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Groovin’ Right Along In this issue you’re going to see the new Golf Central brand, growing East and West of our core readers and home town feeling, already developed here in Florida for 15 years, deep rooted in Tennessee with Golfnews4friends.net, and through the Georgia Golf Trail partners. When people ask me, “How’s the expansion going?” I always say, “We’re Groovin’ right along”. Truth is, depending on how fun the person asking is, I break out in song with my favorite Mc Fadden and Whitehead song.   “Ain’t no stoppin’ us noooow, we’re on the move”  “Ain’t no stoppin’ us noooow, we’re in the groove” Golf Central may be full of Southern flavor but it’s THE lifestyle and travel magazine for our fellow Yankee golfers also; like Derek Jeter. We would love to have Jeter visit us. Whoa, are you Mike May kidding me, he can stay with me or anywhere he wants. The invitation is open to golfers and travelers from every state. You’ll enjoy our new golf travel dude, Mike May. He’s energetic, spontaneous and has a fun little spin on the Li’ O course in South Georgia and has traveled to Mississippi and played the Robert Trent Jones resort course on behalf of Golf Central. We shared his experience in this issue. May is a player as well as a fitness advocate, and recently won the 2014 Media Day Challenge held in conjunction with the media day for the CME Group Tour at The Ritz in Naples. Really proud to have Chuck Cavalaris of Tennessee, long time writer, radio and television personality offering his slant on the golf world with his “Ask Chuck” Chuck Cavalaris column, which features the Kiawah Islands Resort stay & play at the Oceans Course in this issue. The term “Guru” is thrown around a lot, but Chuck is a “Guru” of anything sports. Hence the title “Ask Chuck.” Also, the ever-charming Bob Bolton represented us in Branson, Missouri on a Bob Bolton golf trip hosted by the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau, introducing Golf Central to the Ozarks. And the Tennessee Publisher, Glenn Makin, went to Myrtle Beach and played the World Amateur Handicap Championship and offers a five-day Journal of his advenWhat She Said! tures and play in the tournament. WON’T LET NOTHIN NOTHIN’ STAND IN OUR WAY, Want y›all to listen to every word I say.  “Aint no stopping us now, we’re on the move” 2009 North Florida PGA Amateur of the Year  


Volume 15, Issue 5 Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Tennessee Golf Central Publisher: Glenn Makin, golfnews4friends.net

Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth, Founder-Georgia Golf Trail 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. Contributing Writers: Jay Golden, PGA; Greg Wise, Bob Bolton, Elisa Gaudet, Mike Jamison, Mike May, Chris Thompson, Katie Hatfield, Ron Heller, Chuck Cavalaris, Mitch Sadowsky Graphic Design: Melahn Cable, melahn@mac.com Website Design/Network Support: ryjo.com

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NEW PHONE: 321.765.4215 E-mail: info@floridagolfcentral.com ©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.

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Cart Girl 14 Rachel Ronda

Ask Chuck 64 Kiawah Island

Fashion Forward 16 Chase54

Calendar of Events 69 Calendar of Events

Feature 38 PGA Golf Club

Makin' The Rounds 72 with No Fakin

Georgia Golf Central 54 Little Ocmulgee

Tennessee Golf Association 70 Women's Senior

Golf Bachelor 12 Ben Herring

Tennessee PGA 68 EZ Go Pro-Pro

Golf Fore Charity 16 Women's & Girls Cancer Alliance 48 Swing for the King

Tournament News 58 Patriot Hills Guys & Dolls 60 World Am Journal 66 1-Man Scramble 71 9-9-9-9 New Format 74 EWGA Championship at The Hermitage in Nashville

Golf Travel 52 Branson. Missouri Improving Performance 26 SuperStroke Grips 28 IMG Academy

Player Profile 30 Bill Hopson Special Events 18 Florida Historic Golf Trail






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Team USA Holds On To Win 2014 ISPS Handa Cup WEST POINT, Miss.– American teams have faltered in the last three Ryder Cup matches and in the last two Solheim Cups, but it was Team USA that came through with the win today at the ISPS Handa Cup. The Americans defeated the World Team 28-20 at Old Waverly Golf Club. The Americans had struggled in the previous two Handa Cups – an annual team competition between American-born and international members of the LPGA Legends Tour age 45 and over. An energized World Team earned a tie with the Americans at the 2012 event, and won it for the first time outright last year. 8

at Isleworth Golf & Coutnry Club, Dec. 1-7. The 2014 tournament will welcome public ticket holders for the first time to the former home of the Tavistock Cup. A limited number of tickets are available for spectators looking to entertain guests, spend time with friends and family, and walk Isleworth’s esteemed course as they witness the PGA TOUR’s top golfers. Tickets will only be sold prior to tournament week and are now on sale. For purchasing opportunities, visit heroworldchallenge.com or call 1-855-307-1973. General admission grounds tickets are available for purchase Wednesday through Sunday of the tournament. Each ticket includes complimentary parking and shuttle service, pairings sheets and access to the Isleworth grounds during the competition rounds. Grounds tickets can be purchased for Wednesday at $39, single-day Thursday-Sunday at $85, or a weekly book including one ticket for each day, Wednesday-Sunday at $250. Details on all ticket options are available at heroworldchallenge.com. Golf fans can also follow the latest news surrounding the Hero World Challenge on Twitter, following the handle @TWFoundation.

But this year’s ninth staging was up for grabs after the teams battled to a 12-12 tie following Saturday’s best-ball and alternateshot matches. The World Team entered today’s singles determined to defend the Cup, while the Americans -- acutely aware their compatriots had lost the Ryder Cup earlier in the day -- were ready to win back the Cup. By day’s end, Team USA once again lifted the Handa Cup with its victory over the World Team. The win improved the Americans’ record to 7-1-1 in the series. “It’s been a fun week,’’ said Team USA captain and Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez. “This competition was special and we had to really play well to win.’’

Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association Names New Executive Director Jensen Beach, Fla. – The Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association names new Executive Director. The Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association (FGCSA) has promoted Jennifer Bryan to Executive Director, effective August 1, 2014. Ms. Bryan served as the FGCSA Association Manager since October 2007 and was instrumental in modernizing communications, website development, administrative efficiencies, event planning, Association long range planning, and promoting the Golf Best Management Practices (BMP) Certification Program which was developed in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, United States Golf Association Green Section and the University of Florida. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University with a minor in Communications, served as the Executive Coordinator, Customer Vision Center for Lanier Worldwide, Inc. and Program Director for the YMCA, and is certified in Member Services and Program Planning Management. Ms. Bryan’s duties will include: continuation of administrative and financial activities, education, publication management, promoting Industry partnerships and ad sales, coordinating FGCSA events, and facilitating the Golf BMP Certification Program. In her new role, Ms. Bryan will be more involved internally in the program development of local chapter and member services: including support, focus on government relations, media and public relations, membership growth and retention initiatives, and partnering with allied associations on issues of common interest. Ms. Bryan will be replacing Mr. Joel Jackson, who retired from the position in 2013. Mr. Jackson has been retained by the FGCSA as editor for the Association’s quarterly magazine, The Florida Green. The FGCSA consists of eleven regional chapters’ statewide with over 850 golf course superintendents and assistant superintendent members. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5


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Highlights of the event, included: • Celebrity Chefs Emeril Lagasse and Ryan Vargas of Tchoup Chop headlined the Food Trends Experience Culinary & Tasting Theater when they prepared Sesame Ahi Tuna to a standing room only crowd. Additional chefs included Peter Vossenberg of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Master Chef Francis Biondi, Keith Esbin, Bar Harbor Seafood Corporation and others. • The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services sponsored the new Fresh from Florida Pavilion, which offered tantalizing organic, sustainable, artisanal, gluten-free and

ethnic ingredients giving restaurant and foodservice operators the opportunity to source local, Florida offerings. • Thousands of attendees received free education during more than 30+ sessions at The Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum. Several of the sessions attracted large audiences including The Future of Fine Dining featuring Jerome Bocuse, Chefs de France and executives from The Ravenous Pig, Cress, and K Restaurant and Wine Bar and a session on Big Brand Discuss Current and Future Menu Trends with speakers from Another Broken Egg of America, Hard Rock Café, Talk of the Town Restaurant Group, and Nestle Corporate.

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restaurant and foodservice industry professionals enjoyed three days of tasting new products, meeting with new vendors and attending educational programs offering new concepts at the 43rd annual Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show which was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The event was sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA). “The energy and excitement on the show floor was fantastic, highlighted by a standing room only crowd to see Emeril Lagasse in our Culinary Theater,” said Ron Mathews, Industry Vice President for the Foodservice Events. “We thank our exhibitors, attendees, the speakers and chefs and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in making this a hugely successful event.” 10

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Following the trade show, FRLA hosted The BIG Party at B.B. Kings Blues Club and the Bob Leonard Golf Classic. With more than 500 attendees, The BIG Party received record attendance this year! The very next day, golfers had a blast hitting the links at ChampionsGate. Senior executives from Walt Disney World, Marriott, Outback Steakhouse, Firehouse Subs, Hilton, Hyatt, Miller’s Ale House, Gaylord Palms, Hooters of America, and Universal teamed up with suppliers for a day of unparalleled relationship-building opportunities.

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BEN HERRING Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

Born in California, raised in The Panhandle, Pensacola, FL

High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? I would say I was nerdy but I also played 4 different sports, so it was a hybrid of jocks and nerds.

What do you do for a living? I am the Tournament Director for the North Florida PGA.

What would you like to do for a living? I love Event

Management so I am definitely doing what I want now.

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

I am a big country music fan and go to every big country concert in the area. Zac Brown Band is the best. Life is too short to relax.

Blonde, brunette, or redhead…for the color of your headcovers of course? Girls these days change their hair color so

much it’s impossible to have a favorite, but I am a sucker for ladies that dress very classy.

Steak, chicken, or seafood?

All of the above, as long as I am the one doing the cooking. Cooking is one of my other hobbies.

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I used to work as an On-Air Personality for a country music radio station. My radio name was Big Red.

Name the three most important things to you in this world. Faith, Family, and Friends.

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? If you have love then you are certainly successful!

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? There is nothing better than a great home-cooked meal, some wine or cocktails, and Netflix. Would you tell someone if they had food caught in their teeth during a conversation with them? Never leave someone

hanging. Always tell them if there is something in their teeth.

Favorite charity to support? What Major Dan Rooney has

done with the Folds of Honor is truly amazing. I come from a military family so the fact that Folds of Honor supports families of wounded or fallen soldiers puts it on top of my list. 12

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Rachel Ronda Where did you grow up? I grew up in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch? I enjoy running, but I like to watch any sport in good company.

What do you feel makes this club special? Lake Nona is

special, but I personally think it is special because of the wonderful members I serve and entire staff I work with. It is unlike anywhere else I have ever worked. It is a pleasure coming to work.

What is your favorite part of being a cart girl? What is your least favorite part? My favorite part of being a cart girl is

joking around with the players. It’s like hanging out with my brothers. My least favorite part would have to be icing up the cart on a cold morning. Don’t laugh, it can get cold in Orlando.

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Do you think the cart girls should be able to dress differently? Lake Nona has provided us with various styles, so I’m fortunate to have many options.

What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the golf course? I laugh everyday on the course. Our “mens group” is a pretty great group of guys and they are hilarious. They keep me laughing with the way they banter with each other.

What type of music do you prefer? I like all genres, but there is something very moving about the classics like Vivaldi.

What hobbies do you enjoy? I love organizing parties, not sure if that is considered a hobby. Being outdoors and embracing the beauty and wildlife that Florida has to offer.

Favorite comedian? It’s hard to say without giving away my age. LOL, but I love Bill Cosby. Chocolate cake is considered breakfast at my house!

Favorite type of movie? I love a good romantic movie. Favorite charity to support? My favorite charity is Relay for

Life. I lost my father to colon cancer. He was only 72. It’s a very meaningful charity to me.

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

love of family and friends is what is most important in life. I have three beautiful girls and their love is what means most to me. Everything else is just extra.


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Breaking Records for Gynecologic Cancer The 11th annual September Awareness Golf Tournament benefitting the Women’s & Girls’ Cancer Alliance, formerly known as the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida, was a tremendous success on so many levels: breaking records in participation, fundraising, and impacting the lives of people in the community. The event had its largest number of participants with over 150 golfers and volunteers, as well as a new record of 27 teams uniting together to join the organization’s mission to ignite the fight against women’s and girls’ cancers. Because of these players, charitable sponsors and in-kind donors, this event was a financial success as $22,500 was raised to support much-needed community programs and outreach. 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 over the years single-handedly raised over $192,000 with this annual fundraiser. Every 7 minutes a woman or girl is diagnosed with a gynecological cancer. That’s about 80,000 women and girls each year. The Women’s & Girls’ Cancer Alliance saves lives through education and advocacy by empowering women and girls with the knowledge and confidence necessary to take control of their gynecologic health and to pave a road through the medical and governmental arenas to allow them to do so. For more information please visit www.wgcancer.org or call 407.339.0024.

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Kelly Laubach, Mark Laubach, Ann McArdle, Denise Roche, Deloris Zamboni, Tereza Zamboni

Chris Brockman, Katie Donihi, Tim Donihi, Tom Gresosky, James Sorrell

Rose Asklund, Beverly Barney, Alexis Sieg, Myra Swisher, Rhonda Robinson

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The Florida Department of State and Secretary of State Ken Detzner announce the launch of the Florida Historic Golf Trail program. Beginning in September, the Florida Department of State’s commercial featuring golf legend Arnold Palmer, produced in col-

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Richard Moorhead, WPCC 100th Anniversary Committee, Robert F. Bendus, Florida’s State Historic Preservation Officer, Bill Neidlinger, WPCC 100th Anniversary Committee, Gary Diehl, WPCC 100th Anniversary Committee, Justin Ingram, Winter Park Country Club Golf Pro Operations Manager, Michelle McGann, LPGA Tour Pro, Ken Detzner, Florida Secretary of State, Linda Kulmann, WPCC 100th Anniversary Committee, Event attendee, Event attendee, Ken Bradley, Winter Park Mayor

laboration with VISIT FLORIDA, will air on NBC Sports and The Golf Channel over the coming months. The Florida Historic Golf Trail celebrates Florida’s early golf heritage from the 1890s through World War II, by featuring historic, publicly accessible golf courses that can still be played on today. Developed by the Division of Historical Resources, the Trail highlights the history of partner courses located throughout the state and is designed to enhance public awareness of Florida’s historic golf courses, increase an appreciation for historic preservation and encourage tourism in the Sunshine State. The Trail’s website provides information about the history and current day contact information for each partner course. A scorecard for the program is available online and at each partner location for players to track their progress across Florida’s historic fairways. Secretary of State Ken Detzner, State Historic Preservation Officer Robert F. Bendus, Winter Park Mayor Kenneth Bradley, LPGA player Michelle McGann, and were among those who addressed the media at a press conference as part

of Winter Park’s Centennial Celebration. Additionally, The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive Show was on location at the Winter Park Golf and Country Club and featured their centennial anniversary and interview Secretary Detzner about the Florida Historic Golf Trail. “We are proud to showcase Florida’s rich golfing traditions with the Florida

El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “With the help of our partnering courses, we look forward to encouraging visitors and residents alike to come play on history.” “I am proud to be a part of the launch of the Florida Historic Golf Trail at the beautiful setting of the historic Winter Park Country Club,” said Mayor Bradley of Winter Park. “This launch coincides with the city’s celebration of the Winter Park Country Club’s Centennial Anniversary and makes our Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5

100th year even more meaningful. By becoming a partner with the Department of State through this new program and adding this historical designation, even more golfers and visitors will come to Winter Park.” “My passion for golf and history led me to introduce the Florida Historic Golf Trail with the commercial that will soon air on the Golf Channel,” said golf legend Arnold Palmer. “Florida is one of the most beautiful places to play golf, and I’m proud to call it my home.” “With nearly 1,300 golf facilities in the state, employing more than 167,000 Floridians and generating $13.8 billion in economic impact, golf is a huge component of Florida’s overall tourism industry,” said Will Seccombe, President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA. “Our partnership with the Department of State, NBC Sports, The Golf Channel and Arnold Palmer provides a tremendous platform to showcase the state’s rich golfing tradition to a national audience.”

