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How do you want to be remembered? death of Whitney Houston, who was one of my daughter’s favorite female artists, I started thinking of my own mortality. Whitney had an amazing reservoir of talent still left to be shared. Tragically, she may not be remembered for that, or at least not remembered without her battling drug addiction. Such a shame. The song she made famous “The Greatest Love Of All” is all about loving yourself and we should all take a lesson from those famous lyrics. How do I want to be remembered? How do all of us want to be remembered? I’ve always thought of myself, as a person who has a zest for life, is very forgiving and is very generous. I also feel that I’ve done a pretty good job raising my wonderful children and am a pretty good MiMi too. That’s how I want to be remembered! My motto has always been, Work hard and Play hard! Whitney’s addictions/obsessions are shared by so many. Golfers are no exception. If Tiger died today how would he be remembered? As one of the most phenomenal golfers that has ever played the game or as a “playa.” All about scoring (if you know what I mean)? In my experiences, life is about giving people second and third chances. That’s why I try to give people as many chances as I can (without being a total chump). C’mon we are only human. The other inspiration for this article was that we are featuring NFL star Vernon Turner’s self-published autobiography, “The Next Level: A Game I Had To Play!” in this issue (pg 16). It’s an amazing story of how a once troubled boy rose above the horrific and tragic events in his life onto a prosperous career in the NFL with several teams including the Bucs. Turner came from a terrible childhood and was able to rise above it. You’d never know what he came through by how you see him today. He tries to live life with a smile on his face while projecting a positive attitude. He said that even though writing the book was a painful experience as it dredged up painful memories, he feels that if his story helps one person, then it was all worth it. We all must ask ourselves this question? If you don’t like the answer to the question you need to do something about it. Giving back is what golf and life are all about and what we try to do here at Florida Golf Central. My hope is that through this publication we are able to take the intimidation out of the game, show that golf is a lot of Fun, and raise the awareness of the charitable organizations that golf supports. Writing this letter reminded me of a joke. Three buddies die in a car and go to heaven for an orientation. They are all asked, “When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning over you, what would you like to hear them say about you?” The first guy says, “I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time, and a great family man.” The second guy says, “I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher which made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.” The last guy replies, “I would like to hear them say, ‘LOOK, HE’S MOVING!!!!!” Life is too short and we don’t know when our number will be up, so be sure to make the most of it. The eyes of the golf world will soon be focused on us as the PGA’s Florida Swing begins. You might bump into us at The Honda Classic in Palm Beach, March 1-4; the WGC- Cadillac Championship in Miami, March 8-11; the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook, March 15-18; the Tavistock Cup at Lake Nona, March 19-20; or at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, March 22-25. If you do, 2009 North Florida PGA Amateur of the Year be sure to say hello.
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50 Caribbean Golf Central 22 Dorado Beach
Cart Girl 14 Kathleen Brajalia
Celebrity Golfer 17 Vernon Turner
Feature 36 Seagram's Social Lounge
Fore Your Health 42 MedJet Assistance
45 Juan Acosta â€“ Hypnotist
Golf Bachelor 12 Mitch Sadowsky
Golf Business 20 Marcus & Millichap
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DIXIE AMATEUR CHAMPS TO RECEIVE EXEMPTIONS INTO CANADA’S NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. —In addition to winning one of the most historic and prestigious amateur golf championships in the world, the winners of the 2012 men’s and women’s Dixie Amateur will receive an exemption into their respective Canadian Amateur championship. The winner of the Canadian Men’s Amateur receives an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open, a PGA Tour event, and the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur champion is exempt into the CN Canadian Women’s Open, an LPGA event. This year, the men’s Dixie Amateur, first played in 1924, will take place Dec. 18-21 at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs and
LEGENDS TOUR ANNOUNCES 2012 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE BOSTON, MA – The Legends Tour, the LPGA’s
official tour for professionals age 45 and over, announces a 2012 schedule that will include new events in Phoenix and Seattle. The Legends will kick off the year from April 27-29, at the inaugural Walgreens Charity Classic in Sun City West, Ariz. The Phoenix-area tournament will be staged at Grandview Golf Course and will feature a purse of $200,000. In July, the Legends will bring women’s professional golf back to the Greater Seattle area for the first time in 12 years. The $150,000 Legends Swing for the Cure tournament will be staged July 29-30, at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wash. The event will benefit the Puget Sound Susan G. Komen for the Cure and will welcome home Hall of Famer JoAnne Carner, a native of the Pacific Northwest. The 5th annual Wendy’s Charity Challenge returns to Jackson, Mich., on Aug. 12-13. Once again, the event will be staged at the Country Club of Jackson. LPGA veteran Lorie Kane of Canada is the defending champion at the $100,000 tournament, which will benefit Wendy’s Wonderful Kids and the Dave Thomas Foundation
for Adoption. Returning to the 2012 schedule is the BJ’s Charity Challenge, set for Sept. 19, at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass. Benefitting the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, the event will be played on two courses at Pinehills Golf Club in a pro-am format that pairs professionals and amateurs. The ISPS Legends Tour Open Championship will return to Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., from Nov. 6-11, for its seasonending tournament. Michele Redman is the defending champion of that $250,000 event with 2010 Legends Tour Open champion Rosie Jones finishing second at the 2011 event. The Legends Tour also plans to conduct the Handa Cup, the annual competition between international golf legends and those from the United States. Details on date and location of the 2012 Handa Cup will be provided in the coming weeks. Showcasing team competition between players from the U.S. and the rest of the world, the event is in its seventh year. Tickets to all events may be purchased by visiting www.thelegendstour.com.
Woodlands Country Club in nearby Tamarac. The women’s Dixie will be held Dec. 28-Jan. 1 at Heron Bay. The Dixie Amateur is organized and conducted by ClubLink, which owns Heron Bay, Woodlands, and more than 50 other championship courses in Florida, Ontario, and Quebec. Over the years, ClubLink courses have hosted many top-level amateur championships, as well as PGA Tour, LPGA, Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour, and Canadian Tour events. For more information on the Dixie Amateur, please visit www.dixieamateur.com. To learn more about ClubLink, please visit www.clublink. com. To learn more about Golf Canada, please visit www.golfcanada.ca. 8
PROFESSIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITTING TWO LOCAL CHARITIES Candler Hills Golf Club will be host to the
6th annual Ocala Open Golf Tournament on March 14-16, 2012. Candler Hills Golf Club is the prestigious golf course at On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, Florida. The three-day tournament will be played Wednesday through Friday with a guaranteed winner’s prize of $12,000. The Pro-Am is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13th and will feature local amateurs paired up with pros in a fun round of golf all for charity. Spectator admission to the professional tournament is free.
The 2011 Ocala Open was a great success as the two aforementioned charities split $44,000 that was raised with generous sponsorships by local businesses who embraced and supported the event. Live, real-time updates will be posted during the tournament on www.OcalaOpen.com and www.facebook.com/candlerhillsgolfclub. For sponsorship opportunities and more information on the 2012 Ocala Open Golf Tournament, visit our website: www.OcalaOpen.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
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“Florida Golf Day” Drives $7.5 Billion Directly into the State Florida’s House of Representatives and Senate each presented
Golf executives meet with Visit Florida, Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity and Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection officials
proclamations today, citing Feb. 14 as “Florida Golf Day,” which recognizes the importance of the golf industry within the Sunshine State. State Sen. Michael S. “Mike” Bennett (R), sponsoring the Senate Resolution, acknowledged that “the golfing industry makes enormous contributions to our state and impacts jobs, commerce, economic development, and tax revenues for a large number of Florida’s communities and industries.” Annually, the size of Florida’s direct golf economy is approximately $7.5 billion (data based on 2007 study by SRI International). Golf brings visitors to the state, spurs new residential construction, generates retail sales and creates demand for a myriad of goods and services. When the total economic
“Golf has a dramatic impact on
National Golf Course Owners Asso-
impact of these golf-related activities
our State,” said Florida Governor
ciation, Golf Course Superintendents
is considered, Florida’s golf industry
Rick Scott. “Florida is the #1 golfing
Association of America, World Golf
in 2007 generated approximately:
destination in the world, everything
Hall of Fame, World Golf Foundation,
that we are doing to draw people and
The First Tee, Florida Golf Course
promote our state involves golf.”
Superintendents Association, Florida
The 2012 Florida Golf Day featured
Turfgrass Association, Florida Chap-
* $13.8 billion of direct, indirect and induced economic output
attendees from the Florida Golf Im-
ter of Club Managers Association of
* $4.7 billion of wage income
pact Task Force including: The PGA
America, North Florida PGA Section,
* More than 167,000 jobs
of America, PGA TOUR, LPGA, USGA,
South Florida PGA Section, Florida
Club Managers Association of America,
State University’s PGA Golf Manage-
PGA CEO Joe Steranka meets with Speaker-elect Weatherford
ment University Program, Florida Junior Golf Council and Golf Channel. An interactive swing zone was set up at Waller Park, on the west side of the Capitol, featuring North Florida PGA Professionals and David Leadbetter, a renowned PGA Professional and coach to several prominent PGA, European, LPGA and Champions Tour players. Throughout the day, members of the golf industry met with key legislators, state agency heads and members of the Governor’s Office to stress the importance of golf in Florida. “With more than 1,100 golf facilities in Florida, there are 167,000 people who are employed because of the golf industry in the state,” said PGA Chief Executive Officer Joe Steranka. “Golf is enjoyed by millions who visit the wonderful courses throughout
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Florida, as well as those of us who live here. It’s a great game, and we also want elected officials and agency personnel in Florida – whether they’re making the decisions on legislation or writing a law for this country – to recognize that we have a very good economic model for those whose livelihoods depend on golf.”
Florida Golf Economic Highlights (based on 2007 SRI Study): Golf Facility Operations In 2007, more than $3.4 billion in revenue was generated among Florida’s:
• 1,128 golf courses, • 75 stand-alone ranges • 84 miniature golf facilities
Golf executives from the WE ARE GOLF coalition meet with Rep. Charles McBurney (standing in front, fifth from left)
This level of revenue is comparable to the revenues of all other major spectator sports in the state combined—football, baseball, basketball, hockey, auto racing and soccer.
Major Tournaments and Associations Florida is home to the: • PGA TOUR, in Ponte Vedra Beach • LPGA, in Daytona Beach • The PGA of America, in Palm Beach Gardens • The First Tee, World Golf Hall of Fame and World Golf Foundation, all in St. Augustine. In 2012, Florida will host multiple professional golf championships, in-
Golf executives from the WE ARE GOLF coalition meet with Senator Mike Bennett (standing in front)
cluding six PGA TOUR events featuring THE PLAYERS Championship and World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship; as well as three Champions Tour events; two Nationwide Tour events; and one LPGA Tour event.
Enabled Industries Hospitality/Tourism: In 2007, SRI estimates golf-related tourism spending in Florida was $1.71 billion ($1.57 billion from domestic visitors; and $0.14 billion from international visitors).
on Florida’s golf courses each year,
• An estimated 2.03 million day trips— with average spending of $62 per day • An estimated 3.17 million domestic overnight trips—with average spending of $454 per trip • An estimated 0.29 million international overnight trips—with average spending of $476 per trip. The average length of a domestic overnight trip in Florida is more than five days, significantly longer than other states.
This is based on the following golf-trip
benefiting organizations such as the: Miami Children’s Hospital; First Tee Miami; Make-A-Wish Foundation; Baptist Children’s Hospital; Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals; Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation; The First Tee National School Program; Boy Scouts of America; American Red Cross; Alzheimer’s Support Network; and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Florida. The total amount of charitable giving attributed to the game of golf in Florida surpassed $300 million in 2007.
and associated-expenditure data for
Florida Golf Gives Back
Please visit www.WeAreGolf.org
Florida residents and non-residents:
Numerous charitable events are hosted
for more information.
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golf bachelor header
MITCHSADOWSKY Where were you born? Did you grow up there? Milwaukee, WI. Yes What do you do for a living? I work with a BioMechanics company called BiogenixSO, Personal Training, Volleyball Coach
What would you like to do for a living? I am doing it Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Play volleyball, travel
Tell us about your first kiss? High school girlfriend on a couch at a party
Steak, chicken, or seafood? Steak Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I am pretty awkward and geeky.
What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? Ipod, books, fresh water
Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why? My brother, sisters, brother in law and nephew. Nothing is better than family.
What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Not knowing lines from Caddyshack Name the three most important things to you in this world. Happiness, helping others, good music
Pajamas or nude? Well that depends now, doesn’t it?? Name three movie stars you would like to go on a date with (one at a time preferably). Mila Kunis, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Aniston What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? My two grandfathers and my dad. Favorite comedian? Adam Carolla and Brian Regan Movies:…comedy, drama, action, romance? Comedy Favorite television channel? Toss up between Discovery and Cooking Channel. Well, and Golf Channel of course!
Last book you read? Reading a few, The Odyssey, What The Dog Saw and The China Study.
Favorite magazine? The Economist and Florida Golf Central! Favorite charity to support? Dig 4 Kids
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Pablo Larrazábal European Tour Pro
Paula Creamer 2010 U.S. Women’s Open Champion
Louis Oosthuizen 2010 British Open Champion
cart header girl
n e e l h t Ka Bajalia Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Delaware County which is a suburb of Philadelphia, PA.
