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We got this party started! Celebrating our 14th anniversary at Errol Estate Golf & Country Club the same week we all celebrated Tiger’s win at Bay Hill! Wooo-hooo! Many thanks to our wonderful hosts at Errol Estate. The shrimp and filet appetizers were to die for and our guests enjoyed an assortment of fine wines and generously poured adult beverages. Some spent the day on the links and got to enjoy the full “Errol Estate Experience.” Patrick Daoust, the new owner and President, has done an amazing turnaround of the golf course & country club in just 15 months. The 18 hole Joe Lee design is in beautiful condition and if you haven’t played the course recently it really is a treat. The Highlands and Lake nines provide a combination of hills, dramatic vistas, mature trees and lakes offering one of the most unique & interesting golf experiences in Florida. In addition, Errol is now the US home of the Lee Westwood Golf School – a world-class practice facility with access to the most advanced golf performance technology that can take your game to the next level. Thanks to our select group of friends who came from all over to celebrate! Elisa Gaudet assisted with the party plans and was on hand autographing her very cool book Two Good Rounds. Global golf course architect, Ron Garl, flew in from his latest project in Columbia. Jay Golden, golf course entertainer and PGA teaching professional extraordinaire, kept everyone laughing as always. Miss Florida 2006, Allison Kreiger-Walsh, brought some additional class to the crowd along with Holly G President of Golf Marketing Services and real estate investment guru Chris Karamitsos from Marcus & Millichap. Not to mention, our next golf bachelor, Darren Decarlo, PGA professional and president of the Perfect Club Golf Collection. Our own, Rick Harris, Director of the Senior Amateur Golfers Association (SAGA) summed it up best “Errol is a gem. You will be pleasantly impressed by the outstanding service and attention provided by the management, golf pro, staff and restaurant when you book your next outing or social function!” Last but never least, I am blessed to have an amazing staff and team of writers that make this magical magazine a joy to publish all these years. I love the golf industry and all the many charitable causes it supports and we do too!! Happy Birthday FGCM and 2009 North Florida PGA Amateur of the Year many more good rounds!!

Volume 14, Issue 1 Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Executive Editor: Joel Jackson–Director of Communications for the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association North Florida Regional Editor: Stephen Trendler West Coast Regional Editor: Chris Karamitsos Photographers: Lynn Pelham, Brion Price, Peter Hakansson Tres Fenton, Mike Coonan Public Relations & Social Media Director: Green Gazelle Marketing Senior Correspondent: Rick Harris, Sr. Media Muse: Mike Gooding Contributing Writers: Jay Golden, PGA; Greg Wise, Ed Gilbert, Bob Bolton, Elisa Gaudet, Jackie Henson Leonard Finkel, Mike Jamison, Greg Howard, Marge Vale Business Manager: Debbi Westbrook, dwestbrook1487@att.net Graphic Design: Melahn Cable, melahn@mac.com Website Design/Network Support: ryjo.com

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Cart Girl 14 Kayla Grant

Celerity Corner 22 Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic 24 Reid & Fiorentino Celebrity Golf Classic

Feature 36 Barber Pole Putters

Golf Bachelor 12 Tyler Storts

Golf FORE Charity 26 Place of HOPE 28 ClubCorp 32 Autism Awareness

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Letter from the Publisher Golf Central Station Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Club Managers Association of America Fashio Forward Live Golf Grip It & Sip It Competitive Spirits Course of Dreams

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Golf History Duffer Dan North Florida PGA ProVisions LPGA Treasure Coast Gold Coast SunCoast First Coast First Coast Product Showcase Product Showcase Aces & Eagles

Golf Travel 18 Play Harder Tours

Improving Performance 36 National Golf Schools

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THE CONCESSION GOLF CLUB WELCOMES DAVID LEADBETTER AS INSTRUCTION ADVISOR Sarasota, FL - The Concession Golf Club is honored that David Leadbetter, the world’s top golf instructor and coach, has become The Concession’s Instruction Advisor and a club member. Leadbetter, who is credited with inventing the golf instruction industry, has coached more than 100 top PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, Champions Tour and European Tour professionals. The legendary instructor is recognized for his innovative and creative teaching techniques.

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EDWIN WATTS GOLF SIGNS ON AS PRESENTING SPONSOR OF GOLFWEEK AMATEUR TOUR ORLANDO, Fla.– Golfweek announced today that Edwin Watts Golf has signed on as the official presenting sponsor of the popular Golfweek Amateur Tour. The brand-new agreement creates a beneficial partnership between these two major golf industry entities that serves to not only support the overall growth of the tour, but also the amateur game as a whole. “Over the last 19 seasons, Dennis McCormac [tour president] has taken what began as a simple gathering of non-professional players and events and grown it into an expansive network of more than 4,000 golfers competing in nearly 700 nationwide tournaments,” said Golfweek Publisher Jereme Day. “And now with the involvement of Edwin Watts Golf, we have the ability to extend the reach of the Golfweek Amateur Tour to even more amateurs across the country.” To learn more about the Golfweek Amateur Tour presented by Edwin Watts Golf, visit www. amateurgolftour.net .

BUTCH HARMON CONTRIBUTES A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF HIS DVD, “BUTCH HARMON ABOUT GOLF”, TO HIS HARMON’S HEROES FOUNDATION LAS VEGAS, NV--Renowned golf instructor Butch Harmon announced that he’s contributing $25.00 from the proceeds of the sale of each of his instructional DVDs, “Butch Harmon About Golf presented by Titleist”, to the Harmon’s Heroes Foundation which directly benefits our wounded war vets. This (2) set DVD is the ultimate golf instructional DVD for players of all skill levels from the 30+ handicapper to the tour players; more information about Butch’s DVD can be found online at www.butchharmondvd.com. 8

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The golf course at Capital City Country Club is nestled in the beautiful hills of Tallahassee, covered in tall pines and large moss-draped oaks. A member of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Club offers a unique space due to its rolling course with elevation changes more commonly found in the Northeastern United States. The course begins with an elevated tee shot that must be carefully positioned in the left side of the first fairway. From this location the green is accessible, even from the back right hole location that is hidden behind a large cavernous bunker. The first four holes of the course are difficult but the middle holes offer chances to recover, and the front nine ends with an uphill par five that can save your round. The back nine begins with a narrow tee shot that must be positioned at the top of the hill in order to leave a full view of the 10th green. The green is flat, and a birdie is possible provided that you reach the fairway from the tee. The signature hole on the back nine is the 17th. The fairway drops down and a small pond protects the front of this

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par four. Newly planted pine trees at the dogleg make the tee shot difficult, and the second shot must be hit the correct yardage to this narrow green. The course concludes with a long par five back to the clubhouse. Make sure the second shot here is down the left side. A huge oak tree gobbles up golf balls and protects the right side of the green. Located in the historic Capitol City, the Club has a fascinating history. In 1908, the Tallahassee Country Club was organized with an initiation fee of $1.00 and dues of $1.00 per year. The Club consisted of a small golf course and tennis courts on the grounds of the home of Mrs. Reinette Hunt, known as The Grove, at the north end of Adams Street. After a few years, a rudimentary golf course consisting of a few holes with sand greens was built on the site of the present eighteen hole course of the Capital City Country Club. In 1924, the Tallahassee Country Club was incorporated, and purchased the golf course property from George Perkins. Fred C. Elliott, chief engineer of the Internal Improvement Fund, was in charge of laying out the original few holes on the Perkins property. In the early years, a small wooden building near the first hole (which is now the present thirteenth tee) served as a golf shop. Before the end of the twenties, the course had been enlarged to nine (9) holes and a new clubhouse was constructed on the north side of the present thirteenth hole. The Tallahassee Country Club remained under private ownership until August 1935, when the Club gave the property to the City of Tallahassee, with the provision that the course would revert back to the original members of the Tallahassee Country Club should the City become unable continue to maintain it. The City expanded the course to the regulation 18-hole layout designed by A. W. Tillinghast. For a little more than twenty years, the course was operated as a municipal facility. Golf tournaments were also held at the Club and sponsored by the Tallahassee Men’s Golf Association and the Tallahassee Women’s Golf Association. In February 1956, the City, faced with deficits in its operation of the golf course and the need for capital

improvements of the clubhouse, leased back to the Club for 99 years most of the property it had received as a gift two decades earlier. The clubhouse burned in 1958, shortly after the completion of the new masonry clubhouse on the west side of the course. In 1989, the downstairs area was improved, updating the 19th Hole Grille and expanding the grille’s dining room and men’s card room. A new Golf Pro Shop was built adjacent to the clubhouse at the same time. Begun in January 1999 and completed in July 2000, the entire interior of the clubhouse, both the main level and downstairs, underwent extensive renovations. The 19th Hole Grille & Dining Room, Men’s Locker Room & Lounge, Women’s Locker Room & Lounge, and the staff offices were completely renovated and updated. A covered, open-air veranda, complete with ceiling fans and pipedin music, was created outside the 19th Hole. It provides members with a pleasant space to relax and enjoy the breathtaking view of the putting green, driving range, Tee #1 and the swimming pool. For more information on the Capital City Country Club please visit www.capitalcitycc.com.. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1


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Full Swing Golf Simulator Fixes Swings at Club Managers Association of America Conference On Board the USS Midway The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) held their 86th World Conference and Club Business Expo in San Diego, CA, and celebrated the military community of San Diego with a networking event on the USS Midway at Navy Pier on Friday on February 8, 2013 The annual Conference united club managers from across the nation for a four-day event packed with education, business and networking opportunities specific to the club management industry with 2,500 member managers in attendance this year. Wounded warriors, representatives from all branches of the military, veterans and patients of Balboa Naval Hospital joined Tee it up for the Troops and club managers aboard the USS Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1

Midway as they recorded their golf swings on the Swing Catalyst product provided by Full Swing Golf (www. fullswinggolf.com). The CMAA event on the USS Midway collected donations that will directly benefit Tee it up for the Troops (http:// teeitupforthetroops.org), a non-profit organization which was established in 2005 and has raised more than $5 million to provide direct support to our servicemen and women, our veterans and their families. Full Swing Golf in partnership with Tee It Up For the Troops recently installed a golf simulator at the USO

Warrior & Family Center at Fort Belvoir, VA. The objective is to provide a platform that enables wounded veterans and their families to enjoy practicing and playing golf in a safe, private and controlled environment created by the Full Swing Golf Simulator to help assist with their rehabilitation and recovery. Full Swing Golf is located in San Diego, California and manufactures and markets the leading indoor golf simulator to businesses and consumers worldwide. The diverse line of simulator products can be customized to fit the needs of various clientele, including golf professionals, retail businesses, residential communities, luxury resorts, teaching facilities, golf centers and homeowners. 11


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Tyler Storts Where were you born? Did you grow up there? North

Carolina and no I didn’t grow up there. I was a military child and thus was moved all over the country.

Is “acting your age” over rated? Sometimes – you have to

live in the moment and be yourself. If that brings you back, then, oh well!

What do you do for a living? Wilson Golf Territory Manager Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Shooting my guns at the range.

What’s your take on “cuddling”? As long as it’s in private I’m okay with it.

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. There’s a reason only my closest friends know it!

What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? Food, water, and my sand wedge. Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why? Tom Hanks from Castaway. What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Definitely cheating on the golf course.

Name the three most important things to you in this world. My Family, Friends and Happiness

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? Why can’t you have them all? Or at least that’s what I am trying for.

