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esides my new Rap name, it’s an adjective, a noun, and a verb. I’m not famous for my rap, but more wrapping up an issue. The cruciallity of the situation “is” that we need to pay more attention to our online presence as well! Really? I’m already bored to tears with facebook, but our colleagues seem to be “Poking” around, and “Requesting and excepting friends”. How crucial is it at this juncture? One thing I have the scoop on is people are addicted. People love to spend time ”LOTS OF TIME” sharing, and cyber stocking on the Social Media Sites. Take my sister Tonia for instance; (she celebrates her 50th on Aug. 20th), besides the fact that she’s getting older, she still selflessly on her days off mows the cemetery in the small town where a few of my family still reside above and below ground. Aunt Tone is not you typical computer junky. She has a Ginormus heart, works hard, and has a long commute to work everyday. In her spare time she likes to discover news of friends on facebook. I don’t get the attraction; it seems like a new version of the dating sites with more global golf friends and events to keep up with. For this reason I felt it was “Crucial” for the magazine to introduce “Our Social Media Guy”. Yes now you have to have a person contracted to keep up with all the postings, and communication on your page, it takes a ton of time. It’s Crucial to stay in the game. So enters Dennis Card … learn more about him on page 46. Dennis has already made a huge impact on FGCM’s Dance card. He’s pretty sharp and I’ve learned one crucial aspect to this kind of communication is… You need to be authentic! This is something I am familiar with. If you gonna’ communicate anything it’s very important that it comes from the heart. We’re lucky, that’s one of the things my sister and I learned early on. May be the reason people love FGCM and Tonia Wallace so much. Cheers Sis!! I’ll post something on Tonia and I before Facebook your page. In closing this up, I wanted to tell you about an incident that relates to the Thinking of Golf article, pg 32. Someone was telling me that Prince was dead!!!! OMG I didn’t know I felt sad and stupid, I hadn’t heard. Prince was always jamming’ in my car or home. “PURPLE RAIN, PURPLE RAIN” I actually squeal just like him. I KNOW..crazy isn’t it? Well after a minute of confusion I realize that the person was saying “Print was dead”. THANK GOODNESS !!! After I got that all straighten out I turned on, and cranked up “The Revolution” CD “When Doves Cry”

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Golf Bachelor 12 Oliver Shields

Golf Travel 22 Cabin Bluff

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Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, announced today that the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area has accepted a $1.5 million gift as a result of the 2011 Tournament. Dedicated to the responsible oversight and distribution of charitable donations throughout the CSRA, the Community Foundation has now received more than $18 million from the Masters to accomplish its mission throughout the region. While primarily unrestricted, a portion of the gift is distributed to Community Foundationsupported charities selected by Augusta National Golf Club employees. Further, the

Community Foundation will provide the third $500,000 installment of the Tournament’s $3 million pledge to the Salvation Army’s Augusta Kroc Center. This support comes in addition to the financial contributions being made by the recently established Masters Tournament Foundation. Earlier in 2011, the Foundation was formed to help identify, invest in and promote organizations dedicated to the development of golf on a global scale. On behalf of the Foundation, financial gifts totaling more than $1.5 million will be presented to the World Golf Foundation, United States Golf Association, PGA Foundation, PGA Tour Charities, The R&A Foundation, LPGA Foundation, The First Tee of Augusta and the Environmental Institute for Golf.

LLC proudly kicked off the newest phase of its company vision with its first “Tour” event at Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge. Kids 3-8 will now have the opportunity to have a Junior Golf “Tour” of their very own. The Little LinkstersSM “Tour” or LLT is now off and running throughout Central Florida. The next “Tour” stop is at the Grande Vista 9 hole course at the Faldo Institute in Orlando on August 20th. Events are also scheduled for October 15th at Timacuan Golf Club in Lake Mary, FL and December 10th at the Deltona Club in Deltona, FL. Since July of 2008, the Little LinkstersSM Golf program has brought the game of golf to a typically non-traditional section of the golfing population; the “Pee-Wee” Golfer (Ages 3-8). The Little LinkstersSM Golf Program is a great introduction to the game of golf for all children in this age group! “We are on

a mission to grow the game by getting kids as young as three involved” say’s Brendon Elliott, the founder and owner of Little Linksters, LLC. Elliott has been the Head Golf Professional and General Manager at the historic Winter Park Country Club located in downtown Winter Park, FL since 2006 and he has been part of the landscape at WPCC since 1998. Elliott’s passion for teaching golf however has prompted him to pack up shop at WPCC and partner up with Metrowest Golf Club and open the Little Linksters Golf Academy at Metrowest Golf Club in Orlando. For more information on the new Little Linksters Golf Academy at Metrowest Golf Club, the Little Linksters Mobile Program, “Tour” Events, Coloring Book, Annual Best “Pee Wee Golf Swing” Video Contest or national expansion plans, log onto www.LittleLinksters.com or call 321-278-1611.

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the Marshview Restaurant at the Clubhouse with live entertainment, followed by a glow ball tournament. The weekend will feature on course contests, food and beverage specials and a gift package for players. The layout is routed through the lovely Cooper’s Point gated residential community with stately oaks and towering pines bordering many of the fairways. Billy Casper Golf manages the facility and has revitalized the course to a really great golf experience. www.sapelohammock.com

Shellman Bluff, GA - Sapelo Hammock Golf Club in Shellman Bluff, Georgia is celebrating their grand opening September 9th thru the 11th. About half way between Jacksonville and Savannah and a short drive east of I-95, the 6887 yard , par 72 championship golf course is tucked away in the pristine marshes of Sapelo Sound. The festivities start on Friday with a ‘down home’ seafood buffet in

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package with a tournament golf shirt, visor or ball cap, a tournament drawstring bag, a volunteer badge lanyard, one volunteer badge (weekly ground pass), one complimentary weekly grounds ticket for a guest and one lunch voucher for each day worked. Volunteers completing a minimum of 18 hours will receive complimentary greens fees for a round of golf at Grand Cypress Resort (volunteer is responsible for $20 cart fee).  The package is a $300 value. Volunteers can read full requirements and job descriptions and also register online at www. CMEGroupTitleholders.com.  Registration is also available by phone at 1-888-LPGA-TIX.  Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 3

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By Jennifer M. Jolly, CCM

Member Retention



potential new member is mak-

ing the team with who the New Mem-

ing judgments regarding you and

bers are. Posting New Member Alerts

your Food & Beverage operations

that include basic information on

the minute they walk through the

personalized, professional service.

Membership type, name, Sponsoring

door. They are looking at everything

It is about knowing peoples names,

Member, address – both locally and

from the warm welcome, to the condi-

and using them. It is about know-

any additional homes, Residential

tion of your dining rooms and the

ing what people like, what their food

Status, employment, other club affili-

fond farewell. They are noting if the

preferences are, their favorite teams,

ations, interests, age and contact in-

glasses and silverware sparkle, the

alma-mater’s, and a genuine care

formation. This information should

servers are pressed and professional

and concern for them, their friends,

be shared, along with a photograph

and the energy is upbeat ad enjoy-

family and guests well-being. This

of the new members, with your entire

able for dining and socializing. The

is not something you can train. It’s

Food & Beverage team.   This allows

opinions being formulated by these

about finding employees who have

the team to look for things they have

potential buyers may or may not be

a passion for pleasing others and

in common with the new members,

conscious efforts on their part, but

cultivating that culture. If you do

shared interests are the easiest way

these opinions are absolutely being

this, you will find members who will

to make someone new feel at home.

made and filed away as part of the

increase their club utilization, who

Ambassador programs are also

purchase decision process.

will bring in new members, who will

a wonderful way to initiate a new

entertain their friends and family

member into the club’s Food & Bever-

decision to choose your club over all

Once a member has made the

and become advocates for the Club.

age program. It gives the culinary

others, the focus becomes member

All of which benefit the club through

and service teams advance notice

retention. And, believe it or not, that

not just revenues, but also through

that a new member will be at dinner

retention begins in the very instant

increased member satisfaction. At the

or a special social event and allows,

they sign on that dotted line and hand

end of the day, this is why we’re here!

again, for that personalized service.

over their check. Many CMAA lessons

What differentiates the club world

This is also an excellent opportunity

revolve around some simple truths:

from the rest of the world is this

for your Chef to come out from the

• “We are in the Happiness Business”

personalized service and an ingrained

kitchen, introduce themselves to the

• “Moments of Truth”

culture within the staff who have a

new member, learn of any dietary

• “Ultimate Expectation”

genuine need to please and a passion

needs, food allergies, etc. and educate

As club professionals, these are

for the people they work with and

the new member on the credentials

not just talking points, they are

for. Focus on provid-

of the team. All these

a movement, our way of life.

ing that Value for your

small discoveries help

So what does this have to do with

members, through your

to insure that each

the relationship of Food & Beverage

staff, and you will find

experience in Food

and New Member Orientation? Every-

the “Happiness Busi-

& Beverage is better

thing! Food & Beverage is tradition-

ness” is good business.

than the one previ-

ally the largest department in a club

When we talk about

ous. There are several

with more opportunity than any other

“Moments of Truth”,

Point of Sale systems

department to be a positive influence

we are talking about

on your membership. Some members

those, on average, 36 touches that

the ability to keep these notes for

will play golf, some will play tennis,

each member encounters when they

the team to access on future visits.

others will be active in bridge/cards,

walk through the door. With respect

Many clubs offer regular Member

aquatics/fitness, but all members eat!

to Membership Orientation in Food &

Mixers as a way to introduce new

In the Club business it is all about

Beverage this begins with familiariz-

members to the membership at large

that afford clubs with

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as well as answer any questions the

mingle with current membership to

also about empowering your people.

new member may have relating to

enhance their experience at the club.   

Be sure your service team knows what

dining venues, hours of operations,

And let’s not forget that “Ultimate

they can and can not do to enhance

catering programs, food

Expectation” … do-

the overall experience. Are they al-

minimums, etc. De-

ing what needs to be

lowed to offer a complimentary bever-

pending on the size of

done without being

age, or upgrade from a House wine

your club, these may

asked! Often the

to a Premium wine at the same price,

happen as frequently

best way to make a

acknowledge special events such as

as monthly or perhaps

new member feel at

births, weddings, anniversaries, birth-

just once or twice a

home and to insure

days, even death in some sort of spe-

year. What is important

an easy transition into

cial way that let’s the member know

is that they happen

the membership and

we care. The culture of your club

programs offered in

and operating budget will drive this

and they are fun and affordable – often the Membership

Food & Beverage is to do what we do

to some extent but there are many

department will offer these programs

best … personalized service. Pick up

economical, even free, ways to add to

free of charge. A Member Mixer is the

the phone and introduce yourself to

this experience. And finally, remem-

perfect opportunity for the service

the new members. Invite them in for

ber in ancient times when we used

team and the culinary program to

a tour of the dining venues, provide

to write notes? Never underestimate

show off their stuff! New and in-

them with an easy to use document

the power of the pen. A simple “nice

novative ideas, often paired with a

detailing hours of operation, contact

meeting you” or “thank you for attend-

theme, can enhance current opera-

list of key Food & Beverage personnel.

ing our mixer” or “I’m sorry we have

tions and events. In this environ-

All very common sense things that

been unable to meet in person, but I

ment, you want the new members to

provide a much bigger impact than

just wanted to welcome you …” can

feel comfortable enough to mix and

you might imagine. This practice is

make all the difference in the world!

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golf bachelor

Dallas, TX. I miss Texas, they are so friendly. I grew up there until I moved to Delray Beach, FL three years ago.

Is "acting your age" overrated? Absolutely. I am young at heart and

always will be. I hate people that act stuffy and mature at all times.

