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Hail to the Queen H

Volume 12, Issue 2

My mom and I at Heathrow Country Club for an FGCM Soirée in 2001

appy Mother’s Day!! It’s hard to stress the importance of Mother’s Day. Buying a gift can be really tricky. Whether it’s chocolate, flowers, a simple card or even taking traffic class for Mom because she got a speeding ticket. Whatever the gift is does not matter that much, just the thought of it, your presence and that you put forth the effort to remember her. My Mother, Terrie Purdum, aka The Queen Bee, has introduced me to many different and wonderful things in my life. One being the world of golf and everything that her hard work with Florida Golf Central Magazine has introduced me to and all the advantages it has to offer. Not to brag, but since I was young, 10 years old, I got to experience more resorts and golf courses than most people get to see in a lifetime. For example, Olde Beau, Mountain Air, and Lake Lure in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina are some of the most spectacular courses I’ve had the chance of playing and visiting. The best part of being able to enjoy these (golf and wonderful accommodations) is that I got to do it with my family- My mom, sister Tonyia, my little niece and nephew Sydney and Tyler, and even though we butt heads, my brother in law Chris. There are two things my mother taught me: It doesn’t matter what you’re doing as long as you have doing it and the importance of family. I am extremely proud to tell everyone that Florida Golf Central Magazine is my mom’s publication and that it has been the only monthly, full color, glossy travel and lifestyle magazine for over 12 years. Most people are baffled on how she manages to produce such a great magazine and sell the cover or fill 3 empty pages in no time whatsoever every single month. If you know my mother, you understand the tenacity and dedication she has towards fulfilling her goals no matter what they are. I wouldn’t be the person I am if it wasn’t for the The Queen Bee, My Mom, Terrie Purdum.

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Cart Girl

14 Christina Griese

Celebrity Corner 30 Colt Ford

Course of Dreams 28 Xtreme Golf Tour

Feature 38 Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

Golf Bachelor 12 Keith Goodale

Golf Fitness 46 May is Posture Month

Improving Performance 48 Golf Academy of America

Player Development 24 Eugene Hong 26 Jeff Peterson

Departments 4 8 10 22 36 40 42 44 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 68 70 72

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EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR 28TH ANNUAL GOLF.COM WORLD AMATEUR HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Golfers have until Friday, June 3 to receive and early entry discount when registering for the 2011 GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. The 28th annual World Am will be held August 29 through September 2 with more than 3,000 golfers from 50 states and 20 countries expected to converge on 60 Myrtle Beach area courses for the week. Registration for the 72-hole tournament is $550, but can be obtained for $500 for new players and $450 for past participants before June 3. Entry into the tournament includes four rounds of golf, a gift bag upon arrival, and four evenings of food, drink and golf exhibits at the “World’s

TURF SOLUTIONS GROUP BUILDS INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY FOR HARVARD UNIVERSITY CAMBRIDGE, Mass.– When the nation’s most prestigious academic institution needed to maximize its valuable space, Harvard University <http:// www.gocrimson.com/landing/index> turned to Turf Solutions Group (TSG), leaders in recreational land design and development. <http://www.turfsolutionsgroup.com/>  Faced with a need for an indoor practice facility for its men’s and women’s golf teams, but without the available real estate for a full-size range, Harvard was able to meet its needs thanks to an innovative design from TSG’s John Ehrgott. Given 2,000 square feet of space in a former

Largest 19th Hole.” Hosted by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, GOLF. com World Amateur Handicap Championship is a 72-hole tournament with participants competing for the right to be crowned “World Amateur Golf Champion.” Players are flighted according to their

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storage area, Ehrgott was able to design a practice facility that features an 800-square foot chipping and putting green with realistic contours. The green is framed by a collar of 2-1/4” synthetic rye/ bluegrass rough to simulate real chipping conditions and a ½” fairway chipping area to practice tight lies. The practice area also features a four-station, netted hitting bay that is 20 feet deep and outfitted with a launch monitor, and a putting area used for video analysis and putting mechanics. “The goal was to maximize the available shot

values within the limited space,” Ehrgott said. “We wanted to give the Harvard University men’s and women’s golf teams the ability practice various shots from multiple surfaces and lies so they could be better prepared for the early spring events in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA tournament.”

GOLF RESPONDS IN TIME OF NEED By PGA TOUR Staff ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.—When Japan was ravaged by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, golf’s global organizations, as they have done in many other instances previously, quickly mobilized their support of Japanese relief efforts. The organizations that comprise the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors, namely the LPGA Tour, the PGA European Tour, the PGA TOUR and the players and tournaments they respectively represent, along with the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, the R&A and the USGA, collectively contributed more than $1 million to relief efforts in Japan. Golf has been a long-time supporter of relief efforts previously, including immediately following natural disasters in Australia and New Zealand most recently before Japan. While golf has long been recognized for the support it generates for various charitable causes through the staging of golf tournaments, both professional and amateur, it also is usually among the first industries to provide financial support to relief efforts following natural disasters on global basis. 8

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Restaurant Wars...

By Jennifer M. Jolly, CCM

A Unique Training Vehicle for Clubs

Dan Webber, Deb Jordan and Jeff Leshyn


have a tremendous Executive Chef. I realize that is a pretty powerful statement, but it’s true.  I suppose I can write a paragraph or two about why I think that, but in the grand scheme of things it probably isn’t all that interesting to you and he would probably prefer I save all my “good stuff” for this annual review J  This idea, “Restaurant Wars,” was his … and I find it genius as we have turned it into a internal competition and training vehicle. Here’s what we have done so far … we have two clubhouses at Sawgrass Country Club, a golf club and a beach club.  Within those clubs we share about 65 employees.  Each club has a Sous Chef, one has a Junior Sous Chef.  Each club has a Supervisor and we have one Banquet Captain that assists our Catering Manager at events held at both clubs.  Through these positions, we have created three leadership teams … Chef du Cuisine at the Beach Club Micah Windham with Banquet Captain Catherine Faulk and brand new Line Cook Ryan Obernier … Sous Chef at the Golf Club Dan Webber with Supervisor Deb Jordan and newly promoted from Dishwasher to Line Cook Jeff Leshyn … and finally Junior Sous Chef Marvin McClelland, Supervisor Justine Ortiz and Lead Line Cook Alfredo Cotto.  Their jobs then became to create their teams


by choosing Culinary, Servers, Runners, Bussers and Bartenders. This was handled similarly to a football draft, with the least experienced team choosing first in the round robin to fill what they felt was the most critical positions with the teammate that best matched the skill set they were looking for. From there, each team was given the charge to come up with a restaurant name, a theme and appropriate menus, pricing, etc.  The teams meet as they feel

is necessary – they are responsible for all aspects of the process from “hiring”, training, developing staffing compliments, ordering food, liquor, linen, booking entertainment, creating menus that allow the patrons of their restaurants to be seated, order two courses and enjoy them within 40 minutes. This includes having a back up plan just in case things don’t go the way they’re supposed to … just like a real food and beverage operation! Having the staff think about what creates a great experience ... focusing on the simple things that often get over looked from the entrance with a warm welcome, to the fond farewell at the end.  And how that experience can be better than the other restaurants. Ultimately that thought process is in turn used on a daily basis to improve our operation.  Where part of the education process is for them to learn how to do these things on their own, Executive Chef Perry Kenney and I, along with our two experienced Dining Room Managers are here for counsel, to bounce ideas off of and to make sure, at the end of the day, nothing truly gets missed as we want the membership to have the best possible experience. Now… the role of the membership … we have developed a reservation spreadsheet that automatically sched-

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ules the reservations of up to 39 tables to rotate through the restaurants at 40 minute intervals. The members will make their initial reservation at one of the three themed restaurants.  When they arrive they will be greeted and taken through the dining experience just as they would any other evening except the portions will be a bit smaller as they will be eating three times and they will be escorted to their next dining location at the end of their experience at the each restaurant.  Our restaurants will all be  six to eight table outdoor establishments; one at our Sand Bar, one at our Adult Pool area and one on our Oasis Deck; all having views of the ocean.  This will pose a second challenge to our teams as the main kitchen is inside the Beach Club.  They will have to rely on their own teams as well as the cooperation of the other teams with respect to prep areas, use of certain kitchen appliances, service items and pantry/ walk-in space for staging.  This is a very exciting project for all of us.  It has been a tremendous growth opportunity for our new managers and has created incredible camaraderie and increased morale amongst the group. Who is the winner you might ask??  Well, I will contend that we will all win with this program, but the membership

Ryan, Catherine Faulk and Micah Windham will actually vote on their favorite aspects of each venue. This information will not only allow us to choose a 2011 Champion team, but it will also help us to gather more intel on what our members want out of a dining experience, new items to add to our ever changing menus and a vehicle to, as a group, ascertain our strengths and challenges to better develop internal training for the team!

I am very excited about this … our date is Thursday, June 16. I will follow up next month with our winning restaurant.  If there is anyone out there who has done something similar at their club, or is interested in duplicating our event, please feel free to contact me at jjolly@sawgrasscountryclub.com or 904.273.3731.  Off to a busy TPC this week!  Happy May, Jenn.

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Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

Boston, Ma. Lived there until I was 22, until I figured out golf was my passion and golfing in the snow is difficult.

High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? Jocks, I picked

on the nerds, partied with the stoners, laughed at the preppies. Nice clothing bro.

What do you do for a living?

I am the assistant golf professional at Tuscawilla Country Club. [I’m in it for the discount] I really would like to pursue my golfing career, but my boss, Will Bernazzani, doesn’t give me enough time off.

What would you like to do for a living? I am

doing it. I would also love to design my own clothing line. Back 9 Magic [comes out in May 2013]

Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Love watching movies, playing xbox, working out [do that for the ladies], drinking beer, and most of all I love to dance. No joke I can move.

Keith Goodale

Steak, chicken, or seafood?

Seafood if it’s from Boston, especially clams. And anybody who says the whole bellies are disgusting is lame.

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I cried when Mufasa died in the Lion King. Oops, guess that’s out now.

What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island?

Golf clubs, water [obviously] and the lead singer from The Pussy Cat Dolls.

Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why? Nicole Scherzinger, because if we were the only two

people on that island, I think I got a chance and If I made it off the island, I’d text all my boys and told them what happened. I don’t call people I text.

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Driving up on the greens, and not obeying the

cart path signs. We don’t just put them out there because they look pretty.

Name the three most important things to you in this world. My parents, laughter, and friends.

