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Publisher There are ups and downs to everything in life and when things are going south, there are different ways to get through it. It could be a proverb that helps you out such as: “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” “The early worm is the first one eaten (or something like that).” It could be a poem:

When things go wrong as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill, When the funds are low and the debts are high And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must, but don’t you quit. Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about When he might have won had he stuck it out; Don’t give up though the pace seems slow-You may succeed with another blow, Success is failure turned inside out-The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far; So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit. Edgar A. Guest In my case, it is the people who have been and continue to be closest to me. I am so thankful for those who kept me going during some of my darkest hours. They include: Lynn Pelham, who passed away ten years ago, was a photo-journalist for “Life,” “People” and “Florida Golf Central.” Even in his advanced years, Lynn’s perseverance was inspiring and his motto, “Keep the faith,” still has great meaning to me. Rick Harris, who has organized senior golf events for many years, advises me as he did as a high school guidance counselor. His energy and willingness to help is just amazing. Frank Rohter, my 88 year young close friend, recently authored the book, “Ageing with Happiness.” Spending time with him and listening to his positive outlook on life is truly inspirational. Debbi Westbrook has given me so much advice on parenting, relationships and business over the years, I don’t know how to thank her. I will say this, if I have an ‘anxiety attack’ in the middle of the night, I call DEBBI WESTBROOK and I love her for that. Melahn Cable, who designs the magazine, treats it like it is her own. Her creativeness, attention to detail and patience is the reason why “Florida Golf Central” is a success! Hopefully you have a person or people who help you when you’re not at the ‘top of your game’. If you don’t think you do, I’d like to give you one bit of advice. Instead of sticking your head in the sand(trap) when the wind is blowing in your face, seek out advice from those who you love and respect. It has worked miracles for me! Everybody join us in Myrtle beach at the end August! 4

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Golf Bachelor

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Golf Business 10 Fake Clubs

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Art of the Olympians to celebrate the return of golf to the Olympics

Nocatee to Build Zipline Over Water Park Ponte Vedra, Fla.– Nocatee, North Florida’s fastest-growing master-planned community, will begin construction of a zipline over the community’s Splash Water Park this week. The zipline will start on the top platform of the Rip Tide Slide Tower, cross over the park’s lazy river and volleyball courts, and end on the park’s western side. The PARC Group, Nocatee’s master developer, expects the 300-foot-long zipline to open by the end of July. It is the latest addition to Nocatee’s wide range of recreational amenities, which include an extensive network of nature trails, eco-friendly parks, sports facilities, fitness clubs, children’s playgrounds, and more. Nocatee’s newest adventure will enable residents and visitors to soar above one of Nocatee’s most popular amenities, the Splash Water Park. In addition to the 30-foot-high Rip Tide Slide Tower—North Florida’s highest water-slide tower—the park’s features include a shallow-access pool, interactive playground, lagoon pool, slow-moving lazy river, and rapid-tide whirlpool. “We are constantly looking for ways to make life at Nocatee a truly unique experience,” said Rick Ray, Managing Partner of The PARC Group. “Not only will our zipline be a thrilling ride, but it will offer an amazing bird’s-eye view of the park below. We’re excited to offer this experience to our residents.” 8

Ziplines—elevated cable rides that zip harnessed riders downward—have been gaining popularity over the past few years, with hundreds being built across the nation. While they first began as a way to experience rainforests in Costa Rica and South American countries, following the popularity of the temporary zipline at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, urban zipline construction soared. Built by leading zipline provider Vertical Reality, Nocatee’s zipline is designed to exceed United States safety and engineering standards and adhere to the guidelines set by the Professional Ropes Course Association, which establishes the norms and standards that govern all ziplines built in the United States. Vertical Reality’s customers include the International Olympic Committee, Royal Caribbean, SeaWorld, YMCA, ESPN, Universal Studios, Six Flags, and the National Guard. Nocatee’s zipline will be constructed of an interwoven polyester cable that is stronger than traditional steel cables, with a breaking strength of 11 tons. A magnetic braking system will stop zipline riders safely and comfortably, with no abrupt jerking. In 2011, Nocatee was named one of the top 15 fastest-growing master-planned communities in the United States. To learn more about the Nocatee lifestyle, call 1-800-Nocatee or visit www.Nocatee.com.

Fort Myers, Fla.– As the world prepares for the 2012 Olympics in London, officials of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are planning for the return of golf to the games. After more than a century, golf will return to the Olympics and Art of the Olympians will celebrate this historic occasion with the College of Life Foundation Premiere Olympian Golf Classic. To be played Dec. 2 to 4, 2012 at The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs, Fla., the tournament will feature Olympians, professional golfers and athletes paired with amateurs in a fundraiser for Art of the Olympians Foundation Inc., the Fort Myers-based museum and gallery. With more than 200 countries participating in the games, the impact of Olympic golf will be felt all over the world, affording many countries that have never had the opportunity a chance to grow the sport. Golf was last played in the 1900 and 1904 games. “This historic journey will bring together iconic Olympians, golfers, celebrities, as well as business leaders in support of this philanthropic endeavor,” said Bob Beamon, AOTO CEO and 1968 Olympic gold medalist. “The Premiere Olympian Golf Classic will blend sports while enriching the lives of young people by sustaining AOTO programs of art, sport and culture through the 2016 Olympic Games and beyond.” Money raised will support the nonprofit Art of the Olympians Foundation in promoting the highest ideals of humanity with their creative talents through the sport/ art relationship by providing programs of art, education, sport and cultural outreach to inspire the world. The exclusive event is slated to include 29 foursomes, plus pros. Entry fees begin at $5,000 which includes the practice round, pairing party and auction, and tournament plus food and beverage. The title sponsor of the inaugural tournament is College of Life Foundation Inc. For additional information, call 239-332-5055 or visit www.artoftheolympians.org. Art of the Olympians is located at 1300 Hendry Street, on the waterfront in downtown Fort Myers. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 3

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Fake Out: Golf Group’s Anti-Counterfeiting Campaign Leads to Seizure of Thousands of Fakes in Recent Raids Extensive Counterfeit Operation Taken Down in Four Simultaneous Raids

The U.S. Golf Manufacturers AntiCounterfeiting Working Group today announced the completion of another successful raid of an extensive China-based counterfeit operation resulting in the seizure of nearly 5,000 fake golf products. In total, the group has worked with Chinese officials to identify and seize more than 12,000 counterfeit products during 2012. On May 11, based upon a lead supplied by the Golf Group, Chinese officials raided the Oriental Golf Store in Dongguan City along with two associated warehouses and an assembly workshop.  In addition to seizing the fake golf products, the officials confiscated three sets of assembling machines and arrested the owners of the store. “Government support and enforcement against these criminals is paramount in sending a strong anticounterfeiting message,” said Christa McNamara, Director of Corporate Communications for TaylorMadeadidas Golf. “We will continue our campaign to educate consumers about counterfeiting and as long as there are counterfeiters out there taking advantage of consumers, we’ll be working with government officials to bring these counterfeiters to justice.” “We make a substantial investment each year to develop authentic and

innovative equipment that allows

is a terrible product that harms the

golfers to perform at their best and

golfer’s bank account and score card. 

achieve their goals,” said Tim Buck-

Every successful raid is another step

man, Vice President of Global Commu-

forward in this ongoing battle that is

nications for Callaway Golf.  “Coun-

hurting our sport.”  

terfeit clubs are made with shoddy

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About the Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group The Golf Anti-Counterfeiting Group consists of five of the most well-known golf companies in the world—Callaway-Odyssey; TaylorMade-adidas Golf and Ashworth; PING; Cleveland Golf, Srixon and Never Compromise; and Acushnet Company whose brands are Titleist, FootJoy and Scotty Cameron. Since 2004, the Golf Anti-Counterfeiting Group has worked with international law enforcement and government agencies to conduct raids and investigations of counterfeit operations, as well as raise public awareness of the issue. In 2011 alone, the group seized more than 80,000 counterfeit golf products. 10

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Did you grow up there?

I grew up on a 114 acre pig farm in northern Michigan, we had 390 pigs and 40 + cattle and any other farm animal you can think of.

Is “acting your age” over rated? Sometimes. I don’t act , I just live What do you do for a living? I do several things. I trade currencies in the forex markets. I also just opened a new indoor golf facility www.TampaIndoorGolf.com where people can play a round of golf at Pebble Beach and many other golf courses around the world. I give golf lessons & instruction, and practice my own golf game for the 2013 golf season.

What would you like to do for a living?

I would like to be a PGA

Tour member and Win the 2013 U.S. Open

Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? I

love riding motorcycles, going to the horse track and handicapping the thoroughbreds for excitement . I go to the beach and have owned 2 boats in the past, one was a wakeboard boat. I love to read A LOT, it helps me to relax.

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty? My mother, she loves every person and treats everyone so nice. That is beautiful….

What’s your take on “cuddling”? I AM A BIG FAN OF CUDDLING

Dean Chitren

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I am really good at poker. Name the three most important things to you in this world.

Health, Financial security, having the ability to give and show love

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? Money, I have an abundance of love in my heart, and I will always be successful…..

What do you fear the most?

Failure….I always want to be

successful in my own eyes…

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? BEN HOGAN, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? Home sweet home….I don’t drink

Would you tell someone if they had food caught in their teeth during a conversation with them? ABSOLUTELY Favorite comedian? Robin Williams or Lewis Black Favorite television channel? Golf Channel Last book you read? “Perfect Health” by Deepak Chopra , still reading it , just bought it.

Favorite charity to support? Wounded Warriors Foundation What else would you like for us to know about you? I believe in Karma, I prefer to be positive and optimistic. “Life is Images of your mind expressed” 12

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cart header girl

Where did you grow up? Brooksville, Fl

What do you feel makes this club special? Everyone I work with were like family

If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing? I would be a Mermaid What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the golf course? Squirrels steaing food What type of music do you prefer? All music What hobbies do you enjoy? Shopping!! What is your idea of “the perfect date”? Dinner, good conversation, and good times

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? Nightclub and cocktails Favorite comedian? Jonah Hill Favorite type of movie? Scary Favorite charity to support? St. Judes Research Center

What else would you like for us to know about you? I am a Mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs, I have a beautiful 11 month old daughter Elianna, and I enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends…. Motto: Live life to the fullest you only have one life to live so enjoy it!!!

