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Adapt and Overcome! Not just a motto of the US Marine Corp, but words to inspire people dealing with challenges, Volume 15, Issue 9

changes, or difficult situations. Life is Change. Growth is Optional.

Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Tennessee Golf Central Publisher: Glenn Makin, Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth,

Choose Wisely. The Adaptive Golf Foundation was founded and is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida and we are continuing our commitment to include interesting, and diversity in more players through our future features. I was reacquainted to this organization by Deb Shuck (see pg 35) and I rejoice in her achievements and courage. She is a woman who sees opportunity for growth! Please learn more about this awesome organization at www.agfofamerica.com. All eyes are on Florida during the month of March, as we are host to the Florida Swing: four PGA Tour Events starting

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event has been voted the “Most Fan Friendly Tournament” by Golf Magazine. PUMA tent here we come! I will be attending. We are not only “the place to be” during the bitter cold winter but, we’ve got a lotta shite going on here. We’ve been ready for the snow birds to fly on in and enjoy world class competition. Some think in competition there needs to be a winner and loser, well everybody wins! Winner, winner snow bird dinner. When you start with the world’s largest golf merchandise show, and then go to Coates Championship, LPGA’S newest event hosted at Golden Ocala; then Down to Naples to the Ace Group Classic, a Champions Tour event; pit stop in Daytona for the 500; then next week in South East Fl. at PGA National; follow us to Trump’s Doral for the Cadillac Championship; then Valspar at Innisbrook, and then Arnold Palmer Invitational at his course in O’ Town, Bay Hill. Whew, so much for run on sentences, and run on fun! Come grab some sunshine, everyone else is. We will be focusing more on Stay & Play in the “North” South East in the upcoming issues as they start to thaw out in TN, GA, AL, MS, and the Carolinas! 4

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Charles Schwab and PGA TOUR Sign Record 20-year Marketing Partnership SAN FRANCISCO, CA and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL– The PGA TOUR and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. today announced an historic 20-year extension of their multifaceted marketing partnership. This represents the longest marketing agreement the PGA TOUR has ever entered. In conjunction with the extension, the Champions Tour will be creating a playoff system

Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation Announces $60 Million Pledge to Support Miami Children's Health System MIAMI and NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Miami Children’s Health System today announce a $60 million pledge to support the sustained growth and advancement of the health system’s acclaimed Miami-based children’s hospital. In recognition, Miami Children’s Hospital-the flagship of Miami Children’s Health System-and its network of outpatient centers will bear the Nicklaus Children’s

Index Investment Group Acquires Florida Keys Country Club and Plans for Addition of Hotel, Villas and Marina Investment Group expanding Florida portfolio into the resort industries Jupiter, FL -- Index Investment Group (Index) is announcing the acquisition of the Florida Keys Country Club through their subsidiary Florida Keys Resort LLC, in a joint venture with an entity owned by local businessmen Robert Leef and Peter Rosasco. Index is a dynamic real estate investment group with major investment initiatives throughout Florida including 8

beginning with the 2016 season, with details on the structure forthcoming. The announcements were made by Schwab Founder and Chairman Charles R. Schwab and PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Charles Schwab has been an exceptional partner of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour since 1997,” Finchem said. “In particular, Schwab has had a profound impact on the Champions Tour through its sponsorship of the Charles Schwab Cup and, more recently, the

Hospital name, effective in March of this year. “The health and well-being of children have always been a primary focus for us,” golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara said in a shared statement. “Miami Children’s Hospital has been a wonderful partner. Our collaboration with Miami Children’s Health System in serving children in Palm Beach County has led us to seek additional opportunities to make a difference. We are proud and incredibly humbled by the decision to place our family name on the hospital. To us, there is no higher calling than to help children in need of medical care, hope and healing.”

apartment communities, senior living facilities and luxury condominiums and is now thrilled to expand into the golf and hotel industries with this new resort venture. Florida Keys Resort LLC will redevelop the property with a complete renovation of the golf course and the construction of 110 hotel rooms, 15 villas and a marina for approximately $60 million. The Florida Keys Country Club is located in Marathon, FL and is one of only three golf courses in the Florida Keys. The course sprawls over nearly 120 acres of lush, lagoonlinked tropical lands and is rich with palm tree-lined fairways, lush manicured greens and breathtaking views. Originally designed by Mark Mahannah, a renowned golf course architect, the 6500-yard, par 72 course offers a distinct layout and challenges golfers of all levels. The addition of the hotel, villas and marina will make the course more accessible to visitors, brand it as a unique golf and active life destination, and create the premier facility for Florida Keys golf, tennis and country club life. For more information about Index Investment Group, visit www.indexinvest.com.

Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Today, we are thrilled to announce that this important relationship will continue another 20 years through this unprecedented agreement.

NGCOA Honors Greg Norman with 2015 Award of Merit CHARLESTON, SC– The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) has named golf legend Greg Norman its 2015 recipient of the Award of Merit in recognition of “The Shark’s” storied career on the course and his expansive success as a golf industry business professional off the course. Presented today at the association’s Annual Conference, held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show, the award is “designated for long-term and significant contributions to the game of golf”. One of the most colorful and successful golfers in the game’s history, Norman used his daring, swashbuckling style to capture 90 international victories, including two majors (The Open Championship 1986, 1993), and 20 PGA TOUR events. He spent 331 weeks ranked as the world’s No.1 golfer in the 1980s and ‘90s. Norman is also a three-time winner of the Vardon Trophy, awarded by the PGA of America each year to the PGA TOUR player with the lowest scoring average. “We selected Greg Norman for our Award of Merit for the many, many years he has dedicated to advancing the game of golf and the lifestyle that comes with it,” said Mike Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of the NGCOA. “Greg’s accomplishments in tournament golf are well-known but he has also been very successful in his various golf business ventures.” For more information, visit www.ngcoa.org or call 1-800-933-4262. Southern Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 9

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Bring Your Game! The A-game Sports Pub held its Grand Opening on Super Bowl Sunday, at Indigo Lakes Golf Club. Enjoyed by all, the packed crowd dined on a variety of “American Pub Delectable’s”. Fortunately for the customers a burger is not just a burger at the A-game

new eatery is located at the Picturesque and challenging Indigo Lakes Golf Club, where the Greens are some of the best in the area. Great Golf and Great Food....the total package for the Golfers and individuals looking for a unique and exciting dining experience.

Sports Pub. The favorites include the Indigo Black & Blue Burger, Mango Tango and the Open Faced- which features grilled onions and seasoned cream cheese. Hotdog lovers enjoyed the Biggest Jumbo Hotdog in Daytona Beach, loaded with Chili and Cheese it’s a meal by itself. Most of all, the A-game Sports Pub is famous already for their 7-Flavors of Curly Fries.......Cajun, Sour Cream & Onion, Salt & Vinegar, Barbecue, Cheddar & Bacon, Loaded Baked Potato and finally “Country Brown Gravy”. All are crowd favorites. This brand


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

Now the fun begins.


Rockford, MI. Yes, lived there for 22 years before moving to Florida.

What do you do for a living?

Assistant Golf Professional, Tuscawilla Country Club and Mini Tour Golf

What would you like to do for a living? Play golf on tour

Tell us about your first kiss?

With the principals daughter in pre school, in front of the principals office, in front of the principal.

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I am colorblind

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Not fixing ball marks on the greens

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? Success. I can be happy knowing I’ve done everything I can to complete something I’ve started

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? My Father, Brother, and Tiger Woods

What do you fear the most? Shark Attacks

What are some of your great accomplishments?

2008 Division 1 High School Individual State Champion; Graduating College; Shooting 63 in final round of Mini Tour Event

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? Both sound just lovely

Favorite charity to support?

Glow Worm Youth Foundation. Foundation for underprivelaged kids in Central Florida.

Favorite Hole in Golf

13 at Augusta National 12


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Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

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Katie Mease

Where did you grow up? Fort Lauderdale Florida

Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? I never had a specific group that fit in any “click”

that most high schools have. I enjoyed having a diverse group of friends and chose not to disclude or discriminate against anyone. Better to have too many friends than not enough.

What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch?

I was a cheerleader in high school and yes, I do believe it is a sport! Although my favorite sport to watch is wrestling… the corny fake kind that can really grab your attention and keep you glued to the TV.

What do you feel makes this club special? Unlike many country

clubs we strive to make the members and customers smile; we want them to have a happy and memorable time so they want to come back. Juliette falls is more like a family we see some of the members and patrons more then they see their own grandchildren. To me that’s something special to not only be a cart girl but family.

If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing? I’m in school to become a nurse, eventually the day will come where I will graduate from being a cart girl and become a pediatric nurse.

What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the golf course?

The hundreds of men sneaking a pee on the course! Yes we see you and no, you’re not discrete.

What type of music do you prefer? I love a mix if it’s playing I probably 9 times out of 10 will sing along

What hobbies do you enjoy?

I’m very big into fitness. I absolutely love going to the gym and pushing myself to the max.

Favorite comedian?

Kevin Hart for sure

Favorite type of movie? I love, love, love action and syfi movies Favorite charity to support?

Parkinson’s disease. It’s a disease that doesn’t get enough support.

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

I am a mother to a micro mini potbelly pig that is not so micro any more, but still my little ham. And yes she snuggles with me every night. 14

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High Heat Driver is a ‘Game Changer,’ and ‘An Advantage For Amateur Golfers’ There were lots of shiny new products from the major players in the golf industry – drivers, irons, wedges and putters – introduced at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in January. The very best product, however, just might have come from a company you’ve never heard of. Knuth Golf officially launched its High Heat driver that was specifically designed from the ground up for scratch to high handicap amateur golfers, not tour pros, and the reviews have been spectacular. One noted sportswriter, Gary Van Sickle of Sports Illustrated, called High Heat “the most significant technologi-

cal innovation” at the PGA Show. He called High Heat “a game changer” and an “advantage” for amateur golfers compared to major brands. High Heat, designed by former USGA Senior Director Dean Knuth, was the only driver named to two “Best Products” lists from the PGA Show. Tony Leodora chose High Heat for his popular “Tony’s Top 10” golf products from the PGA Show. “Tony’s Top 10″ has been airing on the GolfTalk Live radio show in Philadelphia since 2006. “High Heat is the hottest driver coming out of this year’s PGA Show,” said Leodora. “It took the Show by storm.” High Heat also was the only driver recognized by golf writer Leigh MacKay 16

as one of the top six products from the Demo Day. MacKay’s column appeared in New England Golf Monthly’s web site. Here’s an excerpt from the column: “Knowing that tee shots hit below the center of the face can lose up to 20 yards, Knuth has given High Heat a much deeper and lower center of gravity (CG) than any of the major brands, producing more total distance and forgiveness. The driver has a unique face—Knuth’s Fire Zone Face Technology—with a combination of seven different zones of variable thickness, including patented “parabolic” lobes at the top of the toe and heel of the face. This increases springlike effect across the entire face while still conforming to USGA Rules and increasing the accuracy of High Heat. Golf Laboratories, the world’s leading independent, robotic testing facility, tested High Heat against major brands. The test results showed that High Heat was longer, straighter, and had more forgiveness than the major brands. The tests by real golfers, however, have added another layer of confidence for players looking for the hottest new driver. Here are some more comments: John Duval, IntoTheGrain.com: “The company claims that the low, deep CG also makes the driver more accurate on off center hits than any other driver. If you are among the majority of golfers that tend to make contact slightly off center and lower on the face, this is very good news. Even if you make consistent contact, you need to try this driver! Having hit the High Heat myself, I believe their claims. The High Heat driver hits the ball very high, very far and very straight.” Those Weekend Golf Guys Radio

Show on Golf Talk America at the PGA show: “High Heat’s whole face is a sweet spot. This driver is phenomenal.” Golf Writer Tony Dear: “The (High Heat) driver could be the answer to your first-tee prayers.” Mike Stinton of The Golf Channel and Golfing Magazine: “You are going to have to wrestle it from my hands.  High Heat made me feel like a pro. I just walked up and hit 8 tee shots and every one of them went right down the middle.” Knuth Golf’s Fire Zone Face Technology and the lower and deeper center of gravity are the key elements that make High Heat such a special driver. Van Sickle noted these technological advances in his story. But maybe most telling was his description of Knuth’s motivation. “He’s just a golfer who wants to make a great driver, not a publiclyowned company under pressure to make profits. This is a pursuit, a hobby, a quest to make a better club and yes, he’d like not to lose money on it. So keep in mind that the High Heat won’t be mass-produced by the thousands and be discounted by next year when a newer model comes out, unlike the big clubmakers. The High Heat will likely have a limited run. Just so you know... I’ve got my order in.”