What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch?
I like all sports with a passion for playing softball. Watching football is my all-time favorite spectator sport. Go Eagles!
Do you enjoy playing golf? Are there any golfers in your family? Although, I am an excited beginner, I enjoy golf tremen-
dously and it lends the opportunity to spend quality time with my father who is an avid golfer.
What do you feel makes this club special? Most importantly,
all the members that are a part of our club. They are courteous and represent Honours Golf with the tradition expected from such a fine organization. In addition, the entire staff and all of my superiors, everyone puts forth a great amount of dedication and service towards both our clubs. Lastly, the food is absolutely amazing.
What hobbies do you enjoy?
I love party planning, especially when it comes to planning things for my friends and family. I also enjoy traveling all over the world and learning about all the different places and cultures.
What is your idea of “the perfect date”?
Great company, great
food, and lots of music and dancing.
Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? I’m outgoing and social…give me the night life.
Favorite comedian? My all-time favorite is Chelsey Handler. Favorite type of movie? I love to laugh, so I will say comedy, hands down.
Favorite charity to support? My favorite charity to support is
If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing? I would
be looking for a job in news reporting, as my true passion is broadcast journalism and communications, in which I am pursuing my degree in.
The First Tee of Saint Johns. Their mission statement is character building through golf for under privileged kids. I was lucky enough to work one of their sponsored events. It was awesome to see the integrity that was put into the game and to see the respect each player had for one another.
What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl?
What else would you like for us to know about you?
I was given the opportunity to work the PSS Educational Trust Fund tournament and I donated half of my earnings towards the charity. It was a wonderful feeling knowing that I helped make a contribution for this charity.
I love being able to put a smile on peoples face. I have been blessed with the most amazing family and friends, and a job that I have learned so much from.
What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the golf course? When I saw a group of golfers playing a joke on one of
their buddies on hole 9, telling him that the gator by the water was fake, he quickly found out it was real when he poked it with his golf club. He jumped so high and started running like crazy with a priceless expression on his face.
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Everyone needs to ask: If I died today, how would I be remembered? To Friends and family, Vernon Turner is a very private man who is known to be his own worst critic and who finds it difficult to talk about himself. To his fans, he is the talented athlete that played professionally for the Buffalo Bills, LA Rams, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So it was a huge surprise to those that know him to discover he had written the story of his life – a life that had its share of tragedy and dysfunction, but at times was greatly touched by happiness and inspiration.
In The Next Level: A Game I Had To Play! - a book that was seventeen years in the making - Turner steps out of his comfort zone and reveals secrets that even some family members were not aware of. That’s because Turner made sure people only saw one side of him - the success and accomplishments; he was careful never to show the hurt from childhood events that accompanied his days and haunted his nights. The Next Level is both a motivating and inspirational story that tells of a young man who had to face insurmountable odds to save his family, and in the process achieve a childhood dream. Turner sees himself as ‘a work in progress,’ and while he readily admits to making mistakes he has learned that “my past experiences became my toolbox for future journeys.” Turner shares the challenges of not only growing up in the 70’s in a predominantly African-American neighborhood of Brooklyn, but facing school days and football with his 5’6” and 98 lbs stature. This fascinating and candid account shows readers
what Turner’s life was like from age five to the present, and what was really going on behind the big smile – moments of pure joy overshadowed by agonizing periods of pain and regret that will be with him forever. While Turner remembers the good times he and his cousins spent at Nana’s house; his beloved compassionate and principled grandmother he openly describes as ‘his heart,’ he also remembers the bad times with his mother’s addiction. In The Next Level readers get to know the deep thinker who over-analyzes and dissects everything in his life, his family, and some of the amazing individuals he believes were meant to cross his path, learning how this all played an important part in his life. Turner admits that while writing his book was perhaps one of the most difficult things he has ever done because it forced him to remember things that were long buried in his mind and heart, by sharing his story he overcame obstacles, learned never to miss an opportunity, and now tries to never take anyone for granted. He hopes the messages in his book will connect with readers in a truly inspiring way because leaving his mark and making a difference is extremely important to him. He believes everyone needs to ask themselves: “If I died today, how would I be remembered?” For more information, please visit: www.vernonturner.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
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Robert and Valerie Pimentel
Robert and Valerie Pimentel have been enjoying love and a career in administration at the Myrtle
Finding Love AND a Career
wide array of golf career opportunities by offering a comprehensive curricu-
Beach campus of the Golf Academy of
lum of golf instruction and business
America for almost five years.
management. The 16-month program
Robert was hired as an instruc-
balances classroom studies, practi-
tor at the newly opened campus
cal experience and a comprehen-
in 1999 and he closed his “Golf
sive understanding of both the
Mechanic” business three years
game and the business of golf and
later when the position became
prepares graduates for a
prepares graduates for a wide array
full-time. “I always wanted to
married. “It’s rewarding to work with
play golf on TV (as a top PGA Tour
the students and watch them grow as
$76 billion a year industry. The GAA is
professional), but when I realized
people,” she said. “It makes you feel
accredited by the Accrediting Council
that I was not good enough, I turned
good when they get a nice job and
for Independent Colleges and Schools
my hobby of clubfitting into my pro-
they call back to thank you for every-
fession,” said Robert. “The classroom
thing you did to help them.”
The GAA boasts an exceptional
is my shop now. And it’s neat for me
The trick for them is knowing how
career placement record for gradu-
to teach students what I was taught.”
to become a couple again once the
ates of better than 81 percent in
Valerie joined the staff at the GAA
day is done. “As soon as we walk out
each of the last 10 years. For more
campus in 2006 and advanced to
the door we leave it here,” said Valerie.
information about Golf Academy of
become director of admissions in
Golf Academy of America is a
America, call (800) 342-7342, or visit
2010. And in May of 2009, the two were
golf course management school that
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FACILITATES SALE OF SPRUCE CREEK PRESERVE GOLF CLUB FOR $1.325 million
The National Golf & Resort
Properties Group of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, the nation’s largest real estate investment services firm, has announced the sale of Spruce Creek Preserve Golf Club, an 18-hole golf course located in Dunnellon, Florida, according to Steven Ekovich, Director of the National Golf & Resort Properties Group based in the firm’s Tampa office. The asset commanded a sales price of $1,325,000. Matthew Putnam, Investment Associate and lead agent on the asset sale and his team of Steven Ekovich and Christopher Karamitsos, had the exclusive listing to market the
property on behalf of the seller, a developer based out of Maitland, Florida. They also secured the buyer of the property, a private investor, from Windermere, Florida. “The sale was really a win-win for both the buyer and the seller” says Putnam. “The buyer purchased a golf course that fit into his geographic golf portfolio. They will benefit from the economies of scale created by the other courses in the area he owns. The seller was able to divest of an asset that was no longer vital to their core business and received a very fair price in today’s market” adds Putnam. The Preserve Golf Club is a Terry Dos designed, championship 18-hole
golf course situated on 179 acres. It is the centerpiece to Del Webb’s surrounding Spruce Creek development, an age-restricted, active-adult retirement community located on 416 acres and surrounded by Ross Prairie State Forest. The Preserve is well-maintained and highlighted by its signature waterfall hole. Built in 1997, the club also offers casual dining from its 5,400-square foot clubhouse at the Sandwedge Cafe.
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Historic Robert Trent Jones, Sr. course renovated to enhance Dorado’s natural beauty Dorado Beach Resort and Club, a 72-hole premier destination resort in Puerto Rico, announced today that the famed East Course is open for play after undergoing a complete 18-month renovation project of all 18 holes. The restoration, led by Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects, Caribbean Property Group and KemperSports, brings the course back to the original Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design, while providing immaculate playing conditions, greater flexibility for a wider range of players and enhanced natural beauty. “Bringing the East Course back to its former grandeur is just the beginning of our complete renovation of the legendary Dorado Beach Resort,” said
restoration of the East Course has
the bunker sand was washed
Eric Christensen, CEO of Dorado Beach
enhanced the natural beauty, playing
and screened to meet USGA
Resort and Club. “With the opening of
conditions and flexibility that my father
Dorado Beach this year and a Ritz-Carl-
had originally envisioned over 50 years
ton Reserve next year, this will again be
one of the world’s top resorts for golfers
The restoration included:
and guests from all around the world.”
• Tee adjustments for length and
The original Dorado Beach 18-hole golf course was carved through tidal wetlands with wonderful views of the
vegetation to highlight views of
Atlantic Ocean. It was designed by
the Atlantic Ocean and to uncover
Robert Trent Jones, Sr. in 1958, and was
course features. The course now
enlarged to its current 36-hole routing
features ocean views from 15 of
in 1966. The East and West courses
the 18 holes.
consistently rank among the best golf courses in the Caribbean. The resort
• Re-establishment of the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design philosophy by
accommodate technological advances in modern equipment.
• New areas of fairway to make the course more flexible for a wider range of players by allowing a greater variety of shot options.
• Rebuilding of all putting greens and resurfacing with ultra-dwarf Champion Bermuda grass.
• Replacing of the entire irrigation system including the pump station.
• Revision of surface drainage patterns
also includes the Plantation Sugarcane
recapturing the original green
Course and Plantation Pineapple
sizes and configurations as well
as implementing a return to the
KemperSports, the Northbrook, Ill.-
“runway tee” style.
based company that has managed
“It was truly an honor to restore one of my father’s original masterpieces,” said Robert Trent Jones, Jr. “The 22
• Significant pruning and removal of
• Bunker repositioning to
• Restoring the bunkers to their original style and shot value –
to allow the course to be played quickly after rainfall.
Dorado Beach Resort and Club since 2006, oversaw construction for the Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
18-month restoration project. “The East Course is a true historic masterpiece,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “The restoration team has done a wonderful job in bringing the design back to its original glory.” The Dorado Beach East Course has hosted numerous prestigious events since its inception in 1958, including the 1963 Canada Cup, the 1964 Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf event, the Senior PGA Tour Championship from 1990 through 1993, the Champions Tour’s Tournament of Champions in 1995 and 1996, the PGA TOUR’s World Cup of Golf in 1994 and the Chrysler Senior Match Play Challenge in 1999 and 2000. By adding length and significant physical improvements to the
friendly RockResorts, including Dorado
About The Reserve
course, Dorado Beach East is once again
Beach in Puerto Rico. In December 2012,
A departure for Ritz-Carlton in size
poised to host world-class golf events.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve and
and scope, The Reserve brand extension
The renovation of the East Course
West Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve Resi-
features signature, one-of-a-kind bou-
is the first phase of a complete
dence, are set to reopen as the center-
tique resorts located in choice settings
transformation of the property that
piece of the renovation of Dorado Beach
around the world, each with a distinc-
includes the addition of a Ritz-Carlton
Resort. Ideally situated on three miles of
tive personality and sense of place. A
Reserve, Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residences
Caribbean coastline, with 1,400 acres of
refuge from the expected, The Reserve
and a complete restoration of the West
natural beauty, privacy and luxury, the
is for travelers seeking to discover a
Course. The hotel is expected to be open
hotel includes 100 guestrooms and 14
singular location and peerless resort
by late 2012, and the West Course (also
one-bedroom suites, all directly on the
that, through its design and services,
redesigned by Robert Trent Jones II) will
beach, plus Su Casa, the original planta-
has a distinctive personality that blends
begin renovation in 2012.
tion hacienda renovated back to its origi-
together the culture, history and heritage
Laurence Rockefeller, grandson of John
nal 1920s style to serve as a five-bedroom
of its setting. The Reserve brand exten-
D. Rockefeller, established Dorado Beach
beachfront VIP villa. Dorado Beach Resort
sion will be distinguished from other
as a popular resort in the late 1950s.
also features four 18-hole championship
award-winning Ritz-Carlton resorts by
After the resort opened, it was a famous
golf courses designed by Robert Trent
offering guests’ exotic, hand-selected
destination for celebrities such as Mickey
Jones, Sr.; a restaurant by James Beard
“hideaway” destinations globally; a re-
Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Gerald Ford, Dwight
Award winning chef José Andrés; a five-
laxed, casually elegant atmosphere; and
Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. Today,
acre, ‘botanical’ spa; a new Beach Club;
an even greater level of individualized
celebrities such as Chi-Chi Rodriguez,
and a Wind & Waves center featuring
service through a higher staff to guest
Felix Trinidad, Carlos Beltran, Ivan
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of
Rodriguez and Ricky Martin frequently
the Environment. West Beach, an exclu-
visit the resort.
sive enclave of beachfront Ritz-Carlton
Dorado Beach offers Resort Residences
Reserve Residences, priced from $2.5
About Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects
available for sale and overnight stays
million, is currently available for sale. For
With headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.,
overlooking the golf courses. Ritz-Carlton
additional information, please visit www.
