but she’s always a fun date.
to cuddle? I compare cuddling to drinking hot coffee while sitting outside Starbucks during the summer wearing jeans. You’re just going to sweat, so why do it!
We understand our life backwards, but must live it going forwards…
Relaxing at home is great for a few nights, but I enjoy being out at my local wine bar Spill or on Park Ave with friends…
Favorite charity to support? Elevate Orlando… great charity equipping urban youth with a plan for the future….
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cart header girl Where did you grow up?
My childhood was spent in Memphis TN but I moved to Fl with my family when I was 9
What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch? My favorite sports are cheerleading and gymnastics but my all time favorite sport to watch is basketball!
Do you enjoy playing golf? Are they’re any golfers in your family? I’m still learning but love to play. I’ll just say you
wouldn’t want me putting or chipping for you, well at least not yet.
What do you feel makes this club special?
The employees are what make Eagle Dunes the golf club that it is. We’re all one giant family who work hard together to make your golf experience with us all that you hope for.
If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing?
I would be in school full time to achieve my B.A in medical science. I’d like to eventually have a career as a forensic hematologist.
What type of music do you prefer? I love all music but mostly listen to alternative rock and country. The Eagles are my favorite band!
What hobbies do you enjoy?
I’m a major water baby. The pool, beach, lake; anywhere I can swim and relax. I also love playing pool.
What is your idea of “the perfect date”?
That’s a tough one! Spontaneity is key. I love to have fun and try news things! Anything that surprises me, impresses me.
Kristen Wigg is hilarious, love anything
that she is in.
Favorite type of movie?
Horror films, and I’ve exhausted my resources! If you see me on the course and know a good one I may not have seen, let me know!
Favorite charity to support?
Make A Wish! My family and I worked with them for years before my father passed away, it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Anything else you'd lilke us toknow? Like most women, I
love shoes and I have quite the collection. I also attended cosmetology school and consider doing hair my creative passion. I have a pomchi (pomeranian/Chiuaua mix) I rescued her when she was a puppy and we became instantly inseparable.
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by Alan Scott
Joan Randolph, President of JCR Consulting, Bob Berryhill, GM of Mercedes-Benz in Maitland, Ed Higgins Sr. VP of WellsFargo Advisors, Winners Ray Vigeant, Fidelity Ins. And Tom Peck, WellsFargo Advisors, Ellen Parcell, Pres/ CEO of H2H, Todd Lewis, On Air Talent for the Golf Channel, Daniel Stack, Committee Chair for Tournament.
Heart to Heart: Community Care Homes, Inc. Benefits from The Mercedes-Benz of Orlando-Maitland Dealer’s Golf Tournament Say the word “charity” and most people conjure up the image of an organization with its hand out for a quick donation. However, a charity is really a business, which is why one of Central Florida’s most prominent community leaders has joined forces with Heart to Heart: Community Care Homes, Inc. The nonprofit organization has been around since 1992 and through new leadership and commitment has used
its donations wisely to fund a highly successful business model to serve homeless women and children with housing, jobs and education. “ The organization has been helping families since 1992. Heart to Heart Homes is offering families stability, while education and jobs are the way out of poverty.” quotes Ellen Parcell, President & CEO of the organization. “I am approached weekly by nonprofit organizations for support,” notes Bob Berryhill, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz of Orlando’s dealership in Maitland. “As the GM I evaluate the organization’s mission, values and lead-
ership—those same qualities we promote and follow at our business in Maitland. We are looking for trusted partners that have a vision of molding Laura Cosgrove and Joan Carrol 16
their charity into a first-class busi-
ial Stack, Board Member and Committee Chair with Ellen Parcell, PresCEO of H2H and Ace Sponsor for the Tournament Ed Higgins Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
ness with a solid reputation—just like Mercedes-Benz,” added Berryhill.
Vanessa Brice, Jonathan Gilbert,Toni Gilbert, Ronald Gilbert from Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter
“We look to serve our clients with integrity, vision, commitment and reputation and we believe Heart to Heart: Community Care Homes shares this vision with us. Like making a worthwhile business decision, I apply these same standards to the other nonprofits we are aligned with, so I am pleased and excited to have added Heart to Heart to the list of our other fine charity partners.” Berryhill also cites Heart to Heart’s board of directors for its visionary leadership, which has defined the organization as a business with best practices; stewardship of donor money; personal values; and measurable outcomes for the women and children they serve. By pro-
has set its own standards and expecta-
well known for his big heart-- caring for
viding housing, job training and educa-
tions for serving homeless in our com-
those in need, especially helping to make
tion the families move from poverty into
munity. A standard that has won them
a difference in the lives of children.
self-sufficiency and independence.
national recognition and an award for
As a past board member of the Chil-
“This standard of excellence is just
the use of HUD funding for housing in
dren’s Home Society, he volunteered for
like building a Mercedes-Benz,” Berryhill
nine years contributing his time and
says. “High standards are not just wished
Berryhill’s decisions on sponsorship
talents to donate to the organization
for—they’re expected.” This is true for
are not acted upon only from his busi-
through The Mercedes-Benz Charity
the Heart to Heart organization, which
ness sense. He is personally modest
Car Raffles-the first car dealership in
about his accomplishments but he is
the area to offer this activity as a viable fundraiser. His personal acts of generosity toward giving back to the community date back to a time before he became a successful professional. First he served in the military. Later he helped house young people in need. Now, as GM of the Maitland MercedesBenz Dealership, he has supported numerous nonprofits, leaving a legacy of good through the events he has hosted over the past twenty-five years. To learn more about the Heart to Heart: Community Care Homes, Inc. and The Mercedes-Benz CLA Class Charity Car Raffle or the Roaring 1920’s Bash and
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George “Pop” Rockett with his son (right) and grandson (left).
Florida Keys Country Club Hosts Golf Tournament to Celebrate Golf Ambassador’s 105th Birthday Florida Keys Country Club hosts a special golf tournament to celebrate the 105th birthday of George “Pop” Rockett, the Golf Ambassador for the Keys. Regardless of his age, Pop still runs two tournaments per week at Florida Keys Country Club. George Rockett – known as “Pop” was 105 years-old on March 28, 2014, with a sharp mind, literally hundreds of friends and a lifetime of golf that began in Glenside, PA 96 years ago when he started caddying at Sunnybrook and Burn Brae country clubs in suburban Philadelphia. George was married 60 years to his sweetheart Josephine, who passed away in 1995 in George’s arms at their home in Big Pine Key, Florida. A faithful churchgoer from the time he was a small boy, he never took a drink or smoked a cigarette, and he credits these factors along with his lifelong love of golf to his longevity. He was a typesetter his whole career, a partner in a Philadelphia typesetting plant, but nothing interfered with his passion for golf. Never a 18
country club member, George would come home early in the morning from work, have breakfast with Josephine, head off to the golf course (Cobbs Creek, Burn Brae and many other local fee clubs), play 36- holes with his friends and go straight back to work in the city. This was a regular routine usually twice a week.
George became a fine self-taught player starting with his caddying days. He once shot a 63 at Burn Brae sometime in the early 40’s, shot a 71 as a guest at Manufacturers Country Club in Philadelphia, a 70 at Aronimink, and was for many years a scratch player. The first Club he ever officially joined was Florida Keys Country Club in Marathon, Florida, where he made his 5th and final hole-in-one at the 145 (senior tee) 16th hole with a 3-wood at the age of 96. He decided to quit playing when he swung his driver at the Florida Keys club 210yard 2nd hole, fell down and had a tough time getting up. “Pop” says he never bought a golf ball until he was well in his 40’s, because ever since he was a 9-year old caddy he developed a remarkable ability to find lost balls. “Pop” Rockett is an extraordinary person, beloved by hundreds. In his Abington High School yearbook of 1927, along with has picture was a quote that he wanted in the book: “To Have A Friend, Be A Friend” George “Pop” Rockett scoring the tournament by hand. And he’s still doing it! Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
on the green
Look Before You Pump’ and Fuel up the Golf Cart/UTV The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, is alerting golf cart owners to be aware of new fuels that can destroy or damage the engine – and stop your golf game before it even starts. The national ethanol education and consumer protection campaign, called ‘Look Before You Pump’ is cautioning gas powered, golf cart owners that it is harmful and illegal to use higher than 10 percent ethanol gas when fueling up. The urgency of the industry’s campaign comes from research that shows high-ethanol blends of gasoline can damage or destroy small engines not designed to handle it. A recent OPEI/Harris Interactive study shows the vast majority of Americans (71 percent) are “not at all sure” if it is illegal or legal to put high level ethanol gas (i.e., anyFlorida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
thing higher than 10 percent ethanol) into engines such as those in boats, mowers, chain saws, snow mobiles, generators and other engine products. “Although there is continued uncertainty in the renewable fuels market, one thing for certain is that the way consumers select and use fuel will be changing in the coming years,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI. “It is incumbent upon our industry to be proactive. We are cautioning American consumers and business owners whose livelihood depends on our equipment to be more mindful at the gas pump. Don’t assume that the gas you put in your car can still go in your mower, chain saw or generator.” (or golf cart)….. OPEI urges consumers to read their equipment operating manual before filling with gasoline to ensure they use the right fuel for that engine. For more information, visit www.OPEI.org. 19
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WCI Communities Golf Promotion Supports Harry Chapin Food Bank For the fifth consecutive year, WCI Communities has partnered with Harry Chapin Food Bank to create a unique funding opportunity: Supporters who donate $100 to the food bank through the www.WCIGolf.com website will receive a complimentary foursome at one of four WCI golf courses in Southwest Florida. For each $100, the food bank can purchase $600 worth of
than 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee,
visit www.WCIGolf.com or contact
food and supplies.