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“One of the wonderful aspects of the game of golf is its rich traditions” said golf legend Jack Nicklaus. “As a proud

Floridian for close to 50 years, I know the state of Florida has its own storied history in our game—one that should be honored, valued, and, most important, shared with current and future generations. The Florida Historic Golf Trail includes important chapters to our golf story, and I hope residents and visitors to our state will take the opportunity to experience some of this history.” “As a professional golfer, I am thrilled to be a part of the launch of the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said LPGA awardwinning golfer Michelle McGann. “I enjoy any opportunity to share my love for the game, and through this new program even more golfers will learn about the history behind the courses they play.” “By collaborating with the Department of State’s Florida Historic Golf Trail program, we are establishing a partnership that will enrich the experience for our players,” said Donna Line, resort owner of the Mission Inn Resort and Club. “We are looking forward to the exciting things to come, and are proud to be a part of the launch.” Come play on history! For more information on the Florida Historic Golf Trail, visit FloridaHistoricGolfTrail.com.

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Rod Perry wins The North Florida PGA Section Championship! 13 Under, 203 to take The Millie Mix Trophy.

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Bob Dickson with Rich Smith Finish with a Major Statement was a fitting theme for our 2014 NFPGA Section Championship! A statement was made in all three divisions! Rod Perry, Crane Lakes started the final round 4 back of Greg Koch, Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes. Rod shot 31 on the front to take the lead at the turn and closed with 34 to win the championship by 3 shots. Rod finished the 54-hole competition at 13 under par on the challenging Watson Course at Reunion Resort. Senior Barry Cheesman, Tatum Ridge had a fine showing, as he was also in the final grouping. Rod is our 2014 Player of 20

the Year…again! What an outstanding season, as Rod won 3 of our 4 Majors! Barry made his statement by defeating Gerry James, Golf Club of South Hampton in a sudden death playoff by birdieing the 3rd playoff hole to win the Senior Section Champion title finishing 6 under for the championship. Finally, Bob Dickson, Ponte Vedra Beach made his statement by bettering and matching his age in 2 of the 3 rounds of the Legends Division to take the Legends title at 4 under! He’s still got game! What a great week of golf, highlighted by our National Car Rental Section Pro Am on the Monday before the championship. Shawn Gordon, Carrollwood CC and his partner Hal Cohen shot 12 under to win. We also held the Global Golf Million Dollar Challenge after round two. Freddy Gibson, Golf Ed won the closest to the pin contest with a fine shot to about 8 feet from 220 to win a grand! 37 eligible professionals took a shot for a million dollars! NFPGA Executive Director/CEO Rich Smith took a shot too and knocked it to 10 feet! It was a great week of golf, competition and camaraderie! It’s always great to see our PGA Professionals who participate for the love of the game and competition! That’s what being a PGA Professional is all about! Thank you to all of our partners who provided their support to allow our players to play for a record purse of $45,000!! Thank you to our new partner Chase54 for donating the shirts to all the players! Thank you Steve Sponder and Global Golf Sales for your contributions and many years of support! Thank you to all who played! Thank you to all who volunteered! Thank you Reunion Resort and staff for the exceptional service and conditions as always! Visit www.nfpga.com and click on mini leaderboard for full field results...

North Florida PGA NAMES Chase54 EXCLUSIVE Apparel PARTNER NEW Collaboration Launched at NFPGA Section Championship The North Florida PGA announces an integrated partnership with CHASE54 Apparel, kicking off during its NFPGA

Section Championship September 16 – 18, 2014. The apparel brand will provide the NFPGA with shirts for all the players in the four major championships of the Section, including; Match Play, Chapter Championships, PNC and Section Championship. CHASE54 will also outfit the NFPGA Cup Teams and NFPGA Board and Staff. In addition, CHASE54 will contribute a percentage of sales within the Section to distribute between the Chapters, Section Programs and Foundation. “This is a significant commitment from CHASE54 that will greatly enhance and benefit the NFPGA tournament series,” says Rich Smith, Executive Director/CEO of the North Florida PGA. “It’s a wonderful win-win opportunity for the North Florida Section and its PGA Professionals,” he adds. “The North Florida PGA looks forward to nurturing this partnership for many years to come.” “There is nothing more valuable to CHASE54 than industry people like the NFPGA communities experiencing our innovative apparel,” says Doug Risher, National Sales Manager for CHASE54. “As a Florida resident, it’s remarkable how the region has responded to CHASE54. A partnership of this caliber will continue elevating our brand throughout the industry and beyond. It’s a key indicator of where the company is headed and we’re truly appreciative of the opportunity,” he adds. CHASE54 – It is the namesake for “the perfect score” in golf. 18 holes +18 birdies = score of 54. Has it ever been achieved? Not necessarily, but the company proves that by striving for perfection, we all get a little closer. No strangers to hard work and a zest for life, the company has been manufacturing apparel for more than 30 years, having produced more than 400 million garments. CHASE54 is a vertical apparel manufacturer controlling all the production steps to avoid the middleman. Because of this, the dynamic brand brings the latest apparel technology to market faster than some of the largest labels in the world. Another key attribute setting CHASE54 apart is the fabric innovation and quality that helps players look good, feel good and play great. When people experience the performance and comfort of CHASE54 on and off Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5

the course, it’s game on… and even the pros think so. LPGA Tour Player Brooke Pancake says “CHASE54 is the most incredible golf apparel line that I’ve come across.” “To me, the perfect apparel makes you comfortable at home, on the road and on the golf course and CHASE54 brings that to the table with its fabrics and the materials they use,” adds Jason Kokrak, PGA Tour Player. The company takes pride in its TEAM54 roster, with more than 10 tour pros and BUZZ54 ambassadors. To learn more, visit www.chase54.com

NFPGA Two Person Team Championship Congratulations to our NFPGA Two Person Champions! Rob Benne & Matt Borchert, Isleworth. They went low! 15 under, 129. Also, to our Senior Champions, Bob Dickson & Jim Giordano, 4 under, 140. Well played gentlemen. Thank you to all who played! Thank you to the PGA TOUR for being our Presenting Partner. Thank you Reunion Resort for hosting.

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Mike Richards Named 2014 SFPGA Teacher of the Year Mike Richards, PGA Director of Instruction at the Mike Richards Golf Academy at Parkland Golf and Country Club has been named the 2014 SFPGA Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the professional who provides outstanding service as a golf instructor. The recipient is selected based on his/ her efforts in promoting golf, use of teachings involvement in junior golf activities and teaching techniques.

Jim Butler Named 2014 SFPGA Golf Professional of the Year

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John Haines Named 2014 Florida State Senior Honoree


Longtime South Florida PGA Partner, Steve Sponder and renowned South Florida PGA Professional, Fred Harkness are the newest members elected to the SFPGA Hall of Fame. Both men will be recognized at the SFPGA Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner. Sponder and Harkness will be the 32nd and 33rd inductees into the SFPGA Hall of Fame, created in 2002. The SFPGA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals that have significantly impacted the golfing lives of the south Florida community through dedication and contributions to the game of golf. Individuals are first nominated by a nominating committee and then voted on by a committee made up of current Hall of Fame members and the SFPGA Executive Board.

Jim Butler

Jim Butler, PGA General Manager of Grey Oaks Country Club has been named the 2014 SFPGA Golf Professional of the Year. This award is the highest honor a PGA Professional can receive, recognizing the individual for their overall performance, level of service to the Association, leadership, image and the ability to inspire fellow professionals and promote the game of golf.

ohn Haines, PGA Life Member has been named the 2014 Florida State Senior Honoree. John’s passion and dedication to the game of golf make him a deserving recipient for this award. Haines began his golf career as an assistant at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in 1959. He was elected to PGA membership in 1963. After 5 years in Maryland, he became the PGA Head Professional at Goose Creek Golf Club in Leesburg Virginia for 10 years and then became PGA Head Professional, director of golf and general manager

Steve Sponder and Fred Harkness Elected to SFPGA Hall of Fame

Steve Sponder

Fred Harkness

Alexandra Murphy

Alexandra Murphy Named Recipient of Don E. Beattie Scholarship The South Florida PGA is pleased to announce the recipient of the Don E. Beattie Scholarship: Alexandra Murphy of Tequesta. This scholarship of $2,500 is annually awarded to one Palm Beach County resident meeting all eligibility requirements. The Don E. Beattie Scholarship was established in 2006 in memory of PGA Professional Don E. Beattie for his service to the South Florida PGA Section as a Past President and for his support of the game of golf. Don E. Beattie was a selfless, giving, unassuming individual dedicated to community outreach efforts and countless charities throughout Palm Beach County. Alexandra is the daughter of AnnaRuth Murphy and Kevin Murphy, PGA Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5

who is the Head Professional and General Manager at McArthur Golf Club in Hobe Sound.

adidas Golf and recognizes an individual for their overall performance as an assistant, willingness to accept responsibility, promotion of the game through teaching adults and juniors, and promoting the image of The PGA of America. Over the last five years, Fitzpatrick has been responsible for the growth and development of the junior program at Fiddlesticks Country Club. The program has grown from two days per week to four. Fitzpatrick and his staff use The PGA Sports Academy to not only understand golf, but also incorporate health and wellness. With Fiddlesticks’ Director of Fitness, Fitzpatrick has introduced an agility station to his junior golf programs to implement flexibility and mobility activities.

A PGA member since 1987, Raimer has held several management positions at high end golf clubs in the Naples area. For the past three years, Raimer has served as the PGA Director of Golf at West Bay Beach & Golf Club, he was previously PGA Director of Golf at the Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek and prior to that, Bay Colony Golf Club in Naples, while also serving as Head Professional at Gateway Golf Club in Fort Myers.

Jeff Raimer Named 2014 SFPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award Recipient

Paul Fitzpatrick

Paul Fitzpatrick Named 2014 SFPGA Assistant of the Year Paul Fitzpatrick, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Fiddlesticks Country Club has been named the 2014 South Florida PGA Assistant Professional of the Year. This award is sponsored by TaylorMade-

Jeff Raimer, PGA Director of Golf at West Bay Club, has been named the 2014 SFPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient. This award is presented to a PGA member who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community.

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The Men and Women Behind Our Sports Fields

An Introduction to the Sports Turf Managers Association It all started with the belief that sharing ideas and exchanging knowledge would improve the sports field industry when four men set out to create the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA). Founded in 1981, the STMA is a notfor-profit professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Its more than 2,600 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional stadiums. STMA members have diverse and broad backgrounds. Memberships range from students to full-time turf managers to collegiate professors. There are even options for those who are retired and want to stay involved in the industry as well as commercial vendors, who provide services or products to the sports industry. Memberships begin at $25 for students and increase depending career level. In addition to providing a platform for communication and innovation, the STMA aids turf management students through grants and scholarships granted by its foundation. A STMA 501(c)(3) charity, the SAFE Foundation was started in 2000 to fund research, educational programs and awards. Each year, it provides eight scholarships to deserving students who will attain a


degree in sports turf management or comparable field of study from a twoyear, four-year or a graduate program. Furthermore, the STMA holds yearly competitions for members to highlight their facility and colleagues. The “Field of the Year Award” recognizes the top fields in baseball, softball, football, soccer and sporting grounds. It allows members to highlight innovative management practices, resource utilization and other unique aspects to the sports facility. STMA member Chris Benson from the University of Miami is a twotime winner with Cobb Stadium for soccer (2010) and Greentree Football Facility (2006). Also, Mike MacWithey with Apopka High School Softball Complex won this prestigious award in 2000. STMA believes all agronomy is local, and sports turf managers face unique and specific problems in ���������������� their respective areas. Field managers must know how to cope with weather, soil variations and local regulations. It is for this reason the STMA is both a national organization, and a local one. The 33 local chapters throughout the U.S. provide education, information and share practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. South Florida became the first local STMA chapter in 1981. Since then, there have been two additional chapters to the Florida region: the North

Florida and Central Florida chapters. Each local office runs independently of the national organization with a separate Board of Directors and its own set of bi-laws. The regional divisions support local initiatives decided upon by the members. Such programs include local field re-builds, education, networking events and community outreach events. The pinnacle event of the year for STMA is the Conference & Exhibition, held each January at a different U.S. city. This year, sports field managers from across the country will travel to Denver, Colo. on January 13-16, 2015, to meet and discuss new industry standards and techniques in turf management and care. To register, visit www.stma.org/2015-conference. For more information about STMA, visit www.stma.org.

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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!


improving performance

SuperStroke Continues Dominance On Tour SuperStroke, the leading oversized grip on tour, capped off another successful golf season by capturing 18 professional tour wins worldwide including the final two events in the FedEx Cup playoffs, the overall FedEx Cup title and the Web.com Tour Championship. SuperStroke’s patented parallel technology helped add nearly $60 million in total money earned on the tours, to their running total of $125 million they started the season with. “To have this much continued success across the tours is absolutely amazing and it provides a lot of credibility to our patented parallel technology,” said Dean Dingman, President SuperStroke Golf. “We want to extend our congratulations and thank all of the tour players who chose SuperStroke this past season.”

Jordan Spieth 2014 Tour Stats 1st

One-Putts Per Round 809 total


One Putt Percentage 45.86%

T1st Total One-Putts Inside 5 Feet 357 total 2nd Overall Putting Average 1.548 2nd Putts Per Round average of 27.86 2nd Putting Average

1.717 The winner of the BMW and Tour Championships played SuperStroke’s Flatso Ultra was one of the hottest putters in the FedEx Cup playoffs. The Web.com Tour Championship Jordan Spieth plays SuperStroke's Flatso Ultra winner played SuperStroke’s Slim 3.0 grip and finished second among the 50 players who earned their tour cards for upcoming 2014-2015 season. they also dominated the top of the putting statistics categories: l 2 of the top 5 players in Strokes Gained Putting played The secret to SuperStroke’s sustaining success is its unique SuperStroke grips. patented parallel shape, which allows for even pressure in both l 1st place finisher in Putting From 15-25 Feet played hands, while eliminating added tension in the wrist and forearms. SuperStroke’s Flatso Ultra grip. This helps eliminate unnecessary wrist action and results in a l 2nd place finisher in Putts Made Per Event Over 10 Feet more consistent putting stroke. played SuperStroke’s Ultra Slim 1.0 grip. l 3rd place finisher in the Total Putting played SuperStroke’s Not only did SuperStroke players rack up 18 wins this season, Mid Slim 2.0 grip.

Jordan Spieth, who plays and endorses SuperStroke’s Flatso Ultra, followed up his 2013 Rookie of the Year season ranked 13th in the Official World Golf Rankings. He had eight Top 10 finishes, including two seconds, and was 15th in the FedEx Cup standings. He finished the regular season ranked eighth and earned a spot on the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team. SuperStroke features a grip for everybody from the original Fatso to the new pentagonal pistol grip style Flatso line that launched at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show. To help satisfy growing consumer demand, SuperStroke recently introduced its Midnight Series, a darker color scheme of some of its more popular models.