Robert Trent Jones II, LLC (RTJ II) is the
Reserve beachfront residences and golf
preeminent golf design firm worldwide.
townhomes are also under construction
Trustees of a great tradition of golf
and are available for purchase; these
residences are expected to be completed
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports
ted to working in harmony with nature
with the opening of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-
operates golf facilities as well as athletic
to craft the best golf course on each
Carlton Reserve in December 2012. To
clubs, lodging venues and major sport-
unique site. The RTJ II design team has
book a visit to Dorado Beach, please call
ing events, including nationally ranked
experience in every aspect of golf course
courses and tournament venues such as
development and the ability to provide
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Dorado Beach
About Dorado Beach Resort
support and expertise from conception
Resort & Club, The Glen Club, Desert Wil-
through completion of any project. For
More than 50 years ago, Laurance S.
low Golf Resort and Chambers Bay, host
additional information contact the firm
Rockefeller introduced the world to the
of the 2015 U.S. Open. For more informa-
at +1 650-475-0329 or on the website at
‘luxury island resort’ by opening his eco-
tion, visit www.kempersports.com.
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course architecture, RTJ II is commit-
leader on the links Hello, my name is PJ and I host PJ Sports Talk on The Tan Talk Radio Network. (www.TanTalk1340.com) I broadcast from the flagship station 1340 AM in Clearwater, Florida every Saturday at 12 noon ET. My co-hosts
are “Big Deal Dylan” and “Jazzy Jade”. We are the youngest weekly sports talk show hosts in the country! I love to watch ESPN, Disney and Nick and I imitate the sportscasters I see on TV. Some of my idols are Jon Gruden,
PJ and Big Deal Dylan
PJ and Lexi Thompson
Bob Costas, and John Madden. I also like pop music. My favorite song is Stereo Hearts by Adam Levine and my favorite rock group is Gym Class Heroes. So, I’m just like any other 10 year old in 4th grade. I enjoy playing sports and golf is one of the sports I love the most. It’s a calm game that takes patience, skill, and practice. Some of the best times I’ve had are when I hit the links and play 18 holes with my mom. She is the one who introduced me to golf at the age of 3. I would like to see more girls play golf. Lexi Thompson, the youngest LPGA pro golfer at the age of 16, is a great inspiration to many girls. I interviewed Lexi on my talk show when she visited Tampa for the Red Bull Flugtag event. She is someone I really look up to. I want to inspire kids to put down the cell phone, turn off the TV or video games and get off the couch! Golf is the ideal outdoor activity. Some kids may say “Well, I have the Wii or Kinect..... so that keeps me active.” That’s not an excuse! Kids need to get active outside and get some vitamin D from the sun. We are lucky to have so much sunshine because we live in Florida.... the Sunshine State. Even playing outside for 60 minutes every day will make you look better and feel better about yourself. My message to parents is get active with your kids and get outside. Golfing is something I love to do with my mom...even if we just hit balls at the practice range for an hour or work on our putting. And kids, remember, school always comes first. Get your homework done then pick up your golf clubs and head outside! This is PJ from PJ Sports Talk. Talk the talk and walk the walk!
www.PJSportsTalk.com You can also follow me on Twitter at PJSportsTalk or like my Facebook page at PJ Sports Talk Show. 24
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TOP 10 REASONS YOU’LL BECOME A BETTER PUTTER. #10 TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE. Look at a putt from the other side of the hole. You’ll probably see things before it’s too late. Feel the undulations with your feet, the subtle breaks and angles that you might have missed until you walked up to the hole. #9 READ THE BEST SELLER “THE GRAIN”. Shiny or light is growing away and fast, dark is growing towards you, and will be slower. #8 MOST ACCIDENTS HAPPEN CLOSE TO HOME. Look at what’s happening in the neighborhood of the hole. As the ball loses speed, gravity and any imperfections on the green will influence its roll. #7 SPEEDERS WATCH OUT! Look at the hole while you’re taking practice strokes. You’ll get a better feel for the length and pace of your stroke. Speed is the most important factor in putting. #6 GO STRAIGHT. All putts start out straight. Find a target close to the ball to aim. #5 DON’T GET CAUGHT RED HANDED. A lighter grip will allow your arms to swing freely. #4 PERCEPTION IS REALITY. Believe you will make every putt. Don’t hold yourself back. #3 FLOAT THE PUTTER. You’ll start a tension free stroke. #2 ROLL YOUR ROCK. Don’t skip it off line. Get the ball rolling as soon as possible.
THE #1 REASON NEXT TIME YOU’RE ON THE DANCE FLOOR, BELLY UP TO THE BALL. Try the hottest new trend in golf. Belly putting. A belly putter can help eliminate the yips and any tendency you may have to change the putter’s face angle with your hands during the stroke. You’ll benefit from a freer flowing stroke as well. One size putter doesn’t fit all. “The Adjustable Putter” actually comes with an adjustable shaft, so you can adjust the length to fit your particular posture. If you’d like even more reasons on how you can become a BETTER PUTTER, a BETTER BALL STRIKER, or a BETTER SHORT GAME player, contact PGA Professional, Don Kress, at 407-905-3585 or firstname.lastname@example.org . He’ll have you giving your friends the top ten reasons why they owe you money. Orlando Belly Dancer Jennifer. Contact her at Jennifer@bellydancebyJennifer.com or visit her website www.bellydancebyjennifer.com
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PURE GOLF Black Bear Golf Club is a quintessential P.B. Dye designed championship links course stretching over 7,000 yards. It is truly a fun test for golfers of all skill levels. Unlike most typically flat Florida courses Black Bear presents a unique challenge with its undulating fairways, elevation changes and fast, well manicured greens. The course has some of the most dramatic bunkers you will ever experience in Florida as well as some of the biggest elevation changes. P.B. Dye lived up to his reputation as a designer of championship courses when he built Black Bear. The focus at Black Bear is pure golf and after over a year of intensive investment the course is in outstanding condition. The club boasts one of the best practice facilities in Central Florida. With a double ended 400 yard range, 40,000 square foot short game complex, 16,000 square foot practice green and 19th hole - shoot out hole, Black Bear is the place to be if you want to improve your game. Black Bear hosts several professional tour events annually as well as being home to select PGA and LPGA players. Play a tournament quality championship course for $50 or less and rub shoulders with a few LPGA or PGA pros. Thatâ€™s nearly impossible anywhere else in the Orlando area. Black Bear Golf Course is about a 30 minute drive north of downtown Orlando. The course is set in Florida ranch country. The drive from the city is easy and relaxing. It is more than worth the few extra minutes drive both for the golf experience as well as the great value offered.
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By Dennis Card
social header golf
There is an App For That! – The Future of Golf Marketing and Daily-Fee Discounting The Golf Course Industry has
public players to compete.
The Course Benefit:
always stayed true to its traditional na-
incorporate their booking engine as
ture when it came to marketing. Fortu-
well as establish loyalty programs and
nately, this has allowed golfers to play
fun contests like the ones above. The
their favorite courses at a reasonable
single most important feature of an
cost. Discounting has been the unsuc-
App is the ability to send “push noti-
cessful answer to a stagnant industry
fications”. Most Americans use their
and over supply of courses.
phone more than any other electronic
Unfortunately for links lovers, course
device; as such, these in-app messages
operators not only see the inefficiency
are read almost 100% of the time. This
in offering discounts but can’t afford
is mainly due to the alert feature that
the discounting marketing method any
allows your notification to display on
the App users phone essentially like
All is not lost though. Modern marketing will be beneficial to the golfer
an in-app QR code reader. Each time
text messages with your full mes-
and course operator. Courses are now
a golfer plays a course he or she can
sage shown. Just think how successful
diving into the Mobile App Market and
scan a QR code displayed at the pro-
a “push notification” would be that
creating their own Apps.
shop desk and receive discounts for a
was sent to 1000 App users saying
The Golfer Benefit:
defined number of visits. In addition,
“it’s raining in Orlando, but not at our
golfers a free download of a golf course
courses can have public leader boards
course! Come out and play for half off
application they can take advantage of
and contests within the App, thus cre-
features like a loyalty program through
ating an enticing and exciting way for
Now that is the best way to discount!
If you are a Golf Course and want more information on building a Mobile App to help your golf course business, please visit our website at http://www.golfclubmedia.com or email me at email@example.com. 28
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thinking of golf
Charity Golf Tournaments Are Not About You
If you can afford to play golf, you
can participate and give back to those who need assistance. Audi sponsors can afford to help others. I get it. Why a Best Buddies tournament every should you care about strangers? It’s year in which I participate. This is an not about strangers; it’s about doing organization dedicated to establishwhat’s right. If the PGA Tour can give ing a global volunteer movement that back tens of millions of dollars annucreates opportunities for one-to-one ally to local charities, why can’t we do friendships, integrated employment the same? I do. You can too. and leadership development for There are so many good causes people with intellectual and developaround our community and many mental disabilities. Other great causes have golf tournaments where you include Shepherd’s Hope which provides healthcare Ed Gilbert & playing partner Ron Thompson at for those with the Audi-Best Buddies golf tournament no insurance, the Florida Hospital Foundation has multiple tournaments that support so many causes for people in need that I can’t list them all. How do I know all this? Because I am involved. I chair the Cancer Board for Florida Hospital and raise money for numerous causes that help people with cancer. From free mammograms to children’s bone marrow transplants, research, and children’s cancer palliative care. Probably 30% of my professional time is dedicated to helping fight cancer. If I can do that, you can spend six hours at a charity golf tournament where you can sandbag your handicap, play 30
golf, eat, maybe win an award, contribute to a silent auction and do something worthwhile. Take a day off from playing golf at your own club, replaying every shot with your buddies and downing a bunch of alcohol. If you can afford a golf membership, you can afford participating in a charity golf tournament. It’s not about you this time. It’s about doing for others. I was at Heathrow Country Club last year playing golf with three others in an effort to gain some cancer pledges for the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. The foursome was made up of me, a Florida Hospital Foundation Executive, a retired doctor (whose wife had cancer) and a college golf coach who had a friend with throat cancer that lived in Hilton Head, SC. The friend in Hilton Head had no insurance and no hospital in Hilton Head would treat her because of that. After some conversations with my Florida Hospital Foundation friends (and they are dear), the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute treated her with chemotherapy and radiation and six doctors donated their time for free. Today she is in remission. A life saved through giving back. By the way, this cancer patient’s daughter is an aspiring professional golfer and has pledged her first tournament winnings back to the Florida Hospital Foundation for saving her mother’s life. FYI; the retired doctor did not put his hand in his pocket for a cancer pledge. Unbelievable. If this brings a tear to your eyes, it should. It does mine every time I think about being at the right place at the right time. I never met this woman; a stranger in need. This woman is living today because of the generosity of others more fortunate than her. There are so many worthwhile causes out there. Pick one that you relate to and play in their tournament. It’s not about you winning; it’s about doing something you like to do and helping others along the way. Remember, all donations are tax deductible if you need it. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
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Diamonds In The Rough A raw uncut diamond looks very much like a semi-clear rock. Unless an individual is skilled in identifying it, it would be ignored. When it is cut by an expert diamond cutter, however, it becomes a precious stone of unmatched beauty. Sandra Henry grew up in the projects and became a teenage mom at sixteen years old. Being a teenage mom, however, did not stop her from following her dreams. Sandra attended college while working two jobs seven days a week. As a result of her struggles, she has a passion for teenage parents and the needy. Today she helps others turn their dreams into reality. Sandra says, “I prepare food for the homeless with the same passion as when I am cooking for my celebrity clients. I know that ONLY THE STRONG SHALL SURVIVE. Our mission is to go back and give back on the grass root level. Do what you can while you can. You never know
Sandra with Nick Anderson, Orlando Magic and Jose Hightower what tomorrow will bring.” Sandra is founder of the “ReachBack Mission.” Their goal is to give back at the grassroots level and “Take the homeless, poor inner-city kids and teenage parents, and turn them into productive assets to the community. “ReachBack Mission” programs include: Food Pantry For The Elderly & Needy, Mentoring & Anti Violence, Back To School Supplies and Bike & Toys Giveaway at Christmas. They are also implementing: After School Tutoring & Meal Program, Medicaid, Medicare & Prescription Workshops, and Jump Start Housing Program. Sandra goes on to say, “We don’t have a budget so we work off of donations. Our food pantry was weekly but due to the lack of funds we have gone to every other week. We are desperately trying not to go to once a month. Our most urgent need is a box truck to transport the food to the pantry. We are a 501c3 non-profit and it is very difficult to keep our food supply going. Hopefully, someday we will be able to build
Barry Wagner Hall of Famer Football Player a new facility. All donations would be greatly appreciated. Sandra went from welfare to being a successful businesswoman. Today she is involved in: Real Estate, Cosmetology, Notary, Security, Life Coach, Motivational Speaking and Professional Catering. Arguably Sandra Henry’s greatest gift, however, is derived from her personal experiences. “Inspire, Motivate and provide guidance to promote a meaningful life. The poor are like diamonds in the raw. They need to be cultivated.”
