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In 1985, J&J Moving and Metro Moving merged into J&J Metro Moving and Storage. The company flourished, buying up several other moving companies in the area. This gave J&J Metro the strength to provide Central Florida with exceptional moving and storage services at a reasonable cost. The company expanded their services into commercial moving with clients including the State of

Although the names have changed, for nearly 50 years this company has been family owned and under the direction of family members who care about providing great service to its customers. Bergenske, President of J&J Metro was asked what he credits for the company’s success. He replied, “Most companies I think would tell you they credit their product, service, or location. We here at J&J Metro credit our

J&J Metro Moving and Storage opened its doors in 1968. The year started with President Lyndon Johnson in office and ends with the election of President Richard Nixon. During this year Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated. The United States was heavily involved in war in Vietnam and student demonstrations were causing University closures at home.


Florida, Florida Hospital, UCF, Orange County, Bank of America, and many more. Word got out about J&J Metro’s exceptional service, and soon residential moving included Florida’s top executives, professional golfers, football, and basketball players, as well as to college students and newlyweds who purchased their first home. J&J Metro’s slogan became “We like our Reputation and so will you.”

success to the many relationships we have nurtured and expanded over the years. We find our biggest success comes from repeat and referred customers. We then take the responsibility to build that into a lifelong relationship that moves from generation to generation. If you do that right you can’t go wrong and your business is destined to grow.”


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The car of the year was the Pontiac GTO and the average price of gas was .34 cents. The Space Program launched Apollo 7 which orbited the earth for 11 days in preparation for Apollo 8′s voyage to the moon. Top TV shows of the year were The Lucy Show, Andy Griffith, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and the Beverly Hillbillies. Top songs of the year included “Hey Jude”, “Mrs. Robinson”, and “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay.” This all seems like it took place long ago, but this is when Metro Moving and Storage opened its doors and began moving families to their new homes.

“Moving your memories since 1968”


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The Only Ten I See! Sometimes it pays to be humble and some times you have to shout it from the Tennessee Mountain tops. I prefer the latter. Ms Terrie Purdum of Florida Golf Central called me one evenin’ and said, “What’s shakin’ NoFakin’?” And, I replied, well good Lord Girl, haven’t talked to you in ages, how ya doin’? Always quick to the point, all I could do from there was listen. You know fella’s, when a woman gets to talkin’ you better listen and just nod your head, say uh huh, or yep in agreement. Terrie started throwing an idea at me. She began her story about Florida Golf Central. I already knew her as the best golf publicity person I’d ever met and knew the success of FGCM. The big Madison Avenue agencies have nothing on Ms Terrie, so I kept listening for the bottom line. I was hopin’ she was gonna ask me to Florida for the Tennessee Waltz but just mentioning the Tennessee Williams song has aged me. The preferred reference would be the Dave Loggins line from one of his songs, “there ain’t no gold and there ain’t nobody like me. I’m the number one fan of the man from Tennessee.” Nope, wasn’t a song reference in her offer. Terrie wanted to expand, she wanted a man with 18 years experience in golf news publishing to join her with a Tennessee version of Golf Central. It’s no secret that times have not been so great in parts of the country. However, golf courses and golfers in Tennessee as well as Florida have adjusted and business is on the rise again. To shorten all the details, you are looking at the first issue of a joint effort to continue growing the game and helping businesses invest in themselves and the future of golf. It was told to me long ago and research has proved it; having a common interest with your customers increases the opportunity for a sale. The golf community is a special niche and we are bound by the love of the game. Golfers, through golf charities, fundraisers and support of PGA tournament charity efforts, raise more money than all other professional sports combined. That’s right “combined.” Be proud of yourself for being involved with charities. Off we go! In my humble opinion, but remember I prefer the latter, Ms Terrie has scored another knock-out and hope you all will join us for the ride. We promote anything and everything to do with golf and anything golfers are in need of. It is very exciting to offer golf packages and real estate from both Florida and Tennessee.

Volume 15, Issue 3 Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Tennessee Golf Central Publisher: Glenn Makin,

Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Executive Editor: Joel Jackson–Director of Communications for the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association Executive Administration: Angi Perretti Photographers: Lynn Pelham, Brion Price, Peter Hakansson Tres Fenton, Mike Coonan, Jess Regan Public Relations & Social Media Director: Green Gazelle Marketing

Senior Correspondent: Rick Harris, Sr. Media Consultant: Randy Hewitt Media Muse: Mike Gooding Director of Something: Steve Vogt Contributing Writers: Jay Golden, PGA; Greg Wise, Bob Bolton, Elisa Gaudet, Mike Jamison, Katie Hatfield, Ron Heller Graphic Design: Melahn Cable, Website Design/Network Support:

Florida Tennessee Golf Central Magazine is published monthly by: Sand Hill Publishing & Public Relations 1549 Warrington Court, Winter Springs, FL 32708

NEW PHONE: 321.765.4215 E-mail: ©2014 Florida Tennessee Golf Central Magazine. No portion of this publication may be reprinted without the prior written permission of the Publisher. Editorial contributions are welcome, but Florida Golf Central Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited proposals, manuscripts and photographs. All materials submitted not accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope will not be returned. Mailing, electronic mailing or faxing of contributions constitutes an expressed warrant on the part of the contributor that all material is original and does not infringe on the rights of others. Florida Golf Central Magazine retains all reprint rights and reserves the right to edit any submitted material to meet our specifications for publishing and or use in advertising or promotion. The Publisher and staff are not responsible for any loss or grievance by any person or persons whatsoever, due in any way or in part to the content of this publication. The Publisher reserves the right to refuse to accept any material deemed inappropriate or in bad taste.

Glenn Makin, Tennessee Golf Central


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Each year, The First Tee recognizes 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 provide participants with valuable character education and 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 politeness, 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.”      

Not Just A Game, A Way Of Life!

Volume 15, Issue 3 FLORIDA


Cart Girl 14 Taylor Scull

Cart Girl 56 Blair Brackfield

Celebrity Corner 20 Cub Swanson

Golf Fore Charity 72 10th Annual MemoryLinks

Feature 38 Fairfield Glade Resort

Links to Mountains 58 Chuck Cavalaris

Golf Bachelor 12 Brad Rogers

Tournament News 60 2014 Willow Creek Invitational 64 Patriot Hills 2-Man Scottish Lowball 66 Knoxville Championship 68 21st Annual Knox County Amateur 70 Green Meadow

Golf Fore Charity 30 Wacky Warriors Tournament 32 Hannah Berman 46 Special Operations Tournament of South Florida In Memory Of 36 Pam McCloskey Brosnihan Leader on the Links 22 Roger Oxendale

Makin' The Rounds 62 with No Fakin


Living on the Links 24 AV Homes - Vitalia Special Events 28 Pat Browne Stay & Play 18 South Florida Turf Life 16 Seven Rivers Golf Course Superintendent Association Women in Golf 26 Lynn University

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Golf Central Station Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Live Golf Grip It & Sip It Competitive Spirits Product Showcase Duffer Dan South Florida PGA North Florida PGA


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Stay & Play Packages also available! Contact Sharon Gebhart at (352)588-2233, Ext. 333 for more information

Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club offers a variety of membership opportunities to suit the ultimate in country club living. Our semi-private facility offers amenities including 36 holes of championship golf, 4 Har-Tru clay tennis course, fitness center and fine dining. Contact Membership Coordinator Dolores White-Sutton at (352)588-2233, Ext.333 or to learn more about our beautiful facilities.


MOXNESS WINS PLAYOFF IN LEGENDS TOUR’S JUDSON EVENT ROSWELL, Ga., Barb Moxness earned her second career win on The Legends Tour today when she edged two-time defending champion Alicia Dibos in the third annual Judson Collegiate and Legends Pro-Am Challenge presented by

BILOXI, Miss.– Fallen Oak, one of the country’s most exclusive golf courses, has temporarily closed for course enhancements. The course, perennially ranked among the top courses in the country and recently named one of the “Top 10 Fazio Courses You Can Play” by Links Magazine, is scheduled to re-open in September 2014. The enhancement project will be overseen by original course architect Tom Fazio. “We are very excited to return to Fallen Oak and once again work with MGM Resorts International,” said course designer Tom Fazio.

“As we witnessed during Fallen Oak’s original construction, MGM’s commitment to quality is unsurpassed and this enhancement project further testifies to that. While we will make a few strategic improvements, all in all Fallen Oak is a premier golf experience that can stand against the best courses in the country.” Beau Rivage is currently accepting tee times for Fallen Oak, in anticipation of an early September re-opening. Greens fees for this elite MGM Resorts International golf experience are $200. To make reservations, call (877) 805-4657 or visit

AT&T. “It’s been about 10 years since I last won, so this is a real treat,” said Moxness of Edina, Minn., who holed out from the fairway for an eagle-3 on the par-five 13th hole. “I made some really good par putts today to keep the momentum going.” Moxness credited her youngest son, Tim, who caddied for his mom in today’s event and helped her read the greens. Moxness pocketed $15,000 for her win. “Although I fell short of my bid for the threepeat, I’m very proud of the way I played,” said Dibos. “I chipped in for birdie on the first hole and made many great putts along the way. I’m pleased with my effort to defend this year.” The tournament showcases the talents of 60 collegiate women golfers who played alongside 30 LPGA Legends professionals in today’s opening round. The college players will compete in a separate three-day event Saturday through Monday, June 30, which counts toward World Amateur Golf Rankings. For complete results of the Legends Tour event, visit 8


Golf & Country Club›s new 20,000 square foot Clubhouse and Restaurant will soon be complete, filling a need for a quality, modern event venue in the North Brevard area. The facility includes a Grand Ballroom and is ideal for both smaller, intimate events, and larger parties up to 500 guests. With fine in-house catering and two full bars, the venue features an exquisite view of the largest putting green in the state (soon to be completed). With a grand opening scheduled for early August, Walkabout is now accepting pre-bookings for weddings, corporate events, and holiday parties. The Clubhouse will have a Key West flare,

with its all-new restaurant, «The Hideaway at Walkabout», boasting the culinary talents of Executive Chef Daro Chan. In addition to views of the new putting green, the Clubhouse also includes grand views from a huge exterior patio overseeing both the 18th finishing hole and the unique 19th par 3 shaped like Australia.  Located in Mims, Florida, Walkabout Golf & Country Club features an 18-hole championship golf course with lush, rolling fairways, surrounded by serene lakes, and native Florida vegetation & wildlife. For more information about Walkabout, visit their website, www.walkaboutgolf. com, or contact Franco Ippolito at hideaway@ Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

Welcome to the Revolution

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Chef Emeril Lagasse to Present Culinary Demonstration at Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

Focused on seasonal offerings from Florida, Chef Emeril Lagasse is scheduled to present an exclusive culinary demonstration at the 2014 Florida Restaurant & Lodging  Show. The award-winning celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author will showcase his skills on Monday, September 8 at 1:00 PM at The Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.  He will be joined by Chef Ryan Vargas, Chef de Cuisine at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, located at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal® Orlando.  “The theme of this year’s show is Emeril Getting a Driving Lesson at Leadbetter Golf Academy

Florida Fresh and Lagasse’s Florida restaurants incorporate the bounty of fresh and local produce – with a completely unique approach to eating fresh,” said Ron Mathews, Vice President, Restaurant and Foodservice Events Portfolio.    “We thank our sponsors, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association for securing Emeril and Ryan for the Show.  The association is instrumental in bringing ‘Emeril’s Florida’ to the Cooking Channel which highlights the Sunshine State through the eyes of Emeril with a focus on food and cooking around the state.” Emeril’s Tchoup Chop is the second eatery by Emeril Lagasse at Universal Orlando. The name is a nod to New Orleans’ famous Tchoupitoulas Street, where Emeril’s flagship restaurant is located, and the word “chop” - a bold culinary term. From the stunning design to the innovative menu, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop is a unique and exotic journey through the Pacific Seas and a perfect complement for the lush surroundings of the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Emeril’s Orlando is Chef Lagasse’s second Florida restaurant, located at the epicenter of Universal’s CityWalk. Emeril’s bustling eatery overlooks the park’s lagoon and all of the action of this thriving Orlando hot spot. The free standing two-story building is a highenergy, creative environment for fine food and wine, with soaring thirty-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, stone walls,

Emeril and Norman Van Aken and iron staircase that lends the feel of an industrial warehouse loft.   In addition to Emeril and Ryan, there will be a full line up of chefs presenting cooking demonstrations in the Culinary Theater on the show floor.  Additional highlights during the show include access to the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum with 30+ complimentary sessions, Food Trends Experience, including a new Fresh From Florida Pavilion, ACF Culinary Competitions and Chefs Table Luncheons, the new Food Truck Academy, New Product Gallery, Foodservice Council for Women and more!  For more information on exhibiting or attending, visit the official Show website at  

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Crockett Ridge Golf Club, positioned in the picturesque northeast corner of Tennessee, is set up to be userfriendly. This medium-length layout, which intermingles with four lakes, features five sets of tee boxes to appeal to golfers of every skill level. The middle-handicapper will enjoy the large, undulating greens, which play diagonally to the fairways.

Crockett Ridge Golf Course Kingsport, TN 423-279-1700

Bent Creek Golf Course, designed by three-time Masters and British Open Championship winner Gary Player, is a par 72 course that has been popular since the sunny day it opened back in 1972. Southern Living Travel Guide rated Bent Creek Golf Resort one of the “Top Fifty Golf Courses in the South.� This course is all at once challenging and relaxing.

Bent Creek Golf Club Gatlinburg, TN 865-436-3947


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Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Building something very cool in my shop.

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

What’s your take on “cuddling”? Cuddling is great! It’s kind of like throwing corn out while you’re hunting. If you just wait and are real patient you will get what you really want.


What’s the most effective way you’ve discovered to check out a hot woman without her, or anyone else noticing?

Oh no, not me. I just look right at them saying to myself. “Dam that’s what I’m talking about”! Unless I’m in Church, then I just look down at my Bible and say to myself. “Oh Dear Lord, just please give me about one more hour of strength.”