Chelsea Stewart    14

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celebrity golfer

2012 Fins Weekend Raises more than $600,00 for Miami Dolphins Foundation The Miami Dolphins Foundation hosted its largest annual event featuring current players, alumni and cheerleaders, FinsWeekend, on May 17-19, 2012 throughout South Florida. The three-day extravaganza featured an exciting weekend of golf, fishing and celebrities.  In all, FinsWeekend raised more than $600,000 for the Miami Dolphins Foundation, whose mission is devoted to providing and supporting signature education, health, youth athletic programs and volunteer activities that inspire and engage communities throughout Florida.    “This is such a unique event,” Miami

Fins Weekend Co-Chair Paul Castronovo, Katie Fields, punter Brandon Fields and Stephen Ross at Hook and Tackle Captain's Party Photos courtesy of The Miami Dolphins 

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said. “I don’t think there is anything like it in sports. It fits our community and we are so fortunate to have so many people that volunteer their time and take a

Matt Moore tees off at Fins Weekend Golf Tournament at Miami Turnberry Isle 16

leadership role in generating funds

hors d’oeuvres and interactive games

for the Miami Dolphins foundation.

such as putting, chipping, pitch shot and

This raises money for us to provide

bunker shot for unique prizes.

the financial basis for us to do things

  On Friday, May 18, celebrities,

in the community throughout the

Dolphins players and alumni hit the

year. This puts us in a position to fulfill

greens at Turnberry Isle Miami’s award-

the commitment we have to make a

winning golf course for the FinsWeekend

difference in the community.”

Golf Tournament. Former Dolphins

  Now in its 16th year, FinsWeekend has

tight end Jed Weaver and the JM Lexus

grown into the signature fundraising

Number 2 team were tied with former

event for the Dolphins Foundation.

Dolphins wide receiver James McKnight

The festivities began on Thursday,

and the Tony Galvin team after the 18-

May 17, with the Celebrity Draw Party,

hole shamble format. Both teams scored

presented by Sun Life Financial in the

55 and the tiebreaker was settled on

Harry Soffer room at Turnberry Isle

the No. 4 hole. The golf tournament was

Miami. The party included cocktails,

followed by an awards luncheon. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 3

Later that evening, the popular Hook & Tackle Captain’s Party took place at the Miami Beach Marina, which featured entertainment and a silent auction. At the event, the Dolphins announced its 2011 team award winners. Quarterback Matt Moore was named the Dan Marino Most Valuable Player Award winner. Linebacker Karlos Dansby won the team’s Don Shula Leadership Award, while kicker Dan Carpenter and punter Brandon Fields took home the Nat Moore Community Service Award. The following morning, on Saturday, May 19, amateur and professional

Fins Weekend Co-Chair Paul Castronovo, Katie Fields, punter Brandon Fields and Stephen Ross at Hook and Tackle Captain's Party

anglers gathered at the Miami Beach Marina for the Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament, presented by Alterna Financial.  Participants enjoyed a day of offshore fishing accompanied by Dolphins players and alumni.  In the afternoon, all fishing participants got together for the “Hooters Weigh-in” where the crew of O-Sea-D turned in 195.4 pounds of fish to take home the trophy, with Bouncers Dusky 33 coming in with 147.6 pounds. Billin Office finished third with an even 100 pounds. Captain Michael Vera, Jorge Villar, Eduardo Gonzalez and Jose Lopez made up the crew of the winning boa

Jimmy Wilson tees off at Fins Weekend Golf Tournament at Miami Turnberry Isle

and won a trip for four on the team charter to a regular season Dolphins away game. Later that evening, attendees gathered for the HMY/Contender Awards Ceremony. At the event, major items were auctioned including a jet ride with four (4) 2013 Super Bowl tickets sponsored by Sky Limo and a 21 foot Contender with a Mercury Engine.   For more information about Fins Weekend and other charitable events hosted by the Miami Dolphins, please call the Community Relations department at (305) 943-7200 or visit dolphins.com.   Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 3

Jeff Ireland, Stephen Ross, Brandon Fields, Karlos Dansby, Dan Carpenter, Matt Moore, Nat Moore on Miami Beach Marina at Hook and Tackle Captain's Party

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Control Your Trajectory in Tough Lies and Windy Conditions

Photo courtesy of www.Livepencil.com

Controlling your ball and your ball flight

How to do it

are crucial in golf — especially in windy conditions or when you find yourself in a tough spot outside of the fairway. That’s why it’s important to learn how to have a ¾ swing. With a ¾ swing, you put less spin on the ball, so the ball flies straighter and is less affected by the wind. When you work on this, it’s going to help you feel the impact position with your chest more over the ball.

You want to start by narrowing your stance slightly. This will put the ball a little more back in your stance with a little more weight on your left side. When you go to make your back swing, the resistance of your hips, with not turning into your right side as much, shortens the backswing. From the top you will just rotate through, getting the clubface nice

and square, and then hold your finish. Your arms and upper body will control your lower half, and your weight will shift and stay there. Your ball will fly lower and straighter and give you confidence of you controlling the ball and not letting it control you. This is a really simple swing that can help you improve your golf game, so work on it. You’re going to see great results.

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Waldorf Astoria Orlando Hosts ‘Enchanted Evenings’

Waldorf Astoria Orlando is celebrating summer with Enchanted Evenings, running weekends June 1 through Sept. 4, 2012.  Twilight is a magical time during Golf Academy this summer-long schedule of special events for all guests staying at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, located inside the gates of Walt Disney World® Resort.   The summerlong schedule for Enchanted Evenings includes ongoing events, as well as special activities throughout the season. This year, the resort will host the Waldorf Astoria Enchanted Glow at sunset on Friday and Saturday evenings, featuring a brilliant display of Chinese wish lanterns in the resort pool.  Guests will have opportunity to purchase and decorate their own

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wish lantern during the day (11am till dusk), to be set afloat that evening at 9pm.  According to legend, the wish will be granted when the lanterns is set afloat that evening, creating a beautiful candle-lit spectacle. Waldorf Astoria Orlando has put the destination on the map for luxury travelers. Nestled in a nature preserve and conveniently located inside the gates of Walt Disney World, the resort is a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of neighboring theme parks. Cara Goldsbury, author of Luxury Guide to Disney World, calls it “stunningly impressive.” “Swank and sophisticated,” she continued, “Waldorf Astoria has redefined local luxury in Orlando.”          The hotel is part of a unique resort complex that also features the toprated Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, the championship golf course artfully designed by Rees Jones, which has been named one of the most “playable” courses in the crowded Florida market by two national golf magazines. Waldorf Astoria Orlando infuses

timeless Jazz Age-elegance from The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, with the vibrant and modern ambiance of Florida. It features 498 guest rooms and suites with sweeping vistas of Walt Disney World and the Bonnet Creek nature preserve. The resort’s 171 stunning suites have been called “the best rooms in all of Central Florida.” Golf Channel travel writer Brandon Tucker called the resort “an exclusive playground for the adult-minded traveler.” It includes re-imagined versions of famed New York City restaurants include Bull & Bear, Peacock Alley, and Oscar’s. Bull & Bear, the hotel’s signature restaurant, was named Best Fine Dining by Orlando Home & Leisure magazine in its elusive Silver Spoon Awards issue. The hotel’s award-winning spa, which has been profiled by both American Spa and Spa magazines, offers treatments from Guerlain, the legendary Parisian fragrance house. To make a reservation, please visit www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com, or call 888-353-2009.

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By David Bailey

An Island Oasis

We recently had the pleasure of visiting

the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island shortly after the completion of their 444 room enhancements. The seaside resort’s rooms were updated with a new coastal environment, and as usual with Ritz Carlton, there were no disappointments in the property updates. The room enhancement completed a six year, $65 million investment, which also included the award- winning Spa and The Talbot Ballroom, which is now the largest meeting space in the region. The purpose of the update was to enhance the guest’s experience, coupled with the vision to capture a sense of place that is comfortable and elegant, and I must admit that the update was a complete success.

The updates include the coastal design by Wilson Associates, and were inspired by tide lines that mark the dune-lined barrier island beach. The guest is greeted with dark mahogany wood flooring at the entry, resembling the wet sand and brown reeds pushed to shore at high tide. A carpet design evokes an image of windswept sand leads to the dramatic ceiling to floor balcony doors overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. And there’s also something that everyone should experience as a couple when visiting the property, it’s known as the romantic fire for two. Nestled against

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the dunes with Adirondack chairs, s’mores, hot chocolate, a stargazer’s map, telescope and warm blankets to cuddle in the cool beach air; the fire by the dunes has been the romantic setting of a marriage proposal presented on a wine label. The fires are available Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and will not disappoint. And speaking of not disappointing; the Salt Restaurant is a phenomenal experience, and should not be missed. From the ambiance to the food and wine pairings, Salt takes simple elements from the earth and sea, properly seasons, artfully prepares and serves them in a contemporary coastal setting. Seasonal Contemporary American menus are created by Chef de Cuisine Richard Laughlin and showcase brilliantlyflavorful food. Salt uses 35 salts harvested globally as foundation salts and infuses flavors for menu items; and the room has a sophisticated design and elegant oceanfront ambience. The Salt Shop is so very cool as well, and offers tasting experiences daily from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM. The time you spend learning and tasting is worth every minute of the

experience, and also provides a chance meet and greet others staying on property, which you will more than likely see again throughout your stay. Participants will discover the secrets of infusing herbs, citrus and other flavors into gourmet salts, as well as have the opportunity to taste their favorites. Everyone is invited to sample salts from all over the world and

learn how the Salt restaurant chefs use the salts to enhance the flavors of their popular contemporary American menu. The Salt Shop features an extensive selection of infused and foundation salts, the famous Salt caramel, and other confections plus beautiful salt lamps and candles. And the there’s the Golf Club of Amelia Island; a private club catering to the exclusive surrounding community of Summer Beach. The course is a classic parkland layout that blends the natural woodlands and wetlands, and features breathtaking landscape, framed by the elegant ancient oaks. The course is meticulously maintained throughout, and strategic bunkering and the shifting ocean breeze ensure that each round provides a new and challenging experience. The Golf Club of Amelia Island golf shop offers the finest in golf equipment, accessories and apparel. The club house dining room offers a tempting choice of favorites, while the Legends Lounge offers beverage service in a relaxed setting. Complete practice facilities are available, as are rental clubs by Ping. Individual as well as group instruction may be arranged through the club’s PGA Professional staff. Last, but in no way least, is the Spa at Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The spa offers an atmosphere of coastal simplicity and serenity that evokes an overwhelming sense of relaxation, comfort and wellbeing. You can’t help but be relaxed and refreshed after utilization of the stateof-the-art, $16.4 million spa. The spa is housed in a wing that opened in 2006, featuring 27,500 square feet of indoor space and 5,000 square feet outdoors, and will entice you to return as often as possible. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is located just off the coast of Northeast Florida on an untainted, dune-lined Atlantic beach, and as you can see, is the perfect destination for a luxurious getaway including golf, food, wine, relaxation, and new friends. What a combination!