High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? I hung out with everyone. I was voted most friendly and Prom King. Pretty funny.

What do you do for a living? I am a captain Airline pilot for Allegiant Air.

What would you like to do for a living? The same thing I'm do-

ing now. I love my job. Total freedom like a bird, and no bosses to answer to when you are flying.

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

My mother! She is so genuine on the inside and gorgeous on the outside.

What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? Fresh water, knife and a gorgeous girl with personality.

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Smoking. No one wants to ride in a cart with a

Oliver Shields

Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

stinky cigar or cigarette.

Name the three most important things to you in this world. Family, Love and Sex.

Given the choice, would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? I think you have to have all three to be happy. All with balance.

What do you fear the most? Heartbreak. Pajamas or nude? Nude always. I hate PJ's, too hot and restrictive.

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy foursome? Ben Hogan, my grandfather used to play golf with Ben Hogan out of Shady Oaks and my father. Three generations and a hero.

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? All of the

above. Cocktails first with a little dancing and relaxed evening at home to follow. Wink, wink...

Favorite Comedian?

Eddie Murphy when he first started.

Favorite Charity to support?

NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness. My sister was diagnosed with schizophrenia about ten years ago. There are a lot of misconceptions of mentally ill people and especially people with schizophrenia. People that have been diagnosed with schizophrenia don't have multiple personalities like most people think, however they do hear voices. I volunteer and am an advocate of NAMI. 12

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cart header girl

Julia Rose-Marie Le Hoty Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Beach City, Ohio which is in the country and then moved to the city of Broadview Heights for high school.

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

In middle school I was basketball cheerleading captain and in high school I worked then went to dance at a studio every night after school. I was involved in the French, theater, and yearbook club. Also I skipped 8th grade math and was in honors courses for math. I won contests for bridges and Maglev in my C.A.D. classes too. I was also involved with the church and earned my confirmation name Noel.

Do you enjoy playing golf? Are they’re any golfers in your family?

Yes I like to play Cypress Links on Sunday mornings and during the summer I like to play Mangrove Bay once a week. No golfers in my family. I learned to platy when I became a beverage cart girl.

What is your favorite part of being a cart girl? What is your least favorite part?

I care for my freedom and making people happy, but I am really not fond of bugs. ewww

Do you think the cart girls should be able to dress differently? How you prefer dress if you were given a choice?

The cart girls represent the golf course and have the most interaction with the customers so I believe I should dress respectfully.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

I take pleasure in going to the beach, shopping, designing, cooking, roller blading, running, dancing, yoga, and being around people.

Do you do any traveling?

I am traveling a lot now because friends are getting married. This August I am going to Thailand for eight days with my boyfriend who is going there for three weeks for work. He is getting a PHD in Molecular Biology. Next year I may go to Ireland and next fall for a Notre Dame Football game.

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails?

Both, I love a great game night and dinner at a friend’s house and I enjoy listening to bands and dancing at lounges.

Favorite charity to support?

I volunteered for a local safety patrol school and was an alter girl at Assumption Church. Recently, I volunteered at Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf in Saint Petersburg.

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

I moved to Florida to go to college. At IADT I was chosen as the manager of my senior design project of my class for my BFA in Graphic Design. Now I am working towards an MA in Structural Engineering and taking dance classes at USF. I cannot wait to make a huge impact on the world in the near future. 14

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Men’s Only Sports Bar opens Sept. 3 at Country Club of Orange Park An upscale golf club with a private feel available for everyone Editor’s Note: In the last issue of Florida Golf Central Magazine (Volume 12, Issue 3) featured an article on the Country Club of Orange Park. The following is a continuation of that feature about the new sports bar, the clubhouse for dining as well as party and wedding events. The Country Club of Orange Park (CCOP) will have the grand opening of their newly constructed Men’s Sports Bar and Grill Sept. 3rd. This highly anticipated opening coincides with the rich tradition of NCAA College Football’s opening Saturday. Jim Oechsler, Mark Kane, G.M., PGA Professional Charles Raulerson, Mark Osteen, and Larry The 750 square foot Men’s Sports Lunsford at a Club funtction. Bar and Grill boasts three stateof-the-art 55-inch flat screen “We wanted to create an environment where guys could TVs, a sleek granite full service bar and comfortable (bar have their own area to hang out, bring their work if they room) seating for you and 60 of your favorite game day wanted to, or just relax and let their hair down,” said fans. The bar is open to male members as well as guests. Charles Raulerson, General Manager & Head PGA Golf Professional at the Country Club of Orange Park. “At the club, we have about 100 wonderful male members that have expressed the need for a place to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle. Now they have it!” The Sports Bar is a great venue to enjoy all of your favorite sporting events. So if you’re a fan of NCAA Football, NFL, MLB Playoffs or NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase, the CCOP Men’s Sports Bar and Grill is the place to be this fall for all of your TV sports entertainment. As well as being a top-notch sports venue, the Men’s Grill will also provide a beautiful and elegant setting in which to host a variety of events. With the holiday season just

Owners Colin Armstrong and Ray Raulerson at a Club cookout. Clubhouse Manager Nick Poe and Hostess Madeline Huffman. 16

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Weekly golf events: Tuesdays 4-Person Scramble at 9 a.m. Cost is $29 (includes golf and a light lunch) Wednesdays Two-Person Best Ball 5:30 p.m. The cost us $20 Thursdays Member-Guest Scramble 5:30 p.m. Golf All Week Enjoy golf seven days a week from $29-$49 per round of golf. Join the Raulerson School of Golf (RSG) Practice and Learn Program for $29/month (includes unlimited practice and lessons for $29 per 1/2 lesson from the RSG.)

Dr. Marc Blasser and Danz Blasser read the green for a putt. around the corner, be sure to reserve this new banquet room for your private social event or company function. Holiday dates are available for many of the club’s other banquet rooms as well. CCOP is now offering four private event rooms of various size and functionality. The club can provide the perfect fit for all your business or entertainment needs. In addition to the new Men’s Grill Room the club offers: The (Grand) Dining Room -- features a private bar and grand chandelier with panoramic views of the 18th green, gazebo and lily pond. The Lounge Room -- adjacent to the beautiful patio view with a backdrop of moss covered oaks and the bubbling fountain set this room apart. The 19th Hole Grill Room -- an upscale room with a casual feel overlooking the 18th green and the patio. This space is perfect

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for a family gathering or a casual office party. As you make plans for your next event call Nick Poe at 904-458-1049 or Charles Raulerson at 904-4581001.

Jim Craig & John Dulka

For more information, e-mail charlesraulerson@ccofop.com, visit their web site at www.ccofop.com or follow them on Facebook at Facebok.com/countrycluboforangepark Coming in November, the club will open a new driving range.

PGA Professional Charles Raulerson with a Raulerson School of Golf junior class. 17

As host of Golf Channel’s travel series, GolfNow, you have filmed episodes all over the world. Share a few of your favorite destinations that have been featured on the series, and what places can viewers expect to see this summer/fall. A: Oh, there are so, so many. Where to start? Ireland holds a special place in my heart for a few reasons. For one, it was our first travel taping for GolfNow (then titled “Destination Golf”). The grass truly does seem “greener” in the Emerald Isle, the people are so welcoming, and I suppose the fact that I do love a nice pint of Guinness doesn’t hurt either. Yes, Hawaii is the paradise that it is cracked up to be. Greenbrier is loaded with history and has an endless list of activities to satisfy the ‘adrenalinejunkies’ soul. Washington, D.C. brings much of America’s history to life...and the Dominican Republic really does have it all. In all honesty, each location offers something savory and unique. It’s hard to play favorites. This fall, we’re taking the viewers ALL over, including a return to Ireland with fresh features and locations. We’re also heading to Lake Tahoe as well as Canada...which are sure to please. If you’re looking to get a taste of some fantastic destinations, you know we’ll show you the best in golf, guests and grub! You got your start at Golf Channel as host of Top 10.  Share with how you got started at Golf Channel. A: As a Nursing major for the majority of college, being on TV was never really in the plans. Scholarship money doesn’t cover the bills, so to avoid those dreaded student loans and pay my way through school, I modeled in local catalogs, worked trade shows as a presenter, was a spokesmodel for many different car dealerships and infomercials, as well as working for local news stations. But I wanted more... I was introduced to Golf Channel through another production company contact. They needed a host for Top 10 and my fingers were crossed that I 18

was their girl. One problem...I wasn’t the golf expert that I thought Golf Channel would want. What I did have was nearly 10 years of television experience as well as the drive and hunger to expand my horizons. Thank goodness that worked! To my surprise, I was greeted with open arms by the golf community, and I believe this is the reason why: Golf is HARD! Yes, I had played recreationally before and had hit balls at the range, but I also am not afraid to get out there and make an absolute fool of myself simply for the love of the game. I love golf, and thankfully (with the help of my mentor, Orlando PGA Instructor Andy O’Brien) my game is starting to shape up. What a relief! To my fellow hackers, I highly recommend seeking instruction from your local PGA Pro. Golf is much more enjoyable when your tee shots can actually find a few fairways... You have been modeling and acting since you were a teenager. Tell us about your transition into television and how easy/difficult the transition was. A: Modeling was fun for a while, but aside from freezing swimwear shoots and pinching high heels, I needed a different kind of challenge. Television is a completely different ball game, filled with massive script-memorization, attention to your nonverbal actions and oftentimes an absolutely insane work schedule. It felt right. With each new and sometimes frightening taping, I became comfortable in my own skin for the first time. Modeling is an interesting business where, if you give them an inch, you can literally lose your grasp overnight. I let too many agents and photographers try and mold me into

Photo Courtesy of Golf Channel

he Golf Channel The GOlf Channel The Golf Channel The Golf Channel The Gol

Lauren Thompson Is A Model Host

who THEY thought I should be. That’s when I knew that I needed to get my head together, regain control and dive head-first into something that I loved... and leave others opinions in the dust. What is the best tip you have received on the golf course and who was it from? A: By far, the best tip I ever received was from the first instructor that I ever worked with, Steve Brewer with Dubsdread in Orlando. It’s all too easy to lose your cool on the course if your scorecard is accumulating a few too many strokes, but...no one wants to play with a sour golfer. If you’re not playing professionally, then you’re playing to have fun! Yes, we all would love to play like Rory, Rickie or Westwood...but that’s better left for fantasy. Get out there, put a smile on your face, and own a “snowman” or two on your scorecard. You’re playing the greatest game for goodness sake! What is your current handicap? A: Oh man, you had to go there. My favorite answer? The GAME is my handicap! Let’s just say that there are now less 7’s and 8’s on my card, and you can be sure that when I par holes on the course nowadays, you can hear my victory cries from the 19th hole...and drinks will be on me. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 4

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By Stephen Trendler

A recent golf event at Amelia National…all sporting the Freedom Friday Sea of Red

Jack Aschenbach, PGA professional and Founder of NFPGA Freedom Friday


eing the PGA professional at Amelia National Country Club isn’t just about golf for Jack Aschenbach. It’s been a career stepping stone for Jack’s desire to make a difference in his community through charity. The past years have seen Jack shed his golf attire for a tee shirt and jeans, work boots and a tool belt to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity. He has created bonds with the Salvation Army, helping those in need and the Dreams Come True. And this list has become a little longer with Jack’s own recently founded charity, Freedom Friday Jack Aschenbach looks over the 17th tee at the PLAYERS as Freedom Friday fans gather to make a “Sea of Red”


that benefits our military through the Folds of Honors Foundation. A former 20+ year career Navy officer, providing support for our military is in Jack’s DNA. And Freedom Friday was Jack’s light bulb moment when he noticed a sign at the Mayport Naval Base Pro Shop that encouraged players to wear red shirts on Fridays to get a free bucket of balls. As Vice President of the North Florida PGA Chapter, Jack wasted no time getting a unanimous vote to move forward with his new Freedom Friday charity. In short order a logo was designed and beautiful Cutter and Buck red Freedom Friday shirts were in pro shops throughout the First Coast. The shirts flew off the shelves. Jack had even bigger ideas than just selling the shirts to raise money. He wanted to create a “Sea of Red” at the 17th tee at the PLAYERS by encouraging people to not only buy the shirts, but go to the PLAYERS and meet at the 17th tee on Friday at 5:00 to show support for the military. Mission accomplished.“We knew the

Player’s was a great place to make some history and make a statement in support of our Troops to the Nation and possibly the world”, stated Jack. The PGA Tour is now being pursued by Jack to encourage players at the PLAYERS to also wear Freedom Friday shirts on Friday of the event next year. Word of Freedom Friday is growing outside the immediate First Coast with shirts being seen as far north as Savannah and migrating throughout other regions of Florida and the United States.

