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LPGA International Offers Two Championship Courses with Four-and-a-Half-Star Ratings in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play”
DALLAS – ClubCorp, The World Leader in Private Clubs, announces that LPGA International, a semi-private club in Daytona Beach, Florida, will be managed and operated under the ClubCorp umbrella and provided with membership development, marketing and management services. LPGA International, the home course of the LPGA Tour which serves as the site of the final
INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF TOUR LAUNCHES ‘DISCOVERY TOUR’ FOR AGES 8-12 HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) – one of the leading competitive circuits for elite golfers grades 5-12 – announces the “Discovery Tour,” providing fun and enjoyable tournament experiences for ages eight to 12. Discovery Tour events will be held in conjunction with the IJGT, making it convenient for families with golfers on both tours. Each course on the Discovery Tour will average 2,200 – 2,500 yards. Several host locations have been selected for the inaugural Discovery Tour season. The first event will be held along with the IJGT Bridgestone Series at Greate Bay Golf Club (Somers Point, N.J.), Mar. 31 – Apr. 1. Additional spring events include Hershey Links (Hershey, Pa.), Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (Farmington, Pa.) and Mill
Creek Golf Club (Churchville, N.Y.). “The Discovery Tour is a great opportunity for young golfers to test their skills in a competitive arena while learning the rules of the game,” says Ryley Hendry, Chief Operating Officer of Junior Sports Corporation, owner/operator of the IJGT. “We believe offering a low pressure, fun tournament atmosphere will encourage participation in golf at a younger age.” Players are encouraged to have a caddy during each round. Caddies can carry a participant’s bag, assist with rules and offer advice. There will be a 10-stroke limit for each hole. Rulings resulting in disqualification on other tours will only be enforced with stroke penalties. For more information about the IJGT and the Discovery Tour: www.IJGT.com, info@IJGT.com, 800.792.9143.
stage of the LPGA Tour Qualifying School, features two 18-hole championship golf courses distinctly different in design – the Rees Jones-designed Champions Course and the Arthur Hills-designed Legends Course. The Champions Course offers a traditional links-style golf design that combines strategic mounding, natural marsh areas, scenic lakes, and undulating greens. Ranked No. 6 by Golf Digest Woman on its 2010 “America’s Top 50 Courses for Women,” the Championship Course is a favorite among the LPGA Tour players. The more-challenging Legends Course features natural wetlands, narrow pine corridors, small greens, and strategically placed water hazards. LPGA International’s renowned practice facilities feature an 80,000-square-foot natural turf practice area, 10 target greens, six practice putting greens (several with bunkers), and a threehole Practice Academy that offers par-5, par-4, and par-3 holes. The practice facilities, coupled with the exceptional golf courses, allow LPGA International to offer personalized golf instruction on every facet of the game through private lessons, clinics, and golf schools. 8
HAMPTON GOLF SELECTED TO MANAGE BROOKER CREEK GOLF CLUB Re-Launches as Tarpon Woods Golf Club Hampton Golf, the Southeast’s premier golf course management and development firm, has been selected to manage the Brooker Creek Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla. near Tampa. The semi-private club, which has undergone extensive renovation and revitalization, is being re-launched under its original name, Tarpon Woods Golf Club. Recent upgrades by Hampton Golf include new course maintenance equipment and a new fleet of golf carts, with additional improvements ongoing. The club is currently open to the public with daily rates and specials available. Membership opportunities will be available this spring. The 18-hole Lane Marshall-designed championship golf course at Tarpon Woods
borders the beautiful Brooker Creek Preserve. As a result, the course features an abundance of wildlife sightings including deer, gators, turkey, coyotes, otters and exotic birds. The golf course also offers a driving range, short game area, putting green and lessons from PGA golf professionals on staff. The clubhouse features a full-service Beef O’Brady’s, which is the chain’s first restaurant to be located at a golf course. The neighborhood pub-style restaurant features a diverse menu and full bar along with numerous televisions offering patrons a vast array of sporting events. For more information about Hampton Golf and its golf course clubs, visit www.hamptongolfclubs.com, www.whyhamptongolf.com or call (904) 564-9129. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 1
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We Want to Hear From You!
By Jennifer Jolly
Hello Everyone! I cannot believe I have been writing the CMAA column for Florida Golf Central Magazine for two years now. More shockingly, I cannot believe September will mark my tenth year in the club business. My climb to Clubhouse Manager from Membership Director has been a fairy tale … a magical trip that has introduced me to some amazing individuals and has, with my recent move to Sanibel Island, intimately exposed me to three of the states five regions …
Seminole, North, Everglades.
interesting discussions over the past
Our own stories are all unique.
few months … we talked more than
How we get to where get is built on a
I wrote I apologize for my lack of
combination of choices and dumb luck.
contribution – especially to Shannon
Terrie and I thought it might be nice
Once we get there, how we succeed and
Coates! … a new city/island, a new
to introduce you to, or remind you of,
achieve is based on what we put into
position and a new club smack in sea-
those people in our association who
it and what we give back to it. Let me
son can do that, I’m sure most of you
make a difference. Obviously, we write
tell you, from a person who fell into the
understand … but back to Terrie … we
about what we know, so these musings
club business on accident after 14 years
have gotten to know each other a little
will be about those people who have
in the engineering and software de-
better and have philosophized about
touched my life over the past almost
velopment game, the FLCMAA and the
the importance of the people in our
ten years. If you have special stories
programs offered through the CMAA
lives. From those we serve to those
you would like told, please feel free to
and Premier Club Services make that
who serve us to those we mentor
email me at email@example.com. It
journey a pleasure. I have never met
to those who mentor us … if we do
will be fun to hear and to share your
an association that works so hard and
it right, it’s a beautiful circle that
point of view because, as I mentioned
so diligently to make sure each and
makes us better, stronger and more
earlier, each of our stories is unique,
every one of us have the tools and the
versatile. All things we need to in-
but I bet our success is due to the
support to be the best that we can be.
sure that the club business contin-
FLCMAA, the CMAA and Premier Club
All we have to do is take advantage and
ues to evolve and grow.
Services … in one way or another
give a little back from time to time.
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Amazing April to you all and please
Terrie Purdum and I have had some
dulge me over the next several issues,
stay tuned... Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 1
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golf bachelor header
Where were you born? Did you grow up there? I was born
in Lakeland Florida and I also graduated from Lakeland High School. There aren’t many people that are truly local anymore but I’m one of the few.
Is “acting your age” over rated? Absolutely, but sometimes you have too.
High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? I was a jock. Captain of the football team kind of does that to a guy.
What do you do for a living? I work with High Net worth
Retirees to help them preserve the wealth they have worked so hard to accumulate.
What would you like to do for a living? I’m doing it. I was made for this.
Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty?
I should say something sweet like my grandma but honestly she’s mean as a snake and she knows it. lol
What’s your take on “cuddling”? Before, after or as a stand alone activity?
Tell us about your first kiss? This girl attacked me in the hallway between classes in 7th grade. I was terrified.
Steak, chicken, or seafood? Why can’t I have it all. Not willing to settle.
Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. My nickname is Uncle. As in the Uncle that you
always wanted to hang out with but your parents weren’t so fond of……
What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? I don’t think I could survive on a deserted island. Kill me now.
Name the three most important things to you in this world. Time, lifestyle, options
Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? Success is a state of being that attracts both love & money.
What do you fear the most? Heights Favorite comedian? Daniel Tosh is the man right now.
y e c n a h tC
Favorite television channel? Showtime right now, Shameless, House of Lies and Californication are awesome shows.
Last book you read? How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America
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cart header girl
y o J y l Bever n i t r a M
Where did you grow up? Sarasota, FL
What hobbies do you enjoy? The thing I enjoy doing most
Do you enjoy playing golf? Are they’re any golfers in your family? Yes I enjoy golfing, however I’m no Tiger!
What is your idea of “the perfect date”? A bottle of a nice
What do you feel makes this club special? I’ve worked on
many courses over the years, for Lago Mar; it’s defiantly the members!
What is your favorite part of being a cart girl? What is your
least favorite part? Being outdoors is my favorite part of being a cart girl; I’m not the office type. My least favorite would be the extreme Florida heat during the summers. Ugh…
If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing?
Before coming to Lago Mar, I was a Stewardess on some amazing yachts, if I could no longer work as a cart girl, I would probably return to the open seas.
when I’m not working is spending time with my two beautiful girls… yes, I said two girls
Cabernet and my pillow
Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails?
of both keeps me balanced
Eddie Murphy and Chris Tucker can’t
Favorite type of movie?
When I have time…Chick Flicks, duh!
Favorite charity to support? The OJ McDuffie Catch 81
My most memorable moment is being a part of Lago Mar’s Annual Member Guest Tournament. Each year the Tournament committee and its members create a spectacular event that is second to none.
Foundation, a South Florida based Charity, which raises money for children in crisis. Although I believe in helping others around the world, it brings me joy to support a charity that focuses on the children in our communities. The Catch 81 Foundation has been a part of my family for 10 years, I have both volunteered and participated in many of their charitable events, including a cash wash that raised money for my daughters open-heart surgery in 2010.
Do you think the cart girls should be able to dress differently?
What else would you like for us to know about you? I try
What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl?
How you prefer dress if you were given a choice? Golf is a prestigious sport; therefore I feel golf attire the most appropriate way to maintain the games integrity.
every day to spend time with my family and friends because tomorrow is promised to no one. And let’s not forget ….. Tips are greatly appreciated!!!!