High Heat’s regular price is $399. However, Southern Golf Central Magazine has arranged a Special Pre-Launch Price of $299 for its readers. You can obtain this price by going to www.knuthgolf.com, and when asked “How did your hear about this,” select the Southern Golf Central option. Knuth Golf’s 30-Day Full Refund Guarantee applies to this special price. Southern Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 9

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Lennar’s 16,500 Square Foot Oasis Club at ChampionsGate Officially Opened

Lennar recently hosted local government officials and residents at a ribbon cutting ceremony to open its newly completed Oasis Club at ChampionsGate, the master-planned golf community located on ChampionsGate Blvd. off I-4 Exit 58 (C.R. 532) south of Orlando near Disney. Brock Nicholas, division president for Lennar in the Orlando region said Davenport Mayor Darlene Bradley joined Lennar officials to cut the ribbon at the Oasis Club. The new 18-hole, Clifton, Ezell & Clifton-designed ChampionsGate golf course opened the same day with a four-man scramble tourna-

ment for homeowners. The course is being booked by organizations for golf tournaments year round. Nicholas said the magnificent Oasis Club is a 10 acre state-of-the-art 18

Lennar HOA manager Carlos De La Ossa, Davenport Mayor Darlene Bradley, Lennar Orlando division president Brock Nicholas, Lennar Orlando director of land development Rob Bonin, Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce president John Newstreet, Kevin Spencer of Lennar and Joe Catanzariti, Jr. Lennar vice president /sales and marketing

leisure palace with a 16,500 square foot clubhouse, its own restaurant, concierge, movie theater, fitness center, arcade, resort style swimming pool, spa, hot tub, outdoor Tiki bar, beach-entry pool, lazy river, private cabanas and water slides and the Oasis Kids Camp. One of the best Lennar features is a golf membership included in the purchase of a new home in The Country Club where Lennar

is building single-family homes priced from the high $200s. Every Lennar home comes with the ‘Everything’s Included” pledge -thousands of dollars of features and upgrades included in the price of the home – whether in The Country Club, or The Retreat with short-term luxury vacation homes priced from the high $300s; Four-plex Carriage Homes at The Champions Club from the high $100s; Golf Villas at The Vistas from the low $300s or single-family homes in The Estates at ChampionsGate priced from the mid $300s. For more information, visit www.LennarOrlando.com or call 800-454-3151. Southern Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 9

Tom Kidd presents the Awareness Cup to Nigel Mansell for low gross singles champion

On January 10, 2015, Rosen Shingle Creek hosted the inaugural Joan Kidd MD Ovarian Cancer Awareness Cup to benefit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is a powerful voice for everyone touched by ovarian cancer. The Alliance connects survivors, women at risk, caregivers and health providers with the information and resources they need. They ensure that ovarian cancer is a priority for

lawmakers and agencies in Washington, DC, and throughout the country. The Alliance helps the ovarian cancer community raise their voices on behalf of every life that has been affected by this disease. Single golfers competed in low gross and low net and Mixed Teams competed in low gross and low net best ball play for the Cup. Nigel Mansell, a past Formula One Race Car Champion, captured the individual champion golfer honors with a score of 73 and the mixed team of Dr. Erik Walker and Tama Caldabaugh won low gross champion for mixed teams with a score of 76. In addition to the Cup and crystal trophies awarded, the champions in each category took home a certificate for a complimentary entry,

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Dr. Erik Walker and Tama Caldabaugh captured the low gross Mixed Team title year’s Awareness Cup to be played at Pebble Beach on January 17-20, 2016. For more information on the 2016 Joan Kidd MD Ovarian Cancer Awareness Cup at Pebble Beach, please visit www.awarenesscup.org. Southern Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 9

2015 Joan Kidd MD Awareness Cup Tournament Results Individual Low Gross: Low Gross Champion Nigel Mansell 73 Second Low Gross Tama Caldabaugh 76 Third Low Gross Bill Mitzo 79 Mixed Team: Tom Kidd Joan Kidd Rory Wilson Stephanie Yakow Greg Whissel Erin Wilson

Low Gross Erik Walker & Tama Caldabaugh 76 Second Low Gross Bill & Jaime Mitzo 79 Third Low Gross Bob Miskar & Marci Likens 80 Mixed Team Net: Low Net Trey Goodwillie & Jane Farmer 54.9* Second Low Net Rob & Cathy Bethel 54.9 Third Low Net Dan & Becky Peterson 57 Singles-Men’s Division-Net: First Josh Rabine 71 Second Greg Bohrer 73

Joan makes the honorary "first putt"

Third Bob Miskar 75 Singles-Women’s Division-Net: First Lisa Mauti 63 Second Nancy Ventre 66 Third Marci Likens 71 Closest to the Pins: Hole 5 ------------------Becky Peterson Hole 7 ----------------------- Rob Bethel Hole 15 ---------------------Marci Likens Hole 17 --------------------- Josh Rabine

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The Stars Shine at Timacuan Not many golf courses in the world can claim to have the level of golf played on its fairways and greens as Timacuan Golf & Country Club had this past Saturday, Sunday and Monday. First came the EaglesDream Golf Academy Championship, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. That two-day tournament attracted 78 of the world’s best junior players Saturday and Sunday. Then on Monday, a field of 34 four-player teams hit the tee for the $10,000 Timacuan Scramble, and four extra holes were required to crown a champion. Below are reports from the two different competitions. But one common thread ran through the two tournaments: the golf course came out the real winner, especially the new Mini-Verde greens.

$10,000 Timacuan Scramble, Monday, January 19, 2015 It took four sudden-death playoff holes for Web.Com Tour player Tim O’Neal and his three teammates to win the $10,000 Timacuan Scramble Monday at Timacuan Golf & Country Club in Lake Mary. O’Neal and fellow pros Tommy Schaff (current Golf Channel Big

Break cast member), Jacob Tilton and Willie Mack shot 18-under-par 54 in regulation. That left them tied with the foursome of Chris Wolfe, Sam Ryder, Brian Richey and Kelvin Day. The two teams then headed for the beautiful par 3 16th for sudden death. Both teams birdied 16, 17 and 18, so they returned to 16. Tilton’s five-iron came to rest about 25 feet below the hole. After watching his teammates all miss the birdie putt, O’Neal calmly rolled it into the center of the cup. The opponents could not sink their 20-footer, and O’Neal and his teammates celebrated, pocketing $2,500 each. The runners-up won $1,000 each. “For the most part we all played very well today,” said O’Neal, whose tea finished second in this event a year ago. “We made the putts we needed to make. “I really like the golf course,” continued O’Neal. “Great greens. The speed and roll is very similar

to the greens we see on tour.” Thirty-four four-player teams competed in the sixth edition of this annual event, including a group of LPGA Tour players - Cindy Feng, Kim Kaufman, Marissa Steen and Nicole Vandermaide – who finished tied for third, one shot behind the winners at 55. “This was a fun event; we will be back next year,” said Kaufman. “We really enjoyed the greens here. They rolled fast and true. It was a fun format, and this was a great course for the scramble format.” Also tied at 55 were the teams of Mark Silvers, Chas Narramore, Kent Bulle and Jason Millard, and Ryan Brehm, Chris Ross, Jack Newman and Randall Hutchison.

AJGA’s EaglesDream Junior Golf Championship, Saturday & Sunday, January 17-18, 2015 Some of the best junior golfers from across the globe were at Timacuan Golf 22

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& Country Club this past weekend to compete in the EaglesDream Golf Academy Junior Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. It was two players from the same private school in Central Florida, however, took home the top honors. Eugene Hong of Orlando shot rounds of 67 and 69 for an eight-under-par total of 136 to win the boys title. Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary shot 68 and 72 for a four-under 140 total to finish atop the girls division. Both winners attend Circle Christian Academy. “I saw Eugene yesterday after the round and said ‘Let’s make this a Circle Christian weekend,” said Carlson. “We did it.” The 14-year-old Hong was clearly the class of the field at Timacuan. He held a two-shot lead over Ben Albin of New Mexico after round one, but coasted in tough windy conditions on Sunday, winning by eight shots. His lone bogey in the 36 holes came on the first hole of round two, but he rebounded quickly with a birdie on the tough second hole and never looked back, capturing his second AJGA title in three starts. “I didn’t think about having a lead. I just tried to play the same way I’ve

been playing,” said Hong. “These were tough conditions today, but my short game was very, very good. I made every putt inside 10 feet except for the three-putt on No. 1.” Carlson on the other hand was nip-and-tuck with her closest competitors throughout the two days. She remained calm, however, and struck the ball beautifully, hitting 17 of 18 greens on Saturday and all but three on Sunday. Runner up Anna Redding of Concord, NC, closed to within one stroke with birdies on 7, 8 and 10, but Carlson birdied 12 top open the lead to two, and that’s where it finished. “It feels so good to finally get it across the finish line,” said Carlson, who hadn’t won on the AJGA tour since 2012. “I

have finished second so many times. It’s great to finally get another win.” Carlson, a junior, has verbally committed to Vanderbilt. Other local girls finishing in the top 10 were Annie Kim of Winter Garden, third, Anne Yu of Lake Mary tied fourth and Amy Zhang, tied seventh. Among the local boys, Aden Ye of Lake Mary tied for third and Andre’ Leveque of Windermere tied for 10th. The Ron Garl-designed golf course drew rave reviews from most of the field of 78, especially the smooth, fast greens, which were rebuilt in 2013. “I really like this golf course,” said Carlson. And Hong added, “The greens here are really, really good. It is a good golf course overall.”

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Brooks Koepka: A New Star Is Born For 24-year-old budding PGA Tour superstar Brooks Koepka, his pro career was nurtured in south Florida (greater West Palm Beach), took root in distant lands like Scotland, Kazakhstan and Kenya, began to blossom in Turkey, and finally ‘bore fruit’ in America’s desert southwest. Get ready golf world, Koepka is prepared and equipped for another harvest of first-place finishes.…and it could include that Green Jacket which is given out each April in eastern Georgia! Back on Super Bowl Sunday, when the world’s attention was focused on the Phoenix suburb of Glendale and that all-important gridiron clash between the Patriots and Seahawks, the world’s golfers were watching another sporting spectacle unfold – the Waste Management Phoenix Open – which was taking place in another suburb of Phoenix, Scottsdale. Late in the afternoon of Sunday, February 1, some of the world’s top golfers were playing their own version of ‘last man standing’ and young Koepka was simply the most resilient of the bunch. When all was said and done, Koepka was standing alone at the top of the leaderboard, one stroke clear of the field, which included two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, rising Japanese superstar Hideki Matsuyama, and American phenom Jordan Spieth. When Koepka started the final round, he was three shots off the lead held by Scotland’s Martin Laird. By day’s end, he was second to none after a closing round of 5-under par 66. Over the weekend, he bested a worldclass field that included nine major champions and two winners of the FedEx Cup. Simply put, Koepka is the real deal and the golfers of the world know it. What was Koepka’s response to his inaugural PGA Tour victory? Not much! “It feels amazing,” said Koepka, who won the Turkish Open back in November for his first victory on the European Tour and qualified for this year’s Masters by virtue of a fourthplace finish at last year’s U.S. Open at 26

Brooks Koepka Pinehurst where he was America’s highest finisher. It’s worth noting that Koepka’s resume has strong roots in the Sunshine State where he was born and raised. His secret to success has been hard work and countless hours on the driving range at the Okeeheelee Golf Course in suburban West Palm Beach as a young junior, playing on the golf team at Wellington Christian School and later for Cardinal Newman High School

(where he won a state championship in his junior year), and then enrolling at Florida State University in Tallahassee where was a two-time All-American. One of Koepka’s early career highlights was playing in the final round of the 2013 PGA Championship with his idol, Tiger Woods. Nowadays, it would be a career highlight for Woods to be paired with Koepka who is soaring up the world rankings and is now being discussed as early favorite to win a much coveted major championship this year, possibly as early as this spring at the Masters. If you don’t know how to pronounce his last name, learn how. The ‘o’ is silent, it’s a hard ‘k,’ and the ‘a’ is soft. Or like many great golfers like Jack, Arnie, Lee, Tiger, and Phil, get to know him by his first name, Brooks! Florida Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 6


EWGA Announces New EWGA Par 3 Challenge

Inaugural event provides amateurs with national short course competition

2015 EWGA Par 3 Challenge Schedule ARIZONA

Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale, Arizona

The EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association), the largest women focused national amateur golf association in the United States, is pleased to announce the new “EWGA Par 3 Challenge” schedule. A new competitive series for 2015, this nationwide inaugural event will feature regulation 18-hole Troon Golf courses located throughout the country, converted to shorter yardages to create the Par 3 experience. The EWGA Par 3 Challenge is expected to welcome more than 700 men and women nationwide. “The EWGA is thrilled to offer this new format for our members while offering non-EWGA members an opportunity to participate as well,” said EWGA CEO Pam Swensen. “We hope players who are new to competitive golf will find this format welcoming and enjoyable. It’s a great time to find a playing partner and come join in the team fun.” The event is a two-person best ball, with both Gross and Net Divisions at each qualifying site. Teams may consist of two women or a mixed team (one woman and one man). Two teams in both the Gross

and Net Divisions at all regional qualifiers will advance to the 2015 EWGA Par 3 Challenge Finals at the Palm Beach Par 3 in Palm Beach, Florida in late June. Entry fee includes green fee, cart, practice balls, tee prize for golfers, event prizes and post-tournament awards reception. EWGA members and nonmembers are welcome to participate. “The EWGA Par 3 Challenge will provide amateur golfers an opportunity to compete in a unique shortcourse experience nationwide,” said


Maderas Golf Club San Diego, California The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, California


The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa Savannah, Georgia


The Royal Fox Country Club Saint Charles, Illinois

EWGA Director of Player Development Le Ann Finger. “We are excited to feature Troon Golf facilities and to embrace an alternative format of golf that should create a fun and friendly competition, while being respectful of players’ time commitment by creating a faster way to play.” The Palm Beach Par 3 in Palm Beach, Florida will host the National Finals on Saturday, June 27, 2015. For entry forms and fees, qualifying dates and more on the 2015 EWGA Par 3 Challenge, please

MASSACHUSETTS Blue Hill Country Club Canton, Massachusetts


Centennial Golf Club Carmel, New York


The Golf Club at Champions Circle Ft. Worth, Texas


Potomac Shores Golf Club Potomac Shores, Virginia

visit the EWGA website. For more information about the EWGA and membership visit ewga.com.


