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Alfredo Adrian

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Special Treatments

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Letter From Editor

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ear fellow readers, we are proudly launching the first issue of Golf Connection Magazine. In your hands you have the work effort, dedication, and creativity from our team who is committed to find the most exciting courses, new experiences, emerging trends, new products and sensations in golf by offering the latest information from travel and tournaments to luxury and designs. This first issue comes with a variety of contents that will help and inform the golfer about the latest trends in the industry. Our goal is to reach all the golfers from South Florida all the way to the Caribbean and Latin America. Golf Connection Magazine will also host in the year 2011 an extended golf amateur tour where you could also be part of it and enjoy a great experience of networking together with groups of people with the same business and life interest across many beautiful golf courses. One more time the Golf Connection team would like to thank all of our contributors, advertisers, sponsors, PGA professionals, golf pro shops, public and private courses for having faith in our mission. We never let our readers forget your support and we are always encouraging them to support your organization. On behalf of the Golf Connection Team, I hope you all have a special holiday season wishing you joyful holidays and let the 2011 bring you a lot of golf in your life.

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GOLF NEWS Jhonattan Vegas, the Venezuelan golf eminence won the Argentina Open Jhonattan Vegas wins the 105 Argentina Open and becomes the first Venezuelan in winning such prestige tournament. Jhonattan played this Sunday (12/12/2010) a round of 71 (+1) shots to accumulate 270 (-10) for the four days of the tournament, and win with an advantage of 6 shots on its more nearby competitor the Argentine Andrés Romero (-4). In a day where the golf facilities closing rumors in Venezuela were on everyone’s lips, Jhonattan Vegas demonstrated with high standards the quality of the Venezuelan golf. The combat, disputed in the meadows of the Jockey Club of Buenos Aires, was controlled with authority by the native leader. Vegas comes from humble origin and now is complicated for him to be coached. “We come from a humble family that had always to work hard to achieve things in life. We never were a family that had it all, but my dad always gave us everything that he considered enough for us to have the opportunity to utilize the golf sport”, affirmed the golfer. When they asked if the golf is a middle-class sport, Vegas said that “we (society) have created that stigma because in reality we have not done anything to carry golf to the people. The only people that have had the privilege to be able to utilize the golf installations are the ones that have purchasing power”. One of the things that I aspire to do is to carry this sport to the all the people and let them know a lot more about it” He finalized saying after his great triumph. Jhonattan Vegas is the first Venezuelan golfer in the history who will play in the PGA Tour of the United States and without doubt the best Venezuelan player in the history of our golf so far.

Appleby named 2010 PGA TOUR Comeback Player of the Year

One year after finishing outside the top 125 for the first time since his rookie season in 1996, Australia’s Stuart Appleby was honored as the 2010 PGA TOUR Comeback Player of the Year. Appleby earned the award via a vote by his fellow competitors following a season that included a historic final-round 59 en route to victory at The Greenbrier Classic. “Congratulations to Stuart Appleby for being voted the PGA TOUR Comeback Player of the year by his peers,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Stuart showed great perseverance in returning to the winner’s circle at The Greenbrier Classic in a historic manner.” Appleby was selected for PGA TOUR Comeback Player of the Year over Arjun Atwal and Rocco Mediate. Appleby, who has represented the International Team at The Presidents Cup on five occasions, struggled in 2009, as he was not eligible for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup and finished 137th on the money list after just one top-10 finish in 25 starts. Appleby utilized a one-time, top 25 career money exemption in 2010 and worked overtime to regain his form. Between May and August, he played 13 consecutive weeks, with The Greenbrier Classic victory inside that 13-week stretch. The win was his ninth career title, and his final-round 59 was the fifth in PGA TOUR history and just the second-ever posted during a final round. On the season, Appleby totaled three top 10s in 31 starts, finished 38th on the money list and played his way into the first three Playoff events. Appleby also had international success in 2010, winning the JBWere Masters in Australia in November. With the The Presidents Cup 2011 being held in his homeland of Australia, Appleby is currently 23rd in the International Team standings (the top 10 in the standings as of Sept. 19, 2011, automatically makethe team, with two additional players selected by International Team Captain Greg Norman). www.golfconnectionmag.com | GOLF CONNECTION

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GOLF NEWS PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL and DETROIT The PGA TOUR, on behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours, and Cadillac today announced a multi-year agreement whereby Cadillac becomes title sponsor of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and an umbrella sponsor of the World Golf Championships. In 2011, the tournament will be played at TPC Blue Monster, Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, FL. “We are absolutely delighted to once again partner with Cadillac, which has a long-standing history with professional golf,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Cadillac back through this sponsorship with the World Golf Championships. We believe that the World Golf Championships will provide Cadillac with an effective and valuable marketing platform that will provide an excellent return on its investment. In addition to today’s announcement about the return of the World Golf Championships to Miami, we also look forward to exploring opportunities with Cadillac to bring PGA TOUR tournament golf back to Detroit.” The World Golf Championships umbrella sponsorship provides Cadillac with a high-profile global marketing platform, including extensive branding and advertising across the fourevent global series, as well as opportunities to connect with customers and dealers. Cadillac also will have vehicle display programs at events and throughout the year at Doral Resort, as well as initiate dealer and leadgeneration programs. “The World Golf Championships are all about the highest level of performance on a global stage and fit well with Cadillac’s theme as the New Standard of the World,” said Don Butler, Vice President for Cadillac Marketing. “As a global series, it provides us with an ideal marketing partnership for Cadillac to efficiently and effectively reach our target audience. We could not think of a more fitting way to bring golf back to Cadillac.”

-- Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter are the winners of the Shark Shootout on Sunday, shooting a 13-under 59 in the scramble format to beat the Northern Ireland duo Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell by just two shots. Dustin and Ian got the lead with birdies on their first four holes and had no problem the rest of the day in finishing at 30-under 186. Clarke and McDowell (59) couldn’t come closer than two strokes. The 12 teams in the tournament hosted by Greg Norman at Tiburon Golf Club played modified alternate shot in the first round and better ball in the second. Johnson and Poulter split $750,000 from the $3 million purse. Johnson and Poulter, who played for the rival U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams two months ago, made the perfect duo in the threeformat tournament. “They kind of pushed us around,” Poulter said. “You know what, making the birdies they did, it was kind of good for us to see good shot after good shot, and good putts going in. It’s a lot easier to hole putts when your playing partners do.” Funk-Perry and Kelly-Stricker started the day in front by a shot, but both teams started slowly. Funk-Perry made a birdie, then eight straight pars. Kelly-Stricker had three birdies on the front. With Johnson putting first in the scramble format, Poulter took advantage, perhaps nowhere more so than on the par-4 15th. Holding a two-shot lead, Poulter knocked his approach to 7 feet after Clarke had put his close. After Johnson missed his putt, Poulter made his to keep the two-shot advantage. “It was definitely a lot harder than it looked,” Johnson said. “Standing there we were like, ‘Oh, this is a piece of cake.’” “Ian is one of the best chippers of the ball in the world, and he was the man for the job,” McDowell said. “He was pretty clutch today. He played great.”

Boxgroove is Launching a Marketplace for Members to Buy Golf Items Boxgroove, a reliable and inventive online golf networking site that enables serious golfers to play at the finest private golf courses across the country, is launching a Marketplace for the members. The Boxgroove Marketplace is an area where members can find and buy golf items at advantageous prices. The vendors selling golf items can have a “store” front on Boxgroove to share their products. For this, the vendors will have to provide certain privileges to the members. First, they must provide a minimum 10% discount off retail pricing to the members; thus the Boxgroove members will have to pay $90 or less for a golf item costing $100. Moreover the vendors can “give” out their products, which Boxgroove will raffle away to the Value Members for promotional purposes. The company will also be encouraging the Value Members to write reviews of those products. The vendors need to provide a 300 word description, 3 pictures of the product, and the promo code or landing page with discount on the store front. They can also put up their logo and a URL to their site. The Boxgroove Marketplace will be creating a win-win situation for both the members and the vendors. The members can

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get golf items at discounted rates and the merchants can promote and sell their products on a platform which is immensely popular among golfers of all age and skill level. At present Boxgroove has more than 2350 members and this special feature is expected to increase their membership in the coming days. About Boxgroove Boxgroove, a reciprocal country-club membership network is more than a tee-time aggregator. It helps the country-club and non-country club golfers to seek diverse golf experiences. One can play at various private courses in the United States. Members can create play groups and post tee times at Boxgroove. The site provides its members with opportunities for business and social networking. With the help of its simple Web-based method, members can find and book tee times at private golf clubs. In fact the members can conveniently explore the appealing golf venues even while on business or vacation travel. For more information or to become a Boxgroove member, visit www.boxgroove.com


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Course Etiquette By Teo Perez

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here are no more important rules in Golf than those dealing with etiquette. Golf is a game for gentlemen, which means that every player carries heavy responsibilities to himself, to his opponents and partners, to the course, to the rules, and to the game. Courtesy and consideration for others are factors in golf – way ahead of winning. The game is essentially a contest between the player and the golf course, rather than a conflict between people. When a golfer hits a tee shot out-ofbounds, he will take another ball out of his pocket and play again before his opponents or playing partner have driven. That’s not only against the rules and poor etiquette, its lousy strategy. By re-playing in proper order- in this case last-you give yourself a chance to settle down, regain your composure and plan the second drive with care. Analyze your shot while the other player is preparing to play will help improve amounts of time on the course. Unrepaired ball marks not only spoil putting but increase the cost of maintaining greens, repair every indentation you make on a putting surface. Once you have putted, it’s a nice gesture to fix any spike marks of scuffs you may have caused or noticed for the benefit of players behind. Common courtesy demands that you give every player the opportunity to do his best. Perhaps the best expression of this is standing quietly, out of vision and without any physical movement, while other golfers play their shots. Never hit the ball if there is even the possibility that a player ahead of you hasn’t moved out of range. There is not more frustrating sensation to walk into a bunker and find your ball impossibly situated in some careless foot print. The absence of a rake is no excuse for not smoothing the sand. You can take care of the marks easily with the back of a club. Remember to replace your divots or fill them up with sand. When you handle the flagstick, do so gently, being particularly careful not to let it damage the sides of the hole. As you start to look for a lost ball check the time on your watch. The rules allow you a five-minute search, and honesty demands that you do not exceed it. If you have lost a ball or are playing slower than the group behind, let them play through and get them off your back. Meeting one’s obligations as a golfer is impossible without knowledge and understanding of the rules of golf. Every act on the golf course should be in keeping with the etiquette demanded by the game. “You miss 100% of the shots you never take” Wayne Gretzky

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Golf Management By Teo Perez

