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Volume 16, Issue 3

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now!

It Looks Like Things Are Finally Coming Around I might have said this before but, “Ain’t no stopping us now! We got the groove, we’re on the move!” Ladies and gents, this year so far has been one full of growth and achievement. My focus is all about the people, this publication, a new brand, Turf Life, which is so bloody exciting, and the folks who we strive to reach daily. The reason we’re on the groove is because of my Editor-in-Chief Shannon Coates. When Shannon got here, 13 years ago, she had never played golf. She knew squadoosh about the sport and now she knows literally everything and everyone there is to know, and more importantly they know her. Under my tutelage, she is barely hitting over 200 (I’m a great golf instructor by the way). Bringing new people to the game is what my legacy needs to be, because that’s what I enjoy. The fact that Shannon and I have been working together for 13 years now, and have done so successfully, is an achievement that many can’t relate to. I couldn’t be more honored and satisfied by her work and dedication to this publication. Her undying loyalty after all these years is where the true greatness is rooted. Thanks to her for unwavering support along with endless laughter and crazy fun. Speaking of thanks, I am truly grateful for my new hire, my CCD. In case you guys are wondering what that means, it’s a sassy new title that invented. Well here it is, I would like to introduce my Coordinating Communications Diva, Jasmin Smith. And be nice to her, she’s a beginner golfer. Ok, take it from here Jas. Hey everyone! My name is Jasmin Smith and I am the Coordinating Communications Diva (marinate on that for a moment) for Southern Golf Central Magazine and TURF LiFE. I am a Senior at the University of South Florida studying Communications and Psychology, which I can already see is going to helpful working with this crew. GO BULLS! I am so excited to be a part of a company that has a focus outside of the game of golf. The fact that we are in the business of reaching and educating is enough for me to dive in head first. I am new to golf and I will admit a little nervous to start playing, however I’m not afraid because I know that I will be welcomed to the sport as Terrie and the team have already displayed. Just keep your eyes peeled if you see me out there (I’ve been taught me when to yell “FORE” so I got that part covered). Be on the lookout for us at these events, The World Amateur in Myrtle Beach, Necker Open in Sea Island, The Barbasol Championship, and Shepard’s Hope in Reunion, FL, just 2009 North Florida PGA Amateur of the Year to name a few.


Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth, Founder-Georgia Golf Trail Executive Editor: Joel Jackson–Director of Communications for the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association Coordinating Communications Diva: Jasmin Smith Golf Media Girl: Janel Losada Photographers: Lynn Pelham, Brion Price, Peter Hakansson Tres Fenton, Mike Coonan, Jess Regan

Senior Correspondent: Rick Harris, Sr. Contributing Writers: Jay Golden, PGA; Greg Wise, Bob Bolton, Elisa Gaudet, Mike Jamison, Mike May, Chris Thompson, Katie Hatfield, Ron Heller, Chuck Cavalaris, Fred Seely, Deb Shuck, JL Quebbeman, Mitch Sadowsky, Lisa "Mickie" Clark Graphic Design: Melahn Cable, melahn@mac.com Website Design/Network Support: ryjo.com

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

NEW PHONE: 321.765.4215 E-mail: info@floridagolfcentral.com ©2015 Southern Golf Central Magazine. No portion of this publication may be reprinted without the prior written permission of the Publisher. Editorial contributions are welcome, but Florida Golf Central Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited proposals, manuscripts and photographs. All materials submitted not accompanied by a selfaddressed stamped envelope will not be returned. Mailing, electronic mailing or faxing of contributions constitutes an expressed warrant on the part of the contributor that all material is original and does not infringe on the rights of others. Florida Golf Central Magazine retains all reprint rights and reserves the right to edit any submitted material to meet our specifications for publishing and or use in advertising or promotion. The Publisher and staff are not responsible for any loss or grievance by any person or persons whatsoever, due in any way or in part to the content of this publication. The Publisher reserves the right to refuse to accept any material deemed inappropriate or in bad taste.

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CIVITAS DONATES $5,000 TO ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE FOR GOLF EIFG IS THE PHILANTHROPIC ARM OF THE GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA LAWRENCE, Kan. - Civitas, maker of products that deliver protection against disease and the elements that threaten turfgrass, has made a $5,000 donation to the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). The gift was made to the EIFG during a check presentation at the 2015 Golf Industry Show. “GCSAA and the EIFG have a great friend in

ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP GIVING $600,000 BACK TO THE COMMUNITY BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Officials from the Allianz Championship, set to celebrate its silver anniversary next year, announced the ninth playing of the Allianz Championship at Broken Sound Golf 8

Civitas,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “Their generous donation for ongoing support of our research-based activities not only benefits our members, but the golf industry as a whole.” With the donation, Civitas retains its place in the

EIFG’s Platinum Tee Club for donors that contribute $5,000 or more annually. It is recognized at the Statesman’s Club level of the EIFG’s Cumulative Giving Program, recognizing donors that have contributed between $10,000-$24,999 since 1987. Civitas is also part of GCSAA’s Partner Recognition Program as a Silver Partner. Silver Partner’s invest resources at the $100,000 level. Civitas is also announcing the launch of Intelligro, a lawn care and agriculture operating brand of Suncor. “At Intelligro, we know the future of the golf industry relies on collaborative work today,” said Oriana Persechini, category portfolio manager, Intelligro. “When we give back to the EIFG and GCSAA, we are giving back to superintendents who play a giant role in the sustainability and success of the industry.”

Club raised more than $600,000, with $402,000 going to its primary beneficiary, the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The record donation is more than a 50 percent increase over 2014 ($368,359), pushing the two-year total to more than $1 million to charitable donations. The donations to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital are: $200,000 to the General Fund,

$150,000 to the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Wellness Center and $52,000 to the Toppel Family Place Neonatal Care Unit. The Allianz Championship has given the hospital more than $1 million since the tournament moved to Broken Sound in 2007. The 2016 Allianz Championship will be held Feb. 1-7, with the final round being contested on Super Bowl Sunday. Florida Golf Central • Volume 16 Issue 3

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South Florida Club Managers’ Golf Tourney Florida’s Seminole Region of the CMAA (Club Managers Association of America) recently held the 25th annual Best Ball Golf Tournament at Boca West Country Club. The event raised approximately $600,000, of which over $155,000 was donated by Marathon Golf, now in its fifth year as part of the charity tourney. Teams representing country clubs, businesses and everyday golfer reserved a day to play as many holes as possible at one of several participating country clubs in the area with pledges made for each hole. The Marathon Golf portion of the event started in April while over 400 golfers participated the June 7th Best Ball tournament. The entire event culminated with a spectacular gala at Boca West where over 800 guests, sponsors and donors celebrated this amazing fund-raising

Jay DiPietro, CCM, tournament chair and general manager, Boca West Country Club on the dance floor with Pam Casanave event on behalf of South Florida chapters of a variety of children’s charities. This year’s gala theme was “Memory Lane,” this being the 25th anniversary of this event. The Grand Ballroom took everyone down Memory Lane with gourmet food stations around the room staged as settings of vintage TV shows underscored by live music from the same era. As virtually everything for this event is donated, all of the money is given to the charities that include Toys for Tots, The Special Olympics, SOS Children’s Villages, The George Snow Scholarship Fund, The Unicorn Children’s Foundation, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers and The First Tee of the Palm Beaches. During a presentation ceremony at the gala, Jay DiPietro, CCM, tournament chairman and manager of Boca West Country Club, noted, “Our chapter 10

Addison Team of the CMAA has raised millions of dollars for the kids, and this year’s incredible effort is yet another demonstration of exactly how we did it. I couldn’t be more proud to be part

The team from Addison Reserve Country Club was the top marathon money earner with over $22,000. The most marathon holes played by a single golfer, an amazing 217, were

Richard and Kristina Stein, CEO ShowTurf distributor, John Deere Golf; chairman of the board, SOS Children’s Village, respectively

Most holes played (217) by Richard Chase, Wycliffe CC with Gary Collins, CCM, Marathon Golf chairman

of such an amazing organization.” Among his many heartfelt “thank you’s” were those extended to primary sponsors Cheney Brothers, Sysco Southeast Florida, John Deere Golf, Daniel Events, Republic National Distributing Company and especially Boca West, who has hosted the event for the last 21 years. Meanwhile, Gary Collins, CCM, principal of Master Club Advisors and Marathon Golf committee chairman added, “It was a fantastic year for Marathon Golf – more teams, more money and more fun!  The stamina, energy, generosity and commitment of the Marathon Golfers were incredible.  Their efforts truly make our community a better place, and our goal for next year is to double this year’s money!  In fact, a planning breakfast for next year’s tournament is already scheduled for next month.”

played by Richard Chase of Wycliffe Country Club while Lawrence Zubren from Loxahatchee Club took the hole-in-one honors. All told, a total of 5,480 holes of Marathon Golf were played, with many golfers sinking their putts well into the night. Established in 1927, the CMAA is the oldest association for the club management profession with over 7,000 members representing virtually every kind of club, from golf and tennis to yachting, beach, social and military. In the Florida Chapter, all five regions hold fund-raising tournaments. The Seminole Chapter, from Vero Beach to the Keys, is the largest of the five. For information call Darlene Wright at Boca West Country Club 561-488-6990. If your club or business is interested in signing up for Marathon Golf next year contact Gary Collins: gcollins98@att.net. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3

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Angel Luis Mor ales Aguiler a Where were you born? Jersey City, New Jersey Did you grow up there? I grow up in Ponce, Puerto Rico Is “acting your age” over rated? Yes! You are only as old as you feel.

High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? Jocks What do you do for a living? I am a Golf Professional at

Grande Vista Golf Course in Orlando and a student at Core Golf Academy.

What would you like to do for a living? Travel Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Listen to music

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty? Angelina Jolie

Tell us about your first kiss? In middle school my first girlfriend she was 3 years older than me. I give her a note that said "Do you want to be my girlfriend, Yes or No?" She said "Yes!"

Steak, chicken, or seafood? Seafood. Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I am a passionate person. What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? Gerber multi tool knife, Aurora Fire Starter and a beautiful woman.

Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why? Scarlet Johansson. She is smart and beautiful.

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Not fixing the divots. Name the three most important things to you in this world. God, family, and friends.

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? Love What do you fear the most? God What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Davis Love III, Ben Hogan, and Tiger Wood. What are some of your great accomplishments? Serving on the USA Army for 20 years. 12

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? Relaxed evening at home.