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Shelley Johnson at 239-390-4724,
Last year’s promotion raised nearly
counties that provide food to more
$19,000, which was leveraged into
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Headquartered in Bonita Springs,
approximately $114,000 in food
the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed
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products by enabling Harry Chapin
17.5 million pounds of food, provided
community developer and luxury
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14.6 million meals and turned every $1
homebuilder of single- and multi-
from a variety of partners.
into $6 worth of food for those in need.
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For more information or to donate,
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companies, has a legacy that
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By Hannah Berman
My Golf Dad Father’s Day will always be a holiday that is very close to me. My dad has sacrificed so much for me to be able to play a game I love. He books flights, schedules tournaments, travels with me, and takes days off of work just so I can improve; he is kind of like a soccermom, but a golf-dad. About a month ago, he surprised me with tickets to the Master’s on Saturday and I was absolutely speechless! Saturday morning we drove up to Augusta, and spent the Hannah and her Dad, Mark Berman
whole day at the greatest tournament in golf. As we were there, I was thinking of how lucky I am to have a dad
It was so beautiful and everything was
to the crowds roar from different parts
who cares so much about me. A close
so green and lush. Augusta National is
of the course. You didn’t know who
friend of mine lost her dad to cancer
truly one spectacular place. First, it’s
did what, but you knew something big
and I count my blessings every day
immaculate. There wasn’t a blade of
happened! I followed Jordan Spieth,
that mine is here for me to support me
grass out of place. The volunteers are
Bubba Watson (the champion!), Adam
and care for me. We have been through
so friendly and the fans so respectful.
Scott, Jim Furyk, Jonas Blixt and so
ups and downs together but he is al-
The course looks so hard. The 18th
many other incredible players. I even
ways right there next to me. He always
hole tee shot is more intimidating in
met Annika Sorenstam! All in all it was
makes me laugh and no matter where
person than on TV, believe it or not!
a great experience that I’ll never forget,
we go we always have a great time!
We sat on the bleachers on 16 and on
and maybe I’ll get to do it again one
So let me tell you about The Masters!
Amen Corner. It was so cool to listen
day! Thank you, dad, for everything you do for me. Thank you for believing in me, spending time with me, and supporting me. I couldn’t ask for anything more from a parent. I love you more than you’ll ever know! And of course, happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there! Hannah Berman is a junior golfer from Ponte Vedra Beach. She has played tournament golf since she was nine years old including FJT, Hurricane Tour and the AJGA. She was the MVP of her high school team in 2013. She loves the game for what it has taught her about life, friendship, family and competition, and she uses her skills to give back to her community, having started Hitting it with Hannah to raise money for various charities. Hannah hopes to play college golf and perhaps pursue a professional career. You can also follow her on twitter at
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Venetian Bay Golf Club Inaugural Women’s Invitational The Women’s Golf Association at Venetian Bay Golf Club could not wait to host their inaugural women’s invitational. Club General Manager Kyle Mooney and PGA Head Professional Lenny Varacelli were excited to focus on women’s golf and introduce a lot of area players to their great facility. The ladies then formed a variety of committees with one common goal; to make this the best women’s invitational of the year! Thus, “Puttin’ on the Ritz at Venetian Bay” was born. As the morning of the event arrived, everyone at the club embraced the theme with open arms. The ladies of Venetian Bay arrived bright and early bearing their themed garb and ready for a wonderful day. Lenny wore a tailored three piece suit and the cart staff greeted each arriving player with their bowties and bowler hats in perfect form. Ladies were positioned
(Left to Right) C. Anthony, P. Klayer, P. Murray, R. Penze, M. Erickson, K. Hickmott, M. O’Connor, M. Sauers, F. Lipscomb
VB Employees J, Lemon, I. Hoffman, J. Chivell at the bag drop to welcome each player personally while the remainder of the association registered the golfers and handed out a variety of their homemade treats. Ron Allsop, or “DJ Doc” as we like to call him, even had them all rocking and dancing to theme music as they practiced their shots and waited to head out on the course. After Mother Nature provided an exceptional day of golfing weather, the players made their way to the clubhouse to enjoy the banquet hosted by the Venetian Bay WGA. The ladies were at the club late the night before
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Chef Ron Tucker decorating each table beautifully and drawing each of the guests into the theme of the day. Lunch was served and all had the pleasure of enjoying a delectable dish provided by the club’s extremely talented Head Chef, Ron Tucker. After handing out the many prizes and gifts the ladies collected for the participants, the afternoon wound down, each player leaving with a full stomach and a big smile on their face. The best scene of the day, was watching the ladies of Venetian Bay toast a few glasses of champagne and celebrate the incredible event they had worked so hard to put together and done such a great job delivering. Only one questioned remained at the end of the day; how do we top that next year?! Venetian Bay Golf Club welcomes public play daily and would love the opportunity to make your next event a memorable one as well. Please contact Kate Minnock at (386) 299-5571 for more information. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
Stay header & Play
By Bob Bolton
The Vinoy is a true gem in the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront. Pink and proud and celebrating over 85 years of historic hospitality, the Vinoy Renaissance is a destination for business and leisure travelers alike. Many don’t know the interesting story of the Vinoy. Here’s a brief glimpse into the history. In 1923, Aymer Vinoy Laughner, a wealthy Pennsylvania businessman, had to stand idly by as Walter Hagen drove several golf balls off the face of his prize pocket watch. The
watch survived, the ball landed across beach drive on what later became the Vinoy Park Hotel in 1925. The hotel opened on New Year’s Eve 1925 they rang in the New Year in one of the most spacious and grand ballrooms, which measured 50 feet wide, 125 feet long and was two stories high. Throughout the 20’s and 30’s Presidents and celebrities, and northerners traveling by train and car flocked to the “grand dame” of St. Petersburg. In the 1940’s the hotel ceased opera-
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tion and became a training facility for the U.S. Army Air Force and subsequently the U.S. Maritime Service. More than 100,000 trainees passed through the doors. In December 1944 the hotel re-opened under new ownership. The 50’s through the 80’s were not kind to the Vinoy, but in May 1990 the restoration and renovation of the Vinoy began. As the restoration unfolded construction workers removing an oddly placed wall between the ballroom and the lobby discovered a hidden vault containing 1,400 silver pieces, wrapped in newspapers dated 1934, and most stamped “The Vinoy”. In 1992 the Vinoy reopened as the Stouffer Hotel and was named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the Historic Hotels of America. In 1993 it was purFlorida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
Eggs in a Jar chased by the Renaissance Hotel Group and renamed the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. The cocktail and dining options at the Vinoy range from the ambience of the lobby and Verando Patio great destinations for a cocktail and people watching, to the award-winning cuisine of the Marchand’s Bar & Grill. For a business lunch, formal dinner, or drinks with friends, the Vinoy is an excellent cocktail and dining experience. If you want to relax the Vinoy Salon and Day Spa provides an oasis of pampering within a tranquil environment. There are a myriad of services and treatments available and an appointment is required.
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Lobby Bar The Golf Club, a private amenity for members and guests of the resort, was originally created by Donald Ross and recently redesigned by Ron Garl. The course is located on Snell Isle, just minutes from the resort and is a beautifully manicured course, with an abundance of Florida wildlife and fauna. Over the years political and celebrity visitors have included: Jimmy Stewart,
Babe Ruth, Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover, along with Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. More recent visits by Paul Newman, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Tom Petty and Brad Pitt suggest the Vinoy has not lost it’s luster for the “rich and famous”. To make your own memories at the Vinoy call 727-894-1000. Or visit them at 501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, Florida.
fore your health
Walk For Better Scores and Better Health! Your doctor tells you that you should be walking several miles at least three times a week, because walking is the best low-impact physical activity that keeps you in reasonably good physical condition. You say, “I haven’t got that much time to walk, I have to play golf.” Think of it. You tell your spouse, “The doc says I have to play more golf, as long
as I walk the course instead of ride.” “Of
tion of electric caddies makes walking
course, dear. Nothing is more impor-
the golf course a walk in the park.
tant than your health.” And off you go.