What do you fear the most? Letting people down. What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Padraig Harrington, Sam Snead, and Maria Verchenova

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? You

need a good balance of both. Sometimes you just need that night on the couch and others you need to be paying for your friends to karaoke.

Favorite charity to support? Autism awareness. 12

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PLAY LAKE NONA

April 22, 2013

As the UCF College of Medicine celebrates its first graduating class in 2013, the Med School Classic debuts in support of the College of Medicine Scholarship Fund. Tournament play begins with a 1:00 pm shotgun start following lunch, and the day concludes with SPONSORS Averett Warmus Durkee Carlton Fields PNC Bank Wayne Densch Family Physicians Group The Vaughn Group First American Title Orlando Spine & Brain Center Wyndham Vacation Ownership Blown Away Orlando

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cart header girl Where did you grow up?

I grew up in New Jersey but I have lived in Florida for about 11 years!

Which group of people did you associate with most in high school? I like to associate with all kinds of people in high school. I’m not a big fan of clique(s)!!!!!!

What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch?

I don’t play very many sports but I love gymnastics!!! I would say that’s my favorite to watch as well.

Do you enjoy playing golf? Are there any golfers and your family? Even though I’m not very well at playing golf I love to laugh at myself while doing it! Unfortunately, I have no Tiger Woods in the family ;)

What do you feel makes this club special?

I feel like each person that works here has something unique about them. At the same time we all use those techniques to help one another improve on certain areas that we need to the most. We all work as a team here!

What is your most memorable moment working as a cart girl? My most memorable moment was when I almost got hit by a golf ball looking down!! Never again...

What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the course?

The funniest thing I’ve ever seen on the golf course was when a grown man was doing cart wheels on the fairway!

What are your favorite hobbies to do?

I love to exercise; it’s very therapeutic for me.

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? I’m not so much a nightclub person but I love relaxing at home while drinking a cocktail!:)

Favorite comedian?

Kevin Hart is too funny!

Favorite type of movie? Action 14

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convenient access to major highways and airports all combine to offer the perfect location to live, work and play.

Live the Florida Lifestyle With a twenty plus year reputation for being among the best of the best, Plantation Bay is one of the best kept secrets on Florida’s east coast and continues to grow and offer the type of lifestyle its residents have come to expect. With more than half of the 3,600 acres yet to be developed, miles of pristine natural beauty blend with mature landscaping to provide the backdrop for a sparkling array of amenities; all nestled within hundreds Plantation Bay Clubhouse

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Play for a weekend, stay for life It’s time to take the next step and try the community on for size by planning a discovery tour experience. See for yourself why so many people have chosen to make Plantation Bay home. Play a round of golf, dine at the club, enjoy a little tennis or just relax by the pool. Explore the area, take long walks, and talk to the residents. That’s the best way to decide if Plantation Bay is right for you and your family.

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Tennis Courts The tennis complex boasts ten lighted Hartru courts for members to enjoy year round league and social play, day or night. Full Service Clubhouses Two clubhouses provide a backdrop for the community’s social activity and offer a variety of dining choices, all framed by spectacular views. Parks & Playground Located in several areas throughout the community, parks offer a place to walk, mingle and relax while enjoying the Florida sunshine.

you make just the right design choices, blending the latest Bellevue Kichen trends to uniquely reflect your personal style. You are sure to flexible living inside and out. Whether find the process virtually stress-free and it’s a low maintenance villa for easy lock one of the most enjoyable parts of the and leave, a comfortable executive style home building experience. home with room for a garden, a cozy

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golf travel This year the Boston Globe Travel Show, a February mainstay providing escape from great white North featured a Craft Beer Pavilion filled with brewers from the Northeast. Along side those brewers was a Ponte Vedra Beach Florida company invited to the show specifically for their beer-centric travel packages. The Boston media loved Play Harder Tours and their travel concept saying this was one of the best ideas to come from the travel show in years! Play Harder Tours offers beer-centric travel (beer is a major focal point of their events) which usually couples beer, great food, music and some type of sporting event. Destinations include Jacksonville, Tampa, Savannah, New Orleans & Las Vegas with a European trip to Amsterdam & Bruges planned for the Fall of 2013. The cornerstone of every trip is the beer, with the American Craft Beer scene growing by leaps and bounds its hard to dispute the popularity of beer in our country.

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Play Harder Tours America, while still behind Belgium and Germany in per capita beer drinking is closing the gap! The interest in American Craft Beer has spawned an interest in beer travel. With beer aficionados across the country hunting down the new brewery, and the best brew pub with the deepest tap list! Here in Central Florida we are spoiled to be smack in the middle of the brewing resurgence between the two big brewing cities in Florida, Tampa and Jacksonville. What about the connection between golf and beer? The fact of the matter is that golf and beer are intertwined. Golf without beer is unthinkable. I can’t help but imagine some 500 years ago in a rolling green field somewhere in Scotland, a man in a red tartan kilt is hitting a leather covered rock with a

big wooden club when a young lassie in a horse drawn cart pulls along side and says, “Scotsman, what’s under that kilt”? He Replies, “Ahhh me Brew Wench, on a good day your red lip paint”. Both Chuckle and the lassie asks, “Scotsman, can you use a brew”? The banter between the golfer and brew cart girl is born! Play Harder Tours is featuring 2 Golf events in the month of May: The Players Championship Weekend, May 10th – 12th which includes 2 nights hotel, welcome dinner, Saturday evening Riverside Brewery Tour and TPC grounds pass for Saturday and Sunday and The World Golf Village package, May 24th – 27th Memorial Day Weekend includes 3 nights hotel, 2 rounds of golf, a welcome dinner, and Saturday evening Brewery Tour. Details of each package can be found at www.playhardertours.com or on their facebook page www.facebook.com/roadtripjax.

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5th Annual

F O U N D A T I O N

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Come have the time of your life helping student athletes prepare for the game of their life!

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Join us as we tee off with some of the area’s biggest sports and entertainment stars! Golf packages include night-before Celebrity Pairings Party, breakfast and 9 am Shotgun Start. Also includes post-tournament awards ceremony with food and prizes.

For more information or to register, visit www.ACForYouth.org or call 407-403-6446.

Foursomes start at $750. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Presented by: Proceeds from this event will benefit Athlete Connections Foundation (a 501(c)3 organization) and their efforts to use sports as a gateway for character development and the teaching of important life skills to at-risk youth in our community.


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Destination Wedding If you are planning a wedding, why not fit golf into part of the big day? As we experienced recently at The Gasparilla Inn & Club, a picturesque historic resort in Boca Grande, love of the game blends easily with a destination wedding celebration. This 99-year-old Inn features a magnificent Pete Dye-designed 18hole course that provides spectacular views of Charlotte Harbor. An island course on its own private island, The Gasparilla Golf Club is certainly the crown jewel of this National Historic Landmark resort. As a result, brides and grooms have found creative ways to incorporate this championship landscape as part of an ideal

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destination wedding celebration. The striking, graceful Banyan tree on The Gasparilla Golf Club’s 5th hole serves as a favorite shaded spot to say “I Do.” Also popular is the scenic driving range with Charlotte Harbor as the backdrop. The Golf Club’s gazebo, overlooking the course, is a choice spot for receptions and rehearsal dinners.

And, little touches like personalized golf balls or shirts as a welcome amenity always delight attendees. “Couples booking weddings here can truly enjoy their special day knowing that there is plenty of entertainment to keep their guests happy,” said Jack Damioli, president and general manager of The Gasparilla Inn & Club. “Our professional golf staff frequently put together outings or specialty ‘competitions’ for guests to enjoy during a destination wedding.” Fret not if a few of your attendees do not golf. The Inn, as we have discovered, provides plenty of additional opportunities for respite. The Spa, recently named the #11 in the nation by Conde Nast Traveler readers, offers a heavenly bamboo fusion massage as well as a lava and glacial shell body treatment, just to name a few of the many signature treatments offered on the extensive menu of spa services. (Gentlemen, check out the golfer’s massage.) Guests of the resort can also rent bikes or golf carts to traverse and explore the seven-mile-long island. In addition, The Inn also offers tennis courts, USCA-certified croquet lawns, boating and excellent sport fishing. And where better to calm any wedding nerves – or recoup the day after – than the sparkling white sands at the resort’s expansive Beach Club overlooking The Gulf of Mexico? An ideal spot for a destination wedding, The Gasparilla Inn & Club is open seasonally from early October to early July. For more information, please call 941.964.4575 or visit GasparillaInn.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1


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celebrity corner

In March, 2013 football great Archie Griffin returned to The Concession Golf Club in Sarasota for the third Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic. He was joined by sports celebrities including: Robert Smith, Keith Byars, Cedric Saunders, Will Allen, Leroy Hoard, Isaac Curtis, Steve Myers, Raymont Harris and Louis Breeden. The event was in support of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County enables young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Archie Griffin, President and CEO of the Ohio State Alumni Association and Sr. Vice President for Alumni Relations at Ohio State, says, “My college coach Woody Hayes often talked about paying forward and that philosophy has become one of the bedrock foundations of my life. Participating in the Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Outing is a great way to pay forward while enjoying a wonderful round of golf on a beautiful course. We’re proud to support The Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County.” Participants were able to meet Archie Griffin and mingle with the other celebrities at the Pairings Party, silent auction and dinner. The Concession Golf Club is pleased to host the 2014 event slated for March 3&4, 2014. For more information visit: www.ConcessionCharities.org.

1st Place Winners

2nd Place Winners

3rd Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic tournament results:

1st place: 54- Bruce Cassidy Sr., Chuck Whirlow, Brian Snyder, Rick Hackel, Robert Smith, and Jim Brown 2nd place: 57- Larry Fox, Mike Murray, John Allen, Dave Perna, Pete Johnson, and Lenny Willis 3rd place: 57- James Cornetet, Herb Dunnington, Vince India, Steve Arnold, John Hicks, and Steve Myers

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Seventh Annual Reid & Fiorentino Celebrity Golf Classic Celebrates South Florida’s Youth Two-day charity fundraiser at Turnberry Isle Miami brings together today’s sporting heroes and South Florida’s community leaders to raise money for Lauren Kid’s Foundation and Dade Schools Athletic Foundation

The annual Reid & Fiorentino Celebrity Golf Classic Presented by SHARP Business Systems, kicked-off the events on Thursday, March 7th at Turnberry Isle Miami. More than 50 foursomes took to the two exclusive championship courses for an enjoyable day of competitive golf under clear blue skies and pleasant temperatures. During the post-golf awards reception, Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino, took to the stage to commemorate the work of Lauren Book, founder of Lauren’s Kids Foundation, before a series of sports merchandise and memorabilia were handed-out during the post-tournament raffle. Competition winners were awarded custom-made Reid & Fiorentino cut-glass trophies, with first place awards going the team made up of James Davis, Derrin Garber, Sid Ali and Brian Turnbell, as winners on the Miller Course, and Mike Mandich, Nick Capo, John Costa, Nicholas Sottile and Kijana Carter, as the winning team from the Soffer Course.  Runners-up awards were also presented, along with prizes for the ”Closest-to-the-Hole” on both courses.   Former Miami Dolphins quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer, Dan Marino, participated again in this year’s competition and participating celebrity team captains and sports personalities included: Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez (former NY Yankees), Alonzo Mourning (former Miami HEAT), Livan Hernandez (MLB player), Mike Inglis (Miami HEAT Radio), John Crotty (former Miami HEAT), Jason Jackson (Miami HEAT broadcaster), Jose Paneda (Miami HEAT 24