Last time you spewed something through your nose from laughing so hard? Don’t remember Favorite comedian? Gabriel Iglesias Movies:…comedy, drama, action, romance? Science fiction Favorite television channel? Golf Channel Last book you read? The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien News, current events; hardcopy or on-line? On-line Favorite magazine? Golf Central Favorite charity to support? Fairways for Warriors What else would you like for us to know about you? I would like to find a lady that loves golf. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3

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Cara Grantham What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl? It’s

the south and in the south we have critters! One day a snake blocked me on the cart path.. Because of where I was located I could not go around it so I had to wait for maintenance to come and move it! Remember, I aspire to be veterinarian so running over it was NOT an option! In any case I found out later that it was not poisonous, just a friendly snake. Biggest one I have seen yet.

Do you think the cart girls should be able to dress differently? How you prefer dress if you were given a choice? I don’t mind

the “skorts”, but I personally would prefer shorts!

What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the golf course? Where to start,… one

Where did you grow up? Childersburg, AL

associated with everyone.

of many times I saw a golfer make a bad (actually, a TERRIBLE) shot and he then preceded to try and break his club! Put on quite a show of his frustration!

What is your favorite sport to play?

What type of music do you prefer? Country

Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? I pretty much


all the way! Everyone needs a little Luke Bryan in their lives!

Favorite to watch? College Football ALABAMA – RollTide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you enjoy playing golf? Are they’re any golfers in your family? I have dabbled in it but not enough to consider

myself a “golfer”. I do not have any family members to my knowledge that play.

What do you feel makes this club special? I feel FarmLinks

at Pursell Farms is special because the Pursell Family is so involved with their employees (us) and the day to day business. Delivering “Southern Hospitality” is something we really try to deliver everyday and to every guest. It really sets up apart. We are one BIG family here!

What is your favorite part of being a cart girl? What is your least favorite part? Definitely the scenery and making

everyone’s experience one-of-a-kind and memorable. My LEAST favorite thing would have to be the extreme heat and cold weather. Seems like everyone’s favorite temp is 70’s and sunny!

If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing? I would be a veterinarian. I love animals.. Definitely my dream job! 14

What hobbies do you enjoy? Fishing and

Bow and Rifle Hunting

What is your idea of “the perfect date”? Having a Big

cookout with lots of family and friends, and ending with a dirt road ride!

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails?

Depending on my mood really. I enjoy a good movie, but drinks with friends are fun too!

Favorite comedian? Kevin Hart is an awesome comedian and actor!

Favorite type of movie? Chick-Flicks of course!!!! Romantic comedies are my favorite.

Favorite charity to support? Any type of autism awareness.

My family works very closely with Project Lifesaver to help fundraise for kids with Autism.

What else would you like for us to know about you? When

I’m not working at this great course, I am enjoying being a fulltime mom and wife! Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3




growing the game The Little Linksters™ Association for Junior Golf Development, a 501c3 youth golf organization based in Central Florida is seeking community & corporate support. Specifically, they are seeking sponsors for its 4th Annual “Little Golf, Big Purpose” 100 Hole Marathons & Auction. Support can come in the way of: • Tee Sponsorships (18) - $500 • Green Sponsorships (18) - $500 • Title Sponsorships (4) - $2,500 • Auction Prizes (Gift Certificates, Golf Trips, Vacations, etc.) The events take place in September at Orange Lake Resort (Legends Walk Course) & Orange County National (Tooth Course). Auctions will be online. Beyond the event, the organization is seeking long term sponsors & partners to help it in its mission of using golf as a tool to enhance the lives of ALL children, in ALL circumstances, ages 3-8+. “Beyond our traditional program, which started in 2008, we are looking to reach out to children with special needs through our G.O.A.L.S. program and eventually children which face economic situations, are in the foster care system and those who are sick and facing long term hospital care” said PGA Professional Brendon Elliott, Little Linksters founder. “We need community support very badly in order to fulfill our mission of enhancing kids’ lives through golf” Elliott added. The organization, which was


recognized as the 2013 ING Player Development award winner, focuses its efforts in the following areas: • The Little Linksters™ Monthly “Mobile” Program (Now at 15+ locations in Central FL) for children ages 3-8

• The Little Linksters™ G.O.A.L.S. Program (8+ locations in Central FL) for children with special needs ages 3-20

• The Little Linksters™ “Tour” Series (13 events in 2015) for children ages 3-10 in both competitive & non-competitive divisions

• Little Linksters™ Best Pee Wee Swing in the World Video Contest (Celebrating its 6th year in 2015) for kids 1-8, world wide

• Future “National Little Linksters Coaches Certification Program” to spread youth golf for ages 3-8 nationwide The organization has become very recognized within the golf industry over the years. Generous support & recognition has come from numerous golf industry companies such as The Littlest Golfer, US Kids Golf & Srixon as well as organizations such as the PGA of America, NFPGA, FSGA, Special Olympics Florida & the Alliance for Accessible Golf. Individuals such as 2015 Masters & US Open Champion, Jordan Spieth, 2011 PGA Champion, Keegan Bradley, 2007 Masters Campion, Zach Johnson and Hall of Famers, Jack

Nicklaus, Gary Player, Raymond Floyd & Annika Sorenstam have helped Little Linksters in numerous ways. Little Linksters™ Founder, PGA Professional, Brendon Elliott is a 2010, 2011 & 2012 US Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher, a 2013 US Kids Golf Master Kids Teacher, a 2012, 2013 & 2014 Top 50 Growth of the Game Instructor as named by the Golf Range Association of America, the 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 ECC Junior Golf Leader, the 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 NFPGA Junior Golf Leader award winner and the 2014 & 2015 ECC Horton Smith award winner. He was a finalist for the PGA’s National Junior Leader award in 2012, 2013 & 2014 and is once again this year (2015). For more information on the organization please go to www.LittleLinksters.com & www.LittleLinksters. org To lend your support, email Little Linksters™ at nonprofit@LittleLinksters.com or call 321-278-1612

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celebrity corner

Dan Marino and Romero Britto honored at the annual Reid & Fiorentino Call Of The Game Dinner

Reid & Fiorention with the HEAT Dancers

Sun Sports HEAT TV broadcasters and two of South Florida’s leading sports media personalities, Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino celebrated the annual Reid & Fiorentino Call Of The Game Dinner & Celebrity Golf Classic alongside today’s leading sports icons and philanthropic heroes of our community and two of the most celebrated local charity organizations

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and beneficiaries – Lauren’s Kids and the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation. The Reid & Fiorentino Call Of The Game Dinner Presented by Acordis Hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, once again attracted some of the region’s biggest names in sports and entertainment while honoring the achievements by some of the today’s most acclaimed community leaders. Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer and arguably the most celebrated quarterback in the history of the NFL, Dan Marino, accepted the evening’s most prestigious accolade in front of a star-studded capacity crowd, that included Miami HEAT coach Erik Spoelstra, Udonis Haslem, Alonzo Mourning and Miami Dolphins Coach Joe Philbin. Legendary coach Don Shula was introduced on to the stage by Tony Fiorentino to give a moving tribute and introduction to the legendary Miami Dolphins quarterback, before Coach Shula, Fiorentino and Coach Philbin presented Marino with The Don Shula Sports Legend Award. Marino was honored for his achievements on the field and for his work in the community with The Dan Marino Foundation he established in 1992 with his wife Claire for treatment programs serving children with neurodevelopment disabilities.

Dan Marino “Thank you for this award, but the real hero in this room is Lauren,” Marino said, as he looked towards Lauren Book on-stage standing next to her father, Ron. Past winners of the Don Shula Sports Legend Award include inaugural honoree, Coach Don Shula, as well as Bob Griese, Dr. Jack Ramsay, Alonzo Mourning, Ron Rothstein and LeBron James. For the fourth year, and to commemorate the legendary broadcaster, Jim Mandich, The Jim Mandich Courage and Commitment Award was presented Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3

Alonzo Molurning with Ron, Lauren & Book to the inspiring local basketball coach Jeffrey Fogel, who made a moving acceptance speech on-stage after being introduced by Tony Fiorentino alongside Gil Green and Udonis Haslem, producer and featured NBA player in the film “Who Is Lou Gehrig?” Born and raised in North Miami Beach, Jeff has been working with kids as a counselor and coach for over 20 years at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC in North Miami Beach. In February 2012, Jeff was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. To honor their father, whose name the award commemorates, Jim Mandich’s family took to the stage before Fogel called upon a number of girls from his basketball team at The Michael-Ann Russell Junior College to join him on stage to accept the award

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Britto, Reid & Fiorentino with him as well. “You can give me all the medication in the world, but these girls are my true drug,” said Fogel. The 2015 Reid & Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner also featured an exceptional live performance by recording artist, Phyllisia Ross, a silent auction throughout the evening, and a live auction presented by the annual auctioneer and FOX Sports’ Miami HEAT analyst, Jason Jackson. All proceeds raised throughout the night benefit Lauren’s Kids and the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation. Following to the Call of the Game Dinner, The Celebrity Golf Classic Presented by Acordis took place at the prestigious Turnberry Isle Miami. More than 55 foursomes converged on the championship courses for an exhilarating day of com-

petitive golf, with each team paired with a celebrity team captain and forecaddie vying to win a series of prizes awarded at the end of the day during the post-golf awards reception. Players were invited to participate in various contests, including for a chance to win a new vehicle courtesy of Palmetto 57 Nissan. Among the Golf Classic celebrity participants were Alonzo Mourning, Jason Taylor and Paul O’Neill of the New York Yankees. “This year’s Call of the Game Dinner and Celebrity Golf Classic has been a tremendous success,” said Tony Fiorentino. “Each year we draw some of the region’s most celebrated names in sport and community leadership who continue to support two of the most remarkable charity organizations - Lauren’s Kids and the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation - that ultimately benefit our kids in the community and throughout the region. It was a great privilege to add Dan Marino to our group of honorees, and we are proud to honor all of the outstanding individuals for their magnificent work in the community. We thank all of our sponsors and patrons for their continued support.” The annual Reid & Fiorentino Call Of The Game Dinner & Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Acordis was also supported by Ron L. Book, PA, Doctor’s Hospital Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Community Bank of Broward, American Airlines, Stonegate Bank, Turnberry Isles Miami, Bloomingdales, Dade Media and Metrosigns. For further information on The Reid & Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner and Celebrity Golf Classic, visit www.reidandfiorentinoevents.com. 19

women in golf

First Facility to Earn 5-Star ™ ‘Rolling Out the Green Carpet ’ The National Women’s Golf Alliance (NWGA) has recognized Vasari Country Club in Bonita Springs, Florida as the first facility to earn Five-Stars in the organization’s Rolling Out the Green Carpet™ certification program. The certification program assesses golf facilities on standards and best practices that make the facility

score of 80 percent or higher in at least

with excellent customer service and

three of these areas receive certifica-

amenities and strong programming for

tion. Half stars are awarded for scores

women . We are pleased to recognize

of 70 percent or higher. Two half-stars

Vasari for its Five-Star performance to

do not equal another star.

welcome women golfers.”