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I’m Shannon Lynch, newly of Green Gazelle Marketing, not to be confused with Florida Golf Central’s Editor-inChief Shannon Coates. I have been friends with Nick and Greg going on four years now, since we all met working at Rollins’ student newspaper, The Sandspur. (If you missed out on their article last issue, chek it out online on FloridaGolfCentral.com.) They founded Green Gazelle Marketing this past year while I was finishing my senior year at Rollins. I graduated in May with a theatre degree in hand, but no sure plan in mind for what to do next, so I took up my normal summer job lifeguarding. As Green Gazelle expanded and sought to continue, they decided to bring in a few more hands to ensure no drop-off in effectiveness or personal service, which is where I entered the picture as a part of GGM and, consequently, Florida Golf Central. Thanks to my focus on social media and a background in publishing, I was hired to the team as FGC’s social media account manager. The only slight hiccup in the plan was that I didn’t really know anything about golf at the time, and, to be honest, am still trying to learn and adjust to it all. Terrie promises me we’ll have to go out and play soon. I’m hoping it goes

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better than the birthday party I had at a mini-golf course in middle school, when I got mad that I came in last at my own party. Come visit me and keep up with my golf learning curve, and get all of FGC’s news updates on the Florida Golf Central Facebook page, which I will continue to update, and Twitter account (@flgolfcentral) which I will also soon be managing.

You probably know by now that social media is integral to a thriving company, and that all that tweetbook and spaceface nonsense can target and engage a demographic, provide unparalleled publicity, and and disseminate information on sales or news instantly; but, did you know that the time of day of these updates is directly linked to their effectiveness? Holding off for a few hours on a particularly clever tweet or announcement of a good deal you’re offering can impact how many of your fans see it, how they receive it, and how effective it is. Take Facebook: the amount of news feeds your post appears on depends on the amount of activity your post receives, which depends on who sees it initially. And on Twitter, you want to post while your audience is on because odds are they won’t be searching through your archived tweets, but reacting to new updates on their feed. Compounding that, there are programs that you can (and we do) use to place a scheduled time-delay on the release of such updates, to ensure that they come out when you want them even if you can’t be at a computer at that time. Tactics like these can help ensure that you get the best return on (an already very limited) investment when using social media, and give your business an edge over the competition.

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The Wallace Family Finds Family Unity and Hope for a Brighter Future

For George Wallace and his two sons, Jonathan and Christopher, the Golf Academy of America is more than a place where golf instruction is taught and career paths are found. For the Wallaces, the two-year golf school they attend in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is a place where their torn lives are slowly being knitted back together. After just one semester in the school program, where learning includes the goal of becoming a better golfer, the three have improved their games dramatically. And securing a meaningful job in the golf industry in two years would seem like winning golf’s Grand Slam after what they have been through.   The young men are in their late 20s and both have been discharged from military service due to injuries received in Iraq. And the father lost his job last year at a nuclear power plant near Aiken, S.C., after 30 years of employment as part of a downsizing that took the workforce from a high of 34,000 jobs to just 11,000.   “This is the first time since 2000 that all three of us are under the same roof in favorable conditions,” said George Wallace, 57, who was a promising baseball player before he injured his throwing arm. “The last 12 years we have really had our share of hurdles, and both of my kids now deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).   “Golf has become part of our therapy, both individually and collectively. We’re 30

getting our lives back, little by little.”   Chris Wallace, 29, served in the Army for 10 years until 2010 and endured some of the worst atrocities of the Iraqi war. Jonathan, 26, was a military police officer who worked with the Secret Service through 2011 before he suffered a leg injury.   His father argued with the Veterans Administration for years to get Chris the special medical attention he needed. But that only came after a personal correspondence with Hillary Clinton, then a New York senator.     “I had pretty much given up until my daughter was born in 2008,” Chris said. She brought me back to life. I didn’t care if I lived or died, but she gave me something to live for. And now golf has given me a new purpose, something just for me.   “I was a soldier and that’s all I knew since high school, and when they took that away from me after I was injured it crushed me. They just threw me away. It took a long time to get past that.”   He still fights personal battles caused by two inoperable brain tumors the size of golf balls that remain; reminders of his ordeal. He deals with depression, powerful flashbacks and violent seizures from time to time, and he is on his second divorce. Both he and Jonathan have overcome alcohol addiction as well.   Chris now has adopted the loud clothing style that his golf idol John Daly wears and looks forward to trimming more strokes off his game.

  “It kind of started as a joke, and then it became a challenge,” Chris said. He suggested they attend Golf Academy of America after seeing an advertisement on the Golf Channel. “It feels like it was meant to be that all of us are now together here. We’re still a family, and that’s nice. Our dad is our best friend, and he’s helped us through a lot. We’re proud of him for being here.”   Myrtle Beach is one of five locations nationwide for the Golf Academy of America (GAA), which offers the largest and longest-running two-year college program designed to place students in the golf industry. It has a placement rate of better than 81 percent.   George is thinking he might use his new education to pursue a job as a clubfitter. Jonathan, a gregarious and affable sort, is perfectly suited for a sales position. Chris, who has lost 100 pounds but is still a big man at 6’3” and 255 pounds, would like to be a professional golfer.   That will be a challenge for Chris, but the simple fact that he sees a brighter future is encouraging.   “Everybody can say that I’ll never be a professional golfer, but I have a dream of going to Q School,” Chris said. “And who are you to tell me what I can and cannot do?”   The challenge of golf seems simple after what the Wallaces have been through. For more information about the Golf Academy of America, visit www.golfacademy.edu or call 800-342-7342. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 3

By Chris Bonner

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How Becoming an Autistic Teacher Helped me Become a Better Golf Instructor A little background on myself, I graduated from the Professional Golf Management Program at Campbell University and earned a degree in Business Administration in 2004 and became a PGA Class A Golf Professional in 2005. I have been teaching golf for over 13 years and finishing up my second school year teaching special needs children. I owe much of my success in teaching golf to the many Golf Digest Top 50 Golf Instructors that mentored me. I also played professionally after college for 3 years. Learning about the autistic spectrum and how these incredible children learn differently than most other children has helped me become a better more creative golf instructor. Autistic children learn best by information being explained in the simplest way possible. It is necessary to be able to explain the same thing different simple ways until one of the ways “clicks” with their brain. Autistic students also learn through visual aids like pictures and videos. The use of training aids also helps them understand and complete everyday tasks that many of us take for granted. I use all of these methods and more to teach golf to my “other students.” I believe most people can become good golfers, just as most autistic students make amazing improvements after receiving the correct instruction, in the correct way, at their own unique pace. During my golf lessons, I begin every new student with a 10 minute conversation learning about their golfing history, golfing goals, athletic ability, past injuries, practice time, etc. Without this important information no golf instructor is able to improve their student to his/her highest potential. Based on the information the student gives me and what their current swing looks like; I start to build a repeatable swing that fits their body type, athletic ability, and goals. Golf takes some time to achieve the correct muscle memory and build consistence. There are just too many different things to learn and experience. Using the drills from my lessons at home will help speed up this process. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 3

The biggest mistake I see is not enough people practicing from 60 yards and in. This is where the majority of golf shots are taken during a round. This is why people are not improving at the rate they expect or want. So why don’t more people practice their short game? In my option, the general golfing public does not practice nearly enough short game because it’s just not as fun as hitting their driver. I suggest wearing head phones and listening to music as you’re practicing. I also suggest making fun games out of practicing your short game. Try challenging a friend or not leaving the pitching green until you hit 3 out of 5 balls within 3 feet of the hole. Simple fun games will help pass the time of practicing short game and make you a better golfer in a shorter period of time. Just to give you an idea, when I worked at the TPC of Scottsdale where they hold the PGA tour event The Waste Management Open (Previously call The Phoenix Open). I observed how many of the top PGA tour pros practiced. They try to simulate the extreme pressure that goes along with playing on the PGA tour while their practicing. One example is how Vijay wouldn’t leave the green side bunker until he holed three bunker shots (whether that took 5 balls or 5 hours). This increases the pressure of the situation and forces you to become better under pressure. Create your own pressure situation based on your golfing ability. Sports help improve young people’s

confidence, balance, motor skills, and social skills among helping improve at other real life skills. I have begun teaching my two special needs students’ golf during their P.E. time; it helps improve their motor skills. I would like to make my unique skill set more available to parents of special needs children and show them the joy their children will receive from learning golf. I encourage both parents (if possible) to come out and observe the lessons; I teach the parent(s) how to continue to improve and monitor their children’s golf swing. The PGA is always trying to promote and grow the game of golf. I would like to hear more about different golf programs or golf professionals interested and able to help special needs children learn golf. Asperger’s and autistic children have a difficult time playing team sports due to their lack of traditional social skills. The joy on the children’s faces the first time they hit a golf ball is unexplainable. Children with autism and Asperger’s are not the only special needs children who benefit from golf. I have successfully taught golf to many other special needs children including: Down Syndrome, AD/HD, Cerebral Palsy, and ED/BD. “Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.” –Chris Bonner www.GolfLessonsInOrlando.com 407-451-3319 31

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Grand Golf Resorts of Florida launches Summer Specials The newly formed Grand Golf Resorts of Florida is offering special summer rates that represent guest savings of 50 percent. From the Gulf to the Atlantic and managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the collection unites Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, Reunion Resort in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, and features a variety of accommodations, family activities and nine championships golf courses. Known for its top-rated Copperhead golf course, Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay is offering a 50 percent discount on its standard published rates for guests who book by August 15, 2012, and stay by October 10, 2012. Guests will stay in suite accommodations, and can play at any of Innisbrook’s four championship golf courses, visit the new Indaba Spa, walk nature trails, dine in four restaurants and enjoy the Loch Ness Water Park. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply, and a minimum stay of two nights is required. To book, visit www.VisitInnisbrook.com and use booking code: SUMMER, or call 866-599-6425. The AAA Four Diamond-rated Reunion Resort in Orlando is offering a summer “buy one, get one free” special on its deluxe, superior or estate level villas. Reunion features golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer 32

and Tom Watson, numerous pools and a water park, a boutique spa and rooftop dining, from which the area’s nightly firework displays are visible. The special offer is valid on stays until September 30, 2012, when the paid night is at the standard published rate. The price will display as 50 percent discount on each night›s stay, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply, and a minimum stay of two nights is required. Make reservations by visiting www.ReunionResort.com or calling (866) 880-8563.   At the AAA Four Diamond-rated Hammock Beach Resort, located Eleven 4 at Reunion Orlando along two miles of the Atlantic Ocean’s Palm Coast, guests can also enjoy a “buy one, get one free” offer, as well as top golf courses by Nicklaus and Watson, oceanfront dining, a relaxing spa and a beautiful water park. The offer is valid on stays from

Sunday through Thursday until September 30, 2012, in one of Hammock Beach Resort’s spacious one-bedroom villas. The paid night must be at the standard published rate, and the price will display as 50 percent discount on each night›s stay. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply, and a minimum stay of two nights is required. To book, visit www.HammockBeach.com or call (866) 841-0287. For more information about the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, visit www.GrandGolfResorts.com.

