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Gratitude with Attitude 16 years…..Whoa! Let me say that again 16 YEARS!!! If my math is correct (not a strong suit) that means from 1999 until this year we have been putting out a monthly golf magazine, Florida Golf Central and now Southern Golf Central, continually. If you are counting, that is 192 issues. I am so grateful for all things GOLF. The game, the splendor and beauty, the intrigue, the sounds but most importantly it has been the people who have nurtured, loved and encouraged me to keep going. Will Rodgers said, “You can be on the right track but if you don’t keep moving, you will get run over.” Well, what can I say except I have been blessed with people who keep me moving and striving to publish a quality publication all of these years. 16 years ago, the game was opening a new golf course a day and most recently we have seen the game close a golf course a day. Lots and lots has happened, but we keep moving on. It is like a party every day. Kind of like a sweet sixteen but better and better. The reason is simple: The People. The folks in the pro shops, the writers, my amazing Editor in Chief, my loyal designer, the event coordinators, the sponsors, the advertisers. But mainly, it is all the people who simply love this glorious game. This magazine is and will always be about the game and how it enriches us in our daily lives. 16 years and the world has changed a bunch. 16 years and the game only gets better. 16 years and I remain resolved to, “Have gratitude with a bit of attitude”. We always look for ways to promote the game with absolutely no regard to sex, religion, race, creed or whatever else will pop up its ugly head to prevent golfers from enjoying the game. 16 years and counting. “Life is a fairway, I want to play it all day long”. Thank you so much for the privilege and honor to serve you.
Happy Mother's Day!
2009 North Florida PGA Amateur of the Year
I have two heroes in Florida golf publishing: the late Charley Stine, who started Golfweek in his garage and lived to see it become a nationally-recognized publication; and the current Terrie Purdum, who has kept this publication going through the birdies and bogies of the economy. They are heroes to all of us who have tried a statewide publication — you know who you are — and who fell to the vagaries of the wrong turns that life sometimes takes us. There is a commonality in success: Charley and Terrie both set their course, worked incredibly hard and succeeded because they made sure they did things correctly. The rest of us? There are many commonalities in failure and we fell prey to their wiles. The King (Charley) is gone but the Queen (Terrie) lives on. From, Fred Seely North Florida PGA Amateur of the Year 2014 4
Volume 16, Issue 1 Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Tennessee Golf Central Publisher: Glenn Makin, Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth, Founder-Georgia Golf Trail Executive Editor: Joel Jackson–Director of Communications for the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association Golf Media Girl: Janel Losada Photographers: Lynn Pelham, Brion Price, Peter Hakansson Tres Fenton, Mike Coonan, Jess Regan
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Alabama Golf Central 58 Oxmoor Valley Carolinas Golf Central 62 Moss Creek Cart Girl 14 Jill Wood Course of Dreams 32 Ocala Open Fashion Forward 42 Prodigy Golf
FEATURE 36 North Florida PGA Golf Bachelor 12 Erik Lentz Golf Fore Charity 20 National Fallen Firefighter Foundation 22 Michelin Golf Classic Golf History 54 Mission Inn
Departments 8 10 18 24 34
Golf Central Station Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Turf Life Executive Women's Golf Association South Florida PGA
40 44 45 46 48 50 56 72
Live Golf Competitive Spirits Gtip It & Sip It Product Showcase Golf Fitness Duffer Dan IGTA Aces & Eagles
Golf Travel 66 Tayleur Mayde Tours 68 Wintergreen Resort Growing The Game 52 Mediocre Golf Improving Performance 70 Swing Click Leader on the Links 16 Nancy Lopez Special Events 28 The Goffers 30 Horizon Classic Tennessee Golf Central 64 Tennessee Golf Trail Young Guns 26 Dustin Barr
CMAA Elects 2015 Association Leadership Alexandria, VA — March 16, 2015 — The Club Managers Association of America is pleased to announce its 2015 Officers and Board of Directors. CMAA members had the opportunity to cast their ballots online in advance of or in-person at the 88th World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo in San Antonio, TX. The election results were announced at the event’s Awards and Conference Finale on Thursday, March 12.
The 2015 CMAA Officers are:
• President Tony D’Errico, CCM (Certified Club Manager), CCE (Certified
Chief Executive), General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of Westwood Country Club, St. Louis, MO;
• Vice President Jill R. Philmon, CCM, CCE, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of Ballantyne Country Club, Charlotte, NC;
• Secretary-Treasurer Robert C. James, CCM, CCE, CHE (Certified
Hospitality Educator), Chief Operating Officer of Westchester Country Club, Rye, NY; and
• Immediate Past President Damon J. DiOrio, CCM, CCE, Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte, NC.
Newly elected or re-elected as Directors are:
• William E. Langley, CCM, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of
Quail Ridge Country Club, Boynton Beach, FL (Re-elected to a Three-Year Term);
• Brian R. Kroh, CCM, General Manager of John’s Island Club, Vero Beach, FL (Elected to a Three-Year Term);
• Todd D. Marsh, CCM, CCE, General Manager of
Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, IL (Re-elected to a Two-Year Term); and
• Christina A. Toups, CCM, CCE, General Manager of Ridglea Country Club,
Fort Worth, TX (Elected to a Three-Year Term).
Directors continuing to serve on the CMAA Board include:
• Mark A. Bado, MCM (Master Club Manager), CCE, General Manager and
Chief Operating Officer of The Kansas City Country Club, Mission Hills, KS;
• Robert J. “Bobby” Crifasi, CCM, CCE, CPA, General Manager of New Orleans Country Club, New Orleans, LA;
• Peter C. Davies, CCM, General Manager of Moraine Country Club, Kettering, OH;
• Randall J. Ruder, CCM, CCE, General Manager of Beach Point Club, Mamaroneck, NY; and
• Richard D. Spurlin, CCM, CCE, General Manager of Eugene Country Club, Eugene, OR.
The CMAA Board of Directors is comprised of 13 club management professionals who are passionate about the long-term vision of CMAA; work respectfully with staff, committees and fellow board members; and demonstrate a professional commitment to both CMAA and the greater club management industry. About CMAA The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with 6,500 members throughout the US and internationally. Our managers operate more than 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, military, town and yacht clubs. The objectives of the association are to promote relationships between club management professionals and other similar professions; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to provide the resources needed for club managers to operate efficiently and successfully. CMAA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with 45 professional chapters and more than 45 student chapters and colonies. Learn more at www.cmaa.org.
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NGCOA Designates AFGL as Official Footgolf Organization CHARLESTON, S.C. – The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), the leading authority on golf course ownership and management, has recognized the American FootGolf League (AFGL) as the “Governing Body for the Sport of FootGolf in the U.S.” and it’s “Official FootGolf Organization,” announced Mike Tinkey, deputy CEO of NGCOA. “FootGolf, as promoted by the AFGL, under the rules and guidelines of the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG), is a proven revenue generator for golf course operators in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and is growing worldwide,” said Tinkey. “It has taken off virally and the number of FootGolf courses is growing rapidly as it brings in new customers and new revenue. Facilities are reporting they are seeing more millennials, women, children and young families after introducing FootGolf.
“Golf course owners/operators in Canada and Michigan have recognized FootGolf as the ‘Idea of the Year’ at their respective conferences in 2013 and 2014,” added Tinkey. “It has been well received at the NGCOA Annual Conferences in 2014 and 2015 and at the NGCOA Multicourse Leadership Retreat in 2014, as well as at chapter meetings. We’ve seen FootGolf embraced by single and multicourse companies alike so this designation is a natural fit.” FootGolf has quickly spread across the United States since its introduction here in 2011. The AFGL, the official governing body for the fast-growing sport of FootGolf in the U.S., has sanctioned hundreds of courses in nearly every state. A combination of golf and soccer played with a regulation soccer ball on a shortened golf course, FootGolf is played much like golf, with the goal being to get the soccer ball into a 21-inch hole with as few kicks as possible. It is played on golf courses with the 18 holes located away from the golf putting surfaces. As the “Official FootGolf Organization,” AFGL will provide NGCOA members with special benefits. In return, the NGCOA will offer its endorsement to the AFGL and promote the organization to its membership. For more information on FootGolf and the AFGL, visit www.footgolf.net. About the NGCOA The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) is the leading authority on the business of golf course ownership and management. The Association represents key decision-makers with ultimate responsibility for golf courses throughout the world. Through advocacy, information resources, purchasing programs and networking opportunities, the NGCOA helps golf course owners and operators run more successful businesses. For more information, visit www.ngcoa.org or call 1-800-933-4262.
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Hidden Hills Country Club Membership/Marketing Director
FRLA’s Broward Chapter Raises Funds to Support Hospitality Education for Local High School Students fair for students across the county which gave them the opportunity to make connections with a dozen employers who help lead the industry. In total, the local chapter raised $35,000 for hospitality education. “I love the hospitality field because it is such a growth area in this part of the country and it is the perfect field for students who want an exciting career that knows no boundaries,”
The Broward Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is proud to support local high school students by awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to further their hospitality education. In Broward County, there are 22 high schools with more than 6,500 students enrolled in school-to-career training programs provided by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation (FRLAEF). “These students are the future of Florida’s hospitality industry and we feel it’s important to extend our efforts to ensure they receive opportunities to build the foundation for fantastic careers,” said Eduardo Fernandez, the President of the Broward Chapter and General Manager of the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale. “In 2015, we plan to continue encouraging students in our community to pursue their dreams and help
give them the ability to do so.” In 2014, FRLA’s Broward Chapter hosted its Excellence in Education Gala, awarding 18 students with scholarships and recognizing Vicky Edgcomb as Teacher of the Year. As an instructor at South Broward High School, Edgcomb leads students through industryderived curriculum, the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP), which prepares students for roles in the hotel industry and beyond. Later in the year, Edgcomb identified a need for more student textbooks and FRLA’s Broward Chapter stepped up to provide the necessary materials for the program to continue. Additionally, the Broward Chapter hosted an internship
said Edgcomb. “I would like to thank the FRLA for providing resources, phenomenal business partners and field trip opportunities for the students. You will never know how important this is to their growth overall.” This year, FRLA’s Broward Chapter will host its 6th Annual Excellence in Education Gala on Wednesday, April 8th, at the historic Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida, to once again honor teachers, schools and award scholarships to promising students pursuing hospitality careers. The keynote speaker will be Broward Superintendent of Schools, Robert Runcie. The local chapter recently announced scholarship opportunities for students graduating in 2015, who are eligible to receive awards at the event. For more information about available scholarships, please contact FRLAEF Director Laura Rumer at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about FRLA’s Broward Chapter, please visit http://www.frla. org/chapters/broward/welcome. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 1
Where were you born? Did you grow up there? St. Petersburg, Florida. I grew up in a small town called Inverness, Florida.
Is “acting your age” over rated?
I think that there’s a time and place for acting your age, and a time and place to be “yourself”.
High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? I hung out with all crowds, but I’d have to say I’m a preppy now. Golf ensures I wear collared shirts.
What do you do for a living? I’m the Outside Operations Manager/Forecaddy at Black Diamond Ranch.
What would you like to do for a living? Sports Announcer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Steak, chicken, or seafood? Steak, but don’t forget the Blue Moon with an orange
Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I’m a sucker for blondes. What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? A fishing pole, ESPN, and Wilson
What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Excuses Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? Success to me is money and love, so success.
What do you fear the most?
What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Arnold Palmer, Michael Jordan, Pete Rose
What are some of your great accomplishments? Serving in
the Marines for eleven years and graduating from the Golf Academy-Orlando.
Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? Both (simultaneously)
Favorite comedian? Dane Cook Favorite television channel? ESPN Favorite charity to support? Veterans of Foreign Wars 12
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Shoot Your Best Scores Improve your short game and putting with us, and discover the best golf of your life. CALIFORNIA
Cimarron Golf Club, Palm Springs Strawberry Farms GC, Newport Beach Chardonnay Golf Club, Napa
The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Atlanta
The Homestead, Traverse City
Centennial Golf Club, New York
La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio
The Grove, London, England Killeen Castle, Dublin, Ireland
cart header girl
What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl?