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Mike Bender

Will Frantz

Florida Golf Day at the Capitol! February 5, 2015 Capitol Building, Tallahassee Florida Legislature met with various factions all day to focus on the Economic Impact, Environmental Preservation, Tourism Development, Health & Wellness and Charitable Donations for the State of Florida. The Event was covered by major media outlets. Of course, we’ll be were there! Rich Smith, NFPGA Executive Director/CEO will be joined by Mike Touhey, Mike Bender, Jim Dent, Will Frantz and Tim Melloh. We were offering free PGA instruction to legislators and lobbyists on the Capitol Lawn, too! With more than 1,200 golf courses, related communities, many major professional and amateur golf associations, PGA, LPGA, Web.com and Champions Tour events, as well as the World Golf Hall of Fame, golf is an integral part of Florida’s identity and an important part of its economic vitality. Too often, however, the story of golf’s significant impact on Florida’s tourism, recreational and leisure economy, and jobs provided, goes untold to state leaders and policy makers. Golf Florida, the statewide alliance comprised of the major participants in the golf industry, wishes to continue its efforts to educate top state policy and lawmakers on golf’s positive economic, environmental, social and charitable benefits to the Sunshine State. 30

Jim Dentrich & Rich Smith

North Florida PGA Member Rod Perry Hangs On to Win the 62nd PGA Stroke Play Championship presented by Premier Golf and GOLF ADVISOR PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2015) – Rod Perry of Port Orange, Florida, secured a one-stroke victory in the 62nd PGA Stroke Play Championship presented by Premier Golf and GOLF ADVISOR.  Perry, the 2013 PGA Professional National Champion and PGA Head Professional at Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club in Port Orange, finished with a 72-hole total of 12-under-par 276, one stroke better than two-time defending champion Bob Sowards

Rod Perry of Dublin, Ohio. Sowards, playing one group ahead of Perry, shot 69 after missing a short birdie putt on the 18th green. It was the 41-yearold Perry’s second PGA Stroke Play Championship and first since 2007.

NFPGA Past President’s Luncheon; Reunion Resort Past Presidents from the North Florida PGA gathered at Reunion Resort with our Officers and Executive Director at the end of January. A great round table forum to discuss our futures and mission! It was a great opportunity for these past leaders to get together

and offer their experiences and past successes. In attendance were: (left to right) Mike Touhey, Mike Lynch, MG Orender, Mike Warobick, Tony Austin, Gene Smith, Tony Johnson, Russ Libby, Rich Smith, John Hughes, Lew Smither, Jack Binswanger & Jim Awtrey.

Past Presidents

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Fine wines & spirits, smooth jazz and culinary offerings amidst a display of exotic vehicles & luxury brands.

Fine wines & spirits, smooth jazz and culinary offerings amidst a display of exotic vehicles & luxury brands.



150+ exotic cars, motorcycles & luxury brands on the fairway.

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PGA TOUR Superstore’s Experiential Retail Destination Comes to Orlando PGA TOUR Superstore ushered in a new experience for golfers and tennis players in Central Florida with the December grand opening of its first interactive Orlando retail store. The 50,000 square foot store, located at 7603 Turkey Lake Road near the intersection of West Sand Lake Road in Bayhill Plaza, is the PGA TOUR Superstore’s 21st location and the third in Florida, joining Delray Beach and Naples locations. “PGA TOUR Superstore is recognized as the retail authority for golfers who want to shop like the pros and have access to ‘all things golf. Our professional expertise and interactive environment inspires all types of golfers – from beginners to scratch golfers – to play the game and find everything they need under one roof,” said PGA TOUR Superstore President and CEO Dick Sullivan. “We are delivering to Orlando, above and beyond, the best experiential destination in golf. And for tennis players, we have the widest selection of brand

“We are delivering to Orlando, above and beyond, the best experiential destination in golf. And for tennis players, we have the widest selection of brand names in equipment and apparel.” –– PGA TOUR Superstore President and CEO Dick Sullivan PGA TOUR Superstore recently opened new stores in North Scottsdale, Arizona, and Southlake, Texas. PGA TOUR Superstore in Orlando

PGA TOUR Superstore President and CEO Dick Sullivan names in equipment and apparel.” The new Orlando store’s December grand opening celebration included $30,000 in product giveaways and a $10,000 grant to The First Tee of Orlando. “Orlando represents a premier market for our expansion and is the ideal place to introduce our brand,” added Sullivan. “We look to double PGA TOUR Superstore’s presence over the next four years with up to 40 locations across the U.S. by 2018, adding one million square feet of new golf and tennis retail space. 32

will employ 40-50 people and provide unique, interactive experiences to golf enthusiasts of all levels. The new Orlando store experience includes: Certified golf pros and personalized golf lessons, seven swing simulators for lessons and custom club fittings including a TOUR VAN fitting experience, three performance practice bays with swing analysis, and a 2,000 square foot putting green. Golf apparel, shoes and equipment from brands including adidas, Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland-Srixon, CobraPUMA, ECCO, FootJoy, Mizuno, NIKE,

PGA TOUR, PING, TaylorMade, Titleist and Under Armour. Tennis apparel and equipment from brands including Wilson, HEAD, Babolat, Prince, Dunlop, NIKE, adidas, K-Swiss and Tail. The Orlando PGA TOUR Superstore grand opening included $30,000 in giveaways, putting contests and swing evaluations. In addition to the grand opening festivities, a demonstration of commitment to the Orlando community included a $10,000 grant made to The First Tee of Central Florida, a top youth development program for building character, instilling life-enhancing values and promoting healthy choices through the game of golf. PGA TOUR Superstore, in addition to grants, provides young people in The First Tee program with access to state-of-the-art teaching, club fitting and training in its stores. PGA TOUR Superstore is owned and operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc., whose controlling owner and chairman is Arthur M. Blank, retired co-founder of The Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons. “We are equipped to serve a broad range of golfers and tennis players, with an emphasis on offering the industry’s best brands and providing the broadest array of services to meet each customer’s needs,” noted Blank. “We make it easy to get in and stay in the game, and we look forward to bringing our store’s products, services and expertise to golfers in Orlando and to being a positive contributor to the community.” Southern Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 9

2015 youth golfari July 12-18, 2015

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women in golf

'Arnie and Me' My Story By Holly Geoghegan I think everyone has a pivotal moment as a child that impacts you for the rest of your life. Mine happened in my hometown of Rochester New York in 1968. I was just starting to play golf and Oak Hill Country Club was the host site for the U.S. Open Championship. Rochester is a passionate golf city and the Open was the place to be that week. After much badgering, I persuaded my mom to let me skip school due to a “sudden illness” and go to the tournament.

my teachers. So much for my illness but I had definitely caught the golf bug! Twenty years later Arnie had inspired me to follow my love for the game and I had my dream job in the golf business. I was attending the Rolex Dinner of Champions at the 1989 U.S. Open where Arnie was being honored. On a whim I brought the original photo that had appeared in the newspaper and found the opportunity to have him sign it. Arnold gave me a wink and said, “Someone’s grown up into a beautiful gal.” WOW – I was on cloud nine all over again! This year marks my 25th year in the golf industry. I’ve had the honor to interview Mr. Palmer several times. When Golf Channel produced a three-hour documentary on “Arnie” that aired last April, I watched, like many, with great interest and admiration.

When we got to the golf course, I was a kid in a candy store, running around with my Peanuts autograph book, getting all my favorite players to sign it -- Tom Weiskopf, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus.

The outpouring after the event was enormous. A few months later, Golf Channel decided to produce a follow-up documentary, “Arnie and Me,” inviting fans to share their personal anecdotes and moments with Arnie. I was excited to share my story and what Arnold has meant to me, this time as a devoted fan.

But the one I wanted most was the King, Arnold Palmer. I was standing by the 10th tee when a rainstorm blew in and everyone ran for cover. As the crowd cleared, I saw Arnold waiting under his umbrella. I froze like I'd seen Santa Claus, as I stood there getting soaked in the rain.

A local photographer noticed me, walked over and asked if I’d like to meet Mr. Palmer. I responded excitedly and wide-eyed, “Yes, Sir!” He led me inside the ropes; introduced me to Arnie, snapped a few pictures and Arnold signed my autograph book. I was on cloud nine! The next morning several pictures of Arnie and me appeared in the sports section of our local newspaper much to the surprise of 34

I submitted my video with the hope that it might be featured in the upcoming show. Several months passed and then I got the call. Golf Channel selected my story to be part of the documentary! “Arnie and Me” will be aired on Golf Channel, March 17 at 10 p.m.

Holly 'G' and Arnie at 1989 U.S. Open.

What amazes me most about Arnold Palmer, given the thousands of people he has met over his lifetime, is the way he always looks you in the eye, and makes you feel special ... and that’s why he’s the King! (Holly Geoghegan is president of Golf Marketing Services, Inc., based in the Orlando area, and host of “The Golf Insiders” on iHeart Radio.) Southern Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 9

birth but was always very active in sports all through her early school age years. She was training with the high school volleyball team when she suddenly felt tired and visited her doctor. She was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes 40 years ago this year. Diabetes meant constant urine testing and many injections per day. A friend of hers worked at a local golf course and taught. At sixteen, she thought this would be a great compromise; she could still participate in a sport and get used to having a chronic disease. She had to walk the courses so she got plenty of exercise. She was out with friends, playing at the local country club where she would never have been allowed since she wasn’t a member. She became totally committed. College came along, requiring change to her focus. Later on in her life, she moved to England to marry a man she met while skiing in an adaptive ski program. She was good at skiing and skied on not only the British Disabled Ski Team but the Winter Park (CO) Disabled Ski Team. In 2000, she moved with her husband to Florida for the opportunity to take up sailing. She sailed with the disabled sailing

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group in St Petersburg as well as Sarasota. Unfortunately, she was involved in a car accident which required having her neck fused twice within one year. She quickly discovered she was no longer able to participate in sailing. Her husband and a friend convinced her to return to golf again. Golf is a great sport and anyone can adapt the game to play. Her prosthetist in Orlando has a full virtual golf range with a golf pro on staff! Living in Florida, being able to play most days is just amazing. Golf has become the perfect sport for her to return to when other sports become too difficult. Adaptive Golf is perfect because they work with you to meet your specific needs whether they be from an amputation to stroke to extreme disabling issues. “Adaptive golf means understanding how to apply one’s abilities to reach their potential,” according to David Windsor of the Adaptive Golf Academy in Sarasota, FL. David has been in charge of the Adaptive Golf in Sarasota on a weekly basis since 1999. They are recognized by the PGA and USGA. To learn more: www.adaptivegolfacademy.com.