Valid for three years, the Rolling Out

Balancing natural beauty with chal-

the Green Carpet™ designation comes

lenging play, the 18-hole champion-

with publicity and marketing, includ-

ship golf course at Vasari was designed

ing an insignia to use with promotional

by William Fuller, one of the nation’s

materials and advertising.

renowned golf architects and former

“Our evaluation team was very im-

superintendent at Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tourna-

Vasari Country Club

ment. Renovated in 2010, the course is in phenomenal shape throughout the year, including its stunning 40-acre practice facility and short game area. “We take great pride in offering an excellent golf experience and especially value our women members,” says Chris Evans, PGA Head Golf Professional, Vasari Country Club. “The NWGA certification gives us impartial third-party validation that we are doing well and can always do a little better to ensure that every woman who comes to Vasari knows that we are Rolling Out the Green Carpet™.” The National Women’s Golf Alliance unites three highly respected women’s golf organizations -- the EWGA, Golf for Cause, LLC and Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design -- with the mission to increase the number of women playing golf and engagement levels of existing women golfers. Utilizing their combined years

welcoming and attractive to women. A trained NWGA evaluator and three other female golfers play an 18-hole round to evaluate the facility on five key areas of focus: Golf Course Playability, Customer Service, Golf Course Amenities, Facility Amenities and Golf Programs. Facilities that achieve a 20

pressed with how women-friendly they

of expertise, data and observation

found the Vasari Country Club. With a

regarding what women golfers want,

set of forward tees at 4572 yards and

need and expect for an enhanced

only one forced carry of over 20 yards,

playing experience, the NWGA has

we reviewed our calculations and

developed a base of standards and best

awarded a Fifth Star for Course Play-

practices to help golf facilities attract

ability,” said Debbie Waitkus, a found-

more women golfers and generate

ing partner of NWGA and president

more revenue. www.nationalwom-

of Golf for Cause. “They also excel

ensgolfalliance.com. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3

fashion forward

Sport Haley Spring- Summer 2015

The Spring - Summer 2015 collection is influenced by gardens, flowers and vibrant color. Each of the five groupings has its own personality, but pieces are interchangeable within each group and beyond. The traditional, but updated elements of Viola Vineyards; the modern, athletic and graphic pieces from Clover Lane; the feminine and floral Petal Path line; and, the classic look of bright blue and white in the Burchfield create a timeless, varied,


but cohesive Spring 2015 collection. The beautiful florals, bold graphics and simple geometric patterns each have a place in a woman’s wardrobe. Silhouettes are streamlined with clean and crisp lines, and the colors, tex-

tures, prints and patterns take center stage. Haley, the brands’ signature owl, is thoughtfully placed as embroidery, zipper pulls or decorative touches throughout. The attention to detail in Sport Haley clothing speaks to the fine quality the brand is known for. Fabrics for Spring - Summer 2015 are lighter and more technical overall. Sport Haley’s signature fabric, Haley Cool, is superior in performance and has inherent cooling yarns so the fabric not only has wicking properties, but also is cool to the touch. With a UPF 30 and a slight texture, it is the perfect performing fabric. The Sport Haley Boutique also offers lifestyle pieces with a touch of glamour. Foiled or metallic yarns, crystals and faux fur vests in a textured detail rose fabric add some extra special flair to every lifestyle. Sport Haley also offers basics, outerwear and complementary accessories such as Swarovski Crystal Element bracelets and scarves. Sport Haley apparel and outerwear is marketed in the premium and midprice golf markets through a network of independent sales representatives and distributors to golf professional shops at country clubs, resorts and boutiques throughout the U.S. and a variety of channels internationally. On average, Sport Haley pieces typically retail at $76 per item. The company also markets golf and fashion apparel to corporate, college, university and other markets. www.sporthaley.com.

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Andy Scott School of Golf Located in the Sunshine State, the Andy Scott School of Golf is no stranger to the quick-growing golf scene. The Andy Scott School of Golf laid its roots in Southwest Florida in 2012, and PGA Professional Andy Scott has not looked back since. The Andy Scott School of Golf operates out of several locations in Southwest Florida, offering private instruction, group lessons, golf clinics, corporate programs, and junior camps year round. Director of Instruction, Andy Scott, is a familiar name to most in the area, after being named 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year of the South Florida Section, and 2010 and 2014 PGA Instructor of the Year in Southwest Florida. Andy Scott also currently works with several up-andcoming professional players, including Chase Marinell, PGA Tour Canada player, and five-time winner on the West Florida Golf Tour; and David Mobley, two-time REMAX World Long Drive Champion, fan-favorite on the Golf Channel’s Big Break Dominican Republic, and aspiring Champions’ Tour competitor. Students of Andy Scott have also found suc-

cess at a collegiate level, as Andy has helped 26 junior golfers on their journeys to attaining NCAA Scholarships. Recently, the Andy Scott School of Golf announced that it would be hosting three-day Elite Preparation Camps for both aspiring college and professional golfers. Spearheaded by Andy Scott and his team of Lead PGA Instructor Brian Newman, and Titleist Performance Institute Certified Instructor Darin Hovis, each camp aims to expose students to all necessary steps needed


to prepare for a career in NCAA Collegiate Golf, or as a professional golfer. The Florida College-Preparation Elite Golf Camp offers prospective college and professional golfers the opportunity to spend three full days with professionals who have backgrounds and experience in every facet of the game. Two camps remain for the month of July, and will run from July 10 – 12, and July 17 – 19. All camps include accommodations at nearby Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), professional instructional programs, fitness assessments, video analysis, 3-D motion analysis, meals, camp memorabilia, guest speakers and more! Each camp will also be limited to twelve individuals, allowing for a more private and elite training experience. Leading up to the Elite Preparation Camps, the Andy Scott School of Golf held a Birdie-A-Thon fundraiser, in an attempt to create scholarships for students who would otherwise not be able to attend the camp. This year, the foursome of Andy Scott, Brian Newman, Darin Hovis, and FGCU PGA Golf Management Intern Cathleen Wong managed to card an impressive 15-under, recording thirteen birdies and one eagle at Stoneybrook Golf Club in Estero. In previous years, these scholarships have helped 10 students to full and partial aid for the camps. Ross Lally, 2013 Scholarship Recipient, shares his experience, “On May 17, 2013, the biggest thing in my life happened when my one true coach and mentor passed away – My father. He has a short battle with cancer. My dad was always interested in my golf game, and always trying to help me improve. When Andy Scott, PGA, came

to me telling me about the camp, I was very interested, but with what had happened with my father, we were financially stressed and could not [afford] to go. Andy understood our situation and told my mom and I that he could help; and I was so excited because I knew I could really get a lot of our the opportunity”. Apart from golf instruction, the Andy Scott School of Golf also offers golf-specific fitness classes, and will be teaming up with Around the Clock Fitness to launch an exciting new program in the near future. Headed by Brian Newman, Golf Fitness X (GFX) is a sport-specific training program, tailored to golfers who are looking to improve their golf game and their golf body at the same time. With a structured golf fitness program, a golfer would be able to look towards: • Increased strength and stability formore distance and accuracy • Increased flexibility for injury prevention • Increased endurance necessary to play 18 holes of golf • Heightened focus without becoming overly exhausted during practice or during a round of golf The Andy Scott School of Golf provides golf instruction at Stoneybrook Golf Club in Estero, and at Palmetto Pines Country Club in Cape Coral. Additionally, the school will also begin offering Golf Fitness X classes at Around the Clock Fitness (Alico Location and Boy Scout Location) on Monday, July 6, 2015.

For more information regarding any programs offered, please contact: Andy Scott: (239) 699-3975 /Andy@AndyScottSchoolofGolf.com Brian Newman: (786) 423-8666 / Brian@AndyScottSchoolofGolf.com Darin Hovis: (724) 301-4285 / Darin@Par4Fitness.com Check out our website at www.andyscottschoolofgolf.com, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AndyScottSOG. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3

player development

Makenna and Morgan

Rodriguez As these two diminutive Olympic

golfers transcend to super stardom, all eyes are fixed on them. What’s next for Makenna and Morgan Rodriguez, the Palm Beach County’s sibling sweethearts of golf? The phenom Morgan, according to Esquire network continues to dominate her age division. Her sister Makenna is consistently gaining experience as she carves out a path establishing her dream of golf stardom. The sisterhood began their golf tournament reign in February 2013, placing in the top five for their first few tournaments. Morgan is credited with an impressive 1st place win at the 2013 & 2014 PARS Florida International Junior Tournament, 2nd place at the 2014 US Kids Jekyll Island Tournament, and 2nd place at the US Kids Seaview Open 2014, 1st place at the 2014 DoralPublix Golf Classic at Trump National Doral, and 1st place at the 2014 Junior Honda Classic at PGA National. She participated in the 2014 Drive, Chip & Putt and won 1st place for the Regional Drive and 3rd place for Regional Putt. Morgan in 2014 has won 1st place in over 25 US Kids tournaments. She is the US Kids 2014 Local Fall Tour Champion, West Palm Beach and topped it off when she became the 2014 Regional Champion, US Kids PGA Golf Club Invitational, 1st Place at The Little (BIG) Break given by Don Law Golf Academy at Osprey Point Golf Course and 1st place at The Parent Child US Kids Holiday Classic shooting a 68 with her father Benjamin Rodriguez. Morgan broke her tour record by shooting 34-31 with an Eagle to take home 1st Place at the 2015 US Kids Golf Jekyll Island Cup. She was honored at the Honda Classic for winning the Jr. 26

Honda Classic in her age division. Makenna, won 4th place at the 2013 PARS Florida International Junior Tournament, 3rd place in two 2014 South Florida PGA events at The Club at Emerald Hills and Wycliff Golf & Country Club. She received 1st place Championships over 20 times in US Kids local tournaments in 2014. She accomplished an outstanding win when she triumphed and clinched the US Kids 2014 Local Fall Tour Championship and 1st Place at the 2015 Gold Coast Junior Golf Foundation in Country Club of Miami. This dynamic sibling duo has to their credit over 20 US Kids Golf Tournament simultaneous wins in 2014. The wins occurred in the same tournaments with each girl winning their age division.