For more information: www.reachbackfoundation.com Donations can be mailed to: P O Box 781551 Orlando, Fl. 32878 Catering Website: www.sandrascaribbeanandsoul.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
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Sean Foley endorses PSP Golf’s ‘The Little One’ -The most widely used game-improvement club on Tour PSP Golf recently entered into a partnership with one of America’s hottest golf instructors and Top 50 teachers, Sean Foley, to be the lead endorser for PSP’s innovative practice club, “The Little One.” “The Little One” is a warm-up club that is designed like a standard 7 iron with normal specifications but uses a clubface roughly the size of a golf ball. The reduced-size club head helps place the focus on hitting the “sweet spot” of the club each and every time. “The Little One is one of the best warm-up clubs I have ever seen,” said Foley. “It will quickly help improve your ball striking, concentration, swing plane, tempo, and confidence no matter what caliber of player you are. It will accelerate improvement with the end result being a higher number of greens hit consistently during every round.” Recently hundreds of attendees at the PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day were able to swing the “The Little One” and experience the bull’s-eye training of hitting the sweet spot at impact and see rapid improvement in their ball striking within minutes. “Our brain is focused on the task at hand even with a different sized club head,” said Dan Bonomo, President/CEO PSP Golf. “Hitting the ball with the center of the club is a constant priority regardless of the club you have in your hand. By having a more specific (smaller) target our awareness becomes more focused on achieving our goal. Once you are emotionally aware of the simplicity behind ‘The Little One,’ you will have the confidence to hit every shot without fear. The result is more consistent, solid, repetitive shots no matter what club you have in your hand.” The reputation of “The Little One” helped bring Master Golf Teacher Jim Perez to the PSP Booth at
“The Little One is one of the best warm-up clubs I have ever seen. It will quickly help improve your ball striking, concentration, swing plane, tempo and confidence no matter what caliber of player you are.” Sean Foley the PGA Show in Vegas last year. Perez returned home and began practicing with “The Little One” and nothing else. “I hit about 600 balls a week with ‘The Little One,’ and then went out to play at my regular golf course,” Perez said. “I hit all 18 greens in regulation and shot 6-under-par. I’m a pretty good player, but I had never hit 18 greens in regulation before.” He repeated the practice session three more times and played 18 holes of golf after each practice for a total of 72 holes. When he was finished, he had only missed 3 greens in regulation and finished with a 17-under-par. Perez continues training with “The Little One” every day and credits it for helping him win the World Golf Teachers Championships in October 2011. PSP Golf has also designed a similar club for junior golfers called “The Wee One.” It has the junior’s shaft length of 28 or 32 inches with the loft and lie of a standard 7 iron and the club head is also about the size of a golf ball. Like “The Little One”, “The Wee One” is a very versatile product that can be used for chipping as well as hitting a full swing. It can be used at the course, in the backyard or anywhere golfers want to work on their game. “If you want to elevate your game, become a better player, and lower your scores, use ‘The Little One’ before you play,” said Foley who also endorses “The Wee One.” For more information about PSP, visit www.tlogolf. com.
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Sports Celebrities Tee-Off Tto Earn Large Donations For UCP UCP of Central Florida received a large contribution last week from The Walking for Kids Foundation. A $30,000 check was presented at UCP’s East Orange/Bailes campus, one of six area locations, with some of the benefiting children on hand to accept the donations. Notable sports celebrities from the MLB, NFL and PGA helped raise a portion of the funds presented by the Walking for Kids Foundation when they hit the ‘green’ alongside some of golf’s finest professionals at the 2nd annual Walking for Kids Pro-Am Golf Tournament held at Celebration Golf Club in December. The ProAm paired amateur players with 26 sports professionals including World
Series MVPs Jermaine Dye, Troy Glaus and Frank Viola. Foundation founder, D.J. Gregory, who has cerebral palsy, walked over 988 miles and followed 3,256 holes alongside the nation’s finest golf competitors on the 2008 PGA Tour. Gregory presented a $30,000 check, a total generated from the tournament and other foundation efforts, to UCP which will impact support, education and therapy programs. 65,000 Central Florida youth have at least one disability. UCP of Central Florida provides support, education, and therapy services for children, with and without disabilities, ages birth through 21. To learn about future events and opportunities, visit www.ucpcfl.org.
About UCP of Central Florida: UCP of Central Florida is the experts for children with special needs and provides support, education, and therapy services for children, with and without disabilities, ages birth through 21. Services are offered at six locations throughout Central Florida: downtown Orlando, East Orlando near UCF, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Pine Hills and Winter Garden. More than 2,400 children and their families received services provided by UCP last year. For more information about programs and services, visit www.ucpcfl.org or call (407) 852-3300. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
It’s Good To Be You
Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
By Warren J. Slattery
Leaders in The Clubhouse
Photo by Jake Laughlin Photography
David Sayyed (left) Sr. Brand Mgr., Seagram’s pictured here with Michael Greto, Sr. Sports Marketing Mgr., Golf, both with Coca-Cola North America are enjoying a favorite 19th hole tradition –“Jack & Ginger” – at the St. Regis Bar, Atlanta, GA.
Seagram’s Refreshes the Florida Swing Social Lounge highlight of 2012 Honda Classic
For as long as there have been golfers, there have been thirsty golfers. Whether it’s at a 9th hole refreshment stand in Central Florida or a beachside clubhouse near Miami, the discerning player is looking for a crisp, light refreshment that’s as classic as the game itself. This month, as the PGA Tour swings through the Sunshine State, Florida golfers will be turning to Seagram’s Ginger Ale. The Seagram’s name has been well recognized by its loyal consumers for over 150 years. Now Seagram’s Ginger Ale is reaching out to golfers and golf fans via its groundbreaking debut of its brand new Seagram’s Social Lounge. This one-of-a kind suite, which is making its debut at the Honda Classic, provides 360-degree views of the 17th hole – the last leg of the renowned Jack Nicklaus-designed “Bear Trap” as well as a bird’s-eye view of the 11th hole. It’s a spectacular place to refresh, relax, unwind and connect Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
with others – in person or on-line. And it’s free. According to Seagram’s Ginger Ale Senior Brand Manager David Sayyed, the idea behind the Lounge was to create for the general admission ticketholder the kind of upscale experience typically accessible only to the hospitality ticket holder. The 50’x50’ structure including a 40’x40 tent offers 360-degree views of the action; Seagram’s Ginger Ale samples; full cash bar; social seating on all four sides; high-definition televisions; soft seating and a relaxing phone-friendly setting. Additionally, Seagram’s ambassadors will be on hand with iPads to help connect spectators to the tournament’s twitter and Facebook pages; check-in on foresquare, or check out the leaderboards. “We wanted to create an experience for the general admission ticketholder that’s just as distinctly tasteful and enjoyable as Seagram’s Ginger Ale,” said Sayyed. “This is our way of
saying ‘thank you’ to the residents of the State of Florida for supporting Seagram’s Ginger Ale & Mixers with the charitable and philanthropic endeavors of PGA TOUR events.” “The Social Lounge will also address one of golf fans’ most requested services when attending golf events – a place where fans can use and charge their mobile devices without disturbing others. Now, fans can socialize in comfort and style –with each other and on-line – without missing any of the action.” And be sure to pick up your free sleeve of Seagram’s branded E6 Golf Balls by Bridgestone. It may look like a miniature 12-pack of delicious Seagram’s Ginger Ale, but it’s really a sleeve of golf balls just for coming by (first come, first served). All fans seeking refreshment at on-course concessions can enjoy halfprice Seagram’s Ginger Ale throughout Friday’s round and four lucky visitors to the Seagram’s Social Lounge will 37
win an all-inclusive badge providing unlimited food and Seagram’s Ginger Ale at concessions throughout the weekend. “If you love golf, and refreshment,” said Sayyed, “the Seagram’s Social Lounge is the place to be.” “Our customers have made Seagram’s a part of their broad and busy lives,” says Sayyed. “A lot of people enjoy the light taste of Seagram’s whatever they’re doing, whether it’s enjoying fine foods, toasting a round of golf, or simply staying refreshed when traveling for business. Seagram’s goes well with your lifestyle. A cold, crisp Seagram’s Ginger Ale or mixer at the end of the day is a small celebration of you.”
Seagram’s commitment to the game of golf is year-round. Marketed and distributed by The Coca-Cola Company, Seagram’s Ginger Ale and mixers are committed to refreshing golfers and golf fans since the days of Bobby Jones, who appeared in advertising for the Company. Seagram’s activates with other brands of the The Coca-Cola Company at dozens of PGA TOUR stops, most notably by hosting the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at historic East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Last year Bill Haas hit the shot of the year at the Tour Championship, a heroic wedge from the lake to within two feet. His $11 million payday (1 million in
first-place winnings and 10 million in Fedex Cup pay) was the largest in the history of the game. The pairing of Seagram’s Ginger Ale and golf is only natural. For starters, Seagram’s is caffeine-free. For those sure-handed putters hoping to avoid the increased jitters that caffeine can produce, Seagram’s offers a refreshing and reassuring option. The two have a long association. Michael Greto, Senior Sports Marketing Manager, North America Golf Assets manages the company’s efforts in Golf and has been working closely with Sayyed creating the consumer experience behind the Seagram’s Social Lounge. “When we activate at a PGA TOUR
Caught In A Trap: the 17th Hole The Seagram’s Social Lounge is located at one of the premier venues in professional golf. So often, it’s the final stretch that determines a champion. That’s likely to be the case at The 2012 Honda Classic, which is why Seagram’s Social Lounge will be situated with a bird’s-eye view of the dramatic 17th hole.
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event, we’re simply connecting with our customers where they already are. Refreshment and golf go hand in hand. They always have,” said Greto. “We’re delighted that golfers are turning to Seagram’s for that refreshment.” The 17th hole is the climax of an infamous three-hole stretch--the 15th, 16th and 17th on PGA National’s Champion Course. One of the toughest triads in professional golf, it was originally designed in 1980 by George and Tom Fazio and re-designed in 1990 by architect Jack Nicklaus. Known today as the Bear Trap, this three-hole horror has drowned some of the game’s greatest names. Nicklaus himself doused balls on 15 and 17 in the first round of the 1994 Senior PGA Championship. Raymond Floyd flushed the same tournament away when he played the water-riddled Par-3, Par-4, Par-3 stretch in quadruple bogey-birdiedouble bogey. “Those two par-3s are incredibly difficult,” Floyd said at the time.”The greens are so narrow; it’s hard to land your ball on them.”Precisely what Nicklaus had in mind. In a modern game that’s so often dominated by power, the Bear Trap tests other more fragile aspects of a player’s game. “That whole stretch,” said Nicklaus, “it’s not about length, it’s about precision. It’s about guts and what you’ve got in here,” he said, tapping his chest. The 17th hole, the Bear Trap finale, plays anywhere from about 160 to 180 yards. What gives this particular trap its teeth is the discomforting combination of wind and water. The wind typically blows a little into
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the player, often pushing the ball “offshore.” When Nicklaus re-designed the hole he made the water more intimidating by creating a true peninsula green with water on three sides. The only truly safe play is long and left, meaning even conservative shots will have to flirt with a bunker there. Those sand shots--played to a downhill green with the water hazard beside it—are thought provoking to say the least. And if late in the day, a player does find himself having to go for a far right pin here, its hit and hope. A miss to the right will splash like an ice cube into a glass of Seagram’s Ginger Ale. When Luke Donald was asked which hole of the three was the toughest, he pointed to 17. “I think 17 is probably the toughest shot, just from a personal standpoint. Usually the wind is a little bit in off the left, pushing the ball towards the water. It’s a little longer than the 15th hole, too…17 is the toughest shot for me.” After the 2011 Honda Classic, in which eventual winner Rory Sabbatini, played the Bear Trap in 1-under par, the native South African said, “I guess there’s a pretty good reason they call it the Bear Trap, because if it doesn’t get you one way, it’s going to get you
another. It definitely caused some stress for me (in the final round).” From the shaded comfort of the Seagram’s Social Lounge (accessible with a general admission ticket) spectators can take in all the drama of No. 17 while enjoying comfortable seating and free samples of crisp, refreshing Seagram’s Ginger Ale. It’s the best seat in the house.