What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the golf course? An alligator humping a duck. What type of music do you prefer? My music choice depends on my mode, from Journey to Jay-Z 14
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Certainly Not Your Grandfather’s Golf Shirt Were you ever on a bowling team or league? If so, you might remember one of the requirements was to get a team shirt. It was (and is) important to know who your teammates are—there is an element of camaraderie in the bowling world that is captured by the shirt. And there is also a sense of nostalgia that has become popular again. Imagine getting a ‘turkey’ and turning around to high five your teammates. It was that type of reminiscent atmosphere that inspired Todd Molbeck to create his clothing line. Three years ago, he and his team started designing team shirts for the regional bowling leagues in Wisconsin. The goal was to produce a line of clothing that was US made, had a short turnaround time, was composed of quality fabric and had unique designs. What was created was High 5 Gear. Based out of Hartland, Wisconsin, High 5 Gear is small enough to provide personal service, but big enough to offer top quality shirts and other unique products on a timely basis at a competitive price. Recently, they have expanded their niche from bowling to biking, soccer and golf. High 5 Gear produces shirts and other products for the sport enthusi-
ast--someone who wants something as different, as special, and as unique as they are. Apparel should be an extension of you: bold, creative, original. And their golf line showcases that concept. The use of designs, bold color and fully dye sublimated processes allows the golfer to maintain his individuality on the course and off. Gone are the days where golf attire means you wear a pastel polo with a famous logo in the upper left corner and khaki colored pants. While there still remains a golf attire code, it has been stretched to allow for distinctive and unmatched gear. Creativity and color have an impact on our physiological and mental states. This translates into an effect on your game. And why not look your best while you play your best? With High 5 Gear, not only can you have your company or team name and logo imprinted on your shirt, you can have a high resolution image as well. That’s right. Imagine the group of golfing friends who take a yearly trek to TPC Sawgrass. Now they can enhance their game and their vacation by having shirts made with an image of the famous 17th hole. Or perhaps, the local high school golf team wants to stand out during tournament play. They are tired of the token Nike polo with their name embroidered. Why not create a distinc-
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tive, bold pattern that draws attention to
create your own line of hats or towels
not only their shirt but their game? And
for your group? ‘You are only limited by
as course managers, what better way to
your imagination’, says Molbeck.
market your product than providing cus-
High 5 Gear for the golfing
tom shirts for sale in the pro shop that
enthusiast is a visually ap-
highlight your signature hole? If you can
pealing, vibrant and com-
envision it, High 5 Gear can create it.
fortable apparel line. They
High 5 Gear offers other products, as
use only high quality,
well. In addition to the men’s shirts and
moisture wicking fabric
shorts, women can represent by wearing
that meets the demand
custom shirts and skorts. Pick one of the
for performance. The
in-house designs and change the color
bold colors evoke
to your liking. Then color match your
the emotion of fun and
shorts or skorts for a truly unique outfit
energy. The customizable op-
that is inspired by you and has you in-
tions display distinctive statements
spired. If any of the standard stock items
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don’t interest you, access the online
color. Overall, High 5 Gear is one of a
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So the next time you’re heading for
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You Have To See It To Believe It… And Hit It! As with most great inventions, the back story is what makes most of us say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The same holds true for the Eagle-i Golf Trainers. One day in the spring of 2009, after a long winter break from the game, the founder went out to play golf with a few of his colleagues. His every swing resulted in a left hook with most drives landing in the woods. Finishing 18 over, he wondered what he needed to do to get his swing back and to put the ball onto the fairway again. After several trips to the driving range, he was able to straighten the ball out slightly but eventually the hook returned. He then decided to take a video of his swing and review the issue with his golf coach. The instructor analyzed the tape and concluded that the biggest problem was that during the downswing, his head was moving to the left. Once this was pinpointed, he tried to swing without moving his head but could not tell when he was holding it steady. He would hit a few good shots but, overall, fell back into his old habits. As fate would have it, the instructor
suggested practicing with post-it notes on each side of his temples to help focus his point of view. Surprisingly, the effect was immediate. Like a horse with blinders, reducing peripheral distractions really helped focus on the ball. Many golf professionals, private trainers and PGA experts agree that one’s ability to keep his or her head steady during a golf swing is crucial in the development a solid player and a solid game. This discipline, if maintained, improves the quality and consistency of each swing and therefore, increases the accuracy of the player. The concept of stabilizing the head seems simple, but in reality can be a considerable task while maintaining other fundamentals of a swing. It is the natural tendency of players to prematurely jerk the head in anticipation of the ball’s flight. As such, the deviation from proper alignment is often not realized unless either recorded head-on or are informed by an observer. Since neither option is optimal or, perhaps, even available during practice, bad habits and misalignments are allowed to be repeated until they become normal to a player and may even feel “comfortable”. The Eagle-i Trainers were created to combat this problem by capitalizing on the eye’s powerful ability to provide immediate feedback to the brain. By restricting the field of vision, the head is directed to compensate for the narrow range that the ball remains in view. If the head pivots to the right or left, ultimately altering the arc of the swing, the ball is lost to the player and he must readjust to the correct position to regain focus. The Eagle-I Trainers only allow vision from one lens. The open lens is to be placed over the dominant eye ensuring that all peripheral and non-dominant
visual feedback is blocked. This allows the dominant eye (responsible for focus) to monopolize the visual input to the brain and reduce alternate distractions that could negatively impact a swing. Though it may seem initially unnatural to restrict vision in the nondominant eye, it not only squares up with the ball but keeps it in focus up to the point of contact--this is essential for creating proper muscle memory. The non-dominant eye is responsible for perspective and distance. However, the golf ball is not moving prior to contact making depth an irrelevant factor. Once the motion is repeated several times with the trainers, the body begins to build muscle memory for correct alignment. Therefore, once the trainers are removed, muscle memory will guide an individual to line up correctly with the ball, maintain appropriate eye contact, and keep the head steady. The Eagle-i Golf Training Glasses are the newest innovation in golf training aides. By using the muscles of the dominant eye, the head remains steady through the swing, it remains on plane and it allows for a more solid and consistent contact with the golf ball. While tuned for mid iron play, they can be used to improve driving, approach shots and putting. Each Eagle-I Trainer comes with two inserts and a hard protective case. Currently only in black, the Eagle-I Trainers will soon be in fashion colors. For more information or to purchase, please visit www.eagleigolf.com.
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Clean Up and Shape Up You probably never thought that getting organized and improving your swing would be grouped together, but thanks to Molor Products Company, you can and should do both. First, they have created a new and innovative golf accessory called the Cart Clamp. It quickly and easily mounts to the right or left roof support of any golf cart. It will allow you to keep all of your paraphernalia within easy reach when you are riding in a golf cart. The Cart Clamp will keep your cell phone and sunglasses from getting damaged or scratched up by bouncing around in the storage bin of a typical golf cart and will hold a golfer’s cigar or sandwich so they don’t have to try to balance it on the seat when they get out to hit the ball. The Cart Clamp is part of a system of optional storage components that will allow each golfer to customize the Cart Clamp for their own individual needs. The basic Cart Clamp comes with an Accessory Pouch (great for cell phone, wallet, pack of cigarettes), an Accessory Clip (great to let your hat or golf glove dry out) and a GPS Mounting Platform (for suction cup style GPS mounts). Optional accessories include cigar holder, food and snack tray, sunglasses holder and accessory pouch. The Cart Clamp will fit all makes of golf carts both with and without a windshield and installs easily without tools. It is constructed out of aluminum
and rugged glass reinforced nylon for years of durable use and is made in the U.S.A. The entire system is a great idea for retail golf stores and golf course pro shops. Golfers will want to pick one up before their round of golf! It will also be useful for people that live in golf cart communities and use a golf cart for daily transportation. The Cart Clamp makes accessing all of your golf gear easy and fun! And after you have your cart organized, it is time to focus on your swing. The Flatball is a new and innovative golf swing training aid. It is a soft rubber disk that is the same diameter as a real golf ball but is only ¼” high. When you address it, it looks like a regular golf ball but it is much harder to hit if you don’t have the correct swing plane. A regular golf ball is 1-5/8” in diameter so your clubhead can be anywhere up to 1-5/8” above the ground and you will still hit the ball. Since the Flatball
must be that close to the ground in order to hit it. This helps you eliminate a “Thin” swing. If your club head hits the ground before the Flatball, the golf club will usually skip right over the Flatball without hitting it. This helps you eliminate a “Fat” swing. Only by directly hitting the ¼” high side of the Flatball will the golfer send the Flatball flying. Best of all, the Flatball doesn’t go too far—it will not keep rolling like
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regular practice golf balls. The Flatball is great for full-swing practice indoors or out! The soft flexible material allows you to practice indoors without worrying about damage to walls or furniture. But most of all, the Flatball is fun and satisfying to hit so that makes it enjoyable to practice while you “groove” your swing! For more information on either of these products, please visit www.molor.com. Eagleigolf.com is a merchandiser of the above products and they are available for purchase through the website.
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Nancy Ariansen Named Champions Tour Volunteer of the Tournament Nancy Ariansen receives her award for Volunteer of the Tournament from ACE Group Classic Tournament Coordinator, Kyler O’Shea.
The ACE Group Classic,
along with the Champions Tour, announced today that Nancy Ariansen has been named the Champions Tour Volunteer of the Tournament for her loyal service over the last 11 years at the Naples event. Ariansen receives a Champions Tourlogoed Waterford crystal gift and will now become a finalist for the Champions Tour’s Volunteer of the Year award at the conclusion of the 2012 season. She will also receive a personal note from Champions Tour President Mike Stevens in recognition of his achievement. At each Champions Tour event, an individual is recognized for outstanding service and dedication above and beyond the expectation of a volunteer and that person becomes a finalist for the year-end award. Volunteers are always present, but often unnoticed, at all PGA TOUR cosanctioned events, with approximately 1,000 people providing their time and efforts at each Champions Tour tournament. Their selfless efforts have helped the PGA TOUR and its tournaments donate more than $1.7 billion to charity over the years, including more than $118 million last year. Lesley Baker, Tournament Director of the ACE Group Classic, along with tournament staff, volunteer leaders and Champions Tour Advance Rules/Operations Officials determined the Volunteer of the Tournament by considering the qualities and attributes to select an individual who:
• Made a difference in tournament operations • Consistently stepped up to take on 22
additional responsibilities. • Went beyond assigned duties to create a positive outcome. • Set an outstanding example for others. • Despite hardship, handicap or inconvenience, was dependable and performed responsibilities with a cheerful attitude. Ariansen grew up in suburban Boston, but she and her husband, Bud, moved permanently to Naples in 2009. In addition to working at the ACE Group Classic, she has also served as a volunteer at the Franklin Templeton Shootout for 10 years and has worked at the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston as well as the LPGA’s Sybase Classic. Ariansen works in the tournament office at the ACE Group Classic, both during the week of the event and the week prior. She fields calls, answers questions from callers, and is the first face people see when they walk into the on-site facility. In a sometimes frantic environment, Ariansen handles every project in a professional manner and is as much a part of the Octagon