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? Money, lets get real. See the smile on my face, earto-ear baby! 12

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cart girl

Photos By: Mike Coonan Make-Up By: Allison Klykken

Where did you grow up?

Pensacola Fl

Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? I hung out with everybody, but as a cheerleader I was more active with the athletes.

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

Football, I love Florida State


Do you enjoy playing golf? Yes, the best part of my game is at the practice range.

Are they’re any golfers in your family?

Yes my

uncle is an avid golfer.

What do you feel makes this club special?

I like the people especially the diversity and mix of members and non members who play here.

What is your most favorite thing about being a cart girl? I like being outdoors and chatting with the golfers.

What is your least favorite part?

The heat and the humidity in the summer time.

If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing? I would be an RN. I am now in school to be become one.

a n i t Chris se Gie

What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl? Watching some of our older members take the younger ones to school on the course.

Do you think the cart girls should be able to dress differently? Yes. How you prefer dress if you were given a choice? Tank tops and Flip Flops..I am a beach girl.

What hobbies do you enjoy? I love the beach and

spending time with my 3 1/2 year old son Kyler

What is your idea of “the perfect date”?

Watching a sunset at the Bridge Bar with someone special.

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? I like to have a cocktail when I am relaxing with someone special.

Favorite charity to support? Left Behind in the USA

What else would you like for us to know about you? I enjoyed the photo shoot, especially working with professional make-up artist Allison Klykken. 14

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By Nikki Lindgren

Central Florida’s Must Eat Location


one does a golf resort better than Reunion Resort and Club located just a hop, skip and

a jump from Orlando’s most famous mouse. However, amid the 54 holes of Signature golf designed by legends Palmer, Watson and Nicklaus, spacious accommodations, water park and boutique spa is hidden one of the best kept secrets of Orlando. . . Eleven. Perched atop the eleventh floor of the majestic Reunion Grande, the ultra chic Eleven restaurant and lounge boasts stunning rooftop views, handcrafted


cocktails and some of the most

reach one result: the perfect

amazing food in Central Florida. Best

combination of extraordinary

part, whether or not you stay at the

dining with casual nightlife.

resort, you can still tease your palette

Accented by nightly views

with the incredible dishes prepared

of theme park fireworks and

by Eleven’s own, Chef Richard Smith,

impeccable service, Eleven

where the Jamaican-born Chef Smith

is the ideal setting for a

is a master at combining the freshest

romantic date, late night

ingredients with the perfect amount of

19th hole or girl’s night out.


An even sweeter treat is

Modern American small plates

the ability to buy-out the restaurant

recommend you check-out Reunion’s

feature mouthwatering entrees ideal

for stylish events all your own. From


for sharing, or keeping all to yourself.

gorgeous weddings to non-traditional

Open daily from 5pm until 1am,

Whether you enjoy the American

corporate receptions, Eleven seems to

Eleven is Central Florida’s only rooftop

wagyu beef sliders, lamb pops, braised

have everything you need to create an

restaurant. To learn more about Eleven

beef shortribs, pan seared scallops,

incredible and lasting impression. So,

at Reunion Resort and Club, please visit

or the chef’s specialty, Jerk Spiced

if you are seeking a dining experience

their website at www.ReunionResort.

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Art Ensley. Michael Heape Photography

18th Green Crowd. Michael Heape Photography

No Rules Just Right J

John Cook. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

ohn Cook took home the 2011 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am trophy in an intense sequence of events. Cook double bogeyed 18 which forced a playoff with Jay Don Blake. Cook birdied 18 to claim the Pro-Am title. Cook was 2 over for the day and 9 under for the weekend. This is John Cook’s second Champions Tour win in 2011 and Cook’s first career win in Florida. Cook is a nine-time PGA TOUR winner and now a seven-time Champions Tour winner. John Cook is was a member of the 1993 U.S. Ryder Cup team and was ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for 45 weeks in ’92 and ’93. Cook won a Champions Tour event earlier this year in the Tour opener in Hawaii. He currently resides in Windermere, Florida. His son, Jason, plays golf for Pepperdine University.  

Art Ensley Leads The Amateurs


Art Ensley. Michael Heape Photography 18

mateur Champion Art Ensley finished the final round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at 25 under. Ensley was first introduced to the tournament through close friend Johnny Carrabba four years ago and this is his first win. Ensley currently lives in Houston, TX where he owns and operates Ensley Properties, Inc. EPI was incorporated in 1992 with a focus on servicing the transaction segment within the oil and gas industry. He is happily married to his wife Linda and they have one child.

Fred McGriff with Jay Haas and John O’Hurley. Tim Boyles Photography

John O’Hurley. Michael Heape Photography

Kenny Perry. Michael Heape Photography Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2

special events

Errol Golf and Tennis celebrates

Cinco de Mayo

Apopka Spring Fling at Errol May 21 Errol Golf and Tennis’ next event is the “Apopka Spring Fling at Errol” May 21st from 11 a.m. until dark. This family fun-filled event will feature activities for the kids including a Bouncy House, water slide, face painting and a dunk tank. Adults and families will have free access to the pool area, and can take part in a putting contest or enjoy golf for just $1/hole! A new beach volleyball court was recently christened during the Cinco de Mayo celebration. On the grounds and in the clubhouse, DJ Ralo and other musical acts including Apopka’s own Logan Landgrebe and Melissa Crispo will provide live entertainment throughout the day and evening! Hot Dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and cups of draft beer for just $1. Also Sno-Cones and other snacks. For more information, call 407-886-5000 or visit www. errolestatecc.com.

Junior Golf Clinic Errol Golf and Tennis in Apopka, Fla., followed up their St. Paddy’s Day Scramble In The Night, with another fun-filled event open to the public -- a Cinco de Mayo Pool Party. There was plenty to eat and drink at the Paradise Pool Bar and Apopka’s own Logan Landgrebe provided live entertainment. Today, under new owners, a fresh look and a broader attitude, Errol Golf and Tennis is the place where everyone in Orlando can come to have fun and escape the daily grind. Errol offers 27 holes of championship golf with dramatic views, beautiful lakes, vistas and lush fairways with towering native pines and oak trees unique to Florida. The Lake, Highlands and Grove Courses were designed by Florida’s prolific golf course designer “Gentleman” Joe Lee. Errol Golf and Tennis is home to Steve’s World of Golf where you can find the lowest prices on equipment in Orlando. Visitors can enjoy lunch, dinner, happy hours every day of the week and live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights in Pirie’s Tavern. 20

During the Apopka Spring Fling, there will also be a Junior Golf Clinic with Jay Golden, Errol’s Golf Ambassador. He is a Class A PGA Professional and member of the PGA National Teaching Committee. Check out Jay at www.goldengolf.net Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2



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Florida Residents Compete in 15th Big Break

Oren Geri

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rlando resident Oren Geri will compete in Golf Channel’s 15th season of its popular Big Break series, premiering May 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET. Taking place at Indian Wells Golf Resort, Big Break Indian Wells will showcase an all-male cast of 11 professional golfers putting their golf skills – and money – on the line.  Competing for an opportunity to put his career on the fast track, the champion of Big Break Indian Wells will receive an exemption to compete in the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the PGA TOUR and a minimum of $55,000 in cash, one of the biggest prizes in Big Break history, among other prizes. Geri, 37, the top-ranked amateur and professional golfer from Israel, has represented his native country in numerous International events, including several World Cup matches.  He has competed on various mini-tours with moderate success over the past 15 years. The cast of Big Break Indian Wells are at different stages of their professional careers.  Some have competed professionally on the world’s top tours, some are just beginning their journey in professional golf and others

have gone in a different direction career-wise because of life decisions. The 10-episode series will feature an all-new format – each competitor will begin with $5,000, with the objective to win each other’s earnings on the golf course and to be the last man standing.  Other Floridians Joining Geri on Big Break Indian Wells are: Hernan “Piri” Borja (25, Coral Springs, Fla.) – Son of 1984 U.S. Olympic Soccer team captain Chico Borja, Piri wants to follow in the footsteps of his famous father by becoming an Olympian – only on the golf course.  Piri is currently playing on the mini-tour circuits. David Byrne (23, Essex, Ontario, Canada / Orlando, Fla.) – The youngest competitor on Big Break Indian Wells, Byrne has enormous talent.  He recently graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy, where he was 2010 Horizon League Player of the Year.  Byrne gave up his amateur status and kicked off his professional golf career by competing on Big Break Indian Wells. Robert Floyd (35, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) – The most experienced competitor on the series, Floyd is the son of Hall-of-Famer Raymond Floyd.  Robert has competed in more than 30

PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour events over the past 15 years, but has yet to achieve similar success as his father. Currently, he is a real estate professional in Palm Beach Gardens. Justin Payne (30, Floydada, Texas) – Payne’s golf career has been victimized by bad breaks and bad timing.  One of the top junior golfers coming out of Texas, Payne has had several false starts in getting his golf career on the fast track due to injuries and family matters.  Currently, Payne competes part-time on the Adams Tour while managing the family ranch with his father. Golf Channel’s Tom Abbott and Stephanie Sparks return as co-hosts for the series. Filmed on location in January at Indian Wells Golf Resort in Indian Wells, Calif., the series will unfold on the resort’s two championship golf courses – Celebrity Course and Players Course.  The Celebrity Course is a two-time host to the PGA TOUR’s Skins Game, and both courses are ranked as one of California’s top-20 courses by GOLF Magazine and Golfweek Magazine – the only 36-hole facility in the state to boast that honor.



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By Rick Harris, Sr.

