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have to tell you, my loyal readership, I am so psyched to “swing-in” the

New Year! We closed out

Me and “Baby Lou” aka Bobby Reed

the year on an awesome high at the NFPGA Annual meeting, which included a gala with the guest of honor, the “King” himself, Mr. Arnold Palmer! There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as he was inducted into the NFPGA Hall of Fame. His

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he accepted his award for Professional of the Year, Wah... Wah. Congratulations, Jim and to all the wonderful PGA professionals who won awards this year. Of course I had to relinquish my crown as Amateur of the Year to Bill Gilkes but I can’t think of a more worthy recipient. Way to go, Bill. So what’s in store for us this year as we kick off our 12th year as Florida’s only golf magazine to survive this long? Well, we have so much to look forward to. Some of our local,

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“Florida Swing” of the PGA Tour is just around the corner and that means we will get to witness great golf on great tracks and I’ll get to show off the hot new golf attire that I find at the show. Maybe some Fairway and Greene? Speaking of green, “The Green Hornet,” stars the ever so adorable Cameron Diaz, who I was happy to learn, is addicted to golf. I heard this from listening to Morning Drive, my favorite new show on The Golf Channel. I predict in 2011 Cameron will call me for a game of golf, so if anyone knows

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the cutie patutie, put her agent on the line and I’ll hook a sista up! I can’t wait to see all my friends at the PGA Merchandise Show (aka Grope Fest) and the Ace Group Classic. Let’s all bring as many new golfers to the Flowin’ and Ebbin’ in 2011, I’m committed!

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THE PLAYERS offers new ticket program: “Chip in for Youth Sports” Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. – Tournament officials announced today a new ticket program, Chip in for Youth Sports, by which the event will allow area youth sports organizations and qualified middle and high school athletic programs to sell an “any day” ticket to THE PLAYERS and to keep $25 from every ticket sold. The remaining proceeds will be donated to The First Tee. Organizations from the five-county area (Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns) can sell these tickets between January 10 and April 3, 2011. The “good any day” grounds ticket will be sold for $40. Organizations can sign up to participate at the new Chip In website and fans can purchase tickets to support this program at www.chipinforyouthsports.playerschampionship.com. “THE PLAYERS Championship and its charities have long supported area youth sports,” said Executive Director Matt Rapp. “Our new Chip In for Youth Sports program will allow organizations across the five-county area to align themselves with one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world to assist in their fundraising. We look forward to supporting these youth sports organizations in every way possible and are excited to see how this new program benefits the area.” THE PLAYERS Championship generated a tournament-record $4.8 million for local charity in 2010, bringing the total in charitable giving to nearly $40 million since 1977, when THE PLAYERS moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. THE PLAYERS will also continue its youth policy for 2011, where children age 18 and younger are admitted free of charge with a ticketed adult. Any ticketed adult can bring multiple children age 18 and younger to the event. For example, a Little League coach could bring his entire team. THE PLAYERS military policy, which invites all active duty, reserve and retired members of the armed forces and their dependents to attend the event free of charge, will also continue in 2011. For tickets to THE PLAYERS, go to www.PGATOUR. COM/theplayers, or call 888-401-8000.

TaylorMade Golf Company to Give Away 20,000 Burner® 2.0 6-Irons in 2011 CARLSBAD, Calif.– Last year, TaylorMade Golf launched a unique and exciting product seeding initiative unlike any in the company’s history with the introduction of “Project Burner,” a campaign that put free Burner 6-irons in the hands of 20,000 eager consumers. Although a high amount of registrants were anticipated for the remarkably successful and groundbreaking project, few 8

would have predicted the incredible response from everyday golfers around the country. With that in mind, TaylorMade Golf is pleased to announce that the company has launched the second iteration of this unique seeding program, with the 2011 campaign set to give away 20,000 Burner 2.0 6-irons. The second-generation Burner 2.0 irons are individually engineered to deliver legendary Burner distance and more playability, while the refined vibration-management system promotes improved sound and feel. To register to receive one of 20,000 Burner 2.0 6-irons, consumers are encouraged to visit our new campaign microsite at http://www.taylormadegolf.com/burner and complete the sign-up form. For more information on the new Burner 2.0 irons and 6-iron seeding program, please visit the TaylorMade Golf website at http://www.taylormadegolf.com.

association is embodied by its gifted and engaged players, who to this day still embrace the same primary responsibility established by the LPGA’s Founders: To leave the Tour better than how they found it,” Whan said. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA. com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

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New Ideas… New Tournaments… and a Renewed Commitment to Partners DAYTONA BEACH, FL– The 2011 LPGA Tour season will feature new, ground-breaking ideas for tournaments; new events in the U.S., Taiwan and China; and a renewed commitment to its existing and long-term corporate partners through a unique qualifying format for its season finale and a season-long celebration of tournament title sponsors called the “Countdown to Titleholders.” The 2011 LPGA Tour schedule was unveiled during a TV appearance on Golf Channel by Commissioner Michael Whan followed by a conference call hosted by Whan and 2010 Rolex Player of the Year Yani Tseng. “Our 2011 schedule reflects the key strategic initiatives of the LPGA: Global – new events in the U.S. and abroad; Partnership – consistently increasing the value to our current business partners; and Responsibility – embracing the history of the LPGA and making a commitment to the future of the women’s game,” Whan said. All three of these elements will be showcased at the inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, a tournament designed to honor the LPGA’s pioneers, showcase the world’s greatest female athletes of the present and, most importantly, build a strong and robust future for women in the game of golf. “The heart and soul of the LPGA

Augusta, GA- Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, today announced the formation of the Masters Tournament Foundation, which is designed to annually invest in development programs for the game of golf worldwide. “The establishment of the Masters Tournament Foundation is central to fulfilling our responsibility of supporting the game’s continuous growth around the world,” Payne said. “This tradition, shaped by our Founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, is the cornerstone of the Foundation’s important commitment.” The Foundation now serves as the vehicle whereby the Masters will further support its golf development goals and reach a broader audience. Efforts already include the creation of the Junior Pass Program, televising the Par 3 Contest, advancement of digital technology offerings on Masters.com, the co-founding of the Asian Amateur Championship and sustained significant monetary contributions to The First Tee and major golf organizations around the world. To add to this list in 2011, Payne also announced that the Masters Tournament will be featured in EA Sports’ next iteration of its award-winning Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 golf game franchise. The Masters will be available in stores March 29. As a result, Payne said that 100 percent of the Augusta National’s proceeds will be contributed to the newly created Foundation. Florida Golf Central • Volume 11, Issue 4


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CMAA’s 84th World Conference –

By Jennifer Jolly

Bustling with Brilliance! S

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ince this is the issue of golf

students are challenged to look ahead

for the National Board. Voting

conferences (GIS, Golfest and the

and think about trends and innovation.

Curious what the “CCM” stands

PGA Show), I thought it might be nice

All student chapters are encouraged to

for?? Well, as a recent recipient of my

to spend a little time educating our

take this opportunity to showcase their

own CCM, I can tell you it stands for

readers on the CMAA World Conference

ideas, insight and vision. The winners,

“Certified Club Manager”. The CCM

on Club Management and The Club

in each of five categories, present their

designation has been the hallmark of

Business Expo. This year will mark the

concept during a 90-minute manager

professionalism in club management

CMAA’s 84th World Conference … what

education session on Saturday,

since 1965 and is the cornerstone of

an incredible tradition and history

February 26.

CMAA’s member recognition program.

of education, professionalism and

This year the conference will be held

It is a valuable and widely-respected

networking!

right here in Florida … from February

mark of a manager’s commitment

The World Conference fulfills CMAA’s

24 through February 28 the Orlando

to professional development and

mission to provide a variety of unique

World Center Marriott will be bustling

the club industry. Along with 200+

education opportunities that reflect the

with brilliance … there is an immense

credits in the nine core competencies

latest trends in the club industry. This

amount of knowledge and experience

of club management and a minimum

week-long series of education features

wandering the conference floors with

of five years of service to the

Pre-Conference Workshops, seminars,

nearly 5,000 club industry professionals

organization, attendance at one of

management clinics, round-table

from the United States, Canada, Mexico

the World Conferences is one of the

discussions, student programs and

and abroad attending the conference

requirements. Hope to see you at

keynote addresses by distinguished

each year … making it the association’s

the World Conference in Orlando …

speakers. CMAA members truly profit

most visible event!

and don’t forget to vote for Michael

from the variety of opportunities

The Florida Chapter of the CMAA

McCarthy.

available at the World Conference and

has the honor and privilege this year

the many hands-on topics that can be

of being Host Chapter. Our Chairmen

easily put into practice back at their

are FLCMAA Past Presidents Michael

clubs.

McCarthy, CCM and Michael Seabrook,

One such topic, a student program,

CCM. Both have served the Chapter

is one of my favorites … “The Club of

at the local and national level while

the Future.” Building on the success of

continuing to serve as extraordinary

last year’s inaugural presentation, “The

assets and mentors to those of us (like

Club of the Future” provides an award

me) who are working our way toward

program that gives student members

the heights they have already attained.

the opportunity to propose what they

Michael McCarthy, CCM, was voted

foresee the club industry looking like

“Club Management’s Club Executive of

five, 10 or 15 years from now. The

the Year” in 2010 and is now running

Jennifer Jolly is the Food & Beverage Director at Sawgrass Country Club in beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Jennifer graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree and has actively participated in the Club Managers Association of America’s Business Management Institute programs obtaining certifications in “Leadership Principles” and “General Manager as Chief Operating Officer.” She has further served the professional association as Regional Chair in both Communications and Technology as well as State Chair for Technology. For more information: www.sawgrwasscountryclub.com Florida Golf Central • Volume 11, Issue 4


-I was born and raised in Massachusetts, however over the past 2 years I have lived in Hoboken, NJ, Rogers, AR, and now currently in Naples for 2 months.