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laying a great round comes with a good golf course management. It is good to know how to have a great golf swing, but without golf course management there is not a game plan. Did you noticed a golf professional talking with his caddie about the next golf shot? You can rest assured that they were not talking about anything impractical, but discussing what they did during the practice round and previous results. Course management is what they are talking. Every shot is pin-point to the nearest yard. If you want to play a good golf shot, you have to know your exact distance and what type of shot you decided to executed. Good golfers always excel over the competition by using this technique. If you don’t know about distance, lay ( up or down ), wind and other factors, then you are giving every other golfer and edge. If you think that all you need is a great golf swing with a good set of clubs, you should rethink your game again. The golfer with good course management do not need to out-distance their competitor. They just need to place the ball somewhere in the fairway for the next shot. Practice course management and your handicap will come down to a single digit. Make sure you learn how far you hit the different clubs in your bag. When choosing a golf shot over a sand trap? How is the wind affecting my ball fly? Do I play a pitching wedge or a nine iron? Or I want to hit a seven iron? In other words, do I want to fly the ball into the green, or bump and run the shot into the green. Course management requires the golfer to pay attention to holes that are next to the hole that they are playing. Need to be constantly looking for good ball position for the next hole before teeing up the ball. Checking where the pin placement is, way before you hit the fairway will definitely help on club selection. Take a good look at the golf terrain and conditions that you are playing in and pay attention to golf holes that you walk by. Knowing the terrain well in advance will make it a lot easier on golf club selection and help drive confidence going forward.

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Golf with no bounderies

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or many years the game of Golf has been played all over the Americas, being North America the one with majority of players. The reason for this is an excellent school system that encourages students to choose between an array of sports being Golf one of them, also the existence of public golf course that make it easy for kids and the average Joes no play this beautiful game. The story is the complete opposite in South America with a small percentage of golfers compared to North America, with only a few public Golf courses, this region is mostly predominated by Upscale Country Clubs with strict admissions policies. But the passion that golf transmits does not see social status or golf club memberships, I am saying this become the new wave of Latin American golfers are not upscale silver spoon fed youngsters, but in contrast low income hard working individuals, most of them learning the game of Golf starting as caddies, the pioneer of this new Latin American breed of players is Carlos Franco from Paraguay who won 3 events on the PGA Tour and was also a Presidents Cup member, Angel Cabrera from Argentina who only had

2 victories but they happened to be 2 of the toughest and most prestigious tournaments in Golf I’m talking about the U.S Open and The masters, Camilo Villegas from Colombia who’s also a multiple winner on tour and a Presidents Cup former player has been the moving force for the new age hip players for youngsters to follow with his histrionic combinations and rock star attitude, In 2008 another Argentinean appeared on tour to make a big statement, with his swing that looks more like a piece of art that should be kept on a museum he won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and became the 2008 PGA Tour Rookie of the year, I am talking about Andres Pigu Romero. This year the Latin American crew has 3 new members 2 graduating from the Nationwide Tour and the other one thru the toughest graduation process “Q-School”. Finishing /the on the Nationwide Tour Money List we have Jhonattan Vegas who’s the first Venezuelan who earned his PGA Tour card, he won The Wichita Open trailing by 7 strokes on the last day in an impressive man-

by Franci Betancourt ner, columnists and sportswriters are excited to see the big Venezuelan with the even bigger smile have a huge impact in Latin American golf and having his first Victory on the PGA Tour, Finishing 12th on the Nationwide Tour we have also from Argentina Fabian Gomez who also is a winner on Nationwide conquering the Chitimacha Open, Gomez is a really impressing ball striker but an even better short game player, we are expecting big things from the small in height but a giant in will and courage this year on the PGA Tour. The least known of the pack is Brazil’s Alex Rocha who played on the Asian Tour the 2010 season and won his spot by finishing in the top 25 of the “Q-School” last stage making it completing the pack of 6 Latin American players to be competing on the 2011 PGA Tour. As we can see golf in Latin America is growing on an unprecedented pace and we expect even better things for next generations to come.

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SPOTLIGHT

Alfredo Adrian interview

By Luis C. Morello

GC. Excellent performance in the Venezuelan National Professional Championship, can you tell me briefly what worked for you on that weekend? AA. Well, in that tournament practically my whole game was very sharp, I think I missed a couple of easy putts that should have gone in, but even though I came up in 2nd place, I took a lot of positive thoughts and vibes out of it and of course thanks a lot to all the fans that came to see all the professionals play that week, specially my group where I was playing with Jhonattan Vegas. This tournament basically reflected all the hard work and practice I’ve put in throughout the year (2010). GC. Now that you are spending more time in the South Florida area, how have you been adapting in this new country and what do you think is different from living in Venezuela? AA. I think Miami and its surroundings are spectacular in every aspect: golfing, family, social, labor, etc. You have an ease of many golf courses of a high caliber and perfect practice facilities to prepare yourself and help you perform at the highest level needed for golfers to make it to the PGA Tour. I think USA and Venezuela are not comparable, they are both very nice countries but with two very different cultures. I would always love my native country but I can not deny that I am perfectly happy living in Miami and getting ready to make it to the PGA Tour anytime soon.