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SuperStroke makes grips that are long lasting and extremely shock absorbent. They are designed with a high-tech polyurethane material featuring cross traction technology that improves feel and tackiness. Combined with SuperStroke’s patented parallel technology, the cross traction further increases consistency and lowers scores for all golfers. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5

By Dr. Harold Shinitzky, Psy.D.

improving performance

IMG: Better Than Imagined Over the past two decades I have been fortunate enough to treat some of the greatest athletes across a wide range of sports, from USTA Tennis players to NFL Football professionals, from world renowned jockeys to PGA icons, and from nationally ranked junior athletes to Olympic figure skaters. I have walked on hallowed ground during major sporting events to help players manage their emotions. Yet, what I discovered on one rainy Friday afternoon was Nirvana. We are all familiar with the internationally known training facility named IMG in Bradenton, Florida. For the last ten years, I had mutually worked with a variety of athletes who were training at IMG. What I did not know was that these athletes were provided the quintessential total package. The physical training programs are talked about in legendary terms. IMG is well known for training NFL hopefuls for the combine, improving tactical skills for Soccer players, and offering world ranked junior Tennis players competitive practice sessions everyday on their site. What I was so impressed by was their commitment and focus on the mental aspect of sport. I had been in contact

Russell Wilson, Quarterback for the NFL Seattle Seahawks football team and Angus Mugford, IMG Mental Conditioning team. 28

with Angus Mugford and Justin Su’a regarding an upcoming mental conditioning seminar. They were gracious enough to invite me to the IMG facility and meet with them. Honestly, I thought it would be one hour in and out. To the contrary, these two men were affable, knowledge, well versed members of the 9 person, full-time, IMG mental conditioning team. That’s right, 9 full-time, mental conditioning professionals addressing every aspect of elite athletes. This is the focus that I have hung my hat on for my entire career. I was privileged to observe a seminar to junior tennis players with an emphasis on being in

the moment. They allowed me to participate in a Vision Training program. I was introduced to the entire team of mental conditioning professionals. I had one-on-one time with several members. I was given the VIP tour as if I was being recruited by the pros. IMG has not overlooked one detail. From the top of the line, exquisite locker rooms to the manicured practice fields, from the press boxes/executive suites at the football field to the living accommodations both on-site and off-site. I had entered into sports Nirvana. To me, what was most impressive was our one-on-one time. Talking with my fellow colleagues we discovered that we spoke a shared language. This was the language that emphasized focusing in the now. Terms like “flow”, “energy” and “zone” were bantered back and forth. We possessed a kindred spirit and a bond was established. They too believe in addressing and mastering the mental aspects of sport on an equal level as the physical, nutritional, and tactical. Needless to say, IMG surpassed my expectations. _______________________________________ Dr. Shinitzky is a Licensed Psychologist with a specialty in Sports Psychology, www.drshinitzky.com He co-authored - Your Mind: An Owner’s Manual for a Better Life Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5

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highlands golf Highlands County is the jewel of Central

both are beautiful and challenging. Spring Lake features another exceptional experience for the distance lovers. Try the 800 yard, par 8 hole at Panther Creek. This course has many water features and accuracy is a premium. Placid Lakes Country Club in Lake Placid hosted an episode of “Highway 18” on the Golf Channel. A distance lover’s dream, Placid Lake is conveniently located in Florida’s Lake Country. Sun N’ Lake Golf and Country Club boast Deer Run that highlights the changing shape of golf. Look for the challenging par 3 “island green” on their Deer Run course. This green finishes at the newly remodeled clubhouse. Also, a Women on Course site. River Greens Golf Course located in beautiful Avon Park was designed by Jack Kidwell and is a great courses for all abilities with target

Florida. Centrally located just a little over a hour from Orlando, Tampa, or West Palm Beach, the area is famous for citrus, cattle, sports car racing, fishing, caladiums and there’s a lot of great golf to attract golfers of all skills. A trip to Highlands County for leisure activities is always a smart idea; less traffic, lower prices and Old Florida Charm. The Pinecrest Golf Club in Avon Park, is probably the most famous Highlands County course. It was the site of the first television broadcast of a PGA World Championship in 1959. Designed by Donald J. Ross ASGCA, it is also part of the Florida Historic Golf Trial. Highlands Ridge’s legendary South Course is similar to northern coursers and the North course exemplifies native Florida. Set among trees, waterways and a nature preserve,

golf and strategy coming into play. Country Club of Sebring located along the border of Highlands Hammock State Park. Considered by many to have the best layout in the county, four sets of tees meet the demands of all golfers. Golf Hammock Country Club championship 18 hole golf course is designed around a circle encompassing the club house, pro shop and restaurant, allowing for frequent rest and snack stops. Harder Hall Country Club home of the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational that is celebrating 60 years in 2015. The course rating is 70.0 and has a slope rating of 116. Sebring Municipal Golf Course constructed in 1928 and is true example of the old Florida golf course. So it is no surprise it is one of the 50 courses listed on the Florida Historic Golf Trail list.

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golf fitness

By Mitch Sadowsky MS SPSc TP11 USAW AIS FMS Director of Golf Fitenss Lake Nona Country Club

Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk Stands on One Leg

Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk photo credit: the Long Drivers of America

Stand on one leg. Close your eyes and count. How long were able to stand? Now, repeat with your other leg. Was the time the same or different? Were you able to stand on one leg longer than the other? PGA Tour norms are above 20 seconds with your eyes closed, maintaining a 90° angle in the knee/hip on the non-standing leg. Any

asymmetries or inability to hold this posture for that length can identify some issues that can affect not just your golf swing, but your putting as well. Here are a couple of warm up exercises we did with 7 time Canadian Women’s Long Drive Champion Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk at Heritage Pointe Golf Club in Calgary.

Single Leg Multi Plane Rotation Hold a club in both hands with hands shoulder width apart (any club will do) at shoulder height, stand on one leg and raise the opposite knee to 90° (flexion in both knee and hip). Keeping the stance leg as straight as possible, take the club up at a 45°angle towards the raised leg. Then move the club down on the same plane towards the stance leg. Repeat this 10 times focusing on the keeping the stance leg as stable as possible. Switch legs and repeat on the opposite leg.

Single Leg Golf Swings Start in address position and pick up one leg off the ground and perform 10 golf swings. Switch legs and perform 10 more swings to the same side. Repeat this from the non-dominant side (left handed swings if you’re a right handed golfer). Ideally you will be able to perform this 10 times to your dominant and non-dominant side on both the right and left leg without putting the non-active leg on the ground in between swings.


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By Amy Yanda-Lee

The Quest for Perfection CHASE54 – It is the namesake for “the perfect score” in golf. 18 holes +18 birdies = score of 54. Has it ever been achieved? Not necessarily, but the company proves that by striving for perfection, we all get a little closer. No strangers to hard work and a zest for life, the company has been manufacturing apparel for more than 30 years. Having produced more than 400 million garments, CHASE54 is a vertical apparel manufacturer controlling all the production steps to avoid the middleman. Because of this, the dynamic brand brings the latest apparel technology to market faster than some of the largest labels in the world. Another key attribute setting CHASE54 apart is the fabric innovation and quality that helps players look good, feel good and play great. When people experience the performance and comfort of CHASE54 on and off the course, it’s game on… and even the pros think so. LPGA Tour Player Brooke Pancake says “CHASE54 is the most incredible golf apparel line that I’ve come across.” “To me, the perfect apparel makes you comfortable at

home, on the road and on the golf course and CHASE54 brings that to the table with its fabrics and the materials they use,” adds Jason Kokrak, PGA Tour Player. The company takes pride in its TEAM54 roster, with more than 10 tour pros and BUZZ54 ambassadors. As for innovation, the company is constantly exploring new technologies and discovering new fabrics with the goal of creating the perfect golf shirt. Technologies include Sorona® by DuPont, a renewable sourced fiber made from corn, bringing color brilliance, stain and odor resistance, and stretch recovery. Dry Fuze is CHASE54’s patented moisture-wicking fabric keeping players cool and dry, enjoying freedom of movement on every shot, all day long. High Gauge is an ultra-fine polyester yarn that’s incredibly lightweight with unmatched freedom of movement. A naturally occurring fiber, Modal garments are the softest fabric by CHASE54…shrink resistant and blended with polyester for enhanced functionality. Even outerwear pieces by CHASE54 present a unique three-layer fabric that’s waterproof, windproof and breathable, giving a natural stretch to help players’ swing, even in tough climate conditions. “At CHASE54, we are on course for perfection because we’re working hard to improve our game, making it happen every day,” says Lulu Faddis, Creative Director. “How can we make yours just a little more perfect?” www.chase54.com.


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We are thrilled to announce the Smiles & Dreams Inaugural Celebrity Golf Tournament being held on November 10, 2014 at The Club at Emerald Hills. This is a beautiful and challenging private golf course in Hollywood, FL. This year we are partnering with another wonderful children’s charity called Deliver The Dream. They are a non-profit organization that offers 3-day retreats for families with a child experiencing a serious illness or crisis. Single tickets are $300 and $1,200 for a foursome.

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By Michael R. Abramowitz

PGA Golf Club to Undergo Major Transformation

Clubhouse to double in size; large outdoor area also to be added Story originally published PGA Magazine October 2014

The old-fashioned, 18-year old clubhouse at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida, is undergoing a major transformation and upgrade that will advance and expand the structure; as well as pay homage to the PGA of America’s storied past. The old-fashioned, 18-year old clubhouse at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida, is undergoing a major transformation and upgrade that will advance and expand the structure, as well as pay homage to the PGA of America’s storied past. Tom Hoch Design of Oklahoma City is charged with creating a clubhouse that’s reflective of the high standards of the PGA, while celebrating its proud tradition and future. 38

The firm’s legendary namesake looks to combine the current “Old Florida” feel of the clubhouse with contemporary elements of style. The facility will be efficiently renovated first, and then expanded upon from 9,000 to 18,000 square feet of covered and air conditioned space. In addition, another 4,500 square feet will encompass a new back patio and event lawn area. “My vision is to create a club that’s a source of pride for both PGA members and the members of PGA Golf Club,” says Hoch, whose resume includes more than 250 facilities across 30 years, such as Camel back Golf Club, the Slammer and Squire Clubhouse at World Golf Village, and several Ritz-Carlton golf properties. The first phase, projected to be Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5

complete this fall, will take the existing golf shop at PGA Golf Club and convert it into a “standard-bearer” for the golf industry. By leveraging modern design techniques on the existing high ceiling space and transferring the sales counter area to the center of the room, the golf shop will be renovated into a vibrant retail outlet. Simultaneously, the current dining room is being converted into a high-end pub that presents a design that celebrates the PGA, its Championships and its positive influence on the game worldwide. High-tech audio and video components will accentuate the room, which will have the theatrical effect of a British Pub transformed into a modernday sports bar. Phase two involves adding 9,000 square feet to the existing structure. New members-only (PGA and PGA Golf Club) locker rooms will offer separate private quarters from daily-fee customers. An octagon-shaped private member dining room and bar will overlook the 18th green of the Wanamaker Course in breathtaking fashion. An expansive outdoor covered pavilion, boardroom and wine room will offer new opportunities for hosting private parties and events. The existing Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5

kitchen will be completely renovated. Unique PGA of America artifacts will be interspersed throughout each room to give a structured approach for tracing the Association’s impressive storyline. For example, the main lobby will feature a gallery, which sets the foundation for a historic atmosphere that weaves throughout the building. “Each room will take on a life of its own,” explains PGA Golf Club General Manager Jimmy Terry. “It is vital to us that our members feel nothing but great pride in our facility. We want this to be a credit to the PGA brand and everything it stands for.”

Weather permitting; Hoch expects the entire project to be complete in late spring/early summer of 2015. After which, he envisions the clubhouse evolving into something beyond a golfer’s traditional stomping ground, but rather a tourist and local resident mustsee destination. “For people who’ve been here before, I believe they’ll find a new ‘Pride of Place’ that existed or was imagined,” says Hoch. “And for new patrons, I believe they’ll say, ‘Wow, what a fun and cool place! ‘It will be rewarding to see the new clubhouse at PGA Golf Club as a destination unto itself.” 39

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Summertime Blues and Greens Since I’ve been on the road a lot this spring and early summer, I haven’t been to the Lake Omigosh Golf Club’s 19th Hole and Whine Bar here in Central Florida in awhile. I finally dropped in last week and ran into our superintendent Duffy McDuffy. Duffy was instructing the new barmaid, Carrie Mibak, on how to properly draw a Guinness from the tap and also pour from the bottle or can. “It’s all in the wrist Carrie,”

the infested areas. You could help by telling your buddies on the Greens Committee to bump up my chemical budget a bit so I can do a little more preventative treatment instead of doing crisis management after a member climbs out of the steep, high side of a bunker and steps in a fire ant nest. You know how they love those high and dry bunker faces.” “I’ll see what I can do,” I replied. “I did hear a couple of golfers in the pro shop say that the greens are

Steep bunker faces can be a high maintenance item during Florida’s rainy season! he said. “And remember, time is on your side to let the foam head form properly in the mug before serving!” “Hey Duff,” I said as I slid onto the barstool next to him, “how are you and how’s the course? I haven’t been out there in weeks!” “Well mate,” he said, “As you know it’s been hotter than the hinges and we’ve been battling stubborn outbreaks of mole crickets and fire ants this season. I’ve got two guys who go out after course set-up and spot treat 40

By Joel Jackson, Editor, GCSA

rolling great! Must have been lots of chatter about greens speed with the back-to-back U. S. Opens recently!” “Oh sure,” said Duffy. “Always happens after the majors are on TV! So I usually just move the pin locations a wee bit closer to the edges of the slopes and when they start four putting, they quickly change their tune. Of course they loved our velvety green roughs instead of the un-irrigated wiregrass native areas at Pinehurst. It did remind me of the

Photos by Joel Jackson

old links courses back home though. I give the folks at Pinehurst a big “thumbs up” for showing the world and especially the golfers here that it is possible to use less resources and still play and enjoy championship golf. In fact, the committee has endorsed my suggestion that we convert more out-of-play acres to RCA’s!” “What in the world is an RCA,” I asked? Duffy replied, “It’s an Resource Conservation Area! I like the term better than “native area” because they’re usually not really just native plants, but they are areas that require less resource inputs including water, chemicals and labor. They’re not cost free, but with water availability becoming critical for recreational uses, it’s time we started taking steps to reduce our consumption any way we can while still maintaining the integrity of the game! As the clouds began gathering for a typical central Florida summer thunderstorm, I asked Duffy about this year’s weather effects. He replied, “If that thunder-boomer hits us, we’ll have some bunker washouts to repair in the morning. That’s another thing we need to address is those steep bunker faces.” “In our part of the world, with a high annual rainfall, we’re wasting lots of man-hours shoveling the same sand over and over again. There are some new bunker design and construction techniques and products that can reduce that pain in the budget! However, if I ever need to get a little extra water on the course, all I have to do is to volunteer to host a superintendent’s meeting. It’s almost guaranteed to rain.” “Got to run mate, glad you’re back. Better come out and play before we start our fall renovation programs!” Reprinted with permission from the August 2014 issue of Golfdom Magazine. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5

Mac Carraway (left) formerly with SMR Turf Farms, now head of Carraway Consulting received the Florida Turfgrass Association’s 2014 Wreath of Grass Award from Betsy McGill, Executive Director of the Turf Producers of Florida at the Annual FTGA Conference and Show in Orlando on September 11th. The Wreath of Grass is awarded annually for outstanding lifetime service to the Florida Turfgrass Industry. Photo by Joel Jackson.