What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? Bow and arrow, fishing line and hook, magnifying glass.

Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why? Jesus! Do I really have to tell you why? What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Slow play. Name the three most important things to you in this world. God, My Mother, My Sobriety.

What do you fear the most? Reading out loud in big groups. Last time you spewed something through your nose from laughing so hard? Camping with the boys at the Redneck Yacht Club

Favorite comedian? Eddy Murphy Where were you born? Did you grow up there? Born and

raised in Houston, Texas. Moved to Florida in 1992 when I was 21 to start my company.

Is “acting your age” over rated? Very much so! I still act like I’m 21 and listen to the same music.

High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? I hung out with everyone for various reasons! lol

What do you do for a living? Run my underwater construction company “EXTREME DIVERS’’.

What would you like to do for a living? I’m doing it now,

however working at NASA being an Astronaut is always a great daydream! 12

Movies:…comedy, drama, action, romance? Action Favorite television channel? Discovery Channel Favorite magazine? Florida Golf Central Magazine Favorite charity to support? Sobriety for my brothers What else would you like for us to know about you?

I’m just a fun loving, sober, Christian, entrepreneur living the dream. I love my job and just love hanging out with all my golf course superintendents’ friends and clients. This is such a great industry to work in and I just think it’s a privilege to work with all these great golf courses. God Bless you all.

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Ocean Breeze Golf Club, Boca Raton

Where did you grow up? Millville, New Jersey Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? Everyone, I never liked the idea of a “group”. What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch? I like archery, fishing or horseback riding and I watch zero hours of TV a week.

Do you enjoy playing golf? Are they’re any golfers in your family? I enjoy mini golf (I’m a pro mini golfer) and my boyfriend has been golfing since he was 2 and my future father in law is basically a pro!

What do you feel makes this club special? Ocean Breeze has 27 holes that combine to make 3 challenging courses to test the skill level of every golfer. Plus we have an amazing staff, the coolest GM, Awesome Bag Boys, a Great Chef & the best beverage cart girl alive J

If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing? I actually do all sorts of things, I do all of the Event Coordinating at Ocean Breeze (bring on your big parties) and I’m also an Independent Business Owner with WakeUpNow! I absolutely LOVE my life and all of my job titles!! It’s what makes me who I am!

What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl? Crazy, but It’s when my friend Brian (I won’t say his last name) hit the ball and it ricocheted back off the marker and broke his nose!

What hobbies do you enjoy? I love Painting, Thrifting, DIY projects, Decorating/Interior Design, Fishing, Riding Quads, Traveling to new places, Lifting Heavy Objects, Helping People Better Their Lives, Produce Markets, Concerts, Cooking, Rescuing Animals, and buying old furniture and fixing it up to sell it!

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? 100% Home, I don’t drink (only on special occasions). I work too hard to be healthy!

Favorite charity to support? Florida Animal Friend! I would do anything to help save an innocent little animal.

What else would you like for us to know about you? I’m a Boca Raton Event Coordinator, WakeUpNow (Life Coach), Minimalista, inspired by creating superb things, Living-not just existing & finding beauty in everything. I believe in simplicity and focusing on the positive and not the negative! Plan a trip and come visit us today at Ocean Breeze you won’t be let down! 14

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The Seven Rivers GCSA was incorporated in 1991 by a group of Golf Course Superintendents along the northwest coast of Florida during a time when golf in the area was booming. The purpose of the association is to promote golf course management as it pertains to golf course superintendents and to provide the opportunity for fellowship and learning for superintendents sharing the same interests. Inaugural President Glenn Oberlander remains an active member and is directly involved with the association to this day. Seven Rivers GCSA has since grown to include over 65 Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent members covering roughly ten Florida counties. Besides holding monthly educational and golf events for its members, the 16

Seven Rivers GCSA has been actively

most recently has funded a turfgrass

involved in improving the industry

breeding trial as well as the purchase

of golf course management. Through

of equipment to be utilized on a

the Jeff Hayden Memorial Envirotron

daily basis by turfgrass researchers.

Golf Classic for Turfgrass Research,

The Seven Rivers GCSA also hosts

over $850,000 has been raised during

an annual “Toys for Tots� fundrais-

the 21 year life of the event. This an-

ing campaign during their November

nual event, held at World Woods Golf

meeting. This past year, association

Club, is an important economic driver

members donated over $1,000 worth of

for turfgrass research in the State of

toys, toiletries, gift cards, board games

Florida. Over the years, the event has

and sports balls to the Citrus County

funded the construction and opera-

Family Resource Center in Hernando

tion of both the Jeff Hayden Envirotron

and to the Arnette House located in

research Facility located on the campus

Ocala. These two charities were cho-

of the University of Florida and the

sen for their positive impact on both

G.C. Horn Turfgrass Research Facility

children and families in the area while

located at the Plant Science Research

striving to improve the lives of those

and Education Unit in Citra. The event

less fortunate. The association looks to

has funded numerous research trials

increase their total donations of well

through the University of Florida and

over $5,000 this upcoming year. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

Seven Rivers

Founded 1991

Andy Jorgensen

Greenwalt Barry

Marrino, Robert...Retired

Barry Greenwalt, CGCS

Herber, Rich

Murphy, Jimmie

Jim Shaffer

Higgins, Dennis

O’Dell, Frank

Rick Watts

Hill, CGCS, Matt

O’Dell, Janet

Ron Palsgrove

Holden, Joseph

Padova, Andy

Anderson, Travis

Hunter, Steve

Palsgrove, Ron

Antal, Robert...Retired

Hutchinson, Jason

Parks, Daniel

Illgen, Paul

Pierson, Charles

Irby, Don

Roll, Lycurgus

Ironside, Craig

Rood, Ron

Jamros, Scott

Rothert, Karl...Retired


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External Vice President Treasurer


Mallory Hill Country Club

Armstrong, Nathan

On Top of The World Communities, Inc

Brown, Anthony

One Source Landscape & Golf Services

Caillavet, Bayne

Davey Golf Course Maintenance

Carter, Joshua

Candler Hills Golf Club

Court, David

World Woods Golf Club

Cravey, Thomas

Valley Crest - Kingfisher

Dixon, Mark

West End Golf Club

Dixon, Eric

Timber Pines Community Association

Dodge, Chris

Beacon Woods Golf Club

Fioretto, Rich

One Source Landscape & Golf Services

Flores, Romauldo Stone Creek GC

Fort, Joel

Rainbows End Golf Club

Gates, Robert Valley Crest

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Seven Rivers Golf & CC World Woods Golf Club OneSource Landscape & Golf Services, Inc. Haile Plantation Golf & CC Rocky Point/One Source Landscape & Golf Silverthorn CC

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Juliette Falls GC

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Schaffer, Brian

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Schultz, Rodney

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Shaffer, Jim

High Point Golf Course

Stevenson, Rodney

One Source Landscape & Golf Services

Walden, Chris Ocala Golf Club

Watts, Rick

Stonecrest CC

Wiemer, Robert

Timber Pines Community Association

Williams, Chad

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Golf’s Hot Spot – Live, Stay, Play and Learn in South Florida

PGA Village - Dye Course

Dozens of PGA Tour players call the small stretch of the Sunshine State between Jupiter and West Palm Beach home. Known as the world’s most exclusive golf address, the area provides a convenient location to lessen the burden of a demanding TOUR travel schedule and an opportunity to practice year-round in the warm Florida sunshine. It comes as no surprise that three of the world’s top ranked players – former world No. 1 Lee Westwood, 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen and 2011 Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel – decided to relocate to Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens. The prestigious private club is now home to Lee, Louis and Charl and their families while they are state-side for PGA Tour events. They join golf Hall-of-Famer, course designer and honorary Club Chairman, Raymond Floyd, as well as 1991 Open Champion, Ian Baker-Finch, as full-time residents. All have purchased homes and utilize Old Palm’s 7,400-yard, Raymond Floyd-designed golf course and worldrenowned 33-acre Golf Studio practice facility to sharpen all facets of their respective games. One of the most complete golf instruction and training facilities in the U.S., the Old Palm Golf Studio anchors a spacious double-ended range, TrackMan and V-1 equipped hitting bay, short-game area and three regulation practice holes – a par 3, 4, and 5 – on which golfers can replicate every shot and angle they encounter on the par-72 course. 18

When asked what it takes to get in the proper state of mind before playing a tournament, Schwartzel, who has already won four times since moving in, notes “a relaxed environment is key. I get that at Old Palm and I can feel myself improving when I use the stateof-the-art practice facilities to work on all aspects of my game.” Situated on 650-acres, Old Palm prides itself on the intimate character of the community with no more than 320 planned residences. The low-densi-

ty masterplan allows for high, attentive levels of service, privacy and a relaxing lifestyle. Westwood, who has had one victory since relocating, has settled into the area nicely stating, “Old Palm is the finest club in the Palm Beaches offering world-class golf amenities, exclusivity and kinship among residents that makes me feel comfortable at home and when I am traveling.” For those who would like to experience all South Florida has to offer, but aren’t quite ready to move next door to

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Ryder Cup heroes and major champions, look no further than PGA National Resort & Spa. Located directly across the street from Old Palm on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens, few destinations have a golf pedigree as storied as PGA National and its Champion Course. Its vaunted resume includes hosting the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, and nearly two decades of the Senior PGA Championship. Currently, PGA National hosts The Honda Classic, one of the PGA TOUR’s premier events and the first stop on its famous “Florida Swing.” Recent tournament winners include elite TOUR players such as Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els, Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington. The Champion is also home to the famous “Bear Trap” – holes 15, 16 and 17 where designer Jack Nicklaus famously said, “It should be won or lost right here.” PGA National boasts four other award-winning layouts designed by elite architects in addition to The Champion including The Fazio, The Palmer, The Squire and The Estates. The AAA Four Diamond resort recently underwent a $100 million revitalization and boasts 379 rooms, world-class spa, 33,000 square-foot health-and-racquet club with 19 Har Tru tennis courts, and seven on-site restaurants and lounges. Another famed South Florida golf destination worth the trip is PGA Village in Port St. Lucie. Located an hour north of the Palm Beaches, PGA Village is home to 54 holes of Championship golf – 36 from Fazio and 18 from Dye. Owned and operated by The PGA of America, PGA Golf Club is one of the premier publicaccess resort facilities and the “home course” for the 27,000 men and women PGA Professionals. Not to be missed, the PGA Museum of Golf is located steps from the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. Trace the history of the game with complimentary admission to see the four major Championship trophies of golf. The Museum periodically features a Speaker Series with iconic PGA Professionals and golf industry experts such as 1958 PGA Champion Dow Finsterwald and legendary PGA teaching Professional Bob Toski. Another two hours north on Florida’s Turnpike is Orlando, home to Annika Sorenstam’s ANNIKA Academy. Perfect for golfers looking to learn to play like Lee, Louis and Charl, the ANNIKA Academy is a state-of-the-art, boutique golf instruction and fitness facility at Orlando’s renowned Reunion Resort. The Academy offers an exceptional opportunity to learn from the same Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

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MMA Star, Cub Swanson, Adds Punch To Golf Line PowerBilt has signed MMA athlete Cub Swanson, to promote its brand-new Air Force One DFX driver and all of its latest golf equipment.  An avid golfer who grew up mostly in the Palm Springs area, the mixed martial arts pro Swanson is part of a new marketing campaign to position PowerBilt with an edgier personality.   “We’re in the process of signing other extreme sport athletes,” says Ross Kvinge, president of PowerBilt. “Cub is the first because of his passion for golf and his connection to the local community.  Cub gives us the opportunity to enhance the future of golf and the idea of golfers as athletes.   In signing Cub, other MMA athletes, and additional extreme sports figures, we


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leader on the links Roger Oxendale, CEO Nemours Children's Hospital Roger Oxendale and Ian Poulter

Nemours: A Promise To The Community It’s easy to see how the game of golf comes into play at Nemours Children’s Hospital. The hospital is located in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City close to the Orlando International Airport and just a few miles away from Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. Roger Oxendale is the Chief Executive Officer at Nemours Children’s Hospital. He’s also an *avid golfer who has seized the opportunity to turn this wildly popular, past time into a way to help the hospital carry out its mission: to restore and improve the health of children through care and programs not readily available, with one high standard of quality and distinction, regardless of the recipient’s financial status. Since opening its doors in October 2012 Nemours has benefitted from a number of golf tournaments thanks to Skanska USA Building Inc., and world champion golfer, Ian Poulter. Skanska, the construction manager for the Nemours Children’s Hospital project has hosted the Swing for the Future: Nemours Skanska Golf Invitational 22

for the past four years. It has been an important way to raise funds and bring these services closer to where families live, work and play. This year’s Skanska tournament is scheduled for October at the Lake Nona Country Club. The Ian Poulter Charity Classic in 2012 at Lake Nona Country Club and 2013 at Isleworth Golf and Country Club have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for services at the hospital. “We made a promise to the community that we would provide medical services that were previously unavailable to families in the region,” said Roger Oxendale. “The golf community has embraced us as a neighbor and is helping Nemours fulfill that promise through the generosity of many fellow golfers.” Some of Nemours specialized services include an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in limb lengthening, the only two pediatric interventional radiologists in the State of Florida, and the only surgeon in the southeast who treats chil-

dren living with intestinal failure. Nemours is one of the nation’s largest pediatric health systems with a children’s hospital in Wilmington, Delaware and specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and now Georgia. In addition to Nemours Children’s Hospital which has a full-service, pediatricsonly Emergency Department, the network in Central Florida includes nine Nemours Children’s Primary Care locations, three Nemours Specialty Care locations, and five Nemours Children’s Urgent Care centers. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