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A Young Man on A Mission

Eugene Hong


a golf writer it isn’t often that ting wasn’t as sharp as usual. you get a chance to meet and Eugene’s father, Steve, stated that write about a young male or his son showed an interest in golf female that has the almost certain around age three when his older potential to be an excellent golfer on brother was trying out for a high a national, or perhaps even on an inschool golf team. He also noticed that ternational level. For this writer I have Eugene’s golf swing was quite adbeen lucky enough for it to have hapvanced for a youngster this age. With pened twice within a ten year period. his father coaching him Eugene imThe first time was when I met, and proved his golfing skills substantially wrote about, a 17 year old Brittany Linto the point that when he was seven cicome who turned into a LPGA star years old he started participating in and tournament winner including a major. The second time was during late 2010 when I met Eugene Hong who, at age eleven, recently won the Club Championship at the Ventura Country Club in Orlando, Florida in February 2011. Both players demonstrated a quiet, ever present, monumental determination to be a WINNER; to be the BEST; no matter what the obstacles and then backed it up with results!  Even though the Ventura course is no Bay Hill in terms of distance it is a very challenging, tight layout, with narrow fairways, small greens, and water hazards on twelve of the eighteen holes. Eugene shot 73-72 on the par 70 track against a range of golfers with low to high handicaps and with ages from 20 to 80.  Afterwards he claimed he Eugene Hong should have shot better but his put24

local amateur golf tournaments. By age nine (2009) he won the Fall Eagle Junior Golf championship and the AAU Winter Nationals 10 and under title. He won again in 2010 at the Fall Eagle Junior golf event and took home the Player of the Year (boys 10 and under) title of the U.S. Kids golf tournament. When asked if he was worried about becoming disinterested or “burned out” about playing golf Eugene replied, “How can you get ‘burned out’ if you can never be too good in golf? A person might become burned out if he or she is perfect and has been playing a long, long time but golf is the greatest game that has ever been invented. No one has been perfect with golf.” His father also stated that Eugene’s dream is to become a PGA golfer  and that he is willing to sacrifice, and has already done so, in order to reach that goal.  Eugene likes to swim and occasionally plays a little basketball but golf is the be all and end all game for him right now. You’ve heard about and read about young golfers making a name for themselves so remember that name…Eugene Hong!  From where I’m standing Eugene has that special something where you’ll be hearing it again. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2

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Xempt Player Series Opener Decided in Playoff


evin Kay of Boca Raton , Fla. used a par on the first playoff hole to nip 52-year-old Robin Byrd and capture the inaugural Xempt Player Series event at the TPC Eagle Trace. Kay (a first-round 74) fired a final-round 4-under-par 68 in Tuesday’s second and final round of the innovative developmental series opener, matching the low round of the event. Byrd survived a 7 on his fifth hole, to match his 1-under-par 71 from Monday. Kay’s victory in the 28-player

TPC Eagle Trace winner Devin Kay of Boca Raton with Jim Kelly and XPS Founder and CEO Gerry Hammond

field secures him not only a $2,400 paycheck out of the $15,000 purse, but a spot in the Southeast Regionals in Amelia Island, Fla., May 25-27. Byrd, of Satellite Beach , Fla. , earned $1,800 and a regional berth. First-round leader Jimmy Lyttle (7073) finished third and earned $1,350. “I appreciate the opportunity to play and make my dreams become reality,” said Kay, a four-year starter for Lynn ���� University . “XPS is doing a great thing here.” Conceived by PGA Professional Gerry

Hammond of Columbus , Ohio , the XPS was designed to provide financial assistance to promising and talented golfers as they begin their professional careers. It features local and regional events played on top-tier courses and the XPS Championship, which is at the Columbus Country Club in June. For more information on XPS, please visit the website at www.xemptplayerseries.com, or call (614) 751-8129.

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olt Ford is a walking, talking 300-pound celebration of country music and country living. His songs pay tribute to the people, pastimes and attitudes that define a lifestyle embraced from Texas to Wisconsin, from Florida to Washington State and a lot of places in between. For all the bigger-than-life excitement that defines his music and his stage show, though, Colt is quick to point to what lies underneath it all. “I’m just an average Joe who’s been blessed with the ability to write music and who loves to perform,” he says. “I talk about everyday real country life and I believe in real country values— God, family, friends, and hard work. And if that ain’t country, I don’t know what is.” His connections to the lifestyle run deep. An avid sports fan and outdoorsman, he wrote “Buck ‘Em” for the Professional Bull Riders Association, and “Huntin’ The World,” the awardwinning theme song of the popular Outdoor Channel show of the same name, and he capped a lifetime of appreciation for country music’s rich musical heritage when he made his debut early in 2010 on the Grand Ole Opry. Colt’s specialty is spoken-word country in the tradition of a line of hits that travels from Toby Keith’s “I Want To Talk About Me” to Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” (a song he covers to huge effect in concert) through Jerry Reed’s “Amos Moses” and C. W. McCall’s “Convoy” to Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” and “What Is Truth.” His latest CD, Chicken and Biscuits, sets his world-class story-telling ability to cutting-edge music played by some of Nashville’s best players. It brings together the energy of hip-hop and the depth and rootedness of country in a project destined to carry Colt’s unique sound to an even wider audience. Chicken and Biscuits, produced by Jayson Chance and Shannon “Fatshan” Houchins, is Colt’s second studio album, following his 2008 breakthrough Ride Through The Country, which catapulted the Georgia native to mainstream status, with sales of more than 150,000 and paid downloads approaching half a million, Chicken and Biscuits perfectly captures the spirit that has energized


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packed houses across the country and spurred many Colt fans to drive hours to follow his shows from town to town. It’s a reaction that has made him one of the most genuinely grateful and fan-friendly performers in the business—he is in touch with fans on a daily basis online and he is adamant about meeting with them after his shows. “I’m a big boy and you can bet I get tired up there,” he says, “but I do what I do visiting with people and signing autographs because I have the best fans in the world. I’m inspired by their energy and I want to give them everything I’ve got.” In part the connection is there because Colt Ford is cut from the same cloth as the people who flock to his shows. He grew up outside Athens, Georgia, drinking in Southern country culture with the water, developing a deep appreciation for the outdoors and enjoying every kind of popular music that floated across the airwaves in a state whose musical icons are as diverse as they are talented. “I never got into music,” he says. “Music got into me. It’s always been a part of my life.” His first concert was Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, but as a teenager his appreciation for hip-hop and R&B led him in that direction as well. A sports enthusiast from early on, he excelled at both golf and music by the time he reached adulthood. When, as a young married man with a baby on the way, his wife advised him to choose one and throw himself whole-heartedly into it, he chose golf. “I figured I had a better chance of making a living at that,” he says. He spent more than a decade doing just that with his golf clubs, but he kept making music on the side. “Even though I was doing something else for a living,” he says, “I could never just cut this off. It’s who I am.” With encouragement from his wife, he wrote “Buck ‘Em” for the PBR, and the organization quickly made it its anthem. Colt made his musical and video debut on national television at the VERSUS Invitational Pro Bull Riding competition in Madison Square Garden in January 2007. He was off and running. Putting it on stage was just a matter of letting his Inner Country Boy out, and that’s where the Colt Ford persona let him become a true force of nature with no hesitation about taking country music and the country life over the top. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2

“I’m really just a guy who put on different clothes to be himself,” he says. “I’m probably more comfortable in Colt Ford’s skin than in my own. I know I don’t necessarily look like the average country star, but I think when people see me on stage they think, ‘Wow, man! Is that dude having fun!’ They’ll never see me just go through the motions. I’ve been up there with a 103 degree fever, during a bout with kidney stones, and when I’m beyond tired, but that adrenaline and those crowds guarantee that they’ll know this fat Georgia boy is giving them every

single thing he’s got.” He and his friend of 20 years Shannon Houchins arrived in Nashville “not knowing anything about the way the business was done,” he says, but they began meeting people and impressing them with their music and their drive. Colt and Shannon formed their own label, Average Joes Entertainment, both to stay in control of their approach and to put their own vision into play. Along the way, Colt Ford has become one of the hardest working entertainers anywhere. 31

women in golf


full field of women recently played in the Golf Tourney and Luncheon for Naples Breast Cancer Patients hosted by Bay Colony Golf Resort for the Magnolia Ball 2011. Supporting the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center at NCH, the day

of golf featured a luncheon and presentations by radiology oncologists Dr. Mark Rubin, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, and Dr. Chaundre Cross, 21st Century Oncology. The Magnolia Ball 2011 will be held April 9 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf

Resort, Naples. Chad Kimball, from the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Memphis, will be the celebrity guest at the biennial event. For more information, contact Cynthia Bennett, NCH Foundation/ Magnolia Ball, at 239-436-4511 or cynthia.bennett@nchmd.org.

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you love to play golf? Is your wife or girlfriend just a little less enthusiastic about the sport? Are you trying to plan a special vacation where you can pursue your own interests without worrying about whether she will feel ignored while you are doing so? Have we got the answer for you! Visit Fairmont’s Turnberry Isle, located about halfway between South Beach and Fort Lauderdale. At the resort you can play golf on phenomenal courses, play tennis on incredible courts, dine in world class restaurants, get pampered in a 25,000 square foot spa and fitness center, take advantage of the 3 mile jogging course, lounge by gorgeous pools, take a shuttle to the resort’s Ocean Club on the Atlantic, get a glimpse of celebrities, and indulge in world class shopping at the Aventura Mall which is only a short 5 minute walk away. Named the “Best in the South” by Zagat Hotel, Resort & Spa Guide, Fairmont Turnberry Isle is Florida’s premier golf, spa and fun destination and was also named World’s Best” by Travel and


Leisure Magazine, and received the Forbes Four Star Hotel & Spa Award, along with Meetings & Conventions Gold Key Award in 2009 and Gold Tee Award in 2010.” Pretty impressive credentials, no? A visit to the Fairmont Turnberry Isle was a surprise birthday present for my wife, Prudy, who was recuperating from recent shoulder surgery. I knew up front that there was no way she would be swinging a golf club with me. I wanted her to have a great time but I also wanted to sneak away and play some golf. This seemed to be the kind of place where we could spend quality time together and enjoyable time apart as well. We spent 4 spectacular days and 3 glorious nights at this enchanting, four star resort. Prudy is really in to gardening and the tropical foliage and well landscaped grounds of the 300 acre resort were absolute showstoppers for her. In fact, the place was breathtaking. She loved the warm breeze on our 150 square foot balcony and enjoyed her glass of wine and book while I carefully plotted the following day’s

activities for us. Our balcony offered a stunning vista that included a spectacular, 64 foot waterfall overlooking the 18th green and the pin was just a short 7 iron away. Almost directly below our room we could watch golfers preparing to tee off on the 16th hole. We were so close to the action we could almost see which club they were pulling out of their bag. While we were enjoying our second glass of wine and “chillaxing”, basketball icon Michael Jordan and his foursome teed off on 16th hole just below our feet. And yes Michael sticks out his tongue to the left side of his mouth when he tees off...just like he is playing basketball. The thought that drifted through my mind at that moment was, “Hey, if the Fairmont Turnberry Isle is good enough for Michael Jordan, it’s certainly good enough for me!” Later that evening, Prudy and I enjoyed a quiet, scrumptious dinner at nationally-acclaimed Chef Michael Mina’s “Bourbon Steak.” Our hostess, Megan Clementi, was amazing. She is young, beautiful, and charming.