After much research, I recently
Studies have demonstrated that
acquired a Bat-Caddy X4R Remote Con-
walking the course burns about 50%
trolled Golf Caddy ($795 with lead-acid
more calories than riding, lowers
battery, $1195 with lithium battery). My
blood pressure and cholesterol, gets
criteria were ease of operation, weight,
you in much better shape and here’s
price, quality of construction, repair
the most important kicker: IT ACTU-
history, and how well the manufacturer
ALLY LOWERS YOUR HANDICAP! How
stood behind its product. With its head-
can that be? By walking, we become
quarters in Jacksonville, Florida, Bat-
more attuned to the course, think
Caddy (www.batcaddy.com) has been
more clearly about our next shot, relax
building carts for longer than anyone
and refocus after a poor play, and get
else, accompanied by an outstanding
a better overall picture of the green
reputation for quick repairs when rarely
as we approach it from the middle of
needed and excellent responsiveness
the fairway. We maintain a smooth
to any buyers’ questions or concerns.
pace throughout the round, instead
Using the Bat-Caddy, I felt like the
of racing from one shot to the next.
“Caped Crusader” of the golf course,
But you say, “I don’t like to or
as my inner child emerged. I not only
can’t carry my bag or push a cart.
played golf, but got to drive my remote
I get so tired by the end of the
controlled caddy down the fairway like
round that my game falls apart”.
I was playing with a toy. The most fun
Modern technology to the rescue!
was sending the caddy to the next tee
Over the past ten years, electric golf
while I putted, or calling it over after
“caddies” have been developed and
I found my ball in the rough. I had
refined to the point of being like remote
rediscovered the joy of walking the
controlled toy race cars. Streamlined,
course! Peter Hanneforth, President of
looking just like a regular push cart,
Bat-Caddy, sums it up best. “A Bat-
these “caddies” carry your bag for
Caddy will help you save your energy
you all over the course, up hill and
for the game, prevent strain and fatigue,
down dale (not that there are many
fine tune your rhythm of play and feel
of these in Florida). They weigh the
for the course, improve your health
same as a regular pushcart and the
and general fitness, increase fun and
only addition is the battery. With
companionship, preserve tradition,
the advent of more powerful, lon-
course conditions and the environment
ger lasting, smaller and 75% lighter
and ultimately improve your handicap.”
lithium batteries, this new genera-
If only it could putt. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
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fore your health
No Holding Back In light of Tiger Woods missing the U.S. Masters due to back surgery, the issue of back pain among golfers is a pressing topic and is all too familiar for professional golfer Natalie Gulbis. When Natalie joined the LPGA Tour in 2002 at the age of 18, she quickly won over the hearts of the American golf community with her youthful energy and competitive spirit. Yet, many people are surprised to learn how much back pain Natalie used to suffer from every day on the golf course. Natalie’s back problems started in college when she was diagnosed with a degenerative disc disorder. Upon starting her professional career, her problems became increasingly severe until it got to the point where she was
in constant pain, both on and off the
Natalie was faced with a very difficult
Not yet ready to give up life on tour,
course. After being forced to pull out of
decision: back surgery or early retire-
Natalie opted for surgery after finding
the last six events of the 2009 season,
out about Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute, the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, from fellow professional golfer and mentor Peter Jacobsen. In order to figure out exactly what caused Natalie’s pain, Laser Spine Institute conducted her MRI while she was in a golf posture – a unique treatment option that had never been done before. This groundbreaking approach gave both Natalie and her doctors a very clear understanding of why she was in pain by enabling them to see exactly how her discs were touching her nerves throughout the golf swing. Her surgery was a success, rendering her completely pain free the very same day. One month post-surgery she was back on the golf course playing again. Her surgery not only salvaged her career but also enabled a pain free Natalie to come back more competitive than she had been in years. Last season, she finished T9 at the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the amount of top-10 finishes during the 2012 season were
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Authentic Golf Apparel Showcasing AUR’s proprietary Active™ and Aware™ fabrics, the Spring 2014 Collection incorporates the brand’s sophisticated and elevated design aesthetic with its’ strong sense of golf authenticity. The AUR Spring 2014 Collection includes a full offering of polo shirts, sweaters, thermal tops, shorts, pants, outerwear and accessories for both men and women. “We are extremely excited to present our Spring 2014 collection and we are confident these season’s collection is the finest collection in the history of AUR,” says Mark Fletcher, President – Fletcher Leisure Group. “Our goal for this season was to elevate the brand through new and enhanced fabric offerings, a refined designed aesthetic and a thoughtful merchandise assortment.” AUR is targeted towards the golfer
Collection Highlights – Men’s:
who wants authentic golf apparel with a distinct look and feel. The Spring 2014 Collection was inspired by the landscape, character and passion of some of the world’s most unique locations.
The Hanauma Bay Collection, consisting of colors: Neptune Blue, Twist Orange, Nightfall Blue and White, is a striking color story with clean and modern design details inspired by the ocean waters off the coast of Oahu. The additional men’s collections include: the San Marino Collection, consisting of colors: Corsa Red, Fieldstone Grey and White and the Nordic Light Collection
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consisting of colors: Industry Grey, Citra Yellow, Black and White.
Collection Highlights – Women’s The Lincoln Road Collection, consisting of colors: Burnt Coral, Kiss Pink and White, is a fun and feminine color story with strong sense of elegant design and richness inspired by the personality of South Beach, Miami. The additional women’s collections include: the The High Line Collection, consisting of colors: Fireberry Red, Black and White and the Calabasas Collection consisting of colors: Spring Green, Bright Cobalt, Argento Silver and White.
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By Mitch Sadowsky MS SPSc TP11 USAW AIS FMS Director of Folf Fitenss Lake Nona Country Club
Rotational Stability Lunge Stability throughout motion is one key to any great golf swing (and by great I mean efficient). Very few tour pro’s have the same “looking” swing. There is one thing that all the great, consistent ball strikers have in common= consistency of sequence. Our exercise this month is a great one I love to use that will help develop a consistent sequence, the Rotational Stability Lunge. This exercise works not only leg strength, but will help the lower body develop stability through thoracic rotation. Starting in a standing position, use a light medicine ball (anything up to 6 pounds should be great) and stand with your arms holding the ball in a relaxed position. Step backwards in to a reverse lunge while rotating the upper body toward the side of your lead leg (if you step back with your right leg, rotate to your left as
pictured) keeping a straight torso (shoulders point straight to the ceiling and 90degree in the lead knee). While stepping up, the trailing leg (as pictured, the right leg) should be brought to a 90degree flexed position at the same time the working leg (left leg as pictured) should be extended contracting the quads, hamstrings and glutes. While stepping up, the ball should be brought up across the body (think left hip to above the right shoulder). This exercise is great for lower body strength, lower body stability, glute firing sequence and also works several different shoulder positions working flexion, extension, adduction and abduction- all positions included in the golf swing. We consider this a compound exercise (encompasses all part of the body) so we will typically use this as part of three exercise combination.
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The National Golf & Resort Group Brokers the sale of TPC Portfolio in North Carolina & Michigan and TPC Eagle Trace of Coral Springs, FL The National Golf & Resort Properties Group of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services (NYSE: MMI), the nation’s largest real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, announce the sale of the TPC portfolio, courses include TPC Piper Glen located in North Carolina and TPC Dearborn located in Michican and the sale of TPC Eagle Trace, an 18-hole Arthur Hills Design course located in Coral Springs, Florida.
TPC Portfolio North Carolina and Michigan Steven Ekovich, Managing Director of the firm’s National Golf & Resort Properties Group and lead agent on the asset sale, represented both the seller a well-known national lender and the buyer, ClubCorp. The TPCs were sold out of receivership, on behalf of their legal owner and their financial institution. Addison Law out of Dallas was the Receiver for the sale. Ekovich stated, “Our team marketed these properties nationally and internationally and received 20 offers on the properties. After careful
consideration, the Receiver and financial institution decided it was in the best interest of all parties, including the members, to accept ClubCorp’s offer. Tom Bennison, lead acquisition person for ClubCorp, managed the acquisition process. ClubCorp has plans to immediately begin TPC Eagle Trace capital expenditure projects for both remedial improvements and upgrades at both TPC properties. The vision of Bennison and his team at ClubCorp is to restore both TPC properties to the original standards set by the
Tournament Players Club by investing considerable capital improvement funds.” Ekovich continues, “As ClubCorp recently went public, this acqui-
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sition of the TPC portfolio is another statement to their shareholders that ClubCorp is aggressive in growing their business with quality assets.” ClubCorp, founded in 1957, owns a portfolio of more than 150 golf and country clubs, business clubs, sports clubs and alumni clubs in 25 states, the District of Columbia and two foreign countries. They have membership base of over 350,000 members worldwide. Their over 15,000 employees are trained to service and create exceptional experiences for members and their clubs.