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AV Homes Celebrates Opening of Captiva Club Amenities Center at Vitalia More than 400 Vitalia residents joined city and county officials, local visitors and real estate community and representatives from AV Homes for the ribbon cutting of the resort-style Captiva Club, the community hub and amenities center in Vitalia at Tradition. The ribbon-cutting ceremony attracted a large crowd eager to get a first glimpse inside the 55 and better community’s 24,000-square-foot clubhouse and outdoor activity areas. “The Captiva Club was designed as an all-in-one recreation center that complements the active lifestyles of Vitalia residents,” said David Smith, Florida division president of AV Homes, which created the 452-acre Vitalia community within Tradition in Port St. Lucie. “It represents the next generation of club facilities for residents who want to be engaged, challenged and active in retirement.” The private, lakefront Captiva Club will offer a year-round calendar of fitness, recreation and social activities for Vitalia residents. The clubhouse features a fitness center, aerobics studio, cyber café, billiards and dart room, demonstration kitchen, and creative studio 24

rooms. Outdoor facilities include a resort-style swimming pool, pickleball and bocce courts, tennis courts, a lakeside pavilion, a Grand Event Lawn with fire pits, and a future golf putting green. “This facility and everything it offers to Vitalia residents is amazing,” said Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn M. Faiella, among the county and city dignitaries attending the ribboncutting ceremony. “The Captiva Club demonstrates AV Homes’ commitment to creating healthy, active lifestyles for our residents. It’s an exciting new chapter for Vitalia.” Created as the heart of the Vitalia lifestyle, the Captiva Club will accommodate group fitness, social clubs and sports leagues and complement programs already in place, including golf

and bowling outings, card and game nights, photography and art classes, and book clubs. By the numbers, the Captiva Club offers eight pickleball courts, five tennis courts, two bocce courts, and a professionally maintained putting green, which is currently under construction. Its 24,000 square feet of interior space features the health club plus numerous gathering and meeting areas. “Our residents often tell us they’re busier now than when they were working,” said Kraig Karmickle, vice president of Florida operations for AAM, which oversees property management at Vitalia. “The Captiva Club now gives them so many more options to enjoy an active lifestyle and expand their social circles.” Vitalia was created by AV Homes, a community developer and homebuilder recognized nationally for its award-winning community design, amenities and homes. AV Homes introduced Vitalia in 2013 as the only age-restricted community for active adults 55 and better within the 8,300-acre Tradition in Port St. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

Lucie. Vitalia was created with the same meticulous planning and amenity-rich lifestyle that has earned Tradition more than 30 awards, including best masterplanned community by the Florida Home Builders Association. Emphasizing a coastal, resort-inspired lifestyle, Vitalia is only 14 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and located in a city consistently ranked nationally among the best places to live and retire. Nestled within a setting of lakes and nature preserves, Vitalia’s neighborhoods and amenities are designed to foster a sense of community and camaraderie. With golf carts and bicycles as the preferred mode of transportation, Vitalia offers a relaxed lifestyle, award-winning Mediterranean-inspired architecture and lush landscaping. Vitalia residents also enjoy the amenities of Tradition, including the charming Tradition Square town center reminiscent of small-town America and offering shops, spas, salons, restaurants and venues for entertainment and concerts. Tradition, set within 400 acres of lakes, is also home to the new state-

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Lynn’s women’s golf team captured the fifth national title in their program’s history and No. 22 overall for the University.

Lynn University Women’s Golf: Back-to-Back National Champions Not many teams can provide an adequate encore following a national championship but Lynn University’s 2013-14 women’s golf team was more than up for the task and sent shockwaves

through Division II golf along the way. The Fighting Knights put forth not only the greatest season in school history but at the NCAA Division II level as well in winning back-to-back national titles. After opening the year with a runner-up finish on the same course they had won the title on a year earlier, the Blue & White went on a seven tournament winning streak, matched only once in the history of the Sunshine State Conference. Heading into the SSC Championship as the undisputed No. 1 ranked team in the nation, the ladies overcame some obstacles but would hold on for a four-stroke victory to claim the first SSC Title in program history and 31st overall conference championship for Lynn University. The Fighting Knights took their

Jessica Bradley collected a bevy of accolades including WGCA National Player of the Year, SSC Female Athlete of the Year and SSC Women’s Golfer of the Year. 26

talents to another level during the NCAA Tournament, winning the South Region Super 2 Regional for the second consecutive year while Ellen Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

Chambers became the first women’s golfer in program history to earn medalist honors in a NCAA Regional. With the greatest of expectations riding them at the national championship and a title or bust mentality, the Blue & White did not wither away; rather they rose to the challenge and collected not only the program’s fifth national crown and No. 22 for Lynn University but swept honors with an individual national champion as well. Lynn put forth the second-lowest 72-hole score in championship history in winning by 29-strokes to claim back-to-back national titles. The Blue & White’s victory proved the SSC’s dominance in women’s golf as teams from the league have now claimed the last 15 NCAA Division II Women’s

Louise Manalo became the fourth women’s golfer to claim an individual national championship and first since Zoe Grimbeek in 1997.

Golf Championships since 2000.

the first golfer at Lynn to be named the

Woman of the Year nominee. She was

Louise Manalo then became the

WGCA National Player of the Year while

also selected as the NCAA Division II

fifth individual national champion in

head coach Danny Randolph added

Women’s Golf Elite 89 Award Winner,

school history after shooting a program-

WGCA National Coach of the Year to a

which recognizes the true essence of

best 287, including becoming one of

sterling resume which now includes two

the student-athlete by honoring the

just three players in school history

national titles, two NCAA South Region

individual who has reached the pinnacle

to shoot 68 in a round, to beat team-

crowns and one SSC Championship.

of competition at the national champi-

mate Jessica Bradley by one shot.

Chambers showed the Fighting

onship level in his or her sport, while

The numbers in 2013-14 are over-

Knights mettle in the classroom as

also achieving the highest academic

whelming: 11 wins in 13 tournaments

well, ending her career with a perfect

standard among his or her peers.

with two runner-ups; a 76.9 overall

4.0 GPA and being honored as a Capital

A banner year for Lynn University’s

stroke average, 296.58 team average,

One First Team Academic All-American,

women’s golf team. And with Bradley,

41 individual top-10 finishes and four

SSC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Smolen and Manalo all returning in 2014-

All-Americans. Jessica Bradley became

and the conference’s NCAA Division II

15, could a three-peat be in the cards?

Samantha Smolen joined Bradley as a WGCA First Team All-American, giving the Fighting Knights two first teamers for the first time since 1997.

Senior Ellen Chambers had a stellar athletic and academic career, earning Sunshine State Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and the leagues nomination for NCAA Division II Woman of the Year. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3


special events

National Campaign Launched to Get Champion Blind Golfer Pat Browne, Jr. Elected to World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015 –U.S. Blind Golf Association and Arnold Palmer Lead the Induction Charge–

The United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA) has taken up the cause to get Pat Browne, Jr. elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015.  Browne, the world’s most accomplished blind golfer, has 70 global blind golf victories to his credit, including a remarkable 23 National Championship titles.  He is regarded as the USBGA’s international ambassador and is a beacon of encouragement for all blind golfers.   The USBGA has launched a national campaign to encourage the public, PGA of America professionals, the major golf associations, pro tours and other groups to write the World Golf Hall of Fame in support of Browne’s candidacy in the Lifetime Achievement category.  28

The legendary Arnold Palmer also is behind the movement to have Browne inducted with the next class of honorees in 2015. Browne, now in his 80s, remains competitive and an inspiration of hope.  He has been honored by many prestigious organizations for his impressive playing record, as well as his courage and leadership.  Browne won the 1988 Ben Hogan Award, presented by the Golf Writers Association of America; the 2007 Mary Bea Porter Award, given by the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association; and he was elected to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the Tulane University Hall of Fame, and the Sugar Bowl Athletic Hall of Fame. Browne, a former scratch golfer and promising attorney, lost his sight

in a car accident in 1966.  Instead of leaving the game he loved, he embraced the challenge of conquering the handicap that fate had dealt him.  Of his many record-setting feats, Browne played a 9-home exhibition match in 1990 with U.S. Open Champion Payne Stewart.  Stewart, who competed with a blindfold, lost by 18 shots to Browne and was so humbled by Browne’s prowess that he proclaimed he could never beat him, “even if I practiced every day.” To join the campaign in support of having Pat Browne, Jr. inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, please e-mail and put the words Pat Browne, Jr. in the subject line. Browne, who served as the USBGA’s president from 19741992, lives in New Orleans. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

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Teeing off with oven mitts?

Putting with a pool cue stick? Using a baseball bat to tee off? A two-handled putter? Those attending the 1st Annual Wacky Warriors Golf Tournament held at Heathrow Country experienced these twists and more to their game of golf. Dr. Jim Katsur and his sons, Josh and Justin love to play golf. They also wanted to support the WACKY Warriors foundation – Warriors Against Cancer in Kids and Young-adults, a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research and outdoor adventure camps for young adult cancer survivors. An idea was hatched and soon they invited their friends and business associates to

join them in the fun. WACKY events embrace the three principles the foundation is based upon:


Express gratitude by giving back and being of service to others,


Always have something big to look forward to and


Have fun!

With this in mind, golfers were highly encouraged to push the limits of the club’s dress code. There was something fun on each hole: sometimes a contest for the longest drive or closest to the pin, or using a tennis racquet for

Jim & Josh Katsur a fairway drive. The prizes were true to form in their wackiness and everyone had a blast! At the awards reception following the tournament, co-founders Lee and Lori Brower shared their story. WACKY was spearheaded by their son, Nick, after he was diagnosed with stage four alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (a rare childhood cancer) at the age of 18 in 2007, six weeks shy of graduating high school. While in remission, he attended First Descents, a week-long

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outdoor adventure camp kayaking in Montana’s Glacier National Park. The experience healed his spirit, giving him the emotional and mental strength he needed to live again. He was determined to raise more money and awareness for these types of camps, as well as money desperately needed for childhood cancer research. Nick lost his four-year battle in June of 2011. His legacy and vision are carried out by Lee and Lori through events hosted by Wacky Warriors, such as

marathons, triathlons, various other running events, extreme mountain bike races and will be hosting the 7th Annual Charity Softball Tournament in Utah this September. The generosity of those attending was humbling and the presentation of a surprise donation brought tears of gratitude to the Brower’s. A total of $47,500 was raised and will be forwarded on to charities supporting childhood cancer research and young adult cancer survivors throughout the United States.

The opportunity to host the inaugural golf tournament in the Orlando area was incredible. The Brower’s and all the newly induced Wacky Warriors are excited to see this annual event flourish in Florida, supporting the local childhood cancer community in the years to come!

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Hannah Berman

2014 Pepsi Titan Little People’s “Spirit of Giving” Award Winner Hannah Berman of Ponte Vedra, FL, and writer for Florida Golf Central Magazine, has been named winner of the 2014 Pepsi Titan Little People’s “Spirit of Giving” Award . The John Howerton “Spirit of Giving” award was established in 2010 in memory John Howerton, a long-time Little People’s volunteer and member of the Little People’s Advisory Team. John truly exemplified the ‘spirit of giving’ throughout his lifetime and as a member of the Little People’s Team. Honoring Howerton and his tradition of giving back, the winner of this annual award is recognized for their volunteer and charitable work in their own communities. Berman, 16, of Ponte Vedra, FL, receives this award because of her organization and work with many charitable organizations, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The First Tee of North Florida. When she was just 12, Hannah started a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 65 Roses Charity Golf Classic called “Hitting it with Hannah”, in which she hit tee shots on a par-four for a $5 per person donation. All the money she raised that day went directly to fight CF, an organization near to her family’s hearts. Four years later, she continues this effort at the 65 Roses event, but her fundraiser has grown. She does this now for many other charity tournaments in her community, usually raising about $1000 each time with all the money

going toward that organization. Also at age 12, she set up a First Tee Donation Station at her club to support the North Florida First Tee Chapter. Members donate clubs, bags, shoes and clothes for the kids that want to learn golf but don’t have the equipment. The effort continues and over the last three years, they have raised more than $35,000 in equipment. Cardboard City is another event in which she participates. This annual event, run by Jacksonville Family Promise, raises awareness for homelessness. People build cardboard box homes and sleep in them overnight – in November – to show others what it is like to be homeless. Hannah’s job is to spend time with the

people who come out to support the cause and serve food – last year they served more than 300 people. She does it every year with as many friends and family as possible. Because of her charitable work, Hannah has also been named a Finalist for the American Junior Golf Association’s President’s Leadership Award. She has also enrolled in the AJGA’s Birdies for Charity in their Leadership Links program. She set her initial goal at $1500 and reached that in three days, so upped her goal to $5000 and has already surpassed that. Consistent with the fundraisers she invented, her Birdies for Charity monies go to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The First Tee of Jacksonville. “I think it is really important to give back to my community because I realize how fortunate I am,” says Hannah. “With each charity I work with I have learned a lot about the many different needs people have and how hard they fight. While I truly do it for them, it really warms my heart to know that I can be a part of why these families, kids, and adults are able to feel better or live a better life! “Most important, it is never a chore for me to volunteer. I realize how lucky I am, and giving back is and always will be from the bottom of my heart to help others,” she adds. “Giving back is part of my family’s culture and part of the game, and no matter how I perform on the course, I want to make sure my golf legacy is felt outside the ropes.” Hannah received her “Spirit of Giving” Award on June 16 from Tournament Director Nan Ryan, at the annual Picnic dinner held in conjunction with the 41st Annual Pepsi Titan Little People’s Golf Championships in Quincy, IL.

