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appy Father’s Day to all you dads and papas. I hope you had the opportunity to spend some time with your kids, on or off the course. Whether a short walk in the fresh air together for nine holes or a ride on a full 18, it is quality time away from cell phones, computer games, and the tube. Just introducing today’s yout’ to the game that we love is your responsibility and an activity that will keep the family closer for a lifetime. Maybe you could walk a US Open one day and watch your child capture our national title. Our Editors, Shannon, Dave and Joel, attended the 21st Annual International Network of Golf Conference at Innisbrook Golf Resort recently where we were voted the ‘Best Publication’ out of more than 50 regional golf related pubs. I want to thank all of my staff for their dedication and outstanding hard work that afforded us this prestigious recognition. I especially cherish this award because, we were voted by our industry peer’s, and have it displayed proudly in my office. ING (International Network of Golf) is a consortium of marketing, publishing and manufacturing companies that assemble and work together to promote their individual products and services while at the same time strive to grow the game through their combined efforts, all while yuckin’and hackin’ it up. A big shout out has to go to our friends at Razor Golf, Mike Vandiver and George Baker, who not only won the International Pairs competition held on Innisbrook’s Island course to represent the USA at the World Finals at Loch Lomond, Scotland In October, but sponsored the ‘Cutting Edge’ entertainment at the conference. Mike, President of Razor Golf, an equipment manufacturer based in Florida, happens to be friends with some topnotch entertainers and convinced two of them to perform for the attendees. Six time Grammy award winner and lead singer for the band Toto, Bobby Kimball, and Buck Dharma, current lead singer/ guitarist for the band Blue Oyster Cult wowed the crowd with hits like, Hold The Line, Africa, Roseanna, Godzilla, Don’t Fear The Reaper, and Burnin For You. The captivatING and excitING evenING was absolutely fantastic. These Razor guys are really sharp. Now if I may share an uplifting “Thank You”… Dear Terrie, Thank you so much for including Abacus in the April 2011 issue of Florida Golf Central! I just saw it on-line while sitting at my desk in Chicago, and it looks fabulous! It turned out wonderful, both Jay and I really appreciate your support. I enjoyed your publishers message, congrats on the 12th year! But, I especially enjoyed your opinions on magazines versus the internet and I completely agree with you! Heck, I still write checks out and mail in my bills. I love books, magazines, and I enjoy taking the time to read them, it’s just not the same on-line. I hope magazines like yours never go away, thank you for doing such a great job Terrie! Please let us know if you need anything in the future, and I hope you have a great weekend! Joanne Miller Public Relations Director Impact 1 Marketing
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University Club of Orlando Foundation Golf Tournament Raises More than $8,000 for College Scholarships ORLANDO, Fla. – The University Club of Orlando Foundation raised more than $8,000 for college and university scholarships for deserving Central Florida students at its recent golf tournament, held at Stoneybrook West in Winter Garden. Justin Wright, events manager at The University Club of Orlando said 128 golfers participated in the 18-hole tournament which was won by foursome
Mike Wright, Jay McGirt, Tim Jackson and Jay Brennan. The University Club of Orlando Foundation raises more than $50,000 annually to provide scholarships for deserving students at the University of Central Florida , Rollins College , Seminole State College in Lake Mary and Valencia College in Orlando , Wright said.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort testing innovative “Three Hour Golf” option seeking to grow the game
KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – Continuing its ongoing efforts to develop innovative ways to grow the game of golf, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is testing a new program this summer to target three hours or less for a round of golf. From July 9, 2011 to August 31, 2011, the resort will set aside tee times on its courses for singles, twosomes and threesomes with
the goal for golfers to finish their 18-hole round in less than three hours. “One of the major challenges that keeps many golfers off the course is the amount of time it takes to play 18 holes,” said Brian Gerard, Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Director of Golf. “In response, we’ve developed this test program aimed at getting players around the course in less than three hours. We have set aside either the first times in the morning or reserved early afternoon times for players starting at 12:30pm to allow for quick play.
The resort is asking that players who feel they will not be able to meet this target time to book tee times outside the “Three Hour Golf” timeframe.” This new program is just the newest salvo in Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s ongoing efforts to make the game of golf to more attractive to more people. For further information about these programs and golf at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, call 800-654-2924 or visit http://www.kiawahresort.com.
FGCU Founder’s Cup tees up its 20th golf tournament
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FORT MYERS, Fla.– This October marks the 20th year Florida Gulf Coast University is hosting the Founder’s Cup golf tournament. A perennial favorite and one of the most successful singleday fundraisers, the tournament has raised more than $988,000 since its inception. The popular event is scheduled to be played Friday, Oct. 14 at Pelican’s Nest Golf Club in Bonita Springs. Proceeds from the day will benefit the FGCU Foundation, which provides funds to enhance scientific, educational and charitable programs related to the mission of the university, outside the scope of regular state funding.
Activities begin with an 11:30 a.m. buffet lunch at the clubhouse. Golfers begin play at 1:15 p.m. with a shotgun start on two of Pelican’s Nest Golf Club’s championship courses. Following the tournament play, golfers will enjoy a dinner buffet and awards reception. Pelican’s Nest Golf Club is located inside the gated community of Pelican Landing, on the west side of U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs. For more information or to register for the 2011 FGCU Founder’s Cup, contact Michele Kroffke at 239-590-1074 and mkroffke@fgcu. edu, or visit www.fgcu.edu/foundation/events.
The ACE Group Classic back for 25th year Naples, FL – Tournament officials are pleased to announce The ACE Group Classic will return for its 25th year in 2012. A multi-year agreement has been made between the ACE Group, the Champions Tour, The TwinEagles Club and the tournament management group at Octagon. The 25th anniversary tournament will take place February 13 – 19, 2012 at The TwinEagles Club. The ACE Group has been the title sponsor of Champions Tour golf in Southwest Florida since 1999. Last year, Bernhard Langer won The ACE Group Classic at The Quarry in
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record-setting fashion with a 20-under-par score. He is expected to return to Naples to defend his title. “The TwinEagles Club couldn’t be more pleased about our partnership with The ACE Group Classic and Octagon,” said Anthony Solomon, Executive Vice-President, The Ronto Group. “Anyone who has played TwinEagles knows that this is the place the pros want to play, and we look forward to being the tournament’s new home for years to come.” For complete information on The ACE Group Classic visit www.theacegroupclassic.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 3
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Oregon Pinot Camp … Much More than Just Great Wines!
I have missed my deadline, I am writing this from
living, breathing examples that we observed in their way of
my hotel room … the Hotel Moderna, a boutique
life … a way of life that directly impacts the grapes they pro-
style hotel in the trendy downtown district of
duce. We tasted the difference … we experienced the many
Portland surrounded by an eclectic array of art galleries, fine
personalities imparted not only by climate and soil but also
restaurants, museums, entertainment and the vibrancy and
the winemaker. I would LOVE to take a few pages to compare
beauty of the city. With over 500 pieces of local art, Ital-
and contrast the winemakers’ true personalities with the
ian Carrera marble, luscious black walnut floors and sharp
juice they produce because there is a very interesting nuance
sophisticated architecture it is a complete departure from my
that seems to directly correlate. It gives credibility to acting
past four days of Oregon Pinot Camp (OPC).
with intention, but I would be afraid that I would accidentally
For those of you unfamiliar with OPC, it is the collaborative
leave someone very important out. My experience has been
educational event of 50 Willamette Valley wineries. These
that Oregon Winemakers are honest and humble, with great
incredible people come together to bring the adventure of
respect for each other and, of course, the land, making them
Oregon Pinot noir to life for 270 members of the wine trade.
true stewards, each with a passion for growing fruit and mak-
This year’s class of select, hand-chosen, invitation-only
ing wine in a sustainable manner. It is not only a priority, it is
“campers” represented 40 states and 5 countries. We encoun-
a lifestyle. A lifestyle we all should embrace.
tered the elegance and the art of Pinot noir over four days,
There are so many things I observed these past few days
travelling into the soils, vines, vistas, valleys and vintages.
that make these people and their wines so special to me …
This was no walk in the park … the schedule is grueling but
they shared their lives, their stories, their knowledge, freely
the knowledge shared is tremendous and the day-in, day-out
and openly. Winemaker to Winemaker did not always agree
interaction with the people is nothing short of awe inspiring.
(like the topic “Hunting the Great White” which highlighted
I read somewhere that “Oregon Wine Country is serene …
some lovely Chardonnays, Rieslings and a particular Pinot
and serious!” Where I agree with that, I think they left out
Gris from 1988 that was FABULOUS – putting to bed the old
some pretty important “s”s . Simple – in a good way, strong,
adages of aging and white wines) but there was always an el-
sensible, stewardship, sustainable, “sense of place” … these
ement of honor, pride and humility in their interactions with
are not just words that we talked about during camp, they are
each other. Again, I believe it is their way of life, their “sense of place” and the sustainability that that implies. Something we could all learn from and is, hopefully, starting to catch on coast to coast and all points in between. Sustainably certified wines are achieving a substantial market presence with Oregon leading the charge. They have a legacy of sustainability certification handled by the nonprofit LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) as well as the Oregon Wine Board’s statewide program called Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine (OCSW). A quick visit to www.ocsw.com quickly tells you this”isn’t a buzz word, it’s a movement!” And the requirements are high … 97% of fruit must be certified by LIVE, USDA Organic, Demeter Biodynamics, Food Alliance and/or Salmon-Safe
Sokol Blosser … one of 50 wineries represented during Oregon Pinot Camp, Alex Sokol Blosser, second generation vintner, gave the opening address and history of the camp. 10
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“Farming for Quality: Growing Great Pinot Noir”… presented by Lee Bartholomew of Archery Summit and Michael Davies of Rex Hill at Elk Cove Vineyards. certified by LIVE, USDA Organics, Demeter Biodynamics and/or Food Alliance. Science is a big part of this of course, but the by products are immeasurable to us as humans. For example LIVE promotes seeing the vineyard as a whole system so not only are they using the safest and best practices for their soil, crop and environment but they also believe in educating the farmer
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and protecting their way of life. It all goes back to that “sense of place” … some will say it’s the terrior, but I argue it’s their “sense of place” is their way of life and they protect it, nourish it and sustain it better than anything I have seen in our country and I am proud to carry their wines! I also would like to thank OPC for reminding me of what is important. We, as country club professionals, are responsible every day for the lifestyle of our club. How we protect, nourish and sustain it will determine experience we give to our membership. That experience can have a profound effect on our way of life. If we act with honor, care and intention - like our friends
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sine Micah Windham, earned the “First Runner Up” title in his “Last Chef Standing” competition on June 9, 2011. Congratulations for the winner, Chef Niko Anagnostou of the Ritz Carlton’s “Salt”!! And a follow up from last month’s “Restaurant Wars”, the team “Laguna” swept all categories, with their highest points in service … YEAH TEAM!!!!