Is “acting your age” over rated?

-Absolutely. I think it’s very important to be professional in your daily life; however there is ALWAYS room for playful jokes, sayings, and humor.

High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? I primarily hung out with the jocks in high school. I played golf and was a lacrosse goalie for four years (I know what you’re thinking, and yes I am crazy enough to stand in front of a hard rubber ball moving 100mph with minimal padding).

What do you do for a living? I am an Operations Manager

for our Global Events Division. I am currently working on the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Florida!

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty? This is definitely a loaded question, so my answer is simple: MOM!

What’s your take on “cuddling”? I’m a “seasonal cuddler”: two thumbs up in the winter, two thumbs down in the summer.

Evan Harwood

golf bachelor

Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

Steak, chicken, or seafood? All of the above, preferable on the same plate with rice pilaf, vegetables, and a pint of good beer.

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? When someone launches

their ball 60 yards into the woods, needs a machete to get to it, and still for some reason spends 10 minutes looking for it.

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? My Dad, my brother, and my mom (who doesn’t even play but is always down for driving a cart and getting some sun).

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails?

Relaxed evening at home…and I would even cook!

going to be Bachelor of the Month…speaking of that, do yall have insurance to replace my damaged keyboard?

Last book you read?

-Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive by Harvey MacKay…good book to start the new year. 12

Photos by Zack Moye

Last time you spewed something through your nose from laughing so hard? When I got an email saying that I was

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cart girl

Aley Tallman

Where did you grow up? Wichita, Kansas.

What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch? Favorite sport to play is definitely volleyball. Favorite sport to watch is volleyball and/or basketball.

Do you enjoy playing golf? Are there any golfers in your family? I enjoy playing golf very much now that I am learning some technique. Majority of my family likes to play golf.

What do you feel makes this club special?

Hawk’s Landing is special because our staff works very hard to make sure the course and our guests are provided great service. It is a gorgeous, very well maintained, challenging course with great scenery!

What is your favorite part of being a cart girl? What is your least favorite part? My favorite part about being a

cart girl is interacting with the guests! My least favorite part is the chilly mornings.

What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the golf course? The funniest thing is when the guests discover I have an identical twin sister who works on the same property as our golf course.

What type of music do you prefer? Country and hip-hop.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Playing sports, traveling, shopping, and texting. :)

What is your idea of “the perfect date”?

“The perfect date” would be for the guy to make the entire date a surprise.

Favorite comedian? Chelsea Handler

Favorite type of movie? Comedy or action.

Favorite charity to support? Susan G. Komen

What else would you like for us to know about you?

2010 Graduate and Volleyball student athlete for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 14

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rom the moment you enter the gingerbread and hot apple cider infused lobby, you realize there’s going to be something extraordinary about your visit to the Ritz Carlton Lodge during the holiday season. There’s something about the Lodge’s atmosphere which stimulates your sense of smell and sight, and actually makes you want to sit in front of the huge fireplace and gingerbread house to share stories with all of the guests gathered in the immense lobby area. The dark wooden accents (materials not speech), along with the fragrance of

the real wood burning fireplace, make you feel right at home from the moment you enter the doorway. As with any Ritz Carlton experience; you feel immediately welcome and special based upon the incredible service from each and every staff member. We experienced the luxury and attention to detail at every turn (literally) within this great hotel, by spending our weekend on the Club Floor Level during our stay. When I say attention to detail, I honestly mean it. Upon checking in, I 18

helped myself to a cup of their delicious hot apple cider, and returned to my car to retrieve an article I left behind. We had already made our way down to the elevators, when I heard my name being called from the valet attendant; walking briskly after us with the cup of hot apple cider I left sitting on the top of my car (I never said I was the brightest bulb in the fixture). We thanked the attendant, and mentioned that he didn’t have to go to that much trouble, and without hesitation his response was “well of course I did”. I realized at that moment that I had arrived at a Ritz Carlton property once again! The walks on the shore of Lake Oconee by the Lodge were both inspiring and memory evoking, as you enjoy the smell of wood-burning fire pits, the fragrance of food wafting from the restaurants, and the sensational sunsets over the lake. There are numerous seating areas around the property, and where you find yourself wanting to relax and experience the view and ambiance from every angle. We had several fun filled experiences from this trip, many of them stemming from the staff and other hotel guests we met on the Club Floor Level dining room. The weather outdoors was particularly cool that weekend, so most of the guests including ourselves, decided to stay warm as we ate, drank, and played games in front of the Club Floor fireplace. The Executive Chef and the Pastry Chef visited our table one afternoon while we were dining, and shared interesting as well as informative conversation, regarding

their backgrounds and experiences at Reynolds Plantation, in addition to other Ritz Carlton properties where they have honed their skills previously. Once again; the staff members working in the Club Floor dining room were incredibly gracious and professional, and attended to our every need. We requested a board game to involve other guests as they arrived, and we were provided with Taboo. Now I’m not saying that any cheating was going on, but it seemed as though the well-used game cards may have been in the hands of the Club Floor staff quite frequently. I say this only because every time a staff member walked by during the game, they would just casually blurt the answer to questions that most of us would struggle with (remember I divulged my own mental limitations). In closing, the parameters of this article limit my ability to describe in adequate detail, the complete experience of visiting this property and meeting the wonderful people who work there. From the front desk personnel, to the bellmen, valet, chefs, dining room staff, and service personnel, this is one of the best experiences I can recall, and I advise everyone to visit, experience, and remember the Ritz Carlton, Reynolds Plantation as soon and as often as possible..

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Ashleigh Albrecht Earns Amateur Exemption

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shleigh Albrecht of Murrieta, Calif., earned the amateur exemption into the LPGA Futures

Tour’s season-opening tournament. Albrecht’s victory at the 56th annual Harder Hall Women’s Invitational won her a spot in the LPGA Futures Tour’s Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. That event will be held March 25-27, at

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Ashleigh Albrecht is with the Harder Hall tournament director, Carol Semple Thompson

Lake Region Yacht and Country Club

holes to win by one shot over Wake

Amateur Jessica Korda was the winner

in Winter Haven, Fla.

Forest University’s Cheyenne Woods.

of last year’s “Sally,” staged in nearby

A sophomore at the University of

Last year, the LPGA Futures Tour

Ormond Beach, Fla. Korda qualified for

Kentucky, Albrecht carded scores of

awarded its 2010 amateur exemption

the LPGA Tour last December at the

63-74-69-72 for a 10-under total of

to the Daytona Beach Invitational

LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.

278 at Harder Hall Country Club in

to the winner of the South Atlantic

For more information,

Sebring, Fla. She birdied the final two

Amateur, better known as “The Sally.”

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Chocolate and wine The two are entwined Beguiling and delighting Now then, pair them right And your valentine will be enticed.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It

can be done. Make this Valentine’s Day the most memorable ever! A date night, a nice dinner and then, how about enjoying a late evening with a nice dessert for just the two of you? A glass of wine for your valentine paired with an exquisite chocolate. Whether you are pairing a delicate white chocolate, a sweet milk chocolate or a lively dark chocolate with wine, here are a few pairing tips to keep in mind. To Successfully Pair Wines with Chocolate remember the following: #1: Know the person you are giving it to, i.e. what kind of wine and chocolate does your valentine like? #2: The wine should be at least as sweet, if not sweeter, than the chocolate you are serving it with. Otherwise, the pairing will not work. #3: Match lighter chocolates with lighter wines and stronger chocolates with more intense, full-bodied wines. #4: Let your wine guide do the pairing for you. Let Lake Mary cork&olive help you choose from a collection of wines. We will get the wine of your choice dipped in the right flavor of chocolate. This custom created one of a kind dessert will be a special treat for your valentine (next day pickup). It will also show that you went the extra mile. Wine Suggestions for Milk Chocolate: “Villa Rosa Mosacto D’ Asti” is a white sparkling wine, with aromas of a Bouquet of roses and taste like peach nectar. This wine will pair great with milk chocolate. “Sweet Baby” is another sweet red wine that tastes similar to the Moscato D’ Asti. “Casa De La Ermita” is yet another sweet desert wine that will be the perfect gift for your valentine. Lastly, consider a nice Port wine with your milk chocolates.

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Wine Suggestions for White Chocolate: White chocolate tends to be more sweet and buttery in flavor. Sweet bubbles, like “Castel Del Mago” is a great choice. Your goal is to elevate the creaminess of the chocolates, and accent the fruit tones on the senses. “Pearly Bay” is a sparkling wine from South Africa that will pair great with white chocolate. “Rutherglen Estate Muscat” is another great choice for chocolate pairing. You can also go for the contrast pairing approach, that can be exceptional and very satisfying. Consult with your Wine guide at Lake Mary cork&olive. We are always here to help you make the best choice. Wine Suggestions for Dark Chocolate: Dark or bittersweet chocolates need a wine that offers a roasted, slightly robust flavor itself, with perhaps a hint of its own chocolate notes. Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandels have a history of perfecting the dark chocolate match, resulting in an unparalleled tasting combination. A Cabernet Sauvignon like “Joel Gott”, “Mettler”, or “Layer Cake” from California is a good choice. The Washington Cabs like Revelry and 14 Hands are softer but great choices too. The California Zinfandels

like “Plunderhead”, “Seghesio” and “Rombauer” will more than fill your chocolate pairing expectations. Alternate choices: “Cocoa di Vine” a chocolate wine made with natural chocolate and “Trentadue Chocolate Amore” a chocolate port, are great choices for your chocolate lovers. At Lake Mary cork&olive we can create custom gift baskets with your selections. We can ship them for you all across the USA. Free local deliveries are also available. Website: CorkAndOliveOnline. com. Phone: 407.323.0555 Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Antoney Manipadam is a Certified Sommelier and Owner of Lake Mary cork&olive.