“Sea of Red” fans at the PLAYERS 17th tee to show support of our military

Jack Aschenbach has won numerous awards for his outstanding efforts as a PGA professional at Chapter and Section levels with national recognition as the Patriot Leader, but there is no doubt that making his Freedom Friday a success is his real award… and reward….for his extraordinary efforts for charity. There couldn’t be a better Leader on the Links. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 4

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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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Southwest Florida’s Best Public Course Is Now Better Than Ever! on the transatlantic migratory flyway. Over 335 different species have been recorded in the area Davis Love III, PGA Tour Professional and our next Ryder Cup Captain, who is an avid sportsman himself and owns acreage nearby, designed a unique and challenging 18 hole complex made up of six thoughtfully constructed greens. Each hole is designed to be played three very distinct and different ways. Large complex greens, a stunning variety of tee boxes, well placed bunkers, and strategic water hazards blend with meandering riverfront fairways to create a challenging and highly enjoyable golf experience. It can be played as a six hole round in an hour, a 12 hole family outing or an impressive 18 holer for the avid golfer. Occasionally you can catch a touch football game being enjoyed on the fairways. Tennis, bocce, hiking, jogging and biking all can be enjoyed while at Cabin Bluff. Meals are part of your fare while at the Bluff. Breakfast and RATES 9/2-9/30



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lunch are typically served at the Lodge, while dinner could be a cookout, an oyster roast or a delectable meal that will get you ready for the next day’s adventures in the Coolidge Tavern. Unsurpassed service and attention to detail tailored around your wishes are the hallmarks of the Cabin Bluff experience. To book your group or your best retreat, call (912)729-5960 or go to www.CABINBLUFF.com.

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To Learn About Golf Baxter, a loving mother and golfer who died of brain cancer in 2007. Holly’s family asked that an event be created to promote junior golf to underserved children.  The day was funded by a generous donation from



the Baxter family and supported by all of Fame golfer Annika

the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.

doing to teach kids the game.”

Sorenstam hosted 80 children from

Established in 2008, the ANNIKA

The day will include a morning

the Boys and Girls Club of Central

Foundation teaches children the

session for the OMYGA children and

Florida and the Orlando Minority

importance of living a healthy, active

an afternoon session for the Boys and

Youth Golf Association (OMYGA) at

lifestyle through fitness and nutrition,

Girls Club children. The children will

the ANNIKA Academy. The children

and offers aspiring junior golfers

visit four skills stations to learn about

learned about the fundamentals of golf

opportunities to pursue their dreams.

the fundamentals of putting, chipping,

from Annika and the ANNIKA Academy

“I am so proud to honor my mom’s

swing and fitness. The entire group


memory by helping to host this day,”

will enjoy lunch and a golf clinic led by

The second annual ANNIKA Junior

said Shawn Baxter.


Day in Memory of Holly Baxter, an

Kelly Baxter, added, “Our mom loved

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golf and would be happy to see the

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NetworkING With The Best The recent 21st Annual International Network of Golf (ING) Spring Conference at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, FL, brought to light several outstanding products, destinations and services. Here is a look at a few of them.

TRAVEL Innisbrook Resort. Home of the PGA Tour’s Transitions Championship, Innisbrook serves up four terrific golf courses, including the highly ranked Copperhead and Island courses. Roomy villas, great restaurants and unmatched meeting facilities round out a wonderful resort experience. Visit Wales. You thought that golf in

By Mike Jamison and Jack O'Leary

Wales ended with the 2010 Ryder Cup? In fact, it had only just begun. Golf tourism rose from 30,000 for the year to 200,000. More importantly. golf revenue increased from seven million pounds to 42 million and this does not include the people who attended or spent money during the Ryder Cup. With fine courses every bit the equal of those found in Scotland and Ireland and value surpassing both, Wales is rapidly becoming a premier golf destination for players the world over. Golf Mesquite. The area is located 80 miles from Las Vegas and has grown to nine courses and four hotels in the past 10-years. It has been the long-time home to the REMAX World Long Drive Championship and now features the The Copperhead Course hosted the ING Durland Cup Instructors from The Golfing Machine were busy during the Demo Lab

second largest amateur competition in the country, the Mesquite Amateur. The latter event has become a virtual celebration of golf where golf, entertainment, gourmet food and rousing parties are served in large portions. Swan Lake Golf Resort. This beautiful hidden gem is situated in Plymouth, IN and 90 miles from Chicago’s Midway Airport and 30 minutes south of South Bend, home of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The resort features two championship 18-hole courses as well as a state-of-the-art conference center. Golfpac Travel. Once you have decided which vacation spot is for you, the best strategy is to let the professionals set up your trip. Golfpac Travel of Altamonte Springs has experienced trip advisors who will make sure you hit the best courses and stay in the right hotels that fit any budget.

PRODUCTS Tour Links. Perhaps they can’t fix your putting stroke, but Tour Links can build you a premium quality, modular artificial putting green where you can work on perfecting your flat stick wizardry. The key to the Tour Links putting green is their patented interlocking panel system that allows the green to be constructed on any surface in or outdoors. They feature 26

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a variety of shapes and sizes that can transform an office or back yard into a veritable putting laboratory. TaylorMade R11 Driver. The world’s leading driver company further solidified its standing with the introduction of the R11 Driver. There are two major differences between this offering and the previous R9 Driver from TaylorMade. The obvious one is the color. The white head really stands out, especially on TV. The most important is the Adjustable Sole Plate technology. ASP allows for opening or closing the face angle by two degrees without changing the loft of the club. Along with Flight Control Technology and the Moveable Weights Technology, the R11 allows golfers to truly dial in the perfect setting for their swings. Razor Golf. Just when you thought advances in the design and effectiveness of fairway woods had been eclipsed, Razor Golf has taken their technology to a new level with their new Mutation Fairway woods. They have given golfers of every skill level to maximize their skills with perfectly balanced fairway woods. No longer

of what you were told by another instructor. The Golfing Machine is an instructional program whose mantra is consistency. They’ve adapted the teachings of the legendary Homer Kelley as written in his epic book, “The Golfing Machine” in which he breaks down the golf swing into geometrical terms. Instructors who have entered this program are trained in these terms and can evaluate and advise golfers on both a geometrical and biomechanical level. Tour Striker. This practice club is designed to teach golfers how to swing irons with their hands in front of the ball, creating a descending blow. Through leverage, it shows golfers how to hit the ball first, before the ground.

The TaylorMade R11 Driver was a popular story topic among media attendees will the toe flare open or the toe shut done, due to poor heel – toe weighting. Straight, long fairway wood shots are now just a swing away.

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Lance Barrow ‘The man behind the scenes’


ecently I sat down with the Producer of CBS Sports Golf and NFL, Lance Barrow, who was in Orlando for a speaking engagement at Grand Cypress Resort. We listen to Nantz and Faldo, but the guy running the telecast is Lance Barrow and has been for over 14 years. Since 1997, Lance has been Coordinating Producer for CBS Sports Golf. I asked him, “How do you get a job like that?”And he said, “I was at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas in 1975 and went up to one of the people from CBS and asked for a job. The next thing I knew I was a spotter for the commentators.” Barrow attended Abilene Christian University where he played football and baseball while studying for a communications degree which he received in 1978. Barrow still calls Texas home when he is not at a football stadium or golf venue, and is a member to this day at Colonial, the home of the Crowne Plaza Invitational and famed ‘Hogan’s Alley’. He has been producer of the Masters for a number of years and accepted the Emmy Award for the coverage of the 2004 tournament won by Phil Mickelson. It wasn’t always golf and football. Lance produced CBS Sports’ coverage of ski jumping and the Nordic combined at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games and was an associate director at the 1990 Games. He also has been a producer for NCAA basketball, college football and auto racing. In 1998, he produced the coverage of the Daytona 500 for which he received an Emmy nomination. His total of 11 Emmy Awards cover NCAA Division 1 Basketball, Daytona 500s and NFL Super Bowls. He has been involved in the United States Open Tennis Championships, Final Four championships, The Professional Golfers Association Championship. In 2007 Mr. Barrow became the first recipient of the distinguished Gene


Sarazen Spirit Award by the Professional Caddies Association. His alma mater honored him by the naming of the ‘Lance Barrow Football Film/ Editing Classroom’ inside Abilene Christian University’s Teague Special Events Center, and in 2008 Lance was named ACU’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. I questioned Lance about the reduced numbers of golfers playing the

game but was surprised to learn that the audience numbers had gone up. He also mentioned high definition cameras and television have really improved the viewer’s picture of the sports programs, and in the future we will be able to watch our favorites in 3D. So sit back and enjoy the football games this fall and that great golf coverage on CBS, but take a moment and say Thanks Lance, the man behind the scenes. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 4

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By Susan Lied Cover photo by: Steve Jennings

Golf Rocks! “It

seems like every professional golfer wants to play guitar and every professional musician wants to play golf.” Those are the words of the lead guitarist for the legendary rock band KISS, Tommy Thayer. He should know—he is a rocker and he knows a few of those professional golfers personally! In the history of rock, there are only a few bands that can be considered iconic. And just a handful of those are still playing today. KISS is definitely part of that elite group. Coming up on their 40th year together, this legendary rock band is easily identified by their face paint and flamboyant stage outfits. Formed in New York City, the band is known for their elaborate live performances, which include fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drums and various pyrotechnics. Thayer joined the band in 2002, donning the spaceman makeup for the first time and officially took over the coveted KISS lead guitar spot on February 28, 2003. And, according to Thayer, his music career has been more than a dream come true. Born in 1960 in Portland, Oregon, Tommy grew up in the suburbs of


Tommy Thayer

Beaverton. His influences were many during that time period—classic ‘60’s pop and early 70’s hard rock inspired him to pick up the electric guitar at age 13. He recalls watching the Partridge Family show on Friday

Tommy Thayer

nights and thinking it was cheesy but couldn’t help be inspired by David Cassidy with his cool haircut and electric guitar. “It just made me want to play.” After graduating from high school, Thayer played in local garage bands and eventually formed his own, called Black ‘N Blue. In the early 80’s, Black ‘N Blue had immediate success and signed a contract with Geffen Records. In 1985, his band toured for two months as the opening act for KISS and Thayer soon befriended bassist, Gene Simmons. This was the beginning of a lifelong friendship and working partnership. Around the same time Thayer was learning various riffs on his electric guitar, his dad was taking him to play golf. Neither of them ever had a lesson, but they had fun. According to Thayer, he has gotten more serious about the game in the last 5-10 years and is trying to figure out his swing. “Anything you do, you need to be natural at it and not performing.” Thayer says. “It’s the same with guitar playing—I am just hearing the music and feeling it. And now with golf, I am learning the Zen of the golf swing. I imagine it probably works for most things in life.” Today, Thayer likes to combine his Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 4

rock and roll career with golf. “I try to squeeze in a round at every tour stop.” But he doesn’t just play for fun. Five years ago, the President of Pacific University in Oregon contacted him to join the Board of Trustees. “I was honored to be asked and it has been an amazing experience.” He was asked to host the local golf tournament to help raise funds for the sports programs at the University. Today, the tournament is in its 5th year and known as the Pacific University Legends Golf Classic, hosted by Tommy Thayer, boasts actors, musicians and sports figures as players. Having raised a couple hundred thousand dollars that first year, it is now one of the biggest celebrity events in the region. This year’s tournament is hosting well known artists like Darius Rucker and Clint Black and will donate the proceeds once again to the various 21 sports programs at the college. Thayer was kind enough to chat with AZ Golf Central just prior to his big event.