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Reid, Ron Book, Fiorentino and Lauren Book broadcaster), Woody Bennett (former Miami Dolphins), James Brown (former Miami Dolphins), Keith Byars (former Miami Dolphins), Kijana Carter (former NFL player), Jeff Cross (former Miami Dolphins), Oronde Gadsden (former Miami Dolphins), Lorenzo Hampton (former Miami Dolphins), Bobby Harden (former Miami Dolphins), Mark Higgs (former Miami Dolphins), James Pruitt (former Miami Dolphins), Patrick Surtain (Former Miami Dolphins), Austin Spitler (Miami

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Lauren Book and Dan Marino Dolphins), Julian Posey (Miami Dolphins), Fred Banks (former NFL player), Jeff Fuller (Miami Dolphins), Cornelius Bennett (former Buffalo Bills), Steve Whitaker (former NY Yankees), John Harris (Seattle Seahawks), Derrick Rogers (former Miami Dolphins), Troy Drayton (former Miami Dolphins), Eddie Jones (former Miami HEAT), Tommy Hutton (Marlins broadcaster), Footy (radio host), Eddie Hill (former Miami Dolphins), Randall Hill (former Miami Dolphins), Kerry Glenn

(former Miami Dolphins), Cliff Floyd (former MLB player), Errict Rhett (former NHL player), John Denney (former Miami Dolphins), Darryl Williams (former Bengals/Hurricanes player), Dave Graf (former Cleveland Browns), Quadtrine Hill (former Texans/Hurricanes player), Joey Cornblit (jai-alai player), Stefanie Kenoyer (LPGA player), Brian Hartline (Miami Dolphins player) Tom Shopay (former Orioles/Yankees) and Darrel Fullington (former Vikings/Canes).

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Place of Hope Golf Invitational Continues Reputation for Excellence and Charity More than 80 golfers, including HBO’s Real Sports/media personality Bryant Gumbel, GT Nicklaus, and John Havlicek, took to the greens of the Old Palm Golf Club on March 4 to benefit children in need. At the 2013 Place of Hope Golf Invitational and Charity Dinner, players and donors continued to lend their energy, talent and friendship to a child welfare organization that now extends from Palm Beach Gardens to Boca Raton. �������������������������������������� One of the organization’s largest fundraisers, The Golf Invitational & Charity Dinner welcomed Place of Hope supporters from across the country to raise operating funds for programs, hous-

Tom Mullins, GT Nicklaus, Steven Nicklaus, Gary Nicklaus

ing, services and outreach. Based in Palm Beach Gardens, Place of Hope is a

made it possible for 100

faith-based, state-licensed child welfare

percent of the proceeds

organization that provides family-style

to benefit the children.

foster care (emergency and long-term);

At the Charity Din-

family outreach and intervention; ma-

ner on March 3, Debbie

ternity care; safety for domestic minor

Butler of Palm Beach

sexually trafficked victims; transitional

Gardens accepted the

housing and support services; adop-

Pande Family Award on behalf of her

tion and foster care recruitment and

and her late husband, Abbey J. Butler

support; hope and healing opportuni-

– both of whom have mentored and

ties for children and families who have

guided Place of Hope youth for more

been traumatized by abuse and neglect.

than eight years. The Pande Fam-

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Executive Director Charles Bender. “Setting an example for responsibility and love takes a real dedication to showing up and truly being there for these children, and it is not a commitment that Debbie and Abbey took lightly. The Place of Hope family appreciates their wonderful work.” The next Place of Hope event will

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be its 2013 Hope Bash -- “Jeans & Jewels: Palm Beach Nights,” scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 3, 2013, at PGA

National Resort & Spa, 400 Avenue of

the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418. Tickets are $300 per person. Hope Bash Co-Chairs are Nicole Henry and Elin Nordegren of Jupiter. The evening will feature dinner, dancing, silent auction, special entertainment and “Bid from the Heart.” For more information, please contact Sarah Livoti at Place of Hope, 561-775-7195. Place of Hope is located at 9078 Isaiah Lane in Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, please call 561-775-7195 or visit online at www.placeofhope.com.

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Players Mike Evans and Bill Boug can’t contain their excitement over a good shot.

ClubCorp Charity Classic Breaks Record, Raises $2.07 Million ClubCorp, The World Leader in Private Clubs, has announced that the 2012 ClubCorp Charity Classic, the company’s major annual philanthropic open-house event, raised a recordbreaking $2.07 million for a variety of charities throughout the U.S. Nearly 14,000 individuals at more than 125 ClubCorp properties attended a variety of fundraising events and activities that included 100 golf tournaments and events, dozens of tennis tournaments, and numerous formal dinners, concerts, swim-a-thons, chef competitions, cookouts and auctions at clubs throughout the country. During the annual Charity Classic events, private clubs within the ClubCorp family of clubs open their doors to the general public and communities to support many important causes. The Charity Classic also includes an online auction that offers, among other things, international and national getaways, golf packages, dining experiences, and art. Supporters of this year’s event included Oneida, which sponsored a national promotion that raised $8,000, national sponsors Avendra, E-Z-GO, 28

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and Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC and hundreds of local sponsors. Since its inception in 2007, ClubCorp’s Charity Classic has raised more than $10 million benefitting charities including MDA’s Augie’s Quest, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Boys and Girls Clubs, Makea-Wish Foundation and the Employee Partners Care Foundation. “I am extremely proud that we raised a record-breaking $2.07 million during this year’s Charity Classic – an amazing 25 percent increase over last year – and would like to thank our clubs, members, employees and sponsors, who have come together with their communities to support so many great causes,” said Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp president and CEO. “This initiative has always been close to my heart and is a strong reflection of ClubCorp’s commitment to Building Relationships and Enriching Lives.” “I’m extremely grateful for the continued support from the ClubCorp family,” said Augie Nieto, chief inspiration officer, Augie’s Quest, and cochair of MDA’s ALS division. “The longterm partnership has allowed us to meet exciting research milestones. In 2012, we discovered and are set to launch a Phase 2A clinical trial of Gilenya in ALS Patients. We also expanded the research institute at ALS TDI, tripling the size of our in vivo drug screening capabilities. I see 2013 as a year of momentum and hope for ALS families thanks to the dedication of ClubCorp and the members and employees.” The official date for the Seventh Annual ClubCorp Charity Classic event is Oct. 4, 2013, with events throughout the country to be held from April 2013 through November 2013. For more information on the ClubCorp Charity Classic, visit www.clubcorpcharityclassic.com.

From left to right: Larry Stevens, Calli Stevens, Jo Kleist, Jan Melton

From left: Dan Marce, Larry Wright, Alvin Gentry, Gary Drummond, Max Morin, Jim Murphy

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fashion forward

Designed for Women by Women A golfer needs a comfortable, performance shoe. A woman can never have too many shoes. Put those two facts together, throw in some fashion sense, and you get Sandbaggers Golf Shoes. It’s no secret that golf shoes are important to the success of your game, especially when you consider that the average golfer walks about 4 to 5 miles during a round, and spends about 4 to 5 hours on her feet. Also, as a woman hitting the golf course, you want to look stylish. While there are a lot of brands to choose from today, there aren’t many fashion-driven lines our there for women’s golf shoes. But according to designer Anna Gilbert, “Sandbaggers Shoes are committed to making the most fashionable comfort golf shoes. I communicate with numerous golf apparel designers each season to make sure that our golf shoes flatter market trends. No matter what your favorite clothing brand is, it’s my goal to have shoes that will complete your entire look without making you feel like you’re simply putting equipment on your feet. ” For over two decades, Sandbaggers Shoes has been providing women with a wide selection of footwear that is comfortable, combines attractive style and showcases technical attributes that improves traction and foot support. Sandbaggers shoes have 360 degree cushioned lining designed for barefoot comfort—wearing socks truly isn’t necessary. And the lightweight, flexible fair-weather grip soles prove versatile both on and off the course. Gilbert has spent the past eight years designing outrageously different golf

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“Fun knows no age limit!” Gilbert says. From metallic leathers to viper prints, these golf shoes are designed to turn heads and keep women asking, “Where did you get those great shoes?” shoes for Sandbaggers. Founded in 1987 in Lewiston, Maine, Sandbaggers Shoes continues its commitment to providing comfortable, stylish and fun golf shoes and golf sandals for women golfers of all ages. “Fun knows no age limit!” Gilbert says. From wild photoprinted fabrics to glittery toe caps, these golf shoes are designed to turn heads and keep women asking, “Where did you get those great shoes?” Never to be exhausted, Gilbert is excited about pushing the envelope each and every season. It’s a good thing she isn’t easily intimidated by an industry heavily influenced by major sneaker and athletic brands a hundred times Sandbaggers’ size. “We believe in being unique. Our loyal customers rely on our creative design because they really fit their personalities—as well as their feet. We focus on fun and producing wellmade, well-balanced shoes and sandals

for golf.” Each Sandbagger shoe is constructed with a steel shank for improved torsion control and extra support. And every pair features StepSaver® Orthotics that improve balance and help to reduce athletic fatigue in your feet. When Gilbert isn’t in the design studio in Portland, Oregon, she travels the continent visiting golf communities and golfing women of all ages. “I admit it–I’m having a great time,” she says. “I get to meet confident women with style, grace and knowledge to share—learning from each other and connecting is what makes life so worth living. “ Be sure to ask your local Pro to special order your favorite pair of Sandbaggers this season! With more than thirty golf shoes and ten golf sandals to choose from you’re sure to find more than one that fits your foot— completes your fashion look.

17th annual doug spencer

GOLF

CHALLENGE rab your clubs and lace up your golf shoes for a marathon of a golf tournament! Experienced golfers – and those not so experienced – are all welcome! Please join us April 19, 2013 at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club for the 17th Annual Doug Spencer Golf Challenge – and help us raise funds to support the men, women and children who call the Coalition “home” each night.