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The 7th Annual Kevin E. Watson Memorial Charity Golf Tournament

The 7th Annual Kevin E. Watson Memorial Charity Golf Tournament was held at Deer Run Country Club. This tournament was in memory of our friend, Kevin E. Watson, who passed away on December 7, 2005, and benefitted The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This year we had 116 golfers and raised $4,969.53 for the Central Florida Chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In the past 7 years the tournament has raised $21,000 for the foundation.    www.asfp.org for more information or to donate.

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In Memoriam

Scott Railing

Scott with wife Shannon and son Carson

The North Florida golf community tragically lost a valued PGA member and friend. Scott Railing was killed in an automobile accident and the news ripped through the hearts of hundreds of those who were touched by Scott. Scott utilized his nationally recognized sales representative skills to help local golf pros build their pro shop businesses, not just sell Nike equipment. And in the process, made friends with everyone he

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worked with. Scott was named Nike sales rep of the year, and from what every PGA pro member can tell you, he was the best at what he did. Scott left behind his Boots Farley and his junior golf gang came for support wife Shannon, and 4 year old son Carson. And this is where the tragedy of the loss of Scott turns to a miraculous showing of support of Scott by the golf community. Within a few days of Scott’s tragic loss, TPC Sawgrass GM Bill Hughes donated the entire Stadium golf

course for a day to provide a venue for a fundraiser for Scott’s young son Carson. The Rally Fore Carson Railing was born to raise funds for young Carson’s future education. Those responsible for the success of the fundraiser included Tournament Coordinator Matt Borocz ,TPC Sawgrass Director of Golf, TPC Sawgrass GM Bill Hughes, North FL PGA Chapter President Jack Aschenbach, Boots Farley who served as finance chairman, North FL PGA Section Secretary Mike Lynch who handled Sponsorship while Selva Marina CC pro Mark Spencer organized the silent auction. The pictures will tell the rest of the story of just how much the golf community loved and appreciated Scott. As for young Carson, he won’t need to worry about his education thanks to the outpouring of support by the golf community raising nearly $100,000.

Over 190 players show support for Carson

Our own Jay Golden painted a portrait of #17 on site for the silent auction

Long drive king Gerry James teed off with every group

A silent start with the sound of bagpipes PGA TOUR’s Jim Furyk joined the cause

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feature In August of 1984, 684 golfers came to Myrtle Beach to compete in a novel event – a tournament that flighted players based on age, gender and handicap with the goal of allowing amateurs to experience a tournament that was akin to a PGA Tour event. The event was chaotic in its first year and post-golf food and entertainment was less than high-brow, but the tournament resonated with participants. Players latched onto the concept of a multi-day tournament. Word about the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship spread and an event that was launched on a cocktail napkin over lunch quickly grew into the game’s most unique and inclusive event. Now entering its 29th year, 55,000+ players from all 50 states and more than 40 foreign countries have partici-

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pated in the World Am. Nearly 250,000 tournament rounds have been played in the Everyman’s major and at least that many stories have been told. As Labor Day approaches, “regular” golfers from across the globe are preparing to make the trek to Myrtle Beach, the Golf Capital of the World, in hopes of being crowned champion. The World Am will be played August 27-31 on 60 of the Grand Strand’s best courses. What started as an event with scores written on poster board and dinner being served on paper plates has grown into a tournament that features 60 golf courses, gourmet food, live entertainment and a nightly golf expo. The World Am is a 72-hole event, challenging golfers to compete on a different Myrtle Beach area course

each day. Players are placed into tightly grouped flights and the game’s most aggressive handicap monitoring system levels the field for everyone (a 3.5 handicap won the 2011 tournament). After four days of competition, flight winners advance to the World Championship Playoff, an 18-hole shootout to crown the World Champion. Five women have won the Playoff and winning handicaps have ranged from as low as three to as high as 34. Part of the event’s appeal is its home. The World Am has been played in Myrtle Beach since its inception and there isn’t another destination capable of matching the quality and quantity of courses along the Grand Strand. The World Am is about more than winning and losing. Camaraderie among participants is at the heart of the tournament’s enduring success. Participants play with different competitors throughout the event and life-long friendships are forged. Competition gives way to a good time, especially at the World’s Largest 19th Hole. In the early days, the 19th Hole consisted of a party tent and a couple picnic tables, but now it consumes the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and includes live music, a golf expo and nightly featured speakers. Annika Sorenstam, David Feherty and NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon are among the big names who have appeared at the 19th Hole over the years. The 19th Hole also includes free food and drinks for participants and there is little players enjoy more than seeing their name appear on the Jumbo Tron that displays nightly flight scores. The World Am continues to evolve but the one thing that has never changed is the loyalty of the event’s players. Whether participants come from near or far, a World Am player is part of a larger family, one that loves the game and its traditions. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 3

Past Champions 2011 Bobby Perkinson • Alcoa, TN • 4.0 Hdcp. 2010 Bobby Perkinson • Alcoa, TN • 4.4 Hdcp. 2009 Linda Fuller • Greenbrier, TN • 16.8 Hdcp. 2008 Paula Morton • Greenbrier, TN • 20.6 Hdcp. 2007 June Wang • Huntersville, NC • 27.5 Hdcp. 2006 Baxter Greene • Granite Falls, NC • 22 Hdcp. 2005 Jerry Glenn • Pensacola, FL • 14 Hdcp. 2004 Jeannette Fenner • Sturgis, MI • 13 Hdcp. 2003 Stan Nodland • Jacksonville Bch, FL • 14 Hdcp. 2002 Joseph Kalil • Briantree, MA • 16 Hdcp. 2001 David Miller • Hampton, VA • 15 Hdcp. 2000 John Pugni • Valhalla, NY • 30 Hdcp. 1999 Joe Moberg • Gladstone, MI • 14 Hdcp. 1998 C.R. Chernik, Jr. • St. Louis, MO • 14 Hdcp. 1997 Rhonda Oeters • Greenville, SC • 34 Hdcp. 1996 Jerry Berghauser • Richmond, TX • 24 Hdcp. 1995 Dennis Connors • Miami Lakes, FL • 3 Hdcp. 1994 Chuck Baur • Apopka, FL • 20 Hdcp. 1993 Jim Low • Altamonte Springs, FL • 27 Hdcp. 1992 Michael Martuscelli • Venice, FL • 13 Hdcp. 1991 Randy Mason • Hampton, VA • 11 Hdcp. 1990 Larry Wireman • Dexter, MI • 7 Hdcp. 1989 Neil Laminack • Sour Lake, TX • 7 Hdcp. 1988 Al Turner • Fayetteville, NC • 31 Hdcp.

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Joel’s Journeys In my role as the Executive Director of the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association, I get to travel and attend golf industry meetings, conferences and local chapter events. In doing so I have traveled Florida from Pensacola to Key Largo in pursuit of stories about the golf and turf industry. Along the way, I have been privileged to tell the stories of golf course superintendents and their clubs in our magazine The Florida Green, and since 1999 I’ve been able to share sto-

ries about the how’s and why’s of golf course maintenance practices with you. I’ve also shown you how seriously superintendents take their role as environmental stewards, and how we support scientific research that helps us do our jobs in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way. As you can see by the photo above, it’s not “all work and no play!” The picture was taken in the Golf Channel broadcast booth at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. That was the 20-minute fun part of half-

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day meeting of Allied Florida Golf Associations (PGA Professionals, Club Managers and Superintendents) as we work together to make sure our (your) golf courses which are local small businesses around the state get a fair shake, when state and local laws are passed to regulate our operations. I did get a few minutes with Golf Channel announcers Rich Lerner and Brandle Chamblee, and they were kind enough to recognize and appreciate the work of the golf course superintendents and their crews in preparing golf courses for not only tournament play but golfer’s everyday enjoyment of the game. In May I also got to invest in some continuing education and networking sessions with peers in the publication industry by attending conferences for the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Assoc. in Nashville, TN and the International Network of Golf Spring Conference in Greenville, SC. Just like in turf management, a professional in any line of work needs to stay up to date in their craft. So classes in effective writing, social media opportunities and state of the industry sessions help in that regard. Plus the golf outings and 19th hole networking sessions aren’t bad either. Over the next few months I’ll be attending the Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Assoc. Annual Meeting and the Florida Turfgrass Association Conference and Show. If the public and media would take a moment to understand how hard these industries and associations work at making their products and practices environmentally friendly, perhaps there would be less negativity when discussing the issues. People with agendas tend to ignore the facts and positive aspects of an industry if they approach issues with a closed uninformed mind. Healthy turfgrass in lawns, campuses, parks, sports fields and golf courses are great oxygen producing, erosion protection, carbon sequestering, water and dust filtering, temperature cooling greens spaces that make our communities productive, job providing, attractive places to live, play and work. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 3

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North Florida GCSA President Bob Coffey (right) presented FGCSA President Mark Kann with a $5,000 donation to the Florida GCSA’s Turf Research Fund during the FGCSA Spring Board Meeting in Naples. Turf research helps golfers enjoy the game and courses be eco-friendly. Photo by Joel Jackson. FGCSA Executive Director Joel Jackson and his wife Susie pose with the Marie Roberts Award for Lifetime Service presented to Jackson at the 2012 Past Presidents Dinner in Naples this past May. Jackson was standing by to take a photo of another presentation, when President Mark Kann revealed the surprise award.