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Where were you born? Did you grow up there? I was born in Memphis,
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TN. I did grow up there. I grew up on the South side of Memphis just a few miles from a golf course and later on the East side.
Is “acting your age” over rated? Not at all! Maturity is a learned ability and I feel very few people have it. Don’t get me wrong, having fun and being a child is great, but there is a time for everything.
High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? Oh for sure a preppy! Always dressed nice and did my best to dress nice, but because I went to a public school, my peers didn’t catch on to my style until well after high school.
What do you do for a living? I am the Communications Coordinator for the World Golf Foundation.
What would you like to do for a living? I’m doing it! I wanted to be apart of golf but more specifically, behind the scenes. I came to the conclusion that I was going to be the next Tiger Woods, but I watched a movie and heard the quote, “If you can’t be them, be the boss of them.” I stand by that till this day.
What’s your take on “cuddling”? I have no problem with cuddling. I
actually rather enjoy it; more than most men probably.
Steak, chicken, or seafood? Seafood. Just call me Mr. Limpet. The
difference is I’m not trying to locate and destroy Nazi submarines.
Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know.
sensitive. I’m really in tuned with myself and other people’s feelings. For that reason I was dubbed “The Nice Kid”
What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? The Bible, matches and a knife.
What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Swearing…it’s just a game. Name the three most important things to you in this world. My faith, my family, my health.
Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? I would actually take success. I feel if I had that, the rest would come naturally.
What do you fear the most? Failure. Having the ability to do something and not succeed at it.
Name three movie stars you would like to go on a date with (one at a time preferably) Rashida Jones, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington and they are SINGLE so someone hook me up!
What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Mickey Wright Favorite comedian? Dave Chappell Movies:…comedy, drama, action, romance? Laughter is always
the best medicine. Comedy! Because drama action and romance will definitely come along with it. 12
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Where did you grow up?
I spent most of my childhood in Delta, which is a small town on the western slope of Colorado; it is also where most of my family still resides. However my mother has always been partial to the beach and lived in Ocala in the 80’s so when I was about fourteen we packed it all up, and headed for the sunshine state.
What type of music do you prefer?
I’ve been known to listen to every type of music there is. When I was little I was introduced to tons of genres because my grandmother is all about classical, my mom’s all country, and my dad well he’s just rock and roll. Then as I grew older and started picking music for myself I was able to branch out into hip hop and r and b which are still one of the top genres on my I-pod. Overall though I’d have to say my roots run country through and through; there really isn’t a country song, new or old, that I don’t know the words to.
What is your favorite aspect of living and working in Florida?
The sunshine state has always been a big part of my life; it was always the family vacation spot even when we still lived in Colorado. I guess the thing that always kept my mom and I coming back year after year was Florida’s kicked back attitude. There’s always a beach to relax on, a friend to lounge around with on the boat, and a tube just waiting to be inflated and floated down the river on. Everything in Florida revolves around having fun in the sun, and enjoying life’s moments as they come.
What is your favorite charity to support?
a h t n a n a m a S inchm H
I love Habitat for Humanity because unlike other charities where you just donate your money to nameless faces, with this one you actually donate your time. You spend all day building housing for a family that otherwise would be out on the street, and so to me it’s always much more rewarding to know I’ve put my sweat and hard work into building a better future for someone, than just giving my money.
What makes Juliette Falls different from the other Golf Courses? Juliette Fall’s oozes that come on in attitude, we take pride in making everyone feel like they’re a part of our “golf course family.” Many times you’ll find Ronald Clapper the owner out playing a round of golf with his buddies, and he won’t hesitate to stop and chat with any other golfers out on the course. All the staff at Juliette Falls, including myself, will go the extra mile to make you feel like we appreciate you. It’s because we understand that everyone wants to be treated with respect, kindness, and dignity.
If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing?
I actually have my heart set on becoming a Dermatologist one day; I am currently studying at the College of Central Florida where I plan on getting my A.A. degree, and then transferring to the University of Florida for my B.A. in History and hopefully their medical program
What’s one of your favorite local activities to do?
Here in Dunnellon floating down the river on sunny afternoons is a big thing. The Rainbow River actually isn’t but a ten minute drive down the road from Juliette Falls, and it offers many fun activities to choose from. Whether it is floating down on inner tubes, fishing off the docks, or just laying out and tanning up at the head spring; you can bet it’s one of my favorite spots to be when I get out of work on a sunny afternoon. 14
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Life Transforming Work
Don Harrill, President & CEO of Orange Lake Resorts, Cheryl Wendling, SVP Christel House International, Kris Jamtaas, VP, Business Development at RCI
Jim Peters, philanthropic consultant, and Cheryl Wendling, SVP Christel House International
he Resort Condominiums International (RCI) Christel House golf tournament, held on June 13 for the 9th consecutive year at Holiday Inn Club Vacations’ Legends course in Orlando, Fla., brought 130 hospitality industry friends together to raise $100,000 that will benefit children of Christel House International. Cheryl Wendling, SVP, Christel House, said: “The funds raised through this global golf tournament will help more than 3,300 children grades K-12 get education, meals, healthcare, life skills, a program to help them select a career – and will also help the children’s families and the communities that they live in. This wasn’t just a golf tournament today; it’s life-transforming work that these folks are a part of, and the Orange Lake staff finds a way every year to take this tournament to the next level.” The RCI Christel House Open is considered the largest single-day, charity golf tournament in the world, spread out across 19 tournament sites spanning five continents. More than 1,800 golfers teed off on this day for the charity—and 100% of the worldwide proceeds will go to programs and services that directly benefit the children of Christel House. Orange Lake Resorts was recognized for their work with philanthropic organizations like Christel House
The BB&T foursome, including Don Harrill, President & CEO, Orange Lake Resorts by being honored with the 2011 ACE Philanthropic Award, presented to the organization on behalf of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). The tournament site, the 18-hole, Arnold Palmer-designed Legends golf course, was recently voted in the “Top 10” courses in Orlando by GolfOrlandoFlorida.com. While the tournament’s purpose is to raise funds, it’s also a healthy competition between friends in the hospitality industry. Tournament winners were as follows:
1st Place: RBC Bank Chuck Beverly Scott Walls Vern Bragg
2nd Place: Stanton & Gasdick Mick Gasdick Frank Casey Greg Mehous Stuart Rogers 3rd Place: EZ-GO Jeff Barrett Russ Manion Eric Keister Luke Little For videos and more coverage of this tournament, visit the Holiday Inn Club Vacations official channel on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/ hiclubvacations?blend=22&ob=5 or follow @hiclubvacations on Twitter. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 3
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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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Women Shine in PowerPlay Golf Inaugural Event
et’s hear it for the girls who finished 1-2-3 in Monday’s inaugural PowerPlay Golf driven
by SAAB: Ignition, the first in a series of nine-hole risk-and-reward PowerPlay Golf tournaments,
featuring a star-studded international field playing The Twenty Ten Course at The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales. Caroline Hedwall, a 22-year-old Swede, upstaged major champions and Ryder Cup stars by scoring 32 Stableford points – including 18 on the final three holes – in the new nine-hole format. Helen Alfredsson, also from Sweden, was second with 29 points, while current women’s U.S. Open champion Paula Creamer of the United States was third with 27, tied with Ian Poulter of England.
Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Paul Casey, Thongchai Jaidee, Gary Player, Paula Creamer, PGA European Tour, Ian Woosnam, Helen A
Hedwall’s victory came a day after she won her first event on the Ladies European Tour at the Allianz Ladies Slovak Open. In a threesome alongside Ian Poulter and Alfredsson, Hedwall birdied the final three holes, designating each as a PowerPlay hole, where birdies or better are worth double points. Poulter was the leader in the men’s field, one point ahead of France’s Victor Dubuisson. PowerPlay Golf’s innovative ninehole “most points wins” golf scoring format features two flagsticks on every green. Implementing the Stableford points system, there are constant risk-reward decisions to be made, as golfers choose to play to the regulation hole placement, designated by a White Flag, or try to score extra points by playing to the more difficult placement, or Black Flag. Opting for the Black Flag is 18
PowerPlay Golf Ignition at Celtic Manor called a “PowerPlay,” with each
for 2011 in the United States and
player required to designate three
Asia, with an additional seven
PowerPlays for the first eight holes.
events worldwide in 2012.
The ninth hole provides the chance
PowerPlay Golf is now available
to score bonus points, but also is
for use at clubs and courses
the only hole where points can
throughout the U.S. For more
be lost (with a bogey, or worse).
information and official registration,
Two more events are scheduled
visit www.powerplay-golf.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 3
leader on the links
Jim Nugent J
im Nugent is the founder of Global Golf Post, based in Winter Park Florida. Global Golf Post is the first digital only golf news publication in the world. It is delivered
free of charge to your email inbox every Monday morning by 7am, all year long. We caught up with Jim to learn more about this cutting edge golf news publication.
Why Global Golf Post? There is a revolution taking place in how people consume news. Forty percent of Americans now cite the Internet as a daily news source for national and global news, topping newspapers, according to the prestigious Pew Research Center. That number grows to 59% among those under 30. Consequently, newspapers and news magazines have been rendered obsolete. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had it right when he predicted that soon, and no later than the end of this decade, there will be no printed newspapers or news magazines. This is the digital news decade. And golf does not get a hall pass.