About the Pepsi Titan Little People’s Golf Championship The Little People’s Golf Championships Association is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, made up of a Board of Directors and an Advisory Team of volunteer men and women dedicated to providing positive competition for young golfers from all over the World aged 3 through 17 through the Pepsi Titan Little People’s Golf Championships, and for men and women aged 18 through 22 through the Pepsi Titan LP Collegiate Golf Championships. The Mission of the Little People’s Golf Championships Association (LPGCA) is to provide a positive competitive environment for junior golfers and to assist in the growth and development of every young man or woman who seeks quality competition and/or a college scholarship through golf. By dedicating itself to this purpose, the Pepsi Titan Little People’s Golf Championships has built a reputation as one of the largest junior tournaments in the World. 32

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Characteristics of a Champion Great golfers know how to control their golf swing and golfing mind. One without the other is not enough to reach your full potential. At the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, we focus on training five areas: technical, mental, strategy, physical, and personal. As the Director of Mental Training at GGGA, my focus is on helping our golfers improve their mental game and develop a champion mindset on and off the golf course. When training the mental game, it’s important to know what are the characteristics of champion. Knowing the mental attributes of top golfers provides a road map to mental toughness. It provides guidance for how to think and act on the golf course and during practice. While there are a myriad of mental attributes that top professional and junior golfers embody, we will focus on: motivation, confidence, and concentration.

on what they enjoy about golf. This will ensure that the golfer continues to stay motivated and has fun playing the game.

Confidence Confidence is essentially a golfer’s belief in themselves and their golfing ability. Tiger Woods, one of the most confident golfers of all time has even said, “My mind is my biggest asset. I expect to win every tournament I play.”

Motivation Every great golfer in history has an amazing drive and work ethic for the game to do their very best. Whether it’s stories of Ben Hogan practicing until his hands bled or Lee Trevino hitting a thousand shots a day. Each of golf’s greats has a reputation of practicing from dusk til dawn. In sport psychology, we call the desire to work hard and achieve your dreams motivation. There are two primary types of motivation always talked about in the science of golf psychology: intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is the internal drive of every golfer to improve and compete for their personal satisfaction. Extrinsic motivation is the motivation to practice and compete for external rewards such as: trophies, money, and recognition. While intrinsic and extrinsic motivators are both helpful, intrinsic motivation has shown to be more beneficial over time. It’s important for every golfer to focus 34

All of golf’s greats believe in their ability to get the job done. Jack Nicklaus supports this notion, saying that, “Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.” While I agree with Jack Nicklaus, there are multiple ways to work. You can work hard, and you can work smart. You can work on your physical game, and you can work on your mental game. The ultimate way to improve your mental game is to work hard and smart on both your physical and mental game. There are many strategies we employ with our students at GGGA, which include: goal setting, imagery, re-

laxation and activation, energy-tension regulation, and self-talk, along with many other tools.

Concentration Every golfer has the ability to concentrate. It’s not if you can focus, it’s what you focus on. Great golfers and athletes have learned through practice and experience to focus on the right things at the right time. Focusing on negative events from the past or focusing on future events that may never occur is not in a golfer’s best use of concentration and attention. Great golfers have the ability to shift their focus to what’s most relevant and important at that given time. While what to focus on can change from moment-to-moment, one aspect of concentration that is time tested in golf is being in the present. All golfer’s play better when they’re focus is in the present: the here and now. The ability to concentrate and be in the present is one of the surest ways to shoot your golfing potential. It’s important to be in the right mental state to fully concentrate. Jack Nicklaus admits, “Whenever I am up for golf, when the tournament or course, or best of all both, excite and challenge me, I have little trouble concentrating. But, whenever the occasion doesn’t stimulate or challenge me, or I’m just simply jaded with golf, then is the time I have to bear down on myself with vengeance and concentrate.” It’s evident from this quote that golf is not easy, but it is worth it and can be made simpler when your motivation, confidence, and concentration are working in your favor. There are a number of ways to learn and enhance these mental attributes. Mental training with solid scientific strategies is a sure way to enhance your mental toughness and develop the characteristics of a champion. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

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Longtime Quail Ridge Golf Professional Pam McCloskey Brosnihan Dies

Pam McCloskey Brosnihan, Head Golf Professional at Quail Ridge Country Club, passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was 51.   Brosnihan started working at Quail Ridge in 1992 as an Assistant Golf Professional under Director of Golf, Charlie Bowie.  In 1994, Brosnihan was promoted to Head Golf Professional at the Boynton Beach-based club. She met Dan, her husband in 1998 and worked alongside him the past 15 years at Quail Ridge.    Brosnihan was the captain of the University of Illinois golf team from 1984-86. She won the 1988 Florida Women’s State Amateur and the 1986 Palm Beach County Women’s Amateur, as well as more than 20 other individual titles.  Pam was also a proud member of both the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA of America) and the Ladies Professional Golfers Association (LPGA).   Even though she had been fighting cancer for years, few people knew of her illness as she maintained a very positive attitude.   “She had a passion for people, golf and life,” Bowie said. “She was a true professional. Pam could do it all. She had a great relationship with our members, was a great organizer and also a very talented player. She set the bar for success so high. Her impact on the Quail Ridge golf operation will be forever lasting.”   Brosnihan is survived by her beloved husband, Dan; parents, Karen and Mark McCloskey, Lake Worth, Fla.; uncle and aunt, Philip and Barbara Barlage; cousin, Michael, Boynton Beach, Fla.; aunts Avonne Cole, Schaumburg, Ill., and Marilyn Vizek, Champaign, Ill.; uncle, Harold McCloskey, San Antonio, Texas; mother and father in law, Teresa Pietro and Dan Brosnihan Jr., Leicester, Mass.; sister and brothers in law, Evemarie, Patrick and James. 36

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We’d Like To Put A Few Holes In Your Vacation Plans. Quite a few in fact. You see, Fairfield Glade Resort in Tennessee has 90 holes of Championship Golf alone, including Stonehenge, named among the top public courses in Tennessee by Golf Digest, GolfWeek and Golf Magazine. Then there are the many outstanding courses around nearby Crossville, widely known as the golf capital of Tennessee. In all, more than 180 holes of golf just waiting to be played atop the Cumberland Plateau. But your vacation doesn’t have to be all golf. We offer 11 pristine lakes for boating and fishing, 12 miles of nature trails, a state-of-the-art Racquet Center and remarkable restaurants. This year, plan to spend your vacation at Fairfield Glade Resort and Crossville, Tennessee. The South’s holey land for golfers. For information or reservations, call 931-707-2061 • Located between Knoxville and Nashville, just a few miles from I-40 (Exit 322)

Now the fun begins.

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Now The Fun Begins Oscar Wilde once said, “Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” It’s apparent he never spent a summer day on a Florida golf course where so many colorful and imaginative metaphors for the oppressive heat and humidity are coined by wilted golfers in late summer. That’s why this time of year more and more Sunshine State golfers are making plans to escape to cooler confines north of the Florida border. And a growing number are finding their way to Tennessee. More specifically, to Fairfield Glade Resort near Crossville which lays claim to “The Golf Capital of Tennessee.” Just off I-40 between Nashville and Knoxville, Fairfield Glade sits at 2000 feet above sea level. It is the highest point between the Rockies and the Smokies, where mountain breezes keep it cooler than in Florida. And soon the leaves will begin their colorful display signaling the coming of another spectacular fall. It’s a beautiful time of year to visit Fairfield Glade Resort.


How Does Your Fun Begin? If your fun begins with golf, you can play a different course every day for five days. That’s ninety challenging golf holes with backdrops of woods, water and mountains that make these some of the most challenging and beautiful courses in America. One of the five, Stonehenge, was named among the top public courses in Tennessee by Golf Digest, GolfWeek and Golf Magazine. Fairfield Glade is home of the Tennessee Women’s Open, Tennessee Senior Men’s Open and the TPGA Father-Son Tournament. But golf is just one of the many recreational activities you’ll find here. Fairfield Glade’s eleven cold water lakes will lure you out of bed and onto the water at first light to stalk trophy-sized black bass, speckled perch and scrappy bluegills. There are

staffed marinas on two of the resort’s larger lakes, with fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and paddle boats for rent and fishing tackle and bait for sale. In addition to newly installed floating docks, each marina has a sandy swimming beach and picnic facilities where families gather to relax in the sun. There’s no special equipment required for another popular outing in this part of the country…hiking. Fairfield Glade Resort has twelve miles of trails to accommodate every skill level from Sherpa to couch potato. And the only outfitting you’ll need is a comfortable pair of walking shoes, sneakers or hiking boots, a water bottle and an energy bar or two. You can pack your compass and a map if you like, but even the most remote trails are clearly marked. A camera is a good idea as photo opportunities with eagles, deer and other wildlife are not uncommon. And you’ll want to capture digitally some of the lovely Tennessee flora as well. For the tennis inclined, Fairfield Glade’s Racquet Center is where the fun begins. Four indoor and four outdoor clay courts mean there’s seldom a wait to play tennis. Two additional outdoor hard courts each are located at Druid Hills and Dorchester Country Clubs within Fairfield Glade. If pickleball is more your speed, they’re geared for that too. And if you still have time and energy remaining after all those activities, Fairfield Glade offers riding stables, basketball, indoor and outdoor swimming, mini golf, activities for kids and more. Nearby winery tours are also available. And when darkness silences the day, the resort’s evening Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

activities come alive. A number of on-site restaurants offer casual to more formal dining options without having to leave the community. The Conference Center at Fairfield Glade is a full-service facility catering to weddings, receptions, family reunions and social events as well as business meetings, retreats, conferences and

corporate events with up to 400 people. And condominium accommodations are available within Fairfield Glade Resort.

Easy Drive To Metropolitan Centers Fairfield Glade is peacefully away from, yet comfortably near three larger metropolitan centers. Knoxville is less than an hour’s drive. Or an hour and a half in the car will get you to either Nashville or Chattanooga, with all the shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities they offer.

Meet The Fairfield Folks One of the pleasures of a visit to Fairfield Glade is interacting with the resident community comprised mostly of visitors who fell in love with the area and decided to stay. They’ll happily tell you that their visits to the resort were never long enough until they put down roots and made the Fairfield Glade com-

munity their permanent home. Residents are a good source of information about the area and are not hard to find in the restaurants, on the golf courses or in the conference center which is the hub of Fairfield Glade activity.

Stay & Play If you’d like a sample of the Fairfield Glade resort lifestyle, there’s a Stay & Play package available that’ll save you a few bucks. It includes two-night accommodations for two adults and a $50 dining certificate. Or a $25 dining certificate and two tickets to the Cumberland County Playhouse, the only major non-profit professional performing arts resource in rural Tennessee, and one of the 10 largest professional theaters in rural America. It’s a $400 value for just $250. You can add a round of golf for two for only $95 more. The Stay & Play Package is a great get away from the everyday.

Head For Higher Ground If you’ve had enough of the Florida summer heat and humidity, head for higher ground and lower temperatures. Pack your golf clubs, fishing rod, tennis racquet, hiking boots and swimsuit and start driving north. Don’t stop until you’re in awe. Otherwise known as Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.

Visit The Website. Then Come For A Visit. For more information, directions, reservations, and answers to most any question you may have, visit the Fairfield Glade website at Now the fun begins. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3


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Viva Kudos to the team at Sand Hill Publishing who will be bringing you “Turf Life.” This project will strive to showcase sports, businesses, education and our enjoyment of the outdoors that revolves around turfgrass in all it’s many forms. Turf Life will also introduce you to the people who compete, grow and maintain turfgrass. We often take grass in gerneral for granted but whether it’s the manicured, landscaped grounds of Augusta National, a soccer pitch in Brazil or your own backyard, turfgrass is working tirelessly for all of us.

By Joel Jackson, Editor, GCSA Photos by Joel Jackson

Panama City and a cluster of courses around Tallahassee, which at one time were members of the FGCSA, some individuals are still At Large members of the state association. Overall, according to the best data available, there are roughly 1200-1300 golf courses in Florida. That make Florida #1 in the nation. California ranks #2 and I’m going to pose a trivia question: Which state ranks third in number of golf courses? Submit your answer to

Did you know: In the coming issues, we’ll be sharing not only the history of some of our iconic turf venues, but also stories about the people who compete in sports played on turfgrass, but also stories about the people behind the scenes that organize, manage and maintain these venues from the clubhouses and stadiums to the acres of grass which are the playing fields for play on the turf. Since I was a golf course superintendent, in this issue I want to introduce you to the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association (FGCSA) give you a little history of our organization so you can appreciate our professional organizations and learn a little about what superintendents do when they aren’t out grooming your golf course. The FGCSA was founded in 1980 by the unification of several local superintendent chatpers around the state to unify the voice of golf course superintendent concerning regulatory issues affecting course management and support the educational and environmental efforts of our industry. Currently there are eleven regional chapters in peninsular Floridan comprising the FGCSA. Geography and a scarcity of golf courses in the area between Gainesville and Panama City isolated the Florida Panhandle and the folks way up there formed their own independent association called the Gulf Coast GCSA, which generally covers from Pensacola to 40

me via the Florida Golf Central website. I’ll come up with a prize for the first person to get it right! Nationwide there are roughly 15,000 – 16,000 courses in the United States and most states or regions all have a superintendents organization. Now back to our neck of the woods. In the diagram, you’s see the regional territories of the eleven local chapters of the FGCSA from north to south along both coasts with Central Florida and the Ridge chapters in the middle, because that’s where the majority of people live. Next, we’re going to give you some brief profiles of the FGCSA chapters. We’ll travel from north to south following the map in the diagram. First we’ll start with the state chapter the Florida GCSA: There are 11 chapters as mentioned before combining for a total of 890 superintendent and

assistant superintendent members. The FGCSA holds four board meetings, including the annual meeting and a golf championship each year. The FGCSA also hosts an annual reception at the GCSAA’s Golf Industry Show wherever it’s being held across the USA. The winter meeting is hosted by the Central Florida in conjunction with an event called the Crowfoot Open at the Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando. Winner of the event earns a spot on the FGCSA Golf Team. The spring board meeting is held at the Naples Beach Hotel in Naples and is hosted by the Everglades at an event called the Poa Annua Classic There is also a half-day education session held during the event. Winner of the event earns a spot on the FGCSA Golf Team. There is a Luau on the Lawn banquet held on the final night of the event. The summer board meeting and annual meeting have been traditionally held in the Central Florida area for easy travel access by all chapters. This year however, the site will be PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens to coincide with the newly formed Florida Golf Alliance gathering to address issues facing the golf industry. The Alliance has attended Florida Golf Day with the legislature in Tallahassee, the last two years. In August or September, the Southern Dunes G.C. in Haines City hosts the FGCSA Golf Championship and has done so for over 15-20 years. Winner of the event earns a spot on the FGCSA Golf Team. The fall board meeting used to be held at the new incoming president’s golf club, but recently to accommodate a change in GCSAA Golf Championship, the North Florida Chapter now hosts a weekend event called The Fall Classic on Amelia Island at the Omni Amelia Resort. There is a day of education, the board meeting, a banquet and the tournament. Winner earns the final spot on the 5-man FGCSA Golf Team. The Florida GCSA is an affiliated chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America which is headquartered in Lawrence, Kansas. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

hosted at: During the Everglades GCSA’s Poa Annua Classic, turf researchers Dr. Doug Karcher, University of Arkansas and Dr. Tom Nikolai, Michigan State University conducted a “golf spike damage” study on the putting green at the Naples Beach Hotel Golf Club. Superintendents were asked to evaluate and rate the visual appearance of the test plots. Photo by Joel Jackson.