What was your greatest moment on stage? I remember a big tour with Aerosmith a few years ago. Joe Perry joined us with Paul Stanley’s boots to jam. We were at the Forum. I looked to my left and my right and saw Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Joe Perry and couldn’t help but think, “Boy, I sure did something right.”

What is your most treasured item? Of course, my family and wife. But if I were to pick a material item, it would have to be my 1963 Epiphone Texan acoustic guitar. My parents gave it to me in 1978 as a high school graduation present. They got it at a used instrument shop, but it’s a collector’s piece now. And it has great sentimental value to me as well.

Is there a celebrity that you have been star struck by? It would have to be Jimmy Page. He came backstage once and proved to be a pure gentleman. As far as I am concerned, he invented rock and roll guitar. I am also a huge Beatles fan and would love to meet Paul McCartney.

What’s the top song in your Ipod right now? I like so many things—blues, country, classic rock, classical. I listen to anything from Led Zepplin to Katy Perry to Bach. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 4

Day 2 of Pacific University's Legends Golf Classic at the Reserve Vineyard & Golf Club in Aloha, Oregon. Photo by JOHN WILEY-HOWINGTON

What is the one thing that you want your fans to know that they might not know already? I have lots of admiration for my dad, James. He is a retired Brigadier in the Army and a great man. In 1945, he was a Captain in his company and they liberated a death camp in Wels, Austria. He is a hero to me and to those people and their families.

Who is your favorite golfer? Darren Clark. And it’s not just because he won recently. I have always been a fan of his. Although I have never met him, I like his personality. He seems like a pretty cool guy with his cigars and pints of Guinness. I have to say those European players have a little something extra going on. I was pulling for him throughout the Open and was so happy to see him win.

Tommy Thayer with his father, James

Do you have a favorite course and where is it? I am a member of Astoria Country Club in Oregon where I have a home. I also spend a lot of time in Southern California and enjoy Lake Sherwood, North Ranch, Sterling Hills, Tierra Rejada and Rustic Canyon. They are all public courses that are affordable and have great tracks. It’s become plainly obvious to us here at AZ Golf Central that Tommy is a true, upstanding type of guy. He’s a great rocker with a big heart for charity. His dedication and admiration to his family is refreshing. And the interest that he took with us only proves he cares about his fans. To find

out more about Tommy or the band, you can visit www.tommythayer. com or www.kissonline.com. For more information about Tommy’s tournament, please visit www.pacificlegendsgolf.com. 31

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By Ed Gilbert, Head Thinker

Print Is Dead (Not) S

ince 1996 when the Internet took

per, television or billboard.

magazine issue. That is twice the time

hold, I have heard over and over

Magazine advertising was up 3.3% in

it takes to read the Orlando Sentinel

again that print is dead. That is

2010 and ad recall has increased over

and all its automobile and retail ads.

partially true if you worked for or read

11% in the past five years. In addition


a newspaper. They are dying a slow

53% of those recalling ads actually took

And finally as I mesmerize you

death and in some cases or cities they

action as a result according to Affinity’s

with statistics (really it’s my research

have become extinct. Personally, I still

Vista Service. The average magazine

skills); consumer magazines ranked

read my local newspaper because I

reader spends 42 minutes reading each

#1 out of16 different media outlets as

can’t eat breakfast without it. Unfortunately, it takes the half time to read it before it goes on the birdcage floor. Pavlov would be very happy that his theory had no age restrictions. Here is something to

Magazine readers are highly more likely to influence their friends or family across a wide variety of categories. Purchasers love to brag about what they bought, saw, researched or experienced positively. You don’t? Bull shit. Bull shit. Bull shit.

having the most positive and credible impression. This according to a Yankelovich MONITOR . While 93% of all adults read magazines. We took out pornography from that number thank you very much. Ergo, when you are consid-

consider when market-

ering an advertising pro-

ing your golf resort, golf

gram for any product, good

course , real estate project, retail com-

or service you would be remiss (that

modity or destination; “consumers pay

means not too astute) if you ignored

more attention to magazines than any

print advertising all together. It is still a

other media” according to the BIG-

very viable medium that is continuing

Research Simultaneous Media Usage

to be read. If not, what would we read

study conducted in 2010. Shocked? You

when we are standing at the checkout

shouldn’t be. Pay Per Click campaigns

line at Publix?

are not for branding.

In all seriousness, advertising is

Magazine readers are highly more

about impressions and repetition.

likely to influence their friends or

Getting to the right audience at the

family across a wide variety of categories. Purchasers love to brag about what they bought, saw, researched or experienced positively. You don’t? Bull shit. Bull shit. Bull shit. I just bought


right time to build brand awareness. The backbone of any sound marketing strategy for long term effectiveness is branding. It is not about charging as little as possible. That is a short term

the new Taylor Made R11. I am driving

solution to a long term challenge and

the ball 30 yards longer than before off

chances are you will not be around

the tee. I tell everyone I play with or

in the long term because of it. Caveat

talk to about golf and so do my golfing

Emptor (buyers beware) is still words to

buddies. I first saw this driver in a golf

be reckoned with in today’s economy.

magazine. Not on the Internet, newspa-

Think smartly my readers.


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By David Daubert

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Visit Tallahassee ‘where it all comes together ‘


ave you seen the price of gas lately? Lots of vacationers have decided to take shorter trips from home. Luckily, we in Florida have an assortment of places to vacation at, and one of the neatest places is our state capital. Located in the Big Bend, Tallahassee is a beautiful community of great museums, fine dining, gracious southern hospitality and spectacular golf. Families can enjoy a lesson in civics while visiting the historical capitol building from period dressed docents. About a block behind the capital complex is The Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science, a Smithsonian affiliate, which is currently showcasing 50 masterpieces of Baroque Painting in Lombardy from the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, Italy. This is the first time these magnificent paintings have ever been shown in the United States. While downtown, folks can enjoy walking tours with Beth Lacivita, who has an intimate knowledge


of the history of many of the homes, squares and cemeteries. The most fun is her great ghost tours. Did you know St. Augustine was not the only Mission in Florida? I didn’t. Mission San Luis in Tallahassee was home to the friendly Apalachee Indians and the Spanish for nearly half a century and served as the western capital of La Florida. This National Historic Landmark offers a glimpse into the past through living history, interactive exhibits and uniquely recreated structures. If you want a real wild time, you can take the family to the 52 acre Tallahassee Museum located on naturally beautiful Lake Bradford. Here history, nature and wildlife are intertwined to tell an intriguing epitaph about Florida’s natural and cultural heritage. With its 1880’s farmstead, historical buildings, collection of native wildlife and scenic grounds, this unique Museum provides hands on learning and entertainment for all ages. Tallahassee has plenty of great places to stay. My suggestion for the frugalistas is the latest entry in the capital hotel scene –Aloft, a Vision of the W Hotels, perfectly situated in the heart of downtown. Aloft is a fresh, fun hotel alternative and the perfect place to work and play. The stylish, loft inspired rooms are an eclectic change to the typical standard room, and the excitement and music of Wxyz lounge in the lobby always fits the mood. Just down the street is the newly renovated boutique Hotel Duval. If you want a peek at the skyline and beauty of the city, visit Level 8, order a cocktail, and

step out on the open air patio and WOW! Where to dine? Whether you are politician, lobbyist, FAMU or FSU fan, or just visiting, there are eateries to satisfy your taste. My appetite was fulfilled by some delightful local establishments. Chez Pierre is a fine mix of French cuisine and Southern charm with lovely outdoor or inside dining accompanied by live soft music. If you are an Asian Fusion fan or a Sushi specialist, Masa by Lucy Ho, is the ‘Best of the Best’ and a sure bet for an excellent meal. The place that blew me away was downtown-Avenue Eat & Drink- with their exceptional service, food and wine pairings, plate presentations and most of all simply delectable food. I would drive back to Tallahassee to experience that dinner again. If you are looking for a great lunch in charming surroundings, try Fanny’s at the Goodwood Museum and Gardens. I highly recommend the Shrimp & Cheese Grits served with Herb Garlic Sour Cream Biscuits. For a great sandwich or specialty burgers, go to Wells Brothers bar & grill. I challenge you to finish it. There are a number of wonderful golf courses around the area. The one thing they all have in common is the massive oak trees bordering the fairways and lovely rolling hill terrain. Three I have had the opportunity to play are the Bill Amick designed 27 holes at Killearn Country Club, the Fred Couples designed and celebrated Southwood Golf Club managed by Billy Casper Golf, and the historical and gorgeous A.W. Tillinghast designed Capital City Country Club. Dale Brown is the Director of Golf at CCCC, and gave me an insight into the past with the original drawings of Tillinghast for the course. If you want to step back in time, make a tee time and enjoy a special round. And if your spouse does not play golf, you can soothe their body and soul at So- Pure Salon & Spa. They will make sure with a one -on –one consultation with Aveda comforting herbal tea, and selecting the right treatment to make the day there so refreshing. You can go to www.VisitTallahassee.com to learn more and make it all come together. Tally Ho! Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 4

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YMCA Par 3: Home of the First Tee of Lakeland

Photos by Joel Jackson

fellow Champions Tour players Mike McNulty, Ron Spittle and Jim Dent. It was great fun watching young and old alike pose for photos with the celebrities and they accommodated everyone who was brave enough to ask for the photo ops. On the serious side, this year’s event raised $160,000 which helps to fund the bulk of the Y’s operating budget. In the six years of hosting this event over $900,000 has been raised. The program served over 1,200 youth in 2010. That’s what I call helping to grow the game. But beyond the First Tee program, the Par 3 Course offers a place for Superintendent Mike Giddens hams it up with Brad Bryant, Andy Bean and Charles Barkley at the February Barkley, Bean and Bryant Skins Game.


regular golfers wanting to work on their game and a user friendly, walk-

a time when golf has taken

ing various needs for recreation,

able course for juniors and seniors

some heavy blows economi-

socializing and rehabilitation.

to get their exercise and fresh air.

cally and many courses have

Most of us tend to get at least a

On my various trips I saw people

shut down, we would like to see some

little excited at celebrity sightings, so

taking advantage of all of the above.

light at the end of the tunnel. Well, I

the February outing hosted by Sir

One story emerged about a one-

found at least one beacon in the night

Charles Barkley, that brash former

armed golfer I saw on one of those

in the form of a multi-purpose facility

NBA star and now TV commentator

trips. Turns out this fellow was all set

in Central Florida, the YMCA Par 3 in

and Champion Tour players Andy

to enlist and serve in Desert Storm,

Lakeland. Originally built by the Publix

but his military service was cut short

Corporation for their employees, the

by a traffic accident which took his

property was leased to the YMCA in

arm. The man fell into depression

2004 and the 9-hole, 22 acre facility was

and drug and alcohol abuse and lived

upgraded by architect Steve Smyers.