GC. In which golf tours are you playing right now and what are you going to be playing in 2011? AA. At this moment I am playing a lot of tournaments in the South Florida area, mostly in the Fuzion Tour formely known as the Minorleague Tour. I also play the Tour of the Americas which some tournaments are with the Challenge Tour from Europe, the Venezuelan Tour and some Monday qualifiers for the Nationwide Tour and the PGA Tour. Next year in 2011, I’m going to focus more on the Egolf Tour which will be in the Carolinas, I’m also going to keep playing most of the Monday qualifiers to get prepared for the 2011 PGA Q-school at the end of the year. GC. Do you consider the Omega World Cup of Golf in China last year together with Jhonattan Vegas the best golf experience in your career? AA. Absolutely yes, the tournament at Mission Hills in 2009 was the best professional experience I’ve had in my golf career, because I had the opportunity to share with the best golfers in the world and realize that I am not very far from sharing week after week with them. We also did a tremendous performance representing Venezuela and proving our high professional golf level getting the 12th spot without doing anything special with our game, in my opinion I think that we had a big chance to be among the top 5 countries in the world in that tournament. GC. Ok Alfredo we already saw Jhonattan Vegas from Venezuela make it to the PGA Tour, how this will impact all the international golfers that are trying to make it as well? AA. Yes, of course Jhonattan in the PGA tour is of a great inspiration to all the international and Venezuelan golf players, I’m sure that next year we will have more support from the Venezuelan and Latin American companies for the development of golf.

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GC. Even though the economic situation, do you currently have any sponsors? AA. Right now, I do not have any sponsors; however, I had several talks with companies which I believe a great opportunity will come very soon and which will help me boost my career in 2011. GC. What’s the most difficult thing as a golfer like you would have to do in order to pursuit his dream? AA. I think that in life nothing is easy, you always have to fight hard and have a lot of consistency and perseverance to achieve your goals in life, the whole thing is that you have to give your 100% every time and of course, have people supporting you, in my case, my family, brothers, coaches, and friends which I thank God every day to have them in my life. It is also super important to have economic stability to cover all the expenses that are needed at the beginning to reach beyond that “small step” in order to make it to the PGA Tour. GC. Where do you see Alfredo Adrian 5 years from now? AA. Well, I see myself having a happy life living with a beautiful family in the United States, and being ranked within the top 50 best golfers of the world, very thankful that I accomplished my goal and sharing that with all the people who cares for me and have been very supportive throughout my golf career. GC. What are your goals for 2011? AA. My goal is to win any tournament in the Egolf Tour, several in the Minorleague Tour, qualify into some Nationwide Tour events through Monday qualifiers and of course participate in the PGA Q_ School at the end of the year.

GC. What’s your favorite golf course? AA. My favorite course is the Olazabal course at Mission Hills China, and I also like Augusta National even though I have not played there yet. GC. Favorite golfer? AA. Tiger Woods. GC. Are you superticious? Is there anything you do before or in the middle of the round? AA. Actually I’m not superstitious at all, things that I usually do sometimes when the round is not going well is that I change the ball or my glove. GC. Any hobbies? AA. I like to go to the gym a lot and to the beach. GC ok Alfredo thank you very much for your time we wish the best in your future, do you want to give thanks to anyone? AA. Yes, I would like to give thanks to my wife Maria Andreina for being there with me every time and for the support in my golf career in the good and the bad times. I also would like to thank my mom, dad and my brothers, also my coach Allan Andrews that he is always watching every small detail that could help me improve my game. I want to give a big thank to a special friend of mine Aldo Comuzzi who has helped me since I got to the United States and of course to all the persons that have shared their friendship with me and have supported me somehow, thank you all!

“you always have to fight hard and have a lot of consistency and perseverance to achieve your goals in life”

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What you’ve got inside that bag?

Who: Alfredo Adrian Age: 27 years old Birthday: July 26, 1983 Place of Birth: Maracay, Venezuela Home Course: Maracay Country Club Driver: Titleist 909 D3 8.5 degrees / Graphite Desing YS6 x - shaft 3-wood: Exotic 15 degrees / diamana blueboard s – shaft Irons: 3 – PW Titleist CB / True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts Wedges: Titleist Vockey 50, 54 and 58 degrees / S300 shafts Putter: Odyssey White Hot 7CS Ball: Titleist Prov1x Glove: Foot Joy Shoes: Foot Joy Icon You can also checkout my website: www.alfredoadrian.com

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GC STYLE TITLEIST 910 DRIVERS Following months of successful player testing and performance validation on the worldwide professional tours, the new Titleist 910 drivers, featuring the innovative Sure Fit Tour dual-angle hosel, They are now available in every golf store!. This will be an awesome gift. Starting at $399

HOLIDAY GOLF GIFTS

COBRA WHITE DRIVER “A collectible special gift” COBRA GOLF LAUNCHES A LIMITED EDITION “ALLWHITE” ZL DRIVER PLAYED BY IANPOULTER is also a good recommendation if you are looking to replace a driver! The best thing about it is that Cobra Golf only made 500 of these white drivers globally. This driver will be ideal for the player who wants a collectible driver with Tour-caliber performance. Good luck finding one!!!!! Starting Price $699

Foot Joy My Icons

Golfers are usually into other sports, especially football. How about buying a gift for your special one with the team logo in their golf shoes? Foot Joy has the option where you could order online and have different color and logos place in your shoes. Example your school logo or colors, favorite football team, country where you are from, your last name, etc! Starting price $199

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GC STYLE HEADCOVERS are always the best gift for Christmas

If you are looking for a gift and you do not want to spend too much money on it, get them an original head cover! Basically the head cover identifies with the golfer; there are many types that you could find online or in any golf store. There are animal’s head cover, such as tigers, horses, dogs or also cartoons like the loony tunes, muppets, etc. They usually range between $19.99 and $39.99

