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You’re Welcome! If you are one of our admirable readers you are a familiar with and understand why I am so thankful for all the people the magazine attracts. I for one want to know when I’m welcome, all the time, everywhere. Continuing to be welcomed into this industry with so much support over the years is something I am forever grateful for. We have been welcomed to so many amazing places and taken part in great events. Events that are mostly charitable golf tournaments, planned for people in need of support, based on having fun playing a game with others who welcome the chance to give. One of the most fantastic charity events we have been invited to cover over the years is the Children’s Miracle Network Classic Pro-Am. This is an incredible tournament held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports each year to raise funds and awareness to children and families in need of medical attention, along with financial and emotional support. Not only have we been welcomed as press each year, but the fabulous Qualkenbushes have been charitable enough to let us present the tournament on our cover every year! Thank you Qualkenbushes for allowing us to welcome golf for a cause to the community the way it should be. One of our goals has been creating a relaxed generous feel for the readers, advertisers and most importantly newcomers to the game. We welcome the chance to spread the word and, create excitement, or awareness for anyone who has their heart in the right place. We welcome you to do the same by getting out and golf! Bring friends and family and spread the love of the game. Golf Datatech, the golf industry’s leading independent research firm for consumer, trade and retail golf trends, announced that rounds played in 2012 have increased significantly and are trending towards record high levels for the year! Now is an exciting time to get more involved in the game we all love, and there are plenty of ways to do it. You are welcome to come out--regardless of your golf level--for Get Golf Ready with Robin Meade at any participating course to spread the love of the game (see Robin Meade article for more info). With the holidays quickly approaching, there are tons of gift ideas that support the game as well. Consider getting the golfer in your family a Florida Golf license plate. Proceeds go to the Florida Junior Golf Council (FJGC), which helps Florida’s youth by introducing them to golf. It also shows your support to an industry that supports commerce in Florida via golf year round, an industry that produces tourist and creates jobs, as well as supports many charities. We also welcome you to play in or volunteer for a charity golf tournament. Players have the opportunity to raise money for great causes such as the Salvation Army Tournament for Super Storm Sandy victims. Our team at Florida Golf Central is forever growing and learning, so we welcome all suggestions, input, and ideas! We love hearing from our devoted readers, so please feel welcome to give feedback. On behalf of the staff at Florida Golf Central, we hope everyone enjoys this holiday season and plays lots of golf!

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Celebrity Corner


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Fashion Forward 24 Rick Martin

Feature 36 JJ Qualkenbush

Golf Bachelor 12 Dr. Anis Khalaf



Golf Business 28 Hampton Golf

Improving Performance 58 Chromax

Leader on the Links 16 Eric Papp

Special Events 32 Chris DiMarco's Tee It Up for Life 34 American Red Cross 36 Wounded Warriors

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Golf Central Magazine’s 2012

Holiday Gift Guide ➊ Polara Golf Anti-Slice Golf Balls

➋ Swedge Fix Your Slice with the Swedge The Swedge Swing Training Aid is recommended by Top Golf Instructors and was voted “Best Product of 2012” by the International Network of Golf. It corrects the dreaded swing flaw called the “flying elbow” or ”chicken wing” that plagues so many mid to high handicap golfers. With the Swedge, you’ll focus on keeping your right arm in the proper position, correcting several swing flaws simultaneously. It helps eliminate your hook or slice, keeps you connected throughout your swing, improves your accuracy, and increases your power and distance. It’s one of the simplest and most effective training aids on the market. Available in Black, Red and Blue. The Swedge is available at all 85 Golfsmith locations nationwide and online at www.Golfsmith.com and www.AvidGolfusa.com. Special Holiday Price – Now Only $19.95

Polara Golf has finally introduced what recreational golfers all over the world have been looking for - a quick fix for their game! While other golf ball manufacturers “claim” to improve accuracy or reduce your hook or slice, the unique asymmetrical dimple design of the Polara Anti-Slice golf ball actually does it! These golf balls turn your hooks and slices into longer, straighter shots. Now even recreational golfers can play from the fairway instead of the rough, the woods, or the next fairway over. Using Polara golf balls is guaranteed to improve your game, increase your accuracy and lower your golf score, which makes the game more fun. Polara Golf offers four different anti-slice golf balls - the original Ultimate Straight and Ultimate Straight XS (reduces hooks & slices up to 75%) and the new XD and XDS (with up to 50% correction and Extra Distance). Polara golf balls are available at golf retailers nationwide and at www.PolaraGolf.com - $24.95 to $34.95 per dozen.

➌ Nexbelt Nexbelt, "The Belt Without Holes", recently added to their arsenal of innovative ratchet design belts. The Go-In! Golf series belt, provides golfers with maximum comfort and minimum adjustment hassle by allowing the wearer an adjustment pattern of 1/4 inch as opposed to the outdated pin/buckle belts of 1 inch. Traditional belts of the past century are uncomfortable, and due to their pin/buckle design have a tendency to wear quickly and unevenly. As the wearers waistline changes, it necessitates the creation of unsightly holes in an often uneven manner. Nexbelt gives consumers a fashionable streamline appearance while supplying a practical solution to an uncomfortable problem. Allowing the golfer a reduction of up to 15 waist sizes with the same belt, and the forgiveness of a few inches following a hearty meal, PreciseFit Technology provides wearers with a natural feel and more comfortable golf swing. The Go-In! Golf series not only gives golfers the precision comfort of PreciseFit Technology, but also the convenience of a hidden ball marker conveniently located behind the face of the belt. The belts are available in a variety of colors and buckle combinations for both Men and Women and fit waist sizes ranging from 28” to 50”. Starting at just $54.99, Nexbelt is the best fitting most economical belt on the market today. Available at www.NexBelt.com. 8

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Golf Central Magazine’s 2012

Holiday Gift Guide ➍ V-Motion and E-Motion Golf Balls

The V-Motion Tour is a 3-piece premium ball designed for golfers who demand Tour Level performance and playability. It has a cast urethane cover for high spin along with a compensating speed core for distance. It is built to compete with the best golf balls on the market and it does. The V-Motion received a 2011 Golf Digest Hot List Award including 4 stars in the Performance and Innovation categories. The V-Motion is for lower handicap golfers looking to improve their game and reduce their costs (by as much as $15.00 per dozen vs. Pro V1) as well as mid handicap golfers who want a better ball at a mid-price point. $32.95 per dozen. The E-Motion is a 3-piece surlyn performance ball, designed with a Progressive Motion Dual Core to fly farther, spin faster, and feel softer all while offering great durability. The proprietary Aeroblend Cover features Aerocontrol parallel dimple dividers that smooth airflow for increased flight distance and stability while roll promoting dimples enhance putter feel and confidence. Innovex Golf’s engineering team has designed this ball to be the best ball for all weather conditions and to offer you a tour caliber ball with excellent durability. $19.95 per dozen.


by Dave Stockton

Dave Stockton Sr. is an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour, 14 times on the Champions Tour and is widely known as one of the pre-eminent putting and short game gurus in the golf industry. In his best-selling book, Unconscious Putting, the renowned instructor and two-time former PGA Champion introduced to amateur players the techniques, strategies and mental processes he has used to help tour players find so much success on the green. Now, in Unconscious Scoring, Stockton will complete that short game education by teaching readers how to make the most of shots around the green. The key to Stockton’s remarkable instruction success is its simplicity, and in Unconscious Scoring, he breaks down the short game into two components—low shots and high shots—explaining both the technique and the context of how and when the shots should be used. Players will learn to let the left hand control the swing on low greenside shots—an extension of the putting technique Stockton shares in his first book—and transition to a right-handdominated swing on high shots, sand shots and trouble shots. Autographed Copy $37.95 is available at www.StocktonGolf.com.

➏ Rife Legend This new mallet offers a peek into the new product aesthetic at RIFE Putters for 2013. Part of their new Vault 001 Series, it takes a page from their original success, the Two Bar Mallet, and blends their patented "Roll Groove Technology" into a face balanced putter. The Legend and Legend Z aluminum mallet putters with stainless steel weight bars will be offered in Standard and Long lengths at a static 71 degree lie angle. The interchangeable weights allow for different configurations. Available in Black, or Champagne & Silver Finish. Priced from $199.95 to $249.95. For more information visit www.RifePutters.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 5


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Eat, Stay, Play During the recent Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show in Orlando, 300 golfers gathered at ChampionsGate Golf Course to raise money for the FRLA & NRA Political Action Funds.

This event is the largest fundraiser FRLA hosts for the PAC funds. Senior executives from Walt Disney World, Marriott, Outback Steakhouse, Firehouse Subs, Hilton, Hyatt,

Miller’s Ale House, Gaylord Palms, Hooters of America, and Universal teamed up with suppliers for a day of unparalleled relationship-building opportunities.

Carol, Robin Sorenson – Golf Tournament Co-chair; Co-Founder, Firehouse Subs & Chris Sorenson, Co-Founder, Firehouse Subs

Mitch Doren & Mike Hughes, Universal Studios Orlando with Michael Cantrell & Michael Drierm, Coca-cola

Harry Price, Coca-Cola, Russ Fletcher, Coca-Cola, Ron Eubanks, Tijuana Flats, Ed Carey, Boca Raton Resort and Club-Waldorf Astoria

Tony Davenport, Dean Carras and James Clark, Restaurant Programs of America

About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association FRLA’s mission is to Protect, Educate and Promote Florida’s hospitality industry – which represents a $62.4 billion industry, 20% of Florida’s economy, $3.4 billion in sales tax revenue, and close to one million employees, making it Florida’s largest employer. It is Florida’s premier non-profit, hospitality industry trade association. FRLA safeguards the needs of the hospitality industry, improves the business climate, promotes the highest levels of quality and safety for our patrons, provides legislative advocacy, and eases navigation of government regulation. The Association represents and serves more than 10,000 independent and household name members, including theme parks and the largest casual theme restaurant company in the world.  Carol Dover serves as President/CEO. For more information, go to www.FRLA.org.  10

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Where were you born? Did you grow up there? I’m a Georgia boy at heart, but love the Florida lifestyle. I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA through High School. I did my undergraduate degree in Tampa, and my graduate degree in Orlando, FL. What is your heritage?

My dad was born in Jordan and my mom was born in Italy

Is “acting your age” over rated? Yes! Age encompasses two

parts. Age is chronological (time since you were born) and biological (how you feel). I have patients in their 50’s and 60’s that feel better than they did in their 20’s and 30’s. It all depends on how you feel!

What do you do for a living? The general consensus is that I poke people with acupuncture instruments and brew crazy herbs, that I’m a “weeds, beads and seeds doctor.” On the contrary acupuncture is just a portion of what I do. I own my own practice called Acupuncture Fit, Inc. I am a primary care provider and have two locations here in Orlando, FL. Check my company out at www.acupuncturefit.com What would you like to do for a living? Have Anthony

Bourdain’s job, and try foreign cuisine by traveling all over the world.