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A putter that makes music? In a novel approach to the classic game of golf, the Harmonix Golf new line of putters by Jane Anderson

Alongside the birdsong and rustling breeze a new sound can be heard this Spring on the putting green. The unique head of the Harmonix Golf new line of custom putters is shaped as a tuning fork, and when it hits the ball a soft musical tone is heard. The Harmonix concept was inspired many years ago by musician and inventor, Dorn Beattie, in a game with his father. Beattie Senior was a skilled golfer who loved the game so


much that in his last days he had a

monix prototype in late 2014 while

19th hole flag at his bedside and his

wearing the shop coat his mother

trusty Ping Anser putter within easy

had made for his father many years

reach. The Harmonix concept was

before. “I honestly believe I am receiv-

chatted about on many occasions but

ing divine guidance from my father to

life, and death, got in the way. While

follow through with the project,” Beat-

more often found puttering about his

tie says. In early 2015, patents were

boat or tinkering with his Jaguar than

applied for and production began.

on the golf course, Beattie is known

“Your putter is the single most impor-

for following through on seemingly

tant component of your golf equip-

crazy ideas, like musical putters.

ment,” Beattie says, “and calling it a

This father of three and grandfather

'club' seems to diminish the impor-

of five began building the first Har-

tance of the subtlety required. The

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Dorn Beattie

right loft, the right lie, the right weight,

across North America. Next to his 1956

Luthier would build the neck of a guitar,

the right feel- all critical factors contrib-

Martin Guitar, the Harmonix put-

cello, or other stringed instrument re-

uting to the majority of the strokes on

ter is his new favorite instrument.

quiring beauty, precision and strength.

your card. It's not about muscle! Putting

Unlike off-the-shelf, mass produced

In memory of his father, Beattie has

is all about touch - feel - finesse. As a

putters that make a dull tick upon im-

created The William H. Beattie Memo-

musician I feel a putter should be more

pact, each Harmonix© putter is hand-

rial Longest Putt Contest. Every month

like an instrument and less like a club.”

crafted to produce a beautiful, soft tone

the golfer who submits his entry for the

Beattie’s musical life started at an

– A, C or D. The head is individually

Longest Putt sunk by a Harmonix 'Live-

early age as the oldest in a musi-

carved on a computer controlled mill-

Head' Putter during a regular game will

cal family of five. Beattie Senior was

ing machine to meet the exacting stan-

be honored in the Hall of Fame. At the

a yodeling champion as a young boy

dards of the patented design. The beau-

end of the year the Longest Putt regis-

and Beattie himself released a coun-

ty continues through the hosel into the

tered will win a $1000.00 cash prize.

try music album, after numerous rock

one-of-a-kind exotic hardwood shaft,

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and roll records and years of touring

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By Tim Cotroneo

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TheTPCGolf Course That Never Sleeps Sawgrass – Home of The Players Championship Tom Vlach, the TPC Sawgrass’ Director of Agronomy, is guaranteed six hours of nightly slumber during the week of The Players Championship. That’s if he decides to not go home and sleep in his office. The breakneck pace of Sawgrass’ Agronomy team leading up to tournament week culminates with Vlach arriving each morning around 4:45 am and going home around 10:30 pm. “Everything we do here year-round at Sawgrass is geared toward The Players,” Vlach said. The responsibilities of the Sawgrass Agronomy team are tied to the calendar

year and a clock that sprints like the Eveready bunny. On the www. tpcsawgrassagronomy.com website you’ll find a running calculator in the upper left hand corner of the site. This calculator reveals how many days, hours, minutes, and seconds are left until opening day of The Players Championship on May 5.

The Countdown to The Players Vlach was interviewed for this article in January, a month in which Sawgrass was charging full-speed ahead toward The Players Championship. The clock on the Agronomy website read 105 days, 1 hour, 45 minutes, and 32 seconds until showtime. On this day, Vlach was communicating with an Ohiobased hospitality construction company that was preparing to send 80 semitrucks holding 180,000 square-feet of vendor tents. Vlach is a multitasker extraordinaire.

With a landscape budget of $1.1 million, one of Vlach’s main tasks is ordering 40,000 annual flowers that are planted for The Players tournament. Each Players Championship hospitality tent is adorned with its own array of flowers. Planting is front and center on the agronomy team’s priority list, even on the eve before championship Sunday. That’s the night Sawgrass becomes pretty in pink with begonias planted to honor Mother’s Day and breast cancer awareness. The week prior to The Players is also a technology tsunami for Vlach. On the days leading up to the tournament’s first round, Vlach meets with a Who’s Who of sports broadcasting personnel. The broadcasting talent is searching for the latest inside morsels regarding Sawgrass architectural design and course conditions. In addition to legendary designer Pete Dye, broadcasting heavyweights like Johnny Miller, Bob Costas, and Jimmy Roberts are in full prep mode prior to the lights, camera, and action of broadcast week.

Golf’s Version of Star Wars The technology involved in getting Sawgrass ready for broadcast is like

Tom Vlach


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golf’s version of Star Wars. As a safeguard in the case of a torrential rain, all 18 greens have HVAC units planted beneath the green’s surface with the capability of sucking moisture. Only one percent of the golf courses in the world have this sort of putting surface conditioning system at the ready. Where things get really intense is in the preparation for audience video and audio reception. The legendary 17th hole alone has 20 microphones positioned within earshot of the players. In addition, there are eight stand-alone cameras on 17, as well as one aerial camera, and one camera inserted into a golf ball that sits in the water next to the green. This camera is controlled in the production booth by a joystick. The Players history regarding cutting-edge technology goes back to 1984 when they became the first tournament to feature an electronic scoreboard on their grounds. During tournament week, Vlach manages his year-round staff of 90, plus another 80 volunteers. Included in this group of volunteers are superintendents that fly in from all over the world to be a part of The Players Championship.

Marathon to Mother’s Day Vlach’s crew logs mega-hours during tournament week. The goal is to have the appearance of The Players Championship grounds appear seamless and spectacular. Like the marathoner who sees the finish line in sight, the agronomy team runs on the adrenaline of knowing their work is being judged by up to 50,000 daily fans and an international television audience. When the final round on Sunday draws to a conclusion, Vlach’s Ponte Vedra, FL-based team can take a breath. “We view the day after the tournament with both relief and a bit of sadness. The reality is we need to go into course cleanup mode and start over,” Vlach said. On the Monday after the winner’s name is inscribed on The Players trophy, the calculator on the TPC Sawgrass Agronomy website will read 364 days and counting. Vlach knows this is the TPC Sawgrass way of life. It’s a new day and a new year at Sawgrass, the golf course that never sleeps. www.tpc.com/tpc-sawgrass www.tpc.com/sawgrass-the-players-championship www.tpcsawgrassagronomy.com

Tim Cotroneo is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer specializing in travel, business, and golf. Read more of Tim’s stories at www.timcotroneo.com. Southern Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 9



IGTA TOUR Starts 15th Year with Wins by Hazen, Finsterle and Sharrock

Great Pro-Net Competition earns $4,000.00 for each Champion on Great Courses! The season started with The Champions Golf Club where Jimmy Hazen, Miller Place, NY, fired a 69 in the wind after 71 for a net 145.0 to edge out Mike O'Brien, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla at 145.5 and $1,300.00. Jimmy moved from 6th to first with his strong finish. Mike with a 14 handicap fought the wind to post his fine score. Third was Stephen Grant, Dover, Eng. for 146.0 and $1,100.00. Then Jim Angeloff, Auburn Hills, Mich. was fourth for $1,100.00. Next, Jan.24 &25, Winston Trails provided a fine venue as Mike Finsterle, Houston, Tex finished with a 73 to capture the $4,000.00 first prize with a 143.0 net. Second was Tony Terry, Havre de Grace, Md at 144.5 for $1,200.00. Murray Miller, DeLand, Fla. was third at146.0 and $1,100.00. Then Jim Roche, West

Bill Currence Palm Beach, Fla. was fourth for $800.00. Alicia Weber, Novi, Mich. rounded out the money winners with 150 net. Madison Green played tough again for all except for Brian Sharrock, Southport Eng. He finished with 71 for a net 142.5. Brian finally got his First Tour win with 34 on the back nine. Second was a tie at 148.0 with Eric Steger, Fishers, Ind and Randy Erskine, Lake Orion, Mich worth $1,300.00 and $1,200.00. Fourth was Javier Sanchez, Fayetteville, Ga for $1,000 and fifth went to Sly Leblanc, Georgeville, Que, Can. for $600.00. 42

Now over 238 consecutive tournaments paying at least $4,000.00 for First Place. First Prize increases with numbers in field. One-third of Field always Wins! 25 Players pays $5,000.00 for First. 32 Players pays $5,500.00 for First. 38 Players pays $6,000.00 for First. 50 Players pays $7,000.00 for First. Minimum! All Avid Golfers nationwide and all Professionals are invited to participate. They may also qualify for the larger $8,000.00 - $10,000.00 First Prize events. Amga Chinbat won the $10,000.00 at The Conservatory in December. A tie for second paid $4,000 each to Tim O'Neal and Dennis Rasku with $1,000 for tenth place. Another feature is any handicap player can be paired with a top Professional on Sunday. The IGTA Tour started in 2001 and has paid out over $3,8 million to date. Many fine professionals have competed. Justin Peters, winner of the original Big Break and now on Web.com Tour. D.A. Points, PGA Tour Champion since 2005. Don Wright, star of the $1 million shoot-out and IGTA Career Money Leader with over $150,000. Tim O'Neal, Web.com and Latin American Tour. David Ping, Winner of the $3 Million 2-man Match Play. Other Pros from all tours including George Bradford, Jerod Turner, Greg Towne, Bobby Stroble, Robin Byrd, Jesse Allen, Randy Erskine, Marco Dawson, Anthony Aruta, Jacob Tilton, Karl Diewok and many others. Another pro, Tommy Schaff plays on the current Big Break as did Scott Yancy,III, Natalia Ghilzon, and Christian Heavens in the past. In 2015 IGTA already had entries from Jimmy Hazen, Don Wright, Justin Peters, Eric Steger, Javier Sanchez, Derrick Bohannon and Randy Erskine. They return for the equitable, fine competition at the high quality courses. Some players rarely cash a check or even make the Cut on other Tours. They can play IGTA on week-ends and play on a net basis with consideration given to recent scoring. Shooting Even Par(Net) will earn the player at least

Jimmy Hazen

Travis Dodson $1,000.00 in almost every tournament. The Tour continues until December each year. Besides Florida, events are held in Georgia, the Carolinas and sometimes, Virginia, Texas, Chicago and Michigan and expanding. Southern Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 9

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The Merlin blade putter by Argolf is a centershafted gem. Crafted in stainless steel, it has rounded elegant features, and offers a reactive touch for the purest of sensations.

Argolf is a line of precision-designed custom putters made in France. Each putter in the Argolf collection is named after a Camelot legend. Every golfer who selects an Argolf putter is choosing a legend. Argolf putters, engineered for accuracy and visual appeal, are manufactured to the highest standards. Golfers appreciate Argolf’s exactitude, balance, weight and feel, not to mention the beauty of the putter designs. Born of a shared passion for golf among two French aeronautical industrialists and a golf professional, Argolf presents an exclusive line of custom putters made from the finest materials and featuring precision design to enhance the games of golfers around the world. Tested and used by European Tour players, Argolf putters have beautiful sight lines and engineering lines. They have a consistent weight and feel, with no inserts. Each Argolf putter is made from a single block of metal, milled to the type of head that fits an individual golfer’s stroke. To see the entire line of Argolf putters, visit www.birdietown.com.

Golf In Sync Golf In Sync, a training aid for a synchronized swing, is highly effective, especially for honing the short game. Swing consistency and synchronization are among the results golfers experience when incorporating Golf In Sync into their practice regimens. Golf In Sync provides an exceptional augmentation to any golfer’s practice routine. Its straightforward yet sophisticated design leads to noticeable and repeatable game improvement for players of all ability levels. Golf In Sync is in use by many instructors, academies and avid golfers around the globe, and now is gaining rapid and wide recognition throughout North America. Among training aids, Golf In Sync emerges as extraordinary. Simple in design yet brilliantly effective, Golf In Sync, invented by Swedish golf instructor Niklas Eliasson, has been discovered by serious golfers worldwide. Golf In Sync helps a player perform a synchronized swing in which body rotation generates power and in which the arms, hands and club naturally follow the body’s motion. Also useful for full-swing training, Golf In Sync enhances a player’s understanding of the value of consistently repeating a successful swing movement during training and practice. Golfers of every skill level will find Golf In Sync beneficial. www.birdietown.com

New Golf Etiquette Quick Reference Guide Debuts Yves C. Ton-That, a rules official and best-selling golf author, has written a new booklet called "Golf Etiquette Quick Reference. A Golfer's Guide to Correct Conduct". This new pocket-sized guide supplements "Golf Rules Quick Reference", Ton-That's first guide that sold more than one million copies and is the best-selling golf book in the U.S. It has been translated into more than twenty languages and according to Golf Digest is "the best effort yet to decipher the Rules of Golf." The new booklet covers everything golfers of all skill levels need to know, so that they can play any course in the world with confidence - from preparing for the round at home to enjoying a drink at the 19th hole to safety to courtesy to fixing divots, the code of conduct is explained in the usual concise and understandable way. The guide is also extensively illustrated in color and is the perfect complement to the Golf Rules Quick Reference.   The 48-page, spiral-bound and plastic-coated book is now available in good golf shops and at www.golfrulesmadeeasy.com  for $12.95  46

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HIRZL Trust Control Glove HIRZL uses the latest scientific, technical and ergonomic mechanics data to develop HIRZL golf gloves. Their

insight on how hands effect sports equipment is critical and imperative to their design process. With the new Trust Control Glove, HIRZL research data proved that the during the golf swing the pressure on the index finger, known as the “trigger” finger, increases as it helps drive the club down toward the ball. This statistic inspired the HIRZL engineering team to manufacture the index finger on the new Trust Control Glove with Kangaroo Leather, typically used on the palm section of HIRZL golf gloves. This implementation enhances the golf grip as well as its durability. Again, ergonomic mechanics input proved that the thumb undergoes some motion during the backswing so the improved Trust Control Glove now features a double stitched thumb for increased endurance. For optimum performance and reduction of overall glove movement and slippage, the improved Trust Control now features a performance fit which virtually feels like a second layer of skin instead of a golf glove. This new silhouette which combines cabretta leather with air mesh technology, rivals golf gloves manufactured by the large and mass golf glove companies.