Every day at Lake Blackshear Resort is a memorable day
What type of music do you prefer? What hobbies do you enjoy? Where did you grow up? Cordele, GA Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? Everyone What is your favorite sport to play? Golf Favorite to watch?
What do you feel makes this club special?
Working out daily
What is your idea of “the perfect date”? A hike and a sunset picnic
Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? Night at home
Favorite comedian? Joe Rogan Favorite type of movie ? Dark Comedy
My boss, Brian Boeling
Favorite charity to support? Soi Dogs
What is your favorite part of being a cart girl?
What else would you like for us to know about you?
The tips and the tan
If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing? SURFING
I am taking donations to move to Hawaii.
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leader on the links
Lopez to Share Her “Play Happy” Philosophies
Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures officially “took off” in January of 2015 but the idea has been brewing for many years with LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member, Nancy Lopez. Lopez who is known for her charismatic smile has endeared fans for many years with her positive attitude and razor sharp golf abilities. “Golf has been so good to me that I wanted to find a way to educate golfers on how to balance playing golf at their personal best while enjoying every moment of the game,” said Lopez. “While working with Teresa and Sue at previous golf outings, I knew I had found the perfect team to help me deliver my message.” LPGA Professionals Teresa Zamboni and Sue Powers, who have both been recognized by the LPGA as National Teachers of the Year, are co-owners and the lead instruction team for Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures. “We are so excited to share Nancy’s winning approach to golf and life and bring her message to a variety of audiences,” commented Zamboni. “Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures will provide the opportunity to learn from the most recognized female golfer of all-time as well as the Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures instruction team.” The company provides golf adventures all based around a passport theme and include: Play Happy golf days, Play Better golf schools, unique Golf Travel adventures, corporate outings and special events. Each participant at an event receives a Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures “passport” where they will be able to acquire stamps for each time they achieve happiness, joy, love or laughter through golf. Every golfer will establish their own personal par and find out through on-course strategies how to create their own happiness equation which will in turn lead to better golf. The team of instructors is trained to apply the Nancy Lopez approach 16
Nancy Lopez, Sue Powers, and Theresa Zamboni
to promote golf enjoyment and to share Nancy’s proven methods and emphasis on FUNdamentals to golfers of all ages, skill levels, and abilities. Many golf instruction programs make the game more difficult than it needs to be. At Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures, the team of experts will promote the simplicity of the game and provide tools to play the game. “Our vision for Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures is to make golf fun for all golfers and to help them learn to love the game like Nancy,” added Powers. “ We feel a positive outlook along with solid golf fundamentals is the winning formula. It certainly worked for Nancy.” Lopez, a 48 time winner on the LPGA Tour, was the most celebrated player in women’s golf in the decade after her rookie year in 1978. She began playing golf as a young girl and was an accomplished amateur before starting her professional career while a sophomore at Tulsa University in Oklahoma. Lopez was named Player of the Year by the Ladies Professional Golf Association four times (1978-79, 1985 and 1988) and was inducted into the Hall of Fame when she was only 30 years old (1987). The greatest female golfer
of her generation, she is also known for her cheerful persona and megawatt smile on and off the course. “To be successful in golf, you must do your best, one shot at a time and then move on. Remember that golf is a game to be enjoyed,” added Lopez. Upcoming program offerings include:
• Learn & Play Day at TPC Prestancia, Sarasota, FL on Feb. 24th
• Two Day Golf School at Pelican Pointe G & CC, Venice FL on Mar 6 & 7th
• VIP Premiere Day at Green Valley G & CC, Green Valley, AZ on Mar 23rd
• Rules seminar & Putting Clinic at Pelican Pointe G & CC, Venice, FL on Apr 1st
• Tips and Sips at Plantation G & CC, Venice, FL on Apr 1st
• VIP Premiere Day at The Cliffs, Ashville, SC on June 6th
• VIP Weekend with Nancy at Keystone Resort, Keystone CO on Jul 24 -26th For more information, please visit www.nancylopezgolfadventures. com or contact Teresa Zamboni at (386) 451-4808 for information on hosting your own adventure. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 1
2015 youth golfari July 12-18, 2015
To register for the 2015 Youth Golfari visit www.pineneedles-midpines.com or www.youthgolfari.com The quality instruction at the Golfari improved my son’s golf game tremendously. Barry Palm, Orlando, FL 910.692.7111 • 1005 Midland Rd • Southern Pines, North Carolina 28388 www.PineNeedles-MidPines.com
Lupe Ibanez Finds the American Dream as Golf Course Superintendent The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has about 17,500 members, but no one is more proud of being a member than Lupe Ibanez. Ibanez, 52, became the golf course superintendent at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club in Gold Canyon, Ariz., 25 minutes outside Phoenix, in October 2014, after 13 years as an assistant for Scott Krout, the director of agronomy. But Ibanez’s rise to become a GCSAA member in 2015 is more than a tale of hard work. It is a story of courage and his search to find a better life. At age 17, Ibanez and two of his friends left their families in Oaxaca, a part of southern Mexico, to come to the United States. He didn’t have any idea what would happen. That was 1980. “I didn’t know what to expect,” says Ibanez of his younger days when he learned English on his own, one word at a time. “I was just looking for a better life. I was chasing the American dream. Being away from my family was not easy. I was alone for five years, but now I am married and have three grown children. My life has been hard, but not impossible. To know where I came from, this life is a blessing.” Ibanez first worked as a dishwasher. Later he poured concrete, and then got into landscaping, which led him to ask for a job on a golf course. “I started in 1987 from the bottom up,” says Ibanez. “I was started as a temp at Desert Mountain’s Renegade Course picking up golf balls for three days. I was not sure I was going to get paid at first because it didn’t seem like work to me. But I ended up working there for 17 years.” In 2002, Ibanez moved to Superstition Mountain as the second assistant superintendent. Now
Lupe Ibanez he is part of the American dream, having become the head superintendent and also a U.S. citizen. “I am excited. I am happy,” says Ibanez. “I didn’t know it was going to happen (getting promoted), but I fell in love with this type of work a long time ago. I will work hard, and I will be consistent, honest and patient. Since I
started, I have had the privilege to work with a lot of good superintendents.” Krout says promoting Ibanez was a no-brainer, especially since they think so much alike. “If I am not here, I want someone to make the same decisions I would make,” he says. “He is my field general, and I have 100 percent trust in him.”
About GCSAA and the EIFG The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter. The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter. 18
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Join your local heroes and be a hero to the survivors of fallen firefighters at a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Tournament
Caren Stewart is a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Moulton Alabama. Gregory Bridges is a battalion chief with Raleigh (NC) Fire Department. They both think of the fire service as extended family. While neither would consider themselves a hero, to the families of fallen firefighters, they are. Both Stewart and Bridges also understand the grief a commu-
nity and the fire service family shares when a firefighter dies in the line of duty. Both have also experienced the support the survivors of the fallen receive through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In 2007, Stewart attended the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend to honor the families of two Moulton firefighters who were killed in a building collapse the previous year. Bridges attended the Memorial Weekend in 2009 as a fire service volunteer and was moved by the outpouring of support for all the survivors. Both have become local volunteer coordinators for the NFFF Golf Tournaments. Since 2004, the tournaments have raised more than $3 million to help the NFFF provide services for surviving family members, including scholarships, grief counseling, and camps for children dealing with the loss of a parent.
6/20 Deer Run Golf Course Moulton AL
6/22 Bentwinds Country Club Fuquay-Varina NC
October Oak Point Golf Course John’s Island, SC
October Firewheel Golf Course Garland TX
8/8 Old Hickory Golf Club St. Peters MO
10/26 Deercreek Country Club Deerfield Beach FL 11/8 Lely Resort Naples FL 20
Stewart coordinates the Play it Forward Golf Tournament at Deer Run Golf Course in Moulton, AL. “We decided on the name PLAY IT FORWARD because after their deaths, we received such an outpouring of love that we can never repay. We can however pay it forward,” she explained. Bridges organizes the Raleigh Area NFFF Golf Tournament at Bentwinds Country Club in Fuquay-Varina, NC. He is proud that the tournaments are a great way to have fun while raising money and awareness for a meaningful organization. For more information or to register for these and other tournaments in the region, go to http://www.firehero.org/ events/golf-outings/tournaments-state/ For information about the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, visit www.firehero.org.
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We’d Like To Put A Few Holes In Your Vacation Plans. Quite a few in fact. You see, Fairfield Glade Resort in Tennessee has 90 holes of Championship Golf alone, including Stonehenge, named among the top public courses in Tennessee by Golf Digest, GolfWeek and Golf Magazine. Then there are the many outstanding courses around nearby Crossville, widely known as the golf capital of Tennessee. In all, more than 180 holes of golf just waiting to be played atop the Cumberland Plateau. But your vacation doesn’t have to be all golf. We offer 11 pristine lakes for boating and fishing, 12 miles of nature trails, a state-of-the-art Racquet Center and remarkable restaurants. This year, plan to spend your vacation at Fairfield Glade Resort and Crossville, Tennessee. The South’s holey land for golfers. For information or reservations, call 931-707-2061 • www.fairfieldglade.cc Located between Knoxville and Nashville, just a few miles from I-40 (Exit 322)
Now the fun begins.
By Bob Bolton
Bob Daily, Jeff Keebler, Rachel Gavin and Jim Dent, Sr.
How appropriate that the Michelin Golf Classic is played each January on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. One of Dr. King’s most iconic statements was, “I have a dream”. That’s a fitting tribute to his legacy and the legacy of the Joshua House, which is the primary beneficiary of each year’s event. The tournament has supported the Joshua House and its facilities, and has been instrumental in changing the academic performance, selfconfidence, and futures of over 1500 children both at the Joshua House and in the Public School System. In 1992, a group of concerned citizens, including Dottie Berger MacKinnon, Bob
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Thomas, Olin Mott, Jim Zimmerman, Laurence Hall, Greg Johnson, Alberto de Alejos, and others dreamed of a safe haven for the abused, neglected and abandoned children in their Tampa Bay community. After dedicated planning and development their dream was realized in the creation of Joshua House. I personally had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Dottie and her husband Sandy, as well as Mr. Mott. Unfortunately, we lost both Dottie and Mr. Mott in 2013. Their dedication, vision and passion for providing a place where children could feel safe, loved and valued, is a legacy that the Michelin Golf Classic continues to carry forward. This year’s event was a remarkable success. Played at World Woods Golf Club in Brooksville, the tournament is
a robust event, filling up both courses and providing excellent camaraderie and friendly competition. Played as a four-man scramble it provides an opportunity for everyone to contribute, no matter what their level of golf skill. A variety of contests were held; Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, and Hole in One. First place, Low Gross winners were – David Marvin, Mike Murphy, Mickey Etherton and Randall Clark. First place, Low Net winners were – Kyle Creasy, Steve McLeary, Mike Crodell, and Rick Zack. Sponsors of the event include – Michelin, Global Imaging Systems and Zephyrhills Water, along with many others. The impact of this event is felt throughout the community, most specifically in the economic support it provides to the Joshua House in Lutz, Florida and A Kid’s Place located in Brandon, FL. Both of these facilities provide shelter for abused and neglected children. Proceeds from the event also fund the “Tutor-a Bull” education program in Hillsborough middle and high schools, which has provided more than 35,000 hours of one-on-one tutoring for more than 1,000 students. The USF College of Education facilitates these valuable investments throughout the Hillsborough County student community. For more information about the next year’s tournament, the Charities it supports and how you can get involved, visit www.mjhgolfclassic. com, or call Joe Hafner, President of the MJH Golf Classic at 813-253-0421. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 1
EWGA Chapters Across the Country to Host Their Golf Season Kick Off Events EWGA Chapters across the country will
tra Futures Tour events. Plus, take advantage of playing and learning
be hosting their annual kick-off events
opportunities in local communities
and launching several new event op-
across the country all year long.
portunities including the EWGA Par 3
“EWGA has connected more than
Challenge over the next two months.