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PGA National Resort & Spa – As Good as it Gets for a Traveling Golfer

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ew destinations have a golf pedigree as storied as PGA Resort & Spa and its Champion Course. The legendary South Florida vacation spot’s vaunted resume includes hosting the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, and nearly two decades of the Senior PGA Championship. Currently, PGA National hosts The Honda Classic, one of the PGA TOUR’s premier events and the first stop on its famous “Florida Swing.” Recent tournament winners include elite TOUR players such as Camilo Villegas, Ernie Els, Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington. Harrington, the 2005 champion, says that outside the majors, The Champion at PGA National is “the best course we play on TOUR.” PGA National is also home to the trifecta of holes named “The Bear Trap” on The Champion – holes 15, 16 and 17 where designer Jack Nicklaus famously said, “It should be won or lost right here.” Why so hard? Water, water and more water. In the 2010 Honda Classic, winner Camilo Villegas played the three-hole stretch in even par over four rounds. The field tallied 352 over-par scores. Play them at your own risk. For those wanting the Full Monty of a real TOUR experience and trying to tame the mighty Bear Trap, PGA National offers its “PGA Honda Classic Experience” stay-and-play package year-round. In addition to staying in the resort hotel where the majority of the fields stays for the event, the TOUR experience begins with a photo-op on the first tee of The Champion. To enhance the challenge, PGA TOUR tournament green speeds are kept at kneebuckling, double-digit Stimpmeter readings along with Honda Classic hole

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flags. Garmin GPS provides pinpoint yardages and caddies are available wearing Augusta style jumpsuits. It’s as close to a PGA experience as one can get without going through Q-School. Additionally, PGA National boasts four other excellent layouts. The Palmer – an Arnold Palmer signature course with a subtle nod to the game’s Scottish roots. The Haig – designed by George and Tom Fazio with no forced carries over water hazards, thus offering a true resort-style play-

emy is home to the country’s best golf instruction. On-site programs from both the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, along with tour level custom club fitting from the PGA National Club Fitting Lab, are available. The whole locale is a one-stop golf heaven. After a round, indulge in one of more than 100 treatments offered by The Spa at PGA National, lounge in the magnificent zero-entry pool, or enjoy one of the nine on-site restaurants and lounges highlighted by the Ironwood Grille’s fresh seafood, juicy steaks and an array of fine wines even including selections from the vineyards of Greg Norman, Ernie Els and David Frost. The classy iBAR in the lobby is the perfect spot to recount your fortunes or misfortunes on The Champion’s Bear Trap or one of the other championship courses. If you’re a traveling golfer, PGA National Resort & Spa is just about as good as it gets. For more information on the PGA Honda Classic Experience, or to make reservations, visit www.pgaresort.com, or call (800) 533.9386.

ing experience. The Squire is a tough test of accuracy and precision, and dubbed, “the thinking man’s course.” The Estates is designed by Karl Litten and is a quick drive from the resort grounds. The Estates is flat-out excellent and regularly hosts the Monday Qualifier for the Honda Classic. For those who don’t yet play like a pro, the PGA National Golf AcadFlorida Golf Central • Volume 11, Issue 4


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golf fitness

Injury-Free Golf Into The Golden Years

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awn Lipori, M.S.P.T., Licensed Physical Therapist and founder of the Lipori Manual Physical Therapy Cen-

ter in Orlando, applies her principals of body mechanics to improve anyone’s golf swing in her new book Body 4 Golf: Getting Into the Swing available now at Body4Golf.com and Amazon.com. Body 4 Golf explains the synergy between the golf swing and the human body. Lipori explores how the body works and what it is capable of to help distinguish between the two main causes of a sub-optimal golf swing: flexibility problems (your body does not move that way) and technical issues (you need golf swing training or practice). “I love every aspect of what it takes to be a successful professional golfer,” says Lipori, who has a

Dawn Lipori, M.S.P.T

Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from

throughout your body,” said Lee Janzen,

the University of Miami,

two-time U.S. Open Champion. Janzen,

one of the top ranked PT

who is a client of Lipori, wrote the

schools in the nation. “I

forward to Body 4 Golf. “I have known

am incredibly enthusias-

Dawn Lipori for over 10 years. She has

tic about breaking down

shown me exercises that have been

the body’s role in the

helpful and I trust her knowledge of the

golf swing so all golfers

human body.”

can play injury-free for

As a Licensed Physical Therapist, Li-

as long as they wish.”

pori has been immersed in the profes-

Lipori has repeat-

sional golf world, working with more

edly observed where

than 100 professional golfers from

and why golfers’ bodies

every tour, including the PGA, LPGA,

break down and what

KLPGA, Korean PGA, Nationwide, Nike,

range of motion is

Futures, Hooters, Senior and European

needed for the swing

Tours, in addition to the nationally

they desire. In Body 4

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ranked Long Driver, and collegiate and

Golf: Getting Into the

“Even though we have a pretty good

junior players. Her clients go beyond

Swing, Dawn helps golfers learn and

idea which muscles are most impor-

golf and span the world of professional

understand the fundamentals to hit the

tant for golf, it’s not enough. Building

sports, including professional athletes

ball farther, have more accuracy, and

stronger golf muscles won’t help you if

from the NBA, MLB, professional foot-

play into their golden years.

you are lacking mobility and stability

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Golf Clubhouses by Design A Q&A with Tom Hoch, President, Tom Hoch

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here is nothing like golf. A typical round requires about 4½ hours. However, the actual golf experience can be a five-, six- or even seven-hour affair that involves not only

the great outdoors, but also the time spent “under roof,” in 19th holes, golf shops and locker rooms, all of which are integral parts of a clubhouse’s atmosphere, thus integral parts of the total golf experience. Tom Hoch, President of Tom Hoch, a leading designbuild firm based in Oklahoma City, has been working in the interior design business for more than 20 years. His personal passion for golf, combined with his profession, led him, and his firm, to plan, design and build memorable, timeless golf club interiors.

What are the advantages of clubhouse renovations over actual golf course renovations for a club and its golfers? We understand timing played a big part in your recent renovations at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club.

and attract new players, -- but doesn’t have the budget for a full golf course renovation – an interior renovation is a costeffective way to accomplish these goals.

still come enjoy the golf portion of the experience as though

Talk about how avoiding design trends and fads can be beneficial for Florida clubs, such as Amelia Island Plantation.

nothing has changed. Those courses open year-round can

One of the biggest mistakes a club can make is trying to

take advantage of shoulder seasons to complete wholesale or

create a trendy interior. Whether it is a private or public

spot renovations.

course, the clubhouse and 19th hole should be a reflection of

At Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, we fast-tracked our

the club’s character and membership.

work and completed renovations in just three months over

Trendy is often confused with contemporary, and stodgy

the summer, reducing the economic impact and minimizing

with traditional. It is important to understand that interior

disruption to golfers. By working during the summer

architectural elements can be traditional, but they can

months, and utilizing a concurrent design-build process, the

also be fashionable, especially when they are set off with

clubhouse interior at Falcon’s Fire was complete well before

contemporary artwork or accessories that are juxtaposed

the peak season began.

against a traditional design. That juxtaposition has a popular

For a club’s operator, it is much less expensive to remodel

place in design, and club owners and operators want focal

a clubhouse than it is a golf course. If a club is in search of a

pieces that reflect the traditions and history of the game.

way to restore its brand, retain members or daily fee golfers

Ideally, these pieces will also provide a sense of place tied to

One major advantage is clubhouse renovations do not mean a course closure or the rerouting of holes. Golfers can

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the area, or reflect a prevalent architectural motif. Amelia Island Plantation, just north of Jacksonville, is truly one of the most beautiful settings on the East Coast. Right now, Tom Hoch is working on the resort’s Long Point Golf Shop and The Ocean Club, the members only lounge. Because they’re located in such a special location, it is important that the facilities’ interiors convey the beauty and charm associated with Amelia Island Plantation, not the latest design trend sweeping the country.

Without question, the bar is the centerpiece of the 19th hole. What are some ways clubs can make their 19th hole a showstopper? And what are some other items or accessories that generally help make a 19th hole stand out? I think great food makes a great 19th hole. Views are important; also, great style and character is paramount. If you look at all the great pubs across the country and in Scotland, those places have great design style and character. So they tell a story and they’re rooted in the history of the story. This is particularly relevant in the Southeast and Florida,

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hole has to be inviting, warm and relaxing. It has to be a place you thoroughly enjoy visiting and hanging out. That’s what I stress to those clubs wavering on updating their 19th holes.

Is there a rule of thumb or a way you go about designing a 19th hole for a private club versus designing one at a public facility?

areas of the country rich in tradition and history. It is a point

Not really. For a private club the membership and committees

of emphasis for many of the clubs we work with out of our

design its 19th hole to be a cool hangout place, like it’s their

Charleston, South Carolina office. By replacing historic design

own local pub. And I would take that same concept to a daily

elements with trendy design, not only do clubs run the risk of

fee. Everyone is looking for a nice, casual place to hang out and

having it become outdated, but they are also stripping the club

tell a story. It is vital the ambience, design and character of the

of its history and identity.

place invite you to tell a story.