team as any of the full-time tournament staffers. “Nancy goes out of her way to ensure all of our staff are happy and helps provide what they need in order to execute our event to the highest standard possible,” Baker said. “She leads by example, is level-headed and easy to communicate with, and approaches everyone with a warm smile and a willingness to get the job done no matter the challenge. We congratulate Nancy and know we are very fortunate to have her involved with our event.” “Congratulations to Nancy for being named as the Champions Tour Volunteer of the Tournament,” said Mike Stevens, President of the Champions Tour. “Typical of the thousands of volunteers who devote their time and efforts throughout the year, Nancy stands out as a fine example of the people who have become part of the fabric of the Champions Tour and have helped us to realize the success we enjoy. We thank her, and recognize her for her incredible dedication to the ACE Group Classic.” Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 1
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Golf Course Architect Kipp Schulties Redefines Renovation The busiest golf course designer in the U.S. these days isn’t Jack Nicklaus or Greg Norman, not Rees Jones or Arthur Hills, nor Tom Fazio or Arnold Palmer. While these Hall of Fame movers of the earth look for work in South America and wait for the China market to re-open and the global economy to pick up, the busiest course designer in America is enjoying the best years of his career. Meet Kipp Schulties, perhaps the best designer you’ve never heard of. That’s because the Jupiter, Fla., resident made a calculated decision in 1998 to bypass original designs – the breadand-butter work of the famous aforementioned architects – and concentrate on renovating existing courses. To most top architects, renovation is like busy work because there are far greater restrictions doing a golf course the second time around and you’re usually dealing with 300 owners – the number of members in the club – instead of one developer. But for Schulties, at 42 one of the youngest architects around, the strategy worked as he has built a client base that’s enabled him to actually increase his business during a down economy. “Nobody can justify building a new course these days,” Schulties said. “Renovation and re-design is in demand today, and that’s what I’ve been doing for most of my career. I made a point to specialize in what most others did not want to do in the late ‘90s when
new-course development was at its peak.” These are not minor projects, either; the average cost of a re-design can exceed $5 million. Nor are they minorleague – his re-design of High Ridge Country Club in Lantana, Fla., has received almost universal acclaim for
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the way he incorporated 25 additional acres into the layout and – gasp – created real elevation changes in South Florida. One of High Ridge’s most prominent members, former Reebok chairman Paul Fireman, admits he was against the idea of the re-design because he thought the course was already good enough. After he saw Schulties’ work, Fireman changed his mind. “I liked the course before,” Fireman said. “It was nicely laid out, and the membership didn’t have any problems with it. I don’t like re-doing golf courses if I don’t need to. “But in rebuilding it, Kipp made it a much more authoritative and classy place to play. The holes are more interesting and more challenging. High Ridge is a wonderful example of the quality of design that allows so many types of golfers to enjoy a round of golf. It has plenty of difficulty, while still open and accessible to a more moderate-skilled golfer. Everyone is raving about Kipp’s design and redo of an already well-respected course.” Chances are if you’ve played a golf course in South Florida, it has Schul������ ties’ fingerprints on it somewhere. He has done more than 40 re-designs, virtually all of them in South Florida, and plenty of smaller projects, as well. Schulties has virtually cornered the market – during the recessionary years of 2008-2011, 13 of the 21 renovations or major re-designs in South Florida were handled by the Kipp Schulties Design Company. “He did a phenomenal job here, and word gets around,” said Carlos Perez, High Ridge’s general manager. “Kipp is the type of guy who puts the interest of the club first. The final outcome here is exhilarating.” The membership at High Ridge was so impressed, it decided to add ������ Schulties’ name to the scorecard, just under the original course designer’s – Joe Lee. Typically, most clubs with a marquee original designer such as a Nicklaus, Norman or Lee will keep their name as the architect because they spent millions of dollars to say theirs is, say, a Jack Nicklaus-signature designed course. During the last decade, Schulties has done renovation or re-design work on courses originally done by all the marquee names: Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 1
Tom Fazio, etc. The only exception is Pete Dye – yet, at least. Schulties has never asked a club to replace the original designer’s name with his because he understands it sometimes makes business sense to go with the more popular one. “Jack’s name will always be bigger than mine. I understand why they should keep his name on it,” Schulties said. But most of the courses Schulties has worked on are now using his name afterward. One reason is it’s not as important to have a “premium name” on a redesign because the community already is sold out and the membership is nearly at capacity. The other reason is Schulties’ work has become so respected, the club believes he deserves to be recognized for it. Either way, Schulties says he’s fine. “My main concern is making sure the course is fun and the members like it,” he said. “I must be doing something right because we almost always get the phone call back for more work.” Schulties has done work for several South Florida-based clubs for more than 10 years, the longest being Quail Ridge Country Club, a golf-savvy community that has more than 150 of its residents with single-digit handicaps. There are dozens of Quail Ridge residents who shoot their ages all the time and have second homes filled with amateur trophies. Don’t make a mistake with their two courses, in other words. Schulties hasn’t. “Kipp is incredible in that he sees things on the golf course nobody else sees,” said former Quail Ridge greens chairman Gary Spiegel, an ex-railroad executive who knows about proper routing. “He doesn’t do things in a flashy way, but he’s among the best at what he does. We have had no complaints from him, which I think is unheard of at a club our size (800 members). I guarantee you Kipp will be our architect forever.” Schulties may not be well-known to the public, but he’s become ubiquitous to the high-end club managers. “You hear a lot of architects talk about how many days they will spend on the job and then you never see them,” said Michael McCarthy, CEO at Addison Reserve in Delray Beach, where Schulties is renovating their 27 holes. “Kipp is out there almost every day. That’s really hard to find. He takes total ownership in the project.” In 2002, Nicklaus volunteered to do a re-design at his home course, Lost Tree Club, for free. The club hired Schulties to coordinate the entire project and assist Nicklaus with some of the design implementation with his guidance. Not only Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 1
Hole #6 High Ridge Country Club did the project give Schulties a chance to work with one of golf’s top architects, it enhanced his own reputation. “Kipp has carved out a nice niche for himself,” said Brian Peaper, Lost Tree’s director of golf. “He does some really nice courses that are fun to play.” Schulties didn’t grow up dreaming of designing courses. It wasn’t until he was studying civil engineering at Purdue that he first thought about becoming an architect – at his mother’s suggestion. He was on spring break in South Florida in 1991 when he opened a phone book and started looking for local architects. He called Gene Bates, and soon landed an internship and later a full-time job, working with Bates and his partner, former Masters champion Fred Couples. In his mid-20s, Schulties already was doing the job of grizzled designers, even though he wasn’t getting paid as such. With an eye on opening his own business, Schulties went back to college and earned a Master’s degree in finance. He opened his own company in 1997, starting with small re-designs and renovations. “A lot of designers despise renovation work because it requires a lot of hand-holding with all the members,” Schulties said. “Plus, I had an inkling that too many courses were being built in the 1990s and early 2000s. At some point, supply and demand was going to take over and there weren’t going to be enough golfers. That meant more re-design work.” Schulties had four other reasons to keep his business confined to renovation work in South Florida – his wife, Ashley, daughters Elliana and Ava and son Kolt. He didn’t want to spend 200 nights a year away from home, jetting
from course to course like almost every other architect in the business. The economic downturn starting in 2008 has leveled the playing field for architects. Country clubs realized they had to justify every dollar spent. With his extensive background in re-designs, Schulties has a history of finishing a project within 1 or 2 percent of the budgeted amount. That’s the kind of green that makes general managers such as High Ridge’s Perez smile. “There’s a reason why Kipp is as busy as he is and a lot of architects are sitting around waiting for work,” Perez said. While his youth worked against him early in his career – “Nobody wanted to hire an architect who didn’t have grey hair or a waist line,” he says – it will soon serve him well. After ����������� all, Schulties is at least 30 years younger than the premier architects such as Nicklaus, Palmer, Fazio and Hills, so he can remain patient. And busy. “The renovation program we developed more than a decade ago for the wave of golf course renovation and re-design that currently exists has worked to perfection during these challenging economic times,” Schulties said. “We have more business activity than ever, which is dramatically increasing our exposure on both a local and national scale. Plus, I’ll put our ‘end product’ up against any one of those ‘names’ work – typically at a fraction of the cost to the club. “We will have plenty of opportunities to design new golf course facilities in the future. Meantime, we will continue to expand our presence while we quickly bridge the gap between the ‘names’ and Kipp Schulties.” 25
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Champion Ediie Peckels and Mike Stevens
Peckels of Winter Springs Wins the United States Professional Hickory Championship Eddie Peckels, playing out of Tuscawilla Country Club in Winter Springs, Florida took the honors at the United States Professional Hickory Golf Championship played at the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club in Temple Terrace, Florida. The tournament honoring the memory of John Shippen,
America’s first golf pro is played at the course which also hosted the Florida Open in 1925. The Tom Bendelow designed course remains true to its original design and plays at 6.400 yards. All participants used wood shafted golf clubs popular until steel shafted models came on the scene around 1927.
Aided by an eagle 2 when he holed out his mashie from the fairway on hole number 12, Peckels finished with a 76 to tie Temple Terrace head professional Jim Garrison. Garrison had to retire due to an injury and was unable to participate in a playoff and conceded the championship to Peckels. Mike Stevens of Tampa, the tournament director, finished in third place 2 shots back at 78. A double bogey on the 14th hole cost Stevens a shot at the title. In addition to securing his name on the permanent trophy, Peckels takes home $1,500 from the $5,000 purse. This year’s field included two female professionals, Jennifer Cully of Apollo Beach and Alice Brown of Tampa. The tournament is open to all golf professionals, male and female. The United States Professional Hickory Golf Championship was originated by Mike Stevens, teaching pro at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa to preserve and remember golf as it was played in the early years of the sport in America. The Temple Terrace course provides an historically accurate setting for competitors to play exactly like the early pros who started it all. For Information go to www.usprohickory.com or contact Mike Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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★★ All-Star Celebrity Golf Invitational ★★ If it was a unique, once-in-a-lifetime golf experience you were looking for, then the All-Star Celebrity Golf Invitational delivered. Over 60 golfers (30 two person teams) paired up at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge to play golf for a cause. The tournament featured some of the greatest names in sport and entertainment, but also featured some new young talents (Ginger Howard, Shasta Averyhardt) that are already making their mark in women’s golf. With the generous support of sponsors, player entry fees, and silent auction sales, the tournament raised significant dollars for Arnold Palmer Hospital for
Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. The format featured a two person team “shamble”. Each player hitting a tee shot, selecting the best one, and continuing to play their own ball in from there. This format allowed teams to take advantage of their tee shots, giving them the best opportunity to make some pars and birdies. Birdies and pars were just what young professional golfer Ginger Howard and her teammate Matt Scovel needed to take home First Place honors. Coming in second was the team of Sterling Sharp, former Green Bay Packer Legend and his playing partner Bryan Pearson.
All players were treated to PGA Tourstyle conditions at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, on-course contests, remarkable gifts from the likes of Callaway Golf, Under Armour, H Upman Cigars, Met Life, Edward Jones, Rolls Royce of Orlando, Brugal Rum, Perfect Vodka, Stella Artois, Folio Wines, and Presenting Sponsor My Golf Concierge. Tournament updates and live scoring was provided by VPAR. Of course, the ultimate winners of this tournament are the women and children treated everyday at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies.