By Joel Jackson, FGCSA Executive Director
Gators and Golfers–
Keep Your Distance There can’t be very many Florida golfers who haven’t seen an alligator on a golf course if it has a lake, pond, river, canal or creek on the property. Gators are reptiles and their fossilized bones date back as far back as the Mississippian Period of the Paleozoic Era. That’s long before the age of dinosaurs in the Jurassic Period of the Mesozoic Era. By the way, we live in the Recent Period of the Cenozoic Era, just for the geological record. So, gators have squatter’s rights when it comes to occupying Florida wetlands or golf course lakes. The oft-cited quote from Kevin Costner’s movie, Field of Dreams, “Build it and they will come” is very true. Seeing wildlife on a golf course is one of the treats of playing this great game. Sometimes people forget basic animal-human etiquette and can create an unsafe environment for both parties. Feeding wild animals makes them lose their natural fear of humans and they start to be more aggressive. I’ve heard stories of crows and raccoons taking shiny objects like watches, rings and bracelets from golf carts. Once gators lose that fear of hu-
Bull gator at the Tampa Palms G&CC.
mans they can become nuisances and the Florida Fish & Wildlife folks will trap and remove big gators. The trick is to not feed or antagonize them into becoming a problem on your course. Gator sightings are inevitable and some golf A special ‘gator beach” on the Sanctuary G.C. ball hunting might invite an unwanted interaction had the idea of installing floatif your ball is just within a ing “Gator Docks” with a sloping club length of the monster, ramp access. The docks can be who doesn’t want to reanchored a safe distance from treat. A couple of south play areas to minimize gatorFlorida superintendents human contact and still give the have come up with some cold-blooded reptiles a place to ideas to reduce man vs. enjoy the warmth of the sun. gator incidents. I have also seen a number of One idea employed courses create successful sunat the Sanctuary G.C. on ning stations for turtles by creatSanibel Island, was to ing logs from fallen trees and create a “Gator Beach” in placing them in secluded areas an area that was out of along golf course lake banks. the way on a waterfront Superintendents are good golf hole. It has been so stewards of the environment. You successful that they will can be too. Just follow common be installing a couple sense when encountering wildmore on the course. At Special floating docks lure gators away from golf holes. life on the course. the Bonita Bay Club they
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King & Bear Clubhouse –18th Green
Jimmy Lawrence (right) and his partner Wayne Enders won the annual 2012 CFGCSA Research Tournament on January 11th at the Interlachen C.C., Winter Park. Lawrence is the superintendent of the Southridge G.C. in Deland, FL and Enders is the golf professional. Gene Stys, superintendent at the Indian River Colony Club made a hole-in-one using a 6-iron on the par 3, 5th hole at the Interlachen C.C. in Winter Park. Stys was playing in the annual Central Florida GCSA Turf Research Tournament. Interlachen has been hosting this superintendent event for nearly 20 years. (l-r): Kevin Sunderland, West Coast GCSA presents a check for $ to Florida GCSA President Mark Kann at the FGCSA Spring Board meeting held at the Hawk’s Nest G.C. in Vero Beach. The donation will go towards helping the FGCSA’s advocacy efforts for science-based regulations and also for turfgrass research.
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MedJet Announces Jim Furyk, 2010 “PGA Player Of The Year” as New National Spokesperson MedjetAssist, the premier medical evacuation and repatriation membership program in the United States for savvy travelers and corporations, announced today that 16-time PGA Tour champion Jim Furyk will be the company’s national
spokesperson for the next two years. If a Medjet member becomes hospitalized while traveling more than 150 miles from home, the company will arrange medical transfer to the hospital of their choice. Medjet boasts more than 50 worldwide affiliates, allowing members
to travel with the peace of mind knowing that, should they need emergency medical care, help is only a phone call away. Known for his consistent top-level play, Furyk won the 2003 U.S. Open, the 2010 FedEx Cup and was named 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year. As a well-traveled statesman, he has been a seven-time member of the Ryder Cup team as well as a seven-time member of the Presidents Cup team, the latter of which he helped clinch an American victory in November 2011. “Becoming a member of MedjetAssist was a natural for me,” said Jim Furyk. “As much time as I spend away from home, both on the Tour and with personal commitments, my Medjet membership takes away any worry about what would happen if I get sick or injured. Rest assured I always pack my Medjet card.” “Jim Furyk is the consummate professional both on and off the golf course,” said Roy Berger, president of MedjetAssist. “He is well respected in the golf world and represents the values of Medjet and our brand image. We are honored to have Jim as part of our team.” Under the endorsement partnership arrangement, Furyk’s name and likeness will be used across MedjetAssist’s entire marketing platform beginning first quarter 2012. Print, radio, TV, internet, website, and collateral will feature the pro golfer and in some areas will also include his wife Tabitha. In August 2011, the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) named MedjetAssist the “Official Medical Evacuation Program of the LPGA.” As part of that agreement, MedjetAssist protects LPGA Tour players and staff.
MedjetAssist is the premier medical evacuation membership service in the country. If a member is hospitalized more than 150 miles from home and requires continued hospitalization - MedjetAssist will arrange medical transfer to the member›s hospital of choice. MedjetAssist has its corporate headquarters in Birmingham, AL, and is the recognized provider of medical evacuation and repatriation services for AARP. For more information, visit www.medjetassist.com 42
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grip it andheader sip it
L ove at First Sip It was in 1979 that John and Harry Mariani, family proprietors of Banfi Vintners, acquired an 18th century winery now known as Vigne Regali, where today their skilled winemakers produce the stunning, effervescent Rosa Regale. Crafted with the same detail and care it was hundreds of years ago, this rare Brachetto, a semi-dry, red sparkling wine cherished by the courts of Europe two centuries ago, owes its reincarnation to Banfi Vintners. Rosa Regale is made from 100% Brachetto grapes grown exclusively at the La Rosa Vineyard in the town of Acqui Terme located in the Piedmont region of Italy. Perfect for the upcoming spring season, Banfi’s Rosa Regale is sure to turn any occasion into a celebration. Enjoy the festive sparkling wine as an elegant aperitif, pair it with a savory appetizer or enhance an elegant desert. The seductive rosé pairs well with sea-
food, a variety of cheeses and spicy fair. Also famous for pairing perfectly with chocolate, Rosa Regale’s bright, fresh berry flavors complement the sweet velvet of the cocoa. This semi-dry Brachetto has a lively garnet hue resembling ripe cranberries and features a delicate bouquet of Bulgarian rose petals, fresh raspberries and strawberries. On the palate, you are sure to enjoy Rosa Regale’s crisp acidity and a luscious finish featuring sensuous notes of fresh raspberries and strawberries. A testament to the longstanding preference for Rosa Regale, tradition has it that this wine was preferred by Gioan d’laduja, or Giovanni of the jug, one of the most famous characters of the Italian masked comedy. The figure is said to have drawn the inspiration for his bubbly, high spirits from this effervescent red wine with its aromatic froth.
Grip it and Sip it.
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By Juan Acosta, Hypnotist
fore your health
The Mind, Body, Golf Connection You drive into the golf course at 2:58pm for your 3:00pm tee time. You’ve been working since 8:00am and left an hour early to squeeze in a “quick nine” before dinner with the in-laws at 6:00pm. Your work was left midway since you left early, and so, you’re going to hear it from the boss tomorrow. You get to the course later than you should, so you rush to meet your buddy at the tee box. Since you don’t want to hold up the group, you swing your driver a couple of times and you’re ready to hit the ball. No warm up needed according to you. With all the rushing and the tight schedule, your mind can’t easily settle on golf... you duff your first shot and after some other mishaps, you end up with an 8 on the first hole. A par 4. By the 5th. hole, realizing that you’re playing like it’s your first time on the course, you begin to think you would have been better off staying at work and keeping the peace with the boss... But your golf punishment isn’t over yet. You still have to finish the round with the lowest possible score (which by now is looking like a 50 unless you birdie the rest of the holes), You have to rush to the in-laws for dinner, and you can look forward to the annoyance of your boss nagging you all day tomorrow. Essentially what’s happening is a snowball effect of bad feelings. What should have been a fun, relaxing, afternoon, turns out to be a chore. Your game is bad, trouble’s on its way at work and you can’t stand your in-laws... Now STOP and think about this cycle: Thoughts create feelings... Feelings create actions... Actions create results... Results provoke new thoughts. Assessing where you are in the cycle and how to start effecting positive changes to make order of your chaos, is important for your peace of mind and well being. Not to mention your golf game. The mind/body connection is incredibly powerful. Things that your mind can imagine clearly enough, seem almost real to you and the line between truth and self-deception becomes blurred. So how can you learn to control this cycle and use it to your advantage? Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
If you’re a human being, you were probably able to connect in some way to the intro story above. You might have even felt a little anxiety creeping in, just thinking about all those things that “life throws our way” some times. So the idea is to learn to control the suggestions you give yourself and be conscious of the thoughts you let into your mind. Here’s how. Follow this quick exercise:
Part 1 - Place the gloomiest frown you can imagine, on your face. - Slouch wherever you’re sitting. - Say to yourself: “I am so bored... everything in my life just sucks” And act like you mean it. At this point most humans will begin to feel... well, not so good.
Part 2 - Clear your mind from the last part by trying to figure out what it is that you’re not thinking about. - As you try to make sense of that last sentence, think about something that you truly enjoy. Something that makes you happy. - Sit up nice and tall. Proud. - Imagine that thought that makes you happy and focus your attention on the little details about that thought. Where are you? With whom? Doing what? Etc. - Really let that great feeling fill you up inside. - Feelings are constantly in motion... notice how those feelings are moving inside your body. Imagine that you’re pushing them so they move faster and faster - Result. How big is your smile right now? Could you frown while thinking about these great feelings? For the large majority of the population, the answer is no. What this overly simplified exercise shows is that our minds are suggestible and we have total control over the cycle. You thought about something you liked, which brought good feelings. You wanted to make those feelings even greater, so you made them spin faster and faster. This created a result. A smile. And that means that now you understand that you can use this
exercise to feel better about everything in life. And a new cycle begins. With realizations like these and all the recent news about the amazing power of our minds and the benefits of hypnosis, it’s easy to understand why everyone would want to learn to control their own cycle of feelings. Because no matter how good your life is at the moment, it could always be a little worse. And it could easily be a whole lot better. In golf, the power of your mind can be harnessed and turned into focus, clarity, accuracy and the ability to let go of negative feelings. Try this: Next time you hit a shot that would normally anger you, make a conscious decision to laugh your way back to the cart and laugh as much as you can until right before your next shot. TIP: let your partner know you’re conducting an experiment or he/she may think you’re... “unstable” - What you’ll notice from this test is that bad feelings don’t linger where they’re not wanted. Your smile and laughter show those feelings they’re not welcome inside, and your shot after that is not affected by those feelings. When you’re set on “neutral” the world around you slows down and lets you enjoy it. Think about a pressure cooker that finally releases all that vapor and allows everything to flow freely. Release the dam, open the gates and let only the good feelings to permeate. With the help of a hypnosis practitioner, you can come up with a program that fits your needs and focuses on enhancing your abilities and overcoming your challenges. Things happening in your personal life affect you on and off the course and usually, are not conducive to a lower score. If a better score is something you want, get your mind in the right place, in golf and in life. See you on the course!
Juan Acosta, Hypnotist 888-667-3575 toll free 256-652-2810 cell http://activatid.com/ http://GolfHypnosisFlorida.com 45
growing the game
Engaging the Next Generation of Golfers
By M.G. Orender
One could argue that golf has never been more popu-
18 holes. In today’s fast-paced world, the idea of spending four hours on recreational activities is a luxury most people lar. You can’t watch an evening of television without seeing do not believe they can afford. So, it is no surprise that one of commercials that use golf as a backdrop for product sales the biggest factors that tends to keep people away from the and services. Advertisers promote everything from cars to course is time. The ability to be flexible with the length of a medication using golf, and sponsorships for golf tournaments round beyond the traditional nine- and 18-hole rounds is a continue to be in high demand. However, actual rounds of golf key component for drawing in more golfers. Depending on the played and golf-related consumer spending do not accurately layout of the course, rounds of three, six or 12 holes might be reflect the game’s popularity. There seems to be a disconnect viable options. Or, simply allow golfers the opportunity to pay between the perception of playing golf and the reality of actuby the hole so that they can play a round that best fits their ally playing the game. As golf course owners, managers, deschedules. For those who still want to get in a full 18-hole velopers and golf enthusiasts, it is our responsibility to define round, express golf programs, which allot specific tee times and engage the next generation of golfers in order to sustain for faster players or encourage golfers to play faster by using the game and its significant economic impact. time delays as penalty strokes, are increasing in popularity. Most golf course management teams would agree that they Also, golfers should be allowed to stay in touch with the office, are not in the position to turn away anyone interested in playorder a beverage and check scores while they are out on the ing golf. However, the cumbersome rules of the game as well course - all things that our consumer is used to doing. as how we package golf are often a deterrent to new players. Engaging and recruiting non-traditional golfers including In order to grow women, families the sport in today’s Courses managed by Hampton Golf offer promotions like "kids play free after 1p.m." and couples' or and minorities – women-only events help to encourage those who might not typically play to pick up a set of clubs. society, we must who all show adapt to and great potential embrace new and interest in social standards. golfing – is the By implementing second step for small changes, growing and accepting inretaining golfers novations and today. Golf is a new cultures, unique social offering special activity that promotions provides the opand incentives portunity to be and engaging active, competinon-traditional tive, have direct golfers, we can interaction with reposition the one another, game of golf in build character the minds of and teach sportsconsumers as a manship, all at healthy, afforda relatively afable, accessible fordable price. At and recreational courses managed sport. Our sport by Hampton Golf, has always emwe offer promobraced change tions like “kids (though someplay free after 1 what slowly) or p.m.” and couelse we would ples’ or womenbe using wooden only events help shafts and to encourage playing with a those who might feathery on sand not typically play greens! to pick up a set Historically, of clubs. Courses a round of golf with family tee was played over boxes are also four hours and 46
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a great way to engage a more seasoned player with beginners or kids. Emphasizing other club amenities that non-golfers can enjoy such as a fitness center, pool, tennis courts and children’s facilities or activities, will also help to draw in a larger audience that in time can be introduced to the game. Research by the National Golf Foundation shows for every one person in the U.S. who plays golf, there is another person who is interested in learning to play the game. With this in mind, providing educational programs for all ages and skill levels that are led by golf professionals are a critical component for new golfer retention. Play Golf America’s Get Golf Ready program which teaches the basics of golf by trained PGA and LPGA professionals in five short lessons is an affordable option for golfers that provides national support and helps to generate new business at local clubs. Programs that are specifically tailored to different types of players such as kids’ camps and women-only programs are also a great way to encourage new golfers to play under the guidance and direction of an expert player who can assist with common mistakes that typically frustrate beginners. Health and fitness are also a driving force behind how people choose to spend their free time. A common misconception is that golf does not provide enough physical activity to be beneficial. However, most people will burn up to 700 calories a round, even when using a cart. Those looking to burn additional calories can rotate walking and driving every other hole with their golfing partner, or if the club allows, simply walk the whole course. Incorporating programs that overlap golf with other on-site health amenities - such as a stretching and strengthening fitness class that helps to improve the golf game - will also promote golf’s health-related benefits. The effort to engage new golfers is slowly spreading industrywide with golf professionals and tournaments encouraging the relaxation of certain rules and modification of elements of the game to give golf more wide-spread appeal. Historic golfer Jack Nicklaus has arranged tournaments with only 12 holes, cups are that twice as large as the normal size and only two-and-a-half hours to play the course. Players are then penalized one stroke for every five minutes over. The Phoenix Open, the leading PGA TOUR tournament in attendance, puts aside the traditional muffled voices and polite clapping to allow spectators to be loud and rowdy. Despite the difference in atmosphere, many players feel that it is one of the most fun tournaments to play. Once on the course, most people will discover that golf is a fun, healthy, affordable and enjoyable form of social recreation to share with family, friends and colleagues. Flexibility and adaptations to certain rules and policies are an easy way for clubs to attract and retain new golfers by making the game accessible to everyone. By giving a little we will get much more back in return and help to sustain the game of golf for generations to come.