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She was even more stunning in her 6 inch heels. It wasn’t until later that I learned that she is a former Miss Florida USA. I’m happy to report that Prudy handled my not-so-subtle drooling with good humor. The next morning Prudy and I started off with a breakfast at the Cascata Grille. It was an amazing feast. We took our time over coffee and tea while we leisurely sampled as much of the morning’s homemade pastries, and fresh mangos, as possible. Afterwards, we were treated to Executive Chef Daniel Buss’s tour of his herb garden, micro orchard and his vegetable patch. Our private excursion of the quarter acre garden, complete with samples of the various fresh herbs and fruits was not only entertaining, it was educational. We never knew there were so many varieties of herbs and spices. Chef Daniel uses these fresh ingredients in his sauces and main dishes, as a unique blend of flavors not found in other restaurants. If you were to indulge yourself with the resort’s Classic Cuban Mojito, you’d taste Chef Daniel’s home grown sugar cane, limes and mint. I knew Prudy would really enjoy the tour, being a gardening fanatic and all, but I was surprised that I found it enjoyable as well. We were accompanied on the tour by Director of Public Relations, Rachel Pinzur. Rachel is a charismatic, virtual fountain of knowledge. We learned more about Fairmont Turnberry Isle in our brief time with her than we could have learned on our own, even if we had the good fortune to stay for a month of Sundays. Rachel took us to the Fairmont Turnberry Isle’s own fountain of youth, otherwise known the exclusive and awarding winning “Willow Stream Spa and Fitness Center.” This 25,000 square foot gem is the soul of the Turnberry. It is a peaceful, sensorial, sanctuary. If you’d like some pampering, you might consider the full service salon for men and women, aromatherapy, a mud wrap, mineral bath, warm massage, body scrub, hot stone therapy, shiatsu massage, golf performance treatment massage, pedicure, manicure, or one of the specialty facials, or one of the other dozens of selections. I thought I’d have to drag Prudy out of the spa kicking and screaming. If you’re Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2

more into exercise, you won’t be disappointed in the fitness services. Personal training, Pilates, state-of-the-art equipment, spinning, Boot Camp, Ultimate Sculpt and skilled athletic trainers on hand to provide individual assistance will make your fitness experience truly enjoyable. The unparalleled strength, speed and endurance areas of the fitness center are the home training center to 40 NFL draft prospects, and is the largest NFL Combine Program in the country. When I learned that fact, the same old thought drifted through my mind, “If the fitness center is good enough for NFL prospects, it is good enough for me.” If the spa is the soul of the Turnberry, then certainly the two 18 hole championship courses (The Miller and The

Stoffer) are the heart of the resort. They were originally designed by Robert Trent Jones and recently redesigned by Raymond Floyd, who had a $45 million dollar budget and a blank canvas. His goal was to make them aesthetic, challenging and a fair test for all levels of golfers. Indeed, he exceeded his wildest dreams. The fairways are lined with tropical flora and fauna which create a tropical green belt between fairways. The players have a sense of peaceful serenity while playing on courses that are suited for the skill level of all players. This tropical paradise is an oasis in the midst of a bustling urban community. Both courses have an abundance of water features that challenge the golfer and fine tunes their golf management. At the same time, a famous Audubon-sanctioned bird sanctuary is nestled within the course. The unique elevations on both courses were created by the addition of 700,000 cubic meters of sub soil that

were trucked in. The courses are also defended by challenging greens that are meticulously maintained by a veritable army of greens keepers. Turnberry has hosted NBC/ADT Skills Challenge, and the Stanford International Pro-Am which was an official LPGA event. The Stoffer course is most challenging at 7,047 yards at a par 71 with a course rating of 74.9. It has a slope rating of 149. The Miller course is a par 70 at 6,419 yards and has a course rating of 72 and a slope rating of 143. Swimming at Turnberry is simply a matter of great choices. The resort has 4 water features, if you count the Atlantic Ocean. The Ocean Club is just minutes from Turnberry by free shuttle. While at the Ocean Club, you can enjoy the beach with your chaise lounge and umbrella. When you have had your fill of salt water, you can find your own private spot in a cabana by your fresh water pool. At the main resort, the most popular spot is the Lagoon Pool. It features a zero depth entry and it has a humongous 35 foot high water slide that winds 180 feet in length to deposit you into a gigantic warm fresh water pool. It features pool side services for food and drinks. If you want privacy, cabanas are available with your own flat screen TV. Alongside the pool is a gently curving “lazy river” filled with all sorts of floating devices to enjoy the current with. Kids and adults can tour the lush landscape at a leisurely pace as they float in peaceful bliss. We couldn’t pass up the lazy river or the winding water slide. After that fun, we retired to the cabana to relax in tranquility. The 4 new and improved clay-hydro tennis courts are lighted and enjoy the attention of many famous players who stop by to play. In fact, tennis legend, Fred Stolle, is known to drop by on the men’s night in season. He also conducts an occasional fantasy weekend and is the resort’s tennis ambassador. If you want to be pampered and challenged at the same time, Turnberry is the place to go. With its luxurious setting, friendly and courteous staff, virtual smorgasbord of sports/fitness activities to choose from, phenomenal dining and opportunities to ensure a fun vacation for both the golfer and non-golfer alike, it’s a place you can’t beat. 35

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By Ed Gilbert, Head Thinker

When Social Media is Not Social If

you are over 45 years old and love to play golf, follow the

marketing mix. The more times you can reach your market

golf tournaments on Saturday and Sunday, and play over

with multiple media messages, the better the results will be.

52 rounds a year; chances are you aren’t a fan on some

Finally, if you really wanted to look smart to your boss,

golf course or golf resort Facebook page. Why? Because your

you would find a marketing partner who understands golf

peers would make fun of you and rightfully so.

resort or golf course marketing better than you do. Look for

Here is an idea of famous golf resorts and or golf courses

an agency that may employ people who have been in that

with their number of fans on Facebook. Serious golfers will

business and that have successful track records in golf resort

know each of these places well: Doral – 1339, Whistling Straits

marketing. It is a specialty like being a Brain Surgeon and or

– 1889, Augusta National – 293, The Memorial – 11, PGA West

a Gynecologist as opposed to being a general family practi-

2, Bay Hill Club & Lodge – 22 (and it’s not even their page). Well what does that say about marketing on a social media outlet with 500,000,000 members? It says it’s not the place for marketing great golf to serious golfers. Duh.

tioner. Would you have a Brain

The printed piece still drives people to the Internet and that particular website for any and everything you ever wanted to know about that golf resort or golf course.

Have you ever seen a signature


Surgeon deliver your baby or a Gynecologist perform surgery in your medulla oblongata? Wrong ends for both. So go out and find professional help that has case studies to share with you and a track record

golf hole on Twitter? Any of your golfing buddies use Four

for success. Ask if they know how many rounds of golf for 18

Square, Where, Gowalla to tell you where they are at any

holes is considered capacity. Do they understand teeing off

given moment. Not even drunk! So it begs the question: if I

on both front and back tees? Do they understand overseeding

owned a golf resort or golf course how do I best reach new

and aerification? Do they even play golf themselves? Do they

markets to visit my resort and or play my golf course?

understand that every marketing initiative has an impact on

The answer is to use multiple forms of media to capture

operations? You don’t want to train them in your industry on

your market that can best activate the emotions of a poten-

your nickel do you? Why should you.

tial market. Print is still very viable in the golf industry. Glossy

Social media is a new marketing tool that is not right for

printed pages of professional golf photography can create an

every product every time. It can be a great branding tool if it

aura still difficult to duplicate on the Internet. Forty five year

fits your demographic market’s profile. Don’t get caught up in

old plus golfers still read in their favorite chairs and imagine

all the hype. Truthfully the next hot media outlet will be mo-

what it would be like to play that finishing hole.

bile when in the next 18 months, 80% of all phone users will

The printed piece still drives people to the Internet and

have smart phones. Today that number is 45%. Think about

that particular website for any and everything you ever want-


ed to know about that golf resort or golf course. Television,

If you need recommendations, ask me. ed@absolutethink-

pay-per-click, search engine marketing, direct mail, public

ing.us. I have been active in the golf industry for 27 years.

relations, email blasts, and outdoor should also be part of the

Surely I have learned something. And don’t call me Shirley. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2

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Crossings #14

RTJ Golf Trail Makes Improvements Along Mobile Bay It

has become popular in recent years to refer to Alabama’s Gulf Coast as the state’s “Golf Coast.’’ The reference is both descriptive and accurate. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail has played a huge role in making it so. And the Trail isn’t resting on its already impressive laurels when it comes to its presence along the Gulf Coast. Instead, it is continuing to enhance that presence by improving its facilities and amenities and providing not only world-class golf experiences, but adding to the overall quality of life available to residents and guests of the area. “Honestly, all I can say is there is no more important part of the Trail than there is down south,’’ John Cannon, president of Sunbelt Golf Corporation, which oversees the operation of the RTJ Golf Trail, said. “I hesitate to say there’s something more important, that Lakewood and Magnolia Grove are more important than other parts, but we see the tremendous potential they possess.’’