All-Star Celebrity Golf Invitational Leaderboard: (Top 10) Arnold Palmer’s Bayhill Club & Lodge Orlando, FL Position 1 2 2 2 5 5 7 8 8 10 10
Team Score Howard & Scovel 66 Sharp & Pearson 67 Lopez & Kirkman 67 Byrne & Stonehill 67 Dickenson & Anthony 68 Averyhardt & Mourning 68 Wilson & Erickson 71 Damon & Gillespie 73 Andrews & Daniel 73 Kirkpatrick & Elerick 74 Armstrong & Wakefield 74
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Unprescedented Victory For South Florida's Youth Two-day charity fundraiser brings together today’s sporting heroes and South Florida’s community leaders to benefit Lauren Kid’s Foundation and Dade Schools Athletic Foundation Sun Sports HEAT TV broadcasters and two of South Florida’s leading sports media personalities, Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino celebrated the end of the sixth annual Reid & Fiorentino Call Of The Game Dinner & Celebrity Golf Classic, alongside today’s sports icons and philanthropic heroes of our community, with a triumphant salute to two of the most celebrated local charity organizations and beneficiaries – Lauren’s Kids Foundation and the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation. The
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two-day fund raising event and highlight of social season once again attracted some of the region’s biggest names in sports and entertainment, while honoring the achievements by some of the today’s most acclaimed community leaders. The annual Reid & Fiorentino Celebrity Golf Classic Presented by SHARP kickedoff the events at Turnberry Isle Miami. More than 50 foursomes took to the two exclusive championship courses for an enjoyable day of competitive golf despite the
Tony Fiorentino at golf threat of looming dark clouds overhead. During the post-golf awards reception, Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino, took to the stage to commemorate the work of Lauren Book, founder of Lauren’s Kids Foundation, before a series of sports merchandise and memorabilia were handed-out during the post-tournament raffle. Competition winners were awarded custom-made Reid & Fiorentino cut-glass trophies, with first place awards going the team made up of Blair Byrnes, Jack Brown, Bobby Chahal, Alex Thornton and Mark Higgs, as winners on the Miller Course, and Bruce Keir, Doug Donn, Bob Ethridge, Mike Stiber and Patti Rizzo, as the winning team from the Soffer Course. Runners-up awards were also presented, along with prizes for the “Most Honest,” ”Closest-to-the-Hole” and “Longest Drive” for both courses. Former Miami Dolphins quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer, Dan Marino, participated in this year’s competition and former Indianapolis Colts South Floridian native, Pierre Garcon, also made an appearance to show his support. Participating celebrity team captains included: AJ Duhe (Miami Dolphins), Benny Blades (Detroit Lions), Brandon Fields (Miami Dolphins), Bob Brudzinski (Miami Dolphins), Bryant Salter (Miami Dolphins), Dan Carpenter (Miami Dolphins), Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins), Darrell Fullington (Minnesota Vikings), Darrell Malone (Miami Dolphins), Darryl Talley (Buffalo Bills), Darryl Williams (Cincinnati Bengals), Derrick Rogers (Miami Dolphins), Dick Anderson (Miami Dolphins), Don Nottingham (Miami DolFlorida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 1
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Tony Fiorentino, Pierre Garcon and Eric Reid the evening’s entertainment as the Master of Ceremonies, while some of today’s most distinguished individuals were honored for their work towards making a difference “behind the scenes” in our community. With an illustrious attendance of sports personalities, business leaders and notable philanthropists, the event included a silent auction, featuring sporting memorabilia and luxury items that attendees were able to bid on at the start of the evening, as well as a live auction, mediated by Jason Jackson, featuring sporting memorabilia, lavish vacation packages and one-of-a-kind experiences, among other items. The evening began with live entertainment, including an electrifying performance by internationally acclaimed master of the Harp, Victor Espinola. “This year’s Call Of The Game Dinner and Celebrity Golf Classic brought together some
of the region’s most legendary individuals from our sports community,” said Tony Fiorentino. “Each year we feel privileged to be able to not only honor those who have made a difference, but raise a substantial amount of money for two great causes.” “This year’s Reid & Fiorentino Call Of The Game Dinner and Celebrity Golf Classic demonstrates the level of commitment from our community towards helping today’s youth,” said Eric Reid. “Our two-day fund raiser has also built a foundation for honoring local legends in sport and our philanthropic community heroes. We thank everyone involved in making this year’s events such a success.” For further information on the Reid & Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner & Celebrity Golf Classic, please visit www.reidandfiorentinoevents.com.
Next Generation Golf App which Mixes GPS with a Shot Tracker Erik Winther had a problem: He
the ShowMeGolfers.com website.
was living in Denmark while his son,
And the app benefits Patrick as well,
Patrick, a top amateur golfer, was at-
because he now has stats on all his
tending Oklahoma State. Like every fa-
shots during the round allowing him to
ther, he wanted to be able to watch his
analyze his strengths and weaknesses
son’s progress on the golf course. “I’m
in order to improve his game. “The
thinking, with all the technology that’s
ShowMeGolfers app will allow golfers
out there with Facebook and Twitter
from all levels to have the capability
and GPS, why can’t I watch my son
of keeping their stats. This includes
play golf even though I’m not there,”
fairways hit, greens in regulation and
many more,” said Ben Crane, a four-
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has endorsed ShowMeGolfers and is
ate a phone app that enables him to
already using the app during practice
see how his son is playing every shot
during a round - despite being more
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than 5,000 miles away. Unveiled this
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week, the ShowMeGolfers app will dra-
No. 1-ranked woman golfer, said the
matically change the golf experience
ShowMeGolfers app will make his job
for all types of players, whether
easier because it enables golf-
you play for a living or just to
ers to analyze their own game.
spend time with your friends.
“A lot of golfers play a round
With ShowMeGolfers, players
and they don’t really evaluate
simply push a button when
how they played,” Gilchrist said.
they are about to hit their tee
“ShowMeGolfers give them a real
shot. When they reach their
awareness of how they are play-
drive, they (or their caddie or
ing. By looking
scorer) push the button again,
at things such as fairway ac-
repeating the process until the
curacy and greens in regulation,
hole is completed. Not only are
they can understand what areas
the players getting the yard-
they need work on. It also helps
ages they need to make the
them with strategy and decision
proper shot, they are record-
ing every shot and the data
associated with it in real time
game. How many golfers want
allowing friends and family to
to play by themselves? “We want
follow along with the round.
to bring more fun into golf,”
So as soon as Erik Winther’s
Winther said. “This is all about
son has pushed the button,
getting the right information at
Erik can see the shot either
the right time to make golf a bet-
on his mobile phone or on
ter experience for everyone.”
At its core, golf is a social
About ShowMeGolfers ShowMeGolfers is platform with a golf app that not only gives yardages on the course, it allows players to record their shots for self-analysis and also join a network where others can watch their round through the app or by going to a web site www.ShowMeGolfers.com. 32
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Combine one of the best layouts in Central Florida with 120-foot elevation changes and superb guest service, and you’ll understand why golfers from all over the globe have put Highlands Reserve at the top of their “must-play” list of Orlando golf courses.
ighlands Reserve provides an experience over and above your typical Florida golf course. With the rolling hills, large undulating greens and a wide open layout, the course is a fair challenge for players of all calibers. Open to the public, Highlands Reserve takes pride in welcoming golfers from all over the US and throughout the world. The club has even recently been honored to host LPGA Tour player Christina Kim and European Tour player Pablo Martin who raved about the golf course conditions. Considered one of the best values in Central Florida, you don’t want to miss your opportunity to play at this great facility. The course is conveniently located on just minutes from the Disney World Resort on U.S. Highway 27 just north of Interstate 4. All golfers are welcome and tee times are available every day at (863) 420-1724 or toll free at (877) 508-4653.
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courses control their pricing and offer real deals that benefit the golfer as well as the course. With PGP, a golfer can get the guaranteed lowest rate because there is no 3rd party middle man taking a cut. Plus, given my experience, there will be a lot more golf to be played! “Social Tee-Times” is the idea of creating a community and communication around golf tee-times, making it easier to plan a round of golf with your friends.
where making phone calls has become too much effort and posting updates and maintaining relationships on social media channels has become the norm, PlayGolfPlanet.com made it possible for me to finally get to play! PGP is Tee-Time provider that bridges the gap between the Golf Course and the Golfer. Golfers can easily sign up for the best deals and invite their friends with a small facebook like feature. They can also organize an outing and share the deal through their facebook. Unlike Golf Now, Golf Courses are given full control over the tee-times, customer data and relationship. This helps 34
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feature Recently, Casey Wilson sat down with Tom Kidd, Chief Executive Officer of Armada Sports and The Golf Championships for an interview….The Golf Championships are comprised of the Million Dollar Invitationals and the World Putting Tour Championships. The MDIs are televised on CBS Sports in 2012 and 2013. Q: What are the Golf Championships? A: The Golf Championships is an umbrella brand developed by Armada Sports, which is the parent sports marketing company. The Golf Championships are a series of unique niche competitions in the sport of Golf known as the Million Dollar Invitationals, the World Putting Tour Championships, and a new series we are developing for 2013 known as the Celebrity Challenges.
Q: What was the inspiration behind the creation of these unique events? A: Golf as a sport has grown in corporate sponsorship and prize money for the major tours over the past decade, but I think that the game has struggled to attract the interest of the main population to grow the game at a grass roots level. Indeed, the industry has commenced a number of initiatives to grow the number of individuals taking up the game and the major influencers in the sport have supported this effort over the last few years. Golf needs a” breath of fresh air” to generate the interest of a wider audience for the sport and as a result thereto, greater participation. The Golf Championships we believe are that breath of fresh air that will contribute to generating the interest required to grow the game and to the over all financial well being of the golf industry for the future.
Q: How is The Golf Championships positioned to achieve that objective? A: The Million Dollar Invitationals are competitions designed for all golfers, not the major players in the game. The competitions are nine hole shootouts, where 10 players start on the 10th tee, and one player is eliminated each hole until there is only two players left on the 18th tee. The winner of that hole wins one million
R. Thomas Kidd CEO Armada Sports & The Golf Championships
dollars. We believe that we have combined the best of reality television with sport, in that these competitions are a combination of “Survivor” and Golf, or “American Idol” and Golf.
Q: I can see the comparison to “Survivor”, with 10 players starting and only one surviving to earn the million dollar check at each event, but how are the golf events like “American Idol?” A: We have a very unique model in that a player is typically sponsored into the competitions. Any golfer who wants to compete can register online at our website www.thegolfchampionships.com. Once they are registered, then we determine if they are qualified through a vetting process, which includes playing ability
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and personality. Once they are approved in that process, we attempt to match the player to a sponsor who will pay their entry fee into the event in exchange for a percentage of the player’s winnings. A player can also enter themselves if they prefer and not have an official sponsor. That way they are assured of being in the field and not have to go through a vetting process.
Q: Is the television program on CBS Sports scripted like many other reality shows?
some players will sponsor themselves so they do not have to give up any prize money.
Q: How many players are selected to compete in each event? A: We have a maximum starting field of 144 players. They play 54 holes of competition. The top ten finishers then compete in the nine hole shootout in a two hour broadcast on CBS Sports on Saturdays.
A: There is no scripting whatsoever in our programming. It’s the golf competition that is highlighted. We let the drama unfold during the telecast. However, we believe that a wider audience will connect with unknown golfers in an interesting way, because they are competing in a forum on national television for significant prize money. The audience will be able to relate to those golfers and our programming in a different way than they react to events where Tiger and Phil occupy the coverage.
Q: Is there prize money for the other top ten competitors who do not make the one million dollar first prize?
Q: Where do the sponsors come from who sponsor the players in the Million Dollar Invitationals?
A: Currently we have 8 MDI events and 8 WPTC events scheduled, with 4 in late 2012, and 12 in 2013.