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

Working out, playing tennis, fishing and going to the young adult group at St. James Catholic Church in downtown Orlando.

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

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? When they try to play through

an injury, however they usually become my patients

Name the three most important things to you in this world. My faith in God, my family and friends

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? Let me answer your question with a

question, and then I will give you my answer. Imagine that you are driving your car in the pouring rain and you pass by three people. One is your best friend from middle school, the next an injured elderly woman and then the love of your life. What would you do? Who would you pick up? Well, I would give my best friend the keys to my car to take the elderly woman to the hospital, and then I would go over and be with the love of my life. I would choose love.

Name three prominent people you would like to have dinner with.

Mother Theresa, Mel Gibson, my grandmother (especially if she’s cooking)

Last time you spewed something through your nose from laughing so hard? One of my best friend’s wedding rehearsal dinner

this past July. We had some of the best dinner conversation ever…ya’ll riiiiight!

Last book you read? Wild at Heart Favorite charity to support? Food for the Poor

My sister. She’s beautiful, an amazing mom and my brotherin-law is a lucky man to have married her. He’s pretty awesome too.

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I’m afraid of rollercoaster’s

Photography: Justin Lance Hair: Carly Milleson

Steak, chicken, or seafood? Crab legs dipped in drawn butter

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cart header girl

Where did you grow up? I grew up in good ‘ol Johnson City, Tennessee. Go Big Orange! What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch? I love to play tennis with my friends, and enjoy watching the golfers at Magnolia. Some of them are quite good! Do you enjoy playing golf? Are there any golfers in your family? My Dad, Glenn Shell, is brilliant at golf. He has won a couple tournaments back in the day….Me? I’m still getting comfortable at the driving range. What do you feel makes this club special? Magnolia Plantation is a beautiful and challenging course. And we are all like family here! I have all my girlfriends there! Charity, Brittany, Rosemarie, Krissy, Teresa, Savannah, and Amanda! What is your favorite part of being a cart girl? What is your least favorite part? I love meeting new people all day, and making the golfers happy by serving them a soda or cold beer on a hot day! My least favorite thing? No such thing. What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the golf course? I had some golfers once that got so frustrated with their game, they ended up spending their day racing the golf carts. They were a trip. What type of music do you prefer? Anything from classic rock like The Eagles and The Beatles to hip hop like Kanye West and Drake! Favorite comedian? Dave Chappelle, Katt Williams, Kevin Hart, and Ron White. All of them are geniuses to me! Favorite type of movie? I love gangster movies! Goodfellas, Casino, The Departed, etc. Favorite charity to support? Anything against animal cruelty, sign me up! What else would you like for us to know about you? I’m a very happy, outgoing person that loves my job at Magnolia Plantation!


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By Eric Papp

leader on the links

Leadership by Choice There are many similarities between the game of golf and everyday leadership skills. Here are three helpful tips that can improve your leadership skills and your next golfing experience.

1. Self Talk. We all know that golf is

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physical. What we say to ourselves as we golf can impact how well we do and how much fun we have.

Before you step out on the course either the day before or while driving to the course. Tell yourself what you would like to experience and picture it. Example – “It’s going to be a fun day of golf” “I’m going to really enjoy golfing today.” And repeat it several times with emotion. You can even write it down if you like. You’ll be amazed at the result. Some people call this visualizing, setting an intention, etc. You get out of life what you expect. So what do you expect the next time you golf?

2. Dealing with Failure. Just like in life as to in golf there will be some trying times. But how you view and respond to failure makes all the difference. When you see failure as a temporary state in your overall journey, you begin to see what you can learn and apply to reach your goal. Your level of enjoyment of a round of golf with friends and good weather should not be only subjected to how well you hit a small ball in a small hole.

3. Remembering the Purpose. Many folks are attracted to golf because of a charity event, special occasion, or perhaps the camaraderie of friends. If you are attending a charity event that’s not the time to scrutinize every shot you make. Remember it’s for the charity 16

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Robyn Meade Explains How To

Our sister network TNT runs PGA. com, and a former team member on the morning show now works with the PGA there. So when he heard they were interested in growing golf specifically to more women – the idea of a morning feature was born, with this nearly unbelievable goal that you can get “golf ready” in a mere five lessons. Come on, five lessons and I’m going to know what I’m doing? I was aware some people spend their entire life playing the game and never really feel ready or that they’re competent at it. Ha! So when the TNT folks approached me to gauge my interest in being the one to take part in a “get golf ready” program, I was like “ya!”, even though I’ve never been on a golf course previously. (Mind


you, when I worked in local news in Chicago I LIVED on a golf course but never actually stepped foot on the greens to try my hand with a driver or iron. Funny to think about now). That same former team member is pals with Suzy Whaley through the PGA. Being aware of her stellar history with the sport and her reputation as a fantastic teacher, he somehow got her to fly in to Atlanta and taped her giving a few of the lessons that you might normally get from your local pro for “Get Golf Ready.” But I had Suzy Whaley! First woman to take on the men in the PGA in 58 years! Suzy Whaley, with a powerful swing that would rival most pro men. I mean she’s something else and just top notch. When Suzy

wasn’t around, I had Atlanta Country Club pro Scott Schroeder helping me make lots of baby steps in a very short period of time, to prepare for the Pro Am in Bermuda . Start to finish it was probably about six weeks I’m guessing. I do know this: by the time I arrived for the pro am I had been on a golf course no less than three times. Ever. Funny, when I started the shoot I was like “yeah, of course I’ll go play the pro am at the grand slam of golf, what an opportunity!” but as the few weeks I had to learn the game of golf ticked away, I started getting really stressed about being a newbie with the likes of Suzy Whaley and Bubba Watson AND on camera for my own viewers. My husband claims I was

PGA Vice President Ted Bishop, Ian Baker-Finch, Robin Meade, Bubba Watson, Suzy Whaley and Andy Burrows during the Grand Slam Pro Am at The Port Royal Golf Club for the 30th Grand Slam of Golf on October, 22, 2012 in Southampton, Bermuda. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)              Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 5

more stressed about this than I ever was jumping out of a plane with former president George H. Bush for his birthday! I just wanted to be a credit to my two pros and not completely embarrass myself on camera. Well flash forward to Bermuda . I’m delighted to learn that pro am is a scramble, best ball. So I felt relieved that I wouldn’t be a horrible detriment to my team members with such a lack of experience. But listen to the line up on my team: 1) Bubba Watson 2) Suzy Whaley 3) Former British Open champ Ian Baker Finch 4) PGA president Ted Bishop 5) local Bermudian player who was a ringer! 6) little ole me. Only thing I could offer these folks, I kept telling them, is my handicap. The max baby! I was scared to death when we started on the first tee box, front and center for the crowd and cameras. “Please connect. Please connect”. My wood and the ball did connect and I could breathe again, and sailed into what was an incredible day and addicting experience! Throughout the 18 holes the crowd was fantastic, cheering us on or moaning at our misses. But for me the experience was invaluable in that every swing I took if I wasn’t happy with the outcome, I got an immediate clinic with like four pros right there on my team. They were all fantastic and gracious and patient. I enjoyed seeing Ian and Suzy in their element as players. Now, for the holes that Bubba joined us, that also meant those were the holes that the cameras were joining us so I could not only golf (as a complete newbie) with the great Bubba Watson, but INTERVIEW HIM at the same time. No pressure or anything. Ha! While Suzy was my pro all day long, I asked Bubba on camera if he’d give a quick lesson for our viewers also new to golf. He said something along the lines of “think of the hole. Put your mind on the ball”. And I kept yammering for the camera, mostly thinking of how this interview would translate on my show for the morning

viewers who may or may not care about golf. But I lined up the shot, checked my grip and ripped it. You can see on the clip we showed on my show, an overhead view of the ball going and going and going, and running right up a hill to hole #8 at the port royal golf club. The crowd at the hole started going bonkers. Then my team started going bonkers. They all thought it was a hole in one! A hole in one! But Bubba can see and says its SOOOOOOO close but it’s not in the hole but oh my gosh what a shot! The funny thing is on the camera you can detect how new I am to golf because I am suddenly totally defeated that it’s not a hole in one that we had thought judging by the crowds reaction. How funny is that and how greedy do we get in golf? Just a few holes before I was embarrassed at having topped the ball! Now here I was getting so greedy I was disappointed in coming this/close to the hole! Flash forward to the end of the day. I show up with my stellar team for the awards banquet. Our very own Suzy Whaley wins closest to the pin for an earlier hole. And then they call me up

there to be with her, because I won closest to the pin on hole #8! I turned to her and said “you get an award just for coming CLOSE? I LOVE this game!” haaa! I’m hooked! In the end it was a dream day I’ll never forget as not only did some of the best in the sport patiently allow me to play the sport with them that day, but Our team walked away with beautiful crystal trophies for winning the Gross. Meaning they never even used my huge handicap! If they would have, our team score would have been an unthinkably low 44. (And we would have gotten run right off the course at that point!) Later that day, my husband, who also played in the pro am on a different team said it was probably a good thing I didn’t get a hole in one on hole #8. “You’d have to quit now, because it would never get better than that!” So true! So….I don’t have to quit. Because there are a lot more things to learn. But let’s just say I’m highly aware of how fortunate I am for the entire experience both in Atlanta during the lessons and in Bermuda for the pro am. And yep I will continue to play!

Bubba Watson and Robin Meade celebrate after almost making a hole-in-one during the Grand Slam Pro Am at The Port Royal Golf Club for the 30th Grand Slam of Golf on October, 22, 2012 in Southampton, Bermuda. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Robin Meade is the anchor of HLN’s morning show, “Morning Express with Robin Meade.” Among other stories, Meade anchored the network’s coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq , the January 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the July 2009 coverage of Michael Jackson’s memorial event. In July of 2008, she scored the exclusive first interview with freed American hostages – at their request – after their release from Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) captors. In June of 2009, Meade performed a tandem skydive with President George Herbert Walker Bush in Kennebunkport , Maine , to commemorate President Bush’s 85th birthday. Meade is also the face of HLN’s “Salute to Troops” segment, a daily message to U.S. troops using photos and videos sent in by their loved ones. Meade also serves as co-host with Dr. Sanjay Gupta for Turner Private Network’s ”AccentHealth,“ a program offered in physician waiting rooms focused on consumer-related health stories. Meade’s debut country album, “Brand New Day,” was released in June 2011 to strong reviews. The album features original songs, many of which were co-written by Meade, as well as a cover of Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry.” Meade collaborated with industry heavy-hitters like John Rich, American Idol’s Bo Bice, and producer/song writer Victoria Shaw (Lady Antebellum). “Brand New Day” reached #25 on iTunes its first week of release. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 5