“It’s an exciting year for us with the
focused amateur golf association in
introduction of the EWGA Par 3 Chal-
the U.S. with more than 100 chap-
lenge Series which features a women’s
ters in major cities across the U.S.
only division and a mixed team divi-
Membership includes access to
sion,” says CEO Pam Swensen. “We
affordable, fun, organized golf op-
will be converting 18-hole regulation
portunities, travel and equipment
Troon Golf Courses to shorter yard-
discounts, local and national benefits
ages to create the Par 3 experience. In
while at the same time building a
addition, EWGA members will have
personal network of great connec-
access to many grassroots connec-
tions and business relationships.
tions to play golf and elevate their
Among the many benefits offered,
game as well as a built in community
all EWGA members can compete in
of thousands of women who share
several national tournaments, play at
similar interests. After all, we take
golf courses across the U.S. at spe-
having fun seriously! Come join us!”
cial EWGA pricing and attend any
EWGA is the largest women-
and all domestic LPGA and Syme-
100,000 women through our organization by using the game of golf to create experiences and build connections in a friendly, fun environment,” says Swensen. “And I know there are many women who want to learn how to play and just don¹t know where to get started. We want you to join us! Our core initiative is about welcoming more women into the game of golf, opening new doors and developing skills to help women succeed both on and off the course. What are you waiting for?” For more information about EWGA, membership and chapter locations, visit www.ewga.com. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 1
tumors were dead and his hip was saved. He immediately began a physiotherapy program to build his strength. This past January, Barr was strong enough to enroll at Core Golf Academy in Orlando where he’s working on his game with his coach Nick Duffy, competing and hoping to catch the eyes of some NCAA college coaches. In Thunder Bay, his mother Leanne said the family was overjoyed. “We have cleared the avalanche and now just have to get to the top of that mountain.” Jeff Hay, Core’s Director of Golf, said Barr’s victory has thrilled ev-
Dustin Barr - FCWT
Dustin Barr is Winning!
emy and demonstrated the young man’s grit and determination. “It’s tremendous how Dustin has overcome such odds and continued to pursue his dream,” Hay said. “Because of his illness, he really hasn’t
Two years ago, junior golfer Dustin
played many tournaments against
Barr was undergoing chemotherapy
top competition, which makes his
for two tumors, but he continued to
win all the more incredible.
practice every day and compete. That
“With this victory and beating
will to win helped him beat cancer,
cancer, I think it sets Dustin up to
and recently the 19-year-old native of
eryone connected with the acad-
attract attention from some col-
Thunder Bay, Ontario won his first ju-
At the time, doctors said Barr
nior tournament in Florida against top
required surgery that would cut
young players from around the world.
out part of his pancreas and
Barr went wire-to-wire in shoot-
force a hip replacement. From
ing consecutive scores of 71 to win
March through August, Barr
the Boys 15-19 division of the Future
underwent seven rounds of
Collegians Would Tour event at Saddle-
chemotherapy, but his Thunder
brook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Florida
Bay coach Dustin Wilson said
by two strokes over Marcos Monte-
Barr “played golf everyday and
negro of Argentina. With the victory,
you’d never know he had cancer.”
Golfweek magazine honoured Barr
After a golf trip to Scotland
as Junior Boys Player of the Week.
with Wilson that included his
“I’ve worked really hard to get
“wish” round at The Old Course
where I am right now. This means
at St. Andrews in Scotland ar-
lege coaches. Wouldn’t any coach
a lot,” said Barr, whose dreams of a
ranged by the Children’s Wish Founda-
want a fighter like this guy?”
NCAA college scholarship and play-
tion, Barr continued chemotherapy
Core Golf Academy is a full-time resi-
ing on the PGA Tour never wavered
and competing even though his hair
dential golf academy in Orlando, Florida
even after the two cancerous tumors
fell out and he felt exhausted. Back in
for junior golfers seeking to be their
were found-one in his pancreas and
Canada, Barr underwent 16 hours of
best as competitive golfers and world
another on his hip-in March 2013.
surgery and the doctors reported the
Dustin Barr & family
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St. Patty’s Done Right! THE GOFFERS, Ft Lauderdale’s LGBT golf league, held its 2nd Annual St. Patty’s Day golf outing and it was as popular this year as it was last year. Originally, 6 tee times were booked but when they “sold out” in 24 hours, two more were added. All players were asked to dress festively. The call was made and everyone rose to the challenge, some better than others! Looking out over the putting green and range, it was “skies of blue and seas of green”. Lucky for us, not a yellow submarine was anywhere near! In addition to the regular skins and low net score money games, two more prizes were put in place for this special round. Bags of cookies were given out by the lucky leprechaun with 4 of them holding special silver coins to earn prizes. A very special Grand Prize was donated for the winner of the low net game. One of our members is an accomplished artist having won many awards in one man and group art shows along the East Coast. A painting entitled New River Mood was donated as the grand prize by artist Allen Freshler. In the Leap for Limericks skins race, there were only 4 won. Visiting Kalle Johnasson of Stockholm won hole #6 and right behind him was Ken Cope of Phoenix shooting a natural 2 on hole #7. Hole #13 was won by J.L. Quebbeman. The last skin was won
on #18 again by Kalle Johansson. In the low net score game, and in first place and the winner of the Allen Dreshler painting was Kalle Johansson shooting a blistering net 64. There was a 3-way tie for 2nd with 68’s between Godfrey Jillings of London, Buddy Diterlizzi and J.L. Quebbeman and there was a 2-way tie for 5th won by Jim Nugent and Ian Takats of London with net 70’s. With so many 2-ways and 3-ways, we thought of passing
around cigarettes! A big, green, Irish WELL DONE to all of this year’s winners in our annual St Pat’s outing. THE GOFFERS is America’s largest LBGT gay golf league with over 300 members. They play organized golf rounds on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays year-round. If you’re traveling in Ft Lauderdale and would like to join them in play, look them up on the internet at www.thegoffers.com or email them at email@example.com.
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Making Memories: The Horizon Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Golfers Gather for a Special Experience at the Honda Classic
Imagination is powerful. To those who
Harrington. Then, on Monday and
Gardens was a terrific opportunity
love golf, it’s hard to imagine a more
Tuesday after the tournament, they
for golfers to see world-class
appealing adventure than attending
enjoyed competing on the Palmer
professional golf up close, then
a preeminent PGA Tour event in
Course and the Champion Course,
play competitively on the same
Florida, watching the competition
following in the footsteps of the pros.
course, in the same conditions,”
from custom viewing areas, meeting
“The Horizon Classic in Palm Beach
says Laurent-Alix Huguet, CEO of
fellow golf enthusiasts from France,
H4Events USA. “Enthusiasm was high
Canada and other countries, indulging
and a good time was had by all.”
in fine wine and gourmet cuisine, and
Sponsors of the Horizon Classic –
playing the same course as the pros
Palm Beach Gardens included Orquera
just after the tournament’s conclusion.
Florida, Billecart-Salmon Champagne,
This was no fantasy, though, for
SKIMP, Argolf, and WellPutt.
30 golfers who participated in the
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, a
2015 Horizon Classic in Palm Beach
French professional golfer who
Gardens, Fla., presented by H4Events
won seven tournaments on both
USA, which organizes and conducts
the Ladies European Tour (LET)
golf-related travel experiences between
and the LPGA Tour, served as
the U.S. and France. Coming together
Ambassador of the Horizon Classic.
from Europe and North America were
“This was a unique chance to mix
amateur golfers who during their
playing with high-level access to a
four-day stay were treated to beautiful
tour event,” says Meunier-Lebouc,
“while at the same time blending
cooking, convivial camaraderie, and
cultures – all tied together by the
exciting competition at the Honda
worldwide connection that golf
Classic, played at PGA National
provides.” Meunier-Lebouc played
Resort & Spa and won by Padraig 30
Horizon Classic–Horizon Classic participants
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Adrien Balling, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Laurent-Alix Huguet
Julien Guerrier, Veronique Forestier “I was surprised at the popular
the Champion Course, adding to the
The Horizon Classic offered a fresh and
special quality of the occasion.
interesting approach, very well received,
ambience of golf in the U.S.,” says
Ian Dawson, from Toronto, Canada,
helping broaden cultural awareness.”
Yann Le Borgne. “In the States,
found the Horizon Classic an enriching
Yann and Christine Le Borgne
attending a tour event is like
experience. “From my perspective,”
traveled from the town of Quéven,
attending a festival; it’s exciting.”
Dawson says, “one of the great things
in the region of Brittany in France, to
Christine Le Borgne echoes that
about golf is that it assembles people
join the festivities. Avid golfers, they
sentiment, adding, “I was happy to have
from various parts of the world, all
enjoyed observing how passionate
seen such skilled champions of golf
participating in one common game.
Americans are about the game.
up close. Their swings inspire me.”
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Inaugural National Car Rental Foundation Pro-Am Thirty-four teams competed in the inaugural National Car Rental Foundation Pro-Am at Ft. Lauderdale Country Club. Each team was comprised of one PGA member/apprentice and one amateur. Capturing the title firing a net best ball team score of 63 was Jonas DeWitte and amateur Bruce Kelsey from John’s Island Club in Vero Beach. DeWitte and Kelsey
won in a scorecard playoff against PGA Professional Tim Turpen and Jesse Lee of Ironhorse Country Club. PGA Head Golf Professional at Gleneagles Country Club, Jason Hrynkiw was the low professional for the event shooting an impressive 67. In addition to the event winners, today’s Pro-Am helped raised just over $4,500 for the South Florida PGA Foundation. The
South Florida PGA Foundation founded in 2004, has more than tripled in size over the past six years with a mission to serve the south Florida community. Programs conducted through the Foundation include junior golf, charitable gifting and scholarship, Smiling Fore Life and community outreach with Habitat for Humanity being one of the main beneficiaries.
ABOUT THE SFPGA FOUNDATION The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education and scholarships, and charitable gifting. The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the South Florida PGA, a notfor-profit organization comprised of over 1,800 men and women PGA Professionals serving as the experts in business and the game of golf. In 2004 the South Florida PGA Foundation began operations as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community. Since its inception, the Foundation has experienced extreme growth through the support of more than 1,750 PGA Professionals, 460 facilities, and numerous corporations. Over the past ten years the Foundation has touched the lives of more than 8,000 individuals residing in South Florida, through various programming included but not limited to junior golf, charitable gifting, and scholarships. 34
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20 Questions with NFPGA CEO Rich Smith, PGA Southern Golf Central Magazine for its 16th Anniversary Issue was able to catch up with North Florida PGA Executive Director/CEO and PGA Member Rich Smith to ask twenty questions about the current “State of the Game”. This article is brought to you by imapMyGolf™ Golf’s Next Frontier: Inner Management Learn more about our newest partner at www.imapmygolfgame.com.
Many people talk about the game of golf declining. In your eyes where do see this game going in ten years? Thanks, great question, and congratulations on your 16th Anniversary, I love this publication and appreciate all you do for the game of golf. The game of golf is not declining from my viewpoint. There have been challenges which I would consider healthy in a cyclical business cycle over the past decade, and not without some localized heartache which is regrettable, but they have allowed us in the business of sport, and the sport itself to get stronger and in a better position for the next century ahead, and of course most of this was derived from the economic downturn we experienced in 2007 and 2008. Where does that leave us for ten years from now? I think all of the industry Growth of the Game efforts as well as the business acumen of today’s PGA Professionals we will see the game in a traditional sense thriving exactly the way it has been played for years, with more modern technology being
The King, Arnold Palmer gives NFPGA CEO Rich Smith, PGA the “thumbs up
Rich Smith, PGA on an invite from the White House attends President Barak Obama’s address on Tourism at Walt Disney World a part of the larger picture, as well as a more diverse group engaging in the game, not just here in Florida, but around the world.