How did you do it? In 2008, I wrote a business plan, and by the end of the year, I was convinced it could work. So in 2009, I raised some capital from individual investors who believed in the idea. We launched in January of 2010, and the business has performed exactly as we thought it would.
Why is it working so well? Content, content, content. Led by editor Brian Hewitt, whom your readers may remember from the Golf Channel, we have assembled the finest roster of golf writing talent in the world. Award winning golf journalists, the best in the business, from all around the globe.
Why global? In 2011, there is little question that our game is truly global. Look at the World Golf Rankings…at any given time, more than half of the top ten were born outside the U.S. And the Ryder Cup is currently housed at European PGA Tour headquarters.
How do you subscribe? Go to www.globalgolfpost.com. Subscriptions are, and always will be, free.
How’s your golf game? Recovering. I did not play at all in 2010, as that’s what it takes to launch a new business. Entrepreneurship is 24/7, 365 days a year. But we’re well on our way, and so I am playing and practicing again. I missed it, and I am thrilled to be back on the course. 20
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PGA Grand Slam Getaway Debuts For Golf Travelers
a golf getaway like no other, as it offers the chance to see golf’s four major (The Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship & PGA Championship) winners up close in a competition to determine the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf champion. Today, The PGA of America announced the PGA Grand Slam Getaway, an excursion for golf travelers to the beautiful island of Bermuda to play multiple rounds of golf while watching a season-ending showcase event that boasts the most difficult requirement in the game – a Major Championship. The 29th PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which takes place at the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, October 1819, has featured past champions such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els, and will be headlined this year by 2011 Masters Champion, Charl Schwartzel, who recently became the
first major champion to earn a berth in this year’s event. The remainder of the foursome for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf will feature the winners of the U.S. Open Championship, June 16-19, at Congressional Country Club in Potomac, Md.; the Open Championship, July 14-17, at Royal St. George’s, England; and the 93rd PGA Championship, Aug. 8-14, at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. As part of the excitement surrounding the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and the island of Bermuda, which boasts seven spectacular golf courses, The PGA of America has created 3-, 4- and 5-night PGA Grand Slam Getaway golf packages that include: luxurious accommodations at The Fairmont Southampton; breakfast daily; admission for 3 days to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf event at Port Royal Golf Course; daily transfers to/ from the hotel to Port Royal; and championship golf on the acclaimed
Fairmont Southampton, Riddell’s Bay or Belmont golf courses. The package prices, which include tax, range from $615-$1,170 per person, based on double occupancy, length of stay and rounds of golf. Golfers interested in purchasing the getaway packages from The PGA of America can visit www. premiergolf.com or call 1-866-260-4409. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf features a $1.35 million purse, with the winner receiving $600,000; second place $300,000; third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. TNT’s prime-time broadcast of the event reaches a worldwide audience of 88.9 million U.S. homes and international viewers in more than 100 countries. Hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course, and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel, The PGA Grand Slam of Golf was established in 1979 and has grown from an 18hole, single-day charity event to a 36hole annual showdown that matches professional golf’s best against each other. Ernie Els captured the 2010 PGA Grand Slam of Golf title at Port Royal. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 3
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player development header
By Jay Golden, PGA
The “LITTLE LEAGUE” of Golf
ittle league baseball is an important youth activity. Millions of children, coaches and parents blend their knowledge, talent and enthusiasm for the ‘team.’ Among other youth team sports such as soccer, football and basketball enable children to learn and develop qualities and relationships associated with being part of a team. Although there are many excellent junior golf programs, since golf is an individual sport, the traits of true ‘teamwork’ are rarely experienced. This lack of collaboration, cooperation and joint effort is what prompted the development of the “Junior League Golf.” The founder of “Junior League Golf,” Bob Longmire (“LEJ Sports Group”), is involved in football’s “Punt, Pass and Kick,” baseball’s “Pitch, Hit and Run” and the “Junior NBA.” According to Longmire, “The purpose of the “Junior League Golf” is to bring the concept of ‘team’ to junior golf. The format is for
a golf course to put together a group of fourteen to twenty 9-13 year olds and these juniors compete against teams from other golf courses in a two-person scramble format.” Why a two-person scramble format? The two-person - which is identical to a four-person scramble with the exception that two golfers are hitting instead of four - as Longmire explains, “Is that there is a lot less pressure in a scramble format than there is in stroke play. Our goal is for the juniors to enjoy themselves in a team format that’s much more likely to be achieved partnering in a scramble.” Here’s how the scoring works. Each team starts with five twosomes. Each twosome competes against a twosome from the other team in a nine hole match. Each nine hole match is divided into three 3-hole matches. Each three hole match is worth 1 point with a total of 15 points up for grabs.
Here’s another twist. Similar to Little League Baseball, everyone plays! When a team brings more than the allotted ten players, there is substitution at the conclusion of any three hole segment. Parents and golf course staff following each of the five foursomes and are responsible for substitution. “Junior League Golf” is a National Program and the four Regions are “East, South, Central and West” with four cities in each Region. Each team will host 3 or 4 matches. The top two teams in each local league will compete for the City Championship. Additionally, “All-Star Teams” from each local league will compete in Regional and National Championships Orlando is one of the chosen cities (South Region) and teams/courses are now being formed. If you would like to field a team and be part of the “Junior League Golf,” or for more information, www.jrleaguegolf.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 3
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Commitment To Junior Golf WCI
Communities kicked off the 2011 Junior Golf summer golf season with an adult-junior event at Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club in Naples, with 28 pairings of adult and junior golfers. Rick Rainville, general manager of Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club, presented a $3,000 scholarship to Matthew Taylor, one of six scholarship winners through WCI Communities’ Junior Golf Foundation. Additional WCI Communities Junior Golf tour events for 2011 take place July 12 and July 27, and the season will finish with another adult-junior tournament on Aug. 13. For details on flights, levels of play or to register, visit www. WCIGolf.com. The WCI Communities Junior Golf Foundation is committed to further promoting golf in Collier, Charlotte and Lee counties and excellence in the sport and classroom beyond the high school years. The annual Academic & Athletic Achievement Award scholarship program, now in its 12th year, has awarded more than $200,000 to deserving high school seniors who exhibit skill, talent and dedication, both on and off the links.
Ashley and Jeffrey Bogan, Flight 4 - 1st Place
Austin and Dave Witt, Flight 2 - 1st Place
Scott and Ashley Bossart, Flight 5 - 1st Place
Austin and Mike Schultz, Flight 1 - 1st Place
Billy and William Shisler, Flight 2 - 2nd Place 26
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Live Life at the Top
est Bay Beach & Golf Club is a luxury residential resort community of seven different neighborhoods, a beach house and many amenities. The private club offers many single-family living options including Jasmine Bay condominiums, referred to as a “private club within a club.” Jasmine Bay offers three models of luxury condominiums from 1,766 to over 4,100 square feet. Riverbrooke is located in the nature preserve, and offers the most acreage in the West Bay community with 4,000-plus square-foot estates. Laurel Oaks contains exclusive homesites that frame 3,400-plus-square-foot custom homes that overlook the Pete and P.B. Dye golf course of the nature preserve. Chapel Ridge’s 3,000-plus-square-foot homes overlook either the 10th or 14th holes. Nature’s Cove offers smaller plans for homes ideally suited for a casual lifestyle. Turtle Pointe is made up of two-story coach homes, which offer 1,600-2,040 square feet of living space. Sunset Trace is for residents who prefer intimate space with the comfort, elegance and amenities of luxury resort living. Indigo Shores carriage homes offer tranquility. Turtle Point Cover homes are exclusive Mediterraneanstyle homes. Located near Coconut Point, just minutes from Naples and Southwest Regional Airport, West Bay Beach & Golf Club is positioned to enjoy the natural beauty of Estero Bay, while still offering the convenience and luxury of a more urban setting. The Captiva and Sanibel Islands are nearby, and downtown Naples is an easy drive away.
Features include: • Pete and P.B. Dye Golf Course surrounded by s 500-acre nature preserve and directed • by Jeff Raimer • Golf Club membership available • Tennis Center with active lessons, clinics, camps, teams, roundrobins, socials and • tournaments • The Bay House has a state-of-the-art fitness center and a junior Olympic-sized • swimming pool • Five parks for recreation and relaxation • Beach House offers 200 feet of beachfront • Concierge • Multiple dining options available for Jasmine Bay residents Additional information is available at www.WestBayClub.com or by calling 310-651-9959. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 3
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celebrity header corner
Rocky is Smokin’!
ecently, the Rocky Patel Foundation held a Golf Tournament and
Gala to raise money to build schools for homeless children in Danli, Honduras. The Golf event was held at the Jack Nicklaus designed Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero, Florida. The event featured over 30 foursomes, and raised over 110% of the fundraising goal. The Foundation Gala was on the Rooftop at the Strada in Mercato in Naples, FL. Featuring dinner, live entertainment, dancing and both a silent and live auction, the Gala was attended by over 300 patrons. 100% of the Donations from the Golf Tournament and the Gala will go directly toward the construction of the Rocky Patel Foundation school in Danli, Honduras. “I started the Rocky Patel
Nimish Desai, Jim Dorsey, Jerry Smith, Mike Cellucci, Rocky Patel, Salim Hanono, Nish Patel, Dave Bullock Foundation because I saw a need to
give their time, energy and donations
build an educational housing facility
to help these children.”
to help homeless and underprivileged
Located in Bonita Springs, Florida,
children in Danli, Honduras,” said
the Rocky Patel Foundation was
Rocky Patel, Chairman of The Rocky
established in 2008 to improve the
Patel Foundation, and President and
lives of the children of ����������� Danli, Hon-
CEO of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars. “I
duras. For more information, visit
couldn’t be more proud of all the men
their website www.rockypatelfounda-
and woman who came together to
tion.org. The Rocky Patel Premium
Jamie Millard, Pete Dowd, Ben Fleischer, Dawn Brenner, Lara Siguardo
Cigar Company began producing high quality premium cigars in 1995, based on Rocky’s passion for cigars, and his desire to share his unique cigar blends with cigar connoisseurs around the world. For more information visit their Website at www.RockyPatel.com.