A: Our company locates the sponsors from several different sources; 1) Shareholders in our company sponsor players 2) Corporate sponsors can sponsor a player and receive CBS media and a percentage of prize winnings, as well as receive branded apparel worn by the player 3) Players can bring their own sponsors who will receive benefits beyond the normal player sponsor relationship 4)
A: Yes. Depending on when the competitor is eliminated the prize money varies. But last place is $30,000 increasing incrementally up to second place, which is $150,000. Total purse for each event is $1,560,000.
Q: How many events are scheduled in the upcoming months?
Q: Have you conducted Million Dollar Invitationals before? A: Armada Sports has not, but when I was developing the US Pro Golf Tour in
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2005 and 2006, we had an event titled the Trump Million Dollar Invitational , which was televised on ESPN. A brief video highlight of the event is located on our website at www.thegolfchampionships.com under Media. It is representative of the MDIs we will conduct in 2012 and 2013 on CBS.
Q: Tell us something about the WPTC. A: The World Putting Tour Championships are conducted at the same site and at the same time as the MDIs. It is a separate competition for all players in the MDI field and has a separate purse. Itâ€™s formatting is the same in that the top ten finishers after a 54 hole putting competition compete in a nine hole shootout. The player surviving after the nine hole competition is over wins a first place prize of $100,000. This competition provides the competitors with a second opportunity to win substantial prize money.
Q: Are amateurs eligible to participate in the competitions? A: Amateurs are allowed to compete. If the amateur does not waive his or her rights to the prize money, then the amateur would lose their amateur status. Many amateurs have told us that if they won a lot of money in the competitions, they would accept it and lose their amateur status for a brief period of time. However, other amateurs have indicated they just wanted to compete on national television for the crown and the life experience. However, an amateur must accept prize money to be sponsored into the event or they can enter themselves without a sponsor to retain their amateur status. 38
Q: Where are the events held and what can players expect at the events? A: The events are all held at top facilities, both domestically and internationally. The events are conducted just like any other major sporting events. We utilize VPAR Florida Scoring, (www.vpar.com), which provides real time scoring during the events, with real time leader boards. We also have great parties and functions planned for the entire week. Many players will bring their families, as the events are located in areas that are vacation destinations.
Q: Are other events on the drawing board? A: We have the Celebrity Challenges planned to commence in 2013, which will follow the same formatting as the Million Dollar Invitationals. In addition, we believe our model can be adapted to other sports and we will be assessing the market for such events in other sports in the future.
Q: What are the immediate plans for the company over the next few months? A: Obviously, first and foremost is the execution of these events on CBS. Secondarily, we are making preparations to become a publicly traded company in the near future for the benefit of liquidity for our shareholders, and for access to the capital markets for future growth. In addition to continuing to grow our brand The Golf Championships and our scoring operation VPAR Florida, we will seek out other sports entities for acquisition in the coming months. Florida Golf Central â€˘ Volume 13, Issue 1
By Joel Jackson, FGCSA Executive Director
The Florida Superintendents SCORE BIG at Recent Events 1. Florida Golf Day: Recent events brought good news all Florida superintendents. On February 14th, a delegation of leaders of the major state and national allied golf associations met in Tallahassee to witness the proclamation of Florida Golf Day. The event gave the allied associations of the golf industry a chance to meet with government agency leaders to discuss the huge economic impact and environmental benefits that golf brings to Florida’s economy and natural resources. Those benefits include: Annual $13.8 billion impact to state economy, 167,000 jobs and $312 million to Florida charities. The legislative resolutions on Florida Golf Day were nice, and the Governor’s Press Conference put an official seal on a day full of meetings and displays at the state capitol. Perhaps the most satisfying was the Business Roundtable meeting in which the allied association and state department heads met and exchanged facts and promises of improved cooperation going forward. Members of the golf and turf industry attending the event included: FGCSA officers Mark Kann, president,
Nancy Miller, CGCS, vice president and Executive Director Joel Jackson; GCSAA’s Field Representative Ralph Dain; USGA Agronomist Todd Lowe and FTGA Executive Director Pete Snyder. At the national level GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans and World Golf Foundation head, Steve Mona did an excellent job of highlighting the impact of the contributions that golf course superintendents and their associations make to the success of the golf industry.
2. GCSAA Golf Championships, Palm Springs: Each year, the weekend before the GCSAA Conference & Show the association holds a national golf championship. Florida sends a team made up of superintendents who win four local qualifying events during the year. This year Steve Bernard, Adios GC; Bob Harper, Emerald Hills GC; Steve Wright, Boca West CC and Deron Zendt, Banyan GC brought home the Low Gross Team Trophy!
3. GCSAA Conference & Show, Las Vegas: On March 2nd, the GCSAA’s Annual Meeting and Election of Of-
ficers took place in Las Vegas, Nevada during the 2012 Golf Industry Show (GIS). This is the grass-growing version of the PGA Merchandise Show, except our merchandise isn’t golf clubs, balls, shirts, shorts or shoes. Instead, our guys drool over the latest high tech greens and fairway mowers and newer, safer fertilizers and chemicals to keep your course green and playable. Another Florida victory came at the conclusion of the week, when former FGCSA Past President Darren Davis from the Olde Florida Club in Naples was elected to the GCSAA Board of Directors. He is the 2nd Florida superintendent on the current board as Bob Randquist from the Boca Rio GC became Immediate Past President after serving as President last year. Golf personalities, Peter Jacobsen and David Feherty, gave humorous and inspirational keynote presentations. We know Feherty is an irreverent wit; what is not commonly known is this brand new American citizen does inspirational work with the USO and Wounded Warriors for our troops. I’d say more, but what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
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YO U ’ L L B E IMPRESSED
the moment you arrive. From left): FGCSA Voting Delegate Dale Kuehner, CGCS; new GCSAA Director Darren Davis and GCSAA Past President Bob Randquist, CGCS celebrate Darren’s selection at the conclusion of the GCSAA Election of Officers in Las Vegas.
King & Bear Clubhouse –18th Green
FGCSA President Mark Kann and Vice President Nancy Miller, CGCS man the superintendent’s display booth at Golf Day in Tallahassee. Many state agency heads were amazed to learn what a really big deal the Golf Industry is in Florida.
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Come on get happy! Wouldn’t it be great if you could feel amazing in an instant as if by flipping an on/off switch? Well, I have some good news… And then, more good news: not only is it possible, but it’s also easy. Here’s a technique you can use any time to re-create a powerful and productive resource state. A state of mind that is empowering and useful. As you read the words on this page,
great moment through your own eyes, hearing what you heard, feeling what you felt. Bring back that memory and recall the details big, bright, clear. Remember how good it felt and let those sensations in your body become stronger. Notice the direction in which that proud, confident feeling is moving inside your body and let your imagination help you make those feelings move faster and faster... I don’t know how soon you’ll notice that the faster those feelings move, the stronger they become - And the stronger they become, the better you feel. But when you do, you can continue to pay attention to those great, intense feelings and make a very tight fist with one of your hands. Tighten up that fist as much as you possibly can, while letting those great feelings move faster and faster, inside. Hold on to those great feelings in that fist for just a few seconds. Now release the fist and think about your phone number backwards… Go back to the * and repeat that whole process 3-4 times. Do it now… It should only take a minute.
PLEASE CONTINUE ONLY AFTER RUNNING THROUGH THE ABOVE EXERCISE 3-4 TIMES.
you may begin to notice your mind wandering back through time, to a moment in your life when you felt amazing. A time when you felt proud, confident and self-assured... when everything was going right and you felt as if you were on top of the world! * Putting yourself back in that moment and allowing those thoughts to return, you might remember what it was like as if you were seeing that 42
What you’ll find is that, Much like Pavlov’s dogs, we have conditioned an emotional response to the tightening of that fist, so that every time you want those great feelings to come back, all you have to do is make a fist. It’s as easy as flipping a switch! In last month’s column I talked about the cycle of feelings - this works on the same principle. When you remember to tighten your fist, the productive thoughts you’ll have will reward you with wonderful feelings of accomplishment. In turn, the great feelings will be evident in your actions and your actions create your results. Here’s a mini quiz to make sure I was paying attention...
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True or False: 1) A person can create a link to a useful emotion (resource) by remembering the emotion and choosing a trigger as described in the exercise above. 2) To intensify the feelings you want to link for best results, you can make them move faster and seem more lively and vivid. 3) One can only do this technique with a fist as the “trigger”. 4) Our thoughts create our feelings, feelings create actions and actions create results. So we should focus on productive thoughts. 5) You feel amazing now when you tighten your fist and the more you do it, the better you’ll feel! (practice makes perfect) Answers: 1) True 2) True 3) False 4) True 5) Well, don’t you? In closing, I want to share with you an insight I have borrowed on numerous occasions, from one of Motivator & Trainer, Zig Ziglar’s success seminars. Mr. Ziglar asks his audience: “How many of you know for a fact that there’s something you can personally do right now, that would make your personal, professional and/or family life worse?” To which everyone laughs in shock and agreement... “How many of you know for a fact that there’s something you can personally do right now that would make your personal, professional and/or family life better?” He continues, with the audience still in agreement. “Well...” he says, and here’s the parting thought I’d like to leave you with: “what I’ve heard you say just now, is that... there is something you can personally do today, that will affect your personal, professional and/or family life either positively or negatively... and the choice is yours! – And let me tell you... THAT is an awesome realization” – Wouldn’t you agree? Get up, get going and get happy with the simple exercise I shared with you. See you on the course! Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 1
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a focus on the Hudson Valley region. The two agreed to meet, not realizing that a tweet and a cup of coffee were actually a partnership in the making. Keryl is in the business of happy. Debbie is in the business of wine and marketing. Put the two together and you’ve got a force to be reckoned with - a perfect “blend” to create a wine designed by women, for women. “Happy Bitch Wines will deliver more than a great tasting wine. Happy Bitch Wines is not just about wine, it’s about lifestyle. Our image will be one of living life to the fullest starting right now, enjoying every moment, and choosing happiness as a way of life."
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By Gary Gilchrist Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher in America
Shaping Shots, The Simple Way Many amateurs are intimidated
a lefty) of where you want the ball to
easily hit a draw.
with shaping a shot to hit the fairway
start. The reason you want to do this is
or green, but really pulling off a draw or
because you want to walk into the ball
a fade when you need it can be much
feeling a little closed to your target as
simpler than you might imagine.
your visualize the shot.
I always tell my students it all starts
One other important key is ball
Keys to the shot: 1. Visualize your shot 2. ball position slightly back 3. shoulders, hips, knees and feet aimed right of your target 4. back foot slightly back
with the setup.
position. Put the ball slightly back in
your stance from where you normally
When hitting a draw, you’ll want to swing a little on the inside, release the club slightly out and let your body rotate your arms back and through. That’s the technical way of looking at it, but rest assured it’s much simpler. You will naturally do all this with the way you set up to your target. Start by standing behind the ball as you would when you start your routine and find your target. Then find a point about 10 yards right (or left if you’re
position the ball with your back foot slightly back. This will help promote that in-to-out swing. Now let’s execute: Walk in, aim your clubface where you want the ball to start with the ball slightly back in your stance with your feet, knees, hips and shoulders to the right and closed to your target. Now swing along your shoulder line from in-to-out and fire. You’ll see the ball go from right to left, and you’ll
Fade Just like when hitting a draw, hitting a fade all starts with the setup. As you visualize the shot, this time when you walk in, aim your feet, knees, hips and shoulders open to your target with the ball more forward in your stance with your front foot slightly back. You’re going to swing out to in along your shoulder line with the clubface slightly open depending on how much you want the ball to cut. Now walk in, aim your clubface where you want the ball to start, swing back and through, and you’ll see the ball go from left to right.