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By Jeff Golden

College Golf Is Tested at Isleworth This year’s Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, hosted by UCF and Texas Tech, featured a stellar field, and their games were tested in breezy conditions on an extremely difficult golf course. In addition to the golf course being major championship quality, the players were treated to first class hospitality. Each shot at Isleworth Country Club is difficult, whether it is hitting the tight fairways or dealing with deep bunkers surrounding the elevated and undulating greens. The California Golden Bears handled these conditions best, and finished off an undefeated fall season, winning wire to wire against a field littered with top ten teams. It took a strong finish though, midway through the final round the University of New Mexico had a five-shot lead. Michael Kim of California captured his first individual title with solid 2nd and 3rd rounds after a stunning five under par 67 in the first round. Other top ranked players fared very well, and you should look for these names in the coming years to be playing professionally. Jordan Speith

California Golden Bears players Brandon Hagy, Joel Stalter, Michael Kim, Max Homa, Michael Weaver, Head Coach – Steve Desimone, Assistant Coach – Walter Chun (U of Texas), defending champion, finished 5th. He is coming off a great summer where he played five PGA Tour events, including a tie for 21st in the US Open. Michael Weaver (California) was the runner up in the US Amateur this summer, and he finished 4th. Last year’s collegiate National and Freshman Player of the Year, Justin Thomas (U of Alabama), tied for 2nd, just one shot behind Michael Kim. Illinois Head Coach Mike Small is no stranger to long and difficult courses having played in 12 major

Greg Sands, head coach of Texas Tech, and Michael Kim, ICI medalist and Cal player 20

championships. We talked whether his experience helps the team. Small said, “The players do ask for advice when playing a course like this, but they need to go out and get it done by themselves.” Illinois played their way into the 3rd round final group, but were passed by the impressive sub par final rounds of New Mexico and Alabama. Only four teams were able to post under par rounds during the tournament, including California’s first round and University of Florida’s second round. Having played Division II College Golf, I have a general picture of what a college golf tournament should look like. It’s a very boring picture. I was amazed from the moment I pulled in to the parking lot seeing the production of this tournament. Each team had their flags raised high behind the first tee, where the voice of the Knights, Erik Kohler announced the players teeing off. There were many volunteers employed, big name sponsors, and crystal trophies for the winners. Always keep an eye on the winners of tournaments that are played on great courses like Isleworth Country Club, where each shot requires great skill. Past winners of the Invitational include PGA Tour members Chris Kirk, Brian Harman, Harris English, Russel Henley and Bud Cauley. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 5


Ways to Improve Your Riding Skills

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PGA of America Elects Mary Hafeman to the Quarter Century Club Mary Hafeman, LPGA & PGA Golf Professional, 2011 and 2012 PGA Northern Chapter “Teacher of the Year”, a former LPGA Tour player and member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame has been elected by the PGA of America to its prestigious Quarter Century Club. PGA Professionals who have served The PGA of America with honor and pride for 25 years are elected to the Quarter Century Club. Their steadfast promotion of golf is recognized with a letter from the PGA President, a special Quarter Century Club certificate and a gold Quarter Century Club lapel pin. “I am very proud and honored to be elected to the PGA Quarter Century Club by my peers,” said Hafeman. “I’d like to thank all the students that I have had the opportunity to work with throughout the years. It has been fun to experience golf at the highest playing levels then turn around and share my experience and passion for golf with so many interested players.” Hafeman, who has been teaching for more than 25 years in North Florida, is widely recognized as one of the leaders in the golf industry, an expert in her field. Her determination, passion and desire to help others learn golf has made her one of the Golf for Women’s magazine top-50 teachers in the United States. In 2010, Hafeman created a


unique golf partnership with Windsor Parke Golf Club and Champions Club in Jacksonville, Fl. Windsor Parke is also a top 10 site for Golf Get Ready Programs in the United States. “The Mary Hafeman Golf Experience player development programs and individual private golf lessons provides an affordable and fun experience for those who are interested in learning more about the game of golf and improving their game,” said Hafeman. “Regardless if you are a beginner, seasoned player, or an aspiring

professional, we customize each lesson to the personal needs and abilities of each individual. Men, women, and juniors of all ages will benefit from this “student-specific” teaching style.” Hafeman students and clients enjoy special access to the facilities at Windsor Parke and Champions Club as they learn and improve their game. Each lesson program focuses on setting goals, developing pre-swing fundamentals; grip, stance, posture and alignment along with the full shot, short game, putting, chipping and on course playing opportunities. The public can visit www.maryhafemangolf.com to view upcoming player development programs, book lessons via a private golf lesson scheduling system, speak to experts in health and fitness and gain access to golf tips and specialized hosted golf trips. Hafeman offers specialized beginner classes such as Play Golf America’s Get Golf Ready, along with other programs listed on her website, www.maryhafemangolf.com. For more information, or to register for Mary Hafeman Golf Experience golf lessons or programs at Windsor Parke, please visit www.maryhafemangolf. com or contact Sara Struebing, MHGE, sarastruebing@att.net, 414-852-9669. To contact Mary call: 904-233-0989 or mhafe@aol.com

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By Jay Golden, PGA

surprised when their shirt doesn’t live up to their expectations. The most common problems range from shrinkage after washing, holding perspiration, fading color and inconsistent collars. They say “A little knowledge can be dangerous.” That certainly can be the case when selecting men’s golf shirts. Rick Martin, CEO of MARTIN GOLF APPAREL has the knowledge of cotton shirts which qualifies him as an “Expert.” In

consistency of yarn combined with a smoother fiber. Another fundamental of MARTIN GOLF APPAREL is that there are no synthetics. “Synthetic fiber such as polyester,” says Martin, “Holds the perspiration inside the garment. Pure cotton allows the fabric to absorb, ‘breathe’ and allow the moisture to evaporate.” How about shrinkage? “Normal shrinkage on a cotton shirt is 6-7%. With our process of impregnating the cotton, the shrinkage is less than 2%,” says Martin. “Additionally, with our two-prong color fastness process, the color and luster remain throughout the life of the shirt.” How about the color selection? “We use ‘timeless’ colors as opposed to ‘color fads’. Navy, forest green, and red – for example - are longevity colors,” says Martin. “They match almost any outfit. We also developed a cotton collar construction never rolls up or turns under. It always lays flat.” Also in the MARTIN GOLF APPAREL line are cotton sweaters and ITALIAN

fact, he might be “The Expert!” “I started with the “CF Hathaway Company” many years ago,” said Rick. “We sold upscale cotton dress shirts to specialty stores.” In 1995, Martin, who bought golf shirts that shrunk, faded and so on after washing, decided to develop the ‘perfect’ golf shirt. That led to the success of “Fairways and Green” company whose motto became, “Don’t size up!” That was the result of selecting long staple cotton,

MARINO WOOL sweaters and vests. Once again the ‘timeless’ colors compliment the shirt collection. Presently, the MARTIN GOLF APPAREL is featured in over 600 of the finer country clubs across the country. If you would like to benefit from the knowledge and experience of Rick Martin “THE KING OF COTTON SHIRTS,” look for the name MARTIN GOLF APPAREL in your golfing travels.

The King of Cotton Shirts One definition of “Expert”: Someone who knows everything about something that no one else cares about. Actually, there are numerous topics that most people know a little about while a select few study that topic throughout their lives. In many cases, they become the “Experts.” In relation to golf shirts, a high percentage of men take three things into consideration. They are price, style and color. The problem is that they’re


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A Rich Tradition of Quality at Heathrow Country Club Heathrow Country Club

is more than a country club, it is an extraordinary refuge dedicated to the region’s upscale, contemporary lifestyle. Established in the late 1980s and recently acquired by Concert Golf Partners, Heathrow Country Club has long been considered one of Central Florida’s most prestigious private clubs. Featuring towering oak-lined roads, endless sunshine, soft, warm breezes and extraordinary personal service, Heathrow’s newly renovated, exceptional amenities include 18 holes of championship golf, premier tennis, a sparkling six-lane competitive-style swimming pool, unmatched athletic center, upscale dining and a grand ballroom, available for corporate and social events. Today, under the leadership of new General Manager Nate Kalb, the club aims to continue its rich tradition of excellence by offering members personalized member service. “Our reputation for outstanding service and responsiveness is the foundation for our success,” Nate says. “Our new leadership team is dedicated to enhancing and growing our offerings to ensure Heathrow Country Club members have access to the best quality programs.”

Young Executive Golf Designed by renowned architect Ron Garl, Heathrow’s newly updated fairways and challenging 18-hole golf course has hosted an impressive collection of PGA Tour players including Chris DiMarco, Cliff Kresge, Danny Ellis, Jim Thorpe, Donnie Hammond, Lion Kim, and Fulton Allem – all of whom are proud to call Heathrow home. New this winter, Heathrow Country Club introduces a new category of membership tailored for the young 26

Nate Kalb executive market of individuals age 21 to 29 with monthly dues of $200, including golf cart rentals.   “We have set out to reach and attract young professionals in their early twenties to offer affordable membership at a private club,” Nate explains. “Most golfers, at this age, play daily fee golf because they simply do not have the means to join all of the amenities of a private club. We have rolled out a new membership category, Young Executive Golf, which will make it possible for up-and-comers to join.”

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Chris Holmes Holmes Chris has a robust, respected background in golf and a contagious passion for teaching. Chris’s early experience included playing on the European, South African, and South American PGA Tours, managing European Tour players, and managing golf clubs in both England and Germany. For the last 20 years, Chris has dedicated his career to helping players improve and enjoy their game. Chris is known in the industry for his teaching ability and knowledge, as well as his integration of state-of-the-art teaching aids for clinics, group, and individual lessons for all levels of player. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 5

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Hampton Golf Has Stellar Year With High-End Acquisitions and Management Expansion Executives at Hampton Golf were confident that 2012 would be a good year for the company’s growth and development, but they could not have predicted just how successful it would turn out to be. As the industry’s most technologically advanced golf course management and development firm, Hampton Golf has long had a hand in the management of many of the Southeast’s most popular 18-hole championship golf courses, lifestyle clubhouse facilities, spas, hotels and residential communities. In exciting moves that have broadened the company’s national presence, Hampton Golf signed management contracts

with clubs in the north and west. In addition, with partner Randy Frankel, the company expanded its acquisitions to include three high-end Florida properties – Southern Hills Plantation Club, The Palencia Club and The Golf Club at North Hampton. “Hampton Golf has developed a reputation for outstanding club management and quality service, and this is reflected in the top-notch clubs we have added to our management portfolio this year,” said M.G. Orender, president of Hampton Golf and 33rd president of The PGA of America. “We have also been successful in acquiring several private clubs and are privileged 28

to be working with investor Randy Frankel to partner on these and possible future acquisitions.” One of the company’s goals for 2012 was to expand into other parts of the country. In May, Hampton Golf announced a management contract with Laughlin Ranch golf club in Bullhead City, Ariz., on the Arizona/ Nevada border. In September, the company signed with Hampshire Country Club in Westchester County, N.Y., located 30 minutes from Manhattan. The company hopes to continue the expansion trend into next year. In addition to adding Laughlin Ranch and Hampshire to its management portfolio, Hampton Golf signed contracts with three courses in Florida – Brooker Creek in Palm Harbor, Summerbrooke in Tallahassee and Verandah in Fort Myers. Another goal for 2012 was to continue to acquire high-end golf clubs. The company’s target model is a private course or daily fee course of at least 18 holes in a medium to large metropolitan area, which has been constructed or had major improvements within the last 10 years. With Frankel as a partner, Hampton Golf sought and acquired three golf clubs in 2012 that fit within this model:

one of Golfweek’s best Florida courses. Designed by Arnold Palmer, the course remains a popular local challenge with its man-made sand dunes, bridges and dramatic landscapes. One of the factors influencing its success has been Hampton Golf’s centralized customer service center that handles phone communications, tee time and reservation bookings, data and credit collection, and outreach at each of its clubs. The streamlined efficiency of the company’s signature system has resulted in increased membership, higher member satisfaction and profit gains for many club programs. Hampton Golf is committed to providing the highest standard of excellence in design,

