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It was another record year for The Players with a donation of $5.9 million to over 200 area charities and the formal announcement came prior to the Jaguars-Cincinnati game last month. Twenty minutes before kickoff, the tournament leadership, including past chairmen in their signature red coats, assembled on the

field as volunteers unfurled a large banner with the money total. In addition to the red coats and their newest member, 2011 chairman Jim Fuller, the group included Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, Champions Tour player Fred Funk, 2012 chairman Curtis Hazel and tournament director Matt Rapp.

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Part of the Players record charitable donations this year is going to establish The Players Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and PGA Tour player Jim Furyk (right) participated in the announcement last month. The tournament will make a lead gift of $1 million and past chairmen (from left) Rufus Dowell, Lynn Stoner, Tom Healy, Mike Hartley, Hugh Dunn and Jim Fuller were on hand.

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No. 2 grocery, No. 1 elsewhere Winn-Dixie may run a distant second around here in the grocery business but they might be No. 1 Fred Seely in sports promotion. It’s hard to believe a second banana like the Nationwide Tour being a big success here because nothing ever has, except the Jacksonville Suns. The golf tournament was a huge hit and can’t imagine that they already haven’t started discussions about extending the contract, which runs out next year. <<< The local Arena Football League team lost its best player for an unusual reason. Aaron Garcia, football’s all-time TD pass leader, wants to go into coaching but there wasn’t an opportunity here so he signed with San Antonio. His replacement might work out nicely: you Gator fans will remember that Chris Leak always looked like he was more suited to a run-and-shoot game like the indoor kind. <<< The World Golf Village’s excellent Bob Hope exhibit is now at the Green Bay Packers’ museum with the help of a former Jaguar. Tim Connolly was the Jags’ marketing man who joined the Packers last year and when that museum was looking for fresh exhibits, he suggested they take a look down here. <<< The Sawgrass Marriott’s financial problems hit the wall last month and the resort will be taken over by its major lender, Goldman Sachs Mortgage Co. The Irish owners couldn’t find new inves-

tors and bombed out. No word on its future but, if you have a spare $132 million, Goldman will talk about it with you. <<< If the Southeastern Conference is football’s best league, someone needs to tell the Jags. They have one player (Florida’s Jerome Mincey.) When Cincinnati recently visited, the Bengals had 12 from the SEC. <<< Jacksonville U. will bring in some big names to celebrate Artis Gilmore’s induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame. It’s December 2 at the Arena and you’ll meet folk like Rick Barry, Sam Jones and George Gervin. <<< Could it be an all orange-andblue Gator Bowl with Illinois playing Florida? Ron Zook vs. his old team? Or do we get Joe Paterno’s last game as Penn State’s coach? <<< The Florida State Golf Association likes to keep its events in mid-state and that’s logical. But c’mon, guys, you aren’t going to get anyone up here excited about becoming members when our corner of the state gets only one of the 34 events on your schedule. Our lone visit will be the Boys Junior at Sawgrass in July. <<< Football at UNF? Not anytime soon, says Athletics Director Lee Moon: “I don’t want the problems that follow college football.” <<< Proud of the condition of your greens? Good, but here’s a buck that says they aren’t as good as those at the Plantation Country Club.

Why isn’t Pete Banaczak back on the Jaguars’ post-game radio show? He couldn’t commit to the whole season, says host Cole Pepper. The feisty Banaczak retired from his day job at Crowley and wants to travel. <<< Don’t know the other candidates but the North Florida PGA would do itself proud by putting our Mike Lynch on its leadership ladder. He’s served wonderfully well here as our Chapter’s president. Sports talk radio is having the problems that all media face and our AM-1010 did well by admitting its error by dumping the tawdry and jaded Lex and Terry show. They brought little sports and a lot of baloney to the air. And no more ads, which was the whole purpose of bringing them on. <<< And has anyone seen the Greaseman? <<< Looks like we have a winner in young A.J. Crouch. The St. Augustine Amateur is below the national radar but winning there isn’t something that any old chump can do, much less a high school senior. <<< Jacksonville U. hired a women’s golf coach simply because they realized the obvious: one person (Mike Blackburn, in this case) can’t coach both the men’s and women’s teams because their schedules keep them apart. So they landed a good one in Ashley Prange, a good college players herself who has some Tour success. <<<