About M.G. Orender
M.G. Orender is president of Hampton Golf, the Southeast’s premier golf course management and development firm that provides a wealth of experience in all aspects of the hospitality and golf industry. In 2003, Orender was elected the 33rd president of The PGA of America. During his time as president of The PGA, he used his expertise to increase golf participation among new and occasional golfers and left a positive, lasting impact on the golf industry. Some of the programs initiated during Orender’s presidency include Play Golf America, Women’s Golf Month and Family Golf Month. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
sticks & stogies
By Geoff Stiles
3. A half-smoked cigar is perfectly good days later. Huh? Really? Absolutely not. As you smoke a cigar, nicotine and oils build up near the head of the cigar. That’s fine as long as you keep it hot and are smoking it. As soon as you let it go cold, it’s over. Throw it away. The oils turn bitter and the cigar will be foul if you try to re-light. DO NOT
The Thighs of Virgins and Other Cigar Myths
put it back in a humidor or zip lock
I think it’s about time we dispel/debunk some of cigar myths that abound on the ‘net and around the smoke filled parlor.
4. Dark cigars are the strongest. Nope. Sorry. Uh
with un-smoked cigars. YOU’LL RUIN THEM.
The only exception to this
rule is if you let a cigar slowly die out (without crushing the ash end); you can revisit it within an hour or two. Any longer than that, no dice.
huh. Dark cigars are called Maduro or Oscuro and are most commonly
1. Cuban cigars are the best. Sure, keep telling yourself that.
and want to buy the most expensive
wrapped in Connecticut Broadleaf, Mexican Morron or Brazilian Mata Fina. Maduro wrappers tend to be slightly
Up until the 1980’s I would agree with
item there is. I say, take their money.
that statement. Why? Because there
So do many cigar companies. I don’t
were not that many countries/factories
blame them; I just don’t buy those
making high quality hand-made cigars.
cigars. These expensive cigars often
Since the cigar boom of 1992 (thank you
come in elaborate boxes, only come out
Cigar Aficionado Magazine) the quality
“once a year” and in “limited quanti-
of cigars outside of Cuba is STELLAR.
ties” and only go to “selected retail-
When the boom hit many Cuban rollers/
ers”. It’s all marketing boys and girls.
growers/blenders left to set up shop in
Cigar makers purposely only produce
Miami, Nicaragua, Honduras and the
a few of these “ultra-premium” cigars
5. No, cigars are not rolled on the thighs of virgins. Sorry to ruin that mental pic-
Dominican Republic. As a result, cigars
so they can SAY there are only “500”
ture you’ve been cherishing with each
coming out of those countries/factories
boxes made. Then you’ll clamor for
cigar you enjoy. This originated as a
are as good as or better than any Cuban
them, and pay dearly. Yes, some cigars
marketing ploy in the 40’s. Plus, have
cigar has ever been. Proof? Every year
are worth the extra coin. They are
you seen what most of the women look
since 2004, Cigar Aficionado lists their
aged longer and contain better quality
like in cigar rolling factories? Do you
“Top 25 Cigars in the World”. Includ-
tobacco. BUT, any cigar over about $14
really want your cigar rolled on that
ing this year that’s 200 cigars. 33 are
from your local tobacconist in a no cigar
sweaty thigh? Eva Mendez they’re not.
Cuban. The other 167 are from those
tax state (FL, PA, and NH) and $16.50
other countries I listed. Nuff said.
in a higher tax state (CA, NJ, and MI)
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Duffer Dan at I visited the beautiful First Coast of Florida this month to play a storied country club established in 1958 and in the 60’s was the site of the Greater Jacksonville Open, what is now The Players Championship. Selva Marina Country Club is located in the quiet seaside village of Atlantic Beach, just east of the city of Jacksonville. The large clubhouse has a fitness and work-out area, a junior Olympic size swimming pool with a very active swim club, a semi formal dining room, the Lounge and Selva Grill open Tuesday thru Sunday. The pro shop, golf range, short game practice greens, club and cart storage and their fantastic tennis facility are located just over a creek a short walk from the main clubhouse. After being a private club for a over half a century, Selva Marina is now managed by Hampton Golf, building into the future while preserving the past of this icon. PGA Past President M.G. 50
Orender is the President of Hampton, based in Jacksonville with a portfolio of over 20 clubs located throughout the Southeast. With a consolidated corporate accounting system and buying power they can provide economies of scale for individual clubs, decreasing operating costs substantially, and better able to re-invest into the club facilities and green grass operations. The day I was at the Country Club the Selva grounds crew was out doing what I often wished I could do- trimming the expanse of century old trees that needed a good pruning, as well as removal of low lying limbs for players’ safety and more open looks. One nice amenity you might enjoy here that some of the younger clubs around the area do not allow, is you can play the game as it was meant to be played, walking this parkland design. The course from the back tees is no slouch at over 7000 yards with a rating of 73.8/136. There are four other sets of tees for the mere mortals and duffers to enjoy a pleasant round of golf. This is a core layout with homes bordering only the edges of the property of Selva Marina, which means ‘Rainforest by the Sea’. Being less than a mile from the ocean, golfers enjoy the salt air breezes year round while playing in their own golf sanctuary. The 1st and 10th holes parallel each other and need a good approach shot over the waterway that crosses both. Once on the elevated and
well bunkered greens, the smooth and quick Tif-Eagle Bermuda grass will allow you an opportunity for good scores provided you can read the many undulations. The front nine is the longer of the two, but I liked the back nine more perhaps because I scored better on it. A quarter of a century before Pete and Alice Dye came up with the design of #17 at TPC Sawgrass, Selva’ s 184 yard, par 3, 11th had water bordering three of its sides where players would curse the golf gods for their own inequities. Things never really change. The last three closing holes are a real treat. The par 3, 16th is all you can handle at just under 200 yards with a creek in front and a stand of trees protecting the green from any faders. Next, a short par 4 with the same creek all the way down the right. I played my drive parallel to the water hazard and had a short iron into the green from there. Eighteen is a reachable par 5 and the hole where Jack Nicklaus had his first double eagle of his illustrious career in the final round of the 1966 GJO. I came close with my double bogey after finding the water on my approach shot. Enjoy a step back into the past with a round on a course much like Donald Ross would have designed had he been here. The outstanding staff will surely make your day an enjoyable one at Selva Marina Country Club. Call 904-246-3144 or go to www.SelvaMarina.com to learn more about memberships and tee times. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
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Brad Carr, Holly Campbell, Pat Farrell and the PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka
National Car Rental Official Rental Car of The PGA of America National Car Rental, the premier car rental brand for the frequent airport traveler in North America, has been named an Official Partner and the Official Rental Car of The PGA of America. The agreement features National Car Rental serving as the Official Rental Car of the PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, an Official Partner of the 2012 and 2014 Ryder Cup and the title sponsor of the National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship. “The PGA of America proudly welcomes National Car Rental, which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, as an Official Partner and longtime friend of The PGA Professional,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “National Car Rental’s presence, its support of our most cherished spectator championships and its commitment to personalized service reflects one of the most trusted brands in the transportation industry.” Founded in 1947, National Car Rental has corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. As an Official Partner of The PGA of America, National Car Rental joins a 52
select group of companies for significant, broad-based support of the Association, its Championships and membership programs. “The partnership between The PGA of America and National Car Rental is a perfect match,” said Patrick Farrell, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for National. “Our two brands share a common bond of customers and members, allowing us to connect with a group of people who understand and appreciate the level of service National provides. We are thrilled to be aligned with an organization that shares our commitment to service and professionalism.” National Car Rental will commit advertising support of PGA major championship broadcasts, along with PGA-branded programming, including on-air, digital and print. National Car Rental also recognizes the connection between the golfer and business traveler demographics, coupled with the power of The PGA brand and its grass roots PGA Professionals.
• National Car Rental will extend specially priced car rental rates to PGA
Professionals, the 41 PGA Sections and The PGA’s family of nearly 90 corporate partners. PGA Professionals also will be given the opportunity to extend preferred rental rates to their club members and guests.
• PGA Professionals will be afforded access into National Car Rentals’ Emerald Club, the car rental industry’s first comprehensive frequent-renter program, which expedites the rental process by offering counter bypass as well as Drop & GoSM service with convenient e-receipts. National features 62 Emerald Aisle locations in the U.S. and Canada, including the top 50 airports for business travel. Last year, National earned the “Leading Edge Award” from Executive Travel magazine recognizing the company as the top rental car service in the travel industry. In addition, National Car Rental’s Emerald Club was selected as the winner of the 2011 Best Rental Car Loyalty Program in the second annual Editors’ Choice Awards by SmarterTravel, the largest online travel resource of independent expert advice for the budget-conscious traveler. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
CONNECTED TO A GOOD CAUSE. Proceeds from the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard ® benefit Arnold Palmer Medical Center. So get your tickets and get ready to have a great time supporting a great cause.
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All The Best In
A new tournament season
was on hand to handle hospitality and
another great benefit to our partners.
dawns. The NFPGA is privileged to
gifts at the Hilton Orlando for the many
It’s estimated that through our
have secured some awesome sites
national delegates and VIP’s. It was
combined efforts and sharing of
for our Majors in 2012. We’ll start off
great to see so many PGA Professionals
databases between our Members, their
with our Match Play Championship
and friends from around the country. It
clubs and the Section that we have
at Isleworth. Our PNC will be held at
was our pleasure to provide them with
the ability to reach and influence over
Hammock Beach Resort on the Ocean
some good ‘ol NFPGA hospitality. It was
1.5 million golfers within the Section!
Course. Our Senior PNC will be held at
great to see our friends visiting for the
These initiatives are measurable
Reunion Resort. We’ll finish our Majors
meeting and the Merchandise Show.
and provide us with a great tool in
at our Section Championship at the
The NFPGA will continue to track
attaining and maintaining valuable
Ritz-Carlton Members Club. Our Junior
results in our “Charitable Interest”
Championship will return to Disney.
initiatives. This data provides valuable
As this new year is still in infancy,
Doesn’t get much better than that!
feedback for us to help leverage and
we wish you all the best in 2012. We
We are lucky to have such supportive
maximize our partnerships. It is
must all band together as fellow PGA
clubs and PGA Professionals to allow
estimated that charitable interests
Professionals to work hard to promote
us to host such Championships and we
with our Section contributed about
the game. Golf 2.0 is a great industry
appreciate their support. The NFPGA
70 million dollars to various charities
initiative that can help provide us
Tournament Series offers many more
in 2011! They include funds from PGA
with guidance and planning to help
venues for our players and they will
TOUR events as well as the many
achieve the growth of the game. We
be held at other prestigious clubs
fundraisers that our PGA Professionals
encourage you to make the time to
throughout the Section. Our players are
administer at their own clubs. Our
review the outline of Golf 2.0 to see
fortunate to be able to compete on such
Chapters also have many initiatives
how it can help you and your facility.
great tracks and we offer perhaps the
that provide valuable funds to many
We’ve figured out how to cut costs
best tournament series in the country.
charities. As our members continue
and maximize efficiency. It’s time to
We’re looking forward to a great season
to get involved and report their
get back to promoting and playing the
as our players battle for victory and
contributions, this number will be
game we love! Let’s work to get players
player of the year honors!
higher! Golf continues to be a great
introduced to the game and get those
The North Florida Section was the
avenue to help charities throughout
who already like the game to play
proud host for the 95th PGA Annual
the 42 counties in our Section. Our
more. The bottom line will improve
Meeting on January 23 & 24. Our staff
“Sphere of Influence” initiative is
along with our futures.