The new slate of 2014 Officers of the Florida Turfgrass Association shows the united makeup of Florida’s Turfgrass Industry. From the left: Past President Erin Wilder, Sod Solutions (Turf growers); President Robbie Clemenzi, Bayer Environmental Sciences (Turf care products); Vice President John Mascaro, Sports Turf Managers Assn. (Football, Baseball, Soccer field managers); and Bill Kistler, Golf Course Superintendent with One Source Golf Management). Photo by Joel Jackson.

Led by recent FGCM Bachelor of the Month and Individual Champion, Deron Zendt (left) the Palm Beach GCSA team of Mark Heater, Steven Bernard, Steve Wright and Dave Tandy, not pictured won the Chapter Team trophy. This was the 3rd consecutive victory for both Zendt and the Palm Beach Team. Photo by Joel Jackson.

“I am so amazed at how easy it is to execute what normally would be a difficult shot out of the rough and how effortlessly I can lift the ball out a bunker.” Kathy G-Jensen 2014 US PGA National Teacher of the Year

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Paint The Town Red... All too often we buy wine based on what we think will impress others or we take a shot in the dark when planning for a cocktail party, we have been guilty of doing this. A successful party wine needs not be a bold tannic expensive wine, nor does it need to be a bland middle of the road wine that will offend few palates and excite even fewer. The old standby for cocktail parties is a sparkling wine, but not everyone likes the bubbly, some prefer reds. But which red to choose? Though there are great single varietal wines that make excellent party wines, blends can offer advantages in giving a rounder smoother wine which doesn't tire the palate but invites another sip. Paint the Town Red is just that sort of wine; a blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet with a small percentage of local varieties. This blend has a rich bouquet of blackberry Jam, currant and black cherry and a hint of spice with the fruity finish of sweet black berry jam and raspberries. It will delight even the most jaded wine snob with its enveloping complexity and will entice the novice with its approachability. It is a little sweet on the back end, but just enough to bring out the fruitiness of the grapes. Drink at room temperature or even a little chilled. This wine will be such a hit with your guests that if you don't produce it for your next function they may in fact paint your house red in protest.

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McCormick's Irish Cream From the pristine hills of southern Ireland comes a genuine Irish treasure, McCormick’s Irish Cream Liqueur. Combining the finest Irish Spirits and a rich authentic dairy cream, McCormick has created an Irish Cream liqueur for the ages. Not only is this a genuine Irish Cream Liqueur, but McCormick’s Irish Cream was awarded the gold medal at the World Spirits Competition and was named the #1 best buy Irish Cream by the Beverage Testing Institute. McCormick’s Irish Cream is presented in very authentic packaging that speaks volumes of the drink’s great tradition while still appealing to the ever-changing tastes of today’s consumers. It’s a drink which transports you to a time and place of legend and lore, so leave your worries behind and come take a trip with us.

Irish Milkshake 1oz McCormick Irish Cream 1 cup Hot Chocolate Pour McCormick Irish Cream into a coffee mug then fill with hot chocolate. Top with whipped cream.

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time to ditch the usual caffeine laden beverages and try a brand new approach to seizing the day. The Energy and More! Drink is a carefully formulated powerhouse filled with a high-quality proprietary blend of herbs chosen for their ability to enhance one’s drive, desire, strength and more. This revolutionary product utilizes green coffee beans for all natural energy and their own specially created T-Max™ formula. This mix includes a lineup of unique herbs and energizing ingredients that offer a wide array of health benefits from increasing users’ strength and endurance to enhancing their passion and focus. From the classroom to the boardroom, it encourages users to give every activity the attention it deserves without sacrificing their well-being. Please visit www.energyandmoredrink.com .

Beacon Audio No Wires. No Limits. Music is everywhere. Your morning jog, your evening commute, even drinks after work just wouldn’t be the same without it. But what about the golf course, the campsite or your back patio? Beacon Audio’s portable Bluetooth speakers allow you to take your music wherever the mood takes you. Effortlessly connect and control the sound coming from your phone, tablet, computer or any other Bluetooth device from a distance of up to 35 feet! The Blazar and the Phoenix 2 are the ultimate portable music companions. Your on-thego lifestyle will never again be hindered, only enhanced, thanks to these wireless Bluetooth speakers. The Blazar is a sleek blend of technology and modern design. While this compact speaker is a powerhouse all on its own, the Dual Stereo pairing capability allows you to achieve true stereo sound when two Blazars are wirelessly paired together. The Phoenix 2 strikes the balance between power and portability. This small, lightweight speaker is proof that big things still come in small packages. Each Beacon Audio speaker is designed to produce multi-directional sound for a true 360-degree listening experience. The built-in microphone gives both the Blazar and the Phoenix 2 speakerphone functionality. And to top if off, the rechargeable Lithium-ion battery provides up to 12 hours of continuous play. www.beaconaudio.com

Exotics E8 Fairway Woods Exotics notorious reputation for engineering ‘the best’ fairway woods continues with the release of the E8 collection. Exotics technology and weight adjustability produces unprecedented distance, ball speed, and performance from the E8 fairway woods. The E8 fairway woods are available in the E8 and E8 Beta models. The E8 fairway wood delivers an easy-launching, high trajectory accompanied by Exotics legendary distance. This is accomplished with the upgraded 475 carpenter steel cup face combo-brazed to the hyper-steel body. The shallow face design also delivers a high launch with less spin increasing distance and ease of use off the deck. The E8 series incorporates personalized feel courtesy of an adjustable sole weight. The club comes standard with a 9-gram sole weight, but can be changed with the purchase of an optional weight kit. The three-piece weight kit includes a 6-gram, 11-gram, and 14-gram weight, kit-$49.99. Individual weights are available for $19.99. A Tour-inspired matte black finish reduces glare at address and completes the E8 ensemble. 46

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Pocket Pin High Pro

Perchmount for Golf is the perfect accessory to turn your smart phone into a training tool. Whether you use the Perchmount on the range to video tape and critique your swing or magnetically attach it to a golf cart as a range finder; The Perchmount will undoubtedly help you reduce strokes off of your game. We recommend using Golf Shot GPS for a range finder and Coaches Eye to Critique your swing. Please check out our video trailer on typical uses at www.perchmount.com.

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The Rake Sand Wedge - PNP Golf The 56° RAKE Sand Wedge, from Australian manufacturer PNP Golf, has 26° of entry rail bounce and 10° of sole bounce.   This Dual Bounce Rail Design, combined with On-Set Leading Edge technology, provides amazing control and allows you to comb through sand or thick grass with less effort and more control.  The large rail bounce makes it the best wedge available to easily pop out of sand traps. Precision cut grooves provide the perfect amount of spin on approach shots, giving you more opportunities to score your best. The RAKE Sand Wedge is available in Standard or Light headweights for right handers, and Standard for left handers. A range of shaft lengths are also available for further customization, as well as a choice of Stiff, Regular Stainless Steel and Uni-Flex Graphite shafts. The RAKE Sand Wedge also conforms to USGA rules. To learn more about the RAKE Sand Wedge and to order online, visit www.pnpgolf.com. RRP $169

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that in order to hit a solid shot, weight must be transferred to the front foot prior to striking the ball. If weight is not shifted prior to the ball strike, the golfer cannot hit down and through the ball creating power, distance and control. For the average golfer, learning to shift weight prior to the ball strike can be difficult to master. The problem can be two-fold. Everyone starts the downswing with a different trigger, and not everyone has the feeling of complete weight transfer that they can try to replicate. The Pocket Pin High Pro “clicks” when weight is transferred to the front foot. This instant feedback confirms the golfer’s weight has shifted and creates a feeling that can be replicated. Establishing the muscle memory of getting weight to the front foot more consistently will enable the golfer to hit down and through the ball and consistently take a divot – solid evidence of a pure ball strike. The principle is simple, but hard to master: shifting weight prior to the ball strike will create more power, more control, and will lead to lower scores. The Pocket Pin High Pro is ultra-portable with a diameter of 4 inches and weighing 3 oz. The rubber backing protects flooring so you can practice your swing year round. It is made in the U.S. of quality material also you can store it in your golf bag and take it out whenever you feel your swing timing needs a quick adjustment. The Pocket Pin High Pro cost $24.95 and currently we have free shipping. Visit us today at pinhighpro.com for more information.

Voice Caddie's Swing Caddie SC100 Leading independent review sites and golfers worldwide are raving about Voice Caddie›s SC100 which offers everyday golfers elite technology at an affordable price. The Swing Caddie SC100 is a handheld Doppler Radar-based portable golf launch monitor that gives golfers an instant five-stroke advantage. The SC100 easily allows the user to test and challenge his or her consistency and accuracy while measuring shot distance, swing speed, ball speed, and smash factor. Operating in three pre-set modes, the SC100 generates visual feedback for users while tracking personal statistics for the last 100 shots taken - a system Voice Caddie has coined «Practice with a Purpose.» The Swing Caddie SC100 is recommended for golfers who want to improve distance and accuracy while still getting the best value and price possible. Available in black, white and green, Swing Caddie SC100 retails regularly for $269.00 and can be purchased online at www.voicecaddie.com. 47

The First Tee of Central Florida Hosts Second Annual “Swing for the King” Tournament

The winning foursome from this year’s tournament came in with an overall score of 113, and included teammates Bob Izzi, Sean Marlowe, Mike McGee and Brian Watson. Also pictured, Thomas Lawrence, Executive Director of The First Tee of Central Florida. (Photo credit: Sherry Dircks, The First Tee of Central Florida)

More than 60 golfers met at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge for The Second Annual Swing for the King presented by EA SPORTS to benefit The First Tee of Central Florida’s Arnold Palmer Scholarship Fund. The event raised more than $30,000, which will provide program-related expenses throughout the year to benefit student-participants in programs run by The First Tee of Central Florida, such as financial assistance to maintain its policy no child ever be turned away for an inability to pay, equipment and transportation expenses. The event is named in honor of the great Mr. Arnold Palmer, who has been a supporter of The First Tee and The First Tee of Central Florida through The First Tee National Trustee Program. Through a lead gift from Mr. Palmer, The First Tee of Central Florida created an endowment with $100,000 called The Arnold Palmer Scholarship Fund. Committed to growing that fund every year, The First Tee conducts this golf tournament annually, from which at least 50 percent of proceeds flow into the Scholarship Fund. The First Tee of Central Florida’s ultimate goal is to grow the fund to $1 million in 10 years. The First Tee of Central Florida provides educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy habits through the game of golf. The Life Skills 48

Bobby Barton holds the “Big Break Challenge” trophy after participating in the barrel chips, flop wall and “Big Break Glass Break.” (Photo credit: Sherry Dircks, The First Tee of Central Florida)

(From left) Thomas Lawrence, Executive Director of The First Tee of Central Florida; Scott Walker, Board President for The First Tee of Central Florida; and Mike McCarley, President, Golf Channel; as the Golf Channel generously presents The First Tee of Central Florida with a $40,000 check and becomes a Founding Corporate Partner of the program. (Photo credit: Jessica Danser – Golf Channel) Experience Program is a program developed by experts in the field of positive youth development and is delivered by coaches and volunteers trained through The First Tee Coach Program. In the Life Skills Experience, coaches empower youth by creating a mastery driven environment, while seamlessly integrating golf and life skills. The winning foursome from this year’s tournament came in with an overall score of 113, and included Bob Izzi, Sean Marlowe, Mike McGee and Brian Watson. In addition to traditional tournament play, players at the Swing for the King tournament tested their skills in the “Big Break Challenge,” in which they participated in the barrel

chips and flop wall. The top three finalists went on to participate in the “Big Break Glass Break” with the first individual to break a pane of glass deemed winner. The winner of this year’s “Big Break Challenge” was Bobby Barton. As a special part of this year’s tournament, the Golf Channel was recognized as a Founding Corporate Partner of The First Tee of Central Florida. As part of this partnership, the Golf Channel has committed $40,000 to the Central Florida chapter, in addition to more in-kind program support. In addition to presenting sponsor EA SPORTS, additional sponsors of this year’s tournament included Florida Distributing Company, the Annika Foundation, the Golf Channel, Gray Robinson, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, St. James Insurance Group, Kuykendall Gardner, Darden, Pepsi Co, PGA TOUR Design and Construction Services, Ken Griffey Jr. Family Foundation, and Andrew Hunt Revocable Trust, and Mitchell’s Fish Market. More information about the tournament is available at www.swingfortheking.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5




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By Mike May

Ross Bridge: Alabama's Golfing Trophy

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It is fair to say that some of the most special places to play golf in America are either inaccessible or unaffordable for the average, avid, accomplished and many affluent golfers. You can turn on your television where you’ll see other golfers play Augusta National, you can visit Pebble Beach where you can watch other golfers play the opening and closing holes, and you can witness other golfers drive through the entrance at Pine Valley, but that’s it. But, if you want to create your own unforgettable golfing memory, then you can find it on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in the state of Alabama. The Trail is a collection of 468 holes of championship golf on 26 golf courses designed on 11 different sites that stretch from the Lakewood Golf Club in Point Clear along the Gulf of Mexico in southern Alabama to Hampton Cove in Huntsville, located in northeastern Alabama. While each course on the Robert Trent Jones (RTJ) Golf Trail is truly special, unique, challenging, fun, memorable, and affordable, the ‘jewel’ of all these golf courses on the RTJ Golf Trail is Ross Bridge in Hoover, located just outside Birmingham. In my opinion, while Ross Bridge is the newest addition to the Trail, it is, without a doubt, the ‘cathedral’ of the Trail. Once people walk off the 18th green at Ross Bridge, they are quick to acknowledge that 50

they just experienced an indelible and unforgettable golfing memory. And, it’s one they can afford to repeat time and time again. “It all starts when people drive onto our property and see the castle-like structure that is the resort,” says Chip Purser, the director of golf at Ross Bridge. “On the golf side, our job is to keep that ‘Wow’ factor alive. We have an incredible golf product that is lots of fun. At Ross Bridge, that service factor is important for our guests who come to play golf. The views are spectacular.” While all golf courses have one ‘signature hole,’ Ross Bridge, in my opinion, has 18 of them – seriously. What is it about the golf course at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa (www.pchresorts.com/rossbridge) that makes it so special? There are a number of attributes that make it both appealing to the eye and irresistible to the competitive golfer. First of all, it is worth noting that Ross Bridge is the

fourth longest golf course in the world – as the distance from the black tees measures 8,191 yards, but very, very, very few golfers even consider playing from the tips or are allowed to hit from those back tees. There are four other tees – purple, orange, white, and teal – at Ross Bridge which represent a fair test for golfers of all abilities. What makes Ross Bridge so special is that each tee presents the golfers with a true and thorough examination. Whatever tee you play from, you’ll get a fulfilling golf experience at Ross Bridge. It’s not surprising that Ross Bridge has been named as one of Zagat’s top new golf courses and has been the site of a PGA Champions Tour event – Regions Charity Classic. “It’s not a daunting course. We have very wide fairways off the tees. At Ross Bridge, the onus is on the approach shot,” says Purser. From a visual perspective, the course architects were mindful of this location’s historical past. As a result, a gristmill stands on the property, adjacent to the 4th green. This renovated structure is a reminder that Ross Bridge is the site of an old mine. Ross Bridge is also the home of a multi-tiered waterfall which starts at the gristmill and drops 80 feet between the 9th and 18th greens. As for the golf, it all starts at the first Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5