What is the difference between PGA Tour Pros and PGA Golf Pros? About two shots a round. All kidding aside, the PGA Touring Professionals and PGA Golf Professionals in most cases are all PGA Members. The Tour Professional focuses primarily on playing the game competitively, while the PGA Professional does the same locally, but also usually manages a business, such as a golf course, and spends much time helping those who play the game, play the game better and therefore enjoy their golf experiences more. Ultimately, regardless of PGA Tour Professional or PGA Professional, we are all stakeholders in promoting the game that we all love.
How can PGA Professionals help the everyday golfer’s game? There are a lot of skills one can speak to when talking about the PGA Professional, however they are uniquely qualified to help anyone, current player or never touched a club, reach goals, 36
and be proficient enough to get enjoyment from the game and all it has to offer. There is no better way to get started, or improve in playing the game of golf other than the assistance from a PGA Professional. Additionally with our new partners, imapMyGolf™ and FlightScope, coupled with the education and expertise of the PGA Professional, the ability to help golfers has never been better.
There has been a big push to bring more diversity into the game of golf? What has been done and is it working? Industrywide there are many efforts as you allude to, to bring more diversity into the game of golf. Annika is promoting golf to young women, the PGA has the Minority Championships, and across this great nation there are many efforts, such as Generation W, aimed at attracting more women to the sport. They all are working, and it will just get better as we go.
Pace of Play has been a hot topic recently. Do you feel that it is having a negative impact on golf? And what can be done to improve it? Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 1
Rich Smith, PGA, Sheila Johnson, and Annika Sorenstam announce a long term partnership including making Reunion Resort the home of the North Florida PGA
I don’t think the coverage on pace of play from the tour perspective has a negative impact on golf at all, that is a very finite group, and they have procedures in place to govern their activities. I do believe that locally at golf facilities all operators need to be cognizant of people’s time, and the pace at their own facilities. Luckily most facilities have a PGA Professional in place that is trained to manage that for the benefit of the customer’s enjoyment.
For those that don’t play golf at all, in your mind why should they start playing today? It’s fun, plain and simple. I challenge anyone who has not tried golf to give it a whirl, and odds are they will be hooked.
I do recommend checking out Get Golf Ready, an inexpensive program where anyone can get golf instruction, usually from a PGA Professional, in a short amount of time, in a great environment, to allow them to understand what to do and have a good level of competency right from the start.
What is the next big trend in Golf? Where is the sport going? I am not sure what the next big trend in golf is but I am encouraged by the junior golf activities I have watched over the last few years. Not only is participation growing very nicely, and not only are the kids getting better, but the manners and the way these kids conduct themselves, it is truly inspirational. This next generation in golf, and in general, is very impressive.
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Why is it that the Ryder Cup is the most exciting golf event? I think since Americans have such a sense of patriotism, and it’s all about
2015 NFPGA Professional of the Year Bill Sellers accepts his award with Rich Smith, PGA county, it makes it very interesting, there really is nothing else like it in sport. Married is a game that is traditionally an individual sport, and now it’s a team, playing for pride rather than dollars. The heart is there, and people identify with that side of humanity, even if you don’t play golf.
Golf will be back in the Olympics for the first time in more than 100 years. How much of an impact do you think this will have on the game of golf and here in Florida? The impact globally will be tremendous; there is a very large spotlight on the Olympics. Here in Florida, hard to say exactly, but I do think it will have an impact, and for the positive, as Florida is the Golf Capital of the World. I have had many inquiries to my office over the past five year regarding instruction programs from other countries looking to do well 37
in the Olympics. Not surprising as Florida is the home to the best teachers in golf.
It seems like there are a lot veterans taking up the game of golf in Florida. How has golf been beneficial to their lives? Well, not just for Veterans, but for anybody, golf has spiritual side to it that is very enlightening. We are very glad that our Veterans have found the game in large quantities, for their benefits, but it is truly universal on what playing, good, bad or indifferent, can do for the soul.
What new junior golf initiatives can kids look forward to here in Florida? PGA Junior League, Drive, Chip, and Putt, and the PGA Junior Championships of the North Florida and South Florida PGAâ€™s are great. The North Florida PGA does have some new and fun things coming for Junior Golf, but that will have to wait until the next time we talk.
Are the # of women golfers growing or declining? Growing, without a question. Rich Smith, PGA, Steve Sponder of Global Golf Sales,and many North Florida PGA Professionals at the first Million Dollar Shoot Out at Hammock Beach Resort
Rich Smith, PGA with LPGALegend Paula Creamer at her charity event for the First Tee
In 2015 will golf facilities have more women on their governing board & important committees? Of course, I think golf already in most cases have that in place at many golf facilities. Would not be surprised to see that trend continue as more and more women play the game.
How do you make golf less intimidating for beginners?
Rich Smith, PGA at the Annual Florida Golf Day address at the Governors Office
See a PGA Professional, take a Get Golf Ready class, and Tee it Forward!
When someone says to you, golf is too expensive, too hard, too long, too elitist, how do you get them to think otherwise? Not to sound too redundant, other than advising them to the true stats an introduction to a local PGA Professional to assist them at a nearby facility is a
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great start. Very welcoming, and once someone gets their start, it’s a game they can play for their entire life, with any of their family or friends.
Would you say the Drive Chip and Putt Championship has become one of the better tools of growing the game, having lasting impact? Well sure, it has that impact of course, but more importantly I have seen at all levels of the DCP a wonderful and prideful connection, regardless of results, between the kids and their parents. It’s truly inspiring. Additionally, for this generation to have the gateway chance to participate in a National Championship with a road to Augusta, its groundbreaking in so many ways, but the number one thing that tugs on my heart strings is the fun and love I have seen inside of families that have participated.
How are PGA Professionals in Florida working to make golf a more ”inclusive” sport? We are here to coach, educate, and make welcoming, to all. The daily routine of most PGA Professionals has been embracing this idea for many, many years, and will continue to do such long into the future.
Golf has always been prominent in Florida. How much does golf actually affect Florida’s growth and economy?
NFPGA Officers with the Vince Lombardi Trophy at PGA Annual Meeting. Jack Binswanger, PGA, Mike Touhey, PGA, Rich Smith, PGA, Tony Johnson, PGA
Total impact to the State with ancillaries is fourteen billion a year. Florida is the Golf Capital of the World, and we are proud to be such, but more importantly, our courses hosts families having fun together, and that you cannot measure with dollars.
There has been a big push in the country to preserve the land use smart environmental practices. What are golf courses in Florida doing to use protect the environment? Managing water sources and natural habitats for wildlife come to mind immediately. Office building here, and new condos here, but between 100 and 500
acres per, golf courses are keeping our State green to a good level. It’s a good thing.
What is your dream foursome and where would you play? I think if it was possible my dream foursome would include any mix of the following people, my Grandfather, Jack Binswanger, Frank Sinatra, Arnold Palmer, and Sean Connery. I love Aronomink in Philadelphia, and of course no golfer can have a dream foursome without Augusta being a possibility. Thanks to Southern Golf Central for this opportunity!!
Then Governor Charlie Christ listens to Rich Smith, PGA about the economic impact of golf in Florida
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By Joel Jackson, Editor, GCSA Photos by Joel Jackson
Getting the “Lowe”-Down on 2014 I recently did a “Golf Maintenance “Year in Review” article based on a conversation I had with Todd Lowe, the USGA Green Section Agronomist stationed in Florida. Todd shared the observations of his peers in the USGA Green Section, which applies to the golf industry in general in all regions. Employment: With the current slow economic rebound, course closings and decline in numbers of golfers, it has been hard to find or keep good employees. Several reasons were cited: 1. More higher paying construction jobs. 2. E-Verify system affecting migrant labor pool. 3. Minimum Wage Laws affecting lower budget operations forcing crew reductions. New Grasses: The use of Ultradwarf Bermuda grasses for greens in the Transition Zone has increased to provide alternatives to only having cool season grass greens. This also includes two new Oklahoma State University bermudagrass releases developed with grants from the USGA for fairways and
roughs – Latitude 36 and Northbridge. Water: The drought situation in the west has already been well documented, and water availability remains a critical issue in many regions. Technology: Two new products made their debut in 2014 and will hopefully have a positive effect on weed control: 1. PoaCure and Spectracide Total. I realize that poa/bent greens are common in the northern regions, but in the south it is a “weed” in most overseeded greens. And in the south, we’re hoping that Spectracide Total might be that nonselective herbicide to replace MSMA. Bunkers: No doubt bunker maintenance can be an expensive line item in the budget, depending on the number of bunkers and the proper construction of those bunkers. Todd mentioned three products/technologies that have shown very positive results in reducing the number and severity of bunker washouts after rain events. These aren’t all brand new, but they did get positive mention this
year: Better Billy Bunkers, Bunker Solutions and Capillary Concrete. Blogging: As social media grows along with the new devices of the new age of technology, many superintendents and clubs are using emails, blogs and Facebook to communicate with members and the public. A noticeable surge took place last year according to reports from Todd’s cohorts around the country. He estimates that nearly 10% of superintendents are using blogs to communicate with members. It is a great tool especially for keeping golfers engaged about projects during the off-season. Last but not least, Course Renovations and Construction Improvements was also a prevalent factor in 2014. Many of the courses built in the great “Golf Building Boom” in the 1980’s and early 90’s are in need of rejuvenation. And in keeping with the “Grow the Game” and “Golf 20/20” initiatives, new tees and other player-friendly features are being added to courses.
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Apparel company focuses on golf's 'young guns' Coming off of this year’s success of the 2015 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at the Augusta National Golf Club, the golf industry’s focus on the younger generations of golfers is at an alltime high. One of the companies looking to keep the momentum of growing the game front and center is Central Florida based, apparel company, ProdigyGolfer, Inc. The upstart company has been quietly building its brand, ProdigyGolfer®, around the future golfer. The company which officially launched their product line at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando sells trendy performance based golf apparel, such as, hats, shirts and belts to a growing customer base of tween, teen and young adults. Its founders, Tom and Lauren Wayne, have been involved in junior golf for nearly 10 years, not only as fans of the sport, but as parents of a competitive 12 year-old golfer. They have seen first-hand the challenge the industry has wrestled with around keeping the younger generations of golfers engaged and excited about the game. “I saw the need to create a platform that today’s younger golfers can identify with and call their own,” said Wayne. “That platform is high-quality, performancebased apparel at affordable retail prices. ‘Apparel’, ‘Fashion’, ‘Swag’ whatever you want to label it, is not new, in fact, it has been around for as long as the game has been around. What makes ProdigyGolfer different is that we are starting out in the very space that most major apparel brands have been trying to connect with for years.” Wayne continued, “To us, ProdigyGolfer is to golf, what Abercrombie & Fitch is to fashion. Parents and young players are limited to a select
few traditional “mom and dad” brands that do not connect with today’s modern young golfer. We don’t think of younger players as an ‘after-thought’ or ‘add-on’ to adult apparel like some of the bigger companies do. This is our life-blood. We want ProdigyGolfer to become the brand that young golfers can ‘call their own.’” ProdigyGolfer is looking to redefine the youth, junior, and young adult segments. The performance apparel is moisture wicking, UV protected, with semi-fit and colorful trendy designs that appeal to young golfers. The company’s goal is to provide young golfers with a look and feel that will help build their confidence, skills and take their games to the next level. Wayne recently met with The First Tee of Central Florida and has reached out to the PGA Junior League. “There are a variety of academies, clinics, developmental tours and other organizations and events that are attracting young players,” he said. “We hope the golf industry will take notice and consider ProdigyGolfer a contender when budgeting and ordering apparel for their aspiring golfers. The company name sums it all up, ProdigyGolfer, as does the company’s tag line for the young guns of the future, “Be Exceptional. Be You." For more information about ProdigyGolfer, call 855-574-6534 or visit www.prodigygolfer.com. Follow them on social media: Twitter - @PGApparel; Facebook - “ProdigyGolfer”; Instagram - “prodigygolfer”; Pinterest - “ProdigyGolfer”.