Tour Edge Exotics E8 Tour There is no margin for error when it comes to Tour-caliber performance. The all-new Tour Edge Exotics E8 Tour adjustable fairway wood delivers an unsurpassed level of excellence. The E8 Tour combines a tour-inspired design, a state-of-the-art manufacturing process, upgraded materials – and all with more loft adjustability options than the competition. The concept behind the new E8 Tour stemmed from the need of an adjustable fairway wood on Tour. The Exotics Tour presence has continued to grow over the years, and with the addition of the E8 Tour level of adjustability Exotics is positioned to garnish even more attention on Tour in 2015. Featuring loft options from 12 to 15.5 degrees along with 13, 14 and 15-degree options with a more upright lie angle, this level of versatility allows Tour players to dial in the ideal ball flight with the E8 Tour. Add Exotics legendary power and distance, and the E8 Tour fairway wood becomes the ultimate players’ weapon. The E8 Tour fairway wood features Tour Edge’s lifetime warranty, 30-day play guarantee, and is projected to be in stores this spring. Suggested retail E8 Tour M+/S+ shafts: $349.99, E8 Tour D+ shaft: $399.99. For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit www.touredge.com.


WellPutt is a collection of inventive training aids for putting and full-swing play. WellPutt training aids are original, innovative and effective for golfers of all skill levels. The line of WellPutt training aids includes the award-winning Welling Putt Mat, favored by instructors and golfers who prefer to practice putting indoors. WellPutt training aids are designed to help golfers refine both their putting and full-swing strokes, and boost their confidence around the greens and throughout the golf course. After honing their play with WellPutt training aids, golfers can execute with a new degree of accuracy on the links. WellPutt training aids allow golfers to engage in purposeful practice that is simple and efficient while producing noticeable results. WellPutt was founded by a European golf professional. The company began with the introduction of the award-winning Welling Putt Mat, designed to be used both indoors and outdoors to sharpen a golfer’s feel, direction and alignment in putting. Arc to Arc 5 is for the golfer seeking to improve the technical aspects of his putting stroke, allowing him to see his stroke and feel the path of the putter head. WellStance is useful to a player looking to enhance and repeat proper ball position. Gate Drill Weights are popular sturdy weights to be used on the putting green, replacing tees while working on drills. www.birdietown.com.

Wilson Staff DUO, DUO Spin, FG Tour Erethane Wilson Staff has transformed golf ball technology to claim the title of offering the softest golf balls available in three categories – 2-piece, 3-piece and urethane. The new DUO golf ball, which is the World’s Softest Golf BallTM, is 25% softer than the original DUO and longer in distance. This revolutionary 29 compression ball provides low driver spin, exceptional yardage and unparalleled soft feel to the Distance (D) player. The DUO Spin, designed for the Control (C) player, is the perfect option for the player who wants extreme distance and feel with the added benefit of greenside spin. At a 35 compression, the DUO Spin is the World’s Softest Multilayer BallTM. Completing the Wilson Staff low compression trifecta is the Hot List gold recipient FG TourTM Urethane, which at 70 compression is the Softest Tour BallTM. Targeted for more advanced Feel (F) players, each layer in this 4-piece construction is designed to deliver tour-level performance. Southern Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 9


fashion forward

Antigua Adds Lightweight and Flexible Outerwear for 2015 that Takes Comfort to a New Level

The Antigua Group, Inc – one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of lifestyle and golf apparel under the distinguished Antigua brand – has introduced its Antigua Spring 2015 Men’s Golf Outerwear Collection that builds on previous successes in the category. For 2015, half-zip pullovers like Asset are available in a range of deep-yetcolorful heather shades complemented with brighter tonal sleeve taping and contrasting placket zippers. It can easily become a cool weather everyday wear garment, given its wide range of color options. The versatility of lightweight outerwear styles adds to their popularity. They’ve been designed with the intent to be worn as standalone garments, or worn over a tee shirt or performance polo or under a heavier weight outerwear piece. Each of these lightweight outerwear styles can be utilized to perform these multiple garment functions. Crux, for instance, is constructed using a mid-weight, double knit neutral heather interlock that’s contrasted with deep palette color shades and outlined with seams covered in bright color contrast cover stitching. It’s appealing as a casual look and as a new-color classic. Haze demonstrates the subtle simplicity of a tonal irregular yarn, constructed into a lightweight, lightly brushed half-zip pullover guaranteed to be comfortable in cool climates without 48

impeding movement. As technology has advanced to make wind-resistant fabrics lighter, thinner and softer for both comfort and flexibility, these advancements also offer unique design opportunities to add features and garment functionality that weren’t previously available. With the new half sleeve windshirt Skill, the process of bonding a thinly constructed micro-membrane behind and against the filament knit interlock outer face, and sandwiching it with an additional inner layer of filament interlock, gives the appearance of one singularly constructed layer of fabric. This one-piece, multi-layer, wind-resistant fabric eliminates the need for an additional garment lining. Due to its shell construction, Skill functions as a wind-resistant garment while also keeping golfers dry from rain based on its high-quality inner membrane. It’s embellished with elastic outer garment seam tape that mimics the irregular neutral stripe effects in this collections polos, giving it a unique aesthetic design appeal. For more details on Antigua’s Spring 2015 Men’s Golf Outerwear Collection, visit www.antigua.com.

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By Mike May

Where Great Gators Go Golfing When you step foot on the first tee at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida -- situated on the UF campus in Gainesville -- you are about to begin a golfing adventure filled with scenic vistas, tee shots through tall trees, and a stroll through some gently rolling terrain. The flat, lowlying courses of south and central Florida, as majestic as they may be, are in your rearview mirror when you arrive at the Mark Bostick Golf Course, originally designed in the 1920s by Donald Ross. This par 70 layout --www.markbostickgolfcourse.com -represents what golf in north, central Florida is all about, which is very similar to what you find in Georgia and throughout the Carolinas. At the Mark Bostick Golf Course, there are five tees – three of which have names that are directly linked to the University’s mascot (Gator) and school colors (Orange and Blue). The other tees are the Whites and the Reds. From the Gator tee markers, the course measures 6,701 yards, 6,274 yards from the Orange tees, 5,921 from the Blues, 5,471 yards from the Whites, and 4,929 for the ladies and young juniors who play from the Red tees. From the first tee, you will get an intriguing glimpse of many holes on the course – the entire 9th hole, the walk up the 18th fairway, players leaving the 12th green, the tee shot on the 13th, and portions of the 2nd hole and 3rd hole. What’s intriguing about the Mark Bostick Golf Course is that ev50

ery hole is a memory making experience for all players. Here are a few points of interest: 2nd: The par three is one of the course’s more picturesque. A pond, the home of a real alligator at times, protects the left side of the green. 5th: This 453-yard par four ranks as this course’s most difficult hole. It’s a straightaway hole where trouble lurks on both sides of the fairway. It’s the most difficult tee shot on the entire course. 10th: The tee shot at this par four is one of the most visually appealing ones on the course. A well-struck tee shot, hit from a raised tee box, will soar forever with the backdrop of the trees in the distance. 13th: The key to success at this par four is to skirt the corner of the dogleg with your tee shot. Beware of this green’s lightning-quick ‘false front.’ 17th: If you like to ‘drive for show,’ then pull out your driver at

the 17th. The tee is positioned high on the hill with the green down below in the distance. A big hitter can probably drive the green from either the Orange or the Blue tees. 18th: After 17 holes, the 18th is a tough, but fair finishing stretch of real estate. A par four here will leave you with a great memory as you complete your round on the home course of the University of Florida Gator and Lady Gator golf teams. If you finish birdiebirdie on this course, you might want to check on the availability of golf scholarships at the local university! Having read a few highlights of the Mark Bostick Golf Course, it’s time to go play. Call the pro shop – 352-3754866 – to reserve a tee time. Members of the University of Florida Alumni Association get a discount. If you don’t have any Gator-themed apparel to wear on the day you play, it’s available in the pro shop! Go Gators…….and go pepper those pins!

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what's new

Duo Cart Wins Prestigious ING Product Ingenuity Award at The 2015 PGA Merchandise Show

The ING (International Network of Golf) announced the winners of its annual Industry Honors Awards at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida recently and Alphard Golf’s revolutionary Duo Cart was honored with the Product Ingenuity Award. Considered the “Academy Awards of the Golf Industry,” the ING Industry Honors Award program is conducted by the non-profit, International Network of Golf, to recognize outstanding achievement in the golf business. Nominations were accepted throughout the year from anyone in the golf industry. Sub-committees trimmed the nominee list down to the top three Finalists in each category and ING members voted electronically to determine the winners. The Duo Cart was chosen over hundreds of products that were submitted “We’re extremely honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Alex


Tse, CEO and Co-Founder of Alphard Golf. “We’d like to thank the ING for recognizing us like this and extend our congratulations to all of the other companies who were finalists.” Alphard Golf, designer and manufacturer of the revolutionary new Duo Cart, is based out of Hong Kong and has produced over 1 million pushcarts to date for other major OEM’s since 1999. Sixteen years of experience designing and fabricating some of the highest quality push carts in the world has made them the true experts in this category. CEO and Co-Founder, Alex Tse, takes great pride not just in the quality of the products Alphard Golf produces but the level of ingenuity and innovation that has gone into the Duo Cart design. Mr. Tse states that “For years, we’ve been monitoring user feedback and finding out what people

want in their golf bags and push carts. The Duo Cart is our answer to all those requests and a whole lot more!” The revolutionary Duo Cart is an all-in-one pushcart and golf bag combination that is extremely compact, so it fits easily in the trunk of your car, and takes just seconds to set up. The Duo Cart features 4 large wheels that provide a low center of gravity and outstanding stability on even the toughest terrain. The Bag has a plethora of storage pockets for balls, tees, raingear, and other necessities as well as a builtin Cooler Pocket (with drains) that can store up to six drinks. It comes standard with attachable accessories like an umbrella holder and adjustable drink holder. Other accessories like a GPS holder and cart seat are available as well. Best of all the Duo Cart is “Riding Cart Friendly”, which means its wheels can be removed from the anodized aluminum frame in just seconds and converted into a Cart Bag, which fits on all standard electric or gas carts, should you decide to Ride instead of Walk! The Duo Cart is sold at golf retailers nationwide and online at www.AlphardGolf.com. Southern Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 9

Putting swag in your bag In 2009, two Northern California golfers, Richard “Mitch” Mitchell and Dave MacIntosh, were hanging out in the grillroom at Olympic Club in San Francisco after a round of golf, talking about their mutual love for the game. Both dreamed of starting their own company. While watching several foursomes walk off the 18th green, they scoffed at all the dreary, drab looking golf bags they saw. Golf bags were so BORING in the eyes of these budding entrepreneurs. And then it hit them. Mitchell and MacIntosh decided to change the golf bag world – one fashion-forward golf bag at a time. Scribbling their ideas onto a cocktail napkin, Molhimawk Golf Bags was born. Molhimawk ('MOLLY-mock') means albatross, a very large, colorful oceanic bird, in the New Zealand language of Maori. It is also the term used for a double eagle in golf. With visions of color, collaboration, and cool (James Dean meets Picasso kind of cool), Molhimawk was conceived on a foundation of art, inspiration and limitless possibilities. Every product design incorporates colorful stitches representing the stunning and magnificent Mollymawk bird. Two dudes. One garage. One dream. Fast forward to January 2015, Molhimawk reached a major milestone celebrating its fifth anniversary at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. Molhimawk unveiled its golf bag collection for 2015 with more than 50 different designs in stand, cart and staff bag models. Bridging the gap between the timeless argyle patterns of old and the fun, bold urban influences of today, co-owners Mitchell and MacIntosh have made it their life’s mission to make the coolest quality golf bags on the planet. “Swag starts with your golf bag,” says Mitchell proudly. Molhimawk golf bags are made

Loudmouth 'Lava Lamp'

Molhimawk 'Blue & White Plaid' for the confident fashion-forward male or female golfer who appreciate the integrity of classic designs without sacrificing a little flare. Along with manufacturing its own custom bags, Molhimawk is a licensee of Loudmouth Golf. The company offers some of Loudmouth’s most popular designs such as Shagadelic Black, Paint Balls, Disco Balls and Oakmont Houndstooth. Molhimawk also makes gear for the road including travel bags, totes and backpacks. And for casual wear, check out their trendy T-shirts, golf shirts and hats featuring Molhimawk’s signature argyle albatross. To see Molhimawk’s complete product line for 2015 visit www.molhimawk.com. For more information, call 650-516-6257 or email info@molhimawk.com.