The latest scoop is Team Rodriguez is establishing a clothing Empire and we hear they have set up a Kingdom. The Princesses Makenna and Morgan have gained quite a bit of territory and are driven to conquer this domain. They told me it’s no different from golf, you have to be determined and never give in or give up and you’ll rule and reign! These aspiring super stars are winners on and off the greens attired in Kiss Couture apparel. The dynamic duo created their clothing company for diva fashion forward golf girls. The sisters are bent on making every girl a winner on the course with the greens as their runway. The sisterhood designs most of the clothing in the collection. Kissi Couture is exclusively for kids and by kids. We consider ourselves unique in a “niche” market. The Rodriguez Sisters are entrepreneurs, junior golf champions and straight A students in school. The sky is the limit for these two, “Millennial Global Titans”. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3

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Mid-Summer Musings... • Yes, the PGA is going back to Kiawah Island but there’s some good news, too. The only road in and out will be expanded by tournament time in 2021. The timeline of South Carolina road expansions often change from announcement to completion but this promise comes from the folks who represent the Goodwin family, which bought the resort in 2013. • Not-so-good news from Ponte Vedra Beach. Still no solution to the Players traffic mess, caused by just TWO roads in and out. Latest hope is that ”dynamic” pricing will encourage more to come Thursday and Sunday rather than high-volume Friday and Saturday. • Recently visited with a consultant from a company that advises private clubs and he says the worst may be yet to come … for some. Only what he terms the “A-list” private clubs have had the resources to keep their infrastructure in reasonable shape since the financial downturn which started around 2006. The others deferred maintenance: the B list is at risk, but should be able to play catch-up, but the C-list — you know who you are — is in danger because they haven’t had the money to keep their facilities in shape.

• Some clubs still play the way golf was way back when. For instance, the super-prestigious Chicago Golf Club won’t let its superintendent plant flowers. Didn’t have them when they opened in 1894, don’t have them now. • PGA Tour events are becoming more corporate than you might like, and their customers come from odd places. For instance, Team Texas is the development arm of that state’s government and they bought a hospitality package for the Players. Why? The business owners that they’re trying to solicit said they’d like go to Florida for a change. • You remember Peter Kuchar as his son Matt’s caddie in the 1997 U.S. Amateur, and the flap about the claims he was rattling pocket change while others were putting. He’s still in Ponte Vedra Beach, living in the ultra-private Plantation Country Club and playing well in many events.

• Gerry James is a frequent competitor in Florida PGA events and you may know him as a Senior long-drive champion, but what you don’t know is that he once was a professional wrestler. Wearing the bad guy’s mask, he toured Europe with Andre the Giant. • A lot of guys thought they had a chance to succeed Tim Finchem as PGA Tour commissioner and one was David Pillsbury, who headed the TPC club division. He didn’t make the cut (Jay Monahan is the chosen one) so he’s now with a company in the health care industry. • Add another good golf name to Northeast Florida. We’ve had Craig Shankland around for quite a while; now we have Ryan Parr. He’s head pro at The Palencia Club in St. Augustine. • If you want to show that you’re high-end, get charging stations for Tesla cars. You’ll find two at the spiffy Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Va. • Sergio Garcia’s unhappiness on Sunday of the Players wasn’t just losing a playoff. He was visibly upset at a group of drunks who chanted “USA USA” at him. And yes, he mentioned “Ryder Cup” to them. • Some confusion at PGA Tour headquarters when they had to deal with the British Open folks at the seemingly odd URL of www.randa.com. Finally figured it out: Royal and Ancient. • You probably have heard this but maybe not. Q. Now that Tiger Woods and Lindsay Vonn have broken up, what do they have in common? A. They’re both going downhill fast. 28

Leaders of the Jacksonville Area Golf Association take a look at a recent issue of Southern Golf Central Magazine after a recent meeting. The organization is made up of golf clubs in the Northeast Florida area to coordinate schedules and conduct the area’s major events. Taking a look are (from left) President Adair Roberts of Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, director Tina Comstock of Blue Cypress and Treasurer Don Gilmore of North Hampton.

• Better find out about the course you’re playing. Three guys showed up with pull carts at the USGA Senior qualifier at Atlanta’s Cherokee CC. Nope, club doesn’t allow them, they were told. The fellows had to come off the hip for a caddie. • The Donald Ross Society members are coming south in October. They’ll gather in Charlotte to look over Charlotte CC, Myers Park CC and Carolina GC and discuss the master’s work. • Best NFL golfers? Despite getting all the publicity, Tony Romo of Dallas and Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh are nos. 2 and 3, according to a guy who follows the league. Kickers don’t get any p.r. But the pro players say that Josh Scobee of Jacksonville is the best. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3

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By Greg Wise Photos by Greg Wise

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And They Said... You Can’t Teach an Old Dog a New Trick! David mentioned “Consistency is the key to being good at any sport. Golf is no different. With the alternative swing, consistency improves.” David went on to say that this isn’t just about book sales... “I just want to help people

play more consistent golf and enjoy this great game.” “The A Swing” was released May 12, 2015 and is available through: Barnes & Noble, Golf Locker, iTunes Store, Amazon, Book-A-Million or can be ordered through: www.LeadbetterASwing.com

Well... they were wrong! I recently attended the a clinic presented by David Leadbetter during the release of his new book “The A Swing.” With the “A” being an alternative swing approach as opposed to the traditional swing path. Okay, I was a little skeptical when I arrived, but hearing the concept and thought that this “Alternative” swing was wrapped around... I would have to try the swing “Alternative” to see the difference myself. One of the thing about the aging process, I have been losing yardage and feeling like I was losing it cause I wasn’t as consistent. I think you will be as surprised as I was. After 50 years with a “Traditional” swing... in about a 30 minute session, I felt more confident. “The A Swing” is going to improve my golf in the future. Greg Wise - Southern Golf Central and David Leadbetter... if you hadn’t figured that out by the hat.


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Golf Heavyweights Unite for World’s Largest Golf Outing on August 3 Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project America’s leading golf course owners and management companies have joined forces to make the World’s Largest Golf Outing (WLGO) on Monday, August 3 the biggest one-day celebration of golf and charity. Billy Casper Golf, Troon, ClubCorp and Toll Golf – with a collective portfolio of more than 575 golf courses, country clubs and resorts

worldwide – will serve as host site sponsors of the fifth annual event that benefits Wounded Warrior Project. Several National Golf Course Owners Association board members, including President Matt Galvin, will also support the highly emotional event at their respective courses. Since its inception in 2011, the simultaneous golf outing played from New England to Hawaii has raised $2 million for Wounded Warrior Project. Open to all golfers, part of the proceeds and 100% of donations benefit the national organization that honors and empowers injured servicemen and women, as well


their caregivers and families. Individuals and teams of golfers are encouraged to raise additional funds; donations unrelated to playing golf are made at www.worldslargestgolfouting.com/donate. Registration is at www.worldslargestgolfouting.com/register. “Golf’s charitable impact in America is $4 billion annually,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of Billy Casper Golf, which founded WLGO. “We are grateful to our friends at Troon, ClubCorp and Toll Golf to help make meaningful differences in the lives of wounded warriors, some of whom play in the World’s Largest Golf Outing.” “The 2015 World’s Largest Golf Outing powerfully showcases the golf industry coming together to support a great cause,” says Dana Garmany, Chairman and CEO of Troon. “In joining together, we are helping to make a positive impact on those who have given so much in their service to our country.” Last year 12,100 golfers, including 364 wounded warriors, at 118 courses in 27 states raised more than $887,000 for WWP, the largest amount ever from a

single-day golf event. This topped 2013 when 10,000 golfers raised $735,000. “The event has evolved into an incredible, industry-wide initiative to elevate respect and raise funds for our nation’s heroes,” says Eric Affeldt, President and CEO of ClubCorp. “We are thrilled to collaborate and pool resources to make this year’s outing the best ever.” More information: www. worldslargestgolfouting.com, 703.761.1444; www.woundedwarriorproject.com, 887.832.6997. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3


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Golf Is Simple – Golf 8.5 Proves It Keep your head down. Don’t sway. Your left arm should stay straight. Bend your knees. Swing from the inside out. Shift your weight. Don’t forget the shoulder turn. Shift your weight back. Hands toward the target during the follow through. Hold your finish. And think about all of those things in a 1.2-second span. Wow. With all that to remember, it is easy to understand why prospective golfers never make it from the lesson tee to the first tee. They become convinced that golf is just too difficult to learn. To that Kay McMahon says “baloney.” The LPGA Hall of Fame in-

president of eduKaytion golf, developed this system to make learning the game of golf fun and simple. Beyond that goal, it could be a teaching system that helps reboot major growth in the game of golf. “There are four pre-swing steps followed by only 4.5 swing positions which produce a classic golf swing for any person of any level,” said McMahon. “Golf 8.5 proves to be easily understandable, simple, doable and highly successful.” McMahon’s students agree with that opinion. “When I was able to find practice

tournament.” – John Souza, PGA Head

time, I wanted to work with the best in-

Golf Professional, Stadium Golf Club. “I believe that the traditional way of teaching golf has somewhat worked, yet it seems it causes people to think that ‘golf is hard!’ or that ‘there are too many things to think about or do,’” said McMahon. “When you follow Golf 8.5, the ‘1001 things’ traditionally taught will happen automatically. You no longer have to think about anything else.” McMahon always begins teaching Golf 8.5 by first understanding her student’s goals.  After transforming the misconceptions that have probably caused confusion and frustration for years, she then explains ball flight laws and most importantly, provides a clear, easily understood lesson on how the club works. “People tend to focus on the golf ball, but it is the club that is moving,” says McMahon. Golf 8.5 starts from the beginning and allows golfers to understand the how and why.  The learning curve is fast-tracked, and by the time students learn the 8.5 things to do to achieve a classic, consistent golf swing, they understand that golf can be a simple sport to learn.

structor believes that learning golf is simple, and she has created a teaching system that proves it. It’s called Golf 8.5. McMahon, 34

structor. Kay McMahon was immediate-

“With traditional teaching methods,

ly at the top of my list. I worked with

little tidbits of information never get

her during the 2013 golf season and as

connected and/or are misunderstood,”

a direct result of her help and encour-

said McMahon. “Golf 8.5 breaks it down

agement, I won my first PGA section

into only 4 things to do before the Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3

swing and only 4.5 things to do in the swing. When the first three pre-swing things are done in the right order, then the fourth thing, posture, happens automatically. Traditionally posture is taught first with people feeling uncomfortable and looking like pretzels. In Golf 8.5 posture happens automatically. Therefore, we do not have to teach it - it happens.” The Golf 8.5 program is taught using easy to visualize instruction. For example, take the club back thinking of a “Y” formed by the shoulders, arms, hands and shaft. When the club is waist high make an “L” by bending the right elbow and continue turning until the shaft is over the right shoulder. That’s a simple way to de-

8.5 system through her 30 years as a

Fame, and listed among Golf Digest’s

scribe the first half of the swing.

teaching professional. She is recognized

50 Best Women Teachers in America.

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in the golf world as a well-renowned

McMahon, her partner Eloise Trainor

ates a whole picture of the swing

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an outstanding, entertaining, enthu-

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siastic speaker exhibiting her passion

try. To learn more details about the

ter in the 6-inch attic, and keeps it

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Golf 8.5 system, or to attend a Golf 8.5

simple and extremely doable.”