Friday, April 19, 2013 Falcon’s Fire Golf Club Registration 12:00 P.M. | Shotgun Start 1:00 P.M. To become a golfer or sponsor, call 407.426.1265 or email tracie.morris@cflhomeless.org. Visit our website: CentralFloridaHomeless.org

Supporting Coalition for the Homeless has never been so much fun! Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1

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Golf –

By Elisa Gaudet

Connecting for a Higher Cause

Charity tournaments have long been a huge part of the golf culture in the U.S. and internationally. In the U.S., the World Golf Foundation’s 2012 “Golf’s Charitable Impact” report estimated that 12,000 golf facilities host 140,000 charity golf events annually. Golf continues to be the great connector by not only bringing people together to raise money and support a great cause but also enabling the charity to educate and highlight its message. Events range in scope from national, regional and local. April is National Autism Awareness Month and the biggest champion of autism in golf is Ernie Els. In response to their son Ben’s autism diagnosis, Ernie and his wife Liesel created what’s become a charity-driven, amateur golf tournament that generates funds to support the building of the Center of Excellence for Autism. The facility will launch a global digital learning platform that will make available the best practices in education and therapy on the autism spectrum to thousands of children worldwide. The Golf Challenge consists of a series of super-regional events at top-rated courses across the United States and Canada from April through September. Two-person teams compete for a place at the Grand Finale – a two-day extravaganza of golf and entertainment hosted by Ernie and his friends from the PGA Tour in Las Vegas on October 13th & 14th, 2013. For more information, visit www.elsforautism. com/site/PageServer?pagename=golf_ challenge. “Liezl and I are private people, but we are also very much in the public eye and we recognize that this gives us a platform to help raise funds and awareness for the causes of Autism and its possible treatments. It is something that we both feel very passionate about.” Ernie Els You may have seen Els’ PSA on autism, which highlights the odds of having a child with the disorder. 32

On a regional level, one of the most successful organizations is the Jimmy Fund Golf, an outstanding example of the good achieved when hundreds of volunteer tournament organizers and thousands of golfers unite by connecting their love of golf to a higher cause: conquering cancer. The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. Jimmy Fund Golf has raised more than $91 million over the past 30 years to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2012, Jimmy Fund Golf raised nearly $6.5 million through more than 150 golf events between April and October. All of Jimmy Fund Golf’s tournaments are organized by volunteers and committees. Jimmy Fund Golf tournaments are held in 10 states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Colorado, Texas). For more, visit www.jimmyfundgolf.org. On a local level, it’s touching to Ernie and Ben Els see charities that have been created to assist the local community. Give Hope Foundation was established At the age of 14, Els won the Junior as a nonprofit corporation in early 2005. World Championship and the odds of As a volunteer operated non-profit that were 1 in 16 million; the chances organization, they provide support to of Els making it to the American and children and families in Central Florida European pro tours odds 1 in 7 million; who are battling childhood cancer and the odds of winning the British Open have a unique combination of medical, once and U.S. Open twice are 1 in 780 emotional and financial needs. million. The odds of having a child with Their annual golf tournament autism are a mere 1 in 88. For more is one of the main events created information, visit http://www.youtube. to generate funds for Give Hope com/watch?v=ZDc4auio2oQ. Foundation and will be held May, 18 at Champions Gate in Orlando, Florida. “Years from now people may remember me www.givehopefoundation.org. as a golfer and a major champion. But I’d like also to be remembered as somebody who took the issue of Autism and did something with it. The rest of my life, I’ll be fighting this thing...I hope you’ll join with me.” Els

**This month every Two Good Rounds book that is purchased on www.twogoodrounds.com we will donate a book to the Els for Autism Golf Challenge to use at their events. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1


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IMG Junior Golf Tour hits the links at Juliette Falls Golf Club The IMG Junior Golf Tour returned to action at Juliette Falls Golf Club in Dunnellon. Winds up to 30 mph on Saturday and temperatures in the 30s on Sunday made for tough playing conditions throughout the weekend. However, a full field of 88 players from nine states and 19 different countries rose to the challenge. Austen Truslow of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. made his first-ever appearance on the IMG Junior Golf Tour and won after shooting 75+72=147 (+3) through the weekend.  Truslow edged out Colombia’s Mauricio Cuartas and Venezuela’s Manuel Torres, who each shot four-over 148 to tie for second. Truslow is ranked as the No. 94 player in the country by Junior Golf Scoreboard and is committed to the University of Virginia. “It’s a rewarding feeling after playing in tough conditions and it feels good to win,” said Truslow on the victory. “It’s a great golf course. I played in the high school state

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championships here a couple of years ago and have always liked it.” Mexico’s Viviana Vazquez, another first-timer on the IMG Junior Golf Tour, took home a tightly-contested win in the Girls 15-18 Division. Vazquez recorded a solid six-over 150 to edge out China’s Vivian Chen (+7) by one stroke. “I worked on tweaking the putter all weekend, so I played with a different putter each day, but my driver really won the tournament for me,” said Vazquez of her performance. “Conditions were difficult and threw me off at first, because I’m not used to it being so cold coming from Mexico.” Meanwhile, Japan’s Kaito Onishi cruised to an easy win in the Boys 11-14 Division. Onishi was consistent, shooting 76+76=152 (+8) to best Singapore’s Qi Ming Wong (+16) by an eightstroke margin. It was Onishi’s fifth event this season, and his first victory after two second place finishes earlier in the season. Additionally, the points race in the Girls 15-18 Division for the Symetra Tour exemption continues to heat up down the stretch. Maria Rodriguez moved into sixth place in the exemption standings with a third place finish

over the weekend (+8), and could now potentially tie for the lead with a win at Victoria Hills in two weeks. Lisa Unterganschnigg maintained her spot in fourth place in the exemption standings, finishing in fifth place (+12), after leading the Girls Division following the first round. Juliette Falls is ranked by Golfweek as the No. 11 course you can play in the state of Florida. The event was ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and AJGA Performance Based Entry Status was awarded to top finishers. Truslow and Vazquez each earned four performance stars for AJGA Performance Based Entry status, while the Boys 15-18 top five each earned one star. Winners in each division also qualified for the prestigious Callaway Junior World Golf Championships, to be held in San Diego, Calif., July 15-19. Find us at: www.imgjuniorgolftour.com.  

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Chromax High Visibility Technology

Reflective finish ensures your ball is 'Never Out of Sight' In the six years since Chromax Golf introduced the golf world to its innovative metallic golf balls at the 2007 PGA Show, color and technology have proven to be a growing trend on the PGA Tour. The combination has become a marketing success story for retailers desperately needing a boost in sales. In 2011 Srixon launched its Z-Star Tour yellow golf ball for “added visual performance.” TaylorMade’s White R11 and Super Fast Burner 2.0 have both proven to be two of the hottest product launches in recent years. Dressed in his signature orange, Rickie Fowler joined Cobra in 2012 to help promote their AMP driver. This year Nike is looking for the same type of success with the launch of it's Red Covert Driver.

sharply reduces lost balls. The ball’s sustained visibility in the air allows golfers to track their ball flight better and make adjustments to their swing. The ability to see the ball on the green helps provide feedback for better putting accuracy. Chromax metallic balls are produced in six easy-to-see colors (silver, gold, orange, blue, pink and green) and come in two different finishes and compressions (M1x and M2x) that offer both style and performance. In 2012, Chromax introduced purple to the M1x line. Both the M1x (75 compression) and M2x golf balls (85 compression) are USGA and R&A approved for tournament play.

Chromax Golf's patent-pending reflective finish provides more visibility on the green and in the air. The remarkable brightness of Chromax balls saves time searching for errant shots and

This year Chromax is introducing its 90 compression ball into the market with the launch of 'Distance', the ultra-metallic illuminating color is Chromax's most visible ball too date. For more information, visit chromaxgolf.com.

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improving performance

By Dave Campbell

Dave Campbell, Charlie Fricke, Bill Fricke and Ross Hoover

Golf School Ain’t for Sissies! “Do me a favor

and tweak open the toe of your left foot,” said Mike. This was the voice of one of our golf instructors at the National Golf School at Orange County National Golf Course in Orlando, Florida. This nationwide organization, which accredits over 2000 teaching pros, operates many golf programs at a multitude of golf courses throughout the country. Our band of four students, with ages ranging from early sixties to late seventies and handicaps of 12-16, had signed up for a three day course consisting of a personalized morning review of woods and irons, short game and putting, followed by an 18 hole afternoon playing lesson by our very personable and knowledgeable instructors Mike Gooding and Mike Vaughn. We were golfers of many years not necessarily looking for a radical 36

change, but instead a combination of small changes that could improve our individual games and our handicaps. Our instructors accommodated us by making minor suggestions—tempo, lower the hands, try this, check the address, tempo, flatten the swing on the turn a little, tempo, follow through over the left shoulder, tempo--

without overwhelming our swing thoughts. We hit about 200 balls in the mornings (far too many for aging bodies), and then played eighteen in the afternoon with our instructors, who gently questioned our club selection and our course strategies while exhibiting their own great swings on a few holes (as well as helping us find our errant shots). We thought the format worked well, the instructors were outstanding, and we wrote down copious notes to refer to months later when problems always arise. Our living accommodations at Orange County’s facility were more than adequate. However, the great attraction of Orange County National is the mammoth practice facility and, most importantly the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat courses which were great golf tracks on which to improve our games! Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1


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Tiger's putting got him back to #1

Become a better putter with Radius Face Technology The Proof is in the Putting Ireland’s Barber Pole Golf is launching its c360 solid brass, precision-made Irish Links Series of putters featuring Radius Face Technology (RFT) to the U.S. market this spring. The use of Radius Face Technology in putter design has been evolving for more than a decade. Back in the days of classic course design, the maintenance of putting greens and the types of turf used were inconsistent. Tour pros started using putters with 3-4 degrees of loft to get the ball in the air and rotating quickly in an effort to avoid putts from being knocked off line or snagging in the grass. With the vast improvement in modern green surfaces, the need for lofted putters was no longer necessary and RFT was born.

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Employing RFT, the putter face is curved at a subtle arc to generate the dynamic topspin which generates positive and directed momentum or roll. When a ball is rolling on its intended line it has a better chance of reaching the target. The superior engineering of Barber Pole putters allows golfers to sink more putts because the momentum of the ball is greater.

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“Radius Face Technology is designed to stroke the golf ball above the equator,” said A.J. Crinion, Putting Technologist Barber Pole Golf. “The connection produces immediate topspin and a true, forward roll for improved control and accuracy without any skidding.” According to testing by Quintic, a respected independent testing lab in England, Barber Pole Putters achieve “true roll” in the first nine inches of the putt -- three to four inches better than the competition. With putting contributing to 42 percent of scoring, every golfer should invest in a quality putter. Each Barber Pole putter face is carved from a

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block of 100 percent c360 solid brass, eliminating any possible “dead spots” or “air pockets” which can happen with casted putters. By using CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling technology, Barber Pole guarantees the quality and integrity of each of its putters. Barber Pole uses only the finest materials to ensure that every time you stand over a putt, you know you can make it. "By combining the natural properties of c360 solid brass with RFT, Barber Pole Putters deliver ‘true roll’ that leading Tour professionals practice hours to achieve and provide an incomparable and consistent feel with every putt." Crinion said. "Getting onto the putting surface is half the challenge, than the scoring part of the game begins." Barber Pole's putters come in four models. The Irish influence is evident with the names being synonymous with four of the world’s greatest links courses. The Ballybunion incorporates the ever-growing popularity of the mallet design using a double bend shaft to help align the shaft of the putter with the center of the face, making the putter face balanced. The Portrush is a classic plumbers neck design introduced to golf in the 1950s, which is offset. The Waterville is a mallet putter with the

"I received my Ballybunion recently and have enjoyed putting for the first time in many years. My Scotty Cameron is now relegated to the 'Hall of Shame.' 5-6 fewer putts per round. The dot & line alignment is outstanding and the roll off of the face is explosive!! -Satisfied Barber Pole Customerdivide between the face and the rounded off cavity at the back a little thicker so it gives a solid feel. The Lahinch has a flow neck design allowing you a clean view of the ball at address, which gives you a more connected feeling to the putter. Both the Ballybunion and Waterville putters are face balanced for players who prefer that type of design. Barber Pole Golf manufactures a truly reliable and precision putting instrument, which will reduce your number of putts, lower your score, and increase your enjoyment of the game. For more information or to purchase a Barber Pole Putter, visit www.barberpolegolf.com.