Cannon said the City of Mobile and its surrounding areas has become an important area for the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the entity having invested heavily in the area, including the building downtown on Water Street of the RSA Tower. “We look at what we can do to bring people back to the Gulf Coast,’’ Cannon said. “Everyone understands we believe in the future of the Gulf Coast and we believe in the City of Mobile and its surrounding areas itself. We think we can have a

tremendous impact in furthering the success of all business in that area, and that’s what the Trail is meant to do. “The Trail, yes, is a string of golf courses, but the key to the Trail’s success is economic development and tourism. That’s what we’re here to do. We do it through golf, we do it through hotels and the other assets of the RSA. But if we’re not bringing new people to the Gulf Coast, we’re not doing our job and that requires constant attention to our facilities and constant upgrading. If you’ve stayed at one of the RSA hotels, you know we’re not standing still. We’re giving people a world-class experience and a reason to tell their friends what we’re about and what they’ve experienced. The facilities are great, the Southern hospitality is great. I don’t know another organization in our industry that is so committed to the overall health of the local economy in each of the areas that we’re in.’’ Magnolia Grove, Mobile’s stop on the RTJ Golf Trail, features two 18-hole courses, The Crossings and The Falls, as well as a par-3 Dogwood #11 Short Course that has been rated Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2

the best in the country. The Crossings Course, home of the Avnet LPGA Classic, was renovated from 2008-09 and The Falls Course reopened in 2010 after a 10-month renovation. Both courses underwent extensive changes and improvements in a variety of areas. The practice range and putting green were also improved. “Basically, it’s part of the long-term capitol plan of the Trail,’’ Cannon said. “Being as we built virtually everything at the original seven sites at one time, they are aging at the same time as well. What we want is to ensure that in the long term we have the best possible facilities for all of our golfers. The quality that we have committed to from the very beginning will always be there. We’ve also modified some of the original designs. They’re what I would call more flexible designs. In other words, the average player can find more enjoyment playing them on a regular basis and by use of hole location, green speed and firmness, and rough, we can for specific events and/or customers, make the golf course as demanding as it always has been. That ensures the longevity of the facilities as a business and the on-going guest satisfaction.’’ That same approach was put in place at Lakewood Golf Club, with the Azalea and Magnolia courses redesigned and improved in recent years. Recently, more accessibility to Lakewood for nonGrand Hotel guests and non-members has added to the appeal of the RTJ Golf Trail member facility. “For the long-tern health of Lakewood and the club itself, what we try to do is partition the two 18-hole golf courses,’’ Cannon said. “On

Harbor at Grand Hotel a daily basis one of those courses is for members only; we have a very significant and active membership there. We will also ensure that every day, with two courses open, we have one course for the members every day and they have access to the other golf courses, but we’ll book hotel guests there and public play there (on the other course) that helps us bring more people to the Gulf Coast. “We can use Magnolia Grove and Lakewood together now as a golf

two courses off four 18-hole courses and a demanding 18-hole par-3 course – a week’s worth of play. “You’re always proud of what you’re trying to accomplish, in good times and bad,’’ Cannon said. “What we know, with the RSA’s commitment, we’re always going to be proud of our facilities, and when we make mistakes they’re honest and they’re mistakes we make always with our guests in mind. We try to give them more than they believe they’re paying for and we think that’s what makes us one of the world’s great golf destinations. “We’ve already seen increased traffic to Magnolia Grove and to the hotels downtown to play the facility. A lot of that can be credited to word of mouth. I played golf with LPGA star Suzann Pettersen. She said, “I love what you’ve done with the golf course at Magnolia Grove, it’s fantastic, it’s so much better.’ Those are the people who have so much influence. We’re keeping those people in mind as well as the 18-handicapper in what we’re doing. That is not going to change. Every conversation helps us. We’re getting through. What I read in the newspaper is that consumer confidence is getting better and with that, the golf business will get better. We’re still a profitable enterprise. Golf is a completely discretionary purchase for everybody who plays the game. When we make it something where people really want to spend their discretionary income on, and they do, we’re going to be successful.’’ If nothing else, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail -- whether along the “Golf Coast’’ or any of its other locations – has been a huge success, from the beginning and today. For more on the Trail and its resorts, visit www.rtjgolf.com.

We try to give them more than they believe they’re paying for and we think that’s what makes us one of the world’s great golf destinations. destination. We’ve already seen some incremental increase into the area since we’ve opened up the ability for them to play 18 holes at Lakewood. They could play Dogwood today and Azalea tomorrow, that’s why we flip them daily, so it opens up both courses to the public.’’ That gameplan provides a string of quality golf opportunities, challenges and experiences at the RTJ Golf Trail sites in the Mobile area, not only for visitors to the area but for local golfers too. The

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By Joel Jackson, CGCS, FGCSA Executive Director


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Close up of the typical aerifying holes and cores.

“Hole-y” Greens Batman! As

the busy winter and spring golf season winds down it is time for superintendents to crank up the aerification equipment and punch holes in those greens. It is the annual rite of late spring that golfers hate and superintendents endure because they know golfers hate to see those holes in the green. Just we’re getting all hyped up over the horticultural perfection of the immortal Augusta National and the Masters Tournament, our mere mortal courses sprout polka-dot, sand filled holes. Doesn’t seem right does it? Pssst, I’ll let you in on a little secret.

Augusta National is closed about five months from May thru September and that’s when they do all that renovation stuff. If you were to take a peek at the Masters course in July, you might not believe your eyes. Most golf courses have to squeeze the seasonal maintenance into a few days or a week and so you see the aftermath and the healing, grow-in process. All courses go through it and for the most part there is no avoiding it. The reason is that managing golf course playing surfaces is different than most agriculture, but the same

Punching holes and gathering cores (left) and picking up the cores (right). 40

basic principles of cultivation and renewal are required. We don’t plow the greens under after “harvest” in our case after the spring member-guest tournaments, but we do punch holes, remove thatch and add topdressing. There are several basic agronomic reasons for doing regular “cultivation” on our courses. • Relieve compaction from all that winter traffic so your approach shots “bite.” • Improve water infiltration to avoid ponding and algae formation. • Open up pore space in the root zone for roots to get oxygen. • Allow nutrients to get to the turf roots. • Remove excess organic material from the roots zone to avoid spongy greens. Aerification equipment improvements and research into the aerification process are allowing more superintendents to use smaller diameter coring tines to make the holes smaller and faster healing. This option is not universal and depends on the soil type, greens construction and resources at each individual course. Some courses are actually aerifying more often but are using smaller hollow tines, or are using solid tines and not pulling the cores. These changes in methodology are being evaluated all the time to speed up the recovery time and minimize the disruption to the putting surfaces. By the way Tom Watson once reportedly shot a casual golf round score in the high 50’s or low 60’s on a newly aerified course. Best to think of spring renovation to your greens like a home improvement project, you hate to go through it while it’s happening, but you love the results when it’s finished. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2

Golf is his game! Seventy five year old, golf TV personality and author, Ron Heller might be the first senior golfer of his age to score a hole-in-one and shoot his age in the same round. Ron’s 75 was shot at Huntington Hills GC in Lakeland where he scored a dramatic ace on the 14th hole, a par 3 playing to 174 yards. No “fooling”, the ace came on April 1st (4/1/11) and the club of choice was a 4 iron. This is Ron’s 3rd career hole-in-one. Wayne Kappauf CGCS, from the Island CC on Marco Island was nominated for a 2011 FGCSA Presidents Award for his service to the Everglades GCSA.

Tim Hiers CGCS (blue shirt) and six FGCSA members, toured a group of EPA regulators from Washington and Atlanta around the Old Collier Club in Naples as part of the annual Spring Regulator Tour put on by the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2


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My Top Five Favorite Golf Courses F

rom coast to coast in America, golfers are blessed with excellent choices to play at unique golf courses. They range from the PGA West, the western home of golf in America, to the east coast’s TPC Sawgrass, where every year the “best of the best” PGA players come to compete against each other. I have been fortunate to have been able to play many of the top-named courses in the world. In this month’s column, I will share my thoughts about my top five favorite golf courses. My fifth favorite course is located along the coast of Scotland. Crail Golf Club is the seventh oldest Golf Club in the world. It has two links courses that feature stunning views of the sea and are amazing to play. Every fairway is lined with bushes, which means that if you are not an accurate player, then Crail might not be your type of course. I visited this piece of heaven when I played in the Euro Cup during the summers of 2008, 2009, and 2010. I have never seen a more gorgeous setting for golf. My number four pick is TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. This course is home to the Players Championship. Some people also call it, ‘’The Fifth Major in Golf.” What I like about this course is that it features a long and narrow fairway which can challenge even the best professional golfers. When you complete your round, you can visit any of the nearby tourist attractions. Personally, I like to go to the beach to cool off after playing golf. If you are looking for a family getaway, TPC Sawgrass and its surrounding attractions offer unique adventures for golfers of all ages as well as their families. There is no doubt in my mind that Reynolds Plantation Golf Courses in Greensboro, Georgia is my third favorite golf destination. It is located by Lake Oconee, the second largest lake in Georgia. Alongside the lake


By JJ Qualkenbush

Photos by Mike Coonan

there are 117 holes of majestic golf at Reynolds Plantation. There have been many big name tournaments at this venue, including the Georgia Open. This is the perfect place for a person to improve upon their game. I have a lot of great memories of Reynolds Plantation, including my first holein-one. That was a day I will never forget! For my number two, it would be Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines. Harbour Town is the host course to the Heritage Golf Tournament and is one of the finest courses the south has to offer. Located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, it has a history of its own and provides a great family getaway. The course is famous for its par four 18th hole, which is nestled along the ocean, and has a good view of the famous lighthouse. If you were to play there, I guarantee you would have great memories and would want to go back. Finally, my number one course would be none other than my home track, PGA West. I absolutely love everything about it. There are six championship golf courses that will test all skill levels for golfers. I have the honor of practicing here every day. Playing golf on these courses is truly a slice of heaven. I had my lowest round on the Jack Nicklaus Private course (65). If you are looking to do more than play golf, La Quinta, California has some of the best restaurants in the world to enjoy. Wherever you live or wherever you decide to travel, it’s always fun to seek out new courses. Trying something new can be exciting and create opportunities to improve your game by offering a mental and/ or physical challenge. Plus, you can check out the local attractions to get a real feel for the area and its customs. You never know, you may just find a course to make your own top 5 list. Start planning your own golf vacation today! Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2


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Muddle five raspberries and two teaspoons simple syrup in a Collins glass Fill with crushed ice Add 1 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka and 1/2 oz St Germain elderflower liqueur Stir with a spoon and top off with 4 oz soda water Garnish with a raspberry

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In a mixing glass muddle the Mariachi Pepper, Grenadine, Bitters and Sea Salt. Add the lime, orange juice, Tito’s and ice. Shake, strain and sink with a dash of grenadine and garnish with the pomegranate seeds.

Nominate your favorite bartender to showcase his/her signature drink with a recipe and photos. Readers will also find a discounted price for that drink so they can visit the bartender to sample the true taste of the libation. 44

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Stand Taller for Posture Month M

ay is National Correct Posture Month, and it seems mom was even right about standing up straight. From athletes like Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton work with a postural alignment therapist to the thousands of people with back pain and muscle aches being helped by Certified Posture Exercise Professionals, strengthening posture is important. Improving your posture is not just about looking good. Studies show people with better posture really are healthier and actually live longer. From kids with backpacks or cane-carrying seniors--studies show poor posture is a major cause of back and neck pain for all ages, and over time often contributes to digestive and cardio-pulmonary problems. Here’s three things to help keep you standing tall- Take an a posture picture, do posture strengthening exercise and have smart posture habits.