a downward spiral existence. After

I’ve made three trips to the Par

help and assistance he began to play

3 this year to attend their big an-

golf and now he is driven to excel in

nual special fundraiser – The Bark-

the Handicapped Golfer Association.

ley, Bean, Bryant and Friends bash in February and two story interview


family outings, practice facilities for

Early morning on the 4th hole at the YMCA Par 3 in Lakeland

The Y’s course also has 3 lighted holes and range so golfers and families

trips with superintendent Mike Gid-

Bean and Brad Bryant was a perfect

can play and practice after work and

dens for our superintendent associa-

venue for over 300 folks to mix and

when it’s cooler in our hot humid sum-

tion magazine The Florida Green.

mingle with the stars. The Big Three

mers. Some folks criticize golf courses,

Each trip has been an eye open-

were assisted by Desmond Clark of

but anyone who really pays attention

er about what’s possible for golf

the Chicago Bears (a former Lakeland

knows they can be great community as-

in growing the game and fulfill-

Kathleen High School player) and

sets, like the YMCA Par 3 of Lakeland. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 4

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at some of the best award-winning courses available. They also have access to unlimited indoor and outdoor practice and receive unrestricted instruction from six PGA professionals on staff. The GAA Orlando campus offers the latest golf technology and state-of-the-art equipment such as V1, KVest, MEGSA, DBS, Trackman, Fore Golf and Fore Tee. Specifically, the topics students learn about include: Golf Operations; Planning and Organizing Tournament Golf; Outside Operations; Golf Club Fitting and Repair, Rules of Golf, Attitude and Motivation; Mechanics of the Short Game; History of Golf; Rules of Golf; Marketing and Advertising; Promotions and Sales; and more. “Golf Academy of America has

Room for Growth at Golf Academy of America


here is a new home for golf in Orlando and it is preparing hundreds of people who are passionate about the game and business of golf for careers in the $76 billion dollar a year industry. On August 1, the Golf Academy of America moved into its new location, a 21,242 square foot facility in Apopka. The new campus location provides more room for the state-of-the-art cutting edge golf technology and increased classroom space that is allowing well-trained students to earn a competitive edge for golf careers all over the world. “We are very excited about the new Orlando facility for Golf Academy of America,” said Brad Turner, campus director. “We are adamant 38

about providing the best learning environment for our students who are passionate about pursuing rewarding careers in the golf industry. We owe it to our dedicated students to have the best learning environment possible and we have certainly achieved that with this spectacular facility.” The education at Golf Academy of America is the best of any twoyear golf management school. The balanced curriculum is composed of 1,200 hours of golf business and instruction that gives students the opportunity to develop both game and business skills that apply directly to the golf industry. Students also have the opportunity to play golf at least twice weekly in the Orlando area

“From smart business practices to providing meticulous service, Golf Academy of America equipped me with the skills and knowledge necessary to work at Black Diamond Ranch, one of the world’s premier golf clubs.” Bryan Richards Black Diamond Ranch

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“To be successful in this business you need to stand apart from the rest. Golf Academy of America gave me the tools I needed to go above and beyond. GAA introduced me to the endless possibilities for success within the golf industry”. Deborah A. Jacobs-Dungee Class A, LPGA T&CP Member Assistant Golf Professional/ Teaching Professional Round Hill Golf Club Greenwich, CT

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built a reputation as the leader in providing a solid career path for those interested in a golf career,” said Turner. “We have alumni all over the country and that network of talented golf professionals is an amazing resource for industry knowledge and networking, not only for our current students, but also for our alumni. We are a force in the workforce and our positive image keeps growing every day.” Jason Helman of Toronto, Canada, is an alumnus of GAA’s Orlando campus and that experience provided the foundation for a golf career that has positioned him as one of the most respected golf instructors in the entire country. In 2010, he was named PGA Canadian Teacher of the Year and PGA Ontario Teacher of the Year. His knowledge and expertise in the game of golf earned him an appearance recently on the highly acclaimed “Morning Drive” show on Golf Channel. Helman’s appearance took place during the week of the PGA TOUR’s Canadian Open on July 22 as he talked about his experience as a golf instructor, how golf is growing in Canada and he even provided show co-host Erik Kuselias with a brief short game lesson. “Golf Academy of America definitely provided me the basis of knowledge for my golf career,” said Helman, director of instruction at Wyndance Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario. “Students have access to the best golf technology out there, plus, the resource of having PGA professionals with years of experience on staff is a valuable resource to pull from to learn more about how to be successful in this industry.” Numerous GAA Orlando alumni are currently part of the golf industry workforce nationwide and this number keeps growing with every graduating class. GAA’s career experts have an exceptional placement rate and most students are recruited directly by golf companies or otherwise find work within three months of completion of their degree. Scott Blanchard is the head golf professional at Lake Nona, a prestigious Orlando area golf club and one of the host courses of the annual Tavistock Cup. The event regularly uses GAA students to assist with the tournament, but during his 19 years at the club he has hired numerous GAA graduates to add to his staff. “When I see a resume from someone at Golf Academy of America, I look upon it very favorably,” said Blanchard. “I know what I am getting, they understand what we expect and it cuts down on the amount of training we

“When I first came to Golf Academy of America I really only had a couple of things in mind that I wanted to accomplish. Sure, I wanted to learn a little something about the business side of golf, but mostly I wanted to play lots and lots of tournament golf. With a competitive sports background, tournament golf had always appealed to me. Ironically enough, I actually won the first tournament I played in. It took two extra holes of sudden death but still it went in the “W” column. To this day I still have aspirations of playing tournament golf at a very high level. Thanks to the education and instruction I received at Golf Academy of America I know I will get there. What was most amazing to me was the care and attitude of the entire staff at Golf Academy of America. Brad Turner and Alan Flashner are two of the best people I have ever had the opportunity to meet and I feel very lucky to be able to call them my friends. I received so much more than I was expecting by attending Golf Academy of America. Whether you are wanting to play a lot of golf, learn about the history of the game, be able to diagnose and fix swing flaws or prepare a full blown golf operations budget, you can get all of that and more at Golf Academy of America and have fun doing it– I did.” Rick Smith Director of Golf Operations Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club Diamond Resorts International www.mysticdunesgolf.com


header “Ironically I graduated from Golf Academy 20 years ago today. I was blessed to start as an assistant professional at Eastwood Golf Club 10 days later. GAA gave me a basic foundation and understanding of the golf business that has grown over the past 20 years with practical experience.  I am a walking testimony that you do not have to be a great player to make it in the golf business as I was given a chance by LinksCorp in 1998 as a General Manager.  The golf business afforded me the opportunity and flexibility to see my four children grow up and to attend all of their activities.  As cliche as it may sound, that part was priceless.  Twenty years ago my wife talked me into ‘quitting life’ for 16 months and attending the Golf Academy, which I thought was an irresponsible thought at the time as we were raising our four children and did not know where our next meal would come from.  It was the best decision I could have made and once again my wife was ‘right’.  I have welcomed the Golf Academy’s Orlando Campus at each of the facilities I have managed and have maintained a great working relationship over the years.  I have employed many GAA graduates over the years including one of the finest GM’s in the country, Ned Twerdahl of Nashville, Tennessee.” Bill Shiles Club General Manager RedTail Golf Club 40

need to provide a new employee. I have been pleased with everyone we have hired from GAA over the years.” Thousands of GAA graduates from other campus locations in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Phoenix, Ariz. and San Diego, Calif. are presently working at many locations around the world. Examples of some positions currently filled by GAA graduates include head golf professionals at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic; Trump National in suburban New York City; Isleworth and Windermere Golf Clubs in Orlando; and Providence Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. There are also GAA graduates working at golf management groups such as Troon Golf, Ameriican Golf, Kemper Sports Group and Marriott Golf, and golf manufacturers, including: Titleist; Callaway Golf; Bridgestone Golf; Cleveland Golf; and TaylorMade-

Adidas. Others are serving as golf instructors for Jim McLean, Dave Pelz, Nick Faldo, Dick’s Sporting Goods, GOLFTec and Golf Digest. More than 10,000 golf professionals have graduated from the Golf Academy of America since 1974. This is the best opportunity to turn a passion for golf into a rewarding and fulfilling career in the golf industry. Interested students are encouraged to take a tour of the new Orlando campus, talk with the PGA professionals on staff and find out more. Golf Academy of America also offers service training and educational benefits—such as active duty Tuition Assistance, the Montgomery GI Bill, and the new Post 9/11 GI Bill. For more information about Golf Academy of America, visit www.GolfAcademy.edu, or call (800) 342-7342. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 4




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my summer vacation from school is coming to a close, I have a moment to look back. It has been a great summer, and I have had some wonderful opportunities. Of course, my golf game still needs work, but I placed second in two golf tournaments and had the low round in another tournament. The highlight of the summer was playing golf in Canada for the United States. I was thrilled to be representing America at the International Junior Golf Association’s North America Cup. We won, and I was happy to have been able to contribute to our team victory. This was a terrific experience. I cannot say enough good things about our team, Canadian golfers, Canada and especially Toronto. There is nothing better than Canadian hospitality. Everyone was so nice and they did everything they could to make us comfortable. I really like playing golf “Up North.” The greens are typically soft and receptive and the courses are usually challenging, surrounded by a green belt of natural beauty. We were lucky in this tournament because the weather was beautiful, and in the summer, the sun never seems to go down. Playing golf “Up North” is a unique experience. The courses are typically lush and have many water features. As a result they require many different kinds of shots to have a good round. Course management is also very important because some holes are very tight. These challenges require golfers to think through their round, if they want to score well. Now that that this major event is over, I am looking forward to the future. I am excited because I have the opportunity to play golf for my high school. I will be a sophomore this year. I love playing as a team member, so this will be fun. I just hope I am able to contribute to the success of our team. We are very fortunate because we have so many good golfers in my high school. Many are highly recruited by colleges. All of them really know how to play golf well, and I must play great golf to stay on the team. In addition, I am also preparing for one of the biggest golf tournaments of the year for me. In October I have the opportunity to go back to Disney World in Orlando for the Children’s Miracle Network PGA Pro-Am event. The first year I played there, I was 13 years-old and shot 13 under par. Last year, I shot 19 under


JJ Qualenbush and Matt Coonan par and was awarded a second place trophy. I want to do even better this year. This is a challenging, two day Pro-Am event. Amateurs are playing with the pros on Thursday and Friday, while the pros are in competition for almost $5,000,000 in prize money. Last year’s event was even more special for me because I had the opportunity to ask our family friend, Matt Coonan, to be my caddie for the CMN Pro-Am event. Matt is a unique guy and he is my inspiration. Matt has had a powerful influence upon my life and my golf game. This is because Matt does not let his significant issues with Autism and other related medical conditions interfere with his life. Matt’s love of life makes him a courageous scrapper. His attitude helps me keep my mind relaxed when I play golf with him. The opportunity to have Matt on my bag has made an amazingly positive difference in the mental part of my game. This year I asked Matt if he will again be on my bag for the CMN Pro-Am. He said, “Yes!” But he also asked me to help him in his fight for people with a developmental disability like him who are on waiting lists for support services. Matt says his condition is a minor inconvenience compared to other people like him who have much more complicated disabilities, including as severe autism, mental retardation/intellectual disabilities and cerebral palsy. Matt is concerned about the 20,000 people with special needs (mostly kids) in Florida who have

been on the waiting list for more than 8 years, and the 370,000 waiting all across the United States who do not have any opportunities in their lives. He doesn’t think this is right, and neither do I. Sometimes we forget how fortunate we truly are. I am blessed because I have the opportunity to spend time on a golf course doing exactly what I love and I get to travel and meet interesting people. I’m looking forward to college and I’m hoping to become a professional golfer. Most people would say, and I would have to agree with them, that I have a future that is bright. Meanwhile, there are other kids with disabilities whose future would be bright if this country would fund support services for them. It would be great if they also could have a future. Many poor families need financial assistance just to buy disability-related supplies (like special diapers, for instance!) or other medical supplies or go to a dentist. Many parents in this country have no one to help care for their disabled child. That means they cannot go out to work. Even running simple errands is nearly an impossible task. Matt asked me to help him talk to the PGA Tour Wives Association to seek their help for his friends in need. I am hoping both Matt and I can use our time in Orlando as an opportunity to talk with some of the members of the PGA Tour Wives Association. We would like to tell them our story and ask them for their help. I will write more on this opportunity in my next column.