TAYLOR MADE’S NEW ROSSA CORZA GHOST PUTTER

was designed in conjunction with putting Guru Dave Stockton. It has found its way into many Tour players’ bags, such as Justin Rose, Martin Laird and Dustin Johnson. The “Golf Ball White” mallet style head contrasts against the green grass making it easier to see, while its 3 black alignment lines makes lining up your putt much easier to reduce eyestrain and fatigue. Available in 33, 34, and 35-inch models/ Right - lefthanded and in blade. Starting at $159

Bushnell Outdoor Products

has introduced an affordable, easy-to-use, golf GPS rangefinder that will not slow down your game. While the more costly GPS rangefinders have many additional accouterments, bells and whistles, many of these being hard to see in the sun light, unnecessary and a great waste of time, this unit fills a niche that has long been overdue. The unit is compact and provides instant yardage readings to more than 16,000 pre-loaded U.S. golf courses. No subscription needed! Unlike other GPS units on the market that can intimidate the consumer, the new Neo+ is ready to be played immediately following purchase, yet doesn’t sacrifice technology. Other features of the Neo+ include a shot distance calculator, an easy-to-use interface, low button press, and a belt clip. The unit comes with a oneyear warranty, is rain proof and has up to 16 hours of battery life. Starting at $149

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SOCIAL SCENE

Boca Greens Country Club , a semi-private club, featuring an eighteen-hole newly renovated championship golf course, a newly renovated clubhouse facility, a wellstocked Golf Shop, a fully equipped fitness center, an outdoor pool and five Har-Tru lighted tennis courts. Gourmet & casual dining, entertainment, special events, excursions, card playing, sunday brunches, barbeques and Friday evening buffets and other amenities are available for your enjoyment. Opened for public play Boca Greens Country Club 19642 Trophy Drive Boca Raton, FL 33498 Tel: (561) 852-8800

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SOCIAL SCENE

LAUNCHING LAGOLF GROUP by Alfredo Riera

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AGOLF Group organized a golf invitational tournament on December 11th of 2010 at the Boca Greens Country Club located in Boca Raton, Fl. A group of friends enthusiastic for the sport participated in this 1st Golf Tournament with a perfect game day, where the conditions of the greens on 13 on the stimp-meter and the course in magnificent shape facilitated a wonderful game for the 42 players. At the end of the day, the group celebrated a small social gathering including prizes and dinner. The tournament results were as follows:

Championship Flight

Ernesto Amengual

75 gross

1st Flight

Luis R Leon

81 gross

Javier Manrique

74 net

2nd Flight

Ernesto Peña

83 gross

Alejandro Rivas

70 net

3rd Flight

Alejandro Leal

93 gross

Rafael Aguirre

68 net

LAGOLF group will be expanding during the next year and dedicated to improve the quality and the member player’s performance, in order to achieve new heights in the experience of the game. LAGOLF group is committed to bring more golfers of all abilities together; with a mission to keep integrating new members and performing enjoyable tournaments for the coming years.

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SOCIAL SCENE

Jesús Bencomo, Salvador Salvatierra, Rómulo Lander y Germán Matos

Jaime Mejía y Ignacio Laviosa

Ernesto Sosa, Alejandro Leal, invitado y José Marín

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Neove Rodríguez, Ingo Vieheweg, Luis C. Morello y Alejandro Rivas

Driving range before tournament


Teo Pérez, Fidel Parjus, Kiko González y César Reveron

Ernesto Peña, Luis Gutierrez , Juan Douzoglou y Hugo Meléndez

Orlando Gómez, Henrique Knotschke, Guillermo Zuloaga y Javier Manrique

Gustavo Martínez, Esteban Aristizabal e Ignacio Laviosa

Arnaldo Ghersi, Rafael Casas, Alberto Tudela y Francisco Noriega Bernardo Martínez, Jesús Raydan, Rafael Aguirre y Jesús Bencomo

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BON VOYAGE

Newest Golf Paradise in La Romana

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If you love golfing in the Caribbean this is a must play for every golfer, one of the newest golf designs from the Dye family located in the heart of the famous city La Romana in Dominican Republic. La Estancia Golf Resort is a perfect place to go spend a week of golf and fun with your family, friends or even live the rest of your life. 26 |

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fter a long selection process the developers chose P.B Dye (Pete Dye’s son) as the course designer and Mike O’Conner as the architect. La Estancia Golf Resort opened for business in 2009 and is just 5 minutes from La Romana International Airport and 10 minutes away from the gates of Casa de Campo which has the trio designed by Pete Dye. The developer says that La Estancia is a plan that fits very nicely with its neighbor. The golf course is set a across the Chavon River offering the golfer spectacular views and hole layouts. The course has one of the most premiums grass in the golf industry which is called “Passpalum 2000” on the fairways and rough and “Passpalum Supreme” on the tees, greens and approach areas. La Estancia Golf has 173 sand traps (bunkers) the hole with more traps is hole 2 with 19 and hole with less traps is the 11th hole, with 3. It’s an 18 holes course Par 72 with different set of tees ranging from 6116 yards to 7382 yards making this course very enjoyable for every type of golfer. The second hole is a masterpiece, having the tee box right at the edge of the river where you can feel you are hundreds of feet over water and you have to hit your tee shot more than 200 yards to carry the river to make it to the fairway, so make sure you have plenty of golf balls because the fun is just starting! The par 3 5th hole is very tricky, pay close atten-