1. Take an Annual posture picture to set the benchmark for YOUR body. Ask a friend to take your picture from the front, back and side.

line, you may have a posture distortion called Forward Head Posture (FHP) File your posture picture and compare it to a new one next year.

2. D0 Posture Strengthening Exercises to maximize the benefit of any workout, or as a beginning exercise to get in shape. Yoga, Tai-Chi and Pilates are all great for building body awareness and control, along with the new StrongPosture™ exercise programs from Dr. Steven Weiniger, author of the book Stand Taller~Live Longer, An Anti-Aging Strategy: 10 Minutes a Day to Keep Your Body Active and Pain-Free. The first StrongPosture exercises Dr. Weiniger recommends are the Stork for strengthening balance and WallStand to strengthen alignment. Best Posture STORK: Train yourself to stand tall while building good posture by balancing on one foot. First, stand tall with your best posture, and then focus on staying tall and straight as you lift your thigh so your knee is at hip height.  Keep stand-

ing tall for 30 seconds on each side, focusing on keeping your body well aligned. Vertical WALLSTAND: Back up to a wall so your heels, buttocks, shoulders and head all lightly touch the wall while you keep everything level, relaxed and aligned-- and take 3 slow breaths, feeling your body’s best posture.  Note: If you feel any areas of stress, get your posture checked by a professional.

3. Choose Smart Posture Habits Get a good chair, and change it’s position during the day. If you’re going to play videogames, exercise more than your thumbs with games with one that makes you move such as the the motion sensing Nintendo Wii or Xbox Kinect. Invest in quality shoes, and

Print them out, one to a sheet, and look at your body symmetry. Just comparing posture pictures from year to year can be eye-opening. You can assess your alignment by putting a dot between your feet on the front and back view, and at your ankle on the side view. Then, fold each paper in half neatly at the dot. FRONT & BACK VIEW: The two halves of your body should be the same. If your head and/or torso is off to one side, or your arms are hanging differently, your posture is not symmetrical. SIDE VIEW: The line from your ankle should pass thru your shoulder and ear. If your head is way forward of that 46

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consider using a shoe insert or orthotic, especially if you’ve had foot problems. If you have back pain, neck soreness, or other posture problem--- or want to find out how strengthening your posture can improve sports performance (ie golf, tennis, baseball) and wellness-help is available. Consult a Certified Posture Exercise Professional or other chiropractor, PT or massage therapists trained to analyze posture pictures and teach individualized posture exercise routines for pain management and wellness. Your posture is how the world sees you, and a bit of effort at strengthening your posture is an anti-aging habit to make you look and feel better, avoid injury and exercise effectively to stay active and age well. Dr. Steven Weiniger, internationally recognized expert on posture and antiaging, is author of Stand Taller~Live Longer. He is also senior editor of BodyZone. com, and online wellness resource which offers a national directory for C.P.E.P.s (Certified Posture Exercise Professional) and other posture professionals.


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A total of 63 students from the

students are some of the best trained

pendent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

Golf Academy of America (GAA)

and most knowledgeable golf career

The 16-month program balances class-

in Orlando earned an associate

professionals in the industry. When

room studies, practical experience and

degree in Golf Complex Operations

they leave Golf Academy of America,

a comprehensive understanding of both

and Management during graduation

they are recognized as the future golf

the game and the business of golf.

ceremonies on April 22. The gradua-

professionals who will lead this indus-

The GAA boasts an exceptional ca-

tion was held at the Orlando Marriott


reer placement record for graduates for

in Lake Mary. The Orlando golf school

The GAA is the largest and longest-

opportunities including: golf teaching

graduating class was composed of stu-

running two-year golf career college in

professionals, tournament organiz-

dents from 19 states and four foreign

the world and prepares graduates for a

ers, club managers and owners, golf

countries including Canada, China,

wide array of golf career opportunities

manufacturing representatives, product

South Korea and Spain.

in the $76 billion a year industry. Golf

development specialists and golf pro-

“These students put in a lot of hard

Academy of America is a golf course

fessionals at golf-related companies,

work and all of them are now well

management school http://www.Gol-

among many other golf career options.

prepared to step into golf career oppor-

fAcademy.edu offering a comprehen-

For more information about

tunities anywhere in the country,” said

sive curriculum of golf instruction and

Golf Academy of America, go to

Brad Turner, campus director of the Golf

business management and is accred-

www.GolfAcademy.edu, or call

Academy of America in Orlando. “Our

ited by the Accrediting Council for Inde-

(800) 342-7342. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2




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Duffer Dan at Club Med Sandpiper Bay In

1950 two enterprising gentlemen opened a resort village in Spain as an all-inclusive vacation concept called Club Mediterranean. After 60 years of providing outstanding entertaining places to vacation, Club Med is now in 36 countries with 80 unique villages. The only all-inclusive family resort Club Med in the U.S. is right here in Florida, in the town of Port St. Lucie, about 30 minutes north of Palm Beach. Club Med Sandpiper Bay just reopened in December 2010 after a $25 million transformation, redefining the prestigious country club atmosphere. Renovations included newly designed accommodations including new deluxe family rooms, totally new child oriented recreational programs, and innovative facilities such as a Kidz Village including a water splash park, a new teens-only lounge, a circus school and BRITTO art center for children. Sandpiper Bay offers exciting age specific programs for babies(4 months) to 17 year olds. Children will be inspired by fun activities such as Le Petite Chef cooking lessons, sailing, Zumbatonic,


and tennis, golf and fitness academies. And at night parents can enjoy time alone together using the Pyjama Club childcare service. Activities go on all day for both young and old. You can do as much or as little as you care to. On my visit there this spring I witnessed a wonderful team of enthusiastic folks , managed by our gracious host Lionel Pirotte, making sure everyone’s Club Med experience was the best possible. Since it was my first time, I wanted to try as many different activities as I could. It would be wise to take the tour when you get there, so you know where the activities are during the course of the day. Sandpiper Bay is a sprawling 216 acre compound situated on the beautiful St Lucie River. The recreational programs for adults are just as varied as the children’s. The tennis facility was one of the projects completed early on and rightly so. They have two world renowned coaches in Scott Del Mastro and Gabe Jaramillo(Andre Agassi and Monica Seles are just 2 of the26 top ten players in the world he has taught). With over

20 new courts, a training facility, new 12,000 foot clubhouse and pro shop and living quarters for full time students, The Club Med Tennis Academy offers multi-level training programs ideal for beginners and competitive athletes alike. Considering how poorly I play golf at times , I thought I couldn’t be any worse at tennis. I was wrong. The highlight of my tennis experience was the exhibitions between the students, the instructors , and one afternoon retired professional Mikael Penfors imitating some of the great stars of tennis with his own volley of trick shots. The first night I was wowed by the Cirque Show in the theatre. The professional athletes perform a dazzling show, then during the day teach juggling, trampoline, aerial gymnastics and trapeze to young and old. If you master the beginner level you can advance to greater levels of expertise including the flips to the catcher on the high trapeze. The cowardly Duffer just watched the bodies flying with the greatest of ease. During the day you can pick up a game of basketball, beach Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2

volleyball or soccer. There is kayaking, sailing and jet skiing available along the waterfront plus different river tours from the deep water dock to suit your fancy. Remember, in the winter time the manatees come up river to find warm water, which is a sight to see. I just wonder how bad the old seamen’s eyesight was and how they mistook them for mermaids. Fitness- Something the Duffer tries to avoid at all costs. Who wants to spoil an all inclusive vacation with a workout. I got tired just sampling the international cuisine at The Marketplace buffet and fine offerings at Soleil, the waterfront café, not to mention the free drinks at Slice Bar & Lounge. Besides the Power Walk and Running in the morning, Cardio Fusion, Cardio Splash, Zumba, and Boot Camp are some of the options offered every day. The state of the art 15,000 square foot wellness center is fully equipped with the latest work out equipment. My favorite activities were the yoga and meditation classes along with the adult only infinity pool tucked away on the river’s edge. I enjoyed a nutritional cooking class conducted by Executive Chef Christian and Heather Gollnick. The last night, we were treated

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to a private wine sampling by the Club Med Sommelier and introduced to new tastes from all over the world. Well, enough of how great it is to be the Duffer and the many perks received. Golf at Club Med Sandpiper Bay is going to be changing, starting in June. Some of the things I can tell you for sure. Brad Brewer who operates a golf academy at Shingle Creek in Orlando and has recently written a great read “Mentored by the King”, has been asked to open the Club Med Golf Academy with PGA

Teaching Professional Don Law when the new golf building is complete. The golf course will be redone and the practice facilities expanded dramatically. While I was there I took lessons 3 days and the instruction was fabulous. I played with Brad and head professional David and know with their high energy and commitment to courteous service , golf at Club Med is going to be a must stay and play. Take advantage of introductory rates. Call 800-Club-Med or visit www.CLUBMed.us/SandpiperBay.


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By Steve Morris

PGA Professional Jay Golden with his students


e are proud to announce our 2011 Section Award Winners. These PGA Professionals are the “cream of the crop” from a prestigious list of nominees. Congratulations and we appreciate your efforts and contributions to North Florida PGA and the game of golf.