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Emmanuel Kemiji

roprietor Emmanuel Kemiji was born in Teaneck, New Jersey but raised In Spain and England. Kemiji is a graduate of the University of California at Davis where in addition to his Economics and Spanish Literature degrees, he studied Viticulture (grape growing) and Oenology (winemaking). It was these last two subjects that expanded his interest in wine and led to the formation of Miura Vineyards in California in 1995 and Clos Pissarra in Spain in 2003. He took a circuitous route to winemaking as he first became a sommelier at a private club in Newport Beach, The Pacific Club, before becoming Director of Wines & Spirits from 1988 to 1999, first at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and then at the renowned Dining Room at The RitzCarlton San Francisco. In 1989 Kemiji became the twelfth American to pass the Master Sommelier exam In London, England and only one of nine to date to pass the rigorous examination on his first attempt. Kemiji traces the origins of his vintner persona to a late-night bull session in late 1994. Smoking cigars after work one Saturday evening, several San Francisco restaurant colleagues - chefs Gerald Hirigoyen of Piperade, Gary Danko of Gary Danko Restaurant, Laurence Jossel of Nopa,


amongst them - hatched up a plan to get some grapes from Napa Valley and make a little wine together to understand more closely the liquid they felt so enlightened by. The others would front the money and Kemiji would make the wine. “I unfortunately had too much Cognac and agreed, “ says Kemiji laughing in recalling the affair. His friend Augustin Huneeus of Quintessa agreed to sell the group two and a half tons of some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes available in Napa and the odyssey began. Today the former sommelier oversees

a number of different brands. With a Spanish friend, Carlos Blythe, he makes d.abbatis Blanc de Blancs, a Cava from the Penedes region. With San Francisco Bay area chefs Gerald Hirigoyen, Laurent Manrique, and former Ritz-Carlton chef Sylvain Portay, he makes a Grenache under the brand name Arrels de Clos Pissarra, from a vineyard the foursome owns in Spain’s Montsant appellation. In Spain he also makes eight vineyard designated wines from the country’s most prized region, Priorat, under the Clos Pissarra brand. In California he partners with Manrique on the Acvs brand Chardonnay, and with Portay on a Cabernet Sauvignon named Almvs. Antiqv2s is Kemiji’s single-vineyard Syrah brand and Miura his brand for five different singlevineyard Pinot Noirs. It is a dizzying portfolio that he manages with the aid of several winemakers on both continents. “I want to try to encapsulate a beautiful place that I feel makes something truly special. I like to think that wine passes through our hands without having our imprint on it. It is much more interesting to me to capture the essence of a site, with all of its attributes and even its defects, than to have my personal stamp on it. That is what artisanal winemaking is about.” Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 4

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like blondes when it comes to women but when it comes to cigars, give me a Redhead. Like women, cigar wrappers come in several varieties, each with its own unique flavor, texture and style. Wrapper is the outer leaf of the cigar, the one you actually “taste”. Underneath the wrapper are the binder leaf and then the “guts” of the cigar, the filler. The wrapper can contribute very little to the overall taste of the cigar or quite a bit depending on the type of leaf used. While blonds have more fun their cigar counterparts tend to be not as exciting. Connecticut Shade wrapper is the bleached blond of the cigar world. Its smooth texture and mild flavor make it the favorite of cigar “newbies”. Makers often use it to emphasize the binder and filler in a blend because it imparts very little flavor to the overall cigar. Brands that commonly feature Connecticut Shade are Macanudo Café (green label), Ashton Classic and Oliva Connecticut Reserve. All of these are mild cigars that showcase the neutral traits of this wrapper. The best is the Macanudo Hyde Park that scored a 91 in Cigar Aficionado Magazine. Brunettes aren’t as flashy as the Hollywood Blonde, but they can have more depth and intensity. Think Rita Hayworth; just as sexy as Marylyn but more sultry. African Cameroon is the most common brown wrapper and unlike other wrapper types is only grown in Africa (Connecticut Shade is also grown in Ecuador). The best Cameroon has a slight pepper hit followed by a caramel sweetness. Cameroon is slightly rough, with little bumps all over the surface called “tooth”. Arturo Fuente Hemmingway, Partagas and Oliva G are some of the best examples of the type. The Fuente Hemingway Classic


recently earned a 93 in Cigar Aficionado and it’s a stellar smoke. Fiery, strong willed, unpredictable and passionate all describe the Redhead, both the female version and the cigar. The most common name for the Redhead is Sun Grown. It’s a catchall phrase for wrapper grown in direct sunlight and not under the shade of cloud cover or muslin. The result is a wrapper that is smooth like the Connecticut Shade but spicy and anything but bland. Red pepper and leather dominate the profile and the extra nicotine often present in this sun drenched leaf can give the newbie a head rush or queasy stomach. Ashton VSG, Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve and Oliva O are examples of the Sun Grown wrapper. The Oliva O torpedo scored a 91 in Cigar Aficionado and a good example of a milder Sun Grown blend. The raven haired woman is the most understood and rarely gets the attention she deserves. Sweet, approachable and multifaceted are the traits of the dark haired girl/cigar, the Maduro. No, cigars with dark wrappers

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are not strong. This is a very common misconception. They are most often mild and sweet with a molasses like aftertaste. Connecticut Broadleaf is the most common. It can have a hint of black pepper, but it’s dominated by licorice, molasses and earth. Favorites are the Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur, Ashton Aged Maduro and La Gloria Cubana Maduro. The Hoyo Excalibur Epicure in Maduro rated an impressive 92 in Aficionado. Dating all kinds of women can be exciting and informative and fun. The same can be said of cigars. Try something new next time you enjoy a smoke on the links, maybe go on the wild side a fire up a spicy Redhead instead of your old ball and chain. 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.

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had the opportunity to visit three of the finest golf communities in Southwest Florida last month to play their courses and experience their magnificent lifestyle. The trio are part of the WCI company. I am not sure what the ‘I’ stands for but the ‘WC’ has got to be an abbreviation for World Class, because they are nothing short of it. In fact, WCI is the premier builder of gated luxury home communities in Florida today with unrivaled amenities to satisfy any family’s needs. My first stop was in the charming town of Venice, just east of I-75, and yes, there is a Venice Beach in Florida. Nestled along the Myakka River, Venetian Golf & River Club is just south of the cultural and entertainment attractions of Sarasota. Chris Souchak, son of PGA Tour Pro & 15 time winner Mike Souchak, has been the Director of Golf for years and he and his friendly staff are there to provide

great service and an unforgettable golf experience. The Chip Powell designed golf course is a beautiful and challenging track, just shy of 7,000 yards, and is in impeccable condition. There are two clubhouses at Venetian both with lovely dining facilities and great choices of cuisine. The separate River Club has a large attractive pool activity area, fitness center, tennis, spa and a 70 acre nature park with boardwalks to enjoy the flora and fauna of this tropical paradise. They have a great selection of affordable Dream Ready homes including spacious two and three bedroom Grand Villas offering 170050

2000 square feet of living space. Take a drive to experience La Dolce Vita or visit www.VenetianGolfandRiverClub.com. An hour south is the WCI active adult living community of Pelican Preserve in the tranquil city of Ft. Myers, and a short drive from the pure white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and gorgeous Islands of Sanibel and Captiva. The secluded and gated Pelican Preserve is also just a mile east of I-75 and has its own 70,000 square foot activity locale, Plaza del Sol Town Center, which includes Destinations Restaurant with indoor or alfresco dining, numerous craft rooms, its’ own movie theatre, indoor and outdoor pools, a complete fitness and aerobics area with sauna, steam and spa treatment areas. Along with the large resort style pool there are bocce, basketball, volleyball, softball, 6 lighted tennis courts and an amphitheatre outdoors. For the nature lover they have a butterfly garden, walking trails and a boardwalk through pristine botanical areas for bird watchers or anyone to enjoy Southwest Florida’s bounty of wildlife. Twenty seven holes of golf. You read right. Three fantastic Chip Powell designed 9 hole courses bordering preserve areas with little residential intrusion, large landing areas, true putting Tif-eagle Bermuda greens and great sight lines. The diversity of the threesome will have you coming back time and time again. The 24, 000 + square foot clubhouse is the center point of the 1,100 acre community with its’ elegant Loons dining room overlooking the Ibis -9, and well stocked pro shop and Spoonbills Grill, full of tasty choices, on the lower level. This is the perfect place for 55+ folks who want the access to and multiple options to enjoy their retirement. Real estate choices vary from attached homes to beautiful large estates. They have great pricing incentives with special upgrades and options to satisfy any whim. Check it out at www.PelicanPreserve. com or take an Elite Guest Escape by calling 239-985-1600. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 4

My next stop was on the Platinum Coast at the magnificent Tiburon Community, complete with 2 outstanding Greg Norman championship golf courses, Gold & Black, the Rick Smith Golf Academy, and the 295 room luxurious Ritz Carlton Naples Golf Resort. Being a Golf Brat, it was like being in golf nirvana. This WCI residential community and managed resort is the ‘piece de resistance’ of its 7 upscale golf facilities. As soon as you turn into the entrance, just a few miles west of I-75, you are in a place of unmatched beauty, amenities, and service. It is the best of the best in a town known for extravagant lifestyles, homes and beautiful golf communities. This year they are celebrating the 10th year of the Greg Norman Shark Shootout December 7th-10th at the Resort. The unique thing about Tiburon is that you can live here and enjoy all the amenities. They have a selection of private neighborhoods within secured gated areas exclusive to the homeowners. The Marquesa Royale is a gathering of luxury condominiums available to those who desire maintenance free living in elegant surroundings. For the family that prefers oversized lots and spacious homes, Marsala is the perfect location with dramatic views of the golf course. In addition to the golf, tennis and pools at the resort, home owners have a private 7,000 square foot Fitness and Health Center near the Golf Clubhouse with a regular schedule of classes and spa treatments available. There is complimentary beach transportation to a private beach with chairs, towels and service. If you want to ‘Resort to the Extraordinary’ go to www.WCIcommunities.com/Tiburon or call 1-800-889-7922. No matter what community you decide to live at, by joining the golf club, you have reciprocity at all the WCI courses. WCI’s integrated portfolio of real estate and residential services including finance, title, architecture and interior design allow home buyers an easy selection process in their decision. They are the #1 Florida affiliate of Prudential Realty. Join the 150,000 satisfied customers and enjoy the ultimate Florida experience. Visit a WCI community and witness for yourself, life the way it was meant to be.