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Moët & Chandon named the Official Champagne of the PGA of America Moët & Chandon and The PGA of America announced that Moët & Chandon will be the Official Champagne of The PGA of America, aligning the world’s most beloved champagne with the world’s largest sports organization. Moët & Chandon, the champagne of success and glamour since 1743, is

enhancing its rich heritage as an icon of victorious celebration and global winning moments with this first foray in American golf, beginning with the Ryder Cup, in September of 2012 in Medinah, Ill. “One of the world’s most recognized champagnes of choice at premier events, The PGA of America is proud

that Moet & Chandon will serve as the Official Champagne of The PGA of America,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “We cannot envision a better addition to the many magical moments at our Championships than Moët & Chandon.” Moët & Chandon’s status as the ultimate symbol of success, achievement, and victory was created through an unwavering and triumphant presence at many of the world’s most esteemed competitions and high-profile moments. Moët & Chandon has been at the finish line of international boating and car racing competitions for nearly a century, including the Vanderbilt Cup, Formula One, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the America’s Cup. Moet & Chandon celebrates the elegance and style of tennis on the courts of the U.S. Open, and Roland Garros Barclays ATP World Tennis in London. Moët & Chandon also symbolizes triumph atop the world’s most revered podiums, including the Cannes International Film Festival, the Golden Globe Awards, and the Academy Awards. “Moët & Chandon’s partnership with The PGA of America is a natural,” said Ludovic du Plessis, Vice President of Moët & Chandon North America. “Through the magic of champagne, we look forward to creating unique and unforgettable Moet Moments together with The PGA of America and sharing our sense of celebration in the spirit of success and glamour starting with the Ryder Cup in September as its Proud Partner.” Under the agreement with The PGA of America, Moët & Chandon will be present at all the important and commemorative moments of the competitions including the iconic “Trophy Moments.” In addition, golf fans at PGA of America events will be able to enjoy their golf with a logoed commemorative mini Moet bottle that will likely become a valued memento.

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The HOLE Perspective Thing... You’re 100 yards from the hole. You swing a perfectly smooth pitching wedge and your ball flies straight as an arrow, stopping, what seems to be just a few inches from the hole. The thought even crossed your mind that it might go in. A fantastic shot! You pat yourself on the back, as you clean your wedge and you start heading to the green. Your putt from this perspective, seems to be just a formality. But the closer you get to the green, the more evident it is that while your shot was good... it was not as good as you thought. The ball which seemed only inches away, is actually a dreaded 6 feet from the hole. All of a sudden the gimme you thought you had, has turned into a possible and even likely two-putt... The thoughts of failure run through your head and you get carried away envisioning the two-putt and who knows... maybe you’ll do badly enough to make it a three-putt... who knows, right? You’ve now allowed yourself to be consumed with negative thoughts, when just as easily you could rejoice in your ability in the last shot and prepare with confidence for a one-putt. So here’s how you can benefit from this concept of perspective, on and off the course. We can control what happens to us... only some times. But we can always control how we respond to what happens to us. What we focus on is entirely our choice. So why choose to focus on building our situation handling skills? To learn a way to separate your thoughts and feelings from situations so that you can gain a new perspective, maybe you’d find it useful to think your mind as a factory that creates and constructs things... the things the factory of your mind creates are carried around in a railroad system... as you look at the railroad of your mind from the control bridge above the tracks, notice 3 things: your thoughts, your feelings and your urges to act or coping strategies you use. From the vantage point of the control bridge it’s easy to experience and evaluate what happens in your life from a detached perspective - and makes it possible to recognize your

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thoughts as “just thoughts” and send them in the appropriate train without getting on the train with them... in your thoughts you can find your selfevaluations, predictions, etc. Your feelings can be recognized as subjective experiences created by your thoughts - therefore they too can be “just feelings” and these feelings include physical sensations as well as emotions or “just sensations” and heading out on their own train... and lastly, catching yourself in your attempts to cope with situations and your urges to act, you can send those urges on the appropriate train of your mind’s railroad.

By Juan Acosta, Hypnotist GolfHypnosisFloridda.

Note: I have created a guided audio

A great skill to learn, is to remain on the control bridge as we go through life’s situations, so you can be more objective when responding to challenges. You see, from the bridge it’s easy to keep an eye on things to make sure no thoughts, feelings or urges get derailed. It’s easy to check on things and make the appropriate adjustments without taking our eyes off the other trains. But when we get so carried away with, say... a feeling, that we bury ourselves in the emotions’ train and go for a ride. In the meantime the other trains could be on a path of destruction and we’re unaware, blinded by our current perspective.

version of this “Mind Train” exercise, based on Steven Hayes’ work and you can find it in my media room at http:// GolfHypnosisFlorida.com - It’s an 8 minute audio program that will reward you for the rest of your life! - and of course it’s free. You’re welcome! :-) An objective in life then, could be to develop our ability to view challenges from the control bridge and live in the present. With a little practice it becomes second nature to go back to the bridge when we realize we are chugging down the track. I wonder if you’re up for a challenge? - for the next 21 days, set up a calendar reminder and invest these tiny 8 minutes out of the 1,440 you have every day, to listen to this audio program and let me teach you how to observe your trains from the bridge. If the idea of a better relationship with yourself peeks your interest at all, make a commitment to do this religiously for the next 21 days. What’s in it for you is an increased sense of self-awareness, which leads to being pro-active about changing the things you want to change. Following through with this challenge will increase your ability to move through life’s situations in a more intelligent, objective and rational way. Also, accepting this challenge will teach you how to regulate your emotions and observe and direct, not micro-manage. In other words, it’ll give you a brand new perspective on many things. With the proper perspective you can enjoy all the fantastic shots that life gives you - and you can be confident about that six footer you are about to sink. Go for the challenge... I double dog dare you!

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Ballybunion Golf Club: Ireland’s Fabled 36-Hole Links

The recent major championship triumphs of Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke have shined a white-hot spotlight on Northern Ireland’s treasure trove of golf course gems, places like Royal County Down and Royal Portrush. But not to be forgotten to the south and west, meandering through fescue-covered dunes along County Kerry’s rugged Atlantic coastline, sits the property that started Americans’ fascination with Irish golf three decades ago – Ballybunion Golf Club (www.ballybuniongolfclub.ie). Ballybunion’s Old and Cashen Courses present the quintessential Irish golf experience. Their windswept setting amid tumbling, seaside terrain recalls the game’s earliest origins making them “must plays” for every serious golfer. Ranked consistently in the world’s top 20 courses by GOLF Magazine, the par-71, 6,802-yard Old Course radiates majesty and charm. Beautifully contoured fairways fuse with a blanket of grassy dunes to fashion a classic test of links golf. The Old Course has mesmerized guests for more than a century, a tribute to its embodiment of the game’s greatest traits. The 402-yard No. 11 hole is widely heralded as one of the finest par 4s in the world, while the long par3 15th is both remarkably scenic and treacherous. Opened in 1984, the Cashen Course was designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones. Situated on an even more dramatic parcel than its sister layout, the par-72, 6,306-yard course is one of the most challenging on the Emerald Isle. Bold and flirtatious, it requires 48

acute precision off the tee and into the greens. Wildly undulating with breathtaking views throughout, the Cashen Course is consistently rated among the best modern layouts in Great Britain and Ireland by Golfweek. As part of a multi-year project, respected golf course architecture firm Hawtree Limited recently fashioned several modifications to greens, tees, bunkers and playing corridors while maintaining the integrity of both iconic designs.

On the Old Course, work included: • Altering tee boxes on the second and fourth holes so they nestle into dunes and blend with the natural surrounds • Removing “relic” bunkers just off No. 4 tee and adding a new bunker to the modern landing area • Building a forward tee on No. 7 to join the White and Blue tees atop a dramatic cliff • Decreasing the size of three bunkers on No. 8 and converting them from sod-faced to more of a grass-faced style for greater course-wide uniformity “We are very cognizant of our duty to retain the Old Course’s classic routing and unique ambiance,” says Vari Mc-

Greevy, General Manager of Ballybunion Golf Club. “These skillfully executed tweaks make golfers’ journeys all the more memorable." Changes to the Cashen Course involved: • Planting fescue grass around No. 1 tee box to evoke a greater links feel and re-grassing the backs of fairway bunkers which had become parkland-like over time • Adding mounds and grasses behind the first green and along the first and second fairways to further promote a one-withnature aura • Enlarging the first, second and 15th greens to create additional hole locations • Repositioning No. 2 green to the edge of the Cashen Estuary to amplify scenic views • Lengthening the par-5 15th hole and widening the last 100 yards to augment strategic options • Expanding the par-3 16th tee to uphold turf health “The Cashen Course is more popular than ever with our international members and guests,” says McGreevy. “The updates enrich playing experiences and remain true to the layout’s original, rugged spirit.” Ready to pack your bags for the golf trip of a lifetime? During the high season (through October 7, 2012), guests are invited to play one round each on the Old and Cashen Courses for €180 total (approximately $225). To take advantage of this special offer, rounds must be pre-booked and played within seven days of each other. For information about tee times, packages, overseas memberships and more: www.ballybuniongolfclub.ie, (011) 353.68.27146. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 3

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flowing out of a pond as a backdrop to the gazebo ceremony. The thing I was most surprised about was the extensive convention and meeting facilities available. There are numerous board rooms of varying sizes for individual meetings and three inter-connected ballrooms for large functions with state of the art audio/visual equipment to make your corporate meeting or family celebration the very best experience. The catering kitchen can handle any size event and satisfy your culinary wish list with artistic flair and utmost attention to detail. Insuring an enjoyable stay for their guests in the Golden Isles is the main responsibility of the staff at Sea Palms. If you are a history buff you can visit sites such as Fort Frederica and learn about the Battle of Bloody Marsh. The Resort is a great place to take a walk

under the ancient live oaks, bicycle around the property or on the beach, swim in the pools or ocean, throw some horseshoes, play some sandpit volleyball like the Olympians and enjoy a game of tennis on the rubico clay courts. There is a fitness center and sauna. Arrangements can be made for horseback riding, kayaking, fishing and my wife’s favorite activity-shopping in the quaint boutiques around the island. The most predominant feature of the resort is the 27 holes of golf that weave their way through forest thickets and around pristine marshland. The prolific golf course architect George Cobb designed a great layout that has boomeranging doglegs around large pine stands and water features with the occasional straightaway hole to keep your round interesting. Tom Jackson laid out an extra 9 of equal complexity that requires a bit more precision. Not to worry- there are multiple tee locations that provide everyone an opportunity to enjoy their round. The neat thing is you can mix up the 3 nines to enjoy a different look as you play. Rick Irwin is the well respected and longtime Head Golf Professional and he and his friendly staff can provide personal instruction to help you with your game or assist with a fun tournament no matter what your group’s ability. I played all the holes while I was there and thoroughly enjoyed Sea Palms golf experience. If you want to enjoy the gentle charm and relaxing serenity of Georgia’s Golden Isles, chart your course to the Sea Palms Resort. Call 1-800-8703736 or visit www.SeaPalms.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 3

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You’ve Gotta Have Heart It’s easy to fall victim to our own dilemmas, challenges, thoughts and concerns. For many of us it’s a constant struggle to keep our heads above water. There are some very special people, however, who also make room in their heart for the less fortunate. Ellen Thomson Parcell is one of those special people who has been involved in several non-profit organizations. As CEO of “HEART TO HEART,” a non-profit organization that houses and educates homeless women and children, Ellen is proud of the accomplishments made by the organization. “HEART TO HEART has been in existence since 1992 and I came on board in 2007. Although it is a relatively small organization, they have housed and educated homeless women and children to becoming self sufficient members of society. Among those who completed the program are women who became college graduates, employees in the health field, as well as in many other avenues of employment. We are very proud of our high percentage of success rate.” As is well documented, there is a lot of money raised for charity by the major golf tours. That being said, it pales in comparison by the profits raised by the thousands of charity golf events each year at ‘local’ golf fund-raisers. Ellen has used golf as part of the fundraising equation. “I’ve been involved in at least ten golf fund-raisers over the years for non-profits. Combined, we realized a profit of well over $150,000.” Ellen thinks that golf fund-raisers have an additional benefit aside from the revenue taken in at that particular event. “Golf is a game that attracts many people who are kind and considerate. When they partake in a golf fund-raiser, it introduces them to a charity which in many cases opens the door for future involvement.” Ellen was introduced to golf in a physical education course at the University of Minnesota and it continues 52

to be part of her life. “Golf takes my thoughts away from all of my normal concerns when I concentrate on just hitting the ball. In addition to the serenity of thought, it is in a lovely setting and I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of improving. I like to try to take things to the limit.” Hosted by Todd Lewis of “Golf

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Channel” on Monday, Dec. 3, Ellen is chairperson of the HEART TO HEART golf fund-raiser at the Country Club of Orlando. For those who would like to play one of the oldest and best private country clubs in Central Florida or sponsor this worthy cause, visit “EVENTS” at www.h2hcentralflorida.org or call (407) 463-6297.