Join us at the annual Boy Scout Golf Classic hosted at the prestigious Orange County National Golf Course on Monday, October 6, 2014. Proceeds of this tournament go to support local youth who otherwise would not be able to afford the financial costs of the Scouting program in Central Florida. For Sponsorship Opportunities, please visit

Brian Bowles, president of Show Turf, a John Deere golf equipment dealer in south Florida and golf memorabilia collector, shows off the autographed first edition of Arnold Palmer’s “A Golfer’s Life” that he won in a special auction in June at the Palm Beach GCSAA’s Future of Golf event at the Falls Country Club. Photo by Joel Jackson.

Chaired by: Orlando Solar Bears Ownership Group Bob Ohrablo Joe Haleski Jason Siegel

For more information, please contact Randy Steil, BSA Development Director 407.703.0245 or

Winners of the Treasure Coast GCSA’s annual Blue Pearl Tournament were (l-r): Deron Zendt, Thomas Burnett, Jason Bagwell and Chris Miller. Money raised at this event are used to promote environmental projects in the Vero Beach area. Photo by Joel Jackson.

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By Chris Thompson

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Summertime Wine In the summertime when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky, but what you should be stretching for instead is a glass of your favorite summer libation; wine. What makes the perfect summertime wine? In my estimation a good summer wine should be light, flavorful, chilled, have a balanced acidity, and above all else be fun. I tend to pick a wine that is light in color, light in body and light in alcohol. Lighter wines don’t tire out the palate or go the head as quickly as heavier wines; this goes for whites and reds.

Aragosta, a light white wine of

Vermentino di Sardegna grapes from

Santa Maria La Palma with fresh and faintly fruity perfume on the nose and a dry note of almond aftertaste, is perfect by the pool or accompanying a meal of seafood pasta and fish. If you are looking to chill a red, pick a wine that has a lighter, smoother body with little aging and refrigerate the bottle only a few minutes to bring it down only a couple of degrees. Acidity is very important in a chilled wine, you


want enough acidity to maintain crispness, but not too much to dry out the palate, which can make you even more thirsty. Try a Spanish Albarino from the Rias Baixas appelation,


La Val’s Orballo for example has the balanced acidity that is consistent with the Albarino grape with the intensity of floral and balsamic aromas that come from its uncharacteristically low yields. Sweet wines are great during the summer months, because they are fun, fruity and light in alcohol.


ria Moscato d’Asti from the premiere

source for Moscato grapes in the world, Asti in Piedmont, Italy is bright, sweet, with notes of apple and mint; try it in a champagne flute full of berries for a change. Lastly, to liven up your afternoon summer cocktail hour, you can never go wrong with bubbles.


Collalto Spumante Rosé, a unique

sparkling pink wine from northern Italy, has a nose of rose petals and lime blossoms with an aroma laden finish of lively bubbles that refreshes the palate sip after sip.

Grip it and Sip it.

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By Bob Bolton

We are so fortunate

We are so fortunate to live in a country where we are free to enjoy the liberties that so many have fought and died to preserve our right to do so. I have relatives that have served our country in a variety of ways – Test Pilot WWII, Vietnam Recon Pilot and Desert Storm Marine. Each of these brave soldiers, and their comrades, signed up for duty that put them in harm’s way and could have resulted in serious injury or even death. They were fortunate, not all are. I had the privilege to participate in the inaugural Special Operations Golf Tournament of South Florida, benefiting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), held at the exclusive Turnberry Isle Miami resort in Aventura, FL. SOWF is ranked among the top 1% of the nation’s nonprofits. The charity provides funds for a postsecondary education to the surviving children of U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations troops killed in the line of duty. The presenting sponsor was Hyundai and players had the chance to win a 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan. Teams also competed for a spot in the Hyundai Invitational National Finals in Las Vegas, to be played in October. Winners of that event get to participate in the 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions event in Hawaii. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is a top-rated tax-exempt 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization, support the families of fallen and wounded special operations forces through its programs to ensure college scholarships and educational counseling to surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations personnel killed in the line of duty. The SOWF also provides immediate financial stipends to the families of severely sounded special operators to help offset unexpected expenses when hos46

(left to right) Dan Horwitz (event chairman), Bob Bolton, and Staff Sergeant Derek Auguste, US Army

General Manager of Lehman Hyundai-Subaru David Smith (second from right) and his family enjoy the day with SOWF

Unknown participants in front of Hyundai’s 2015 Genesis sedan pitalized. SOWF is a Top-Rated 4-Star charitable organization for 8 years in a row, with administrative overhead at less than 5%. This year more than 100 students, the largest class ever, will be supported by the SOWF. For more information about SOWF, to see and hear stories from the families and students that are being helped through events like

the golf tournament, donations from individuals and companies across the country, visit, or call 1-877-337-7693. Without the unsung heroes of our military, can you imagine what our country and our world would be like? The next time you see or meet an active soldier or retired military veteran, make sure you say, “Thank You”. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3


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Bobalu Almonds Bobalu In-Shell Almonds are the perfect snack for the clubhouse, on the course, at an event, or in the comfort of your own home. They are a fun, social, interactive, healthy snack like no other. You can crack them very easily with your hands similar to a pistachio or a peanut. We start with only the highest quality and most premium variety of almonds, remove the outer hull, lightly salt, then roast the almonds to perfection to give them their crisp feel and buttery taste. Order online now at Want Bobalu for your club or business? Business to business orders please email or call 805-223-0919. “After introducing Bobalu In-Shell Almonds, they are now truly a bar staple.” Dan Cincis – Executive Chef El Caballero Country Club (Tarzana, CA) “I can’t rave enough about how much our members and staff love them. They can’t get enough.” Courtney Quider – Purchasing Agent Bel Air Country Club (Los Angeles, CA) “Bobalu Nuts has been a great addition to our member amenities. Our vessels for the nuts are more than adequate and keep the bar in clean condition. This was an early concern on my part, but quickly diminished. It is nice to see a product that members think is unique and new.” Ryan O’Neil - Clubhouse Manager Diablo Country Club (Diablo, CA)

Thompson Tee The Thompson Tee™—a specialized undershirt developed by the William Thompson Co., LLC, to protect shirts from sweat marks— will help consumers stay cool and beat the heat this summer. For many, warm weather used to mean being embarrassed by excessive sweat showing through and staining clothing. That was, until the Thompson Tee hit the market. Made with the company’s proprietary Hydro-Shield™ sweatproof integrated technology, the Thompson Tee was designed to protect outer garments such as shirts and blouses from sweat marks and stains. As the sun’s temperatures continue to rise, the Thompson Tee’s sweat fighting properties will keep summer cool for everyone. The Thompson Tee has already earned a reputation for quality and its unique, innovative design. The company pays careful attention to details like its tagless, lay-flat collars — a small, yet important piece of the garment that provides extra comfort around the neckline in hot weather. Especially popular is the women’s Thompson Tee, introduced last year, which features added length, a fitted shape and scoop neckline for extra style. Sales of these sweat-proof undershirts have continued to grow significantly as consumers prepare for a cool and comfortable summer. For more information, visit 


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Under Armour Eyewear Under Armour® Eyewear, a division of Eyeking, is excited to announce the launch of the new STORM lens as part of the 2014 outdoor collection. The Under Armour STORM collection, after many years of codevelopment with Zeiss, features the newest in lens technology. This new industry leading lens platform, raises the benchmark in performance eyewear for the active outdoorsman. STORM features a unique lens co-developed with Zeiss, that features a superior anti-phobic, anti-static, elite performance polarized lens. It has a scratch resistant hard coating that is impervious to salt water, insect repellent and sunscreen. The Under Armour STORM collection uses the only ANSI Z87.1 rated sport lens to protect the eye from projectile impact. STORM Titanium Grilamid frames are available in a range of sizes and feature adjustable nose pads with three point grip technology for a custom fit.

Volvik Crystal The Volvik Crystal is a premium level 3-piece

80-compression golf ball that has tested as one of the longest distance low compression golf balls of all time. The Crystal is designed for advanced golfers with slower to medium swing speeds to gain extra distance. With the more durable Soft Crystal cover, it provides explosive distance and more accurate approach and excellent putting feel with optimal spin rates. It also features the brightest colors in golf for increased visibility, faster play and fewer lost golf balls.   Available in: Yellow, Pink, Orange, Green and White . To purchase, visit Edwin Watts, Golf Galaxy, The Golf Fellas, Golf America’s Outlet. Price per dozen $29.99.

Nikon Coolshot Nikon’s industry leading optics has reached the golf market.  The new COOLSHOT golf laser rangefinders explode onto market providing accurate and quick yardage readings at the click of a button.  This handheld device is so convenient that it will even fit in your pocket comfortably.  With first target priority, you know you are locked into the pin every time.  With two models available, there is a choice between a USGA approved rangefinder and one that provides you with adjusted slope yardage.  With yardages given within .5 yards and 8 seconds of continuous yardage scanning, these have every feature a golfer could want.

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Once you have visited, you won’t want to leave. Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club is located half-way between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, and is one of the finest Country Club communities in the State of Florida. With 45 holes of golf (and more on the drawing board), tennis, a spa and fitness center, you will quickly understand why those that live there, can’t imagine living anywhere else. We recently were invited to enjoy the various amenities found in Plantation Bay and couldn’t have been more pleased. From the spacious 3 bedroom/2 bath condo to the dining choices that ranged from casual to elegant, we were impressed with the community, the facilities and most importantly the great people – both staff and residents - that we came in contact with. The golf courses, each of them, were in excellent condition and were quite playable. With multiple sets of tees, golfers of various skill levels and experience could find everything they need to play competitive or relaxing golf. Club du Bonmont has been ranked as one of the “Top 50 Florida Golf Courses” and among the “50 Most 50

Distinctive Courses in the Southeastern U.S.” Designed with natural and man-made hazards, undulating greens and natural fauna throughout, the course will keep you focused on the task at hand and require you to use virtually every club in your bag. The Prestwick Course is carved from 150 acres of pristine forest. The beautifully manicured fairways, seductive sculptured sand traps and meticulously kept greens provide a feast for the eyes and the game. Westlake is the newest of the three courses in Plantation Bay. Currently just a 9 hole course, the back nine is already on the drawing board. Wrapped around a beautiful lake and bordered by some of the most beautiful homes in the community, Westlake is a great way to spend 2 hours enjoying Mother

Nature and the game of golf. The residents and staff we encountered during our stay were pleasant and welcoming. The dining options ranged from our 19th hole experience enjoying a bountiful salad and sandwich combination, to a very aesthetically pleasing dinner experience with a chef prepared dinner and wine. Plantation Bay has a variety of Memberships available, and the community is fortunate to have ICI Homes as the primary custom homebuilder. With a 30 year successful track record, ICI Homes is a frequent recipient of top national, regional and local awards for innovative design and quality construction and is consistently ranked in Builder Magazines’ Top 100 Builders. For more information about Plantation Bay, visit, or call 386-437-4844. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

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Anthony Gabrielle, Valeria Pacheo Win South Florida Junior PGA Championship Anthony Gabriele of Wellington and Valeria Sophia Pacheco of Hallandale Beach, FL won the 2014 South Florida Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks at Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club in Boca Raton, FL. After firing an impressive opening round 5-under par 67, Gabriele entered round 2 with a solid four shot lead over Anthony Muttillo of Boca Raton, and Tyler Vaughn of Tequesta.  Round two had to be called off due to dangerous storms throughout the day giving Gabriele his second South Florida Junior PGA Championship title in 3 years.  Valeria Sophia Pacheco opened up with an outstanding 2-under par 70 to take a four shot victory in the girls overall division. By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Gabriele and

Pacheco qualified for the 39th  Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, July 29-Aug. 1, 2014, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Gabriele, 18, posted a 67 for a 4-stroke victory over Tyler Vaughn of Tequesta. Valeria Sophia Pacheco, 14, posted a 70 for a 4-stroke victory over Katherine of Deerfield Beach, FL. The Junior PGA Championship, Presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, champions of the eight PGA Junior Series events, select national junior tournaments conducted through-

out the year and special invitees who have yet not reached their 19th birthdays as of the final round of the championship. The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping-stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: In-Bee Park, Jim Furyk, Luke Guthrie, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin Leonard, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Jordan Spieth, David Toms, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.

had 66-63 but at TPC Treviso Bay and The Classics at Lely Resort respectively. The two teams halved seven holes at Lely before Kostelnik ended the marathon.  This victory was ��������������������� Hrynkiw’s fourth SFPGA, including the Fort Lauderdale Open in May. Kostelnik, Witt and Heaslip had

one SFPGA victory a piece entering play Monday.   There were 72 teams in the four-ball stroke play event presented by Taylor������� Made-adidas and Yamaha. Supporting partners included Golf Buddy, Global Golf Sales, TaylorMade adidas Ashworth and Golf ScoreCards, Inc.