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he NFPGA Junior Championship hosted by Disney had a record field of 119 players! Congratulations to our medalists who advanced to the National PGA Junior! Olivia Lugar from Rockledge defeated Robbi Howard from Bradenton in a sudden-death playoff at 2 under 142. Harrison Winger from Orlando took the boys title with a fine showing at 9 under 135. Both also won their age divisions of 16-18 year olds. They played the Tour tested Magnolia course for both rounds. Other champions within their divisions: Girls 13-15 Lauren Gros; 148, Boys 13-15 Tyler Bakich; 147, Girls 12-under Lindsey Gonzalez; 82 (18 holes), Boys 12-under Deven Rabeiro; 77 (18 holes). Thank you to our hosts, NFPGA Professional of the Year Kevin Weickel and his right hand man, Eddie Dickmyer, PGA, and the entire Disney staff for the great service! Thanks Mickey and Minnie for stopping by to present the awards! Jeff Freeman, Country Club of Orlando and Dave Hronek, Plantation Golf and Country Club both made the cut at the National PNC in Hershey. Jeff just missed getting into the PGA Championship, getting eliminated in

the playoff for the 20th spot. A tough test and we’re proud of their efforts. The NFPGA appreciates the dedication of all our professionals who qualified and they deserve a tip of the cap. NFPGA Player of the Year, Rod Perry, Daytona Beach GC won the Florida Open in a playoff over Alan Morin, SFPGA. Both finished the 54hole event at 10 under. World famous Black Diamond Ranch was the host facility. The FSGA administered the tournament, reviving it back to “major” status in the golf capital of the world. Tyler Hitchcock from Disney Golf finished T6, Jeff Freeman, Country Club of Orlando finished T9, David Hronek, Plantation Golf and CC along with Sean Gorgone, Sweetwater Highlands finished T16 to finish in the Top 20 amongst 156 of the state’s elite players. The NFPGA led the nation in support of the Tee It Forward initiative with an 83% participation rate! The National average was 11%. The next closest Section was North Texas at 22%. Our members and leadership understand the value of supporting such initiatives that are designed to help the future of the game as well as our futures. We

Harrison Winger, NFPGA Jr. Boys Champion

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are always proud to lead and try to set an example to our fellow Sections and Members. Congratulations are in order to James Cassia for his recent election to membership in the Half Century Club. Also, to the following members recently elected to the Quarter Century Club: Alex Romanoff, Brad Rollinson, Kenneth Juhn, Matt Cote, and Paul Barone. Their commitment to, and promotion of our great sport, have helped make golf what it is today. They are truly experts in the game and business of golf! Thank you all for your dedication and efforts gentlemen.

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The 36-hole Pro-Pro Championship was played at The Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida on both the Dolphin and Hammock Courses.

SFPGA Professionals Volunteer at Kids Fitness Festival SFPGA Professionals volunteered time and golf lessons at the second annual Kids Fitness Festival at the Palm Beach County Convention Center July 13-14, 2011. Special thanks to Jim Simon, Mack McConaha, Frank Clark, and Jeff Hall for their help!

Alan Morin Wins the E-Z-GO South Florida Open. Pictured here with (L to R): Michael Russing, John Baughman, Low Amateur Winner Jimmy Othus, Alan Morin, PGA, Jeff Barrett, Kevin Holt, Bob Radunz

Alan Morins Wins E-Z-GO South Florida Open Alan Morin finished a final round of four over par 76 Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Colony Golf & Country Club to win the 27th Annual E-Z-GO South Florida PGA Open supported by GolfBuddy, KBS Shafts, and the Powerchute. At 210, Morin, an assistant professional at The Falls Country Club, Lake Worth, won by a stroke over three players: Joe Allinder of Bonita Springs, Richard Terga of Palm Beach Gardens and Jerry Tucker of Stuart. All three shot 70 the final round for 211. It was Morin’s 15th SFPGA victory, his second this year. He won the Southeast Classic presented by Callaway Golf in May at the Club at Emerald Hills in Hollywood.

Pride and the Ocean Reef Club. Coming out on top was the team of South Florida PGA Life Members, Jerry Impellittiere and Pete Oakley who shot a combined two round total of 19 under par, 123.  On their way to victory, they carded 18 birdies, 1 eagle and only 1 bogey, and for their efforts took home the winning check worth just over $3,300.  Finishing just one stroke back and in second place was the team of Ed Sabo, SFPGA Life Member and John Wade of Gateway Golf & Country Club.  Three other teams were tied for third just two strokes off the lead with totals of 125.  

Floriani and Fordyce Win the 2011 Pro Assistant Championship Presented by Cutter & Buck 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 ProAssistant Championship presented by Cutter & Buck and supported by Global Golf Sales, Mizuno and Golf Buddy.  The first round leaders improved on the prior days effort of 64 by firing a 9 under par 63 to win the championship by three strokes.  The ProAssistant Championship is a 36-hole four-ball stroke play competition which took place at St. Andrews Country Club – Olde Course in Boca Raton, Florida June 6-7, 2011.

Team Impellittiere and Oakley Win South Florida PGA Polo Pro-Pro Championship After rain washed out play, 138 South Florida PGA Professionals comprising of 69 teams returned to The Ocean Reef Club on Friday, July 8, 2011 and played 36-holes to wrap up the Pro-Pro Championship presented by Polo Ralph Lauren and supported by GolfBuddy, Titleist, Foot Joy, Global Golf Sales, Golf 54

2011 Pro Assistant Championship (L to R): Mark Peterson, John Hughes, Jamie Fordyce, PGA, Arlen Bento, Rafael Floirani, Craig Martin, General Manager, Glenn Hall, PGA, Paul Clivio, PGA

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Bob Murphy and Tom Wildenhaus Elected to SFPGA HAll of Fame �������������������������������� Legendary South Florida PGA Professionals and local golf advocates Bob Murphy and Tom Wildenhaus are the newest members elected to the SFPGA Hall of Fame. Both men will be honored at the SFPGA Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner in November (location and time to be announced). Murphy and Wildenhaus will be the 26th and 27th inductees since the SFPGA Hall of Fame was created in 2002.   The SFPGA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals that have significantly impacted the golfing lives of the south Florida community through dedication and contributions to the game of golf. Individuals are first nominated by a nominating committee, then voted on by a committee made up of current Hall of Fame members and SFPGA Executive Board members.   PGA TOUR player Bob Murphy was born in New York and raised in Central Florida. A PGA Member since 1973, Murphy is a legendary golfer with a level of success few golfers can stake claim to. Murphy has won at all levels, including the amateur and collegiate ranks, the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. In 1965 Bob won the U.S. Amateur. The following year he won the NCAA Championship, joined the PGA Tour in 1968 and was named Rookie of the Year. He achieved 6 victories while on the PGA Tour. In 1993 he joined the Champions Tour, was again named Rookie of the Year, and went on to win an impressive 11 championships.   Murphy utilized his golf expertise and enjoyed being a golf analyst for CBS, ESPN, and NBC for thirty years. He holds many local Hall of Fame honors, including Polk County, Palm Beach County, University of Florida Athletics, Florida State Golf Assocation, and the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.   “I feel honored to be selected for this award by my fellow professionals, even though I haven’t been a club professional myself. Working so closely at Delray Dunes with Laurie Hammer has made me well aware of the hard work 56

and dedication it takes to be a good SFPGA club professional. I think very highly of my peers and am priveledged to be chosen by them to be a part of the SFPGA Hall of Fame,” said Murphy on his election. Along with his tournament success, Bob Murphy is passionate about golf in his local community. Along with friend

and neighbor PGA Master Professional Laurie Hammer, Murphy has co-hosted the Delray Dunes Bethesda Hospital Pro-Am for 40 straight years. This program along has raised almost 4 million dollars. Murphy also is the National Spokesman for Hook A Kid on Golf, a local golf program based in West Palm Beach. In ’94 he helped create the Community Sharing Grants Program, resulting in over 75,000 children receiving golf instruction, as well as a set of clubs and golf bag. Murphy has raised over 1 million for Hook A Kid on Golf. “I’ve been involved with Hook twenty years now. It’s a great program, one that really touches my heart,” said Murphy.   Tom Wildenhaus is the PGA Director of Golf at Olde Florida Golf Club and has been a PGA member since 1986. A past Section President, Wildenhaus currently serves as the South Florida Section Foundation President. He’s served in many other Section positions such as President, Vice President, Secretary, Honorary President, Education Chairperson and Tournament Chairperson. Wildenhaus held similar positions in the Southwest Chapter as well.   “I was so honored and surprised to hear I was selected for the SFPGA Hall of Fame. I’ve never stopped to look at what I’ve done during my service to deserve this, I just alway keep an eye out for my next opportunity to help make the Section and the industry better. There’s still more to do. We are off to a good start but our challenge is to keep it growing and give back to our communities in a very positive way,” says Tom Wildenhaus.   No stranger to honors and awards, Wildenhaus has won many Section awards, including the Horton Smith Award twice, Golf Professional of the Year in ’07, Bill Strausbaugh award in ’08, and various Chapter awards including the Southwest Chapter Golf Professional of the Year in ’97.     ���������������������������������� Wildenhaus also boasts a spectacular list of community achievements and involvement. Over the years, he Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 4

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Casper, Finsterwald and Sutton Conduct Captains' Clinic for Juniors Caption: The Ryder Cup Junior Academy dinner at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Pictured (L to R) is Hal Sutton, Dow Finsterwald, Logan Lanier and Billy Casper. (Photo by PGA of America)


group of 43 juniors were given a once-in-a-lifetime Captains’ Clinic from some of the legends of the game, including past U.S. Ryder Cup Captains Billy Casper, Dow Finsterwald and Hal Sutton during the Ryder Cup Junior Academy at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. Casper, a World Golf Hall of Fame Member and three-time major champion; Finsterwald, the 1958 PGA Champion; and Sutton; the 1983 PGA Champion, each took turns during the clinic to teach the students about the intricacies of the golf swing, preparation for both stroke-play and match-play formats, and the many mental aspects of the game. “This has all been so exciting and you can tell that each of these juniors is eager to learn and get better,” said Sutton, the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain. “There is a true appreciation for what we are doing and I know that these kids have what it takes to be great.” Finsterwald, the victorious 1977 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, was also impressed by the students’ ability, willingness to learn and improve. “These kids have pretty fine games already and the changes they need to make are minimal,” said Finsterwald, who owns a playing record of 9-3-1 in the Ryder Cup. “The three of us are here to offer little tips and minor changes that they can take with 58

them when they go back home.’ “We want to see the game of golf grow, and these are the type of people that can make it happen.” The Ryder Cup Junior Academy, which runs through Sunday, offers a full week of instruction to selected juniors. The Academy, developed in response to recommendations made by past United States Ryder Cup Captains, is designed to provide aspiring junior golfers, regardless of ethnic or economic background, an elite player-development experience with focus on competing in matchplay and stroke-play formats. Casper, the 1979 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain who also competed on a record-tying eight U.S. Ryder Cup teams, was excited to participate and has been overwhelmed by the whole experience. “This is a special group of juniors who are getting an unbelievable opportunity this week at this Academy,” said Casper, whose 23 ½ points are the most by any U.S. Ryder Cup player. “We are happy to play a small part in it, and hope we can leave a positive impression on them for their future and the future of our great game.” The trio also fielded questions from students and observed individual golf swings on the practice range. South Florida PGA Section representative Jonah Wasserstrom of Hollywood, Fla., had only been

on site for a short time and already learned a great deal about his game, what he does well and what he needs to work on going forward. He also had the chance to have Finsterwald work with him individually on the practice range. “This is a great opportunity for me but it’s also a little nerve-wracking,” said Wasserstrom “I want to impress these legends of the game so much, but I know that they are here to help, and they have so much already.” The Academy, a unique, oncein-a lifetime experience, celebrates the passion of the Ryder Cup, while inspiring participants to achieve greatness and to improve their lives through the game of golf. As part of the 2010 United States Ryder Cup Team’s outreach commitment, which has already impacted U.S-based organizations and students at colleges and universities nationwide, the team designated $50,000 each to create and support the Ryder Cup Junior Academy. Throughout the week, the junior participants will be working on all aspects of golf, including full-swing, chipping, putting, iron play, club fitting and course management. They will also learn about specific strategies when competing in match play formats. The Ryder Cup Junior Academy will be a seven-day program conducted annually each summer. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 4