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Award winners Professional of the Year Award Patriot Golf Leader Award Jack Aschenbach, Amelia National The top award goes to a working club professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA professional. The Patriot Award is for the pro who, according to the PGA of America, “personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the Armed Services.” Aschenbach, the chapter’s vice president, organized numerous programs including “Freedom Friday” that has received national attention.

Horton Smith Award Jim Houston, Eagle Harbor Golf Club. Special recognition for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education.

Bill Strausbaugh Award Todd Bork, San Jose CC    For pros who mentor their fellow professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community.

President’s Plaque Mike Lynch, Golf Channel Solutions Recognizes a pro for extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development, including leadership commitment. Lynch is the current Chapter president.

Assistant of the Year Mike Broderick, The Palencia Club This award goes to an assistant pro “whose enthusiasm, growth and leadership to the facility and

involvement in the Chapter reflect the potential to lead and contribute to the future of the game and industry.” Broderick is the current Chapter secretary.

Merchandisers of the Year Todd Bork, San Jose CC, private clubs Bruce Mohler, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, resorts. Derek DiStefano; Golf Club at North Hampton, public. Recognizes pros who have excelled as merchandisers in the promotion of golf.  

Teacher of the Year Mary Hafeman, Windsor Parke and Champions Club. This award is based on a professional’s overall performance in teaching including innovative programs they’ve initiated or implemented.

Junior Golf Leader Eli Reid, Golf Club at North Hampton The award recognizes a pro who is a leader in junior golf and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth.

Sales Representative of the Year Scott Railing, PGA; Nike This recognizes the sales rep whose support and contributions enhance relations with professionals, their clubs and his or her own company.

Amateur of the Year Bob Streightiff, Jacksonville Area Golf Association Streightiff, a member of Queen’s Harbour, is the current JAGA president and was recognized for his efforts in improving relations between pros and amateurs, and for leading the local amateur association.

‘Sea of Red’ for veterans (The writer is vice president of the Northern Chapter of the North Florida PGA.) Just wanted to fill everyone in on a special event coming up on Friday, November 11. This day we all know as Veteran’s Day. A day to remember all who have served and are serving our country. The Northern Chapter of the North Florida PGA has a goal to create the “Sea of Red” on all of our golf courses. I am in the process of spreading the word through the PGA and I need your help to get this done. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spread the word via every means of communications. Together we can accomplish anything! As you are aware, the Northern Chapter professionals have actively promoted the wearing of Freedom Friday shirts on every Friday. Our efforts this year, along with Patriot Golf Day, raised more than $22,000 in support of our troops and their families. We will also raise funds on Nov. 11 to add to this contribution. Thanks in advance for your dedication and devotion for making this happen. Jack Aschenbach, Amelia National Let us show you how we can help your business. 904.383.7587 info@jaxgolfmag.com

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Nov. 21: Club Team Championship, Deerwood.

Nov. 2: Eagle Landing.

Dec. 13: Directors, Fleming Island.

Nov. 16: Jacksonville G&CC. Nov. 28: Glen Kernan. Dec. 7: Fernandina Beach.

Feb. 14: Directors, Eagle Harbor.

Jan. 11: Dye’s Valley.

Mar. 13: Directors, Amelia River.

Jan. 25: South Hampton.

Apr. 17: Directors, Mill Cove. May 15: Directors, Magnolia Point.

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Nov. 9: Amelia National.

Jan. 17: Directors, Blue Cypress.

Northern Chapter PGA

Nov. 7: Sawgrass Pro-Am. Nov. 21: Pro-Am Tournament of Champions, Amelia National. Dec. 12: Partners Pro-Am, TBA.