Barber Pole Putters - a cut above Barber Pole Golf Ltd., based in Dublin, Ireland, was originally located in the state of Washington. Founder Lowell Barber sold his family interest to the current management in 2012. To develop Barber Pole Putters from its original single model offering took a lot of effort, according to the company’s management team. “We wanted to do something different,” said CaliforFlorida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1

nia native Matt Doyle, Vice President of Sales for Barber Pole Golf. “We didn’t want to get involved in the race to the bottom of the market where everybody rushes to source cheaper and cheaper materials. We wanted to deliver golfers a high quality product, pure and simple. We wanted to manufacture in the U.S. so that’s what we did. Anybody can be the cheapest, but not everybody can be the best.”

Barber Pole putters are manufactured in California. The putter grip is made by Winn Grips which adds to the outstanding feel and highlights the product’s quality. There are two options available, a Tour grip and a more traditional Barber Pole striped version. The company is focusing its global sales efforts and custom fitting online. To order visit www.barberpolegolf.com. 39


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The 2013

By Joel Jackson, FGCSA Communications Director Photos by Joel Jackson

Golf Industry Show in San Diego Don’t confuse the Golf Industry Show with the PGA Merchandise Show. Both are annual events consisting of trade shows and educational conferences. The PGA Show takes place in Orlando every January and is primarily for golf pros and clubhouse operations. The Golf Industry Show (GIS) takes place every February but changes location from east (Orlando), central (Various locations) and west (San Diego in 2013). The GIS focuses on golf course maintenance operations from cost effective design to major tournament preparation. The Golf Course Superintendents Association joins with the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the USGA Green Section, Golf Course Owners Association and Golf Course Builders to host a week long event consisting of an annual Golf Championship Event preceding the three-days of education sessions and two-day trade show. There are general sessions which are free and 1-day, 2-day and ½ day paid seminars which are rated as college level courses on all phases of turf agronomy: insect, disease and

weed control, irrigation management, cultural practices including proper mowing, aerification, verticutting, top dressing, soil amendments and bunker maintenance including the use of bunker liners and additives to stabilize the sand from washing out! There are also business topics from personnel and financial management including communications, leadership and budgeting techniques. There are always motivating and inspirational keynote speakers at the Opening and General Sessions. This year they were: Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 fighter pilot and member of the PGA of America. He is the founder and president of the Folds of Honor Foundation and Patriot Golf Day. It was his vision to create a means by which families that have lost loved ones in combat could receive education scholarships and other assistance. Rooney has been honored with the White House’s Presidential Volunteer Service Award, the Air National Guard’s Distinguished Service Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the PGA of America’s Inaugural Patriot Award. He

has also been recognized as one of People Magazine’s 2008 Heroes of the Year and one of ABC World News Tonight’s Persons of the Year for 2008. Tears of pride and thanksgiving for our vets flowed freely during his presentation. We also had Golf Channel announcers Tim Rosaforte and Brandel Chamblee as speakers and they spoke about the great and often under appreciated job that superintendents do around the globe. Their “ham and egg” routine injected some humor into the event. I hope they tell a little more about what “supers” do during upcoming tournament broadcasts of Golf Central sessions. The days spent at GIS are from 8 to 5 or like a normal workday. After hours there are receptions and social functions where the attendees catch up with old friends in the business, and meet new folks who have common interests and/or challenges. I call these Networking Sessions and you often learn just as much from these outings, which can help you solve a problem at work, or just make a new friend or contact in the industry.

Florida Superintendent Tim Hiers, CGCS, from the Old Collier GC in Naples, FL discusses economic and environmental issues at a Golf Industry Show general session.

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WHITE METAL GOLF PRESENTS

(From the left): Joel Jackson, Jennifer Bryan, Ralph Dain, Mark Kann and Nancy Miller represented the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association in Tallahassee at the 2013 Florida Golf Day on February 21st along with the other members of the new Florida Golf Alliance which also includes the PGA of America, Club Managers of America and the Florida State Golf Association. Golf in Florida is a $13.8 billion dollar per year industry in Florida employing 167,000 people and raising around $312 million per year for Florida Charities.

Research scientists from the University of Florida recently held a Nutrient Management Symposium to present results from a study sponsored by the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection concerning the use and fate of fertilizers. Data from five years of testing soil and water samples shows that the proper use of plant nutrients does not harm the environment. That means using the 4R’s of fertilizer use: Right product, Right rate, Right place and Right time. Healthy turfgrass is a positive asset to our communities. Golf Course Architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan (at the podium and in the red shirt) was awarded the GCSAA’s Old Tom Morris Award recognizing his lifetime service to the golf industry. Hurdzan has specialized in designing environmentally friendly golf courses. Old Tom Morris is credited with being the first golf course superintendent, a club maker, golf pro and pretty darn good player at the Old Course in St. Andrews.

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By Greg Wise

course of dreams

Hampshire’s Double Eagle seals 7th Annual Ocala Open Victory Beginning the final round 4 shots behind the leaders, Travis Hampshire of Tampa, Florida went right to work, setting his sights on eliminating the 4 shot deficit and move him in to a solid command of the lead. It only took the front nine to eliminate the 4 shots, shooting a 4 under par 32, which included 2 bogeys. Travis started out the back nine with birdies on 10 and 11. Then on the par 5, 12th hole, a blind second shot to the green, all but sealed the victory for Hampshire. Travis said, “I was 235 yards out and had the bunker in the middle of the fairway that actually blocked the view to the green. I made a full swing, and I knew that I caught all of it.” Travis explained, “I saw the ball climbing and then I lost sight of it. The next time I saw the ball, I was looking in the hole,

Lynette Virmillion, General Manager of On Top of the World Communities, Travis Hampshire, 2013 Champion of the Ocala Open, Kenneth Colen, President of On Top of the World Communities, and Matt Hibbs, Director of Golf, On Top of the World Communities

Travis raises the putter as the ball drops in the hole on 13th hole for another birdie.

as I reached in to take it out.” An Albatross… Double Eagle… whatever you call it, it virtually sealed the victory at that point for Travis. He went on to birdie 13, and 17 on his way to eclipsing the field with an 11 under par 61, finishing with a 15 under par, 201 collecting the $12,000 first place prize. Eric Cole of Orlando was one of 4 leaders as he started the final round, had trouble with his putts. “I really didn’t hit the ball that bad today,” said 46

Cole, “I just couldn’t get it close enough to get the birdies falling in my favor,” Eric explained. “Candler Hills was in great shape, and the greens were rolling a little faster on the final day, but there really isn’t anything to complain about,” Cole stated. Cole finished with a 3 under par 69 for the day, and a 205. 4 shots behind Hampshire and taking home a check for $7,000. Florida Professional Golf Tour, owner, Rick Hendershot said, “you can always count on the Ocala Open being an

Eric Cole exciting event for all of the participants and it is great to see the 2008 champion, Travis Hampshire returning to the Ocala Open to be the 2013.” Ken Colen presenting the check to the Champion Travis Hampshire, mentioned that although It is a real honor to have a returning champion to the Ocala Open, the true winner of the event was the 2 charities that were supported by the tournament. Hospice of Marion County and Interfaith Service were the recipient of $22,500 each raised during the Pro-Am. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1


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By Greg Wise

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Time Travel Time travel has long been a concept of moving from point to point in time or in space. Hypothetically, time travel involves moving forward, or backwards, from current time to a selected point. No where have I ever experienced the concept of a time machine and time travel than a recent trip to Far Hills, New Jersey. My Time Travel trip was to the United States Golf Association Museum. When I stepped up to the USGA Museum front door and turned the handle, the true feeling of entering a mystical time machine was there, to transport me back me back in time to the beginning of Golf in America. Before exploring the museum on my own, I

had a brief meeting with Michael Trostel, Curator/Historian of the museum. I asked a couple of simple questions… like “Why Far Hills, New Jersey.” Michael explained that the original USGA was founded by 5 golf facilities and that the original office of the USGA was located in New York City. The decision was to purchase property outside the metro area and have enough space to establish a holding facility (museum) for all of golf for future generations to enjoy. I asked the next loaded questioned, “Being Museum Curator and Historian, what are the most unusual items in the museum?” Boy, was I surprised at the answers. Michael explained that in the Arnold Palmer room is a drawing of “The King”. It wasn’t really a drawing of traditional manner. All of the drawing was actually done with quotes inked by James David Chase entitled Palmer’s Gratitute. Taking 14 years to complete, the video explained the artist basically inked 8 words per day

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and over that 14 years… developed this piece of art in to 22,719 words describing the dedication to golf by Arnold Palmer. The amazing part of this picture was that when you did a close up of Arnold’s eyes… the eye’s were made up of the words “Winnie.” Arnold’s true love. That was great… okay… what else am I looking for? The term World War II came up as part of the “The Depression and World War II” Era. Michael explained that golf balls were produced by prisons. The fact that rubber wasn’t available for recreational use… golfers still wanted to play, so they had the prisoners making golf balls. My first thought was that they were a cross between the early “Feathery” ball and a baseball. That was truly an awesome site. In the same display, was special Temporary Rules for 1941

war time golf in England. Shrapnel and/or bomb splinters on the Fairways, or in Bunkers, within a club’s length of a ball, may be moved without penalty, and no penalty shall be incurred if a ball is thereby caused to move accidentally. My day was nearly complete and I was having a hard time getting myself to focus on the balance of the museum, but it all came to reality in the Ben Hogan Room. In this large room with artifacts from Mr. Hogan life surrounding the room, you realized that the huge area rug in the middle of the room summed up golf for most all of us… “The prospect that there was going to be golf in my day made me feel privileged and happy, and I couldn’t wait for the sun to come up the next morning so that I could get out on the course again.” Ben Hogan. Plan a visit to the USGA Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History, 77 Liberty Corner Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931.

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By Bob Bolton

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Can You Imagine? Can you imagine the temperature in southern Florida getting as low as the upper 30’s and lower 40’s? I can. Can you imagine a professional golfer topping one off the tee (and not even reaching the ladies’ tee)? I can. Can you imagine a golf destination where you have great accommodations wrapped around 54 holes of Tom Fazio and Pete Dye designed golf courses? I can. In early March the PGA made its way to Palm Beach, home of the Honda Classic. And can you imagine that last year’s Champion - Rory McIlroy

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would withdraw over poor play and a toothache? I can. All of the above happened in one weekend. It sounds like it should have played out over at least 3-4 weeks, but it didn’t. Hold on to your seats and keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times, ‘cause here we go. My weekend began with an uneventful drive from Tampa to Palm

Beach to arrive at the 2nd Round of the Honda Classic, just in time to get my Media Credentials from Gary Ferman (Media Director) and cruise out to the 9th hole viewing platform to watch some of the last groups come in (since they started groups off on the front and back that day). The 9th Hole, which included the Michelob Ultra Tent, was also “party central” as soon as play was

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completed. Matt PaneGasser (Oakley Rep and previous FGCM Golf Bachelor) was the DJ for the event, which included a serious dose of thumping club music and fireworks. With the temperature dropping and the pillow calling my name I beat a hasty retreat to my one bedroom golf villa in Port St. Lucie. The villa was located in the PGA Village where you have your choice of three - 18 hole tracks and awesome training facilities. A drive through the village highlighted an array of license plates from all over the U.S. and Canada. You could tell that this was the place to come with your friends and/or family to play some serious golf. As I arrived the next day to watch the third round of the Honda Classic it was obvious that the world’s Top Ranked players were having difficulty with the winds and the cool temperatures. After watching the likes of: Dustin Johnson, Lucas Glover, Boo Weekley, Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley tee off, I decided to trail Keegan Bradley and his playing partner for the day, Chris Kirk, for a few holes. This is