TPC Eagle Trace Steven Ekovich, lead agent on the asset sale, represented both the seller a well-known national lender and the buyer, ClubLink Enterprises. In addition to TPC Eagle Trace, The National Golf & Resort Properties Group has represented ClubLink in the US for all of its golf course purchases since 2010. Ekovich stated, “working with both a buyer and seller with an outstanding grasp of complex issues, that have the staff to devote to a quick close was essential in getting this transaction closed on December 31st. This is thirteenth golf course in which I have personally represented ClubLink on in the US. Their expertise in both real estate business transactions and the golf industry; as well as their entrepreneurial platform allowed them to make quick business decisions, implement a very quick due diligence process and close a transaction faster than any other institutional client in the business. The transaction was closed in 14 days while working with Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
a receiver, nine attorneys on a very complex transaction. National Golf & Resort Properties Group has brokered 55 courses in less than 36 months, however, this is the first transaction in that time period that closed in such a short period of time. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the professional staff members and other external professionals affiliated with a seller and buyer.” “The acquisition of this prestigious golf club demonstrates our commitment to providing our more than 20,000 members in Florida, Ontario and Quebec the opportunity to truly experience ‘One Membership, More Golf,’” said ClubLink President and CEO Rai Sahi. “Since our founding in 1993, this has been our unique business model and one that continues to be very successful.” Opened in 1983 as the first member club in the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Players Club network, TPC Eagle Trace is an Arthur Hills design. Home to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic for nine years, TPC Eagle Trace is the centerpiece of a luxury gated community of approximately 900 homes.
TPC North Carolina For more information regarding the sale of TPC Eagle Trace or to learn more about selling or acquiring golf
courses nationwide please contact Steven Ekovich at 813.387.4791 or visit www.nationalgolfgroup.com.
The National Golf & Resort Properties Group specializes in marketing golf courses, golf resorts and golf master planned communities nationwide and has brokered 53 courses in less than 45 months, with an additional 12 golf assets under contract. For more information regarding the sale of TPC Portfolio or to learn more about selling or acquiring golf courses nationwide please contact Steven Ekovich at 813.387.4791 or visit www.nationalgolfgroup.com.
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All the Cool Dads Are Playing Volvik! Color Golf Balls All the Rage, Gaining Traction on Professional Tours
These are not your fatherâ€™s colored golf balls! Volvik has entered the market place with a bang, gaining market share and becoming the fastest growing golf ball in the business due to their combination of tour quality performance and bright colors. They are the only manufacturer in the world currently making a 4-piece tour quality golf ball in Orange, Green and Pink and one of a few making a tour ball in Yellow. If you have watched any LPGA Tour events in the last couple of years you have probably noticed that there is a color golf ball revolution happening out there, thanks to the good folks at Volvik. In 2013 on the LPGA Tour, Volvik had 195 total instances of professionals using their Vista golf balls in tournament play (77 Orange, 71 Yellow, 44 Pink and 3 Green). This made Volvik as high as the #3 most played golf ball last year on the LPGA Tour. And all of those golf balls have been of the colored variety. Already in a very short amount of time Volvik has penetrated the PGA TOUR and will have a ball in play at the Masters, a giant feat for a growing golf ball brand in the US market. Volvik is now in play on the PGA TOUR, Champions and Web.com Tour. After the 2013 season Volvik signed PGA TOUR winner and Masters champion Craig Stadler, 3-time major champion Larry Nelson and PGA TOUR winner Tim Petrovic. Stadler played the Vista iV 4-piece golf ball at the Masters, including a Green golf ball at the Par 3 event. He and son Kevin are the first father-son tandem to ever play at the Masters, garnering huge exposure for Volvik and making history in the process. Tim Petrovic has a Top 10 finish on the
Web.com Tour and Top 15 finish on the PGA TOUR so far in 2014 with playing the new White Color S3 golf ball and also set a record for being the first PGA TOUR player to play two different colors in an event, which he did so this year at the Zurich Classic, an event he won on the PGA TOUR in 2005. Petrovic increased his driving accuracy by 12.5% over his 2013 average and bested his other 2014 PGA Tour event driving distance average with another golf ball by 18.8 yards in his first event playing a Volvik golf ball. Larry Nelson, a 3-time major winner, plays an Orange Yellow Vista iV and gained 20- yards on his drives when he switched to the ball, the company reports. Nelson loves the fact that he can see the ball easier, which he attributes to better ball striking and more efficient course management. â€œInitially we have made our name on
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In the last 2 LPGA Tour seasons, players using Volvik color golf balls have earned 1 Victory,5 Runner Up’s, 18 Top 5 finishes, 27 Top 10 finishes and 76 Top 25 finishes on the LPGA Tour. This is out of 38 LPGA events. This means Volvik is averaging a Top 5 in 47% of events, a Top 10 in 71% of events and is averaging 2 Top 25 finishes per event played. The airtime Volvik players equates to an estimated $4 Million in airtime exposure, helping Volvik Company grow at a very fast rate! Volvik golf balls have not come out of nowhere. Volvik has been manufacturing golf balls for 30 years and is the #2 overall ball in Korea and #4 in Japan for market share. They also have 37 international patents on their golf balls, 12 patents alone on their 4-piece Vista iV ball. Five years ago, Volvik went through a change and re-branded itself as a high-end 3-piece and 4-piece ball manufacturer. Since 2006, Volvik has gained more market share than
mal spin generated by the more solid inner core creates longer distance off the driver and long irons the spin increases closer to the green due to the firm outer core, producing higher spin for total control and the ability to stop on a dime on the green. Most other companies feature a soft inner core with a harder outer layer. Volvik’s secret is they do the opposite, a solid inner core combined with a soft outer layer. On the outside cover of the golf ball, Volvik uses Zirconium, the base material for ceramic. It improves the durability of a golf ball cover without sacrificing spin control. Volvik also has 15 worldwide patents on their 492, 432, 446, 392 and 350 dimple pattern technology. “We are making golf balls fun and bringing personality back to the golf ball,” said Claffey.”But we are doing it a little differently in that the balls we make are very high quality. We manufacture our balls differently and we spend more money on our materials. We do this all to make sure
Volvik would like to wish all Dads out there a happy Father’s Day and they are now offering Free Shipping and Personalization on www.Shop.Volvik.Com the LPGA Tour, which has been huge for us, but now some of the biggest names on the Champions Tour and PGA TOUR are starting to see the benefits of a color golf ball,” said Volvik’s National Director of Sales and Marketing Jon Claffey. “Color is the future of golf and we are at the forefront of the color revolution with our high-performance color golf balls. To have now been in play on the PGA TOUR with Petro, at the Masters with Craig Stadler and to have a legend like Larry Nelson playing an Orange Volvik, we feel like we have truly arrived and have the ability to grow this into a phenomenon on tour and with the amateur golfer. It wasn’t that any one was really against playing a color, it’s that there wasn’t a true tour quality golf ball available in the different colors” Volvik’s tagline is The #1 Color Golf Ball on Tour and they are focusing attention on their niche on the surging color golf ball market. With the help of tour validation, Volvik is helping golfers everywhere realize that it’s OK to bring color to their game. “Golfers traditionally follow what they see in play on tour,” said Claffey. “Color golf balls had wide support in the ‘80s when Jerry Pate won with an Orange golf ball. That went away because the tour play dwindled. Now that we have broken down that barrier, we have seen a huge sea change in golfers wanting to play a color golf ball.” Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
any other company in golf anywhere in the world. Volvik signed a stable of tour professionals to help bolster their credibility. They also have found their niche in the golf market as the highest quality color golf balls on the market. “We have all the earmarks to be the next new big brand in golf,” said Claffey. “We have the tour story, we have the #1 claim, we have the performance, we have the right golf ball for every skill level and we have the fashion and increased visibility golfers are looking for today. We also have the brightest colors in golf, which helps us stand out on the tour telecasts.” The vibrant colors aren’t the only thing setting Volvik apart. The way Volvik makes their golf balls is the secret to their performance success stories and the reason they have fared so well with the LPGA Tour players. Volvik has perfected a technology to enhance resistance to wind and added elasticity to their golf balls to make them fly further and more accurately. Volvik balls are strenuously tested and Volvik uses higher grade materials to provide unmatched durability and to maximize energy transfer, resulting in greater distance. What Volvik really does to change the feel of the golf ball and performance characteristics is to combine a solid inner core encased in a softer casing that provides the optimal spin separation and optimizes the balance of both distance and control. Opti-
we have top-shelf performance. There’s no way we could have so many tour players using our colorful balls if we didn’t have one of the best out there.” Volvik would like to wish all Dads out there a happy Father’s Day and they are now offering Free Shipping and Personalization on www.Shop.Volvik.Com.