Dec. 12: Hidden Hills.

Northeast Florida Seniors GA

Jan. 18: Eagle Harbor.

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Feb. 1: Selva Marina.

PGA Tours www.pgatour.com March 22-25: Arnold Palmer Invitational, Orlando. April 6-9: Masters, Augusta. May 10-13: Players, TPC Stadium.

LPGA Tour www.lpga.com Dec. 2-5: Tour Championship, Orlando Grand Cypress.

Nov. 14: Palm Harbor.

Feb. 8: North Hampton. Feb. 15: Ponte Vedra Ocean.

Nov. 21: Hidden Hills.

Golf Channel Tour

June 25: Directors, TBA

Feb. 22: Sawgrass.

Dec. 12: Cypress Course Grand Club.

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July 17: Directors, Timuquana.

Feb. 29: Golf Club of Amelia.

Jan. 16: LPGA Champions.

Aug. 20: Directors, Sawgrass.

Mar. 7: San Jose.

Jan. 23: St. Johns G&CC.

Nov. 15: Amelia Island Plantation.

Sept. 18: Directors, TBA.

Mar. 14: Plantation.

Oct. 16: Directors, TBA.

Mar. 21: Amelia Island Plantation Ocean.

Feb. 13: Pine Course at Palm Coast.

USGA Qualifiers

Feb. 27: South Hampton.

None scheduled.

Nov. 19: Directors, San Jose. Dec. 18: Directors, TBA.

Mar. 28: St Johns G&CC.

March 5: Grand Haven.

Apr. 4: Queen’s Harbour.

March 26: Eagle Landing.

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Apr. 18: Hyde Park.

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Apr 25: Jacksonville Beach.

Nov. 12-13: Club Team, Vero Beach Grand Harbor.

May 2: Closing day at Palencia.

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Executive Women’s GA

Nov. 17: Seniors, South Hampton.

April 10-12: Senior, Lake Wales. May 7-11: Women’s Amateur, Weston.

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June 11-12: Girls Junior, Lecanto.

Nov. 20: St. Johns G&CC.

Nov. 5: Deercreek.

June 21-24: Men’s Amateur, Jupiter.

Dec. 4: St. Johns G&CC.

July 10-12: Boys Junior, Sawgrass.

North Florida PGA

1stCoast GA Nov. 3: AmaTOUR, Eagle Harbor.

Other Dec. 12-14: Gate Petroleum Senior, Ponte Vedra Lagoon and Ocean. (Qualifier: Dec. 6.)

www.nfpga.com Nov. 14-15: Porter Cup, TBA.

Dec. 15-16: Henry Tuten Gator Bowl Pro-Am, Timuquana and San Jose.

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Hall of Fame: big names coming The next World Golf Village has high hopes for major names at its Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and few are bigger than Phil Mickelson. He was the headliner on the 2012 ballot and certainly can be considered a shoo-in for the May 7 ceremony. An announcement of some 2012 names is expected this month. “I think we’ll have a great class,” said the Village’s chief operating officer, Jack Peter, during its annual media day last month. “There are excellent names on the ballot.” Indeed, there are intriguing names, and all will need to be named by 75 percent of the voters to get in. In addition to Mickelson, there are current PGA Tour players such as Jim Furyk and Davis Love III; international players Darren Clarke, Colin Montgomerie, Retief Goosen and Miguel Angel Jiminez; and Champi-

World Golf Village Chief Operating Officer Jack Peter (center) with his communications staff, Travis Hill and Kelly Barnes.

ons Tour players Fred Couples and Loren Roberts. The Lifetime Achievement and Veterans categories are determined by the Hall’s board. The ceremony again will bein the convention center adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel. It moved inside last year after its first dozen years outdoors, and Peter said they were pleased with the increase in attendance and “it looked like people dressed up a little more.”