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where things get interesting. The 4th hole is a short Par 4 (376 yards, most of the pros were hitting a fairway wood or metal. Chris Kirk teed up his ball and with all the finesse of a true amateur proceeded to top his drive into the rough just off the side of the lady’s tee. You could have heard a pin drop and the look on Keegan’s face said it all - “OMG”. Even Chris had to laugh at himself as he pulled out his three wood and drilled one down the fairway. Several of us wondered why, since he didn’t reach the lady’s tee with his drive, why he didn’t abide by the age-old tradition we all laugh about in our rounds of golf with our buddies. (If I have to explain it, it loses its humor). Chris bogeyed the 4th and proceeded to chunk his iron shot into the water on the par 3 5th, on his way to a three putt induced triple bogey, 6. I share the preceding with you to make all of us feel better about the next time we duff one off the tee and 3 jack after going in the drink. After watching the pros struggle with the cool temps and driving winds, I thought to myself, “Why not test my own skills in these conditions,” and decided

to play the Tom Fazio designed Ryder Course at the PGA Village. After one of the most pleasant greetings from Rashad in the Pro Shop, I was paired up with Bill and Chuck (couple of nice guys from Long Island, NY, who were down with 8 other buddies for non-stop golf, cigars and an occasional adult beverage). Rather than bore you with the challenges of 15-20 mph wind gusts, wind-chill induced hypothermia (just kidding), and a few holes I am still trying to forget, I will share the few highlights from our round. I birdied the #1 handicap par 5 4th hole, a constantly curving dogleg. Chuck nearly aced the par 3 5th hole. On the 10th hole, Chuck and Bill fed a couple of cranes their granola bar in hopes of an up-close photo opp, and Bill believes that kind gesture was the reason they par’d the hole and I “birdied”. You don’t have to wait until next year’s Honda Classic to enjoy a trip to the PGA Village. Call the Perfect Drive Villas (772-873-0515) or visit them online at www.perfectdriveatpgavillage.com. For golf on any one of the 3 Championship Courses call (800-800-GOLF/4653), or visit www.pgavillage.com.

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By Steve Morris

Golf Hall of Fame, GCSAA, SFPGA, PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour and Special Olympics were represented by their leaders and associates to meet with committees and legislators throughout the day to share our united story about just how much the game of golf really means to our state. Strength in numbers assures that critical impression to the legislators, as they are extremely busy planning for how their budgets will be distributed. Visit nfpga.com for photos and more…

NFPGA’s Southwest Chapter Announces 2012 Award Winners:

North Florida PGA Ascends on Our Capitol... Golf Coalitions Unite To Proclaim the Impact & Value of Golf on Florida Golf Day! The North Florida PGA made another visit to our Capitol on Feb. 21 for Florida Golf Day. Rich Smith, NFPGA ED/CEO along with celebrity PGA Instructor Rick McCord and other major FL Golf Associations, spent the day with legislators and lobbyists to proclaim the value and impact the game of golf has on the State of Florida. The day concluded with a meeting with Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to remind her and Gov. Rick Scott, as well. It is estimated that the game of golf has a direct economic impact of over 7 billion dollars annually! The overall impact approaches 14 billion dollars taking into consideration the ancillary dollars it brings in for tourism, lodging, restaurants and travel! Of course there was some golf going on in the courtyard during the day! The North Florida Section set up an exhibition with inflatable hitting cages for guest PGA Instructors Rick McCord and Dale Brown to give free tips to the legislators and guests in the courtyard. There was even a putting duel between The House and Senate during their lunch break! Associations such as the World Golf Foundation, World

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Golf Professional of the Year: Tim Beckwith, The Oaks Club (photo) Teacher of the Year: Steve Whidden, Rosedale Golf & CC Horton Smith Award: Steve Whidden, Rosedale Golf & CC Bill Strausbaugh Award: Mark Trotter, Sarasota National Patriot Award: David Windsor, Adaptive Golf Academy President’s Plaque: Oscar Parks, River Strand Golf & CC Junior Golf Leader: Chris Souchak, Venetian Golf & River Club Assistant of the Year: David Hronek, Plantation Golf & CC Merchandiser of the Year Private: Matt Auen, Laurel Oak CC Merchandiser of the Year Public: Ashley Hayden, University Park CC Merchandiser of the Year Resort: Terry O’Hara, Longboat Key Club Sales Rep of the Year: Dave Juhola, Bridgestone Amateur of the Year: Larry Flynn Superintendent of the Year: Dan Haubein, Pelican Pointe Golf & CC Lifetime Achievement Award: Keith Struble, Plantation Golf & CC Jack Binswanger, Village Green GC On hand for the awards ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Members Club were past national PGA of America President, MG Orender and NFPGA Executive Director/ CEO, Rich Smith. The Chapter Birdie A Thon announced their annual donations to local charities totaled almost $40,000! The Birdie A Thon is approaching the quarter million dollar mark for donations to such charities Tim Beckwith as Greater Sarasota Junior NFPGA Golf Professional of the Year Golf Association, First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee, MakeA-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Upside Down Foundation. This is just another example of our PGA Professionals working hard to give back to the game and their communities.

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Ace Golf Junior Programs At Ace Golf were are focused on making the game an enjoyable experience for junior golfers. We have adopted the US Kids Golf Curriculum into our instruction programs for junior golfers.  Matt Primrose, PGA is a US Kids Golf Certified Instructor and coordinates all of the programs.  There are three progressively challenging levels that the junior golfer will work through.  The instruction sessions combine both skill learning and game based competitions.  The juniors work on earning pins for each of the various skills involved in the game of golf (Putting, Short Game, Full Swing, Knowledge, and playing) and graduate to move on to the next level.  We have 3 different junior golf clinics that we hold each Saturday at our two locations.  We also have summer camps set up at our Riverview and Brandon Locations this summer.  Check our website for more information: www.ace-golf.com. 

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TOURAcademy Junior Camps TOURAcademy Junior Camps offer kids golf instruction from the country’s top PGA instructors at over 30+ renowned PGA TOUR venues nationwide. Our Florida locations include TPC Sawgrass, World Golf Village and The Tiburón Golf Club. Each location features state-of-theart training facilities equipped with the latest technology in golf training. Elite, Overnight, Full Day or Half Day junior golf camps provide a safe, fun instructional environment where your young golfer will learn, refine and improve their skills. Establishing good golf technique now during your child’s formative years will have positive effects on their game for a lifetime.  Summer Camps take place from June through August.  To register, call us today at 877.611.1911 or visit our website at www.touracademycamps.com.

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Right Start Golf Summer Camps Right Start Golf summer camps are run by PGA Professional Jeff Jones who is recognized by U.S. Kids Golf as a Master Junior Instructor.  Now in our 30th year we have 10 different full week camps to choose from at Sweetwater Country Club. Half day and full day camp options, campers work through skill development stations 3 days a week and play holes on the golf course the other 2 days.  Free equipment is provided for campers that do not have equipment.  This camp is for boys & girls ages 5 to 16.  There are 3 different age/skill divisions at each camp so every player will be challenged.  Slow motion video analysis and skill development contests make this camp both fun and educational.  Multi week and sibling discounts are available. Contact:  Jeff Jones, PGA  407 925-2855 www.rightstartgolf.com

Walt Disney World Golf Junior Golf Camp Welcome to the 2013 Walt Disney World Golf Junior Golf Camp! Arnold Palmer Golf Management is now operating the Disney Golf Courses and this year’s Camp will be lead by our new PGA Director of Instruction, Michael Schlager.  The Camp will be a fun way to introduce kids to the game of golf.  There will be 6 weekly sessions held at the Palm Magnolia and Oak Trail Golf Courses.  Each day of the Week long camps will run from 9am to 2pm and feature instruction in all facets of the game, complimentary lunch and beverages, fun and educational games / drills, and prizes for all.  Camp Dates are June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, and August 5-9.  Camps are filling up quickly so please call 407-WDW Golf (939-4653) now to ensure your spot.  Hope to have you join us for what is sure to be a Magical Experience! Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1


The First Tee Clearwater Mission: To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life enhancing values through the game of golf. Monday – 5:30 to 6:30 – PLAYer level after school program open to general public Tuesday – 8 to 2 – P.E. for grades 4-8 at the Chi Chi Academy Wednesday – 3 to 4 – After school golf on the course for members of Boys & Girls Club Thursday – 8 to 2 – P.E. Golf for grades 4-8 at the Chi Chi Academy Thursday – 3 to 5:30 – After School Bus Program picking up students from 2 other elementary schools for PLAYer level clinic Saturday – 9 to 1 – The First Tee Level Programming including PLAYer, PAR, BIRDIE and TARGET Level clinics Additional activities include: • PGA Jr. Golf League team for the first time starting in May • The First Tee Jr League golf on Thursdays at 5 open to the general public starting in April • The First Tee Summer Golf Camps start June 10 and run each week Mon-Thurs through the summer (10 weeks) Registration and schedule for all programs can be found at our website: www.thefirstteeclearwater.org

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LPGA Star Beatriz Recari Official Ambassador of LPGA Tour player star Beatriz Recari has been named official ambassador for The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those who suffer from eating disorders by promoting a healthy lifestyle, positive body image, and boosting self-esteem. The 25 year-old charismatic Spaniard, who is off to a hot start with two Top 5 finishes in the first three LPGA events of the season, aims to raise awareness by sharing her inspiring story of overcoming her eating disorder to find a healthy physical and mental balance in her life, paving the way for her to become a successful professional golfer. She will host the first annual “Beatriz Recari and Friends Alliance Golf Classic” this fall in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., with all

proceeds benefiting the foundation, and will also act as a motivational speaker at events and speaking engagements around the nation. “We are thrilled to begin our partnership with Beatriz, as she is a true success story and role model for so many who are currently battling eating disorders,” said Johanna Kandel, the CEO and Founder of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. “It is an honor for our organization to have a world class athlete supporting our cause, as Beatriz’s experience in overcoming this illness and her willingness to share her story with others is an inspiration to thousands of individuals suffering

around the world.” The naming of Recari as an ambassador for The Alliance comes on the tail end of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 24-March 2), where communities all over the country hosted fundraisers, awareness seminars, and informational sessions to help provide education and treatment for those who need it. “This is a cause that really resonates with me, as I was able to overcome an eating disorder to find a healthy balance in my life and ultimately find success on the LPGA Tour,” Recari stated. “I am proud to represent The Alliance and I hope that by sharing my story, I am able to have a positive impact on the lives of others.”

About Beatriz Recari Beatriz played more golf than any other player on the LPGA Tour in 2012, playing in all 28 events and making the cut in every single tournament, affectionately earning her the nickname “Iron Woman” by many of her peers and members of the press. Since her maiden LPGA victory at the 2010 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge, she has become a fan favorite both on the course with her creativity around the greens and off the course with her activity across all social media outlets. She speaks Spanish, English, French and is even learning Japanese to grow her fanbase on twitter, facebook and her very own blog, www. beatrizrecari.com, where she gives great behind-the-scenes access of what life is like on Tour in addition to providing nutritional tips and showing off pictures of some of her favorite healthy dishes. 58

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

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Celebrities Fore Kids founder Marlene Filer with Golf Classic co-hosts Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres and professional golfer Larry Laoretti. Photo credit Bob Dobens.