For a new upscale private club, it’s a no-brainer as to why they need a 19th hole. But for an older club, it makes perfect sense for them to refurbish or update theirs, yet they don’t. Why is that?

Tom Hoch is the President of Tom Hoch, a leading design-build firm based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with an East Coast office in Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1963 by his parents Tom (senior) and Joanne Hoch, Tom Hoch Design specializing in club, resort, hotel, restaurant and recreational spaces. Tom Hoch has revolutionized the category via its “revenue-based design” model, a space planning, sizing and mapping process for retail-driven spaces such as golf shops and food- and-beverage operations. For more information: www.tomhoch.com.

When I deal with clubs facing those difficult decisions, I always ask the members what they are thinking about when their spouse wants to have dinner at the club. Are they excited about it? Do they have reservations about going to dinner at the club? Because people are so into the casual lifestyle, the 19th Florida Golf Central • Volume 11, Issue 4

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Puddy Putts Patrick Warburton hosting his inaugural “Golf For Kids” Celebrity Tournament the weekend of March 4-6, 2011

An

avid golfer, Patrick can often be found teeing off at some of his favorite golf course in Los Angeles and refers to himself as having a “pretty serious golf habit.” Well known around the celebrity golf circuit, Patrick plays in such tournaments as The Callaway Golf Foundation Challenge and The Annual Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Patrick’s “Golf For Kids” Tournament will be held at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, CA.  Celebrities and pro-golfers alike will come together to support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where proceeds from the celebrity tournament will go directly to help it continue its mission.  Patrick is currently in the midst of filming the 5th season of CBS’s toprated Monday night comedy “Rules of Engagement’s” alongside costars Oliver Hudson and David Spade. He is known to many as the busiest voiceover artist in Hollywood for his many characters and lends his voice to the 9th season of Fox’s Emmy nominated “Family Guy” as the paraplegic and over-zealous cop, Joe Swanson.  He is also widely known for the character of  “Puddy” on the hit series “Seinfeld,” and has had successful runs on “News Radio,” “Dave’s World” and the live-action adaptation of comic-book cult classic “The Tick.” Facebook.com/warburtongolf.

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PGA Show Equipment Preview It’s

always fun for us to search out

slices and now it’s been made with the

the new products that will be

all the advancements of today’s tech-

on display at the PGA Merchandise

nology, including a SP-700 Titanium

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cup face design, reduced toe weight-

changer in the industry. The product

ing, a jumbo sized face and one-piece

we are most excited to see at the PGA

casting integrating the face and hosel

Show is a unique new driver design

with a forged body.

from Tiger Shark Golf and the mind of renowned golf inventor Jim Flood.

Flood, who has been called the Thomas Edison of modern golf, has

The PowerPod II

developed over

Driver is a super

50 golf-related

game improve-

products in

ment technology

the past 35

driver that features

years that have

a patent-pending

revolutionized

shape that promises

the game of golf

to be the world›s first true oversized slice proof driver. You heard us right; it’s SLICE PROOF! Its design is based

forever. In 1972, Flood developed and introduced the first graphite golf shaft and founded Aldila Inc.

on the same technology

In 1990, he founded Odyssey and in-

that Flood employed

vented the White Hot insert. With his

25 years ago with

latest creation, the PowerPod II, Flood

the original PowerPod driver, which

has designed what he is calling his

was a huge hit on the PGA Tour and

best invention yet. We’ll take a hard

sold over 100,000 drivers in 9 months.

look at the PowerPod II driver at the

It was a design ahead of its time that

show and report back our findings in

cured thousands upon thousands of

the February issue.

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thinking of golf

Golf Marketing In The New Millenium So

I am supposed to be this

States alone have home computers for

tweet, socialize, surf constantly and

marketing guru. The publisher

daily use. How do you reach a large

never actually talk to you in person.

says I am like some character

enough percentage of these people in

Today, PPC or Pay Per Click Cam-

on a TV show named Ari in “Entou-

order to sell them your crap or a golf

paigns are a necessary component of

rage”. Since I am older, why isn’t he

product of some kind?

an advertising and/or marketing pro-

like me? I was here first. WTF? The

Depending who you talk to, (un-

gram. Let’s say you have a golf course

fact is I have been around hospital-

less it’s me) there are many answers.

or golf resort in Central Florida. If you

ity, golf, hotel and resort marketing

Pay Per Click campaigns, Cost Per

want to own Florida Golf as a search

for over 35 years. #$%@ it seems like

Click campaigns, print ads, radio ads,

term it will cost on average $1.58 on

yesterday I just started. The reality

outdoor ads, Search engine marketing,

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social media, e-blasts, television com-

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of a year and a half, my entire career

mercials, direct mail, public relations

Orlando Golf Resorts - $2.24. All on

in the hospitality industry.

average. Some days more and

The highlights are: I was the

some days less. Do you have

youngest person to manage the

that size budget? Florida Golf

Florida Tourism Department in

has 165,000 average monthly

its history, Director of Market-

searches globally. At $260,700

ing for the PGA of America, VP

you could own Florida Golf for a

Marketing - Sandestin Golf &

month to reach 165,000 people.

Beach Resort and personally

Your kahoonas have now ex-

have directed marketing, ad-

panded!

vertising and public relations

What about Arizona which

programs for practically every

has a similar climate and golf

major golf resort in the State

audience? Arizona Golf aver-

of Florida. And finally, (before

ages $2.22 a click. Scottsdale

they could do it posthumously)

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Should you be reading what

on average has 60,500 searches

I talk about? Absolutely. Why

monthly at $2.22 a click totaling

not? I have certainly learned

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$134,310 to reach 60,500 people.

what not to do in 35 of marketing

programs, mobile marketing, banner

If you were listening to me, you

goods and services. If you don’t, you

advertising, your wife’s gossip group

will create multiple messages for the

are a shmuck.

and so on. The answer is yes to every-

golfer by using multiple mediums for

The internet; supposedly created by

thing based on your budget, what your

on average less money. Let’s consider

Presidential Candidate Al Gore (I still

goals are against that budget and how

reaching 50,000 golfers multiple times

don’t believe he said that! No wonder

big your kahoonas are!

for under $1500 with a full page print

he lost his own home state) goes all

Baby Boomers (1947-66) and a

ad for $.03 each instead of $1.58+ each

the way back to 1958 and the US Gov-

funeral director’s primary target audi-

on a PPC campaign.

ernment.

ence, Generation X (1967-1981), Y or

Keep reading my articles every oth-

Forward to the last 15 years and

the Millennials (1982-1995) all react

er month and by the end of the year, I

you have an informational infrastruc-

differently to messages. Baby Boom-

promise you will have more marketing

ture that is utilized daily by billions

ers still read (until the cataracts take

savvy than you do now. Maybe you

of people throughout the world. Over

over), Generation X reads and surfs

will even make your numbers and get

200,000,000 people in the United

the Internet while the Millennials text,

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live golf

Three Gems on the Emerald Coast It’s

not often that I write just about particular golf courses, usually I’m telling you about how turf maintenance is conducted and how and why. But in this edition of Live Golf I’d like to talk about three gems I discovered up on Florida’s northwest Emerald Coast which runs from roughly Panama City to Pensacola. The three courses were developed by the St. Joe Company, and are managed by Troon Golf. The three courses are: Camp Creek G.C. designed by Tom Fazio; Shark’s Tooth by Greg Norman and The Origins by Davis Love III. One thing they all have in common besides their excellent conditioning by Larry Livingston, CGCS and his team are that they are all certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP). Another feature common to all of them is that they are not crowded by residential areas. They wind through the ample woodland forests of the panhandle, although each is easily

accessible right off U.S. 98 in Lake Powell and WaterSound, FL. There’s nothing like playing a round of golf in the woods and enjoying the outdoors while in search of par. Camp Creek and Shark’s Tooth are excellent, challenging layouts but infinitely playable as long as you tee it up from the markers that actually fit your handicap. Play from the tips at your own peril. Then there’s the grand scenery and abundant wildlife wading, swimming and roaming about. Shark’s Tooth is located along the shores of Lake Powell which I learned is classified as a “coastal dune lake”. These are essentially just coastal estuaries that have been cut off from the Gulf of Mexico by the shifting sand bars across the mouth of the lagoons. Every so often powerful storms breach the barriers and the lagoons (lakes) are filled with salt water to mix with the fresh water flowing from wetlands and creeks. There are almost 20 of these dune lakes along the Emerald Coast.

Of course along the beach itself you will find those famous white sand beaches and a little more development with the Water Color community, condos and other hotel accommodations if you ever decide to get away from the hustle and bustle of peninsular Florida. If you do travel Florida’s Northwest Territory keep in mind the peak season is spring and summer. Fall is the best time to go, but mild winter days are great too. The crowds thin out after summer and there’s easy access to everything. There are several beach front restaurant/bars in the area that offer super sunsets while dining. The Origins course is a great family golfing venue for the more relaxed golfer. It is a unique layout consisting of 6 regulation holes and 10 Par-3 holes. Some greens are double greens sharing pins for both the Heritage and DLIII courses. It’s harder to explain in words, but it’s self-evident when you tee it up. A fun, real golf experience for a quick nine holes especially those not ready to tackle the big monster courses just yet.

Nesting box behind the 1st green on the Camp Creek Golf Course.