Keys to the shot: 1. visualize your shot 2. ball position slightly forward 3. shoulders, hips, knees and feet aimed left of your target 4. front foot slightly back Gary Gilchrist is a Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher in America and is the founder of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy at Mission Inn Resort & Club near Orlando, FL. GGGA features a fulltime junior program and training for professionals, amateurs and college players. 46
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By David Bailey
Some things in life bear repeating, and traveling South to Turnberry Isle Miami ranks extremely high on the Repeatability Scale! Florida Golf Central recently had the indubitable pleasure of “staying and playing” at one of the most unique properties existing if Southeast Florida. During this visit, we were invited to stay on the Magnolia side of the hotel, and the views, as well as the accommodations were extraordinary as usual. The fragrance of magnolias permeates the entire guest area, including walkways and elevators, and continues into the guest suite. The fragrance is incredibly relaxing,
and rejuvenating at the same time. The entire staff at Turnberry Isle is incredibly helpful as always, and throughout the entire stay remain courteous and professional at every level, from valet parking to check-in, as well as all other services. During this stay, we also had the pleasure of enjoying the accommodations associated with the a Poolside Cabana, replete with high-definition television, refrigerator, ceiling fan, inside and outside lounge chairs for relaxation, private changing area, and service personnel who attend to your food and beverage needs. The “lazy-river” float experience is something you must experience. You take your cocktail along, and try to ensure that no one else is watching as you attempt to maneuver yourself onto an inner tube, without drawing
too much attention in case you begin thrashing about like a Bluefish out of water while trying to mount the wet inner tube. This is living my friends… and living well! It almost seems as though the poolside staff are in direct competition with the indoor staff when it comes to good-looks, charm, and service etiquette! They are all fun, and engaging people, and make the overall experience on which you will want to repeat as often as possible. It’s no wonder that celebrities and sports stars such as Mr. MJ are at the club repeatedly throughout the week and on the weekends. Between the two spectacular golf courses, and other amenities on property, it’s easy to understand why they choose this Country Club as their own. And speaking of golf; the golf courses at Turnberry Isle Miami are as incredibly beautiful as they are challenging. During this visit, we had the privilege of playing the Soffer Course, and we delighted to find the course and its staff as impeccable as the resort itself. It would be difficult for me to describe the courses in any more detail and use of adjectives Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 1
than you will find in Turnberry Isle’s web page description; so I will let their words speak for themselves. From the very first tee, you are greeted by emerald green paspalum fairways and greens that are immaculately groomed. Winding through colorful, sub-tropical foliage, white sand and spectacular water features, the tranquil surroundings allow you to swing the club with smooth tempo and enjoy a relaxing round of golf that is challenging, yet a pleasure to play in every way. Once again you wonder: “How do I finish in as few strokes as possible but make it last all day?” Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., both of the Turnberry Isle Miami’s 18-hole championship golf courses – the Soffer and Miller Courses - have been re-interpreted by golf icon Raymond Floyd. The result showcases the best of Florida golf, with contoured fairways, clever doglegs, rolling greens, perfectly carved bunkers, strategically placed water features and a variety of elevation changes to challenge and enthrall resort guests of any handicap.” And when they say “with any golf handicap”, believe me that even someone at my skill-level of play can still enjoy just the fact that they are on this course, and you truly want the event to last as long as possible. I blame the spotting of a four-foot Iguana for most of my missed par opportunities on the course. I had been informed during previous visits, that the elusive cold-blooded creatures were abound on property, and once I spotted one, my game simply fell apart! Actually, seeing the Iguana was a truly incredible experience on the course, and has warranted many funny stories between my girlfriend and I; who has tried to convince me of their existence for nearly a year before we finally spotted one together. I would be remised to not mention the dining experiences at Turnberry Isle Miami. From breakfast with the birds out on the patio, to the elegant surrounding indoors, you will be inspired to return to these fabulous restaurants and bars on property. We had the pleasure of personally meeting and interviewing Chef Philip Brock from the Cascata Grille Restaurant, additionally, Chef Garrette provided us with a private tour of the on –property, Herb Garden which is continually developed and maintained by the kitchen personnel, as well as the Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 1
Chef’s themselves. Chef Garrett who has the distinguished responsibility of overseeing the kitchen for the Turnberry Isle Club Members, was a most gracious host, and shared with us personal stories regarding the vegetable, herbs, spices, and fruit trees planted and maintained within the garden. It was both enjoyable and refreshing to hear the personal stories associated with his family regarding the fruit trees and exotic herbs and spices found in the garden area. Chef Garrett brought several of the trees and vines from his hometown area in the northeast, and they continually thrive in Florida climate despite the geographic change. I think this can be said about visitors to Turnberry Isle Miami as well. Changing locals every now and then is good for the soul, and helps us gain
a renewed perspective on life, love, family, and friends. Well worth the drive for establishing new friendships, as well as enjoying great food, good cigars, and exciting cocktails, visiting Fairmont Turnberry Isle will invigorate your soul as well as your senses. I encourage you to take advantage of visiting this property soon, Turnberry Isle Miami is currently offering “Florida Resident” Rates beginning at $149.00 dollars per night during the Summer, and includes complimentary Valet Parking, and complementary Greens Fees (excluding a $40 dollar cart fee). I challenge you to find anyplace more extraordinary to play golf, relax, enjoy wonderful food and people, as well as make you honestly appreciate the finer aspects of Country Club life. Come on…try it, we promise you will not be disappointed.
18th hole on the Miller course
Duffer Dan at Lake Region Yacht & Country Club Have you ever smelled the fragrance of the orange blossoms in Florida. If you take a drive in March to the area around Winter Haven in the rolling hills of Polk County and leave the windows open you will enjoy one of the finest olfactory sensations nature has to offer. The “Chain of Lakes City”,
with over 24 lakes connected by navi-
a lakeside Junior Olympic swimming
should bale left. Take my word-‘bale
gable canals, Winter Haven has another
pool adjacent to the main clubhouse
left’; it will make the hole play longer
sensation of pristine natural beauty,
which has a formal dining area, and
but you can still reach 570 yard hole in
Lake Region Yacht & Country Club,
Club Room with full service bar. Both
a smaller number.
situated on the shores of Lake Hamil-
restaurants overlook beautiful Lake
ton with 290 acres of flora and fauna
Hamilton. The pro shop, men’s and
Yacht & Country Club is Tony Brabiner
surrounding the David Wallace course
lady’s locker rooms and the upstairs
and he and his staff make sure the
design. There are no homes on this un-
Pro’s Nest are in a separate building
members and their guests are pam-
spoiled 6600 yard championship track.
between the 1st and 10th tees. There is
pered in the old south tradition. Did
For four years Lake Region has been the
a practice putting green , a short game
you know that 3+3+3=9? Well the back
practice area and driving range avail-
nine here consists of 3 par3’s, 3 par
able near the pro shop. The first hole
4’s,and 3 par 5’s. The opening hole on
is a 506 yard par 5 dog-leg left to a well
the back is a 387 yard par 4 that plays
protected smallish green. In fact all
near the entrance road with a pond
the greens are small in comparison to
skirting the fairway and the green on
today’s designs, and require accurate
the left. The 11th and 13th holes are
shots to keep the ball on the dance floor
short par 5’s that allow for good scores
but do have openings in the front to al-
for better players. The par 3s are long
low for a run up. The two par 3’s on the
and challenging with a prevailing wind
home for Florida’s Natural Charity Clas-
front side(#s 3& 6) parallel the lake and
off the lake at your back on 15 & 17,
sic which has raised over $225,000 for
both play at 170+ yards from the back
and I scored well on the 4s. The back
grants to Polk non profit organizations
tees. The fairways are wide enough, but
nine is 300 yards shorter than the front
through the Florida’s Natural Growers
the giant oaks that provide a natural
and that might be the reason I just
Foundation . This is the 2012 season
canopy, seem to be placed in the per-
loved the back, but actually it is the
opener for the Symetra Tour –The Road
fect position to be between the ball and
finishing hole, the par 5, 456 yard hard
to the LPGA, where aspiring lady golf
the hole when an errant drive runs left
dogleg right with a pond protecting
professionals are seeking the oppor-
or right. I seemed to be one(or 2,or 3)
the green with the clubhouse in the
tunity to play on the same level with
with nature more often than I wanted.
background. It is one of the prettiest
LPGA stars like Paula Creamer, Suzann
The #1 handicap hole, a 427 yard par 4
holes I have seen, and takes smart play
Pettersen and Yani Tseng.
did not give me any problem, but the
to score well here. To learn more about
The Lake Region Yacht & Country
par 5, 9th had me taking off my shoes
the Club, call 863-324-6666 or go to
Club has an 8 court tennis complex
to not only retrieve my ball but add my
www.LakeRegionYCC.com. and more
with a pro shop, work out area and
score. With a lake right where I wanted
about the tournament you can got to
full time director, Alex Bose. There is
to hit my drive, I just did not think I
The General Manager of Lake Region
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Golf Channel Gets Its Own 'Drive' With Street Renaming In appreciation of Golf Channel’s 17-years-plus commitment to its community, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer – with the help of golfing legend Arnold Palmer and Golf Channel President Mike McCarley – today unveiled a new
Channel Drive,” which was celebrated
Photo Caption: Golf Channel and the City of Orlando today unveiled the cable network’s new street name – Golf Channel Drive – with help from (l to r) Orlando City Mayor Buddy Dyer, Golf Channel co-founder Joe Gibbs, Golf Legend and Golf Channel co-founder Arnold Palmer, Golf Channel President Mike McCarley and former secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. Photo Courtesy of Golf Channel
at the network’s studios by more than
what has happened and certainly what
and stature, and has become a global
200 invited guests and employees.
has happened with the Golf Channel.”
media powerhouse. Upon launch, the
Among those in attendance were
“For the past 17 years, we have grown
network employed 180 people and oc-
Golf Channel co-founder Joe Gibbs; Tom
to be a proud part of the Orlando com-
cupied 38,000 square feet of office and
Ridge, former United States secretary of
munity,” McCarley said. “When visitors
studio space in its Southwest Orlando
Homeland Security; Joe Steranka, chief
see how our campus has grown, they
location. Today, the network is part
executive officer of the PGA of America;
will now see the pride on the outside
of the NBC Sports Group of networks.