tee – a left-to-right dogleg par five where there, it’s a short wedge to a quasi-island your second shot can be played directly green which is also protected by sand at to the green over water or to the right its entrance. Birdies are worth pursuing which takes you around the water, still at the 9th, but ‘the drink’ looms large on giving you a chance to reach the raised, your tee shot and your approach to the well-bunkered green in regulation. An green. additional perk at the first hole is your Other exciting, memory making, and chance to meet and visit with longtime round-changing shot opportunities at starter Charlie Snell, who has a ‘gift for Ross Bridge include the approach to the the gab.’ He’ll provide you and your 3rd green where water borders the green group with instructions on how to operon the left and there’s a sizeable slope on ate your GPS system in the golf cart, give the right; the tee shot over the water at you a ‘gold’ golf ball divot repair tool the par three 4th hole where your goal is from Ross Bridge (keep it because you’ll to go pin seeking; the second shot into need it), and tell you where to hit the the par five 7th hole has a breathtaking ball (and not hit it) off the first tee. After backdrop; and the approach to the 17th that, you are on your own. green which jets out into the water like a At Ross Bridge, the fairways are wide peninsula. and spacious, which are dotted with the “When I first walked on the golf course occasional fairway bunkers. As for the greens, they are large, which gives the club many options for pin placements. On every hole, aim for the middle of each green, which means you’ll never be far from the hole after reaching the putting surface. If the pin is at the back of any green and your approach finishes on the front of the green, a three-putt experience becomes a distinct possibility. At just over 6,200 yards, the white tees at Ross Bridge probably offer the best overall golfing experience for any visitor. From there, birdies are always a possibility, getting ‘up & down’ for pars is common, and the occasional eagle on a par five remains an accessible dream. Of Ross Bridge Hotel & Spa course, bogeys and worse are forever looming at Ross Bridge. and stood on the 8th tee, it reminded At Ross Bridge, portions of two lakes me of the 11th at Augusta National,” come into play on ten of the holes, recalls Purser. “The second shot to 17 including the finishing holes on the is great because you see the 18th green, front and back nine, which means it’s the gristmill, and the big waterfall in the important to bring plenty of golf balls to background.” Ross Bridge. The 9th hole – less than 400 If you are hungry or thirsty at the yards from the orange, white, and teal end of your round of golf at Ross Bridge, tees -- is particularly interesting as it’s a The Clubhouse at Ross Bridge is a great right-to-left dogleg par four where water choice as it was named one of Golf hugs the left side of the fairway from tee Digest’s “Favorite 19th Holes.” It is certo green. The water also has a presence tainly a pleasant and first-class place for at the front of the 9th green. And, to add your favorite burger and a beverage. to the degree of difficulty, the 9th fairway After quenching your thirst and satisis split – left and right – by a sand bunker fying your appetite, you can jump in perched in the middle of the fairway. your car and drive two miles to play 54 The ideal tee shot for the right-hander is more holes of Robert Trent Jones Golf to hit to the right of the fairway bunker at Oxmoor Valley or there are countless and draw it down the fairway. From other things to do at the Renaissance Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5

Ross Bridge Resort & Spa. They include playing a set or two of tennis, relaxing on the pool deck, unwinding in the outdoor poolside hot tub, taking a dip in the one-of-a-kind pool, or enjoying some downtime at the 12,000-square foot Spa at Ross Bridge (www.sparossbridge.com) where clients can enjoy massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, sunless tanning, among other forms of pampering. One of the special treats at Ross Bridge occurs every day in the early evening. Just before sunset, a bagpiper walks around the hotel property for an hour where he plays an assortment of hymns, songs, and musical creations. How many hotels have you ever visited where a bagpiper is in action every day? It’s a great addition to the atmosphere that is unique to Ross Bridge. It’s worth noting that many visitors to Ross Bridge are not there to play golf or tennis or hang out at the pool. Instead, they stay at Ross Bridge because it’s the host hotel for the Porsche Sport Driving School which is nearby. “Many locals visit Ross Bridge for ‘staycations’ or long weekends,” adds Ashley Benson, sales and marketing director of golf operations at Ross Bridge. If you call today (205916-7677) to make a hotel reservation for one of the 259 guest rooms and book a tee time at Ross Bridge, you could be on the first tee by mid morning tomorrow and in the spa soon thereafter, but make sure you are out and about in time to listen to the bagpipes at sunset. When you combine a world-class resort (one of the top Renaissance hotels in the world for guest satisfaction and style) with a world-class golfing destination, Alabama’s Ross Bridge can now be mentioned alongside Augusta National, Pebble Beach, and Pine Valley as one of the most special places to play golf in America. And, what makes Ross Bridge so special is that it is accessible and affordable…and available for play today! ________________________________________ The author of this story is Mike May, a freelance golf writer based in Wellington, Florida. Mike, an avid golfer, has played the golf course at Ross Bridge and other courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. And he encourages you to play the Trail, as well. Mike can be reached on email at: mmaymarketing@gmail.com 51

By Bob Bolton

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Branson, Missouri – A Top 25 Vacation Destination A 2014 Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Nestled in the lakeside beauty of the Ozark Mountains, Branson is an affordable, family friendly entertainment destination, and is home to some of the Midwest’s most scenic golf courses. The rest of this story is like a roller-coaster, fun and fast, so keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times, ‘cause here we go…. From Thursday evening’s funny and entertaining musical efforts of the group “SIX”, to Monday morning’s visit to the serene Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure (www.thebutterflypalace.com), and the 4 rounds of golf between, there was little “rest for the wicked”. You’ve heard of the Osmond Brothers, right? Thursday evening SIX of the Knudsen brothers, dubbed an “Orchestra of Human Voices”, performed music which spanned from Elvis, and MC Hammer, to Journey. Everything was performed acapella. To check them out, visit www.thesixshow.com. After the show we found a great dueling piano bar, just down the walkway from our fantastic “home away from home” at the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing. The Landing is a retail, dining and entertainment venue located on the river in Branson, and the Hilton provided awesome accommodations (virtually a one bedroom apartment) that served as the hub of our visit. www.promenadehiltonsofbranson.com Friday was a combination of golf, unbelievable sights and amazing acrobatics. The day started with an early morning tee time at the Payne Stewart Golf Club. A naturally beautiful course that pays homage to one of golf’s most iconic players. (www.paynestewartgolfclub.com) If you haven’t visited a “Ripley’s Believe it or Not”, you are missing out on some of the most unique and educational destinations that will leave you scratching your head, saying, “How could that be?”. (www.ripleys.com/branson) Friday night the “Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai” put on a show that left you feeling rather out of shape, and certainly not as limber as those performers on stage. Check out their exciting perfor52

mance at www.amazingacrobats.com. A 7am Saturday morning tee time at Pointe Royale Golf Village led to some very interesting stories shared by the local business owners I played with. Branson evolved from a sleepy little Ozark town, to the entertainment destination it has become today. Pointe Royale is a tight, but fairly forgiving golf course, it’s a must play, since you never know who you will run into on the tee box. www.pointeroyalegolf.net Saturday afternoon was the “one of a kind” Top of the Rock, a 9 hole Par 3 golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus, Watson and Palmer all had a hand in the development of this unique golf experience. Practice your putting on the Watson designed practice putting green (more than 1 acre in size), groove your swing on the Palmer designed practice range, play 9 on the Nicklaus Signature course, then grab a beer in Arnie’s Barn. (www.big-cedar.com) After a quick shower, had to, after two rounds of golf in one day. It was off to the Liverpool Legends. You guessed it, the Beatles have invaded Branson. If you are fans of the Fab Four, you won’t want to miss this show. www.liverpoollegends.com Sunday morning came too early, but the idea of playing another round of golf made it easier. My playing partner

at the Thousand Hills Golf Resort was Shoji Tabuchi. Shoji is a world-famous violinist/fiddle player, having played in the White House for two Presidents. A native of Osaka, Japan, Shoji came to the United States with $500 in his pocket and another $100 tucked in his shoe. During an intermission in the show, Shoji asked me to stand, and was kind enough to reference our match from earlier in the day, saying, “Bob is a good golfer and he beat me today. All I ask is for a re-match”. I assured him that anytime, and anywhere would be my honor. (www.shoji.com) I fed my Irish ancestry with a performance by the Dublin’s Irish Tenors and Celtic Ladies. The Irish Tenors could fill the entire theatre with their blend of voices and the Celtic Ladies sounded as beautiful as they looked. (www.kingscastletheatre.com) Monday morning we met Lynn Berry, the Director of Public Relations for the Branson CVB and told her of all of the wonderful experiences we enjoyed during our visit. Over breakfast at the Branson Café we talked of golf, attractions, entertainment and how friendly everyone was. We thanked her and her staff for a wonderful visit. She wished us a safe journey home and an invitation to come back soon. I can guarantee we will take her up on her offer. If you would like to learn more about Branson, Missouri visit www.explorebranson.com, or call 1-800-296-0463. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5

By Mike May

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Little ‘O’

It's More Than Tee Times & Sweet Tea For golfing and outdoor activity enthusiasts, Georgia’s Little ‘O’ is the place to go. Located in south central Georgia near the community of McRae, Little ‘O’ is an ideal destination to get away from today’s ‘rat race’ in order to enjoy the ‘flora & fauna’ of Mother Nature. The official name of Little ‘O’ is the Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge (www.littleocmulgeelodge.com) and its 1,360 acres are a part of the Georgia state park system. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the Southeast. And, once you arrive, you’ll quickly agree that Little ‘O’ is the place to go…..and you will want to stay longer than you had originally intended. It’s truly a great ‘get away’ from ‘the rat race’ where you can enjoy the ‘flora & fauna’ of Mother Nature…….and quench your thirst with an ice cold glass of sweet iced tea. All golfers agree that Little ‘O’ is the place to go as they enjoy playing its first-class layout -- the Wallace Adams Golf Course. This 18-hole course has a reputation of reminding its visitors of what the Augusta National Golf Club -- located in nearby Augusta, Georgia -- looks like. And, it’s true. The course is dominated by loblolly pines which divide many of the fairways from one another, especially on the back nine. And, the pine straw beneath the trees


is maintained the same way as the internationally known course that hosts the Masters each April. While standing on the tees of the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th holes, the only thing missing are the cameras from CBS and Augusta’s annual patrons. As for the greens, they are perfect, pure, and true. Hikers, campers, boaters, canoeists, and fishermen also love the wide range of outdoor recreation at Little ‘O.’ It has what they need and want – lots of room to do their thing, which is why they feel that Little ‘O’ is the place to go. When it’s sunset at Little ‘O,’ there’s no other place to go. In order to get some ‘shuteye,’ there are many housing options on site. They include the 60-room lodge, 10 cottages, and the campsite which has room for 55 tents, trailers, or RVs. When you arrive at the campsites, you’ll find plenty of shade, courtesy of the live oak trees and the Spanish moss. If you are looking for some more modern and conventional forms of fun, Little ‘O’ remains the place to go as its visitors have access to miniature golf, an outdoor swimming pool (next to the lodge), two tennis courts, bicycle rentals, a playground for young children, volleyball courts, pedal boat rentals, and a splash pad play area (only available in the summer months). When it’s time to eat, I suggest you visit the Fairway Grill restaurant which is located inside the Pete Phillips Lodge. Make sure you have a glass of sweet

iced tea. After all, you are in south Georgia. The theme of every meal confirms that you are visiting the Deep South. Grits and gravy are served at breakfast. For lunch and dinner, enjoy the collard greens, fried okra, and blackeyed peas, and peach pie for dessert. While enjoying dinner at the Fairway Grill, grab a seat by a window where you might catch a glimpse of deer wandering on the golf course as sunset approaches. It’s obvious that the deer agree that Little ‘O’ is the place to go. For campers who bring their food, there are a number of barbecue grills and picnic shelters on site where you can grill & chill. The final piece of the Little ‘O’ puzzle is getting there. The Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge is located near the intersection of SR 280 and SR 441 in south central Georgia -- just outside McRae. As the crow flies, Little ‘O’ is as far east of I-75 as it is south of I-16. While Little ‘O’ is ‘off the beaten track,’ it’s a destination which deserves to be at the top of your vacation list of places to visit. And, once you go, you’ll always come back and want to stay longer than you had originally intended. And, of course, don’t forget to enjoy the sweet iced tea. ____________________________________ The author of this story is Mike May, a freelance sports writer based in Wellington, Florida. Mike is an avid golfer and he encourages you to visit the Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge at your earliest convenience. Mike can be reached via email: mmaymarketing@gmail.com Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 5


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By Glenn Makin

Michael Holt & Denise Jones Win by Four-Shots in Patriot Hills Guys & Dolls While many clubs hold evening events

However, Sunday, like every new day of golf can bring surprises, disap-

for couples to share in some fellow-

pointments and hard charges. Holt &

ship and play nine-holes for enjoyment

Jones continued their strong play and

mixed with some serious competition

putt-making to capture the title while

for prizes, the focus is on the fellow-

the Franklin's and the rest of the flight

ship and fun. Patriot Hills as well as

found some struggles dropping back in

a few other clubs hold 2-day Guys &

scoring. The only team to improve on

Dolls tournaments with male/female

their first round were the Ferguson's

partners of husband/wives, father/

who moved up to third place leaving the

daughter, friends or significant others.

Franklin team to the runner-up spot.

It makes for a great weekend of compe-

Dale Rutherford & Ruth Meadows

tition with a mixer of all of the above.

Michael Holt & Denise Jones

captured the First Flight with an

This year's Patriot Hills Guys & Dolls

8-stroke improvement. While the

was a record turn-out and along with

Jennifer & Jimmy Lewis improved

the comradery there were some seri-

by 5-strokes to garner 2nd place.

ous competitions within the flights.

Driving hard on Sunday, the Hancock

The father/daughter team of Gary &

& Jones team gained back the 2-shot

Ally kicked-off the Saturday round

difference between Martin & Martin

with a 13-under to lead the way by

to tie for 1st in the Second Flight.

1-shot over Michael Holt & Denise

The Third Flight was won by the Johnny

Jones and it appeared the two teams

& Sandy Lewis team as they had a stel-

would have a big battle on Sunday

lar day with an 8-shot improvement

for the championship with the other

to win by 3-shots over the Ropers.

teams three to five shots back.