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Similar event, new format A longtime JAGA tradition is making a change this year with the ProPresident becoming the Club Championship. The annual season-ending event formerly was among teams consisting of a club professional, a club officer and two directors to the local amateur organization. The event honored past JAGA presidents and current club executives. The new format calls for teams with one pro and at least one director. It’s designed to be a true competition between clubs, rather than an informal, insider-dominated competition. The event will be Nov. 21 at Deerwood. In other JAGA news: • The association is working with the local ladies association to bring back the Mixed, which has been off the schedule for at least 10 years. No site has been found but the event probably will be in March. • The conduct of the Junior tournament has been turned over to the North Florida Junior Foundation. JAGA will be the sponsor. • The election of 2012 officers will be at the December meeting at Fleming Island. The current slate, headed by President Bob Streightiff of Queen’s Harbour, can be re-elected for one more year. There’s an opening for treasurer. • At last month’s meeting at Palencia, donations for the scholarship fund were received from the Queen’s Harbour Men’s GA ($1,500) and the Champions Club Senior Men’s GA ($200.)

Crouch wins St. Augustine Bolles senior A.J. Crouch won the 2011 St. Augustine Amateur in a four-hole playoff. Crouch made the playoff with a final round 68 and then bested Spencer Cole of Rollins College and Jim Liu of Orlando.

Crouch bested two of the nation’s best young players: Cole and Liu are both former winners of the International Junior Player of the Year awards and Liu is the youngest U.S. Junior winner ever. They had tied at 2-under over the 54-hole route at St. Johns Golf Club. Duke Butler of Ponte Vedra won the Mid-Amateur portion with 216.

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San Jose Member-Member Overall: Colin Lacky-Ben Woods. Flight winners: Steve Hodgett-Paul Coalson, Buddy Henley-Bobby Ciric, Pete Vining-Ford Nelson, Marty Laprade-Mickey Ross, Richard Barnett-John Cumbow, Kevin Donovan-Joe Donovan, John Moore-Richard Moore, Michael Ward-Vic Saunier. NAIOP benefit at Jacksonville G&CC Gross: Jim Porter, Damon Olinto, Karl Hanson Jr., Kyle Sawicki. Net: Sarah Bermudez, Kevin Vaughn, Christian Harden, TK Kelly. Northern Chapter Pro-Assistant at Glen Kernan Gerry James, CenterForce Golf-Kris Smith, St. Johns G&CC. 1stcoast AmaTOUR at Deercreek Flight winners: Alan Boyce, Bill Baer. 1stcoast Seniors at Ponte Vedra G&CC Flight winners: David Hodges, Mike Keeling. Northern Chapter PGA Pro-Assistant at Glen Kernan Gerry James-Kris Smith d. Jon Fine-Tom Stecker, playoff.

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Course Directory PUBLIC Bent Creek 103rd St. on Westside. Range. 779-0800. Blue Cypress Off University Blvd. in Arlington. Range. 762-1971. Cecil Field 103rd St. on Westside. Range. 778-5245.

St. Johns Golf Club Cypress Links Blvd. 27 holes. Range. 209-0350. Starke East of town. Nine holes. Range. 964-5441. UNF Golfplex At University of North Florida. Three holes. Range. 620-2050.

Queen’s Harbour Atlantic Blvd. west of Intracoastal Waterway. Range. 221-1012.

Pablo Creek San Pablo Rd. south of Butler Blvd. Range. 992-6900.

Royal St. Augustine SR 16 west of I-95 in St. Augustine. Range. 824-4653.

Palencia US 1 north of St. Augustine. Range. 599-9030.

Selva Marina Selva Marina Blvd. north of Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach. Range. 246-3144. South Hampton CR 210 west of I-95. Range. 287-7529.

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St. Johns Golf & Country Club CR 210 west of I-95. Range. 940-3200.

Deerfield Lakes Lem Turner Rd. just south of Callahan. Range. 879-1210.

Amelia River Amelia Island Parkway. Range. 491-8500.

Windsor Parke Hodges Blvd. north of Butler Blvd. Range. 223-4653.