Tom Williams, chairman and chief
that our founders and employees have
Golf Channel studios have remained
executive officer, Universal Parks &
always felt on the inside. Our growth
in the same location but space has
Resorts; and Rick Anderson, executive
is a tribute to the talent, passion and
increased to more than 118,000 square
vice president, PGA TOUR.
dedication of our employees and is a
feet and employees now number more
“For me this is an extreme pleasure
reflection of the strength of the game
than 500. Distribution of the network’s
to be here in Orlando,” Palmer said.
we all love.”
programming also has increased from
“I started here in about 1962 and I’ve
Co-founded by Palmer and cable
seven million homes in the U.S. to
been hanging on ever since, and each
entrepreneur Gibbs in 1995, Golf Chan-
more than 120 million in 83 countries
day that goes by I am more proud of
nel has grown significantly in size
around the world.
street name for the cable network, “Golf
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Florida Golf Day Proclamation
PGA CEO Joe Steranka with Golf Channel's Todd Lewis
The NFPGA was an integral part of the new Proclamation for Florida Golf Day on Feb. 14. PGA CEO, Joe Steranka along with David Leadbetter and many delegates from the various Golf Associations in the state shared the value of golf with the Legislators and Governor Rick Scott. Both The House and Senate heard the Proclamation and signed the Bill of Declaration. Gov. Scott held a conference with our leaders and concluded the special day with a press conference acknowledging the value of the golf industry to the state. Our local PGA Professionals were on hand to give free golf lessons to the Legislators, the media and guests on the Capitol court! The NFPGA also had a booth between the House and the Senate and NFPGA President Tony Johnson and Executive Director Rich Smith were on hand to meet with the Legislators, lobbyists 54
and media to answer questions about Golf 2.0 and emphasize the contributions the game of golf provides to the “Golf Capital of the World.” Thank you to Kenny Hobbs and Nike Golf for providing the inflatables for our teaching stations. It was a great experience for all of the golf industry representatives who were all there to unite and make our voices heard to the Florida Legislature on just how valuable the game of golf is, not only to tourism, but to employment, charity, the environment, along with health and wellness. This day was the result of a team effort from golf associations and golf industry representatives who came together to make a difference and prove why the Golf 2.0 industry initiatives are so critical to the future of the game, our economy and …the people!
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46 South Florida PGA Professionals Walked with The Pro’s Recently, forty-six South Florida PGA Professionals walked in The Honda Classic Kenny G Pro-Am, serving as pace of play ambassadors with each group. For the past six years the South Florida PGA and The Honda Classic have provided this unique opportunity to South Florida PGA Professionals and amateurs participating in the Pro-Am. All those participating in the Pro-Am thoroughly enjoyed the day, especially the PGA Professionals, who have an opportunity to interact with the PGA Tour Professionals along with the local amateurs. In return for the support of the Pro-Am, The Honda Classic annually supports The South Florida PGA Foundation and serves as the presenting partner of The South Florida PGA Junior Tour. Special thanks to South Florida
PGA Professionals: Bill Balash, Kevin Battersby, Dana Bennett, Tom Bishop, Warren Bottke, Michael Broad, Mark Cammarene, Steve Clawson, Tim Collins, Dave Collumbell, Bob Coman, David Comstock, Paul Crespo, Chris Czaja, Julie Degenhard, Tommy Durick, Rafael Floriani, Randy Fluhrer, Greg Gardner, Larry Graczyk, Brian Gurzynski, Jeff Hall, Dan Halverson, Bill Hensel, Jay Higgins, Mark Iwinski, Mike Jonges, Robert Lane, Kevin Ludke, Dean Marolf, Thomas McGuirk, Bela Nagy, Chet Nowak, Steve O’Hara, Bobby Petelinkar, Trent Reeves, Trent Stewart, Mark Thomas, Duncan Tinling, Peter Tyree, Bill Ventresca, John Vicker, Mike Walsh, Craig Watson, and Scott Weber Along with our starters PGA Professional, Pat O’Brien, and Marty Price, who willing help annually.
Play Golf America at The Honda Classic The Honda Classic played host to a successful Play Golf America event run by the South Florida PGA. PGA Professionals taught 157 free lessons to golfers of all skill levels and ages. A big thank you to our PGA members who volunteered their time to grow the game of golf: Chris Czaja, Jayme Fordyce, Mike Jonges, Dustin McCabe and Bobby Petelinkar.
Play Golf America at Roger Dean Stadium The South Florida PGA was on hand for the first weekend game of the 2012 season at Roger Dean Stadium. With the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins facing each other for the first time of the season, fans packed into the stadium! PGA professionals Joe Canny and Gia Fanelli were able to teach 38 free lessons to fans before the game got underway. Thank you for helping us grow the game! 56
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Seventh Annual Celebrity/Amputee Golf Classic to Raise Support for Haitian Youth Athletic Program and Haitian Amputees Automated HealthCare Solutions proudly presents the 7th Annual Celebrity/Amputee Golf Classic (CAGC) scheduled on Thursday April 19th and Friday April 20th at the renowned ChampionsGate Omni Resort in Orlando, FL. This annual charitable event, which attracts professional athletes, provides financial support to service men and women who have lost limbs in the line of duty while serving our country. This year, CAGC participants will help raise much-needed funding benefitting the Haitian American Athletic Foundation. The foundation and its athletic program aid underprivileged youth who have become homeless or severely impoverished due to the disasters that have affected Haiti. The event will also support Project Medishares: Haitian Amputee Rehabilitation Program, which continues to treat hundreds of patients who lost limbs due to the devastating earthquake in January of 2010. “This tournament has proven to be something special, and a true reflection of each individual that participates in it,” said CAGC Tournament Founder and Director David Bowen. “From the actors and professional athletes to the incredible abilities showcased by our amputee participants, it’s a rewarding experience to know you are touching so many lives.”
The two-day event includes a VIP Pairings Party and auction, as well as a breakfast the morning of the tournament and an awards luncheon immediately following. Participants will have the opportunity to meet some of their favorite celebrities and pose for photos during the Pairings Party, as well as have a chance to play with a celebrity and an amputee during the golf tournament. This year’s tournament features two championship 18-hole golf courses designed by accomplished
architect and former PGA golfer Greg Norman. It is also the World Headquarters for the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. For those attending the CAGC event, there is a special rate of $149 per night at the host hotel, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, 1500 Masters Blvd, ChampionsGate, FL 33896 P: 407-390-6680. The celebrity list of participants for the event is impressive and continues to grow. Participants include Fred McGriff, MLB, Jason Taylor, NFL, Phil Esposito, NHL Hall of Fame: Bobby Taylor, NHL, Michelle Mcgann, LPGA, Andre Berto, WBC Welterweight Champion; Casey Tisdale, NFL; Yancey Arias, Actor; Pat Jablonski, NHL; Jason Romano, MLB, Dennis Rasmussen, MLB; Malik Yoba, Actor; Scott McGarrahan, NFL, Mark Royals, NFL; Sean Salisbury, NFL; Ken Amato, NFL; Robert Smith, NFL, Darren Puppa, NHL, Geoff Goetz, MLB; Brett Groves, MLB; Shawn Wooden, NFL JP Peterson, TV & Radio Personality, Reidel Anthony, NFL; Corey Ivy, and NFL; Dale Dawson. Sponsorships for the Golf Classic are also available. For more information about participating, or getting involved with the tournament, contact David Bowen at email@example.com or by phone: 954-864-2478.
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Universal Orlando Resorts Hollywood Drive-In Golf Is Now Open Universal Orlando Resort has officially opened central Florida ’s newest and most outrageously-themed miniature golf experience– Hollywood Drive-In Golf at Universal CityWalk. Featuring two 18-hole courses based on classic drive-in era horror and sci-fi movies, this all-new venue is the only place where the entire family can enjoy
teeing off through the open mouth of a giant space worm or the basement laboratory of a towering haunted house. To celebrate the grand opening, some of Universal Orlando’s iconic characters “hit the links.” Universal’s classic monsters – including Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein – putted their way through a creepy cemetery on “The Haunting of Ghostly Greens” course. On the opposite side, Men In Black agents and Frank the Pug played “Invaders from Planet Putt” – a course themed after the “little green men” science fiction films of the 1950s. Designed by Universal’s Creative team in partnership with Adventure Golf Design and Development, Hollywood Drive-In Golf is now open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Admission rates to play one course are $13.99 plus tax for adults and $11.99 plus tax for children (ages 3 to 9). For more information on Hollywood Drive-In Golf, visit www.CityWalkOrlando.com.
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Golf Course Builder Reaches 25 year milestone Golf course construction company and design build firm, Barbaron, Inc., is pleased to announce that in 2012 the company will celebrate 25 years in business. Barbaron was founded in 1987 as a specialized shaping company and over the years has become a full scope golf course builder and renovation specialist. In the last quarter century Barbaron, Inc. has compiled a very impressive list of some of the best golf courses in
the country that they have built and or renovated. Some of the new courses include The Ranch and Highlands courses at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, FL. and Jack Frost National at Boulder Creek Resorts in Blakeslee, PA A sampling of the renovations in Florida include all three courses at Emerald Greens in Tampa, The Indian River Club, The Moorings, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club and the North, South and West courses of John’s Island
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Club in Vero Beach and Fairwinds Golf Course in Ft. Pierce. After architect Terrill LaGree became a principle in the firm in 1995 Barbaron has designed and built many notable courses. Some of LaGree’s courses include; Royal Oaks in Ocala , FL., Skyview at Terra Vista in Hernando, FL., Sanctuary Ridge formerly Diamond Players Club in Clermont, FL, and Jack Frost National at Boulder Creek Resorts in Blakeslee, PA In 1997 Barbaron became a member of the Golf Course Builders Association of America and has been a Certified Builder since 1998. In 1999 the company became a Charter member of the GCBAA. The principles of the firm have also been involved in the local community since the company’s formation. Company president, Ron Kitchen Jr., has served as local Chamber of Commerce president, Chairman of the Economic Development Association and served for 10 years as Mayor of Crystal River, Florida. Today Barbaron is on its 137th project. President Ron Kitchen Jr stated “We have been truly blessed to be in the business for 25 years. We made a commitment when my father started the company 25 years ago to work toward excellence in all we do. We have the most dedicated employees who put their heart into each and every project, and we have been able to work for some of the finest owners and architects in the industry”. About Barbaron Barbaron offers a full scope of services, including golf course architecture, specification development and budgeting, project management as well as full service construction. For more information visit our website at www.barbaron.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 1
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Lexi Thompson Gives Aspiring Young Golfers Tips at Red Bull Tee Time Red Bull athlete and LPGA's youngest professional talks one on one with fans A drizzly South Florida didn’t keep high school golf teams from missing the opportunity to receive insider instruction from LPGA professional athlete, Alexis “Lexi” Thompson today at Coral Ridge Country Club. Young golfers from the surrounding districts came after class for a special lesson one on one with Lexi. Red Bull Tee Time was dreamt up last year when Lexi aspired to get closer to her fans while offering young golfers any helpful advice on growing a career in the sport. Today’s Red Bull Tee Time was the second annual with Lexi, a neighboring thirty miles from her home in Coral Springs. Two more upcoming tee times will be scheduled at big stops on the LPGA tour. “I reached out to Red Bull with my idea, and they helped connect me with the local communities,” said Lexi on how Red Bull Tee Time started. “We now have tee times across the southeast, and I’d love to go national next year.” Lexi answered all questions; giving tips on her pre-swing routine, snacking and staying focused with Red Bull on the course, and how she paces herself both in practice and at tournaments. Afterwards, she gave a demonstration and hit a few balls with her fans. “I was nervous stepping up to the 64
tee,” stated Beau Clavijo, a sophomore from St. Thomas Aquinas, after challenging Lexi to a friendly driving competition. “I did what Lexi said, swing free.” Lexi Thompson turned professional at the age of 15, continuing her career of accomplishments at a ripe age. This led her to become the youngest player to receive an LPGA card at 16, as well as youngest to win a LPGA tournament shortly after. Her day-to-day can be followed on her twitter, @Lexi.