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Isabel Gutierrez and Eddie Ortega (President, EO Cigars)
Ratna Patel and Gita Adib
Friday, June 17, 2011
Come have the time of your life helping student athletes prepare for the game of their life!
Tee Time 10:00 am
Join us as we tee off with some of the area’s biggest sports and entertainment stars! Golf packages include night-before Celebrity Pairings Party, breakfast and 10 am Shotgun Start. Also includes posttournament awards ceremony with food and prizes. Foursomes start at $800. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
For more information or to register, visit www.AthleteConnections.org or call 407-403-6446. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 3
Proceeds from this event will benefit Athlete Connections (a 501(c)3 organization) and their efforts to provide supplemental life skill curriculums, career events, sports camps and employment opportunities to student athletes. 31
thinking of golf
By Ed Gilbert, Head Thinker
Sizzlin' Summer Golf Marketing It’s
that time of the year. High
mographics while others need digital.
show your island hole. Everybody has
humidity. No wind. Hot as hell.
Radio is still viable and all markets
one and if you change logos on your
Everyone wanting tee times from
need public relations. If your market is
ad, it could be anywhere. Try it your-
7:00 – 8:00 am. So what else is new?
baby boomers then they are not spend-
self. All golf courses or resorts show
This is the time of the year when the
ing three+ hours a day on the Internet
a signature hole. Does that emit an
smart marketers should get smarter.
unless you are my older sister. (That’s
emotion from the reader? Readers
Pulling your pants down and offering
another story). The boomers want to
want to be entertained and their atten-
$25 green fees is not all that smart. And your rear end could get burned! So what to do is the annual summer saying. Here’s the shock; advertise more creatively. Drive more people to your website. Branch out and do something new.
tion grabbed. If you don’t
Are you in the right media? Newspaper, magazines, radio, television, Internet, Social Media, outdoor, direct mail, email blasts, promotional tie-ins, banner advertising……… If you don’t know or what you have done in the past is not working; get some professional help.
Grab the reader’s atten-
stand out, stand down. Are you in the right media? Newspaper, magazines, radio, television, Internet, Social Media, outdoor, direct mail, email blasts, promotional tie-ins, banner advertising……… If you don’t know or what you
tion with better creative work. Provide
sit in a chair comfortably or on a sofa
have done in the past is not work-
a good or service that does not cost
and casually read something they can
ing; get some professional help. It
much but has a great perceived value.
grasp. Not in a 90 degree ergonomi-
does not cost you if it works. It pays.
cally controlled chair at a desk. Have
What do you do with your website
Get on Facebook and drive people to your website.
you not been reading my articles this
monthly? Is it optimized? Do the
year? One by two inch ads in the sports
search spiders think your content is
The number one advertising
section is a waste of money. What
relevant? What constitutes relevan-
medium in 2010 and first quarter
sets your ad apart from the others?
cy? What happens to the rankings
of 2011 with over 1.37 trillion im-
when you don’t maintain your site?
pressions was Facebook. You read
$18 green fees. Big deal.
If you can’t answer those questions,
that right. Trillion. That is an aver-
There are only three things that
you need a marketing overhaul.
age of 91,000,000,000 ads monthly.
affect ineffective marketing: the
This year be strategic. Understand
In March of 2011 Facebook had over
creative is bad, the medium selected
your market and their reading habits.
85,000,000,000 page views. Can you
is wrong or your product sucks and
Print is not dead by any stretch.
afford that as a golf course or resort.
you should sell it if you can. Star-
Great photography helps as well. You
Not likely. So what does one do?
bucks is looking to hire and offers
and your $250 Nikon aren’t it. If you
“Multi sensory marketing” is the
health benefits even to part-timers.
need help, get it. If you don’t know
answer. You need print for some de-
If you develop new creative; don’t
who to call; call me. Good luck.
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By Sean Harney
Photo by Sean Harney
Predictive Putt Technology... Emmy Winning Aimpoint P
redictive putt technology, optimum putting parameters, putt trajectories...”Who cares?” Well apparently, unless you’ve been living under an immovable object for some time, a lot of people do. With all of the new breakthroughs in golf technologies there is one that is right on target: AimPoint. With their Emmy Award-winning technology, they have single-handedly changed the way we learn, play, and view the game of golf. “What is Aimpoint,” you ask. To the casual golf fan, it’s that green line you see in TV broadcasts. The green line is superimposed over the golf green to show how much break a golfer needs to read to make a putt. Since its inception into the golfing world in 2007, it has appeared more than 1,500 times in television broadcasts. Along with many accolades, including the George Wensel Award for Technical Achievement at the 2007 Sports Emmy Awards, it has given us at whole a new way to look at golf. With this unique and cutting edge graphic, you get an accurate perspective on the break. It brings excitement and knowledge to the armchair golfer at home. How does it work? The Emmy Award winning AimPoint technology can accurately predict optimum putting parameters and putt trajectories from any point on a green to any other point, depending on where a golfer’s ball sits in relation to the lowest or highest part of the green. Example: On a green with a stimp reading of 9 and a slope of 3 percent (which is quite steep), a 10-foot putt will break 14 inches from the 3 or 9 o’clock positions. A 20-foot putt from the same spot will break 33 inches. It sounds like rocket science! “It is basic physics,” touts Mark Sweeney. With a background in computer programming, and an MBA from Wharton, it’s no surprise he was able to create
Mark Sweeney one of the most significant innovations in sports science in the past decade. AimPoint is so good it can predict the break of putts with roughly 98 percent accuracy. Over the past couple of years, Mark Sweeney has developed an AimPoint teaching method that applies his mathematics to all greens, depending on their Stimpmeter speed and slope. Sweeney adds, “Putting can be the easiest thing to get good at, once you figure out it’s predictable.” Don’t take my word for it... just ask David Edel, founder of Edel golf. The worldwide leader in putter fitting technology. Edel Golf offers innovative custom-fit putters for golfers of all levels. Edel performance putters are found in over 125 professional tour players’ bags. AimPoint and Edel Golf have joined forces to combine the perfect marriage of innovation and craftsmanship to create the perfect putt. Golf instruction facilities such as Kapalua Golf Academy, Pebble Beach
Golf Academy and numerous others have implemented their techniques into their curriculum. World class PGA TOUR players Padraig Harrington, Scott McCarron, Hunter Hass, and Henrik Stenson are just a few players to benefit from the teachings of this miraculous formula. McCarron can attest. His stats in putting in 2008 went from 159th to 21st in 09’. Golfers all over world are starting to find the secret to putting. With facilities using the AimPoint greenreading technology you too can have the advantage over the competition. After speaking with Sweeney, I could tell he was passionate about his purpose in sharing this breakthrough technology to all golfers. I’m definitely going to send my friend, J.J. Qualkenbush, an up and coming junior golfer, his way. Especially since junior golfers get $100.00 off their lessons! There is no telling what the future holds, but in the world of putting, the future is now. And that’s AimPoint. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 3
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on the green
On Top of the World Environmental Honors Keep Coming
Green Building finalists (pictured left to right: Sustainable Florida Board Chair, Joe Kilsheimer; Michael Carlson of Carlson Studio Architecture; Michaela Miller; Robert Colen of On Top of the World Communities; Steve Sadler; Executive Director of Sustainable Florida, Tim Center; and Sheryl Johnson of On Top of the World Communities)
et another environmental accolade
programs. The community was the
This move will provide 115 percent of
has been added to a growing list of
only Florida home builder – and one of
the building’s power to run all electri-
national and state honors earned
just six in the nation – to receive this
cal equipment, air-conditioning, office
by On Top of the World Communities
space, water-recycling systems and
with its selection as a finalist in the
On Top of the World landed among
to handle the building’s landscaping
Sustainable Florida 2011 Best Practices
award finalists for various reasons
Awards program sponsored by the Col-
including the fact that all new homes
The Sustainable Florida 2011 Best
lins Center for Public Policy.
built in the community are ENERGY
Practices Awards ceremony took place
One of just three finalists in the green-
STAR®-qualified and are offered with
in Daytona Beach.
building category, On Top of the World,
solar power as an optional feature.
The Collins Center, named in honor
8445 SW 80th St., is the only Florida
This commitment has resulted in
of former Florida Gov. LeRoy Collins,
home builder to reach the finals for
975 ENERGY STAR® homes being built
was founded in 1988 as a statewide
displaying “outstanding ... sustainable
since 2000, and the solar homes built in
nonprofit organization to seek out
practice in the built environment.”
the community have saved more than
creative, non-partisan solutions to
This commitment to sustainability,
34 tons of coal while generating 87,000
Florida’s toughest issues. Throughout
environmental stewardship and ener-
kilowatt hours of electricity ... in the
its history, the Jacksonville-based cen-
gy-efficient home designs also grabbed
past year alone.
ter has sought to “uphold the principles
the attention of the U.S. Environmental
Moreover, On Top of the World
maintained by Gov. Collins – public and
Protection Agency, which presented On
recently expanded its sustainability
private integrity, deliberative democ-
Top of the World with a 2010 ENERGY
efforts to the community’s commercial
racy, environmental stewardship and
STAR® Excellence in ENERGY STAR®
buildings by installing a system of solar
Promotion Award for its energy-effi-
panels to fully power its 8,800-square-
Named to the list of America’s
cient homes and consumer-education
foot golf-course maintenance building.
100 Best Master-Planned Communities by Where to Retire magazine and Best Neighborhood for 55+ by Ocala magazine, On Top of the World Communities has built about 4,500 homes in 14 neighborhoods in this 12,972-acre central Florida location since construction began in the 1980s. All On Top of the World homes are steel-reinforced concrete block construction, and every home meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR® guidelines ... verified by independent inspectors. In fact, On Top of the World is Florida’s first active-adult community to receive 100 percent ENERGY STAR qualification on all new homes. For more details, visit OnTopoftheWorld.com.