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course or workshop, visit www.edu-

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Gosling's The Dark ’n Stormy® was invented in the British Mess in Dockyard. The British Navy were big fans of the Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. They made their own ginger beer and mixed the Black Seal rum with the ginger beer to invent the Dark ’n Stormy. The Dark ’n Stormy name is said to come from a sailor once holding the glass aloft the with the Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and ginger beer, and pronouncing it to be “ the colour of a cloud that only a fool or a dead man would sail under”. The timeframe of this cocktail invention by the British Navy is in the early 1920s. This is a trademarked cocktail. Gosling’s has a U.S. Patent Trademark on this cocktail name. The official trademark says that Gosling’s Black Seal Rum must be used in a Dark ’n Stormy cocktail. Everything else is a fake & phony. Not authentic. The reason why it is important to have a trademark for this cocktail is to ensure consistency of the taste of this cocktail. While there are many different ginger beers on the market, the key ingredient is the Black Seal Rum. We would not want any consumers to try a Dark ’n Stormy which does not use 36

the award-winning Black Seal rum and not enjoy it, like it. FYI, Gosling’s Black Seal Rum won the highest award in the industry, the prestigious Platinum Medal, scoring 96 points. And because there are so many different ginger beers on the market we decided a to create and produce the perfectly balanced Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer to compliment the flavorful Black Seal to make the ultimate Dark ’n Stormy. While the trademark is just for the Black Seal to be used, we are recommending that everyone try / use the Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer for the best tasting drink. The Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer has been wildly successful. And is becoming a favorite ginger beer not only for the Dark ’n Stormy but for other cocktails that use ginger beer. The Dark ’n Stormy is a popular cocktail and has become increasingly desired not only in North America, but throughout many international markets. Gosling’s is a 209 year old privately held family business. Run continuously by the Gosling’s family for 7 stubborn generations. Gosling’s is the oldest and largest export product from Bermuda.

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Florida, Streamsong offers guided fishing expeditions on its prolific lakes where bass average a hefty six pounds. The picturesque sporting clays course, located 15 minutes from the lodge - but still on property, is the perfect spot for beginners to learn and pros to refine their shot with guidance from certified instructors. Other options like Streamsong’s infinity pool, nature trail and tennis courts give guests an opportunity to enjoy their favorite ways to relax.

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Indoors, guests can relax at Streamsong’s grotto-style AquaPietra spa complete with six unique pool experiences, treatment rooms and a sauna. And just across the way, they can extend their pampering at a full service salon, perfect for that post-massage manicure and pedicure. As stunning and sophisticated as the resort itself, every dining experience at Streamsong presents the chance to enjoy excellent food and drink in the most beautiful setting imaginable. From scratchmade breakfast favorites to inspired dinner entrees, our chefs use the finest ingredients available to create dishes that will satisfy and delight a diverse array of tastes. Dining at one of Streamsong’s four restaurants is the ideal way to indulge all of your senses. Accomodations range from 216 spacious rooms and suites at the main Lodge to a more intimate setting at the Clubhouse, which includes 12 guestrooms for those seeking that pure golf experience --giving groups a chance to further customize their stay. Finally, Streamsong ’s inspiring environment provides the perfect backdrop for unforgettable meetings and events. The resort’s main conferSouthern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3

ence center, with a separate entrance from the Lodge, features modern spaces that open to an outdoor terrace and pool deck with stunning vistas of the property’s natural landscape. From its private, flexible indoor spaces and distinctive outdoor venues to its focus on uncompromising service, the property creates an atmosphere that encourages important interactions in an unexpected setting.


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Golf course superintendent Neil Cleverly tackles Olympic task in Brazil with sense of adventure Neil Cleverly welcomes a challenge. His calm demeanor belies an adventurous nature that leads his friends to call him the Indiana Jones of the golf course management business. When he was hired in May 2013 to be the golf course superintendent for the Olympic course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he initially thought there was plenty of time to get things done. He had tackled start-up golf course constructions in remote areas before many times – Egypt, Dominican Republic and Mexico, to name a few. But nothing had prepared him for the challenges in Rio. “I don’t panic. I am a thinking person,” said Cleverly, a 16-year member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. “But when I saw the equipment I had and the novice workforce I had, I thought, ‘Oh my God, are we really going to do this?’ It has been insane. But I love this job.” Now two years into the job, there is no question in Cleverly’s mind that the golf course will be ready to host an Olympic event in August

It will be the first time golf will

ber when the course at Reserva

2016, despite numerous challenges.

be part of the Olympic Games in

de Marapendi will host a PGA

“Neil has been dedicated to this

more than 100 years. The plan is for

Tour LatinoAmerica event.

project above and beyond what any

individual competition, with 60

“We will really be testing the golf

superintendent should be asked to

men and 60 women competing in

course,” said Clevery, a 56-year-old

do,” said course architect Gil Hanse.

two 72-hole events, and the whole

Londoner who served in the Brit-

“I can’t imagine we could have

world will be watching and judging.

ish military before turning to golf

found anyone better for this proj-

“I never felt like we weren’t going

course management 25 years ago.

ect. His passion, tenacity and disci-

to make it,” said Hanse. “The proj-

“We want to see how it plays. If

pline have really been invaluable.”

ect is too important to not get it

we have to make minor changes,

“You have to embrace the culture

finished. But, it took twice as long

we’ll have a year to get it done.”

around you,” Cleverly said. “It is what

as it should have taken to build it.”

And after the Olympics, the course

you make it. You can’t import Florida

The course is located on the

will become a public facility for Brazil,

into Rio. It just doesn’t work that way.

coast outside of the country’s

which has grown over the last de-

You have to be resourceful. There is no

second largest city, with saltwa-

cade to become the second largest

outlet here where I can go to buy ev-

ter tolerant paspalum greens and

golf-playing nation in South America,

eryday golf course maintenance items.

stiff zoysia fairways. The first test

behind Argentina. Brazil has more than

Everything has to come from overseas.”

will come tentatively in Novem-

100 golf courses and 25,000 golfers.


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IF YOU LOVE GOLF LIKE I DO Thank a Golf Course Superintendent

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By Ben Young

Mowing Patterns 101

Head Groundskeeper for the Memphis Redbirds

In the world of sports turf manage-

Straight as an Arrow

ment, few have mastered the art of mowing patterns. Sculpting a field with unique designs is truly a craft that requires patience, dedication and a detailed game plan. As the Sports Turf Manager’s Association second annual “Mowing Patterns Contest” winner in 2014, here are a few tips to utilize when using your natural grass field as a canvas.

Another key element to bear in mind is how straight each line is. Three tools I always carry with me are: a can of spray paint, string lines and a tape measure. Once laying down a string line or tape measure, I spray a dot to mark the field for precision. After spraying, you can remove the tape measure and lines to avoid mowing over them. Utilizing a tape measure can be helpful to keep the integrity of your lines in check.

Know Your Game Plan Before diving into intricate mowing patterns, it’s important to devise a plan. I recommend drawing the pattern on paper so you know what you’re doing before you start cutting. Once deciding which pattern you would like to mow, make sure your team is on the same page and get to it!

Height A critical aspect of mowing is knowing how high or low to cut the grass. A higher mowing height is what I would recommend. Typically, I mow at one inch for cool season grass, such as blue grass, and three-quarters of an inch for warm season grass, such as Bermuda. The higher the grass is the greater contrast is projected between light and dark blades, vastly improving pattern coloration.

Picasso Patterns Baseball is typically the sport with the most flexibility with patterns due to the outfield. Football and soccer require more painted field lines that align with the rules of the game, such as first downs and off sides. This makes it more difficult for a sports turf manager to deviate and express his or her creativity. Once you are ready to begin cutting, the primary piece of equipment you’ll need is a reel mower. Personally, with Memphis we utilize the Toro Triplex 3100. Each reel has a roller, knocking the grass down and laying it over, creating a pattern. To produce the pattern, I mow in the same direction using a

reel mower to provide various patterns. One of the challenges is that you must continue to mow in the same direction over the course of several home games to maintain a crisp pattern. In order for the pattern to pop and look clean, I recommend mowing it in a few times. We also mow daily during homestands, which certainly helps the pattern show, but is mainly to keep the playing surface consistent on a day-to-day basis. Finally, more intricate patterns require more work, measuring and planning to achieve desired results. Additionally, when mowing any pattern I always start in the same place so the pattern won’t shift. Cooler season grasses such as bluegrass are typically better for mowing patterns because they are cut higher, although you can still produce patterns with warm season grasses as well. In the end, one of the most fundamental aspects of mowing patterns is how the light hits the grass. To achieve this, it’s encouraged to bend the grass towards or away from you, depending on which shade of grass you’d like to project.

Consistency and Playability Something else to consider is ensuring all patterns are even and consistent to prevent balls from hopping and bouncing strangely in the outfield. This instills trust in your home team’s manager and players so they will be more confident in your ability to produce a consistent playing surface.