Celebrities Fore Kids Co-Founder Marlene Filer Gifts the Charity $100,000 Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc. announced

diatric Oncology Support Team) in West

today a gift of $100,000 was donated to

Palm Beach to help families affected by

the charity by co-founder Marlene Filer

cancer.

of Stuart, Fla. Filer, who helped create

The charity’s main fundraiser is the

Celebrities Fore Kids in 1997, made the

annual Golf Classic , which in 2012 was

gift to fund the not-for-profit organiza-

hosted by professional golfer Larry

tion’s operational costs.

Laoretti and Bon Jovi drummer Tico

“I wanted supporters of Celebrities

Torres. The 12th Annual Larry Laoretti

Fore Kids to know that 100% of their

and Tico Torres Celebrities Fore Kids

donation was going to the children and

Golf Classic was a huge success, netting

the families who need their support

over $150,000.

the most,” Filer said. “My donation will

The golf tournament this year will

allow Celebrities Fore Kids to tell future

once again be co-hosted by Laoretti and

donors that all their money will directly

Torres and has been set for Monday,

impact a child and their families.”

Dec. 2 with a pre-tournament cocktail

Filer created the charity after watch-

party set for Sunday, Dec. 1. As in years past, foursomes will have an opportu-

ing the numerous challenges families of cancer patients endured in the

cancer supporting children 18 years

nity to play alongside a celebrity which

hospital, while she herself was there

old and under living on the Treasure

may include hockey Hall of Famer Bob-

supporting her husband who was bat-

Coast. From gas cards to assistance

by Orr, PGA Senior Tour golfers Dana

tling cancer.

with monthly utility bills and mortgage

Quigley and Larry Ziegler, and LPGA

In the 16 years Celebrities Fore Kids,

payments, Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc., a

Tour pros Michelle McGann and Jackie

Inc., has been in existence, nearly $1.75

non-profit 501 (c)(3), works with social

Gallagher-Smith.

million has been raised to provide fi-

workers from the Robert and Carol

To learn more about Celebrities Fore

nancial assistance to families who have

Weissman Cancer Center at Martin

Kids visit www.celebritiesforekids.org

children with cancer, and adults with

Medical Center in Stuart and POST (Pe-

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Bonaventure Resort & Spa Completes Renovation to Famed East Course

Bonaventure Resort & Spa, the newest addition to the Benchmark Hospitality International family of hotels in Florida, has completed a renovation to its 18-hole championship East Course at the Bonaventure Country Club. To celebrate the grand re-opening, the resort has released the new 19th Hole Golf Escape package. The renovation, which launched last fall and was completed last month, added new TifEagle Bermuda Greens, redesigned bunkers and manicured fairways. The course renovation was complimented with a full update to the main club area including a new proshop and locker rooms. Featuring two championship 18-hole golf courses and

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Hole #3 the nationally recognized number three Waterfall Hole, Bonaventure Country Club is a semi-private Fort Lauderdale golf facility open to all golfers. The makeover of the East Course is part of a larger, multi-million dollar renovation set to take place at the resort later this year. Bonaventure Resort & Spa is offering

the 19th Hole Golf Escape to celebrate the grand re-opening and welcome travelers to be among the first to play the course while enjoying a relaxing Florida getaway. The package includes nightly accommodations, welcome cocktails, golf, tailgate boxed lunch, daily breakfast at Banyan Restaurant, 20 percent off any spa treatment at the resort’s new Alaya Spa, guaranteed 4 p.m. late check-out and is based on double occupancy. For starting nightly package rates or to reserve this offer, please call 800.327.8090 or visit www. bonaventureresortandspa.com. Situated west of Fort Lauderdale, in the heart of the affluent neighborhood of Weston, Florida, Bonaventure Resort & Spa delivers a tropical resort experience that offers 501 well-appointed spacious guestrooms and suites, gourmet culinary options including the acclaimed AAA Four Diamond Ireland’s Steakhouse, four outdoor heated swimming pools, two newly renovated PGA golf courses as well as South Florida’s second largest full-service spa. Conveniently located 20-minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport, the resort offers guests easy access to area attractions including the nearby Florida Everglades, Sawgrass Mills Mall and BB&T Center. Bonaventure Resort & Spa became part of Benchmark Hospitality International’s portfolio of hotels and resorts in September 2012. “Like” us on Facebook at facebook. com/BonaventureResortandSpa or follow us on Twitter @BonaventureFL. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1


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Antigua Tour Staff Player Kevin Streelman Gains First PGA TOUR Victory At The Tampa Bay Championship Presented By EverBank The Antigua Group, Inc. – one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of genuine sports apparel under its Antigua brand congratulates Kevin Streelman on his first PGA TOUR victory at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by Everbank at Innisbrook Course in Tampa, Florida Streelman was bogey free during the last two rounds of the event and shot a four under par 67 for a four round total 274 and a two stroke victory. With the win, Streelman moved to sixth place in the FedEx Cup Standings and also qualified

for his first Masters next month. “Kevin Streelman has worked very hard at perfecting his game and his hard work paid off with his first PGA

TOUR at the Tampa Bay Championship,” says Ron McPherson, President and CEO of Antigua. “We are very excited to have Kevin wear our new 2013 performance golf apparel on the PGA TOUR and this is a great honor, as well as showcase, for us.” The Spring 2013 Performance Golf Apparel season for Antigua combines outstanding quality, style and value. The new line once again exemplifies why the Antigua brand is one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of genuine golf and sports apparel.

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Cyril Suk takes the Florida Azalea Amateur UNF’s Osten Waite throws in an eagle 2 at the final hole for an exciting finish

Cyril Suk was on a mission to make up for nearly taking this event last year falling one stroke short. This year was different as the Jacksonville University team member dealt with pressure from UNF’s Osten Waite all 3 days. They tied for third in round one, and then tied for the lead after round 2. The horse race was on for the final round. As they traded birdies and pars throughout the round, no one else was making a charge. It was theirs to win or lose. Suk new which choice was to be his, Suk and Waite kept the rest of the field out of the picture throughout the final day for a one-on-one battle to the finish. Suk held off relentless pressure from Waite and finally had the victory all but in his back pocket as they approached the final 18th hole with a comfortable 2 shot lead. Then the fireworks started. Waite Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1

picked Suk’s back pocket victory march with one swing of his wedge with a slam dunk eagle 2 on the final hole to tie Suk. Just like that, it was a tie game with only Suk left to play out 18 and suddenly needing a birdie for the win. The JU player didn’t flinch. Suk stuck his wedge at the flag and then smoothed in a gutsy birdie putt for a final round 65 and the win by one shot. It doesn’t get better than that. At the Senior Azalea event in the previous week, David Anthony of Jacksonville continued his domination of Cyril Suk the senior circuits, not to mention one of the best amateur Underwood Cup team players ever, by taking a 3 shot win over Greg Reynolds of St. Augustine, Bill Zylstra of Ocklawaha, FL and former PGA Tour star and golf network announcer Steve Melnyk. The overall winner of both events was the city-owned Palatka Golf Club. Now under the management of Bobby Weed Designs, this historic Donald Ross layout has seen a remarkable comeback to great conditions not seen in over a decade. The course is seeing record-breaking play which is a far cry from 4 years ago when the course was in major disrepair and the city commission of Palatka was considering shutting it down while bleeding red ink. Bobby Weed is one of the foremost golf course designers in the country and is no stranger to Donald Ross designs including the renovation of

Osten Waite the historic Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville. He came to the rescue of the Palatka Golf Club with a master plan to save the historic course from extinction and was unanimously approved by the Palatka city council. The rest is “history” with a complete overhaul of the course management, expert agronomy planning, changing Ph levels of the water supply to promote better turf growth, and good old fashioned hard work. The result is terrific new staff in the clubhouse and pro shop headed by Andy Heartz, Director of Golf, a very playable course with excellent conditions, a layout that can be walked, and just may now be one of the best 6,000 yard courses in the state. It took a full 2 years before results could be seen as the need for repairs of the course was massive. But Bobby Weed’s master plan worked brilliantly, and the Florida Azalea Amateur contestants were treated to a piece of Palatka golf history in great conditions that haven’t been seen at that level in decades. For more information, we invite you to visit their website at www.palatkagolfclub.com. 65

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By Jackie Henson

A Friendly Rivalry Through Football and Golf, Two Coaches Blindly Build a Meaningful Bond

An 8:37 a.m. tee time on a Tuesday morning looks much the same as it did the previous Tuesday. That’s when golf courses can always expect to see their most reliable patrons — the leisured and needlessly systematic retirees, or as they’re known at Windy Harbor Golf Club in Mayport, Fla., “the usual suspects.” At this particular golf course, the group that has booked this tee time every week for the past six years are eight retired high school football coaches. Their Tuesday mornings now bear a similar resemblance to the friendly rivalry they used to share every Friday night of football season. Their arsenal of cheap jabs for each other has been building since their last round, and

Fred Pickard guiding JimDeAngelis with a glimmer in the eye, they waste no time greeting a familiar face, the golf starter. “Pleasure to see ya, John.” “No, it’s mine, Fred. Always my pleasure.” “You both lie like hell.” “You wanna kick him off the course, Johnny? He’s saying curse words!” “Well, playing with you, I don’t blame him!” Typical old-guy banter. But after the obligatory not-so-niceties are exchanged, the dialog among this group

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takes on a more somber tone. “Straight ahead,” says Fred Pickard, former head football coach of 21 years for Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, Fla., with what may have sounded like a suggested approach to his partner for the upcoming fairway. But instead, he was guiding Jim DeAngelis, his long-time coaching rival from Fletcher High School who is now blind, through the boundary ropes of the sixth green. Jim lost his sight 11 years ago — after a nearly 30-year coaching and teaching career at several high schools in Jacksonville. He used to golf with the other coaches on the weekends after the tension from the Friday night games had worn off. Then one day he noticed he couldn’t see the ball on the drive. “I didn’t think anything of it. I would just tell the guys, ‘You all are going to have to tell me where my ball goes.’ I called them my seeing-eye dogs,” Jim said. It wasn’t until he started having double vision and blurred vision that he had it checked out. The optometrist said his eyes were not the problem and suggested he visit a neurosurgeon, who identified what he thought was a pituitary adenoma, a type of brain tumor. The good news was that it could potentially shrink with treatment, and most importantly, that it was benign. He had heard the word “malignant” twice before in his life — and overcame the cancer both times — so he wasn’t too worried this time about any potential life-altering effects. “I thought, ‘This is a piece of cake,’” Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1


he said. But three weeks of acupuncture and 36 treatments of radiation later, surgery became the last option. “It ended up not being quite as easy as I thought.” What the surgeon discovered wasn’t the soft, easy-to-remove pituitary adenoma they had hoped, but a brick-hard tumor called a meningioma. They tried two surgeries to remove it unsuccessfully. The reality became that Jim wouldn’t leave the hospital with any improvement in his vision. But even more unexpected was leaving the hospital with worse vision. Because of the vascular nature of the tumor, the disruption to it during the second surgery triggered a blood vessel spasm that damaged his optic nerve. “And I woke up blind.” He had a small bit of sight left in one eye, but it was not enough to ease the frustration of losing overnight the ability to read your own mail, among other simple tasks for which he was now reliant on friends and family. Still, he managed to retain his calm, soft-spoken nature. “It’s terrible what happened,” said Fred, who went to visit him in the hospital when it happened. “But I guess they give it to the people who can handle it.” One bright spot in the darkness for Jim turned out to be an actual bright white spot. With the remaining vision in his