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The Par 4, 6th hole at Shark’s Tooth borders Lake Powell one of the Emerald Coast’s many coastal dune lakes. The best time to golf on the Emerald Coast is in the fall after the spring and summer crush of visitors.

The unique and original layout of The Origins G.C. includes 6-regulation holes and 10-Par 3 holes. Several holes have double greens sharing pin locations for the Par-3 Davis Love Course and the regulation Heritage Course.

The South Florida GCSA raised $22,500 for the National Foundation of Missing & Exploited Children at their Annual M&E Tournament held at The Carolina Club in Margate. Statewide, tournaments like this raise over $312 million for Florida charities. Florida Golf Central • Volume 11, Issue 4

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The Concession Golf Club Come enjoy a slice of paradise

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iving in the “Sunshine State” golfers have the opportunity to play some of the finest private clubs in the country like Seminole, Jupiter Hills and Black Diamond. Quickly rising into that elite group is a relative newcomer, The Concession Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course designed in association with Tony Jacklin. The Concession was conceived in commemoration of the 1969 Ryder Cup singles match between the two where Nicklaus conceded a putt to Jacklin. That gesture, known as “the conces38

sion,” rendered the two teams in a 17-17 tie. The United States retained the Ryder Cup having won it in 1967. That moment marked the beginning of a lasting friendship between the two men and inspired one of America’s great golf clubs. The Concession, which holds one of the highest Course and Slope Ratings by the USGA in the United States, offers every amenity associated with the world’s most privileged golf clubs. The Concession features an 18-hole par-72 golf course set on 520 acres of ruggedly pristine land dot-

ted with massive oaks and majestic pines. Complementing the 7,470-yard championship golf course is one of the country’s largest private practice areas recognized by Golf Digest as one of the “75 Best Practice Areas in the United States.” The vast 23-acre practice facility features a dual-ended driving range, which includes an elevated tee area, a 10,000-square-foot flat and undulating putting green and a 14,000-square-foot flat and undulating chipping green. Both the putting and chipping greens (See story Page 40)

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The Concession Golf Club A testament to unwavering quality 2006 Golf Digest Best New Private Golf Course (#1) 2007/2008 Golf Digest Best in State - Florida (#5) 2008 Golfweek Best Modern Courses (#45) 2009 GOLF Magazine Top 100 Courses in the U.S. (#88) 2009 Golf Digest 75 Best Practice Areas (#69) 2011 Golfweek Best Residential Courses (#18)

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feature The exquisite 33,000-square-foot clubhouse with Ryder Cup memorabilia, golf shop, formal and casual dining, private dining rooms, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and card rooms.

The beautiful setting at The Concession is a perfect backdrop for special functions such as weddings, private functions and business events.

The 7,000-square-foot men’s locker room features a full bar and flat screen TVs.

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Sr., owner of The Concession Golf Club. “I’m extremely confident that we can increase our membership to 300 over the offer several bunkers, giving members the opportunity to next few years.” recreate every shot on the golf course. Cassidy’s confidence is paying off as membership was up The golf course is meticulously maintained. It features a over 20 percent in 2010 despite a vicious economy. subterranean climate control wireless computer system that Members and guests enjoy The Concession because it is manages irrigation, drainage and pH built around the same spirit of compebalance beneath all the greens. It is “The staff, the meals, the clubhouse and tition and camaraderie associated with one of only a few courses with Adthe Ryder Cup. Recently The Concesthe accommodations in the Nicklaus Manor vanced Aer sensor technology. sion hosted several interclub tournahomes all were among the finest we have ments against teams from the U.S. It also features an elegant and ever experienced ...” stately 33,000-square-foot Pallaand Great Britain. The teams played a Joe Sosnowski modified Ryder Cup format competing dian-style clubhouse with Ryder Cup Blue Bell Country Club in alternate shot, better ball and match memorabilia, golf shop, formal and casual dining, private dining rooms, play. men’s and women’s locker rooms and “Not only the golf course, but card rooms. everything else about the event was first class,” said Blue Bell The Concession offers a variety of membership plans Country Club captain Joe Sosnowski, who was part of five including corporate and international. Membership at this preteams from the Philadelphia area that competed in the intermier, private club is limited to 300. club matches. “The staff, the meals, the clubhouse and the ac“A lot of people who visit the course tell me it’s the best commodations in the Nicklaus Manor homes all were among course they’ve ever played, and these individuals have played the finest we have ever experienced, and many in this group their share of courses around the world,” said Bruce Cassidy, have been traveling the world for 15 years playing in high-level 40

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Weddings & Special Functions If you’re planning a wedding, private function or business event and looking for a unique destination venue, The Concession and the Sarasota area provide the perfect unforgettable setting. For more information, call 941322-1922.

Jonathan Yarwood Golf Academy

Hole #8 sets up for one of many risk-reward choices that will test every club in your bag. competitions. This will certainly be one of the most memorable.” Another tournament was against Stoke Park Country Club and Resort from Buckinghamshire, Great Britain. Stoke Park is one of London’s premier clubs and has been featured in two James Bond movies, “Goldfinger” and “Tomorrow Never Dies,” as well as the hit film “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” Stoke Park is also home to the Jonathan Yarwood Golf Academy in the United Kingdom. Yarwood, a former instructor at the Leadbetter Academy for nine years, has on multiple occasions been named one of Golf Digest’s “Top 20 Teachers Under 40 Years Old.” Yarwood’s U.S. academy is a state-of-the-art teaching facility located at The Concession. Concession Member Ray Bromark, who also participated in the interclub tournament, added, “The events played at The Concession reinforced a number of things, including the fact that golf is a ‘gentleman’s game’ enjoyed by nice people all over the world. The friendly Florida Golf Central • Volume 11, Issue 4

competition made me proud of our opponents, members of The Concession team and The Concession itself. I can now better understand why events like the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup are so popular.” Golfers know that a championship golf course is the key component to any great golf facility, but a cornerstone of premier clubs is the dining experience. At the award-winning Concession Golf Club, the Jack Nicklaus Signature design is matched by the world-class cuisine of Bistro at The Concession, which features food by Sean Murphy, owner of Anna Maria Island’s Beach Bistro, which boasts Zagat’s highest rating for food and service in the state. Not only is the food exquisite, but if you’re planning a wedding and looking for a unique destination venue, The Concession and the Sarasota area provide the perfect unforgettable setting. For more information about The Concession, call 941-322-1922 or visit them online at www.theconcession.com.

The Jonathan Yarwood Golf Academy is a state-ofthe-art teaching facility that offers members and guests on-site golf lessons – including video swing analysis sessions. Yarwood, a former instructor at the Leadbetter Academy for 9 years, has on multiple occasions been named one of Golf Digest’s “Top 20 Teachers Under 40 Years Old.”

Bistro at The Concession Members and their guests can experience fine dining that features the world’s best Nova Scotia Smoked Salmon along with Southern Comfort BBQ Shrimp, Gulf Coast Bouillabaisse and Honolulu Butterfish, as well as a connoisseur’s choice of exquisite wines sure to complement every person’s palate. 41


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By Stephen Trendler

Brent Martineau, Assistant Sports Director at Action News, CBS47/FOX30

Brent Martineau

Helping First Coast golf and charity with “The Dream 18”

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ith the regional golf economy being squeezed by the recession, Brent Martineau, Assistant Sports

Director at Fox30/CBS47 Action News of Jacksonville, brainstormed with friends

Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller and Fred Funk play #18 at St. Johns Golf and CC

and fellow Action News co-workers to

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develop an on-going weekly series to

segment, and an “America’s Guest”

Johns County and Jacksonville and for

help boost First Coast golf. This project

which has included Jim Furyk, Fred

Dreams Come True. Arnold Palmer and

wasn’t a job assignment but an effort

Funk, Jaguars players, Artis Gilmore

Davis Love III joined the ranks of the

to help his community through his

and Sam Jones of the NBA, gold medal-

Dream 18 project by providing intro-

TV presence. The Dream 18 was thus

ist Shannon Miller and Jaguars mascot

ductions to some of the Dream 18 holes

born in 2008 to showcase and televise

Jaxson de Ville. A winner of the Edward

along with autographs for the framed

some of the best 18 holes on the First

R. Murrow award for sports reporting

flags to be auctioned.

Coast golf region. One hole per week is

and the New York State Broadcasters

The plan in 2011 is to add area media

featured using major sports and local

Award for best sportscast, Brent utilizes

members and kids from the First Tee

personalities in each segment to play

his stellar reporting expertise to weave

Program to the foursome playing the

a hole.

a tremendous on going story through-

holes. Brent’s goal is to feature par 3’s

Brent solicited the help of Jack

out the series about the high quality of

this time around and build the charity

Aschenbach,of the North Florida PGA

First Coast golf.

facet of the project. You can watch the

Chapter, PGA Professional Len Mat-

The 2010 series was nothing short of

2010 Action Sports Dream 18 at www.

tiace and golf analyst Mark Spencer to

a smashing success and a 2011 series

actionnewsjax.com and see the 2011

help select the best holes to use in the

has been scheduled to start in April.

version on Action Sports 360 Saturday

series, and to contact golf clubs to get

Not stopping there, golf flags were

and Sunday’s at 10:30pm on FOX30.

permission to use their property for the

purchased to be autographed by those

Brent hopes this project helps cre-

Dream 18 episodes.

personalities playing in the Dream 18

ate dreams for those in need with his

Each episode includes an Action News

segments. They will be auctioned off

charity work while helping the cause of

member, the pro of the course in the

to raise money for The First Tee of St.