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competitive spirits Professional Golfers Introduce GolfBeer Freddie Jacobson, Graeme McDowell and Keegan Bradley launch a series of easy-drinking craft beers Three of the top names in professional golf are now in the beer business. Freddie Jacobson, Graeme McDowell and Keegan Bradley will launch a series of easydrinking craft beers through their new company, GolfBeer Brewing Co. The move marks the first time professional golfers have started their own beer company and have been associated with craft beer. Our lives have always revolved around golf, but we also are passionate about great beer, so we’re really excited about this,” said Freddie Jacobson, a founding partner of the GolfBeer concept. “I was first introduced to the idea of brewing a beer after a conversation I had with my friend and business associate Patrik Waxin. I immediately jumped at the opportunity to combine three of my passions: golf, beer and building a business. After doing my research and assembling a team of brewing experts, I reached out to my fellow players Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell to join me in this venture. Not only do they share my love of great beer, they also have an interest in building businesses and careers which transcend the golf course. Together we created refreshing and drinkable craft beers you can enjoy, whether you are on the course, at the 19th
hole with friends, or at home watching a tournament on television.” The beers were created to meet each golfer’s preference and taste profile: Freddie Jacobson’s Scandinavian Style Blonde Ale is a light ale brewed with Crystal malt and a variety of European hops;
Keegan Bradley’s New England Style Lager is an easy-drinking lager brewed with two-row barley and a variety of North American hops; and G-Mac’s Celtic Style Pale Ale is a crisp, refreshing pale ale with a floral hop aroma and a snappy finish. Each of the golfers played a role in the design of the packaging which features their name, signature and silhouette. All three beers are between 4.5 and 5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and will be priced comparably to other premium craft beer. “For me as a golfer and a restaurant owner, GolfBeer is the perfect marriage, bringing together two of my favorite things,” said Graeme McDowell. “I am excited to join the GolfBeer team and I look forward to sharing our beers, both at my restaurant Nona Blue and at courses and clubs throughout Florida.” GolfBeer initially will be available on draft and in 12-ounce cans at select golf courses, restaurants and country clubs throughout the state of Florida. The company plans to introduce all three brands in 12-ounce glass bottle (sixpacks) and expand to grocery stores, bars, and restaurants in 2015. “To have a master brewer develop a beer based on my taste preference has been an incredible experience,” said Keegan Bradley. “The beers are delicious, the concept is unique and I’m excited to be a part of it.” The team chose the Florida market to debut GolfBeer for a variety of reasons. Demand for craft beers in the state is growing at a faster rate than anywhere in the country, to the point that wholesalers and retailers can’t get access to enough craft beer to meet the demand. This need, coupled with the large number of recreational golfers and golf courses that call Florida home, made it the perfect market to introduce the company’s first line of beers.
About GolfBeer Brewing Co. GolfBeer Brewing Company was founded in 2014. GolfBeer produces high-quality, easy-drinking craft beer for a variety of palates. Current GolfBeer brands include Freddie Jacobson’s Scandinavian Style Blonde Ale, Keegan Bradley’s New England Style Lager and G-Mac’s Celtic Style Pale Ale. GolfBeer is brewed at the Brew Hub in Lakeland, Florida. For additional information, visit www.golfbeer.com. 44
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Sixteen candles make a lovely light, is
the soundtrack that I imagine for this issue of Southern Golf Central Magazine commemorating its 16 years in publication which began in 1999. In honor of that anniversary I thought to dig into the ‘99 vintage in Italy. Though it was appreciated at the time ‘99 was soon forgotten as it arrived in the middle of a string of notable vintages in Italy.’96, ‘97 and ‘98 were the best that had been seen since the 1990 vintage, which at the time was hyped as the vintage of
the century. 1999 also came before 2000, which was almost put on par with 1990, and 2001 which was deemed a classic vintage for piedmont at the time. Perhaps ‘99 was passed over because when wine critics think of Italy in terms of importance, Tuscany and Piedmont are mostly on their mind, and Tuscany’s harvest wasn’t on par with that of Piedmont. Where Tuscany had a cooler vintage, with grapes ripened late, perhaps not developing the complexity necessary for a singular vintage, Piedmont in general had consistent warm summer days with cool nights after a cool spring. This weather allowed for a slow maturation of the grape which intensified color, aromatics, and extract, leading to a complex vintage with many nuances. When you think of Italian wines for long aging, Barolo is the first to come to mind. The ever present Tannins in the Nebbiolo Grape makes Barolo need the age, both in oak and in the Bottle in order to allow the Tannins to soften and fully integrate into the wine as a whole. 1999 Barolos were complex even upon release, however they tended to be austere and tight even 5-6 years after the vintage. Ten years on they were drinking beautifully. I speak to this from experience because since my daughter was born that year, we stockpiled plenty of Barolo 1999. Though I have plenty of 1999 Barolo, I haven’t had many occasions to drink 1999 in recent years due to a difference of opinion on the matter with my wife. For this article she did however give me leave to sample a bottle from the
grip it & sip it
Cabutto brothers Osvaldo and Bruno who have vineyards just above the town of Barolo in Vigna Le Viole, La Volta and Sarmassa. I tasted a 1999 vintage bottle from a single vineyard reserve bottling.
Cabutto 1999 Barolo Riserva del Fondatore Vigna Sarmassa. The first thing that is notable about this wines is the color, a deep ruby red with a vibrant garnet tip that belies its age. On the nose a panoply of aroma confront you with each sniff. Rose petals and violets are the first to appear and remain prominent as the wine opens and evolves. Sweet pipe tobacco and leather appear with dark red fruit and a distinct minerality. No hint of oaky vanilla or any other tertiary aromas from the oak are present, but a hint of Licorice appears followed by the dark fruit which come back in a big way. On the palate, very fine and delicate tannins push the walls of the mouth and fill the cavity with a mix of the same aromas from the bouquet. It drinks very young, and I would give it another five or six years before it expresses the most that it has to give. My daughter was clearly born in the right year as this wine will continue to age with her and if she can keep a bottle or two around will surely give her many emotions in twenty years time.
Grip it and Sip it.
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Nexbelt Nexbelt, “The Belt With No Holes”, has introduced some brand new belts for Women that are both fashionable and functional. Bigger is sometimes better and the new “Rachel” model from Nexbelt is proof. The beautiful buckle is rimmed with glistening rhinestones and the wide lizard embossed strap adds to its rich beauty. What makes the buckle so unique is its adaptability. This buckle will work on any same sized belt strap from Nexbelt so you can mix and match the “bling” buckle with different colored leather straps making it a must have for your wardrobe. Traditional belts of the past century are uncomfortable, and due to their pin/buckle design have a tendency to wear quickly and unevenly. As the wearers waistline changes, it necessitates the creation of unsightly holes in an uneven manner. Tired of the old outdated pin/buckle system, Nexbelt set their sights on creating a belt that would be both adjustable and highly fashionable at the same time. Out of this passion, Nexbelt, “The Belt With No Holes” was born. Allowing a reduction of up to 15 waist sizes with the same belt, and the forgiveness of a few inches following a hearty meal, Nexbelts feature a unique hidden ratcheting system called PreciseFit that allows the wearer to adjust his or her belt in ¼ inch increments, providing the best fit, feel and fashion available. Over 150 models for both Men and Women available at www.Nexbelt.com.
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FrancisKiki We all know it’s much easier to carry one bag that holds everything – that’s why this Half and Half tote and shoe bag by FrancisKiki is the greatest invention ever. The two side-vertical zipper compartments are ideal for your golf, tennis or anytime shoe when you’re on the go. It can also fit water bottles, a spare set of gym clothes or even wine bottles – that is, if you’re going out on a date or picnic. The shoulder strap is also rather generous in length and gives enough space to lace your arm through or to throw it over your shoulder. FrancisKiki’s Half and Half Bag is recognized and loved by members of the LPGA. There are currently 35 rookie players using this bag to carry their shoes to the course! Many of them use it as their travel carry-on for airlines while others put in a change of clothes for after their round. If you know someone who likes to travel, play golf, and go around the world – this is the perfect gift for her. It’s something to give for all occasions: for ladies’ golf tournaments, Mother’s Day, graduation, holidays, and birthdays. It’s the all-in-one bag that’s just the thing for ladies who love both fashion and sports. Our Half and Half Bag is 30% crocodile black leather and 70% white nylon. We recommend pairing this accessory with our For Serious Collectors ball & tee bag collection. Receive 10% off your next order at www.francsikiki.com Enter Code: FGC2015 at checkout. 47
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By Mike May
Golf Channel Analyst Charlie Rymer Helped Push Fitness Bills in Congress A number of sports superstars visited Capitol Hill in early March to help the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) and PHIT America fight childhood obesity and to help ‘Get America Moving.’ And current Golf Channel analyst/former PGA Tour player Charlie Rymer, representing Taylor Made, joined them. These champions of sport delivered a message to Congress: There’s an overwhelming need for daily P.E. for all children and for all Americans to embrace healthy, active lifestyles. In addition to Rymer, the celebrity delegation included football legend/ Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker; nine-time Olympic track & field gold medalist Carl Lewis; retired Major League Baseball pitcher Tommy John; 1984 Olympic gold medal swimmer & NBC swim commentator Rowdy Gaines; 1992 and 1996 Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Shannon Miller; 2008 and 2012 Olympic swimming gold medalist Cullen Jones; 2012 Olympic gold medal winning rower Esther Lofgren; 2012 Olympic silvermedal winning beach volleyball player April Ross; Cleveland Browns running backs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell; five-time College World Series winning baseball coach Skip Bertman (LSU); #1 ranked U.S. heptathlete Sharon Day-Monroe; former four-time NFL All-Pro Washington Redskins
linebacker Ken Harvey; former NFL defensive back John Booty; former Washington Capitals hockey player and current analyst Alan May; former NBA player Jason Collins; national champion wrestler/ex-college wrestling coach @ Iowa St. & Nebraska Kelly Ward; and former California Angels outfielder Darrell Miller. On Wednesday, March 4, the delegation of well-known athletes, fitness & sporting goods manufacturers, fitness & sports retailers, and association leaders traveled to Capitol Hill to participate in the 2015 National Health Through Fitness Day, presented by the SFIA and PHIT America. SFIA scheduled meetings with more than 100 U.S. Senators and Representatives on that day. They were lobbying Congress for passage of two legislative initiatives that will help Americans become more physically fit: (1) Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), which provides grants to school districts and community based organizations to support innovative
Eric Winborn (Winborn Solutions, LLC), Andrew King (Chief of Staff -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC), Charlie Rymer, Michael McKemzie (American College of Sports Medicine)and Mike May (Southern Golf Central) 48
physical education and activity methods; (2) PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act, which will encourage improved health through increased physical activity for all Americans by making it more affordable to play sports and engage in physical fitness and recreation activities. The PHIT Act would change current federal tax law to allow for the use of pre-tax dollars to cover expenses related to sports, fitness and other physical activities. Through the PHIT Act, Americans could invest up to $2,000 annually to get reimbursed for physical activity costs using PHIT-designated contributions to existing pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Medical Savings Accounts (MSA), and other medical reimbursement arrangements. PHIT would only expand the eligible expenses and would not increase contribution limits to these accounts. “In the budget-conscious environment on Capitol Hill, our goal is to save physical education in schools and encourage active lifestyles,” says Bill Sells, SFIA’s vice president of government relations. “Charlie Rymer played a big role in delivering our fitness and pro-activity message to a number of members of Congress.” “We had the chance to meet faceto-face with members of Congress to ask for their support of legislation to prevent illness through increased physical activity,” says Rymer. “The PEP Bill will expose thousands of American children to a new approach to P.E. PHIT will encourage physically active lifestyles by making sports, fitness and recreational activities more affordable.” This consortium asked Congress to continue funding the PEP program in Fiscal Year 2016 and to pass the PHIT Act. PEP is the only Federal funding dedicated to physical education. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 1