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By Monika and Perry Baldwin

love on the links

Tournament of Love They met at the World Golf Hall of Fame during a conference where Monika a.k.a. “The Little German Girl” was suggested as the 4th to round out a foursome of client golf. Unfortunately, but really fortunately, they were rained out after the first hole. Being from Orlando they were able to use their rain checks to play eighteen holes on the King and Bear Course where they really “hit” it off! A year and a half later they got engaged on the eighteenth green at Isleworth where the ring was in the hole as Monika lined up her 3 foot putt. She spotted the black box and Perry grabbed it out of the hole, and knelt down to offer his proposal. Monika said yes and golf themed wedding 54

plans began. “Perry & Monika’s Tournament of Love” (Wedding) proceeded a year later on the 10th tee box at the Greg Norman designed ChampionsGate Golf Course. The wedding was complete with a ceremonial tee shot. A golfer’s dream honeymoon followed in July with a trip “across the pond” to The Open Championship at Hoylake near Liverpool. Of course the honeymoon continued in Scotland with rounds at the Old Course in St. Andrews, the charming North Berwick Golf Club as well as Carnoustie. Monika & Perry have great memories of their meeting, engagement, wedding, and honeymoon that they proudly share with friends and golfers they meet along their path.

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Chapter Champions Crowned Three of the four North Florida Chapters have concluded their Chapter Championships. Chapter Champions are: West Central – Matt Mitchell, Tampa Bay Downs, East Central – Mike Smith, Life Member, and Southwest – William Landsdowne, unaffiliated. Senior Chapter Champions are: West Central – Matt Mitchell, Tampa Bay Downs, East Central – Stan Cooke, Golden Hills GC, Southwest – Jack McFaul, Waterford GC. Assistant Champions are: East Central – Sean Vigue, Faldo Golf Institute, Southwest – Randy Kok, Ritz Carlton Sarasota. Tropical Storm Debby forced the postponement of the Northern Chapter’s until this early Fall! Congratulations to all of our Chapter Champions! Rod Perry, Crane Lakes GC in Port Orange, kept us all in anticipation with his second place tie at the PGA Rod Perry Professional National Championship in Seaside CA! Rod made steady progress up the leaderboard throughout the tournament but just couldn’t catch the Champion, Matt Dobyns. Rod has won the North Florida Section Player of the Year many times! He will also defend his title in the 2012 Florida Open. He’ll be in the field at our 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island! We’re proud of our other qualifiers as well; David Hronek, Plantation Golf & CC, Sean Gorgone, Sweetwater Highlands, Brad Turner, Golf Academy of America, Doug Rhea, Lake Nona, and David Damesworth, Orange Tree GC. Sean Solodovnick and Nathan McMullen, Gainesville CC, took a big lead on Monday with great score of 60! They held off Jeff Boudrie Nathan and Sean and Bryan Snyder who managed to close the gap to a couple shots, but Sean and Nathan finished with a birdie and eagle in the last few holes to take the Two Person 56

Championship title at 19 under, 125! Jim and Chris Slattery tried to apply some pressure Dave and Jack as well, but fell short to Sean and Nathan, too. David Hronek, Plantation Golf & CC and his partner Jack McFaul, Waterford Golf Club shot an impressive 64 in the second round to pass the field and take the Senior Junior Title at 133. Keith Kulzer and Charles Raulerson finished second at 135. Thank you to our Presenting Partner, Orange Lake Resorts for donating their golf course to boost the purse almost $3000! Thank you to host PGA Professionals, Stewart McComb and Tony Johnson for their attention to detail and exceptional service!

Cindy Yueer Feng and Roberto Lowenthal Are Off To PGA Jr. Championship! “Cindy” Yueer Feng from Orlando fired a final round 69 along with her first round of 75 for a 144 Cindy Yueer Feng total. She edged out Dree Fausnaugh, also from Orlando who shot a two round total of 146. Roberto Lowenthal from Orlando shot a solid two rounds of even par and finished at 144 along with Matthew Ruel from Oldsmar who shot 75 and Roberto Lowenthal 69! Roberto beat Matthew in a sudden-death playoff to advance to the 37th Junior PGA Championship with Cindy. Thank you to Walt Disney World for hosting our championship and giving us such an affordable entry fee! Thank you to PGA Director of Golf, Aaron Merritt along with Tyler Hitchcock and the entire Disney staff for the always friendly and

exceptional service! Thank you to the PGCC volunteers who make us look good! There’s nothing better than golf on the Magnolia Course and Disney! Thank you to all the kids and parents for being a part of this great championship! Donny Lee Captures the NFPGA Stableford Title while Kyaw Htet Outlasts Field In The NFPGA Shootout. The day began with our NFPGA Stableford presented by Global Golf Sales and the PGA TOUR. The Stableford was also the qualifier for our NFPGA Shootout in the Donny, Rich and Travis afternoon. Donny Lee, Orange County National, had to beat Travis Daniels, Juliette Falls, in a sudden-death playoff to claim the Stableford title. Both finished the tournament with 40 points. Then came some lunch and the top 20 Stableford finishers went back out for the Shootout! The Shootout came down to Kyaw Htet, Innisbrook Resort, versus Cary Splane, Marsh Creek. Kyaw won the Shootout with his par on the final Shootout hole. Kyaw Htet and Cary Splane Although, it was a long day that included the usual Orlando thundershower delay, the players enjoyed the competition on the challenging Orange Tree Golf Club. Host PGA Professional David Damesworth and his entire staff treated us with great service and exceptional course conditions. We thank them for coming in for us on their “off day”! Thank you to our partners Global Golf Sales and the PGA TOUR Gerry James for presenting our combined event. A tip of the cap to Gerry James, Center Force Golf, for making it into the US Senior Open. He was at the top of the stats for driving distance averaging 300 yards! Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 3

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Isleworth Simply Perfect! Keith Kulzer defeated Bill Shriver 2 & 1 to take the NFPGA Global Golf Match Play title at Isleworth CC.Rod Perry defeated Vince Cali 3 & 2 to claim the Consolation Bracket title. What a great week on a perfect course! Thank you all who played! Thank you Marty DeAngelo, host PGA Professional and the members and Board of Isleworth for the privilege of playing. It was truly a privilege to be welcomed to Isleworth. One word to describe it...PERFECT! The Match Play Championship kicks off the season’s 4 Majors. It was also the first event in the Global Golf Dream 18 in which selected holes from each Major will be used to complete an 18-hole score that will conclude at the Section Championship Keith Kulzer this Fall. The “purse” of over $20,000 donated by Steve Sponder and Global Golf will then be distributed according to how the player scores on his Dream 18 quest throughout the season. Players must play in all of the Majors to remain eligible and this unique format really helps keep up participation in the Section “Majors”. Cross one off the bucket list! Sunny 85 with a breeze. A perfect day on a perfect course! Our NFPGA Professionals brought 3 amateurs out to Isleworth for Keith Kulzer and Marty DeAngelo (Isleworth Host Professional) a day of golf, food and fun. You could see it in the eyes of the days of morning and afternoon matches players that this was one of those once against their fellow PGA Professionals at in a lifetime rounds at the exclusive Rio Pinar. It doesn’t get easier as you get Isleworth CC in Orlando. The course was older, they say! Mike defeated Larry in fantastic and the views mind blowing! the final match 3 & 2. Freddy Gibson and Thank you to Marty DeAngelo, our PGA Gerry James made it to the quarterfinals. host and Director of Golf for allowing us It’s great to see the camaraderie along all the privilege to visit and play. Again, with the desire to win amongst our thank you to the members and Board for senior greats!Thank you to Mike Regner, inviting us! The food and service were host PGA Professional, and the entire exactly what you’d expect...fabulous! staff at Rio Pinar for hosting and the Champions were Christopher Russell, always exceptional service! The pro’s PGA, Greg Busch,Josh Langford, Eric look forward to their matches at Rio Mardiaga from Stonegate Golf Club. Pinar every Spring! Mike Smith Claims the NFPGA Senior Congratulations to our Jeff Freeman, Match Play Title! I guess you can say PGA, from the Country Club of Orlando TOUR experience helped both Mike on his final round 64 at the 73rd Senior Smith and Larry Rinker battle through 3 PGA Championship! He made the big 58

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Keith Kulzer, Rich Smith and Bill Shriver move up the leaderboard 25 spots to finish T 29. Jeff will continue to compete on the Champions Tour for this season and hopefully beyond! Finally, a tip of the cap to Joey Hidock, PGA teaching professional at The Villages for his efforts to inspire and enlighten children in need of some fun and happiness! Joey has been visiting the Arnold Palmer Childrens Hospital monthly to put smiles on the faces of those who are seriously ill and battling cancer. His program, “Putting on Smiles” gives the kids something to think about other than the reason they are in the hospital. His unique and fun interaction with these kids utilizing nerf golf balls, Velcro golf games and other golf props allow the kids a chance to compete and win medals and prizes. They tee it right in the hospital! Everybody wins! When they’re smiling, you’re smiling! The kids look forward to Joey’s visit every month. PGA – Professionals Giving Again! Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 3

Kenny Perry and Trevor Immelman have made Transitions® lenses part of their game.