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BON VOYAGE tion to the elevation on this one when making your club selection and don’t forget to tell your caddy to take you a picture in this amazing hole. Another super beast is the par 4 dogleg 14th, playing safely to the right will not help you reach the green in two, so calm your nerves and attempt the aggressive line over the corner of the ravine, and hopefully you will make it to the short grass. When you see a Par 5 all you think about is getting to green in two right? Well, not in this one, the super long par 5 16th hole is 666 from the tips so use your course management very well trying to place your third shot in a birdie place. Just like any other golf course this one has its tough holes and easy fun holes where birdies will make your golf day. Greens fees and cart rates starts at $90 caddy $25 Of course right after your round you can finish your day at the 19th hole called “El Madero Bar”. La Estancia Resort is not just a golf course, is a place where you can live with your family, retire or just have your private vacation home. The developer offers many options you can choose, for those that love golf and vacation they have The Par 3 Golf Residences, Las Brisas Apartments or La Canada Town Homes. If your looking to invest, live or have a bigger Villa you could get a lot in the area that you like the most, around the course or boarding the Chavon River. P.B Dye once was asked why is he competing against his dad for building an stupendous golf course so close to his dad’s courses and he responded “I don’t feel like I compete with my dad, and I don’t feel I’m in his shadow. I believe we walk side by side” and Pete Dye is absolutely proud of his son’s stunning project right next to the Chavon River. So next time you are thinking about your next trip, go check out La Estancia Golf Resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic, you won’t be disappointed.

For more information about La Estancia Golf Resort please contact Sales: Natalia Lopez 1-809-480-2503 nlopez@laestancia.do Golf: Proshop 1-809-723-6360 proshop@laestancia.do La Estancia, La Romana, Republica Dominicana

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HEALTH

Special Treatments By Adriana Maneiro

Oxygen, Ozone and Skin Care

The world is changing. Every day is further increased concern for the environment and its degradation, thus increasing the need to know the alternatives available that can help us preserve our health standards. This guide will help familiarize you with some options available in the market.

Oxygen: Hyperbaric?

Oxygen is essential for all living organisms and, additionally, is our main cleansing agent, and that helps to oxidize wastes and toxins in our body. Environmental pollution and lifestyle force us to consider other options to provide us with pure oxygen we need. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a noninvasive form of therapy, 100% pure oxygen administered while the person remains in a pressurized chamber at a pressure greater than ambient atmospheric pressure. It is important to remember the importance of oxygen in our body and the destruction of the ozone layer we must fight even harder to stay healthy.

Ozone and cellulite

Ozone is an allotropic form of oxygen and oxidants is one of the most energetic in nature, so for some time is the most widely used for sterilizing drinking water for more developed countries. Ozone, unlike oxygen, enters through the pores of the skin, promoting all the effects you want to achieve through it, acting to reactivate cellular metabolism and produce a deep detoxification, moisturizing and skin nutrition. More widespread use points to end the cellulite, which arises as a

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result of an accumulation of fluid between the skins causing pressure on the capillaries. This vasoconstrictor effect hampers the efficient circulation of red blood cells, resulting in the famous orange peel. Acts ozone therapy oxygenates the tissues and improving circulation. Also benefits the dissolution of fat and cellulite attack, although it can appear anywhere on the body where subcutaneous adipose tissue, usually found on the thighs, buttocks, knees and abdomen. It is important to know that ozone therapy is an effective treatment to combat cellulite and completely safe since ozone is assimilated by the body. Cellulite can also fight with healthy eating and physical activity regularly. Some tips include: • Take at least eight glasses of water per day • Avoid excessive salt • Eat meat and fish steamed or grilled • Eat lots of raw vegetables, as they are very rich in minerals and vitamins and provide fewer calories • Check the cheeses, meats, salty foods, smoked or preserved fish canned • Eliminate artificial sweet jams • Eat fruit with the skin because it helps fight constipation

The Sun: “Enemy of the skin?

Has recently reported a significant increase in skin diseases generated by the sun, which is due in large part to the widespread idea that tanning is synonymous with beauty. At present, growing evidence of damage to the skin by ultraviolet radiation (UV) makes the use of sunscreens for daily use is strictly necessary complement in the routine skin care. The sun emits three different types of radiation: UVA, UVB and UVC. Those who penetrate the atmosphere are UVA (ultraviolet-aging), which degrade collagen and elating, thus generating fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes and uneven skin tone. For its part, UVB rays (ultraviolet Burning) are the main cause of sunburn and skin cancer. UV radiation has a cumulative effect on the skin that occurs over time, so it is very important to develop preventive behaviors, such as daily use of sunscreen. Being aware of the importance of preventing the damage caused by the deterioration of the environment and combines it with good nutrition, hydration, home care, treatments and exercises; we are working on ourselves to look and feel good.


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HEALTH & FITNESS

The Three most common injuries in golf

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Back pain

The number one complaint amongst golfers. This is a problem caused by multiple conditions, extending from a strained back muscle and misalignment of a vertebra, to a pinched nerve. That is why being regularly checked by a specialist is so important. However, if you do happen to hurt your back, apply ice on the injury as quickly as possible for no more than 15 minutes intervals. This will help to reduce the inflammation and slow down the release of toxins by the injured cells. You can reapply the ice every hour for additional relief as necessary.