33rd Annual South Florida PGA Pro-Pro Championship  Michael Kostelnik birdied the eighth hole of a sudden death playoff Tuesday as he teamed with Jason Hrynkiw to win the 33rd annual South Florida PGA Pro-Pro Championship presented by TaylorMade adidas Golf and Yamaha. Kostelnik, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at the Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach, sank a 10-foot putt on the par-3 12th hole at The Classics at Lely Resort for the victory. Kostelnik and Hrynkiw, PGA Head Golf Professional at Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach finished the second round tied at 129 with David Witt, PGA Director of Golf at Talis Park GC and Daniel Heaslip, PGA Head Golf Professional at Windstar on Naples Bay.   Hrynkiw and Kosterlnik shot 66 at The Classics at Lely Resort on Monday and 63 at TPC Treviso Bay on Tuesday. By comparison, Witt and Heaslip also 52

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This annual Golf Tournament is lead by Class A LPGA professional, Teresa Zamboni, in honor of her sister, an ovarian cancer survivor, for September Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to teaching and managing golf outings all over the world, Teresa has single-handedly raised over $170,000 with this annual fundraiser to benefit the Women’s & Girls’ Cancer Alliance and their community education and outreach programs. Sponsorships are available. Individual players $125 ($75 of admission is tax-deductible). Foursomes encouraged. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3


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playoff with Courtney Zeng, Orlando FL to take the medalist honors and advance to the Junior PGA Championship at Miramont CC in Bryan, TX. They both shot 2 over par for the 36-hole contest. For the boys, Timothy Colanta, Championsgate FL fired an impressive 11 under par total to advance to the Junior PGA Championship as well. Our Section will be pulling for them in the most prestigious junior championship in the country. Thank you to Reunion Resort for hosting. Thank you to all the competitors and parents for participating! Visit for all division results. 150 juniors competed. Rich Smith and Kevin Crawford

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Rod Perry and Keith Kulzer Keith Kulzer, Quail Hollow and Rod Perry, Crane Lakes Golf & CC defended their title in the NFPGA Senior Junior Championship hosted at Tampa Palms Golf & CC. They fired 18 under in the 36-hole contest for a comfortable 4 shot victory. Tampa Palms was in awesome shape and we appreciated the exceptional service from host PGA Professional Kevin Kenny and his staff.

the PGA Championship at Valhalla! Rod Perry; Crane Lakes Golf & CC, PGA Professional Player of the Year the past two years and former PNC Champion along with David Hronek; Countryside CC, reigning Southwest Chapter Champion posted top 10 finishes in the 47th PGA Professional National Championship. They are both great players and will represent our Section and PGA Professionals well!

The North Florida PGA Junior Championship was contested NFPGA homesite, Reunion Resort in Orlando on June 25, 26. They not only had to overcome the challenge of the competition and course, but deal with a heat index of 105 plus! Haydyn Gibson, Clearwater FL won the sudden death

busy schedules to compete. It’s great to see the competitive desires and talents of our PGA Professionals. These guys and gals can play too!

Jim Garrison

Kevin Crawford; Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge defeated Shawn Gordon; Carrollwood CC 4 & 3 to win the North Florida PGA Global Golf Sales Match Play Championship. After 3 days of 36 holes a day plus a qualifier Kevin stood tall over the field of 64 of the best players in the Section. Kevin had his game dialed in and never had to play 17 or 18 in any of his matches on his way to the title. Mother Nature blessed us with perfect weather all 4 days. Even though it was hot, it was a rare week with no weather delays at Reunion Resort in Orlando. It was only fitting that Kevin won the championship contested on the Palmer Course as he is one of the PGA Professionals at Mr. Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge. The course was in great shape and a challenge for the entire field. Thank you to Global Golf Sales, The PGA TOUR and Country Club Digital Network for their sponsorship of the first major of the year in the North Florida PGA Section. Thank you to the entire staff and crew at Reunion Resort for their excellent service and attention to detail that ensured a great golf experience for all. Finally, thank you to the PGA Professionals who took the time from their

David Hronek

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cock, Walt Disney World. West Central Chapter: Champion, Jim Garrison, Rocky Point, Senior Champion, Jim Slattery, Belleair CC. Southwest Chapter: Champion, David Hronek, Countryside CC, Senior Champion, Chris Souchak, Venetian Golf & River Club, Assistant Champion, Shawn McCormick, Bobcat Trail. By the way, all of these Chapter Champions played in this year’s PGA Professional National Championship.

Rod Perry

It’s mid-season and 3 of our 4 Chapters have crowned their Chapter Champions for 2014. East Central Chapter: Champion, Rod Perry, Crane Lakes Golf & CC. Senior Champion, Freddy Gibson, Golf Ed, Apprentice Champion, Tyler Hitch-


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The North Florida Section of the PGA of America is extremely pleased to announce our agreement with our neighbor, the Walt Disney World Resort through our friends at the Wide World of Sports, to provide our Members and their immediate families an excellent Member Benefit.  This NFPGA Member Benefit will allow our PGA Members and their immediate family to enjoy the four theme parks of the Walt Disney World Resort (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom) at pricing specially created for us. It’s a magical relationship! The NFPGA has planned a special Disney Days where we’ll all gather and see each other real soon!

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Blair Brackfield Where did you go to school?

I graduated early from Bearden High school and decided to go to Pellissippi State for one semester to get a few hours under my belt.

What are your plans for college?

I will be starting at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the fall. If all goes as planned, I will be following my dreams to enter into the medical field as a nurse.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

My main hobbies are climbing, hiking, and camping. I love staying active and being outdoors whenever I get the chance.

Favorite Comedian?

My favorite comedian definitely has to be Kevin Hart. I could watch him for hours and still find him hilarious( and I usually do)

Favorite type of movie?

I enjoy horror films and comedies. I am an extreme baby when it comes to horror films, but I love to watch them anyways. And who doesn’t like a good comedy?

What is your idea of a perfect date?

Something spontaneous and out of the ordinary. Anything fancy is expensive is not my type of date.

What is your favorite sport to play? To watch?

I have grown up dancing so I would have to say that it is my favorite sport. But I love watching hockey. I just started going to games about a year ago and I’m definitely hooked!

Anything else you would like us to know?

All through high school I took a peer tutoring class where I had to opportunity to work with special needs classmates. Being able to work with them was a huge blessing and definitely has directed my heart to working with the mentally handicapped again in the future. 56

Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

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By Chuck Cavalaris

Tennessee Is A Great Place To Call home After more than 30 years of freelance writing and broadcasting before moving into real estate full-time, one fact remains self evident: Tennessee and great times – including golf– really and truly go hand-in-hand. My hometown, Knoxville, is in the valley near mountain ranges that include Cumberland, Appalachian and, of course, the Great Smoky Mountains. The views beneath a clear blue sky or full moon are absolutely breath-taking. Toss in a variety of rivers, streams and lakes -- along with dozens of state parks or prime RV sites -- and you can find great fishing, camping, hiking and boating, too. This is a nature lover's paradise. A perfect example is Norris Lake about 45 minutes north of Knoxville. With approximately 808 miles of shoreline, which is almost as much as the entire state of Florida, Norris Lake has become a prime destination with dockable year round water that has up to 97 percent purity. Thankfully, mother nature has granted this part of the state protection from much of the severe weather outbreaks that have devastated other parts of the country. For these mountains, we give thanks every day. It also helps with a seasonable climate. Even on this summer morning, a brisk breeze feels more like fall. That is so cool!

Low Tax Burden While Southern hospitality is extended with a friendly smile and warm welcome, East Tennessee is also a great place to retire and call home. Unlike our neighbors in the Carolinas and Georgia, Tennessee is among just eight states with no state income tax (the others are Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming). Along with one of the lowest tax burdens in the country, the cost of living in the Volunteer state is 11 percent below the national average. The median home price in Knoxville this year (based on sales from March

through June) is just $155,000. Do the math ... the weather is nice, the taxes are low (or non-existent) and the property is relatively inexpensive. It's no wonder so many "halfbacks" are in our midst. Have you heard that term ... halfbacks? It refers to someone from Ohio or Michigan that tried to find retirement happiness in a coastal area -- only to move halfway back home ... to Tennessee. It's no wonder. You get a four-season climate that provides at least nine months of reasonably enjoyable golfing conditions. But it's not like golf is the only thing to do here. Far from it. Knoxville is ideally suited as the home of the state university to have excellent academics, medical facilities and research, awesome scenery, excellent shopping and fine dining (more restaurants per capita than anywhere in the country). And we even have a great zoo, too, along with minor league baseball (Tennessee Smokies) and pro hockey (Ice Bears). McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) has six major airlines that provide non-stop flights to 19 cities. Once you get here, it's hard to beat a relaxing afternoon in Townsend floating down the Little River on an inner tube. The laughter does not cost extra. Chances are you can wave and say hello to Fletcher and Barbara Spence on the deck of their five-bedroom cabin. "Now don't say too many nice things about us that can attract a crowd," said Fletcher, a retired businessman from Knoxville and former University of Tennessee track athlete. "We have lived in Townsend for over 20 years and really like all this peace and quiet (on the peaceful side of the Smoky Mountains). The lot next door to me is for sale. We only have 260 full-time residents and I'd like to keep it that way." It's only about a 20-minute drive on scenic Wears Valley Road to Pigeon Forge and the endless list of

opportunities in Sevierville -- perhaps you've heard of Dolly Parton and Dollywood -- and Gatlinburg. Thanks to a convenient location near three major interstates (I-40/75 and I-81), more than half the U.S. population can get here in less than a day's drive. Speaking of driving time, golfing fees are reasonable at more than 60 championship courses within an hour of downtown Knoxville. (It's definitely more than you can shake a 7-iron at, but I hate to end a sentence that way!). Mark this down: It's virtually impossible to beat the family fun and climate in East Tennessee. From Crossville to Bristol, you are guaranteed to find a laid back lifestyle, low cost of living, mountain music and climate changes every few months. Even if it snows, it doesn't tend to stick around too long. And you know what? Even a bad cup of coffee tastes better on the front porch of a log cabin in the mountains! But don't just take our word for it. You all need to come say hello. Don't be surprised if you're already thinking about a return trip before it's time to leave. No. 1 Retirement State: Tennessee ranked No. 1 in the U.S. among the top retirement states in a recent study. The criteria included climate, tax rates, cost of living and health care. Tennessee's tax burden ranked No. 3 in the country, according to Tax Foundation.

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Hayden Anderson Captures the 2014 Willow Creek Invitational

Hayden Anderson with PGA Head Pro Scott Perkins

Kory Webb, Mitchell Thomas and Conner Froning

After cancelling last years Willow

ing and Thomas were not to be taken advantage of, but the heat was on. On Creek Invitational while the greens the 11th hole Andersons birdie gave were being replaced with Champion him a tie for the lead with Thomas. Bermuda, the players were looking After a rain delay of 30 minutes play forward to testing the greens and resumed and he took a one-shot lead showing their skills competing for with a birdie on the 13th but quickly the coveted Willow Creek Trophy. fell to a tie with a 3-putt bogie on Sunday’s round began with eight the 14th. Once again play was called players having a shot at the title but briefly with lightning in the area.   the day belonged to Hayden Ander As play resumed, the last three son as he came from three shots groups finished with a light rain that back to pull off his first Title win. brought out the umbrellas and rain On Saturday Anderson, a former gloves. Anderson Farragut Stand-out closed his last 4 holes and Georgia Southwith par, leaving an ern golfer, posted a opportunity for Webb, 4-under at the turn Thomas or Froning to and then trouble make a move. Webb tapped on the door finished one back and and left him with waited with Anderson an even-par 72.  for the final group. Peyton Sliger was On the 18th hole the medalist of the Thomas made a bogie day after the first to drop out of a tie round with 3-unand Froning posted a der (69) score. A birdie to pull in to the sophomore at Lee runner-up spot with University, Sliger Thomas and Webb. held a one-stroke Bryan Rodgers, Senior Champion Ray Morton was lead over Conner the Medalist of the Froning, coming off day posting a 6-under (66) charging the his City Win, and Mitchell Thomas leaders but falling two short. Morton, a sophomore at Tennessee Tech. the elder statesman of the champion Playing in the second group on ship flight has over 20 years of exSunday with Anderson were Kory perience with wins at both the state Webb, former C.A.K. and now UTC and local level. Always a force to be golfer.  Zach Gosselin former U.T. reckoned with and rarely makes erbaseball player and Matt Jeffers rors when he laces-up his golf shoes. former Tennessee Tech Stand In the Senior Flight it was Bryan out rounded out the foursome. Rodgers by one shot over Fred Turner Anderson, who had played the giving Rodgers repeat titles.  Ron event six times, finishing runner-up “double R” Rochelle was third. two of those years, was chasing down In the First Flight, John Studer the leaders with a 2-under front nine coming back after several layoff while Sliger was slipping away.  Fron60

came from 4-down to share the title with Don Dehler. The Second Flight belonged too Buddy Brackfield by two shots over Micke Welch. Scott Perkins, PGA Head Professional, deserves a 4-star award for presentation of the tournament with a valuable goody bag of hat, shirt and balls.  Two awesome meals both days prepared by the snack bar/lounge staff.   While Blair Brackfield earned Cart Girl of the Month honors for her excellent service on the course.