On the PGA TOUR®, vision is a golfer’s most important equipment. Transitions lenses adapt to changing light to help golfers see more comfortably in all light conditions and help protect eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

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Perry’s has been a family favorite for generations. Our spectacular indoor garden and heated pool make your vacation weatherproof. Kids and grandkids love the Kids Beach Suites. And grownups love the Perrycation package that includes dine-around certificates good at outstanding restaurants. But best of all . . . Perry’s knows golf! Our reservations team can craft a custom golf package with any of the many choice courses. So visit perrysoceanedge.com or call (800) 447-0002.

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Over 5,000 Youths Attend The 2012 Kids Fitness Festival On July 11th and 12th, over 5,000 youths in the Palm Beach County area came to learn what it means to stay fit this summer. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission hosted the 2012

to teaching youngsters the basics of

All proceeds from the event went

Kid’s Fitness Festival at the Palm Beach

golf fundamentals and how fun it can

to the Palm Beach County Sports

County Convention Center where over

be to stay active through golf. A short

Commission, a non-profit organiza-

40 different sports and professional or-

demonstration and instruction of

tion which provides local youths the

ganizations brought activities and pro-

basic swing techniques proceeded the

opportunity to learn sportsmanship,

fessionals from their respective sport

chance for young children to hit golf

teamwork and citizenship through

in order to introduce these young kids

balls at an inflatable dinosaur named

sport. The Sports Commission also

to the many great ways to stay fit and

“Golfzilla” as well as use their skills in

promotes character development

active this summer.

a putting challenge.

through sporting activities, lifelong

The South Florida PGA along with

The two days were packed with fun,

physical fitness, a drug-free lifestyle,

the Don Law Golf Academy had the

excitement, and tremendous energy as

and safe and fun access to healthy

wonderful opportunity to spend time

the festival participants got to experi-

activities.

teaching the thousands of young par-

ence and develop skills in golf and

A big thanks goes to the Palm

ticipants about the great sport of golf.

other activities including Tae Kwon Do,

Beach Sports Commission for putting

PGA certified professionals were able

Squash, Surfing, Judo, Hockey, Fencing,

on such a great event in Palm Beach

to introduce eager kids to both the full

Cricket, Dance, and many more. Each

County as well as to the Don Law Golf

swing and the putting stroke. Diana

sport was able to put on a short clinic

Academy and their staff, Diana Law,

Law, Dave Cunliffe, PGA and Mack Mc-

for the participants to introduce them

Dave Culiffe, PGA and Mack McCo-

Conaha, PGA all donated their valuable

to a new way of getting involved in a

naha, PGA for their special part in

time and talents over these two days

variety of sports and activities.

growing the game of golf.

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Ways to Improve Your Riding Skills

Florida is a great motorcycling state. People from everywhere come to enjoy our weather, events and beautiful scenic rides. Here are a few tips to help improve your riding skills to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable ride. 1. Practice, Practice, Practice (braking, cornering, swerving, etc.). Remember the old adage, “Practice makes perfect!” 2. Find a smooth, empty, grease- and sand-free lot to practice braking, swerving, and stopping. Those are all key maneuvers in avoiding problems on the road. 3. Use the friction zone with your clutch and throttle but add slight pressure on your rear brake for very slow speeds. Practice this technique which gives you great control over your bike at low speeds. 4. Travel a less traveled road to practice corner-

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Innisbrook’s Famed Copperhead Course to Salute Past Republican Presidents in Honor of Republican National Convention As the Sunshine State’s official host

   

hotel for the Republican National Convention, as well as the South Carolina delegates, Innisbrook is renaming the holes on the top-ranked Copperhead Course after the past 18 Republican Presidents of the United States during the RNC to be held in Tampa, August 27-30, 2012. With 18 past Republican Presidents, one president will be recognized on each hole of the golf course in the order they held office, starting with hole #1 which will be named after Abraham Lincoln.  Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course is a favorite among the PGA TOUR players that compete here annually in a nationally televised PGA TOUR event.  This is just one of many special festivities to take place during the week of the RNC being held in the Tampa Bay Times Forum.  

The 18 Republican Presidents are as follows:  1. Abraham Lincoln (1861 – 1865); 2. Ulysses S. Grant (1869 – 1877); 3. Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881); 4. James A. Garfield (1881); 5. Chester A. Arthur (1881 – 1885); 6. Benjamin Harrison (1889 – 1893); 7. William McKinley (1897 – 1901); 8. Theodore Roosevelt (1901 – 1909); 9. William Howard Taft (1909 – 1913); 10. Warren G. Harding (1921 – 1923); 11. Calvin Coolidge (1923 – 1929); 12. Herbert Hoover (1929-1933); 13. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 – 1961); 14. Richard Nixon (1969 – 1974); 15. Gerald R. Ford (1974 – 1977); 16. Ronald Reagan (1981 – 1989); 17. George H. W. Bush,  (1989 – 1993); 18. George W. Bush, (2001 – 2009). Innisbrook is located at 36750 U.S. Hwy. 19 North, Innisbrook, FL  34684.  For more information, visit online at www.VisitInnisbrook.com or call (727) 942-2000.

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About Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort

Operated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport.  Recently and completely renovated, the resort features 72 holes of championship golf, 608 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the new luxury Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 65,000 square feet of meeting space.  Part of the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida portfolio, Innisbrook hosts the annual PGA TOUR Transitions Championship at its famed Copperhead Course, and the LPGA-supported ISPA Legends Tour Open Championship, held annually at the equally challenging Island Course.  Innisbrook is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Preferred Golf Club programs.  For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com.   62

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Realtors Take to the Links at More than 130 Realtors gathered at Verandah for the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach golf tournament benefiting three programs – Vacations for Veterans and the association’s Crisis Fund and Housing Foundation. The four-person teams were divided into four categories – men’s, women’s, mixed and office – in an 18-hole bestball tournament that included a longest drive and closest-to-the-pin contests. Participants also took part in a silent auction that further benefited the charities.

The team of Chris Black, Brian Thompson, David Farr and Tim Cochran came in first place with a score of 56. Longest drive winner was Brad Larson, while Brad Carpenter achieved closestto-the pin status. Verandah, the 1,456-acre masterplanned community located along the Orange River in Fort Myers, 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 mid-$200,000s to more than $1 million, and pricing on custom homesites 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.

2012 REALTOR ASSOCIATION OF GREATER FORT MYERS AND THE BEACH GOLF TOURNAMENT WINNERS: Overall winners Chris Black, Tim Cochran, David Farr, Brian Thompson – 56

Women’s team T. Brown, Sandra Castille, Kandy Shobe, Susan Thompson – 69

Mixed team Paul Munns, Ron Rutz, Don Schnell, Bonnie Timberlake – 61

Men’s team Ron Antrim, Brian Dunn, Russ Hensel, Rob Keller – 57

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Anti-Aging Breakthrough!

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“Who would have thought that this ‘weird’ combination of cellulite lasers with skin tightening lasers would be able to revival a $17k face lift!”

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a remarkable turn of events, arguably one of the strangest in the history of Florida aesthetics,

women all across Orlando are turning to a specialist named Angel Rodriguez instead of Botox® or plastic surgery to get rid of wrinkles, loose skin, dark circles under the eyes, and other facial imperfections. “It’s the only guaranteed way to look 10-15 years younger without needles or knives,” Rodriguez boasts. And if consumer response is any indication of his effectiveness, just try booking an appointment. It's not unusual to have to schedule three months in advance to see him. Has everyone gone crazy? Well . . . not really. Scientific Breakthrough or Beginners Luck? It all begins with the Syneron brand of laser-like technology (utilized by Rodriguez), which have been proven to be “the only combined energy platform that effectively treats wrinkles, skin laxity, age spots, pigmentation, and acne” in scientific clinical studies with full FDA approval. However that's just the beginning . . . Rodriguez’s results are so accelerated that a representative from Syneron has flat out said that he has seen nothing like them in his ten years in the industry and has offered to buy his “before and after” pictures to promote the company. Dr. Destephens, an anti-aging specialist and internal medicine doctor, has seen Rodriguez’s work first hand and has actually gone “under the laser” himself. “Angel has developed his own unique set of protocols that are an evolution of Syneron technology,” says Dr. Destephens. “He has been able to get far better results than even what the manufacturer advertises because he has tweaked and optimized the protocols. That's why so many people started calling it 'The Angelic Lift.'” And the Syneron laser technology by it’s own merits is nothing to sneeze at for treating wrinkles and cinching up loose skin. Just look at all the press coverage it's been getting recently: It's been on Rachel Ray, The Doctors, Dr.

Phil, and famously on Keeping Up with the Kardashians for treating Kim’s cellulite, as well as dozens of other media outlets. But when Rodriguez got his hand on this technology, he stumbled onto something totally unique and rare . . . Beginners Luck Strikes Again! Then on February 24th, 2007, at a meeting of world renowned plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and aesthetic MDs, he had a bit of luck . . . maybe it was insight. Rodriguez was in a seminar learning under one of the master practitioners of the Syneron laser company who has celebrity clients around the world. He was demonstrating how when you combine cellulite reduction lasers with wrinkle reduction, unlikely results start to happen. . . Rodriguez saw that the combination of different technologies was key to getting pronounced results faster, and immediately started experimenting on himself. “I was too naive to limit my expectations about what was possible non-invasively, so I kept trying new things,” he says. What He Found Was Wildly Exciting . . . "The first thing I was able to do was remove a scar from my neck that had been plaguing me since early childhood," he says. "If you come to my office, I'll show you the pictures." By combining laser modalities in very specific ways, he was able to shrink loose skin and fat, dissolve crows feet, and reduce wrinkles and fine lines far better than anyone thought was possible non-invasively.

He started applying what he was learning to his practice and amazing things started to happen . . . Tu m m y Tu c k W i t h o u t Surgery! Rodriguez found that by combining cellulite lasers with skin tightening lasers, he could actually get near tummy tuck results without surgery! Max, who came all the way from Italy for this, writes, “To be able to look at yourself naked in the mirror, and see a tight, ten-year younger version of yourself without a massive ‘smile scar’ running across your belly is worth it for twice the price of plastic surgery!” (See video and pictures at www.NoCutTuck.com).