Golf Professional of the Year: Kevin Weickel, Walt Disney World Golf Teacher of the Year: David Leadbetter, David Leadbetter Golf Academy Bill Strausbaugh Award: Todd Bork, San Jose CC Horton Smith Award: John Hughes, Golf Digest Schools Junior Golf Leader: Brendon Elliott, Winter Park CC President’s Plaque: Mike Warobick, US 1 Golf Center Patriot Award: David Windsor, Adaptive Golf Academy Merchandiser of the Year Private: Glen Murray, Members Club Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Merchandiser of the Year Resort: Patrick Dill, Ritz-Carlton Grand Lakes Orlando Merchandiser of the Year Public: Brian Jaquet, Daytona Beach GC Assistant of the Year: David Hronek, Plantation Golf and Country Club Sales Rep of the Year: Kenny Hobbs, Nike Amateur of the Year: TJ Dorsey, Orlando School was back in session at NFPGA University hosted at Reunion Resort. Three days of “classes” provided Members with the opportunity to learn and earn. Topics were informative, entertaining and interactive. Thank you to our PGA “professors” who donated their time and expertise: Chris Karamitsos, Jay Golden and Patrick Dill, Todd Basso, Bob Intrieri and Mark Verkey. Also presenting were Fred Gibbons, Ed Mullen from ActiveNetwork, and 52

Andrew Wood from Legendary Marketing. As the MSR cycle comes to end, the NFPGA tried to provide the members with numerous opportunities to earn and learn MSR’s. There were also a series of five Town Hall Meetings hosted by the Chapters and Section to provide even more MSR opportunities in

PGA Professional Chris Karamitsos as featured presenter

Education Chairman John Hughes and presenter Fred Gibbons various categories to the membership. Our MSR Roadmap, developed in 2010, guided our members through the many MSR options that would help them achieve their PGA recertification. As the NFPGA Tournament Series begins, Fore For Four, a unique bonus pool will be shared by all who play in the Ed Mullen with Active Network four major events; Match Play, PNC, Chapter Championship and Section Championship. Thousands of dollars, courtesy of Steve Sponder and Global Golf will be split amongst those who play and turn in a card, regardless of score. They just need to play in all four events. New this year will be a Senior Fore For Four bonus pool again thanks to our partner, Global Golf. Participation and excitement has increased in all four majors because of this incentive. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2

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Three Times a Winner


he South Florida PGA is proud to present PGA Professional Jerry Tucker with the following awards:

2010 Section Player of the Year, 2010 Senior Player of the Year AND Southeast Chapter Player of the Year. This unheard-of trifecta was presented to Tucker at the Section’s Annual Meeting May 9, 2011 at the Marriott Heron Bay. “It’s never been done. No one in our Section has ever won both the Section Player of the Year AND Senior Player of the Year in the same calendar year. Jerry is an outstanding PGA Golf Professional and a role model for all PGA professionals. We are beyond excited to present these awards to Jerry,” said Geoff Lofstead, Executive Director.

sional currently employed at Trump

and set 21 course records, including 10

Tucker says, “I am truly honored and

International Golf Club as a teaching

in South Florida. Jerry resides in Stuart,

a little surprised to win the SF Player of

professional. This is Jerry’s first Player

Florida and has been married to wife

the Year. We have so many good play-

of the Year award, however, he is a six

Susan for 35 years.

ers in the SF Section, it is special to be

time recipient of the Senior Player of

recognized at this level.”

the Year award.

Inspired by another 61 year old, Tom

Jerry is no stranger to awards. He

Watson, Tucker says, “I know I still love

is in the Gateway PGA Hall of Fame,

to play, practice, compete and teach

and was named Gateway PGA Teacher

and I think I always will. I think the

of the Year in 1988, Gateway Player

“secret” is learning to best manage your

of the Year in 1993, Gateway Profes-

own game, with all its limitations and/

sional of the Year in 1994, South Florida

or strengths, instead of trying to copy

PGA Teacher of the Year in 2007, and

Tiger Woods or anyone else.”

Southeast Chapter Teacher of the Year

Jerry Tucker is a Master PGA Profes-

in 2006. Jerry’s made 11 holes-in-one

Jerry’s 2010 Highlights: ■ 4th at the Southeast PGA Classic ■ T10 at Global Golf Sales Series #1 ■ 11th at the EZGO South Florida Open ■ T3 at Global Golf Sales Series #3 ■ T8 at the Section Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas ■ T5 at the SF PGA Professional Championship presented by Titleist, FootJoy, Club Car and Mercedes-Benz.

Brian Peaper Sworn in as President of the SFPGA Section


Monday, May 9th during the Annual Meeting of the Membership, South Florida PGA Professional Brian Peaper was sworn in as President of the South Florid Section PGA. Brian Peaper was elected to membership in 1987 and is cur54

rently the  Head Golf Professional at Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach.  For the past four years Peaper has served on the Section Board as Treasurer and most recently Vice President. Along with Peaper, Vice President

Warren Bottke, teaching professional at Abacoa Golf Club, and Secretary Mark VanDyck, Director of Golf at Fort Lauderdale Country Club were also sworn into office. Both Peaper and Bottke were elected to President and Vice President through acclimation. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 21

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The winning foursome headed up by Curtis Colee relaxes after a hard day of sub"par" golf: Ron Barnard, Chad Palmer, Curtis Colee, Kimberly Miner, Wounded Warrior Steven Miner, and Mike Cooksey.


he 5th Annual Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend successfully raised over $30,000 in direct monetary support for the Wounded Warrior Project through the generous support of the following sponsors:  

Event Sponsor: Complete Parachute Solutions

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Wounded Warrior Eric Jordan, Stormy Williams, WWII and Korean War veteran Bob Balzer, and Paraprofessional golfer Anthony Netto.

Company Sponsor: Quality Brands Brian›s Bar-B-Q Rotary Club of DeLand DeLand Fish House Kermit›s Key West Key Lime Shoppe Mid Florida Golf Cars Inner Circle Management Souther Wine and Spirits of South Florida Vitas Innovative Hospice Care Dr. John Hill MD West Volusia Family and Sports Medicine Total Sleep Management

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Gino Carrol and Bruce DelValle donate a check from their organization Walk with Heroes to the Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend Chairmen Bob Booth and Quin Booth. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2  

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Latino Leadership’s premiere event empowers families, students


olfers supporting Latino Leadership’s education initiatives competed for prizes and bragging rights during the fourth annual LATINO OPEN golf tournament on May 6 at the Reunion Resort and Club in Orlando, Florida. As the major fundraiser for Latino Leadership’s network of education programs and services, this year’s tournament was a smashing success. Netted funds will help provide complimentary admission and school supplies to the more than 200 parents and students that participate in the Southeast Regional Latino Family Conference. “The Southeast Regional Latino Family Conference brings together parents, students, and educators to speak about the choices we make in life and their impact on the future. This year’s theme is It’s Choice Not Chance That Determines Your Future. “We want all individuals who participate in the conference to know they are the main decision-maker for their future,” said Marytza Sanz, Latino Leadership’s President/CEO. “This fundraiser will help ensure these activities continue,” Sanz added. This year’s golf tournament would not have been possible if not for the support from GM/ Cadillac, Wal-Mart, Brugal Rums, Presidente Beer, Coca-Cola, My Golf Concierge, Resource Employment


Solutions, Republic Services, Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Shoppe, CenturyLink, LATINOlinkVIEWS, HUMANA, UPS, and other extraordinary sponsors. Golf tournament committee members included Marucci Beard, Marytza Sanz, Ty DeLavallade, Alejandra Jimenez, Ashleigh Korzack, Joe Angelastro, Eddy Dominguez, Frank Campos, Rudy Martinez Rodriguez, Ben Robles, and Amílcar Cordova. Call 407-895-0801 or visit www. latinoopen.com for more information on the LATINO OPEN golf tournament.

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Summer Program Fits Golfers To a Tee U nlimited golf and a spectacular environmental setting make Bonita Bay East’s Summer Passport Program one of Southwest Florida’s best golf deals. Located in North Naples, the 1,400-acre pure golf facility features two award-winning Tom Faziodesigned championship courses. The nonresidential golf facility has been one of the region’s most sought-after golf experiences since it opened as a private club in 1997. For $600 per person, the Summer Passport Program includes unlimited play on both courses from May 1 through Oct. 31, 2011, and a cart fee of only $25 per person. The extraordinary program includes use of the practice facility prior to scheduled tee times. Players also receive use of the 8,000-square-foot clubhouse, dining

room, mixed grille and bar. “For as little as $100 per month, golfers may take advantage of the slower summer months which are ideal for firsttimers as well as more seasoned golfers” said Ian Coleman, director of golf sales at Bonita Bay East. “The two Bonita Bay East courses offer one of the

area’s few pure golf experiences with no residential development.” The Cypress is an impressive 5,999 to 7,077-yard course. The longest Bonita Bay East championship course with the front nine featuring spacious fairways and natural bunkering that gives way to the forested back nine’s layout. The 6,029 to 7,038-yard Sabal course mingles difficulty and diversion which delights novice golfers while experienced players are challenged to swing for the pin with sub-par scores on nearly every hole. The two Bonita Bay East courses wind through open areas, marsh and woodland and past cypress stands where players often see wild turkey, marsh birds, rabbits and white tailed deer. It was the first 36-hole facility in the world to achieve Audubon International Signature Sanctuary status. Bonita Bay East’s site includes 895 acres of cypress wetlands, 190 acres of pine flats, lakes and hundreds of native sabal palms. Bonita Bay received the 1999 Golf Digest Environmental Leader in Golf Award from Golf Digest and the National Environmental Steward Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and was included among Travel + Leisure Golf’s

top 100 golf communities in America each year since 2006, Links magazine’s 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 lists of America’s Premier Properties and Golf Connoisseur’s 2007 list of the top 40 golf communities in America. Bonita Bay East is located on Immokalee Road six miles east of I-75. For additional information or to schedule a tee time, call Ian Coleman at 239-405-9002 or visit www.BonitaBayEast.com. 62

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Academic & Athletic Achievement WCI

Communities Junior Golf Foundation has awarded

2011 WCI Junior Golf Foundation winner Andrea Groch of Barron Collier High School

has helped them with life lessons such as patience, perseverance,

scholarships to six outstanding high

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school golfers in Lee and Collier

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years,” said Weber. 2011 WCI Junior Golf Foundation winner Matthew Taylor of Barron Collier High School

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Become a 6 Handicap in 5 Sessions G olfers looking to lower their handicap and improve their game have a new Golf Fitness program at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, the only Resort and one of just a few clubs in South Florida to offer this program. In one or more three-hour sessions with Assistant Golf Professional Jason Becker, he’ll add the power of exercise physiology to a highly personalized review of your game to help strengthen your body and improve your swing. “Golf Fitness is the latest trend on the professional golf circuit: have


you noticed how many PGA Tour players are now accompanied by personal trainers? This approach goes beyond simple pregame stretches with a golf club to help you work on particular areas of your body that will make a big difference in how you play,” said Becker, one of just 100 golf professionals and personal trainers certified by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) in a program that targets six cities annually. “The beauty is that Golf Fitness isn’t limited to pros. I’ve personally seen a recreational player with an

18-handicap become a ‘6’ in just five sessions. Partnering specialized golf instruction with targeted fitness is the key and I coordinate with Katia Lotay, one of the personal trainers in our fitness center. She is also TPI certified and conducts follow-up with Golf Fitness participants who want added focus on specific exercises and conditioning.” The highly customized Golf Fitness program can fit into any length of Resort stay. Becker conducts a detailed interview to review your personal history and golf experience, including discussion of any injuries, and then evaluates your game, beginning with your swing. Do you slice the ball, hook it or top it? Each of these indicates areas of the body that can benefit from specific fitness routines. For example, if your hamstrings and glutes are not strong enough, your swing will likely come up to top the ball. Becker will then recommend a very personalized exercise regimen to strengthen muscle groups to make a noticeable improvement in your game, drawing on his exclusive access to the most extensive collection of golf-specific health and fitness information in the TPI database. To reserve a golf-centric stay at Boca Resort, such as The Unlimited Golf Package with the opportunity to play the resort›s two award-winning 18-hole championship courses as much as you wish, call your travel professional or call 888-543-1286, or visit www.BocaResort.com or www.waldorfastoriacollection.com.