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By Jay Golden, PGA

The Power of Golf

2012 Celebrities Tee Up for Life 2012

The name of the event, “TEE UP FOR LIFE,” is the perfect description of its purpose. Golfers tee up their ball in a fund-raiser where the proceeds save lives. The ultimate goal is to cure childhood cancer. The 12th annual event held at Heathrow CC is fully named NORMA DiMARCO’S TEE UP FOR LIFE in memory of PGA Tour veteran Chris DiMarco’s mother. Norma played a huge part for the majority of the 12 years which raised over $5,000,000 since its inception and $306,000 in 2012. Many fund-raisers look at this event as a model due to its overwhelming success. In fact, it is one of the most successful one-day golf fund-raisers in the country. As a member of the Tournament Committee, I have had the privilege of seeing why it is such a ‘well oiled machine’. The first reason is Chris DiMarco. Due to Chris’ outgoing, friendly and generous personality, he has made many friends across the country. In fact, of the 30 foursomes that tee it up, at least 20 fly in from as far as California. Additionally, the celebrities 32

including perennial favorite, Nancy Lopez, take part due to their friendship with Chris. Another of Chris’ assets is the fact that he attends meetings when he is not playing on Tour. Of the 10 meetings, Chris’ participates in more than half which is not only a ‘boost’ for the committee but his ideas are very valuable. If Chris is the conductor, his father, Rich, is the locomotive. Rich is the tireless engine that drives every meeting, every sub-committee and every detail. And when there is a slight snag, his philosophy “Everything might not be perfect all of the time but we must keep one thing in mind. IT’S FOR THE KIDS!’ Other reasons for its success are the prizes (many donated by Ping), goodie bags, food, raffles, silent and live auctions and so on. Players, volunteers, celebrities and sponsors come back year after year due to the way the event is run and KNOWING that they are playing their part to cure childhood cancer. Barbara Otto represents the America Cancer Society which disperses the proceeds to R.O.C.K

Camp, cancer research and college scholarships. Speaking of sponsors, once again Dr. Jo Hewell, President and CEO of the A.T.A.P. Corporation (Financial Planning and Term Life Insurance), generously matched $27,000 of donations in addition to being a Platinum Sponsor. If you would like to make a donation to NORMA DiMARCO’S TEE UP FOR LIFE, visit: teeupforlife.com. Chris & Christian DiMarco

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Winning Team Ron Thompson Richard Watkins Ed Gilbert and Ton


special events UCF’s AFROTC DET 159 serve as volunteers at this year’s SAF Golf Tournament

Salute to the Armed Forces American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region held its annual Salute to the Armed Forces (SAF) Golf Tournament, which raised $65,000 for Red Cross efforts, from support for the U.S. Military and their families to disaster relief. The SAF Golf Tournament, held at Rosen Shingle Creek, was made possible due to outstanding sponsors, including presenting sponsor Lockheed Martin, as well as United Healthcare, Tupperware, Daytona International Speedway and MillerCoors, to name a few. Raffle prizes to support the event were provided by Hard Rock, Wells Fargo, and others. University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Detachment 159, including Major Clark and cadets, provided their color guard to present the colors and volunteered their time during the event. They were recognized during the awards ceremony for their future service to our country. Professional singer Gage Herrmann performed the National Anthem for 34

the more than 120 attendees, including 92 golfers. At the end of the tournament, Lockheed Martin’s team, including Jim Beck, Pat Sunderlin, Andrew McDonald, and Christian Olson, finished in first place. During the luncheon and program, the American Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces program

were highlighted and Joel W. Hass, former CEO of the Red Cross MidFlorida Region, was honored with a Service to the Armed Forces award for his commitment to supporting our U.S. Military and their families. Karen Hagan, current CEO of the Mid-Florida Region, presented Chuck Morant, Lockheed Martin chief executive, Red Cross board member and chairman of this year’s

golf tournament, with an award of appreciation for his commitment to making the SAF Golf Tournament a great success. Many people are unaware that in addition to disaster relief services, the American Red Cross’ unwavering commitment to members of the U.S. military, its veterans and their families continues to grow and develop, more than a century after Clara Barton first recruited nurses to support the U.S. Army. Today, the Red Cross is meeting the needs of a changing military and expanding services to veterans. Red Cross support of military members and their families enhances morale and contributes to increased operational capability in several ways: connecting military families during emergencies, connecting families with local community resources, providing resiliency training and supporting wounded warriors and military hospitals. To support the Red Cross and its efforts, please visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 5

SAF Golf Tournament Event Team

Karen Hagan, Mid-Florida Region CEO; Erin Pagan, Mid-Florida Region Director of Communications; Brian Martin, Corporate Communications Director with Visit Orlando; and Boo Gonzalez, Mid-Florida Region Chief Development Officer Karen Hagan, Mid-Florida CEO, presents Chuck Morant, Board Member and employee of Lockheed Martin, with Award of Appreciation for serving as Chair of the SAF Golf Tournament Committee

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Winning team from Lockheed Martin (also the presenting sponsor) Jim Beck, Pat Sunderlin, Andrew McDonald, Christian Olson

Color Guard from UCF’s AFROTC DET 159 and singing The National Anthem is Gage Herrmann


special events

➊ Wounded Warriors Play in THANKSUSA Charity Golf Tournament at Lake Nona, Helping Families of U.S. Armed Forces Intelligent Decisions (ID), Inc., a recognized leader in federal IT solutions, proudly hosted the ThanksUSA Fundraising Golf Tournament at the renowned Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, FL. Players in the charity tournament included distinguished wounded warrior military veterans from the Orlando area. All of the tournament’s proceeds will go to help meet ThanksUSA’s mission – mobilizing Americans of all ages to “thank” the active-duty men and women of the U.S. armed forces by providing scholarships for their families. ThanksUSA provides need-based scholarships to military spouses and dependents to pursue a full-time, post-secondary education, including vocational and technical training. “The ThanksUSA scholarship program has awarded nearly $8.5 million in scholarships to military spouses and children since being founded six years ago,” said Michele Stork, ThanksUSA executive director. “A major factor in the organization’s success is the continued support of corporate donors like Intelligent Decisions.” “Our military families sacrifice so much with their loved ones often 36

stationed far from home,” said Harry Martin, ID president and CEO and member of the ThanksUSA board of directors. “Intelligent Decisions is honored to host this ThanksUSA Charity Golf Tournament, which recognizes the sacrifices of our active-duty service members, and their families, through education scholarships for their spouses and children.” For five years, ID has been a major supporter of ThanksUSA. ID has been the title sponsor of the annual ThanksUSA VIP Golf Tournament, held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships. ID’s Simulation and Training Division is located in Orlando and houses the management, development, and production team for the Dismounted Soldier Training System. Members of the company’s simulation and training division have managed and/ or developed many of

the current training systems in use today across the live, virtual and constructive domains. Lake Nona’s Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course is worldranked and has been a regular host of the PGA Tour-sanctioned Tavistock Cup.

To learn more about the nonprofit ThanksUSA, please visit: www.ThanksUSA.org. For more details on the tournament, please go to: www.intelligent.net.

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Lake Nona ThanksUSA Golf Tournament Photo 1 Wounded Warrior Tournament Participants Recognized Prior to the Start of the Tournament Photo 2 From Left to Right: Timothy Liezert, Director of the VA Medical Center in Orlando; Harry Martin, President and CEO of Intelligent Decisions; Wounded Warrior Clifford Bruton, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Photo 3 From Left to Right: General Peet Proctor, U.S. Army Major General (Ret.); Steve Mihelarakis, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.). Photo 4 From Left to Right: Mary Allison Yourchisin, Head of Intelligent Decisions’ Tampa Office; Randall Bland, U.S. Special Operations Command. Photo 5 Commander Tom Dixon, U.S. Navy Operational Support Center in Orlando. Photo 6 ThanksUSA Scholars with Parents and ThanksUSA’s Executive Director Michele Stork. From Left to Right: Marianne Cecchini, Tyler Cecchini, Shelby Cecchini, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Cecchini, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Michele Stork, ThanksUSA Executive Director. Photo 6 From Left to Right: Joe Robinson, Merrill Lynch; Harry Martin, President and CEO of Intelligent Decisions; Bob Okun, ThanksUSA founder.

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By Jay Golden, PGA Photos by Brion Price


JJ's Magical Memories There are some memories

that last a lifetime; some good, some bad, and if you’re lucky, some MAGICAL! Disneyworld is “WHERE MAGIC HAPPENS” and that’s what JJ Qualkenbush experienced at the “Children’s Miracle Network ProAm” held on the Magnolia and Palm courses. This was JJ’s fourth time playing in this Pro-Am. JJ is 16 years old, lives in California with his mother and father and dedicates himself to schoolwork and golf. “My parents always encouraged me to do as well as I could at school and that’s why I realize the importance of a good education,” said JJ “But honestly, my number one goal is to get good enough to play on the PGA Tour.” Jan Qualkenbush, JJ’s father, entered JJ in the Pro-Am division of the Tourna-


ment. “My wife and I entered JJ because of what he could experience and learn playing alongside the best golfers in the world on championship golf courses, “said Jan. “He is very mature for his age and extremely dedicated to achieve his goals. Since we are in a position to afford him these opportunities, we feel it’s the right thing to do.” JJ’s playing partners were long hitting Gary Woodland on Thursday and Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey on Friday. According to JJ, the lessons he learned were invaluable. “First and foremost, I learned that the players are just normal people playing golf. I used to think that they were unapproachable celebrities but they made me feel very comfortable. I also saw first-hand that all of their shots are not great. In fact,

they hit some bad shots like everyone else. It’s true that they hit fewer bad shots and their bad shots are not as bad as amateurs, but I was surprised to see some of their miscues.” After the first round I spent an hour or so giving JJ golf tips related to his putting stroke and swing. He is an attentive listener and quick learner. He’s also swift to give praise when something works. After a helpful tip he’d say, “The difference is night and day.” It means a lot to an instructor when the student gives heartfelt feedback and takes a confident student to give credit when credit is due. With a ‘zero handicap’, it is almost impossible to compete for a high finish in the Pro-Am with golfers carrying as much as an 18 handicap. But that didn’t stop JJ from playing impressive golf on his own ball. In addition to playing solidly both days, it was highlighted with a six iron from 185 yards on Magnolia’s par 3, 15th hole. It stopped two feet from the hole and a tap-in birdie. The Pro-Am dinner was held at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I joined JJ and his parents. As we were walking to the dining area, we passed a group of Disney entertainers dancing alongside our path. I encouraged JJ to dance along with them and without a second thought, he was dancing with the group. When I suggested that he do a golf swing dance, once again he was game and within moments the dance line was doing a golf swing dance with him. JJ knows how to have good, clean fun! JJ Qualkenbush is polite, intelligent, hard working and talented. With loving and supportive parents behind him, playing in the “Children’s Miracle Network Pro-Am” is an experience that will be never be forgotten. That being said, with a bright future ahead of him, hopefully these will only be the tip of the iceberg of “JJ’s Magical Memories.” Our loyal readers know that we have been noting JJ’s accomplishments over that past four years. We look forward to continue following his progress on his journey to the PGA Tour. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 5