Jennifer & Jimmy Lewis

Championship 1st- Holt & Jones 60-62—122 2nd- Franklin & Franklin 59-67—126 3rd- Ferguson & Ferguson 65-64-129 4th- Marshall & Mikoletic 63-67—130 5th- Moore & Seals 65-66—131 5th- Manevel & Makin 64-67—131

First Flight 1st- Rutherford & Meadows 68-60—128 2nd- Lewis & Lewis 67-62-129 3rd- Mikoletic & Peel 67-65—132 4th- Voiles & Buchannon 66-68—134 5th- Dill & Dill 68-67—135

Second Flight 1st- Martin & Martin 70-65—135 1st- Hancock & Jones 71-64—135 3rd- Williams & Williams 70-66—136 4th- Cochran & Cochran 72-65—137 5th- Ricker & Ricker 69-71—140

Third Flight 1st- Lewis & Lewis 75-67—142 2nd- Roper & Roper 74-71—145 3rd- Kitts & Kitts 74-72—146 4th- Burdette & Burdette 74-73—147 5th- Moore & Moore 77-75--152 Tim Moore & Teresa Seals 58 58

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Gainesville, Downtown Gainesville Ocala, College of Central Florida Orlando, Lake Eola Park Pasco, The shops at Wiregrass Pensacola, Cordova Mall Brevard, Space Coast Stadium Polk County, Mosaic Park – City of Bartow Volusia/Flagler, Jackie Robinson Ballpark St. Lucie, Tradition Field South Palm Beach, Mizner Park Jacksonville, Jacksonville Landing Panama City, Pier Park

Johnson City, ETSU Intramural Fields



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Broward, Huizenga Park Marathon, Marathon Fire Station Miami-Dade, Marlins Park Naples, Cambier Park Orange Park, Bestbet Orange Park Indian River, Riverview Park


Nashville, LP Field Riverfront


Jackson, Jackson Generals Park

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2014 Winner Dennis Rasku

The Journal: As a competitor in over 700 tournaments playing a variety of formats, I had heard from more than a dozen friends over the last 10 years that the best tournament they had ever played was the World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The World Am was on my bucket list and just not sure when it would happen, but 2014 became my first leap in to the magical tournament. My interest was really stirred when former Green Meadow C.C. General Manager Bobby Perkinson of Maryville, Tennessee came home with the title 2010 World Am Champion. Bobby told of the experience and of course he was sold on the entire operation. The next year, 2011, Bobby became the first ever two-time World Am Champion as he won back-to-back titles. Bobby has not been as fortunate the last three years but has become one of the World Am’s biggest ambassadors. As the World Am was approaching and the new joint venture Florida / Tennessee Golf Central was in full swing, Florida publisher Terrie Purdum encouraged me to enter the tournament. “It will be good for promoting the magazine and introducing you to the exhibitors at the 19th hole,” she said. That was about all it took to convince me that 2014 would be my first year to compete. Good for business, an opportunity to test my stamina, playing four different courses over four days in hopes of becoming a Friday Championship contestant and the World Am Champion. Golfers from around the world and


across the country were entered this year totaling 3,405 participants. Players representing 48 states and 34 countries. The field was flighted by handicap and age groups as well as gender. 76 total flights with 40 to 50 players in each flight spread around the area at 62 of the Strands finest golf courses, all shooting for number one to make the championship round on Friday. This year’s championship was touted as the “Duel at The Dye,” one of Barefoot Landings toughest courses. That accounts for 31 years of hard work and promotion by many people including Jeff Monday- Tournament Director, Scott Tomasello- Tournament Coordinator, Ryan Hart- Operations Coordinator and 95 staff and volunteers. The tournaments lead sponsor is Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday with the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center hosting the 19th Hole Exhibition Hall featuring 79 additional retailer/sponsors from the golf industry and over 20 food & beverage companies providing dinner and drinks to the competitors. The check-in days were Saturday and Sunday with players visiting one of the PGA Super Store locations verifying their entry in the system and collecting their goody bag valued at $300. The logo’d merchandise from the World Am included, hat, shirt, cover-up, balls and

assorted accessories. A pretty good haul before the first ball was on the tee. My first taste of the hospitality and 19th hole fanfare came on Sunday evening as the Golfpalooza Kick-off Party began off-site at Broadway at the Beach. Crocodile Rocks and Revolution & Rodeo in Celebrity Square was opened to contestants and the main street area was packed with champion hopefuls to enjoy the best of food and beverage along with entertainment by the CR Blues Band. As Tony Wallace and Chuck Campbell of Maryville joined me at a stage side table we said lots of hello’s too many of the Knoxville Area golfers who came to play. Yes it was pretty evident our table was in the right place to catch the eyes of our friends from home. As we enjoyed the food and mostly beverages, tapping our feet to the Blues sounds, Bobby & Wanda Perkinson stopped by and joined us. I snuck over to the band and told them the Two-Time Champion was in the house and would they please announce his presence. Of course they

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Players enjoying the music at the opening party complied and from that point we met players from all over as they wanted to shake hands and speak with Bobby. One of the well-wishers was Paula Morton of Greenbrier, TN. I was told that Paula was also a former champ and seized the moment to take a photo of Bobby and Paula together. Talking with Paula then and on a couple occasions throughout the week I learned much about her style and love for the game. She is such a personable lady in the Southern Belle mold. Paula’s win came back in 2008 but only topped by the year 2004 win she won a drawing for a Condo in Myrtle Beach. Really? A condo? Yes, and she and her husband still own it and have their own place to stay when they visit. As Paula and her husband reached retirement they took on a passion for Bee-Keeping. She loves to talk about the bees and the work they do helping train others in the business. While playing golf the only honey she looks for is in the bottom of the hole. Bobby told some stories about his visits to the World Am, for instance, after winning the title two men approached and ask if he was Bobby Perkinson the previous champion.

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plan before starting a tournament. In my case the plan was to hit safe off the tee with a 200 yard club keeping the tee shot in the fairway and work my approach from there. Oh my, after three holes it became very apparent my strategy was not going to work. The course was playing near 6,200 yards with little or no roll so my plan was not happening. After starting bogie, bogie, double bogie it was time to rethink and regroup. New strategy. Take the driver out and swing free, don’t worry about hazards to the sides, just get to a position where a shorter iron can be used for the approach. It still took three more holes to set my mind for approach shots. Thank God the driver was working and I was getting more length off the tee. After a 45 out nine I became more relaxed and posted a 3-over on the in nine. An 84 starting score, not exactly what I had planned but flashes of conversations with friends reminding me the 8.4 handicap would not be enough for the first visit. The round could have been much worse if not for three really gracious fellow competitors. James George out of Huntsville, AL. Rich Shirk of Lancaster, PA, and David Eckroth of Florida. We bonded pretty quickly and had a good time in spite of some high scores by all of us. The 84 was the lowest of the foursome and when the scores came out in the evening I was in 13th place. Encouraging considering the troubles with my game plan and making an adjustment early in the round.

Day 1 of the tournament: The flight number 40, seniors 6069 and handicaps of 8.0-8.5 were assigned to TPC Myrtle Beach Golf Club. Wow, and remembered being told, don’t expect to do much your first year. Courses you probably haven’t played under tough conditions, lots of hazards and anxious moments all week. At home my tee boxes as a senior have been short of 6,000 yards and on top of not having a very good tournament season, my scores have averaged just like my handicap indicated, down a couple strokes and struggling to compete. As any competitive golfer should know, always have a


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“Yes I am,” he told them. “They were from Russia and wanted to take a photo with me,” Bobby says. “Well I told them, yes of course. It’s really neat that golfers from around the world would recognize me,” he added. Bobby also bragged on Paula, “ask her tell you the unusual way that she won her championship.” And then commenced to tell me himself. “Paula hit her approach shot on the last hole in to a water hazard in front of the green. She made a drop and then holed the shot to win by one.” Later I confirmed with Paula the story with much laughter from the group around. Tim Moore and Andy Shelton also dropped by to say hey and Andy told of a situation at home with his with checking herself in to the hospital and he was needed at home. He would be withdrawing from the tournament and ask would I like to stay in his condo since it was not going to be used other than Tim staying in one of the bedrooms. Well of course I wouldn’t turn down the offer. Made arrangements to check out of my hotel and move my luggage over to the condo after the first round. We bid Andy farewell with a prayer his wife would be okay.

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him to kick around Wing Golf Club. Wasn’t sure how any anymore. Bud, in course could match or surpass the TPC the insurance busior Carolina National, but wow, here ness, had played we go. Most golfers understand the 15 times or more prestige of the former courses but Wild in the tournament Wing would turn out to be my favorite and told of meetof the week. Loved the layout and the ing so many of the immaculate conditions. It was actually guys in our flight the longest of the courses, tree lined, and continued some hazards that begged your ball to talking and getting “come here,” but just a pleasure to play. together with them This day it would be back to a 4-some Bud and Charlie over the years. and another group of really nice guys. The World Am is Lonnie Brauner, and apologize for not After a rest and clean-up it was time like homecoming to him every year. remembering where lives. Ken Kakol for the opening of the 19th hole at the My golf round was much better from Jersey, with that thick accent. And Convention Center. The “wow” factor than the 81 score indicated as my Roy Spalding from Pensacola, Florida. set in as the doors opened and golfers last four holes were made difficult by Like me, this was Roy’s first year at the flooded the exhibition hall and the some terrible shots. Finishing bogie, World Am. Roy and I battled back and entertainment hall where food & beverbogie, bogie and double bogie, is not forth all day and we pushed each other ages lines started forming. I could exactly what any of us would consider hard. With an up and down par on the list all 69 exhibits but will settle for a strong. If I had pared in, a 76 would last hole I beat him by one shot. The few. ING / Jamison Golf Group, P3Prohave been a winner Swing, RMS Golf Glove, Voxx Sports, for the flight low Enlow Grips, Dead Zero Putting and so score of the day. many more. My favorite of the night Day two of the was Voice Caddie. Set it in your cart, 19th hole was a pocket, clip it to your hat, push the butlittle more comfortton and without squinting through a able for me and viewer, looking at a watch or cell phone planned out more app, just listen. It tells you the distance visits to the exhibito front, center and back. It will tell tors, introducing you how far your tee shot or last shot myself, enjoying traveled. How much simpler can it be? the food, a couple The food and drinks were plentiof beers, catchful and so was the comradery, the ing up with home stories of the day, meeting friends folk on their day, from home and new friends from the etc.. Actually sat flight. Just a great time. The three in the entertainhours went so fast. I didn’t partake ment hall a little in any of the challenges offered, such longer and listened as putting, chipping and simulator left to right is Lonnie, Roy, Ken to the band play. contest, but watched as others tried As the scores to reach the “best of the day” and be were printed out invited to the finals on Thursday. for pick-up in the scoring room, it was round was another solid round with good news to learn I had moved in to lots of pars and one double bogie but Carolina a tie for 6th. It was a little surprisunfortunately not a single birdie. Total National Golf Club is a Fred Couples ing to be honest. I’m busting it as score 80 and my second round playing designed tract with bunkers where you best I can for playing courses for the to my handicap. Just let it be known really want to be, wastelands that must first time from 200-300 more yards right now as I started with earlier, be carried and some sneaky undulated than accustomed to at home yet still Wild Wing Golf Club is a great golf greens manicured to suit the PGA Tour. in the hunt for a prize position and course and should always be on your For this round I was paired with two playing to a handicap two higher playlist when visiting Myrtle Beach. other competitors for a 3-some and obthan I brought with me. It certainly (Don’t tell anyone but) for the eveviously we waited on each shot keeping gave me hope to know anything ning I skipped the 19th hole to spend up with a 4-some in front of us. Charlie is possible the last two rounds. some quality time reflecting on all that Waters from North Carolina and Bud God has blessed me with. And what Cole from Illinois. It was another very With a trip better place to feel blessed than to easy going day with two really nice to the south end of the Strand folenjoy dining at a local restaurant. The guys. Lots of joking around while waitlowed by another hour to the north selection for the night was Chuck’s ing. Charlie reminded us more than end it was time to stay in the middle of Steak House, awarded by Golf Digest a few times, this was his last year in Myrtle Beach and a short trip to Wild as one of the Top 3 Steak Houses in the 60-69 division so we wouldn’t have

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the Country. When I saw that award, there was no doubt where I’d be eating. It certainly matched the fanfare and the teriyaki steak was so tender the fork was used as a knife. The salad bar was filled with so many items they wouldn’t all fit on the plate. The cheese bar was also excellent. Being close to the condo where I stayed and celebrating the decision to play the World Am, I ordered a beer, just one beer. However, didn’t know it came in a fish bowl. I’m really strict about drinking and driving so was not able to finish the whole bowl of beer. So, there is no question which Steak House I would recommend in Myrtle Beach.

Day 4 of the Tournament: This was the day to make a stand, suck-it-up and focus on bringing home a prize. Today’s round would be at River Oaks Plantation. I was told that it was the weakest of the other three but I would beg to differ. No, it didn’t have the fancy clubhouse and all the frills but the course itself was awesome. Good layout, manicured fairways and greens along with hazards to keep you focused on hitting it straight. After the third round I had dropped to a tie for 5th in the money but not where I wanted to be. Being the final round we were paired in order so I was with the players tied for 5th and two players tied for 7th. James Campbell of Florida and formerly of Knoxville where we had played each other back 12 years prior, was a solid player and ready to play. Steven Manis, of Myrtle Beach was also ready for action and came out 2-under after four holes. However, his birdies were from nowhere and my goal was to stay close and wait for him to falter. The fourth

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was my new golf buddy Roy Spalding. forward to seeing what I could do,” he I like Roy and his game. He is a solid added. “It was unsettling to start the grinder and recovered from trouble day with double bogies but finally got for two rounds. Unfortunately he the timing down and started makran off a string of bogies and allowed ing shots and scoring.” Tony, a former me to put some separation between champion of local events in Knoxville us. Steve came off the 2-under start and Maryville in his younger days, has with a couple of disaster holes which maintained a low handicap and caallowed the rest of us to move ahead. pable of taking it low when needed. “I The word got back to us at the turn shot one over for the rest of the round that the leader was caving, along with to finish with a 77, net 72 and that was another player and it really gave our enough to tie for a playoff spot.” On group hope. The in-nine was grindthe first hole one of the players found ing time as I turned with a 4-over after trouble right away and was out of the my only double of the day following a hole while Tony used a 3-wood off the chip-in birdie on the previous hole. tee to stay safe. “I didn’t know at the I didn’t have my two-man partners time but would have been better off to from home to turn to and say “back hit the driver and have a better angle nine on Sunday,” the battle cry which at the pin, as my 3-wood left me a bad means play hard, grind and make angle to a right tucked pin. All I could something happen. But I said it to mydo was aim to the middle and hope for self. Played to 3-over with bogie on the the best,” said Tony. “He (Dennis Rasku) last hole from a bunker. The 79 total hit a pretty good miss, clearing the wawas another shot ter and bounced it up better than the to the green to about day before and the 20-feet, and tworest was up to the putted for par, while I fellow-competitors two-putted also. Denand the lead group. nis was catching a As it turned out, I stroke so he won the passed two of the Championship and I leaders to finish certainly congratulate a solid 3rd place. him on a fine win.” Not the win that Thoughts while would have been heading home: After nice, but a solid a solid four days of first year run. planning every shot, After some rest reading every putt it was time to and grinding with head to the 19th mental focus I was hole to see how exhausted but feeling my friends from good about the week.  Tony Wallace and Les Carr home had done. I would love to do Really excited it all again the next for Les Carr, also a first-timer and the week but it’s a once per year tournaproud winner of his flight. Chuck ment. As Mike Ridener posted on FaceCampbell of Maryville, with a 2nd book the day after the tournament, 360 place finish in his flight. Tim Moore days until the next World Am. That’s of Morristown, 4th in his flight and what the World Am will do to you. It Tony Wallace 1st in his flight. will make you think about next year. Les Carr was in the top third after the This journal was only one of 3405. championship round but Tony Wallace All the participants have their story was locked in a tie for the championto tell and memories for a lifetime ship and went to the playoff with two waiting for next year. My story during other fellow-competitors. Talking with the coming year will be to promote Tony after his runner-up finish he was the tournament and help increase inspired by the whole process. “I had the number of players. I promise it’s played 7 years without much success all that I’ve written and much more. but this was the year,” he said. “Driving You will not be disappointed even you in to the Dye Course at Barefoot with finish 40th in your flight. The experiflags lining the road felt like the U.S. ence, the comradery, the new friends Open. A very exciting day and looking made, and smell of golf in the air will

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Playing the Ocean Course is truly a dream come true Kiawah Island, S.C. – Standing on the practice ground at the Ocean Course as the Atlantic Ocean rolled in like clockwork, it was almost time to get this party started. It was a little before 8:30 in the morning. For about the 10th time in just a few minutes, I glanced at the tall Rolex clock next to the putting green. Suddenly, without warning, the ensuing noise almost became unbearable. "Why is that fancy clock ticking so loudly?," I thought. Then I felt my chest and realized the noise was coming from there. My blood pressure was probably a fitting range for a score: 88 and 124. And I had barely made a dent in the neatly stacked pyramid of golf balls next to my feet. "Ready to head to number one tee?," asked our caddie, Mike Owen, who is an Ocean Course veteran. You betcha! With that, a round for the ages was about to begin. After a brief shuttle ride, we were greeted by another tall Rolex clock at the first tee.  There was no excuse for showing up late ... It all started back in the spring when good friend and fellow Knoxville native Steve Hoskins mentioned his Bucket List had just a few items. At age 65, he and wife, Shirley, want to visit Niagara Falls. They hope to retire soon. Other than continued good health, there's just one other main Bucket List item. Play the Ocean Course. "I visited here one time before," said Steve, who has made several trips to Charleston, S. C.  "The Ocean Course has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I could not wait to get back here and play. To walk in the same foot prints where some of the legends have walked is definitely

a dream come true." Yes, Kiawah Island Resort and the magnificent Ocean Course go hand-in-hand. It is an awe-inspiring pairing. It's definitely one of the Crown Jewels of golf.  