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The Country Club of Orange Park Providing affordable upscale golf and amenities for members and the public The Country Club of Orange Park’s 3rd hole that was recently featured in Brent Martineau’s CBS/FOX 47 Sports Dream 18 series
ormerly a totally private and exclusive country club just west of the St. Johns River and 2 miles from Jacksonville , the Country Club of Orange Park still maintains golf memberships but also welcomes guest play on their tremendous golf course. Under new ownership and management since 2002, CCOP has made tremendous strides in improving their golf course to the point of being one of the best in the region. And they have made it affordable for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are a member or there just to play golf as a guest, you are treated like family from the time you enter the parking lot, through the pro shop, on the golf course, 19TH hole and the new men’s sports grill and the always courteous “thank you for coming” when you depart. Former PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour winner Charles Raulerson is the General Manager and Head GOLF Professional of the club. Charles has worked tirelessly to bring the club to a level that can compete with any other in the region, and has embarked on developing additional golf amenities for an even greater venue for golfers to choose. The news is there are even more golf amenities to offer besides the
golf course. The driving range is first class with a terrific practice short game area and a private teaching area. The driving range is currently being widened to create a lower tee which doubles its size. The monthly “RSG Practice and Learn Program” is an unlimited range membership for only $29/month, and includes ½ hour lessons for $29…a tremendous value! The Raulerson School of Golf
provides a full menu of group lessons, as well as individual/ private lessons in economical multi-lesson packages or one-time lessons. (Text Charles Raulerson at 904.334.1094 for more information.) And now, The First Tee AT (of) the Country Club of Orange Park is now open for juniors each Thursday at 5:30 PM to get involved in the best junior program in the country. Raulerson is
The Dream 18 team of Stephen Trendler, popular rock and blues musician Bobby Capps, GM/Head pro Charles Raulerson, in front: Nicholas and Sophia Capps, Chaz Raulerson and Trebor Mangum
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The great crew making the newdriving range expansion possible. (From R to L) Jamie Smith, Cliff Sams, Charles Johnson, Gary Worsham, Larry Quigley, Kurt Spencer, Matthew Buxton, Charles Raulerson, Cody Spencer, Bill Griffith, Matt Malyszek, Paul Zsizsek, Don Simmons, Matt Houck
Charles Raulerson helps young Nicholas Capps line up a putt for the Dream 18 TV shoot
Whether you are a member or there just to play golf as a guest, you are treated like family from the time you enter the parking lot
a major advocate of junior golf. He has written a children’s golf book “Color Me Golf” with proceeds going to The First Tee, and spoke along with Tim Finchem, Joe Louis Barrow and Calvin Peete at the inaugural of The First Tee of Jacksonville IN 1998. CCOP will now provide a First Tee experience on site for Clay County. (CCOP First Tee junior Trebor Mangum was included in the video shoot for the Dream 18 segment that filmed the 3rd hole.) The overall design of the course is fair, yet challenging. You will use every club in your bag. The par 3’s are as good as it gets. #3 was recently selected to be featured on Jacksonville’s CBS/FOX Sports Dream 18…this par 3 is that good! #5 can be stretched to over 225 yards to a huge undulating green. #11 is the same with a prevailing head wind making this par 3 play even longer. And the 14th is s masterfully planned par 3 with a well bunkered green and can be stretched to 190 yards. The par 4’s are strong tests, with many requiring carrying over water for approach shots. #17 is quite unique from the back tees. The main tee box provides ample room for a drive on this 340 yard par 4. But the real fun is from the tips on this hole, courtesy of an idea from senior PGA Tour player Bobby Duval. You have to see it to believe it…while you check your heart rate! Par 5’s are at a length to be reached Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 3
in 2 by the better players, but the risk/ rewards are high with water protecting 3 of the par 5 greens. CCOP’s golf course is as good as it gets and considered one of the best in the region in design and conditions. The layout is well thought out to provide an enjoyable experience for the short hitters, a fair challenge for the mid-handicappers, and an all-out battle from the tips. Overall, you won’t find a more fun and challenging golf course. The CC of
Orange Park is for all to use, learn golf, and relax. You can certainly make it your hangout or home away from home. Note: There is so much more for us to write about the Country Club of Orange Park that we are making this a 2 part series. Look for our next issue which will illustrate what goes on inside the clubhouse for dining, party and wedding events, and a health club with the latest cardio equipment to keep in shape. For further information, we invite you to visit their website at www.ccofop.com.
11 year old Chaz Raulerson is part of the successful junior golf programs at the club including the new First Tee of the Country Club of Orange Park 39
By Joel Jackson, CGCS, FGCSA Executive Director
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Are You a Member of the AAA– Amateur Armchair Agronomists? Y
ou have been tapped to serve on the Greens Committee. Does that make you qualified to make course management decisions? Most of you maybe mow, water and fertilize and occasionally spread or spray pesticides for chinch bugs and weeds. Your homeowner yard maintenance schedule looks something like this: Weekly – Mow. Seasonally – Set your sprinkler system to 1 or 2 days per week. Fertilize in the Spring and Fall. Occasionally pull or spray weeds and sprinkle fire ant bait or spray brown patches for chinch bugs, even if it is a fungus, because well, you don’t know the difference. Meanwhile on the golf course the superintendent’s schedule is just a little different. Daily – Course set up: Pin placement, moving tee markers, move traffic control ropes and ball mark repairs and filling divots on tees. Mowing: pattern rotation, schedule based on start of play – regular tee times, 1 & 10 tee start or shotgun starts. Irrigation: Make sure system ran the night before. Inspect course for wet or dry spots – manually run controllers in those areas to check for broken or stuck heads. Set and adjust run times
each day to reflect actual need for irrigation and conserve water so as not to exceed pumping permit. A superintendent can’t set and forget his irrigation system. He needs to tweak it every day for optimum playing conditions and your satifaction. Ride the course noting weed outbreaks for treatment. Walk greens looking for signs of stress from drought, pests or mowing equipment needing adjustment. Check tees, bunkers, fairways, roughs and native areas for animal damage, weeds and other pests. Weekly – schedule, vertigrooming, brushing, foliar fertilizing, hand watering, wetting agent applications, rolling, bunker edging, cart path trimming, double cuts and perimeter cuts on greens tees and fairways as needed to reduce grain and maintain consistency. Seasonally – schedule and oversee, aerification, verticutting and topdressing all playing surfaces. Soil testing for needed nutrients and schedule large scale fertilizer applications for fairways and roughs. Conduct major course renovation and projects in the summer when play is slow and maximize “Mow and Go” efficiency in the cooler golf season. In all cases, know how to calibrate
Photos by Joel Jackson
mowers, sprayers and spreaders. Know the square footage or acreage of each green, tee, fairway and rough for the proper application of fertilizers and chemicals. Know how to read, understand and follow the labels on all products applied to the golf course. Know the proper personal protective equipment needed to handle, mix and apply all products. Also, when times are tough financially, don’t tell a superintendent what to cut, just give him or her a number/percentage to cut overall and let them modify the budget based on their knowledge and experience. A superintendent doesn’t tell a banker, lawyer or doctor how to do their jobs and the reverse holds true for armchair agronomists. The answer to the question under the photo below: After a record dry winter and spring there is very little water left in the irrigation lake and none to be pumped to fill it. The superintendent is watering greens and tees first and then fairways when he can and the roughs are on their own until the normal rainy season kicks in.
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The Treasure Coast Golf Course Superintendents raised and donated $10,000 to the Vero Beach Environmental Learning Center at their annual Blue Pearl Tournament. In the 18 year history of the event they have donated over $250,000 to local environmental and educational activies in the region. Proving once again that golf can be a community asset.
Lon Chatfield with his wife Neva. Lon was presented with the North Florida GCSAâ€™s 2011 Keeper of the Green award in March at the Marsh Creek G.C. in St. Augustine for his many years of service to the North Florida Chapter and his record of mentoring young superintendents in the business.
Certified Golf Course Superintendent Steve Wright shot a 74 to win the Poa Annua Golf Classic held in Naples this past May. Wright who is the Head Superintendent at the Boca West Golf & Country Club also earned a spot on the Florida GCSA golf team to compete in the GCSAA National Golf Championships to be held in Palm Springs next February.