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NFPGA Welcomes Delegates To 95th PGA Annual Meeting The North Florida Section proudly hosted the delegates for the 95th PGA Annual Meeting at the Hilton in Orlando. All four replica Major trophies were displayed along with all of the trophies from the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour events held within the North Florida Section! Hundreds of great photo ops! A fun and inspiring couple of days! Thank you to the World Golf Hall of Fame and all of the clubs for
lending us such great props! The delegates from all over the country enjoyed viewing them and taking photo’s.
President Barack Obama at Disney World, unveils plans to boost tourism. Rich Smith, NFPGA ED/ CEO was there! President Barack Obama talked
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Red Shirts On Friday Goes National! It started with Jon Fine; Windy Harbor, from our Northern Chapter! Along with the support and initiative of Jack Aschenbach and the entire Northern Chapter, wearing a red shirt on “Freedom Friday” will be a National initiative to remember our servicemen and women and the sacrifices they make! The Folds of Honor Foundation will now 56
encourage everybody to wear a red shirt on Fridays with funds from the sales of shirts from Polo going to help the families and children of wounded or fallen troops. Let no one be left behind! Gentlemen, we salute you! Rich Smith, our ED/CEO was on stage to represent the NFPGA during the announcement. What a special and touching evening it was!
about tourism and travel in a brief appearance at Disney World outside Orlando. He announced that he will move to help unclog a backlog of visa applications from foreign tourists who want to visit America. Rich Smith, our Executive Director/CEO received an invitation from the White House to attend and be a part of an elite group of guests. President Barack Obama’s visit Thursday to Walt Disney World was as much an appeal to Brazilians and their dollars as it is Florida voters and their jobs. The declaration drew enormous applause from the invited guests. “The more folks who visit America, the more Americans we get back to work. It’s that simple,” he added. Earlier in the day, Obama issued an executive order setting up procedures to speed the issuance of tourist visas to citizens of Brazil, India and China and establishing a multiagency committee to study long-term ways to expand international tourism to the United States. Obviously, golf is a big part of the tourism industry in Florida. The speech was simulcast at the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square for Disney visitors — who were kept away from the speech site — and in backstage areas so that Disney cast members could watch. Just another day for Rich! Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
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A New Spin on Golf Lessons SFPGA Professional Dave McNulty and the First Tee of the Palm Beaches offer a brand new SPIN on golf lessons using the Paramobile, an all-terrain adapted golf cart for physically limited players. Teaching lessons weekly at the Palm Beach County Therapeutic Recreation Services in Lake Worth, Dave and the Paramobile offer wheelchair users a new level of freedom and independence. The Paramobile was originally designed for disabled golfers. With its strong chassis frame, the Paramobile can cope with gradients of up to 30 degrees and sideways inclinations of about 17 degrees. The Paramobile will turn automatically into a safe position should these limits be exceeded. The design allows for an absolutely secure footing in any position. Chuck, a regular student at Dave’s Monday lessons, is a former golfer and happy to have the ability to swing a club again, thanks to the Paramobile. “I had a good drive back in the day, and I’m working on it each week with Dave. I’m looking forward to getting out on the golf course and playing a regular hole. I haven’t been a regular golfer since my wife made me choose between golf and my eight children!” joked Chuck. Mickey, another of Dave’s students,
also cracked jokes as Dave and an assistant strapped him into the chair. “I never played golf before, but I played a lot of baseball. This chair is something else… the first time it stood me upright I almost passed out! I don’t do a lot of standing on my own these days.” The therapeutic benefits of the golf game for physically limited players are immense. It stimulates the metabolism, stretches the muscles, reduces spasticities and enhances the mobility of their joints. The all-terrain Paramobile with its patented stand-up device combines practical know-how with innovative ideas for maximum playing fun. Its unequalled stability when the golfer is hitting the ball enables performance that is comparable to those of non-handicapped players. “This device actually offers even more than the ability to golf. You can take it out on the beach or take it fly-fishing! Believe it or not, the wheel design on the Paramobile actually causes less damage on the green than this sneaker I’m wearing,” said Dave. “There are less limitations for disabled players now more than ever.” Dave first learned of the Paramobile when he saw golfer Anthony Netto using one at the Honda Classic in 2010. After discussing the details, the Florida Golf Council’s License Plate Program purchased a Paramobile for The First Tee of the Palm
Beaches. “They aren’t cheap, but they are incredibly functional. Paramobiles run around $20,000,” said Dave. Dave teaches lessons weekly using the Paramobile and plans to take his students out soon to play a regular hole of golf at the First Tee’s location in West Palm Beach. The South Florida PGA is proud to further the mission of the First Tee and the PGA Professionals that work to support its mission. “Dave is a great example of the charitable work that is done on a daily basis throughout South Florida by PGA Professionals and this program demonstrates how important golf can be in the rehabilitation process. This is an illustration of what the First Tee of the Palm Beaches does in the community in addition to their great work at the Michael B Finnegan learning center in Dyer Park,” said Geoff Lofstead, Executive Director of the South Florida PGA. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
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Peyton and Papell Claim the First Oveall Titles of the Season The South Florida PGA Junior Tour presented by the Honda Classic hosted Event #1 at Club Med at Sandpiper Bay this weekend. A sold out field of 104 juniors competed to start the 2012 season. Derron Peyton of Boynton Beach, 2011 Player of the Year, continued his momentum from the 2011 season to capture the first Overall title of the year. Peyton shot a two under, 68, on Sunday to come from behind and claim victory with a two-day score of 142. Evan DeRoche of Key West, and Dominick Vennari of Stuart, tied for 2nd place with a two-day score of 143. In the Girls Overall division, Alexandra Papell of Boca Raton, 2011 The Honda Classic Most Improved Player, claimed her title with a twoday score of 150; a seven shot lead over her competition. Ashley Burke of Boynton Beach and Shyanne Lovan of Wellington, tied for 2nd place with a two-day score of 157. Eduardo Blochtein of Delray Beach claimed the Boys 12-13 title by shooting a 148. Finishing tied for 2nd place with a 149 was David Giandomenico of Boynton Beach and Andrew Kozan of Palm Beach Gardens. In the Girls 12-13 division, Valeria Sofia of Hallandale Beach, followed up her December win with another win this weekend. Sofia had a twoday score of 154. Story Shaw of West Palm Beach finished 2nd with a 159. Coming in 3rd with a 167 was Jaci Cruz of Coconut Creek. The next South Florida PGA Junior Tour event will be held March 17-18 at Miccosukee Golf and Country Club in Miami, FL. The South Florida PGA Junior Tour is proudly presented by The Honda Classic and supported by Allianz Championship, Club Med Golf Academy, Don Law Golf Academy, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, The Menâ€™s Fun Group at Mirasol, and Titleist. The South Florida PGA Junior Tour, run under the South Florida PGA Foundation, is committed to its mission of keeping membership and tournament-related costs low while providing first-class quality golf at 60
seventeen championship venues throughout South Florida over the course of the Junior Tour season. For more information on the Junior Tour, please visit the South Florida PGA website at www.sfpgagolf.com and click on Junior Golf. The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education and scholarships, and charitable gifting. The South Florida PGA
Foundation falls under the direction of the South Florida PGA, a notfor-profit organization comprised of over 1,600 men and women PGA Professionals dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.
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Timacuan Receives Rave Reviews As Host To $10,000 Scramble, Won By Mini-Tour Foursome The pre-tournament focus was on all the LPGA, PGA and Champions Tour stars in the field. Players like Brittany Lincicome, Robert Gamez and Jim Thorpe created an excitement around the 3rd Annual Timacuan $10,000 Scramble. But when it was over this past Monday, it was a team comprised of Hooters Tour players from Michigan that stole the thunder, and the $10,000 first prize. Chris Ross, Randy Hutchison, Ryan Brehm and Jack Newman made 16 birdies and two eagles for a 20-underpar 52 over the beautiful Timacuan Golf Club layout to win by two shots. Five teams tied for second at 54. “You hit the ball in the center of the fairway, hit some iron shots close and sneak in a few putts, and the next thing you know there is a 52 on the board,” said Ross. “There were so many great players in the field, we didn’t know if 52 was going to be good enough. But we made a couple of 30-foot sliders that really made the difference.”
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The foursome eagled two par fives, No 5 and No. 12, and birdied the other 16 holes. Ross had never played the Ron Garl-designed Timacuan, but was impressed by the condition of the course, and the strategy it demanded. “It is a great golf course,” said Ross. “You have to think about where you place your drive, based on the pin placements. Hitting from the correct side of the fairway was really important on this course. It’s all about the angles.” Lincicome agreed with Walsh’s assessment of Timacuan. “This is a terrific golf course,” said Lincicome, a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour. “It is a good test of golf. You have to be able to move the
L to R: Jenny Feng, Liz Li, Brittany Lincicome, all from the LPGA Tour ball around to be successful here.” Another LPGA Tour star Shanshan Feng, the world’s 13thranked player, competed on Monday and liked what she saw. “The golf course is in really good shape, “ she said. “I like the design a lot, and the views are nice. It is fun to play.” Timacuan will host the PGA Pro-Pro competition Tuesday morning. It’s all part of a big week for the golf industry in Central Florida. The annual PGA Merchandise Show takes place Thursday through Saturday at Orange County Convention Center, attracting the majority of golf companies in the world. Timacuan has been one of Central Florida’s favorite layouts since opening in 1988. Internationally renowned architect Ron Garl of Lakeland, Fl, designed the golf course, and placed an emphasis on driving the golf ball. It is a par 72 featuring two distinctly different nines. The front nine serves up a taste of Scotland, with mounds, sprawling bunkers and large, undulating greens. The back nine features more of a Carolinas Low Country feel, with lots of stately oaks, pines and water hazards providing the challenge. Timacuan is located near Interstate 4, just minutes from downtown Orlando. It features a private-club experience at a semi-private facility. The course has garnered many statewide awards, being ranked as high as No. 14 in Florida by The Florida Golf Reporter Magazine. The challenging par-4 second hole has been named the toughest hole in the region by Orlando Magazine. For more information visit www.golftimacuan.com, or call 407-321-0010 to book a tee time. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
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50th A nniversary Package The 2011 year was truly golden for Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge as guests raved over the club’s limited time 50th Anniversary Package for golfers and spa goers. In response to guest demand to return in 2012 on the same value-driven package, Bay Hill has introduced the 2012 50th Anniversary Encore Package. The package includes a comfortable guest room in the Lodge, full breakfast, a bottle of wine from the Arnold Palmer label, and choice of one round of championship golf or a soothing spa treatment. Guests will also receive the trademark umbrella logo pin which is the symbol of the Palmer brand around the world and a special keepsake Bay Hill Pin Flag. The Encore Package is offered from $165 - $295, per person, per night based on double occupancy (pricing varies with seasonality), making it surprisingly affordable to stay and 64
experience this legendary venue that the PGA TOUR players love to compete at in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard. Reservations can be made by calling (888) 422-9445 or visiting www.BayHill.com. (Applicable taxes not included.) Built in 1961, the Bay Hill Club was later acquired by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer after he competed in an event on the then unknown golf course and fell in love. In 1970 Palmer began the process to make Bay Hill his own with a 5-year lease that ended with him making it the Florida home he still frequents today. By 1979 Mr. Palmer
successfully created a tournament that became an official PGA TOUR stop, attracting some of the strongest fields of the season, now called the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard which takes place March 19-25, 2012. Just like Arnold Palmer himself, Bay Hill is very charming and inviting. The Lodge features 70 rooms, a full service Spa and Fitness Center, and outstanding cuisine in 3 restaurants. ���������������������������������� Located just 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge is the site of the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard golf tournament. The 70-room property features 27-holes of golf, the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy, tennis on four Har-tru courts, a full service spa and salon, fitness center, four dining locations, and 9,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. For reservations or membership information, call (888) 422-9445 or (407) 876-2429. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
Combine one of the best layouts in Central Florida with 120-foot elevation changes and superb guest service, and you’ll understand why golfers from all over the globe have put Highlands Reserve at the top of their “must-play” list of Orlando golf courses.
ighlands Reserve provides an experience over and above your typical Florida golf course. With the rolling hills, large undulating greens and a wide open layout, the course is a fair challenge for players of all calibers. Open to the public, Highlands Reserve takes pride in welcoming golfers from all over the US and throughout the world. The club has even recently been honored to host LPGA Tour player Christina Kim and European Tour player Pablo Martin who raved about the golf course conditions. Considered one of the best values in Central Florida, you don’t want to miss your opportunity to play at this great facility. The course is conveniently located on just minutes from the Disney World Resort on U.S. Highway 27 just north of Interstate 4. All golfers are welcome and tee times are available every day at (863) 420-1724 or toll free at (877) 508-4653.
Tee times may also be reserved online at www.highlandsreserve-golf.com.