Practice Makes Perfect Like everything in life, practice makes perfect. Mowing patterns require a lot of practice, but are well worth it once the final result comes to fruition. The business of mowing patterns is getting more creative by the inning. The proverbial torch continues to be passed down by sports turf managers, with each new generation stepping up to the plate. Last, but not least, don’t forget to have fun! 44

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grip it & sip it

the Mississippi Delta in Tennessee is a surprise to many since grapes are not a traditional crop in an area long known for cotton. We are fortunate to have over one hundred acres of wine grapes growing in West Tennessee. Thus, we have access to many varietals from which to make our wines in addition

Sometimes dreams remain dreams and sometimes, as in the case of the owners of Delta Blues Winery, they become reality. We are living our dream and treasuring every moment of it. Finding a winery and vineyard in the heart of

to those grapes we grow in our vineyard. Our vineyard holds three Italian varietals and one Spanish varietal grafted to rootstock suited for our soil. Delta Blues Winery produces and sells ten wines. We have both white

sweet with future plans to include the

and red wines that range from dry to

addition of a fortified port style wine and a sparkling wine. Our tasting room is open Tuesday through Sunday and we offer wine tastings, wine by the glass or bottle, wine related gifts and Tennessee cheeses and sauces. Visitors may sit on our veranda sipping wine or wander through the vines nestled around a beautiful lake and enjoy the serenity, charm, and hospitality that are the essence of the Delta region. Our wish is that the visitors to our winery will come to love the essence of what grape growing and wine making is all about. Cheers!

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By Mike May

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The 'Capital' of Hoosier Golf If you are a golfer in Indiana, you have heard about the Otter Creek Golf Course, located near Columbus, in south central Indiana. If you are a serious golfer in Indiana, then you have probably played Otter Creek. And, if you are a good golfer living anywhere in the world, put Otter Creek on your ‘bucket list,’ if you have not played it yet. Otter Creek (www.ottercreekgolf. com; 812-579-5227) is one of Indiana’s top golf courses. It is not a private course. It’s a public course. There is no pool, tennis courts, or a spa. It is simply a golf course. Opened in 1964, Otter Creek – designed by the late, legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. – has matured like a fine wine. It has gotten better with age! Otter Creek is as appealing now as it was when it opened in 1964. “Building tournament golf courses today usually involves large scale


earth moving equipment,” says Chad Cockerham, PGA head golf professional at Otter Creek. “Course architects can begin with a clean canvas and build the landscape they desire. Fifty years ago, architects took the landscape and designed the course into it. You could say the golf course was always here, Mr. (Robert Trent) Jones just chipped way the rough pieces. What

was left was a fair test that provides a stage where champions distinguish themselves from the rest of the field.” Otter Creek is now a 27-hole complex. In 1995, another set of nine holes – the East course designed by Rees Jones -- was opened. The original 18 holes were renamed the North (front nine) and the West (back nine). This course was originally owned by Cummins Engine, the largest employer in the area. The course was intended to be used by Cummins’ employees, but soon after opening, the company donated the course to the City of Columbus. Golfers are now indebted to Cummins Engine. Amateur golf is especially indebted to the existence of Otter Creek. Why? Because the Indiana State Amateur Golf Tournament was held here from 1965 – 1990 and on five other occasions since then. Otter Creek is where Indiana’s amateur golfers go to earn their golfing credibility.

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29th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship Bethune-Cookman Universityraised the bar it has set in women’s golf by earning a record 12th title, while Alabama State University’s men’s quintet captured its first team crown Sunday in the 29th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship at PGA Golf Club. Bethune-Cookman, behind senior Jennifer Hide’s closing 2-under-par 70, recorded an unprecedented fourth consecutive championship by a 33-stroke margin over the University of Houston-Victoria. The Wildcats finished their three days’ work on the Ryder Course with a total of 880. “It never gets old to win the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship,”

Alabama State University wins 1st place in the Men's Dision One competition during the final round

said Bethune-Cookman Head Coach

and finished at 893, seven strokes

teammates Andrei Collins of Trinidad-

and PGA Professional Loritz “Scooter”

better than University of Incarnate

Tobago (80) and Jose Rodriguez of

Clark. “I was glad that we had a little

Word of San Antonio, Texas. Tennes-

Puerto Rico (80) struggled coming in.

bit of a comfortable lead for once. We’ll

see State was third at 910, followed

“It feels great after being here sev-

celebrate today and look to hopefully

by Bethune-Cookman and Florida

eral years and being so close before,

repeat next year.” “We work for this

A&M, which tied for fourth at 912.

with some seconds and thirds, to

tournament throughout the year, and

The Hornets were led by Canadians

finally win,” said Alabama State As-

when we get here, we know that we

Branson Ferrier, the Division I medal-

sistant Head Coach Robert Clark. “As

have made the right preparations,”

ist, and Francis Bethiaume. Ferrier

a PGA Professional, this means a lot

said Hide. “I really liked this course;

posted a 2-under-par 70 that included

for our program, for our kids and for

it’s my favorite course to play.”

six birdies and two double bogeys, for

our school. Branson is a very good

Alabama State entered the Division

a 54-hole total of 10-under-par 206.

player. He has aspirations of play-

I men’s final round with a 14-stroke

Berthiaume, a junior from Montreal,

ing on the PGA Tour one day, and

cushion over Florida A&M University,

closed with a 71 for insurance, while

if he continues to work at his golf maturity, I think he will get there.” University of Houston-Victoria sophomore Heather Shake of Pearland, Texas, fired a 67 to finish at 4-under-par 212 to claim her secondconsecutive Division I medalist honor. The 20-year-old earned a berth in next week’s Symetra Tour’s Mission Health Wellness Classic at the Country Club of Asheville in North Carolina. “It’s really cool to win here again,” said Shake. “Before I came here, I was struggling with striking the ball but something just clicked, and I finally got to throwing darts. I had prob-

Bethune-Cookman University wins 1st place in the Women's Team Division


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Tiana Jones, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, wins 1st place in the Women's Individual Invitational

Andrea Orozco, Bethune-Cookman University, with coach Scooter Clark

fully, I got it back. I love this golf course;

forced a suspension of play at 2:51 p.m.

see more African-Americans in golf.”

it sets up perfect for my game.”

Championship officials determined that

LeMoyne-Owen College senior

Alabama State’s national champi-

both divisions would not have been

Dominique Worthen of Flint, Michigan,

ons traveled 10½ hours by bus from

able to complete their final rounds.

captured the Men’s Individual Invi-

the campus in Montgomery, Alabama,

Tiana Jones, now a freshman in the

tational after a long journey. He lost

to PGA Golf Club. “I had a birthday

University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s

a 2013 playoff while attending Texas

on the way down,” joked Clark. “Well,

PGA Professional Golf Management

Southern University, then was third last

it felt like a birthday, because it was

University Program, turned in a 72 and

year. He held on Sunday for a 74 and

a long ride. Our expectations were

223 total for a second straight Women’s

217 total, defeating Siyan Liu, a Palm

high this week after having basi-

Individual Invitational title. Last year,

Beach Atlantic University freshman

cally the same group last year.”

she was victorious while playing for

from Beijing, China, by two strokes. “It

Heather Shake, University of Houston-Victoria, wins the exemption into next week's Symetra Tour Mission Health Wellness Classic

was tough for me today, but I knew if I could hit good drives, I could win,” said Worthen, who had a two-putt par on No. 18. “I borrowed my dad’s driver after the first round, and it feels good to win.” The Championship featured 220 players representing 50 colleges and universities, 12 countries and two U.S. territories. The PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship has elevated golf in minority colleges and universities by providing opportunities for players to compete in a national championship. In 2006, the PGA of America was granted complete ownership and management by the National Minority Collegiate Golf Scholarship Fund. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org, follow @

Cal State Dominguez Hills (Divi-

South Carolina State University. “I want

PGAofAmerica on Twitter and Insta-

sion II) and University of Texas at

to play on the LPGA Tour, and also want

gram, and find us on Facebook. Join

Brownsville (NAIA), the respective

to own my own academy and build

the conversation about the 29th PGA

36-hole division leaders, were declared

my own golf course, and give back to

Minority Collegiate Golf Champion-

champions when inclement weather

the community,” said Jones. “I want to

ship on Twitter at #MinorityChamp.

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By Steve Morris

Tournament Season is Under Way in the North Florida Section!

Left to Right: Rich Smith, NFPGA Executive Director/CEO, Freddy Gibson, Kevin Crawford and Host PGA Professional Rod Perry.) Rich Smith and Kevin Crawford

The first Major of the North Florida Section PGA was the Global Golf Sales Match Play Championship held at Tranquilo Four Seasons in Orlando. Impressive! That best describes our week at Tranquilo! Kevin Crawford, Bay Hill Club & Lodge successfully defended his 2014 Match Play Title! Kevin defeated Zack Vervaecke, Belleview Biltmore with an impressive birdie on the brutal 18th hole to secure the match! Greg Koch, Ritz Carlton Orlando and Tyler Hitchcock, Walt Disney World Golf rounded out the Final 4. Players will attest that this may be the toughest to title to win as they battle through talented brackets of competitors. Anything can happen and momentum can switch at any time throughout a match. Impressive also describes the Tranquilo Four Seasons golf course! It was in fabulous shape and a privilege to play. Thank you to host PGA Professionals Charlie Kent and Scott Blanchard for the exceptional service! Thank you to Superintendent Rusty Wilson and his crew for the awesome course preparation. Thank you to the entire staff at Tranquilo for their efforts in catering to our players. Impressive as well, was we had the largest purse in history! Thank you to Steve Sponder and Global Golf Sales and the PGA TOUR. Thank you to Chase 54 and Jim Devine for the shirts for all of the competitors. Finally, thank you to all of our NFPGA competitors who shared their desire to compete. It’s great to see PGA Professionals who believe that competition is still an important aspect of being a PGA Professional. 54

Freddy Gibson, Golf Ed teamed with Kevin Crawford, Bay Hill Club & Lodge to claim victory in a sudden death playoff in our NFPGA Senior Junior Championship. Freddy and Kevin bested Nick Frontero, Tee It Up and Brad Turner, Golf Academy of America. Once again, Kevin made a clutch putt in the playoff for birdie to win the title for the team. Crane Lakes was in great shape and challenging. A special thank you to host Professional Rod Perry and the owners and members for supporting our event. Also, thank you to our presenting partners for their support. Together, Crane Lakes and our partners created the largest purse ever for this Championship! It’s always fun to see the “old” and “young” team up to compete and gather for some camaraderie. Thank you to all who competed and made this event the best ever!

the Southwest Chapter hosted by Longboat Key Harbourside, Barry Cheesman, Tatum Ridge defeated Kevin Paschall, Serenoa in a sudden death playoff to win the title. Kevin Paschall did win the Senior Chapter Championship and Ken Bartlett, also from Serenoa won the Chapter Assistant Championship. In the East Central Chapter hosted by Southern Dunes, Rod Perry, Crane Lakes Golf & CC defended his title from last year. Rod birdied the final hole to edge out Greg Koch, Ritz Carlton Orlando by a shot! Freddy Gibson, Golf Ed won the Senior Championship and Matt Borchert from Isleworth won the Chapter Assistant Championship. Thank you to all the sponsors and partners who support all the Chapter Championships and especially Chase54 for donating shirts to all of the competitors in all four Chapter Championships! Visit nfpga.com for all of the full field results.