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“The Pride of Pinellas” My Duffer Dan articles normally focus on having an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful golf course, meet a few new friends and share that experience with you, the readers. This article won’t be any different, but the new friends that I enjoyed the course with include a name you may be familiar with – LPGA Legend, Jan Stephenson Cypress Run is fondly referred to as “The pride of Pinellas County”. For over 30 years the seven Founding Fathers’ vision of developing the area’s finest Golf Club Community and providing exceptional service to Members and Guests has been their focus and has been consistently achieved. I found the Club staff friendly, the amenities comfortable and the course challenging, but fair. Before we got to the first tee we shared our respective handicaps, (I always say that my handicap, “Is the fact that I still have to work for a living”) and decided we would pair up for 6 holes at a time and play for a small “bounty”. Cypress Run is a championship, 18 hole golf course with 5 sets of tees, playing as short as 5,372 and as long as 7,001. Designed by Larry Packard, the course takes advantage of natural water resources, mature trees and the excellent care the Superintendent and his staff contributes to maintaining the well-manicured course. We played a combination of Blue and White Tees, and when I say, “We”, I mean all of us, including Jan. So the course played somewhere between 64-6500 yards. I was Jan’s cart partner, and we were paired together for the first 6 holes. My goal was not to embarrass myself and fortunately I didn’t. Jan was so easy to talk to about her life on the tour, the various business interests she has now, which include launching her own wine, all while playing better than expected. Having made par on the first 3 50
holes, my playing partners were beginning to wonder if I was “fibbing” about my handicap. After a decent drive I hit my approach shot onto the right side of the green, leaving myself a slippery side-hill 35 footer. As soon as I hit the putt I started doing the “Tiger” walk, with my putter in the air and my fist clenched, and watched it disappear into the hole for birdie. Six holes into the round I was 1 under par. I assured my playing partners that the wheels could fall off any minute. After 3 straight bogies to finish the front nine, I was happy with a 38. The 15th hole at Cypress Run is a unique, short dogleg right. A hole that is more “brain” than “brawn”. Measuring only 320 yards from our tees, it begs for a shot over the treetops, cutting 30-50 yards off your approach shot. I was able to achieve that with a nice 5 wood, leaving me less than
100 yards from the green. As luck would have it, I chunked my wedge shot and left myself about 7 yards short of the green. The only thing that kept me on my high school golf team was the occasional chip-in, and this was one of those “musts”. Clipping my 52 degree wedge just enough to land it on the edge of the green and watch it roll directly into the hole was a vision come true. After everyone in the group hit a good tee shot on 18, and successfully crossed the small creek that runs right in front of the green, we finished out our putts and shook hands, having enjoyed the camaraderie, the awesome weather and excellent golf course conditions. If you are interested in learning more about Cypress Run, please visit cypressrun.com, or call 727-938-3774. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 1
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MGA To Select 40 New Chapters Nationwide
The Mediocre Golf Association will be expanding to 100 chapters this year, adding 40 new chapters to the 60 worldwide chapters it had last year. By limiting the availability of chapters, the MGA is in a position to pick only the Chapter Leaders who truly understand what the MGA is all about and will help keep the league douche-free. “The MGA is tournament golf for the rest of us,” said El Presidente Jon “Lucky Kick” Morley, a full six years before the Golf Channel Am Tour stole that line. “We’re out there to have a good time, play by the rules, drink beer and compete for some one-of-a-kind trophies and big checks with tiny payouts. “ Long perceived as an exclusive sport for the moneyed, skilled, or those with plenty of time on their hands, the MGA is out to prove golf can be enjoyed by people who lack any or all of these qualifications. The MGA’s goal is to make the spirit and enjoyment of golf competition available to the everyman, without all the swearing and club throwing. The MGA tournament season runs from March to October, with one event per month. Tournament winners receive a novelty big check with over 1.12 “dollars” on it. Each chapter keeps a “money” list and in November, the top mediocre golfers meet up at the MGA World Championship in Vegas. Last year the US, Australia, Canada, 52
Ireland and Germany were represented. The MGA was founded in San Francisco in 2006 by Morley and “Straight” Willie Dills. The Bastards tournament was the first and only event that year. It had four entrants and was won by “Lucky Kick” himself. In 2007 and 2008, the MGA ran multi-tournament seasons in the
Bay Area, before launching its first expansion chapter in Seattle in March of 2009. From there the MGA exploded worldwide, based solely on word of mouth and a strict adherence to their “no-douche” policy. “We hope to continue that growth in 2015,” said Morley, “as we build the world’s biggest kindasecret network of people you’d actually want to golf with.” Prospective Chapter Leaders are urged to contact Morley at www.mgatour.com.
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Florida’s golf history is one of the oldest in the nation, dating back to the 1890s, when a number of early courses were created along with the development of railroads and hotels in the state. In September of 2014, the Florida Department of State launched the Florida Historic Golf Trail program, to feature and promote historic, publicly accessible golf courses that can still be played on today. The golf course known as “El Campeόn,” at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills in Lake County is one of the featured courses. “True to its name, the El Campeόn golf course is a champion golf course, and one of over 50 historic golf courses featured on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “Today, visitors and residents can enjoy a round of golf at El Campeόn, while learning about the history of the sport in Florida.”
In 1914, William J. Howey, one of central Florida’s first largescale citrus growers and land promoters, began purchasing land in the area. In 1925, the town of “Howey” was incorporated, and two years later changed its name to Howey-in-the-Hills. To attract investors and visitors, Howey hired Chicago-based golf course architect George O’Neil, to design an 18-hole golf course. O’Neil claimed that “this will be America’s most famous course in a short while.” In 1916, Howey began promoting the links as the Howey Golf Club. The course officially opened in 1917. After a decade of use, Captain Charles E. Clarke of Troon, Scotland was hired to rework and update the golf course.
In 2009, the National Golf Course Owners Association recognized El Campeόn as the Florida Golf Course of the Year, and it has served as the site for many tournaments, NCAA events, the Florida State High School Championships, and eleven collegiate championships. “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 proud to be a part of the Florida Historic Golf Trail.” 54
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The Daytona Beach area is home to some of Florida’s best golf courses, and the Homewood Suites By Hilton Daytona Beach has teamed up with some of our favorites for some exciting package deals starting at $99 per person per day. We can book packages for single players up to groups of 50. With an average yearly temperature of 72 degrees, and 300 days of sunshine Daytona Beach is a wonderful area to enjoy your golf vacation. Daytona Beach has been a great leisure destination for over 100 years welcoming over 8 million visitors annually. A true golfer’s heaven, the Daytona Beach area is home to some of the most highly recognizable golf courses in the Southeast, including:, LPGA International, Indigo Lakes, Pelican Bay, and Daytona Beach Golf Club. Daytona Beach offers 23 miles of beaches, world class deep sea, and fresh water fishing, Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room, as well as unique dining and shopping experiences. Our Homewood Suites by Hilton staff will handle all of your groups needs including tee times. We are an all-suite property featuring three different suite types to ensure more room to spread out. A full breakfast buffet is included every morning, and dinner Monday-Thursday. All of our partner golf courses are located within a quick 15 minute drive. Our expert golf specialist’s will help you choose the best golf courses and things to do while you’re visiting the area.
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IGTA TOUR - The Pro-Net Competition for All Avid Golfers to Compete with Tour Proâ€™s Golfers, nationwide, come play with the IGTA Tour for the great competition, which is equitable, and selects only high quality courses. Tour Pro's return and aspiring young players enjoy the opportunity to meet the challenge on these venues with true professionals. Others, including seniors, can improve their handicaps
with tournament competition. All players, soon learn their game will improve when playing the IGTA Tour events. There was a battle at Martin Downs Golf Club between Travis Dodson, Garden City, Mich. (1 handicap) and Mike Williams, Austin, Tex. (scratch) when they tied with net 144.0. Travis posted 70 gross and Mike 71 to force the playoff for
$4,500.00. Travis won on the second hole and Mike received $1,700.00 for second. Third was a tie between Jimmy Lytle, Ocean Ridge, Fla. and Randy Erskine, Lake Orion, Mich. at147.0 and $1,175.00 each. Fifth went to Sam Pillion, Villa Rica, Ga. for $1,000.00. Ten players were in the money. Mike Yeager, Las Vegas, Nev. posted 71-73 gross for net 138.5 to capture the $4,000.00 first prize at Harmony Golf Preserve. This was Mike's best ever for his first Tour victory, and was the lowest net score on the Tour this year. Second was Scott Yancy, III, St Louis, Mo. 144.0 for $1,200.00 with Leo Coates,II, Sunrise, Fla. and Jim Angeloff, Auburn Hills, Mich. tied for third at 144.5 and $1,025.00 each. Sean Austin, Windermere, Fla. came from behind to score his first Tour victory
at Timacuan G.C. His (80-78) 144.0 net was good for $4,500.00. Jim Angeloff, Auburn Hills, Mich. was second with 145.0 and $1,500.00. Third was Travis Lewis, Lake Mary, Fla. with net 146.5 for $1,100.00. Tied for fourth was Brooks Ashcraft, Monticello, Ark. and Dawit Proctor, Winter Garden, Fla. with 147.5 and $1,025.00 each. Mike Yeager, Las Vegas, Lucas Garces, Jacksonville, Jose Martinez, Los Angeles, Murray Miller, DeLand and Javier Sanchez, Fayetteville, Ga also finished in the money. First prize of $5,000.00 was won by Rocky Justice, Gainesville, Fla. at Mission Inn's El Campeon He finished with 80 for a net 145.5. Second was Alicia Weber, Novi, Mich with gross 73 on Sunday for the medalist score and netted 146.5 worth $1,900.00. Jim Angeloff, Auburn Hills, Mich. and Randy Erskine, Lake Orion, Mich were tied for third for $1,150.00 and $1,250.00. Fifth was a tie James Hodo, Atlanta, Ga and Anthony Kuey, Chappiqua, NY for $1,125.00 and $1,025.00. Angeloff leads the Points Race, cashing in five of seven events. Now over 240 consecutive tournaments paying at least $4,000.00 for First Place. First Prize increases with numbers in field. One-third of Field always Wins! All Avid Golfers nationwide and all Professionals are invited to participate. They may also qualify for the larger $8,000.00 - $10,000.00 First Prize events. They may be paired with competitors from across the country and from many other countries, as well as, top Professional from other tours.
The IGTA Tour is in it's fifteenth year and looks forward to continue to provide players with the best venues. Some on the schedule are great courses as follows: Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Club at Savannah Harbor Waldorf Astoria G.C. Orange County National ChampionGate Resort Juliette Falls G.C. Reunion Resort Disney Golf Clubs North Hampton G.C. Santa Lucia River Club Cherokee Run Southern Hills Whitewater Creek Cobblestone Park The Conservatory The Tour welcomes new courses and also new groups interested in participating with the IGTA for expansion. 56
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Golf‘s Beloved & Beautiful Badlands of Birmingham When you travel to play Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, one of the must-play venues is the Ridge Course at Oxmoor Valley, just outside Birmingham. It will be a true examination of your golf game and physical fitness. The Ridge was designed based on what Mother Nature provided and not what mankind wanted to create with a bulldozer. As the name of the course (Ridge) indicates, it has many elevation changes on nearly every hole. Another aspect of this course, which adds to its allure, is the distance from the cart paths to each putting surface. The short ‘hikes,’ often uphill, to the greens are one of the appealing aspects of this course. The greens are true destinations. And, being physically fit pays off at the Ridge. “The Ridge course is, by far, the more popular layout here at Oxmoor Valley,” says Anthony Land, director of golf at Oxmoor Valley. “The
rolling terrain, large bent grass greens
fuzzy and blurred. When you hit the
and scenic vistas certainly lend
correct segment, the ball will often feed
themselves to an incredible experi-
towards the hole, so the rewards can be
ence. It is truly a special course that
well worth the extra focus,” says Neil
many request on their return visit.”
Thompson, director of instruction, RTJ
The greens at the Ridge are of-
Academy of Golf at Oxmoor Valley.
ten bigger than what you normally
One of the Ridge’s big takeaways is
expect elsewhere. If your approach
the overall quality of its four par 5s.
to the green falls short and the pin is
Some golf pundits have noted that the
at the back of the green, a two-putt
Ridge has the finest group of par 5s
experience will be an adventure.
on the entire RTJ Golf Trail. I agree.