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Victoria Tanco Wins in a Rout at the WWGA National Amateur at Sawgrass


he Western Women’s Golf Association celebrated its 111th Amateur Championship at Sawgrass Country Club. This event is rich in history with LPGA Hall of Famers who have won this event as amateurs in the past. This year’s tournament was seen as an event that would be extremely competitive as the best female amateur golfers in the world were ready to square off. Weather became a major challenge for players to deal with throughout the week long marathon of qualifying rounds and then match play. Madison Pressel on The heat index her way to a was near 100 course record degrees all week tying 66. while smoke from brush fires blowing in from Georgia made the air thick and foggy. If Rory McIlroy wrote the book about Routs in Golf, 17 year old Victoria Tanco,

a native of Argentina just co-wrote the book . She started out of the box on the Day 1 qualifying round setting a course record 66 which was then tied by Madison Pressel (Morgan’s sister) the next day. She then continued her momentum through the 2nd qualifying round finishing as a 4th seed. Tanco remained on a roll through the pursuant match play eliminations including her grand finale finals match with a 13-12 annihilation of nationally ranked Emma Lavy from Fayetteville, Ark. In the final 36 hole match play round, Tanco birdied 3 of the first 4 holes in the morning and built an early 3 up lead against Lavy. Tanco never looked back finishing the 36-hole final match on the 24th hole. Tanco shot a 67 on the first

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Victoria Tanco embracing the coveted Western Women’s Amateur winner’s trophy 18-holes with 5 birdies and 1 bogey. On the 6 holes played on the second 18-holes, she had 5 pars and a birdie. Emma Lavy played her heart out, and didn’t play badly at all. She just ran into an un-stoppable freight train. Victoria plans to try the LPGA Qualifying School in the fall as an Amateur. If she doesn’t qualify, she may go to one of the many colleges that are trying to recruit her. Among Tanco’s past achievements are being the 2008 and 2009 AJGA Rolex Player of the Year, and an AJGA Rolex First Team All-American in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  She also qualified for her 4th consecutive USGA Women’s Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO.

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oth HarborWalk Village and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) cast a hero’s spotlight on restaurateur David Rauschkolb at the Village’s Red, White & Blue Celebration this past weekend. Not only is Rauschkolb the founder of Bud & Alley’s restaurant in Seaside which he founded in 1986, he also founded the now globally recognized initiative, Hands Across the Sand. The environmental iniative, which is active across the country and in over 40 countries around the world, is not about politics. Hands Across the Sands is about protecting coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries from the threats of expanded offshore drilling and the accidents associated with this. “David Rauschkolb’s accomplishments, in both the hospitality industry, and in the environmental world, are nothing short of amazing,” commented Bruce Craul, COO of Legendary, Inc. and president elect of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. Carol Dover, along with Bruce Craul, XX of Legendary, Inc. and Mayor Sam Seevers, giving him a key to the city of Destin, were on hand to honor RauschCelebration at HarborWalk Village, David Rauschkolb is the owner of Bud ‘n Alley’s restaurant and the founder of the globally recognized initiative, Hands Across the Sands.


kolb at HarborWalk Village’s Red, White & Blue Celebrations. The event features a weekly honoring of a local hero, live entertainment, kid’s activities, a WW II vintage airplane flyover and a spectacular finale with fireworks, sponsored by Pepsi and Vision Airlines, over the Destin Harbor. HarborWalk Village is located at the foot of the Destin Bridge on Highway 98 in Destin, FL. For further information visit www.emeraldgrande.com/event.aspx, visit Facebook, or call the Event Hotline at 1-850-424-0600. To learn more go to HANDSACROSSTHESANDS.com.

“David Rauschkolb’s accomplishments, in both the hospitality industry, and in the environmental world, are nothing short of amazing.” Bruce Craul COO Legendary, Inc. and president-elect of Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Honored at the recent Red, White & Blue American, David Rauschkolb receives key to the City of Destin From Mayor Sam Seevers.

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aely Krayeski, age 12, of Wellington, FL., finished 11th at the US Kids World

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➊ Grip Solid© The Grip Solid© is an innovative training aid – A thin rubber strap that is worn over your glove. The Grip Solid© has a raised, flexible bar called the FLEX•BAR™ which positions your club in the perfect position. Soft fins along the FLEX•BAR™ conform to the taper of your club to immediately let you know if you grip too tightly at any point in your swing. The Grip Solid© immediately helps cure your hooks and slices while ensuring proper grip pressure for a smooth wrist hinge. It helps you square the clubface and hit longer, more consistent shots. With the Grip Solid© you can practice while you play with any club. Contact: www.GripSolid.com, 1-888-427-6504 Suggested Retail Price: $19.95

➋ Sun Mountain Micro-Cart™ Micro-Cart™ from Sun Mountain is a new-look, four wheel walking cart that folds 25% smaller and weighs 20% less than leading push carts. Tipping the scales at the slight 13 lbs. and folding down to the scant 52 cubic inches, Micro-Cart is a very appropriate name. Its small folded footprint and its light weight make the cart easy to get in and out of a vehicle. Also, due to the patented four-wheel design, the cart has a low center of gravity which results in superior stability on the course. Micro-Cart comes with no assembly required and folds and unfolds in two easy motions. New for 2011, Micro-Cart comes standard with the E-Z Latch for hassle-free handle height adjustment. Micro-Cart is available now with a full-suggested retail price of $219. For the retailer nearest you, call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

➌ Sporty Chic Designs Sporty Chic Designs offers a new twist to the classic tennis bracelet with a line of jewelry for women who take their game and style seriously. Each item has a sports symbol incorporated into the design, striking up conversations when they really count. Choose from a variety of precious metals and stones including freshwater pearls, green turquoise, rose quartz, red coral and black onyx. Most fasten with a golf tee or tennis racket toggle, available in 14k gold and sterling silver. Women may choose a piece from one of the three collections available or create their own. Sporty Chic Designs also works with a variety of national organizations and women’s groups offering charms that show your support for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA). Each gorgeous and versatile piece has a MSRP starting at $42 and is available at www.SportyChicDesigns.com. 70

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➍ Druh There is no denying that Druh Belts and Buckles is one of the hottest trends to hit the fairway this year. Druh Belts are handmade in sumptuous classic and chic casual styles, using ten water snakeskins, ranging from turquoise to pink, and 15 leathers in different embossed styles, from crocodile to ostrich effect. Druh’s interchangeable buckles in brushed nickel, polished silver or gold mean their belts can be customized to look stylish on or off the course.  Available through the internet at www.druhbeltsUSA.com, allows you to design a unique belt by choosing a belt and buckle combination. Every Druh Belt comes in a pink gift box and pouch with a complimentary standard Druh buckle which can be easily interchanged with the wearer’s buckle of choice.  Druh Belts & Buckles has been selected as the Official Belt Supplier to the European and U.S. Teams for The 2011 Solheim Cup which takes place from September 23-25 this year at Killeen Castle in Ireland. Recognized as the ‘Choice of Champions’, Druh Belts regularly make it on to the winner’s podium and are worn by professionals such as Lee Westwood, Tongchai Jaidee, Paul McGinley, Robert Karlsson, Thomas Bjorn, Christian Kim, Sophie Gustafson and Jimin Kang, along with many more.

➎ Sundog Eyewear Mela-Lens™

Paula Creamer Hunter Mahan

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Two of golf’s two brightest young stars – Paula Creamer and Hunter Mahan – not only help design their own Sundog Eyewear Mela-Lens™ sunglasses, they wear them on and off the golf course. Paula Creamer won her first Major, the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, wearing her Allure model. For 2011, Paula launches her fifth Sundog Eyewear Paula Creamer Collection with exciting new Mela-Lens™ Bravo, Aura, and Freestyle models joining her popular Allure; the stylish Iconic with laser etched temple artistry; and Captiva, which has redefined sunglasses designed for smaller face shapes. Prices range from $65 to $75. For 2011, three-time PGA Tour winner Mahan and Sundog Eyewear continue the evolution of golf eyewear with his dramatic new H EVO Series. With uncompromising Mela-Lens™ performance and protection the new H EVO frame design is available in Root Beer Fade, Matte Black, Metallic Silver, and Shiny White. Prices range from $60 to $76. “Mela” is an abbreviation for Melanin, a naturally produced pigment that acts as a sunscreen protecting the skin from High Energy Visible light or “blue” light. In partnership with BNL Sun Lenses, an Essilor company, Sundog Eyewear has created the Sundog Mela-Lens™ lines utilizing synthetic melanin to produce state-of-theart melanin lens technology. Mela-Lens™ absorbs light seamlessly over a broad spectral range providing blue light filtration with minimal color distortion, and 100 per cent UVA/B protection. Paula Creamer’s and Hunter Mahan’s Mela-Lens™ Sundog Eyewear are available in golf shops and retail outlets everywhere, To view Sundog Eyewear 2011 visit www.sundogeyewear.com.


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Aces & Eagles Kristin Thompson as Director of Catering Sales & Destination Services


ristin Thompson, CMP, CMM, has been named Director of Catering Sales & Destination Services at The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center in St. Augustine, Florida. In her new position she is responsible for overseeing catering sales, event planning and destination services at the AAA Four-Diamond Northeast Florida resort, which together with the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame is the largest combination hotel and convention center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space.  

Prior to joining The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center, Thompson served for six years at Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where she was the founding manager of the resort’s Destination Management Department, Destinations by Marriott. She may be reached at Kristin.Thompson@jqh.com. For information on The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000, and visit www.WorldGolfRenaissance.com.

Chris Ruggiero as Lifestyle Director and Anthony Baur as Golf Course Superintendent at Selva Marina Country Club G olf course management and club development company Hampton Golf announces that Selva Marina Country Club in Atlantic Beach has hired a new lifestyle director, Chris Ruggiero, to lead the community’s family and children’s activities. The announcement comes on the heels of a highly successful spring membership drive where Selva Marina welcomed more than 100 new members to its family-friendly community. In her new role, Ruggiero will be in charge of expanding the club’s events program. “We are very pleased to welcome Chris to our team at Selva Marina,” said M.G. Orender, president and CEO of Hampton Golf and former president of the PGA of America. “She has a strong background working with children and families and is highly enthusiastic about the plans and programs she will be bringing to the community and members of Selva Marina.” They have also hired Anthony Baur as the new golf course superintendent to manage the maintenance and operations of the golf course buildings and grounds. Baur has more than 15 years of experience working at private, semi-private and resort golf courses throughout Florida, including the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami. In his new role at Selva Marina, Baur’s diverse expertise will contribute significantly to the continued


revitalization of the club and course. “Anthony’s experience with Audubon certification and knowledge of PGA tournament conditions regarding USGA rules, playability and scoring, coupled with his proven ability to produce optimal playing conditions on warm and cool season grasses, will help to make Selva Marina one of the top courses in Northeast Florida,” said M.G. Orender, president and CEO of Hampton Golf and former president of the PGA of America. Hampton Golf currently manages 18 courses and clubs throughout the Southeast. “We are already seeing big results in the overall conditions of the course and have the green conditions back to more than 90 percent recovered from winter transition.” Baur completed his Associate of Science degree in Golf Course Operations at Lake City Community College and is certified in Turf Equipment Management and Best Management Practices. He has been a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GFSAA) since 2002 and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association (SFGCSA). For more information about becoming a member at Selva Marina Country Club or to book a tee time, call (904) 246-4827 or visit www.SelvaMarina.com or www.hamptongolfclubs.com.

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