Pete Dye: One great architect  Much of the credit, of course, goes to renowned golf course architect Pete Dye and the magic he worked with marshes and swamps, among other challenges. His creation has been nurtured into a masterpiece and you can fill a dictionary with accolades. The Ocean Course has been a fixture in the Top 25 Courses in America and the Top Five Public Courses in the United States. It also has been called the single most challenging golf

course in the world. Prestigious events include the 2012 PGA won by Rory McIlroy, the 1997 Senior PGA won by Dennis Watson and the unforgettable debut moment in the 1991 Ryder Cup won by the U.S. in the War by the Shore. "If you look at the history here, it's amazing how much has taken place in a relatively short time," Hoskins said. "I mean this place is only 23-years-old." Perhaps best of all, it can be enjoyed by anyone.  Just because people tend to ask or want to know, greens fees are about $370 on weekends. (If you do the math, world class golf can be experienced for only $20.55 per hole.) Walking is required for morning tee times. Caddies are mandatory and extremely helpful throughout the day. Carts must stay on the packed earth and sea shell paths, so there isn't a 90-degree rule on perfectly manicured fairways. The Ocean Course greens are notoriously firm and fast. It marked the first time the Seashore Paspalum grass was used. The extremely tight blades have virtually no grain because the grass grows vertically and does not follow the sun. One big advantage: There's hardly any ball marks on velvet like surfaces. Here are some random observations during a round that should only take about 4 hours and 20 minutes: • The most important decision on a par-72 championship layout with five sets of tees is where to play from. The tournament tees are a whopping 7,356 yards and are intended for a hearty few. Even scratch golfers have struggled to break 100 from a setting that can require a 250-yard drive over a marsh. The other choices

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Ocean Course 4 and 5 greens are the Ocean (6,779 yards), Dye (6,475), Kiawah (6,202) and Carolina (5,327). • Caddies such as Mike Owen like to watch golfers warm up and make suggestions. It is not unusual to hear someone say, "Take your handicap or average score back home and add 10 to it. Now this would be the best set of tees to play." Welcome to the Ocean Course, where a word to the wise is: Swallow your pride and heed the caddie's  advice. "I love it here," said Owen, who makes a 75-minute commute. "I love it here very, very much." • Leave the cart bag at home. A carry bag with a stand is suggested and the caddies usually carry two golf bags at a time. They will swap off the equipment from a cart bag into a Kiawah carry bag before the round. • Turn off cell phones. Listen up: This could be the chance of a lifetime and you're probably going to play better without constant distractions. You can still keep a cell phone handy in case of emergencies. Just don't have it glued to your ear. Make sure and take a camera, too. •  Walking about seven miles in less than 5 hours will be a challenge for

some. Fatigue can become a factor as the wind, humidity or temperature increase. Make no mistake: The degree of difficulty goes up significantly on the second nine, too. Make sure and wear comfortable shoes. A can of bug spray or sunscreen will not hurt. • The hole routing at Kiawah is a perfect example of Pete Dye's brilliance. You never know how hard the inconsistent winds will blow, but it's often 20-30 mph or more. At least eight holes play toward the east and nine play toward the west. This means the wind should be with you about half the time and against you half. The easiest hole is the first hole. The first nine has wide fairways with forgiving landing areas, plenty of trees and marshland. The back nine is an absolute beast and is closer to protected dunes. The final five holes are along the Atlantic Ocean and could be the most demanding five-hole finishing stretch in golf. • Don't put much stock in a 10day forecast. It's tough to pack, but you need to be prepared for an assortment of weather conditions.  • There are numerous Pete Dye

trademarks, called transition areas, in which it is permissible to remove loose impediments, ground a club and take practice swings. Unfortunately, the difficulty tends to be even greater because of other transition areas, mounds, slight or severe elevation changes and lateral hazards. • Do not pet alligators. Don't laugh. How would you feel if a stranger with a long stick barged into your property unannounced? The caddies or course rangers see golfers approach reptiles all the time. The gators seem to be accustomed to their eco-friendly surroundings. They are prone to take naps on the grass next to ponds. They appear to be sound sleepers ... until a stranger with a long stick walks up unannounced. Heed the warning signs: Alligators are dangerous! • Enjoy the moment. It has been my good fortune to win a media lottery for an 18-hole round at Augusta National and to visit Pebble Beach. I have played golf from Vancouver to Doral; Hilton Head to San Diego, Kiawah Island Resort offers an unbeatable array of world class golf and tennis. There's also plenty of  opportunities for bird watching and I saw a sand crane-looking woodpecker with purple spiked hair. Poor little guy needed a comb in the worst way! You also may encounter a fawn on a family outing, enjoy relaxing bicycle rides and incredibly peaceful beach moments as the soothing waves roll in. Guess what? Along with terrific accommodations and a pampered lifestyle for at least a few days, the food and beverages can be out of this world, too. Yes, sir, this place is awesome. It's no wonder so many people dream about visiting again or ultimately calling it home for good. Send questions or comments for Ask Chuck to cavgolfer@aol.com. A special thank you to Kiawah Islands Resort media relations director Mike Vegis, who is a Hall of Fame publicist.

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Michael Holt Wins the Tennessee Golf Central 1-Man Scramble in a Play-off over Russell Seal (Building a new series of golf tournaments presented by the Florida Georgia Tennessee Golf Central, our first event was held this weekend at Patriot Hills Golf Club in Jefferson City, Tennessee. The event format was a 1-Man Scramble where an individual player takes on the role of a 2-man, hitting both shots from each position if and when he feels the need to improve on his first shot.)

On day one Aaron Hammons of Knoxville posted a 13-under par (59) to share the lead with Boddie Bible also at 13-under. Michael Holt of Jefferson City and Tim Moore of Morristown came in at 12-under one-shot back. There were four tied at 11-under and two more at 10-under to round out the championship flight. With a 3-shot difference and all strong contenders in past events in the area, Sunday was set for a shoot-out. Seal began the final round with an amazing front-nine of 11-under (25) including birdies on #1-#7 and eagles on #8 and #9. He did not make another birdie until the 18th but eagled #11 and #14 for his 16-under round. “I could have won the tournament outright had my lip on #17 and #18 had fallen,” said Seal. There were five other scores in the 50’s including Michael Holt and Zach Briggs at 15-under, Hammons and Tim Moore, Bill Sennett at 14-under including a hole-in-one on hole #4. Congratulations to Bill, he earned a big chunk of the skins pot for his effort. Four of the other players were at 12-under. Michael Holt played a steady birdie eagle round with a 28 on the front and 29 on the back to finished event with Seal and force a playoff. On hole #1 both hit their approach shot to 12-15 feet. Holt putted first and drained his putt while Seal narrowly missed both of his attempts and Holt was declared the winner. (Video’s of the putts can be seen on golfnews4friends.net) In the First Flight, three players were tied at 9-under on Saturday with the rest of the flight at 7-under. Don McCloy, playing with a broken bone in his foot, kept his pain in check and finished Sunday with another 9-un-


der to win the flight by one-shot over Buddy McMahan and Darrell Buttry. Buttry posted a 10-under round to pull in to the tie with McMahan who shot 8-under.There was a 3-way tie for 4th. In the Second Flight, Mike Seal posted a 9-under to hold off Terry Quinton who was at 8-under after the two were tied Saturday. Jim Brown was 3rd with Jon McCloy in 4th. In the drawing of players who beat the tournament coordinator Glenn Makin, Zach Briggs won the dozen Titleist ProV x balls and Terry Quinton won the TaylorMade Professional balls.

Terry Quinton and Mike Seal

Don McCloy, Darrell Buttry, Buddy McMahan

Bill Sennett, Hole-in-One #4

Championship 1st- Michael Holt 60-57—117* 2nd- Russell Seal 61-56—117 3rd- Aaron Hammons 59-59—118 3rd- Zach Briggs 61-57—118

First Flight

Jon McCloy and Jim Brown

1st- Don McCloy 63-63—126 2nd- Buddy McMahan 63-64—127 2nd- Darrell Buttry 65-62—127 4th- Jimmy Lewis 63-69—132 4th- Charlie Martin 65-67—132 4th- Chris Dearing 65-67—132

Second Flight 1st- Mike Seal 66-63—129 2nd- Terry Quinton 66-64—130 3rd- Jim Brown 67-66—133 4th- Jon McCloy 68-67—135 Michael Holt and Russel Seal


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• The Tour is open to any two-person team playing as many or as few weeks during the season as desired with handicaps adjusted weekly. • There will be weekly games and prizes with a portion held for the first and second half prize positions and the Year-end Championship • To qualify for the Year-end Championship a team must play in 50% of the events. • The top 3 teams in each half will win prizes, therefore the more a team participates the more likely to finish in a prize position. • 23 weeks of Competition (weather permitting) Schedule TBA including the Opening event a 2-Man Scramble at Royal Oaks Golf Club • A Weekend Road Trip to Crossville December 13-14, 2014.


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2-Man Winter Tour 2-Man Team with Multiple Formats

and the Championship Tournament March 21, 2015 • The Season competition will begin October 25 with the first half ending December 27, 2014 and the second half ending March 14, 2015. • Cost for the tour includes a one-time $10 membership per-person • All members receive a logo'd shirt and goody bag with other accessories. • Each event cost $45 with additional cost for the Road Trip in December. • Weekly prizes include: Skins, Closest-to-pin, • Low Gross and Net Individual, Low Gross and Net Team.

Oct 18, 2014 – Mar 21, 2015

• Blind draw 4-person teams 1st and 2nd place.

Contact Tournament Coordinator Glenn Makin for registration email: makin1952@att.net phone: 865-556-4653 go to: golfnews4friends.net for schedule

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Reeves & Hunter Team to Win E-Z-GO Pro-Pro Johnson City, TN - Play has concluded at the picturesque Blackthorn Club in Johnson City, Tennessee for the E-Z-GO Pro-Pro Championship. Blackthorn Club played great host with wonderful accommodations, food, amenities and golf.  The weather and course conditions were perfect for the two days, and some great golf was played.  After round 1 Braxton Hunter of Holston Hills Country Club and Jake Reeves, PGA of Fairways and Greens fired a smooth 59 (-13 under par). The team in their fedora hats were as cool as the other side of the pillow out on the course. Hunter fired in ten of the thirteen birdies for the day. They played their way into the final pairing for round 2 which also included defending Champions Jared Melson, PGA of Bear Trace of Tims Ford and Kevin Snell of Henry Horton State Park who shot 64 in round 1. This final pairing proved to set the stage for lots of birdies and great competition to decide the 2014 E-Z-GO Pro-Pro Championship. In round 2 Hunter and Reeves kept the ball rolling and continued the success they shared in round 1. They finished the round with a 66 which gave them a 36-hole total of 125 which was -19 under par. For their efforts, they took home $1,000 each. They held of the defending champs who applied a little pressure with their second round score of 65 which gave them a two round total of 129 which was -15 under par.   The shot of the day belonged to Foxland Harbor Golf & Country Club’s Scott Masters, PGA who aced the 185 seventh hole with his eight iron. This was Masters ninth career hole-inone. Adam Shanks won the Big Break Challenge, taking home $200 and a Wilson wedge. Loren Personett and Braxton Hunter came in second and third in this years’ challenge, each taking home a Wilson wedge as well. The Tennessee PGA would like to take this opportunity to thank Graham Enloe, PGA and his entire staff at Blackthorn Club. Also, the Tennessee PGA would not be able to conduct first class events if it were not for the wonderful partners that help support the E-Z-GO Pro-Pro-Championship. We 68

Jack Reeves and Braxton Hunter would like to thank Jim Newton, PGA and Brian Jones of E-Z-GO for being the Title Sponsor of this great event. We would also like to thank Presenting Sponsers Jeff Ammerman of Cutter & Buck, Scott Duncan of Wilson Golf, Fran Boone of Imperial headwear, Robb Spencer of Sterling Cut Glass, and Erik East with Pepsi. Our Sponsors and Partners make TPGA events possible and successful. Please take time to thank them, and give them the opportunity to earn your business. 

strong competition late in the day from Loren Personett’s Tuesday score of 69. Personett and Kevin Snell tied for 2nd place, both finishing with 140. Walt Chapman shot 66 on Monday, enabling him to have a chance for the title. Chapman finished in 4th place with a total of 141, after shooting 75 on Tuesday. Rounding out the top five in the Professional division, Matt Brock shot 1-under-par both days to finish with 142.This year, the amateur division was extremely competitive; Jeff Golliher came out on top with his total score of 140. Tyler Baird, Casey Flenniken of Knoxville, had a great second round (68) to climb the amateur leader board to finish in 2nd with a total of 141. In 3rd place with a total of 142, Phillip Lee finished 2-under-par. In the senior division, Richard Rebne shot 65/72 to claim 1st place. Rebne finished with 7-under-par 137, while Audie Johnson recorded his two-day score of 140 to finish in 2nd place. Randy Helton and Ron Waters (a) tied for 3rd place, both finishing 1-under-Par 141.  In the senior amateur division, Ron Waters came out on top after recording 71/72 for a total of 143, 1-under-par. Mike Freels gave Waters some stiff competition, Freels placed 2nd with 145. Mike Poe, Doug Harris, John Thomas, and Steve Golliher all tied for 3rd place with a total score of 147.   We would like to thank Jerry Williams and his entire staff at Oak Ridge Country Club for hosting this year’s Lincoln’s tore apart Oak Ridge Classic. Without their flexibility and Country Club to take home 1st place hard work, we would not have been in the 2014 Lincoln’s Classic. After able to hold a successful tournament. tying for the tournament low score of We also would like to thank Lincoln’s 65 on Monday (with a 30 on the front Sports Bar & Grill for being our title nine holes), Flenniken was able tohold sponsor and hosting a player’s function on through Tuesday’s round despite after Monday’s round. Thank you!