JJ Qualkenbush– with passion and drive, following the path of great players w w w . f l o r i d a g o l f c e n t r a l . c o m

JJ with his Dad, Jan Qualkenbush, and family friend, Sean Harney

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By Joel Jackson, FGCSA Executive Director

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Photos by Joel Jackson

Fall Golf Course Maintenance Update The fall season

is upon us and Florida Golf Courses are in a transitional state as cooler nights start appearing and our warm season grasses like bermudagrass and seashore paspalum begin to slow down their growth activity. Depending on what climatic zone you live in: North, Central or South the changes occur faster or slower on the calendar and sometimes hardly at all in the far southern portions of the state. It takes a strong Siberian Express cold front to get grasses in Miami and Naples to shut down. But no matter where you live golf course superintendents have been or are preparing our courses for the busy fall/winter golf season when our seasonal visitors return and tourists flock to Florida to escape the ice and snow. If you’re just coming back to Florida, you have missed what one superintendent calls his “100-Day War,” otherwise known as the summer renovation season, when Florida courses are vigorously aerified and verticut to remove organic thatch build up and provide access for air, water and nutrients to feed the turfgrass. When your course is undergoing those late summer/early fall renovations, keep in mind this is them most opportune time to reinvigorate the grass with the minimum of disturbance to the majority of golfers. When your course does close for late season renovation, take this time to go play another area course that has either already recovered from their program or visit one that hasn’t punched those holes yet. Every course has to do this, so you’re not just being picked on. It’s called turfgrass maintenance for a reason. All this hole-punching, verticutting and sand topdressing energizes the plant by creating pore space in the soil profile allowing for water storage as well as good drainage, which must be balanced for healthy turf. These pore spaces also allow air and nutrients to reach the roots and be absorbed to the plant leaves (grass blades) to manufacture carbohydrates in the plant to feed the whole plant. 40

Ripping up the fairways in the summer so you can enjoy fall golf. Now we’re talking about photosynthesis! Do you remember this chlorophyll making process you learned about in junior high science? It goes something like sugar in the presence of oxygen and sunlight yields chlorophyll and the nice green color we love to see on our golf courses and in our landscapes. Some times the late hurricane season of October and November can have some gloomy days and the turf can go off color because the food pro-

duction has slowed down because of reduced sunlight. Well, the “100-Day War” is coming to a cease-fire. The turf has been given a good physical and the winter grass seed is being sowed on many courses, mostly in the North and Central zones. Establishing the overseeding to maturity is the big job now so you can enjoy those neat light and dark stripes we see on TV golf. Happy Holidays everyone. See you next month! Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 5


From left: Brian Beckner and Kevin Leo each captained the first and second place finishing teams at the CREW golf tournament at the Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero. Brian and Kevin are members of the Everglades Golf Course Superintendents Association which is a major sponsor of the event to raise funds for environmental awareness education for the CREW – Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed, which provides most of the freshwater for Bonita Springs and Naples. Over 200 turf professionals attended the U. of Florida/IFAS Turf Field Day at the UF Research & Education Center in Citra, FL on October 11th to learn the results of irrigation, fertilizer and pest management trials and projects. This kind of on-going scientific research provides golf course and landscape managers with sound, environmentally safe programs and should be included in all state and local regulations governing turfgrass management.


Sink Pink! Mother’s Day, Ladies’ Day, Cancer Awareness, More! www.sinkpink.com 800-548-1033 SINK PINK! is a way for golf courses to paint the course pink for relevant occasions.

Scott Scamehorn (right), superintendent of the Mountain Lake Golf Club in Lake Wales won the inaugural “Crash Cup” at the North Florida GCSA Fall Classic held at the Amelia Island Plantation’s Ocean Links Course in early October. The cup was named in honor of Edward “Crash” Hall, one of the founding members of the North Florida Superintendent’s chapter. Scamehorn also wins the final spot on the Florida GCSA’s Golf Team to compete in the National GCSAA Golf Championships in February out in San Diego. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 5

Pink Ribbon Tee Markers Pink Cups Pink Flagsticks Pink Flags and Pink Paint!


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Heathrow Country Club Hosts 16th Annual Special Olympics Florida Golf Classic More than 200

Central Florida golfers recently participated in the region's premier charity golf event, the 16th Annual Special Olympics Florida Golf Classic, hosted in October 2012 at the beautiful Heathrow Country Club.

Participation in this tournament helps Special Olympics Florida provide sports training and competition programs, which enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities not just physically,

By Laura E. Richeson, APR

but emotionally, psychologically and socially. The skills these athletes learn through sports help build confidence and self-esteem, which carries over into all aspects of their lives.

Tim Burns (director of golf), Monty Castevens (former president of Special Olympics Toni Curlin (director of catering) and Special Olympics athletes of Florida) and Nate Kalb (general manager at Heathrow Country Club.


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Bridlewood® 2010 Monterey County Pinot Noir At Bridlewood, we like to take our time. We hand select our grapes from California’s vast Central Coast AVA, and we pour our passion into winemaking. Our picturesque 105-acre estate rests on a high bench of ancient seabed, facing the Pacific breezes that meander through the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south and the Purisima Hills and San Raphael Mountains to the north. Days are warm, nights are cool and the abundant sunshine is tempered by wind and fog. This is Central Coast Wine Country at its best.

About the Wine: Our Bridlewood 2010 Monterey County Pinot Noir displays lush floral aromas that extend to the palate and combine with dark fruit flavors of raspberry and dark cherry with hints of caramel and toffee. This wine has a complex structure that is framed by floral and black pepper notes, creating an elegant mouthfeel and lingering finish.

About Monterey County: Monterey County enjoys a cool, foggy climate that is ideal for Pinot Noir. Typically, bud break begins several weeks earlier and harvest ends several weeks later than other growing regions. This extra month of time on the vine allows the grapes to develop intense, complex flavors. Monterey County houses the significant Monterey AVA, which includes nine sub-regions, united by the cooling influence of Monterey Bay.

Viticulture Notes: The 2010 growing season in Monterey County was the much cooler than average, which led to a delayed bloom and set in May. In August, the cool temperatures were briefly punctuated by unusual heat spikes, hitting around 108˚ F in some cases. Slight rainfall refreshed the grapes and mild autumn temperatures rose a bit, contributing to an ideal harvest.

Winemaker Notes: The grapes for this wine were picked at night to keep them as cool as possible to retain natural acidity and expressive flavors. The fruit was destemmed, but not crushed, leaving a significant portion of whole berries going into the fermentor. The must was fermented at a maximum of 80������������������������ °F to maintain ������������������ the delicate flavors and aromas of Monterey Pinot Noir. The skins had approximately five to seven days of contact, just enough to extract all the maximum amount of color without sacrificing flavor, aroma or a silky seductive mouthfeel.

Appellation: Monterey County, California Varietal Content: Pinot Noir Alcohol Content: 14% pH: 3.70 Titratable Acidity: 0.56 g/100ml Residual Sugar: 0.25 g/100ml

Grip it and Sip it.


Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 5

for your health


By Tommy E. Jones, Fire Chief Griffin, Georgia

Planning and Responding to Golf’s Greatest Hazard! For Florida resident, Cher Hollar, the fact that sudden cardiac arrest is the number one cause of death on a golf course is more than just a statistic….it is a painful reminder of a tragic personal loss! On September 5th, 2008, Cher’s husband of 35 years, Phil, an avid golfer and local pro in the Ft. Myers area, died suddenly of cardiac arrest playing the game he loved. Through her grief, and even the frustration felt over mistakes made in the response to her husband’s illness, Cher has embarked on a crusade to see that golf courses, players, and first responders are better prepared for incidents that can occur on the links. In the years since her loss, she has personally visited courses near her home and asked to see a copy of their Emergency Operations Plan. When she discovered that most of these courses could not produce a plan, Cher eventually took her argument to county commissioners, state legislators, and the press, which is hopefully prompting a greater level of awareness. Through proactive planning, courses and players can be better prepared for medical emergencies that sometimes occur during a round of golf.

Facing The Facts:

Most people might ask, “Why should there be a concentrated effort to prepare for sudden medical emergencies on a golf course?” The answer is very evident: the game can be strenuous to some and golf courses, even those located in urban areas, can be remote from access to First Responders. Most golfers love playing the game in warm weather. Knowing the competitive nature of the average player, it is not uncommon for golfers to forget that they have a body to care for, as well as a perfect swing to master. Becoming dehydrated is always an issue on the links, which can lead to a host of problems. Even more critical is the realization that courses almost everywhere have holes that are remote from the clubhouse, neighborhoods, and on slow days, other players. The need for every course to have an 46

emergency plan is critical; so is the importance for every golfer to know what to do if they, or one of their fellow players, need medical attention.