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By Mike Jamison

Timaucan Partners Takes Over N

ew ownership, new management and a new vision have produced lots of smiles the past few weeks at Timacuan Golf Club in Lake Mary. The popular Ron Garl-designed golf course was purchased by Timacuan Partners in November from Kitson & Partners. David R. Moore was hired as Director of Golf Operations just after the turn of the year. Moore had served as head golf professional at Timacuan after the course opened in 1988, but moved on a few years later. Now he is back to lead an effort geared toward building the membership at the semi-private club. “The new ownership has great new plans for Timacuan,” said Moore, most recently the head golf professional at Heathrow Country Club prior to returning to Timacuan. “But my focus immediately is membership. Our plans are to bring more value to the current membership structure, and to enhance benefits so we can attract new members.” First order of business is the introduction of the new trial membership program called the Silver Membership at Timacuan. The initiation fee is $1,000 ($500 due at signing, $500 due Jan. 12, 2012), and monthly dues through Dec. 31, 2011 are $130 for single and $145 for family. This trial membership ends on Dec. 31, 2011. At that time, all silver trial members will have the option of signing up as a full golf member on January 1, 2012 or decide not to continue and will forfeit their $500 initiation fee (if interested, call 407-3210010, ext. 2, and ask for David Moore). The new ownership realizes that taking Timacuan com-

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pletely private is a pipe dream. Private clubs are becoming more rare each year in every geographic region of the country. But they would like to see a large increase in membership numbers over the next few years, and plan to add more private-club-type benefits as those numbers continue to rise. One such benefit will begin Feb. 1, when the golf course will be going private, members only, until 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. That private time could expand as membership numbers continue to climb. The focus on memberships, however, doesn’t mean the semi-private club is

turning away outside play. “We are very much open to the public,” said Moore. “From the beginning Timacuan has been a favorite among local golfers as well as golfers who vacation in Central Florida in the winter. That won’t change. In fact, as we complete certain enhancements to the course and the operation overall, we should see the course grow in popularity.” The golf course is one of the most interesting in Central Florida. The front nine serves up a Scottish-like feel, with large mounds, rolling fairways, big greens and lots of bunkering. The back nine has a Carolinas feel, where tall pines, stately oaks and several water hazards affect the play and the views. The signature hole is No. 2, named the toughest hole in the region by Orlando Magazine. The tee shot must carry water to an island fairway. The second shot also flies over a hazard to a sloping green. Along with an exciting and challenging golf course, Timacuan also features an outstanding clubhouse catering to weddings, corporate outings and charity golf events. It is one of the largest and nicest in Central Florida, and that business will also remain a focus of the new ownership. It appears the light is starting to peak through the dark cloud that has hovered over our economy for three years now. And with that in mind, the timing is right for clubs like Timacuan that cater to the public as well as members. For those interested in the trial Silver Membership, or for more information, call 407-321-0010, ext. 2, or visit www.golftimacuan.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 11, Issue 4


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what's new

Miura Golf Special-Edition “Series 1957” J

apanese golf-club manufacturer Miura Golf-which has been making the world’s highest-quality forged irons for 44 years-has permanently added the Yoshitaka Grind wedges and C-Grind wedges as part of its Series 1957 special-edition product line after an overwhelmingly positive response to the soft launch of the wedges last year. The two new wedge models join four iron models in the Series 1957 by Miura line. Both new mild-steel wedge models undergo the same Precision Forging Finish process that makes Miura’s irons so consistent in terms of impact and feel. The Yoshitaka-also known as YGrind-wedges are now available in lofts of 49, 51 and 53 degrees, and a 60-degree model will eventually be offered. The wedges, available in right-hand only, feature a W nickel (satin) chrome/ black finish, and come with a stiff-flex steel shaft and Velvet Full Cord grip. “The Y- and C-Grind wedges not only feature the latest technology that will help every golfer improve his or her game, but the wedges with the Miura Satin finish play as good as they look,” says Bill Holowaty, VP of Operations for Miura Golf in North America. “Yoshitaka Miura’s craftsmanship and research have resulted in unique

C-Grind

after more than 20 years of training under his father and company founder, Katsuhiro Miura, at the family forging facility in Himeji, Japan. The “Y” on the wedge’s sole not only represents Yoshitaka’s mark on the club, but also signifies the special and limited production of this wedge. “The new Miura wedges are designed for players seeking the very best,” says Katsuhiro Miura, who researched the Series 1957 Y-Grind wedges by traveling to North America and Europe with his sons, Yoshitaka and Shinei, to study a variety of playing conditions and turf structures. The Y-Grind and C-Grind wedges possess the feel,

Yoshitaka Grind

playability features that make these wedges the perfect scoring clubs.” Indeed, the special grind on the YGrind wedges was created by Yoshitaka Miura, himself a master craftsman 48

feedback and workability of a forged blade. Miura’s unique forging techniques rearrange the molecular structure of the mild steel in a uniform pattern throughout the club’s hitting area. This tightness in the metal’s grain structure gives Miura-made clubs the controlled, soft feel other manufacturers cannot achieve. Miura also uses a proprietary

“spin-welding” process to produce the industry’s most consistent hosel. This unique procedure ensures the bore depths and hosel heights are identical on every Miuramade head and every club’s shaft will be perfectly centered. For the C-Grind wedge, the Miuras’ goal was to create a wedge with a more aggressive heel-and-toe relief that complements Miura’s other wedges, as well as a wedge that many golfers seek without compromising the basic fundamentals of a high-performance club. The challenge was to find the perfect balance between the relief and the rolled trailing edge on the sole, which Yoshitaka has done. When this “special grind” is combined with Miura clubs’ unique density of grain structure, balance and feel, plus the leading and trailing edge versatility golfers need, the result is a wedge that is eminently playable in a broad range of conditions. The C-Grind wedges are now available in lofts of 55, 57 and 59 degrees in right-hand only. They feature a W nickel (satin) chrome finish, and come with a stiff-flex steel shaft and Velvet Full Cord grip. “We’re very excited about the addition of the Y- and C-Grind wedges to the Series 1957 line,” Holowaty says. “The ‘hand-made’ aspect, the feel and precision of these clubs….no matter how similar they look, is unique as the grind for each club is done by hand.” Miura Golf’s corporate office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia and Miura Golf clubs are sold at the finest custom-fitting shops in North America. The Miura brand is marketed exclusively by Miura Golf Inc., in the United States and North America. More information on Miura products can be found at www.miuragolf.com. Florida Golf Central • Volume 11, Issue 4


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ooray for Hollywood! Hollywood, Florida that is- the home of the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa with two magnificent lodging facilities to choose from- either a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean or the tranquil and beautifully landscaped Italianvilla style golf club. There are 952 guestrooms and 106 suites along with more than 220,000 square feet of meeting and convention space available. The premier hotel was adorned with holiday decorations on my December stay which gave the glorious lobby area an even more warm and festive feel. While the rest of the country was dealing with snow storms, and even parts of Florida were knocking the icicles off their plants, I was enjoying this tropical paradise. The Westin Diplomat is located on highway A1A about 10 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale airport to the north and 30 from Miami International to the southwest. As the sun set I had the opportunity to visit the Concierge Level located on the 34th floor with stunning views of the ocean to the east, and Gulfstream Park Race Track and the Westin Dip-

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lomat Golf Club just to the west. The hosts can fix your favorite beverage while you enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres in the early evening. Make sure you request entry to the Concierge when making your reservation. My room just one floor below on the Executive Level was well appointed with the Heavenly Bed and a bath complete with large soaking tub, separate shower, the exclusive Westin White Tea toiletries to sooth the soul and replenish your spirit, and in room Starbucks Coffee to brighten the morning. Activities abound at the Resort. On the beach there are numerous water

sports to enjoy or just kick back in one of the private cabanas. Oceanside, you will find an outdoor bridged pool with infinity edge and cascading waterfalls into a 240 foot lagoon plus complete service from Splash Bar & Grill. Westin Kids Club can keep the young ones busy while you choose from the Westin WORKOUT powered by Reebok fitness center, tennis on 10 clay courts which are available for night play as well, and the world class Spa at The Westin Diplomat. There are two marinas offering dockage, charters and sport fishing on the property. Golf at the Resort is just a courtesy ride across the Intracoastal Waterway to the Club. Nestled among 300 coconut and royal palms and 50-year-old gigantic shady banyan trees, the layout stretches to 6800 yards with lush fairways, 8 acres of lakes and enough bunkers to make it a formidable par 72. The golf club has been around for than half a century and famed golf architect Joe Lee redesigned it 10 years ago to its current challenge. Luckily all the golf cars have ProLink GPS which helps pinpointing the hazards. Troon Golf manages the facility

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and has ample practice areas, a well appointed pro shop and player assistants who take great care to make sure your Westin Diplomat golf experience is the best. Dining options at the Westin Diplomat are many. The Golf Club has the informal atmosphere of the Links Restaurant and Lounge with indoor and veranda seating overlooking the beautifully maintained golf course. Back at Oceanfront there is Café’ which has a la carte and buffet breakfast and lunch menus, Common Grounds serving fresh pastries, sandwiches and Starbucks coffee, and the gathering spot in the lobby, BarSu, serving its uniquely infused Saki Martinis and full sushi bar. For fine steak and seafood dining there is the fabulous Hollywood Prime. Across AIA using the elevated walkway to the Diplomat Landing, are two more eateries. Rivals Waterfront Sports Grill on the intracoastal and a great place to enjoy your favorite televised sports along with great food. The distinctive menu of Aizia, a Pan-Asian contemporary delight across from Rivals, incorporates the elements of fire, smoke and water into the

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unique delectable offerings of Chef de Cuisine Mauricio Gutierrez. I had the opportunity to taste the Lava Seafood that is presented ablaze with curried shrimp, scallops and calamari and the Smoky Szechuan Seared Scallops served under a glass cover of smoke. Next a sampling of Nigiri, Sashimi and Sushi with deliciously prepared eel and tataki complementing the platter were

the piece de resistance. My wonderful server for the evening, Tessa, made sure I knew what I tasted and her suggestions regarding appetizers, soup du jour and my entrée were right on. When you check in to the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, you will surely check out better. To make reservations or find out more go to Westin.com/Diplomat.