It’s Getaway If a getaway to an AAA Four-Diamond beachfront golf and spa sounds appealing, you should consider heading to The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Featuring an incredible setting on the pristine white-sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, the 125-acre resort is Southwest Florida’s only beachfront resort with a championship golf course, a world-class spa, and an award-winning tennis center, all on-site. I’ve witnessed more than $45 million in impressive renovations and enhancements over the last six years, which included all of its 319 guest rooms and suites, the expansion of its waterfront restaurant HB’s on the Gulf and its popular The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, enhancements to the golf course, and the addition of a beautiful new beachfront pool complex with two pools, two whirlpools, and a pool bar with food service.
By Joel Jackson, Editor, GCSA Photos by Joel Jackson
Time! The resort is offering the 3rd night free from May 27 – September 30, 2014, based on availability, with holiday weekends excluded. For holiday weekends the resort is offering the 4th night free. For more information or for reservations, call (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222 and ask for the “3rd Night Free Promotion,” or visit www.NaplesBeachHotel.com (specifically http://tinyurl. com/natkas4 ). Blackout dates may apply, and the promotion may not be combined with any other offer. Also, the promotion is not applicable to groups. There is something to please almost anyone. Whether you want to relax on the beach or by one of the pools, enjoy a service at the world-class Spa, golf on the championship course, play tennis, shop at Naples’ famous shopping districts just blocks away, or watch a breathtaking sunset, you have it all at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. The ‘3rd Night Free’ offer simply pro-
Aerial view of the Naples Beach Hotel complex and Golf Club.
vides even more reason to visit.” Rich in hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has resided on the Southwest coast in Naples since 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, the resort features: 1,000 feet of white-sand beach; the 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course; the world-class spa; a fitness center (with complimentary admission for guests); the Mary C. Watkins Tennis Center with six Har-Tru courts; Beach Kids Club, a complimentary daily recreational program for children ages five to 12; an Orchid House, home to over 3,000 tropical plants; retail shops; and beach rentals. The resort also features multiple restaurants and lounges in addition to HB’s on the Gulf. This includes Broadwell’s, providing panoramic views of the golf course; and the Seminole Store, which serves deli sandwiches, ice cream, gourmet coffees and a variety of freshly baked pizza, pastries and desserts in a café atmosphere. The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill is consistently named “Best Place To View A Southwest Florida Sunset,” and was named “Naples’ Best Beach Bar” by Travel Channel. Situated just blocks from Naples’ renowned shopping districts of fashionable 5th Avenue South and historic 3rd Street South, the resort is also within minutes of shopping at Venetian Village, Waterside Shops, Bayfront and Tin City. Guests can also experience the area by taking tours of the Everglades, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Corkscrew Swamp, The Botanical Gardens, or the Conservancy Nature Center. Boat and fishing trips also can be arranged at the hotel. Other leisure time activities can include Naples’ outstanding museums, theatres, and art galleries. Providing a comfortable, friendly atmosphere, the resort is an exceptional tropical getaway. Resort guests benefit from no resort fees, and complimentary self and valet parking. The resort is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples, Florida. Contact the resort at (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, or visit www.NaplesBeachHotel.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
Ron Hill (blue shirt), former Head Superintendent of the Amelia Island Golf Complex was honored by his peers upon his recent retirement during the annual North Florida Memorial Tournament at Marsh Creek CC in St. Augustine. Photo by Joel Jackson.
Golf course superintendents and other turf managers and technicians and operators in lawncare and sports turf and parks and recreation specialties get annual continuing education updates on turfgrass research and pest management at UF/IFAS stations like the South Florida Turf Expo in Ft. Lauderdale. Photo by Joel Jackson.
With support from the Champion Sponsors, the Seven Rivers GCSA has raised over $800,000 for turf research at the University of Florida over the life of the annual Jeff Hayden Envirotron Classic. Photo by Joel Jackson.
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By Chris Thompson
La Cappuccina Winery
There are many of buzz words in the ether these days where wine is concerned; Organic, Natural, Biodynamic, and even Gluten-Free wine. These terms refer to keeping wine and the wine making practice as “uncontaminated” as possible. Wine producers in these categories reduce the use of sulfites, which is used to help stabilize and preserve wine, to a minimum and eliminate the use of chemical additives and pesticides altogether, using only natural fungicides such as Copper and Sulfur to treat their vineyards. They promote the use of natural biodiversity in the vineyards, using certain grasses and “green manure” (types of flowers and legumes that help fix free nitrogen in the soils) between the rows of vines, which brings bees and lady bugs which in turn helps to eliminate insect pests that can destroy entire crops of grapes. One such winery in the hills east Verona in Italy is La Cappuccina, an 4th generation enterprise which is owned and operated by the Tessari Family. Since 1985 La Cappuccina, one of the pioneers of this movement, has been working their vineyards Organically and have been on a path to increas-
Cappuccina has been showing off the attributes of Soave for decades with low yields, organic farming practices and exceptional terroir of their black basalt soil vineyards. On the nose you will detect an array of smells from hawthorn flowers to intense citrus and even a whiff of warm graphite. These aromas follow in to the taste with a distinct almond finish, which make a great accompaniment for seafood and risotto and particularly Sushi.
ing dynamic farming and winemaking practices to maintain the purity of their wines and vineyards. In the words of Sisto Tessari, the Agronomist of La Cappuccina Winery, “we live and work in our vineyards, why would we want to poison them.” Though La Cappuccina produces a full array of high quality wines from dry, still, sweet and sparkling, their mainstay is their Soave D.O.C. from the Garganega grape. Soave itself is sometimes known as a light white floral wine of little distinction due to the prolific yields of the Garganega grape if left unchecked. However, La
Soave DOC Grape Variety: Garganega 100% Alc: 12% Soil: medium texture soil of volcanic origin Color: Bright straw yellow Bouquet: Delicate notes of hawthorn flowers, intense of citrus fruity with a warm graphite nose. Taste: Full flavor, fruity with citrus notes. Almond on the finish Suggestions: As an aperitif, with fish, gnocchi and risotto. Great with oysters and sushi. Serving temperature: 55°
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Dooks Golf Club Celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2014 Dooks Golf Club – the best-kept secret in Irish golf – is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2014. One of the Emerald Isle’s 10 oldest golf clubs, Dooks is home to an 18-hole links course along rugged Dingle Bay in County Kerry. Deriving its name from the Irish word for “dunes,” the fun, player-friendly track boasts Atlantic Ocean views from nearly every hole. Framed by Ireland’s highest mountain range, the McGillycuddy Reeks, Dooks’ gently rolling site is awash with natural beauty. “Golfers worldwide are invited to celebrate with us and see why we’re so proud of our ‘Friendly Dooks’ nickname,” says Michelle McGreevy, General Manager. “There will be an extra-enthusiastic welcome in 2014, with a host of special events and promotions at the club.” These activities are outlined on the club’s newly-revamped, tablet and mobile-friendly website, www.dooks. com, as well as its Facebook page. To further commemorate the anniversary, guests are encouraged to inquire about 50%-off replay rates and overseas memberships. A nine-hole layout for most of its first 80 years, it was expanded to 18 in 1970. The most recent renovations were completed by renowned golf course architect Martin Hawtree in 2006, elevating Dooks to “must play” status like neighbors Ballybunion and Tralee. Hawtree, whose resume includes acclaimed make overs of Lahinch and Royal Dublin, rebuilt all bunkers, relocated tees and fairways, and shaped 16 new greens – 10 in new locations. A sporty par 71 measuring 6,586 yards from the back tees, Dooks is now a fairer test of golf that still drips with trademark charm. Despite the relatively modest 46
yardage, the course record is just 70. Ever-present southwest winds put a premium on the ground game and proper shot trajectory. Numerous greenside collection areas await mis-hit approaches and compel imaginative bumps, chips and pitches to get upand-down. Memorable holes abound. Number four is a spectacular beachside par 3. The 489-yard par-4 7th is statistically the toughest test, playing through a chute of dunes to an undulating green.
And the 173-yard 11th endearingly features humps and hollows molded by sheep that still drift over from a nearby field as informal members of the grounds crew. After a few holes that are more parkland than links in character, the 17th and 18th return to the dunes and play into the prevailing wind. Seventeen is a straight 400-yarder with an elevated tee and out of bounds down the entire left side. The finisher is 426 yards with white chimneys of distant houses marking the ideal line. Post-renovation, the second shot can now trundle along the firm-and-fast turf to find the putting surface. “With our magical course, unparalleled hospitality, superb restaurant, and quaint, traditional bar, Dooks is the quintessential Irish golf experience,” adds McGreevy. “Come see why we’re a ‘can’t miss’ on any southwest Ireland golf itinerary.” For more information: www.dooks.com, +353 (0)66 9768205.