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Amateurs Scoop Up Another Underwood Cup Victory
By Stephen Trendler
“In the hole!!!!”…Amateur Luis Rivera slam dunks a hole-in one Pro Charles Raulerson of Country Club of Orange Park was the top point maker for the pro team
Amateur Jon Bolen watches partner Luis Rivera tune up for his upcoming ace to close out their match
Former NCAA champion amateur Nick Gilliam was a strong point maker for the amateur team
This annual event of team competition of pros versus amateurs has had its share of drama and excitement over the 20 year history of this tournament. This year, the drama was in the beginning of the event at the historic Timuquana Country Club. With first day weather that would qualify for a winter Olympics event, wind blew hard off the St Johns river with temperatures in the 40’s. Ski hats and mittens were the standard issue of uniforms along with hot chocolate being the standard fare as fast as the half-way house could make it. The amateurs came out of the starting gate like a freight train in high gear with no brakes as they started racking up points quickly. The amateur pairing of Jonathon Bolen and Underwood Cup rookie Luis Rivera were the runaway train engineers as they were heading 66
for a certain early team point in their match. The Rivera/Bolen amateur duo was closing in on an early point when facing the most difficult par 3 13th hole
at 200 yards on the course. Rivera proceeded to drill a 3 iron into the teeth of the wind and slam dunked the ball into the hole (nothing but net!) for an ace. Bolen said it was one of the best shots he has ever seen. It was pretty much game-set-match to add another amateur team point. By the end of day 1, the amateurs had a commanding 5 point 8-1/2 to 3-1/2 lead. The pros started grabbing points early on Day 2 while in major catch up mode. They started their own run of winning points by Charles Raulerson, Broc Nell including holing out a 7 iron for an eagle, Gerry James, and Clint Avret with a conceded eagle for his win. But it was just not enough to close the huge opening day amateur lead as the amateurs were still gaining more points later in the day. The last groups of the day agreed to conclude their matches early for halves as the event was already won by the amateurs with a final tally of 15-9. Although the pros came in top loaded with heavy weight pros, it was the outstanding strategy of Amateur Team captain Billy Varn who picked 3 rookies, Rivera, Eric Graybeal and Nick Gilliam who went 7-2 to be the big factor in the amateur team win. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 1
Winners of Verandah’s Inaugural Ladies Invitational Enjoy Bubbly Trophy Verandah resident
Theresa Flynn and Pat Terry and winning golfer Martha Jakowlew plans to wait to savor the sweet taste of victory – literally. As the overall champion of the inaugural 2012 Verandah Ladies Invitational, Jakowlew and her guest and teammate Carol Lago received oversized bottles of champagne etched, just like a trophy, with details of the event, the Verandah Club logo and the declaration of their No.1 ranking. “We’re saving the champagne until we can celebrate together,” said Flight 5 – Beverly VanDerzee and Karen Evanoka Jakowlew who’s already planning to defend her title next year. “It was such a thrill to win the inaugural event.” Jakowlew and Lago, members of the same country club in their hometown of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, beat seven other flight twosomes to claim the club championship – and the champagne trophy – during the March 8-9 invitational. The popularity of the women’s golf program at Verandah, the 1,456-acre master-planned community along the Orange River in grand champions. Fort Myers, prompted the club to A tie at the last hole between the consider a larger event for the ladies, Jakowlew/Lago team and Sandie Pearl said Nathan Groce, director of golf at and Pat Aboia forced a chip-off. Verandah Club. “The shootout was nerve-wracking “The men’s member-guest because everyone was watching us tournament is our big event of the play,” said Jakowlew, who took up golf year, and we wanted to do something 15 years ago and was a member of special for the ladies,” he said. “We the event’s planning committee. “The wanted to create a unique event so invitational was absolutely fantastic; members could show off Verandah to we had almost a full field.” their guests and provide an experience “The members’ guests were from they would remember the rest of their all over the country and Canada,” said lives.” Groce. “Some came down just to play.” The 36-hole better-ball tournament The ladies’ invitational also included attracted 112 golfers – 56 Verandah an opening-night Italian bistro-themed golf members and their guests – and buffet dinner featuring a magician. included a putting contest and the The following day, competitors enjoyed three-hole shootout among the top both breakfast and lunch together and eight flight winners to determine the received a gift bag of Footjoy shoes, 68
Carol Lago, Martha Jakowlew – 2012 Verandah Ladies Invitational Champions
Sophia Harrison and Kay Groves balls and gloves. A raffle paid the winner’s entry fee. Flight winners received an etched bottle of wine.“The idea is that you drink the wine and keep the bottle as the trophy,” said Groce. Verandah offers two world-class courses. Old Orange, Verandah’s first 18-hole championship golf course designed by award-winning golf course architect Bob Cupp, was inspired by the spectacular oak trees throughout the site. Whispering Oak, the challenging but beginner-friendly course, was designed by Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II. Verandah offers villa homes and estate, custom and traditional single-family homes in a variety of neighborhoods, including homes available for immediate occupancy. Home and homesite packages are priced from the low $190,000s to more than $1 million, and pricing on custom homesites now starts in the $50,000s. For more information, visit Verandah’s information center, located two miles east of I-75 on State Road 80, call 866-694-7199 or log onto www.Verandah.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 1
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➊ Under Armour Performance Eyewear Three-time PGA Tour winner Hunter Mahan has been using UA performance apparel for years to keep cool on the course during high stakes tournaments, but now Hunter will also be relying on Under Armour® sunglasses to cut back the glare on his cut shots as an official athlete partner of Under Armour Performance Eyewear. As part of the new collaboration, Hunter will work in conjunction with Under Armour’s premiere eyewear partner, Eyeking, on the development of a new signature series of sunglasses. The Hunter Mahan Signature Series eyewear collection will debut in Spring 2012 with the UA Drive sunglasses ($119.99). UA Drive sunglasses will offer players the unique blend of performance and comfort they’ve come to expect from all Under Armour products. The shades are equipped with: • ArmourSight® lenses provide up to 20% enhanced vision edge to edge • Armourfusion® frames for an ultra-light feel • An adjustable nosepad for a custom fit • Air flow technology directed around the lenses to keep the wearer cool
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➋ Antigua Antigua’s Women’s 2012 collection features a brighter more playful approach to performance clothing. The color palette has been expanded with a total of six hues ranging from rich jewel tones to soft brights. Color names such as ‘honeysuckle’, ‘tide’ and ‘lilac’ bring about connotations of relaxed summer days while the softer bright colors make any woman feel instantly feminine and comfortable. “The richer shades are perfect for fall,” says Dellios, “…yet have been strategically merchandised to coordinate with any of the other brighter colored pieces to be worn any time of year, on and off the course.” VIBE: This micropoly DESERT DRY™ XTRA LITE moisture management solid black v-neck polo features a tipped flat knit collar, diamond pattern jacquard contrast inset back & side panel and a longer short sleeve length (15” from center back of neck). Available in three colors (black/pomegranate, black/dusk & black/violet). DEXTERITY VEST: When talking about the new ‘Dexterity Vest’ style, Dellios explains how Antigua wanted to maintain the same high sales volume as the vests’ predecessors, “The success of Antigua’s women’s reversible vest in the last few seasons has been greater than any other style in the collection.” Dellios’ latest creation, ‘Dexterity Vest’ has already proven to be an even bigger success. The jacket features a polyester jersey face bonded with a waterproof membrane backing and has a medium weight micro fleece lining. The face side of the vest is water resistant and features the deeper shade from the new color palette. The reverse side features soft fleece in the brighter shades with some unique cut & sew detailing to give it a more sporty appeal.
➎ Tour Edge Tour Edge continues to occupy top-10 market share in every category of golf especially irons. This year, they have an iron set that’s perfect for every player level and type. Tour Edge iron sets are available in stock and they deliver premium quality at an affordable price and are backed by a lifetime warranty. In fact, prices are often half the price of competitor’s irons. • Exotics CB Extreme Forged (0-6 hdcp) $799 - a beautiful forged blade • Exotics CU cast cavity back (2-12 hdcp) $499 - forgiveness and blade like looks • Exotics XCG5 (8+ hdcp) $499 -- 2012 Golf Digest Hot List • Bazooka HT Max D game improvement irons $259 - the most affordable custom fit set in golf. www.touredge.com
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Aces & Eagles Tuscawilla Country Club Awards Hole In One For the Whole Franklin family Mrs. Franklin got her hole in one on #3 and Tim Franklin, Mr. Franklin and David Franklin got theirs on #6. All between 2000-2010.
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Announces New Sales Team Members Charles Mullins Joins As Director of Group Sales & Elizabeth Kintzing Joins As Sales Manager The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in
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Southwest Florida has announced two new sales appointments. Charles Mullins has joined the resort as Director of Group Sales, and Elizabeth Kintzing has joined as Sales Manager. Mullins brings over 13 years of sales, conference services and meeting planner experience to his new position as the resort’s Director of Group Sales. Most recently, he served in the Las Vegas market with Station Casinos, Caesars Entertainment, The Palms, and Planet Hollywood Resort. In his new position he handles the group market in the mid-Atlantic region, managing both corporate and association accounts. Kintzing joins the resort as Sales Manager, bringing 10 years of sales experience. Most recently, she served at The Sheraton in Norfolk, Virginia. She is responsible for handling the group market in the Southeast region, managing both corporate and association accounts. “We are delighted to have both of these exceptional and talented indi-
viduals now on The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club’s sales team,” said Michele Marsee, the 125-acre resort’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “Each brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will allow us to continue our growth as a destination resort and develop our position in the meeting and convention business.” The 317-room resort has made significant investments with a complete renovation of guest rooms and suites; a renovated golf course; a renovated and expanded Sunset Beach Bar & Grill; and the addition of a new beachfront pool complex. With over 34,000 square feet of meeting and event space coupled with several outdoor function areas to choose from, and being the only resort in Naples that can offer golf, spa and tennis on property, the resort is wellpositioned for meetings, conventions and incentives. To further showcase all of the changes made, the resort recently unveiled a brand new website at www.naplesbeachhotel.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 1
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