Knowing What To Do:

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone and at any time. For decades, the public has been made aware of the warning signs of a heart attack and, how to start the Emergency Medical System for the prompt delivery of services. Furthermore, millions worldwide have participated in C.P.R. (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) classes in which the ABC’s of layperson cardiac care are demonstrated and practiced. More often than not, these classes are taught in the clean and relaxed environment of a classroom, fire station, or community center. Rest assured, when the real emergency goes down, the conditions won’t be as pleasant. Having prior exposure to C.P.R. training and knowing where to access an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) is paramount in rendering immediate care. The AED is one of the medical community’s greatest contributions to patient survival in a cardiac emergency. An AED is a portable, battery-operated device that diagnoses cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular defibrillation and delivers a shock to the heart allowing it to restore a sustainable rhythm. AED’s are everywhere, cost-effective (starting at $1000), and easy to use. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in this country, more so than breast cancer, lung cancer, and AIDS combined. Percentage-wise, early use of an AED can improve a person’s chance of survival by about 70% to 90%. Most AEDs are very user-friendly and have voice prompts that will walk you through the procedure, so never hesitate to use one! The skill of CPR use to be fairly complicated with its stringent step-bystep procedures and precise measurements of hand position and amount of breaths. However, new standards have been released, and the process has

simplified to the point that anyone can perform CPR without fear of not following proper steps. As expected, the doctors and associations who recommend CPR procedures have all but eliminated breathing into a patient. Although everyone needs to attend CPR training and become certified on an AED, the fundamentals of performing CPR have gone from A-B-C (providing an Airway, giving Breaths, and performing Compressions) to a simplified C-A-B. C or Compressions, is performed by pushing hard and fast on the center of a victim’s chest (about 2 inches deep on an adult and child). A, or Airway, means tilting the victim’s head back and lifting the chin to open the airway. Finally, B, or Breathing means to give 2 Rescue Breaths after doing a regiment of 30 compressions until medical help or an AED arrives. The lack of emphasis on having to do mouth-to-mouth breathing on a victim should curb anxiety and lessen hesitation time so rescuers can immediately begin chest compressions. Thankfully, few golfers hit the links without first putting their cell phone in their bag. Passing on accurate information to the local 911 center about the exact nature and location of the emergency is critical to increase the chances of success of a cardiac arrest on the course. Furthermore, each course should work with their local fire and EMS providers to pre-plan for unforeseen emergencies. Although tragedies, like the loss of Phil Hollar, are rare in the game of golf, the incident highlights the point that pre-planning for sudden medical emergencies should be a daily part of doing business at the clubhouse. All golfers go to the course looking for relaxation, competitiveness, and comradery. By taking proactive steps and having an emergency response plan, golf’s greatest hazard, sudden cardiac arrest, can be better handled if and when the emergency occurs. Tommy E. Jones is the Fire Chief in Griffin, Georgia. He can be contacted at TJones@cityofgriffin.com Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 5

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.

Visit your local Vision Source doctor, Dr. James Podschun, located at 2828 Casa Aloma Way, Suite 400 in Winter Park, FL 32792, to ask which Transitions lenses are right for you. 407-671-0960


Transitions and the swirl are registered trademarks and Transitions Adaptive Lenses is a trademark of Transitions Optical, Inc. ©2012 Transitions Optical, Inc.


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Feel Golf unveils 73º conforming wedge

Wedge provides high, soft-landing shots using full ‘Driver’ swing Feel Golf Co., Inc., an innovator in golf club design since 1985, is introducing a 73-degree USGA conforming wedge. Feel Golf, one of the pioneers of the high-lofted wedges, first introduced a 64-degree wedge in the early 1990s. That club, the highest lofted club in play of Tour, is a favorite weapon of Phil Mickelson today. It was thought to be too extreme at the time. “The 73-degree wedge allows players to hit a very high, soft-landing shot with ease from 50 yards in,” said Miller. “Just like the 64-degree wedge, our 73-degree wedge allows the golfer to take their full swing, which is a golfer’s most repeatable swing, and simply aim it right at the pin.” Feel Golf’s satin finish, 73-degree wedge helps eliminate most of the short game guesswork of open stances, open faces and half swings. It allows you to go right at the pin and stick, making bunker play seem easy. Miller said one of the common problems for recreational players is that they lack the touch and confidence to fully commit to the shot, so they decelerate, producing inconsistent results that lead to extra strokes around the greens.

Feel Golf's 73º wedge allows golfers to use their full “Driver” swing eliminating guesswork in the short game.

“With good rhythm, players can take a full swing with the 73-degree wedge,” said Miller. The wedge glides through the ball landing very softly from a tight lie or a bunker making it easier to score just like the Pros.” For more information on all of Feel Golf’s wedges and other innovative products, visit www.feelgolf.net or call 877-934-7387.

Hit the ‘73’ Like the Pros! • Stop the “in between” club syndrome • Hit it high and "stick it" like the pros • Designed to use full swing on every shot • Frequency matched; dynamically balanced • Makes bunker play a snap & tough lies easy Distance is controlled simply by ball placement. Hit it with the ball placed off the front foot for a flop shot or off the rear foot for up to 50 yards.

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By Bob Bolton


“Prestancia”, the name sounds like

able to score. Water is located; beside,

cup for a birdie. Two of Prestancia’s

a magical land where everything is

in front, or around nearly every hole,

residents happened to be walking by

beautiful and you are treated like Kings

but is more aesthetic in placement,

at the time and commented, “nice

and Queens. In reality, it is and you are.

rather than a penalty for errant shots.

shot”. I said, “Thanks, it sometimes

When you use TPC in conjunction

The 9th hole is a short 344 yard par

helps when you have an audience”.

with any golf course, your expectation

4, and is one of the most picturesque

The back nine finishes with a

is that you are about to experience

on the front nine. The fairway is a

interesting 18th hole. A nearly 90

a fair, but challenging golf course,

45 degree angle stretched in front of

degree dog leg right, over water.

that is very well maintained

you, that requires you to determine

Much like the end of the front nine,

and is aesthetically pleasing.

how much water you dare cut across.

I hit a nice drive, a wedge onto the

The TPC Prestancia, located in Sarasota

After a well hit draw, I had a 85 yard

green and two putts later, walked

delivers on those expectations.

wedge to a two tier green. Two putts

off with a par and a great sense

Opened in 1985, the TPC Prestancia

later I left with a par on the 9th.

of appreciation for the course.

was the third private club in the

The back nine (9) has more trees

For more information about

TPC Network. I have had the

on it, mostly tall pine, and reminds

the course contact Head Golf

privilege of playing a handful of

me of a Georgia, or South Carolina

Professional Sage C. Johnson at 941-

the TPC courses, including TPC

course (without the hills). Maybe the

922-2800, ext. 228, or email him at

Sawgrass, and Prestancia lives

trees helped me focus better, but I


up to the TPC brand very well.

scored 4 strokes better on the back.

com. For membership info, contact

The front nine (9) provides enough

On the 11th, I was slightly short of

Donna HunterSmith, 941-922-

room for the average golfer to miss

the green in two, but flipped a little

2800, ext. 244, or email her at

the middle of the fairway and still be

52 degree wedge up and into the


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Senior PGA Professional National Championship

Smiling Fore Life The South Florida PGA Foundation recently scored a “hole in one” with patients at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital when it partnered with Great Greenz to install an Astroturf putting green on the facility’s fourth floor. The winning stroke was part of an ongoing South Florida PGA program, called “Smiling Fore Life.” Initiated in May, 2010, this effort has brought PGA Professionals to the Hollywood hospital every Tuesday afternoon to teach pediatric patients the basics of golf. “Smiling Fore Life provides a welcome distraction to young patients from personal and medical hardships they may be facing,” said Geoff Lofstead, Executive Director of the South Florida PGA. “It also allows the patients to learn a fun activity they can play at any age.” 52

“We opened our freestanding facility with the theme of ‘power of play’ because we appreciate the value of letting a kid be a kid, even in the hospital setting,” said Nick Masi, director of Family Centered Care at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. “The putting green is a perfect addition to an already well-received program.” Smiling Fore Life, now supported by the Florida Golf License Plate Program, was first developed as a means of providing PGA Professionals with an opportunity to touch the lives of individuals in South Florida. Since the program started at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, it has grown leaps and bounds. Today, nine PGA Professionals visit four south Florida children’s hospitals weekly, teaching young patients

The 24th Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA, took place Thursday, October 11-14 at Creighton Farms in Aldie, Virgina, and River Creek Club in Leesburg, Virginia. Returning to prestigious event from the South Florida PGA were Ken Martin, Pete Oakley, Mike San Filippo, and Ed Sabo, all of which were exempt from qualifying. In addition, the South Florida PGA Senior Section Champion, John Lee, Lee Rinker, Frank Dobbs, Jerry Tucker, Jim Karr, Gary Knapp, Gene Fieger, John Nelson, John Calabria and Michael Brooks also competed in this prestigious event. Rinker of Jupiter who finished with a 4-round total of 298, SanFilippo of Hobe Sound who fired a 4-round 298, and Sabo of Tequesta who posted 299, all qualified for the 74th Senior PGA Chamionship presented by Kitchen Aid, May 23-26, 2013 at Bellerive CC in St. Louis by finishing in the top 35. Congratulations to all of the South Florida PGA Professionals who competed at this prestigious event as well as those who qualified for the Senior PGA Championship.

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Rod Perry, Crane Lakes, killed two birds with one stone with his victory at the NFPGA Section Championship. His final 54 hole total of -12 was impressive. Rod’s Section Championship victory earned him a spot in the Bay Hill Invitational, courtesy of Mr. Palmer! He also clinched the Player of the Year honors which earned him a spot in the CMN Classic at Disney! Our Senior Champion is Jim Slattery, Belleair CC who defeated Mike Smith from Titusville in sudden death! Our Legends Division champion is Bob Dickson, whose PGA TOUR experience lifted him to an even par total. A special Thank You to our presenting partner, Steve Sponder and Global Golf Sales! This year’s Dream 18, Global Golf Cup and Stats Fore Cash competitions created lots of excitement and interest from all the players. The total purse for our Section Championship was almost $48,000! Thank you to our supporting partners: The PGA TOUR, Antigua and Golfer’s Guide! Thank you to Glen Murray and his entire staff of the Ritz-Carlton Members Club for their exceptional service. For the third straight year Rod Perry, Crane Lakes was our Player of the Year. Freddy Gibson, Golf Ed was our Senior Player of the Year, again for the third straight year.

Isleworth was the host for our NFPGA Fall Pro Am. Tony Panico, Play Golf Sarasota and his teammates Brad Benson, Kip Radigan and Mike Emmons won the event with their 18 under total. Cross one off the bucket list! It was a privilege to play one of the greatest clubs in the country! Thank you to host professional Marty DeAngelo and the members for letting our PGA Professionals and guests be members for a day at Isleworth!

October was a busy month for the Tournament Staff. The NFPGA administered the Open Qualifier for the web.com Winn Dixie Jacksonville Open. 200 players tested their games and chased their dreams for chance to compete at the highest level. We also administered the PGA TOUR Q School Stage 1 and 2. It is always an honor to be involved with the PGA TOUR. We strive to deliver the best for those who are playing at the highest level.


Our Senior Cup Team fought hard in their defeat to the South Florida PGA in the annual NFPGA vs SFPGA Senior Challenge Cup. Our team: Bill Urton, Al Kelley, Vince Cali, Brad Rollinson, Jim Slattery, Mike Smith, Bill Sellers, Freddy Gibson, Joe Gutterman, Mike Keymont, Capt. Alex Romanoff & Steve McDonald. Thank you to South Florida for hosting. We’ll get ‘em next year!

In the NFPGA vs SFPGA Challenge Cup, South Florida claimed the cup with a convincing 18 – 6 Victory. Even though we played well, it just wasn’t good enough this year. Congratulations to our team of : Rod Perry, Mark Rummings, Clint Avret, Shawn Gordon, Cary Splane, Travis Daniels, Kyaw Htet, Sean Gorgone, Tom Stecker, Chris Slattery, Jim Slattery, Matt Mitchell. Captain Jack Binswanger, Assistant to Captain, Rich Smith. Thank you to South Florida for hosting.