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By JJ Qualkenbush Photo by Mike Coonan
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JJ and parents, Tami and Jan Qualkenbush, preparing for practice on Disney's Palm course
My Special Thank You
have been very fortunate in my short life. Many wonderful people have had a positive influence on my life, especially my golf coaches and, most importantly, my dad. I am very grateful to have them in my life. It’s safe to say that my ability in golf would not be anywhere near what it is today without them. My father has had the most influence on me and my golf game. He was the one who got me into golf by taking me to the driving range all the time. If he had not done that, I would not be writing this article today. Now, my dad takes me to almost all my tournaments. He does this while still running his business at the same time. This is no small feat and sometimes it is very hectic for him. I miss him when he is not able to come to the tournaments, but I understand that his business provides me the opportunity to play golf. I still can remember watching my dad play in the Pro-Am in Maui, Hawaii at the Mercedes Benz championship. He played with Tadd Fujikawa and their team had a top ten finish. That was cool to watch. My dad pays for all my golf coaches and my lessons. I am very thankful for this opportunity to learn the game of golf from the best. My first coach, Scotty, was born and raised in Hawaii. He worked out of Kaanapali Golf Course. He was an awesome coach who taught me the impor-
tance of patience. I also had …………….. who coached me specifically for bunkers shots. This was the hardest part of my game to learn. It was terrific to have someone who taught me techniques that I still use to this day. Bunker shots are the hardest part of the game to learn, and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with ……….. Later, I moved back to California and had to change coaches. I got a new coach named Chris Walkey, who worked out of the Jim Mc Lean School in PGA West. Chris was named best golf coach in the state of California by Golf Magazine, and he was ranked eighth in the state by Golf Digest. I give a lot of credit to Coach McLean for the overall improvement of my game. As an eighth grader, I decided I wanted to go to the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Coach Haney is one of the world’s best known and respected golf instructors. I learned how to take my golf game to a new level. I learned about life, golf techniques and course management. Being away from home, I also learned more about myself and I became more self reliant. At the academy, I had four primary coaches who worked with me daily: Josh Naum, was a college coach at Duke University, Jon Hall was the head pro at Rancho Bernardo Golf Club in California, Thomas Torrington has been an instructor
for over a decade, and last, but not least, was Hank Haney, who taught the number one player in the world, Tiger Woods . It was an awesome experience working with the best of the best. Coach Haney and his team taught me so much and also instilled the confidence that I rely upon to carry me through the toughest times. My current coach is Joe Simonds. Coach Simonds specializes in junior golf and is also my high school coach at La Quinta High School. He is the founder of the Junior Golf Foundation of the Desert. He has not only become a respected coach, but he has become a good friend. I give Coach Simonds the credit for bringing all of my skills together to the point that I am now playing the best golf of my life. If you have a golf coach, I suggest that you give him/her a sincere thank you for the hard work and effort that they have invested in you. If you are a junior golfer, remember to thank your dad and mother for all the time, devotion, and financial investment that they have put in to encouraging the development of your golf game. Money does not grow on trees, parents have lots of other responsibilities in life besides getting you to lessons and tournaments, and everyone likes to know that they are appreciated. To everyone who has helped me, I want to offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Yani Tseng Wins LPGA Championship, Becomes Youngest to Win 4 Majors
ot even golf greats Annika Sorenstam and Tiger Woods were able to accomplish what Yani Tseng has accomplished at such a young age. Tseng, 22, of Taiwan, won the Wegmans LPGA Championship to become the youngest man or woman to reach four majors since the LPGA was formed in 1950. It was her third major victory and 11th overall win since she began working with coach Gary Gilchrist at the start of the 2010 season. Woods and Sorenstam were both 24 at the time of their fourth majors. “It’s very special,” said Tseng, who frequently makes the short drive
from Lake Nona to see Gilchrist at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy in Howey-in-the-Hills. “I really just focus on every tournament.” After firing a 6-under 66, the top-ranked Tseng claimed victory by 10 shots at Locust Hill Country Club near Rochester, N.Y., finishing at 19-under-par ahead of another of Gilchrist’s players, Morgan Pressel. For Pressel, it was her second consecutive top three finish in a major, as she finished third at the LPGA’s first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. As for the Taiwanese star, it was
her eighth career LPGA Tour victory, second in a row and third of the season to go along with three other worldwide wins this year. She went wire-to-wire as the tournament leader after opening with rounds of 66, 70 and 67. “She’s playing great golf right now,” Gilchrist said. “She went out there took complete control and never looked back. It was a truely great performance.” Tseng has already claimed two Wegmans LPGA Championships, the Women’s British Open and the McDonald’s LPGA Championship. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 3
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Seminole State Softball Coach Courtney Miller (left) and Baseball Coach Chris Hayes flank Mack Blythe Award recipients Lauren Vinson and Martin Kelly.
Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee (center) stands with the winning foursome from Jax 5th Avenue Deli and Ale House. From left: Derek Sauser, Jack Thompson, Shawn Wilson and Matt Kremser
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and ranking 30th in the nation with 46 RBIs. He also managed 14 doubles,
business leaders and college sup-
The award recipients were:
two triples and five home runs, rank-
porters to its 28th annual Dream Cup
• Lauren Vinson, the top pitcher on
ing in the top three in most offensive
Challenge Golf Tournament, raising
the Seminole State softball team and a
categories for the Raiders. Kelly spends
more than $40,000 for education.
recent FCSAA Pitcher of the Week. In 56
many hours volunteering in Semi-
The 18-hole competition, held
game appearances and 162.2 innings
nole County and maintains a 3.8 GPA.
April 18 at the Legacy Club at Alaqua
thrown, the right-hander went 20-4,
He has signed an athletic scholar-
Lakes, featured a scholarship awards
striking out 129 batters and holding
ship with St. John’s University.
presentation, course contests, ap-
opponents to a .235 hitting average and
The foursome of Jack Thomp-
pearances by Seminole State Presi-
2.35 earned run average. At the plate
son, Derek Sauser, Shawn Wilson
dent Dr. E. Ann McGee and the Raider
she hit .335, with two doubles, one
and Matt Kremser, represent-
women’s golf team, a silent auction
home run and 36 RBIs. Vinson, a na-
ing Jax 5th Avenue Deli and Ale
and a catered barbecue dinner.
tive of Prince George, Va., is a member
House, took home the Dream
Before the event kicked off, two
of the college’s Art & Phyllis Grindle
Cup trophy with a score of 53.
student-athletes were honored with
Honors Institute. She is active in the
The Dream Cup Challenge is one
Mack Blythe Outstanding Freshman of
community and maintains a 3.6 GPA.
of Seminole County’s premier golf
the Year Awards for their accomplish-
• Martin Kelly, a centerfielder for the
events and a top fundraiser for the
ments on and off the field. Blythe,
Seminole State baseball team and the
Foundation for Seminole State. For
the college’s former Business Depart-
third hitter in the team’s lineup. The
more information and a complete list
ment chair, founded the Dream Cup
Pompton Plains, N.J., native started
of tournament winners, please visit
Challenge to raise money for stu-
every game this season, batting .337
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he 6th annual Golfing Fore Autism Charity Tournament was held at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee. The Autism & Related Disabilities Gym Program raised over $3000.00! This will help pay for swimming lessons, a BBQ, Bowling night, Prom Night, as well as other activities that are planned for the year for the families. Special thanks to Mayor Scott and the City of Ocoee, Trophies Unlimited, Sosa Cigars, Tony’s Liquor, MLDavison Photographer, Winter Garden Elks #2165, and numerous other sponsors. The Autism Gym is held on Tuesday evenings from 6:15pm - 7:15pm at the Jim Beech recreation center. We are proud to say our program is free to all our participants! 100% of your donation goes directly to the program! For more information, call JoAnne Houwers at 407-234-7456 or visit our web site www.autismgym.org We are able to give credit hours to high school kids if they are interested in volunteering at the program. Email email@example.com if you are interested in the 7th annual, “Golfing Fore Autism” charity tournament this year! October 15th.
3rd place winners: from left to right: Mark Finn, Tim Zuzze, Alpha Bellamy, Larry Makela, Tommy Makela
from left to right starting with the back: Lisa Soccia, Mark Schencker, JoAnne Houwers, Jessica Lyons, Tammy Kern
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Mom and Joey
from left to right: Back row: Bobb Handt, Mike McCormick, Front: David Tyser
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Golfing Fore Autism
Duffer Dan at SouthWood Golf Club I
took a road trip to the ’Big Bend’ region of Florida to visit our state capital, Tallahassee, and experience my first PGA & Champions Tour Pro Fred Couples’ Signature designed golf course. One of the most beautiful residential communities in the Leon County area is the St. Joe Company’s 3,300 acre development SouthWood. With over 1,000 acres set aside for parks, lakes and green space, SouthWood is a well-planned diverse community with the challenging 7,172 yard championship track weaving its way through the neighborhoods. SouthWood Golf Club features 5 sets of tees so players of different ability may enjoy the routing, plus the “wee tees” at 2,986 yards to allow beginners and juniors to learn the game, or players a short game practice. The rolling hills in the area allow for a complex of fascinating holes with different sight lines. Wooded areas with century old moss draped oaks border many of the fairways and some have been routed through pastureland with landing areas that even a Duffer would have trouble missing. Southwood is committed to protecting the local environment, conserving the natural resources and providing
a habitat for wildlife and is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. As one of the region’s most acclaimed courses, it has been named among the ”Best Public Golf Courses” in Florida 2010 by Golf Magazine, recognized as one of “America’s Top 50 Courses For Women” by Golf Digest and selected as one of the Top-10 layouts of the new millennium by Travel + Leisure Golf. Upon arrival we were met by the golf attendant who took care of our bags, made sure we were well hydrated, gave us towels to wipe away the perspiration (it was hot) and directed us to the well stocked pro shop. Do Duffers sweat? The pro shop is situated in a 7,200 square foot country style clubhouse along with the grill and a wrap-around porch with views of the 9thand 18th greens. There is a large driving range, separate putting and chipping areas to hone your game. The Becky Saucers Classical School of Golf is on property. Becky is a Class a LPGA Instructor and has garnered numerous awards including the LPGA Golf Professional of the Year. We’re off to the par 5, 547 yard first hole with a wide open fairway, aptly named the ‘front porch’. I forgot to
mention that all the holes have names although some I have other names for. Driving up to the 2nd, a par 4, called the ‘marshes’, I noticed the group in front was in the stuff and the landing area was between the marsh and this huge oak tree hanging way over the right side of the fairway. I forgot the power saw, so just prayed and hit right down the narrow opening and carded par. The 227 yard 3rd is the toughest of the par 3s, and I bailed to the left for no apparent reason and lost to the ‘Seminole’. The greens were in great shape and many are multi-tiered. The course has a slope of 135 and rating of 74.3 and is managed by Billy Casper Golf, a proven management company with over 130 courses in its portfolio. The longest hole on the course is not the toughest, but players will need 3 good shots to make it to the 628 yard ‘lone pine’. The ninth hole, live oak bend’ is a long 447 yard par 4 and the #1 handicap hole and can be challenged. Can you say par? I can. The back nine starts again with par 5, ‘oak haven’, that brought the Duffer back to reality. I got my mojo working on the next 5 holes and showed SouthWood what this Yankee was made of. My only high number was at the uphill ‘mossy hill’ 443 yard 15th that I doubled. Can you guess which nine I liked the most? They were both fabulous. After our game we had the opportunity to stay in one of their quaint well appointed cottages on the grounds of the restored SouthWood Farm House. In fact they have a Weekend Stay and Play Package that runs through August that includes a round of golf for two, a 2 night stay in a cottage, and complimentary breakfast for two one morning for just $299 plus tax. For more information you can call 850-942-4653 or go to www.SouthWoodGolf.com.