2 By Guillermo Bello D.C DR.Gbello@gmail.com (305) 598 -7703 Doctor in Chiropractic Master in sport science and sport rehabilitation Palmer College of chiropractic Florida 2010 industry medical symposium Primer congreso CONCACAF de Medicina

Golfers elbow

This is an inflammation and irritation of the tendon that attaches the forearm muscles to the elbow. The treatment for this is simple, for the first couple of days you need to rest and ice the elbow in order to reduce the load and inflammation. Again, ice is never to be used for more than 15 minutes at a time, unless otherwise advised by a specialist. On the fourth or fifth day stretching and strengthening exercises for the forearm and elbow should be started. Finally, getting a golfers elbow brace, will help you rest the tendon and will help you get back to swinging your club sooner. You should even continue to use the elbow brace when playing to reduce the risk of reinjury.

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Shoulder pain

The shoulder is a complex joint, composed of many muscles, tendons and ligaments. Golfers mostly suffer from rotator cuff tendonitis or rotator cuff impingement. In either case, it is important that you get plenty of rest and contact your doctor to ensure that you don’t make the problem worse. The rotator cuff muscle group consists of four muscles and their tendons that move and stabilize the shoulder. Due to repetitive swinging of the club, the tendons tend to get irritated and begin to swell, causing irritation and pain.

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Improving your game with

chiropractic Increase your driving distance We all know that the spine is the coil where the power comes from in a golf swing. So what if I told you that I could help you get more power out of the coil. With chiropractic adjustments the range of motion of your spine improves. This allows you to add more torque to your back swing, loading it with power. The increase in range of motion also helps you to prevent injuries. It’s a win-win situation!

Improve biomechanical feedback and spatial awareness Chiropractic adjustments do more than improve the range of motion in your spine; they act on the nervous system, which we all know is the master system that controls everything in our bodies. How does it work? When an adjustment is performed mechanoreceptors are excited. These are the nerve endings in our joints that tell us where our body is with relation to space. This means that you can close your eyes and still know how far apart your feet are, or how high you raised your arm. So, if more mechanoreceptors are engaged then more information about your swing gets to your brain, and in tern more control.

“Golf is all about repetition; every swing needs to be as similar as possible in order to achieve consistency. By increasing your body’s ability to know where it is in space, you will have better control of your swing and increased muscle memory, which in turn helps with consistency.”


PGA TOUR 2011 schedule Date Jan. 3-9 Jan. 10-16 Jan. 17-23 Jan. 24-30 Jan. 31-Feb. 6 Feb. 7-13 Feb. 14-20 Feb. 21-27 Feb. 28-March 6 March 7-13 March 14-20 March 21-27 March 28-April 3 April 4-10 April 11-17 April 18-24 April 25-May 1 May 2-8 May 9-15 May 16-22 May 23-29 May 30-June 5 June 6-12 June 13-19 June 20-26 June 27-July 3 July 4-10 July 11-17 July 18-24 July 25-31 Aug. 1-7 Aug. 8-14 Aug. 15-21 Aug. 22-28 Aug. 29-Sept. 5 Sept. 12-18 Sept. 19-25 Sept. 26-Oct. 2 Oct. 3-9 Oct. 10-16 Oct. 17-23 Oct. 24-30 Oct. 31-Nov. 6 Nov. 14-20 Nov. 21-27

Tournament Hyundai Tournament of Champions Sony Open in Hawaii Bob Hope Classic Farmers Insurance Open Waste Management Phoenix Open AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Northern Trust Open World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Champ. Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun The Honda Classic World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com Transitions Championship Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard Shell Houston Open The Masters Valero Texas Open The Heritage Zurich Classic of New Orleans Wells Fargo Championship THE PLAYERS Championship Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial HP Byron Nelson Championship The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance FedEx St. Jude Classic U.S. Open Travelers Championship AT&T National John Deere Classic The Open Championship Viking Classic RBC Canadian Open The Greenbrier Classic World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational Reno-Tahoe Open PGA Championship Wyndham Championship The Barclays Deutsche Bank Championship BMW Championship THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Frys.com Open The McGladrey Classic Children’s Miracle Network Classic CIMB Asia Pacific Classic World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions The Presidents Cup OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup

Location Kapalua, Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii La Quinta, Calif. La Jolla, Calif. Scottsdale, Ariz. Pebble Beach, Calif. Pacific Palisades, Calif. Marana, Ariz. Playa del Carmen, Mexico Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Doral, Fla. Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Palm Harbor, Fla. Orlando, Fla. Humble, Texas Augusta, Ga. San Antonio, Texas Hilton Head Island, S.C. Avondale, La. Charlotte, N.C. Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Fort Worth, Texas Irving, Texas Dublin, Ohio Memphis, Tenn. Congressional C.C. Cromwell, Conn. Newtown Square, Pa. Silvis, Ill. Royal St. George’s, England Madison, Miss. Vancouver, B.C. White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Akron, Ohio Reno, Nev. Johns Creek, Ga. Greensboro, N.C. Edison, N.J. Norton, Mass. Lemont, Ill. Atlanta, Ga. Las Vegas, Nev. San Martin, Calif. St. Simons Island, Ga. Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Selangor, Malaysia Shanghai, China Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Hainan Island, China

Purse $5,600,000 $5,500,000 $5,000,000 $5,800,000 $6,100,000 $6,300,000 $6,500,000 $8,500,000 $3,700,000 $5,700,000 $8,500,000 $3,500,000 $5,500,000 $6,000,000 $5,900,000 $7,500,000* $6,200,000 $5,700,000 $6,400,000 $6,500,000 $9,500,000* $6,200,000 $6,500,000 $6,200,000 $5,600,000 $7,500,000* $6,000,000 $6,200,000 $4,500,000 $7,300,000* $3,600,000 $5,200,000 $6,000,000 $8,500,000 $3,000,000 $7,500,000* $5,200,000 $8,000,000 $8,000,000 $8,000,000 $8,000,000 $4,400,000 $5,000,000 $4,000,000 $4,700,000 $6,000,000 $7,000,000 -$7,000,000