“When playing an approach shot,
As expected, the Signature Hole at
narrow your focus to the segment of
the Ridge is a par 5 – the 3rd hole. It
the green you are trying to hit. Just the
is cleverly designed as your tee shot
size of the greens can make your focus
must be hit to a peninsula-like fairway. The green, off in the distance, is raised from the fairway and is supported by a shelf of exposed shale rock and a few railroad ties, a testimonial connection to Birmingham’s historic links to the railroad industry. Another memorable hole is the 8th – a downhill par 3. Here, the tee shot must carry a pond. Because of its
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downhill nature, you din’t need as much
your tee shot must finish to the right of
three or four putts become likely!
club as the distance would normally
the 150 yard marker. Avoid the three
Overall, the Ridge is for passionate
indicate. This is a fun hole to play as you
fairway bunkers along the left side at
golfers who can appreciate the efforts
watch a well-struck tee shot go pin-seek-
all costs. For your approach shot to
of the course’s design team which has
ing. A hole-in-one is always possible.
a slightly raised green, which is quite
built a golf experience that will create an
While the 14th is listed as less than
deep, make sure that you add a club.
indelible memory for those who decide
400 yards from the back tees, this par
If the pin is perched at the back and
to play on what should be considered the
4 is deceptively long. From the outset,
your ball stops at the front of the green,
‘Beautiful Badlands of Birmingham.'
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By Mike May
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M ountain Gem If you are searching for a classic, challenging, scenic, and fun golf experience, look no further than the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa in Waynesville, North Carolina. Established in 1926 and designed by legendary golf course architect Donald Ross, this destination was originally called the Waynesville Country Club and nicknamed the ‘Gem of Western North Carolina.’ Now, it’s a 27-hole design with three different nine-hole circuits – Carolina, Dogwood,
Balsam Mountains, 45 minutes west of Asheville, any 18-hole trek here will feature a tour through two out of the three layouts. It doesn’t matter which combination of nines that you play because each course represents a opportunity to pursue ‘Old Man Par’ in a memorable mountain setting. The par for each nine-hole course is 35. The distance from the tips for each course is less than 3,000 yards. But, don’t dismiss these courses because
and Blue Ridge. Nestled near the
of their relatively short yardages.
The first course to open was Carolina – in 1926. At this classic Donald Ross design, the greens are small and mounded. Precision iron play is a must if you want to pursue par. Here, the first two holes are short par fours, each one less than 300 yards from the tips, but well-placed sand bunkers on these two holes force many players to leave the driver in the bag. Truth be told, though, the uphill gradient of these two holes adds a ‘hidden’ element of difficulty to them. Also at Carolina, the par five sixth hole only measures 463 yards from the tips, but distances can be deceiving, as they say. Birdies at the sixth are well earned. Bogeys are more common than one might expect. Elevation changes are common at Dogwood, which opened in 1929. At Dogwood, you can get off to a great start if your short irons are sharp since the first four holes feature two short par fives and two par threes. If you can’t ‘get home in two’ on the two par fives, you should be left with a short iron for your third shot, hopefully leaving you with a makeable birdie putt. The second and fourth holes 60
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are medium length par threes. The second hole is actually shorter than it appears on the card since it’s downhill. At Blue Ridge, which opened in 1986, get ready to play from the outset because three out of the first four holes are the course’s three most difficult holes. The first hole is narrow and uphill; water protects the third green which prohibits any attempt to reach the putting surface in two; and the fourth hole is a left-to-right 90-degree dogleg, where your second
shot is hit from a sidehill/downhill lie. If you can play these first four holes in par or one over par, you have a great chance of breaking 40. Blue Ridge’s eighth is the shortest of Waynesville’s 27 holes. While it’s only 122 yards from the back tees, it’s no ‘stroll in the park.’ Please remember that most putts at Blue Ridge break toward the nearby mountain stream. Like so many golf courses in western North Carolina, you rarely hit the same shot twice unless the goal is hit 280-yard
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tee shots. Check out the course’s website (www.TheWaynesvilleInn. com) or call 828-452-4617 to make plans to visit the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa this year. With first-class accommodations at the Waynesville Inn; wonderful dining options; free wi-fi; and day-trip access to the Biltmore Estate, Grandfather Mountain, and The Blue Ridge Parkway, how can you say ‘no’ to a Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa getaway?
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By Bill Jenkins
Nature‘s Hole In One Allow me to introduce a South Carolina coastal golfing mecca—no not Myrtle Beach!! But another equally famous golfing area that actually offers more. A short distance South of Charleston and a wee bit North of Savannah, there exists a Low Country region best known as Hilton Head Island. This area has it all with white sunny beaches, jaw dropping countryside vistas, laid back living, warm Southern hospitality, bountiful fishing, mouth watering cuisine, and world class golf. It is fair to write that all golf courses in this region are beautiful and challenging, each in their own way. However, one golf complex, Moss Creek, is arguably the most beautiful and challenging of all. This statement will have a fair number of course superintendents venting disagreement. Especially that of Harbour Town, host to the annual and only PGA event held in South Carolina, The Heritage. Understandably, everyone has the right to disagree with many not agreeing with the fore going statement. However, one only has to converse with local golf patrons to set the record straight that Moss Creek is the most challenging of all area courses. Located just before the Hilton Head Island causeway, Moss Creek enjoys 62
not one, but two layouts of eighteen difficult holes, with the sinister title of Devil’s Elbow South and Devil’s Elbow North. A very generous practice facility and large practice putting green allows plenty of opportunities to warm up adequately before beginning the round. But of course, there is a fully stocked modern golf shop available for your every golfing need. The adjoining club house has five star dining with a warm décor and a cozy Grill Room for after round snacks or meals with beverages. The entire area is right out of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” novel. Stately and with towering Spanish moss oak trees evoke images
of a life style of long, long ago. This second to none experience welcomes all as you causally drive down the winding road to the beautiful club house. Constructed in early 1970's, both the George and Tom Fazio designs accommodate all skill levels with five sets of teeing areas. Upon arriving, a warm and sincere greeting abounds from the entire staff. The capable person overseeing this well run facility is Heidi Wright-Tennyson, the Director of Golf. A Class A PGA professional, she has been associated with Moss Creek
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for well over twenty years. Seamlessly, various tournaments are set up and completed with all the entrants singing high praise. Additionally, collegiate matches are held throughout each year. Measuring 6891 yards South and 6536 yards North, initial thoughts might be to assume as short courses, both would be easily conquered. WHOA BABY!! Think again. Pity on the golfers who underestimate the degree of difficulty thrown at players by these layouts. Narrow fairways bordered by ball swallowing trees,
call out for even the lightest miss hits. Finding the lush fairways only allow the golfer a slight reprieve. Small fast greens flanked by soft white sand bunkers, insist only well struck shots allows access. The battle continues on fast greens which betray readings by subtle slope break. Easily this can be overcome for we all know that the ball will always breaks towards water. However, there is this small problem—water virtually surrounds both courses. This really helps, does it not?? Speaking about water, the author might as well reveal that alligators—really large alligators— are part of the Moss Creek golfing experience. This comes with the territory. Take it all in. Just remember, as in never repairing a carburetor that is working, one must not pet or in any way disturb these sun bathing relics of history past. It is never wise to wander in close proximity to their habitat. Essentially, the creatures will not bother you if you don’t bother them. While playing Moss Creek, the wise Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 1
strategy is to put your tee shot in the fairway. Is this a Golf revelation or not?? However, this is fairly easy because there is more than adequate landing area from all teeing boxes. All approach shots have to find tiny fast greens guarded by tall sentry like trees and encircled by numerous sand bunkers. Each and every golf shot demands thoughtfully executed swings. Otherwise, if a ball fails to find the warm embrace of a green, the player is often left with a delicate shot to greens that resist holding all but a perfect execution. Besides golf, there are many other interesting sites to visit while at Hilton Head Island. One is the beautiful historic city of Beaufort. This quaint Southern and warm city was recently listed by Coastal Living magazine as one of the top 2014 twenty warm weather destination trips in the South. This sleepy Southern town of Beaufort is only twenty minutes travel from Moss Creek and abounds with tasty restaurants and boutique shops.
There is a substantial body of evidence indicating that the South Carolina Low Country was the actual birthplace of American golf. A group comprising of English and Scottish settlers of Charleston and Savannah, in 1786, founded the South Carolina Golf Club. Important to note there was not a golf course per se, in that members golfed on pastural land rather than a laid out course for golf. This was more than a hundred years before the “The Apple Gang” established the first permanent golf club in Yonkers, New York. This historically significant fact is important for golf history followers, as South Carolina Low Country, was in fact, the first state to charter a golf club. Moss Creek does not profess to emulate in any way other notable world famous golf courses such as St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Doral, Bandon Dunes, etc….it does not need to. What Moss Creek has to offer is challenging scenic golf resulting in a pleasurable round. The vast majority of players only want to enjoy the four hours spent with friends, having hit some good and rewarding golf shots, and come away feeling good from the experience. Accompanied by gracious Southern hospitality and comfortable weather conditions, Moss Creek delivers in spades. A wonderful golf outing for both men and women of all ages, only enhances visits to the area. After planning and enjoying a trip to the Low Country, you just might consider scheduling another return on a more permanent basis. Bet on it!! While in the area, arrange to visit Moss Creek to learn all the other amenities that are offered. Maybe enjoy a round of golf to confirm what you have just read. The author, Bill Jenkins (BilliGator), a freelance writer based in Bluffton, SC. An avid frustrated golfer, has golfed worldwide. Bill can be reached at: Articgolf@hotmail.com and welcomes your comments. 63
By Mike Nixon
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Tennessee Golf Trail to benefit from Bear Trace at Harrison Bay best practices How many times have you been puzzled by your scorecard after spending countless hours working on your game at the driving range? Whether you hit 50 balls, 100 balls or hacked until the calluses on your hands made you quit, you probably found that your hard work was all for naught if you practiced poor techniques. The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay Golf Course has been practicing several good techniques – environmentally friendly ones to boot – that are paying immediate dividends on its scorecard.