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Grass that reminds me of home… Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch is one of the newest community developments and golf courses in Lakewood Ranch. Lakewood Ranch is in the Sarasota/Bradenton area and boasts some of the finest golf courses in West/Central Florida. Esplanade is an excellent addition to those ranks. Early this spring I was playing another one of the Sarasota/Manatee County’s fine golf courses when a couple of gentlemen I was paired up with shared their experience on this new course, found snuggled into a Taylor Morrison community development managed by Pope Golf, and it intrigued me enough that I decided to reach out to Aaron Dressel, the Head Golf Professional and schedule a tee time. It’s always fun to be one of the first people to experience a new golf course and this was no exception. One of the things I immediately noticed was that the grass was very similar to what I grew up playing on in Central Illinois. You know, the kind of grass, that if you are off the fairway, the ball likes to nestle down to the bottom of the blades of grass, and you better take an extra club to “whack/hack it” out of there. Having 50
such fond memories wash over me I quickly decided it was a day to keep the ball in the fairway and enjoy the sunny, breezy 85 degree weather. The course measures 6756 yards from the tips, and since it was windy and a new experience I decided to use the next set of tees, which measured only 6157 yards. I know, some of you may call “wimpy, wimpy, wimpy”, but there wasn’t anything in-between, and why brutalize yourself if you don’t have to. It quickly became apparent that my natural draw (sometimes mistaken as a hard hook) would come in handy on this course. Many of the first few holes were a dogleg left, which confounded my fellow players, but I just grinned and said, “Oh, that’s a shame”. The front 9 starts with a straight forward slight dogleg right, followed by a 499 yard 2nd hole, with a snaking dogleg and water on the left. The course has several water features and enough sand traps to keep you honest. The 4th hole, a 152 yard par 3 has a very beautiful stadium effect with multi-color flowers surrounding the green. The 5th hole, a 486 yard par 5 sounds easy, but you better be able to thread a needle off the tee box
and your second shot. I was happy to walk away with a par on the 5th, after nearly being on in 2. I finished with 3 straight pars on the front and headed off to the back 9 hoping to score a bit better than the 41 I carded on the front. The back 9 started well, with a birdie on the slight dogleg right par 4. The wind started to kick up a bit and the back nine had some tougher pin placements. The par 3 12th has a table top green, that drains off the back, which caused me some pain (double bogie 5). The 17th is a very visually challenging par 5, with water left off the tee and right at the green. I pare’d three of the last 4 holes, but couldn’t hold myself down to anything better than a 42. After a very enjoyable 18 holes we retreated to the cozy clubhouse for a cool beverage and talked about wanting to come back and play it again. Always a good sign of a challenging, but fun golf course. If you would like to arrange a tee time, call the Pro Shop at (941) 306-3500, or visitmwww.popegolf.net for more information. For information about housing opportunities around this beautiful course, call (941) 799-5496, or visit www.taylormorrison.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
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2014 Junior Golf Summer Tour WCI Communities kicks off the 2014 Junior Golf summer golf season Saturday, May 31, with an adult-junior event at 1 p.m. at The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs. The 2014 Junior Golf Summer Tour is open to all juniors up to the age of 18, who must play at least nine holes, keep score and carry their own golf equipment. Additional WCI Communities Junior Golf tour events will take place at the following WCI golf courses:
• Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs, Wednesday, June 11 • Pelican Preserve Golf Club in Fort Myers, Wednesday, June 25 • Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Wednesday, July 9 • The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs, Wednesday, July 16 The season will finish with another adult-junior event on Saturday, July 26 at the Venetian Golf & River Club in Venice. A $10 annual membership fee is
Pelican Preserve - Heron course, holes 5 & 6 required for junior participants. For details on flights, levels of play or to register, visit www.WCIGolf.com or call 239-498-8040. The WCI Communities Junior Golf Foundation is committed to further promoting golf in Collier, Charlotte and
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Lee counties and excellence in the sport and classroom beyond the high school years. The annual Academic & Athletic Achievement Award scholarship program, now in its 14th year, has awarded more than $264,000 to deserving high school seniors who exhibit skill, talent and dedication, both on and off the links. Headquartered in Bonita Springs, Florida, WCI Communities is a lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder of single- and multifamily homes in most of coastal Florida’s highest growth and largest markets. WCI Communities has established a reputation and strong brand recognition for developing amenity-rich, lifestyle oriented masterplanned communities and, including its predecessor companies, has a legacy that spans more than 60 years. WCI Communities also operates real estate brokerage and title services businesses that complement its homebuilding operations. Learn more about WCI Communities and the company’s premier lifestyle communities and experiences by visiting www.WCICommunities.com or calling 800-WCI-2290. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
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Hall of Famer: Tony Johnson, right with Rich Smith, NFPGA Executive Director/CEO
Golf Professionals of the Year, Ken Betz left, Jack Aschenbach, right, Mike Touhey, center
The stars were out and shining brightly at our Annual NFPGA Awards Extravaganza and Celebration at Reunion Resort on April 26. Chapter nominees and Members along with their guests were on hand to hear the announcement of our Section Award Winners. It was filled with suspense as the nominees awaited the winner to be pulled from the envelope as our President, Mike Touhey read them off! It was fun to see the reactions from the winners and the crowd. The evening began with a social, dinner and awards. Of course it was a rockin’ ending when the evening concluded with a band from Disney! It
was a gathering of friends, families and fellow PGA Members to celebrate the North Florida PGA and honor the best of the best! Our 2014 NFPGA Award Winners were: Golf Professionals of the Year, Ken Betz, Mangrove Bay and Jack Aschenbach, North Florida Jr Golf Foundation, Teacher of the Year, Mark Rummings, Ritz Carlton Members Club, Horton Smith Award, Russ Libby, Hidden Hills CC, Bill Strausbaugh Award, John Hughes, John Hughes Golf, Junior Golf Leader, Brendon Elliott, Little Linksters, Patriot Award, David Windsor, Adaptive Golf Academy, Player Development, Mary Hafeman, Deer
Creek CC, Merchandiser of the Year Public, Brian Jaquet, Daytona Beach GC, Merchandiser of the Year Resort, Matt Borocz, TPC Sawgrass, Merchandiser of the Year Private, Joe Hodge, Palma Ceia CC, Assistant of the Year, Jason Kuiper, Orange Lake Resort, Sales Rep of the Year, Jeff Duncan, Nike Golf, Amateur of the Year, Patti Wadsworth, Sarasota, Superintendent of the Year, Nick Kearns, The Oaks Club, Sr. Player of the Year, Bill Sellers, Country Club of Orlando. Rod Perry, Crane Lakes Golf & CC was honored for his playing achievements at 2012, 2013 National PGA Professional Player of the Year and his victory in the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship. Of course, he was our Player of the Year. Finally, Tony Johnson, PGA, was inducted into our NFPGA Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners! Thank you to all who attended! There are links for photos and all of the Chapter winners and nominees on our web site at nfpga. com if you want to check it out.
Freddy Gibson, Golf Ed, defeated Barry Cheesman, Tatum Ridge Golf Links 1 up to take the season’s first major, the Global Golf Sales Senior Match Play Championship. Imagine that, two exTOUR players competing for the title! Thank you to the staff at Orange Lake Resort for their exceptional service. Thank you to Steve Sponder and Global Golf Sales for sponsoring it!
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Tallahasee for winning the Boys 12-13 division in the Drive Chip & Putt contest at Augusta National. Bryson was one of our NFPGA finalists. Congratulations to all of our finalists who qualified and competed. They all said it was the experience of a lifetime! NFPGA Executive Director/CEO Rich Smith was on hand to help supervise the exciting event, too! Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
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SFPGA Member Gene Fieger is the 2013 Senior PGA Professional National Champion Gene Fieger, PGA Director of Golf at the Hideout Golf Club, won the 25th Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz. Fieger won by six strokes by finishing with a 72-hole total of 13-under par 275. Fieger is the fifth South Florida PGA Section member to win the event. The Championship took place in Port St. Lucie at PGA Golf Club. Originally, it was supposed to be held in northern Virginia, but was postponed due to a week of heavy rain last October. “I don’t play too many four-round tournaments, but this was a thrill,” said Fieger, whose best previous Championship performance was a tie for 15th in 2010. “I broke 70 all four rounds. In this wind, that’s really an accomplishment. I felt at home all four days, and I’ve played here a lot. You get the lead and you just try to get the ball in the fairway and on the green. That’s what I tried to do most of the day. Except for a little stumble in the middle, I hit some great chip shots. It was thrilling.” Twelve SFPGA PGA Professionals competed in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship: Peter Beringer, Chris Campbell, Gene Fieger, Jerry Impellittiere, Jim Karr, Ken Martin, Ric Nalyd, Pete Oakley, Brian Peaper, Lee Rinker, Jim Traub and Jerry Tucker. Fieger, along with Lee Rinker and Jerry Impellittiere, finished in the top35 and will move onto the 75th Senior PGA Championship, May 22-25, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich. 56
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Southeast Chapter Claims Victory in the 20th Nelson Cup Matches Southeast Chapter professionals pulled out a five-point victory Monday at The Club at Pelican Bay in the 20th annual Nelson Cup matches presented by TaylorMade adidas Ashworth conducted by the South Florida PGA Section. The Southeast Chapter, which stretches from Boca Raton to Vero Beach, edged the Southwest Chapter, 71 ½ to 66 ½. The Southern Chapter was third with 24 points. The Southwest includes the Naples-Fort Myers area, the Southern primarily Broward and Miami-Dade counties. It was the seventh win for the Southeast Chapter since Nelson Cup play began in 1992. The Southwest has 10, the Southern 3. The Southeast Team included the following PGA Professionals: Mike Berger, Tom Cleaver, Jason Hrynkiw, Jerry Impellittierre, Chris Kaufman, Joe Kern, Brett McCurdy, Alan Morin, Matt Newman, Chris Stanko, Richard Terga, and Jeff Waber.