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GOLF GPS Broward County Golf Courses Course Name

Holes

Address

Phone

D-Range

Web Site

Executive Golf Course - 18 holes Cooper Colony CC Hillsboro Pines GC

18 18

5050 Sw 90th Ave, Cooper City 2410 Century Blvd, Deerfield Bch

954-434-2181 954-421-1188

N/A Hillsboropinesgolfclub.com

Resort Golf Courses Diplomat Country Club Heron Bay TPC at Eagle Trace Westin Diplomat Golf Grand Palms

18 18 18 18 27

501 Diplomat Parkway, Hallandale Beach 11801 Heron Bay Blvd, Coral Springs 10800 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 501 Diplomat Parkway, Hallandale Beach 110 Grand Palms Dr, Pembroke Pines

Club at Emerald Hills Deerfield CC Grande Oaks Lago Mar

18 18 18 18

4100 N. Hills Dr, Hollywood 50 Fairway Dr, Deerfield 3201 W. Rolling Hills Cir, Davie 500 NW 127 Av, Plantation

Carolina CC Crystal Lake CC Deer Creek GC Flamingo Lakes Golf Hillcrest Golf and Country Club Hollywood Beach Golf & CC Oriole Golf Club Pembroke Lakes Golf Club Plantation Preserve Golf Pompano Beach Golf Club Woodmont Country Club

18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

3011 Rock Island Rd, Margate 3800 Crystal lake Dr, Pompano Bch 2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd, Deefield Bch 701 sw Flamingo W. Dr, Pembroke Pines 4600 Hillcrest Drive, Hollywood 1650 Johnson St, Hollywood 8000 w. Margate Blvd, Margate 10500 Taft St, Pembroke Pines 7050 W. Broward Blvd, Plantation 1101 N. Federal Hwy, Pompano Bch 7801 nw 80 av, Tamarac

Weston Hills Country Club Woodlands Country Club Palm Aire Golf Club

36 36 36

2600 Country Club Way, Weston 4600 Woodlands Blvd, Tamarac 2600 Palm Aire Dr, Pompano Bch

Bonaventure CC Inverrary Country Club Orangebrook Golf Club Jacaranda Golf Club

36 36 36 36

200 Bonaventure Blvd, Weston 3840 Inverrary Blvd, Lauderhill 400 Entrada Dr, Hollywood 9200 W. Broward Blvd, Plantation

954-883-4444 954-796-2000 954-753-2930 954-883-4444 954-437-3334

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Diplomatresort.com Heronbaygolfclub.net Tpceagletrace.com Diplomatresort.com Grandplamsresort.com

954-961-4000 954-427-6326 954-423-0897 954-472-7044

Theclubatemeraldhills.com Dccfl.com Grandeoaks.com Lagomarcc.com

954-753-4000 954-943-2902 954-421-5550 954-435-6110 954-983-3142 888-895-6695 954-972-8140 954-431-4144 954-585-5020 954-781-0426 954-722-4300

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Carolinagolfclub.com Crystallakecountryclub.com deercreekflorida.com N/A Hillcrestgcc.com Hollywoodbeachgolfresort.com Oriolegolfclub.com Pembrokelakesgolf.com Plantation.org/golf Mypompanobeach.org Woodmontcc.net

954-384-4600 954-731-2500 954-975-6244

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Westonhillsgolfclub.com woodlandscountryclub.net Palmairegolf.com

954-389-2100 954-733-7550 954-967-4653 954-472-5836

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Golfbonaventure.com Inverrarygolf.com jcdsportsgroup.com Golfjacaranda.com

Private Golf Clubs - 18 holes • •

Public Golf Courses - 18 holes

Private Golf Clubs - 36 holes

Public Golf Courses - 36 holes

Public Golf Course - 9 holes Eco Golf Course

9

1451 Taft St, Hollywood

954-922-8755

Ecogolfclub.com

Miami Dade County Course Name

Holes

Address

Phone

D-Range

Web Site

305-932-6200 305-592-2030

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Fairmont.com Doralresort.com

305-382-3930 305-829-8456

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Miccosukeeresort.com Golfmiamicc.com

305-386-5533 305-592-3300 305-361-9129 305-230-0362 305-271-0917 305-633-4583 305-532-3350

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Calusacountryclub.com Costagreengolfclub.com Crandongolfclub.com Keysgategolf.com Killiangreensgolfclub.com Internationallinksgolfclub.com Miamibeachgolfclub.com

Resort Golf Courses Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort Doral Golf Resort & Spa

36 90

19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura 4400 NW 87 AV, Doral

Miccosukee Golf and Country Club Country Club of Miami

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6401 Kendale Lakes Drive, Kendall 6801 Miami Gardens Dr, Miami Lakes

Calusa Country Club Costa Greens Golf Club Crandon Golf - Key Biscayne Keys Gate Golf and Country Club Killian Greens Golf Club Melreese International Links Miami Beach Golf Club

18 18 18 18 18 18 18

9400 SW 130 AV, Kendall NW 41 ST and 102 AV Costa del Sol, Doral 6700 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne 2300 Palm Drive, Homestead 9980 sw 104TH st, Kendall 1802 NW 37th Ave, Miami 2301 Alton Road, Miami Beach

Private Golf Clubs - 36 holes

Public Golf Courses - 18 holes

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