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SFPGA Professional Martin Hall Earns Golf Channel Instruction Show

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ongratulations to South Florida PGA Profes-

sional Martin Hall, who

SFPGA Professional Martin Hall at the 2003 SFPGA Teaching Summit

Myths Exposed” and “What Tour Pros Know and You Don’t.” He’s appeared many times on the

will host a new weekly

Golf Channel Academy Live and

instructional series on the

continues to be a regular guest

Golf Channel. Martin was

on PGA Tour Radio with Peter

chosen as the winner of

Kessler.

the Golf Channel’s search

“The Golf Channel couldn’t

for a new instructional

have chosen a better fit for an

host, the last of three final-

excellent instructor for their

ists.

new show “School of Golf”.

The weekly, 30 minute

Martin Hall is a great teacher

show is called “School of

and continues to support the

Golf” and begins January

South Florida Section and

25, 2011. Martin will draw

the game of golf with his

from his over 30 years

presented at the British PGA National

of teaching experience to pass on his

Teaching Summit in 2006 and the

Congratulations to Martin and we look

knowledge and humor to viewers.

European Teaching Summit in 2009.

forward to seeing the show,” said Geoff

Martin currently serves as the

This SFPGA Professional is no

Lofstead, Executive Director of the

director of instruction at Ibis Golf &

stranger to awards, either. He was

South Florida Section.

Country Club in West Palm Beach,

named the Teacher of the Year for the

Originally from England, Martin

Florida. He was the PGA of America’s

South Florida Section in 2003, and

played the European Tour from 1976-78

Teacher of the Year in 2008, and is

Teacher of the Year for the Southeast

and began teaching following his tour

ranked number 10 in Golf Digest’s

Chapter in 2002. He’s been listed in Golf

career. At age 25, Martin left England

annual rankings of golf’s top ten

Magazine Top 100 since 1996, and Golf

and landed a job at St. Andrews in Boca

teachers.

Digest Top 50 since 2000.

Raton, the beginning of his career with

Martin’s been a frequent presenter

Martin has published over 100 print

the South Florida Section. Martin looks

at the SFPGA Teaching Symposium

instruction articles, collaborated on 5

forward to hosting the new show on

as well as a speaker for the 2002 and

books and written 2 books of his own

the Golf Channel beginning January

2006 National Coaching Summit. He

with the PGA Tour Partners Club, “Golf

25th, be sure to tune in!

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By Steve Morris

all the PGA Members and how they can impact the future of the game. He made it clear that it’s up to the PGA and its members to grow and maintain the greatest game ever! There were also some tears in his graciousness. He was truly humble. He was just “one of the boys” who loved golf. He made it clear that the traditions of the game must be passed on and the most important thing in golf and life is to be a gentleman. Be yourself, be honest and always respect other’s feelings. Master of Ceremonies Kraig Kann, Mr. Palmer, and North Florida Section President John Reger

The King was Crowned T

Mr. Palmer graciously posed for many photos with his peers and their families, again showing them that he cares. He sat and listened to many stories about how he

he North Florida PGA concluded

Orlando.

influenced fellow award winners and

one its best years with the best,

Arnold’s father Deacon was a PGA

inductees. He laughed, he reflected

Mr. Arnold Palmer’s induction into

Member who not only molded Arnie

and gave some the famous “thumbs

their Hall of Fame at their annual

into a champion golfer, but always

up” as they shared their best

meeting and awards gala at Bay Hill

had time to serve and help his

memories about him. As the awards

Club and Lodge this past Monday.

members and customers with their

gala came to end, Mr. Palmer was

Surely, it’s obvious that Mr. Palmer

golf games. Deacon made sure their

still gracious and took the time to

deserves such accolades for his

time spent around the club was

be thankful before he headed home.

legendary playing record, but most

enjoyable and fun. It only seemed

Mr. Palmer. Truly a legend, but more

importantly, the North Florida

fitting the Mr. Palmer be inducted

importantly, truly a gentleman.

PGA also wanted to recognize his

by his fellow PGA Members of the

The North Florida PGA Hall

contributions to the community

North Florida Section.

of Fame also inducted Mr. Dick

and game of golf. Although a legend

Mr. Palmer’s moving acceptance

Medford, Mr. Mark Scallen and Mr.

in golf, he has touched and saved

speech was from the heart and

Tony Austin. Their contributions

many lives not involved in the game

captivated the audience. There was

to the game of golf and the North

with the Arnold Palmer and Winnie

laughter in sharing some stories

Florida PGA have made a difference.

Palmer Children’s Hospitals in

along with passion and advice to

Truly legends and mentors as well.

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fore your health

Ed Brockhausen

Workouts at the Gym Keeps 102 Year Old Fit, Trim and Vigorous

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sk 102 year old Del Webb Southshore Falls resident Ed Brockhausen his secret to long life and he has a ready-made answer. But you have to hurry to catch him. Three days a week, Brockhausen is busy working out at the Southshore Falls gym in its Wellspring Club, a popular facility in the Del Webb community located in Apollo Beach. “I’ve always exercised,” Brockhausen said. “have always grown my own vegetables, and I strictly limit my use of drugs, especially antibiotics. I grew up with germs, and the body builds its own resistence to them,” he said. Brockhausen retired 37 years ago at age 65. The mechanical engineer began his career with Western Electric in New Jersey and transferred to WinstonSalem , North Carolina in the 1940s. There, the Brockhausens raised two

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children. The home in Winston-Salem – a two acre site cultivated with more than 2,000 flowering azaleas – was sold just before moving down to Del Webb Southshore Falls four years ago. “I’ve always been an advocate of exercise,” Brockhausen said. “When the kids were young we had a small gym in the basement.” “I especially enjoy the gym here at Del Webb Southshore Falls,” he said. Residents of Southshore call the spry centenarian “Ed.” Brockhausen’s daughter Sandy is also retired and a resident at Del Webb Southshore Falls.  Her brother lives and

works in Texas. Daughter Sandy often serves as Brockhausen’s interpreter — “His hearing isn’t what it used to be,” she explained. “Dad plays chess once a week with a young guy who’s around ninety, and he spends a lot of time on the computer,” Sandy said. Brockhausen manages his own investment portfolio and watches financial reports like a hawk. “When his dividend isn’t posted when and where he expects it, he’s on the phone fussing with them,” Sandy said. Brockhausen said he enjoys Del Webb Southshore Falls for the people and the security. “Our neighbors here are very pleasant and outgoing,” he said. “It’s easy to get around and there’s plenty to do. I feel challenged every day, and that is a pleasure.” Florida Golf Central • Volume 11, Issue 4


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Golf Channel Launches Morning Drive

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various tournaments.

are incredible personalities and have

launched its first, live weekday

Kuselias came to Golf Channel from

a vast knowledge of golf and beyond,

morning show, Morning Drive,

ESPN, where he has been a host and

which creates extremely interesting

with veteran sports broadcasters Erik

analyst since 2003. Most recently, while

content on Morning Drive.”

Kuselias and Gary Williams taking view-

at ESPN, Kuselias created and hosted the

Said Kuselias, “It’s exciting to be part

ers through all of the headlines in the

Emmy Award-winning Fantasy Football

of this new Golf Channel venture and I

world of golf, sports, finance and pop

NOW, was the primary host of College

look forward to working with Gary and

culture. Originating from a dedicated

Football Live and The Erik Kuselias Show

the production team to bring a dynamic

studio at Golf Channel’s Orlando head-

on ESPN Radio, and has been a fixture

morning program to viewers.”

quarters and airing each weekday from

on Mike and Mike in the Morning. Pre-

“I’ve always been impressed with Golf

7-9 a.m. ET, Morning Drive has featured

viously, Kuselias hosted the nationally

Channel’s high-caliber broadcasts and

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syndicated SportsBash weekday after-

talented reporters and commentators,”

first two weeks, highlighted by “The

noons on ESPN Radio, and in 2007, he

said Williams. “I am thrilled to have the

King” Arnold Palmer on the show’s

was the anchor for NASCAR NOW, when

opportunity to work with Erik Kuselias

debut.

it was nominated for an Emmy for “Best

and the network’s production team in

Although golf content leads the way,

Studio Show.”

creating a morning show that will both

the weekday show also features news

Williams came from Sirius Satellite

inform and entertain Golf Channel

and commentary about the day’s top

Radio, where he co-hosted the early

fans.”  

national headines, finance and pop

morning show on Sirius’ Mad Dog Radio.