Loudmouth 'Augusta Magic'

Loudmouth 'Shagadelic Black'

By Mitch Sadowsky

golf fitness

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

hands even with your shoulder. Your ankles, knees and hips should be fully extended at the top of this movement. Starting off slowly, stand back up to an upright position. Start moving quicker as you get more comfortable with this move.


Clean Pull - Step 1

Clean Pull - Step 2

As you are more comfortable with this movement, you can get in to an actual “pull.” Get in to the starting position with the club at your knees, driving your hips up and forward accelerate up on to your toes in a jumping motion without leaving the ground. Return to the standing position and repeat this 4 more times. When working the initial hang clean pull in the gym, use very light bars initially to get comfortable. As you progress, increase weight slightly and work in sets of 5. If there are no light bars in the gym, you substitute dumbbells for the bar or use one of your clubs.


Clean Pull - Step 3

No matter what anyone says, golf is an explosive sport. When you warm up and train in the gym, you should do so explosively. One of the best ways to train explosively is to use Olympic weight lifting movements such as cleans, deadlifts, and snatches. While highly technical, you break down each exercise to its smaller parts and still get the benefits. You don’t even need to use heavy weights or even have a lifting platform. The most basic Olympic movement we use is a Hang Clean Pull. In this exercise, we focus on hamstring involvement driving force, glute extension and muscle coordination. The great part of this movement is we use this movement in the gym as a warm up, as strength/speed development AND on the course as warm up. After LOTS of patterning we will add weight slowly and even work in single arm movements using dumbbells (this is especially useful if your gym does not 54

Clean Pull - Step 4 have bars or plates to use). Because of the nature of this move, you don’t need a lot of weight to get a LOT of results.

THE BASICS Using a light bar (any club in your bag will work great too!), hold the bar/club at your waist, hands just wider than your hips. To get in to position, slide the club down your quads to just above the knee cap but pushing your hips back. As this happens, make sure to put some pressure in to your heels and keep your hamstrings engaged (they should feel “on” with some tension). Maintain a vertical shin angle, knees over ankles, to help stay back. Keep the back completely straight by squeezing your abs and pulling your lats down (think shoulders in to your back pockets). Pull the bar up accelerating up like you are jumping. Keep the bar/ club tight to your body while pulling. Your arms should end up shoulder height in a high pull position with your

With weights, any time you’re working Olympic movements, use them at the beginning of the workout so you’re fresh and quick. Workouts 1-4 3 sets of 10 at the end of your warm up, no weight Workouts 5+ (still work in 1-2 sets of 5-10 pulls in your warm up) Work 3-5 sets of 5 For an added boost, you can add low rep explosive movements in between such as battle rope slams, med ball slams or box jumps. How to Warm Up on the range Sample Warm up Glute-ham bridge 1 x10 Superman 1 x 10 Bird Dogs 1 x 8 alternating sides High knee jog 15 Jumping Jacks 10 rotational lunges 3-5 explosive sets of 5 Clean pulls Southern Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 9

special events

Golf Industry Leaders Meet with Legislators for Annual ‘Florida Golf Day’ in Tallahassee Golf Florida Alliance – a collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the state’s golf industry – celebrated “Florida Golf Day” today at the State Capitol. Industry leaders met with members of the House of Representatives and Senate to discuss the industry’s economic impact, growth of youth development programs and enhanced sustainability procedures. GOLF 20/20 reported golf’s direct economic impact in Florida was $8.2 billion in 2013, an increase from $7.5 billion in 2007. The state’s golf industry supports 132,532 jobs and $3.6 billion in wage income. Florida is home to 1,103 golf courses, the most of any U.S. state. Florida Golf Day attendees included the Club Managers Association of America, Florida Chapter of Club Managers Association of America, Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association, Florida Historic Golf Trail, Florida State Golf Association, Golf Channel, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, LPGA, National Golf Course Owners Association, North and South Florida Sections of the PGA of America, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The First Tee, USGA, World Golf Foundation and World Golf Hall of Fame. “With the most golf courses nationally, Florida’s contributions to the industry and economy are unrivaled,” says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation and administrator of GOLF 20/20. “As evidenced by significant statewide growth over the last six years, the game is a key revenue driver at the local level and provides billions of annual wage income each year.” “With an $8.2 billion economic impact and over 132,000 jobs created, the golf industry provides significant positive economic stimulus for Florida,” says Senator Garrett Richter (R-Fla.), Chair for the Committee on Ethics and Elections. “I enjoyed meeting with industry representatives here in Tallahassee to learn more about the good work that they do and 56

Legislative Intern; Steve Mona, CEO, World Golf Foundation; Representative Jim Boyd, District 71; Legislative Intern; Representative Alan B. Williams, District 8; Mike Bender, Master Instructor, Mike Bender Golf Academy; Bailey Mosier, Golf Channel Talent; Jim Dent, Former PGA TOUR Professional; Rich Smith, , Executive Director/CEO, North Florida PGA Section; Will Frantz, PGA, Member, North Florida PGA Section; Golf Channel staff.

Geoff Lofstead, Executive Director, South Florida PGA Section, Golf Florida Alliance President; (TBD); Will Frantz, PGA, Member, North Florida PGA Section; (TBD); (TBD); (TBD); Steve Mona, CEO, World Golf Foundation; Jim Dent, Former PGA TOUR Professional; Rich Smith, Executive Director/CEO, North Florida PGA Section; Kathy Milthorpe, Chief Financial Officer, LPGA; Mike Bender, Master Instructor, Mike Bender Golf Academy; Taylor Biehl, Director, Legislative Programs, Capitol Alliance Group, Inc.; Jeff Sharkey, Managing Partner, Capitol Alliance Group, Inc.; Jack Peter, Senior VP and COO, World Golf Hall of Fame. to learn how I can improve my game.” An interactive swing zone was set up in the Capitol Courtyard and featured PGA Professionals who ranked in the “Top 50 Golf Teachers” in America. In addition, House and Senate members competed in a charity putting contest and attendees had the opportunity for a picture with THE PLAYERS Championship replica trophy.

In January, Florida hosted the “PGA Merchandise Show” in Orlando with more than 40,000 attendees and exhibitors from around the world. In total, the state will host 20 professional golf tournaments in 2015: five PGA TOUR, three Champions Tour, two LPGA Tour, one Web.com Tour, four Legends Tour and five Symetra Tour events. More info: www.golf2020. com, www.wearegolf.com. Southern Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 9

special events

The Golf Auction to hold major international memorabilia, collectibles auction April 2-12 The Golf Auction, a company specializing in golf memorabilia and collectibles, is accepting consignment items and also looking for golf memorabilia buyers, sellers and collectors to participate in the company’s largest international auction of the year April 2-12, 2015.


The seven-year-old company, based in the Tampa Bay area, is the brainchild of founding members Kip Ingle, Aaron Behar and Kenley Matheny. The trio has more than 70 years of sports-related experience between them.

display of the signatures of the first 42 Masters champions, and Fleck’s 1962 Masters Low Score Glass Trophy. Millennials may not remember, but Fleck was the young pro who came from behind to beat Hogan in 1955. Considered one of the biggest upsets in golf, Fleck was a virtually unknown touring pro from Iowa. Fleck prevented Hogan from winning a record 5th U.S. Open title in an 18-hole playoff and did so using a custom made set of Ben Hogan irons. Hogan’s company began making clubs in 1953. They were the only two in the field playing with Ben Hogan clubs.

The Golf Auction has acquired and auctioned off a number of notable collectibles. Several of the vintage items include Lloyd Mangrum’s 1946 U.S. Open Champions Medal, which sold for $40,678 and one of the few remaining Sunday tickets from the inaugural Masters Tournament in 1934, known then as the “Augusta National Invitational” Tournament, which sold for $31,987.25.

A few other noteworthy items up for auction include, but are not limited to: Tiger Woods golf memorabilia; Masters® badges, flags, and autographs; Scotty Cameron putters and putter covers; vintage hickory clubs, vintage golf balls and vintage golf cards; player direct memorabilia from current and former PGA stars as well as autographed golf memorabilia.

“Unlike other sports memorabilia auction sites, The Golf Auction specializes only in golf related memorabilia and collectibles,” said Ingle. “In general sports auction sites, golf usually takes a back seat. But golf memorabilia consigned to The Golf Auction receives exclusive exposure to ensure collectibles will receive a fair market value.”

A preview of each auction begins one week prior to auction going live. Registered bidders will receive email updates on special golf memorabilia that has been consigned to the golf auction.

The April auction will feature many valuable collectibles including, 1955 U.S. Open Champion Jack Fleck’s winning Ben Hogan Irons (2-9), a framed

To buy, sell or consign golf memorabilia items, register online at www.thegolfauction.com or call The Golf Auction at 866-842-0268 or 770-883-1131.

The international auctions are not limited to online bidding only, bidders can call in their bids as well.

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2015 Championship and Tournament Schedule The Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) has announced its 2015 schedule of championships and tournaments. The CGA is entering its 106th year of conducting state and regional championships for amateur golfers. Greensboro, N.C. - with 17 CGA events held there - will be Carolinas city most frequented by the CGA in 2015. In total, the CGA will conduct 245 tournaments this year, including: 43 championships, 40 CGA championship qualifiers, 19 USGA national championship qualifiers, five team match events, 93 one-day tournaments and 45 Tarheel Youth Golf Association and junior invitational events. The 101st edition of CGA’s flagship event, the Carolinas Amateur Championship, will be contested July 9-12 on the Farm Course at Greensboro Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. The club made changes to The Farm property, which is located 10 miles from the center of Greensboro and was once home to a dairy farm, since acquiring it in 1969.

1921 Carolinas Amateur was contested at the club’s Irving Park Course. The 2011 North Carolina Amateur, won by Web.com Tour player Harold Varner, was the most recent CGA championship conducted at the Farm Course. The city of Hendersonville, N.C. will host three CGA majors in 2015. The 30th North Carolina Senior Amateur visits Champion Hills Club on May 12-14. Hendersonville Country Club will host two championships. From September 21-22, the club hosts the 17th Carolinas Women’s Senior Amateur. Then on October 14-15, the 4th Carolinas Super Senior FourBall will be played there. Two CGA championships will also be contested at Camden Carter Jenkins – two-time defending Country Club in Carolinas Amateur champion Camden, S.C. In its 64th playing, the Carolinas Four-Ball ChamAfter meeting with several architects pionship returns to the club for in 2008, the club hired British course the 15th consecutive time. The 3rd architect Donald Steel to bring the Creed Boys’ Invitational is set to be Ellis Maples-designed Farm Course played at the club from May 23-24. into the 21st century. The course In women’s golf, the 89th Carolinas reopened in 2010 with five new holes Women’s Amateur returns to Treyburn and several more that were reshaped Country Club in Durham, N.C. for the to bring water into play or heighten second time in three years. The CGA the course’s beautiful vistas. This will is expanding the number of women’s be the sixteenth CGA championship only one-day events. The kickoff event hosted by Greensboro CC and the will be a four-ball tournament at Croaseighth held at the Farm Course. The 60

daile CC in Durham, N.C. on March 23. Other host sites are Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. and the Dye Course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. In junior golf, the CGA boasts an impressive championship season this year for boys and girls. The 66th Carolinas Junior Boys Championship will be played July 28-30 at Forest Oaks CC in Greensboro, N.C. During the same days, the 59th Carolinas Junior Girls’ Championship will be contested on at Rock Hill Country Club in Rock Hill, S.C. This year’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be held at the Dye Course at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, S.C. from July 20-25. The Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA), which is the CGA’s program for North Carolina junior golfers, offers a tournament schedule geared for all levels of abilities. The 45 events set for this year are open to boys and girls ages 6-18. A new series of events, called “TYGA Tots”, will provide tournament golf experience for 6-11 year olds. Online registration is available at www.tygajuniorgolf.org. The CGA One-Day Tournament program offers individual and fourball competitions using both gross and net formats. The 44 tournaments are open to any CGA member with a USGA Handicap Index at a CGA member club. The Carolinas Senior Four-Ball One-Day Tournament series will have 49 events on its 2015 schedule. The popular two-man, best-ball oneday tournaments are open to male amateurs over the age of 55, historically have more entrants than spots available at most events. Entries are accepted on a first come-first served basis for all one-day tournaments. A complete list of CGA championships, one-day tournaments, senior four-ball one-day tournaments, women’s one-day events, Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) one-day events, USGA qualifying events in the Carolinas, tournament entry forms and online championship entry registration is available on the CGA website at www.carolinasgolf.org or by calling the CGA at 910-673-1000. Membership at a CGA member club is required to compete in any CGA championships and one-day tournaments. See more at: www.carolinasgolf.org. Southern Golf Central • Volume 15, Issue 9

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Tuscaloosa‘s Tee Time ’Triple Play‘ While the University of Alabama’s football team may be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about Tuscaloosa, Alabama, there’s more to do in college football’s ‘Titletown’ rather than visit Bryant-Denny Stadium to see the Crimson Tide ‘roll’ over another opponent. Though, it’s important to know that a tour of the stadium is available for $5, but not on game day. It’s worth it! If you focus on great golf, a trendy place to stay, and tasty food, Tuscaloosa soars to the top of any destination list, especially if you pursue Tuscaloosa’s ‘Triple Play’ experience: playing golf at the NorthRiver Yacht Club, staying at the Yellowhammer Inn, and dining at Dreamland Bar B Que, where the owner says the ribs are so good that there “Ain’t nothing like ‘em – nowhere!”