Fernandina Beach Amelia Island Parkway. Range. 800-646-5997

Champions Club at Julington Creek Off SR 13 in Mandarin. Range. 287-4653.

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First Tee of Jacksonville Golfair Blvd. west of I-95 North. Nine holes. Range. 924-0401.

Cimarrone CR 210 west of I-95. Range. 287-2000.

First Tee of St. Johns County. Three holes. SR 207, St. Augustine. 810-2231.

Country Club of Orange Park West end of Kingsley Ave. in Orange Park. Range. 276-7664.

Hyde Park Northern dead end of Jammes Rd. on Westside. Range. 786-5410.

Cypress at Grand Club Palm Coast. Range. 386-437-5807.

Jacksonville Beach Penman Rd. south of Beach Blvd. Range. 247-6184. King & Bear Part of World Golf Village but about three miles south of main area off SR 16. Range. 940-6088. Mill Cove Monument Rd. in Arlington. Range. 642-6140. Palatka Moseley Ave. west of downtown. Range. 386-329-0141. Palm Valley Palm Valley Rd. east of U.S. 1. Nine holes. Range. 285-8978. River Bend Golf Links South of Green Cove Springs. Range. 284-8777. Slammer & Squire In World Golf Village. Range. 940-6088. St. Augustine Shores U.S. 1 south of St. Augustine. Range. 794-4653.

Eagle Harbor CR 220 in Fleming Island. Range. 269-9300.

Amelia National Off A1A west of Fernandina Beach. Range. 652-0660. Deercreek North of Avenues Mall on Southside Blvd. Range. 363-1507. Deerwood Baymeadows Rd. west of Southside Blvd. Range. 642-5917. Glen Kernan Hodges Blvd. north of Butler Blvd. Range. 646-1116.

Eagle Landing OakLeaf Plantation. Range. 291-5600.

Grand Haven Palm Coast. Range. 386-445-2327.

Golf Club at Fleming Island US 17 in Fleming Island. Range. 269-1440. Keystone Golf & Country Club U.S. 21 south of town. Range. 352-473-4540. Magnolia Point Off US 17 in Green Cove Springs. Range. 531-9784 or 269-9276. Matanzas Course at Grand Club Palm Coast. Range. 386-446-6330.

Hidden Hills Monument Rd. in Arlington. Range. 641-8121. Jacksonville Golf & Country Club Hodges Blvd. north of Butler Blvd. 223-6910. Long Point South of Amelia Island Plantation. Range. 277-5908.

San Jose San Jose Blvd. Range. 733-1511. Sawgrass A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach. Range. 273-3720. Timuquana Timuquana Rd. west of US 17. Range. 389-0477.

RESORT These courses are primarily for the use of resort guest or members. Some are also open for public play at certain times. Omni Amelia Island Plantation In Amelia Island Plantation. 54 holes. Range. 261-6161. Golf Club of Amelia Island Amelia Island at Ritz-Carlton. Range. 277-8015. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach. Range. 273-7710. TPC Sawgrass In Sawgrass Country Club, 36 holes. Range. 273-3235. Open to public 14 days in advance.

MILITARY These clubs are located on Navy bases and are for persons assigned to the bases or retired military personnel. They occasionally are open for public play during special events. NAS US 17 north of Orange Park. Range. 542-3249. Windy Harbor Mayport Rd. north of Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach. Range. 270-5380.

Marsh Creek A1A south of St. Augustine Beach. Range. 461-1145.

North Hampton Off A1A west of Fernandina Beach. Range. 548-0000. Pine Course at Grand Club Palm Coast. Range. 386-445-0852. Ponte Vedra G & CC In TPC. Range. 285-0204.

These clubs are private and are open to the public only for special events.

Plantation Country Club A1A south of Ponte Vedra Beach. Range. 543-2960.

Marsh Landing South of Butler Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach. Range. 285-6514. Osprey Cove East of I-95 at Exit 1 in Georgia. Range. 800-352-5575.

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