Flenniken Wins 2014 Lincoln's Classic Casey Flenniken


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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   (Connor Froning)            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, Jr) July    12-13   Green Meadow Invitational        865-982-0391   (Tyler Lane)             17-20   Greater Knoxville Amatuer         865-207-0117   (Tyler Lane)            19-20   Clinchview 2-Man Scramble     865-993-3022   (Jackson & Jarnigan)            26-27   Lakeside 4-ball                           865-376-5397   (McCulloch & Greer) Aug      2-3      Dandridge 2-Man Senior           865-397-2655   (Daniel & Moore)              9-10   River Island 2-Man Scramble    865-933-0100   (Kendrick & Whitehead)              9-10   Three Ridges Knox Co 2-Man    865-687-4797   (Chapman & Kennedy)            16-17    M’Town G&CC Oscars 2-Man   423-586-9953   (Kendrick & Whitehead)

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          16-17    Baneberry Guys & Dolls            865-674-2500   (Hatcher & Hatcher)            23-24     Patriot Hills 3-Man Scramble    865-475-4466     (Daniels, Bible, Moore)            23-24    Green Meadow 3-Man Scram.  865-982-0391   (cancelled)  Sept     6-7      Patriot Hills Guys & Dolls          865-475-4466   (Holt & Jones)             12-13   Knox Co Senior (fri-sat)             865-687-4797   (postponed)             20-21   Nolichucky 9-9-9-9                     423-638-7888     (Catron & Fullen)             27-28   Florida/Tennessee Golf Central   1-Man Scramble               865-556-4653     (Michael Holt) Oct       10-12    Dandridge 2-Man 3-Day S-O    865-397-2655              18        Golf Central Winter Tour                             Starts – Warm-up   25-26 Nov



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Wimberly Claims Women's Senior Amateur Title With a four-stroke lead going into the final round, Lynda Wimberly of Brentwood held off a late charge by Charleston’s Maggie Scott to claim the 2014 Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur title. Scott came back from an 8-stroke deficit and birdied her final hole to post a one-under par 71, the only sub-par round of the event, to tie Wimberly and force a playoff. No stranger to claiming the Women’s Senior Amateur Championship, Scott has her name engraved nine times on the Connie Day Cup for her titles in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2013. Along with her 1994 Women’s Amateur title, Scott has ten Tennessee amateur titles—the most of any Tennessee woman champion. Wimberly birdied the par 4 tenth hole, the first hole of the playoff, to disrupt Scott’s dominance of the event to earn her first Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur title. “Still working, it’s sometimes hard to turn on the competitive mode so it was interesting to see how I’d respond to pressure. I thought going into today’s final round that if I shot a couple over par, I’d have it sewn up, but I didn’t putt well at all,” said Wimberly. “It was difficult adjusting my game to the golf course—especially because of how hard these mini-verde greens are. I’m used to throwing the ball at the flag and making it stop.” On the first playoff hole, Wimberly planned to drive the short 250-yard dogleg right par 4. With a 35-yard shot left to the green, Wimberly says she was fortunate to have hit the flag on her approach leaving her a one-foot putt to seal the victory. “Even I couldn’t miss that,” she adds. Posting 74-77-79 for an overall 230 total, Wimberly attributes her win to solid ball-striking. To prepare for her recent appearance in the 2014 US Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Hollywood Golf Club in New Jersey, Wimberly played countless rounds to fine-tune her game. “In anticipation of the USGA event, I prepared to play good golf, and that in turn, helped me prepare for this event,” said Wimberly. Although she did not advance to match play following the 36-hole qualifier in Deal, NJ, Wimberly’s experience surely



Championship Flight Champion—Lynda Wimberly, Brentwood (230)* Runner-Up—Maggie Scott, Charleston (230) Third Place—Jean Kraft, Crossville(236) Fourth Place—Carol Sumner, Old Hickory (239 Super-Senior Award—Maggie Scott, Charleston (230) * won in playoff

Lynda Wimberly helped her. Wimberly’s first Tennessee crown is even more special to her because of her tie to the Eller family. Harold Eller, a long-time head golf professional at Old Hickory Country Club, and his wife Ruth organized the Tennessee Junior Golf Association in 1964 and began the Tennessee State Junior for boys and girls at their club. “My introduction to competitive golf was at the Tennessee Girls’ Junior Championship years ago. There were not a lot of things to play in back then, and it was my first experience,” said Wimberly. “As a junior, Mrs. Eller took me two times to the US Girls’ Junior—first to California and then to West Virginia. My win today made me think of the Eller family because I just really appreciate everything they did for me.” “Since I turned fifty, I’ve thought that maybe I should be winning one of these. The expectation was definitely there, and it’s a relief to finally fulfill it,” commented Wimberly. “I’m looking forward to continuing to play. Breaking the ice with this win will hopefully lead to others in the future.” Wimberly was recently named to the Tennessee Team for the annual Southeastern Women’s Amateur Team Championship to be held October 20-22 at Foxland Harbor Golf and Country Club in Gallatin, TN.  Six flights were formed after the first two day’s qualifying rounds, and the field was divided equally with all like scores in the same flight. The winners in each flight are listed here:


First Flight Champion—Gena Ridings, Franklin (248) Runner-Up—Mary Ruth Geny, Nashville (250) Third Place—Erica Chappell, Nashville (253) Fourth Place—Janice Sauter, Brentwood (254) Super-Senior Award—Marianne Fischer, Bristol (265) Second Flight Champion—Barbara Shemwell, Manchester (257) Runner-Up—Frances Hopp, Crossville (264) Third Place—Linda Oddo, Franklin (264) Fourth Place—Cathy Wedekind, Old Hickory (266) Super-Senior Award—Barbara Shemwell, Manchester (257) Third Flight Champion—Joanne Walker, Gallatin (271) Runner-Up—Mary Kelly, Mt. Juliet (273) Third Place—Gwen Russell, Greeneville (276) Fourth Place—Brenda McJunkin, Loudon (276) Super-Senior Award—Jo Ann Pence, Old Hickory (277) Fourth Flight Champion—Paula Morton, Greenbrier (288) Runner-Up—Kathy Barber, Gallatin (290) Third Place—Deb Willson, Athens (291) Fourth Place—Susan Schleicher, Knoxville (293) Super-Senior Award—Sandy Hayes, Franklin (295) Fifth Flight Champion—Kim Crowder, Nashville (293) Runner-Up—Linda McMillan, Gallatin (297) Third Place—Mary Spicer McCaw, Gallatin (306) Fourth Place—Linda Romero-Mezza, Loudon (318) Super-Senior Award— Linda Romero-Mezza, Loudon (318)

Congratulations to all players and special thanks to Old Hickory Country Club for hosting the 2014 Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur Championship. For complete championship information, visit www.tnwomenssenior.com.  The Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur Championship is conducted by the Tennessee Golf Association, and it is one of seventeen state championships that the Tennessee Golf Association conducts annually. For more information on the TGA, visit us online atwww.tngolf.org.

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Sasha Catron & Luke Fullen Take it Low for 9-9-9-9 Title At Nolichucky View Golf Club Sasha Catron & Luke Fullen captured the 1st annual 9-9-99 tournament by 4-shots over Jimmy & Brad Whittenburg. The tournament concept of four formats was introduced by the Manager/ Superintendent of Nolichucky View, Shannon Shelton. It combined the strategy of Scottish Lowball where the 2-some selects the best tee shot then plays the rest of the hole with their own ball taking the best score of the two. The second nine was played as a Scramble where each player hits a shot, selecting the best shot each time until the ball is holed. The third nine was a classic Lowball where both players play their own ball and the lowest score is the team score. And then the final nine is a modified Alternate Shot where the best tee shot is selected and player’s alternate shots until the ball is holed. All four require a different strategy in hopes of the best results. On Saturday Lee & Dakota Norton turned in a 13-under to hold a two-shot lead over the odds-on-favorite teams of Catron & Fullen and Boddie Bible & Lucas Tabor. On Sunday Catron & Fullen jumped in to the lead with a 6-under Lowball round and continued with a 2-under on the difficult Alternate Shot to close out the competition. The Norton team played to an even-par round while Bible & Tabor fell back with a 3-under 67 for the day. The moving team on Sunday was the father son duo Jimmy & Brad Whittenburg. With their 6-under round they edged ahead of Bible & Tabor and the Norton team. In the First Flight Jason Ramsey & Dennis Williams landed at 7-under to take the lead with 8 teams chasing at one and two shots back. Ramsey & Williams had an uncharacteristic day on Sunday and dropped to a 3-over

round making way for Glenn Makin & Tony Wallace to surge ahead as they posted a 5-under on the Lowball nine and stay even on the Alternate Shot nine. Following Makin & Wallace in the charge were Mike Seal & James Fender who finished 3-back to the winners. The Second Flight, as with all flights, the scores were higher on Sunday but Rex & Greg Hopson broke loose from a six-way tie to win by one over Jason Low & Matt Aiken. The Third Flight was a four-way battle with Don & Sandy Ricker finishing in a tie with Matt Westmorland & Jeremy Shephard. One-shot back in a tie for 3rd were Seth Riddle & Matt Dibella along with Alan Norton.

The course was in awesome condition as Shelton worked 4 months promoting the tournament to raise 46 teams to participate and the entire week prior to the tournament getting the course ready. A testament to his hard work and persistence.

Glenn Makin & Tony Wallace

Championship 1st- Catron & Fullen 59-62—121 2nd- Whittenburg & Whittenburg 61-64—125 3rd- Bible & Tabor 59-67—126 4th- Norton & Norton 57-70—127 5th- Bounds & Oldham 61-68—129

First Flight

Sasha Catron & Luke Fullen Champions

1st- Makin & Wallace 65-65—130 2nd- Seal & Fender 64-69—133 3rd- Whittenburg & Hopson 65-69—134 3rd- Ottinger & Hopson 64-70—134 5th- Southerland & Crawford 64-72—136 5th- Ramsey & Williams 63-73—136

Second Flight 1st- Hopson & Hopson 67-70—137 2nd- Jason Lowe & Matt Aiken 67-71—138 3rd- Gentry & Slader 68-71—139 3rd- Malone & Hopson 68-71—139

3rd- Hombert & Cannon 69-70—139 Third Flight

Brad & Jimmy Whittenburg

1st- Ricker & Ricker 70-75—145 1st- Westmorland & Shephard 71-74—145 3rd- Riddle & Dibella 71-75—146 3rd- Short & Norton 72-74—146 5th- Arrington & Pruitt 71-80—151

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Makin’ the Rounds with No-Fakin No-Fakin says:

So the USGA has told of concerns of slow play and they want to do something to speed play. Really? By showing concern for slow play that should make everyone shake in their golf shoes and speed up. There really isn’t a solution to taking all the personalities of golfers and making them play like a well-oiled machine on the course. The fact is, my type-A personality of hurry up and hit will never ever, ever, match the play of type-B personalities. One players slow is another players fast, or medium, etc. I’ve been around slow players and they complain of slow play. My eyebrow jumps and my mind is thinking, are you kidding me? I’m hearing a complaint from one of the slowest players on earth and he is serious? Who knows, I may be one of the slower players and don’t even know it. Put that in your pipe and smoke it! The answer is somewhere in between. As I’ve aged I’ve mellowed a whole lot. When playing in a tournament that’s running slow it is important that I slow down to the pace and relax. That’s good advice for all golfers. The slow players will not change from their daily routine or golf routine, not gonna happen. There are some solutions that really aren’t kind or fair to the faster players on the course. One solution is to require golfers to leave the course at 4:15 minutes regardless of their position on the course. I’m sorry your time is up for the day, return to the clubhouse. Another would be Marshalls on the course who actually have a timer with them watching players instead of searching the out-of-bounds areas for lost balls for their personal collection. Don’t raise your eyebrow to me Mr. Marshall, I see you scavenging for balls instead of paying attention to the golfers and speed of play. And hey fella’s 72


don’t be lookin’ at the women’s speed of play, there are just many fast women players as men and some as slow as men. It’s really not a gender thing, roll that pointer finger back in your fist. Good suggestions would be to cut down on the pre-shot routine, the preshot swings, reading putts from every angle, walking to the green to step off yardage, parking the cart on the side of the green toward the next hole. Mark your score on the way or at the next hole. We all understand you want to play like the pro’s but you don’t and won’t regardless of how much time you take to make a shot or read a green. They have million-dollar putts, you have quarter-putts, so move along.

Makin Says:

Okay No-Fakin’ point well taken. I have no counter-point so I’ll discuss the rounds this past month. When arriving in Myrtle Beach for a stay & play, it’s like dropping in for a few days in Heaven. The World Am Journal is featured in the issue so I won’t spend time here telling of the adventures. Decisions, decisions, do I retire to Florida


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or the Carolina’s to complete my life while golfing? Do I stay in Tennessee where the Mountains of the Smokey’s beckon me or to the coast where Golf Mecca’s abound? Stay tuned. In the past month my travels have taken me to Greeneville, Tennessee for the Nolichucky View 9-9-9-9. I was easily distracted and drawn to the most breathtaking views of the mountains one can encounter. Mountain views will cause one to think, all is right with the world and God is still in charge. As a single man by way of divorce many years ago, it is rare that a Guys & Dolls Tournament appeals to me. This year I joined with Karen Manevel of EWGA fame to play at Patriot Hills. We had a wonderful time and Karen is what men folk call each other, “a putting fool.” We had a blast, found ourselves in the Championship and even finished with a little gift certificate. Karen will be my choice anytime she wants to repeat a tournament. And finished the month with an event of Golf Central magnitude. Our own new series, The Golf Central 1-Man Scramble. A format that is so much fun it feels sinful. Personally my game didn’t show up the second day but so many players did and the battle at the top was tremendous with scores going low including a holein-one by Bill Sennett and playoff between two of my favorite golfers Michael Holt and Russell Seal. Just an awesome experience under perfect weather conditions. The Golf Central Winter Tour will have started by the next issue and its 2-man weekly event from late October through March. You will find details on golfnews4friends. net. Enjoy the Golf Central Magazine and also follow us on the website. Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 45

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Ewe Belong At The 2014 EWGA Championship Finals On October 10th - 11th, the Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tennessee will host the Annual 2014 EWGA Championship Finals. Now in its 19th year, the EWGA (Executive Women's Golf Association) Championship is one of the largest women's amateur golf

competitions in the country. The event provides competitive tournament golf for members of all skill levels and around 2,500 members participate annually. The competitive formats include Stroke Play Competition and a Team Scramble Division. The EWGA Championship Finals will consist of 222 women amateur golfers who advanced beyond 120 local chapter qualifiers and 15 district semi-final tournaments to reach the Finals. The Championship field will represent 80 EWGA chapters from 35 states as well as 3 Canadian chapters. Players who win First Place Low Net and First Place Low Gross in every flight plus First Place Scramble Team honors earn an 74

exemption into the following year’s EWGA Championship. This year, the EWGA has introduced a Past Champions Four-Year Exemption policy as well as The Champions Dinner. The overall Champions from the previous four (4) years within the Championship

Flight who have earned an exemption directly to the Championship Finals are invited to celebrate the victories of past winners in a Masters-like dinner celebration. “Three years into my role with EWGA and I am certain our members are serious about the competition and even more serious about the festivities! The Champions Dinner boasts one big exception – that is who selects the dinner. All our past champions are slender gals and This Chubby Chick Director prides herself with selections sure to please the palate!” said Lisa Becka, Director of Golf Programs, with a belly laugh.

emphasis on fun off the links! The Hermitage is the perfect venue for some great golf and ‘ewe’ gotta join EWGA to get involved!” Voted “the best course in Nashville,” The Hermitage includes two challenging courses, the President’s Reserve and General’s Retreat known as one of the “50 Best Courses for Women.” As a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, ‘ewe’ never know when some sheep may want to play through. The EWGA will use both courses during its two-day Championship, which features 36 holes of low gross and low net stroke play for five flights of players and one low net Scramble competition. The championship's format encourages women of all skill levels to compete, underscoring the EWGA's mantra to enhance the lives of women through the game of golf.

For more information on the EWGA or to locate a EWGA Chapter in your area visit www.EWGA.com.

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