And now, Tennessee State Parks and the Department of Environment and Conservation are looking forward to implementing some of those same techniques at the eight other golf courses of the Tennessee Golf Trail. In 2011, Paul L. Carter, CGCS, director of agronomy for the Tennessee Golf 64
Trail and golf course superintendent at Harrison Bay, converted 50 highly maintained, out-of-play areas to unmaintained native grasses, saving nearly 7.4 million gallons of water per year. In 2013, Harrison Bay became the first American public golf course to begin using an entire fleet of allelectric mowers to care for its greens, teeing grounds and other closely mowed areas and bunkers, saving an estimated 9,000 gallons of fuels per year and $30,000 in maintenance costs. The course had already been using all-electric golf carts, which further reduce fuel costs and reduce noise that discourages wildlife from inhabiting the area. Harrison Bay cuts less grass, uses less water and less fertilizer, reduces emissions, spends less time on equipment, is wildlife-friendly and saves money in the process. These methods have not only improved the course’s bottom line, but have produced several notable accolades. Most recently, Carter was awarded the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship in 2015. In 2014, he received the Environmental Leaders in Golf Award, which included the Public and the Overall Award from the GCSAA and Golf Digest. In 2013, Harrison Bay took home the coveted Green Star Award for Outstanding Environmental Practices from Golf Digest, joining high-budget juggernaut courses like Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes and Kiawah Island – all previous winners of the prestigious award. “We are honored and blessed to receive all the national attention and accolades from groups such as the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America for work that we love to do anyway,” Carter said. “Being able to advance the belief that golf courses can
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be, and are, phenomenal habitats for wildlife, birds, and insects are vitally important to us. Without the birds and the wildlife on a golf course, the game of golf would not be as fun.” But perhaps the most notable endorsement of the environmentally friendly efforts at Harrison Bay is the group of bald eagles that call it home. An eagle’s nest, which is situated atop a pine tree on the course, is monitored 24-7 by an “Eagle Cam” installed by Tennessee State Park ranger Angelo Giansante. The online web stream of the eagles received more than 50,000 unique viewers in its first year and can be found at Harrisonbayeaglecam.org. We are excited to have found several best practices at Harrison Bay that we have applied or plan to apply to the rest of the Tennessee Golf Trail – a move that will help us reach our goal of providing a user-friendly, environmentally conscious and costeffective experience for our golfers. In 2014 Montgomery Bell, Henry Horton, and Fall Creek Falls State Park golf courses switched from gasoline powered golf carts to all-electric golf carts, further reducing emissions, noise and costs. So let’s put the dreary, nasty, ice-covered, pot-hole producing bear-of-a-winter season in the rear-view mirror, and spend the spring and summer of 2015 teeing it up on the Tennessee Golf Trail. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 1
How to Arrange a Golf Tour to Scotland
For many a golf trip to Scotland is the
comes in. They know all the quirks of
holy grail of golfing. This is where the
setting up a successful tour, can get
game started and developed into the
reduced rates at hotels, and provide
modern game that we all love. There
safe and tested transport options.
are many views on how and where it
Also, use a Scottish based Tour Opera-
was first played but in 1744 the Honour-
tor. Why wouldn’t you? Who knows a
able Company of Edinburgh Golfers
in the footsteps of history is advance
country better than people who live
(Muirfield) wrote the first ever rules
planning. You cannot just expect to
and work in that country, who have
and in 1899 The Royal and Ancient Golf
walk onto these famous links courses
grown up playing the courses that you
Club at St Andrews was accepted as the
without a lot of forethought. For the
want to experience? Another advan-
sole worldwide arbiter of the rules of
likes of The Old Course and Muirfield
tage is that that they are in the country
golf. The world’s oldest golf remaining
you should be planning at least a year
to assist you if things go wrong when
course is reputed to be Old Mussel-
ahead if you want guaranteed tee times.
you are on tour. Most will offer a 24
burgh with records dating back to 1672.
Even for those other Open Champion-
hour emergency telephone number.
But while the famous Open Champi-
ship courses mentioned above 6 – 9
From the giants of old to the modern
onship courses of The Old Course, Muir-
months advance planning is necessary.
champions of the game, they all rate
field, Carnoustie, Turnberry and Royal
While it is possible in with today’s
Scotland as the No1 golfing destination
Troon are sought after destinations
technology and internet access to
in the world. So come and live your
from around the world there is so much
do the whole tour planning process
dream, stand on the first tees of these
more to Scottish golf. From the very
yourself it is not as easy as it first
great courses as many have before you
old courses of Elie, Crail and Prestwick
seems. Many of the big courses are
and experience the welcome that the
to the modern courses like Kingsbarns
private member clubs and have re-
country and people of Scotland will give
and Castle Stewart the true golfer will
stricted days on which you can play.
you. The memories will last a life time.
mix his experience of Scottish links
Getting the right courses in the right
But plan ahead, start talking to
golf, blending the old and the new.
order of play can take time and ef-
a Scottish based tour operator now
What is vital if you want to walk
fort. This is where the Tour Operator
at www.tayleurmayde.com. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 1
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A Year Round Oasis My wife (Tonyia, daughter of the Queen Bee) and I recently decided to take our son and daughter on their first ski trip. As we began to look for the best destination with activities for the whole family, it was easy to see that Wintergreen Resort in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia had everything we were looking for. Whether your passion is gliding down the snow covered slopes of the mountain during the winter months, or testing your golfing abilities on the 45 holes of Championship golf on their two courses during golf season Wintergreen Resort truly has the best of both worlds. We arrived at Wintergreen Resort just as the first major snow storm of the season began to blanket 10 inches of
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Stoney Creek fresh powder on the mountain. We were greeted with a level of customer service by the entire staff that made us truly feel welcomed at their beautiful facilities. Our accommodations continued to impress with a first class condominium that had everything anyone could ask for, including magnificent views of the snowy mountains in the distance and the perfectly manicured slopes awaiting us in the morning below. After covering ourselves from head to toe in enough layers to keep out the wintery chill, we made our way to slopes in one of the shuttles conveniently provided by the resort. The staff in the ski and snowboard rental area was extremely helpful making sure we all had the best equipment, tailored to each of our sizes and abilities. Our next stop was the Tree House, where a team of talented Jr Ski Instructors spent the day teaching our
kids how to navigate their way down the beginner slopes safely. Knowing they were in great hands for a few hours, Tonyia and I took advantage of the fresh powder on the multitude of slopes for all levels of skiers and snow boarders. Whether you were a beginner looking for the bunny slope or experienced enough to take on the steep black diamonds, there were more than enough trails for all to take on. After completing their day of fun and instruction at the Tree House, Tonyia and I watched in sheer amazement as our kids took off down a green with us. This was the best place to take a family vacation. Now we have plans to go back during the summer to play the 2 golf courses with our foursome. We know that when we go the accommodations and service will feel just like home. We canâ€™t wait to play the mountainous courses with gorgeous views and serenity. Whether you want to play in the snow or in the sand on a challenging golf course with your entire family wintergreen is a perfect year round choice. For more information: www.wintergreenresort.com. Southern Golf Central â€˘ Volume 16, Issue 1
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Swingclick helps you create better structure in your golf swing by guiding you to set the club in the same position every time, which creates proper muscle memory. From that structure comes the ability to set the club at the top of your backswing and get your body and club into the correct position at impact helping you finish in a balanced position.
Swingclick, a new timing, tempo and rhythm training product, helps you create a slow consistent, rhythmic swing by guiding you to set the club in the same position every time. Swingclick straps to your forearm and makes a clicking sound at three vital points of your swing: the top of the backswing, at impact, and on the follow-through.
“A common fault with many golfers is they get into a hurry and start their downswing before they’ve finished their backswing,” said Quinn.
“Timing and tempo is a key fundamental of the golf swing and very challenging to correct when you get out of synch,” said Mike Quinn, Managing Director of Swingclick who played on the South African Tour for 10 years before becoming a renowned teaching professional. “With three clicks, Swingclick helps you achieve a relaxed and consistent golf swing.” Knowing where to set the top of your backswing is essential to having a repeatable swing. “The smoother your takeaway, the easier it is to transition from the backswing to the downswing,” Quinn said. “If your back swing is jerky and quick, your arms, your body and the club head won’t work together as optimally as they should. This leads to a poor shot.” 70
fter practicing with Swingclick, you will notice your rhythm and transition through your golf swing will become more intuitive and your brain will anticipate each click. “Transition is so crucial in your golf swing,” Quinn said. “If your transition is poor, you won’t create enough time to have the club in the right position at impact, which will lead to miss hits in the rough and not enough time on the fairways and greens.” One. Two. Three. Swingclick helps train your brain and works with any type of golf swing from beginners to advanced players. It is one of the few training products that you can take from the practice range to the golf course. Swingclick is simple and effective – it’s the no-brainer golf trainer. Order your Swingclick for $29.99 at Amazon.com or Amazon.ca (search Swingclick). For more information, visit swingclickgolf.com. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 1
aces & eagles
Aces & Eagles Golden Honor for the Golden Bear Mr. Nicklaus Goes to Washington
On Tuesday, March 24, golf legend Jack Nicklaus traveled to our nation’s capital. He was able to do something that very few people can do these days. He united the entire U.S. Congress. That day, both houses of Congress gathered to honor golf’s greatest champion. The occasion was a special one. Nicklaus, 75, a resident of North Palm Beach, Florida, was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal. This award is presented by the U.S. Congress to persons “who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient’s field long after the achievement.” Nicklaus was recognized for his decades of philanthropic work and public service. The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the two highest civilian awards in the U.S. The other major civilian award is the President Medal of Freedom, which Nicklaus was given in 2005. Nicklaus is the seventh athlete and 72
just the third golfer to be given the
ship win. Jackie was carrying his
Congressional Gold Medal. The other
father’s bag that year at Augusta.
golfers are Bryon Nelson and Arnold
“It was his moment in time. A
Palmer. Palmer was present for this
moment so earned, a moment
award to honor his longtime rival.
so deserved,” said Jackie.
The other athletes to receive the
It was an emotional and heart-
Congressional Gold Medal are base-
felt moment for father and son.
ball Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto
Elected officials who spoke next
Clemente, boxing champion Joe Louis,
were House Minority Leader
U.S. Olympic track & field gold medal-
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Mi-
ist Jessie Owens, and baseball legend
nority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV),
Jackie Robinson. The first person to
Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc-
receive the Congressional Gold Medal
Connell (R-KY), and the Speaker of
was George Washington, back in 1776.
the House John Boehner (R-OH).
Nicklaus was joined on Capitol Hill
Boehner presented Nicklaus, the
for the festivities by his wife, Bar-
winner of 73 PGA Tour events, with
bara, their five children, 22 grandchil-
the Congressional Gold Medal with
dren, and other family members.
the following announcement:
This Congressional Gold Medal for
“The Congressional Gold Medal
Nicklaus was co-sponsored by Ohio’s
goes to the gentleman from Ohio,
two U.S. Senators – Sherrod Brown (R)
the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus.”
and Rob Portman (D) – since the Gold-
Nicklaus was the final one to speak
en Bear was born and raised in Ohio.
that day. During his 10-minute speech,
During the 80-minute awards cer-
he noted how proud he is of the fact
emony, a number of speakers hon-
that the game of golf has raised roughly
ored Nicklaus with their memories
$4 billion for local charities around
of the impact and influence that the
the country. And, while he was truly
Golden Bear has had on American life
excited to receive the Congressional
and the American sports scene. The
Gold Medal, he said that his finest
first speaker at the podium was CBS
moment in his life was when his wife
sportscaster Jim Nantz. Jack’s oldest
made an identity transition from
son, Jackie Nicklaus II, also spoke. He
Barbara Bash to Barbara Nicklaus.
has vivid memories of his father’s
Well done, sir, and congratula-
victory in the 1986 Masters, Nicklaus’
tions on yet another magical mo-
18th and final major champion-
ment in your golden life. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 1
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Steve Smyers elected president of American Society of Golf Course Architects Lakeland, Florida, resident reminds members, “The game of golf is extremely healthy!” Steve Smyers, ASGCA, was elected President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) at the organization’s recent 69th Annual Meeting in La Jolla, California. Smyers spent his formative years in Houston, and is a graduate of the University of Florida. As a Gator, he was a member of the golf team that won the 1973 NCAA Championship. He has more than three decades’ experience as a golf course architect, serving as owner of Steve Smyers Golf Course Architects, and working on projects across the United States and around the world in Australia, Zimbabwe, England, France, Brazil, the Philippines, Ecuador and elsewhere. “There are 25 million golfers and nearly 16,000 golf courses in America, plus another 16,000 around the world,” Smyers said. “Those players and courses need ASGCA members to continue being the ‘forward-thinking guys’ who bring innovation to the game; as we have ably done since the days of Donald Ross. We should continue to pioneer improved standards and focus on striving to make what is already a great game, even better.” His first solo 18-hole design was Wolf Run Golf Course, Zionsville, Indiana, which at the time Gary Player called, “The best new course I’ve seen in 20 years.” Additional Smyers’ designs include: Old Memorial, Tampa, Florida; Chart Hills Golf Club, Kent, England; Southern Dunes, Haines City, Florida; Four Streams, Beallsville, Maryland; and redesigns including Isleworth, Orlando, Florida; Olympic Field, Chicago; and Fort Myers Country Club, Fort Myers, Florida. Smyers continued to play at a high level, competing in a number of USGA championships. He also served on what is now the USGA Equipment Standards committee, which led to a six-year term on the USGA Executive Committee. Smyers also called for greater collaboration among industry partners. “A deeper and stronger collaborative effort will benefit all of us, but most importantly the golfer. Working together, we can inspire golfers to play 10 percent more golf each year,” he noted. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 1
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