Championship Flight 1st- Hayden Anderson 72-71-141 2ndT- Conner Froning 70-72—142 2ndT- Mitchell Thomas 70-72—142 2ndT- Kory Webb 72-70—142 5th- Ray Morton 77-66—143 6th- Zach Gosselin 71-74—145

First Flight 1st- Don Dehler 72-77—149 1st- John Studer 76-73—149 3rd- Greg Lindsay 73-77—150 4th- Andrew Crawford 74-77—151 Second Flight 1st- Buddy Brackfield 82-81-161 2nd- Micke Welch 87-78—165 3rd- Dennis Dagnan 84-83—167 4th- Steve Graham 82-86—168 4th- Steve Blankenship 83-85—168 4th- Eric Hibler 83-85—168

Senior Division 1st- Bryan Rodgers 73-75—148 2nd- Fred Turner 73-76—149 3rd- Ron Rochelle 79-76—155 4th- Cliff Thomas 78-84—162 4th- Greg Sharpe 81-81—162 Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

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By Glenn Makin

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Makin’ the Rounds with No-Fakin No-Fakin says: While there is plenty that makes me sick! And if you been ‘round me for even a lil’ bit over the past 20 years, Ya Know Wut Elts Makes Me Sic! But as I get older I’ve learned to appreciate the finer things in life. No it’s not that knuckle head in the passin’ lane going 50 in a 65. Nope, not the way golfin’ galleries start hollerin’ “go in the hole” soon as the pro makes his swing. Nope, this is much finer than that, hold your applause until the end. As a senior golfer I can never say “I use to hit it far as ‘em young fellers.” In fact, all my old friends can’t say it either. Nobody ever hit it as far as ‘em young fellers, period. Stop foolin’ ‘urself. The more I cover golf and hang ‘round for the championship’ers, after the lower flights and senior division has finished, the more impressive it gets. The focus and skill these young folk have learned through lessons makes me feel proud to be story chaser. I look at these boys and think about their future. Yep, some will try their luck at the pro-tours tryin’ to make it to the big show. And some will go about a career in wut it was they learned in school.


Hold the applause, I’m getting’ to the point. If all Gods’ children would put some focus in to golf or whatever sport they choose, they would build the guts and determination to succeed in life. That’s wut I see in these young folk. The World would be a better place with all the hard work and productivity. And as the battle is on for the championship trophy or a good finish, I watch the parents of these young players and see the pride in their eyes, in their walk, in their sweatin’ in the heat and all that goes with being a proud parent. It’s the same tinglin’ pride that comes over me when my daughter plays her music in the big orchestra or on the street at Market Square. And that’s the finer things in life, our children. Teachin’ them the right way and encouraging them to do better than we did. Reach for the top in whatever they choose. Let me hear an Amen and roarin’ applause. God Bless the game of golf!

Makin says: As the tournament season has progressed there have been some new names spring forward, move

above the radar and catch some press. The results not found in this issue of Tennessee Golf Central are posted on the website along with lots of photo’s and video’s of some putts for wins. If you are a reader of Florida Golf Central, you will learn how much competitive golf means to the Tennessee golfers of all ages. The golf course owners and club professionals compete for play but at the same time make an effort to schedule events so as not to interfere with other tournaments. No it’s not perfect, due too the number of tournaments, but individual stroke play tournaments are separated from each other as well as 2-person and 3-person tournaments. We all make an effort to get along and work together for the betterment of golf. We are looking forward to working with Florida Golf Central and its publisher, Terrie Purdum, as we both promote golf and all the fellow golfers in business. Thanks for reading and being a part of the Golf Community.

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2014 Competitive Tournaments Dates              Course                                     Contact           Champions

Morristown Golf

March 22-23   Baneberry 2-Man Scramble      865-674-2500   (Tabor & Bible)                 29-30   River Islands 2-Man Scramble  865-933-0100   (Tabor & Bible) April      5-6     Millstone 3-Man Scramble        423-586-4000   (McGaha, Kennedy, Wise)            26-27   Patriot Hills 2-Man Scramble    865-475-4466   (Tabor & Bible - Otsby & Miller) May      3-4     Holston Hills Stroke Play           865-525-0626   (Wes Gosselin)            17-18   Beaver Brook Stroke Play         865-689-4479   (Austin Kramer)            17-18    Dandridge Guys & Dolls            865-397-2655   cancelled            17-18   Woodlake 2-Man Scramble       877-423-4653   (Langley & Sexton)            17-18   Nolichucky Scottish Lowball      423-638-7888   (Jackson & Jarnigan)            24-25   Lakeside Stroke Play                 865-376-5397   (Jonathan Armes)            31-1     Millstone Lakeway Champ.       423-586-4000   (postponed TBA) June     7-8     Three Ridges Knox Co Am        865-687-4797   (Brad Hawkins) (record 133)              7-8     Dandridge 3-Man Scramble       865-397-2655   (Seal, Seal, McCloy)            12-15   Whittle Springs City Champ.       865-525-1022   (Conner Froning)            14-15   Baneberry Parent-Child             865-674-2500   (unknown)            21-22   Patriot Hilles Scottish Lowball   865-475-4466  (Whitehead & Kendrick)            28-29   Willow Creek WC Invitational    865-675-0100  (Hayden Anderson)            28-29   Royal Oaks 3-Man Scramble     865-984-4260 (Lane, Lane, Walker)            28-29   Link Hills Invitational                   423-639-2961   (Lawrence Largent) July    12-13   Green Meadow Invitational         865-982-0391 (Tyler Lane)            12-13   Baneberry 3-Man Scramble       865-674-2500            17-20   Greater Knoxville Amatuer         865-207-0117               19-20   Clinchview 2-Man Scramble      865-993-3022            26-27   Lakeside 4-ball                           865-376-5397 Aug      2-3      Dandridge 2-Man Senior            865-397-2655              9-10   River Island 2-Man Scramble    865-933-0100              9-10   Three Ridges Knox Co 2-Man    865-687-4797            16-17    M’Town G&CC Oscars 2-Man   423-586-9953

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           16-17    Baneberry Guys & Dolls            865-674-2500            16-17    Woodlake Invitational                877-423-4653            23-24     Patriot Hills 3-Man Scramble    865-475-4466            23-24    Green Meadow 3-Man Scram.  865-982-0391  Sept     6-7      Patriot Hills Guys & Dolls          865-475-4466             13-14   River Island 2-Man Scramble    865-933-0100            13-14     Royal Oaks Stroke Play             865-984-4260             20-21   Nolichucky 9-9-9-9                     423-638-7888             20-21   Woodlake 2-Man Scramble       877-423-4653             27-28   Three Ridges Knox Co Senior   865-687-4797 Oct       10-12    Dandridge 2-Man 3-Day S-O    865-397-2655              18        Golfnews4friends Winter Tour Starts- Warm-up   865-556-4653             25-26 Baneberry/SM MTN/Berry Scram. 865-674-2500

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Kendrick & Whitehead From “Worst to First” in Patriot Hills 2-Man Scottish Lowball

Runner-up Holt & Franklin

2014 Champions Whitehead & Kendrick

From the threat of thunder storms

putts. With nine played there were 6 teams Saturday, which made a turn to the within a shot of each other and the South before drenching the course, to infamous call of “back-nine on Sunday” the sunshine and heat of the back-nine became the battle cry for all of the on Sunday, Patriot Hills featured some contenders.  amazing scores, shots and a multiple Franklin & Holt started a birdie run change of leaders.   on the back to pull away from the pack At the end of 36-holes the duo by 3-shots but were unaware of the Lee Whitehead & Bryce Kendrick of Whitehead & Kendrick birdie/eagle run Knoxville had quietly passed by the that netted a 9-under 27 score on the teams at the head of the pack battling back.  for the lead as they played in the first Holt missed a 6-footer on 16 and group of the championship flight, both missed 15-footers on 17 that could starting the day 5-shots behind the have sealed the win but needed a birdie leaders tied for 10th place. on the 18th to tie.  As the day began Sunday Whitehead As the last two lead groups finished & Kendrick posted a 6-under front and the 24-under tie was realized, the while Matt King & Josh Collins led the teams decided to have a play-off rather field with 14-under (58) on Saturday but than share the win.   started slow, making their first birdie of Out to the first hole, Whitehead & the day on the 6th hole.   Kendrick landed a drive short of the Corey Talley & Craig Reasor started 2-back but quickly got to 3-under with an eagle on the 5th hole.  Jimmy & Alex Moore charged to 4-under after 5 holes and led briefly while Michael Holt & Mark Franklin took the lead with a 7-under front nine.  Former champions Gary Franklin & Jim Bales let several opportunities slip by on the front nine when their putters went Best Snack Bar cold and missed several short 64

green while Holt & Franklin were back in the fairway 120 yards out.  Both pulled their approach shots left and had 40-footers for birdie.   Kendrick hit his pitch to less than a foot while Whitehead was 6-foot, assuring a certain birdie. The putt was conceded after Holt & Franklin missed their long putts and the multiple champions gave way to the first-time winners. Both Whitehead & Kendrick are juniors at Tennessee Tech and have solid experience and results as the 2013 State Fourball Runner-ups and college wins under their belt.  Whitehead won the City Amatuer in Knoxville in 2012 and Kendrick played with his dad in the World Father/Son Championship in 2013.   They will be a threat to the field in all of the 2-man tournaments in the future. 

Championship 1st- Kendrick & Whitehead 63-57--120* 2nd- Holt & Franklin 61-59--120 3rd- Kennedy & Bradley 61-62--123 4th- King & Collins 58-66--124 4th- Talley & Reasor 60-64--124 4th- Kent & Smith 61-63--124 *won playoff on first hole. In the First Flight there were 18 teams within 2-shots of each other but turned in to a father/son battle as Thompson & Thompson ran away from the field with a 13-under 59 to win by 3-shots followed by Seal & Seal and Settle & Settle tied for 2nd. 

First Flight 1st- Thompson & Thompson 65-59--124 2nd- Seal & Seal 64-63--127 2nd- Settle & Settle 64-63--127 4th- Campbell & Parker 65-63--128 4th- Helle & Payne 64-64--128 4th- Sexton & Esch 65-63--128 Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

Another flight with 15 teams within 2-shots but the magic of the day belonged Hicks & Hicks and Makin & Brown as they tied for first with their own story’s of eagles and long putts for birdie. The sand on the carpet was unbearable for many of the competitors in the flight but a good hot shower would make it all better. 

excellent course conditions.  Carol in the snack bar was busy both days making some of the best hamburgers around as well as hot dogs and sandwiches.  A great place to play golf for open play and tournaments. Salute!  

Third Flight

Shockley & Collins The Second Flight found Collins & Shockley in the drivers seat with a 6-shot turn-around (61) holding off Tabor & Kennedy who also posted a (61) but started one-back for the day.

Second Flight 1st- Collins & Shockley 67-61--128 2nd- Tabor & Kennedy 68-61--129 3rd- Gosnell & Gosnell 67-64--131 4th- Scates & Sennett 67-65--132 5th- Whittenburg & Fender 67-66--133 5th- Buttry & Martin 67-66--133

1st-Hicks & Hicks 71-64--135 1st- Makin & Brown 70-65--135 3rd- Thompson & Knoles 70-66--136 3rd- Shumate & Wolfenbarger 70-66--136 5th- Lewis & Lewis 69-68--137 5th- Stroud & Daniel  70-67--137 7th- Marshall & Helton 69-69--138 8th- Moore & Johnson 69-70--139 8th- Clabo & Loy 70-69--139 8th- Jeffers & Stayton 70-69--139

Fourth Flight 1st- Wallace & Davis 72-66--138 2nd- Garrett & Culberson 72-67--139 2nd- Voiles & Kesterson 72-67--139 4th- Belcher & Lee 72-68--140 5th- Dill & Willborn 72-70--142 5th- Ballard & Ballard 72-70--142 Players gave thumbs up to Gary Franklin and the staff at Patriot Hills for

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Conner Froning Captures His First Knoxville City Title

2014 Champion Conner Froning with Defending Champion Matt King

Conner “Bubba” Froning, junior at LMU, has pushed some dominating players in to Championship Titles including two at Beaver Brook, one in the Knox County and two in the City.  But 2014 proved to be his year as he chased down Brad Hawkins, the hottest player in the area of late.   With six strokes to make up on Sunday and Hawkins seemingly impossible to stop, Froning has his work cut out for him. The rumblings began on the first hole with tree trouble leading to a bogie and Froning along with 6-time Champ Jay Wise and defending Champ Matt King making par.   Froning birdied the second hole to shave another stroke but gave it back on the next hole with a bogie.  By the end of the first nine Froning had cut the lead to three while King got two one out of the lead.   With the back nine at Whittle Springs being the scoring nine, pars would not be enough and Hawkins was set to drive it home as he did in the Knox County Amateur, pulling away to a nine-shot win over King.  But, Bubba Froning was looming in the rearview mirror with the other former champions and just as quickly as the day started Hawkins pared ten while Froning and King made birdie.   Eleven and Thirteen were the decisive holes where Hawkins made 66

costly decisions with his approach shot on the 11th going over the green and settled for a bogie.  Although he gained back a shot on the 12th with Froning, King continued with pressure.   On hole 13 Hawkins tee shot went left leaving a runner to the green that tipped a limb and came up short.  His chip was short of the hole and he missed the putt to make bogie.  Froning made an 8-foot birdie put and suddenly the two were tied with King oneback.  All was squared on 14 and 15 and Hawkins hit a drive on 16 that rolled up the green and appeared to be headed for the hole but finished just left about foot and a half.  Froning had hit the green but had a 38-footer with some turn to it and nailed it, making Hawkins’ putt to hold the tie.   On the 17th Froning hit his teeshot to 5-feet while Hawkins had a 20-footer. Froning birdied and went 1-shot up with the beast #18 to play.  Once again, and troubling all day, Hawkins found tree trouble and managed to par the final hole while Froning had a short birdie to add another stroke and win by two. The excitement for Froning and his family erupted as he lost the “Bridesmaid” name from five runner-up finishes in the Beaver Brook, the County and City.   Winners in other flights included Eric Kennedy in the Championship B division. Both Kennedy and Kevin Gryder came in with over par rounds before the cut and recovered for the final two days.  They were followed by two youngsters soon to be the top challengers in any tournament. Ryan and Jake Hall are both top middle school players in the area.   Ron Disney kept playing to his potential giving it all he had and running off with the First Flight.  Craig Grove came back to the field on Sunday but had enough padding to maintain the win in the Second Flight.   Both Mud Childress and Ricky Greg, former Champions were trailing Glenn Huskison in the Senior Flight moving in to Sunday but Huskison got off to a slow start and couldn’t recover as Childress and Greg moved past to to take 1st and 2nd in the Senior Flight.