The focal point of your Tuscaloosa trip will be NorthRiver’s 18hole layout (www.northriveryc.com), originally designed by Gary Player and later redesigned by Bob Cupp. NorthRiver is built on a rolling, forestfilled terrain that gives you 18 distinct experiences. The journey at NorthRiver starts with the opening swing on the left-to-right par five 1st hole and concludes with your final putt on the right-to-left, uphill par four 18th hole. Water is not a consistent issue until you play 15, 16, and 17. On 16, ‘the drink’ comes into play twice -off the tee and on your approach to the green. Pars are precious at 16. “The first four holes of the course have more of a ‘links’ feel to them before you begin a journey through heavily wooded and undulating terrain,” says Casey Smith, NorthRiver’s director of golf. “The 6th and 17th have to be two of the most picturesque holes 62

that you will find. Both of these par 3s feature a breathtaking pond with stone work around the green complex. To top it off, the last four finishing holes may just be the best finish in Alabama.”  With ‘bookend’ par fives on the 1st and 9th holes, it’s possible to begin and end the front nine with birdies. And, the back nine begins with a ‘birdieable’ par five. As for the 18th, it can play like a par five if you don’t take enough club on your uphill second shot. “Diversity is name of the game at NorthRiver,” continues Smith. “You rarely hit the same shot twice at our course.” One of the unique aspects of NorthRiver is the large number of cannons on the property. “Mr. (Jack) Warner, the club founder, is a big history buff who loves the history of battles and cannons. Cannons are located all around the property, inside and out,” notes Paula Mount, director of membership & marketing at NorthRiver. “Mr. Warner and his design team were able to feature Mr. Warner’s appreciation of man and battle, his adoration of the Asian culture and arts all with a Southern nautical elegant feel to it.” The members of NorthRiver don’t hesitate to proclaim their club as one of the finest in the Southeast. And, when you visit NorthRiver, you will get the same feeling. “We have an outstanding golf course, two pools with one being heated for year round swimming, a fitness center, tennis courts, lake swimming, a 77-boat

slip marina, and a large nautical theme clubhouse which is great for weddings and private events,” says Michael Ryan, general manager, NorthRiver Yacht Club. “Situated on Lake Tuscaloosa, the views are tremendous. But, really, what makes the club ‘unique’ are the iron animals located on the property ranging from ‘Tuska,’ the 15-foot elephant that stands in front of the golf club, to the two stags adjacent to the 18th fairway. NorthRiver is basically a resort with a beautiful lake setting where one can enjoy a wide variety of activities.” As for the Yellowhammer Inn (www. yellowhammerinn.com), it’s everything as advertised – a true unique boutique retreat which is quaint, quiet, clean, close to NorthRiver, and filled with charm. It has all the amenities that a man desires while making ladies feeling pampered and special. Set on the outskirts of town, its secluded setting sends a message of peace and tranquility to every guest. At the Yellowhammer, you will rediscover the art of relaxation on its spacious sun deck. After 18 holes at NorthRiver, dinner at Dreamland, and a good night’s sleep at the Yellowhammer Inn, you will have experienced Tuscaloosa’s Tee Time ‘Triple Play.’ And, don’t forget that $5 stadium tour!

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The Casey-Milner Mountain Golf Tournament is an exclusive couples’ tournament that has been played annually since 1995. The tournament lost one of its founders this year with the passing of Frankie Milner but her spirit was still evident during the competition and the social activities she loved. Milner and her son-in-law Bo Casey started the invitation-only tournament. With the fall foliage bursting and the mountains as a backdrop, it’s a tournament those invited rarely miss. Honoring Milner, an avid golfer who usually played four or five times each week, was a no-brainer. She began playing around age 50 and never slowed down. “She probably loved the game more than anyone I have ever known,” said Casey, who is a PGA professional. “She was president of her ladies group at her course and played every weekend.” Milner might be gone, but she definitely was not forgotten at this year’s tournament. Competitors watched a 15-minute video tribute to her and stories were shared. The next day, a prayer was said and a ceremonial first tee shot was launched in her honor.



Casey said his mother-in-law embodied everything that is good about golf. “Frankie is what is best about

the game of golf,” he said. “She was not a great player but a good player who loved the game. She enjoyed the competition and was the perfect representative for the game of golf. “I always felt if the PGA would have spent a day with her you would have seen commercials with Frankie representing senior golf and the great joy you receive through this great game. Her spirit will always be a huge part of our tournament as it was this year.”


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When The Sun Rises in Tennessee, We Play Golf

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no fakin'

Makin’ The Rounds with No-Fakin’ No-Fakin Says: Really? The USGA is addressing concerns over slow play and how to improve the speed of play? Good luck with that. “I'm a slow golfer,” said by no golfer, ever. As a person who has worked as a course Marshall, I have never ask a group to pick up the pace and they apologized and said they would play faster. However, I've heard 30 different excuses why its not their group that is slowing-up play. Really? Golfers are human and although each human may be classified in a certain personality trait, each golfer goes about playing a round of golf in his or her own little world. Playing with a slow (methodical) golfer is annoying but to them, its their speed and quick enough for them and its always the other guy who is slow. Coming to grips with analyzing slow play would first mean defining slow. And number two, each golfer would have to understand and accept they belong in the slow category. Sorry, not going to happen. In my world, a foursome should complete each hole in 10 minutes, maybe 13 or 14 if the course is cart path only and dependent on the travel time between holes. A 3 hour round minimum to 4 ½ maximum. For competitive play when each stroke can make the difference between winning or losing, maybe 15 minutes per hole to maximum of 5 hours. The USGA should address rules that allow time to be wasted. How about instead of 5 minutes to look for a ball, that tends to last 10 minutes, they change to 1 minute. Change the rule that dictates when its okay to hit a provisional ball. Instead of the player furthest away having the honors, how



about the player to his ball first has honors. We call that “ready golf.” I can understand in a competitive round a player being allowed to spend more time finding a ball, but come on, its a weekly lowball or open play. Drop a freakin' ball and move along. A few suggestions to understand and recognize if you are slow and the problem or that you are not slow and part of the solution: (be honest)

1. Do you have a pre-shot routine more than 10 seconds? 2. Do you take a practice swing or two or three? 3. Does the world have to be perfectly quiet before you pull the trigger? 4. Do you tell a story of your last golf vacation, while on the tee? 5. Do you wait for someone to remind you its your turn? 6. Do you wait until another player is finished before reading your putt? 7. Are you locked over a shot for more than 10 seconds before starting the swing? 8. Have you ever noticed the group in front is more than a hole ahead of you? 9. Have you ever noticed the group behind is waiting for you to finish a hole? If you answer yes to none of these you are a speed demon and probably waiting on the group in front of you every hole. For every


By Glenn Makin Publisher

question you answer yes, your speed is progressively slower. If you answered yes to 5 or more, you are the problem, not the solution. With that said, it would require a golfer to recognize the answer is yes or we are back to square one. Repeating what I stated earlier, not going to happen. Key to avoiding slow play, be the first group off the tee, speak up and tell your playing partners to speed up, we are falling behind. Good luck USGA, so glad you are concerned, we are all concerned. Take some action and stop blowing smoke.

Makin Says: Wow, we agree on something NoFakin, slow play is the number one reason people leave the golf game or find it so frustrating. Okay, maybe the number one reason is because they just don't enjoy hitting bad shots and too hard headed to take some fundamental swing lessons from a PGA Professional. Either way, slow play is certainly way up the list. I would prefer to discuss some good news for a change. In the states this magazine is distributed with the exception of Florida, winter has once again caused clubs to gain dust and play to slow down to a crawl at most courses. However, reports from courses in the east Tennessee area have actually been much better with regards to number of rounds. That is encouraging and frankly its not just that we have had some better weather on the weekends mostly. I personally believe that golfers have slowly adjusted to the miserable economy we have endured for 7 straight years. The old adage, “all work and

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no play makes Johnny a dull boy,” rings true with bad times and good times. At some point we all adjust to whatever life throws our way and we survive. As I made the rounds this past month it was good to see Dandridge G&CC starting a Sunday lowball game. Buddy McMahan is really going after memberships with new ideas, new games and general course conditions. Doesn't matter how good a course is, if its not improving it will be run-over by courses that do improve. Dandridge, Patriot Hills and Morristown Golf & Country Club are three of the best value courses in East Tennessee and Buddy, Gary Franklin and Mark Franklin are industry leaders. Speaking of leaders, this issue has a feature story on Jillian (Jill) Corum an instructor at Fairways and Greens Golf Center. General Manager Britton Spann has a knack for spotting talent and Jill is one of his finest hires. She has worked with the practice facility for almost two years and earning a reputation as a “rock star” instructor. It was good to see that Mark Hickey has joined Jimmy Hawkins at Beaver Brook Country Club as a new assistant professional hoping to enter the PGA Program this season. His dad, Bill Hickey was PGA Head Professional at Beaver Brook

years ago and well respected among the members and the PGA Chapter. Also good to know that the Legendary Bobby Bray of Millstone Golf Club is home and recovering from a stroke and expecting to return to the practice range at Millstone. Not many PGA Professionals with the success on and off the course that Bobby has displayed. God Speed to Bobby. I don't usually talk about death but recently lost two friends who made life in golf so much fun for me. Billie Webb, 80 years old, a war hero, loved golf and played at Royal Oaks mainly and other courses in the area occasionally was swept away after a short bout with brain cancer. Really enjoyed playing with him and was at the course in the game they play on the day of his last hole-in-one. While most of us dodge buying drinks, Billie was making sure everyone got the drink of their choice at the snack bar. Going to miss Billie when I show up at Royal Oaks expecting to see his smiling face. And on the other end of East Tennessee, up in Greeneville, lost a friend, 47 years of age, Greg Hopson. Greg appeared to be healthy but had a cardiac arrest one morning with no previous signs to our knowledge. Can't say enough about Greg

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and his friendly spirit. Played in tournaments against him and in the same group as him countless times. Countless meaning 50 tournaments over the years, maybe more. Lots of talk before and after the tournaments. Laughter and smiles always. Played his home course the week after his passing and thought about him at every hole. Played against him at Nolichucky View in their invitational. That was the last time I played in the same group. Saw him again at the Oscar's 2-man last Fall. Greg is on a list of a half dozen golfers I will think of often. RIP Greg and Billie, golf will never be the same without either of you. Looking forward to the competitive tournaments which start up in midMarch. Going to be a great year for golf and hope that non-tournament golfers will step up and try competitive golf. Don't worry about your score in the beginning, I can't name one person who won a championship their first time out. Oh maybe a few flight winners but its not important that you win or lose in the beginning. Its important that you learn competitive play and see how much more exciting it is. After 600+ tournaments I can testify, the butterfly's are still their when I tee it up for every tournament.