What a special day it was! Five Legends gave up their time and shared their lives, experiences and learning with their peers at Reunion Resort. The morning Matt Mitchell, Mike Warobick, Craig Shankland, conversation was Phil Ritson & Dick Farley. hosted by Todd Lewis from the Golf Channel. Each legend shared not only their theories and stories, but their passion for teaching. It’s the passion and caring about their students that makes them the legends that they are! Combined with their keen eyes and communication skills, these gentlemen had a wealth of knowledge to share! The crowd was mesmerized throughout the entire day. In fact, a club was never pulled from the bag for the entire 4 ½ morning session! The attendees enjoyed the stories and teachings with some laughter and enlightenment. The hands on in the afternoon is where technique and theories were demonstrated highlighting the Legend’s best practices. Combine passion with knowledge and you have the making of a legend! We can all be legends! Thank you gentlemen for giving back to the game and your peers!

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By Steve Morris

What a special day it was!

Five Legends gave us their time and shared their lives, experiences and learning with their peers at Reunion Resort. Phil Ritson, Dick Farley, Craig Shankland, Matt Mitchell and Mike Warobick graced us with their presence at our Fall Teaching & Coaching Summit. The morning conversation was hosted by Todd Lewis from the Golf Channel. Each legend shared not only their theories and stories, but their passion for teaching. It’s the passion and caring about their students that makes them the legends that they are! Combined with their keen eyes and communication skills, these gentlemen had a wealth of knowledge to share! The crowd was mesmerized throughout the entire day. In fact, a club was never pulled from the bag for the entire 4 hour morning session! The attendees enjoyed the stories and teachings with some laughter and enlightenment. The hands on in the afternoon is where technique and theories were demonstrated highlighting the Legend’s best practices. Combine passion with knowledge and you have the making of a legend! We can all be legends! Thank you gentlemen for giving back to the game and your peers!

Southwest Chapter Wins 9 of 10 Final Matches to Claim The Jerry Porter Cup! The annual challenge between the four chapters ended with a dramatic rally by the Southwest Chapter to take the title. The Southwest Chapter clinched a historic half point victory over the East Central Chapter with a final day rally. The drama lasted until the last two matches came in and the Porter Cup was claimed. The Southwest Chapter won 9 of their 10 matches against the defending Northern Chapter to wrap up an exciting season of NFPGA events. Thank you to our host facility, Reunion Resort and their entire staff for the great service and quality conditions. Thank you to Antigua for outfitting our Chapter teams to make sure they looked good! Thank You to Brown & Brown Insurance for visiting. Finally, thank you to Jerry Porter for hanging out to watch the action and pass out his cup! 56

We enjoyed our week with the PGA TOUR at Stage 2 Q School. We administered the event for them and it was our pleasure to help them deliver the best to the best! Thank you to Larry Startzel, Sharri Pfannestein, Bob Reed, Mike Touhey and the FSGA’s Dick Nelson for handling the rules and pace of play. Thank you to our Professional Golfer’s Career College volunteers for handling the starting, scoring and set up and tear down. The PGCC always makes us look good! Thank you to the staff and members of Southern Hills Plantation for hosting. After a week of competition, you realize just how good these players are and what a fine line there is between good golf and the highest level of golf!

(Left to Right) Matt Mitchell, Mike Warobick, Craig Shankland, Phil Ritson & Dick Farley.

Steve Morris, NFPGA, Mike Touhey, NFPGA, Steve Rintoul, PGA TOUR, Michael Combs, PGA TOUR, Dillard Pruitt, PGA TOUR, Sharri Pfannenstein, FSGA, Baby Lou, NFPGA, Dick Nelson, FSGA, Ben Herring, NFPGA and Larry Startzel, NFPGA.

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Chromax 'Distance' High-Energy Titanium Core Ball New 90 compression ball provides optimal trajectory, distance & visibility

Chromax Golf, manufacturers of the patent-pending metallic finish golf balls, is introducing Chromax "Distance" to its line of High Visibility Technology golf balls. Distance, the company’s first 90 compression ball, is designed for players of all abilities with Chromax’s high-energy titanium core and patented dimple design that optimizes trajectory, distance and spin. “We tested the Chromax Distance at a highly respected industry testing laboratory in San Diego and the results showed that at a club head speed of 90 mph, the total distance (carry & roll) equaled the major brands,” said Stuart Lin, founder of the Chromax Golf Company and inventor of the Chromax golf ball. “When the Chromax Distance was tested at a field average of 108 mph, it outperformed the major brands.”

The Titanium inner core provides maximum energy transfer at all swing speeds. Golfers get that "Tour" performance experience when the Chromax Distance releases "hot" off the clubface. The soft cover allows the better player to shape shots with optimal spin and take dead aim at the pin. On the green, the metallic illuminating color of the Distance gives players more confidence in “seeing the line” and making more putts. More distance, better shot-shaping and improved putting equal lower scores. Chromax Distance is approved by the USGA and the R&A. For more information on the new Chromax Distance golf ball and other Chromax golf balls, call (303) 219-0868 or visit chromaxgolf.com.

Chromax 'Distance' Features and Benefits Inner Core The high-energy large titanium core is made of a poly-butadiene rubber compound blend and molded to create superior feel, durability and elasticity. Outer Cover The translucent soft Durable and stainresistant Surlyn® cover provides soft feel in and around the green. The High Visibility Technology Metallic layer helps reflect sunlight providing excellent visibility in all lighting conditions allowing golfers to easily track the ball in flight and on the course. The illuminating color assists golfers in seeing the line and improves putting. Dimple Design The patented 482-dimple design optimizes trajectory, distance and spin while providing optimal control. 58

Compression and Spin Rate: 90 compression and Medium spin rate Price and Availability: The new Chromax Distance ball is available online and at major retailers with a suggested retail price of $42 per dozen. Colors: Electric Green and Galactic Gold Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 5


F airways and F ashion than perfect day in October at the Parkland Country Club for The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation “Par4Cause” Golf Tournament. Participants checked in at the registration table and were greeted by celebrities such as Derrick Rodgers, Channing Crowder, Stan Bahnsen former New York Yankee player and Michael Lohan. At check in, lines formed to purchase a waist-length of raffle tickets from the beautiful Hooters girls of Fort Lauderdale. Before participants made their way to the green to begin the tournament, they browsed over the raffle items which included painted portraits, a signed Dolphin football and an autographed Caddy Shack matted poster. Then the golf carts rolled out to the green. During the tournament food and beverages were a delight at sponsored holes throughout the course such as Celsius, Grey Goose, Tastebuds and Blue Martini to name a few. Following the tournament was a fashion show, models from Avenue Production that showcased Alfredo Versace’s newest designs. After the show dinner and cocktails were served while the winners for the Putting Contest, Longest Drive Contest, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive as well as Best Dressed!

Michael Lohan, Derrick Rogers, Stan Bahnsen, Larry Ball, Joey Cornblit, Channing Crowder, David Lorber

Cindy Valentine Leone and Alfredo Versace

Jules Kuperberg, Co-Executive Director for The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

About MSF

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (@ms_focus) is a national foundation based out of Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Established in 1986, the MSF is a publicly funded 501(c)3 organization and serves the nation from one central location. By eliminating the need for branch offices, they are able to maintain a more cost-effective and efficient operation while maintaining the highest quality service. Networking with independent, grassroots organizations gives them a local presence in communities around the nation and provides a comprehensive approach to helping people with MS maintain their health and well-being. They offer programming and support to keep people with MS self-sufficient and their homes safe, while their educational programs heighten public awareness and promote understanding about the disease. MSF resources not only assist people who have MS, but assist their families and caregivers, regional support groups, and healthcare professionals too. Access to MSF’s programs and services is available through their interactive web site or their national, toll-free helpline staffed by caring caseworkers and peer counselors. MSF’s priority is to serve with empathy, resourcefulness and responsibility. All MSF services, as well as information, literature and subscriptions to our publications are provided free of charge. The MSF neither sells memberships nor requires participation in fundraising activities by individuals or support groups. 60

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Kevin Kaminski, Tommy Butcher, Glen Calder, Russell Evans

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The 8th Annual

Joseph Houwers shows son Joey how to golf

(Back) Ed Artrip, Dan Abdo

Golfing Fore Autism Charity Tournament was held at Orange Lake Resort. It was a beautiful day and we raised over $4000.00 for the Autism Gym. This will help fund our annual events which are free to our members. The events include sponsored swimming lessons, family bowling parties, our Prom, Holiday party and more! We run on Tuesday evenings from 6:15-7:15 at the Jim Beech Recreation Center in Ocoee. For more information, please contact JoAnne Houwers @ 407-234-7456 or email autismgym@aol.com.   1st place winners: Scott Britton, Robert Anderson, Tom Cregger, Wayne Martinez

Dominic Roumeliotis golfing

(Back) Craig Bayliss, Dominic Pizzarusso

Drew Casale Sr., Joey Casale, Andrew Casale, John Casale

Mario Delrey, Rick Wilkie, Tyser, Chris Brown, Rick Wilkie (Bottom) Tom Cash, Neil Jenkin, Andy Kramer, Gary Dickerson

(Back to front,) Voluteers: Mariah Ammons, JoAnne Houwers, Lauri Roumeliotis


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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!”


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).

Turkey Neck Reduction Without Surgery! Beverly from Gainesville writes: “I thought about getting a Lifestyle Lift,” she says, “for the loose flesh under my neck. When I read all the horror stories associated with it there was no way I was going to try that. Thanks to Angel, I was able to get a very natural and feminine looking facelift without surgery, and without any foreign bodies inserted into my face. An added bonus that I didn’t expect but turned out wonderfully was my eyelids were lifted and the bags and wrinkles underneath were reduced! ”

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Annual ‘Wildcat Gives Back’ honors local heroes Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club in

Lee County Sheriff's Officers Haddock, Schmidt, Hillman and Bowden

Estero recently welcomed local public service personnel for a golf tournament in appreciation of their heroic efforts in the community. Nearly 100 members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Estero Fire Rescue took part in the day-long celebration called “Wildcat Gives Back.” In addition to golf on Wildcat’s 18-hole course designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, the guests enjoyed lunch at the clubhouse. “We are so proud of the many individuals who work tirelessly to keep our community safe,” said General Manager Bill Delayo. “This is just a small way of saying ‘thank you’ each year for the job well done.” Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club is a private, member-owned club on Corkscrew Road east of I-75 in Estero. Founded in 1985, Wildcat Run has consistently maintained its position among the most prestigious clubs in Southwest Florida. For more information, visit www.WildcatRunCC.com or call 239-947-6066.