Barry Cheesman

Jon Mansfield

Three of the four NFPGA Chapters have crowned their 2015 Chapter Champions! In the West Central Chapter hosted by Belleair CC, Jon Mansfield, Clearwater CC took the title. Jon fired 66 in the final round to cruise to a 5-shot victory over the next finisher. In

Rod Perry Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3

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VanDyck Elected 18th president of South Florida PGA

Officers elected during Annual Meeting of the Membership

Mark VanDyck

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Membership presented by Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and PGA National Resort and Spa took place on Wednesday, June 3rd at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Approximately 200 South Florida PGA Professionals attended the meeting. Guest speaker, PGA of America’s CEO, Pete Bevacqua spoke to the membership about the Long Term

Don Meadows

Karl Bublitz

· President – Mark VanDyck, PGA

PGA Professionals Dan Gawronski,

Director of Golf at Fort Lauderdale

Southwest Chapter At Large Board

Country Club in Fort Lauderdale.

Member, Chris Krause, Southern Chap-

· Vice President – Don Mead-

ter President and Christian Sheehan,

ows, PGA Director of Golf at Quail

Southwest Chapter President were

Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach

also sworn into their positions.

· Secretary – Karl Bublitz, PGA

Following the meeting, members

Director of Golf at Grey Oaks

enjoyed a complimentary cock-

Country Club In Naples

tail reception hosted by the Semi-

In addition to the officers, fellow

nole Casino Coconut Creek.

Strategic Plan. He emphasized the PGA’s constant pursuit of excellence and commitment to innovation and collaboration. The PGA is defined by teamwork and talent and commitment to diversity and inclusion. The eight points of the Strategic Plan include Employment, Education, Properties, Player development, PGA Reach, Sections, Championships and Global Following Bevacqua’s speech, Immediate Past President, Warren Bottke was awarded his official green jacket in recognition of his service as President of the South Florida PGA over the past two years. Then the membership showed their support as the newly elected officers were sworn into office. The following members were sworn into office:


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Foursomes are $2,500 and include golf, invitations to the Celebrity Pairings Party and accommodations. Sponsorships are also available.

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By Mike May

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Lake Worth Municipal Golf Club:

A Coastal Paradise While golfers in Palm Beach County, Florida have access to a number of well-known, nicely manicured layouts such as Emerald Dunes, Madison Green, and PGA National, one of the forgotten ‘gems’ is Lake Worth Municipal Golf Club, one of the courses on the Florida Historic Golf Trail. It’s ‘worth’ noting that Lake Worth Municipal (www. lakeworth.org; 561-582-9713) was a winter golfing destination for baseball great Babe Ruth, back in the day! Opened in 1926 as a nine-hole course designed by Theodore J. Moreau and William Langford, Lake Worth Municipal is perched on one of the most

nearby Atlantic Ocean is another bonus -- keeping it comfortable. As for the actual golf course, it’s an old-style south Florida golf course, where walking is always an option. It’s pure golf and a fun outlet for golfers of all abilities. Every day, Lake Worth Municipal plays like a links golf course as the wind is everpresent -- always impacting your selection of the right club for the next shot. What makes this course special is that every green is raised from the fairway and is bordered by a lush perimeter which adds to the difficulty of getting ‘up & down’ for par. While the championship tees measure less than 6,200 yards, the course will play longer and tougher than it appears on paper. The course opens and closes ‘like a lion,’ and

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scenic parts of south Florida – adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway. In 1948, golf course architect Dick Wilson redesigned the existing nine holes and added nine more to create today’s par-70 layout. Here, while six of the holes are alongside the Intracoastal, all 18 holes are within eyeshot of the aquatic landmark. You can always look to the east and see the water. The views are also spectacular from the club’s ‘19th hole,’ E.R. Bradley’s Beach Club, which overlooks the Intracoastal. After each shot, every golfer should take a moment to glance at the beauty of the nearby waterway. It helps put the game of golf in its proper perspective. And, the ocean breeze off the 58

the 16 other holes are not ‘lamb-like.’ The opening hole is a 500+ yard, rightto-left par five -- the #2 handicap hole. If you hit the opening tee shot too far left, your ball will find the Intracoastal Waterway. At Lake Worth Municipal,

the best was saved for last, as the 18th is a 435-yard par four, made more difficult by any southerly breeze. The 18th is the #1 handicap hole. A par at the home hole is always a worthy achievement. The most memorable tee shot here is at the par-three 17th. From the tee, an unblocked view of the Intracoastal Waterway is at your back -- a priceless perspective. As you look to the 17th green, the steeple of a nearby church grabs your attention, especially late in the day with a setting sun to the west. With your tee shot, aim to the right of the steeple. To add to the local ‘flavor’ of Lake Worth Municipal, three benches on the course are named in honor of those who once called this club their golfing home. They are Charlie Terry, Agnes Carreccia, and a group of golfers called “The Dogfighters.” After you play Lake Worth Municipal, you’ll understand why this course was their ‘home away from home’ and why it remains that way for many of the area’s golfing regulars. Plus, not many people get to play golf and walk in the footsteps of such luminary figures as baseball slugger Babe Ruth. The Lake Worth Municipal Golf Club awaits your arrival. Are you ready? Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3

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Central Alabama’s Single-Shot Sensations In golf, championship memories are often made at par threes. Think about it. Many of golf’s biggest moments over the years were made on these singleshot sensations. Case in point: Do you remember Jack Nicklaus’ massive birdie putt on the par-three 16th in the fourth round of the 1975 Masters to beat Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf? Do you recall Tom Watson holing his greenside birdie chip at the par-three 17th in the fourth round of the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, which clinched his victory? And, do you remember Fred Couples’ tee shot on the parthree 12th in the fourth round of the 1992 Masters when his ball refused to roll back down the slope into Rae’s Creek? Fred got up and down to save par and won the Masters that year. When your golf travels take you to central Alabama, you will play

North River #17 many jaw-dropping par threes – some of which will be on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. At Tuscaloosa’s NorthRiver Yacht Club, there is one par three (the 6th) on the front nine and one par three on the back nine (the 17th), which are arguably two of the most picturesque holes that you will play. Both par threes feature a pond that sits between the tee and the green. The view from the tee is nothing short of picturesque. In both cases, take enough club to you reach the putting surface. At FarmLinks in Sylacauga, the par three fifth is the Signature Hole. The tee shot is one of the most dramatic and visually appealing shots that you will ever hit in your golfing life. At the fifth, you will be faced with a downhill tee shot to a green in the valley below. From the Longhorn tees, there’s a 170-foot vertical drop from tee to green. As soon as you arrive 60

FarmLinks #5 on the tee, enjoy the spectacular, panoramic perspective of the nearby countryside, including a view of Sulphur Mountain in the distance. The other breathtaking par three at FarmLinks is the 17th hole. With Parker Lodge situated in the woods behind the green, the 17th is called Big Gulp because Pennywinkle Lake sits between the tee and the green. This is no time to be short with your tee shot. At the 17th, you are definitely better off trying to save par from behind the green than from the bottom of Pennywinkle Lake! The view from Parker’s Lodge is one of the most picturesque sights in golf. At the Lake course at Grand National near Opelika, bring your camera to the par three 15th hole. From the tee box, you are faced with a 100 percent carry over part of Lake Saugahatchee to the green. If you make a mistake on this tee shot, make sure you are long or to the left of the green. Anything that is short or right of the green will find a ‘watery grave.’ This is one of most scenic holes on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. At the Ridge course at Oxmoor Valley near Birmingham, the most memorable par three is the 8th hole. Here, the tee shot must carry a pond. Because of its downhill nature, you don’t need as much club as the distance would normally require. This is a fun hole to play as you get to watch a well-struck tee shot search for the flagstick. A hole-in-

one is always possible. Don’t forget to repair your pitch mark on the green. An exciting, memory making opportunity at Ross Bridge in Hoover is the tee shot over the water at the par three 4th hole. If the pin is located on the front of the green, aim for the middle of the green. If the pin is anywhere else on the putting surface, you have ‘the green light’ to go directly at the flag. Good luck as you go pin-seeking on your next golf trip to central Alabama! Maybe you will be golf’s next single-shot sensation.

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"A Tar Heel" State Treat The Country Club of Salisbury (Salisbury, NC; www.ccofsalisbury.com) is like your family’s aging matriarch. She may not be big, mighty, and overpowering, but as time goes by, you admire and respect her for all that she stands for and has taught you over the years. And as all golfers would agree, lessons are often learned in golf as they are learned in life -- the hard way, usually with a message from that aging matriarch. The Country Club of Salisbury, a Donald Ross design, is also like a fine French wine. It gets better with age. Like many Donald Ross courses, what the Country Club of Salisbury lacks in length – less than 6,600 yards from the back tees -- is compensated by cleverly designed greens and well-positioned bunkers. At the Country Club of Salisbury, you can clearly see where you need to hit your tee shots, but that changes from day to day based on the proximity of the pin positions on the greens. The 18 holes at the Country Club of Salisbury, which opened in 1920, appear rather benign on paper, but don’t ‘judge a book by its cover,’ as they say. If you can move the ball with a fade or a draw, then you will do well on this course. For the most part, the Country Club of Salisbury – a par 71 layout -- opens with nine holes in the rolling hills of central North Carolina and finishes with nine holes in the low-lying valley. Of the first nine tee shots, four are downhill, three are uphill, and two of them demand a slight right-toleft trajectory. There are no simple, straightaway, 375-yard par fours at the Country Club of Salisbury, a private equity club located about 45 minutes northeast of Charlotte, just off I-85. The first five holes of the back nine are fairly flat, but the sloping hill that crosses the 10th fairway is a piece of terrain that you must carry; the 11th and 12th fairways are heavily bunkered; the trees are a major concern on the 13th if your tee shot veers left or right; and a wide, rock-filled creek protects the entrance to the 14th green. Once you step foot on the tee of the par five 15th, you have a geographic roller coaster ride home where false fronts 62

are the key feature of the last four greens. The tee shot at the 16th is ‘blind’ and the approach is to a raised, crowned green -- a typical feature of a Donald Ross design. The most difficult tee shot on the course is on the par three 17th where you must carry the ball from tee to green in order to get a birdie putt. Anything short of the green will finish in a greenside sand trap or will trickle back down the hill, leaving a daunting uphill chip to a thin, rolling, ribbon-like green. The home hole, a right-to-left dogleg par four, presents a downhill tee shot followed by an uphill approach to

a well-protected green. If you can finish with four straight pars or better at the Country Club of Salisbury, that is worthy of a fist-pump. Afterwards, while relaxing at the Grill Room, you will look back on your round and recall a number of ‘wouldacoulda-shoulda’ moments where potential pars turned into bogeys and possible birdies never materialized. So, when you play the Country Club of Salisbury, wear your ‘thinking cap’ and make sure it’s working, otherwise you will continue to learn lessons the hard way, just as you have over the years from your family’s aging matriarch. Southern Golf Central • Volume 16, Issue 3