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ection staff, along with Northern continues to show his support by Chapter Officers, were invited by sponsoring this annual event. It’s a Jon Fine, PGA, from the US Naval great networking event for those who Course, Windy Harbor to tour the already utilize Club Car or may be USS Gettysburg. This tour included a prospective customers in the future. trip to sea and full reign around the The PGA Professional is encouraged cruiser. Well, almost. They wouldn’t to partner with a general manager let us drive or shoot or owner for a day of golf, anything! It was a once food & fun. This year’s Net in a lifetime experience Champions were Cathy for all and really opened Edelen and Matt Mootz our eyes to how well our from Sabal Trace shooting Navy men and women 61. Gross Champions were are trained and ready for Mike Regner and Cap action. The technology is Caponi from Rio Pinar CC unreal and it’s all managed shooting 64. Thank you, by talented officers and our Club Car and Bill Gordon. Ben Herring young men and women. It We appreciate your was an incredible learning partnership! Thank you experience and it’s a great Country Club of Orlando, feeling to know that our Jay Davis, Bill Sellers, country is truly in good Carl McNeill, staff and hands with our Navy and members for the privilege all the other branches of playing and dining at of our Armed Forces. your esteemed club. It was The Northern Chapter a perfect day at a perfect Brandi Williams continues to spearhead club. the Freedom Friday campaign to We are proud to have Brandi show support for all of our troops Williams and Ben Herring as our new by wearing a red shirt on Fridays in Administrative Team members. They respect for all they do. We encourage will be great assets and we’re looking you to wear your red shirt on Fridays, forward to their contributions to the as well. Section! The 2011 tournament season Brandi is a former air talent for was kicked off with the Club Car CBS Radio and freelancer for CNN Pro Official hosted by the Country Radio both of Atlanta, GA. She has Club of Orlando on May 9. Bill her own voice over company, “Brandy Gordon from Club Car has been our Shannon Productions” and has 20 Section partner for over 30 years and years in the radio industry. Her media 52
experience and personality will bring energy and excitement to our Section. She resides in the Daytona Beach area. Ben Herring is a recent graduate of the Professional Golfer’s Career College. Our Hall of Famer Tony Austin, PGA, was one of his mentors. He specialized in tournament operations. He has interned for the LPGA. He also has worked in the radio business. He’s looking forward to achieving his goal of becoming a PGA Member and make his contribution to growing the game and perhaps even being the Tournament Coordinator for a US Open! His energy and organizational talents will surely benefit our Section and the membership. Both were selected from a talented group of candidates. We look forward to working with them and helping them grow along with us.
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Congratulations! Oakley of Palm City wins South Florida Senior Open at Jonathan’s Landing at Old Trail
Floriani and Fordyce of PGA Golf Properties Win the Pro Assistant Presented by Cutter & Buck
Pete Oakley of Palm City marked his return to competition in the U.S. Friday, May 13th, by winning the 24th annual South Florida Senior Open presented by Powerchute Software at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club at Old Trail. Oakley, 61, birdied the 18th hole on the Fazio course to clinch the title, scoring 68-69—137 to beat Dennis Meyer of Estero by three strokes.
The team of Rafael Floriani and Jamie Fordyce, representing PGA Golf Properties, shot a combined 17 under par over two days of competition to win the Pro-Assistant Championship presented by Cutter & Buck and supported by Global Golf Sales, Mizuno and Golf Buddy June 6-7th. The winning team shot rounds of 64 and 63 to win the championship by three strokes. The Pro-Assistant Championship is a 36-hole fourball stroke play competition that took place at St. Andrews Country Club – Olde Course in Boca Raton, Florida.
Alan Morin Named 2011 Southeast PGA Classic Champion Alan Morin of Royal Palm Beach overcame consecutive double bogeys midway through the back nine Tuesday, May 17th, to win the South Florida PGA’s 12th annual Southeast Classic presented by Callaway Golf and supported by Hilda Allen W. Real Estate, the PGA Tour and Powerchute Software at The Club at Emerald Hills.
Dixon and Farino Win Inaugural Women’s Pro Pro Championship On Friday, May 20th, the South Florida PGA conducted the inaugural women’s Pro Pro Championship at the Polo Club at Boca Raton on their Equestrian course. Katie Dixon, Assistant Golf Professional at Ibis Golf and Country Club and Terry Farino, Assistant Golf Professional at St. Andrews Country Club were team champions of the event shooting a 71.
SFPGA Seniors Compete at 72nd Senior PGA Championship The South Florida PGA Section is proud to congratulate the unheard of eight SFPGA Professionals that participated in this year’s Senior PGA Championship May 24-29, 2011 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY. Congratulations to:
Chris Campbell of Vero Beach Gene Fieger of Naples Jim Karr of West Palm Beach Ken Martin of Wellington Lee Rinker of Jupiter Ed Sabo of Tequesta Mike San Filippo of Hobe Sound Jerry Tucker of Stuart Congratulations to Gene Fieger, Ken Martin, Lee Rinker and Mike San Filippo for making the cut at the 72nd Senior PGA Championship. Lee Rinker finished second amongst forty-three PGA Professionals who competed in the event, finishing in a tie for 50th shooting a 297. 54
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Not your father’s Cuban cigar E
ver since President John Kennedy asked his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, to quickly buy 1000 Cuban cigars before he put the embargo into effect in 1962; Cuban cigars have been the object of mystique and desire. Unfortunately, like most “forbidden fruit”, the sizzle is better than the steak. Since Russia stopped financially supporting Castro in the late 90’s, the quality of cigars has gone downhill and fast. As in any large agricultural enterprise, a lot of fertilizer, pesticides and machinery are needed. When the cash from Russia dried up, so did the funds to buy those agricultural supplies. As a result, from 1998 to 2003, Cuban cigars were of very poor quality. They were often plugged, used raw or under fermented tobacco and lacked the aged tobaccos commonly used prior to 1998. Cuba needed hard cash and behind sugar, cigars were the primary source of that cash for the government. So, they shipped everything they had; ready or not. Cuba also suffered from a mass exodus of talent too. It takes years to train Torcedores (cigar rollers) and the best and the brightest were leaving for the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua,
Honduras and Miami. Avelino Lara the creator of Cohiba left for the Bahamas and his own factory at Graycliff Resort; Jose “Pepin” Garcia who was the top cigar roller in Cuban and assisted in the blending of Cohiba, Partagas and Montecristo, left for Miami and his own cigar company. Thousands of top cigar rollers also left Cuba which made keeping the quality up a difficult chore. While Cuba was in decline, Cuban expatriates were steadily improving the quality of cigars coming from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras. So much so that only one Cuban cigar has been named Top Cigar in the World (as rated by Cigar Aficionado Magazine) in the last six years. Most of them have been from Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic. This is not to say that Cuban cigars cannot be great, they most definitely can; but no greater than any cigar from the DR, Nicaragua or Honduras. Cuban cigars are just “different”. Like the difference between Pinot Noir grapes grown in France verses ones grown in Oregon. It’s the same grape, but a different outcome entirely. Cuba has a unique climate and a unique soil which gives its cigars a “Cuban” taste, wine
snobs call it “terroir” or “of the soil”. It’s no better or worse than the unique taste the soil and climate of Nicaragua gives its cigars, it’s just a helluva lot cheaper and won’t result in a nice, fat fine. It all boils down to we want what we can’t have. Cuban cigars are illegal, so we want one. The high price makes them that more desirable. Unfortunately, I can guarantee that unless you personally purchased the cigars from one of the official La Casa del Habano stores around the world; it was a fake. Any cigar your “best friend” bought for you while he was in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong or wherever is most likely a fake. Yes, really. Next time someone offers you a Cuban cigar take it graciously and enjoy it for what it cost you. However, before you spend any money on a “Cuban” cigar; drive to your local tobacconist and spend that $100 on 5-20 cigars you know are real. Plus you’ll be supporting your community and not a brutal dictator. It’s a win-win for everyone. If you really want to try a “Cuban style” cigar, smoke the Oliva Serie V Torpedo. It was named #4 cigar in the world by Cigar Aficionado Magazine in 2008 with a 94 out of a 100 rating. It’s strong and flavorful, just like a well made Cuban cigar can be. Best of all, it’s around $8.75 depending on your states tobacco tax. So the next time someone offers to sell you a box of Cuban cigars that his “brother” bought while he was on vacation (no really they’re legit!); tell them “thanks but no thanks” and fire up that Oliva. Then put the cash you saved towards some golf lessons you desperately need. A self confessed cigar snob, Geoff has been marinating in fragrant smoke for over 25 years. He’s been a VP and National Sales Manager for several high profile golf apparel companies, most recently Aureus Apparel and Glen Echo Apparel, but his passion for cigars was always in the background. He joined forces with CertiFresh Cigar Company in 2008 to fund his habit and expand the availability of a good smoke to every golf course in the country. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 3
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Helping Community and Women
Scholarship Recipient Janiccia Felder with Chapter President Denise Dickenson and Tanya Davis Wilson
he members of Nu Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated would like to sincerely thank all of the participants of the 11th Annual Robin Lynn Young Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. The tournament, held at Falcon’s Fire Golf Course was a complete success. Special thanks go to our luncheon sponsor, AXA Advisors, and our scholarship sponsor, Ivy Tea Rose, Incorporated. Other sponsors who helped to make the Tournament a success are: Rasmussen College, Pepsi Cola, Construct Two Group, Esther Whitehead, Esq., The Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention, The Orlando Magic and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Coleman. Congratulations to the place winners of this year’s tournament, 1st place – Lee Andrews, Al Buggs, Charles Henry and Dirk Thompson; 2nd place – Rich Bills, Lonnie Davis, Hunt Paulling and Adam Prosser ; 3rd Place – Ronald Jordan, Fred Lawson, Frank Mikell and Fonzy Moterfil. A special congratulation to Miss Janiccia Felder, the recipient of the 2011 Connie Joyce Davis Scholarship Award. Janiccia is an honor student at Edgewater High School with dual enrollment at Valencia Community College. The annual Robin Lynn Young Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament is one of Nu Iota Omega’s major fundraisers. The proceeds from this fundraiser helps to support Nu Iota Omega’s community service efforts as well as funds a scholarship at Florida State University College of Law eligible to a female minority student annually. 58
First Place Winners Lee Andrews, Al Buggs, Charles Henry and Dirk Thompson
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THE PLAYERS Keeps Giving S
ince 1977, THE PLAYERS had contributed more than $40 million to
Northeast Florida charitable organizations and causes, ranging from health care and youth education to human services. In 2010, THE PLAYERS raised
Jaxson De Ville at PwC First Tee Challenge
a record $4.8 million that benefited
at the scaled version of the famous
participants for a donation to The First
nearly 100 First Coast Charities.