they had the same blood type; Kern told the member that he had would donate his kidney to him. Once the fishing trip was over, Kern gave blood and went through a few tests to ensure his kidney would be a good match. They decided to perform the procedure in April so that Kern could spend the winter months at the club during the busy golf season. On April 1, Kern and the club member traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to have the transplant. Though the first few days took a toll on Kern, he says that he is feeling great now. The Club member is doing well in his recovery. Kern played in his first event since the procedure on April 28 at the Nelson Cup Matches. He was a member of the victorious Southeast Chapter Team.
PGA Professional, Joe Kern, Donates his Kidney to a Club Member Joe Kern, PGA, Head Professional at Indian River Club went on a fishing trip with one of his club members to Lake Okeechobee a few months ago. The club member informed Kern that this would be their last fishing trip together because he was in kidney failure and would soon be going on dialysis. Without hesitation, Kern asked the member what his blood type was. Upon hearing
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5th Annual South Florida Foundation Pro-Am Raises Over $36,000 West Bay Club Claims Victory Over 60 golfers including sixteen PGA Professionals participated in the 2014
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The First Tee of Central Florida Participant Christion McBride Selected for Life Skills and Leadership Academy in San Diego
The First Tee of Central Florida Receives USGA Regional Chapter Award
The First Tee of Central Florida has been recognized as a USGA 2013 Regional Chapter Award recipient. As one of only two First Tee chapters nationally to be selected for the award, The First Tee of Central Florida received a $15,000 to continue to develop chapter programs. As part of the USGA Regional Chapter Awards program, the United States Golf Association continues its longtime commitment to The First Tee through chapter grants. The First Tee home office (in St. Augustine, Fla.) administers the USGA grants to The First Tee chapters based substantially on criteria established by the USGA as being important to their organization. The First Tee Regional Chapter Award is awarded annually to relatively newer chapters in The First Tee network that will benefit from additional assistance to take their programs to the next level of performance. The First Tee of Central Florida is a youth development organization that uses golf as a tool to teach young people the positive values inherent in the game such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and confidence. The grant will be used toward furthering programs that impact the lives of area youth through the game of golf. “We were thrilled to be named as a USGA Regional Chapter Award recipient, knowing that our efforts to continue to develop the Central Florida chapter are so strongly supported by the larger golf community,” said Thomas Lawrence, Executive Director of The First Tee of Central Florida. “Every dollar helps us bring the valuable life lessons learned through golf to more young people, helping us change lives and communities.” 62
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ness, Christion has overcome a lot to become the golfer he is today. He has a condition that causes congenital joint contractures, making it difficult to flex joints. As one can imagine, this has made gripping the club a challenge for him. But no one has ever heard Christion utter one complaint on the course, choosing instead to exhibit a positive attitude and graciousness for the ability to participate in the program. ����������������������������������� “Christion’s determination and perseverance are inspiring not only to our kids, but to the coaches and volunteers as well,” said Thomas Lawrence, Executive Director of The First Tee of Central Florida. “Although it is difficult for him at times, coaches and volunteers have never heard Christion complain about walking the golf course, and he prefers to be treated like all of the other participants in all of the activities we do.”
outstanding players and participants with a sponsored trip to The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy, where selected participants from The First Tee chapters throughout the globe play championship golf, participate in life skills activities and career exploration, experience dorm living and meet a wide variety of young people from around the world. The overall purpose of the Academy is to (From left) Christion McBride, a 16-year-old participant of The First Tee of provide participants Central Florida and recently-selected recipient of a sponsored trip to The with valuable charFirst Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy, with Golf Channel School of acter education and Golf Host Martin Hall leadership instruction. The First Tee of Central Florida is proud to announce that Christion McBride, a 16-year-old golfer who participates from the program’s Hunter’s Creek location, has been selected to attend the 2014 Life Skills and Leadership Academy. This year’s Academy will take place July 23-29 in San Diego, and is hosted by The First Tee of San Diego, Sycuan Golf Resort and San Diego State University. ������������������ Christion has participated in The First Tee youth development program since the Central Florida chapter opened in October 2012. He is presently in the program’s Birdie Level. Known for his consummate polite-
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Bonita Springs Elementary School students treated to a Bonita Bay field trip
Fifth-graders Pamela Cruz-Martinez, 11, and Deacon Salek-Hazel, 12, maintain a respectful distance from a gopher tortoise.
Bonita Springs Elementary School fifth-graders toured Bonita Bay on the Nature Wagon.
Bonita Bay Club and Bonita Bay Community Association hosted 22 fifthgraders from Bonita Springs Elementary School for a day of exploring the parks, mangroves, marina, golf courses and other areas of the 2,400-acre master-planned community. “The students were exposed to a range of disciplines from botany and archeology to land planning and golf course maintenance,” said Teacher Zachary Schroeder. “They were able to interact with adults in a variety of professions and to see how Bonita Bay blends homes and recreational amenities with nature and preserved areas.” The students toured the community in the open-air Bonita Bay Club Nature Wagon. Bonita Bay resident and nature photographer Maryle Barbé served as tour guide, pointing out birds, wildlife and plant species. The fifth-graders walked through mangroves and along shell mounds to a pier that extends into Estero Bay. They visited the rooftop terrace at the 26-story Tavira highrise for a bird’s-eye view of the community, which is bordered by Spring Creek, Estero Bay, Imperial River and U.S. 41. They visited Bonita Bay’s waterfront parks and rode along golf course cart paths. They learned about the bald eagle pair that nests in the community each year, and each student released a butterfly in the resident-created butterfly garden. Bonita Bay Club and Bonita Bay Community Association joined forces 64
to plan and sponsor the daylong tour, including transportation from and to the school and lunch in Estero Bay Park. Bonita Bay, founded in the mid1980s, is celebrated for its environmental stewardship, award-winning landscaping, creative land use and the philanthropic efforts and civic contributions of its 3,000-plus residents. More than half of the Bonita Springs community’s 2,400 acres is devoted to open space including lakes, natural preserve areas and 12 miles of biking and walking paths. With two clubhouses, an 18-court tennis and swim center, a fitness cen-
ter and 90 holes of championship golf, Bonita Bay Club offers a wider range of amenities than any other club in Southwest Florida. Golf options include three Arthur Hills-designed courses within the community and two Tom Fazio courses that provide a pure golf experience at Bonita Bay Club Naples. The club was established in 1985, and members took ownership in 2010. Bonita Bay Community Association has maintained its commitment to strong environmental stewardship and ecological preservation since its inception in 1985. The association was turned over to the community’s residents in 2011.
Bonita Bay Club Director of Golf Course Operations Hal Akins with Bonita Springs Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Zachary Schroeder and Bonita Bay resident Maryle Barbé, who served as tour guide.