Joining Kuselias and Williams is Holly

culture  In addition, some of the biggest

He also served as a lead host on the PGA

Sonders, who provides news and tour-

names in golf, as well as personalities

TOUR Network on Sirius/XM. Previously,

nament updates as well as headlines

and celebrities from all walks of life,

Williams hosted the top-rated morning-

of the day at and bottom of the hour. A

regularly join the show as guests. In

drive sports-formatted radio program

graduate of Michigan State University

addition to Palmer, recent guests have

in Charlotte, N.C., for nine years. His

and a four-year member of the MSU

included Philadelphia Phillies center

other on-air credits include play-by-play

Women’s Golf Team, Sonders most

fielder Shane Victorino, Donald Trump,

for ESPN and also the Carolina Panthers

recently was a news and sports reporter

Rush Limbaugh, Minnesota Vikings

television network.

at KATV in Little Rock, Ark.

kicker Ryan Longwell, LPGA Tour Com-

“Erik and Gary are welcome additions

Audio from Morning Drive is

missioner Mike Whan and LPGA Tour

to the Golf Channel, and bring a wealth

streamed live at www.GolfChannel.

professional Christina Kim to name a

of diverse experience in broadcast jour-

com/morning-drive each weekday, and

few. Golf Channel’s team of analysts

nalism,” said Tom Stathakes, Golf Chan-

a “Best of” highlights podcast hosted by

and reporters contribute on a daily

nel senior vice president of program-

Sonders will be available online each

basis, both in-studio and on-location at

ming, production and operations. “Both

afternoon.

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By Stephen Trendler

Flagler’s Chris Bray Takes The St. Augustine Amateur With A Big Come-From-Behind Charge

Chris Bray makes his move to win the St. Augustine Amateur

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hris Bray is no stranger to taking on strong competition. Already a winner of the prestigious Gate Invitational where he beat the best amateurs….and pros…in the First Coast region, Bray was a heavy favorite in the Golfweek nationally recognized 2010 St. Augustine Amateur. Others in the field had plans to make their own statements as to whom was the best in the field. 14 year old Domenico Geminiani (that’s not a typo…he’s just 14!) has been on a roll throughout the state and took the first round lead with UNF Senior Chris Kennedy with 2 under par 68’s. Bray hung around the lead 3 shots back with a one over 71. Kennedy caught fire on day 2 with his second straight 68 to post a 2 shot lead over the rest of the field. A previous qualifier for the U.S. Amateur, Kennedy was no stranger to going low and showed no signs of let up. Geminiani had a few hiccups during day 2 to fall behind and out of contention with a 78. Meanwhile, Bray turned up the volume with a 3 under 67 to put the heat on

14 year old Domenico Geminiani shook up the field with an opening 68 Kennedy for the final 3rd round. Kennedy didn’t blink from the start of Round 3 as he continued on his roll by building an early 4 shot lead over Bray. Kennedy looked like a lock to win with his machine-like steady play. But for those who know the tough layout at the St Johns Golf Club, everyone has to make it through the gauntlet of the back 9 which has more danger lingering than just the alligators in the lakes. And the gauntlet bit Kennedy while Bray dodged the alligators. Kennedy ran into a couple of train wrecks on the back nine while Bray caught fire and finally caught, and then passed Kennedy with birdies on #13 and #15 to take the outright lead and then the win. It’s ironic, or perhaps fate, that Chris Bray was recruited to play on the Flagler College golf team 3 years ago by the tournament’s founder, the late Jay Jennison, Jay was also Flagler’s golf coach at the time. And at the end of the final day of the tournament, Chris was holding the newly named Jay Jennison Cup winner’s trophy. It just doesn’t get better than that. Is golf a great game or what? Florida Golf Central • Volume 11, Issue 4


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Golf Tourney Helps Raise $1.5 Million For The Immokalee Foundation

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he team of Kevin Johnson, Wayne Meland, Dan Murphy and Craig Norton, playing the first nine holes with Mark Lye and the second nine holes with Peter Jacobsen, took first place at The Immokalee Foundation 2010 Charity Classic ProAm golf tournament at Bay Colony Golf Club in Naples. The popular tournament paired 24 of the world’s greatest golfers with Naples most philanthropic golfers to raise funds to support The Immokalee Foundation’s educational programs including Take Stock in Children, Vocational Success, College Success, Direct Scholarships, The First Tee of Naples/Collier Program in Immokalee, Immokalee Readers and Community Grants. The 2010 Charity Classic Dinner & Auction at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples and the Pro-Am raised more than $1.5 million for The Immokalee Foundation. The Pro-Am raised more than $500,000, placing it among the most successful charity golf events in Southwest Florida.

Gerardo Lugo, Corina Espirtu

Presenting sponsor for the 2010 Charity Classic was The Johnson Meland Group-Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Gold sponsors included Bigham Jewelers, Jaguar Naples and Porsche of Naples. Mark Lye, PGA Tour professional and analyst on The Golf Channel, helped recruit the field of professionals from the LPGA, PGA Tour and Champions Tour including Peter Jacobsen, Andy Bean, Brett Quigley, Eric Booker, George McNeill, Bruce Fleisher, Terry-Jo Myers and Frank Nobilo. The Immokalee Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to building pathways to success for the children of Immokalee by empowering them through programs focused on education, vocation and life skills. The foundation offers students the tools, opportunities and encouragement needed to succeed at each level of their education and in their careers. For more information, visit www.immokaleefoundation.org.

Pro-Am am winning team Craig Norton, Dan Murphy, Mark Lye, Kevin Johnson, Wayne Meland

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Celebs Play Fore Local Cancer Patients

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he 10th annual Larry Laoretti and Gary Carter Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic was a huge success netting over $100,000 to help children with cancer, and families with cancer, raising young children, residing on the Treasure Coast. Over 130 players came out to the tournament at the Hobe Sound Golf Club for an opportunity to play alongside a celebrity which included baseball legend and emcee for the evening Jim Kaat, baseball Hall of Famers Jim Palmer and Mike Schmidt, hockey Hall of Famer Clark Gillies, pro golfers Tony Jacklin, Dana Quigley, and Larry Ziegler

and LPGA Tour pros Michelle McGann, Laurie Rinker, Jackie Gallagher-Smith and Judy Dickinson. In addition, Hall of Famer golfer Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara attended the awards dinner and participated in the live auction with Laoretti and Carter as the auctioneers. “Each year we are moved by the generosity of our supporters, who come out year in and year out, to sponsor the Larry ��������������������������������� Laoretti and Gary Carter Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic. From the volunteers to the celebrities and players who give their time, we are so grateful for everyone’s support,” said Celebrities Fore Kids co-founder and president

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Marlene Filer. In the decade Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc., has been in existence, over $1 million has been raised to provide financial assistance to children with cancer, and their families, living in Martin or St. Lucie County. From gas cards to assistance with monthly utility bills and mortgage payments, Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c)(3), works with social workers from the Robert & Carol ������������� Weissman Cancer Center at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart  and the Parent – Child Center, Inc. at St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach to help families affected by cancer. Other notable celebrities who were in attendance include baseball players Bobby Floyd, Howard Johnson, Bill Gullickson, Randy Niemann, and Bob Apodaca along with golf professionals Warren Bottke, Kevin Compare, Carl Mason, Eoghan O’Connell, and Tommy Shaw. To learn more about Celebrities Fore Kids visit their website at www.celebritiesforekids.org or call (772) 781-7943.  

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Aces & Eagles Linda Helm Named Catering Director at Tuscawilla Country Club

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and Events in Apopka, Fla. Prior to this position, she spent ten years as director of catering at Heathrow Country Club in Heathrow, Fla. During her tenure at that club, Central Florida Bride named Ms. Helm “Wedding Professional of the Year.” Ms. Helm met and worked with Tuscawilla Country Club General Manager Monte Carmack at Errol Country Club in the late 1980s and at Heathrow Country Club from 2003 through 2009. “I watched the incredible job Linda performed while increasing the revenue and professionalism in those clubs catering departments, and I feel very fortunate that she is now a part of the

TEAM at Tuscawilla Country Club,” said Carmack. “We look forward to working with the community to reinvigorate our position in the social, corporate meeting and wedding event business.” To speak with Linda Helm about hosting a wedding, special event, business meeting or golf outing at Tuscawilla Country Club, please call (407) 366-1851 ext. 305 or send her an email at lhelm@tuscawillacc.com. To speak with Linda Helm about hosting a wedding, special event, business meeting or golf outing at Tuscawilla Country Club, please call (407) 366-1851 ext. 305 or send her an email at lhelm@tuscawillacc.com.

The Ronto Group Announces Dick McPhail at GM/COO of TwinEagles

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he Ronto Group has named Richard J. McPhail, CCM, as general manager/ chief operating officer of TwinEagles, with responsibility for managing all club operations. For the past three years, McPhail was general manager at both Shadow Wood Country Club and The Brooks Commons Club in Estero, Fla. He was previously responsible for club operations at Estero Country Club. While residing in Cincinnati, Ohio, McPhail managed

private country clubs and city/athletic clubs for Dallas-based Club Corporation of America, the world’s largest owneroperator of private clubs. He began his club career at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. “Dick’s background, knowledge and respect for the traditions of golf are a great fit for the vision of TwinEagles as a golfers’ country club,” said Anthony Solomon, executive vice president of The Ronto Group. “His high standards for the private club experience will be instrumental in creating a new excitement and an outstanding reputation for the TwinEagles Club.” McPhail has served as a Golf Digest Top 100 panel member since 1981,

assisting the magazine in rating and evaluating top courses throughout the country. He earned his certified club operator credentials upon completion of Club Corporation of America’s renowned Star University Program in Dallas. During his tenure with Club Corporation, he was awarded Rising Star Manager of the Year, as well as Asset Manager of the Year. He earned his certified club manager designation through Club Managers Association of America, where he currently is an active member of the Everglades Chapter of the Florida CMAA and serves as education chairman. For more information on TwinEagles, calltoll free 888-403-0085 or log onto www.twineagles.com.

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