17th hole replica and took more than
Tee for an extra shot at the green and
To continue that giving in 2011, THE
18,500 shots to hit the island green.
the chance to win prizes. The First Tee
PLAYERS will announce several charita-
New in 2011, THE PLAYERS asked
is a nonprofit dedicated to providing
ble donations throughout the summer,
an affordable and
culminating with Giving Back Month in
the fall. First on that list is the success
centered golf facility
achieved at the PwC First Tee Challenge
where youth can
during this year’s tournament.
learn the game of
Throughout tournament week, kids
golf and the values it
and adults lined up outside of JELD-
teaches in a struc-
WEN Stadium Village to try their hand
tured and supportive environment. As a result of the PwC First Tee Challenge, nearly $9,000 was raised for The First Tee, and more than 125 dozen golf balls (1,500) that were used in the challenge during tournament week will be donated to The First Tee of Jacksonville for participants’ use. More information about both organizations can be found at www.pgatour.com/theplayers and www.thefirstteejacksonville.org.
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lorida has so many unique places to visit and/or live and one of those is often missed because of its proximity to the Georgia border. People are always hustling to get to a football game, a car race, attractions or a famous beach that they don’t take time to stop and enjoy the beauty of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island area in the northeast corner of Florida. It is our very First Coast complete with historical Fort Clinch, 13 miles of gorgeous Atlantic coast beaches, fabulous golf courses, first class accommodations, and outstanding dining options. Amelia Island has been ranked in the Top 10 island destinations four years in a row by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. Getting to this coastal treasure is easy, just take exit 373 off of I-95 and go east. Downtown Fernandina has a wonderful assortment of bed and breakfasts scattered throughout the historical area, and
if you are there in November, the Holiday Cookie Tour of the B &Bs is a must. Festivals go on throughout the year and some of my personal favorites are the Concours d’Elegance in March, the Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in April, and the Women’s Tennis Championships in the fall. You can contact www.AMELIAISLAND.com to find out more information. The charming area around Centre Street has great shopping in eclectic shops and restaurants and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Over 40 local eateries can be found throughout the Island. One of my very favorite restaurants is Brett’s Waterway Café with seating inside or on the veranda overlooking the Fernandina Harbor and open for lunch or dinner. On the Omni Amelia Island Plantation property you have your choice of numerous fine restaurants. During my last visit I found a gourmet’s delight at PLAE, which is short for ‘People Laughing and Eating’. I wasn’t sure what to expect with such an acronym, but what a pleasant surprise. Our evening was made more extraordinary by our server who was as knowledgeable as any chef, picked the wine pairings for our delectable dining courses and made the evening a real gastronomic PLAE. Besides the B& Bs, there are many places
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to stay from the Ritz Carlton and Omni Amelia Island Plantation to the many national chain hotels scattered around the barrier island. Our choice for this trip was the Amelia Hotel at the Beach which is minutes from downtown and just across the street from the beautiful Appalachian crystal sand beach. With reasonable, comfortable, clean rooms with microwave and mini-fridge, plus a complimentary continental breakfast every morning, it was the perfect location to make our way around. The area is home to 117 holes of stunning world class golf with architects like Dye, Fazio, McCumber and Palmer etching their designs into the island’s beautiful natural landscape. From the local’s favorite, Fernandina Beach Golf Club, to the Golf Club at North Hampton, Amelia National, Amelia River Golf Club and the courses at the Plantation, golfers of every skill level can enjoy top notch facilities throughout the links of Amelia Island bordering the ocean or natural marshes and stunning oak lined fairways. Take time to visit the First Coast of Florida. You will be amazed all it has to offer.
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Kevin Johnson, closest to pin winner of watch from Bigham Jewelers, being congratulated by Mike Shoda, The Old Collier Golf Club
Who Said Giving Back is Not Fun?
ighteen foursomes from 12 Southwest Florida communities and their clubs’ golf pros participated in the 2011 Inter-Club Challenge at The Old Collier Golf Club in Naples. The fifth annual tournament raised more than $123,000, benefitting the children of Immokalee through The Immokalee Foundation. Both winning men’s and women’s teams were from The Old Collier Golf Club. “Our presenting sponsor The Johnson Meland Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, our host The Old Collier Golf Club, our founding sponsor Fifth Third Bank and other sponsors, underwriters and players are helping to provide a brighter future for the children of Immokalee,” said tournament co-chair Tom Weyl. Children with The First Tee of Naples/ Collier Program in Immokalee, a TIF supported program, assisted with the day’s activities. The winning men’s team was the foursome from The Old Collier Golf Club were Nick Trigony, Bill O’Brien, Clint Harkins, Dick Stonesifer with golf pro Steve Waugh; and the women’s winning team were Susie Garrabrant, Ellen Canham, Bonnie McMicken and Sue Otterbeck with golf pro Iain Mossman. Closest to the pin winner Kevin Johnson received a Rolex watch provided by Bigham Jewelers. Germain Lincoln of Naples provided the hole-in-one prize. The Immokalee Foundation has a range of programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and vocational school, mentoring and tutoring, and opportunities for broadening experiences and life skills. To learn more about volunteering as a mentor or for additional information on TIF, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org.
2011 Inter-Club Challenge men’s winning team – The Old Collier Golf Club – golf pro Steve Waugh, Nick Trigony, Bill O'Brien
Mark Lye, co-chair, with TIF students– Gerardo, Jose, Abel, Eriel, Charity, Manson
2011 Inter-Club Challenge women’s winning team – The Old Collier Golf Club – Sue Otterbeck, Bonnie McMicken, Susie Garrabr
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Bob Radunz, Craig Morton and Dina Clifford representing the winning team– The Colony Golf & Country Club
WCI Golf Club Challenge he Colony Golf & Country Club
challenge on their home turf. The
amenity-rich, master-planned lifestyle
in Bonita Springs recently
Colony golf professionals Craig Morton
communities, catering to primary,
hosted the 13th annual WCI
and Bob Radunz led team members
retirement and second-home buyers.
Golf Club Challenge. Members from
Dennis Tepas, Jack Riley, Brad Werner,
The company offers traditional
The Colony and four other WCI
John Howard, Dina Clifford, Joan
single- and multi-family home
golf clubs – including Tiburón and
Priory, Cynthia Hile and Nancy Blay to
choices with prices from the mid-
Hammock Bay in Naples, Pelican
victory with a total team score of 245.
$100,000s to just under $1 million.
Preserve in Fort Myers and Venetian
Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club
In addition to homebuilding
in Venice – competed for the traveling
came in at a close second with a team
and development, WCI generates
trophy and championship title.
score of 253. Longest drive winners
revenues from its Prudential Florida
The 10-person teams included
from The Colony were Brad Werner
Realty business, the second largest
eight club members, four men and
and Dina Clifford, who also won the
residential realty company in Florida;
four women, and two club golf
women’s closest-to-the-pin contest.
its Wells Fargo-affiliated mortgage
professionals, who played a best-of-
The men’s closest-to-the-pin winner
services; insurance and title services;
two-ball combined-score format.
was Tim McCoy from Hammock Bay.
and its recreational amenities, as
The Colony Golf & Country Club
Golf is only one of the many club
well as through land sales and joint
team edged out the 2010 champions
activities and events offered by
ventures. For more information, visit
from Tiburón Golf Club to win the
WCI Communities, which creates
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leather massage chairs while using complimentary iPads ���������������� and broadband Internet access in the dealership’s 120,000 square-foot facility, or watch flat screen televisions and enjoy an array of beverages, food and the aromatic homemade cookies baked daily at the indoor bistro. The meandering greens were built on the terrace of the three-story building and took a year to complete. The design included necessary safety elements and a comprehensive netting system to contain flyaway balls. The putting green won’t have a course rating, but high scores will be recorded and competitions will be held awarding prizes to top players. “Our customers have told us they enjoy this addition, which makes our investment worth it,” Dunn said. “If our guests can leave here saying they had a great time while getting their cars serviced, we are achieving our goal.” JM Lexus is a subsidiary of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a diversified automotive corporation headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla. and currently ranked No. 16 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, its 13th consecutive year on the list. Learn more and interact with JM Lexus at facebook.com/jmlexusfl and twitter.com/JMLexusFL. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 3
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Aces & Eagles Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am's Amy Hawk Wins 2011 Tampa Bay's Distinguished Sports Business Woman of the Year
Tampa Bay Sports Commission Sneaker Soiree winners: Entrepreneurial Player of the Year Jeff Faine, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Philanthropic Player of the Year Vinny Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning Season Ticket Marketing/Advertising Campaign of the Year All In (Tampa Bay Lightning) Sports Facility of the Year St. Pete Times Forum Individual Game Promotion of the Year Military Appreciation/Soldier Reunion (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Sponsorship Activation of the Year Tampa Bay Rays Summer Concert Series presented by Hess Express
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The Tampa Bay Sports Commission hosted the inaugural Tampa Bay Sneaker Soiree: A Celebration of Excellence in Sports Business, at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre. "I’m thrilled to receive this esteemed award in a category with such an established group of women,” said Amy Hawk, tournament director of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. “Tampa Bay is such a thriving sports town and to be recognized with such prominent sports leaders in our community is a true honor.” This prestigious award recognizes executive
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