Conner Froning with his parents

RESULTS Championship 1st- Conner Froning 64-67-70-63—264 2nd- Brad Hawkins 66-61-68-71—266 3rd- Matt King 65-67-69-70—271 3rd- Jay Wise 67-67-67-70—272 5th- Cody Johnson 66-68-70-68—272 5th- Tyler Lane 70-67-70-65—272

Championship B 1st- Eric Kennedy 67-74-66-66—273 2nd- Kevin Gryder 72-70-71-69—282 3rd- Ryan Hall 70-69-78-72—289 4th- Jake Hall 72-71-76-73—292 4th- Bryan Langley 75-71-75-71—292

First Flight 1st- Ron Disney 71-70-71-69—281 2nd- Drew Daniel 72-74-79-73---298 3rd- Chad Romines 74-74-75-76—299 4th- Pat Clapp 75-74-75-78—302 4th- Bob Wise 78-75-74-75—302

Second Flight 1st- Craig Grove 79-82-76-78—315 2nd- Phillip Johnson 85-77-82-75—319 3rd- Kent Withers 81-87-91-85—344 3rd- Mel King 90-88-82-84—344

Senior Flight 1st- John Childress 73-68-73-72—286 2nd- Ricky Gregg 71-70-73-78—292 3rd- Glen Huskison 72-68-72-82—294 3rd- Bobby Holcomb 78-71-69-76—294 3rd- David Dooley 73-77-71-73--294

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Brad Hawkins Makes History With Knox County Title Run There was magic in the air this weekend at Three Ridges Golf Course for the 21st Annual Knox County Amatuer as Brad Hawkins helped make history with his run-away title win. Not only did the former Walter State and now Tusculum junior win a title, he broke the scoring record with his 133 total, besting the old record held by 5-time champion Eric Rose by two shots. Hawkins distanced 3-time winner Matt King by 9-shots, also a record score spread.   And if that wasn’t enough magic, Brad now joins his dad as the only father/son County Title holders. Father Dan won his title at the Knox County held at Dead Horse Lake in 1997.    Carrying the momentum from the NGA Tour last week at Three Ridges, finishing 12th and the only amatuer in the field, Hawkins used the course setup with hard fast greens too his advantage. In his interview after the NGA he mentioned the experience playing with the professionals and gaining confidence in his ability to score.   During Sunday’s final round he continued with birdies including chip-ins on #4 and #8 on his way to a 7-under 65. Playing in the final group King and another former champion Josh Collins couldn’t build a charge and Hawkins had no intention of letting off the gas, holding his focus both days.  King finished second followed by Gatlinburg’s Greg Nichols who made a move from 7th to 3rd with a 69 Sunday.  With a large number of Championship entries the division was divided in to two flights.  In the B division Eric Rose struggled to a 79 and trailed Scott McGaha and Jake Savage by one-shot but rallied to a 68 Sunday to win by 8-shots over John Minor, Jr.  The Senior Division was also broken in to two flights with Rick Mixon and Mike Poe leading the way at 2-under 70. The B division was led by Rusty Egan and Rock Saracini with scores of 81.   At the end of the final round Rick Mixon won the Senior Title with Randall Irwin moving ahead of Poe for the runner-up spot. Rusty Egan played to his potential with a 75 on Sunday to win by 5-shots over Saracini. Patrick Cotter, new to competitive tournaments claiming only one previous event, moved to 3rd place. 68

2014 Knox County Champion Brad Hawkins (L) Mark Brown GM (R)

Three Ridges staff & volunteers

Rusty Egan

Patrick Cotter

Eric Rose (L) Mark Brown GM (R)

Matt King Shoot-out Champion (L) Lee Tramel (R)

Matt Cummings with a total 150 score won the First Flight by oneshot over Brady Davis and two over Jake Hall. In the Second Flight it was Stephen Hill coming from two-down to post a 73 and defeat Chuck Reynolds by one-shot. In the Third Flight there was a tie between Phillip Johnson and Nathan Nease as both improved by 5-shots. For more photos and videos, go to  

Championship 1st- Brad Hawkins 68-65—133 2nd- Matt Kings 72-70—142 3rd- Greg Nichols 76-69—145 4th- Tyler Lane 70-78—148 5th- Josh Collins 73-76—149 5th- Conner Froning 76-73—149 Championship B 1st- Eric Rose 79-68—147 2nd- John Minor, Jr. 80-75—155 3rd- Scott McGaha 78-79—156 4th- Jake Savage 78-81—159 5th- Austin Collins 81-80—161 5th- Preston Tucker 85-76—161 5th- Ryan Settle 87-74—161 Senior Division A 1st- Rick Mixon 70-74—144 2nd- Randall Irwin 73-74—147 3rd- Mike Poe 70-78—148 4th- Wiley Jones 73-76—149 5th- Chris Oldham 75-78—153 5th- Mike Smith 77-76—153 Senior Division B 1st- Rusty Egan 81-75—156 2nd- Rock Saracini 81-80—160 3rd- Patrick Cotter 84-79—163 4th- Mike Thompson 84-80—164 5th- Robert Wright 84-82—166 5th- Ron May 83-83—166 First Flight 1st- Matt Cummings 76-74—150 2nd- Brady Davis 78-73—151 3rd- Jake Hall 78-74—152 4th- Parker Hall 75-78—153 5th- Brandon Gibson 73-81—154 5th- Chris Atkins 75-79—154 5th- Josh McGill 76-78—154 Second Flight 1st- Stephen Hill 82-73—155 2nd- Chuck Reynolds 81-75—156 3rd- Scott Robinson 80-79—159 4th- David Weller 81-79—160 5th- Dustin Strange 83-78—161 Third Flight 1st- Phillip Johnson 90-85—175 1st- Nathan Nease 90-85—175 3rd- Bo Fisher 92-84—176 4th- Jeff Winterberger 93-85—178 5th- Blake Foete 91-88—179 Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

Matt King Last Man Standing in Knox County Shoot-Out

The 2014 edition of the Knox County Shoot-out was a return to the younger champions as Matt King won a chipoff against his golf buddy and former Knox Co Champion Eric Rose.    The world seemed right again after two years of Senior players sneaking past the local big names in golf.   Gene Hines made the first

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that wins, it’s the player that keeps every shot in play and closest on the chip-offs.  Josh Collins found trouble right and the bunker and two-putt to end his run as King & Rose played fairway to green on the #6 hole.   With 10 competitors off the course it came down to two guys who hold the most Knox County titles.  Rose with five and King with three. Both drives were about equal, King came up short of the left front bunker while Rose was right of center with a clear pitch of 40 yards.  Rose went first and almost hole his approach running it a couple feet past the hole.  King pitched over the bunker and left himself a 3-foot uphill putt he drained easily.  Rose although 2-foot was a testy downhill putt but made it. With the chip-off shown on the videos, both ran the ball by the hole but King kept his a foot closer to garner his 3rd Shoot-out title.


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Tyler Lane Captures 2014 Green Meadow Invitational

Opern Division Winner Joe Sponcia

With five straight years on the line, Michael Bradshaw with his signature on the new Champion Bermuda greens, took on the challengers but it wasn’t to be six straight.   Tyler Lane came to Green Meadow with a warm-up for the Great Knoxville Amateur as he prepared to defend his title in the prestigious event. Bradshaw posted a 73 on opening day while Lane scored a 2-under (70) to hold a narrow one shot lead over former Knox County Champ Josh Collins and two shots over Chip “Tiger Beater” Spratlin and Lee University stand-out Peyton Sliger.  Spratlin, the elder statesman of the lead group is known for his fame as the only player to beat Tiger Woods in the NCAA Championship.  Lane, a former Carson-Newman golfer, is now a teacher at Bearden High School and has been much improved over the past few years, “I was always second player behind some really good teammates”, he said.  Lane shares his love for golf with Tennis as he is also the Tennis Coach at Bearden.  Starting with pars on the first holes, Lane commented to Collins in his group, last time here I went eagle, eagle, birdie on the par-5 fourth and fifth holes and the par-4 sixth hole.   That turned out to be a Déjà vu, as he repeated the feat. “The first par-5 was about a 25-footer, but the second was maybe 3-feet,” Lane recounted.  Turning at 4-under on the front after a 3-putt on the ninth hole for a bogie, Lane was in the drivers seat and putting some distance on the field.  The back-nine proved to be a little tougher

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Runner-Up Josh Collins but his one-over gave him a 3-under (69) total and enough to keep Collins 3-shots back. This was a special win and a special time for Lane as he and his wife Katie are expecting their first child in early August.  “We are having a daughter and as we both love golf and come from golfing families we are naming her Magnolia.”  And quipped, “That will be Magnolia Lane, after the street at The Masters.” Bradshaw conceded too Lane and congratulated him on the win. “It was a good run, just glad to be a part the tournament.” The Open Division is always interesting at Green Meadow as prizes are offered in both gross and net.  “I started doing it this way because it keeps more players in the game,” said Scott Wilson PGA Head Pro.  Joe Sponcia turned in an uncharacteristic 82 on Saturday but bounced back with a 71 on Sunday for the prize.   While Mike Cheek garnered the 1st place net win. Ron Waters captured the Senior Flight and is a former championship flight winner as well as multiple club championship wins.  Bryan Rodgers can never be counted out as he improved on his “no birdie” round of 76 on Saturday to gain back two-shots on Waters, settling for second.  Former State Rep., the Honorable Richard Montgomery finished third and kept former General Manager of Green Meadow and twotime World Amateur Champion Bobby Perkinson at bay.   “I really love these greens,” said Perkinson. And added, “they have really filled-in and offered a new challenge to the members and proud that the Champion Bermuda has been such a success story.” The tournament operation overseen by General Manager Jeff Curtis PGA, and Scott Wilson PGA Head Pro along with the staff and the food service was exceptional.  The players noted as a majority their appreciation to the members of the club for extending an invitation to play the course.

Champion Tyler Lane with Scott Wilson

RESULTS Championship 1st- Tyler Lane 70-69—139 2nd- Josh Collins 71-71—142 3rd- Chip Spratlin 72-72—144 4th- Michael Bradshaw 73-72—145 4th- Scott McGaha 73-72—145 5th- Peyton Sliger 72-74—146 6th- Jay Wise 74-73—147 Open Division Gross 1st- Joe Sponcia 82-71—153 2nd- Mike Fuller 79-85—164 2nd- Joe Harrington 83-81—164 Open Division Net 1st- Mike Cheek 72-68—140 2nd- David Pitchford 67-75—142 3rd- Blake Foote 69-74—143 Senior Division 1st- Ron Waters 72-75—147 2nd- Bryan Rodgers 76-73—149 3rd- Richard Montgomery 75-79—154 4th- Bobby Perkinson 80-77—157

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Alzheimer’s Tennessee 10th Annual MemoryLinks  June 23, 2014 at Gettysvue Polo, Golf & Country Club Golf Classic T hanks to our participants and donors. In case you missed the announcements and all the fun at our first-ever Luau at Mulligans after the tournament, this year’s winners include the following: We truly appreciate your contribution to this worthy cause. Alzheimer’s Tennessee’s mission is to serve those facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, to promote brain health through education, and to champion global prevention and treatment efforts. This year’s winners were:

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There’s a New Leader in the Clubhouse as Keith McElroy takes on Royal Oaks The announcement was made last December of a new PGA Professional hired at Royal Oaks Golf Club.  There wasn’t a lot of fanfare over the value of Keith McElroy taking on the position as Head Professional but those who know Keith immediately new that Royal Oaks was making a move to the top. Keith began his path to golf as a young man living in North Knoxville and has paid his dues with each position and opportunity that has come his way.  “It all started back in 1989 at Knoxville Driving Range on Clinton Hwy,” says Keith.  “I spent two years working and learning the game from Scott Strike and knew pretty quickly that golf would be my profession.” In the early 90’s during the golf boom in the Knoxville Area, Keith received his first opportunity from Sam Newgent, then Head Pro at the new Three Ridges Golf Course in Northeast Knoxville. From 1991 to 1997 Keith worked under Newgent and earned his PGA status.  Keith recounts the experience highlighted by his ability to organize two major golf tournaments that still run today.  “Promoting and growing the Knox County Championship was a challenge that grew to be very successful,” said Keith. “I remember the first year we had about 70 players and


exciting for me because my mentor Scott Strike was the first winner,” he added.  The tournament reached a record crowd of 130 players just a couple years later with the winner of that event, Jeff Golliher. One of the area legends of golf.  The tournament is still held today under Mark Brown and draws 120 players yearly. The other hallmark of Keiths career at Three Ridges was the Monday Senior Game.  “I recall the first year we started with eight players and quickly grew to 60 players each week before I left,” said Keith.  Today that number exceeds 80 players at times and stronger than ever. In 2000 Keith was approached by the Knox Area Junior Golf Assoc. with an offer to take over the Concord Par-3. “Some of my most satisfying moments have come from working with local juniors, well over 2000 in fact,” Keith

stated.  Some of those juniors included Kory Webb (UTC), Ben Reeves (UTM) and Mitchell Thomas (TTU). His first major award came in 2007 when he was named the TN PGA Section Junior Golf Leader of the Year.  In 2011 he changed course and became the Hiwassee College Golf Coach while also working at The Golf Academy of TN and helping with the TN Junior Golf Staff, running junior tour events. Keiths first priority at Royal Oaks was to make certain the Invitational at the club would grow and thrive again as an important event in the area.   Keith understands the importance of competitive golf among amatuers.  His experience in operating tournaments where players appreciate knowing there concern is to show up and focus on their game, not, worrying about how the flights will be broken, how much will be offered in prizes.  Keith knows the golf business and particularly the tournament business.  His encouragement of juniors to move in to the adult tournaments playing the same tees, dependent on the division they select, will help their mental competitive growth.  Golfers whom do not know Keith will soon come to learn what the rest of us know.  He is a winner and a shining star with a PGA badge.   Play the Royal Oaks Invitational and look to the tournament schedule for other Royal Oaks events including the 3-man, the Sundays couples golf and the Guys & Dolls event in September.  Follow for full stories, photo’s and video’s of golf news in Tennessee. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 3

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