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Phenomenal Pros, which is comprised of Marcus Bell (8 year NFL veteran), Dontari Poe (two-time pro-bowler), DeAngelo Williams (10 year NFL veteran), and Reggie Howard (7 year NFL veteran) all of which are former University of Memphis football standouts, came together for their annual Phenomenal Pros weekend to give back to the youth of the City of Memphis and tri-state area. Over 20 teams participated over the weekend to raise funds to provide a free football camp for youth entering grades 9-12 by participating in bowling and golf activities. Also on hand to support the cause this year was Kevin Dockery (Superbowl Champ) and Ronald McKinnon (10 year NFL veteran). This year’s sponsors included Best Buy, Lenny’s, LJS Entertainment, UAF, and Memphis Bell Transportation. Phenomenal Pros is looking forward to next year’s activities. If you are interested in participating or being a sponsor for Phenomenal Pros weekend in June 2016, please send an email to phenomenalpro@yahoo.com.


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Willis Wins Third Tennessee Open Garrett Willis of Loudon, TN captured the 67th SunTrust Tennessee Open Championship with a two shot victory over 2002 Tennessee Open Champion Tim Jackson of Germantown, TN. The victory was Willis’s third win in the championship—having also won in 2000 and 2013. With the win, Willis joins Mason Rudolph (6), Pat Abbott (4), Gibby Gilbert, Sr. (4) and Joe Campbell (3) as the only players to win three or more Tennessee Opens. Willis shot a tournament record 62 (10-under-par) in the second round which allowed him to take a three stroke lead into the final round. Willis began his final round with a front nine score of 35. He then proceeded to make a triple-bogey at the par-4 10th hole which allowed Jackson to move into a tie for the lead. Willis


bounced back with a quick birdie at the par-4 11th hole, but a wayward shot at the par-5 15th hole led to a doublebogey. With Jackson now in the lead, Willis played aggressively and after birdies on the par-3 16th hole and par-4 17th hole, Willis and Jackson stood on the tee of the final hole of the championship tied for the lead. After another birdie by Willis, he would fin-

ish with a final round 73 and 54-hole total of 205 (11-under-par) which was good enough for the two-stroke victory. Willis took home the first place check of $10,000 and will have his name engraved on the Tennessee Open’s Curtis Person, Sr. Trophy which is on permanent display at Golf House Tennessee in Franklin, TN.

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Garrett Willis, Loudon, Tenn. - 70-62-73--205 (a) Tim Jackson, Germantown, Tenn. - 68-67-72--207 (a) Hunter Richardson, Clarksville, Tenn. - 68-68-72--208 Grant Leaver, Centerville , Tenn. - 68-69-72--209 (a) Wes Gosselin, Knoxville , Tenn. - 67-69-73--209 (a) Ben Wolcott, Burns, Tenn. - 70-69-70--209 (a) Todd Burgan, Powell, Tenn. - 72-66-71--209 Jason Millard, Murfreesboro, Tenn. - 72-67-71--210 Chas Narramore, Kingston, Tenn. - 67-73-70--210 Lexus Keoninh, Murfreesboro, Tenn. - 72-72-67--211 Johan Kok, Brentwood, Tenn. - 72-68-71--211 Cliff Kresge, Kingsport, Tenn. - 73-67-71--211

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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)

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Hill Club & Lodge is a highly regarded golf resort, but now the fishing enthusiast will be excited to plan a stay at this highly regarded resort destination, owned and operated by legendary golfer, Arnold Palmer. Located on the Butler Chain of Lakes in Orlando, which is considered to be some of the best Bass fishing in the state of Florida, Bay Hill has created the perfect package for both the novice or experienced fisherman that includes a half-day excursion with a licensed, professional fishing guide (all fishing gear and bait provided) that leaves right from the Bay Hill Marina, just a few steps from the lodge. A typical half day catch includes bass, speckled perch, bluegill, catfish and more. The Bay Hill Fishing Package Lodge Room Golf View includes a comfortable lodge guest room, full breakfast daily, and a four ship golf course, home of the Arnold hour private, guided fishing excursion Palmer Invitational Presented by with a licensed professional fishMasterCard, is closed for summer due ing guide (over 50 years experience / to a comprehensive re-grassing project second generation guide). You will


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Bass Fishing on the greens, as well as additional fairway restorations and some design modifications. The course is planned to reopen sometime in August, 2015. Located just minutes from downtown Orlando and area attractions, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge is the site of the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard golf tournament. The 70-room property features 27-holes of golf, the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy, tennis on four Hartru and two DecoTurf courts, a full service spa and salon, fitness center, a heated Jr. Olympic-size pool, three dining locations, 3 lounges, and 9,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. For reservations or membership information, call (888) 422-9445 or (407) 876-2429.

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Starting this month, we’re going to be including a Q & A section with our golf strength tip of the month. Don’t forget to send in your questions to mitch11strength@gmail.com through Twitter @MitchSadowsky or facebook. com/Mitch11strength Loving the video segment and the low top converse!! If you haven’t already covered it in the O&A, could you cover the importance of training barefoot or in shoes with less lift? –John Palm Harbor, FL Thanks John, Great question! When training, I actually do prefer barefoot for many ground based exercises such as deadlifts or anything with a kettlebell (please avoid dropping the bells on your bare feet). If you do prefer shoes I really like shoes with minimal to zero heel lift. Why? Several reasons. One, barefoot or shoes with minimal lift give the feet a chance to interact with the ground better therefore increasing foot strength and stability. Being closer to the ground also gives your body a better feel and connection with the ground, increasing the ability to create force (ground reaction force). Lifting the heel also affects the potentiation of the posterior chain. In regular terms, it’s tough to get the posterior chain involved and working when it feels like we’re being pushed forward. Another reason I really like Converse Chuck Taylor shoes for strength is it allows the foot to create better ground reaction force. Meaning, when you wear a traditional running shoe to strength train in, the cushion in the shoe will decrease the force at which you can push through the ground. Because Chuck’s have such rigid sole, the ability to create force though the ground increases quite a bit. Now, there ARE exceptions. A weightlifting shoe generally has more heel lift but an extremely rigid sole. The heel lift will allow a deeper hip hinge in to a squat if you are squatting heavy or doing Olympic lifts such as cleans, snatches or variations of them. But, if you don’t have those, I think Chuck’s or any other minimal rise, rigid sole shoe is great. As it applies to golf, most golf shoes DO have a slight heel lift and is favorable to creating greater ground force due to the golf posture. In fact, there was a great study done comparing golf specific shoes with a heel rise vs a minimal heel rise golf shoe and the shoe with the greater heel rise allowed the center of balance to shift forward versus staying over the heel. The forward posture allowed better control of the swing and better swing kinematics. The key though, as with all footwear, find what’s BEST for your foot since everyone’s feet are different.

By Mitch Sadowsky

MS SPSc TP11 USAW AIS FMS Director of Golf Fitness Lake Nona Country Club Owner, Mitch11 Strength and Performance

If you could do just ONE exercise for golf, what would it be? ––Pat, Milwaukee, WI Just ONE? OK, well if I can have just ONE, it would have to be the kettlebell swing. When done correctly, it should look like an Olympic lift rather than a squat. The rapid acceleration of the bell via the motion of the hips and knees requires substantial activation of muscles in both the posterior chain and the abdominals, similar to a jump. At the top of the swing (shoulder height, no higher) a contraction of the abdominals makes the swing feel like a plank creating tension through the trunk and maintaining an engagement of the lats, a key structure in the golf swing for maintaining T-spine mobility and strength. So: explosive movement, enhances postural integrity, forces core stabilization, creates gluteal activation, builds hamstring strength and is a great interval exercise. Sounds like a winner to me! I really like doing crossfit. Is crossfit good for golf? ––Laura, Orlando, FL Welp, I’m opening Pandora’s box here. Thanks Laura! As a trainer, and I do have a Crossfit Level 1 certification, I like a LOT of aspects of Crossfit. I believe there are some drawbacks, but there are lot of benefits as well. One big drawback is the lack of movements in all three planes of motion. Crossfit tends to stay mainly in the frontal and sagittal planes with little rotational work in the transverse plane. I also think that overloading and loss of movement intregrity/loss of form is a concern. HOWEVER, I think there are some good Crossfit boxes out there, and some bad ones. Just like there are a good trainers and bad trainers. If you do decide to do the crossfit route, make sure you are supplementing your workouts with some rotational and lateral work to keep your golf game strong!! Thanks for everyone’s questions this week. Keep them coming for next month! See you next month!!!

Exercise of the month: Pro agility shuttle You might recognize this as a staple from the NFL Combine, but it’s also a great tool to develop speed, acceleration, change of direction and rotational speed. Here’s how it’s done: Using 3 cones or any object to mark a distance with, place two cones ten yards apart and a third cone in the middle as the start/ finish line. The athlete straddles the middle line. The player can start by going either to the right or left direction. For example, at the start (you can use a partner to time you or train solo), the player turns and runs five yards to the right side and touches the line with his or her right hand. He or she then runs 10 yards to their left and touches the other line with their left hand, then finally turns and finishes by running back through the start/finish line. Use a 1 to 4 or higher work to rest ratio for best results (if it takes you 5 seconds to complete, rest 20 seconds or more before repeating).


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