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2014 Inter-Club Challenge Raises $151,268 for Immokalee Youth Philanthropic foursomes from nine of Southwest Florida’s most prestigious communities, golf clubs and The Immokalee Foundation corporate sponsors, along with local club golf pros, recently gathered at The Old Collier Golf Club in Naples to participate in the 2014 Inter-Club Challenge, a lively golf tournament that pits local golf clubs against each other in a friendly rivalry to support a brighter future for the children of Immokalee through The Immokalee Foundation’s education programs. The eighth annual tournament raised $151,268 to benefit Immokalee’s youth. The tournament included 19 foursomes from area country clubs along with area club golf pros. At day’s end, the Bay Colony team was overall team champions and both the men’s and ladies’ winning teams were from The Old Collier Golf Club. The overall team champions from Bay Colony were Joyce Hagen Fites, Don Fites, Carol Lund, Tom Lund with golf pro Jeff Raimer. The winning men’s team included Clint Harkins, Rick Zona, Dick Stonesifer and Nick Trigony, with pro Steve Waugh. The women’s winning team was Carrie Scanell, Rene Zona, Eileen Golden and Ann Bain, with golf pro Brian Yarusevich. Closestto-the-pin winners were Harry Rose, Mediterra; Mike Lyons, Bonita Bay; Skip Hildebrand, Mediterra; and Alice Sanneman, The Old Collier Golf Club. The team from Bonita Bay, consisting
Heather Martinez, Alan Cuevas, Rolby Seneus, Kelley Anzualda, Luis Parra, Charity Gonzales, Elijah Arreaga
of Don Boudreau, Bob Herdman, John Howard, Mike Lyons and pro Rick Nalyd, was the winner of the putting contest. Kevin Johnson, a TIF board member and member of the Inter-Club committee, was pleased with the event, “The day was awesome. Course conditions were great and we had fun playing.” Most importantly though, was the reason they were all there, “The Inter-Club Challenge provides the unique opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of Immokalee students by giving them the chance to advance themselves socially, civically, economically and academically through TIF programs.” A team of TIF students, consisting of Alan Cuevas, Charity Gonzalez, Heather Martinez and Rolby Seneus, played as a foursome alongside PGA Professional Mark Fogg. The tournament allowed the students the opportunity to interact with their benefactors and pro golfers. Cuevas, a junior at Immokalee High School and a TIF Take Stock in Children student, not only enjoyed playing in the tournament, but also appreciates the lessons gained through golf, “Golf teaches you patience, builds communication skills and is a great way to network.”
FIRST PLACE OVERALL Don Fites, Joyce Hagen Fites, Carol Lund, Tom Lund
For the TIF supporters, having the opportunity to meet the students whose lives they are directly impacting is often their favorite part of the annual tournament. “Through TIF, we are giving kids the opportunity to have a career and solid education,” Johnson said. “Seeing how they’ve have grown and matured each year is such a good feeling.” David Call, a member of the TIF board of directors, appreciates that TIF “takes care of a lot of people. You are able to see where all the money goes. You can see it firsthand – almost every dollar goes back to helping kids in Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
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Immokalee.” Michael Benson, 2014 Inter-Club Challenge chair and TIF board member, is happy to be part of an organization that is making a big different in a community that needs help, “The Immokalee Foundation is a phenomenal, results-oriented organization. One hundred percent of the 700 plus students in the program have graduated.” The Inter-Club Challenge is the first in a series of annual fundraising events aimed to build pathways to success for the children of Immokalee. TIF’s largest fundraiser of the year, the 2014 Charity Classic Celebration, is slated for Nov. 14 at The Ritz Carlton Beach Resort, Naples. The Charity Classic Pro-Am tournament
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at The Old Collier Golf Club, will take place Monday, Nov. 17. The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and
tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about TIF, signature events, volunteer opportunities or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org.
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Aces & Eagles NGCOA Welcomes Ingrid Thorson, Associate Director of Marketing Communications
The NGCOA announces the addition of Ingrid Thorson as the organization’s new Associate Director
of Marketing Communications. Thorson will be responsible for creating and implementing a multifaceted communications program using traditional and new media while strengthening the organization’s role and reputation as the leader and voice of the industry. “I’m thrilled to be part of the NGCOA. I’ve spent my entire career in the trade association world, and I look forward to continuing that path in the golf industry,” said Thorson. Thorson comes to the NGCOA from the Professional Association of
Innkeepers International (PAII), the trade association for owners of inns and bed and breakfast businesses. While at PAII, Thorson provided marketing and communications support to all of PAII’s education, advocacy and marketing efforts. As Director of Marketing and Communications, she had an instrumental role in reforming the association’s communications. Thorson brings 14 years of marketing, communications and association strategy and management background to the NGCOA. To reach her, email email@example.com.
National Golf & Resort Properties Group's Raymond Demby to Head Research & Analysis Department
The National Golf & Resort Properties Group of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services (NYSE: MMI), the nation’s largest real estate investment services firm with offices throughout 72
the United States and Canada, has announced the promotion of Ray Demby to the Head of its Research & Analysis Department. According to Steven Ekovich, Vice President and Managing Director of the firm’s National Golf & Resort Properties Group (which is based in Tampa, Florida), Raymond Demby has been a senior analyst and worked on many of the groups research initiatives. Ekovich states, “The National Golf & Resort Properties Group has grown significantly over the past few years. We are now not only known as the largest and most successful golf brokerage team in the nation, but we have become leaders in the golf industry regarding economic and market trends as well. Due to our commitment to provide both golf course owners and stake-holders with unique and predictive market data, we felt it was the appropriate time to promote Mr. Demby and have him formally serve as the Head of the Research & Analysis Department.” Mr.
Demby has been with the National Golf & Resort Properties Group since 2012 as a Senior Financial Analyst and Investment Advisor. Ekovich continues, “Ray has been instrumental in the continued growth and success of our Semi-Annual Golf & Resort Investment Report and the launch of our inaugural NG&RPG Golf Investor Sentiment Survey, making him the perfect candidate to lead the Research & Analysis Division.” Raymond Demby is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio. Since joining the National Golf & Resort Properties Group, Mr. Demby has underwritten over $500,000,000 in golf and resort assets. In addition to leading the Research & Analysis Division, he will also continue his role representing purchasers and golf course owners as an Investment Advisor. Mr. Demby’s new title is Investment Advisor and Head of Research & Analysis. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
Kings Ridge Golf Club in Clermont Names Justin Bliss Golf Instructor Kings Ridge Golf Club in Clermont has named Justin Bliss golf instructor. Nick Hall, general manager at Kings Ridge Golf Club, said Bliss is a native of Boynton Beach who grew up in W. Knoxville , Tenn. where he has more than five years of experience instructing youth competitive baseball. A standout athlete in multiple sports all his life, Bliss graduated from the Golf
Academy of America in Apopka, and has served the golf industry for more than 10 years, Hall said. “At Golf Academy of America, Justin finished as one of the top three golfers in eight out of 12 weekly tournaments that are part of the curriculum,” Hall said. Kings Ridge Golf Club is owned and operated by Celebration Golf Management.
GCSAA Tabs Smith To Fill Communications Post
Craig Smith, a veteran communicator with more than three decades of experience at the highest levels of the golf industry, has been named the new director
of communications and media relations for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). Most recently a communications consultant and owner of his own public relations and communications firm, Smith spent nearly 20 years of his career as the director, media relations, for the United States Golf Association (USGA), where he played a key role in the media operations and communications that surround the USGA’s 13 annual national championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. A graduate of Morevian College in Bethlehem, Pa., Smith began his communications career as the sports information director at Lafayette College, an
NCAA Division I program in Eaton, Pa. He joined the USGA in 1989, and in his 19 years with the organization ushered in a number of innovative programs related to media operations at USGA championships. In 2009, he joined the Cliffs Communities in Greenville, S.C., as its senior director, public relations, before creating his own communications and public relations firm, Double Eagle, in 2010. Smith is a member of several professional associations, including the International Association of Business Communicators, the Golf Writers Association of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America. He has also served as a board member for the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
McDonnell is New Bonita Bay Club Director of Golf
E.J. McDonnell has been named director of golf for Bonita Bay Club, overseeing the club’s five courses and 95 employees. He joined Bonita Bay Club in 1999 and is an active member of the South Florida Section and the Southwest Florida Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 2
Professional Golf Association, which named him 2008 Assistant of the Year. “Our members have watched E.J. advance through the ranks since he joined the club as an assistant golf professional,” said General Manager/COO Daniel Miles. “Support for him is strong, both among the membership and our staff, and he is widely respected in the golf industry.” “My goals as director of golf are to provide club members with exciting instructional programs, strong tournament activities and new event formats, not only during season, but throughout the entire year,” McDonnell said. “My staff and I are focused on enhancing our culture of exceptional customer service, boosting the quality and variety of golf shop merchandise and exploring new technology and
resources to improve our members’ experience.” McDonnell attended Iowa State University in Ames. Before joining Bonita Bay Club, he served as assistant golf professional at Stoneybrook Golf Club in Estero, Highland Woods Country Club in Bonita Springs and Valencia Golf and Country Club in Naples. McDonnell was a member of the 2010 Southwest Florida PGA Nelson Cup team and qualified for the ReMax World Long Drive regional finals in 2009, 2010 and 2011 as champion twice and in third place once. Bonita Bay Club was established in 1985; members took ownership in 2010. To learn more, visit www.BonitaBayClub. net, or contact Membership Director Dianne Rambo at 239-949-5036 or DianneR@BonitaBayClub.net.
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