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Fitness Xperts

Increase your power and range of motion with proper stretching


ews flash for golfers: if you are not stretching before you play golf or practice, then you should start as soon as possible! Most Tour Pros spend about 15-20 minutes practicing these stretching techniques prior to his or her round. Why is it so important to stretch before playing? It increases your power and your range of motion. It will loosen up those stiff muscles prior to playing a game. Most importantly, it can prevent those annoying pains and injuries that so many players have to face on a regular basis. Not only is stretching good for golf, but stretching is vital to a healthy life! Having limber muscles can increase your longevity and stamina, while giving you the physical ability to perform a balanced golf swing. Here are some stretches you can do before you play or practice: Middle body rotation: Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Hold a golf club on your shoulders, place forearms on each end of the club. Slightly bend knees and lean forward, then swing body so that each end of the club is right before you at each turn. Repeat swings 15 times. Toe Touch: Stand with feet spread apart as far as you can without feeling uncomfortable. Stretch forward as if to reach one foot, as far as is comfortable, then do the same for the other foot with the opposite hand. So if touching right toe, use left hand, etc. Make this a continuous movement and do it for about 20 seconds (do not perform this stretch if you have back pain!) Wrist Extension: Stand straight and extend your right arm out in front of you. Use your left hand to pull back your right fingers towards you until you feel a stretch. Hold this stretch for 10 seconds and repeat 2 times for each wrist.

Weighted Club Swings: Use a weighted club and swing 10 times without stopping for each swing. Make these motions continuous. Arm swing: Hold arms out straight while standing up straight. Swing your arms across your front, repeat this move for about 30 seconds. Side Bend: Stand with feet shoulder distance apart. Place the golf club on your shoulders once again. Lean to either the left or right side while keeping back straight. Hold this position for 2 seconds and then lean to the other side. Repeat 10 times for each side. Shoulder Stretch: Stand with feet shoulder width apart and place both your hands at the end of an upright club. Lean forward, but keep your back flat, stop when you feel a stretch in your shoulders. Hold position for 10 seconds Repeat 3 times. Leg Swing: Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Stand up straight and swing one leg forwards and backwards, keeping your upper body and other leg still. Repeat 10 times for each leg.

Fitness Experts Karen and Kitt Hildreth are owners of Fitness Xperts in Altamonte Springs. They have 25 years of combined experience as fitness professionals in personal training, corporate wellness, and nutritional counseling. For more info call 407-758-6792. FitnessXperts.net

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magine the ingredients of a serene sanctuary for the body, mind and spirit, then imagine finding those ingredients and more at the Laterra Resort World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. Inspired by the enchanting history and Old World charm of Florida’s oldest city, the serenity of a spa lifestyle and the ancient tradition of golf, Laterra Resort is lavish living at its best. For golfers and non-golfers, the Laterra Resort offers a tranquil retreat from the rigors of daily life. From the moment you enter the open-air courtyard you will experience the release of


anxiety and stress too familiar to everyone. The Resort’s 115 guest rooms are tastefully appointed one-two or three-bedroom suites with hand-finished custom pieces. These upscale accommodations feature a living area with vaulted ceilings, dining area, gourmet kitchen, spacious bathrooms with deep soaker tubs, and patios or balconies. You will enjoy views overlooking preserved woodlands, languid lagoons, lushly landscaped courtyards and stunning fairway vistas. Guests of Laterra will enjoy our finest Southern hospitality including concierge service and convenient access to the exclusive Serenata Beach Club. The Laterra Resort offers you and your company and/or conference group an array of experience options. If you are preparing for a wedding, the Resort can work closely with you and your wedding planner to deliver an experience unlike any other.

Conveniently located just off I-95 at exit 323 and nestled on the famed King & Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village, Laterra guests enjoy the only course designed by legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Guests are just minutes from the World Golf Village Hall of Fame, the PGA TOUR Golf Academy, 18-hole putting course, challenge hole, IMAX Theatre and golfthemed retail shops and restaurants. Laterra is a golfer’s heaven. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2

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Combine one of the best layouts in Central Florida with 120-foot elevation changes and superb guest service, and you’ll understand why golfers from all over the globe have put Highlands Reserve at the top of their “must-play” list of Orlando golf courses.


ighlands Reserve provides an experience over and above your typical Florida golf course. With the rolling hills, large undulating greens and a wide open layout, the course is a fair challenge for players of all calibers. Open to the public, Highlands Reserve takes pride in welcoming golfers from all over the US and throughout the world. The club has even recently been honored to host LPGA Tour player Christina Kim and European Tour player Pablo Martin who raved about the golf course conditions. Considered one of the best values in Central Florida, you don’t want to miss your opportunity to play at this great facility. The course is conveniently located on just minutes from the Disney World Resort on U.S. Highway 27 just north of Interstate 4. All golfers are welcome and tee times are available every day at (863) 420-1724 or toll free at (877) 508-4653.

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hef Brett Smith has been named Executive Chef at The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. In his new position, he is responsible for overseeing the culinary team at the 301-room Northeast Florida resort, which includes overseeing cuisine for banquets, receptions and meetings at the resort. Together with the adjoining St. Johns County Convention Center and the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village is the largest combination hotel and conference center between Atlanta and Orlando , with 86,000 square feet of meeting and event space.   Prior to joining The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village , Smith served as the Executive Chef de Cuisine at Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach , Florida for the past seven years. Previous to that, he was the Executive Chef for the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf for three years. He also has served as Banquet Chef at the Sawgrass Marriott, and as Chef de Cuisine at the Boca Raton Marriott. He graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America. Among the many honors bestowed on him was the “American Culinary Federation Chef of the Year Award” by the Pacific Coast Chef’s Association in San Francisco , California . He also was one of an elite


group of chefs selected to participate in the “Taste of the NFL,” an honor that he received for four consecutive years. “We’re so very pleased to have Chef Brett now overseeing the culinary team at The Renaissance Resort,” said Jeffrey Oliasami, the resort’s general manager. “I worked with Chef Brett when I was the hotel general manager at Sawgrass Marriott, and he is an exceptional chef who will take The Renaissance Resort culinary to the next level. The food will be absolutely delicious, and beautifully presented too.” Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village right next to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort completed a $10 million resort-wide renovation in 2008, and now features 301 completely remodeled guest rooms and suites, a dramatically-renovated lobby, newly-remodeled guest room corridors, an expanded fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, enhanced meeting space, and the 500 South Restaurant & Bar. Guest rooms and suites feature new furniture, soft goods, window treatments, lighting, 37” flat-panel screen LCD HDTV televisions, and the Marriott JackPack, which provides complete connectivity to the guests for laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, and video game players. The rooms and suites feature a contemporary design with

an Asian feel, which includes rich red bed coverings, crisp white linens, along with a color scheme of warm neutral gold. In-room offerings also include high-speed Internet access, two telephones with data ports, a wet bar and refrigerator, an in-room safe, and in-room coffee. The resort also boasts a dramatically remodeled 10-story atrium lobby, featuring a Colonial/Asian theme with lush foliage and a colorful 7-story modern hanging sculpture that is reminiscent of open Florida skies. Recreational offerings at the resort include two championship golf courses, the popular Slammer & Squire (just steps from The Renaissance Resort), and the renowned King & Bear (codesigned by Arnold “The King” Palmer and Jack “The Bear” Nicklaus). Guests also have access to four additional golf courses within 15 minutes of the resort, for a total of 108 holes of golf. Additional offerings at the resort include a sauna, pool, hot tub, and full-service concierge. Guests also are an easy walk to The World Golf Hall of Fame’s 18-hole real grass putting course, a 132-yard Island Challenge Hole, an IMAX® 3D Theater, and the Walk of Champions. In addition, guests can take golf lessons at the renowned PGA TOUR Golf Academy . When visiting the resort, guests and groups have the opportunity to visit nearby pristine Atlantic beaches, take fun eco-tours and chartered fishing trips, enjoy exceptional shopping at two large outlet malls, and explore historic St. Augustine . Founded in 1565, the area is rich with Spanish architecture, with charming cobblestone streets and many fascinating historical sites such as the historic Castillo de San Marcos fortress, and The Fountain of Youth. For information on The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village , call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000, or visit www.WorldGolfRenaissance.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 2

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Florida Golf Central â&#x20AC;˘ Volume 12, Issue 2

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PURE GOLF Black Bear Golf Club is a quintessential P.B. Dye designed championship links course stretching over 7,000 yards. It is truly a fun test for golfers of all skill levels. Unlike most typically flat Florida courses Black Bear presents a unique challenge with its undulating fairways, elevation changes and fast, well manicured greens. The course has some of the most dramatic bunkers you will ever experience in Florida as well as some of the biggest elevation changes. P.B. Dye lived up to his reputation as a designer of championship courses when he built Black Bear. The focus at Black Bear is pure golf. The club boasts one of the best practice facilities in Central Florida. With a double ended 400 yard range, 40,000 square foot short game complex, 6,000 square foot practice green and 19th hole - shoot out hole, Black Bear is the place to be if you want to improve your game. Shaun Webb, Hank Haney certified golf instructor makes Black Bear his home. Black Bear hosts several professional tour events annually as well as being home to select PGA and LPGA players. Play a tournament quality championship course for $50 or less and rub shoulders with a few LPGA or PGA pros. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly impossible anywhere else in the Orlando area. Black Bear Golf Course is about a 30 minute drive north of downtown Orlando. The course is set in Florida ranch country. The drive from the city is easy and relaxing. It is more than worth the few extra minutes drive both for the golf experience as well as the great value offered.



Book a round at Black Bear and receive a complimentary sleeve of NIKE balls Not valid with any offer. Valid while supplies last

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Florida Golf Central V12 I2  

Florida's Golf, Travel and Lifestyle Magazine

Florida Golf Central V12 I2  

Florida's Golf, Travel and Lifestyle Magazine


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