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one eye, he could just make out a faint, blurry golf ball. A couple years following the spasm, he was out at Jacksonville Beach Golf Course with relatives in town for a family reunion. “I wasn’t going to play,” he said. “But we were on the tee, and my cousin told me to get up there and try it. We played five holes, and I was ready to go in. I was just terrible.” Then, inexplicably, he made par on hole 6. Bogeyed hole 7. Bogey again on 8. And again on 9 with a 10-foot putt. His brother and cousin couldn’t believe it. Their shouts of disbelief were disruptive enough that the golf course management had to come out and tell them to keep it down. Over the course of the following year, that white spot, too, began to fade, and his sight failed completely. His two sons live nearby with their families and checked in with him often, but other than a few weekly errands and appointments they would take him to, his daily activities were limited to what he could do safely on his own — mostly sitting on the couch. All the while, Jim kept in touch with his football coaching friends and knew they were still making weekly trips to go golfing. He asked Fred if he could walk

with him since tagging along seemed a perfect solution to get some regular exercise with a guide and good company — or as good of company as a former opponent could be, anyway. “I didn’t like him then. Don’t like him now,” Fred said. But the arrangement has stuck. Fred has been picking Jim up for golf every Tuesday morning for the past five years, and the two have developed a seamless routine on the course that appears as though they’ve never known anything different. “Did you par that?” Jim asks. “Nope!” Fred laughs. Fred puts out his arm, Jim takes hold, and it’s off to the next tee box. “This is a ramp, now. Straight across.” And just when an onlooker might be touched by the depth of this unique friendship, they would be quickly reminded of whom they’re dealing with: old guys playing golf, whose insults for each other easily outlast their endurance for 18 holes. “He walks fast to try to wear me out,” Jim said, to which Fred replied, “He’s a sissy.”

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➊ Nexbelt Nexbelt introduces its Gem and Sleek Series of fashionable golf belts for Women. Each buckle in the Gem Series has 230 hand-encrusted rhinestones and is available in a rich gold or chrome finish. The Sleek line was designed for Women desiring a thinner belt with a smaller buckle. This model is offered with encrusted rhinestones or a matching face to the leather strap. In both models, the buckle face flips down to reveal a hidden ball marker. PreciseFit Technology eliminates the need for “holes” in the belt and a unique ratcheting system on the inside of the belt allows for ¼” adjustments in waist size ensuring a comfortable fit. MSRP: $54.99 - $59.99 Visit www.Nexbelt.com or call (909) 758-0079 to order.

➋ Rife Golf New from RIFE is its VAULT 001 Series of putters for 2013 which includes 6 brand new models; the Legend, Iconic, Phenom, Prodigy, Titan, and Hero. Pictured here is the Prodigy, one of RIFE’s new bi-metal offerings. The Steel face and belly combined with an aluminum chassis provides an extraordinary amount of feedback upon contact. Perimeter weighting increases stability throughout impact, while the overall mass helps balance this mid-mallet upon take back. The Prodigy features RIFE’s patented Roll-Groove Technology Face. These precisely spaced grooves allow the putter to gently press into the cover of the ball and grip and lift it into an instant forward roll. Other companies are now trying to imitate this Patented Roll Groove Technology but the spacing of the grooves is the true key to the gripping and lifting effect of grooved face putter technology. Horizontal RollGrooveTM faced putters create the truest "no skid" roll in golf no matter where you hit the ball on the putter face. www.Rife-Golf.com.

➌ Polara Golf's Advantage Driver The new Advantage Driver goes FAR beyond the performance limits set forth by the USGA and is designed to be the Longest Driver in Golf! Its ultra-thin Beta-Titanium Face is lighter, stronger, and more resilient than standard Titanium drivers creating a “trampoline effect” that delivers explosive distance off the tee! Whether you’re a hard-hitting golfer looking for some extra yardage, a golfer looking to recapture the distance from years gone by, a golfer with a slower swing speed who’s craving an extra 30 yards, or a current user of the Polara Ultimate Straight or Ultimate Straight XS golf balls, this club is GUARANTEED to deliver more distance than any driver on the market. The 475cc oversized head has a larger, more forgiving sweet spot that delivers better accuracy and consistency on mishits and is available in 4 lofts (10.5, 12, HL1, HL3) and in 4 shaft flexes (Stiff, Regular, Light, Ladies) so you can find the one that best fits your game. Order online at www.PolaraGolf.com

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➍ Genostim GS-6 The Secret to a better golf game is right here in this bottle of Genostim GS-6. It’s the Most Powerful and Effective Human Anti-Aging Product In The World and will enhance your golf game by providing Razor Sharp Focus, Improved Strength, Quicker Recovery and Enhanced Endurance both on the course and in your everyday life. Genostim GS-6 is a new science in dietary supplements far beyond vitamins and minerals. This exclusive ALL NATURAL peptide product is designed for cellular Rejuvenation, Vitality and Longevity. Genostim GS-6 offers numerous supportive properties for both young and old. It is formulated to address the issues causing you to become less active and age poorly. LIVE YOUNG…FEEL YOUNG with Genostim GS-6. Order online at www.Genostim.com.

➎ Herbie's One Putt Wedge Created by longtime club designer and fitter Kit Mungo from an idea conceived by Herb Hyman, the founder of the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf franchise, Herbie’s One Putt Wedge is a short-game hybrid – a versatile blend of putter and wedge designed to automatically position your hands forward of the ball, promoting a pendulum stroke that is as simple as it is efficient. The skulled chip and bladed pitch become a thing of the past. The club’s ingenious design, which integrates the mass and weight associated with mallet putters along with the flange and sharp leading edge of the traditional sand wedge, allows you to effortlessly hit a variety of shots: from the fairway, the fringe, the deep rough, the not-so-deep rough and the sand. Herbie’s One Putt Wedge fully conforms to all USGA regulations, meaning it is acceptable for all levels of tournaments. Herbie’s One Putt Wedge retails for $139. It is available at http://shop.oneputtwedge.com for both men and women in both left- and righthand models.

➏ BioSteel Sports HPSD® BioSteel has proven to help athletes in almost every sport category. The BioSteel Sports HPSD® proprietary formula is designed to promote recovery between periods of intense exercise, providing faster recovery between shifts, holes, or sets. It also reduces muscle damage and decrease muscle soreness as well as enhances energy while decreasing muscular and mental fatigue – without the use of harmful stimulants. BioSteel and its expansion into golf is an integral part of the company’s overall strategy for growth and development. Their commitment to the sport can be seen on the PGA Tour where close to 40 PGA Tour Professionals are using the BioSteel high performance sports drink for energy and focus, including BioSteel Pro Staffers Hunter Mahan and Jordan Spieth. The BioSteel Sports Supplement was created by veteran and conditioning coach Matt Nichol, who along with a team of scientists formulated the safe, high caliber, BioSteel supplement to maximize training and performance of professional and Olympic athletes. The quick absorbing formula combines five key amino-acids, electrolytes, and essential carbs to provide energy, recovery, and peak performance for all types of sports, exercise, and training. For more information on BioSteel, please visit the company website www.biosteel.com. For news and updates, follow BioSteel on Twitter at @BioSteelSports #DrinkThePink and like them on Facebook at BioSteel Sports Supplements. Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1

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➌ Greg Wise "If You Could See You From Here" If you can’t laugh at your self... then others are certainly laughing at you! Greg Wise, has just released a creative comic book from the Golf Ball’s point of view. Some of the things golfers say... some of the gestures that they make... it’s all about the humor of golf. www.SeeYouFromHere.com

➍ Nike Golf's Spring 2013 TW Collection As the number one golf apparel company in the world, Nike Golf prides itself on innovation with the pinnacle of relentless innovation exemplified in the Tiger Woods Collection. Woods’ passion and competitive spirit fuels Nike to create the most innovative and athletic products in the sport. While the Tiger Woods Collection comprises the most innovative technology, there are bold patterns, bright colors and design detailing in every piece. The TW Trajectory Polo ($100) and the TW Graphic Polo ($90) were designed using Woods’ launch monitor numbers to create a repeated graphic of his launch angle subtly displayed on the polos.

➎ Toni Brattin Tan Secret Self-tanning innovator Toni Brattin makes it easy to add a touch of summer color to skin with the latest in her line of popular self-tanning products, Tan Secret Instant Tanning Foam - a chocolaty-colored mousse that is easily rubbed on and rinsed off in the shower to produce an even, odorless and mistake-proof head-to-toe tan in minutes. “You dampen your skin in the shower, apply the mousse, and rinse off. When you step out of the shower you’re tanned and feeling fresh, with no worry about streaking or missed spots, and with no need to wait before getting dressed,” said Brattin. It’s a culmination of more than 15 years of listening to customer feedback about the features they’d like to see in the ideal self-tanning product and using their wish list to formulate a revolutionary product, providing users with a brand new way to tan. It comes in two shades; one for those wanting a lighter tan and one for those wanting something a bit darker. Get your summer tan on by surfing over to www.tansecret. com and checking out the free trial offer details. The product includes complete instructions, free applicator gloves, and a special applicator wand for hard-to-reach areas.

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pro visions

Aces & Eagles Back9Network Names Carlos Silva as its President Back9Network, a lifestyle multiplatform media company, announced today that longtime digital and media executive Carlos Silva will join the network as its president. Silva will work alongside Back9Network CEO and founder James Bosworth and COO and founder Reid Gorman, bringing his more than 25 years of experience to the world’s first multiplatform lifestyle and entertainment golf destination.

Silva has advised Back9Network for the past two years through his position as partner and managing director at Park Lane, an investment banking firm that services the sports, media, and business industry. Silva will now serve in an official capacity overseeing the production, distribution and day-to-day operations of the Back9Network on a full-time basis, while remaining a partner at Park Lane. Silva holds a master’s degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, where he was a Big East champion tennis player. For further information, visit www.Back9Network.com.

The Concession Golf Club Announces New Head Professional Dan Terlescki The Concession Golf Club has announced the appointment of Dan Terlescki as the new Head Golf Professional. Terlescki was chosen after an extensive search, which included interviews with many highly qualified club pros from around the country. Terlescki’s most recent position

prior to joining The Concession Golf Club was that of PGA First Assistant at The Everglades Club in Palm Beach where he spent four years. In 2012, Terlescki received the South Florida PGA Assistant Professional of the Year award and in 2011 he was named Assistant Professional of the Year by the South Florida PGA Southeast Chapter. A graduate of Penn State University, Terlescki earned a B.S. in Recreation and Parks Management – Professional Golf Management with a Minor in Business.

The PARC Group Awarded Developer of the Year for Sixth Consecutive Year The PARC Group, Nocatee’s master developer, has been named Developer of the Year for the sixth straight year by the Northeast Florida Builders Association’s Sales and

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Marketing Council. The 2013 Laurel Awards, held February 22, recognized outstanding achievement in building, design and marketing in Northeast Florida’s development and home building industry. The PARC Group took home the top prize for a developer once again at the annual event for Nocatee, its master-planned community that continues to break records and reach new milestones.   To learn more about the Nocatee lifestyle, call 1-800-Nocatee or visit www.Nocatee.com.  

Florida Golf Central • Volume 14, Issue 1


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