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T he New Old Palm Old Palm Golf Club –

the premier private and exclusive residential community in the Palm Beaches – has reopened its Raymond Floyd signature course following extensive course enhancements and the addition of the cutting edge TrackMan golf radar in its 33-acre “Golf Studio.” All putting surfaces on the golf course, three regulation length practice holes and Old Palm’s locally famous 19th hole have been re-turfed with TifEagle Bermuda to provide faster green speeds and truer rolls. Green complexes on several holes were re-contoured to slope from back to front and enlarged to improve approach-shot receptivity. Bunkers throughout the 7,401yard layout underwent upgrades, with a handful of new bunkers installed to create more strategic options and definition. “We are committed to providing our members with the best playing surfaces and course conditions,” says Bud Taylor, Old Palm’s Director of Golf. “The TifEagle greens offer a pure short game experience that players of all skill levels will appreciate.” Old Palm is also dedicated to its members’ game improvement, and recently installed the TrackMan golf radar in the Golf Studio. A


revolutionary golf swing and ball flight analysis device, it uses Doppler radar to generate precise club and ball flight measurements. Used by the PGA TOUR,

The R&A, professional golfers and leading collegiate teams, TrackMan has set the industry standard for accuracy in golf. “With TrackMan our members can clearly track their shots, adjust their swings accordingly and realize more consistency and better scores on the course,” adds Taylor. “It is also a tremendous asset in club-fitting, as we can fine-tune different elements, such as clubface loft and shaft flex, to maximize performance.” One of the most complete golf instruction and training facilities in the U.S., the Golf Studio anchors a spacious double-ended range, V-1 equipped hitting bay, short-game area and three regulation practice holes – a par 3, 4, and 5 – on which golfers can replicate every shot and angle they encounter on the par-72 course. Old Palm’s tournament-caliber golf course presents an enticing blend of power and precision-oriented holes. The front nine is routed through sweeping savannahs and wetlands while the back nine is carved through indigenous palm and pine trees. Traditional square tee boxes give the course a classic feel, and large landing areas and subtly-elevated greens emphasize approach shot values. For more information: 888.882.1526, www.oldpalmgolfclub.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 13, Issue 5



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Russ Rogers, Harvey Glance, Mel Pender, Bob Beamon, Renaldo Nehemiah, Ryan Sherry

Art of the Olympians Celebrity golfers participating in the

2012 Art of the Olympians College of Life Foundation Premiere Golf Classic recently participated in a practice round at The Colony Golf & Country Club. Celebrity golfers included Russ Rogers, USA Olympic coach and World University Games head coach; Harvey Glance, USA Olympic gold medalist in 4x100 relay; Mel Pender, USA Olympic gold medalist in 4x100 relay; Bob Beamon, USA Olympic gold medalist and long jump record holder; and Renaldo “Skeets” Nehemiah, six-time hurdles world record holder and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver. “It was once in a lifetime experience to play with the distinguished athletes,” said Ryan Sherry, AOTO Golf Classic committee member. “They are still very competitive and will provide a spirited exhibition.” To be played Dec. 2 to 4 at The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs, Fla., the tournament pairs celebrityathletes with amateurs in a fundraiser for Art of the Olympians Foundation Inc., the Fort Myers-based museum and gallery. Professional golfers, football and basketball players, as well as Olympic athletes have signed up to participate 68

in the inaugural tournament that recognizes the return of golf to the games at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit 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. Player golf packages begin at $5,000 per foursome and include eight tickets to the Golf Classic dinner and auction, practice round, golf for four with a celebrityathlete plus tournament food and beverage. The title sponsor of the inaugural tournament is College of Life Foundation Inc. The presenting sponsor is WCI Communities. Other sponsors currently committed to the tournament are The Colony Golf & Country Club and The News-Press Media Group. Additional sponsorship packages are available. The Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery at the Al Oerter Center for Excellence is a nonprofit organization home to unique exhibitions of Olympian art, Olympic memorabilia and educational activities. The museum and gallery opened in 2010 and has since secured the rights to display the USA Olympic rings, an act protected by Congress. 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 5

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➋ The Z Factor “It was pretty ballsy to invest in Ballzee. Everyone turned it down. No one thought we could sell more than ten or twenty -thousand units…including Titleist and TopFlite. So I took it on.” --Ed Sprague What’s a golfer got to do to successfully launch their par-saving contraption? And God knows there’s no shortage of golfers with contraptions. Evidently all you really need, is to be is ballsy [ball-Zee]. The Z Factor, by Career Press, is at times a side-splitting, in your face, inspirational collection of stories about how author, Edwin J. Sprague’s hard-core grit trumped an absurd lack of credentials and landed him on the field of dreams with the New York Jets as an NFL free-agent! How, without an education or experience he took a $20,000 trial job and in less than 5-years became the President of a company managing product distribution for high-profile direct merchandising titans QVC, Total Gym, Christie Brinkley, Suzanne Somers and more. How he, a remedial reader, overcame attention deficiencies and became a published author…and, how this helplessly ordinary guy took his little golf idea and sold 2 million units— and counting. Thirty-five years of doing the things ordinary folks dream of— he and his techniques are well, common—and easily duplicated! This guy once landed the world-renowned behemoth QVC by sneaking into their facilities pretending to be an employee and then roaming the halls until he found someone who would do business with him! It’s a great read with great lessons that’ll help anybody get their idea to market or dreams to the table. Available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and anywhere books are sold.

➌ Sundog Eyewear With industry-leading Mela-Lens™ technology, Sundog Eyewear is synonymous with the finest sunglasses designed specifically for golfers. For 2013, Sundog again raises the standard for eye protection combined with trend-setting style in eight new models including Paula Creamer’s dramatic Passion, and two Limited Edition Bent models in commemoration of Louis Oosthuizen’s historic shot at the 2012 Masters. The 2013 Sundog Eyewear Collection features 22 exclusive styles ranging from sleek performance to fashion forward casual models ideal for both on and off the golf course. Also new to the Collection for 2013 are the exciting Draft, Bolt, Illusion, Ellwood, Mach, and Prelude designed for women. For more information on Mela-Lens™ technology and the entire Sundog Eyewear Collection visit www.sundogeyewear.com.


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(www.hartough.com) features the work of Linda Hartough, a world-renowned golflandscape artist and one of the artists the USGA uses for commissioned work. For over 20 years Hartough has been commissioned by the USGA to create annual paintings and prints of U.S. Open venues. Hartough is the only artist ever commissioned by the USGA and the R&A to do annual paintings and prints of the U.S. Open and British Open Championship venues. In addition to originals and prints of Hartough’s paintings, note cards and other items are available.

➎ Antigua 2012 Collections for Men The Antigua brand of genuine performance golf apparel, with a strong reputation as a golf industry standard for high quality performance fabrics and fashion golf styling in both men’s and women’s apparel has received a genuinely overwhelming response to the direction of it’s 2012 performance collections. In a bold 360 degree change in direction which incorporates an innovative updated bright color palette and compliments it with contemporary golf apparel styling the collection’s achieved success denoted by increased seasonal sales with deeper market penetration along with further establishing brand recognition as was the intent of the direction update. www.antigua.com, shop.antigua.com

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aces & eagles

Aces & Eagles Chef Tyler Field Since 1946, thousands of restaurant and food service industry professionals have gathered for the annual Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show. This trade show recently took place September 22nd through September 24th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Event highlights included the 2012 American Culinary Federation Culinary Arts Competition where chefs competed in, among other competitions, the “Taste of Elegance Pork Signature Recipe Competition”.    This year’s gold medalist earning the right to proudly display the Taste of Elegance award which travels from winner to winner listing every previous award winning name, is none other than Certified Executive Chef of The Club at Mediterra, Chef Tyler Field.   The competition is fierce for this event and hundreds submit recipes in advance hoping to be chosen, but only twenty are selected to actually compete in front of a live audience.  Each participant has two hours to prepare four exact plates of their recipe. Three are for tasting and one is for display.      When asked about the competition, Chef shared that he really wanted the win for Mediterra in appreciation for all the support he’s received from Tom Wallace club CEO/General Manager, Carmen Mauceri, director of club operations, the rest of the Leadership Team and the members he has met so far.   “I was glad to be able to show my new team at Mediterra that with hard work and practice, you can accomplish anything.” said Chef.  “My team has been great helping me practice for this event. I am very grateful to my Sous Chefs Nick Truesdell, Justin Maurinus and Jim Tuckey.” For additional information, contact The Club at Mediterra at 239-254-3022 or visit www.mediterraliving.com.

Steve Simoneaux Welcome Steve Simoneaux, Billy Casper Golf’s Florida-Southeast Regional Marketing Director. Based in Orlando, he is responsible for all public and private BCG-managed clubs in the region, currently at 22 total clubs, including Ocala Golf Club, who came on board October 1. Steve joined Billy Casper Golf this past January after a successful marketing career in the hotel industry, most recently working for the likes of Wyndham and Marriott in Orlando as well as in Las Vegas. He brings great experience in consumer marketing, travel/destination marketing, and sales management.   When not attacking golfers, Steve spends time with his 2 sons, ages 5 and 11. He is an avid runner, and participates in many community and youth endeavors, such as Boy Scout Venturing. 72

Darin Riggio PGA National Resort & Spa -home of the PGA TOUR Honda Classic and five award-winning courses -- announces the hiring of Darin Riggio as Director of Mid-Atlantic Sales. Riggio comes to PGA National from the Fountainebleau Hotel Miami Beach where he was National Sales Manager. Previously he was Sales Manager and Conference Concierge Manager at Fountainebleau as well as Assistant Convention Center Manager and Convention Coordinator at Florida’s Boca Raton Resort & Club. Riggio received both a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management and MBA from Lynn University. “Darin’s vast experience in hospitably management and sales adds a dynamic new member to our team,” says David Fine, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Revenue. “With our $65 million revitalization complete this Nov., he’ll help us continue our quest to be the premier meetings and conference destination in the U.S.”

Tania Lynn Tania Lynn has joined The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, Convention Center & Beach Club in Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida as National Sales Manager. In her new position, she is responsible for sales efforts for the AAA Four-Diamond resort to the association and corporate markets in the Southeast. Together with the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, Convention Center and Beach Club is the largest combination hotel and convention center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space. A 20-year hospitality sales industry veteran, Lynn most recently served as Senior Sales Manager at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Prior to that, she served as Director of Sales & Marketing and Sales Manager for Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Panama City Beach, Florida. Her extensive experience also includes sales positions with The Resort Collection in Panama City Beach, Florida, and with Crestline Hotels & Resorts. She may be reached at Tania.lynn@jqh.com or (904) 669-8206.

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When it comes to golf, club selection is everything.

Impeccable fairways, manicured greens and welcoming smiles greet our members at the Heathrow Country Club. Designed by legendary architect Ron Garl, our challenging 18-hole course is home to an impressive collection of past U.S. Open qualifiers who now live and play here. And for over 27 years our world-class amenities, award-winning restaurants and exceptional personal service have made this private enclave, Seminole County’s premier Country Club. FOR MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION, CALL 407.333.1450 1200 Bridgewater Drive • Heathrow, Florida 32746 • www.heathrowcc.com



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