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Jill Corum Has Found Her Niche at Fairways and Greens Golf Center

Walking through the doors at Fairways and Green Golf Center one can expect to find the latest technology in instruction, fitness and an exceptional indoor practice area. Known and featured as one of the premier practice centers in the country with two driving ranges outside, putting greens, pitching and chipping green and a three hole practice course. Jill Corum, in her second year at the facility, is an under study of several of the top instructors in the Tennessee and has proven her grit and determination to become a PGA Instructor scheduled to earn her PGA status by this Summer. Corum is a case study of one golfer who grew in skill and love for the game. An east Knoxville girl who seemed a little out of place without the peer support of other female golfers until well along in her development. “I come from a family of golfers and their support and encouragement really helped me along the way,” says Jill. “My biggest influences other than my parents, was my uncle Tom Harrell and my grandfather Paul Corum. Uncle Tom made sure that I had the proper equipment, and as a member of Shoal Creek in Birmingham he shared with me the golf experience at a prestigious course and club. My grandfather was my taxi for junior golf, making sure I made it to tournaments plenty early and prepared to play.” After receiving her first clubs as a gift at age five she gave it a try but didn't fall in love with the game. “I was just 68


too impatient, I wanted immediate results and it wasn't happening,” she commented. “My sports were softball and cheerleading. Golf wasn't a serious consideration until middle school, outside of playing with family for fun.” That first year of Middle School golf was certainly memorable. Tryouts were held at the newly constructed Wee Course at Williams Creek. On number one Corum's ball found the hole for her first of three Hole-inOnes before age fifteen. Her second was on number 13 at Three Ridges in a TGA summer tournament, and the third at Link Hills Country Club during the Girl's State Junior tournament. Her defining moment came while a sophomore at Fulton High School,


“I fell in love with golf and knew this is what I wanted to do,” she says. Her first swing lessons were with Mark Plymale at Willow Creek. Plymale was known for developing young talent and Corum was a perfect fit with enthusiasm and drive to succeed. Her second instructor was closer to home at Ruggles Ferry Golf Course as David Reed joined the staff where Corum was working in the snack bar. “I owe a lot of credit to David for sticking with me and working with my swing to score better. I could call him from college practice rounds, and he would have me calm and collected in no time." Like most junior golfers with ambition for the game, Corum played the junior TGA events and went to golf camps throughout the southeast as far away as Pine Needles, North Carolina. Her summer jobs consisted of running tournaments and teaching at junior camps. After graduating in 2009 from Fulton, she was recruited by Bob Dibble at Tusculum College, after accepting his offer Corum made her home in Greeneville. "The small town community was an awesome fit for my personality! I made lifelong friends and plenty of memories at Tusculum. It was a great place to live, learn and play. I knew it was the right choice." While playing at Tusculum the awards and honors kept piling-up, and the South Atlantic Conference was giving plenty of ink to the girl from Fulton. Five different tournament medalist

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awards including her most memorable shot in golf, even more so than the holein-ones. “I was one down to the leader in the Agnes McAmis Memorial when on the 17th hole from about 150 yards the ball took one hop and jumped in for an eagle. I went one up and then parred the 18th to win by one,” Corum remembered. In her final two years she received multiple All-Conference Awards and was a two time Academic All-American. Her degree was earned in Business with

a minor in Religious Studies. As a strong believer she wanted to study religion and learn more of Theology. “It was a minor but it really helped me understand more of Old Testament and the progression of Gods Will. It was spiritually challenging to dissect the Bible that way, but I'm thankful for the knowledge gained.” Her senior year Jill began the employment conversation with Fairways and Greens after Randy Wylie suggested it may be a good fit. Her work at the practice facility started with hours in the pro shop until group and youth clinic opportunities began along side the PGA apprentice curriculum. “I love teaching and I love the game. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a student's confidence and skill grow through instruction and practice,” says Corum. “After two years my schedule is filling up with students who are developing their games. It's paying off. I take a lot of pride in being committed to the students and my own knowledge of the golf swing. While I'm passionate about my work, being a dedicated wife and mother someday are at the top of my list. It's just the Corum way." Britton Spann, General Manager of Fairways and Greens had nothing but praise for Jill and her work at the facility.

“She has exceeded our expectations and we are so proud of her. Her enthusiasm with teaching and working with students of all ages makes her the perfect fit.” Corum will be holding several junior clinics this year and open to groups who want to learn the fundamentals grip, setup and posture and putting those in to play for lower scores. She also saves much of her day for private instruction which includes video analysis. Contact Jill Corum at 865-777-4653.

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Maggie Scott, Gene Pearce Among Four Inducted Into Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame Tennessee Section

Maggie Scott, a winner of 10 Tennessee Golf Association tournaments and 12 times the TGA Senior Player of the Year, and historian Gene Pearce head the 2015 Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame Class. Entering the Hall along with Scott and Pearce are two people without whom the TGA as it currently exists might not have been possible. Horace F. Smith, who served in the Civil War as a drummer boy and later became the president of Nashville Golf and Country Club, the Western Golf Association and the Southern Golf Association is credited with creating the first Tennessee amateur golf tournament, which in turn led to the formation of the TGA in 2014. Likewise, Edyth Duffield is credited with being the driving force behind the Women’s Tennessee Golf Association, an organization that later joined forces with the TGA. An accomplished player, Duffield also won the Women’s Tennessee Amateur.


The 2015 inductees run the gamut of accomplishments. Scott, of Charleston, Tenn., won her first state tournament, the Women’s Amateur, in 1994. After reaching senior status, she dominated the TGA Senior Women’s Amateur, winning from 2001-03, 2005-08, 2010 and 2012. Scott earned state Senior Player of the Year honors in 1999, 2001-08, 2010 and 2012. Pearce, who began his professional career as a sports writer for the Jackson Sunand Tennessean, waited until retirement to put all his energy into documenting his home state’s golf history. His first project was the definitive The History of Tennessee Golf 1894-2001, 494 pages and 368,334 words in all. Pearce was credited with uncovering numerous events, tournament winners and colorful characters that otherwise may have been lost to history, among them his fellow Hall of Fame honorees Duffield and Smith. Since publishing The History of Tennessee Golf 1894-2001 Pearce has written several other books,


including the history of the Southern Golf Association and the history of famed Colonial Country Club in Memphis. His work editing the annual Tennessee Golf Almanac has been invaluable in helping document the year in golf, shining a spotlight on a former state champion, and filling in the blanks with missing state championship results. The 2015 induction dates, locations and details will be announced at a later date.

About the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame The Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame was founded in 1990 by the Tennessee Golf Foundation. Charter members of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame include Dr. Cary Middlecoff, Lou Graham, Betty Probasco, Mason Rudolph, Lew Oehmig and Dudley “Waxo” Green. Since 1990, a total of 38 individuals have been elected to the hall. The Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame is located at Golf House Tennessee in Franklin, which also serves as the home office for the Tennessee Golf Foundation, Tennessee Golf Association, Tennessee Section PGA, Volunteer

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Bart Hartsell & James Fender Capture the Ice Bowl at Nolichucky View Golf Club In the tradition of the old “Ice Bowl” at Smoky Mountain Country Club, Shannon Shelton former Superintendent now Manager and Superintendent at Nolichucky View decided to revive the tournament held on Super Bowl weekend. With 24 teams signed in its first year and weather conditions favorable for golf with a threat of rain moving in on Sunday, the battle was on. Bart Hartsell & James Fender put together two low scoring rounds in the first official tournament of the season and captured the Nolichucky View 2-Man “Ice Bowl.” Their first round at 11-under on the par-70 course was good enough to take a one-shot lead over Sasha Catron & Lucas Tabor, with Michael Holt & Jim Bales tied two-back with Bill Sennett & Jeff Moore. With the flight breakdown there were three teams tied for the lead in the First Flight at 6-under 64 and two teams tied in the Second Flight at 2-under 68 and the race was on Sunday to see if any one back in the pack could pull a New England style upset. Hartsell & Fender continued to pour in putts and hold off the dynamite duo of Catron & Tabor. Posting another round one better than the challengers to win by two-shots. Hot on the heels of the lead group was Holt & Bales who matched their Saturday score to fall three short of the winners. In the First Flight Craig Leng & Jason Hankins caught a favorable wind and blew by the competition with a four-shot improvement to win by four. Coming from the back of the pack, Eddie Harmon & Tilson turned in a six-shot improvement to finish tied with Jack Short & Alan Norton. The Second Flight belonged to Glenn Makin & Jim Brown as they both improved their putting and eliminated their bogies to score five-shots better and win by two. Doug Shumate & Chris Wolfenbarger also posted a 7-under to capture second place one shot ahead of Steve Bates & Richie Bruce. There will be several opportunities this season to join in the competitive golf at Nolichucky View as they host a

3-man scramble April 18-19, scottish lowball on May 16-17 and the latest and greatest format, the 9-9-9-9 on August 15-16. Watch for announcements and add the tournaments to your schedule as Nolichucky View is a tournament golfers dream with traditional and modern holes all in premium condition.



1st Hartsell & Fender 59-60-119 2nd Catron & Tabor 60-61-121 3rd Michael Holt & Jim Bales 61-61—122

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Runner-up Sasha Catron & Lucas Tabor

1st Leng & Hankins 64-60—124 2nd Short & Norton 64-64—128 2nd Harmon & Tilson 67-61—128

Second Flight 1st Makin & Brown 68-63—131 2nd Shumate & Wolfenbarger 70-63—133 3rd Bates & Bruce 70-64—134

First Flight Winners Jason Hankins & Craig Leng

Champions Bart Hartsell & James Fender

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East Tennessee 2015 Competitive Tournaments This calendar is tentative with possible changes and additions being updated throughout the season. Please contact the course at least 30 days prior to insure dates have not been canceled or rescheduled. Also watch the calendar on golfnews4friends.net and future issues of Southern Golf Central for updates, thank you and enjoy the competition with honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. Dates             Course                                    Contact         Defending Champion(s) March 14-15 Gatlinburg 3-Man Scramble

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865-982-0391 Inaugural

May      2-3     Holston Hills Stroke Play           865-525-0626   (Wes Gosselin)            16-17   Beaver Brook Stroke Play         865-689-4479   (Austin Kramer)            16-17   Woodlake 2-Man Scramble      877-423-4653   (Langley & Sexton)            16-17   Nolichucky Scottish Lowball     423-638-7888   (Jackson & Jarnigan)            23-24   Lakeside Stroke Play                 865-376-5397  (Jonathan Armes)            33-31     Millstone Lakeway Champ.       423-586-4000 June     6-7 Southern Golf Central 1-Man Scramble


Patriot Hills & Dandridge (1-player taking 2nd shot when needed) 13-14 Three Ridges Knox Co Am        865-687-4797  (Brad Hawkins) (record 133)            13-14     Dandridge 3-Man Scramble       865-397-2655 (Seal, Seal, McCloy)            20-21   Whittle Springs City Champ.      865-525-1022   (Connor Froning)            27-28    Patriot Hills Scottish Lowball    865-475-4466   (Whitehead & Kendrick)            27-28   Royal Oaks 3-Man Scramble     865-984-4260   (Lane, Lane, Walker)            27-28   Link Hills Invitational                   423-639-2961 (Lawrence Largent, Jr) July     11-12 Willow Creek Invitational    

865-675-0100 (Hayden Anderson)

11-12   Green Meadow Invitational       865-982-0391 (Tyler Lane)

Morristown Golf And Country Club 1180 Valley Home Rd Morristown, TN 37813 423.586.9953 Well maintained “Best 9-Hole Course”  Home of the 1:00pm Daily Game  Call to reserve the course for your next fundraising event  Host course for 3 events on the Tennessee Golf Central golfnews4friends.net Winter Tour

         16-19   Greater Knoxville Amatuer        865-207-0117   (Tyler Lane)            18-19   Clinchview 2-Man Scramble     865-993-3022   (Jackson & Jarnigan)            25-26   Lakeside 4-ball                           865-376-5397   (McCulloch & Greer)

Some winners of past tournaments

25-26 Three Ridges Knox Co 2-Man    865-687-4797  (Chapman & Kennedy)

25-26 River Islands 2-Man Scottish LB

865-933-0100 Inagurual

Aug      1-2      Dandridge 2-Man Senior           865-397-2655   (Daniel & Moore) 15-16 Nolichucky View 9-9-9-9

423-638-7888 (Catron & Fullen)

          15-16   M’Town G&CC Oscars 2-Man   423-586-9953   (Kendrick & Whitehead)            15-16   Baneberry Guys & Dolls            865-674-2500   (Hatcher & Hatcher)            22-23    Patriot Hills 3-Man Scramble    865-475-4466   (Daniels, Bible, Moore) 29-30 Millstone 2-Man Scramble


Sept   12-13    Patriot Hills Guys & Dolls       865-475-4466   (Holt & Jones)             20-21   Nolichucky 9-9-9-9                     423-638-7888   (Catron & Fullen)             27-28   Florida/Tennessee Golf Central 1-Man Scramble             865-556-4653   (Michael Holt) Oct      16-18    Dandridge 2-Man 3-Day S-O    865-397-2655 (Bales & Franklin, Whittenburg & Bible)             25-26 Sevierville 2-Man Scramble* 865-429-4223 (York & Norton) Nov


The Country Club 2-man Scramble*

423-581-1605 (Sennett & Moore, McGaha & Wise)

          Please contact the golf course for information and/or registration.

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