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Kenny Perry receives the 2012 ACE Group Classic trophy from Ross Bertossi, Division President of ACE USA, Casualty Lines. (Photographer Tristan Spinski)
Congrats Kenny Perry! Kenny Perry (64-62-70=196) captured his second title on the Champions Tour by dominating the field at The ACE Group Classic. Perry shot a final round two-under par to keep himself five shots clear of defending champion Bernhard Langer. This was Perry’s first victory since winning the 2011 SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC. Perry stressed how much he enjoyed his time in Naples this week. “I love playing out here. I’ve always said that. I have a great time out here and I had a great week this week,” Perry said. “I’ve had a lot of success here in Naples. I really like Naples. I’ve enjoyed my time here.” Perry had previously won two times in Naples, teaming up with John Huston in 2005 and Scott Hoch in 2008 at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, an unofficial PGA TOUR event. This was the first time Perry competed in The ACE Group Classic, as well as his first time playing the Talon Course at TwinEagles. Perry, who started the final round with a three shot lead over Larry Mize, had three birdies on the front nine to get him to 21-under par for the tourna66
ment. Despite two bogeys on the back nine, no one got within four shots of him. Perry totaled 24 birdies – just two short of the tour record for a 54-hole event — and tied Allen Doyle (1999) for the largest margin of victory in the 25year history of The ACE Group Classic. Perry also set the Champions Tour’s 36-hole scoring record in relation to par at 18-under following a 62 in Saturday’s second round. Early in the final round it looked like Perry may put himself in position to break several other tournament records. However, a bogey on the final hole dropped Perry into a tie with Langer for the tournament scoring record Langer set last year. After two very calm days at TwinEagles, wind gusts topped 30 mph during the final round. Even with the wind, Perry was able to run away from the field. Regarding today’s windy conditions, Perry stated, “Yeah, that was pretty concerning when I got out on the range this morning, it was blowing 25 (mph). I was like oh, brother, this golf course is going to play totally different.” Despite the wind, Perry played solid golf throughout the entire round. There is no doubt that his three
shot lead at the beginning of the round allowed him to play a little more conservatively. Before his final round Perry stated, “My goal was just to par every hole. My target score was pars, and if I could sneak a birdie in there every now and then, hopefully they draw interest, kind of hang on to them.” With the win, Perry earned 240 Charles Schwab Cup points. The player earning the most Schwab Cup points throughout the Champions Tour season will receive a $1 million payout. Langer (66-65-70=201) eagled No. 17 for the third straight day and finished in second place. Tom Lehman, the 2011 Champions Tour Player of the Year, was in second place for most of the final round, but bogeys on No. 12 and No. 17 relegated him to a tie for third. He finished at even par on the day to tie Bill Glasson (68) and Mike Goodes (69) for third. First-round leader Larry Mize was tied for second going into the last hole, but he then hit two balls into the water and dropped to seventh place with a final round 75. For complete information on The ACE Group Classic visit www.theacegroupclassic.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
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Addison Reserve Country Club in Delray Beach, an exclusive golf and tennis community of 718 luxury single-family homes, is pleased to announce the completion of its newly renovated award-winning golf courses. As part of the recent $18 million Clubhouse expansion and renovation project, the golf courses have undergone extensive fairway and rough improvements such as new turf and aesthetic enhancements, including the construction of an elaborate waterfall that will be lit by night as its centerpiece. Originally designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills, the three, 9-hole championship courses feature lush native vegetation, flowering foliage and sparkling lakes capturing the essence of South Florida and further enhancing the golf experience at Addison Reserve. The overall renovation has improved course playability as the new Celebration Turf provides a much denser and more durable playing surface. The
Golf Pro Shop has also been updated and now offers a first-of-its-kind “e-ssential Golf Shop” online virtual store through the Addison Reserve system. The program allows members to order merchandise carried in the Pro Shop in the appropriate size or color preference should the item(s) not currently be in-stock at the
Club’s member discount pricing. Renovated by Kipp Schulties Golf Design, Inc., of Jupiter, FL, the three 9-hole courses – Redemption, Trepidation and Salvation – provide a challenging experience featuring a breathtaking backdrop to the elegantly appointed homes in the nineteen private village enclaves of this unique community. Redemption, with its slightly shorter length, offers the chance to win back a few squandered strokes. The ninth hole on Redemption is somewhat of an equalizer hole in that the longer hitter will likely use a shorter club off the tee so the shorter hitter may find an opportunity, with a delicate approach, to win the match. Trepidation starts out slow much like the steady climb at the start of the roller coaster, and then it twists, turns and ultimately descends on the ninth green. Salvation, whose renovation will be completed in summer 2012, has numerous lakes that players are challenged to avoid. Addison Reserve is a premiere golf and tennis community of 718 luxury homes. Recognized as a Platinum Club of America 5-Star Private Club and Emerald Club Award recipient, Addison Reserve Country Club is located in charming Delray Beach, Florida. For more information, please visit www.addisonreserve.cc or contact the Club Membership at (561) 637-4004. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
➊ Expresso Satelite Navigation - WR62 Designer Golf GPS Watch The WR62 Designer Golf Watch by Expresso Satellite Navigation (ESN) is the first GPS golf watch to include hazard information. It’s a stylish everyday watch that also is a golf GPS rangefinder. You can track your shot distance, access the front and back of the green distances, and access the hazard distances all with one simple push of a button! Large, user-friendly distance callouts ensure maximum readability, all conveniently placed on your wrist. The WR62 also delivers unprecedented GPS performance with its 62-channel satellite receiver. The WR62 retails for $179.95, requires no fees and is ready to use right out of the box. Check out the “Next Generation” of GPS Golf Watches from ESN at www.GolfESN.com.
➋ Stockton Golf – Unconscious Putting DVD Find out the “Secret” that has helped Tour Players reach the winners circle over 60 times in the past 2 years. It’s all in the new DVD titled, “Unconscious Putting” from Stockton Golf. Simplify your routine with help from golf’s first family of putting: Dave Stockton Sr. and his sons, Dave Stockton Jr. and Ron Stockton. Dave Stockton Sr. is a five-time Major Championship Winner and victorious Ryder Cup Captain. Together they’ve taught more than 50 players on the world tours, and helped thousands of amateurs in clinics around the world, and now, they’re ready to help you. With Stockton Golf’s new DVD “Unconscious Putting” you’ll learn how to: • Roll your ball using your own natural putting signature, not by copying one that doesn’t fit, or following a checklist of mechanical thoughts. • Improve your mental game and discover that putting is an art that you can master. • Reconnect with your instincts to see the line more clearly and get a better feel for distance. • Find out from the Pros themselves why Dave is called “The Pro Tours' Hottest Coach” and why so many of them rely upon his Signature Approach to create wins on Sunday afternoon. For more information call (888) 811-8467 or visit www.DaveStockton.com.
➌ Royce Leather Golf Shoes and Accessory Bag Royce Leather Gifts introduces their Leather Golf Shoes and Accessory Bag. The large Top Grain Nappa leather vented size pocket stores golf shoes in their own interior compartment. Two additional pockets, one with a mesh top will hold 3 golf balls, the other your tees. Interior has two additional pockets, one is mesh the other solid. Size is 15 1/4 x 7 x 6 1/2, and is available in Black or Coco. www.royceleathergifts.com.
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➍ Bushnell Golf Tour® Z6 Laser Rangefinder Bushnell Outdoor Products, makers of the #1 laser rangefinder on the PGA Tour, introduces its smallest, most technically advanced golf laser rangefinder – the Tour Z6. With its ultra-compact size and increased power, the Tour Z6 has been engineered with new Vivid Display Technology™ and E.S.P.™ technologies. The Tour Z6 offers optimal distance measuring performance with the look and feel of a fine precision instrument. The ultra-compact Tour Z6 is a vertically configured version of Bushnell’s industry-leading-line of laser rangefinders that introduces Vivid Display Technology. Created specifically for Bushnell’s premium rangefinders, this optical enhancement improves contrast, clarity and light transmission dramatically for enhanced use. The brightness of the digital readout information has also been increased, providing rapid, positive yardage acquisition in all lighting conditions. It is simply the best head’s up projection display on the market. Product features include: • PinSeeker Technology to zero in on the flag • Up to ½ yard accuracy • 5 yards-1,300 yards ranging performance (450+ yards to a flag) • Vivid Display Technology (VDT) for all lighting conditions • E.S.P. (Extreme. Speed. Precision.) • 6x Magnification (objects appear 6x closer) • Premium lens coatings for superb optical quality • Adjustable diopter setting • Rubber armored metal housing • Posi-Thread™ Battery Door • Waterproof (IPX7) and RainGuard HD lens coating • 3-Volt Battery and Premium Carry Case are also included The Tour Z6 will be available at Bushnell retailers nationwide beginning in April, with a retail price of $399. For more information on the Bushnell family of rangefinders, visit the company’s website at www.bushnellgolf.com.
➎ Two Good Rounds Everybody loves a celebration, and golfers are no exception. It has long been a tradition after a round of golf to gather together and celebrate a win or merely enjoy the company of friends, new and old, with a second round at “the 19th hole,” a slang term used in golf that refers to a pub, bar, or restaurant on or near the golf course. Two Good Rounds is an international tribute to great golfers and the golf lifestyle, which often includes the enjoyment of drinks. In each chapter, golf writer Elisa Gaudet asks a notable professional golfer the same questions: What is your favorite drink? What is your favorite clubhouse or 19th hole? And what is a special time or memory from a 19th hole? The results yielded a wide array of answers ranging from crazy celebrations after a win to heartfelt memories of childhoods spent playing golf with family and friends. From the Arnold Palmer (½ lemonade, ½ iced tea) to the margarita (the preferred drink of tour star Vijay Singh), drinks and golf are inextricably linked. Two Good Rounds shows you how. Florida Golf Central • Volume 12, Issue 8
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Aces & Eagles Tuscawilla Country Club Rings in the New Year with Enhanced Food and Beverage Services Tuscawilla Country Club, one
and the pride in their work should take
of Central Florida’s best values in fully
Tuscawilla Country Club to new levels
amenitized family clubs, is ringing in
of food quality and standards of service,
2012 with a new team of food and bev-
both in day to day operations serving our
erage professionals. New Clubhouse
Members and in the special events, busi-
Manager Christopher Giannone, Head
ness meetings and weddings which occur weekly,” said Tuscawilla Country Club
Chef Malcolm Holbert, Sous Chef Paul D’Amelio and Night Grill Supervisor Glen Wilson, come to the Winter Springs-based club with notable expertise and
Giannone comes to Tuscawilla from Bay Hill Country Club
& Lodge in Orlando, where he served as food and bever-
“The skills of this new team, their desire to succeed
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General Manager Monte Carmack.
age manager. Throughout his 20 year career in hospitality,
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Giannone has held a variety of positions including: banquet
own restaurant Aubergine Bistro in Casselberry. His career
manager at The Country Club at Heathrow, banquet captain at
also included apprenticeship positions at the renowned Bern’s
the luxurious Loews Royal Pacific Resort and senior banquet
Steak House in Tampa and the Westin Innisbrook Resort.
captain at the Westin Grand Bohemian in Orlando.
Wilson joins Tuscawilla from the popular restaurant Luma on
At Tuscawilla, Giannone will be responsible for the club-
Park where he was worked as a server, service staff trainer
house operations that include staff training, writing staff
and floor supervisor. His passion for providing outstanding
training manuals, internal and external communication, menu
customer service, along with his knowledge of wine and wine-
preparation and budget management. In addition, he will re-
making, will be appreciated by Tuscawilla’s loyal membership.
ceive training in all facets of club management including golf
Tuscawilla’s recently renovated Grille features both indoor and
course maintenance, membership, golf shop operations and
outdoor casual dining, a cozy bar and lounge and an intimate
tennis/fitness/pool operations, as he works toward his goal of
open-air fire pit that is bordered by mammoth oak trees that
becoming a club manager.
frame the golf course. Menus are updated regularly to provide
Also new to Tuscawilla is Head Chef Malcolm Holbert. Chef
members and their guests with seasonal favorites and fresh
Holbert most recently served as executive chef at Zenzi’s Blue
Note Urban Tavern in Orlando. Chef Holbert’s varied back-
With its southern-style plantation clubhouse and pictur-
ground includes a nine-year stint as a prep and area chef with
esque golf course views, Tuscawilla Country Club is a favorite
Walt Disney World, food and beverage manager at Kissimmee
location to celebrate life’s cherished moments. For events, the
Country Club and additional executive chef positions at The
club offers the Grand Magnolia Dining Room, surrounded by
Vines and Corvette Lounge. Chef Holbert brings to Tuscawilla
french doors with wonderful views from every angle, and the
the knowledge of how the service staff and kitchen staff must
Azalea Room, which is the perfect cocktail and reception space
work together to provide members with enticing cuisine and
for guests to mingle upon arrival. Combined these rooms ac-
commodate up to 250 guests. In 2011, Tuscawilla was honored
Sous Chef Paul D’Amelio and Night Grill Supervisor Glen
with a Bride’s Choice Award as a favorite location among
Wilson round out the new team of professionals who, together
Central Florida brides.
with the club’s existing dedicated staff, will re-invigorate
For more information about Tuscawilla, call (407) 366-1851,
the dining and at Tuscawilla. D’Amelio has served as kitchen
visit www.tuscawillacc.com and/or “like” the club on
manager at Tuscawilla since 2010, and previously owned his
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