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A Very Special Place Hole #8

As my wife’s birthday approached I wanted to celebrate by taking her to a very special place. I found it in the Mission Inn Resort located in a little town called Howey in the Hills, Florida, which is located about a 35 minute drive northwest of Orlando. This resort was established by the Nick Beucher family in 1964 and is still managed by the family to this day. Over the years it has grown into a world class resort with over 200 rooms along with a number of villas and townhouses that can be rented or purchased. The entire complex has an elegant Spanish architectural flavor that emanates a warm, home like atmosphere. As a golfer I was familiar with Mission Inn and its two unique golf courses. El Campeon was designed in 1917 and has been consistently ranked in Florida’s top 10 courses. It is reminiscent of courses that you might find in the hills of Carolina or Tennessee. Las Colinas was designed by PGA player and television announcer Gary Koch and opened in 1992. While it has some elevated holes it is a little more traditional but equally as challenging as El Campeon. A variety of pro-am, high school, college and charity events have been held here over the years and it is also the home courses for the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. I 66

Sunset at Mission Inn remembered a question that my nongolfing wife asked me a few years ago as we embarked on one of my traveling golf ventures: “Is there anything there that I can do?”.  At Mission Inn Resort the question should be: “Is there anything there that I can’t do?”  In addition to playing golf a guest has a slew of activities to choose from such

as tennis, fishing, power boating, trap and skeet shooting, riding bicycles or jogging along several trails including a nature trail that recently acquired a bald eagle who built a private next for his offspring. Mission Inn also has a fantastic number of facilities for meetings, parties, weddings and other group functions that are intelligently spread out over 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces. Attached to these facilities are three restaurants, two

bars, and an outdoor swimming pool in which to cool off perhaps after a short workout in the fitness center. Speaking of relaxing, as part of my wife›s birthday surprise we both enjoyed our first (but certainly not our last) couples massage at the Spa Marbelle. The spa offers a variety of personal treatments and I’ll bet if you don’t see what you want their professional staff will try their best to get it for you. Even though we spent a day and a half at Mission Inn we enjoyed all three restaurants starting with lunch at Knickers overlooking both courses, and dining that evening at the elegant El Conquistador, which featured many choices of delicious food (Don’t forget to order dessert!).  The next morning we had breakfast at the La Hacienda facility and then spent some time in the swimming pool before returning to our room. Our accommodations were very attractive and spacious with a terrific view from our screened balcony that overlooked a tee off area and the rolling terrain of the El Campeon golf course. When our visit was completed my wife and I both agreed that Mission Inn Resort is a very, very special place and we will recommend it to our friends. We plan to return and we are extremely certain that you will really like it too! Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 3

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Cypress Head 20th Anniversary On July 20, 2012, Cypress Head Golf Club in Port Orange celebrated 20 years of operation as a Daily Fee Course owned by the City of Port Orange. Early in 1987, a committee was formed to determine the needs of creating a well-balanced city as Port Orange looked to the future of the community. A group of residents formed the Pioneer Heights Association and over 150 people pledged to support a city owned Golf course. Those Founders and City Officials celebrated with a scramble tournament and reception at the Cypress Head Club House on July 20, 2012. Cypress Head is managed by KemperSports with Mike Collins as Head Pro and GM, Kate Minnock is Director of Sales & Marketing and Dennis Picavance is the Course Superintendent. Cypress Head Golf club is located in Port Orange at 1632 Palm Vista Street in the Cypress Head Community.

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It’s Good To Be You

product showcase

➊ Bag Boy T-2000 If you have travel plans include bringing the sticks, Bag Boy’s T-2000 travel cover makes it easy to take your clubs on the road. The T-2000 travel cover features a patent pending Pivot Grip™ handle that rotates 360 degrees and reduces arm and wrist strain while transporting clubs. The ergonomic pivot grip is built into the top of the T-2000. The handle rotates 360 degrees to make changing directions simple, never having to let go of the travel bag. The T-2000 is made of durable 1680D nylon and features an ultra-thick wrap-around padded top to protect the clubs in transportation along with a sturdy PVC back with an extended ABS base for maximum club protection, The travel cover has two oversized garment pockets and a shoe pocket and The deluxe in-line skate wheels for a smooth and quiet rolling action. The travel cover fits a 48-inch driver and up to a 10-inch cart bag. Additional features of the T-2000 travel cover include dual lift handles, a lockable, full wrap-around main zipper which simplifies access and packing, durable padded carry handles and an internal compression strap to stabilize the bag during travel. Suggested retail is $189.95. For information, www.bagboy.com or 800-955-2269.

➋ GoBe Rebel Golf Shoes The new Rebel golf shoe provides golfers with the maximum traction, support and comfort on and off the golf course. The Rebel features a Talon™ Treadwear design outsole which is made of Grade A TPU and has a 5-point star molded traction system with vertical and hori zontal bars strategically placed for additional traction and support in all weather conditions. The outsole is backed by a two-year warranty. The PU upper is made of soft sports performance breathable material that has the same look and feel as leather but performs superior to leather. In fact, it is 20 times more water zontal bars strategically placed for additional traction and support in all weather conditions. The outsole is backed by a two-year warranty. The PU upper is made of soft sports performance breathable material that has the same look and feel as leather but performs superior to leather. In fact, it is 20 times more water resistant than treated leather, allowing the shoe to keep its shape after extensive wear. The PU midsole is built on a European last, featuring a deep heel cup to prevent slipping and a wide toe box for a roomy fit. The dual density removable EVA, GoBe Dry™ sock liner has three times more shock absorption than standard sock liners because it utilizes a soft core center and additional padding at the ball and heel of the foot. The liner features a patent pending moisture management system that has three notches at the toe and aeration holes at the flex points which allow moisture to drain away from the foot. The liner also uses moisture wicking mesh material that has anti-microbial and anti-odor properties to keep the foot cool, dry and odor free. The Rebel is a classic saddle design with complementary highlights on the eyelet and heel of the toe. Available in two colors - Black w/ taupe or brown w/ taupe. Suggested retail is $159. For information, wwwgobegolf.com or 507.369.2725.

➌ AHEAD Sun Protection Apparel Line A nice sunny day makes it a perfect time to hit the links with friends. But sunscreen alone can’t always protect you from the harmful ultra violet rays during the round. AHEAD offers a Sun Protection Performance apparel line that features all day UPF 30+ protection . Made of 100 percent polyester, the Sun Protection Performance polos combine UPF 30+ with quick dry moisture wicking technology and odor management attributes to keep golfers protected from the sun and the garment dry, cool and fresh all day. The collection includes polo shirts with a three-button angled placket, mechanical stretch, rib knit collar with Lycra® and AHEAD’s “extreme” fit and styling. AHEAD alsooffers UPF 30+ multi-color shorts made of 95 percent polyester and 5 percent spandex. The suggested retail for the polo shirts and shorts is $65. AHEAD also offers a cap line with UPF 50+. For information www.aheadweb.com.

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➍ Orlimar Driv-Bird Orlimar’s new Driv-Brid is designed to give golfers the power of a driver and the control of a hybrid in one club. The Orlimar Driv-Brid® maximizes power by combining an ultra-responsive Titanium face, a lightweight Titanium body, and a 43” UST® shaft to create maximum club head speed and ball distance. This power is complemented by the control achieved with a forgiving cup face, a large sweet spot, and sole plate rails which help square the face and reduce drag. The Orlimar Driv-Brid® fills the gap between the longest irons and the 3 wood and is remarkably versatile in the hands of the professional as well as the higher handicapper. Suggested retail is $130. For information on Orlimar visit the website at www.orlimar.com or 810.410.1880.  

➎ The Macallan 12 Years Old The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old ($51.99) COLOUR: Rich Gold NOSE: Vanilla with a hint of ginger, dried fruits, sherry sweetness and wood smoke PALATE: Deliciously smooth, rich dried fruits and sherry, balanced with wood smoke and spice FINISH: Sweet toffee and dried fruits, with wood smoke and spice.

➏ Sun Mountain KG:3 For the new KG:3 cart bag, the inventors at Sun Mountain took principles honed over 30 years of making the lightest carry bags and applied them to a cart bag. Weighing in at 6.5 lbs, the new for 2012 KG:3 is light in weight but heavy in features offering individual club protection, multiple lift assist handles and pockets specific to the needs of the 21st century golfer. KG:3 will be in golf shops beginning March 2012. For the retailer nearest you, call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

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Aces & Eagles PGA Professional Kellie Stenzel Named One of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Women Teachers PGA Professional Kellie Stenzel of Palm The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Beach Club’s Assistant General Manager Jayson Janda Receives Very Prestigious “EDGE Award” From Marriott International Jayson Janda, Assistant General Manager of Rooms for The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Beach Club in Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida, has received the very prestigious “EDGE Award” for 2012 from Marriott International. The award is given annually to the highest performing Rooms operations leaders within Marriott International full-service properties. Marriott International domestic and international full-service brands include The Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, and Courtyard. Janda is one of only 20 recipients in the world, and one of just 8 recipients in the United States, to receive the honor this year. The “EDGE Award” (“Excellence In Delivering The Guest Experience”) is given by Marriott International to fullservice Rooms operations leaders who excel in delivering the guest experience vision. Designed as a way to inspire and recognize the exceptional achievements of Marriott’s remarkable operations leaders, the award has been given annually since 2005. 72

Beach Gardens, Fla. and Brooklyn, N.Y., is being recognized as one of the best – again. In addition to her Golf Magazine’s Top-100 Teachers in America designation, Stenzel has once again been included in Golf Digest’s Top 50 Best Women Teachers list. “It is always an honor to be included on a list with so many outstanding teachers of the game,” said Stenzel, who started her teaching career in 1990 at Admirals Cove in Jupiter, Fla. “This list is a motivator for all of us to keep studying technique and trying to make the game of golf accessible and enjoyable for all.” More than 1,600 golf professionals vote in Golf Digest’s biennial ranking of America’s 50 Best Women Teaches. The ranking is based entirely on peer voting with ballots being sent to all female Class A PGA of America and LPGA Teaching and Club Professional members. Stenzel works during the winter in Florida at Palm Beach Par-3 and the Palm Beach Country Club, and during the summer at North Shore Country Club in Glen Head, N.Y. Along with being an accomplished professional golfer on the Ladies European Tour, Stenzel has published three golf instruction books: The Women’s Guide to Golf: A Handbook for Beginners, The Women’s Guide to Consistent Golf, and The Women’s Guide to Lower Scores. For more information on Kellie Stenzel visit her newly redesigned website at www.kelliestenzelgolf.com.

Former Miss America and Mediterra resident Kylene Barker McNeill scores two holes-in-one Kylene Barker McNeill, crowned Miss America in 1979 and a winter resident at Mediterra, capped off the season by scoring two holes-in-one while hitting the links on The Club at Mediterra’s two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses. McNeill, who is headed to her northern home for the summer, is an avid golfer and plans to play the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course on the way. Mediterra is a 1,697-acre Mediterranean-style community with villas, single-family homes and coach homes. In addition to two championship golf courses, it has miles of bicycle paths and nature trails, a sports center that includes tennis and fitness, and a private beach club on the Gulf of Mexico. Mediterra is located on Livingston Road two miles north of Immokalee Road in North Naples. For more information, visit www.mediterraliving.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 3

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